Uprooting beauty

DARA SCULLY
DARA SCULLY

”The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” 

-The Bible, Kin
g James Version, Song of Songs 7:12–13


 

The upcoming trine between Venus and Pluto will be exact right after the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th. This aspect conjures up the rich scent of the earth exuding from freshly pulled roots. The hands are dirty and have been working hard.

On a table laying in broad day light is a collection of various treasures dug out of the ground; buried objects carrying with them long forgotten stories. To keep or to discard?

Destruction and beauty are an odd pair. 

Craving more ease, you might get excited at the sight of the decaying past – hypnotized by the promises and possibilities of new beginnings. Suddenly the forbidden becomes alluring; desiring something that is denied to you.  Can it be yours? 

Be warned that the price is steeped but it’s already too late.

What was unearthed is taking hold.

The distant lure of beauty animates you and you keep digging in the hopes of finding more.

The process is difficult but you cannot back down. You know how important this is for your well-being. Feeling good might even sting a little but you keep digging. The sight of beauty hurts your eyes. Your heart is pounding in your chest.

Don’t stop now.

Tectonic shifts are happening.

Your heart wants more, aching for new intensity.

Renovations are well underway and you must get rid of some things to make space for what you have discovered.

Introducing more beauty, more love, more pleasure is an arduous task and things will need to be destroyed.

Be willing to leave the comfort of your garden and trade-in all of your jewels for that gut feeling.

 


Venus @ 18 Taurus 30 trine Pluto @ 18 Capricorn 30 on June 24, 2017  @ 3:59 AM EST    


 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

Moon in Leo square Mars in Taurus

The Moon is in Leo for the next 2 days and will be supported by the Sun in Aries, Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius while being square to Mars in Taurus.

The drive to succeed is high and fortune favours the bold but for the next 2 days it is PATIENCE who will favour the bold.

Venus returns to Pisces

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
-Joseph Campbell

The Moon just entered the water sign of Cancer for the next few days and Venus is about to move back into Pisces as part of its retrograde motion.

Even though Venus is considered exalted in Pisces, it will square Saturn almost immediately upon re-entering Pisces. Venus was here at the beginning of February and perhaps something from 2 months ago could be echoed back to us.

Venus square Saturn is bittersweet (like dark chocolate?! 😉 ) and in the next week, we might have to face the difficult choices we made. A sobering moment awaits as we realize the costs of our decisions. (Dark chocolate is generally preferred by adults?) What I’m getting at is that we might be looking for something sweet but we might need to be adults and settle for something less sweet.

Our experience of ease and beauty could feel limited or restrained by something outside of our control. It could feel harder than usual to ”go with the flow”. Age and experience through hardship could figure strongly. The stance is one of mature sobriety.

Mid-April, Venus goes direct as Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus (a Venus ruled sign). This particular series of aspect makes me think that some compromise or revision of priorities will need to be reached in order for us to find the comfort, support and ease we long for.


”Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired,
and success achieved.”

– Helen Keller

Mercury in Taurus and Upcoming Retrograde

 

”You can do irrefutably impossible things
with the right amount of planning
and support from intelligent and hardworking people
and pizza.”

-Scott M. Gimple

Mercury enters the sign of Taurus today (March 31) and will station retrograde on April 9 @ 4º Taurus. Mercury will then move back to the sign of Aries on April 20th until it stations direct on May 3, 2017. Mercury finally re-enters the sign of Taurus on May 16, 2017.

This upcoming retrograde process in an earth sign could be connected to the way you are handling your resources. Mercury in Taurus is an excellent planner and has the ability to oversee projects and allocate its resources properly. In Taurus, Mercury is planning for the future constantly taking into account how a situation can be benefited in the long run. It’s talent is linked to understanding where to invested in order to multiply its assets and benefit.

Knowing which situation is worth the effort and which will yield the most in the long run is what is important to Mercury in Taurus.

An idea, a project or a revelation that began around the New Moon in Aries on March 27, could take sometime to develop. Whatever this may be, it could take you all the way to the beginning of May or mid-May before its concretization.

This Mercury retrograde in Taurus (and Aries) could be a period of fine tuning and planning before something solid can emerge. We could fine ourselves thinking long and hard about some important life-changing decisions. Understanding where our motivations resides will be important during this retrograde.

Are you planning out of fear for the future or are you genuinely interested in building a solid foundation for yourself? Are your motivations rooted in insecurity or are you truly aligned with where you are investing your time and your resources? What are you looking to achieve in the distant future might be on your mind in the next couple of months. See this retrograde as a process of refining your goals and adjusting your foundation.

New Moon in Aires: New Skin, Old Dilemmas

“How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?”
― Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers

The New Moon in Aries comes to us tonight after frolicking in the dark waters of Pisces for the last few days. This particular New Moon in Aries (in my opinion) marks the true beginning of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. This year we transition into our new skin under the Jupiter/Pluto square.

This is a challenging time for all of us as we are required to take our game to the next level. Most of us are up for the challenges and feel ready to tackle the multitude of dilemmas presented to us. It is not without a hint of nostalgia that we shed our old skin, our old lives and step into the promises that our future holds.

Ready for battle but most importantly ready to bloom in unexpected ways. We cannot settle for the status quo as our need for authenticity grows. How much work will this require remains to be seen… but we are ready.

Full Moon in Virgo: A Purging Process

Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them.
They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities,
and be intentional about new habits.
We can make our new normal any way we want.
-Kristin Armstrong

A CLEANSING LIGHT

The Full Moon in Virgo on March 12 brings a dry outlook amidst the tides of the last few weeks. This is a sobering Full Moon and we have the opportunity to reset our stance as the light shines on the chaos and structures of our lives. In this Earth sign, the Full Moon asks us to come back down to reality for a moment and attend to the details and responsibilities of our existence.

Efficiency is not as simple as it sounds and must be developed day after day until the habit is well established. Under the Full Moon in Virgo on March 12, you could find yourself vividly aware of how you go about setting yourself up for success or… failure.

You might have the urge to discard the clutter that has accumulated over the last few months. Whether the mess is internal, external or general, this Full Moon is excellent for getting rid of what is weighing you down. This purging process is further supported by Venus who is currently retrograde. Amongst many other things, Venus is linked to luxury and beauty and this is an excellent time to discard the clothes and objects which are causing stagnation and perhaps donate them to charity. Creating space might not come as easily as we hope and conscious discipline might need to be applied. With Mars in the very first degree of Taurus, our earthly abode and the material reality that surround us is doubly emphasized. Our attention is on the objects that surrounds us and we could feel the polarizing need to acquire and discard simultaneously.

MERCURY IN PISCES SQUARE SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS

Narrow-mindedness, irrational fears, and excessive worry could very well be highlighted this  weekend. Mercury – the ruler of the Full Moon in Virgo – is in the sign of its detriment and fall at the time of the Full Moon. Mercury will also be in a square with Saturn in Sagittarius adding a dash of mental anguish to this already unhappy placement. Choose your conversations and words wisely and monitor your thoughts. Chances are the lack of clarity around a situation could create more anxiety than its worth. Avoid guilt-trips and mentally straining situations if you can do so. Next week will provide illuminating solutions that are not visible at the moment. For now, simplify where you can and do not become hyper-critical or overly concerned with a situation that is out of your control or simply not your fault.

THE PROMISE OF SPRING

Our desire to have everything right and our inability to do so might be highlighted on this Full Moon. However, the opportunity to find some form of contentment in organizing and simplifying is available. Processes are what bring lasting changes and we now have the ability to make the small adjustments needed to bring bigger results. Reset your stance by purging your space. Attend to your body and its basic needs. Nurture and calm your mind with meditation and breath and most importantly: don’t sweat the small stuff!


“We love the imperfect shapes in nature and in the works of art,
look for an intentional error as a sign of the golden key
and sincerity found in true mastery.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

The Moon will be Full on March 12, 2017 at 10:54 EST at 22º of Virgo

Slowing down for Pleasure: Mars in Taurus from March 9 to April 21

Mars in Taurus is heavy, rich and fertile like the water-soaked earth of spring, warmed up from the Sun. I imagine the smell of a herd of buffalo trampling the ground and breaking the seeds that will sprout new life. The mixed aromas of animal and earth combined with the warm air; intoxicating and primal. The unique sensual quality of this placement is the natural result of being embodied in the physical experience. Pleasure and beauty are directly felt through the fives senses; the simplicity of a shared meal, the smell of fresh bread, the aesthetics of a curve, the taste of wine.

Mars in Taurus is solid in it’s desire. It has a fixity of purpose and the purpose grows from a deep rootedness, strong and stubborn growth that produces the biggest trees. Like the mighty oak: solid, hard wood harvested for its strength and resistance. You don’t get quick results from Mars in Taurus, there is a slow progress being accomplished and that progress is done by a steady and patient hand working the plow, digging the roots, building one experience at a time with the knowledge that summer will come, the promise of future harvest in the eye; calm, tenacious and peaceful.

On what astrology can and cannot do.

ancient-zodiac

Astrology is a language and a tool and like any other tools it helps us get the job done but it doesn’t actually do the job for us. Efforts are required to understand yourself and change your life. Astrology can help us understand the various processes and cycles we are going through like periods of growth, consolidation, transformation, new beginnings and endings which are all part of life. It also gives us clues as to how one might react to life’s challenges. This awareness can help us make better decisions or even just cope with the processes.

Astrology will not give you a direct miracle cure. You have to brew that yourself. You have to be willing to put in the hours and reflect on your condition and go to the roots of why you react or do things a certain way. You have to lift the weights yourself and make the proper adjustment to bring about the changes that you want. It takes a lot of courage to take responsibilities for yourself. But no one and nothing else can do that for you.

(Those are my thoughts for now but that might change)

Moon in Taurus – Sun in Pisces: Sweet Indulgence

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The Moon is in Taurus for the next few days with almost nothing in its way except for a sextile from the planets in Pisces and a trine from Pluto.

It’s a good time to take a breather and rest from the intensity of the last few weeks. A good opportunity to reset, take care of your body and relax your mind. Slow down your pace and indulge a little. A good meal, a nice massage and a walk in nature can work miracles.

The Moon in Taurus will sextile Mercury, the Sun and Neptune in the sign of Pisces later today. This is a nice imaginative aspect that can help us find concrete ways to realize our visions.

Self-indulgence is very likely under theses aspects and we could be tempted to completely surrender to our cravings. Since Venus (the planet of pleasures) is just about ready to turn retrograde it is best to find a balance approach.

To work the next few days to your advantage, make sure your indulgence are restorative. Release stress with bodywork and nourishing meals and make the pleasure last.