Astro-Notes on January 11, 2014 – winter blues

It was my intention to write a blog post about the First Quarter Moon, but then circumstances conspired in such a way that I didn’t get to it (Mercury in Capricorn was sextile Saturn in Scorpio and square Eris Rx in Aries – I had to focus on circumstances and responsibilities, which happened also for the sake of my self-interests – square to Eris). Meanwhile, I noticed that I haven’t blogged since the beginning of this year! Time seems to slip away from me, even though I’ve spent more of it inside than during the other seasons when the weather permits me to leave my living quarters for nice, long walks in nature. However, I’m on a regular work schedule now as well as full-time employed and I also enjoyed the company of my daughter more often.
Anyway, at the time of the First Quarter Moon (January 7) when the fierce waxing Aries Moon squared the ambitious Capricorn Sun, the polar vortex had opened over North America and we were experiencing arctic conditions with extremely low temperatures and extreme wind chills, while getting snowed in. Survival, the first and most important of our needs, which is associated with the sign Aries, became our main concern and forced us to seek shelter from this ‘threat’ or kept us confined – as the case might have been. Therefore, the “pheasants on the private estate” (Sabian Symbol for the Capricorn New Moon) had to be protected from the forces of nature to ensure their safety (Venus in Capricorn squared Ceres in Libra, repeating the message) – Pallas stationed retrograde in Virgo on January 6 and many of us weren’t able to get to work or to leave their homes at all. As a mother, I was of cause very worried about my daughter’s wellbeing and called her that evening (January 6) to make sure she had made it home safely and would stay inside. Fortunately, the company had sent them home earlier and the next day was a ‘snow day’ for her, on which she couldn’t drive to work. It was also her birthday and to me it meant a gift given to her. In any case, it’s an interesting turn of events to keep in mind in regard to how this personal solar year might play out for her. On that day (January 7), Mercury and retrograde Venus met in conjunction in Capricorn on a degree with the Sabian Symbol “A woman entering a convent” – how appropriate! Although I was able to make it into work thanks to public transportation available here in my locality, I had to cover all the departments on my side of the store and my workload had increased due to this (not to mention the unexpected inspection we had to deal with that had me working in yet another department), because my co-workers weren’t as ‘lucky’. The roads in and around town and also the major highways were mostly closed and unplowed. Walking to the bus stop from my apartment building was already quite challenging as I sank in the snow knee-deep with every step I took, all the while suffering under the impact of the freezing air on my exposed skin (I could have used a ski mask!).
After work and once I had returned home, I felt burned out and tired and also frustrated. One of the things that caused this was the issue I had with my previous hydro company from whom I hadn’t received the final invoice plus the credit they still owed me (Venus square Ceres, Merc- Venus Rx conj. in Capricorn). Thus, I had to compose a professional letter to them (their business hours end at 4:30 pm each day, at which time I’m just entering the building here upon my return from work) and then another one to the Real Estate Group from whom I have rented my apartment, because on the morning of January 7, after we had seen the worst of the storm, my newly purchased curtains in the living room were frozen to the windows as an ice ring had built up on the inside. Yes, that’s right and I was not thrilled about it. These windows are leaky – they fog up as soon as temperatures fall below zero. So, something has to be done about this and all these matters have been addressed now, while I’m waiting for my cheque to come in the mail (arrived this morning) and the maintenance guy to put in plastic barriers.
My daughter, who had 4 viewings of her house last weekend, is waiting on an offer, while I’m crossing my fingers for her. In the meantime, Eris, who has been in retrograde motion since July 19, 2013, stationed direct on January 9 in Aries. Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, is a symbol of our post-modern times and thus of the deep divide, egocentricity, even narcissism, narrow-mindedness and cruel, sick, insane and discordant mentalities we see as a reflection of that and therefore shows of which kind of mind we are. The first headline I read was about a 78-year old man from Winnipeg, who died on his porch as he was released from the hospital at an untimely hour at night in his pajamas and slippers by -37 degrees Celsius!!!!! Outrageous and heart-breaking! The clinical cold-heartedness and complete professional detachment is such a testament to the state of our society and its institutions as well as the mentality of its executioners. No wonder, the polar vortex had opened above us – as above so below – as within so without. Also, with the Sun and the inner planets traversing Capricorn, we experience harsh realities, insensibilities, negativity, a poor attitude and other limiting, constricting or hardening conditions. Meanwhile, a few heavenly bodies have reached 21 degrees of their signs, where the Sun and Venus joined in conjunction this morning on the Sabian “By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character” (never mind that this is my Sun/Moon midpoint degree). After my late shift last night I just went straight to bed and then slept for almost 12 hours. After I was done with my household chores, I took the bus to the mall and browsed through the stores there. While it’s good to see what is out there, I wasn’t able to find the things I wanted or to ‘score’ something special (the sweaters at Le Chateau were very pretty though, but since I would only ruin them at work I saved some money there). So, in hindsight, it felt like another waste of my time. Not to mention that the nasty weather considerably dimmed my mood (Sun-Venus conjunction in Capricorn sextile Saturn in Scorpio and square Vesta in Libra and Eris in Aries). It’s way too late again for other things I could have done, but I also would have had regrets if I hadn’t at least checked out the sales. Appropriately, the
Tarot card of the day is the “9 of Cups”, otherwise known as the ‘wish card’. This card is about counting our blessings, living in the moment and enjoying the good things life has to offer. Joy and happiness are within our grasp. We can relish in the fact that we’re about to finally achieve what we have set out to do. There is stability and advancement and a strong possibility to obtain our goals. However, success depends upon our motivation and enthusiasm.
Mercury made ingress to Aquarius at 4:34 pm EST (when I returned home from my shopping trip), where he will be traversing until January 31. This corresponds to a period when our schedules and plans are subject to change, when we get to know new people and learn new things or upgrade our knowledge, meet new groups or change our social circle and when connections and communication excite and inspire us, thereby giving way to innovative, out-of-the-box thinking and planning for the future. Per example, I’ll be meeting up with a new friend here for breakfast at the local community food centre tomorrow morning, where we will be joined by another friend of hers who’s just back from her travels.

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