Yes, well, I did put an exclamation point after that word in the heading. I finally figured out how to add a “sign up for blog form” on my newer website (JoyStarPsychicAstro.com). I’ve been told that the Goog likes websites that continually add content. Therefore, I created a blog for astrology on that website but the WordPress theme I’d chosen for that website didn’t have a widget for that. All that means in WordPress terms was that an RSS needed to be created and linked to it. Sounds easy? It wasn’t–not for me anyhow.
Slow brain here (getting old) that’s not to computer savvy resulted in way too many hours invested to achieve the goal. But today? Yes, today! Finally, I have it (mostly) figured out. I signed up for my own astrology blog post and it actually arrived in my email box! Thus the reason for the exclamation point in the header subject.
Below I have included are some of the recent astrology posts that were part of my herculean efforts. I hope someone out there will find them useful.
Once you are on the website, you may like to sign up for the astro blog posts. I’m no astrological whiz kid but share what I know.
I will continue to blog here, however, and will remain at sending out my newsletters “Thoughts Along The Path” as well.
Here are links to the most recent astrology posts . . .
I have NOT stopped believing in our connections to other realities and the world of spirit containing spirit guides and/or deceased relatives. YET, at the same time as making that statement, it is clear to me that I don’t “go there” so much these days–at least not for myself anyway. Why? I ask myself this very question and hope this bit of writing will help sort it out.
Maybe it is because the clear advantage of being spiritually responsible for my own evolution in the here and now (which happens to be planet earth in this body/soul/consciousness) is my primary focus these days. And I’m aging (like everyone is!) and as I get closer to the possibility of the ending of this form, this physical body, priorities change.
Maybe this happens to everyone and not just me — this I cannot say. I haven’t taken a survey nor is there any interest on my part in doing so. What has happened for me anyway is that I’m much more aware of what I’m supposed to do here — and one biggie has to do with remaining in a state of peace despite emotional challenges. Can my departed parents or a spiritual entity in another dimension do this for me? Spiritual evolution is personal — not that we can’t receive assistance when heartfelt and earnest request is made; but I’m here and while my parents and guides, et. al. are near and dear, I alone make the determined choice and effort to manage my own psyche with both feet on Mother Earth, here and now.
The last two words are key in what I’m attempting to express. Here: Earth Dimension Now: As I sit at my desk, in front of this keyboard in my living room. It will do me no good to go talking to my deceased parents or a spirit entity right at this moment–in fact, it feels somewhat like co-dependent escapism to some extent to do so.
Now, this doesn’t mean that I don’t believe loved ones can communicate with us here upon Earth through someone who is open and receptive. Yet, I think of it this way — my parents or spirit guides cannot live in this body with me and actually if I’m not careful, their communication can become (if my focus is off) a huge distraction.
That said. I’m aware that we are all at different points of consciousness evolution — none better than another. To be clear, I’m not expressing that one person’s evolution in one direction is more or less advanced than another’s. One thing that Soul Astrology has taught me is that we are all on particular paths with different karmic pasts. Like snowflakes, we are all alike yet so very different, unique.
I am able to (somehow and I don’t know precisely how) connect in with the energy of persons, places and things whether here on Earth or elsewhere — most of the time if the need is great enough and I am clear enough at any give time. Intention and compassion on my part to help another enables the clarity. Yet, it has become a lesser focus and direct mission in my life.
Rather, my own heart is drawn in other directions — more specifically in taking personal responsibility for my own energy and evolution. This is a bit difficult to express and I am using this blog post to sort it out as I said.
Maybe I feel that I’ve exhausted that direction or gone as far down the path of psychic and medium types of personal seeking and have doubled back now to the main path — something like this anyway.
Once we discover a truth, there is no need to keep on; it becomes redundant. In another way of saying that and being very, very blunt (but not unfeeling) about it, it becomes like this: So what? Our loved ones remain with us and can communicate and entities from other dimension exist and also communicate–all in helpful ways at times. So what? And while I realize that I am not really a separate entity apart from ‘All That Is’ and that in essence, this person (personality) called ‘me’ and this physical body doesn’t really exist apart from everything else on an ultimate level, they do conventionally. Non-self is a helpful view to have while maintaining a conventional view in balance. We exist, yet we don’t — if you will.
The question then becomes something having to do with questioning why conventionality exists in the first place and why challenges and difficulties exist here on Earth and what we do about them — are we to escape and ignore them or do we use them to help ourselves and others evolve in such ways that spiritual responsibility is taken for growth and evolution? And how do we use the body and the mind-consciousness in such ways that enable us to realize a greater truth? What truth? Remaining in the ‘Here and Now’ while achieving and arriving at the Field of Peace while in this physical body/mind. When one compares that goal to one that has already been reached which involves talking to the deceased loved ones or spiritual entities or guides . . . well, you see my point maybe?
In the end, through divination what are the angels and guides guiding us toward but back into our own self while understanding the non-self so that we can function in a peaceful way upon the Earth–that’s what it’s about for me now. And while we are here helping others to do the same perhaps through example or maybe even through something like this rather long laborious blog post, its what we’re here to do. Here and now.
Patterns. Where does one start? They’re everywhere it seems–these life patterns! Astro Study and Dharma Study are both clear about them. I’ve studied them through the dharma talks given by eastern teachers but noticed them long before any formal studies. And the astrological study, you know planetary movements, has also supported my observations about patterns too–the same planet in the same place as it moves around the zodiac. Luminary Moon hits the same digs every month and the Sun every year and so on; each planet moving at different speeds but as they aspect one another, they tend to produce the same type of event or experience. The Facebook “On This Day” Memories application submits to you a list of all posts you made on that day and includes re-posts from that day in previous years. Patterns are clearly there from my very own posts blatantly screaming back at me, “Notice!”
Patterns! A head cold or medical issue repeating the same time each year, moving during the same month (sometimes to the day) in certain years–it goes on ad nauseum: neighbor issue, financial concern, trips with family, even weather systems which have not to do with my own personality.
What are these anyway? I’ve come to some thoughts to put down for myself and you too if you are still reading this. Karma! But hold on buster–not in the way most people think of the word. It’s only a word that means “action” and is a result of “causes and conditions”, some of which are not personal.
Better not to complicate this bit of writing (which I don’t intend to go on much longer here); therefore, best not to get into an explanation of the non-self. So, just sticking to the causes and conditions bit, accumulated energy will tend to repeat at times when conditions support it to do so.
Why does it repeat? I’m going to narrow it down to the undesirable parts–those parts about the personality that makes me cringe to think about them. Those patterns–that’s where this post is headed. There a good patterns too which we are creating in each and every moment actually, but . . .
Focusing further on the patterns such as anger at certain things or we could use a nicer word: aversions. I don’t want to deal with those anymore but causes and conditions accumulate to store those patterns, those aversions and surprisingly there are times they find their way to the surface from deep down in groundconsciousness.
It seems that past conditions have caused me to react with aversion and it has become a habit, a pattern that has been repeated And it’s not been until my later years here (late bloomer), that there’s not even been a conscious connection.
Now I see the pattern or one could say there is now a ‘me’ who is aware of them and with that awareness comes the observer–this creating distance between the aversion and the awareness. Sometimes reactions still happen; yet, with the newly awakened awareness of the pattern which has become gradually more conscious over many years, those reactions are minimal and mostly internally worked out. This decreases any future punch that they may hold.
How to proceed? Its a matter of creating new causes and conditions and not taking the old karma personal. When the aversion arises, one can realize that it comes from prior reactions that have been stored — maybe not even from the current lifetime. Who knows? Anyway, its what this person (personality named Joy) has to deal with, but it isn’t me and isn’t personal and it does not really come from “now”–it arises from past causes and conditions (karma), remember?
What of it? The idea is to begin to create new causes and conditions, stronger than the old perhaps and certainly more imbued with love, joy, compassion, patience and the numerous good qualities and virtues we desire to embrace which increase our happiness and peace. New actions, new karma! And also the goal is to have compassion for the personality self. And by doing this we achieve the desire remain awake for the benefit of all others as well as the self here.
That which recognizes the pattern of aversion or even responds to the aversion has no aversion.
How to remain awake? Here we go! Back on the bandwagon about meditation. And meditation simply means being aware of what is going on inside one’s own head and heart. Not getting carried away by fantasy or letting thoughts drag you all over the darn place!
I do write newslettersfrequently that include a lot of information regarding awareness and meditation since it’s a huge part of psychic development.
There. We’re at the end of the post and worked it out for us maybe. Yes? Well, no matter (pun intended)–gave it a whirl and gave the self a talking to at the same time.
The Goddess Pallas? Where is she in your birth chart? Where is she transiting currently for you? I’ve written about CERES and one post about the group of Pallas/Athena, Juno, and Vesta. Now that I’ve taken a deeper look at CERES in a singular post, the goal is to do the same with Pallas and then Juno as well, as time permits anyway.
Disclaimer: Probably, it should be mentioned that I suffered a significant blow to my head in a freak event involving wind. And while it may be wishful thinking that I’m no worse for the wear, this post writing is being used as a distraction from a headache. Bottom line: I hope this will make sense to the reader, despite some type of concussion being part of it all.
Now. That said. One thing here is that Pallas rules Aquarius—or so the greater astrological minds tell us. My own natal Pallas is located in the sign Aquarius— making my Pallas, that particular part of my psyche, strong for that reason. She is known to be the protectress and thus the glyph is shaped like a spear. She is said to represent the polarities of courage and its opposite, fear.
In addition to ruling Aquarius (air), she rules Leo (fire)—so she brings together creativity (Leo/fire) and mental qualities (Libra and Aquarius/Air).
She is thought to be the Goddess of Wisdom and Justice in addition to the previously mentioned Protectress.
Rounding out the generalities about Pallas, she is often pictured with an owl and spear as well as shield.
The myth involving Jupiter is that she was born from his head which infuses her with the male/warrior vibe along with the wisdom that she is known for.
Our style of perception and intelligence level can be described in our horoscope by the state of Pallas in our chart; well, at least so sayeth the elder astrological soothsayers.
Inspired vision, intuition, curiosity, genius and exceptional perception and the capacities for same are also to be determined by the state of one’s Pallas in their chart.
Challenges to perception can be determined by so-called stressful aspects to Pallas. Yet, visualization ability and the capacity to perceive in wholes (seeing whole patterns) and to coordinate informational systems is indicated by aspects to Pallas.
PERSONAL EXPLORATION OF PALLAS
Here comes a personal piece: My Jupiter (4th house in Scorpio) is square to my Pallas which brings in the right brain/intuition qualities of Jupiter with Pallas and that is what (I believe) helps me in my study of astrology and with my intuitive ability. Correlating and blending many bits of information to determine the larger picture is especially helpful in seeing the patterns in an astrological chart and in any psychic work. Pallas/Jupiter aspects are known for blending and correlating information. Therefore, I appreciate my Pallas/Jupiter square especially because of that and also that aspect and the energy in our psyche known as Pallas is understood to govern healing techniques (including self-healing), visualization, meditation, mind control, hypnosis and the like.
Personally, again, my 7th HousePallas is trine Venus (in Libra/3rd) and Pallas is trine Uranus (Retro in Gemini/11th). Also, Pallas is opposing Saturn (in Leo) in my natal chart.
The elder astrologers tell us that in the mythology of Pallas, she operated as a “woman in a man’s word”, being accepted as a colleague or equal in the world of men. My own natal Pallas Saturn opposition, I believe,touches on that theme based on my life experiences.
Pallas in Aquarius (such as mine) represents futuristic perceptions and also carries an indication of the revolutionary quality to the psyche. In this 7th house of (the other/s), it indicates that the soul/psyche of the individual (myself in this example) possesses strong meditating and counseling abilities – or so it says in the books that astrologers have written about Pallas. This fits, of course, with me in that this is the work that I do and meditation is a strong focus in my life. I could add that the Saturn opposition to Pallas from the 12th house brings the spiritual (12th house ruled by Neptune) quality into the work that I do—Saturn rules work/career/cosmic job in one’s birth chart. Again, I think of the aspect of opposition as a blending energy rather than the more negative qualities associated with that aspect.
My own Pallas trine Venus aspect seems an important one as Venus is culminating at the 29° degree of Libra in my natal chart, signaling the culmination of that Venus energy in some way. The Energy is fully developed in other words—or so the wiser astrologers tell us anyway. Venus here is in the 3rd house so here we would have to include the 3rd house communication piece in the interpretation. And as Venus easily works with (trine) Pallas, here we have again harmonious (Venus) communication of a counseling (7th house) nature. It all fits with the work that I do and I am finding this exploration very validating of my life.
I mentioned earlier about Pallas square Jupiter in my chart. Jupiter symbolizes the search for truth and meaning. The square here brings up in my own life the red flag of being ethical and remaining in integrity (truthful) with my work. I am highly aware that it is, in some cases, too easy to take advantage of people when doing readings and my inner Pallas/Jupiter energy signals me very strongly to remain ethical in my work.
Pallas is trine to Uranus in my chart, which was also mentioned earlier—another harmonious aspect (trine). So here we are talking about levels of mind when we talk about Uranus. My Uranus is especially strong as it is located in my 11th house—the house that it rules, making it significant there. Uranus is retrograde which makes this part of my psyche finely tuned inwardly. Telepathic and intuitive abilities are a significant part of this Pallas-Uranus aspect. As a Uranus trine Pallas aspect with the understanding that Uranus has a strong connection with astrology (per the teachers of the subject), my ability to counsel (7th house Pallas) others and befriend all types of people, creatively assist others using higher channels of intuition as well as astrological counseling . . . well, this aspect is another that seems to be right on and fit my life experiences perfectly.
I really love astrology for its ability to validate not only my life but the life of my clients. It’s true that some of the aspects can play out in various ways but when doing astrology, one must always anchor into the natal north and south nodes and their aspects while doing an interpretation.
In my natal chart, Pallas squares the natal nodes at a 4° orb, indicating that this energy has played out in my past lifetimes (South Node) or at least has been pre-wired in my psyche and is meant to be playing out in this current lifetime (North Node). These nodes are in my 4th (SN) and 10th (NN) houses, indicating that Pallas is destined to play a role in my cosmic job or career or at the very least in the public eye in some way as the NN / 10th house in Taurus indicates.
PALLAS IN TRANSIT
Currently, at the time of this writing February 4, 2016, Pallas is transiting my 9th house with Pallas in Taurus (interestingly enough Pallas conjuncts my natal Goddess Ceres). My own take on that combination as far as interp or meaning is as follows: teaching (9th house archetype) about Pallas and the other asteroid goddesses is indicated. This transit is a pretty clear indication that Pallas wants me to learn and teach about her as part of my North Node Taurus evolutionary goal for this time period (while Pallas is transiting my 9th house merging with her Goddess sister, Ceres who is/was there at that degree at the time of birth). The Asteroid Goddesses seem very alive in my soul/psyche at this time in my life.
In conclusion, here are just some other general tidbits and key phrases about the Archetype of Pallas:
Goddess of Wisdom
Goddess of War and Victory
Invincible in Battle
Is credited for using her wisdom to teach the populace how to settle disputes peacefully
Is often depicted as being clad in armor
Is often shown in artistry as accompanied by an owl
Patroness of the Arts
Goddess of health and healing
Possessed the gift of prophecy
I hope the reader will not find this post off-setting or confusing to read as, again, it was written on a physically challenging day following a head concussion.
It is my wish that the reader will find something validating and useful here. In adddition, here is that recently written post about Ceres that I mentioned at the start of this blog: CLICK HERE .
Both men and women have a fathering function symbolized by Saturn. The Moon symbolizes the maternal function, as well as Ceres. The asteroid centers in my psyche are perhaps newly energized or activated in that I’ve been thinking (and writing) about the goddesses Juno, Pallas and Vesta. Today, I am turning toward Ceres so see what I can learn about this energy as it applies to my life and to incorporate some knowledge. That, then, is the point or focus of this post today. Ceres.
Here’s one archetype of Ceres (AKA Demetris drawn from the mythology of Persephone, her missing daughter take by Pluto). Parent-child complexes are associated with Ceres. C.G. Jung wrote, “Every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother; every woman extends backward into her mother and forward into her daughter.” On a practical level, in a horoscope, the location of Ceres points to information about the mothering function especially with regard to issues of attachment and freedom.
According to mythology, Ceres was unwilling to allow Persephone to have freedom of choice and it is said that Persephone was overly attached to her mother. Therefore, natural as well as un-natural nurturing are archetypes of Ceres. The House and Sign of Ceres in a natal chart can indicate how we feel about nurturing and maybe even how we nurture ourselves.
As with all planets in a chart, aspects to those points modify them a great deal; therefore in a chart, one must look to the connections Ceres is making to other parts of the psyche.
I’m going to look at my own Ceres in my birth chart now to see what I can determine in my effort to expand this center in my consciousness. My Ceres is in my 9th house, in Taurus, retrograde squaring Mars and Pluto and opposing Venus and Mercury. That’s a mouthful.
Ceres-Pluto aspects relate to the comings and goings and sharing of children. That makes sense in correlation to mythology since Pluto abducted Cere’s daughter Persephone. My life has included a divorce and the sharing of our three daughters—I can see how that particular aspect would fit me personally.
Ceres, in my natal chart, (9th house/Taurus) carries the signature of nurturing through the Earth (nature) and the physical body (in my case, exercise). Taurus is a sign that relates to (Taurus rules 2nd house) of self-worth and self-reliance; therefore, when I provide materially and physically for myself, a high degree of self-acceptance is my reward. As a side piece to this, Aries is on the cusp of my 9th house and Ceres squares it’s ruler Mars which adds that physical exercise piece – the more aggressive the exercise, the more I like it. These are qualities (via aspects, house, and sign) that modify the meaning of my natal Ceres. Much more could be said but that’s what jumps out at this moment.
The Mar/Aries piece of it relates to feeling free and independent feeds my psyche in a positive way and Ceres is expressing that in my chart.
The 9th house, where my natal Ceres is located, relates not only to freedom but the pursuit of knowledge and truth. The deep feeling of accuracy there is also expansive—it is so very true that study of philosophy and spiritual truths are like a divine mother nurturing me!
Now my intention is to address the oppositions to Ceres from Venus and Mercury in my natal chart. These are oppositional, of course naturally are located in my 3rd house of communication. (For new astrologers, we come to this as 3 opposes 9 in the house system).
Mercury rules the 3rd house and is therefore strong here. (Mercury is in Scorpio and Venus is at 29° Libra). Just a bottom line interpretation here includes this: the nurturing of others through communication that is harmonious while also ‘soul-deep’. This is my work, my profession as a psychic. And it is how (I hope) that I nurture others and when being paid for my services expands the possibility of being able to be self-reliant via being nurtured in return).
Just as a final note about the opposition aspect energy: I see the opposition aspect as energy that merges with one another rather than pulling apart or opposing in a negative way. That’s how I’d like to see the energy that is an opposition aspect in a chart and often attend to the more positive slant on life in other ways, too, when possible.
Just a mini-vent here. In astrology (and what gives it a label of inaccuracy at times) is when one attempts to single out one planet in one sign in one house and make a single determination of meaning. One must take in the entire chart as a whole into consideration, otherwise, it can be so very misleading and confusing. –End Vent
This is much more than was intended to write on Ceres today. I have a client in a few moments and must end this now.
I hope if you have an interest in the Goddess Ceres, that this post was in some way helpful to you.
This week’s Main Players: Mars conjunct Saturn and Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Mars conjunct Saturn August 22 – 26, 2016
Youth/Mars and Adult/Saturn. This is back to school time in most places and the skies align with the sign of impulsive, immature Mars meeting closely with stable, mature Saturn. Both signs are in Sagittarius which is generally thought to be the sign related to optimism, growth and also education. As above, so below. It seems pretty clear to me! We would all sense the effect of this transit through the first 7 to 10 days of September.
Generally, we would all, in some way, likely be considering some new philosophy or belief (Sag) and some way to apply it to some new discipline or work (Saturn). It may feel exciting and we may feel great passion about it (Mars).
In every sense, this is a positive aspect, unless you have been much too unruly and out of control–the “Lord of Karma” i.e. Saturn will be implementing the law of cause and effect. You will receive what you deserve one way or another.
Sustained growth through patient endeavors — that’s one theme for the week! If you are able to Continue reading →
First the collective and then the individual influences appear below. I’ve separated out the individual influences according to Sun sign. If your date of birth is on the cusp of two signs, read both signs.
UNIVERSAL INFLUENCE (for ALL)
One trend in the psyche of the collective will relate to relating to people of common interests. Technology that supports this collective desire will increase. We may see more “Facebook” or “Twitter” et al types of Internet offerings. The collective as a whole is gravitating toward a time when telepathic communication is more active and being woven into technology. I’ve been seeing in my New Year’s predictions for years now – the human mind and computer mind merging for purposes that extend beyond game technology.
There will be Keep on reading!
Time of birth is unknown according to her granddaughter (per Bette Lou Higgins, author of a book about Grandma Gatewood and an upcoming PBS Special called Trail Magic). Therefore, I have cast a chart with the natural houses, 0° ARIES Rising. It shouldn’t be too difficult to rectify this chart sometime in the future which will be my next project as time permits.
Grandma Gatewood hiked the 2,000+ miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine for the first time at age 67. Then she did it twice more and after that the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail followed by many other hikes!