Astro-Notes on November 30, 2012 – creating a nurturing environment

The Moon made ingress to Cancer at 8:54 am EST, instantly trined Neptune in Pisces and formed a conjunction with

retrograde Ceres in Cancer. Again, I slept in and upon waking I decided to take care of the laundry right away, being well aware of my neighbor’s presence (he could cross my plans any moment if I keep delaying) and also of the things I need to do (I also have a late shift this evening). Thus, in order to avoid any stress I changed my routine and just go with the flow as the day unfolds. However, I also realized that I need to nourish some bonds and foster support where it is needed and where I’ve fallen too far behind with everything.

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 November 29, 2012 – renewal

A sextile from Venus in Scorpio to Mars in Capricorn provides us with an opportunity to work on the manifestation of our intentions one step at a time based on an inner renewal we’re feeling that strengthens our resistance toward outward influences. The Sun in Sagittariussemi-sextile to Pluto in Capricorn re-emphasizes this by showing an adjustment in purpose toward managing limiting or burdening circumstances that prevent us from over-extending ourselves.  

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re calling a truce and restoring harmony where it is needed. We’re working for peace and reaffirming our commitment to bonds. Thus, we create an atmosphere where we can relax, while reducing stress and tensions, and consequently have a chance to experience serenity and contentment. Generally, we can be more at ease. This card is reflective of our personal value system and what we believe will bring us the ultimate fulfillment and happiness in life. It is moreover indicative of achieving and/or maintaining a positive outlook together with long-term dreams and aspirations.

Personal Note: I decided to stay at home yesterday night, even though the road conditions were favorable for the long-distance drive I had planned. After the early, long shift at work I was just too tired to go on a drive like that, especially since I’m having another early long shift today. However, this decision wasn’t easy – it was the outcome of a lengthy struggle I fought with myself, because these Full Moon circles we hold are such “inspiriting times”. I really don’t want to miss them, in particular because they allow me to rejoice with this group of wonderful women of which many have become close friends of mine. So, when I finally made peace with myself, we lost the power here and I had to shut down the computer, heading to bed right away. This gave me a long night of sleep after which I feel ‘rejuvenated’ (emotional rebirth).

Astro-Notes on November 28, 2012 – Lunar Appulse Eclipse/Gemini Full Moon

The Gemini Full Moon that transpires at 9:45 am EST is a Lunar Appulse Eclipse. “A lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Since the Moon “shines” only by reflecting light from the Sun, the full moon seems to disappear when it is eclipsed. Depending on which parts of the Earth’s shadow the full moon passes through (which depends on how close the full moon is to the lunar nodes), a lunar eclipse can be one of three main types. In the situation where the Moon misses the umbra entirely and only enters the penumbra (either grazing it or being completely immersed in it), an appulse (or penumbral) lunar eclipse is formed. The Moon’s surface is only slightly dimmed during an appulse. In fact, the casual observer may not even notice this kind of eclipse, since the change in appearance is so subtle. The astrological effect of an appulse is far from subtle, however.” (

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 6:46 Gemini states:

“A well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic trees. Keynote: Man’s primordial faith in the hidden, sustaining power of life – A FUNDAMENTAL TRUST IN AND COOPERATION WITH LIFE.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 6:46 Sagittarius states:

“Cupid knocks at the door of a human heart. Keynote: A stirring up of individual longings for romantic love – EMOTIONAL REBIRTH.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Pages 93-94 and 213-214, respectively)

As the seed impulse of the Scorpio New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse culminates together with the seeds planted at the time of the Gemini New Moon/Solar Eclipse back in May, “the glass-bottomed boat revealing undersea wonders” (Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon in May) has become “a well with bucket and rope under the shade of majestic trees” (Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon in Gemini) and “the hunters shooting wild duck” (Sabian Symbol for the Scorpio New Moon) have taken the shape of “Cupid shooting his arrow at a human heart” (Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Sagittarius). Thus, the promised “new dimension of reality” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Gemini New Moon from May) is fulfilled in an “emotional rebirth” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Sun in Sagittarius) through “a fundamental trust in and cooperation with life” (keynote of the Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon in Gemini). With the Pallas (in Pisces) – Juno (in Sagittarius) square perfecting, the challenge is to meet these relationship objectives and goals and thus to overcome where we failed so far and missed the target or were unable to deliver or simply lost the ‘game’. Venus in Scorpio’s sextile to her dispositor, Pluto in Capricorn, offers us a chance to manage these obstacles in our way and thus to gain control over limiting circumstances through the transforming of our values. At the start of this lunation cycle, the Scorpio New Moon/Solar Eclipse (Sun-Moon conjunction in Scorpio) was in quincunx aspect to retrograde Eris in Aries – now the Full Moon and the Sun are forming tense octile aspects to the latter. Therefore, the conditions have intensified to a ‘time of crisis’ since the initial adjustment, where the acuteness of the situation forces us to make our move for the sake of ourselves regardless of the objections and unanswered questions we still might have. Things cannot be delayed any longer. We have to trust, be enterprising and just forge ahead.  

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 November 27, 2012 – connections from the past

The Mars-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn begins a new cycle that combines our intentions and actions with the

power and resourcefulness we can muster in an organized, achievement-oriented way for which we may lay the foundation today. Venus in Scorpio’s semi-square to Juno in Sagittarius together with her sesqui-quadrate to Pallas in Pisces urge us to understand our role in the grander scheme of things as we reach out and seek to expand our web of connections, especially what shared values and resources concerns. Therefore, final validation or judgments are in order, which for some may come with regret or in form of ‘back-biting’ and for others with feelings of empowerment, depending on the values we have embraced in the past. Karma will be felt deeply and unmistakably today. After the Moon’s ingress to Gemini at 7:58 pm EST and instant square to Neptune in Pisces will we feel the need to get busy, to communicate our ideas and connect with important others, but have to delay this until later when the ‘air is cleared’.

Tarot card of the day is the “6 of Cups”, suggesting that past efforts are being rewarded and pleasant or nostalgic memories are resurfacing. Past connections can serve some useful purpose. However, we need to look toward the future now and lay solid foundations in this regard. It’s important to be keenly aware of the blessings in our lives and to take some time out to enjoy the good moments, for they are special.

In the news: Naked activists make Boehner’s D.C. office less stuffy as they were protesting possible cuts to HIV and AIDS funding. They were yelling, “Boehner, Boehner, don’t be a dick, budget cuts will make us sick.” – CSI exhumes the body of former Palestinian leader Jasser Arafat due to suspicions of radioactive poisoning in his death. – Former ‘Melrose Place’ actress has been found guilty and convicted of vehicular homicide.

Personal Notes: I had a consultation scheduled for today noon time with a client, who seems to become a ‘regular’. The session took longer than expected or planned, but we also discussed business potential and venues. Toward the end of it I got a call from work for a shift tomorrow, which though greatly helpful in my limited circumstances basically messes up my entire planning for the next couple of days. However, for a long time now I’ve been feeling that I cannot commit as much time anymore to this blog and also not to mailing – a message that has come through strongly with the Solar Eclipse. So, blog posts may come out late or not as regularly (daily) in the future. However, I’m still available for consultations. – On another note: Today is my maternal grandmother’s 111. birthday (just love the number). This used to be a very exciting day we celebrated in great numbers as the whole family would come together for the occasion. It’s been a long time since she passed, but she’s sincerely missed and as I look at the splendid Full Moon here I’m thinking of her and the wonderful times we had together. Love you Granny!

Astro-Notes on November 26, 2012 – overhauling our value system

As Juno in Sagittarius perfects her trine to retrograde Eris in Aries, the Sun in Sagittarius forms another trine with retrograde Uranus in Aries in addition to a square to Chiron in Pisces. After we decided which course of action to take in several relationship situations we were able to deal with our inner discord satisfactorily, convincing ourselves of personal truths received through insights and revelations, and this resulted in a new understanding of our relationship principles and our role in this context. Consequently, we’re reinventing ourselves and changing our life through the introduction of new trends, whereby we’re challenged to overcome ‘self-undoing’ tendencies and thus need to know when we’re shooting ourselves in the foot or become the victim of wrong beliefs and ideals, which prevent us from experiencing our own ‘greatness’ and living our life to the fullest. With Venus in Scorpio engaged in a tense sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Vesta in Gemini prior to her conjunction with Saturn, reviewing our commitments and rethinking the things and relations to people we hold sacred is imperative in order to renew our values and transform our relationships as this synodic cycle comes to an end and a new one begins, during which we will be deepening or eliminating relationship structures, merging material resources, transforming or regenerating the rules pertaining to love and money and overhauling our value system. Mercury, who has been in retrograde motion since November 6, will station direct at 18:10 Scorpio at 5:47 pm EST, which allows us to resurrect and recycle ideas, plans, communication and connections we’ve reviewed, especially business-wise, as well as to renew our thinking process and perception, based on this in-depth introspection.

Tarot card of the day is the “Page of Swords”, a card that is also called “The Renewer” and is all about communication, information and ideas and indicates the ability to rise above emotional confusion. The Page or Princess of Swords represents commitment to a new way of life, because of the settling and cutting away of past inner conflicts, the regaining of mental clarity and a victory over emotional moods. Manifestation of our dreams can actually happen in the not so distant future as she delivers messages of change and news of official matters. Seek to align yourself with people who will nurture your ideas and will help you to manifest them in an organized manner.  

In the news: More people in the U.S. on food stamp use than the population of 24 states. Food stamps have risen to a record high of 47.1 million people, a figure that has many twitter users up in arms with accusations of fraud and criticism of the Obama administration.

Astro-Notes on November 25, 2012 – all good times must come to an end

After the Moon’s ingress to Taurus at 7:18 am EST this morning and instant sextile to Neptune in Pisces will we feel

more relaxed and mellow, while seeking out comfort and routine. Venus in Scorpio casts a quincunx to retrograde Uranus in Aries and forms a trine with Chiron in Pisces, which is indicative of an adjustment we make regarding shared values toward re-emerging trends and personal changes that ends a time of unity when we felt content in the privacy of the togetherness or of our intimate affairs it afforded. With retrograde Vesta in Gemini casting a tense sesqui-quadrate to Saturn in Scorpio, it is critical that we intensify our commitment to uphold a sense of structure and control, while remaining flexible and adaptable at the same time.

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Pentacles”, suggesting that we’re seeking permanence and looking for a solution that will last. Therefore, we’re working on the creation of a lasting foundation by moving beyond makeshift arrangements and through a consensus of vision. This card refers to a climax in our foundational life, a culmination, completion or achievement we’ve reached that is the result of our material and tangible efforts and allows us to make a commitment to a sustainable future. We’re now investing in long-term benefits, knowing that we need a consistent approach in order to achieve success that will stand the test of time.

Personal Note: As I’m posting this, the snow flurries started all over and the snow plough is back. In a way, I’m glad that I had to get up early, because this annoying sound (as necessary as the ploughing is) would have prevented me from getting any sleep and this after a typical Saturday night when the traffic in this building is picking up and my sleep gets disrupted every few minutes anyway. However, I have to hurry to get this post out as I have to leave soon. The Mercury retrograde has been making things worse with wordpress for me. It takes forever and also several attempts, for which I don’t have the time. There is so much I wanted to share and talk about, but once I get finally to it, I’m running out of time. So, a message is definitely trying to get through to me.

Astro-Notes on November 24, 2012 – organizing our world

As retrograde Vesta in Gemini opposes Juno in Sagittarius we are confronted with a conflict of interests that involves our interactions with others and our dedication to these connections, where we have to find out how to deal with all those contacts and commitments without spreading our energy too thin. Mars in Capricorn’s sextile to his dispositor Saturn in Scorpio offers us a chance to influence this situation through effective management of our time, which requires that we get organized and use a systematic, step-by-step approach as we’re accomplishing our tasks and obligations.

Tarot card of the day is the “King of Pentacles”,suggesting that we put quality over quantity and are good stewards of our life and energy. Wepursue self-sufficiency and self-reliance, gain progress one step at a time and work toward a goal with firm resolve. Moreover, we handle any situation competently, meet commitment and promises and can be counted on. Our enterprising spirit comes forward as we turn this day into a successful day. This is a card of worldly success, ultimate fulfillment and material satisfaction that comes with the promise of financial stability and continuing prosperity.