venus retrograde diaries [#StarsAndSymbols]

one way of differentiating a retrograde planet from a planet moving in its regular direct motion is to consider the ‘re’ prefix. words such as review, revisit, and revise come to mind. different planets, when retrograde, might warrant different ‘re’ verbs. for example, the energy of venus revolves around individual values, so we may find ourselves forced to re-evaluate some aspect of our lives when venus is retrograde.

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venus happens to be retrograde now, actually, and i can attest to this cosmic re-evaluation, as I am experiencing my own version of it. most noticeably i am re-evaluating my own home. now that i think about it, this particular venus retrograde [from the mid degrees of aries back to the last few degrees of pisces] is traversing my 4th house, which is related to home and the innermost private life away from the public eye, so it is no wonder i looking at my living space with new eyes.

long story short, i love where i live now. it took me about 2 years, give or take a few months, to arrive at this conclusion, but i am enamored with altadena. for those who have never heard of it, or know little about it, altadena is just north of pasadena in los angeles county, right outside the city. located  in the foothills of the san gabriel mountains, altadena is like a quaint, green, mountainous refuge high up and away from the rest of the city of angels. initially, when i first moved here from the suburbs of atlantic city, new jersey, this distance i speak of was the exact problem i perceived.

altadena was too far removed for me to feel like i was getting the true LA experience. people familiar with the area were quick to correct me if i made the mistake of saying i lived in LA (“that’s not LA”), and i know it’s not (technically), but it’s easier sometimes to say LA and keep it casual in superficial “small talk”-type conversations. as someone who is drawn to big cities, i wanted desperately to be in the thick of things, especially since my job is in the middle of hollywood. since i have no car here, my commute from altadena to hollywood (which warrants its own article) is what some would call a “super-commute”, and it took a lot of time to get used to it. speaking of having no car, it can be tedious to enjoy a social life in a city that is as sprawling and widespread as los angeles. nightlife, in particular, has been a hassle, because the metro is virtually nonexistent after midnight, and uber/lyft rides add up if used immoderately. these are some of the reasons i wasn’t completely satisfied living in altadena. until now, that is.

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i don’t know quite what elicited the shift, but i know that i appreciate altadena so much more than i used to, especially since venus has been retrograde. here are 8 of my favorite things (in no particular order) about this small town, which i am now referring to as my LA safe haven:

  1. racial diversity
    i love the fact that i see black and latino families walking out of these big, beautiful homes to tend to their lawns, sit on their porches, etc. as young person of color, this is both inspirational and aspirational.
  2. real estate
    speaking of big, beautiful homes… there are some big, beautiful homes here. i often find myself walking paths that i wouldn’t normally walk because i’ve spotted a gorgeous piece of property.
  3. nature
    LA is notorious for its smog, but the air up in altadena seems fresher than the rest of the city. maybe it’s all the trees, this town is located directly below the angeles national forest. my street in particular (santa rosa ave) is lined with hundreds of cedar deodar trees.
  4. christmas tree lane
    so my street, with all the cedar trees, is nicknamed christmas tree lane, and since 1920, it has been a popular holiday destination. every december, the trees are decorated with christmas lights, and people drive from all over to see it with their families. it goes until the new year, and i can see it all from my kitchen window/front yard.
  5. hiking trails
    thanks to some of the aforementioned treasures, i take regular walks around my neighborhood, and if i walked far enough uphill, i run into some cool trails, most recently the altadena crest trail, which i found by accident last time my curiosity drove me from my house to the northernmost edge of my path. there’s also eaton canyon to the east of me, and that trail is distinguished by oasis-like waterfall that you will meet at the finish line.11109022_1613614442231154_7239981195780805647_n.jpg
  6. local eats
    my appetite is surprisingly big for such a skinny guy, and thankfully, i don’t have to go too far for good food. around the corner from me, just above the intersection of lake & mariposa, are two of my go-to eateries: park bench grill (an intimate black-owned soul food establishment with especially good sandwiches) and el patron (a small, but solid Mexican restaurant with affordable ways to get drunk).
  7. altadena library district
    i live directly across from the altadena library, which means i have access to a wealth of information, not to mention a wealth of people circulating in and out of my immediate environment. when i’m not reading/writing/loitering on the computer inside of the library (especially since my laptop stopped working), i am sitting on my front porch, observing the locals with whom i share this area.
  8. theosophical society
    right up the street from my house, on the corner of santa rosa and mariposa, is the theosophical society international headquarters. i know very little of theosophy, but i know it’s occult-oriented, and i’m sure they chose altadena for a reason. i just wonder what it is…

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aries full moon 2016 [#StarsAndSymbols]

ARIES FULL MOON
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/16/2016 @ 12:23 am EST
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Numerology of the Day: 8
[10/16/2016 = 1+0+1+6+2+0+1+6 = 17 = 1+7 = 8]

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What goes around comes around is the idea behind the number 8. Just like the symbol of infinity, this number embodies endlessness. 8 can be the gift that keeps on giving, or it can represent the shackles of bondage to an oppressive circumstance. The result of the 8 energy depends on how its power is wielded. The get back is only as strong as the put out, sort of like karma. Or exactly like karma. If every action has an equal and opposite reaction, then whoever reads this better act accordingly, or else.

Once this personal responsibility is assumed, 8 can elevate ordinary individuals to executive heights. 8 is related to the archetype of the boss, one who has self-control and well as power of the circumstances of subordinates. Ambition, business, and corporation all fall under the rule of this authoritative number. Not so positively, the number 8 may be cumbersome and sensitive to the pressures of this gravitational existence, so people who identify with this vibration must often fight through fatalism. With discipline and balance, 8 can achieve greatness.

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Major Arcana Tarot Correspondence for Aries:
IV | The Emperor

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The leader, the ruler, The Emperor. This card is obviously representative of ballers, shot-callers and other authority figures. Anyone who has power enough to warrant a community of followers can be likened to The Emperor archetype. More symbolically, this card signifies the essential centrality from which any game-changing circumstance emanates, as it takes a great deal of personal singularity and unwavering focus to oversee something of such magnitude.

There are many factors that keep an empire up, running, and vital in the face of threats that could come at any time, from every direction, so it takes a skillful commander to be the core that keeps his kingdom together. Not only must he embody the beam that supports the structure of everything and everyone around him, but he must also make executive decisions that reflect the greater good of the common bond they all share, lest he find himself on the receiving end of an ugly uprising.

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Astrology:

The Full Moon is the monthly separation of the Sun [ego, identity, expression] and Moon [empathy, intuition, emotion], as they assume their most distant positions in opposite signs. This great space between our luminary bodies allows for a more comprehensive awareness of the energy that has been building, as the moon is illuminated to maximum capacity, revealing momentarily the mysteries of the creation cycle that once were [and will be again] concealed behind the nocturnal veil. Just as visibility increases to supernatural proportions, the emotional atmosphere is heightened prompting what seem to be unusual experiences and outbursts. The earthly realm becomes a mirror image of this cosmic standoff. Holistic awareness and dynamic self-expression are the blessings of the full moon, but a long overdue confrontation could be the prerequisite roadblock that makes it challenging to receive them. The goal is to recognize hidden facets of self instead of projecting dark revelations onto partners/opponents. Then and only then will personal balance be made possible, and thus all else is resolved. In the meantime, as the opposition builds, be prepared to go back and forth.

The Sun in Libra, despite the harmonious beauty it exudes, is often compromised by the external forces. The Moon in Aries at the opposite end of the zodiac is instinctively self-assertive. Why is aggressive Aries considered the opposite sign amiable Libra?

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ARIES
the Ram
Element: Fire
Modality: Cardinal
Ruling Planet: Mars
Opposite Sign: Libra
House Association: First House
Day of the Week: Tuesday
Keywords: Self-Identification, Initiation, Originality, Competition, Tunnel Vision, Rage, Warfare, Courage, Impulse, Urgency, Instant Gratification, Activity, Masculinity, Accidents, Thrill-Seeking, Adrenaline Rush, Pure Potential

When the Sun is in Libra, the focus in this existence revolves very much around the refinement of anything that is otherwise unappealing, infuriating, or rough around the edges. When the Moon moves into opposite sign Aries, however, everyone will be forced to confront the unadulterated, sometimes aggressively inconsiderate manifestations of animal energy that we’ve tried so steadfastly to beautify and pacify. There is only so many Libran niceties one can employ before the Aries beast is released, because one’s most basic, uncomplicated, straightforward nature can only be contained or made-over for so long before it fights its way through the strategically pleasing surface. What’s coming to light under this Aries Full Moon is The Self, raw and unfiltered.

For anyone who’s struggled to smooth over an interpersonal disagreement, clarity is to be expected. That doesn’t mean it will end well – in fact, it might be downright brutal. Aries is the sign that is most associated with war and combat, so don’t be surprised if the gloves come off and the little disagreement becomes an epic confrontation. Unresolved rage may rear its ugly head now. Many will make the “wrong” move, some will get hurt and hurt others. It doesn’t have to get to that point, but sometimes, it’s in everyone’s best interest to just… get to the point.  Get angry. Go OFF. Folks are easily offended when the Sun is in Libra, but the Moon in Aries doesn’t  mind facing the offensive feelings that are bound to arise, so calling out fouls that have gone unpunished might be the most appropriate release right now [beware, though, because people who are habitually offended are at risk of having their own offenses exposed during this time. Yikes.]. In a similar vein, a decisive verdict is likely to be the given to anyone who has filed a claim or grievance, although some plaintiffs will be tempted to take matters into their own hands if they feel as though justice hasn’t been served.

Conversely, any volatile arrangement that makes it through this Full Moon to a better place is to be celebrated. It’s not easy to ameliorate hatred in relationships. Any partners who are able to conquer their differences are on to something special.

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aries new moon 2016 [#StarsAndSymbols]

ARIES NEW MOON
4/7/2016 @ 7:24 AM EST

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Numerology of the Day:
2

[4+7+2+0+1+6 = 20 = 2+0= 2]

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2 is a number that can go either way. It is the foray into the world of options, so often times important choices must be made that alter the course of one’s life. 2 is a versatile number, so instead of making a hard decision, the 2 suggests embracing multiple realities at once until a mutual solution presents itself. Positively, this could be called consideration. Negatively, this might be seen as deception or duplicity. Could it be both? It could! 2 is full of contradictions like that, and it doesn’t always make logical sense. This could have something to do with 2’s association with the feminine/yin energy, to which irrationality is attributed in this patriarchal society. Along the lines of the feminine force, intuition is probably strongest wherever sensitive 2 is involved.

On one hand, 2 is delicate and impressionable, often yielding to apparently stronger entities. On the other hand, 2 is so fluid that it is unlikely to break, even under the most oppressive circumstances. This number can be quite surprising as it is full of withheld information, evidenced by the bits, pieces and secrets that are revealed when the moment is right. Proof that you always get more than you bargain for when working with a number like this, these carefully metered revelations are indicative of a hidden reserve of alluring depth that is only unveiled to the select few “initiates” who pass the test.  It takes a lot to be let inside, so to know 2 is not only to love 2, but to be loved by 2. Care to double the fun?

Speaking of love, the number 2 rules over romantic relationships and other interpersonal involvements, including conflicts. Sharing, exchanges, and all interactions are ruled by 2. Despite emphasis on social refinement and seamless cooperation, 2 can manifest as timidity, and isn’t always conducive to standing in the spotlight. Even so, 2 is such a charming vibration that audiences form regardless of the preference of privacy.

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Major Arcana Tarot Correspondence for Aries:
The Emperor

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The leader, the ruler, The Emperor. This card is obviously representative of ballers, shot-callers and other authority figures. Anyone who has power enough to warrant a community of followers can be likened to The Emperor archetype. More symbolically, this card signifies the essential centrality from which any game-changing circumstance emanates, as it takes a great deal of personal singularity and unwavering focus to oversee something of such magnitude.

There are many factors that keep an empire up, running, and vital in the face of threats that could come at any time, from every direction, so it takes a skillful commander to be the core that keeps his kingdom together. Not only must he embody the beam that supports the structure of everything and everyone around him, but he must also make executive decisions that reflect the greater good of the common bond they all share, lest he find himself on the receiving end of an ugly uprising.

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The New Moon is the monthly meeting of the Sun and the Moon in the same sign. This combination makes for a great potency that, when harnessed, encourages anything that is initiated or asked. The best time to set New Moon intentions is the following few days after the aspect is exact, once the dust has settled, but the day of is usually fine too. Warning: avoid setting intentions before the New Moon is exact and/or during the void-of-course moon. [See below for the best times to make your wish.]

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libra full moon/lunar eclipse 2016 [#StarsAndSymbols]

2016’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Libra is exact on March 23rd @ 8:01 am EST.

The Sun [in Aries] opposite the Moon [in Libra] shines a light on our interpersonal conflicts, and wishfully, our capability to maintain a peaceful balance, or at the very least, fight for justice. Aries energy thrives on conflict, whereas Libra is thrown off by disagreement, although Libra will gladly seek retribution when treated unfairly until balance is restored.

Aside from the Sun [conscious will] and Moon [subconscious instincts] being opposite, as they are every Full Moon, there are some other notable aspects happening at the climax of our monthly lunar cycle.

Asteroid Ceres [the all-nourishing mother] will be minutes away from an exact conjunction with Chiron [the wounded healer] in Pisces, the sign of mysticism and illusion. This asteroid conjunction is close to forming an exact opposition to the North Node [destiny] in Virgo, the sign of purity and self-improvement. This could indicates some sort of trauma event from the past, maybe some sort of loss or separation, that has been left unresolved, but is now resurfacing. In order to move forward, as the North Node urges us to do, we have to confront yesterday’s wounds to cultivate healing. This aspect also indicates a potentially self-sabotaging tendency to become unhealthily attached, perhaps to addictive substances as Ceres/Chiron occupy Pisces.

The next notable aspect is a square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius, which is exact at the same time the Full Moon reaches its climax. This aspect indicates a crisis that revolves around the dichotomy of expansion [Jupiter] and contraction [Saturn]. Yes, the tension surrounding our growth and maturity is likely to be highlighted, but the discomfort of this square aspect will motivate us to get up and do something about it. There are no corners to be cut when it comes to our advancement, and although the work we have to do may feel at times burdensome, the reward will be well work it and long lasting. This aspect may also illuminate some issues with authority and personal responsibility, in addition to the sociopolitical issues [Sagittarius] that are all over the news right now.

It is important to note that this isn’t only an ordinary Full Moon, not that they’re ever ordinary, but an extraordinary Lunar Eclipse. When the Full Moon is obscured by the Earth’s shadow, the material world takes precedence as we realize the gravity of the new life we have manifested. This is a new era from which there will be no turning back.

And now, here is a card reading for guidance…

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We have the opportunity now to draw from all of our resources, both earthly and otherwordly, seen and unseen, to propel us to victory. Every road traveled comes with its own set of obstacles, but the trick is to use the gifts with which we’ve been blessed to overcome them. It is crucial that we know what we are facing if we are to triumph, because every challenge are best handled with case by case specificity, because what worked in one instance might be completely unsuccessful in the next. Faith that every struggle will be ameliorated is great, but we must also observe the playing field (as well as other players) to strategize a win. Continue reading

daily 4cast: 9/27/2015: Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse [#StarsAndSymbols]

Sunday
9/27/2015
Starring:
Aries Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse [Sun in Libra opposite Moon in Aries] exact @ 10:50 PM EST
Sun [in Libra] conjunct Juno [in Libra]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Aries] opposite Juno/North Node [in Libra]
Moon [in Aries] trine Saturn [in Sagittarius]

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Today might find you going out of your way for something or someone you love. As you move about with such a rush of energy, be careful not to lose your balance, and leave a mess of a trail. It’s no wonder you’re all revved up, though. You are commencing some sort of engagement that promises to take you to the next level of personal refinement, an engagement that reflects you in a more attractive light than you could have ever anticipated. It is already apparent to those who are observant, but this union will be a source of self-assured confidence for you.

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vesta in aries: the purest self possible [#StarsAndSymbols]

A foreword of sorts: there’s not much out there on the asteroid goddesses, so I find myself beginning to focus more on them when it comes to special blog posts [aside from my daily 4cast horoscopes]. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of sites that track the transits of the main planets, so it is my personal mission [very Vesta in Aries, huh?] to fill the void, as I believe the asteroid goddesses bring a much needed fullness and femininity to astrology. For a quick, painless introduction of the 4 main asteroid goddesses, click here. With that said, let’s get into it.

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Vesta enters Aries today until March 8, 2016 [note: she will retrograde on August 12 and dip back into Pisces before resuming forward motion on November 13], and so we begin the next cycle of personal purity, divine sexuality, and the renewal of our virginity thru ritual cleansing of mind, body, and soul. Remember, Vesta is the keeper of the flame, the sacred sister who keeps us centered, the one who we trust because she has her shit together and inspires everyone around her to do the same.

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daily 4cast: 4/18/2015 | new moon [#StarsAndSymbols]

Saturday
4/18/2015
Starring:
Aries New Moon [Sun in Aries conjunct Moon in Aries]
Mercury [in Taurus] square Juno [in Leo]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Taurus] square Ceres [in Aquarius]

Recently, you were hit with the realization that your life is yours to live. Although you stepped into this consciousness, you may have been slow to actually honor this impulse to be your own authority, clinging instead to the way things used to be when you answered to someone else. Now, after a transitional period of trial and error, you are fully ready to initiate a new phase of self-discovery and unveil yourself in the rawest of form.

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No is a word you’re allowed to say, so say it when you need to. Yes works too when you know what you want, even if The Others don’t approve. Be your authentic, beautiful self, as original as you were meant to be. Stop apologizing for being who you are. There’s just no way to make everyone happy, so focus on satisfying yourself before it’s too late. If someone or something is slowing you down or provoking your inner warrior, address the issue head on. Move on if it’s time to go. There is too much life for you to live to get caught up.

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daily 4cast: 4/7/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Tuesday
4/7/2015
Starring:
Mercury [in Aries] square Pluto [in Capricorn]
Mars [in Taurus] square Juno [in Leo]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Scorpio] opposite Venus [in Taurus]
Moon [in Scorpio] trine Chiron [in Pisces]

Gone are the days when you would allow an outside source take control of your affairs. You have your own voice and you are no longer afraid to use it. In all actuality, you don’t have to say much at all to get your point across. The poise you exude, which is both regal and fierce, speaks volumes. If there is work to be done, you are more than capable of calling the shots and handling your business.

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If you were known previously as someone who was more passive than aggressive, The Others may be inclined to challenge, mock, or react defiantly against your attempts to assert yourself more directly. Conflicts may arise in your most intimate relationships, as you are evolving beyond the person you used to be. This evolution could pose a threat to the foundation of your partnership, as you have now outgrown the role you initially agreed to play. Allow not these interferences to deter you from expressing yourself freely, as this process is beneficial in the most therapeutic way.

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daily 4cast: 3/21/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Saturday
3/21/2015
Starring:
Moon [in Aries] conjunct Mars/Uranus [in Aries]
Moon [in Aries] trine Jupiter [in Leo]
Moon [in Aries] square Pluto [in Capricorn]

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Get up and get moving.

Give it your all and then give some more.

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