Claim Your Riches! Full Moon in Taurus on Tuesday, Nov 12th.

The Moon will be full on Tuesday, November 12th in Taurus, the sign in which the Moon is said to be..

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..exalted!

And why is the Moon known to be exalted in this sign?  The sign of earthy abundance?  The sign of storing, of keeping, of holding, of having?

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Taurus is the Torus field.  A self-regulating system of energy.

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Here is a Sunflower going about it’s toroidal flow.

Plants store the energy of the Sun for food.  In this way, it is the holding of the Sun that gives them life.

Taurus is the sign of riches and wealth as well as health and well-being.

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It is no wonder that the image of the Caduceus, seen in doctor’s offices and the dollar bill is none other than a nod too..

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..toroidal flow.

The Torus field of the body is the real wealth.  And who is it that holds the Caduceus again?

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Mercury!  The thinking mind.

And what does the Torus want to store?

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Gold for wealth.

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Gold for health.

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True Gold (joy) for wealth and health!

So on this Full Moon in Taurus- reclaim your riches.  Use your thinking mind to identify the joy in your life and then let yourself really feel it.  If you have to break out into a “yay” definitely do so!  Your Torus forcefield will surely strengthen, and there will be Mooney in your bank!

As always, happy astro pondering!

An Affinity for Lightning! Venus enters Sagittarius!

After a deeply saturated Scorpionic Venus graced our Halloween- she is now ready to hang up her witches hat in favor of untamed electricity!  In fond favor of the freedom to expand this way and that in a flash of brilliance.  The Goddess.. is getting giddy!

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Giddy– up!

Venus is that part within us that says “I prefer this instead of that”.  It is the aesthetic preference always at work, largely operating on a subconscious basis.  The judgement that takes place in our minds at any given moment of the day.  Venus is part sensual (Taurus) and part mental (Libra).  She is not a slave to her preferences because she can think about what is truly best for her, even when it is not the sensual winner.

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“Mmm yes, very nice.. but maybe not for breakfast” -Venus.    *note or maybe YES if she finds good reason!  The scales are always balancing out the rationale!   

When aesthetic preferences inhabit the domain of the Archer, you can expect a leaning towards things of an enthused, optimistic and morally aware nature.  The aesthetics that are looking extra good right now are ones that promise the soul a LIFT.

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It feels good to feel good!

Sagittarius is definitely the high-flying spirited archetype.  The bubbling nature that begins somewhere inside and breaks out into laughter, catching on to others in a wildfire of contagion.  The fire of Sagittarius is a fire that lifts the spirit, as well as gently encouraging it to rise, as with a good spiritual and moral awareness.  To be in tune with the Sagittarian vibe is is to be in tune with a spiritual appetite.  An appetite that is hungry for meaning and real knowledge.

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Sagittarian enthusiasm and learning have always gone hand in hand.

The zest that comes about with Sagittarius joy is a zest that wants more zest.  The fire of the Centaur is the fire of the visionary.  The power of the visionary is to increase an understanding of what is truly vital.  At it’s most central teaching, the visionary understanding is an understanding of life itself.  Something that will never be uninteresting!

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This kind of education can strike in a flash- like lightning!

So pay attention to where your preferences are leaning this next month!  Can you help steer your faithful steed into places of spirited learning?

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The sky is the limit!          (Rene Magritte has Venus in Sagittarius).

Happy astro pondering!

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Scorpio and Inspirations from Georgia O’Keefe

Sometimes the best way to meditate on what a New Moon may mean for you is to see what if you can sense what it means for someone who was born under that configuration.

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A human embodiment of a New Moon in Scorpio:  Georgia O’Keefe.

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The signature is so close to her Ascendant (who she identifies as) with Mercury and Jupiter nearby (mind and sense of meaning) and opposite Pluto Neptune (transcendental  spirituality).

So what are the some deliciously dark and lunar inspirations we can take from this brilliant woman?  And how can we apply these inspirations to our own lives to celebrate the coming of the New Moon in Scorpio this Sunday, 10/27 ?

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  • Inspiration #1- Being afraid and standing still in your tracks don’t mix

This is Mars talk (Scorpio’s original ruler), the planet of adrenalin and motive, with the kernel of it all being in the word motion.  Call it shark-mentality, or being highly motivated, the message here is to keep moving.  Even if you are “absolutely terrified”, don’t let that get in the way of you and your goals.

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  • Inspiration #2- Unlearning can be as important as learning 

Stripping away and starting anew is where Scorpio thrives.  When something is learned that isn’t healthy for our spirit, sometimes this goes undetected for decades, as our dutiful robotic subconscious mind sees to it that we continue to repeat bad habits that re-enforce a false sense of self.  Scorpio seeks to blow the lid off of this conspiracy.  Life is too short.

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  • Inspiration #3-  Don’t cheapen your sense of reality with too much “reality”

Being a realist is a good thing.  But being too much of a realist at the expense of the unheard poetry behind something significant, or the subjective stun of bright moonlight, or the signatures of spirituality embedded in every natural creation, this is a catastrophe!  Especially for the artist!  O’Keefe also famously said “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”  Scorpio understands the reality of feeling.  It is not some bit of subjectivism waiting to be activated.  These are the undercurrents of reality.

Let’s see some more of O’Keefe’s reality as she experiences it:

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 Head with Broken Pot, 1943

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Ladder to the Moon, 1958

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Music Pink and Blue, 1918

I hope these inspirations serve you well to plant some healthy Scorpionic seeds of intention into the fertile soils of your New Moon subconscious mind!

Happy astro  pondering!

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Mars in Cancer: The Will to Home

To associate Mars with hotheadedness, anger, combat, etc. is really to sell short the psychic usefulness of the red planet.

At it’s most crucial level, Mars is the Will.  Everyone possesses this, and some are far more in touch with it than others.  It’s only when one’s Will is being thwarted or ignored that hotheadedness, anger and all of these pressure-cooker emotions bubble up.  Let’s try to go to the root of things rather than obsessing over symptoms, shall we?

What is the Will?

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Other words for the Will include striving, urging, wanting, desire, effort, you get the idea!

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Arthur Schopenhauer’s Philosophy of Will sees Will as a slave to the world of ideas, therefore we are not free, and life is a sorry affair.

Schopenhauer saw the Will as an omnipresent force, not particular to the individual, but controlling us all, and so he was quite the pessimist.

The only thing that could kind of help us in this sorry world, was in experiencing something beautiful like art.  In the midst of a great painting or an exquisite piece of music, the Will was transformed into ‘representation of the Will’ – the better the art, the better the representation- and in that moment, the person ceases to even exist!

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Ah!  At last I am nothing and no longer a slave to the Will!  Courtesy of Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night.

Another famous thinker who gave considerable amount of attention to the Will (and was incredibly influenced by Schopenhauer) was Frederich Nietzsche.  But Nietzsche ended up being a total optimist about it!

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Nietzsche claimed that “The world itself is the will to power and nothing else!  And you yourself are the will to power- and nothing else!”

But where Schopenhauer used the Will as an ultimate negation of life, Nietzsche used it as an ultimate affirming of life.  He proclaimed himself a yea-sayer- and likened this Will to seeing life as positive as similar to that of  the ecstasy-loving Dionysus.

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Dionysus- the original “Life is Good” sayer.

So let’s just be happy to be clear on the notion that Mars as the Will is a powerful force that has been pondered for centuries.  It is no small thing.  It might be everything.  So what is it up to now in the sign of Cancer?

Cancer is the sign of home and family but, as the first of the Water signs, it begs us to feel this truth, not just to think about it.

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This is Chip (or Dale) inside of a Christmas tree from the Disney 1952 Classic “Pluto’s Christmas”.

I remember seeing this cartoon as a kid and being utterly enchanted by the sheer twinkling magic and coziness of these two chipmunks wandering around on the actual inside of a Christmas tree.

It’s not enough to convey the feelings of Cancer by referring to Christmas alone because you may not even celebrate it, or it may bring up family strife instead of warmth and sparkle.

But the inside of a Christmas tree, with your good pal Dale, now that is magical coziness.  That is a recipe to feel great.

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The Will to Home is an urging towards a place of magical coziness.  Magical in that it is dynamic, not stagnant.  Cozy in that it offers total restoration to the spirit.  The destination may still be unknown to you, but you can follow the clues of what it is by tuning in to your true feelings.

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Cancer is the stillness of the North Star.  The sureness of that great feeling.

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Mars is the Will to get there.

Until next time, Happy Astro Pondering!

-Tess

The Convivial in the Trivial: Treasures of Gemini.

Happy Gemini Season to all.  I hope it is a nice bouncy time of curiosity and conversation.  In this post I plan to share some of the glimmering shimmering secrets of the Trickster, in hopes that this Spring Season can be extra intriguing.

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Yes, where to begin…

This is the sign most associated with the intellect, words, straightforward logic etc.  Often the archetype of Gemini summons up a smartness, incredible word-craft abilities, cleverness…

Opposite Gemini is the Archer, Sagittarius, the sign that breathes the fire of meaning into things.

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Behold the flame of meaning!

But it is Gemini that not only puts this meaning into words, thoughts and expressions, it is also Gemini whose air fans the flames of meaning!

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Who.. little old me?

Yes Bugs!  Through thought, speculation, musings, and curiosity- lots of meaning gets stirred up and fortified.  These two signs are on opposite sides of a very interesting spectrum.

The MYTHIC MEANING of Sagittarius and the MENTAL TRIVIALITY of Gemini.

But wait- it sounds as though I am insulting the sign of the Twins!

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Who are you calling Trivial??

But it’s true!  The intellect alone will only get a person so far.  Without meaning, thoughts can turn in on themselves and stifle.

The wisdom lies in knowing this to be true:  hence the Trickster is born!

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Little old ME!!

Geminis are at heart, Tricksters.  Beings who delight in thought and words, yet with a knowing of the paradoxical limits of thought and words.

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The most brilliant of the Geminis have a zen tongue-in-cheek vibe to what they say and do.

And these are the souls that breath air into MEANING itself!  The  two things- triviality and meaning co-creating.  No hierarchy, just discovery.

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Perhaps this is some of the meaning behind the Fool Card.

If every where you looked MEANING was staring you in the face you would likely get burned out- fast.

There would be no AIR of LIGHTNESS.  No reprieve.  No jokes, no riddles, no lighthearted smiling or giggling.

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Why is it that the characters most devoid of meaning are the ones that make us laugh the hardest?

It’s an interesting paradox, that intelligence and delightful stupidity are tied up in the same archetype.  But that’s Gemini- if it weren’t interesting and paradoxical, it would cease to be- the Trickster.

So, this Season, share in the delight of the enigma of levity, thought, intelligence and triviality.

The convivial trivial!  Long live it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Value of Existence and the Existence of Value:  Uranus in Taurus

It’s an interesting time both above and below.  Three slow moving planets are in their natural signs: Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn.

Jupiter is Sagittarius hails in a new thirst for meaning.

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Give me more meaning!  I need fuel to move forward!!

Neptune in Pisces gleams a hint at divinity here on earth in the day to day.

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The All in the Many, the divine in the day to day.

And Saturn in Capricorn says “If it isn’t useful, what good is it?”.

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Let’s get pragmatic, yo!

All of these planets in their homegrown signs-  the mythic actors speaking “on the nose” (no subtext).  The grand plot with metaphors that children can grasp.

Uranus is the Great Awakener.  When it touches a sign, the revelation that comes about may be an: “Oh…OH… yes of course” type of thing.  You view something from a fresh angle, and all at once it becomes something NEW.

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For the next 7 years, the awakening has everything to do with Taurus- our VALUES.

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Basic assumptions come into question with Uranus.

Uranus is the planet that deals with the concept of Existence.  Philosophers have been exploring this concept for ages.  The mid 50s brought about Existentialism, a philosophy entirely devoted to what it means to exist.

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Life and Existence seem to be the same thing at first glance- but they certainly are not.  For instance how could T.S. Eliot’s phrase “Where is the Life we have lost in living?” make sense?  And it does seem to make a whole lot of sense.

Enter a new literary voice in my life: Colin Wilson, a man who deems himself an Existentialist, yet with a much more cheery outlook than most of his contemporaries.  In fact he calls his Existentialism a “New Existentialism”, one that acknowledges a need for objective meaning in life.  Meaning to fuel our Will, and find purpose.

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Colin Wilson became famous overnight when his first book, “The Outsider” was published in 1956.  He went on to write over 150 books, all the while contemplating and crafting an incredible life philosophy that celebrates optimism.

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The Outsider is a non-fiction book exploring a character who isn’t sucked into the values of the world around him, such as creature comforts and career status.  Therefore he is an Outsider.  “He sees too much and too deep”.  He explores the writings of famous Outsiders such as Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Hemingway and many others.  He sees the Outsider as a kind of “evolutionary throw-forward”.  Very Uranian.

Here is a fantastic interview with Wilson from the 80s television show, “Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove”.

 

Uranus speaks to existence and Taurus speaks to values.  Both of these concepts are very worthy of contemplation (or meditation if that is your preferred way!)

What is the value of your existence?

Hard to pinpoint as you sit here and read this I bet.

But what if the situation were a bit more.. terrifying?

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You might feel the value of your existence pounding in your throat.

And it is likely that, once the bear decided you weren’t worth the trouble and receded into the distance, your world may appear brighter.  More beautiful.  More dear.

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LIFE!!!!!  The WORLD!!!!

Wilson says that crisis (like the bear) has a way of lowering one’s “indifference threshold”, and thereby revealing all of the beauty and meaning that surrounds us.

This meaning is vital to our well-being as it fuels our will (no small thing!).

And now what about the reverse: what is the existence of value?

What are the values that exist in the world around you?

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Voila The Joneses!

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And the rat race.

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And the latest iphone.

So these are some values that exist in the world, but here is the question: do they accurately reflect your values?

In some ways maybe they do.  But odds are if you have been reading this astrology post all the way up until this point there are other values that might not be so reflected here.

Again let’s look to the current sky (and simultaneously within ourselves):

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Jupiter in Sagittarius:  the value of MEANING as suggested here by Michelangelo’s The David.  (Meaning=food for the will!)

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Neptune in Pisces: the value of magical BEAUTY as displayed by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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Saturn in Capricorn: finding these values in the here and now of REALITY.

With that, enjoy your cup of Uranian java and nurture the instinct to WAKE UP to new VALUES!

Happy Astro Pondering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it Sublime? Venus Moves into Pisces.

The goddess of love and beauty is setting out to sea.  She has danced to the offbeat drum of Aquarius long enough and now craves a deep serenity.

She wants to be moved in an all-encompassing way.  She wants now to dance to the harmonies of the spheres and to feel the most exalted sensations.

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Mermaids are at home in the deep peace of the ocean.  But the ocean also holds some scary stuff!

Entering the realm of the sublime.

Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. -Webster’s Dictionary

Edmund Burke was a statesman, political theorist and philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment.  He saw beauty and the sublime both as things that move us, the difference being that the sublime moved us more profoundly.

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Edmund Burke

The Sublime, maintained Burke, moves us more profoundly because it is tied to the vast, the overwhelming, even the terrifying!  He says that the possibility of pain triggers basic feelings of self-preservation, exercising nerves that could save our lives.

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Maybe Venus will visit me for a cup of coffee..  or a fresh kill.

The totality of the ocean, or the whole of the universe for that matter, is not without these scary creatures, places and concepts.  Venus is moving gently into the sign that looks at the totality of everything and sweetly says “yes, I am still love”.

And then, lo and behold, beauty becomes even more beautiful.

Because, as everyone knows, the sweet ain’t so sweet without the bitter.

The sublime is the intoxicating marriage of the bitter and the sweet.

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Most would agree that chocolate cake can fall into the taste category of sublime.

Chocolate is one of the few foods that is both bitter and sweet.  Other examples include coffee, wines, and teas.  They have an extra hold on the public, with their intoxicating effects.

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Here they are, the seduction brigade!

Fruit flies are discouraged from eating fruit when there is a bitter taste because it alerts them to toxins.  These foods pictured above seem to say “oh hey, just a little bit of danger here.. but go ahead.. it’s so good!”

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Just a wee little bit of the secret sauce!

Poison is remarkably similar to the french word for fish, “poisson”, and of course, Pisces is the sign of the fishes.

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Les Poissons! Intoxicating, dreamlike, forever mystical.

The world of the sublime is one that balances sweetness with a taste of the bitter.  Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces because this is love’s highest task.  In Pisces, love acknowledges the whole picture; the vast, serene, majestical, and sometimes terrifying.. and she still comes out on top.

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Lenny Kravitz can best close out this post.

 

Until next time, happy astro pondering!

Sage Sagittarian Wisdom from Sagittarians for Sagittarius Season.

It is Sagittarius Season, a time of integrating the lessons of the Archer.  Let’s go straight to the mouths of some famous fiery centaurs to best get at the kernels of this excitable wisdom.

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Jupiter is Zeus, the sky-god.  The sky gives a sense of no limits, endless expansion.  Hendrix’s guitar has the same effect.  Just look at the gleam in his eye, a total give-away for the zest of this mutable Fire sign.

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A Sagittarian understands that seeking is what needs to happen.  Things don’t just fall on your lap.  You have to engage in the journey.

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The Archer understands that indeed, it IS more about the AIM.  It is the aim of a goal that generates enthusiasm and spirit.  If we keep the aim in sight, we keep the spirit kindled, the faith alive, and the enthusiasm ignited.

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Zest is absolute nourishment for a Sagittarian.  It permits them to fly high with their ideas and imagination.  The contagious fire can then spread and catch on with others, creating inspiration and wonder for the masses.

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Sagittarius teaches us that hope is a gentle yet very potent thing.  If we can keep a dose of it in our hearts, we are well on our way to kindling the robust fire of Sagittarian strength,

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It was Jim Morrison’s idea to name the band the Doors based on Aldous Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”, which was derived from the William Blake line: “If the door of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite”.  Sagittarius is a door, an opportunity, a gateway to a broader perspective.

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A Sagittarian understands that attitude is everything.  It’s not what happens in life it’s our attitude towards these events that matters.  Attitude is altitude.  Sinatra’s songs often inspire a sense of brazen confidence, “if I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere”… “regrets I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention.”  Sagittarius reminds you to always believe in yourself.

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Sagittarius is a day-time dreamer.  It dreams and then it points it’s arrow towards this broad and far-reaching ideal.  Jupiter co-rules both Sagittarius and Pisces, both of which are associated with dreaming.  Pisces is underwater, therefore the dreams are more rooted in the dark subconscious.  Sagittarius is the sky, therefore the dreams are more conscious.  Spielberg stays true to his Sagittarian center with day-time dreaming.

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Sagittarius teaches us to be true to our values, and protect them to foster a true and personalized sense of “rightness”.  Having a strong sense of morality is medicine for Sagittarius.  Jon Stewart has made a living through the sharing of perspectives to attempt to arrive at new understandings.

 

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Sagittarius has an inner fiery promise of purpose buried within.  This sign seeks meaning, and it will travel far to find it.

Happy Sagittarius Season.  May the spark be lit, then encouraged to grow, where it can guide you and become delightfully contagious in spirit.  Let the sky-horse carry you away to places you know you’d like to be.  These places are within reach.  Dare to dream in the daylight.  Encourage you zest and be mindful of your values.  What a wonderful time of year.

 

Sail into the Mystic: Mars Enters Pisces

The holiday season this year comes with some stirred up cosmological waters.  After a prolonged stay in Aquarius, Mars, the planet that energizes is entering the vast territory of the collective unconscious, the endless and unfathomable ocean of Pisces, the sign of the Fishes.

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The waters above and the waters below.  Pisces sails into the mystic.

Pisces is a sign that is most associated with passive, female principle of the the universe that is Yin energy.  It is the type of love that is all-encompassing, it is pure forgiveness, gentleness, ethereal beauty, subtlety, deep imagination, psychic phenomenon.  People who are born under the influence of this sign have a natural ability to tap into this realm, often to the astonishment and wonder of others.

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Edgar Cayce, famously known as the “sleeping prophet” astounded the public with his knack for clairvoyance.  He has more planets in Pisces than any other sign in his chart. 

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Einstein’s driver said that one of his habitual routines was to play the violin in nature, with the birds.  He said as he did this he would have tears streaming down his face.  Pisces feels it’s way into the secrets of the cosmos.  

Back to Mars.  Mars motivates in many ways.  Sometimes it can just feel like a straightforward burst of energy.  A new focal point in which you are ready to place your time and energy.  Other times it comes in the form of agitation, unrest, a feeling like you just can’t take it anymore and something needs to change.  This is the boiling, roiling, stirring and churning way of the warrior planet.

In Pisces, it is the the ethereal waters of other-worldliness that are being agitated, motivated, energized.  In short, the Mystic within is being summoned.

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Bob Dylan was born when Mars was in Pisces.  A Gemini, he is a rue Trickster/ Mystic.  A master of words who can tap into other-worldly realms through the potency of poetry. 

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Yuri Gagarin was also born when Mars was in Pisces.  His motivation for other-worldliness took on a more literal tone as he was the first man to ever journey into outer space.

Mars will stay in Pisces until New Years Eve, flavoring the holiday stretch with a sizzle of Yin energy.

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Liz Taylor, A Pisces was born under the influence of Mars in Pisces.  A Yin energy that is sizzling.  A peak into the other-worldly realm is a glance into her deeply reflective eyes, a beautiful hint of eternity.

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Marilyn Monroe also has Mars in Pisces.

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So does Ava Gardner.

There is definitely a je-ne-sais-qoi quality to the next couple of months.  Things may pop up that make you open your eyes wider to the greater mysteries of life.  The wonder that comes about from the many holiday lights may be of extra sparkle.

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It is the receptivity of our subjective state of mind that permits the wonder and the beauty to enter and influence our reality.

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“Starry Night” is an example of the celebration of the artist’s subjectivity.  Van Gogh also had Mars in Pisces.

Subjective reality is the home of our feelings.  With Mars traveling through Pisces, emotions that come with this time of year may feel more overwhelming.  One of Pisces biggest challenges is to keep the rivers and tides of emotions flowing healthily.

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Keep the waters of strong feelings flowing by means of acknowledging them, so they can be processed and moved into new states of being.  This is the mutable quality of Pisces, a promise of healing through the willingness to change shape. 

Pay attention to what is nagging at you or what is merely calling you in the next few months.  It is likely tied into a deeper personal connection to the waters above and the waters below.  That is, a deeper connection to all that is unknowable, yet worthy of reflection.  A grander reality, that is based on a willingness to feel.

Happy Holidays!