The Moon is in Cancer today. I think we need some Cancerian sweetness this morning...
* Cancer is the sign of the Moon, and the Moon is the great reflector in the sky. Memory is also a form of reflecting upon past experiences. It is never the experience of the past itself. And so the past is something we relive as we recall it from multiple perspectives which are themselves moving, never static. This fluid recalling...this living reliving, is the foundation of memory. One of the reasons Cancer is related to home and family is therefore because home is the place we most frequently remember, in one form or another...before it is a literal place or time...it is the most apparently static "feeling" of the past, an ocean from which we come and toward which all our memories flow backward in time. It is also, paradoxically, the emotional vision of the future toward which we strive. A yearning to return somewhere, finally, and sometime soon.
* As a nation here in the US we are Cancerian in identity or purpose (Sun in Cancer). A huge part of our national identity retains the legacy of where we came from, why we left our home lands, and what we were hoping for in this new world. A huge part of our national identity also has to do with cultural, racial, sexual, ethnic, national, and religious "pride." We tend to identify very intensely with the tribes, groups, or identity "factions" that most closely represent us as individuals. This tribal consciousness can't help but also identify with the particular struggles, battles, and "blood baths" that live at the dark roots of the group or tribe we most closely identify with.
* Often in my feed I see people saying that our current struggles in the USA are due to Pluto in Capricorn...as though Pluto in Capricorn is inherently to blame for everything happening politically or economically or culturally. But the other thing we have to remember is that Pluto is opposing our national Sun in Cancer right now, and Pluto is frequently a positive agent of change and transformation. Insofar as we tend to be emotionally identified with particular "tribes of identity," or the "struggles of the past," Pluto in Capricorn is also moving us toward a more mature and less emotionally divisive sense of who we are. This transformation is taking place as we reach a kind of fever pitch of intertribal warfare. In some ways Pluto in Capricorn's simplest, most healing statement is, "Grow beyond all of this bickering. You are more than what group you feel most emotionally resonant with, what past you feel most connected to, what wounds or blood baths have been most painful in your past, or what vision of the future most clearly represents your personal/tribal utopia."
* Last but not least, Cancer is a sign that reflects the fragility of life and the basic need for kindness, sensitivity, and understanding. Empathy is an activity of the heart and memory working together at once. We relive the pain and stories of others in order to join with them in the suffering. When we join with each other's suffering, we move past whether or not the suffering was justified or whether or not someone was a victim. We simply suffer along with, and we remember and memorialize the unique way in which pain defines each of us from the moment we are born helpless into this world. Most of the time empathy is enough. By simply suffering along with each other, the burden of the past and the burden of our pain diminishes. As a result we can lift the sigels of our campaigns and causes, our homes and histories, without vitriol or anger or manipulation...without perpetuating more bitter rivalries.
Prayer: Help us reach deeply into the past as we simultaneously live beyond any of its bitterness.
The Moon is about to enter her fall in Scorpio this afternoon, still moving through the via combusta for another day or so. Meanwhile Mercury is about to turn retrograde, Saturn is about to enter Sagittarius, Pluto will soon be stationing to turn direct, and Venus is finally gaining steam moving forward again.
The simplest thing to say when so many simultaneous changes of direction are happening in the sky, during an eclipse season, at the time of the Fall Equinox, is that we are turning an important corner. It's a transitional time we're experiencing right now.
Continuing our Autumn astrology preview, let's take a look at Pluto turning direct and then we'll close with a few insights surrounding the total meaning of all the changes happening at once as we cross the fall threshold.
As Pluto is stationing to turn direct in Capricorn, Mercury is stationing to turn retrograde in a close square to Pluto from Libra. Here are some combinations of themes to watch for:
* The end of an era coincides with the signing of a document
* The purging of an old pattern is sealed with an official/organizational change
* The transformation is achieved through finalizing a negotiation, through the receiving of an important piece of news, a contract, or a revised set of terms
* The end of an era or theme is achieved by the leveling or balancing of the scales of justice and truth...diplomacy by karmic, rather than personal, intervention..an event completes something
* The revelations of death begin a process of reorientation, reconsidering our place in the order of things
* An unexpected piece of news returns us to an unsettled or reappearing subject
* A significant time of releasing or letting go of the past coincides with waves of simple changes in perception, communication, or strategy
Looking now at the implications of the entire season ahead in light of Pluto's turn direct.
When Pluto turns direct it's as though an invisible energy field of great depth and intensity is lifting and the inner work of a long period of time is beginning to complete itself. Some of the most powerful, final changes may come during this moon cycle as this change is happening at the gateway to the Fall season..a time of harvesting and releasing.
Keep in mind the Libran scales...the leveling out, balancing out, coming clear or clean, receiving the grace of a clean slate, and renewing our faith and trust in the invisible powers that permeate our lives. Some of this leveling out may be incredibly painful while others may experience this time as profoundly positive and uplifting or helpful. How we handle success is just as important as how we handle setbacks, disappointments, and suffering.
Prayer: The holy messenger, standing still now in the halls of justice and truth, holding the scales. Help us to listen and learn.
The Moon is squaring Mercury this morning and then goes void of course for the rest of the day until moving into Virgo tonight.
Reflections on Pluto moving retrograde:
* Fate means never having to say, "I told you so." Because when we've really understood fate, then we understand that it's not a matter of prediction or advice. It's not a simple matter of instructions not followed, as though fate is a punishment, and it's not about the early bird catching the worm or any other protestant work ethic that saves the day and earns the righteous paycheck. Fate doesn't need to say, "I told you so," because fate doesn't speak out against anything.
* We can't avoid fate by hoping it will go away or by trying to make choices that eliminate fate's hand in the matter.
* The word 'fate' means, among other things, "to speak," and it carries an old association with the idea that the words or sentences of the gods in human lives are absolute...there are divine words spoken into our lives that cannot be altered or changed...there are guiding events that we cannot control.
* The word 'fate' also carries an old reference to the spirits, guides, or gods assigned to the fortunes and destines of individuals...the 'fates' are plural..they conspire with us and through us in order to weave the words of the gods...some of these beings can be prayed to, their minds changed, their help or hindrance invoked...while others cannot be petitioned.
* Isn't it funny that in certain areas of our lives we already know what's going to happen? We already know the nature of the story. We know what's coming, and yet we play the part and the pain or joy of the results still feel as unexpected or as real as though we never knew. Isn't it strange how fate can feel cold and distancing and yet in the most stubbornly fated events the feelings we have are more alive than ever?
* A question: where are you avoiding the inevitable? What would it look like to stop avoiding it? What are a few small steps you can take to welcome the presence of your fate?
* Fate isn't a nasty killer, and it's also not a smiling saint. Fate isn't cruel, but it's also not entirely benevolent. Fate isn't free and it isn't determined. It isn't mechanical or indifferent but it isn't entirely subjective or personal either. There is an intelligence to fate, and yet it remains always surprising.
* Heraclitus once wrote about fate, "Two made one are never one. Arguing the same we disagree. Singing together we compete. We choose each other to be one, and from the one both soon diverge. Without injustices, the name of justice would mean what? While cosmic wisdom understands all things are good and just, intelligence may find injustice here, and justice somewhere else. Justice in our minds is strife. We cannot help but see war makes us as we are. Thus are things decreed by fate."
* The fates are silent speakers whose words are the invisible echo within everything.
* To contemplate or negotiate your fate, go to a high place and look down at the world below. To remember and receive your fate, look from a low place to something high above.
* To get a second date with fate, stop thinking about her and focus on what you're doing, or the task at hand. She finds independence attractive.
* When you dream, remember to fall asleep first. Fate thinks lucid dreaming can be like a form of adultery.
* Commit yourself fully to your mistakes. No silver linings or positive spin. Just the image of you making your mistake. Stick with the image. See what it does next. See what it becomes. See what else it has to say. Principles destroy images, and fate loves images more than principles. In fact she sees principles as images first.
Prayer: Stranger and more interesting things are always happening when fate becomes an active part of our imagination.
The Moon is in Cancer today, just finishing its intense first quarter phase and now moving into the waxing gibbous.
A meditation on the Pluto/Uranus square and the subject of "individuation."
We often think about individuation in purely solar terms. Who am I and what am I becoming? What is my mission? My journey? My quest? My purpose? My intention? All of these phrases have an upward aspiring quality...a hand reaching or prayer petitioning the gods, specifically the "One" most mirrored by the "One" asking: the self. Even though we might want to ban some of these cliches from the temple, like Jesus driving out the money changers with a whip, they aren't mistaken or misplaced mythic images. We don't solve the cliche problems by banishing these spirited players. What's needed to counter their monopoly in our consciousness is the reminding words and mythos of the soul...
Hades/Pluto is good for this. A god who was often imaged like his brother Zeus, as an eagle, and yet whose dominion was the opposite underworld to Zeus' overworld. Not a literal "below," given to Pluto, but an invisible "below" or imaginal "within," a secretive depth and an unfathomable timeless perspective flowing through time. The immemorial memorial of each event in time, always an end in itself because of the limitless soulfulness given to each event by Pluto's perspective. The word "Hades" in fact means "riches." So from the perspective of death, from the perspective of the eternal soul, each event is an "end" unto itself. Pluto is a planet of endings...where endings means the capacity to see the UNending in each thing...where each moment is already eternal by its nature in death.
This view should feel difficult to understand because it is an upside down kind of view. It is a "going down to go up" kind of philosophy, we might say. For example, take the idea of enlightenment. Take the idea of individuation. Take the idea of the evolution of human consciousness, or even evolutionary biology. What happens when we see these ideas in terms of the "riches" of Pluto's perspective? They each become the living dead. They each become unending caverns of fathomless eternity. They are ALREADY this way, before we've put them into action or realized their intended goals in any literal or "real" or "metaphysical" or "spiritual" or "earthly" sense. So while we are on our "journey" through lower levels of consciousness toward higher realms (soaring with Pluto's brother Zeus), the journey has already also been outside of time, incapable of accomplishing anything literal, invaluably rich, lit by the flames of an eternally animating and polymorphous perspective, but also empty, void, dead, cold and killer clear as ice.
No offerings were given to Hades in the Greek imagination. His face was rarely shown. He was not to be persuaded. He was not to be convinced. He had nothing to give by petition because his perspective afforded EVERYTHING its already limitless wealth.
So when we talk about individuation, what are we talking about? In one sense, nothing. It's an idea, a myth, an imaginal realm that is one of an unending amount of imaginal realms, all of which are eternally wealthy, eternally rich. But on the other hand, we are talking about the 'depth and death of literalized riches' toward which our particular idea of ourselves, our particular gold coin of ego, is motivated to enact for the sake of the growth of its own soulfulness.
In evolutionary astrology, Pluto is rightly imagined (in my opinion) as the deepest motivation, "end," or telos of the soul. When we live in the direction of our Pluto placement we find the perspective of the soul, which is the upside down, already wealthy kingdom. When we find the territory of Pluto in our lives, we find that point of view where each marginalized event in and of itself is understood as beyond time while within it.
The place we might consider diverging with evolutionary or karmic astrology's core philosophy (again, just my opinion) comes when considering the greater metaphysical "goals," which in and of themselves are ironically not taken from the viewpoint of Pluto, or not well enough distinguished from Pluto's brotherhood with Zeus. When we view the "journey of the soul," as a literal journey through progressive reincarnating states of consciousness toward fusion with a godhead or some kind of enlightenment, then we read the soul, we read the wealth of hades, like its a zeus colored coin purse funding our road trip to the Taj Mahal. We don't step back to consider that every "journey" to enlightenment is secretly and invisibly the road back down to death, where again the already limitless wealth of eternity swallows us. Pluto's position in our birth chart, or in the sky, isn't therefore about the evolution of the soul in any literal sense but rather about its "already eternal" nature, seizing us invisibly, potentially violating our egos (seizing back our stolen coins but replacing them with a treasure chest).
Because from Pluto's perspective, whatever journey we take, however fixated on our intentions, on higher realms, love, utopia, or enlightenment, or if it's simply about mastering video games in the basement and writing dungeons and dragons fantasy novels, or if its about religious holy war, or liberal media protesting or conservative bible backlashing and rifle waving...all of it is already unendingly rich, eventually dead, already dead, and more alive than we tend to recognize. More alive than we tend to recognize because invisibility is essential to Pluto's nature.
How does this apply to our current Uranus/Pluto square and this current eclipse cycle?
Well...individuation (Uranus) is happening in some super "conscious" looking ways. The journey, the development, the progress, the feelings of fate and karma...all of these purposeful Zeus like qualities are very strong right now...we're breaking ground, the past is coming to get us, we're finding new courage and the wisdom to face it all in a different way. Course corrections are coming left and right for many of us..and it's all very liberating and exciting even if its scary. And yet..at the same time, with Pluto in the mix, we are being asked to consider the upside down point of view.
We are moving forward in a way that might be shattering to our notions of progress, our ideas of who we are or what's right or what we deserve or desire. We are being disillusioned, like Pluto has grabbed a little miniature doll version of each of us and shook us upside down until the coins we stole from him are shaken out of our pockets and we can see clearly again the mountains of gold below each and every last moment of our lives.
If we don't go through the experience of our dreams and goals being annihilated from time to time..if our plans don't fail, our vision of the cosmos doesn't get shattered, our psyche's exploded by confusing insights in the opposite direction of whatever we hold most dear, and the rug pulled out from underneath us, then we will forget the realest riches...the invisible lord of soul that has no need for singular meaning or ultimate purpose because there are too many meanings and ultimate purposes to count...so much wealth its turns to a pile of shit if you try to count it! smile emoticon
Prayer for the day (an imaginary conversation with Pluto):
Hero: "So what's the point of anything then?"
Pluto: "Look around you! The idea of a 'point' has it's own cave down here, filled with gold just down that corridor to the right. Everything here has its own limitless storehouse of wealth and value."
Hero: "But that makes me feel like life isn't worth living. If everything is equal."
Pluto: "That's greed speaking. Equality can be a very greedy idea."
Hero: "But it's not just greed...in my world some things are noble and true and others are not. Surely your perspective isn't the only one? Wouldn't that be a different kind of greed?"
Pluto: "That's wise. But it's also true that you never would have asked that question without coming here."
Hero: "So you're not trying to monopolize. That's relieving."
Pluto: "The idea of monopoly is somewhat trivial to my world."
Hero: "I don't know what to do with all of this..."
Pluto: "That's why all heroes come here for perspective as well as the conquering..."
Hero: "Yes, I've fought dragons down here before. I've had great victories and accomplishments down here in the past."
Pluto: "Yes but you should realize that these kinds of achievements are unlimited, as are the failures. All share in my wealth."
Hero: "It still feels like a pointless perspective."
Pluto: "That's because it's hard to imagine ourselves without a hero."
Hero: "Is this my death?"
Pluto: "Not literally."
Hero: "Will I be reborn after this?"
Pluto: "The concept of rebirth in your world right now is too much jingling coins in the coat pockets of hidden agendas and lusty architects."
Hero: "Well if it isn't rebirth, then what is it?"
Pluto: "If we keep talking like this you won't want to leave. So now it's time for you to go."
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The Moon is in Scorpio again today, now applying to square Jupiter and then sextile Pluto before trining Chiron and the Sun in Pisces later this afternoon.
Meanwhile Mars is conjoining with Uranus in Aries as both simultaneously trine Jupiter in Leo and square Pluto in Capricorn.
Let’s do some explaining of these aspects and then look at a list of possible effects…
First off, whenever a faster moving planet conjoins Uranus we should expect the unexpected with regard to the qualities of the planet. For example, Mars is a planet of aggression, ambition, willfulness, muscularity, competition, and violence. What happens when these patterns of Mars take on the Uranian qualities of sudden shocks and disruptions, unexpected surges and emancipatory blasts of energy? Add to this the qualities of the south node of the moon, Pluto and Jupiter in the mix: the karmic past meets bigness, exaggeration, pride, victory, optimism, and cockiness, as well as depth, the mysteries of the unconscious, raw destructive force, regenerative power, and repressed or suppressed “stuff” potentially exploding to the surface. Sounds like a lot, right? But then we have to remember, even though this is an incredibly dynamic aspect pattern, it effects each person differently, some more dramatically than others. Sometimes aspects are felt more internally, psychologically, or even unconsciously, while for others the events are more external or even historical (being part of something very big happening in the collective that reflects the planetary patterns).
This is why knowing your birth chart can be so helpful when it comes to understanding in what areas of life we are each being effected.
For now, here’s a list of how the transits might be showing up:
* The past is calling to us…is the way forward somehow the way back?
* The desire for freedom or a new beginning is strong, possibly overpowering
* A sudden impulse leads to bumping your head, stubbing your toe, getting into a fender bender…surprise hiccups that say “wake up!”
* The exciting discovery of something deeply valuable that’s been hidden from plain sight (wills, legacies, inheritance)
* A stroke of good luck or unexpected success (winning something, a windfall, business suddenly booming)
* An old pattern is finally recognizable…its finally time to move past it..we finally see how strong its hold has been in our lives
* An inventive idea with a plan of action surfaces quickly
* Quirky health problems appearing out of the blue
* The dark side of our strategies are exposed…suddenly our ambitions look or feel fraudulent
* We want to move forward, but something keeps blocking us…what is it?
* Growing pains/labor injuries
* Impatience and impulse as major themes in relationships
* Ignorance or willful denial of the truth..playing it safe, keeping things superficial
* Forcing an issue without regard for others
* Selfishness as a major theme in relationships, the “unconscious” self centered person
It’s not that all of these themes will be happening for each person. Sometimes it’s only one theme taking center stage. We have to do a little reflecting to identify the planetary energies in our lives. From there the deeper question is always, “What is being asked of me? What are these patterns showing me about myself or my life? What gifts are being offered and what offerings are being asked for?”
Add into all of this that we have a Scorpio moon making some intense aspects today, and we’ve got a pretty gnarly looking sky right now. smile emoticon
My agenda for the day: take it slow and get more spring cleaning projects going…I’m going to utilize this energy for purging, sorting, and cleansing.
Prayer: Help us learn to feel the planetary patterns in our every day lives, and then help us to see both what they’re giving us and what they’re asking for.
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Today the Moon has entered the sign of Cancer and is making trines this morning to Venus and Neptune in Pisces and then by later tonight will be triggering the Pluto/Uranus square and the nodal axis of the Moon.
First, whenever the Moon enters a cardinal sign (for the past few years in fact), the Pluto/Uranus square is getting stimulated, which at this moment in time also involves the nodal axis of the Moon. This means that on these days we are usually getting the volume turned up in whatever areas of our lives we’re most ready for change, death, invention, and rapid evolution. Evolution doesn’t need to be “toward” some literal goal or metaphysical ideal. Evolution is its own reward. The mutating novelty of who we become when we change, including all the strange new questions and shadows, is exactly what the soul craves. A new space and a new angle from which to perceive and relate to ourselves and the world. A new world itself even. So it’s not just “WHAT I’VE BECOME” in some heroic sense. No. Because whatever we’ve become the point is still to relate with it, to perceive with and through it, rather than getting stuck into a literal identification with it. It’s through this continual relating that the mutation, death, and invention continues.
Whenever the Cancer moon triggers the Uranus/Pluto square the transformation reaches down into our past. It touches the roots, the home, and the family. It brings up anything from our childhood to our children or marriages, to our mothers and fathers or brothers and sisters. It brings up a kind of nostalgia for things left behind, for the places that have nurtured or protected us, or for the places we feel most safe. As the Cancer Moon highlights these things it simultaneously poses the question to Pluto in Capricorn, “Can you help me eliminate something from my life that is keeping me from the warmth that I crave? What work do I need to do, what hard sacrifices do I need to make, in order to have more warmth, safety, and nourishment in my life? Give me the brutal truth. Show me the hard reality of it.”
Sometimes with Cancer the problems are deeply emotional…Pluto will then show us that somewhere in our lives we aren’t nourishing ourselves correctly, with the right kind of people, the right kind of food, the right kind of down time. Soul food is Cancerian food, and Pluto can definitely show us what needs to be purged in order to feed ourselves correctly.
At the same time, Uranus in Aries can give us the impetus, the sudden action, the courage, and the immediacy, to forge ahead and liberate ourselves from whatever is keeping us from the deeper nourishment we need. Pluto might show us how deep the shit goes, and what kind of death is required, but Uranus in Aries can give us the courage and the inventiveness to approach the process of death with excitement and creativity. So we’re not just purging..we’re also breaking new ground.
With the north node in Libra, all of this can also mean new relationships. Sometimes none of these changes are possible without forging new relationships, or without some kind of important collaboration with others. The question might be about how to implement all these changes peacefully. How can transitions be made diplomatically or in collaboration with others? It’s safe to say that big changes won’t always work for everyone around us, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t happen, and it doesn’t mean compromise isn’t possible.
A different angle might be about the difficulty that people (including ourselves) have in accepting or receiving help right now. Do we tend to perceive help, advice, or diplomacy as an insult or trespass? Should we lighten up a little and try to listen to what someone is offering us? Are we on the defensive too quickly about something?
Last but not least, sometimes when the Moon enters the cardinal signs and triggers the Uranus/Pluto square we’re also getting a very clear and obvious forecast about what changes are imminent. They may not happen today, but we should be able to see what unavoidable “stuff” is coming…for good or bad!
Prayer: What brave changes can I make so that I feel safer and more at home in this life? What needs to go and how can it be done gracefully?
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The Moon is in Taurus today, applying to sextile Mars in Pisces and then trine Pluto in Capricorn while also squaring Mercury retrograde (who is sextiling Uranus in Aries).
After having to block/ban someone from my horoscope list for incessant “trolling” over the past several months, I got curious about the history of trolls. The names we give to people we don’t like are often filled with a unique history and deeper meaning. Even though I won’t be unblocking this woman, because sometimes you just need to set your boundaries with people and stick to them, I’ve noticed that this theme of “Trolls” and “Trolling” has a unique relationship to the current astrology. So to start, here’s a few fun facts, hints, and riddles about Trolls:
* The word “Troll” has a connection to the root word “Thurs,” which is part of our “Thursday,” or “Thor’s day” (the day of the week given to Jupiter). The connection is thought to be part of the old Norse belief that Lightning (the presence of Thor and his hammer) scared Trolls away and back into hiding.
* Trolls are famous for invading, devastating, or disrupting public halls, feasts, or farms. There are also stories about trolls hurling stones at churches and also trolls being driven back into hiding by the sound of church bells. Trolls are therefore appropriately labeled as disruptions to our public places of celebration, worship, abundance, and gathering (now the term is used on the internet to describe someone who is incessantly disruptive or destructive to public forums, chats, etc).
* In Norse mythology trolls were banished to a separate world of their own because they were monsters and man-eaters, constantly disruptive, rebellious, and generally in competition or opposition to the general welfare or peace.
* Trolls turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, at which point they are thought to become landmarks for travelers.
* There are many different kinds of trolls, and some apparently were thought to live in burial grounds and have an intimate connection to the dead.
* Trolls also have a non-malicious or disruptive history…in some traditions they were known as the “hidden people,” or the “little people,” and while they weren’t to be disturbed or bothered they could also be quite helpful to humans.
In one story the hidden or little people became hidden specifically because their Christian mother was ashamed of how dirty they were and hid them away from the world, at which point they became the hidden or little ones, who would help keep watch over the charcoal kilns of charcoal burners at night.
In each of these small tidbits of information we can see a little more deeply into the nature of trolls, the troll-human relationship, and the relationship between trolls and our modern use of the word “trolling.”
Trolls are rebels who disrupt the harmony of public places. In this regard trolls fit nicely within our current stellium of Aquarian planets, especially the culmination of Venus in the sign of the rebel. Aquarius embodies the archetypes of the outcast and the iconoclast. Aquarius isn’t afraid to hurl a few stones at our most puffed up places of public worship and dogma. Aquarius isn’t afraid of the banishment they might suffer by acting out, and yet something about their constant ostracization from others seems to be an intimate and all too personal part of their destructive rage and insolence…like within every troll are also the little trolls, the hidden ones who were once upon a time banished because their mother was ashamed of them…”too dirty” for the world.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that trolls are thought to be scared away by precise lightning strikes. Could this suggest that trolls are perhaps children of the lightning? Like Thor or Jupiter’s secret emissaries, or as Satan is to God in the story of Job…maybe trolls are here specifically to disrupt our complacency (in time becoming landmarks for something sacred that exists within the wildness of nature, the places outside the separating church walls or banquet halls), and yet at the same time their Uranian devilry also answers to and is scared off by the same sudden lightning strikes, which banish and judge them instantly, “back to the ugly hills, back to the lonely mountains, away from this peaceful place, be gone!”
With the Moon in Taurus, the places of our peace are the places of the sacred cows. As a Taurus rising, I pride myself (in all the complexities of Taurean pride) on my horoscope columns being open and peaceful forums, like open pastures. I like my columns to be beautiful, filled with a kind of lush springtime feeling. I like them to be supportive and challenging without compromising the supportive feeling. My wife is a double Taurus and our yoga studio is similar. I just raised a good amount of money through my kickstarter to continue doing this. So you see…isn’t there something quite natural about attracting a few troll attacks when you’re building a cathedral? Isn’t it natural that a few stone hurlers would come out of the forests to keep you honest?
Just yesterday I wrote about questioning the need for balance all the time (an accusation toward the cow and her complacency). I saw the post as quite Uranian or rebellious when I wrote it, but then the troll came along and hurled another stone and I came to recognize that I’m actually quite a cow myself….I might have some provoking things to write, but bugger if I don’t try to keep everything as beautiful and supportive as possible. Bugger if I’m not here building a kind of cathedral or banquet hall out of my work!
Since the troll had been trolling me for a long time, and since my insistence upon peace had kept her hanging around it was the perfect opportunity to recognize the irony in everything that was happening and by doing so I conjured up a lightning bolt of my own. I eliminated her from my list and said “be gone!” The Bull in me was angered, “Why did this person have to be so incessantly destructive? Couldn’t she have made her points without getting so nasty? Couldn’t she have simply participated nicely?”
But then we’d live in a world without trolls…the hidden or little people…the outsiders and outcasts, the divine rebels who smash our dogmatic sanctuaries and leave unforgettable landmarks in our lives, the kind made of stone, the kind that exist outside the city walls, the kind that don’t go away. Trolls give stone to sunlight and lightning to peace.
Interestingly, before any of this happened, yesterday I wrote a Moon Meme that went like this: Lightning through trees heart, bottles the vintage of a devastating thought, and startles the coldness, of our lazy desires.
Hmmm…a memory: when I was a kid my Aquarian moon mother used to give my sister and I those lovable looking, wild-haired troll dolls on Easter morning. She would put them in our Easter baskets before church…
Prayer: trolls and sacred cows, lightning and landmarks, warm sunlight and cold stone
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The Moon is in Gemini today, aspecting Uranus, Chiron, and the nodal axis this afternoon. Meanwhile the Sun is almost conjoined with Pluto in Capricorn just as its entered the second, Venus ruled decanate of Capricorn.
Success, hard work, determination, public reputation…but not without style, class, pleasure, and beauty. This is the second decanate of Capricorn…where the influence of Venus is working its way into the Capricorn season. Meanwhile Mercury is about to conjoin with Venus (both also in Capricorn right now), emphasizing the phrase “beautiful communication.”
* A man looks in the mirror, likes the way he looks, says so
* A woman driving in her car, lets someone in her lane, feels good about herself
* After success, a second glass
* Someone in the street is lifting a heavy box; they look good doing it
* Hanging paintings and wall art without extra help; great placement without a tape measure
* A man with a pipe in his study, surrounded by decades of books and totems, puts his feet up
* A grandmother organizes her brand new calendar, sips her favorite tea
* A slowly written thank you letter
As the Sun conjoins Pluto in the next few days we will walk through a very powerful time of transformation or transition. The transition may not be felt ultra consciously since it is still very early in the solar year, but the events of the next week, through the Full Moon, will indeed be tone setting for the year ahead. Right now many people are getting new ideas, new actions, and new visions that will need acting upon swiftly in order to “catch the wave” of the planetary forces. So whatever you do, don’t dally if you know it’s the right time for something new. Don’t be lazy. don’t wait for later. Don’t go to your usual list of excuses. Now is truly the time. The Pluto/Sun conjunction allows for us to see our nonsense very clearly and to actually do something about it. The hero (Sun) sees the darkness (Pluto) and grows stronger/wiser and more focused as a result. The ego is capable of maturing a great deal in the next week, but it all depends on taking the actions that we know we need to take and not avoiding them out of fear or complacency.
This challenge is full on right now given the simultaneous “Venus” vibe that’s hanging around in the air. It could be very easy to slide into a kind of wishy-washy “half assed” zone. Right now, if we do the work we know we have to do, and we make sure to take our time and enjoy ourselves while we’re doing it, the results will be a much easier/smoother journey toward the Spring Equinox (when many of these works will turn a major corner and we will find even more support for the work we’re now starting).
Prayer: My yoke is easy and my burden is light. –jesus
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.