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Jupiter Enters Scorpio – October 10th, 2017

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Abraham Janssens The Agrippine Sibyl Netherlands (c. 1575) Düsseldorf, Kunst Palast

Jupiter enters Scorpio today [October 10th, 9:20AM, EST] ushering in growth and expansion through transmutation, something I’m personally looking forward to. Jupiter in Scorpio, for me, symbolizes fearlessness and survival; a sort of spiritual digging/unearthing, and there’s nothing pretty about it. That’s the joy of it all (at least for me it is) raw and penetrating.

I also foresee an increase in occult studies, shadow work, and the darker parts of the soul/psyche. We see this in popular culture with the rise of television shows that deal with everything from zombies (The Walking Dead), witchcraft and mediumship (Midnight Texas), and magical Gods (American Gods)

Jupiter is tied into religion and faith, more so than Neptune. Even the church of Satan has become more visible. After all, Scorpio’s ruler (Pluto/Hades) rules the underworld, and getting down and dirty to the heart of the matter is what Scorpio does best.

Of course themes surrounding sex and death (death can also be symbolic) may also take center stage during this time.

Facing our “demons” (and possibly be-friending them) can bring about a wonderful learning and healing opportunity. Scorpio has tremendous regenerative abilities.

This takes me back to my 2006 solar return when Jupiter was in Scorpio. I went through a divorce and the death of a loved one, but I also began to reevaluate what I valued and even my own self-worth. Jupiter in Scorpio was transiting my 2nd house at the time and it felt as though I had unearthed a buried treasure. I also shed some of my materialism, de-cluttered, and realized how liberating it was to live with less.

I wasn’t a big fan of Jupiter in Libra, believe it or not. All that “niceness” was becoming too contrived for me, almost phoney in some regards. I don’t see us holding back with Jupiter in Scorpio. And why would we want to?

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Nasty Girl: Lilith’s Role in Prince’s Music

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Lilith can often unleash obsession, lust and issues surrounding power. Black Moon Lilith is the feminine archetype of dark primal energy. She’s the seductress and the mystical side of sexuality. 

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Prince: Black Moon Lilith in Aries.

In early Sumerian mythology Lilith was Adam’s first wife, and due to her refusal to submit to him (and patriarchy) she became the archetypal, “Bitch Goddess.”:  A vicious vamp; both whore and seductress, a femme fatal who was deadly and banished into the wilderness. Prince’s song, “Irresistible Bitch,” (and to some degree, “Little Red Corvette”) speak of Lilith’s power, especially over men. We see Lilith’s stamp on his track, “Shockadelica,” as well (Where Lilith takes form as a witch), the ultimate Lilith anthem, “Pussy Control,” and “Darling Nikki,” where Lilith unleashes her sexual prowess (and devices) on Prince after luring him to her castle. Once again, Lilith’s mark can be heard on Vanity 6’s, “Nasty Girl,” where Vanity boldly lets the world know of her sexual prowess and needs.

 

Prince often takes on the role of sexual submissive in many of his songs and he is usually at the mercy of his personal Lilith. Prince’s Lilith is in fiery Aries in the creative 5th house (a house also associated with love affairs) at 12 degrees trine Uranus in Leo. Prince’s musical message (prior to his religious conversion) was always of female sexual power, and sex (Lilith) as a catalyst to freedom and liberation (Uranus) Sex also served as a conduit to the spirit and the spirit world. This duality was put on display during his “Lovesexy” tour (1988) where the first half of the show was centered around surrendering to the pleasures of sex (Lilith) and the second half focused on spiritual awakening and transcendence (Neptune)

Lilith in the 5th house gives insight into Prince’s creative process and the fact that

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Lilith – Susan Boulet

women are often centered in his music and serve as creative muses. His sexual assertiveness got him in hot water with Tipper Gore after she heard Prince use the word, “Masturbation” in his song “Darling Nikki’. Because of this the “Parental Advisory” sticker was born. The PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) had a list called the, “Filthy Fifteen,” and “Darling Nikki” was voted number one!

Prince was very much an outsider even though he was popular. Like Lilith he was “exiled” due to his sexual lyrical content, persona, and refusal to submit to record labels and societies puritanical views on sex. His Lilith/Uranus aspect made him the ultimate sexual trouble-maker with shocking (Uranus) results. It is Uranus’ job to upset the apple cart and place one on the path to emancipation and It is Lilith’s job to enforce autonomy and personal power, and this is often done through sex. For Prince sex was fun and creative (5th) and allowed him to merge feminine (Lilith) and masculine (his Mars in Aries) energies, and as I said above, the Goddess, often takes a leading (Mars) role in his more sexual songs.

Of course his religious awakening had him omitting the curse words from the majority of his songs and he even refused to perform his more sexual content during live shows when he became a Jehovah’s Witness. Yet Lilith’s energy is very much front and center on songs such as, “Breakfast can wait” (2014) though her influence is more subtle.

 

 

 

Venus enters Cancer – July 29th, 2017: Security and lasting bonds

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“Red Crab” – Larisa Ivakina Clevenger

Venus enters nurturing Cancer today (July 29th) at 10:54 AM EST. Venus’ in Cancer’s strong need for bonds, protection and closeness will have us on a quest for the ideal “family” situation. Family isn’t always those we are related to: work bonds (10th) partnerships (7th) and other facets of our lives will more than likely get an emotional overhaul during this Venus phase; Cancer’s hard outer shell could also have us on the defensive, forcing up to protect what we hold near and dear. Security will be desired whether it’s on the home front or in the work place.

Ceres in Cancer, at 8 Degrees, is conjunct her daughter’s abductor, Hades. Hades can often symbolize decay and deeply buried sorrows from our past. With Hades in Cancer these feelings are magnified. Ceres’ nurturing energy combined with Hades can bring forth transformation and healing (though it may be a bit painful) and we may also offer healing counselling to those we love, or even those we don’t know. Sit with your feelings and allow yourself to feel whatever you need to feel in order to heal.

Venus in Cancer also has a “shadow” side and this may be triggered with her tight conjunction to Hades. Smothering and being emotionally attached can lead to possessiveness, allowing hurt from the past to consume, and make it difficult for us to move forward.

During the Lunar Eclipse on August 7th, Venus will pair up with Ceres and trine Neptune in Pisces. Divine (Neptune) mother (Ceres) energy will be quite strong during this time; make a small offering to the goddess or to the maternal figures in our lives that we’ve lost. Even better, honor the divine within.

 

Sun enters Leo – July 23rd, 2017: The Big Picture

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Tarot of The Cat People & Nature’s Whispers Oracle

Happy Solar Return to you, Leo! Your focus should be on the big picture.

*This reading can also be applied to those with Leo rising.

4 of Cups Reversed/Clear out the old

This has been a somewhat chaotic year for you so far Leo but luckily the worse is far behind you. Uranus on the Midheaven of your solar chart indicates a sudden turn of events that may have impacted your vocation, and the possibility of taking on a new career path (“Clear out the old”) is on the horizon. The Sun entering your sign coincides with the New Moon which feels like a burst of much-needed energy. There’s an awakening taking place giving you a much-needed boost in order for you to make some necessary changes in your life. A sudden turn of events could have you suddenly changing…

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Brad Pitt: A visit from Melpomene

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Brad Pitt: Sagittarius Sun/ Capricorn Moon


Brad Pitt is currently experiencing two major transits: transiting Saturn on his Sun and transiting Pluto on his natal Moon. This is the end of a cycle for Brad and I said that this divorce would do more of a number on him than on Angelina. Brad has both Neptune and the asteroid Karma in the 12th house (a house associated with self-undoing) and him admitting to using controlled substances doesn’t surprise me with Neptune in the 12th. Here his dependencies (Neptune) are hidden (12th) and he more than likely hid them from himself as well.

What’s interesting about Brad’s chart is his un-aspected Sun in the 1st house opposite his 7th house. His sense of self (Sun/1st) is tied into his partners (7th) He tends to rely on his significant other to give him insight into his identity.He tends to morph into his partners as well.

During his separation from Jennifer Aniston transiting Pluto was conjunct his natal Sun in 2005. This is probably one of thee most powerful transits an individual can experience. Right before the publics eyes we saw Brad transform (Pluto) especially in terms of his appearance (1st house) he died his hair black, got the first in a series of tattoos, and began to take part in Angelina’s charitable endeavors.

Pluto is the planet that creates, destroys, and then re-creates. The Brad Pitt we had once known (or thought we knew) had completely re-invented himself.

Fast forward ten years later; Brad is now experiencing another major Pluto transit. This time it’s to his natal Moon. His home life (and marriage) have been completely broken down by Pluto’s powerful rays. Pluto functions like a cosmic demolition man. Whatever is not stable in your life will come crashing down around you. This is part of the regeneration process. In order for something new to be built old structures must be destroyed.

Our Natal Moon gives us insight into how we are emotionally fed, the mother archetype (Anima) and how we nurture ourselves and others. The Moon is the divine feminine, and a woman (Angelina) who played a significant role during his first Pluto transit, has now been removed from the picture (Pluto/Moon)

For further insight I added a few asteroids to his chart to see what’s going on: the asteroid, “Melpomene,” named after the Greek muse of tragedy, is transiting his marriage house. Her symbol is the, “Tragic Mask,” and Brad was definitely wearing his in this GQ interview.

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Melpomene, Muse of tragedy and tragic poetry

Transiting Karma and Psyche (seat of the soul) are conjunct in his career/public image house opposite natal Chiron in the 3rd house of communication. His GQ interview was actually just what the Shaman (Chiron) ordered. He finally went into therapy (Psyche/Chiron) and has quite a few wounds tied to his home environment (4th) and spoke of struggling to express his feelings/emotions. There is an internal struggle between his somewhat traditional home life/roots (Moon in Capricorn) and his own progressive idealism (Sun in Sagittarius) His struggles to purge emotionally doesn’t surprise me with that Capricorn Moon of his. Being vulnerable can be difficult for Capricorn energy, and frightening. Sagittarius men in particular seem to be going through it! Side note: the dark goddess, Lilith, is approaching a conjunction to his ascendant. He’s having his ass served to him big time. He’ll learn. He has no choice but to.

Weekly Planetary Trends: January 3rd – January 8th, 2017

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Venus entered dreamy Pisces on January 3rd [2:46 AM EST] this has been an extremely Piscean month with the warrior goddess of the higher mind and strategic planning, Pallas, entering Pisces on December 28th and Eros, symbol of passion and desires, ingress into Pisces on November 26th. From January 1st-January 7th Eros and Psyche (the seat of the soul at 19 degrees Virgo) will oppose each other triggering feelings of love, passion and vulnerability that may seem overwhelming. The asteroid Fortuna is also in Pisces! Bringing with her a much needed lucky streak. With both Mars and Neptune in Pisces there may be some confusion about how we can take action and we may find ourselves withdrawing all together. Venus in Pisces creates an aura of creativity and dreams.

January 3rd: The Pisces Moon conjuncts Mars at 11 degrees [1:36 Am] we take action intuitively relying on inner knowing. Confusion can brew as well bringing with it veiled aggression. We’ll rely on faith more than anything.

January 4th: Mercury Rx (Capricorn) eases back into Sagittarius today [9:16 AM] expansive thinking causes us to think big. Moon enters Fiery Aries at 11:20 AM. Enjoy the heat! Moon in Aries can be quite impulsive. Look before you leap.

January 5th [1:40 AM] Venus semi-squares Pluto and Uranus in Aries trine’s Juno in Sagittarius both at 20 degrees [3:45 AM] Relationships may come to a head with this passionate configuration. For Venus/Pluto love is a transformative act that can lead to regeneration and healing. Consuming passions can lead to manipulative actions. Uranus/Juno desires freedom within their bonds and a partner that makes room for self-expression. Relationships that seem too restrictive may get the boot.

Moon squares Pluto [5:16 PM] using emotional blackmail and thinking we have the upper hand could lead to some internal conflict. Be as open and upfront as you can with your feelings (this could be a challenge for Moon/Pluto energy) even if you’re feeling more covert. This is also the perfect planetary energy for shadow work.

The hotheaded Aries Moon forms a conjunction to Uranus at 20 degrees [11:14 PM] this creates impulsiveness that one may regret later due to a need for emotional freedom. This fiery energy is at odds with all of the Pisces energy that is swirling around us. An aversion to emotional dependency causes us to break free and forge ahead on our own.

January 6th: Moon enters Taurus [3:18 PM]

January 7th: Sun conjuncts Pluto [1:44 AM] at 17 degrees. Personal power is on the agenda and making sure others don’t exert their power over us. We’re in survival mode with both the Sun/Pluto in highly driven Capricorn. We’re tenacious and hell bent on succeeding.

January 8th: Mercury in Sagittarius inches direct at 28 degrees [4:42 AM] The objective and disciplined thought process of Capricorn is replaced with a more free-spirited and spontaneous approach. Enjoy this shift. On January 12th, Mercury officially enters Capricorn [9:03 AM] until February 7th, when it enters Aquarius. Moon enters inquisitive Gemini [5:06 PM] We’re emotionally fed through communication, writing and learning.

Weekly Planetary Trends: December 19-29

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jacob-cornelis-van-oostsanen-the-adoration-of-magiDecember 19, 5:55AM EST ushered in Mercury’s retrograde phase in Capricorn at 15 degrees. The beauty of retrograde phases, and yes, there is beauty, lies in the ability to revisit situations and dot our “I’s” and cross our “T’s.” Mercury Rx often triggers panic but it can be a productive time if the energy is harnessed properly and constructively. In Capricorn a cautious approach is best. The results may surprise you.

December 19th also brought with it Mars’ ingress into Pisces [4:23AM]. This placement encourages us to take action intuitively; we assert ourselves with a certain level of sensitivity, colored with emotional martyrdom. A prime example of this energy was displayed with the recent assassination of Andrey Karlov, Russian ambassador to Turkey.

On December 21st the Sun enters Capricorn [5:44AM] aligning with the Winter Solstice. The Sun in Earth is a symbol of practicality, forcing us to navigate through the material world with a sense of purpose and sharp focus. Capricorn is a sign associated with hard work that brings with it tangible results. Capricorn’s Cardinal vibration is about self-control and ambitious determination. This frequency combined with Mercury’s Rx phase triggers a cautious drive that enables us to make our desires a reality. There is nothing pie-in-the-sky about this this planetary energy.

On the evening before Christmas, December 24th [7:21PM] Saturn at 20 degrees in Sagittarius forms a trine to Uranus Rx at 20 degrees Aries. Here we have structured (Saturn) energy harmoniously merging with individualistic freedom (Uranus). Perhaps during this holiday season family members who feel like outsiders will find security and approval from like-minded individuals. This time of the year can be especially difficult for those who are dealing with family trauma and tense relations with relatives. Family isn’t always genetic. Celebrating the holidays with those who love and support us for who we are as unique individuals is the only real family we need and this may come in the form of a social group/club. Uranus embodies the energies of its sign, Aquarius: a universal/collective family.

The day after Christmas, December, 26th [1:35PM] Jupiter in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries. Our faith in change is heightened during this period and with all that’s going on in the word politically I’m not surprised. Uranus’ radical/anarchist energy in fiery Aries will be fueled by the rays of Jupiter (already a gas giant). There’s a tug-of-war between a diplomatic approach (Libra) and breaking free from conventional ways of thinking with bulldozer-like force (Aries) Here we have the “I” vs. “We” axis awakened.

New Moon in Capricorn at 7 Degrees makes its presence known on December 29th [1:53AM EST] the same day as Uranus’ direct station at 20 Degrees 33 Minutes [4:29AM] The new moon forms a conjunction to Mercury and sextiles Mars/Neptune in Pisces. This is a lovely mix of empathic-creative energy. Uranus’ direct motion uncorks just in time for the new year after starting its Rx phase on July 29th, releasing some of the bottled up tension I’ve been hearing people talk about so much. A flexible state of being is definitely needed for the unpredictable nature Uranus possesses. Keep an open mind.