Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Moment to Balance Ourselves as We Prepare for the Long Climb Ahead

"A Moment to Balance Ourselves as We Prepare for the Long Climb Ahead," is a 3,765-word report on the astrology of fall equinox 2019 that is available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons

This article covers themes that extend through the last quarter of 2019 and into early 2020.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Mutable T-Square Effect and Putting Our Truth Into Practical Action

Expansion planet Jupiter, strong in its own sign, stationed direct at 14 degrees Sagittarius on August 11 - the same day revolution-or-bust planet Uranus went retrograde at six degrees Taurus. 

With Jupiter still very slow in the zodiac, we are experiencing a concentration of themes involving the Sagittarian subjects of philosophy, knowledge, beliefs, and truth.

The Cosmic Spotlight is shining a particularly intense light on what we believe and what we know to be true, which may require us to stand in our own beliefs and truth even if this is not popular with others.

With Jupiter direct traveling over degrees it has previously traversed until November 7, we're making a renewed commitment to living our truth, something we've been coming into more fully since Jupiter first entered Sagittarius in November 2018. This sounds simple but is actually quite a complex process with many hard angles to navigate. 

In many ways, this is a quiet truth, a quietly guiding truth, that lifts us up and over the corruption, deceit, manipulation, and general wrongheadedness that characterizes so much of (manufactured) human society these days. It's a truth we can cling to while surrounded by upsetting falsity.

With Jupiter slow and concentrated in mid-Sagittarius, we're being given some time to get clear on what we really believe to be true and how much it matters to us. Would we be willing to stand in that truth even in the face of a hostile majority? Would we be willing to back others up?

As Jupiter moves direct once again, we're being asked how far we can compromise our beliefs and our truth in order to navigate the systems and structures as they exist. These systems and structures - and the power dynamics inherent within them - often attempt to force a top-down version of (manipulated) truth down our throats, demanding absolute compliance and a willingness to superimpose the manufactured philosophies of The Machine over our own guiding philosophies and better judgement.

With the themes of Jupiter in Sagittarius so strong, we're peeling our way down to the core truth amidst challenging, illusory, even dangerously deceitful conditions. Fakery and glossy half-truth abound with so many pretty, smiling faces representing these things to much acclaim on both public and private stages...

Jupiter in Sagittarius will form its third and final square to transiting Neptune in Pisces on September 21 at 17 degrees of the signs. 

Jupiter entered Sagittarius on November 9, 2018, and it will transit the sign of its domicile until entering Capricorn on December 3, 2019. Jupiter has been working on the square to Neptune in Pisces for most of its transit of Sagittarius, forming exact square aspects:

- January 13, 2019 at 14 degrees
- June 16, 2019 at 18 degrees
- September 21, 2019 at 17 degrees

With Jupiter now coming into its third and final exact square to Neptune, we're coming to a culmination point, a final testing point, involving the ongoing challenge of determining what is real from what is fake, what is true from what is false, what is concrete from what is illusory, what is meaningful from what is diversionary. For the most part, we are required to determine these things for ourselves.

One of the Jupiter square Neptune themes I've written about in the past is controlled opposition. From November 19, 2018: "Jupiter Square Neptune and How to Spot Controlled Opposition."

Once you clearly see and understand the dynamics, once you can sense the dynamics, it is much harder to be taken in by these slippery, snake-charming individuals...

There are many charlatans, many phonies, many egotists, many people intensely lacking in integrity who are being placed on pedestals, who are being turned into celebrities, even if just the YouTube or Instagram varieties. 

Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces:

There are many narcissists in healers' clothing.

There are many narcissists in philosophers' clothing.

There are many narcissists in truth-tellers' clothing.

There are many narcissists in positions of (unearned) power and renown as thinkers, as teachers, as leaders.

Even if they cannot be classified as full-on narcissists, harmful narcissistic tendencies are creeping in, even becoming socially acceptable, and this needs to be addressed. 

It's up to us to peel the layers of phoniness and ego-fakery, to nullify their influence, to unseat the pedestal-sitters and attention-clamourers in our own minds, rather than being taken in by it all. It's up to us to see through it. To be bemused by their gall, rather than taken in by their charm and charisma, by the intoxicating aura of fame, celebrity, popularity.

The real truth is quiet. It keeps its own counsel. It doesn't need to blow up on Facebook or Twitter or Snapchat or any of the mainstream media channels to be legitimized.

Though it would certainly be nice, the truth needs no mass legitimization.

Venus and Mars form a conjunction at 3 degrees Virgo on August 24. We then experience a New Moon at 6 degrees Virgo on August 30 within a stellium of planets in the sign of the virgin (Sun-Moon-Mercury-Venus-Mars). 

Clarification and sustained, focused effort are required in the areas associated with the houses where Virgo lies in your natal and Secondary Progressed charts.

The Virgo New Moon opens us into an intensely busy time, a time of potential overwhelm when it will be required that we stay clear on our own truth and our own roles amidst the prevailing chaos.

As we move through the lunar cycle, the personal planets in Virgo form square aspects to Jupiter in Sagittarius and oppositions to Neptune Rx in Pisces, creating a changeable and fluid mutable t-square effect that is very intense during the first half of September. 

This indicates a strongly transitional time that requires ongoing adaptation and adjustment with our duties and roles. We're being challenged under these mutable t-squares to clarify our personal philosophies, beliefs, and truth and to then put these into precise and practical action in the material world, even in the smallest and simplest of ways. 

September 2 - Venus in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius (15 degrees)
September 3 - Mercury conjunct Mars and the Sun in Virgo (10 degrees)
September 4 - Venus in Virgo opposite Neptune Rx in Pisces (17 degrees)
September 6 - Mercury in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius (15 degrees)
September 7 - Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune Rx in Pisces (17 degrees)
September 8 - Sun in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius (15 degrees)
September 10 - Sun in Virgo opposite Neptune Rx in Pisces (17 degrees)
September 12 - Mars in Virgo square Jupiter in Sagittarius (16 degrees)
September 13 - Mars in Virgo opposite Neptune Rx in Pisces (16 degrees) + Mercury conjunct Venus in Virgo (28 degrees) + Full Moon at 21 degrees Pisces

Phew! That is a jam-packed two-week stretch of time with an excess of mental activity and processing indicated. We're going to need a peaceful Libra season/equinox to bring all that activity (over-activity) back into balance. 

Gemini becomes the fourth leg of the mutable t-square, representing air energy and the influence of intellect. This indicates a necessity to maintain proper perspective, including a sense of context.

These astro conditions indicate a period of time when people are too busy, too taxed, and a little (or a lot) overwhelmed. It will be easy for people to get hunkered down in their own busyness, believing that they are The Busiest of Them All, The Most Put Upon, The Most Overloaded. 

The truth is that the system is set up to keep people too busy with their own lives and jobs and obligations and activities and worries and concerns to the point that they are conveniently distracted from the bigger picture.

The influence of Jupiter in Sagittarius indicates the importance of keeping the bigger picture firmly in our sights, staying clear on our own context within that bigger picture. 

Jupiter spends one year in each of the signs, taking 12 years to make a full spin through the zodiac. 

In a very real way, as Jupiter moves direct in its final pass through Sagittarius for 12 years, we're setting a tone for truth and meaning in our lives (or, unfortunately, for the lack of those things) by the way in which we conduct ourselves. 

As the personal planets in Virgo activate the mutable t-square with Jupiter and Neptune, we're required to work out the fine points as far as how we put our truth, our beliefs, and our guiding philosophies into active, daily practise in practical ways. Taking on this (somewhat sticky) challenge now ensures that we do not have to deal with the unpleasant ramifications of compromising our truth or our selves. Having a backbone now, despite the difficulty, holds form in many ways for the next 12 years of our lives.

Yes, this is big. Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, and its themes are big, too.

Some big illusions are set to pop under these Virgo-heavy t-square dynamics. Some Golden Pedestals are about to crumble.

But it takes diligence on our parts to help facilitate this...

"The ideal" versus "the reality" becomes a stronger theme, including how we can make reality the very foundation of our ideals. Integrating these things rather than polarizing them. With relationship planets Venus and Mars in Virgo so strongly involved, relationships are a primary area where this theme comes front and centre.

It's the perfect, Facebook-ready outward appearances versus the up-close, nitty-gritty reality behind closed doors. It's quite mind-boggling to see the gaping chasm between the polished, social media imagery of relationship and the many problems that can exist (for everyone) in a real-life, day-to-day relationship. 

We're being confronted by some of these themes (glossy surface imagery versus a more accurate or realistic take on things) so that we can see through and disarm the illusions, the superficialities, and the harmful concept of "perfection" - in relationships and otherwise.

This Virgo season, under a Virgo stellium and powerful mutable t-square, a lot of work, a lot of diligence, and a lot of attention to detail will be required. To successfully navigate these astro conditions, we must apply our Virgoan discernment to quite a precise and relentless degree. 

These clashing mutable energies are pretty messy, and Virgo abhors a mess...

We're separating what is truly useful to us from the noisy, the illusory, and the diversionary.

This Virgo season (August 23 to September 23) has a "treading our little asses off to keep our heads above water" feel to it. We're working hard to keep our focus and to keep our cool. 

The pressure and over-activity indicated by the mutable t-squares build during the last week of August and first half of September, culminating in a Pisces Full Moon at 21 degrees on September 13. 

Immediately following the Full Moon - on September 14 - we find some relief as Mercury and Venus enter Libra, still traveling in exact conjunction. We start to seek balance, beauty, peace, and harmony, some respite as we near the end of an overly-busy and challenging Virgo season. 

The final Jupiter in Sagittarius square to Neptune in Pisces occurs September 21, one final acute point before the Sun enters Libra in the wee hours of September 23, marking equinox in the northern hemisphere.

Full disclosure of my own guiding philosophy under this Jupiter-Neptune square: 

As a working class, anarchist/Plutonic punk astrologer, I don't believe in hierarchy. I believe hierarchical power structures (and the exploitation and coercion built into them) are the root of much unnecessary suffering on this planet, and the nullification of hierarchical power would bring us to a much healthier, more humane, and more functional way of being. Removing institutionalized hierarchical power dynamics (the way nearly all institutions and organizations are set up) would release the full magic of life on this planet, allowing human beings and human societies to re-organize and solve problems that have intentionally gone unsolved by the power schemes for millennia. 

I don't legitimize hierarchical bullshit. I don't recognize it as in any way legitimate. This ethic goes to the deepest depths of my life and work. 

There really are no untouchable sacred cows for me when it comes to the truth. I won't shy away from a subject just because it is held in hallowed light within the broader society.

I don't ask people to agree with my perspective, but this is the perspective from which I come as a writer, journalist, and astrologer. 

Standing in my own truth and beliefs has caused much social and professional turbulence (a ridiculous amount, really), and I don't suggest anyone follow that path unless personally compelled to do so. 

What I do suggest under these astrological energies is a practical clarification of your own truth and beliefs, as well as what these things mean to you and how you can more effectively apply them in your day-to-day life. Getting clear on this and maintaining focus there will be required for the successful navigation of these uber mutable astro energies.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Venus-Mars Conjunction in Virgo and Future Activations of the "Master Builder" Degree of Capricorn

"The Venus-Mars Conjunction in Virgo and Future Activations of the "Master Builder" Degree of Capricorn" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dystopian Flames Zine in the Mount Royal University Zine Collection

Dystopian Flames: The True Cost of Oil Production on the Canadian Prairies zine is now available in the Mount Royal University zine collection in Calgary, Alberta. 

A man from the university found the zine online and purchased two copies for the collection. 

I lived in Calgary for six years, which they call "the city that oil built," so to have this zine in a university zine collection in that city is a bit of a coup. Very cool and unexpected! I'm happy to spread the word about this terribly dangerous and toxic practise, going on in my home area of Saskatchewan and all over the prairies. This is certainly a practise that needs to come to a swift end before more people, animals, and environments are harmed.

Dystopian Flames was a companion zine, written in early 2019, for a photography exhibit I did at my local library. 


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Mercury Direct and a New Moon in Leo Bring Eclipse Season to an End With a Bang

Photos: Willow

Communication and intelligence planet Mercury is slowing for a direct station at 23 degrees Cancer on August 1 (3:58 a.m. PDT) opposite Pluto, just as we open into a Leo-infused lunar cycle with an 8-degree Leo New Moon on July 31 (8:12 p.m.) conjunct Venus. 

This astrological context indicates a quick gear change as we enter August that will close out our summer eclipse season with a bit of a bang.

Leo is one of the most fun signs in the zodiac, and we're opening into a lunar cycle strongly coloured by this fun, fixed, fire sign energy with a New Moon (Sun and Moon), Venus, Mars, and Juno in Leo. Mercury will also be back in Leo from August 11 to 28.

From a previous article

"Leo is flashy, bold, confident, stylin'. 

Leo has star power, even if it's just local celebrity.
Leo is about the tremendous power of art and music and creativity and style and fun and personality and pizzazz to join us all, beaming, at the heart.

It's the power of an old drinking song, it's the power of an old gospel song, it's the power of an old classic that everyone knows the words to.

Leo is hot, there's no doubt about it."

Get ready for some summer sizzle, amped up even further by the strong influence of love, beauty, and sensuality planet, Venus, on this lunar cycle... 

New Moon in Leo conjunct Venus - click to enlarge

The Cancer New Moon at 10 degrees on July 2 was a total solar eclipse that led us to a Capricorn Full Moon partial lunar eclipse on July 16. That Full Moon in the sign of its detriment fell closely conjunct Pluto Rx and loosely conjunct Saturn Rx in Capricorn. 

This indicated a period of deep restructuring, re-prioritizing, and re-formulating that will most likely not come to full fruition/closure until January 2020 under the exact Saturn-Pluto conjunction. 

There has been an ongoing requirement this eclipse season to wade through and address challenging emotions as we move through major structural shifts and changes. The Cancer North Node of the Moon was strongly activated by the personal planets this eclipse season, and our emotional or inner landscapes were the primary guidance mechanisms through all the construction headaches and big decisions to be made. We've been persevering through both emotional and mental confusion, indicated by the Mercury retrograde in Cancer.

Things have come apart at the seams in certain respects under these eclipses, so coloured by the energy and themes of Saturn Rx conjunct Pluto Rx, and now everything needs to be reconstructed in a better way for all involved. 

Things are moving on. We've hit some emotional points of no return, some Plutonic points. Big decisions have been made, at least internally. The external implementation of these decisions may not be fully visible until the first quarter of 2020.

There simply is not enough emotional energy to do what the hierarchical power structures are asking/coercing us to do. The steps we're being asked to take, the work we're being asked to do, the top-down decisions we're being asked to stomach, the insanity we're being asked to go along with, simply cannot be done, cannot be assimilated, without damaging ourselves emotionally and draining our emotional reserves.

This is the challenge, the gauntlet laid at our feet, with a Cancer North Node opposite Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Emotional and psychological health simply cannot be maintained long-term if we go along with dynamics and scenarios that we know, deep down, are not right, are not OK. We simply can't stretch ourselves far enough (even with the boosts from caffeine and sugar and booze and online shopping and Netflix and Instagram followers and Facebook Likes) to accomplish what is being asked of us in order to be considered "successful" within the current set-ups.

And so we are at a very stretched and stressed and challenging point as we move into the Mercury direct station opposite Pluto. We're aware of the high stakes, the consequences of the moves we make or don't make, of the words we say or don't say. 

With the influence of Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn, we're looking to make strong, long-term, foundational moves in our lives. We're looking for something we can count on to sustain us over the long haul. 

But with the influence of Pluto in Capricorn, we are also well aware of just how uncertain it all is, how impossible it is at this point to set our decisions or our trajectories in stone. We're aware of the gaping insecurity of being a living thing on this planet, on a planet becoming more toxic and unhinged by the day for the profit of a relative handful. The desire for stability and long-term security (Saturn in Capricorn) combined with an underlying awareness of systemic instability and insecurity (Pluto in Capricorn) can be anxiety-inducing. You bet your sweet bippy it can.

Eclipse seasons indicate the potential for backdrop changes, both in our personal lives and on the collective stage, and with the strong influence of Pluto in Capricorn during this eclipse season, these backdrop changes may be all-encompassing for some people. The ripple effects from these eclipses now carry through to December 2019/January 2020 when we come to the next eclipse period. 

Our conversations, ideas, and information flow are particularly potent now with Mercury stationing direct at 23 degrees Cancer in close opposition to Pluto Rx at 21 degrees Capricorn and in loose opposition to Saturn Rx at 15 degrees Capricorn. Some steaming-potent words, tones, and underlying messages are circulating around in the days surrounding this station. Our conversations and general frames of mind may have a serious or even detrimental tone to them. 

It's easy to think the worst under this Mercury direct station in always-with-the-feels Cancer, but be aware that there's some Plutonic paranoia nipping at us now. Things are not as bad as they may seem. Some anxious thoughts are swirling around, stuck in our minds under the nearly-stopped motion of Mercury, but this starts to shift after the direct station on August 1.

We are also bursting into a glamourous, glorious, gorgeous Leo New Moon on July 31 that is tightly conjunct Venus in Leo and square stationing Uranus in Taurus. Pow! At the same time, sexy bastard Mars forms a conjunction with soul mate Goddess Juno in Leo (exact August 2 at 20 degrees), which stokes creative, romantic, and carnal fires, producing a heat that can be felt throughout the Leo lunar cycle.

The fiery Leo New Moon conjunct Venus and square Uranus indicates the potential for new-era creative collaborations to develop, including the idea of "love relationship as creative collaboration." We're taking on love relationships (and relationships of all kinds) as ongoing, organically-unfolding creative collaborations. Relationships as living works of art. The art of being with someone. The art of being there for someone. The art of receiving love and togetherness from another person or people.

After a period of emotional intensity, challenge, and limitation indicated by the Saturnine-Plutonic eclipse season, we're ready to burst forth with new passions, new creativity, new heartfelt expression - in whatever directions these may take.

With this Venusian Leo New Moon falling in close square aspect to stationing Uranus in Taurus, there is a break in protocol coming, a creative surge that moves us beyond previous parameters. Our hearts are simply too full to be contained and constrained by the old frameworks. The Venus-Uranus square (exact August 2) indicates changes coming in relationships, money matters, and artistic/creative avenues. In the fixed signs, these changes may be a little unnerving or difficult to integrate at first, but the Uranian effect promises that they will ultimately be refreshing, and they will advance things in necessary ways.

Relationships may come together or "go public" during this Leonine lunar cycle in surprising or exciting ways. 

Passions are running high, including creative or artistic passions, but this also indicates the potential for some "diva moments" or personality clashes that must be navigated. 

Catalytic creative collaborations could get off the ground this lunar month. Deeply heartfelt connections can be achieved via surprising avenues. 

There is also an unsettled element that continues into this lunar cycle, an unpredictable creative flow. The creative energy is powerful, strong, saturated...but it has a mind of its own in many respects. Adaptation in the moment will be required as we work with creative directives from the universe. This isn't so much, "What do you want to create?" as it is, "What needs to be created through you?"

The unpredictable, hard-angled Uranian edge is particularly potent now with Uranus stationing retrograde at 6 degrees Taurus on August 11, the same day Jupiter goes direct at 14 degrees Sagittarius and Mercury direct re-enters Leo. 

The Sun and Venus, travelling in conjunction in Leo, will form trine aspects to stationing Jupiter in Sagittarius on August 7 and 8, indicating strong inspiration and a jovial tone as we broaden our creative, stylistic, and relationship horizons - perhaps all at the same time.

Venus will catch up to the Sun, forming an exterior conjunction at 20 degrees Leo on August 13. This sets off the degree of the Mars-Juno conjunction that was experienced on August 2.

Remember those "creative, romantic, and carnal fires?" 

*stoke, stoke, stoke*

The Sun-Venus exterior conjunction on August 13 is a major check-in point following the last Venus retrograde (10 degrees Scorpio to 25 degrees Libra) in October/November 2018. Events or loose ends from the fall of 2018 may be picked up again as the Sun and Venus conjoin in Leo. 

We've come through an emotionally and psychologically challenging eclipse season and are just about to burst into bloom in new ways. Beautiful new energy, inspiration, and creative flow are about to permeate our lives. Just remember, though - it all has an edge!

Respect interpersonal frictions, and provide the right amount of space for yourself and others. We can all be fabulous, as long as we aren't overpowering others or stepping on their fabulousity as we do our own thing. 

This is a time to shine in the world as exactly who you are. Personal style is in the spotlight, and it never goes out of style to be yourself in this world. There are far too many people trying to be carbon copies of each other, striving to be special by (counter-productively) looking, sounding, and living just like everyone else.

The Uranian edge to this Leo New Moon indicates that a stronger display of individuality and personality is on the docket. So show off some mad style, both in the way you look and dress but also just in the way you live your life. 

Leo season is a time to honour life as an ongoing work of art. The gorgeous difficulty of it and the glorious beauty of it co-exist, weave together, and form something utterly unique for each living thing on this planet. Simultaneously, that "utter uniqueness" takes its place within the collective context, contributing its richness, its offerings, and its gifts to this world. 

Things are not easy. No, they never have been. But this life is so beautiful, oh-so-beautiful, even at its most brutal points. Hold that beauty in your heart this Leo season, hold it and cherish it and draw on it for strength, and you really can't go wrong...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Couple New Beauties to Share From the WWA Etsy Shop

Matching earrings available.
Length can be adjusted.
This metallic hematite is gorgeous and has a bit of an edge to it. The beads are shimmery and multi-coloured with shades of blue, yellow, green, purple, and pink. 
Hematite is a protective ore that can be used for shielding from everything from electromagnetic radiation to difficult emotions to "crowd energy." 

Matching earrings available.
Length can be adjusted.
This is a classic bohemian combination of stones, colours, and pattern. Very light considering the long length of the necklace. 

All items at the Willow's Web Astrology Etsy shop

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Eclipse Season Activates the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction

"Eclipse Season Activates the Saturn-Pluto Conjunction" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A New Moon in Gemini Activates the Jupiter-Neptune Square: Tension Between ‘The Bubble World’ and ‘The Real World’

"A New Moon in Gemini Activates the Jupiter-Neptune Square: Tension Between ‘The Bubble World’ and ‘The Real World’" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.