Astro-Notes on April 30, 2014 – structure and stability

A sextile from Mercury in Taurus to Jupiter in Cancer

opens up opportunities for fertile conversations that can help us to get the support we need by making sure issues are being taking care of and that there is a better understanding so that we can have faith again. Consequently, after the Moon’s ingress to Gemini at 4:55 pm EDT will we feel lighter and more easy-going.

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 29, 2014 – Taurus New Moon/Annular Solar Eclipse

The Taurus New Moon, which is an Annular Solar Eclipse, transpired at 2:14 am EDT this morning, setting the ‘tone’ for the next half year and, in some cases, even years to come. An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up exactly as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. However, the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun. Hence the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding the outline of the Moon. Thus, we don’t see a total occultation, instead our attention is captured by this ‘fiery’ circle of light that dominates the sky with its allure and is an ‘omen’, not only for things to come, but also in the sense of a ‘portal’, leading right into the ‘heart of darkness’. 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 day/conscious awareness, triggering individual and collective transitions, marked by endings and new beginnings. Eclipses belong to a larger pattern or series; each Eclipse is a member of a family and each family has specific characteristics. The current Solar Eclipse is a member of the Saros Series 16 South, which means the Taurus New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node of the Moon, a point of extraction that is triggering the release and filtering of accumulated energies. This Saros Series was the last time around in April 1996 and is close the degree highlighted by the Solar Eclipse of April 1995 (look for the common theme). It has Neptune on the New Moon/Node midpoint and Mars on the midpoint of Uranus and Neptune, for which Bernadette Brady gives the following interpretation:

“Under the influence of this family of eclipses, individuals will find themselves dealing with issues of wasted energy or misdirected motivation, particularly when dealing with groups. There can be sudden inspiration, but this is potentially unfulfilling. No real action should be taken.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Pages 331-332)

Whereas the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8:51 Taurus states:

“A fully decorated Christmas tree. Keynote: The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours – FAITH IN CYCLIC RENEWAL.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Page 76)

Taurus NM-Annular SE 2014

Implied by these symbolical messages is an unexpected turn of events, we weren’t prepared for and which could have left us bewildered or confused, but also more enlightened. However, intuitively we know, this is not as bad or disconcerting as it seems at first, instead it might just add to our disillusionment. Yet, at the same time we realize it is not worth to dwell on it. Life goes on and the new season, we’ve been awaiting with such eagerness and anticipation, holds its own promises.
cozy_christmas_wallpaper-1024x768The ruler of the eclipse, Venus in Pisces, forms a quincunx to Pallas in Leo, which is indicative of a value adjustment we make, away from disappointing experiences and never appreciated sacrifices toward self-fulfillment and focusing on our personal life. Mercury in Taurus’s trine to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn together with his semi-sextile to Uranus in Aries show that this form of reorganizing and restructuring of routines (going back to old/used routines) is the result of a reviewed communication process, which led to these changes.

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 28, 2014 – surrender and accept

After the Moon’s ingress to Taurus at 10:23 am EDT will we feel more content or comfortable

and seek to ensure our wellbeing and prospering. A quincunx from Mercury in Taurus to retrograde Mars in Libra, who is engaged in a semi-square to Pallas in Leo, will help us to finally come to terms with uncertainties and unmet expectations we’ve been struggling with, indicated by retrograde Ceres in Libra’s sesqui-quadrate to Neptune in Pisces that has been vibrating in the background over these last few days, as we shift our attention away from our usual routines toward restoring our drive and review intentions we had, which have come into focus again and require from us to concentrate, make smart moves and use a more creative approach. Another semi-square is formed between Juno in Taurus and Chiron in Pisces that urges us to bridge problems we have been constantly and repeatedly dealing with in a relationship situation in order to be more productive and to be able to put this behind us.

Tarot card of the day is the Hanged Man”, demanding from us to let go and surrender to the experience, end the struggle, accept what is and hang in there for now. We are in an in-between state and also at a cross-roads, where decisions are postponed, even though there’s a sense of urgency to act. Therefore, we may simply just want to wait for better opportunities. There is a chance that we could see a situation from a new angle and consequently, overturn our priorities or upend the old order. This card also represents someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice and forsaken instant gratification in order to accomplish a higher goal.

Astro-Notes on April 27, 2014 – sticking with the plan

The Sun in Taurus, following Mercury, repeats the sextile to Neptune in Pisces, thereby providing us with a chance to indulge in our imagination or in things we fancy, especially if we realize that our happiness doesn’t depend on a certain setup, plan or program, we may have longed for or deemed as ideal, but that it is truly up to us to create that sense of fulfillment or contentment for ourselves if we just take advantage of the situation and make the best of it. With Mercury in Taurus engaged in a semi-square to Venus in Pisces, it is critical to be aware of our values and expectations in this regard as we pursue our plan or ideas. It brought a smile to my face that “The Emperor” turned up again on a day when I’m set on venturing out to explore and enjoy my new surroundings. In a sense, it feels as though I would ‘inspect’ or ‘tour’ my territory/kingdom.

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 26, 2014 – re-evaluating our situation

Since the Moon’s ingress to Aries at 6:00 am EDT could we have felt reanimated as well as

motivated to get things done or if you happen to have to work – to get going and get it over with. With Venus in Pisces in adjusting aspects to the Ceres-Eris opposition (a semi-sextile to the former and a quincunx to the latter), have we been appreciative of others’ support and tried to be mindful and aware of their needs as well. It wasn’t as impossible as it seemed at first, but rather a matter of compromising, cooperating and reconciling. Juno made ingress to Taurus at 10:13 am EDT, where she will be traversing until June 17, which corresponds to a period when we seek personal value and self-esteem through our role and interactions, thereby building on relationships that feel secure, pleasant and worthy and provide us with validation and a sense of wellbeing and contentment. A sextile from Mercury in Taurus to Neptune in Pisces offers us an opportunity to entertain positive thoughts and dwell on sensual delights.

Tarot card of the day is the 4 of Cups”, suggesting that we’re consumed with our emotions and thus with life’s twists and turns. Consequently, we could be ignoring the outer world due to being intensely focused on these personal matters. The more important is it to re-evaluate our situation and to look deep within to find the truth or path we’re searching. It is essential that we examine our feelings and thoughts to gain clarity. An offer has been presented to us and we are asked to consider all options carefully before making a decision. Moreover, we’re reminded that we cannot take everything for granted and need to count our blessings. We are the only limiting factor to our endless gain. Awareness of the natural flow of abundance and enhancement is critical.

Astro-Notes on April 25, 2014 – focusing on recovery

A trine from Venus in Pisces to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio shows that after reviewing certain conditions we feel this whole situation has to end. We have sacrificed enough or wasted precious time or resources trying to fulfill arrangements and obligations for which we never received appreciation. Instead, we could feel disappointed, frustrated and exhausted after all we underwent. As the Sun-Mercury cycle that started on February 15, climaxes in their superior conjunction in Taurus the new mental impulse that came forward at that time is now seeing the light of meaning in a measure of success and failure. Consequently, we might have to go along with the program and continue with our routines for now, but have to focus on self-preservation and recovery to be able to create a better life-style for ourselves.

Tarot card of the day is the “5 of Cups”, a card that is associated with loss, suffering and sadness. There is a lack of attainment or non-fulfillment of expected results. Thus, today is a day of emotional up and downs when we could feel disappointed, cry over spilt milk or letting go of a hope. We might be feeling regret, only seeing the negative in a situation and generally have a pessimistic outlook on things. The more important is it to focus on our higher potential and the things are still left for us to work with. Forgiveness and the ability to recover are necessary.

Astro-Notes on April 24, 2014 – restoring equilibrium

Since the Moon’s ingress to Pisces at 2:55 am EDT could we still feel sleepy and low in energy

(I do), being more sensitive as well as receptive towards all kinds of influences. However, Venus in Pisces’ quincunx to retrograde Vesta in Libra requires from us to restore our inner equilibrium and reassess our energy investments, especially what relationship causes concerns where we sacrificed too much or haven’t given enough priority.

Tarot card of the day is Temperance”, suggesting a need for emotional stability, which can be achieved through moderation and a commitment to sobriety. We need to find middle ground, avoid excess, foster cooperation, cleanse our body and mind, heal ourselves and recognize the flow in our life. As we observe the nature of energy, we learn how to mix the right ingredients in our own life to maintain equilibrium and see all imbalances drifting away. Instead of sweeping changes subtle shifts need to take place. With renewed energy and vigor comes the promise of new growth.