Dear Friend and Reader:
On Thursday, I wrote about what is happening in Sagittarius, including the Sun’s ingress and the Jupiter-Venus-Ixion alignment with the Galactic Core. If you’re interested in that aspect, please refer back to my previous article.
The Sagittarius New Moon is at 10:05 am EST on Tuesday. The New Moon is trine Chiron, and opens a vent from the personal transformation and identity crisis of Chiron in Aries, into the more spacious ideas of Sagittarius. A theme of this New Moon is, it’s not all about you. Your life and what you witness are about something much larger.
Included in the Sagittarius New Moon chart is some activity in Capricorn, which is interesting, and about to become a lot more so. One thing it’s helpful to remember is that the true opposite signs (such as Sagittarius and Capricorn) are those adjoining one another. Opposite (such as Virgo and Pisces) signs are the same gender and on the same cross; all that differs is their element.
Adjoining signs are of different genders, different crosses, and different elements. They are as opposite as you can get, in terms of their astrological properties. In the case of Sagittarius and Capricorn, the ruling planets are interesting as well — Jupiter, usually felt to expand, and Saturn, usually felt to structure and limit.
Venus Enters Capricorn, Squares Chiron
At the moment of the New Moon, Venus enters Capricorn. The first thing it does is make a conjunction to Pholus and a square to Chiron. Pholus, also a centaur, will tend to raise the energy level of any aspect, sometimes pushing matters it represents out of control. A square to Chiron will tend to serve as a check. Let’s look at the square first.
Venus square Chiron is emblematic of the times we are living in, which are defined by a crisis in gender identity. In a natal chart, this aspect will have different manifestations for men and women, though always describing one’s relationship to anima, or inner feminine.
Remember that in our society, we tend to project sex and gender outward; and we tend to see them as political issues.
In doing so, we miss the opportunity to understand the inner relationships we have to anima and animus (inner feminine and inner masculine facets of the psyche) and how this drives our experiences. If we see sex and gender as political issues that exist outside of us, we miss the opportunity for growth and that almost forgotten thing called personality integration.
On the theme of gender, it has become fashionable to exploit or dwell upon the allegedly partisan divide between men and women. This is about as healthy as politicians exploiting the partisan divide in the voters. And while many are busy trying to blow children out of the “blue” and “pink” boxes, this seems as healthy as forcing them into those boxes.
What I believe we need is to allow young people to explore without making any decisions for them, or loading them down with propaganda. Life is not about how one “identifies” but rather who one actually is.
The Theme of Receptivity
The most significant quality Venus represents in this pattern is receptivity. When Venus-Chiron is out of tune, it will tend to push outward, expressing itself as some form of macho, bossy, or authoritarian. You will get some version of the experience, “This person cannot feel me.”
It does not matter if they are male, female or some other concept of gender; or heterosexual, homosexual, or some blend of the two. The underlying theme of receptivity is what this aspect is about. Note that lack of receptivity can manifest many ways, from aggression to refusing to ask for help when you need it.
Most people struggle with issues about receiving love and affection, which themselves can be triggering. This is one reason most dogs and some cats are so therapeutic for people. They are all about being loved and cared for.
Politics Usually Equals Family
As part of our politicize/project drama, another tendency is to see everything as an identity related to some canned concept of gender rather than as an energetic state. The tendency to politicize will be amplified by both Capricorn and Pholus.
Pholus in the pattern is cautioning about the underlying family issues that are manifesting through any seemingly political situation. That is usually 99% of the energy behind the drama and the codependency. Humans tend to project their most dysfunctional attributes into the political arena, whether we are talking about congressional politics or protest culture.
Government and corporate environments are extensions of the “miniature authoritarian state” described by Wilhelm Reich. In Reich’s view, the disruption of natural sexual feelings (which include both expressing and receiving) is mostly about making young people seem manageable. Then this erupts into some horrid states of being in adult life, which in our era we are witnessing all over the place.
Then Comes Jupiter, an Eclipse, and Saturn-Pluto
We will be seeing plenty of this magnified not only by this week’s alignment in early Capricorn, but also by the ingress of Jupiter into Capricorn on Dec. 2. That is, of course, preparation for the big events in Capricorn — the solar eclipse on Dec. 26, and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction on Jan. 12.
Remember: that’s really an alignment of the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn and Jupiter — the whole family shows up.
As you watch the impeachment of Pres. Trump — our current manifestation of Big Daddy — think of it as a family drama magnified by 300 million. A lot of uncool, unresolved and unforgiven stuff happens in families; that accounts for many of our collective problems.
Thanks for tuning in. If all goes according to the plan, I will have the monthly horoscope on Wednesday.
Daily Birthday Readings from Planet Waves
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 (The Day of Contentious Conviviality)
Intense and complex dynamics in your birthday chart signal a dramatic year ahead. You’ve every reason to be optimistic, as your hard work appears to have brought some cherished aspirations within reach. Jupiter’s sojourn through your sign has been one of self-discovery. To make the most of opportunities this has generated, remain vigilant in your commitment to self-awareness. Don’t let resentment from the past sabotage your efforts; use that high-octane emotion as fuel to propel you forward, instead.
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 (The Day of Sustained Effort)
Your task is to integrate changes you’ve undergone, in order to clear the decks for a whole new chapter of your life for which this past year has prepared you. Wrap up old business and be willing to discard concepts that no longer fit who you’ve become. Inner work can bring tangible rewards, including greater self-confidence and material security.
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 (The Day of Distinctive Manner)
A New Moon birthday is a pretty solid indicator of embarking upon a new phase in your life. Shoring up financial security is a priority, and even small steps taken now can yield rewards. So follow through on leads and don’t hold back. Creative self-expression or a bit or romance (or both) can help you discover more of who you are.
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 (The Day of Electrifying Excitement)
Seek creative solutions to resolving tension between your need for freedom and financial responsibilities. Balancing personal and domestic obligations may be an ongoing challenge, though changes on the home front are indicated, even if their impact is more psychological than physical. Attend to your spiritual foundations: sincere efforts in this direction will serve you well into the future.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 (The Day of the Lone Wolf)
You can make serious headway this year in terms of work and income. Opportunities may involve some degree of change on the job, but efforts to create stronger material foundations can be as personally fulfilling as they are significant to future security. Relationships might also prosper as a result of new ventures, or visa-versa. Network!
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 (The Day of the Instigator)
Your work this year is to build upon the growth you’ve achieved, and create solid material foundations for the future. Successful strategies include unwavering commitment, discipline and the kind of devotion that elevates work to a sacred path of service. You’ll find that key unlocks much that you’ve been searching for.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 (The Day of Measured Attack)
You’ve discovered more about what you’re capable of, and this year that learning process will continue. Education and self-expression, perhaps in writing, can prove helpful to others while furthering your own self-development. Deep psychic exploration can lead to healing wounds you’ve carried from the past, and impact your self-worth considerably.
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 (The Day of Mirthful License)
Follow through on opportunities that came your way over the past year, and focus on bringing projects you’ve begun to completion. It’s up to you to capitalize on what has been a major cycle of expansion, and your efforts now lay the groundwork for tangible rewards. Financial security is the foundation for greater freedom.
— By Victoria Emory
Monday Morning Horoscope #204 for Nov. 25, 2019 | By Amy Elliott
Aries (March 20-April 19) — If you’ve been feeling stuck or directionless, look for any unfinished business that might be lurking in your emotional body. You might feel that previous challenges have shaped your existence and limited your choices, though on investigation you’ll likely discover that this isn’t the case. You have more control in this situation than you realize. Fear can seem powerful, but with courage and determination you can overcome pretty much any amount of it. Don’t set limits on yourself without proof they exist outside of your imagination. Instead, aim as high as you wish to, and get out of your own way.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You may be undergoing something of a distillation process, which could lead to you tackling some difficult material. Your ruler Venus is about to make a square to Chiron, following a New Moon in the sensitive 8th house of your chart. This is likely to be a gradual affair, so don’t rush — and pay careful attention to any insights you may have. Also, be cautious of any tendency to become too easily swamped by your emotional reactions, especially in contact with others. It’s important that you recognize your own agency. Acknowledging your feelings and then reasserting your sense of autonomy will be helpful in the moment.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Tuesday’s New Moon in your opposite sign is likely to afford more than one opportunity to add some vitality to your connections with loved ones. That said, it’s important that you actually participate in the process by stepping over your threshold and encountering the outdoors. Don’t let fears about risk cloud your enjoyment or hinder your sense of adventure. Everyone’s been burned at least once. It would be a dull world if we all sat at home nursing our wounds, in fear of potential future injuries. The key word there is “potential.” I suggest you exchange the imagined scenes in your mind for real and substantial experiences.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Do you ever experience that phenomenon when cleaning in your home that you wipe down one set of surfaces, or tidy one area, only to notice something else that needs attention? Your daily routines may seem a little like that, this week. That said, you can consider the matter strategically by stepping back and looking at the whole picture, then listing what needs to be done. Begin with an idea of what you ultimately want to accomplish; think long-term, then draw up a scheme for fitting the details into place. This is much easier than the seemingly Sisyphean labor of rectifying one problem, only to be faced with another.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — There’s a difference between viewing an artistic gift or impulse as a means to an end — which is what our society currently encourages a lot of — and considering it as part of a higher calling. The latter is about self-actualization, which really means alignment with something larger than yourself — whether you call it God, Allah, the Goddess, the universe, the Divine Principle or something else. In devoting your creativity or skill to this sort of higher purpose, you’re really affirming your journey of personal healing and growth. Regardless of how you ultimately use your abilities, you’ll surely benefit from maintaining a conscious understanding of not only what you create, but how each unique work can teach you about yourself.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — Our memories, especially of events long past, are more subject to alteration than we generally give credit for. Specific instances can stand out clearly, for whatever reason, though others will tend to fade into vagueness. Especially as your mind changes and grows, you may reflect on the past with a substantially different view from when you were there. This is, of course, partly owing to hindsight. That said, rationalizing or glossing over some memories could lead to forgetting how far you’ve developed since, or repeating certain errors. If you have old journals or photos, this could be a useful means of setting particular records straight.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — On Tuesday, a New Moon takes place in your 3rd house of learning and communication. If you’ve been feeling a little restless, this event could help you galvanize that feeling into acquiring new knowledge or a new skill. It’s likely that you’ll get a sense of wanting to find out more about a specific subject, and then you’ll suddenly notice yourself thoroughly immersed in your new course of study. It’s worth letting your curiosity and enthusiasm take the lead; you’ll gain some delightfully fresh experiences, and perhaps develop a passion that could keep you hooked for years to come. That, and meet some interesting new people.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — In the past few weeks you have perhaps come face to face with some old troubles; the good news is you have an opportunity to dispense with them once and for all, if you’re willing to. Your view of yourself may fluctuate, though you’re on more solid ground than you used to be, and can let go of the self-doubt that’s been plaguing you. This might at first feel a bit daunting, but it will get easier if you persist. You have resources, both personal and physical, on which you can thoroughly depend. You no longer need to hide behind the barriers of your past. Throw them aside and come out into the light.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — The forthcoming New Moon in your sign could help orient you toward a decisive path of development. What might be useful to remember is that this is really an active process, requiring your attention and participation. Letting your mind wander too far risks getting you blown off course. It seems to be a feature of our society that passive morality is encouraged: that is, enduring with resignation what life throws at you, which makes for a conveniently docile workforce. What you’re now being presented with is a different sort of ethics, in which you are at the helm and firmly piloting in the direction of growth.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — Venus joining the party in your sign this week, and conjoining Pholus, may offer you an opportunity to release some pressure. It’s crucial that you be honest with yourself and others regarding your emotional landscape, as the big Saturn-Pluto conjunction approaches. In particular, if specific desires are present, don’t let fear keep you from noticing or expressing them. These feelings are an essential guide to what you’re experiencing and who you are becoming, and you need to allow them to exist as part of your reality. A large part of your journey in the next two months comes down to self-acceptance.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Certain friendships may be an important anchor in your life this week. If you’ve been holding something in, it could help to confide in someone you trust. You might feel as if once you start talking it’ll be difficult to stop, though that’s an indicator of pressing need. Avoid the notion that you have to be strong and silent. You’re entitled to be heard as much as anyone else, and your feelings are equally valid. After a while, you’ll probably find that some creative energies have been released, not to mention a considerable weight from your shoulders. Your ideas will flow much more easily as a result.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — In the end we all share a requirement to be servants of the truth: a task often easier said than done, and which many people seem to abandon. You know better. This week, it would be wise to keep a close eye on any feelings of resentment or bitterness. While these sensations are natural and it’s important to acknowledge them, you also need to be aware that they tend to spring from a sense of powerlessness, which is rarely borne out in fact. Honesty can sometimes be about recognizing that your perspective can get skewed, and trying to get a clearer picture of the real situation. As a functioning, self-aware adult, you have choices.