The Full Buck Moon; Seeking the Periphery

The Full Buck Moon comes this weekend, rivaling whatever fireworks may show in the sky.  The Full Moon during Cancer Season is the most Moon a Moon can get.  Artemis sees to it that her magic is alive and scientifically measurable at this time.  The Buck Full Moon gets its name from the curious fact that a buck’s antlers grow the fastest during this time of year, due to the daylights effect on its hormones.

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Human hair also grows faster during this time of year, all because of the behavior of keratin; the tough and fibrous proteins that give structure to epithelial cells.

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Structure– at it’s peak growth, during the Season of the Moon, the Season of Home.

In your hair, in the air and everywhere, structure is eager to shape- eager to grow and change to the changing needs of it’s internal compass.

Rudolph Steiner commented that the horns of a ram and the antler of a deer are very different in the direction that they take as they grow.  He said that they essentially grew in the way that Goethe described a plant grows- spirally and vertically.

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The horns of a ram grow spirally.  They start at the periphery and seek a center.

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The deer’s antlers grow vertically. They begin at the center and seek the periphery.

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Moon Goddess, Artemis, with her hands on the periphery-seeking antlers.

The horns of a Ram begin at the periphery and seek a center.  This is symbolic of someone beginning with a head full of world-knowledge, yet little understanding of his own soul.

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The meaningful journey is inward.

The deers of an antler begin at the center.  That is to say, a person begins with a heart full of soul-knowledge, yet little understanding of the outside world.  

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The meaningful journey is outward.

Steiner also had a great quote about the ultimate mirror-relationship of the external and internal terrain.

To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.

— Rudolf Steiner

 

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Moon Season plays with the mirror-aspect of reality 

This weekend’s Full Buck Moon is an opportunity to seek the periphery!  Take real interest in the world around you, your immediate surroundings, that are full of meaning as they always are.  Reach for this external meaning, as those fast-growing deer antlers do.  Let them show you more of who you are!

Your internal compass will mysteriously guide your attention to these rich sources of external meaning.

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“Don’t need a weathervane…”

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Romance Loves Heights, Full June Moon in Sagittarius!

The Full June Moon Friday will make you SWOON- in Sagittarius-, the high flying horse.  Heights are romance’s true love- and the horse knows the secret of flight- the secret of lightening the heart and mirroring the beauty that surrounds you-

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Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This Full Strawberry Moon will occur on June 5th, a Friday- original day of Venus.  Venus herself will be opposite it- conjunct the Sun, wearing strawberry-colored lipstick on her smile!

The Sun and Venus in Gemini- the sign of the living silver- the reflective magic of mirroring felt most easily in the presence of a smile.

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“A smile is the best makeup a girl could wear”- Marilyn Monroe, Gemini.

This Moon will be in square with Mars in Pisces- adding much beguile to the smile.  Some ocean to the potion!  Soften those eyes and look upon the Full Moon- listen for the waves!

Know as the Strawberry Moon, or the Rose Moon- with Strawberries being a member of the Rose family- one more reason to admit- that this June Moon is ready to make you SWOON.

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Happy Astro Pondering!

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The New Normal; Saturn in Aquarius

Saturn.  Father Time.  The planet of normalcy and status quo.  In the stirred up airy waters of Aquarius- the sign of the times.  This can only mean one thing- that we are entering a New Normal.

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Oh I don’t know, what’s new with you?

Saturn and Mars have trudged through the cold and merciless Earth of Capricorn- and now they both have emerged into the sign of the Future.  As curves are seen to be flattening- yet tragedies ever more on the rise, a compelling cry for FORESIGHT echoes through the infinite canyons of consciousness itself.

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Aquarius’ totem Greek God, Prometheus, a name that means “Foresight.”

With a desired future in mind- foresight comes naturally.  With a responsibility towards such a future, real change can happen.

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Abe Lincoln, an Aquarius- with his Sun conjunct the Ascendant.

The New Normal.  Saturn in Aquarius.  The new standards to live up to.  On a personal level as well as on a social one.  New standards like new laws.  Laws that allow nature to flourish and thrive.

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Because she’s worth it and so are you!

As Taurus Season begins this Sunday- the heart moves into a fire of homeostasis-craving Earth.  A Beauty-thirsty Season- that needs to quench its aching heart with bounty.

In the New Normal- the bounty is not taken for granted.  We have grown.  There are new responsibilities to be shared and honored.  The air in the world of the New Normal is a wake up call to true Interdependence.

Uranus- the Great Awakener, Aquarius’ ambassador planet, is also in Taurus- and for the next 6 years.

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To protect our bounty, our life and liberty, we have to take a tip from the bees!  And work together!  Fairly!  

The New Normal- emerging out of a dark time- may turn a grocery clerk, or bus driver wage into one of a Government job!  Or guarantee a health care worker that they will never be unprotected by lack of protective gear ever again!

Who knows- maybe even health care itself will be a human right not a privilege as a wise man says.

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Reality as it stands, is bizarre, and for many quite traumatic.  The future is all bound up with every churning of every gear.  Yet the power of Aquarius- is in its realization of interdependence.  The interdependence depends wholly- on the power of the individual.

The individual who, with perfect foresight, can take responsibility of the future.  Even if it’s just their own personal future, they can lead by example.  For the leaders that seek a better future for everyone- let’s hope their eyes are wide open- to the New Normal.

As Always, Happy Astro Pondering.

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A Hunger for the Classic. Jupiter enters Capricorn.

Jupiter made it’s move into Capricorn on Monday, December 2nd, after a year in it’s natural sign of Sagittarius.  Quite the energetic shift.  The reins are being pulled back on the riled up horses.  A new enthusiasm has set in, just in time for Sagittarius Season.  A new enthusiasm for the restraint, cool-headedness, and everything classic.

Walking bass line please.

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Let’s let Jack host this intro.

My words would be so much better here if you picture it being spoken by Jack Nicholson (He has a strongly place Jupiter in Capricorn).

Jupiter in Capricorn is a wild enthusiasm that is cool, calm and under control.  Just beneath that surface is an unbridled gaiety that is just waiting to break out into dance.  But that surface is cool, calm, still and pristine.  What really comes forth is the glimmer.  The glimmer that hints to the wild gaiety within.

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The glimmer of life through the pristine of winter.

What is classic?

What is classic is what is of lasting worth.  What is classic is timeless.  Capricorn is the most classic sign of the zodiac.  It may be bound of in rules and restraint, but it is precisely these rules and restraints that illustrate it’s timeless beauty.  The order of the planets is astounding, yet it is order.  Finding actual order in the life you lead can be of the same profound realization.

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Well me-ow.  Some things do make total sense.

When Jupiter is in Capricorn, finding order provides a healthy dose of spiritual zest.  Rising up to the task at hand to see that it gets done.  Restraining the emotions when they become overdone and vitality-depleting.  Capricorn is cool, calm, detached.  Jupiter in Capricorn is cool, calm, detached and in possession of a wild gaiety (Jack).  We all have an opportunity to tap into our inner Jack Nicholson and cultivate our cool and collected side to kindle the flame of the wild horse within.

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The wild horse within hungry for structure and rules that make sense.

To further see into the archetype of Jupiter in Capricorn here are some other famous people with this natal placement.

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Often described stylistically as bringing old hollywood back, Scarjo gives us look into the classic.

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Timeless beyond words, Charlie Chaplin.  Also a certain seriousness that really let his art of comedy sail high.

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Classic, and similar to Jack with his wild horses of gaiety under cool, calm restraint.

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Walt Disney had Jupiter in Capricorn conjunct Saturn.  His creations are classic and his dreams are on the actual map! 

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Classic Jupiter in Capricorn talk.

The take home message for this new year of Jupiter in Capricorn? 

You are classic, timeless, and joyously solitary (on one level).  Your solitariness puts you straight to your own source of inner-direction.  Find that place of wild gaiety, that crazy horse, and give it some well-structured rules.  Rules that are meant to see it grow responsibly and with a goal in sight.

Delight in the cold snap of reality.  Delight in your own autonomy.  Delight in places where you need to pull back the reigns and establish more order.  Delight in the order and the beauty of the order.

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“The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.”       -Aristotle

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3 Ways to Jumpstart your Sagittarius Season!

Sagittarius Season has commenced.  The smell of pine trees find their way into your local shopping mart.  Glimmering lights are beginning to sprout up in the neighborhood.  It’s cold outside, but the inner hearth is warming up.

Here are 3 things you can do to actively engage with the spirited archetype of the Archer!

1. Fire your arrow of attention at positive targets.

When you find yourself in a tailspin of repetitive negative thoughts, the happy horse is here to remind you of your superpower.  You can aim your arrow of attention at another target, one that provides you with a better emotional response.  This is not denial of feeling, this is true maturity.  This is choosing what feelings you would like to see recede into the distance, and what feelings you would like to see come forth.  This is your birthright as a conscious human being.

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The Centaur has immense strength and skillful aim.

2. Soak up the sights of a grand vista!

No other sign knows the importance of wide open spaces like the eager-to-run horse.  Grand open spaces are a release from the pesky details of the day to day that diminish the deeper meanings of life as a whole.  Standing out in an open field, or up on a mountain, or even just outside instead of inside refreshes the mind with an intuition of a greater meaning to life.  Don’t forget to soak up some vista sights!

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Where did those troubles go?

3.  Say yes to the zest!

Eat your food!  Your food for life, which is the zest of living.  If things are becoming too mechanical and meaningless- take a day off!  Your soul needs spiritual food just like your body!

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There you have it.  Onward with the Season of the Horse!

As always, Happy Astro Pondering!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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