Monday, February 25, 2019

Happy 11th Birthday, WWA Blog!

My blog is 11 years old today! Entering the pre-teen years with grace and aplomb...

One of my goals for 2019 was to help bring the intuitive/spiritual/metaphysical arts more strongly into the traditional arts scene, creating a solid and respected place there for serious astrologers, tarot readers, psychics, and other intuitive artists. 

I think we've more than earned our place!

Unrelated to that goal (or so I thought), I recently started a social group for writers of all varieties in the area where I live. The initial meet-up location for the group is at a cool little retro bistro/cafe near the railroad tracks here that has (what else?) a train/railway theme. I sense a "making connections" theme.. 

So far, the meet-up group has brought different creative people and creative threads together with ideas springing up for cross-overs and collaborations, including the possibility of a multi-disciplinary open mic night. Very cool!

Unexpectedly, I seem to be making a wee bit of progress toward my goal of carving out a place for astrology and the intuitive arts within the broader arts scene in this area - not by straight-out asking for this but by coming into contact with other creative people who want to grow and develop the arts scene here. Purely organic! For me, that's always the best way for these things to happen (probably the only way).

I'm excited and honoured to help bring astrology into the more traditional arts fold in my town in whatever way is needed and rightful, to respectfully represent this precious and sacred art and to introduce people to a more in-depth understanding of it and its amazingly helpful applications.

It isn't something I consciously set out to do with the writers group, but it's something I sure do love to see. I think it's just time - in my area and in many areas - to establish the intuitive arts and legitimate intuitive artists as real and valuable elements of the overall arts scene.

I know the rightful place for astrology, astrologers, and other intuitive readers won't be carved out overnight. (Understatement.) But to see any progress on this front is pretty delightful.

Thank-you as always for being the most kick-ass astro blog around, WWA! Please keep on keeping on with your damn fine self. 

And thank-YOU for reading, for becoming patrons, for ordering readings or lessons, for buying zines or photography or jewellery, for making supportive comments, for sending appreciative emails, and for sharing articles and videos with your own networks.

I hope I don't know a day when I'm not sharing what I see and fighting for a better way through Willow's Web Astrology.

Happy, Happy 11th Birthday, Baby!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Spirit Whispers Directives as We Step into a New Astrological Chapter

"Mercury Retrograde in Pisces: Spirit Whispers Directives as We Step into a New Astrological Chapter" is an article available to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Juno Day with Chiron on 29 Pisces!

Love and love and love and love!
Photos: Willow
Photo of my sister in her fab new skirt: Robyn Fahlman

Happy Juno/Valentine's Day from your anarchist astro-reporter!

This is our final Juno Day of the Chiron in Pisces transit, and it just so happens that the wounded healer is on the very last degree of Pisces this February 14th, which is the very last degree of the entire zodiac.

These are the master lessons about both the healing and the wounding potential of love on this planet. This Juno Day is ripe for some profound realizations about real love versus the illusory or overly-idealized versions that have run rampant during the final century or so of the astrological Piscean era. 

The influence of Chiron on the complex and potent anaretic degree of Pisces this Juno/Valentine's Day indicates there may be a little of that old school "dashed romantic ideals and disappointment" nipping at people. This is a throwback to the astrological Piscean era when fairy tale romances and Disney prince/princess dreams (often manufactured for us by nefarious social engineers) created a perfectly terrible clash of artificial, pie-in-the-sky ideals with human, Earth-bound realities.  

Well, folks, I'm here to tell you that with Chiron on the 29th degree of Pisces, about to blaze into Aries on February 17, that version of idealized and impossible-to-maintain-on-a-daily-basis love is a thing of the past! Poof! It's a relic. An outdated fantasy. And it's being banished to the maya realms where it belongs.

If Chiron on 29 Pisces this Juno Day has any message it would like to remind us of, it's this: love is all around us. It sustains us every day in every way - whether it is love for God (or whatever word you use for your higher power), love for family and friends, love for a significant other, love for co-workers, love for your community and fellow human beings, love for animals, love for plants, love for self, love for the work you do, or a combination of all of these. 

Love is the invisible glue that holds it all together. Invisible Love Glue! It's real, and it's there for us every day in amazing ways.

Of course, romantic love is wonderful. Almost every human being on this Earth aspires to it. But we aren't meant to make ourselves miserable when we do not have it. After all, romantic love is only one of the many wonderful forms of love on this planet. 

So instead of creating and reinforcing a day where people without romantic love feel like jumping off a bridge, this Juno Day - and I hope for every Juno Day that follows - we're celebrating the full, rich and gorgeous spectrum of love on this planet.

There's a common saying out there that love is an action, not a feeling. I think it's both! But love definitely exists in the basic, practical details of daily life, and it's this form of love that is more often downplayed or overlooked.

Love is holding the door open for someone. It's letting someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Love is telling someone about a great sale going on nearby. It's warning someone about an icy spot on the sidewalk.

Love is helping someone move. Oh boy, is that love!

Love is giving a genuine compliment. It's telling people when they're doing a good job.

Love is smiling at someone who looks as if they're having a rough day (or a rough life). Love is letting it slide when someone is a little snippy or abrupt toward you for that same reason.

Love is feeding people - physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. Love is cooking for people. Love is taking care of people. It's cleaning up after people. It's working hard to make sure others have what they need. Love is mothering and fathering - toward children or otherwise.

Love is doing a dreaded chore or task so someone else doesn't have to.

Love is being there for someone. It's being reliable. It's taking responsibility.

Love is teaching someone something. Love is being accepting of a lesson when we need to learn it. 

Love is my beautiful sister making her own V-Day skirt out of this adorable fabric (right) and wearing it to her office at the Faculty of Engineering. Sharing her creative love with the buttoned-up engineers and engineering students!

Love is my city's bus drivers persevering through six full months of hideous road construction, complete with sometimes 45-minute waits to get through, without losing professional courtesy toward their riders.

In Canada (and other cold-weather countries), love is scraping someone else's windshield. It's shovelling someone else's driveway. It's a private citizen shovelling the snow on the sidewalk around the bus shelter so people can board the bus safely. It's helping to pull someone's vehicle out of a snow drift or giving them a boost when their battery is dead.

A winter cold snap recently froze the pipes in my friend's home. Her husband dutifully thawed them out in -30 Celsius weather...on their anniversary. That is true Canadian romance! 

On a personal note, love is readers shelling out their hard-earned dollars to become patrons of this site. Showing love for WWA! I certainly love that.

Love is every article I write and every photograph I take. 

And yes, love is romantic gestures like flowers and chocolates and candle-lit dinners. Love is a special piece of jewellery. It's some sexy lingerie. It's a gift certificate for a couple's massage. It's a weekend getaway.

The point is, we show love and are shown love every day in a multitude of ways, and this is truly something to celebrate.

A day that creates depression, despair, and disappointment in people who feel they are falling short of the idealized, romantic (and socially-engineered) goals is not something I wish to celebrate or participate in. So let's shrug off that old, Piscean-era version of love as an uninteresting throwback. Love is much richer and grander and more exciting than all that.

Juno Day is a day to celebrate the soul mates in our lives in all the forms they take!

Soul mate asteroid Juno, currently in early Gemini, has a message from its transit of Pisces that could use a little replay on this final Valentine's Day of the Chiron in Pisces transit. From March 11, 2018, "Juno in Pisces and Our Relationship With Illusion at the end of the Astrological Piscean Era":

"Juno transiting Pisces indicates a period of time when we are working intricately with our relationship to illusion - a textbook Pisces theme.

With transiting Juno in Pisces, the soul mates in our lives may be helping us with these illusions in some way - perhaps drawing attention to areas where the rose-coloured glasses are a little thick or providing experiences that pop our Neptunian bubbles and bring us back to reality.

Under this transit, we may be bothered more than usual by people trying to portray "the perfect life" or "the perfect relationship" through media or social media. (Narcissistic tendencies are another Piscean/Neptunian theme, and we have more than enough of those going around these days...)

At the same time, we may have soul mates who are helping us to see through these carefully-curated lifestyles and immaculately-filtered images. Once we pop an illusion, once we disrupt the glossy surface sheen, once we see that there is no such thing as "the perfect life" or "the perfect relationship" or "the perfect Instagram filter," there's really no going back. There's no going back to a time when we were fooled by those things.

And at that point, we really have to ask: why are so many people putting so much time, effort, and money into portraying this false image of lifestyle-perfection? Why are people creating lifestyle illusions designed only to make other people covet their lives and what they have?

It's a little pathological, really, isn't it? 

We are now officially in the astrological Age of Aquarius, but there are still plenty of old, Piscean-era ghosts traipsing around and old, Piscean-era illusions left to dissipate.

The high romanticism of the standard Neptunian love story is one illusory element that may need to be put in tighter check under this Juno in Pisces transit. 

Within the pages of a classic English novel, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester find blissful union, at last, long last, as two halves of the same soul meet in holy matrimony. A fictional love to make your heart ache, feverish that you may never find its equivalent. And in real life, its author Charlotte Bronte marries a clergyman she is merely fond of - no great, melting love of her life - after watching her entire family perish one-by-one, only to die herself while pregnant soon after being wed. 

How's that for a sobering reality check?

How many of the great historical love stories, so implanted in the collective psyche and so sought after, have been myth, illusion, just a good story?

And how many of the great Facebook or Instagram love stories are cut from that same cloth?

We have now planted our flags on the Aquarian-era side of things and are looking to create a more rational and realistic version of romance and of life, in general. Even if we aren't looking to do that - that's the path to greater success, veering away from the highly-idealized and soft-lit versions of love, romance, and "lifestyle" that generally end in disappointment and bad feelings.

We're looking to maintain that beautiful Piscean love and connection, but we're doing it with our feet on the ground, with a keen eye toward egalitarian love, rather than a love that places anyone or anything on a pedestal."

So let's get our heads out of those bliss-bombed, Neptunian clouds and focus on the love that we have right in front of us. Real love is worth so much more than those fantastical, idealized, never-quite-realized versions.

Happy Juno Day, readers! Please share your own brand of love in this world on this day and every day. This planet needs it!