Crossing the swamp

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Mercury conjunct Pluto today while the Moon has just entered Pisces and is moving towards a conjunction with the Tail of the Dragon or more often called: the South Node of the Moon.
These aspects can be compared to a crocodile in a quagmire; his tail dredging up all sorts of old sediments from the bottom of a dirty pool.

Unpleasant situations will need to be dealt with, secrets could be revealed and powerful opinions will collide.

Anything that has to do with communicating and processing information is receiving a dose of steroids (Pluto) which in turn magnifies the outgoing and incoming messages.

The Moon in Pisces approaching a conjunction to the South Node could mean that we feel helpless or victimized by something out of our control. The South Node is sometime compared to a bottomless pit where we tend to get stuck and where we can feel great dissatisfaction.

This dissatisfaction in turn serves as impetus for change.

The great waters are churning. As we become aware of all the darkness in the world we must not lose faith but push beyond the unpleasant truths emerging at the moment.

The Sun in Aquarius serves as a guiding light shining on our ideals.

Meeting the Devil at the Crossroads

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Mercury went direct early this morning in the sign of Sagittarius.
For the next few weeks, it will travel back over the same degrees of the zodiac it was in early December and will meet with Pluto in Capricorn on January 29th.

It could be that something you were working on back in December will start gaining momentum by the end of the month. An internal process is ready to be externalized.
Some ideas are taking shape and gaining traction. Important clues or answers are finally coming to you that will illuminate the path ahead.

Since Mercury is heading towards Pluto, the importance of honesty is crucial. Lying will only slow down the process. Speak your truth even if it’s a difficult one. Taking shortcuts might help you in the short term but at what cost? Be willing to face a difficult process. Acknowledge your progress.

If you find yourself at a crossroad, choose the path that leads you to your heart’s integrity.

Exposing the Abyss

Today the Sun meets up with Pluto and illuminates the depth of our debts, the dead ends and the crumbling foundations built on borrowed wealth. This is one of the big opening act of the year triggering the recent Uranus/Pluto square. The Sun/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn reflects images of environmental crisis, excessive consumerism, corruption and unsustainable economies. The Earth’s resources are being depleted for the sake of objects with a planned obsolescence. We are escaping from the natural world and into a virtual refuge where we can be heroes of our made up reality. If we can’t find peace in our physical environment we can certainly get lost in the fantasies of the stories we tell ourselves through our phones, televisions and the ever present interweb. (The ongoing Saturn/Neptune square for most of 2016 will confuse boundaries between the real and the virtual increasingly)

The Sun meeting Pluto in Capricorn to begin the year warns us that there is a price to pay for our excess as we trade the wealth of the earth for an ephemeral one. The rot is showing. Our comfort is built not only from unsustainable practices but also on the sweat and blood of millions.  Are we willing to pay the price with more wars and less water and air? Everyday we vote with the choices we make.

On a personal level, the Sun/Pluto conjunction can bring up and exposed subjects that had remain hidden until now. Digging within to find some buried treasures could be a painful and healing process all at once depending on how many secrets you keep from yourself. There could also be an underlying desire to have more personal power or control over something or someone. Awareness is the key.

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Panel of hell (detail), Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1480-1505

Thank Goddess it’s Venus Day!

Because of the more Cardinal and Mutable elements at work in the astrology of the moment, I haven’t spent much time talking about Venus in Scorpio. Faithful to herself, she has remained present and powerful but only to those who want to access her.

Friday is the day of the Goddess Venus so let’s spend a few minutes looking at Venus in Scorpio.

VENUS ♀

In astrology, Venus symbolizes pleasure, beauty and what we value. What brings us pleasure can vary greatly depending on the person.  For some its money or a beautiful home while others will find joy in a table full of food and good company. She rules over relationships and desires, commitments and marriage.

Venus’s domain is usually a comfortable and harmonious one. The contours are soft and pleasing to the eyes. The air feels good on the skin and there is a faint aroma of flowers in bloom like the breeze on a warm summer night. Venus is irresistibly attractive and confident.

On our quest for pleasure, we must not overlook the fierceness of Venus. The cautionary tale of Paris and the Golden Apple is perhaps a great example of her treacherous qualities. The strategic use of beauty and intelligent charm can be a great assets in social gatherings and even politics but the choices we make under her spell can also be disastrous.

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VENUS IN SCORPIO ♏︎-December 4th to December 30th

If you want to know passion, you have to be willing to pass through the fires of hell

Venus in Scorpio craves intimacy. She is not looking for a superficial encounter.  She wants to merge and devour. There is a fatality here that we do not find in the rest of the zodiac. Venus in Scorpio will not be content with a walk in the garden.  She needs to own and transform herself through her encounters. Even though Venus in Scorpio might be extremely secretive her power to seduce runs deep.

Questionable means might be employed to get the object of desire as Venus in Scorpio leave her good manners at the door. This can be an extremely charismatic placement that endows the native with the power to draw to themselves what they want.

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December 18 and onward…

Tomorrow on December 19, Venus in Scorpio trine Chiron in Pisces while Pluto the modern ruler of Scorpio conjunct Mercury.  This can be an opportunity to bring healing to our more personal relationships and a desire to connect and relate deeply and truthfully to another . We could feel vulnerable so making sure that conversations happens in a safe space is extremely important.

Venus in Scorpio and Pluto’s territory have to be approach with as much awareness as possible.  This is the instinctual realm. There could be an urge to dominate a situation, a conversation or at its worst a person. Paying attention to power struggles, manipulation and jealousy might prevent the more unpleasant symptoms of these powerful aspects.

With Venus in Scorpio for the rest of the month we are invited to step into the transformational waters of intimacy. In our quest for love, let’s embrace the deep and complex mysteries of others.

Safe journey