Astro-Notes on September 30, 2012 – love thyself

An opposition from Mercury in Libra to retrograde Eris in Aries confronts us with inner discord we need to face up to and deal with to be able to arrange for peace of mind. As Ceres in Cancer perfects her trine to retrograde Neptune in Pisces in addition to engaging in a square with retrograde Pallas in Aries, a phase of supporting projections in regard to dependency and of nurturing ideals, which belong to the past, has come to an end, challenging us to begin anew with reviewed strategies in order to take care of our Self-development and foster our growth. With Venus in Leo at the apex position of a square to the nodal axis, we’ve reached a turning point in our personal evaluation and validation of things or matters and thus in our relationship to ourselves, where we’re urged to transform and evolve our love principle to prevent us from getting stuck in repetitive patterns that stand in the way of our happiness and fulfillment.  

Tarot card of the day is “The Fool”, referring to unlimited potential, new beginnings, a sense of innocence and naivety. Anything can happen as we start on this journey. We could be taken into unchartered territory and thus need to be aware of the risks and dangers we could encounter, but also need to be ready to take on the opportunities presented to us. This card encourages us to have faith and calls upon us to trust, believe in our spirit and to follow our heart. – The card of The Fool following the 10 of Swords yesterday perfectly describes the transition and reorientation, or ending and new beginning, that is now happening in our lives. Full Moon’s are times of revelation and illumination. Wherever it fell in your chart, in this area will you experience some sort of harvest.

Personal Notes: To my shame as an astrologer I must admit that I thought I’d manage my time perfectly on the day of the Full Moon. Think again. First of all, I slept in and while I was having my breakfast coffee I got a call from work, asking me to come in 2 hours earlier. Since I had planned among others things to do 2 loads of laundry, I had to skip my fitness routine. The moment I grabbed the laundry basket my phone rang again. This time it was my dear friend Sharon – just to get in touch with me and to let me know that they’d include me in their circle anyway, even though I wouldn’t be present for the Full Moon celebration. As happy and touched as I was by this gesture, I had to cut her off to be able to start the laundry, about which I felt really guilty. Meanwhile, my mailbox filled up and I haven’t even started yet to respond to those mails – just to a few on Facebook, because my shift ended later in the evening and after that I took care of my weekly grocery shopping and then I had to get up early this morning for a short shift after which I went to my daughter’s place to join the celebration of her partner’s birthday. Consequently, I’ve been late with the posting of my blog entries and everything else that has accumulated. Typical for the ‘astro-weather’ I also came “under attack” from 2 of my so-called friends on Facebook in the lead-up to the Aries Full Moon, people who consider themselves ‘spiritual persons’, but were trying to force their truths on me by preaching to me in a self-righteous manner. Their comments were based on projections and personal judgments, which revealed how highly they think of themselves, unaware of the ‘flaws in their holiness’.  

Sorry, but as you can see WordPress features are not working for me anymore and I have no tech assistance close by. So, we’ve gotta do without the beautiful images and charts. 😦

Astro-Notes on September 29, 2012 – Aries Full Moon

The Moon made ingress to Aries at 9:13 am EDT, animating and motivating us, and later in the night at 11:18 pm EDT will she meet the Sun in opposition, marking the Aries Full Moon, when the initial impulse that sounded forth with the Virgo New Moon on September 15 and also the one planted at the time of the Aries New Moon back on March 22 culminate and the “the need to keep a vibrant and pure simplicity at the core of one’s being as one meets the many tests of existence” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Virgo New Moon) is finding fulfillment in the image of the “blazing fireplace in a deserted home” (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun), and thus “in keeping the hope for a rebeginning”. As Mercury in Libra casts a tense sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Chiron in Pisces, it is indeed critical that we don’t give up and lose hope (Hope is the keyword of the Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Aries at this Full Moon) in order to remain mentally stable and to be able to use conciliatory rhetoric and a cultured, civilized style, even though certain problems, which are a source of seemingly endless difficulties and pain, have not been resolved yet or relationship demands or arrangements might just feel overwhelming. “The cameo profile of a man, suggesting the shape of his country” (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon in March) is revealed in the form of “A woman’s large hat with streamers blown by an east wind” (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Full Moon). This suggests that many events or developments may have turned out differently than we had imagined or envisioned and now that the harvest is upon us (this is the Harvest Full Moon after all) there could be unexpected surprises in store that could throw us off balance. With the Sun in Libra coming out of an opposition to retrograde Uranus in Aries and a square to Pluto in Capricorn just prior to this highpoint in the lunation cycle, we might be experiencing moments of high stress and panic, while struggling to overcome limiting conditions and forces beyond our control, challenging our poise and resolve. As a result, our manageability and resourcefulness under increased pressure is tested, forcing us to spin our wheels and to juggle our life elegantly without losing grace.

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 7:22 Aries states:

“A large woman’s hat with streamers blown by an east wind. Keynote: Protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness – PROTECTIVE FORMS and SENSITIVITY.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 7:22 Libra states:

“A blazing fireplace in a deserted home. Keynote: The need to realize that even through the most empty hours a spiritual power is ever ready to welcome and warm up the wayward consciousness returning to center – HOPE for a rebeginning.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 55 and 177 respectively)

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Swords”, suggesting that we may feel victimized and powerless. However, this is the final ordeal. It will only get better from now on. We need to let go off negative attitudes and accept our current circumstances. Something is coming to end and change is impending. The worst is over and the only way is up.

Since WordPress is not cooperating with me I’m posting my reply to a comment from Graham here: Thank you, Graham. I understand. Your gift is very much appreciated. Sent you a friend request on FB. Have a great Sunday. 🙂 Verena

Astro-Notes on September 28, 2012 – action and reaction

Quincunx aspects from Mars in Scorpio to Vesta in Gemini and from the Sun in Libra to retrograde Chiron in Pisces indicate that we make necessary adjustments in our intentions and self-expression as we’re forced to face up to inner conflicts or demons we could encounter in outer antagonism and have to deal with the ‘echo’ of or reactions to our actions.   

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.

In the news:  A man in Connecticut killed his own son, thinking it was a burglar. Purported anti-Muslim film producer ordered jailed in probation case. Actor John Travolta and his lawyer are cleared of libel charges. Gay daughter responds to bounty. Etc.

I still cannot add tags or media/images to my posts.

Astro-Notes on September 27, 2012 – lighten our inner fire

The Moon made ingress to Pisces early this morning at 1:23 am EDT, attuning us to our dreams and imagination, while letting us resting well, and at the same time making us receptive as well as sensitive to all kinds of influences (and this is for better or worse, especially with the Venus-Mars and Uranus-Pluto squares happening). Venus in Leo perfects her square to Mars in Scorpio (we’ve been feeling for the last couple of days already) and follows up with a sextile to Vesta in Gemini, challenging us to overcome compulsive behavior and excessive or resentful reactions (p. ex. bottled up anger can trigger our temper or even violence – expressed or encountered through others) when our personal wants and desires are not met or our personal preferences and priorities are ‘violated’ and our annoyance about these situations gets the best of us. An opportunity to lighten our inner fire and keep ourselves busy with more enjoyable things is presented to us, which could prevent us from getting too enmeshed with others if we take advantage of this chance and let our heart lead the way.

Tarot card of the day is “The Empress”, suggesting that the situation is ‘pregnant with promise’, but this fruitfulness includes an ‘incubation period’. There is a deep connection to the anima and the feminine, yin principle, especially the maternal, nurturing side of it that calls upon us to get in touch with our sensuality and source of creativity to experience fulfillment. It is an excellent card for the ‘birth’ of a new idea or project we’re encouraged to love and nurture to fruition. Moreover, we need to find ways to support dialogue and open communication.

The news has been filled with many examples of this energy-weather. The protests and mass demonstrations in Spain and Greece have been outstanding in particular and highlighting the generational potential of the major planetary influences playing out on the world stage. Personally, I could feel anger arising easily, especially with the Moon in Aquarius did this behavior seem to come out of the blue and in the blink of an eye. What yesterday almost enraged me instantly I can face today calmly and with more sympathy. I’m also happy to see the Sun out. It’s a gorgeous day and I’m off work, which means I can finally go on this walk to the Woodlands that’s been on my mind for a while now. WordPress doesn’t respond – I can’t add tags or media – so, perhaps later today. Let’s see if this text will get posted at all!

Astro-Notes on September 26, 2012 – acting in our self-interest

With their square tightening, Mars in Scorpio and Venus in Leo form a quincunx and a trine to retrograde Eris in Aries respectively. This indicates that we want nothing more than to end our struggles, inner as well as outer, by having our worth validated and our needs acknowledged in order to overcome those limiting conditions that stand in the way of what’s personally important to us and is causing us resentment and stirring up our anger as the pressure or even the threat to our personal security needs intensifies. Consequently, we feel strongly compelled to act in our self-interests and assert us powerfully and resourcefully. In the meantime, Ceres made ingress to Cancer at 2:54 am EDT, where she will traverse until December 4 when she will egress to Gemini during her retrogradation, which corresponds to a period when we depend on as well as foster support, take care of our Self-development and nurture the maternal principle. Mercury in Libra forms a sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Neptune in Pisces and a trine to Jupiter in Gemini, urging us to review our expectations and imaginings and to assess if they are realizable in order to be able to see other options we might have been blind toward so far.  

Tarot card of the day is “Death”, marking a time of transition that could bring something to a close or to its completion. We have a chance to put the past behind as we’re shedding an old attitude or going through what cannot be avoided, while accepting the inevitable and riding our fate.

Personal Note: It happened that I connected with my friend Christina via Skype this morning, even though she had sent me a note that she’s too busy this week. Christina has 00 Cancer rising, where Ceres has been ‘arriving’ today and she’s been supportive and helping throughout our conversation and thus came across as the personification of the goddess Ceres. She pointed out how narrow my perception is when I want that things develop the way I want them to develop, which can be ascribed to my natal retrograde Jupiter in Taurus. It is quite possible that I needed this reminder as I seem not to be able to see a way out of my current circumstances – I might be blind to options and possibilities in front of me (Neptune is in my 3rd house opposite Jupiter).

Astro-Notes on September 25, 2012 – finding out where we stand

As Venus in Leo and Mars in Scorpio approach their square, both of them are activating the Uranus-Pluto

square with tense octile aspects and thus increasing the challenges and acuteness of the situation, even though it’ll take another couple of days until their aspect will perfect. We’re feeling the crisis building up and the tightening pressure that keeps us on an edge, all of which is testing our resolve and stamina, while pushing us mercilessly and relentlessly to intensify our efforts in order to break out of limiting circumstances beyond our control and make progress on several fronts. This requires that we assert our influence where it is necessary and concentrate on our values and priorities, thereby validating our worth and honoring our wants and desires. A trine from retrograde Pallas in Aries to Juno in Sagittarius indicates that we’ve reached the end of the road and thus a certain level of growth as the outcome of our interactions with others, where we now have to look back and review how far our personal strategies have brought us.  

Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Pentacles”, suggesting slow growth. The seeds have been sown, but there is no sign yet that they have germinated. Some things are moving along well and we feel hopeful about the future, while others seem to be pointless. Consequently, we are applying a long-term view and focus on sustainability of results. It’s time now to assess which of our energy investments are worth it and where we might have to change direction. Thus, we are taking stock, reflecting on our progress, questioning our choices and find out where we stand.

In the news: Taiwenese ships clash with Japanese coast guard over disputed island in an attempt to claim their rights to fish in that area in which they succeeded. – A federal appeals court has reversed itself and thrown out a judge’s landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for billions of dollars in damage that property owners blame on its maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel.

Personally, I reflect on the passing of my beloved bunny rabbit Baby 5 years ago, which was one of the most formidable experiences of my life that “coincided” with a lunar eclipse as it literally opened my heart. Today is also the 8. birthday of my little niece Loreen. So far, I was only able to celebrate her 4th with her.

Astro-Notes on September 24, 2012 – headaches and other nightmares

As Mercury in Libra engages in a semi-square to the North Node in Scorpio (sesqui-quadrate South Node in Taurus), the call of destiny is compelling and intense, threatening our peace of mind as the pressure we feel in regard to agreements and other relationship issues, which have accumulated over the last weeks and where the deadline(s) are now ‘looming in the shadows’ or where we need to set matters straight to not get annoyed time and again, is increasing. Consequently, we need to stabilize our focus instead of ‘indulging’ our mind with attachments that keep us stuck what the finalization of our plans concerns. The Sun in Libra’s sextile to Juno in Sagittarius together with his opposition to retrograde Pallas in Aries offer us a way out of this dilemma. There is a chance of others cooperating with us or assisting us in one form or another, if we reach out and are ready to make the necessary compromise(s) or take the appropriate actions. After the Moon’s ingress to Aquarius at 7:32 pm EDT will conditions in our environment change and we become subject to different kinds of excitement, which could cause a stirring up of our feeling life.

Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Swords”, suggesting that negative thoughts, worries and concerns are overwhelming. We could be in a dark place, full of fear and suffering or might have a tendency to put ourselves down without justification. This may be the sum total of an extremely difficult time, when we are dealing with an accumulation of stress and worry. In any case, the situation is complex.  

Personal Note: As I stretched upon waking this morning I got a spasm in my left leg, which is a ‘nightmare’ in itself. What a start in the day. Reminded me right away of this Tarot card I had already drawn before I went to bed. I’m awaiting a call from the accountant I had left my number with on Friday to come to some sort of agreement regarding my immigration documentation and have a feeling it’ll be a long wait and that “I’m gonna be put on hold” or I might have to call him again toward the end of the business day. So much for my plans to go on a walk this afternoon now that the rain has stopped and the Sun is finally coming out. One of the rear tires of my car also needs some air again, which makes me think I should check the oil as well besides filling up the tank again. Although I finally ‘composed’ a summary of a reading I did several days ago, I still haven’t responded to all my emails and can feel the pressure in this regard too. It just seems to be never-ending and I haven’t even started with my fitness routine yet, not the mention with the mopping the floors that needs to be done! WordPress just aggravated me too with its slow response.