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Chart Demonstrations and My Upcoming Class - YouTube
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Planet Narnia with Dr. Michael Ward - YouTube
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Happy Full Moon in Scorpio! Venus is also conjunct Uranus today. Let's do it!

Here's what to watch for:

* It's an interesting Full Moon. The Moon is in mutual reception with Mars in Cancer, which suggests an important emotional culmination this weekend.

* The potential to sever ties, to cut cords, or to release ourselves from different emotional bonds is pronounced right now with the Moon and Mars both debilitated, in their fall in Scorpio and Cancer. The good news is that their mutual reception by trine should make the process a little smoother, more productive, or generally beneficial, even if there are some difficult emotions involved in the process.

* On the other hand, joining forces, or uniting with someone, or something, complex, dark, heavy, but necessary, is also indicated.

* The combination of the Moon in Scorpio and Mars in Cancer can be seen, for example, in many of the complex antagonist roles played by the famous actor Alan Rickman (who had this combination in his natal chart). While there is a dark mood that sometimes surrounds Rickman's characters (think of Snape in Harry Potter), he is often a secretly sympathetic or nurturing character. For example, "Rolling Stone magazine called Rickman 'sublime at giving us a glimpse at last into the secret nurturing heart that Snape masks with a sneer."

* Similarly, this full Moon in Scorpio/Mars in Cancer, though it may look or feel a little heavy or even dark, has the potential to surprise us with tenderness, with heroic emotional dynamism, or with a drop dose of the poison that cures.

* At the same time, Venus' conjunction with Uranus signals a moment of dramatic change, revolution, independence, or inventiveness for all things related to Venus: love, relationships, beauty, art, aesthetic, style, friendships.

* I wouldn't be surprised for sudden changes, and perhaps even more difficult emotional exchanges in friendships, at work, or in our romantic partnerships to be surprisingly liberating, revealing, or relieving.

* Making strong declarative fashion, aesthetic or artistic statements are on the astrological menu, but it's likely to be filled with some emotional, or even ancestral depth today.

* Imagine for example making some kind of artistic or aesthetic change to your environment, very suddenly, after an argument with your spouse or mother or sibling. FINE! Then ten minutes later, your head has been shaved, your smoking a clove cigarette, wearing military boots, and painting the wall of your bedroom hot pink. It COULD be that kind of day. :)

* Whatever the case might be, let the shock and awe, let the changes, move your soul, and let your soul move the style and shape of your world. Allow yourself to be surprised by some dark mood that might just be here to love or support you.

* If we treat every wave of astrological energy like a friend, like a lover, like a mother...then our egos can become more complex or sophisticated antagonists, filled with a secret nurturing that will slowly start to show itself.

Prayer: Shock us into a deeper friendship with the world. Give us a glimpse of the heart, and the beauty, that we sometimes mask with a sneer.
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Mars has just ingressed into the sign of Cancer and already we are seeing many events in the headlines related to the archetypal qualities of the God of War in the house of the Moon...

Here's what to watch for:

* When the God of War visits any sign, we can imagine it as though Mars is a house guest, temporarily having its needs met by the host of whoever's house Mars is visiting.

* As a house guest, Mars will always ask for, need, or even demand those things that are natural to Mars' nature.

* Mars asks for war, violence, blood, explosiveness, anger, wrath, and strife. Always. Mars severs, cuts, and divides.

* However, Mars may also ask for courage, nobility, knightly bravery, assertiveness, and protectiveness.

* Mars has traditionally been related to Martyrs, suffering saints, warriors or soldiers, as wells as thieves, mercenaries, surgeons, butchers, anyone who wields a weapon, and even mathematicians or those who have an incisive/analytical/cutting mental ability.

* Mars is always asking for or demanding or needing these things. When Mars is in its own sign, it's easier for Mars to get these things done, unimpeded by, or without the co-mingling of other planetary influences or archetypes. Mars will be more "yang" in nature when in Aries, and more "yin" in nature when in Scorpio. In these signs, or when Mars is in its own term, face, triplicity, or exaltation, Mars can do Mars with a little greater ease, or strength, or with less blended or mixed results.

* When Mars is in the home of any other planet, it will naturally be served by the archetypal material that is natural to its host.

* So, in the Moon's sign, Mars receives lunar things to satisfy its needs. This is a difficult placement and tends to indicates low points or fortune for Mars. Mars in Cancer is traditionally in its "fall." This often means that there are subjectively difficult events and themes related to Mars when Mars is in Cancer.

* Regardless of the moral implications, try for a moment to go beyond how you might personally feel about the headlines in the past few days. You are entitled to feel however you feel because you are a responsive, free agent. But for the sake of seeing the transcendental field, or the karmic quality of this time, simply observe the way in which Mars is being fed or supplied with his needs by the Moon right now.

* Two major headlines feature the brutal murder of a pregnant mother, from another mother who was jealous and wanted to take the unborn child for herself. And the other headline features the politics of abortion...bans on abortion, conversations about the attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, and debates swirling around the rights of a woman to make her own decisions or choices regarding her own body, versus those concerned with trying to ensure the right to life for all unborn children. Again, my point is not about who is right or wrong, it's about simply recognizing the quality of the karmic moment.

* A CNN headline tells of a "cheap, brutally efficient grocery chain that is building a cult-like following and reshaping the grocery industry." So, grocery wars...Mars, god of War, in the sign of the Moon, who represents, among other things food and nourishment.

* A headline entitled "Lunchroom Battles at School," and a woman who let a student take lunch without paying, fired.

* These examples are all the low hanging fruit of Mars in Cancer, but there are many other general things that can be said.

* Watch for conflicts in the family, emotional outbursts, injuries or accidents or general strife related to women, children, the innocent or vulnerable, the environment.

* Watch for feeling emotionally provoked. Watch for severing or cutting ties or bonds that are deep, ancestral.

* Watch for challenges related to women, mothers, or women's health.

* Watch for the feeling or need to protect or defend someone that is innocent, vulnerable, etc.

* Watch for emotional assertiveness, a combative mood, or the rage, anger, or empowerment of the mother.

* Watch for danger related to the water, or to athletic events related to water. Wellness and water.

* Be careful of what you feed Mars right now. Know that you are likely to try to feed Mars with Lunar substance. Where is this happening in your chart? What whole sign house? Awareness helps!

* Try to envision or imagine positive or uplifting combinations of Mars and the Moon: a mother bear's protectiveness, emotional inspiration and courage, advocating for those who are innocent or vulnerable.

* Try to envision how this season of time might be seen from the perspective of eternity, from within the context of an intimate relationship with the divine. For example, sometimes we feel dejected, emotionally betrayed or abandoned, jealous, or hurt. Can we imagine that divinity enjoys hearing how we really feel? Can we imagine channeling those emotions into a deeper level of authentic prayer and sharing with the divine? Can we imagine that those feelings are rich and life-giving when we look for our soul, and the soul of our soul, in the mix?

Prayer: Guide us into the womb of your love, where we are always safe to be honest, and where all conflict has its soulful place, a soulful home that is always at rest in you, even as we are churned like the ocean.
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A Conversation About Traditional Astrology and Astrological Apprenticeship - YouTube
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A Conversation about Astrological Learning and Transformation - YouTube
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An intense day of astrology ahead. Although the Sun and Moon are working together today from Taurus and Cancer, and the Moon is making a smooth trine to Neptune, the Moon will oppose Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto in Capricorn, while Venus in Aries makes a square to Pluto.

Here's what to watch for:

* A clash of desires or needs
* A clash of methods or philosophies related to how to fulfill or address different desires or needs
* Emotional demands, expectations, coercion
* The love of the mother, the sternness of the grandmother
* The maiden forced into mother
* The grueling demands of parenting, in general
* The preservation of family legacies, structures, routines, habits, security, etc.
* Challenging emotional, relational, romantic, and/or family dynamics all happening at once
* Death and rebirth within friendships, love, sexuality
* Purgation, revelation, passion, and explosive transformative dynamics in love, relationships, etc.
* The need or demand for emotional or sexual independence or control
* The drive of desires and the need for greater emotional maturity in relation to our desires

* The I Ching addresses today's situation very nicely. The 10th hexagram of the I Ching is sometimes called "Worrying the Tiger," and it depicts a situation where one has to walk past, over, or across, the tail of a Tiger. If things aren't handled very cautiously, if all actions aren't perfectly appropriate, the Tiger will bite and misfortune will result.

* Hexagram 10 is all about the proper way of conducting or carrying ourselves when the stakes are high or when we are dealing with a ferocious or intractable personality.

* When the 5th line changes, the teaching is clear and simple. Though fully aware of the dangers ahead, the individual is committed to moving forward. The line says, "the future is uncertain."

* First of all, it's nice to remember that while astrology can be amazingly predictive, as can the I Ching, there are always situations where the basic advice is to tread carefully because something is at stake and the future result isn't yet a foregone conclusion.

* When the 5th line changes, Hexagram 38 appears, sometimes called "Estrangement." It shows two people moving away from each other, in disagreement, thanks to differing personalities, needs, or desires. Despite the major discord presented here, and the need to distance oneself from those we do not share the big and important things with, the hexagram also says that success is possible if we focus on finding agreement on the small things.

* Applied to today's astrology, the I Ching sequence is appropriate. Watch out for big principled conflicts, competition, strife, or challenges in romantic relationships, friendships, with colleagues, or even among family members. Tread carefully. If you have something to do or say, and you know it will create some level of conflict, be cautious as you move forward.

* If significant challenges arise, be thankful that important differences are being clarified. Be content to be yourself, and be careful of the temptation to try to bend others or situations to fit your desires. It's not a good day to be demanding.

* Finally, the secret salve of the day is to find compromise and agreement on small things. If we can forego massive struggles of the will and ego, and find small things to accomplish or agree on with each other, things will turn out well.

* The Moon's opposition to Saturn and trine to Neptune today reminds us that our hardest and most polarizing differences can be seen like jagged stones, while our devotion to finding small agreement is like the waves, which over time smooth even the hardest edges.

Prayer: Give us eyes for the small prizes of agreement. Wash over us with gentle persistence.
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Birth Chart Demonstrations: Death, Career, and Money - YouTube
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Mercury Conjoins Uranus and Venus Squares Pluto - YouTube
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Mars in Gemini is just separating from an opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius. At the same time, Venus in Aries is moving through a square to Saturn in Capricorn, the South Node, and Pluto in Capricorn.

Here's what to watch for:

* Whenever anybody is expected to follow something...a leader, a calling, a religious or spiritual path, or even just a basic task or physical chore, there are generally two requirements that will ensure everything goes along smoothly. One, a person must feel some degree of personal, emotional investment, and two, we have to feel that what we are doing is reasonable.

* The enemies of progress in any path are similar. Anything that we do not commit to emotionally, trying to remain 100% rational in our commitment, will finally fail us. Anything that we try to remain 100% emotional about, will also fail us. We aren't built to be entirely emotionally OR intellectually driven in our actions in this world.

* Excessive questioning, scrutiny, doubt, and rationality will kill the trust, faith, and emotional commitment needed to follow a path.

* Excessive charisma without a firm understanding of why we're doing something will also eventually lead us astray.

* Maybe the hardest thing for us to do is to exist where we are, following a path that reflects both an honest level of understanding and emotional commitment at once.

* Mars' in Gemini's opposition to Jupiter in Sagittarius ignites the desire to question, challenge, and rationally or mentally oppose that which we feel threatened by. However, when we take the time to look carefully at what we feel personally threatened by, it is likely to be highly personal, highly subjective, and emotional in nature.

* The simultaneous squares taking place right now from Venus to Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto in Capricorn, is a call to look at the way in which our rational principles, reactions, and combative or defensive responses to others are acting as a buffer for a deeper, underlying emotional reality that we are neglecting to address.

* We do this because we believe that unless people see things exactly as we do that an underlying emotional unity cannot be obtained. The problem with this is that principles tend to dominate or be dominated. They are like claims to land. The rational property lines won and lost through the war of principles are too often lines drawn in shifting sand.

* When we start from the recognition of our shared need for emotional happiness, peace, friendliness, neighborly love, and kindness, on the other hand, then our principles become the means by which we negotiate and maintain the bonds of the heart.

* Principles may not always agree. But we can work through our disagreements much better by recognizing that the heart also has its own principle, its own principle need, to love and be loved. When this principle need is recognized as the bottom line of everyone, and everything, because everyone and everything is ensouled, we choose our words and actions more carefully, and we choose our thoughts more carefully, because the right and need to love and be loved, on the part of all souls, becomes the centering argument behind all of our thoughts, words, and actions. We become warriors not so much of our own personal needs and wants but of the only need and want that everyone has, which is love. And when we serve this cause, we find that we are it's most beloved.

* Otherwise, we will always fail by trying to get to love by battling over our principles and trying to eliminate whoever or whatever seems to stand in the way of "love, peace, etc." When love is the prize that comes "after the battle is won," we will neither fight in love, die in love, or find love waiting afterward.

Prayer: Be our cause. Be our principle. You who is none other than love.
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