Take the high road

With the fast approaching square between Saturn and Jupiter there is a pressure to stand up for what we believe in. But what do we believe in? We are defining our convictions as we debate in the public arenas. The need to classify good and evil, enlightenment versus ignorance, tradition and conservatism versus the new and the uncharted. We feel limited by others judgments and philosophies. We clash and point fingers. Everyone is confident in their system of beliefs and ready to stand up to prove it. We want to have faith in the good of others but we mistrust and doubt them. This helps us refine our thinking and what we are willing to invest time and energy into. But it can also be very draining. During this ongoing process, we can decide to walk the high road. There is space for everyone here. Hatred is a potent poison but love is much sweeter and effective.

Believe it.

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Surveying the land

The Moon is in Taurus today, the sign of her exaltation and she is ruled by Venus in Sagittarius which is in turn applying to square Jupiter in Virgo.

In the last few weeks, the soil has been tilted not without difficulties revealing some buried treasures but also many rocks. We are now walking on an exposed landscape and we can see clearly where the foundation needs to be set.

The Moon in Taurus for the next few days can help us survey our assets. What are the resources available to you at the moment that will help you carry out some of the big ideas you have? We are still very much in the planning phase and it is not time to sit on our laurels.

The Moon in the Earth sign of Taurus helps us filter our experience through the five senses:
Am I comfortable? What do I need to feel relaxed and at peace? There can be a desire for ease and an ability to find a deep satisfaction with simple pleasures. The downside of this indulgent Moon is that we can become complacent not pushing further and becoming somewhat self-satisfied.

The hard aspect between Venus in Sagittarius (the ruler of the Moon in Taurus) and Jupiter in Virgo denotes a carelessness or perhaps missing out on some important details. Since Jupiter is retrograde in the sign of its detriment we might be overwhelmed with everything that needs to be accomplished and get lost in the various details of our daily existence. It could also be that we do not attend to the nitty-gritty stuff and we skip out on some important steps.

While the Moon is in Taurus for the next few days we might notice a need to find the balance between work and rest. If we become mentally overworked, we can become careless. If we only indulge in our passions we can become lazy. There might also be a tendency to become stuck in our views making it harder to keep an open mind. The back and forth is between broad visions and microscopic perspectives.

Know when it is time roll up your sleeve and know when it is time to stop. Do not bring your work in the bedroom and don’t let your lower instincts override your judgment. But most important of all with the Moon in Taurus: cook a delicious meal and enjoy!

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Swedish illustrator Carl Larsson

Venus in Sagittarius: The appeal of the uncharted

 

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If you love someone, set them free…

Venus just left the dark and brooding waters of Scorpio for the promised land of Sagittarius.
The year begins with our gaze set in the far distance and we are filled with unrestrained hope  for all our future ventures. Venus in the fire sign of Sagittarius gives us momentum and a need to feel the potentiality in the mundane. She will travel through the sign of the archer until January 23rd titillating our desires for more freedom within our relationships and a need to expand beyond what we already know.

Venus in Sagittarius is her own master and she will not be tied down by a possessive partner. Fresh air runs through her veins and she is always ready to explore uncharted territory.
She is a mixture of casual and haste, enthusiastic and liberated with a broad smile and a sparkle in her eyes. Her love is one for the vast spaces and the wild unknown. Let her roam and she might come back.

 

The Mind and its Sharp Edges: Mercury square Mars

Mercury in Capricorn square Mars in Libra

Although this is a relatively short aspect, it is worth paying attention to it in the next 24 hours.

Mercury in Capricorn allows us to be ambitious with a clear idea of how to proceed. Mars in the sign of Libra doesn’t find a great expression for asserting its powers.

The image is one of a diplomat pushing for his own agenda while caught in a tense exchange.

We might be quite ebullient about an idea, a project or simply knowing exactly how things should unfold but there is a potential to run against others. It is a great day to organise thoughts and delineate a schedule. Write things down!

Stay away from difficult people if possible as there is a possibility of nit-picking over minor details.

The Moon moves from Leo to Virgo later this afternoon and will probably accentuate the need to have things done a certain way.

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Image from: EDDIE TWO HAWK

Source: https://eddietwohawks.wordpress.com

Warming up by the fire

The Moon just entered the sign of Leo and will be there until December 29

With the Sun in ambitious and earthy Capricorn, we see our goals and we are willing to work to succeed.  The Moon in Leo can help fuel the creative fires with the supportive trines from Saturn and Uranus. This can add an overall inspiring and beneficial influence. The Moon will also square Venus in Scorpio showing that we might be ruled by unconscious desires at the moment.  If we can tame our spirits and connect to our deeper motivations we can discriminate between the genuine need to surpass ourselves and the more superficial ambitions that are driving us. Overall the next 2 days are very creative and exciting. We can fuel on the passionate and innovative fires and design new structures and new ways of doing things. We can also expect a few philosophical or religious debates around the fireplace since some of us are still in the midst of family reunions and holiday gatherings.

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Horitomo- State of Grace

The Moon in Leo person is usually warm-hearted and expressive with their emotions. They can go to great length to spoil the ones they love showering them with gifts and attention.  Leo is a Fixed Fire sign which gives these natives lasting powers and an overall courageous disposition. They are bold, generous and faithful in their passions. It can be difficult for the Moon in Leo people to put down the more brazen persona and show their vulnerable side. They can benefit in learning to discriminate between their social mask and the more private self.

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Ashley White aka AshThePainter

The Moon in Libra sets the stage

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Judith by Franz Stuck (1924)

Venus enters Scorpio the sign of her detriment just in time for some potentially difficult planetary weather. The Moon will be in Libra all weekend ruled by Venus in Scorpio. Mars @ 14º Libra will perfect a square to Pluto in Capricorn on Sunday while being in mutual reception with Venus in Scorpio.

*It’s interesting to note that Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio while Pluto is the modern ruler. They will square each other while co-ruling Venus. A square or 90º angle between planets is associated with tension that stimulate action.

Putting the technical lingo aside, the next few days promises to be anything but calm. Unstable relationships or anything that was put on the back burner especially in regards to partnership could be where the action takes place. The diplomatic effort could very well crumble if the desire for power and assertion is not seriously kept in check. This can happen on the world stage as much as in our personal lives.

At its best, these planetary alignments can bring to the surface information that remained in the shadows until now. There could be a pressing need to transform a stagnating scenario or get to the heart of the matter with someone. Both the Moon in Libra and Venus in Scorpio want to relate. Venus being the intelligent use of charm, she helps us refine and bring harmony to the rough and crude aspects of ourselves. When Venus spends time in Scorpio, the hunger to fulfill our needs can take precedence over peace and harmony. We could be throwing out the more superficial approach when interacting with others in favor of satisfying a need for closeness, fusion and truth.

Of course, when we try to push our agenda on others forcefully, we almost always meet resistance. It might be difficult to see the manipulative tactics we or other employ since the sign of Scorpio rules unconscious urges and desires.

If anything, remember to keep it cool in the next few days.  Sunday December 6th will be the exact square of Mars and Pluto but we could see its repercussion well into the week. This is a brief but intense period and flexibility will be your best asset. Keep in mind that further analysis of your birth chart and where these planets are transiting will determine where the action is taking place in your life.

Venus enters Scorpio December 4th @ 11:15PM EST and will be in Scorpio until December 30th
The Moon moves in the sign of Libra December  4th @ 5:34PM EST
Mars @ 14º Libra square Pluto @ 14º Capricorn December 6th @ 3:52PM EST

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*English is not my primary language. If you see any mistakes please let me know! the9thhouse@outlook.com

 

Dreaming & Working

We are heading towards a Saturn/Neptune square that will first be exact in December. We can think of Saturn as the cold hard reality and limitations of the physical world and Neptune as the all-encompassing, boundary dissolving spiritual agent.

This is an opportunity to ground our visions, taking realistic and practical steps towards birthing a dream.

This is a big theme for the rest of the year and for most of 2016. Our fantasies need to be framed into a realistic context to be possible. Delusions, escapist tendencies and addictions to people or substance are NOT the way to build a solid foundation.

Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if there might be any self-defeating behaviors that keep you from being where you want to be. Do not fool yourself down the slippery road with rose-coloured glasses. Use this time to be serious about your calling. Align yourself with what needs to be done.

This is a time where your ideals are being tested against the limitations of reality.
Get inspired, tap into your dreams and have a serious plan in place to create tangible results.
Dream and get to work.

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The Balancing Act

Mercury in Libra is square to Pluto in Capricorn:
No stones are left unturned.
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
To ”leave no stone unturned” is an idiom that means to do everything possible to find something or to solve a problem. It is often used to praise someone’s careful work, as in:
The researcher left no stone unturned in her search for the original documents.

The Moon is still in Leo and will conjunct Mars in a few hours and square Saturn in Scorpio by tomorrow morning. We are building up towards this weekend’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Virgo.
We have the fuel to bring some real structural lifestyle changes. Whether those changes are internal or external. Tension is high but the desire for renewal is stronger. You might need to make a monumental effort to keep your balancing act together. Keep your resolutions/goals in your mind’s eye.

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A Gold Tooth

The Sun in Leo is square to Saturn in Scorpio and the Moon in Scorpio will be triggering that square by tomorrow morning.

We also have Lilith at 29 degrees of Virgo. The 29th degree in astrology is known as the anaretic degree. The 29th degree displays the most extreme attributes of the celestial body and the sign it is in. The matters influenced by the planet in this degree have reached a critical phase of development and must be dealt with.

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There are so many meanings attributed to Lilith.  She is a dark and eccentric mythic figure banished into the wilderness for rebelling against the oppressor (read patriarchy). She is impulsive, confrontational and disruptive. Personally,  I do not believe she is all bad although  some  literature portrays her as a demon.

Words associated with Lilith:
Wild-Rage
Sex-Power
Fears-Manipulation
Raw-Erratic
Instinctual-Knowing
Primal-Castrating

Lilith at 29 degrees of Virgo on a personal level could be associated with the limitations of the body and the subsequent anger and helplessness that comes with it.  A health crisis, an indigestion. The body rebelling against itself.
On a global perspective, it could be the earth and nature (Virgo being an earth sign) rebelling against the oppressor (read human).

This is one example of the archetypes showing up but the experience will be highly personal.

And then… we have the bright Sun in Leo in a square with Saturn in Scorpio. Time to grow up kid, face reality and pay your dues. The desire nature is all fired up (Mars in Leo) but the only thing you can do now is face your responsibilites, deal with life and be an adult about it. Did you deliver the goods? How much money will it cost? How much money did you borrow?
Yes, you can go play outside but first you have to do your homework.

Sex is on your mind but there is a responsibility that comes with it. Who did you promise your time to? What kind of contract binds you together? The weight of a promise and the consequences are here.

This is heavy lifting astrology. You can’t bull**** your way out of this one. Even though we are in the season of the radiant and playful Leo and we all know that Leo likes to party, the party is not free. The Moon in Scorpio will make sure to remind you how meaningless it is to waste your time on superficiality. You might also feel like hiding your vulnerabilities but they are shining in broad daylight. Might as well admit it. Scropio doesn’t like to pretend.  Scorpio wants real. Real connections, real people, real conversations.

Then you can get to the meaty parts. The best parts… and feel… for real.

A  heaviness could be weighing you down. The choices you have made have led you were you are and you are seeing reality for what it is.
Harvest season is almost here
What you sow is what you reap

Some great stories showing up in the news that illustrates in a broader sense a few of the aspects mention above:

-Banksy’s Dismaland: New Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park

★-A variety of bugs is infesting the popular gathering Burning Man

★- Landover Baptist Church, Reverend R.G. Green: “No True Christian Woman Should Experience The Perversion Of The Female Orgasm”

The body is aging and with it comes the awareness of death. The soul gets richer.
A tooth decays and gets filled in with gold.

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Tea bowl repaired with the kintsugi method

Lilith speaks

I tossed and turned all night…

Seeing the Lilith glyph in my head, making connections between charts, transits, people, events. Not awake but not sleeping, something else. My dad calls it working at the office, I call it the Mercury-Pluto conjunction; obsessing over something until their insides get squeezed out.

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Earlier yesterday a friend that lives close by dropped by my house. I hadn’t seen him in a year or so. He told me he just wanted to lay down on my couch and listen to me talk about his chart. His life is not going the way he wants to. He has a child with a woman that he loves…loves to hate.  He is miserable. He hates his life and he hates her. They are not together anymore. Friends with benefits, or maybe more like foes with benefits in this case.

I pulled out his chart: Mars rising in Aquarius, Uranus on the midheaven…it make sense, it’s impossible to talk without him cutting me off. I recognize myself. Fuck the World he says.

Venus conjunct Lilith in the 12th house. That’s harsh man. Now I get it. That’s his blind spot; he loves to hate. Aphrodite meets a beast it’s fun, it’s wild…until it turns sour, then it’s really destructive. In love with chaos, like a descent into the underworld through the medium of love. It could be a nice opportunity but one does not leave the realm of Hades without a few scars.

To get another clue I looked at his ex (the mother of his child) chart. I had it from a few years ago when she was still living around here. She is born with Lilith rising conjunct her Ascendant. You can’t make this up. So simple, so elegantly played out. This man is in love with Lilith what else can I tell him?

The symbols speak for themselves.
They contain a whole world of experience and sensations.
A key that unlocks a door.
It’s a delicate matter.

Life is mysterious

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