Life, Well Crafted THE SUN ENTERS VIRGO August 22, 2016
Virgo, symbolized by the Virgin — one who is "whole and complete" all by her lonesome — is the zodiac sign associated with work. Everyday work that is, not the ambitious and impressive 10th house* aspect of vocational aspiration and life purpose, but all those necessary tasks we must attend to each day, like it or not, to keep the boat afloat.
Virgo oversees the 6th house of the natal chart, associated with all those mundane chores that fill up a large portion of our day: keeping the checkbook balanced, scheduling appointments, writing up agendas and endless to-do lists, schlepping the kids to and fro, making meals, doing the laundry, taking out the trash, helping with homework. Chores that the rich and famous hire servants or staff to do for them, but the rest of us "peasants," for the most part, have to do for ourselves. All of this kind of work falls within Virgo's domain: what we must do each day to make life work.
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Tightrope Walkers THE AQUARIUS FULL MOON August 18, 2016
As a parent, one of the things I struggle with is setting reasonable limits without triggering exhausting power struggles. I do know the "right way" to handle it, that's not the problem. I've taken parenting classes where I learned how to craft those awkward "I-messages" (example: "When you tie a rope around kitty's neck and drag him across the floor, I feel very sad"). I realize too that it's best to offer choices rather than dish out ultimatums. I know this stuff. But at the end of a long day, faced with a two-day old stack of dirty dishes, crumbs left all over the floor from the latest snack raid, my chocolate stash missing from its hiding place, ultimately, inevitably, what tumbles out is certainly no I-message.
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Making it REAL SATURN STATIONS DIRECT August 13, 2016
Saturn is currently at standstill, nearing its station (August 13th), and turning direct after a five-month retrograde cycle that began last March. As I wrote in the Leo New Moon essay, what Saturn represents is a very active and critical agent right now. So let's talk a bit more about Saturn, and its retrograde cycle, here at its powerful station direct.
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Courage and Conviction THE LEO NEW MOON TRINE SATURN August 2, 2016
Not far from where I live, a stretch of highway winds abruptly out of the redwood forest into an expansive, sunny valley. The transition from forest to valley is striking almost every time, even after living here for almost 20 years. But I've noticed, accompanying this, is a subtle emotional reaction, best described as the kind of apprehension a deer might feel when doing exactly the same thing: venturing beyond the safeguard of the forest into the open meadow, exposed. When the lunar cycle shifts from the sheltered waters of Cancer and begins anew in fiery Leo, which it will do later today, it is an analogous transition.
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Something in Me, Dark and Sticky SUN-PLUTO CONJUNCTION July 7, 2016
Tomorrow, the mighty, life-giving Sun will perfect an opposition to deepest darkest Pluto, the planet that astrologically represents the chthonic, underlying, sometimes devastating forces of Mother Nature. Profound change, death, rebirth, power issues of survival, the use and abuse of resources, sexual power, all things hidden and taboo — everything buried deep in the vast underground circuits of the psyche are associated with this small and distant, but nevertheless powerful, dwarf planet. All of these Pluto-related themes are being stirred up right now, illuminated by the Sun in the Moon's sensitive, self-protective, water sign of Cancer, swiftly moving towards crescendo, its the exact opposition to Pluto. Embedded in this week's New Moon chart, this Sun-Pluto opposition is the second of three major themes in this critical lunar cycle.