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30
May

The Quill and The Arrow: Sagittarius Full Moon

Sorry for the inconsistency with regards to this site. One thing I have noticed in my own life when it comes to success with any endeavor is that I basically have to fall down a thousand times, and then get back up a thousand times before anything truly sticks with me. This is probably true for many of us, and I fear I am unwittingly ripping off some ancient Chinese or Greek aphorism when I say that. The repeated attempt thing is kind of new for me. When I was a kid, if I was not automatically good at something, or didn’t receive the praise I thought I deserved right away, I would give up. Not to blame the stars for my shortcomings, but that tendency has Moon in Aries written all over it.

It has taken me forty-plus years to realize that I don’t have to be great at something, win a contest, or generate accolades to participate in something I am genuinely passionate about. People are critical of the participation trophy environment we live in, and I do believe that people who excel at something should be rewarded. But life isn’t always about winning or being the best. I don’t think I ever appreciated that more than when I walked/jogged/stumbled through a half marathon. I endured and completed a half marathon I was mostly unprepared for, in part, because I knew I would receive a medal for it, not a medal for winning or placing, but simply for completing the race. When I recall how grueling that event was, I don’t feel guilty for receiving a participation award, because I did achieve something that day, even if it was only a personal victory.

Anyway, all that was not necessarily what I came here to discuss, so onwards and upwards (and really, what would a Gemini/Sagittarius axis day encourage us to do besides wax eloquent and philosophic?) Here is a copy of the Full Moon for my location:

Full Moon Sag 2018

Probably the coolest thing about this chart is that the fixed star, Aldebaran, is conjunct the Sun, and the fixed star, Antares, is conjunct the Moon. Aldebaran and Antares, as well as Regulus and Fomalhaut, are known as the Royal Stars of Persia. They occupy the four fixed sign angles in the Sidereal Zodiac: Aldebaran occupies Taurus (or Tropical Gemini), Regulus occupies the early degrees of Leo in the Sidereal Zodiac and the very last degree of Leo in the Tropical zodiac, Antares occupies Sidereal Scorpio and Tropical Sagitarrius, and Fomalhaut occupies Sidereal Aquarius and Tropical Pisces * (see note 1).

An interesting aside to this is that the four fixed signs played a role in religious symbolism and prophecy. The Christian * (see note 2 and 2b) Tetramorph was the symbolic joining of these four similar modalities, but dissimilar elements (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are all fixed signs occupying different elements: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air) into one creepy, chimerical type body. This body was composed of an ox, a lion, an eagle, and a man. It worth nothing that the eagle can be used to represent Scorpio, particularly in Evolutionary Astrology, where the eagle represents Scorpio at its highest, most noble form.

This symbolic joining was not unique to Christianity, but Christian scholars throughout the ages were aware of the Tetramorph, and considered each arm of the Tetramorph to be associated with a different Gospel author. There was quite a bit of disagreement as to which arm related to which author. I know what you are thinking, “astrologers, theologians, philosophers, and/or historians disagreeing about key concepts-poppycock!”  If you are un-familiar with the New Testament of the Christian Bible, the first four books of the New Testament were written by apostles (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) of Jesus Christ, who actually travelled with him and witnessed his teachings and activities first hand. Words written in red in the four Gospels of Christ were words spoken directly by Jesus * (see note 2 again if you forgot what it said). Most commonly, Matthew is associated with Man (Aquarius), Mark with the Lion (Leo), Luke with the Ox (Taurus), and John with the Eagle (Scorpio). The Tetramorph first appears to the prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament, and again in the New Testament Book of Revelations, and represents four perfect aspects of Christ’s Church: its humanity, its servitude, its dignity, and its aspiration to Heaven.The featured image for this article is a artistic rendering of the Tetramorph. The artist is unknown, and the image belongs on the public domain.

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Back to today: we have two of the four Royal Stars engaged in a tug-of-war with the lights of our sky, the Sun and Moon. It is a battle royale between male and female principles occuring with equally powerful champions in Aldebaran and Antares. I will not go too much into the nature of these fixed stars other than to say that Aldebaran is generally regarded as a positive influence and Antares is generally regarded as negative. I do believe that Gemini Sun wins the contest here, and not only because it is linked more favorably. The Sun will continue to perfect his conjunction to Aldebaran over the next several days. Meanwhile, his ruler, Mercury will enter the sign of his rulership, Gemini, shortly after the Full Moon. The Moon, on the other hand, will only pair up with Antares for a few hours. Furthermore, her ruler, Jupiter is still floundering in a retrograde state in Scorpio. Jupiter enjoys little essential dignity in Scorpio.

For this location chart, which is similar to any chart in the eastern time zone of the United States, Mars and the South Node are swiftly approaching the 7th house cusp. It would be said that Mars is strongly advancing, and is sitting directly on that angle. This makes Mars one of the most powerful planets in this chart. Mars is moving away from a square to Uranus, who recently entered Taurus. Mars and Uranus will both be retrograding, and performing this little square dance with each other all Summer long. The Sun and Moon are sounding a trumpet, and its blast is a message about Mars. Both the Sun and Moon interact comfortably with Mars by trine and sextile respectively. So we are seeing and hearing more of a song than an alarm.

Ultimately, this chart seems to foretell the events of the Summer, rather than signify anything specific itself. Mutable sign activity serves to perpetuate motion and activity already initiated and sustained by its Cardinal and Fixed sign predecesors. It does not create activity of its own. Mutable sign energy also acts as a bridge to the next season. It acts as a kind of psychopomp, escorting us in this case from the Spring to the Summer. This summer, on June 26th, Mars stations retrograde at 9 degrees Aqaurius. One month and one day later, we will experience a South Node Lunar Eclipse, with the Moon, Mars, and the South Node all tightly conjoined in Aquarius, and the Moon in the middle at 4 degrees 44 minutes. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is really star of the show this Summer, because Mars rarely retrogrades in Aquarius, at least in the modern era. The last time he was retrograde fully in Aquarius was 1971. It makes me feel good to say that there is some astrological phenomena older than me. I have Mars in Aquarius natally at 8 degrees, so that may be the only thing that feels good for me. Or maybe not. I am an optimistic Jupiter in Pisces in the 10th kind of girl. I am mostly looking at this time with some bemused curiosity.

So, moral of this story: today we are finalizing the energy and themes of the Spring, while contemplating the possible themes and energy of the Summer. That is the job of Mutable energy, to aid in transition. Have you ever noticed that in a large project, it is always those finishing touches which seem the most arduous and most thankless parts of the job? Remember that when you are falling for all the bad press aimed at Mutable sign people. We are dotting i’s and crossing t’s that the Cardinal signs have lost interest in and the Fixed signs refuse to address.

Note 1:

Better people than me have analyzed and discussed at length the merits of the Sidereal and Tropical Zodiacs, and how there really is room for both on our crazy little sphere called Earth. I am not going to re-argue a topic which has succintly and eloquently been presented by other people, but I will find links to those for your enjoyment and enrichment. Suffice to say that both Sidereal and Tropical Astrology are both valid systems, neither of which cancel each other out.

Note 2:

I am not an apologist for Astrology or Christianity, as I am both a Christian and an Astrologer. I am not here to prove or debate the validity or value of either institution. There are many people who encourage and revel in that kind of debate. I do not, nor will I court apologistic debate or disrespect here. I will proceed here in every post with the base assumption that Astrology and Christianity are both real. That is not to say that discussion and debate within those topics are unwelcome. If you think Astrology is hogwash, or if you want to show me on a doll where Christianity hurt you and you are pissed off, this is not the site for you. Thank you.

Note 2b:

The focus for this site is primarily Astrology. Therefore, I will not discuss religion unless it pertains to the history or practice of Astrology.

29
Apr

Happy Full Moon in Scorpio

Not posting much, just wanted to share a few photos I took tonight of our favorite girl, who will also form a conjunction with Jupiter over the next 24 hours. Pink Full Moon is quite active this year, making connections with all the planets in our Solar System, save Mercury, Uranus and Venus. Nothing packs the wallop of a conjunction though. Moon in Scorpio may be in her fall, but I always enjoy the mellow vibe of Scorpio Moon. For some reason, Moon in her exaltation in Taurus makes me feel depressed. I kind of get a charge out of anything passing through my Scorpio 6th house. Even though the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses are poor hosts for the planets, I personally feel like I can catch a break and actually get things done during times of less external activity.

P.S. While I was grinding away the other day at a two month old post, several newsworthy, and therefore astrologically worthy things took place. One, which I did touch on, was that the Koreans declared an end to their war which spanned nearly 70 years. Also, Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a young woman, who was likely the most credible of a long list of women who have accused him of the same. Lastly, there was an oil refinery explosion in Wisconsin. I have the chart for the explosion, which is rather remarkable. I need to dig around for times for the other two events. I am hoping to examine these and post about them during the coming week, but I work for the next two days. I work 12-hour shifts, which means that those days are lost days for any other activity, particularly anything time consuming. Any meaningful posting for me will occur later in the week.

26
Apr

Lions and Lambs

(This post was started at the beginning of March, and heavily updated on April 26, 2018. For that reason, I decided to repost this for the current day. Everything after the Full Moon chart is new content, or completely reworked old content.)

For my current location, here in the Greater Jacksonville, Florida area, March has rolled in like the sweetest of lambs. The weather reached a temperate high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit, and the skies were partly cloudy throughout the day…a perfect beach day, for hiking rather than swimming, because the Atlantic Ocean waters are still bone-achingly chilly. Additionally, I work as an open heart recovery/cardiovascular intensive care nurse, and my workday was dull, really one of the slower days I have experienced as a nurse. Considering that most days as a medical professional in an acute care setting can be likened to running a marathon at a sprint pace, while being set ablaze by an eternal flame, today was exceptional for its benign atmosphere.

Apparently, this cool runnings, mellow, snail-pace day foretells the impact of tonight’s full Moon in Virgo, at least for the eastern seaboard of the United States. I am attaching the full moon chart for my hometown, but you will find similar charts for any location in the eastern standard time zone of the United States.

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Of course full moons have historically been associated with chaos, increased criminal activity, and more frequent hospital admissions and code blue events. (As an aside, I can tell you, from the perspective of nurse + astrologer, that the new moon phase can be as action packed as the full moon phase. I assume that we collectively do not associate the new moon with extremes, simply because we don’t see it, and are not generally aware of the passing of moon phases.) This particular full moon is a kinder, gentler lunar influence, with Mercury (the Moon’s ruler) conjoining exalted Venus in Pisces. All these celestial orbs are cadent, and retreating from the angles. They are sleepy and setting. Venus and the Moon gain a bit of strength here by being in sect. Tonight would be a perfect night for a bubble bath, or some, slow, sweet love making. Intellectual pursuits are not favored with Mercury in his detriment and fall, while also cadent and retreating as well. He is distracted by lovely Venus, who is also trine Jupiter in Scorpio, who is eight days away from retrograding, and therefore enjoying his last day before stasis.

So treat yourself, and perhaps your lover this full moon. Don’t argue or nag…Mars in Sag challenges Venus and Mercury, as he is seeking attention. He will get it by fighting or fucking, but he will not be ignored. Disregard some of the emphasis placed on Sag/Pisces square here. According to Alexandrinous, Sagittarius and Pisces share affinity for each other simply because they share a ruler, Jupiter. And of all the pairings of signs who share a ruler, none would do so as benevolently, and magnanimously than those ruled by old fatty Jupiter. Think about how freely Zeus spread his love to anyone he could get his hands on, and in all kinds of shocking manifestations…like a swan…really! Makes you appreciate why Hera was so crusty all the time.

Of course, the old adage asserts that if March comes in like a lamb, then it will go out like a lion. Even the most airy-fairy astrologer would be forced to admit that the energy present during this moment in time will shift dramatically. There will be the normal, annular shifts, such as the Sun, Mercury and Venus all crossing over into Aries. For every cold, slumber of Winter, we must arise and behold the majesty of Spring. It is no surpise to me that Jupiter both ushers in and ushers out the Saturnine grip of Winter. My trust in the harmony of the spheres as it relates to traditional, rather then modern rulership is only reinforced.

So, in addition to the usual, seasonal shift we experience at this time of year (sorry southerm hemisperians for being so northern hemisphere centric. Don’t get mad. Look around you and study your indigneous cultures. Record your own mythologies. My bet is that your clockwise mythologies will complement these counter-clockwise mythologies rather nicely), we will be experiencing some rather remarkable astrological occurences. Jupiter will station retrograde on March 8th, and this station will be felt most poignantly between March 1st and March 15th, seven days before and after Jupiter’s station. Jupiter spends approximately half of the year, every year, in an apparent retrograde motion, so this is not especially mind blowing. On March 17th, Mars will enter Capricorn. Again, Mars transits a new sign every couple of months, so this entrance into Capricorn, his place of exaltation is not usual.

What makes March and April 2018 exceptional, is the convergence of energies and events. By the end of March, we will have a collection of planets in Aries: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Uranus. We will also have some heavy weights in Capricorn: Mars, Saturn, and Pluto. These planets will agitate each other. Saturn and Mars meet together in Capricorn approximately every 30 years. Pluto has not been in Capricorn since the 1700s. The Capricorn planets: exalted Mars, and Saturn in his rulership will form a superior square to all the Aries planets, including the Sun, who is exalted here. Normally, I would say that exalted Sun in Aries wins the fight, any fight. But, because Saturn and Mars are strong, and to the right of the Sun, and because the Sun is receiving his marching orders from Mars (Mars is the ruler of Aries), the Capricorn planets win here, everytime. None of this energy is kind, yielding or forgiving. Mars likes to war, Saturn likes to restrict. If conflict does not erupt during this time period, I would say that any conflict we experience during the next year or two can be traced back to this time period. Put it this way: let’s pretend that your are viewing a stick of dynamite being lit which has a relatively long fuse. The stick may explode 6 months from now, but the fuse was lit today. When we add Pluto into the equation, as the fire, the fuse, or the explosive material, the impact could be felt for centuries to come.

I left off at the last paragraph after the chart pic, and am finishing this past on April 26, 2018. Of course, WWIII did not happen. The US did order bomb strikes against Syria during this time, which is an echo of strikes launched by the US government the year before. Are these events the light of the fuse? Only time will tell. I was personally blessed recently, in caring for an open heart recoevery patient, who is both Syrian and Catholic. Being highly Jupiterian, I have always enjoyed talking to people from different countries and cultures. It is probably the biggest unstated bonus of working in the medical field that I am exposed to people from all over the globe. Despite our differences, we bonded over the Catholism. But when I approach a person who may be different from me in some way, or even hostile, I usually let them take the lead in conversations, because I am automatically ignorant to their experience, and I know it. People like to use the word “ignorant” as an insult, but it is impossible to know everything, understand everything, empathize with everything. It is impossible for me to know everything there is to be learned in my own neck-of-the-woods, let alone comprehend the reality of what it means to be a Syrian Catholic man, who has become an American citizen, who then has to watch his home country be bombed by the country in which he has chosen to reside. But I can listen to him, and allow him to speak from his point of view without putting my own sense of reality and expectations on what he says. The only shame in ignorance, is the unwillingness to learn, or more importantly, the belligerence associated with ignorance. I enojoyed listening to him, and he enjoyed talking (don’t we all want an audience, even if only one person?). I will forever love this man for stating, as many of do as Americans, that he loves this country, its people and its ideals, but he hates the government, or what it has become, so perverted from the requirements of our Constitution. This patient is a Capricorn, by the way, who is experiencing his own Saturn in Capricon tales.

So, we have the bombing in Syria on one side of the spectrum, and the possible peace between North and South Korea on the other side. I have to wonder how much of this was made possible by the Olympic games. I have always been a long time enthusiast of the Olympics, and was rather moved by the opening ceremonies presented by South Korea, who among other roles, has become the caretaker of the history and culture of both Koreas. For this reason alone, I could never be an ardent follower of communism. Communism according to Marx does not just want to redistribute the wealth from the elite to the rest of humanity, it also wants to erase history from our books and destroy the family unit, as a smaller component of nationalism and tribalism.

China tried to eradicate its own thousands year old culture, and destroy the family unit during the 1960’s, but fortunately saw the error of its own ways in time. I have to wonder what it must have been like to be a North Korean watching the display of its own history and culture, its own identity, being portrayed during the opening ceremony of the Winter Games. The whole story of Korea, and how it came to be two nations, is rather heartbreaking to me. Unlike Germany, who was the ultimate villain of WWII, and was thus carved up by the victors (the US, the UK, France, and the USSR), Korea really wasn’t a “bad guy”. It was mostly just a Cold War casualty. And like German families, mostly innocent of the machinations of mad-men, Korean families were torn apart by the creation of the Demilitarized Zone along the 38th parallel. I was impressed by the themes of unification that permeated the last Olympic games, and it is my prayer that the Korean people see an end to division and fear.

All politics, and geo-political ruminations aside, the real story of 2018 may be the stock market. I didn’t necessarily have Korea or Syria on my mind when I started this post nearly two months ago, but I did have the stock market on my mind. Now, I am no stock market expert or financial expert. Really, I am not the expert of anything. But during Saturn in Capricorn time, or the time leading up to it, when Saturn is in the last decan of Sagittarius, there is generally a stock market crash or a stock market correction. Often times, a stock market correction is a logical downward turn after a period of growth. Upon peaking at the charts of stock market crashes from 1929, 1987, 1989, 2007, and 2008, stock market crashes and corrections seem to coincide with heavy Sagittarian and Capricornian activity. The 2008 stock market crash occured on the back of Jupiter in Capricorn, and Pluto in Sagittarius, which had just retrograded from Capricorn to Sagittarius. Our entire finanicial picture seems to hinge on the push-pull relationship with expansive Jupiter and contractive Saturn. The stock market picture since then, and especially when it started to truly recover around March 2010, has steadily trended upward. (Jupiter ruled Pisces is a culprit again, but in watery Pisces, rather than explosive Sagittarius. In fact, Jupiter himself was in Pisces when the economy turned towards recovery). Since around the first of this year, and shortly after Saturn entered Capricorn, the stock market has become unstable. We see big gains, followed by big loses day to day. You may think that this erratic foreward and backward motion is very un-Earth or un-Capricorn like, but think realistically about an earthquake’s activity. The movement of the Earth back and forth along tectonic plates is very sudden, jarring and dramatic. Jupiter at this moment is fairly weak in Scorpio, and is taking orders from Mars. But towards the latter half of the year, he will enter Sagittarius, where he takes orders from no one. By this fall, we should see a Jupiter break forth who is very tired of being seated at the little kids’ table.

The following is a snap shot of the stock market graph during the course of the past year. Of course, not everything can be summarized in this way, but I think the heave-ho nature of the stock market is well illustrated here. Not sure how to change the size of this image, because it is much larger than it needs to be. Stay tuned though to world news, and keep your eyes peeled. And as always and as usual, take care and love your family, and try not to fret. Not much we can do about global finances or relationships after all, but I do think it pays to be aware.

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Lastly, my featured pic is a one I took at Epcot Center during Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. When I tried to link this post to my Facebook page, it anchored onto my screen shot of the stock market graph. This pic is much lovelier.

 

27
Feb

A Test of the Emergency Broadcasting System

Concerned that a couple of the categories I spent so much time on are not showing up on my main page, so I am going to select those categories with this post, in the hopes that it will force them to become populated.

27
Feb

Quick Start

I wanted to capitalize on all of this lovely water sign energy before the Moon rolls into Leo. Fortunately, Moon in Cancer cannot be void. The birth time for this site is 2331, and the date is February 26, 2018. I am not sure why Word Press thinks I posted this on the 27th, other than because of some time zone snafu.

27
Feb

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! (This entry creeps me out, because I did not make it. You would think that if Word Press were going to post on my behalf, it would explicitly state that fact).

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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