Monday, November 29, 2021

Fortification for the Plutonic Soul

The Scorpy types. The Plutonics. We're a little cliched in astrology circles simply because there has been so much written, discussed, and hashed over on these subjects. But really, there's a reason for the cliches and the time spent analyzing. Without astrology and a semblance of an understanding of the processes and cycles Plutonics go through, how would we even survive? Even with astrology, it seems touch-and-go at times.

And this is not to be depressing, negative, or pessimistic, all you non-Plutonics out there. It's just reality. If you don't go through these processes, if you don't live them on a regular, sometimes daily, basis, I don't think you could understand it. I know the same can be said for a lot of situations and conditions people live through - you don't understand it until you live it. I understand we all have our difficulties to bear, and I know there are other planets, dwarf or otherwise, that bring their own forms of misery. Saturn and Neptune both create almost impossibly difficult circumstances of their own at times, as do many others.

There's a difference between a Pluto transit to one of your natal planets or a transiting planet in Scorpio touching off a Plutonic hell-ride and having a natal Sun, Moon, or stellium in Scorpio or a tight natal aspect to Pluto. I know the transits are unbelievably harsh at times, but they will pass. Your natal chart won't.

And so Plutonic types have some thorny dilemmas to chew over and work out:

How to create successful and soul-satisfying relationships with non-Plutonic people. How to keep your shit to yourself, your unending processing to yourself, but at the same time find the day-to-day love, sharing, acceptance, mutuality, and intimacy desired within a real relationship. Because Plutonic types need that. If they don't have it, they'll stay out of relationships altogether.

How to keep from envying or resenting those who don't have to slog quite so heavily though the Plutonic muck. Those feelings are natural but could put an end to any kind of mutuality or equality that could exist.

And how to find the strength, energy, and courage to love the other person as they need to be loved while simultaneously going through all this craziness.

How to even believe you deserve another person's love and affection when you're at your most hell-tastic, exhausted, and repulsive, when your energetic being feels like a series of nuclear explosions going off, when the nuclear fallout is coursing through your system, removing layers of yourself that you really, actually thought you were going to need. Erupting volcanoes painfully twisting and morphing your elemental structure into something Pluto finds more pleasing, for as long as it deems necessary.

And when you're mourning those lost layers, those released selves, those versions of yourself that you really, actually liked. Those hoped-for versions of life and relationships and planetary conditions that you held, deeply-cherished, as secret in your heart. Because maybe if you kept them secret and very, very quiet and told no one but yourself, Pluto would leave those ones alone.


T'was not to be.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Jupiter Re-Enters Pisces and Puts a Proactive Spotlight on “Old Pisces” Tendencies


"Jupiter Re-Enters Pisces and Puts a Proactive Spotlight on 'Old Pisces' Tendencies" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons



Friday, November 5, 2021

"Show Me Your Papers, or No Bus Ride for You!" More Authoritarian Bullshit to Report As We Open Out of the Scorpio New Moon Opposite Uranus in Taurus

Scorpio is a sign known for dealing with more than its fair share of bullshit. It works in the murky nether-regions, dealing with abuses of power of all kinds, from the glaringly obvious to the whisper-subtle. 

And as we open out of yesterday's Scorpio New Moon exactly opposite Uranus in Taurus, oh boy, does this Scorpio stellium have a bullshitty tale to share.

On November 5, 2021, I was kicked off the city bus in the new province where I'm living because of my medical exemption for the mask. They were requiring me to "show them my papers," and I did not have "my papers" on me at the time. (I do have documentation of my exemption, including from a natural health medical professional.) I have already ridden the bus here more than once without a mask and without showing any "papers" by declaring my exemption. I also rode the city bus for the previous 18 months in British Columbia without showing or filing any papers with any "authorities."

The bus driver refused to drive the bus with me on board and waited almost half an hour until her supervisor arrived. The other passengers were told to get on a different bus. The driver waited outside the bus until the supervisor arrived. I was also informed by her that public transit is not an essential service. (I beg to differ on that one.)

When the "supervisor" showed up, it was a huge, beefy goon of a guy in a reflective safety jacket, sunglasses, and mask with a poppy pinned to his chest. November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada - ironically, the day Canadians remember those who fought and died for our freedoms in war. The supervisor sat down close to me on the bus and informed me in an authoritative voice that I would not be riding the bus without showing my papers. He also refused to return my fare. 

About those "papers": I was permanently injured by the allopathic medical system. Because of this, I do not use the allopathic medical system unless it's an emergency, and I rarely have need to use even the natural health system. I have documentation of my exemption from a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/acupuncturist, but it's highly unlikely that this will be "official enough" for the authoritarian types.

I have to ask, is this what the poppy stands for? Is this the freedom our ancestors (and my own dear family members) fought and died for? I would suggest that this man has no right to be wearing a poppy on his chest as he is refusing public service and kicking a paying customer with a health condition off the bus. 

I have since learned that many people with disabilities and mask exemptions are being refused bus service in this city. This is the only form of transportation that many have, certainly the only form of independent transportation. This is insane and horrific discrimination, not to mention, it's dangerous to cut people off from transportation. For people living below the poverty line, the bus might be their only form of transportation. Disabilities and health debilitation cause poverty. Many people take the bus to the grocery store and can't walk to a store. And this bus driver, city transit itself, is trying to argue that public transit is not an essential service? Of course it is! Do you know who made the decision that it is not essential? Car drivers. 

There are considerable dangers to wearing a mask, especially for people with certain health conditions. Masks DO NOT stop a microscopic virus, and asymptomatic transmission is rarely, if ever, occurring. 

This about authoritarian control, not public health.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Tips on How to Get a Good Astrology Reading

These are some tips from my perspective as a practising pro astrologer on how to get the right astrology reading from the right astrologer for you. These tips will not necessarily apply to other astrologers, nor will other astrologers necessarily agree with them. (Astrologers pretty much never agree.)

1. Only have an astrology reading done if you feel you need one.

2. Check out an astrologer's writing, perspective, and style ahead of time before purchasing a reading. A lot can be determined by the sound of a person's voice, so video or audio of the astrologer might be helpful to you. Finding the right astrologer is an individualized thing, and no astrologer is for everyone. Make sure this is a person whose perspective and expertise you appreciate and would like to receive.

3. Every astrologer practises astrology differently, and most have a very potent, individualized style. If you are looking for a reading in a certain astrologer's style, you will find it only from that astrologer. I'm not the female version of so-and-so, nor will I adopt the style of another astrologer. (I mean, what would be the point of that?) If you're looking for a reading from a particular astrologer, get that reading.

4. Understand that an astrology reading is not a psychic reading. Though astrology readings often involve psychic/intuitive skills, an astrologer is not there to read your mind. Astrology readings are based on concrete symbols and data. It's fine to leave your reading open to the astrologer's interpretation if that's what you'd like, but if you're looking for information on specific areas or topics, let the astrologer know when you purchase the reading. A general idea of your astrological literacy can also be helpful so the reading is neither too basic nor too heady.

5. Outside the details and direction given to the astrologer about the reading, try to keep a check on expectations about what you want to hear. This allows what you need to hear to come to you through the astrologer. Astrology is a very mysterious thing, and something you read or hear in a reading could apply to your life or make an important connection for you five or 10 years hence.

6. Don't stretch on cost. If you can comfortably pay for a 30-minute reading, pay for that, and work with the information you receive. If you're stretching outside your comfort zone, that generally means the astrologer will be, too. There is a certain energy allotment for each reading, and adhering to price constraints keeps the reading within that allotment.

7. Conversely, don't expect 60 minutes of astrological analysis for the 30-minute price. There is only so much that can be done within the time frame of each reading. Respecting your astrologer's time, energy, and boundaries are keys to a happy astrologer.

8. If you have something to add or a question to ask during a live reading, don't be shy - by all means, say it/ask it. Your involvement and direction are generally helpful in live readings. That said, the more you talk, the less the astrologer does, so keep it balanced!

9. Appreciate the fact that we have access to astrology and astrologers in immediate and unprecedented ways due to the proliferation of the internet. What a cool thing that you can find an astrologer, order a reading, and receive that reading all within a matter of days. This process could have taken months or years previously, if you had access to astrology at all. What was once limited to the financially and socially uber-privileged is now available widely. Astrologers who once practised in relative obscurity are now becoming more accessible public figures, and you can check them and their colleagues out extensively before you lay down your hard-earned money. We have great astrological advantage by living in these times. Keep this context in mind, understand that astrology has never before been flying around with the speed, frequency, and quantity as it is now, and be responsible with it.

10. Even after following these tips, there is still an experimental element and an element of chance when it comes to having an astrology reading (or any reading) done. This just goes with the territory. It keeps things interesting. In the same way that you might have to go to a few different hairdressers before you find just the right fit, you might have to experiment with different readers before finding the right one or ones for you.

The hope with these tips is that they will help to keep the right readings rolling through the medium of astrology!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Mars Square Saturn Exact November 10, 2021

Mars in Scorpio square Saturn in Aquarius (7 degrees) - November 10, 2021

Mercury will be exactly conjunct Mars at the time of the square, and the Moon will be exactly conjunct Saturn

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We are currently experiencing an applying square aspect (harsh, frictional, dynamic) between Mars and Saturn. The square will be exact on November 10, 2021 with Mercury conjunct Mars Mercury at 7 degrees Scorpio and Moon conjunct Saturn at 7 degrees Aquarius. The Mars-Saturn square is a notoriously tough aspect, indicating some harsh conditions for November 2021, but knowledge of the astrology and the timing can help with navigation.
Energy is at a premium under this square. It indicates the possibility of "hitting the wall" after a prolonged period of frustration, stress, or over-extension. Be gentle with yourself and with others, and be wary of taking on extra responsibilities or obligations at this time. 
This square could be particularly hard on those who are already struggling, so please check in with loved ones and community members.
This is an indicator of increased challenges (Saturn) with inflammation in the body (Mars), so it's a good time to increase anti-inflammatory and alkaline foods while limiting inflammatory substances like caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and processed food. Drinking filtered water with fresh lemon juice is a simple way to balance your body under these stressors. Getting regular exercise, particularly outdoors, is another way to work through these energies.
Saturn relates to finances, business, and career, and the pressures being created by the current global scenario could reach a boiling point as Mars and Saturn clash in square aspect. 
Support the businesses you love, and don't take anyone for granted.
I've covered the themes and dangers of Mars-Saturn contacts in this article:

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Pluto-Charged Venus Retrograde in Capricorn: Making Executive Decisions in Our Relationships and Lives that Spur Structural Reconfiguration

"A Pluto-Charged Venus Retrograde in Capricorn: Making Executive Decisions in Our Relationships and Lives that Spur Structural Reconfiguration" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Personal Planets in Scorpio Activate the Saturn-Uranus Square

 "The Personal Planets in Scorpio Activate the Saturn-Uranus Square" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Unavailable for September


Hello! This is a note to let people know I'll be unavailable for astrology readings or tutoring during the month of September 2021. I'll be back in October. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

- Willow

Monday, August 2, 2021

Mars in Virgo Hot or Nots: A Re-Post for the Current Mars in Virgo Transit (July 29 to September 14, 2021)

This is a re-post of excerpts from a couple articles written way back in 2011/2012 that apply to the current Mars in Virgo transit (July 29 to September 14, 2021).

Action, anger, and sexuality planet Mars takes about two years to move through the entire zodiac, which means it swings back through a particular sign once every couple years. 

The last time Mars transited Virgo was mid-August to early October 2019. The next time Mars will transit Virgo is July/August 2023.

The articles I'm re-posting here were written for an extended Mars in Virgo transit, including retrograde period, from November 10, 2011 to July 3, 2012. We were fully immersed in the energy and themes of Mars in Virgo during that time, and these articles provide a little check-in on how we've progressed since then. 

Mars will next be retrograde in the sign of Virgo in January/February 2027. Since Virgo is a sign of proactivity and productivity, adjustments and tune-ups made now may bear fruit then, making that transit and retrograde a little easier to navigate. 

In 2011, Mars began its transit of Virgo in an opposition to Chiron and Neptune in early Pisces. This time around, Chiron has moved into Aries, and Neptune is further along in the sign of Pisces. 

Mars in Virgo will form a very potent trine aspect to Uranus at 14 degrees Taurus on August 21, 2021. Uranus will have just stationed retrograde at that time (August 19) ahead of a powerful 29-degree Aquarius Full Moon on August 22, the second Full Moon in Aquarius we experience this July/August. The earth trine between Mars and Uranus indicates an exciting and productive period of time, a time when we're given an energetic (or anger-induced) boost to make changes to our routines and status quo realities that can then create larger breakthroughs. This trine indicates good energy for breaking habits and changing patterns, especially as they relate to health (including financial health), diet, exercise, routines, and boundaries.

Mars in Virgo will form an exact opposition to Neptune in Pisces on September 2, 2021 at 22 degrees of the signs. This opposition is influential from August 18 until Mars enters Libra on September 14. The Mars-Neptune opposition brings in some blind spots and some coping mechanisms but also the spiritual perspective we need to power through and make some needed changes or adjustments. Accidents and physical injuries can be more prevalent under Mars-Neptune contacts, and strange health symptoms can pop up. Focused attention on our physical bodies in the material realm will be required throughout the Mars in Virgo transit.

Love, relationship, and aesthetics planet Venus is also in Virgo until August 15, making the masterful application of Virgoan energy even more appealing - or even required in our relationships and social settings.

From the January 23, 2012 article on the Mars retrograde station, Mars Retrograde in Virgo and the Active Re-Organizing Principle Comes Out in Full Force January 23 - April 13, 2012

"Virgo is one of the quieter placements for Mars. Mars is active here but only in the ways that count. No excess of motion, exertion, words, mental function, or use of will. Small movements, adjustments, and re-direction have big effect, and temperance rules, as too much effort in one direction results only in energy expended for self-correction. 

The energy on the planet will be getting very bizarre and out of control at times over the next years, and things can really go haywire if we allow them to. This is why we need the Virgoan qualities applied through the iron will of Mars to set our courses now, doing battle on the fine points. 

If we're oh-so-careful and diligent, smoothing every screwy detail, critiquing every glowing illusion, attending to every nagging issue, we set a tone with this retrograde that can keep us grounded and out of the worst of the hyped baloney and utter bullshit being amped up on this planet. 

Clean, crisp, clear. 

In Virgo, every detail matters.