Idiot Box: That Ol’ Double Standard

By Matt Bors

By Matt Bors

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Box In, Box Out – Sun Enters Virgo

The Sun enters tropical Virgo at 12:46 am EDT (4:46 UT) Saturday. Included with the Sun’s ingress into Virgo this year is astrology’s implicit support for thinking about any way you might be boxed in, and getting out. Putting you in a box may be well intended, or self-serving. Yet, nobody can box you in unless you cooperate.

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Virgo is ruled by Mercury and has a demonstrable affinity for the centaur Chiron, as Eric has often mentioned. The Sun, among other things, correlates with consciousness.

Solar Virgo thus expresses consciousness through Mercury’s intellectual energy field while also offering what Eric called “the intensity and drive” Chiron confers. That’s how it’s an appropriate time to start school again.

That’s also how the Sun’s annual traversal of the sign distinguished by mutable earth is an opportune time to focus on what boxes you are living in, while supporting imaginative solutions and grounded action to get you out. Especially so during this decade, when Chiron is reflecting back at Virgo from its mirror (or “opposing”) sign – Pisces.

In particular, this year’s solar ingress into Virgo adds even further emphasis on thinking and working your way out of a box because of aspects the Sun will make just before and after crossing over from Leo.

The Sun will make its last aspect from Leo with an opposition to the centaur object Nessus, currently retrograde in the last degree of Aquarius. The proper interpretation of Nessus is (like all centaur objects) complex and nuanced. Nevertheless, the subject of abuse and its shadow is a pervasive part of the Nessus theme. Among the various forms of abuse, one of the most insidious is prior restraint and deprivation of potential.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Virgo monthly for Nov. 11, 2007

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You have been working out your financial problems in theory; now is the time to work them out in practice, and that should be fairly easily done. You have the resources and the ideas. You are developing the relationships that will help you get where you are going, but you need to remember that you are the one who possesses the key ingredient. What seems to come and go is your awareness of that fact. Remember that you are the yeast, and everything that comes your way is some other ingredient in the bread. You are what gives the substance life, and its power to grow.

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Looking Ahead — the September Monthly Horoscope

Chart for the Libra equinox, attached to its supporting lists of minor planets (not shown, you just get the paper clip).

Chart for the Libra equinox, attached to its supporting lists of minor planets (not shown, you just get the paper clip). The minor planets come from Serennu.com, a truly remarkable astrology tool. The late David Roell once said that Serennu accomplishes things that the supposedly best programmers could not get their programs to do — in particular, accuracy to the minute for long-period outer planet aspects such as Pluto square Eris, when other programmers struggle to get it down to the day.

I just finished the long monthly horoscope for September. This will be distributed to Planet Waves subscribers, Core Community members and All Access Pass holders. But not before I do a special edition for Friday on Sun in Virgo, Virgo New Moon and the Mars-Saturn conjunction. I could run the monthly a little early, but the aspects of this weekend and early next week deserve their own set of interpretations. I treat my horoscopes with the same level of importance as the highest level professional consulting.

The kind of meticulous care and research that I put into my column is why I am the only astrologer on the Internet who charges for my horoscope. Another result is that the columns hold up for years. We post old columns in the Daily Oracle on Planet Waves, and usually they seem as fresh and alive as the day they were first published — even though it’s sometimes 10 or 12 years later. Usually horoscope writing is water under the bridge. I write my columns to last; I think they have value as a research tool, and as a kind of cosmic diary that anyone can access (via our Intelligent Archive program that searches by date, by keyword or by random selection).

Today’s writing went very well. Usually the long monthly takes me part of the day for three days, but I’ve been needing to tighten up my schedule, in part due to writing a second weekly horoscope.

I’m sharing some of the supporting documents to give a little insight into how I work. The chart is for the Libra equinox, with minor planet listings attached. I don’t use a program that automatically puts in all those points because I do it a little differently each time, and I want the chart to be a unique art piece. One distinct thing about my work is that I access a great many minor planets, most of which are not written about in books and many of which are not covered competently on the Internet. You can read some delineations here.

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The Rabbit Hole

By Carlos Cedillo

This week we move into a new treceña from 13 Quej/Deer on Aug. 20, 2014, to 1 Qanil/Rabbit on Aug. 21, 2014. This current treceña, along with the current uinal (20-day cycle) and tzolkin (260-day cycle), all end on 13 Ahau/Sun Sept. 2, 2014. Of course it all begins again the next day!

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The treceña (13 day-cycle) that is passing has clearly been a magic portal of transformation for the Earth. If we needed more proof of the infinite value of every individual soul on this planet, the deaths of just two individuals shocked the world in totally unexpected ways.

An 18-year-old unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, named Michael Brown — never heard of before by anyone outside his family and small community — shot to death by a police officer; and a beloved comedian and actor, Robin Williams, who chose to take his own life.

The death of Michael Brown happened on 2 Ajmac/Owl, a day of duality in justice. After a frightening week of protests in Ferguson was met by a militarized police force, there was a significant moment of clarity and balance on 7 Imix/Crocodile, Aug. 14, 2014. On that day, the governor of Missouri put the Missouri Highway Patrol — led by Captain Ronald Johnson, a Ferguson native — in charge of security.

A new slogan for world peace has emerged from the protestors holding up their hands and chanting, “Hands up; don’t shoot!” I believe this will work in Gaza, Ukraine, and everywhere there is turmoil, we just need to get the word out — although as Martin Luther King Jr. explained and experienced*, ‘working’ may still involve violence and struggle along the road to changing the dominant world paradigm.

Take some time to look within this 1 Rabbit day, Thursday. Venus is tired; she needs some beauty rest or watch out! Try to stay in your hovel. The warrior goddess transforms into the Cosmic Sun over the next 13 days.

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This week’s issue of Planet Waves’ Monsanto ECO newsletter features the fantastic community solar work of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit solar organization spawned at Burning Man; the development of self-cleaning solar panels; updates on the effects of chronic low-level radiation on plants and animals near Fukushima, and toxin-eating bacteria in the BP Gulf oil spill; genetic barcoding to crack down on animal and plant trafficking — and more.

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Late Leo, plus Sun Virgo and Mars conjunct Saturn

Thanks for bearing with the slow updates of Daily Astrology (and for my clients, the pause in SMS messages). I’m currently in one of those tight curves that included finishing Good as Gold, leaving town for a few days, then returning to many horoscope deadlines packed into a few days. I cover the current astrology in the new edition of Planet Waves FM, which mainly consists of the Sun ingressing Virgo Saturday, then the combined aspects of the Virgo New Moon and Mars conjunct Saturn on Monday.

I will repeat what I’ve been saying about Mars-Saturn in a diversity of places — “Do not let any matter that might be a confrontation come to blows. The best martial artist knows how to avoid a fight, or only take it as far as nobody getting hurt. A martial artist knows how to work with the flow of energy and not against it.”

This is indeed martial astrology. But being in Scorpio, there is a sexual attribute to this setup. This has been building for a while, focused by Saturn in Scorpio. There are of course many manifestations of this, but you can think of it as an iceberg lurking just below the level of the emotional waters. It’s the thing you run into when you want to express yourself sexually. It’s the hidden obstacle, the temporarily out-of-sight issue.

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The Ferguson, Missouri Crisis Astrology

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In this week’s edition of Planet Waves FM, I look at the chart for the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I describe how the chart seems to gather something vast and far-reaching and then deliver it to one local place, which is really everyplace. The Uranus-Pluto square is in the background of this chart — though it expresses itself through many other points, including the Sun, Saturn and Chiron.

I report on my observations of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance Conference. In my letter to subscribers today and also early in the program, I mention that I will do Victoria Woodhull’s chart, but space did not allow for that in the discussion of the conference and associated issues — though I promise to get back to the extraordinary 19th century historical character, whose birthday is coming up in about one month.

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Planet Waves Daily Oracle for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Today’s Oracle takes us to the Aquarius weekly for Jan. 4, 2008

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What an odd mix of energies you are under at the moment. From the look of your solar chart, I would surmise that your sense of standing at the very edge of reality is counterbalanced by an overwhelming feeling of safety. The closer to the edge you get, the safer you are likely to feel. However, consider this, before you decide you are able to fly. Where would you go, if you could go anywhere? Why would you go there? For the sake of something new and exotic, or to fulfill your new mission in life? The things you actually need to do are eminently practical, and I suggest you take great solace in your ability to get up every day and do your best and most devoted work. It is also true that you need to have fun, but I see no shortage of that in your chart.

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Persevere — Mercury Trine Pluto

Mercury’s message as it separates from an overnight (for most of us) opposition with Neptune is to persevere. Just as Mercury itself persists through Virgo towards its earth trine with Pluto in Capricorn at 3:20pm EDT (19:20 UT) Thursday, perseverance is important for you now.

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Of course, there’s a lot more than Mercury going on with the astrology now. Venus’ Leo conjunction with Jupiter yesterday was not exactly shallow.

Similarly, what dreams may have come with the now-separating opposition from Mercury to Neptune in Pisces were probably not of the garden variety.

Then there’s preemptive Mars possibly showing its hand already while on the way to merge with Saturn in Scorpio next Monday, only hours after the Sun and Moon meet anew (as in “a New Moon”) on Virgo’s doorstep.

Yes, the astrology is busy right now, and so probably are you. Whether it’s back to school, back to work or back against the wall, however, Mercury is making sense of it all with the message that perseverance will further both your best interests, and those of everybody else.

Like Mercury’s trine from the Moon when it first entered Virgo, Mercury’s aspect to Pluto on Thursday will be an earth trine. That should be comforting. The problem is Pluto’s undeserved reputation.

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