Astro-Notes on April 21, 2014 – seeing things through to completion

A trine from Mercury in Aries to Pallas in Leo that was already active later yesterday shows that we succeeded with our plans and approach and therefore can now focus on our personal agenda or self-interests. However, the Sun in Taurus’ semi-square to Chiron in Pisces together with retrograde Vesta in Libra’s semi-sextile to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio remind us that we cannot be totally self-indulgent or laid back, but have to meet certain obligations we kept delaying or have put to the side for the time being to be able to get back in control over our affairs.

Tarot card of the day is The Emperor”, symbolizing the masculine principle, the animus within us and the patriarchy. This card is representative of structure and stability and thus implies that we’re creating order out of chaos by mapping out what needs to be done, sticking with the plan and seeing it through to its completion. We have to be highly organized and coordinated in our approach and must maintain our concentration and focus. Moreover, we need to become or bring forth our own authority and know that we can master our world.

Astro-Notes on April 20, 2014 – Easter SUNday

Today, Jupiter in Cancer perfected his square to Uranus in

Aries together with his opposition to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, thereby intensifying the tensions of the cardinal t-square. This happened with Mercury in Aries in opposition to retrograde Ceres in Libra and Venus forming a conjunction with Chiron in Pisces. Consequently, we have been feeling the pressure of customs and traditions we had to perpetuate and all the complex relationship rituals this entailed, while we were getting ready to make the compromises and accommodations required from us for the sake of celebrations and to be able to get together and enjoy each others’ company. Although, it might all have felt a bit overwhelming or too much to have planned for one day, in review the sacrifices were well worth our time and at the end of the day we are more relieved and grateful than we were in a long time. Thus, as this new sub-cycle starts, that combines the love principle with the wounding and healing principle in the sign of attunement, we have a chance to become aware of and transcend attachments and values, which keep us trapped in a prison of our own making. Therefore, today, we may have reflected on the things that truly matter to us as we enjoyed all the good moments and wonderful people in our life, while being in better spirits and grateful for these blessings.

My daughter had picked me up from work yesterday afternoon and then spent the night. We had a light dinner out on my balcony, while we were soaking up the warm rays of the Sun. Early today we drove to Alliston to visit “Mom”. So nice to see her and the “rest of the family” again, inclusive little dog Ruby. It was just a lovely day. Everybody was content and appreciative of the good moments. Discussions turned around our roots and family trees and between my daughter and me around how blissfully ignorant some people we know closely remain in regard to shooting themselves in the foot. :)

Tarot card of the day is the Queen of Pentacles”, suggesting that we strive to create a warm, secure and nurturing environment, where we find a use for everything. We need to focus on doing the same for ourselves and invest in a calm and balanced life. Thus, we need to be resourceful and practical when dealing with others and work on solutions for our present circumstances. It’s a day to learn to love and accept ourselves, to take care of ourselves and to replenish inwardly.

Astro-Notes on April 19, 2014 – acting in faith and devotion

It’s a busy day for Mercury in Aries, who engages in a quincunx toretrograde Saturn in Scorpio, a semi-square to Neptune in Pisces, an opposition to retrograde Vesta in Libra – who is involved in a sesqui-quadrate to Neptune – and then meets Eris in conjunction. Another quincunx is connecting Venus in Pisces to retrograde Mars in Libra. Thus, we have to adjust our schedule and priorities toward shared values and responsibilities to be able to deal with complex situations, meet relationship expectations and rather complicated commitments, which could feel like a race against time and could keep us struggling as we try to juggle several things at once, while we’re getting anxious under the pressure and there could be a sense of being overwhelmed by the demands on us that could cause us to react rather impatiently or even angry. However, with the beginning of this new sub-cycle we have a chance to focus on our self-interests and go forward with our personal plans or agenda. After the Moon’s ingress to Capricorn at 9:27 pm EDT could things finally calm down, but we could feel tired already with our enthusiasm curbed. At the very end of the day, at 11:55 pm EDT, will the Sun make ingress to Taurus, initiating a period of steady, productive self-expression when we seek to build up, secure and pursue a sustainable lifestyle or bestow our life with quality, tend to our wellbeing and toward sense gratification and validate our sense of Self together with the simpler pleasures life has to offer.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Pentacles”, which portrays a pilgrimage or a long journey taken as an act of faith or devotion. We can find the inner fortitude to persist in our quest and bolster ourselves, while resisting the temptation to succumb to ‘spiritual poverty’. It’s time to move on and to let us be guided by our soul’s ‘light’ or inner shining star. Moreover, in this context the card asks us to follow the high road during this process (detour) as we’re ‘recovering’ ground that has been transformed or is evolving. It’s a time of transitioning, after which we will feel renewed and empowered.

Astro-Notes on April 18, 2014 – a new phase of the cycle

Today, the Sun in Aries conjoins the South Node (opposite North Node in Libra), while we’re still under the spell of Venus’ connection with the cardinal Grand Cross. Thus,

we could feel disillusioned, but enlightened, in some way or just reminded of certain practices, rituals or circumstances as more light is being shed on the past and experiences we underwent, which could create a conflict in regard to our future prospects we need to resolve somehow so that justice is being served and an inner state of harmony can be restored.

Tarot card of the day is the Wheel of Fortune”, indicating that the wheel has turned and we’ve entered a new phase of the cycle. We must accept that things can always turn around; that what goes around comes around. However, in every crisis lies opportunity. It’s not a time to be complacent; instead we have to actively follow this path now and go with the flow.

Astro-Notes on April 17, 2014 – putting plans into action

The oppositions between retrograde Vesta in Libra and Eris in Aries and between Juno in Aries and retrograde Ceres in Libra together with Venus in Pisces activation of the cardinal Grand Cross with a semi-sextile to Uranus in Aries, a sextile to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and a trine to Jupiter in Cancer in addition to a sesqui-quadrate the North Node in Libra (semi-square South Node in Aries) could see us struggling to remain balanced or at ease and maintain our inner peace. We are unsettled in the wake of the approaching holidays and all this entails. In order to get our act together, we need to bring out our competitive spirit, but also remain self-aware and be mindful as we brace ourselves to deal with the frantic conditions we will most likely encounter wherever we go. Revered traditions and their customary celebrations have turned into a collective race with consumerism at its highest in our post-modern society. Therefore, it is important to avoid conflicts and strife and keep things civilized, no matter how tough the going gets. If we let us be guided by our higher values, choosing the high road over the low road, we will be able to manage these circumstances without reacting to provocations, ignorance or inconsideration. With Pallas in Leo in trine aspect to Juno in Aries, we’re motivated to succeed and carry out our personal plans in ‘conquering’ mode. Some will ‘shine’ and others might just get attention. :) After the Moon’s ingress to Sagittarius at 5:43 pm EDT will we feel merrier as well as more tolerant and generous, while looking forward to a long weekend.

Tarot card of the day is the Page of Pentacles”, a card that encourages us to begin putting those plans and actions in place that will ultimately lead us toward the fulfillment of our goals and dreams. It is time to start acting on all those grand ideas and concepts that have been brewing in our imagination. No matter what’ll take, we need to see the project through and work on the realization of our vision.

Astro-Notes on April 16, 2014 – focusing on win-win situations

Mercury in Aries casts a semi-sextile to Chiron in Pisces

and opposes retrograde Mars in Libra, who forms a quincunx to the former. Consequently, in order to be able to accommodate a relationship situation where we kept delaying things or forgot to act on we have to get out of our way and ask a favor of others, hoping that our plan will somehow work out and that they can ‘forgive’ us these late adjustments.

Tarot card of the day is the 2 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re calling a truce and accepting our preferences. We’re leaving the past behind and holding ourselves in high regard. It is likely that we’re feeling ‘at one’ with the energies of the universe and also with ourselves. Moreover, our focus is on win-win situations as we show kindness and thoughtfulness.

Astro-Notes on April 15, 2014 – Libra Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse

A Total Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth align in close proximity to the Moon’s Nodes and the Moon passes through the deeper shadow cast by the Earth, the umbra, where no direct light from the Sun can reach her. However, the Earth’s atmosphere refracts light, while at the same time filtering it, which illuminates the Moon with a series of varying red colors, depending on the prevailing conditions. Lunar Eclipses are felt internal and can trigger unconscious and psychic issues, which constitute our shadow material.

The Aries lunation cycle culminated in a Total Lunar Eclipse at 3:42 am EDT this morning. This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse happened at the North Node of the Moon and is conjunct retrograde Ceres in Libra (Sun opposite Ceres), in sextile aspect to Pallas in Leo (Sun trine Pallas) and sesqui-quadrate Venus in Pisces (Sun semi-square Venus). Thus, an opening on the emotional and soul level has been created that allows us to restore equilibrium due to an ‘act of justice’ and rebalance from a relationship experience that could have been traumatic, disappointing or saddening and threatening our souls peace in many regards, stirring up our rawest emotions and laying bare hidden insecurities. There is a chance now that we can bounce back from this personal drama we underwent over these last few weeks and start over – one way or another. Together with the impulse that came forth with the Aries New Moon, the seeds planted at the time of the Libra New Moon back on October 4 of last year will be ‘harvested’ now or ‘seen in the light of meaning’. Thus, the ‘miners surfacing from a deep coal mine’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon) are ‘in the possession of more gifts than they can hold’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries Sun) and therefore, the ‘new symbolic forms for traditional images’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) are shown in ‘an eagle and a large white dove changing into each other’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse).

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 25:15 Libra states:
“An eagle and a large white dove change into each other. Keynote: The interaction of the spiritual will and of the love principle when critical needs arise – ADEPTNESS.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 25:15 Aries states:
“A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold. Keynote: Obsession by potentiality – a WARNING against undertaking more than it is as yet safe and sound to attempt.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 188-189 and 68, respectively)

Libra Full Moon-Total Lunar Eclipse 2014

Implied by these symbolical pictures is that what has been brought to light from this journey to the ‘underworld’ (underground) is more than we can bear and therefore, a compromise of some sort must be reached, grown from the understanding that we don’t live in a perfect, ideal world, but in one that is defined by duality and polarity, constant change and stark contrasts and that often seems to be unfair and unjust. In fact, right and wrong are relative. We only encounter on the outside what lies unrecognized within us. The universe is impartial, yet maintains a dynamic equilibrium, in which cycles converge and overlap and everything is continually transforming. We are a part of this process – our lives are conditioned by cycles of becoming and we still have a lot of work to do in this regard – we are not as civilized as we want to believe. Our primal, animistic instincts are still very strong. Unless we smarten up, we will be ruled by our emotions, in particular by the buried ones. In order to evolve from this state of affairs and to be able to co-exist peacefully, we need to own our humanity and origins (roots) and support each other instead of judging others by their failure to adhere to the rules of engagement and live up to societal standards.

Tarot card of the day is the 8 of Wands”, representing a very focused kind of motion and activity, a time when we need to strike while the iron is hot. It encourages us to move quickly to pursue the best opportunities available right now – or in the sense of this eclipse and the TAO (the way leading through the dynamic interplay of the yin and yang) – MOVE ON.