Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hexagon Astrology Magazine Subscription Drive!

Hexagon Issue #2

Hexagon Astrology Magazine, the blazingly awesome new astrology magazine being put out by astrologer/editor Matt Savinar, is having its first subscription drive!

You can check it out here:

A one-year subscription (4 issues) can be had for pledges of $55 US or higher.

Canadian subscriptions will be $75 US ($20 shipping). This will be converted for Canadian subscribers when you make your pledge.  

Hexagon Issue #2 will also be available in 335 Barnes and Noble stores in the United States, and further distribution is being worked on. I'm hoping for Canadian distribution, as well, at some point.

If you missed the premier issue of the magazine, which came out in August 2015, there are pledge amounts that will snag you a copy of it, as well. 

The first 144 subscribers (The Original 144) will also receive this highly cool patch as a memento:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mercury in Capricorn Triggers the Uranus-Pluto Square Just as it Enters the Retrograde Shadow

Communication and intelligence planet Mercury is closing in on a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (exact Dec. 19), and words have the ability to pierce to the core.

Mercury-Pluto contacts indicate that the air needs to be cleared in certain arenas, but we are also looking for verbal and communicative (Mercury) caution/maturity/responsibility (Capricorn) so as to avoid any Plutonic shitstorms that linger like your Dad's last bathroom visit.

Mercury will be coming back to all this during its retrograde period in January 2016, so a little strategic verbal caution now makes for a smoother time later...

This is an excerpt from the article, "Mercury in Capricorn Triggers the Uranus-Pluto Square Just as it Enters the Retrograde Shadow." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Relationship Planets in "Detrimental" Mutual Reception: Navigating Charged Social and Relational Territory As We Close Out 2015

This is a reminder for all you lovely WWA readers that Venus and Mars are now full-on involved in the "detrimental" mutual reception that carries us to the end of 2015.

Venus is transiting Scorpio until December 30 and Mars is transiting Libra until January 3, 2016. This means both relationship planets are transiting signs of their detriment - signs opposite the ones they naturally rule. This makes for a somewhat challenging period of time in matters of the heart and in matters of money. The social realms and other people, in general, are not simple or easy to deal with now, as we move to solstice and the end of the calendar year 2015. Frictional.

Not only that, but Venus and Mars are in mutual reception in signs of their detriment, meaning they are each transiting a sign ruled by the other planet. (Venus rules Libra; Mars rules Scorpio.) This creates a tightly interwoven energetic scenario, a special affinity and relationship between the two planets, as each traverses the other's turf and gets a whiff of what the other deals with.

In basic terms, we have quite a charged social and relational setting as we move through December. Interactions are a little more loaded and triggering than we may like. Relationships and social scenes are complex. There's a lot going on, especially in the realm of subtext. There are underlying and perhaps previously-hidden connections being activated this December, and many of these connections are soul-deep.

We're working out some of the trickier relationship stuff this month and through the holidays.

In addition to this, we have transiting Black Moon Lilith in Libra, making the dark-and-denied emotional subtext of relationships that much more charged, raw, and potentially triggering.

The denied emotional realities and structural shortfalls of the standard relationship constructs are being stirred, and this can be a little ugly, especially to more mainstream-minded people. The relational truth Black Moon Lilith is stirring this December is often denied, ignored, and shunted aside by mainstream society. "Proper people" leave all this unacknowledged.

Only those with strong Black Moon Lilith energy running through their souls simply can't do that...

From a previous post October 27, 2015, "A Couple Welcome Shifts With a Side of Mutual Reception Relational Angst as We Close Out 2015":

"You can kind of feel it, though, can't you? The unfinished business from this summer's Venus retrograde in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio? You really didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you? This is the backwash from that Venus in Leo retrograde with all the break-ups, make-ups, social shifting, and new couples emerging.

And we get into it this December and for the holidays.

You can dress up a failing relationship in all its holiday finery, but with these transits, you can't cover up the underlying problems bringing about a slow collapse.

You can gloss over social tensions with trumped-up holiday cheer and goodwill, but underneath, the teeth are still gnashing. The relational friction is still grating.

The holidays this year provide a distinct challenge to new couples, to newly separated or divorced people, and to couples who are holding their existing relationships together by a thread.

Complex territory.

It's hard to pretend in our relations with others when Venus is transiting Scorpio, that's for certain. Both love and hate run deeply and intensely with this placement - often both at the same time. Money issues, especially in relationship, get sticky. Our value systems can clash on very deep and fundamental levels.

Venus gets a good dose of the shittier aspects of human beings and of human relations in Scorpio. It gets a snoutful of the nastier aspects of human relationships and the energy dynamics that pass between and among us: the manipulation, the artifice, the using and abusing, the power struggles, the betrayals, the full-out hatred and undermining of each other.

Venus in Scorpio has to deal with stone, cold reality in human relationships. Anything else is sheer poison. Anything else will end in it getting screwed. There is no Libran glossing over, pretending, compromising, smiling to make others comfortable. Transiting Venus in Scorpio this December is going to get into it, make no mistake about it. All we can do is: avoid what (and whom) we can, avoid getting overly involved in dramas, and keep our distance and our balance socially wherever possible.

With anger, aggression, and war planet Mars in smile-and-it-all-goes-away Libra until January 3, keeping our poise and our balance socially is going to be no small feat. We're navigating some major social friction as we close out 2015 and begin 2016.

But it has to be navigated. If Saturn in Scorpio taught us anything, it's that we can't shove this stuff under the rug anymore. It's too damaging. It's too harmful. Someone gets stuck holding the bag. Someone gets hurt. Someone gets stuck processing the heaping helping of unresolved collective emotion, and that simply isn't fair.

Libra and ruling planet Venus, above all, seek what's fair.

So the best way to deal with this mutual reception of Venus and Mars in signs of their detriment as we move through December and close out 2015 is to proactively and realistically deal with whatever we can as it comes up.

You know what? We don't all get along. We shouldn't all come into contact with each other. Some people - even family members - are best avoided. Some social situations are best avoided. Certain combinations of people create a bad reaction. Certain combinations of people are actually dangerous. Certain relationships should have a skull and crossbones sign on them."

Under the progressive (yet inflammatory) energy of the Mars in Libra - Uranus in Aries opposition this December, we can move into this new era of reality-based honesty in relationships of all kinds - so long as we gather the courage to go.

The angsty Venus-Mars mutual reception in signs of detriment, along with transiting Black Moon Lilith in Libra, is designed to draw the poison out of our relationships and social scenes. We can "get real" here in ways that are desperately needed and amazingly freeing.

So hold your true emotional bottom line as we close out 2015, and work from there - even if it is uncomfortable territory.

Encourage and assist others to get to their true emotional bottom lines, as well - even if this is uncomfortable territory.

Stick to the bare bones truth. Don't be triggered into saying too much or getting overly involved in dramatic scenarios. There is a particular caution on this front as transiting Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn on December 19 (12:56 p.m. CST), squares stationing Uranus in Aries December 20 (9:07 p.m.), and then conjuncts female warrior asteroid Pallas Athene in Capricorn on December 22 (5:05 a.m.).

Words are potent and potentially triggering December 18 - 22. Nonetheless, the air must be cleared in certain arenas!

Everything pushes to a culmination point at the Full Moon on December 24/25 (3 degrees Cancer), followed by the Uranus direct station at 16 degrees Aries, also on December 25. This makes for a fairly energetically over-the-top Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Above all, don't lose the love this holiday season. Hold the love, hold it tight, even for the most difficult of people. Hold the love as we all work out our own emotional bottom lines, as we all work out the complex and intricate machinations of these human hearts.

Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays, and Happy 2016, WWA readers!

This writing, as always, comes to you from my own hardcore, Plutonic punk Venus in Scorpio heart. It is my love to you - straight-up, no chaser.

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Moon in Sagittarius: The Integration of the Sobering Truth Shall Set Us Free

We are currently moving to a 19-degree Sagittarius New Moon, exact at 4:29 a.m. CST on December 11.

The Sun and Moon in Sagittarius generally have a buoyant and inspiring feel to them, indicating an over-arching freedom of spirit that uplifts no matter what our circumstances may be.

The availability of this uplifting energy is a very good thing, as the Moon will be in the sign of its fall - deep, dark, tooth-gnashing Scorpio - leading in to the New Moon on Friday.

The Moon will also form a conjunction to Saturn in Sagittarius as it completes its Balsamic or Dark phase (exact at 9:02 a.m. on December 10), drawing the energy of the "sobering truth" into the proceedings for the following 28-day lunar cycle.

We'll need some cosmic assistance to buoy our spirits as we work with the heavier emotional tenor indicated by this Moon-Saturn conjunction...

The themes outlined in this article will be in effect for the 28-day lunar cycle that ends with the Capricorn New Moon on January 9, 2016.

This is an excerpt from the patron article, "New Moon in Sagittarius: The Integration of the Sobering Truth Shall Set Us Free." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.