Astro-Notes on November 30, 2011 – an irritable day

Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius’ sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Jupiter in Taurus demands that we go

back over and re-examine convictions we’ve been holding for a long time and whether they’re worth the amount of thought we put into them. We must ask ourselves if there’s any point to continue in this direction or if we need to stretch our mind even more. What’s the purpose of it all? Truth is, we can plan all day long and then, at the end of the day, it might amount to nothing or at least not much.  

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Swords”, suggesting a restless mind, general movement and that we’re applying variable effort. We might take a risk to get out of a boring situation and do things our own way in order to move out of our comfort zone. However, there’s a need for caution and for being ethical as there could be all kinds of treacherous and dubious behavior. Yet, we will have a chance to save ourselves, while overcoming these karmic trials.

My nerves have been tested a few times today. It was one of these days you can’t wait to get over with. Not only did I stay up too late to get the Tarot Reading all ready for send-out, but I also didn’t sleep well after that and then woke way too early and heard the snow plow cleaning up. Thus, I got up later than usual in the morning and then had to hurry up to prepare something to eat to take to work with me and wash the dishes and get ready to go. It took me a lot of effort to get the snow removed from my car. But there was a friendly neighbor outside who shoveled around all the cars sitting there on that side of the road. He was very helpful. At work, where I had a full shift, I was on one of the back tills, which tends to tire me immensely, because the flow of customers is not steady. Almost every customer who passed through my register seemed to have a problem of some sort. However, the worst thing happened in the afternoon when we had to wait for cash change for the longest time, because there was no manager around. I had to watch myself to not get annoyed. But I was looking forward to have the day off tomorrow and most of Friday too and I had made a list of a few things I was going to do when toward the end of my shift an offer for an additional shift tomorrow came in. I accepted and now I’m falling behind with everything once again. For one thing, I was forced to cook a meal for tomorrow upon returning home and then to respond quickly to a few emails and now it’s getting really late for me again, considering that I’ll have to get up very early tomorrow morning. Oh well!

Sagittarius New Moon/Solar Eclipse Tarot Reading

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Astro-Notes on November 29, 2011 – persistance pays off

After the Moon’s ingress to Aquarius at 2:01 am EST stirred up our inner life and shook up the atmosphere, we’re adapting to a change of pace and feelings. Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius’ square to Ceres in Pisces challenges us to redirect our focus to be able to take care of unfinished business and review concepts and beliefs, which result in self-undoing. With the Sun in Sagittarius in sextile to Pallas in Aquarius, it’s up to us to turn things around by showing our enterprising side and employing a strategy that will advance our personal cause.

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Wands”, suggesting that we’ll be seeing something through to the end and will persisting against the odds. There might be a last test or challenge before we can reach success, but as long as we don’t give up, we will achieve our goals. We will eventually prosper if we maintain our position with patience and vigilance.

Astro-Notes on November 28, 2011 – picking our battles wisely

Retrograde Eris in Aries receives a smooth sextile from Vesta in Aquarius and a tense sesqui-quadrate

from the Sun in Sagittarius, who also forms a semi-sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Thus, as our competitive spirit awakens, we need to rise to the occasion and promote ourselves or make a risked bid when we have a chance, striking the iron as long as it is hot. If we play our cards convincingly, we might score high, gain or win and generally achieve more influence in the long run. However, due to the high-strung-ness and edginess of this unbridled energy that could be possessing us, we have to be aware of selfishness, mindlessness and a ‘the end justifies the means’ mentality.  

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Swords”, suggesting that we’re acting in our own self-interest, but are well advised to pick our battles wisely. We could be experiencing inner and/or outer conflict or discord and get into arguments. Awareness of consequences is imperative. This is moreover a card of conquest, implying that if we were ambitious enough, we might achieve our objectives. As always, when Eris is involved, it depends on of what kind of mind we are.

Case in point: It’s Cyber-Monday. Cyber-sales are on.

Astro-Notes on November 27, 2011 – self-reliance

A semi-square from Vesta in Aquarius to Pluto in Capricorn demands that we commit ourselves to the causes, which will lead to empowerment in a step-by-step process, and purge everything that stands in the way of our progress.  As Venus in Capricorn trines retrograde Jupiter in Taurus, the ‘growing up’ we’ve done so far and the things we’ve achieved along the way may result in a sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of values, which build up our self-esteem instead of compensating for lack.

Tarot card of the day is “The Moon”, encouraging us to release our shadow material by letting go of mental blocks, deep-seated fears and negative self-talk. As we unravel the perplexity of our thoughts we become aware of the psychic influences that inform our conscious mind. Thus, things might not seem as they appear to be and we might not be sure of our destination, or even the path we’re traveling, but we must proceed nonetheless. We just begin to understand that there is a path to higher consciousness. Structures that have long comforted us are suddenly absent and therefore, we need to develop more self-reliance.

Personal Note: Today is my maternal grandmother’s birthday. She would have turned 110 years old, if she were still with us. This used to be a very exciting day for me, because the entire family would meet to celebrate this event in a big way and I’m talking about 40-50 people. My grandma knew that this would only happen as long as she was alive and she was right about that. Since she passed, a few of her kids have passed too, while, on the other hand, more great grandchildren have been added to the larger family and the family has spred all over the globe. Times they are changing, but we’ll keep the memories of these days past in our minds and  hearts.

Astro-Notes on November 26, 2011 – recovery

Venus made ingress to Capricorn at 7:36 am EST this morning, where she will be transiting until December 20,

which corresponds to a period of serious and realistic evaluation of our circumstances and of the material world, when we favor and desire things that are lasting, stand the test of time and are durable, reliable and solid, and people, who are responsible, mature and reliable as well; when we appreciate material things and concreteness; when we manifest, strengthen and structure our values, assets, talents, emotions, finances and relationships, work on achieving our needs and respond with caution, practicality and firmness. The instant square from Venus in Capricorn to retrograde Uranus in Aries together with her sextile to Chiron in Pisces force us to overcome a sense of limitation and whatever else is holding us back from moving forward with our individual initiatives. We need to get our priorities straight and use the opportunity to soothe our wounds in order to ensure a quick recovery. After the Moon’s ingress to Capricorn at 10:04 pm EST and subsequent triggering of this aspect pattern, we might feel ready and prepared to get down to business and do whatever is necessary in this regard.  

Tarot card of the day is the “Knight of Cups”, symbolizing that we’re full of zeal as we serve our desires. We’re on a journey of imagination and creativity, where our idealism and love principle will be put to a test. Therefore, we’ll have to follow our heart in order to find our path.

Astro-Notes on November 25, 2011 – Sagittarius New Moon/Solar Eclipse

Yesterday’s astro weather led up directly to the Sagittarius New Moon/Solar Eclipse that transpired at 1:09 am

EST this morning at 2:36 degrees Sagittarius and will therefore carry this particular energy flavor for the time of its duration.  A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon, Earth and Sun align with the Moon’s nodal axis and the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. During a partial Solar Eclipse the area of the Earth, which falls within the penumbra of the Moon, where the Sun is partly covered and its light dimmed to varying degrees, sees how the “Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun”. The phenomena of this transition is so palpable to our senses that it transcends the boundaries between the visible and invisible, and thus between the conscious and unconscious. Things that have been eclipsed in the area of our life, represented by the house in our natal chart, where the Eclipse has an impact, have now a chance to be brought into the light of conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. An Eclipse sets the ‘tone’ for the next six months. Its effect can be felt even longer.

Eclipses belong furthermore to a larger pattern; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse belongs to the Saros Series 14 North and was the last time around in November 1993 (triggering prominent themes of that time). Because this Eclipse is conjunct the North Node of the Moon, it is about beginnings and the intake of new energy. With the Eclipse placed in the fire sign Sagittarius, we may witness sensational events, which have religious and sweeping social connotations. There will be emphasis on the judiciary, on clergy, the pontificate, sociologists, on journalism, propaganda, broadcasting, publishing, publicizing, long-distance travel and connections, long-term perspectives, colleges and universities, professors, mentors, in-laws, the masses, viewpoints, opinions, concepts, convictions, tolerance levels, righteousness, expansion, knowledge, the outdoors, tourism, the sky, benefactors and beneficiaries, philanthropists, philanderers, pilgrims and pilgrimages, foreigners and foreign countries, ethnicity, multi-culture, globality, higher mind and higher education, philosophy, morals, ethics, generalizations, absolutes, principles, fanaticism, excess, abundance, enterprises, adventures, sports and exercises, discoveries, luck and fortune, quests and other searches, immensity, compensation, growth, the truth, faith and beliefs.

The hallmark of this Saros Series is Neptune in opposition to Saturn and Venus on the midpoint of Uranus/Neptune, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“A most peculiar Eclipse family, heralding an acute time of confusion in personal relationships, unexpected happenings in financial matters, and possible illness. There might be unrequited love, despair, confusion, a draining of energy, a peculiar turn of events. No important decisions should be made concerning incoming events as there is too much confusion and possible delusion to make clear judgments.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Pages 325-326)

Thus, emotional and financial, even existential, uncertainties and insecurities will be part of the big picture and drive our choices. The more important it’ll be that we’re aware of our own patterns, conditioning and internal wirings, inclusive our expectations, projections and fears. The New Moon’s square to Chiron in Pisces and trine to retrograde Uranus in Aries suggest that we might be blazing new trails as the result of overcoming adversity together with emotional and spiritual unwholesomeness. There is potential for personal greatness and significance through re-inventing ourselves and on a larger scale for grand social reforms.

The Sabian Symbol for the Solar Eclipse/Sagittarius New Moon states:

“Two men playing chess. Keynote: The transcendent ritualization of conflict – INTERPLAY.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 211-212)

Because Jupiter, the ruler of the Solar Eclipse/Sagittarius New Moon, is retrograde in Taurus and in quincunx aspect to the lunation, we need to turn inside for guidance, relying on the accumulated wisdom gathered from years of experience and proceed slowly and cautiously, in carefully calculated steps as implied by the semi-sextile between Pallas in Aquarius and Pluto in Capricorn. Our wit, intelligence, genius and foresight in maneuvering our circumstances will complement our gradual acquiring of power and influence. Or else, if we fail to anticipate moves and tactics or politics, we could end up in a position of “checkmate”.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Swords”, representing a delicate balance. We may feel as though we have reached an impasse or even a stalemate. What is needed is a truce so that the problems we’re dealing with can be resolved using logic and the intellect, especially if we don’t know how to proceed. It’s a card of choice. There is a sense of being caught between a rock and a hard place, which could make decision-making difficult or, on the other hand, could have us torn by indecision. Awareness of the consequences of our decisions is therefore imperative. However, a new beginning is arising out of the solutions found.