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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daily 4cast: 8/29/2015 – full moon [#StarsAndSymbols]

Saturday
8/29/2015
Starring:
Sun [in Virgo] opposite Moon [in Pisces]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Aquarius] square Saturn [in Scorpio]
Moon [in Pisces] conjunct Neptune [in Pisces]
Moon [in Pisces] opposite Jupiter [in Virgo]

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No matter how sturdy your situation seems, there is always some irrational factor that could send the world as you know it into a downward spiral. Nature has ways of reminding you of how everything is connected, and how being out of balance throws the whole system off, especially when you unconsciously attempt to isolate yourself as a separate entity. By setting yourself up to be untouchable behind some flimsy wall you’ve constructed, you become susceptible to every outside influence and adversely affected by each impression so that small interferences becomes unnecessarily chaotic.

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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: 3/20/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Friday
3/20/2015
Starring:
Pisces New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse [Sun in Pisces conjunct Moon in Pisces]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Aries] trine Saturn [in Sagittarius], Juno [in Leo]
Moon [in Aries] opposite North Node [in Libra]
Featuring:
Sun enters Aries

You can read any astrologer’s webpage right now and see something big is brewing. But, you are here with me, and I thank you.

A New Moon/Total Solar Eclipse in the 29th and final degree of Pisces [aka the last degree of the ENTIRE 360 degree zodiac] kicks the morning off, followed later in the evening by the vernal equinox. The equinox is the commencement of the Spring season, which is heralded by Aries The Ram as the sun enters the first degree of the first sign, thereby reigniting the annual solar cycle. Happy New Year 😀

But back to that eclipse, because before you begin again, something must come to an end. And what more significant way to end an era than to witness a total solar eclipse in the last chronological position it could possibly be. Eclipses, BTW = big changes and sudden shifts… moving on.

CAM03537-1Since this day is obviously a big, dramatic finale leading us into some bigger, unprecedented premiere, I decided to consult my new tarot cards in a spread called “All Things Change”. There are four cards, and each one drawn represents a different aspect of the divination. I asked “What is changing with this New Moon Solar Eclipse?” Continue reading

daily 4cast: 3/5/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Thursday
3/5/2015
Starring:
Virgo Full Moon [Sun in Pisces opposite Moon in Virgo]
Sun [in Pisces] inconjunct Jupiter [in Leo]
Sun [in Pisces] sextile Pluto [in Capricorn]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Virgo] opposite Chiron [in Pisces]
Moon [in Virgo] trine Pluto [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Virgo] inconjunct Mercury/Vesta [in Aquarius], Venus/Mars/Uranus [in Aries]

although you are daunted by the idea of being picked on, you may be the one who is picking on yourself. you’ve to give yourself more credit. you are not wrong just because The Others aren’t able to see what you see. but just as they look past your perceptions, you might be missing something that is so painfully apparent to them. question is, are you missing it on purpose?

if you are avoiding something, that is your choice, but be aware of the effect your denial has on your loved ones, as they may not be receptive to having to clean up after your absentminded messes. what you do makes a difference, and despite what you might believe, you are an influential individual. when you don’t own your power, however, you become a destructive force.

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anxious? use those shaky hands to create an antidote. you have experienced pain, and you know how to alleviate it because you know what it feels like. devise your own remedy. you already have medical inclinations, it’s just a matter of believing in your magic. want a ritual? here it goes…

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daily 4cast: 2/18/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Wednesday
2/18/2015
Starring:
Pisces New Moon [Sun in Pisces conjunct Moon in Pisces]
Jupiter [in Leo] inconjunct Ceres [in Capricorn]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Aquarius] sextile Pallas [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Aquarius] semi-sextile Venus/Mars [in Pisces]
Featuring:
Sun enters Pisces

Today you may feel the effects of reality in an altered state. Perhaps you’re still drunk from Fat Tuesday, but if not, what you’re experiencing is a oneness with spirit. You are in tune with metaphysical forces and you are ready to speak the language of the unseen. Life is all so dreamy now. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to recreate the world in the image of your most glamorous fantasy?

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It doesn’t matter if it’s realistic today. There is something greater than what we are able to sense in the material realm, and if ever there were a time to cultivate your connection to the supernatural, it’s now. Continue reading

daily 4cast: 1/18/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Sunday
1/18/2015
Starring:

Sun [in Capricorn] semi-sextile Moon [in Sagittarius]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Capricorn] conjunct Ceres [in Capricorn]
Moon [in Capricorn] semi-sextile Saturn/Pallas [in Sagittarius]
Moon [in Capricorn] sextile Mars/Neptune [in Pisces]

Good help can be hard to find, but today it’s a little easier and a lot closer. Reach out in your immediate environment because The Ones who are qualified to provide assistance are more than willing to receive you at this time. It may be more tough love than coddling, but the operative word is love, so try not to be so touchy and take what you can get. Oh, and just in case you “forgot”, call your mom to see how’s she’s doing.

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You have the opportunity to make a big move or initiate a project you’ve been dreaming about. Make sure that you are clear before starting anything, as uncertainty or vagueness of any kind will have an adverse affect on your results down the line, and that would be a waste of this energy. Continue reading

daily 4cast: 1/16/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Friday
1/16/2015
Starring:
– Mars [in Pisces] sextile Ceres [in Capricorn]
Co-Starring:
– Moon [in Sagittarius] conjunct Saturn/Pallas [in Sagittarius]
– Moon [in Sagittarius] square Mars/Neptune [in Pisces]
– Moon [in Sagittarius] semi-sextile Ceres [in Capricorn]

You feel supported in every action you undertake today. Motivated by a genuine need to express your own personal excellence, you are more inclined to exercise self-motivation. Without much effort or conscious thought, you build your day around the work that needs to be done and you do it. This is much more effective than worrying about doing it or waiting for later to do it, so good on you.

multitaskingThe only difficulty you may run into is realizing when you’ve done enough. If you’ve reached your limit, it is time to slow down. Once you’ve come to a complete stop, notice what comes to mind and how it makes you feel. Do your legs grow restless? Does the urge to double tap grow more irresistible? Is there something about stillness that scares you, and if so, why? Continue reading

daily 4cast: 1/6/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Tuesday
1/6/2015
Starring:
– Moon [in Cancer] inconjunct Ceres [in Sagittarius]
– Moon [in Leo] inconjunct Neptune [in Pisces]
– Moon [in Leo] opposite Mercury/Venus [in Aquarius]
– Moon [in Leo] trine Saturn/Pallas [in Sagittarius]

if you’re vehemently preaching the freedom of long distance love or proclaiming how need more space, make sure you’re not still projecting your appetite for attachment onto the very person you know will give it to you. if you’re really trying to change your ways, you wouldn’t enable or sabotage your effort with the crippling “security” of sameness. it possible that by the end of the day you will feel the incongruously odd dichotomy of escaping into a daydream of boundless solitude while subconsciously basking in the debilitatingly familiar barrage of affection. you could very well have put yourself in a position that asks you to sacrifice the satisfaction of your ego for true union or adjust spiritually to the chill of being alone.

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