Weekly Weather July 30, 2012
I always love a good conversion story. Being raised Catholic, conversion stories were part of my childhood mythology. St Paul getting knocked off his horse by a lightening bolt and God yelling at hm. St. Thomas the doubter told to put his hands in Christ’s wounds to prove he’d resurrected. Even old Adam and Eve realizing that they were naked after they ate from the tree of knowledge had that Ah HA! Moment of conversion. I didn’t like that Eve got blamed for it~ reminded me too much of David my next door neighbor when growing up who NEVER did anything wrong ~ it was that Anne who led him astray. My mother would punish me while he got off scot free. His mother thought David was perfect in every way. And the bad plans we got punished for WERE always his idea! But I digress.
Conversion stories are a universal archetype in every culture, religion and mythology. Even science bows to them ~ Newton’s apple on his head defining gravity, Watson seeing Franklin’s photos of DNA’s structure (and then stealing her work), and the Wright brothers figuring out how to fly. There is a cosmic AhHA moment. The scales fall from your eyes. Voila, you see what you never saw before! Witness a toddler’s glee at peek-a-boo and you connect to that cosmic wonder of “I SEE it now!” Before it wasn’t there!
What we thought was impossible is now possible. What we thought was undoable can now be done. What we didn’t believe or know, we see clearly, with new eyes. You get the idea. We have a conversion story coming into our life this week. We are going to have our own personal lightening bolt knock us from our horse, eat from the tree of knowledge with the resulting consequences and have the scales fall from our eyes. God might even yell at us ~ or perhaps our friends will stand in for God if S/He is busy and they will yell at us. It is going to be a fun week!
Last week we were plunged back into an old story and asked to see it with new eyes or retell it to ourselves or others with the wisdom perspective gained with time. In my case, it started with innocent email banter over me sleeping with the seventh Dalai Lama and his friends at the Rubin Museum with a male Scorpio friend. Apparently number six Dalai Lama was a bad boy who took off his robes and hung out with prostitutes and drank in taverns. Me, I got the wise mystic poet Dalai Lama, number seven. But as we worked THAT confusion out, that I hadn’t slept with the bad boy Dalai Lama, I inadvertently (oh, Anne do you REALLY believe in inadvertently any more?) had taken my bad boy ex off the back shelf of my mind, cracked open his crystal storage unit and zoomed back 18 years. Suddenly, I was telling (and reliving) my breakup story like it happened last week. And I was using 18 years ago words, phrases and images. I was zoomed right back to the person I was then, victimized, feeling sorry for myself, depressed, dumped, crying and whining as the old bottled up emotions poured out of me. It was pretty amazing frankly. I didn’t realize all those emotions got packed away too! I am surprised that back closet shelf of my mind didn’t smell!
Then, I had a physical detox as my digestive system discharged ITS version of the story for a day. And as I sat looking at what I had written, I realized all I learned and done as a direct result of that relationship. I realized all that had happened since it ended that would not have happened without the demise of it. I realized how much I had grown and changed when looking back at that difficult time. The wisdom gained from it is now part of what I use every day as an astrologer. So I wrote the other side down, what I learned, where I’d gone, what that relationship, its end , the various changes and growth stemming from and out of it had given me. I balanced the negative energy with the positive energy. I moved out of the old story and the energy of so long ago and came back into me sitting in July 2012.
In talking with other people ~ clients, friends and students ~ many experienced a drop into what I’d like to refer to as the memory hole ~ all those planets clustered around the south node just took us on a heart journey back to a very old place that we thought we’d finished with or a chapter that was closed.
In our week ahead, Pallas Athena stations as she trines the Sun in Leo and feeds the grand trine in Fire with Uranus. When the strategic, visionary Goddess who rules Athens Greece stops, we all notice. She’s stationing at 11 Aries ~ the Leo decant of Aries ~ bringing up ALL the drama and the story from last summer for one last trip down memory lane. Athena is stopping opposite the degree of Saturn from last summer. Fixed fire… you are going to see where your fixed energy can stand a bit of changing or re-visioning.
Imagine Pallas turning to you and asking “Do you SEE IT NOW?” Or God yelling at Paul and him having an awakening as he hits the ground. Or the song playing, “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.” Or Adam saying to Eve “Uh oh, you and that damned snake got us in Trouble NOW!” As the fog lifts from your brain, you are going to be gobsmacked. ( And, on a mundane note, we can expect big news from Greece as the ruler of Athens, reverses her direction and goes backwards until Christmas.) You didn’t do anything wrong here. You are just going to have your own personal conversion where you understand some deeper truth about yourself or the relationships you are finding yourself in. A conversion moment. Or auspicious consciousness. Or a giant coming to shake your tree and see what falls out. Hang on tight. Be prepared to be converted.
Then the scales will fall from your eyes as Neptune squares the Node of Fate and Destiny. This part of the week can be tough. Neptune, wonderful guy that he is, is also all about where we deceive ourselves. Or are deluded about something we don’t want to see. It is where we seek a god in our lives. It is where the thing on earth that we make into a god fails us. It ain’t god. It never was. It was Neptune. And, as humans, that making other people, substances, or situations into gods can definitely lead us astray.
I was blind and now I see. I was deaf and now I hear. I was dumb and now I know. I was mute and now I speak. It’s the moment when the bandages come off and you see the wound or surgical scar underneath and realize that life as you knew it has changed. On some level, you’ve known this for a while (at least since last summer)… on the other level, perhaps you were not ready to accept it until now. And also when you accept it, THIS IS THE TRICKY PART ~ make sure to do so WITHOUT BLAMING YOURSELF. Take a page from last week’s Auspicious Consciousness opportunity. It is all part of the process of living in the world and becoming human. It is the archetype of every conversion story you’ve ever heard. Recognize you are in the process of being converted and becoming conscious. It is all part of your chart and part of the cosmic plan as described above our heads by the planets dancing.
Now Mars and Mercury also play with the Nodes of Fate this week. Mars in Libra has a number of stressful aspects so being really, really annoyed is part of the week’s energy too. Try to keep a lid on it. People will be acting out all over the place, especially as they resist seeing what the heavens are asking them to see. No projecting your anger, rage, depression, humiliation or shame onto the other person. It is not THEIR fault. You are where you are. Own your side of the deal. Mars in Libra loves to project and blame. It is passive aggressive…it takes aggressive action and then denies it did it. Call people on their passive aggressive behavior this week. Help them with their conversion moments.
Be god. Or the apple. Or the lightening bolt. Or the horse watching and kind of chuckling to itself. Or maybe the sand dune that helps the Wright Brothers’ plane take off ~ support the other in breaking their pattern and helping them see.
Often times, we walk away or don’t say anything because we’ve been trained not to meddle or correct bad behavior. Sometimes we end relationships, disappear or feel hurt rather than saying anything. Change your choices this week. Now is actually the moment TO say something. And to say it loudly. Or say it softly but clearly. Give them the chance to convert. They might just be ready for their conversion moment.
We change everything when we change how we think. Conversion moments await us. Get excited. You didn’t see it before but now you do. And no letting another person’s passive aggressive behavior talk you out of what you are seeing either! If you feel mad, own it but look UNDER what is making you feel mad to see your motivation. If you burst into tears, cry to get it out and then take a peek at the old part of you that doesn’t want to cry over these things any more. Make sure to look and figure out what the heck is going on.
After you SEE IT, you get to figure out what you want to do with it over the next two months. Yes, you have that long until Saturn moves into Scorpio and starts a new developmental journey. Right now you are getting clear on your RELATIONSHIP issues ~ all of them. Clear them up, Kick them out, set ultimatums and enforce them, keep your side of the fence clean and get clear on the deal. And the next two months are going to be REALLY a fun ride now that you know what is going on and have been converted.
We also have a full Moon on Wednesday at 10:15 Aquarius/Leo. The Full Moon harkens back to February 2011 when the New Moon took place on February 2, 2011. You started the story which culminates today, this week, this month.
The Sabian Image for the Full Moon in Aquarius is DURING A SILENT HOUR, A MAN RECEIVES A NEW INSPIRATION WHICH MAY CHANGE HIS LIFE Lynda Hill’s interpretation of the image is:
Commentary: ‘During a Silent Hour, a Man Receives a New Inspiration’ shows someone taking some time out to contemplate, to meditate, or just to be by themselves. He ‘Receives a New Inspiration’: he receives a thought, an idea or an ‘Inspiration’ that is the answer to a dilemma or provides clues of how to proceed with something. This ‘New Inspiration May Change His Life’, an aspect of his life may be ‘Changed’- he’s had some deep understanding and it is likely to turn his life around.
Oracle: This Symbol shows the benefits of “getting away from it all” in order to reassess your life and goals. This ‘Silent Hour’ could be a short minute, a few hours, or a period of days, etc. What the Symbol shows is that a ‘New Inspiration’ will be received. Until now, you may have found that despite racking your brains there’s been no rational guidance available. It’s important to realize that there is often a lot of internal as well as external noise that needs to be quieted. The rational mind can be noisy and tends to interfere with the flow of the imagination or intuition. You need to slow down and open up to the messages of your inner ‘Inspiration’. By reducing the external noise, clutter and distraction, it becomes possible for the mind to focus on what is essential, rather than what may just be convenient. This Symbol shows that there is an answer coming, and it will probably change many things, or at least change what most needs to be changed. This can also imply the need for a shift of some kind, and this may have been forgotten, or neglected, because of preoccupations with social matters, or being too busy. Listen for clues: It may not be external voices that bring this ‘New Inspiration’ but the voices within. If there is difficulty blocking out the hustle and bustle of everyday life, meditation or delving into your dreams or fantasies may lead to the solution.
Keywords: Welling creative power. Inspiration = breathing in the spirit. Being driven to come to terms with one’s reality. Visionary people and events. Being reborn. Spiritual awakenings. Meditation and reflective thought. Inner intuitive awareness rising up into conscious awareness. Spending time alone, thinking. Contemplation. Reversals.
The Caution: Exclusion of others. Obsession with one’s self or objectives. Being a hermit. Hearing voices. Feeling trapped. Shooting off in all directions. Dropping things too quickly without resolution. Cutting off from life. Constantly changing directions. Regretting the past. Not moving on.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony Robbins
They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thoughts. Philip Sidney
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. Plutarch
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allen Poe
Imagination is the outreaching of mind … the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images and every sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious. It is the capacity to “dream dreams and see visions …” Rollo
My God is the friend of silence. See how nature-trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpots
The Sabian image for the Leo Sun is CHILDREN ON A SWING IN THE SAFETY OF A HUGE OAK TREE. Lynda Hill’s interpretation of the image is:
Commentary: ‘Children on a Swing in the Safety of a Huge Oak Tree’ brings to mind images of ‘Children’ playing, having fun together and being protected by the big branches of the ‘Huge Oak Tree’. ‘Oak Trees’ infer enormous strength. The ‘Oak’s’ strength, the hardness and durability of the timber, and their long life give the Oak a special significance. In England, the Oak has been referred to as the “Monarch of the Forest”. Cowthorpe Oak in Yorkshire can hold 70 people in its hollow. It is said to be over 1,600 years old. The Ellerslie Oak, near Paisley, is reported to have sheltered Sir William Wallace and 300 of his men. Honour Oak, Whitchurch, Tavistock was the place where money was left in exchange for food during the cholera epidemic of 1832.
Oracle: It is easier to enjoy carefree, childlike play when one’s ‘Safety’ and care is assured. Protective environments are the places where playgrounds should be created. In this Symbol it is the very structure of the things around you or even your particular location that provides the ‘Safety’ that’s needed. By the very nature of things, safe surroundings can take care of everyone. Institutions like the Social Security system are similar to the ‘Oak Tree’. Religions and social organizations can also provide this protected environment for people. In general, it is security and protection that needs to be afforded to us for us to follow our true path. Look for the stability and strength in your situation, and expand your wishes and dreams into that protected environment. This Symbol can indicate being relieved from responsibility. This is a good time to relax into playing with others. Feel ‘Safe’ in the knowledge that everything will remain secure. Keep in touch with the innocence and openness of youthful play.
Keywords: Creativity in safe surroundings. Feeling of being protected and privileged. Social security and other forms of governmental protection. Agencies that bring food, education and basic needs to children in difficult circumstances. Children, trees, grass, swings, parks. Amusement parks. Childhood memories. Climbing trees. Spontaneous activity. Humanitarian agencies. The
Caution: Expecting others to take all the responsibility while one just plays. Children not being looked after. Disadvantaged people. Desertion by government and big business.
I sit beneath your leaves, old oak, You mighty one of all the trees; Within whose hollow trunk a man Could stable his big horse with ease. W. H. Davies
One that would have the fruit must climb the tree. Thomas Fuller
Woodman, spare that tree! Touch not a single bough! In youth it sheltered me, and I’ll protect it now. George Pope Morris
If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. Hal Borland
One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. Chinese Proverb
Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it. Charles Dickens
Cut not the bough that thou standest upon. Romanian proverb
The four Yods, two Hammers of Thor, three T-squares, the kite and the lovely, passionate grand trine in Fire continue to point out what needs to be changed, hammers away at us, tests us, invites us, asks us, orders us, demands of us, takes us flying, cajoles and sings to us to get clear on our relationship issues, stories, dramas and desires. Help the heavenly messengers along and willingly, gently, kindly to yourself and others evolve as you are being asked to evolve. I know, it feels like it will never shift. These are slow moving planets that are grinding into our beings the need and the desire for change.
Pay attention for your conversion moment. Watch for passive aggressive behavior where people are not taking responsibility for their actions. When the scales fall from your eyes, notice and catch the falling scales. They are souvenirs of your awakening to Auspicious Consciousness…. You can do it. And it will be GREAT ~ once you get to the other side ~ I promise! This next passage is a bit tricky. So ask your guides for help ~ they can’t help unless you ask them! So ask already!
Void Moons This Week
7:30 pm EDT July 31, Tuesday to 5:56 am EDT August 1, Wednesday
3:24 am EDT August 3, Friday to 9:58 am EDT
1:56 pm EDT August 5, Sunday to 4:59 pm EDT
Moon’s day Monday July 30 Moon in Capricorn is hard. She has a square to Saturn so we are not getting what we want right now. There is an emotional deprivation going on. Cappy Moon reminds us that we are existentially alone, alone, alone in the world. Or that no one is going to do it but us. Or that we are who we have. We are the solution to the situation. We have to do it and we might be simply exhausted but we have to do it. Cappy moon bundled into all this energy, makes it a hard energy to work with. People are not going to be kind. Situations are not going to be flexible. Sun’s sextile to Gemini offers some changes around the home and hearth, which actually will be helpful changes. Pallas Stations and goes retrograde bringing up the relationship story from last summer when Saturn was parked at 10 Libra FOR MONTHS! Back we go to that energy again. Release it and solve the problem. Venus at the degree of her station has a quintile aspect to stationing Pallas ~ you get the deal on the relationship now. It is what it is. You see it clearly. Conversion moment yet? Mercury’s sesquiquadrate to Cupido suggests communications around a family member or a person who is part of your chosen tribe (or with them). Health matters can come to a flying, flashing, crashing conclusion with Astraea’s aspect to Admetos. Things end. Capricorn moon rolls through that T-square and sets everything a blaze later in the day.
Mars day Tuesday July 31, 2012 Moon continues in Capricorn continues to push forward, carrying the station of Pallas’ energy as well as the t-square forward to the opening, action oriented square to Saturn in Libra. Sun has a trine to Uranus so you see things you had not noticed before. Venus’ trine to Saturn offers hard work as the solution to get what you desire. You CAN have it ~ you have to work for it. Venus passes the degree of her retrograde station during her retrograde journey she went on this spring We call it an AHHA moment or perhaps an awakening her trine to the planet she rules. You get it, see it, understand it or are ready to deal with it in a new way. Consciousness. Conversion. Whatever. You can’t go back. Sun’s inconjunct to Chiron suggests words hurt or there is a realization of just what you no longer want to have happening in your life. Mercury’s quintile to Mars suggests there is an element or need to take action, past the words. Give yourself permission to move toward the higher form. Double check all paperwork so you are clear what needs to happen.
Mercury’s Day Wednesday August 1, finds Moon in Aquarius, detaching, chilling and helping the energy of intellectual processing apply to the situations before you. It is an emotional day with Sun’s square to the depths of the Ocean Poseidon. High emotional reactions will be swirling around with unusual news or information coming your way. Uranus’ sextile to Vesta offers a shift in the home or house energy. Release and let it go… let it go. Let it go. Sun’s quintile to Admetos suggests some battle that has been being fought is over now. Done, finished. It is time to go home. Time to stop. Chiron’s square to Vesta suggests the home or wounded part of you is psychologically asking you to revision it and come up with a new approach or idea. Like a baby who can’t crawl back into the womb, you can’t crawl back either. You have go forward. The Full Moon tonight is mighty powerful and asks us to release and let go of the situations that hold us back and prevent us from being our fullest self. It is time to go home.
Jupiter’s day, Thursday August 2 finds Aquarius moon expanding her energy to encompass the wisdom from others as she sextiles Jupiter… of course, Jupiter might not be telling the truth. The Nodes meet up with Vulcanus ~ it feels like you will simply erupt. Or perhaps this is the lightening bolt that knocks you off your horse. Sun’s working aspect with Jupiter asks you to see and expand your ideas of what is possible. Sun’s stressful aspect to Venus says it might not be with the person before you. Don’t compromise your deepest heart’s desire. You know if you can do it or not. If you can’t do it, take the honorable approach and leave. Don’t fit a round peg into a square hole. Or back into a hole you’ve outgrown. Communicate what you need clearly. Mercury is retrograde so we have an opportunity to renegotiate our contracts and commitments.
Venus’ day, Friday August 3with Moon in Pisces, we float, fly and detach from what holds us. Pay attention to your dreams as they are big and important today. Moon’s trine to Venus offers a deep understanding of our heart’s desire. The conversation Pallas has with the Sun allows you to see the patterns ever more clearly than you did before. Mars has stressful aspects to the Nodes of Fate ~ passive aggressive behavior needs to be stopped rather than encouraged and sanctioned. The stressful aspects that Mars makes suggests you might want to be like Adam and blame Eve for all your troubles. Remember, you ate the apple too. No one forced you. Own your side of the deal. It isn’t always fun but it is the way it is. So just say it. Mercury’s trine to the north node of Fate, as he move retrograde means he’s is asking you how you want to proceed. He’s trying to show you something that you need to see. Look at ALL sides of it ~ remember Jupiter is in Gemini so he’s not telling the truth. Call him on it. Yes, I know the authority may look like they hold all the cards but you have to at LEAST say what you need or see. Health matters can rapidly decline today with Mars’ aspects to the health planet Hygeia. So call those who are hanging on by a thread. Spend time with them. Mars declination aspect to Saturn seems to snuff out the energy ~ it was burning faintly. Sun’s quintile to Saturn says we can go on just as long as we go on…. And then we are done.
Saturn’s day, Saturday August 4 Moon in Pisces reminds us of what is important. My mother, were she alive, would be 82 today. Happy birthday Mom! Hard to believe it has been over 30 years since I last talked and laughed with her. My student Kristen gets married to her beloved Anthony today. The endings and new beginnings merge and shift it a kaleidoscope of life on the important days in our charts. Mercury’s inconjunct to Neptune offers an adjusting energy that encourages us to speak our truths and dreams. Juno commits for keeps today with her aspect to Kronos… a life that wants to build and grow. Venus has a harsh aspect to Pluto ~ this evolving business can be hard but is SO gratifying when you get to the other side. She stands across the heavens and looks at him. Incorporate the third beloved person, place or thing into the relationship, whether it is your work, your ideas, your dreams. Share them with the contra parallel of Venus to Pluto. Venus was the goddess of Love and Desire ~ she totally gets how you can operate at this level of desire and make it work for you. It is a state of being human and fully vulnerable and open. Hold the energy in your heart. Venus trine to Apollon offers a wonderful party and gathering of the tribe of your choice. Attend parties and notice who you meet. Neptune’s aspect to the nodes of fate, his square, makes the blinders fall off of our eyes. Catch the falling scales. You are seeing something you never saw before. Be gentle. Be kind. Hold compassion toward yourself. It is your conversion moment. Be gracious with your soul. Ceres asks you to delve deeper into your emotional being and nurture this new wisdom and understanding. Venus says you’ve gotten it and can’t go back again. Some things are finished. Done and finished.
Sun’s day Sunday August 5 finds Moon in Pisces pushing the emotional envelope and encouraging us to merge on a deeper level with partner. Sun’s gift of brilliance to Pluto asks us to transform our individual reality into something that serves the greater purpose of our being. We are here to evolve after all. Neptune links up with Hygeia kicking health issues into high drama. Moon’s square to Venus supports our dreams becoming words. Speak your dreams today. Allow that conversion energy to work its magic on you. Sun’s parallel to Vesta asks the life force to kick it up a bit or shift approaches. Venus’ gets the whole deal with how you partner and wants you to know that it is in your chart. And Venus further wants you to know that the moment of evolution has arrived. You get to change now. You can do it. Sure you are familiar with the old ways of working. But you don’t have to do that any more. Now you are wiser and have a clearer picture of what you want. You get what you need. You can’t always get what you want but you do get what you need. A healing or health matter comes to an end. Chiron’s aspect to Pallas says it HURTS to see that pattern of yours. But you are going to be okay. So ask for what you need. And for what you want. You will get what you need. Sun’s quintile to the South Node offers a complicated story or answer to a simple question. What do you need? What do you want? State it. State it loudly so the heavens can hear. You will get what you need.
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