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 . . .
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.
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!
It’s all the time. Coincidence. Synchronicity. And it becomes nearly expected. Life, through those harmonious connections, seems normal, right-on and routine. I didn’t say anything to him about this. After all, he thought astrology was astronomy and got the two words confused and when I explained he wasn’t sure about his own Sun Sign. But then, he was rather young, age 23 I was told the day before by the appointment secretary. [I sometimes find it less intimidating to others when I answer their question about what I do for a living to say am an astrologer (rather than psychic) although I’d claim to be both. ]
He confessed that he’s a loner and doesn’t have all that many friends. Oh, I’m talking about the massage guy. I’m not someone who normally Continue reading →
Its probably a good day to stay home and write. The Moon is transiting my 12th house and sitting atop of my natal Pluto with Mars nearby. Could get intense in the outer world today–best to keep that intensity within the 4-walls here. Or so says the intuition. The 12th house is about seclusion and withdrawal — or at least that’s one of the archetypes. Or that’s one astrologically accepted classic model of the House 12 pattern anyway–withdrawal.
I think that its good for the soul: withdrawal, going within, terminating connections with the outer world.
Sometimes we withdraw from life or from certain situations for self-protection but what do we really want to protect ourselves from? The same thing that motivates all of us–we either seek pleasure or avoid pain.
Let’s face it. We don’t have to be martyrs in life. I don’t think it’s wrong to disengage from persons, places or things that are unpleasant if we have a choice. Sometimes we don’t but with the blessing of the universe, sometimes we do. Why not exercise the choice and not feel guilty about it?
That’s how my 12th house Moon conjunct Pluto feels about it today. I think that choice is a gift, why not use it and do so so without guilt?
I don’t know about you but sometimes my feelings of guilt, when present, seem to come from worries about what other people will think about me–people that I care about or who are important to me. Sometimes we see ourselves through other people’s eyes and that triggers those old patterns of guilt that we’ve probably carried over a number of lifetimes.
Guilt serves no purpose and is un-necessary self-criticism. Its like allowing those voices of the old Catholic nuns or critical parents or other authority figures to take over our psyche.
It serves one thing that ispurposeful however; it let’s us know that we are still working on resolving something within our own relationship to our self. We always think these things are about us versus them. We think it’s about our connection to the ‘other person’ or ‘the job’, etc. When really its about our own relationship to our own self.
In other words, in my own case, honoring my own tendencies and feelings without concern of being misunderstood or judged as being uncaring or cruel. So in that way we can see that the concern really is self-judgment.
Give self permission to embrace one’s own natural tendencies which are there for a reason and there as much for other people’s benefit as well as our own. And honor that.
One thing we learn when we withdraw is how to experience our feelings fully and to release them in full too because we are giving ourselves the space by withdrawing in order to do so.
To carry guilt is to sabotage ourselves. Withdrawal gives us the space to know ourselves, and to understand our feelings and to release them.
One way to resolve any guilt is to rebuild faith in one’s self and withdrawal creates the space for faith and self-trust to become strengthened.
I always relate the TAROT card of THE HERMIT to 12th house withdrawal energy. I think of an “old soul” (if you will) and someone more comfortable alone than with others and not because of a lack of social skills or anything of the sort. Just someone who values alone time higher than surface or shallow time with others.
The Hermit card relates to the 12th house in another way –or so I think. I liken this energy to someone who has created their own religion or their own rules to live by following the inner guidance or personal conscience. Here is someone with personal dogma and may be seen as eccentric because this is quite different than the consensus rules of society and is seeking spiritual happiness in ways that the consensus cannot understand or does not follow.
Sometimes I feel a lot like THE HERMIT and its animal counterpart THE LEOPARD. Today that feels more intense than usual — it’s one of those times.
But then again, the Moon is setting off my 12th house now highly activating Pluto so I accept that as normal for today. Once a month my inner Hermit and Leopard get kicked up to higher levels as the Moon passes through this area of my psyche.
Thus, I stay home and even write about it! 😉 wink!
Today – It’s a super charged Full Moon (April 4, 2015) in Libra! What can this mean? Here’s my version…
But is it only today that we may feel (Moon/emotion) the effects? No; it’s more or less a theme that’s been occurring at least since the last eclipse (Solar a few weeks ago, March 20).
Something shifted around that time, perhaps ended—a change; a new way of BE-ing may have occurred for you.
And now, that’s associated with a new beginning.
Don’t’ get hung up on the exact dates; instead just think about something that may have occurred in the life 2 or 3 weeks ago (or even a month or so ago) that set you up for the new phase that this eclipse is heralding—new beginning; new way of seeing things; new way of being in the world; new chapter in the life. (We can experience the effects of an eclipse months before and months after–or so they say and so I’ve personally observed.) But what are the key factors we can realize now?
Relationship is the key word with this energy and if you’re like me—happy to be in relationship with Self with a capital S (Higher Self) and with Divine Being you may, like me, be seeing life in a whole new light. That should be a capital L really in the word Life—meaning All That Is and of course all that isn’t and the space in between.
Of course, we’d also have to mention personal one-on-one relationships with family, friends, life partners too which may be taking on a whole new meaning right about now and over the next few months.
This is no ordinary placement. The Sun is conjunct Uranus and T-squaring Pluto. What a mixture! Moon, Uranus in Aries, the Libra Sun and tossed into that we also have the Capricorn Pluto – better not reference tossing Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, anywhere– it’s he who does the tossing. LOL
Sun in Aries wants freedom and the ability to do it’s own thing regarding its purpose in life and the planet Uranus is empowering that Sun to go for it! As I see it, the planets and luminaries are setting up that theme when the Sun/Uranus opposes Moon and squares Pluto.
To me that configuration indicates finding freedom in our life in a new way–one which challenges our feelings of security or actually enhances those feelings to create transformational (Pluto, the transformer) attitudes or views regarding how we relate to others and/or to Life Itself. Pluto is quite psychological and so we could sense here a new psychology in your life–perhaps a highly personal one that creates a new beginning.
Can you see or feel how this can be playing out in your life now? And how it has been occurring for some time now?
Jupiter plays a part in this attitudinal, emotional energy merger and change of view too. Jupiter, the great benefic, is highly focused via it’s retrograde motion. It’s moving through Leo now. And now its making an aspect to the other players, bringing with it a sense of playfulness and joy and mostly FUN. That’s the energy that influences and balances this new attitude and way of be-ing that is taking shape and changing our lives right now.
May the blessings of Jupiter be yours and may you find the freedom and harmony in your life that brings the new freedom/ liberation of contented happiness with the influence of this eclipse both now and over the next 6 months!
The current energy: The head/Sun squares the heart/Moon… well, that’s one (of many) ways to say it. Today the Moon is in it’s Last Quarter Phase (270° to 315°). This phase started at 1° Leo and enters the last phase, the Balsamic at 1° Libra and then the next New Moon is 1° Scorpio. These phases happen every month of course as the Moon moves through it’s monthly cycle. So where are we now exactly as far as what we can expect will occur based on our New Moon intention from the last New Moon when we planted our seed and conceived something during the dark of the Moon last?
What is this phase all about? Well, we start with the fact of the square that the Moon and Sun are making and that brings frustration, uneasiness, the energy being at odds, conflicting. The Moon wants one thing and the Sun another and both must be resolved–but differently.
Dane Rudhyar calls this phase “Crisis is Consciousness” — and I think too “crisis in belief”. Internal conflicts, therefore, mark this phase. Do we deserve what we asked for during the New Moon? Is it possible to achieve? Are we in harmony with our own ideals? –these types of questions could be possible now. I can see this within my own self as I look back to the start of the cycle (Sept. 23/24) at the last New Moon and all that has happened over these last 3 week and I feel myself having to grapple with a few things internally. Here in this phase we should be careful that we don’t create a pattern called “the undoing of the doing”. We must not take things for granted and undermine our own creative efforts and all the while try to understand our own actions.
We are likely to seek a deeper cosmological understanding–again, crisis in belief. We begin to feel the pull of Source Energy now pulling us into the next phase. We may be confused about what to believe and the value system that we associate with those beliefs.
What you believe determines your values which in turn determines your lifestyle relative to your beliefs. There can be a crisis in lifestyle and a crisis in identity as well. An inner question such as “Am I living my life according to my own values?” Something in consciousness is being re-polarized so that a new foundation of awareness can occur–the soul strives for a new foundation!
There is society and then there is ‘me’–values may differ. We feel the new cycle and want to move into that but we are finishing up something in this cycle that must come first—thus, the frustration.
the Psychic in this last quarter moon phase
The psychic, the sensitive individual, feels the longing to go home, to withdraw, and seeks solitude more frequently in this lunar phase. Thoughts of what is left behind as a legacy are typical of this phase, And so perhaps in this lunar phase the psychic professional works on that class, that book, those teachings or the project of one kind or another. There is still engagement with the outer world but it is like the autumn if we equated this to a season.
The Moon wanes and the monthly cycle ends and now the psychic starts to review the month, the work and perhaps takes inventory of successes and perceived failures and maybe considers how to improve or change in some way.
There is a sense of wanting to finish unfinished business and so reviewing connections with others perhaps by checking over Email to be sure everything was addressed… just anything to tidy things up because subconsciously and intuitively the feeling of needing to withdraw again is nearing.
So there is a feeling of culmination and completion here and shedding the skins that were worn in the world this time/this month. The time is coming again soon to enter the cave once again where perhaps only a loincloth and meditation beads are needed—perhaps not literally but at least metaphorically.
No matter what your role in life or what profession you are in the emotional nature responds to an important principle or value that you feel you must uphold. However, it is important to be flexible about this because as you feel like you would like to reform the whole system of society and the world to be in harmony with your own ideals, there is a need to be reasonable. We can only do our best in our own corner of it working within the system (and societal values) that are already in place while being in harmony with our own system and values at the same time.
This phase is like a sweet sorrow. Like sensing a return to the homeland after being away. Time now feels even more precious because we know something is soon going to change but before it does we ask ourselves, “Have I been doing my best?” These types of questions permeate our gradual return to the inner world as we move through this phase. Longing increases to return to the dharmakaya, the place of divine truth. We remember the “Cosmic Joke” as some say and we focus on today, now, and …. well, I just now realize that this very morning, I made a Facebook post that epitomizes this:
“In our lives there’s ‘this n’ that’ happening and then there’s the other ‘not’ happening and then again there’s the ‘meanwhile’… deep within; the eternal presence in the eternal now is meanwhile. Always meanwhile at the core of us, there’s exists, always, the divine connection meanwhile and the practice of the virtue of patience.”
There’s a sense of autumn about this phase and an acceptance of the imperfection of our lives, our values, our beliefs and those of the others and the outer world of society. We can almost laugh about it realizing how little it all really matters in the end. Yet, we still know we have to participate in it and so our grip loosens. We accept what we haven’t done and may not get to do and we also see that tendency in other people–that which has not been accomplished not only in this monthly lunar phase but in life generally. Yet, despite this, we’re okay with the imperfections of Samsara.
We know we cannot always be right, have everything we want, remain young all the years of our life but…
we must be very careful now not to become cynical. We should let go of all judgments of ourselves and others–that’s all irrelevant anyway and we can get a glimpse of that now.
Don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
We do not want to repeat the past — this for sure is what we know and we must be careful not to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”.
It is important not to judge circumstances now, no matter how things appear! It’s best to say “I have no idea…” right now rather than to draw an erroneous conclusion about anything or anyone. Enlightenment, after all, in the end is knowing that you don’t know all that you thought you knew!
Next up: Balsamic Phase at 1° Libra starting on Tuesday the 21st. And then we go thought the cycle again, so you can come back and start again with the New Moon phase entry on this blog and let the Moon phases guide you through another month.