The “Do It Yourself” Lunation: Be your own teacher


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Sun conjunct Moon in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries. December 3, 2013 UT 00:23 in @ Sagittarius 10.59

Sagittarius has this special ability to follow a star. A star can be a hope or a vision, and it can also be an unknown destination. It is an inspired direction, much more than an urge. Compared to the other fire signs,  it’s not like an Aries-type impulse, and it doesn’t have the Leo-type leading style. Sagittarius is the adventurer, the one who throws caution into the wind, because breaking free of the world, and being spontaneously oneself while seeking the divine is a necessity–the only true necessity.  Sagittarius doesn’t look back to see who follows.

Sagittarius knows that there’s something bigger “out there,” something inextricably worth the journey.  What Sagittarius understands better than any other sign is that “experience is the teacher.” You will learn as you go, just follow the signs.

Because there is a part of the centaur that is wild and untamed–and Sagittarius is the centaur–here is in Sagittarius, the representation of a being who traverses at least two worlds. One world is wed with instinct, and the other is embedded in reason. This is a powerful combination of innate talent and perception. It is a true recipe for the visionary and explorer – equipped with the talent, the vigor, and the courage to complete the quest, to recover and to uphold the divine mystery.

A true Olympian on one hand, and an epicurean on the other…Sagittarius is super sagacious about human problems and yet so completely unbothered by any mundane affairs, preferring either to contemplate expansive questions about the meaning of life – or toss out a good laugh about the absurdity of it all.

This new moon is perfect for letting loose and experimenting with building new traditions. If you’d thought of jazzing up your holiday celebrations this year in new ways, this moon will help you hitch your wagon to a star, and plan out something enjoyable for an eclectic group (Uranus). If you’re missing loved ones this year, you may find it easier to connect with them by looking up at the stars, and feeling his or her presence in your heart. If you just aren’t “feeling it” this year, then this new moon can help you to let go of trying, and just ease into whatever it is that you really do feel–with no need to push, or go beyond what is true for you.

However this new moon manifests for you in your life (and in your natal chart), Sagittarius offers up the possibility to see a chance and take it – to connect with something seemingly distant and beyond ourselves, and at the same time that which is deeply within.

Uranus square Pluto is activated. These are the times we are in.


                This is the current planetary configuration. Bare with me, it is more than a mouthful: Moon conjunct Jupiter in Cancer, which is opposite Venus conjunct Pluto square Uranus in Capricorn. (by the time I finish this, the moon will be in loose conjunction with Jupiter—hopefully)

I’ve been writing a bit about how Uranus square Pluto is a major planetary transit (a longer term cycle) that is revolutionizing our culture (the world’s culture).  I’ll briefly elucidate, but first: An aspect is formed by at least two bodies or mathematical points of value in an astrological chart. You know, like in music, you need a couple of notes in unison to define a chord.  Well in astrology, you need at least two to form an aspect. You can also think about geometry.  In geometry you need two points to make a line, or a straight line joining the ends of an arc. Think of an aspect as a line between two points that may be connected loosely, or fairly taut—varying degrees of tension. Now imagine a line where both ends are getting pulled but neither end is gaining, and the string still doesn’t break.  What you have with this square is a “push-pull” feel to it.  With the push-pull energy, we’ve generated a lot of energy, like a sort of gravitational potential energy.

What’s being pushed/pulled you might ask? (Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn)

So the individual energies that I’ll discuss, as the signs, are undergoing a period of what I call renegotiation, but with a deadline.  With the square, there’s a sense of urgency, and what we are talking about is a revolution from 2012-2015, a revolution, literally, that just keeps us working on certain energy-patterns, or planetary themes.  This is our collective work, to ascend the stairs of 7 exact squares. Aside from that longer-term collective job, we have our own individual relationship to the current transiting planetary configurations, and those were established at the time of our birth. That said, let’s stick just a few more moments with the basic story before we go into sub-stories (I’d need to study your chart to look at your personal stories, anyways). For now, I’m going to continue with the Uranus/Pluto square.

First, Capricorn is the sign of worldliness, it relates to the values that the world holds at large, and here’s a laundry list of terms associated with Capricorn: serious, businesslike, tried-n-true, dealing with the public image, discipline, anything associated with the planet Saturn, the sign’s ruler. It’s not really an endless list, but there are some specific key terms that you’ll see on repeat no matter where you go to look for Capricorn key terms. After a while, you internalize them and sometimes, as with any language, you develop your own special relationship to the meaning of those words and start to work with nuance. We are not talking about nuance here. Not now.

Ok, so Pluto, the once-called-planet and symbol of underworld destroyer or as I like to say, “Provocateur of deep transformation” is transiting the sign of Capricorn which is the structure of government, business, policy – you know from the previous paragraph—Capricorn stuff.

Moving right along we’ve got the planet Uranus that stands for everything nouveau, advent garde (seems I can’t find a suitable English word). Uranus is referred to as “the awakener,” by many astrologers. Imagine a gong, or a bell rang in the middle of your meditation. The Tibetans have some really nice examples of crashing sounds to awaken your mind from any form of drifting from the present moment. Also with Uranus, think of the Tesla-type of person (Uranus is in charge of electricity), think of another inventor, Elon Musk. Elon Musk has Aries rising—with Uranus in the 7th angular house. Houses of angularity (1, 4, 7, 10 are the major defining points of the chart).

Shall I not digress, I will proceed with a brief mention of the sign Aries. Aries is the fire and the force of starting all things, spring comes into action by a seemingly spontaneous process. Aries is a good placement for Uranus, for in Aries, Uranus is said to be exalted. The essence of Aries is ME!  I AM, ME!  So you have the individual struggling for existence, fighting back for the RIGHT to not be consumed by huge corporations that swallow individuals whole after gutting them of all their money and talents—inspiration and essence. You have the growth of entrepreneurs, and people looking to the “flame” or Aries fire, the spark of spirit to guide them back into a meaningful experience on Earth (if perchance they have danced away from the life-breath of the flame of their own inspired life).

Finally, the sub-stories:

Transiting Venus conjunct Pluto will activate the Uranus/Pluto square but by adding an additional theme of love relationships, transforming values, possessions, and deeper experiences of beauty. If your birth chart shows planetary squares from Venus to Saturn or other uncomfortable aspects (which I shall not go into here) you likely *feel* it now, especially your trials with relationships and experiences with money over the holiday season. Just remember, this is another opportunity to transform this challenging energy into constructive energy. The key with square is to *use creativity.* The square’s dynamic forces us to find a constructive outlet… otherwise, you’ve got the old, karmic routine.

Jupiter conjunct moon in Cancer is also activating the Uranus/Pluto square (this is why I spend so much more time on the larger theme of the story—it’s getting activated), the experience of Jupiter (abundance) alongside the experience of Moon (emotions, past, family) brings embellishment, this can be overwhelming or fulfilling, but the energy of Jupiter brings expansion to longer lasting experience of Uranus/Pluto square. That is, Jupiter will expand or make larger anything it is “seen with” in the sky.

One theory of why astrology works + some thoughts

Hello everyone 🙂

Astrology still remains by the mainstream a largely controversial topic, and it is greatly misunderstood. I thought it’d help to share Das Gorvani’s theory about, “The Physics of Astrology,” by linking to it here. This is just one theory, one that this man worked on developing to explain the physics for astrology.

Throughout the years, I’ve really found astrology to be a valuable tool for introspection–and, by consulting astrological charts throughout the years, it has lent itself to practical value.

I believe that what is beneath it all is tied up with existing metaphysical questions (and nowadays quantum physical questions, too) about consciousness, spirituality, and the design or “not-design” of the universe. I think free-will and not-free-will can exist simultaneously, simply depends on what we are talking about and if we have symbolic language to describe the phenomena.

Enjoy this. For me, “the truth is out there.” If physics can overcome the time travel paradoxes, I’d be happy to enjoy some time chatting with Kepler. I continue to be amazed by how well astrology works as a developmental tool and in understanding one’s own consciousness and connections with others, regardless.

I’m also “chewing on” this article in Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy called, “Quantum Approaches to Consciousness.” First published Tue Nov 30, 2004; substantive revision Tue Jun 2, 2015. As a person who is also studying Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM), it’s of interest to me to one day understand how consciousness and acupuncture work from a physics standpoint; it is certainly not a prerequisite to practicing it and experiencing the benefic results.

I don’t think that we can understand consciousness until we have a unified theory in physics. Still, we may never understand consciousness.

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November 17, 2013, Taurus Full Moon, Relationships, Art



Image credits:  Candlelight and Wine, by Ralph Hocker, Acrylic ― 11″ x 14″



“Beautiful colors can be bought in the shops on the Riato, but good drawing can only be bought from the casket of the artist’s talent with patient study and nights without sleep.”   ~ Tintoretto   (such is the tenacity of Saturn and the depth of Pluto, influencing this full moon)

As I sit to write about the full moon in Taurus on November 17, 2013 PST at 7:16am and UT 15:16, I’m savoring some wonderful aspects. Mercury is trine Neptune after just turning direct in the sky on the 11th, providing forward momentum in the mental clarity department. Mercury and Neptune are conjunct the North Node (the future direction), and so some of the fog and uneasiness of the solar eclipse experience is lifting. Also, Neptune will be turning direct on the 14th of the month—bringing some “AHA” moments and spiritual insights during a time of continued dramatic and dynamic change (Uranus square Pluto).

*Sigh* Taurus is an energy for sensuality.  It is the experience of the material world of the senses, of the sounds, of tastes, the smells, and the touches. It is the ability to savor a thing or two.

Sure, we still have Saturn conjunct the Sun, keeping us busy working and keeping us from indulging too much (Taurus). Saturn is, however, sending super-friendly trine vibes to Pluto/Venus (which are currently side-by-side), Jupiter, and Mars at the full moon. I try to remind everyone that Saturn isn’t “the bad guy.” In this case, Saturn is still keeping things strong while other planetary actors are involved in some ruckus. Whenever Venus is aspected like it is, relationships are effected.In this case, it looks like relationships are being re-arranged. With Venus square Uranus, the keyword is WEIRD.

Huge transformations in the relationships department–not just romantic, these are transformations that are long overdue and likely to be long-lasting.  Mars in Virgo is where to put the energy, into exercise, work, and analysis. Virgo symbolizes the mentality, using discretion and clarity. It is also an earth sign which goes so nicely with our earthy Taurus full moon. One way or another, this full moon will stir your senses to eat, decorate, and/or make love. ~maybe even desire chocolate 🙂 Taurus (by itself) is a lazy energy, a slow moving and reliable sort of settle-down-and-get-cozy, energy. It’s a good time to write poetry, enjoy music, savor good cooking, and take in all the smells of autumn…