Living’ Don Quixote Style: Sagittarius Full Moon conjunct Mars Rx

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Don Quixote

The ingenious gentleman of La Mancha.

It is from the great literary work Don Quixote that we get the word quixotic, which means to behave in a rash manner pursuit of ideals without regard as to whether they are practical or the means are sound. However, I do not think that it is a sin to be quixotic. After all, it may have been impractical for David to go up against Goliath, but he won on faith and luck.

Sagittarius full moon will make a conjunction to Mars retrograde today, May 21st, and make an exact conjunct to Mars retrograde. Mars retrograde is action diverted, or action without a plan and a clear shot at winning, or motivation waning. It is a actually a good time to plan an attack rather than execute one, but unfortunately, we cannot live like this. There is just no way to live in a fast-paced world and do nothing. Sometimes, you just have to muster up what you can and make a Hail-Mary pass. Often, what we end up initiating during Mars retrograde is like that.

Sagittarius full moon is the abundance of idealism and enthusiasm so that we are more willing to roll the dice and bet on our own abilities. What happens this month — I hope — is that for those of us most affected by this full moon (Sagittarians especially) will get a shot in the dark that hits the target.

Right now, those affected by Mars Rx feel as if we have lost some of our mojo. Even though Sagittarius doesn’t win all the time, it does not think of itself as a born loser, and since it will take all the shots, at least some of them will hit, right? Not lately. We are forced to regroup, study, and keep looking into things, because actually moving forward just isn’t happening. Instead of traveling to the next destination, we’re reading about it, anxious and impatient to get moving.

However, when the full moon comes, this will be  little reprieve, because the moon rules imagination, and what we imagine we can do this month just *might* come to pass. Now, we have to learn how to be patient, and that’s fine, but it’s hard to learn the merits of being patient if you never see the rewards of it. Otherwise, it’s just you being permanently held back.

However, for those of us fighting windmills when we think we’re fighting giants, this may just be the month where we find an actual giant on our travels.

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21 Worst Case Scenarios in Your Partner’s Astrological Chart

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Some people are like that.

Sometimes I would get a call in the early morning from friends of mine who have gone out, met a guy, and wanted to know right away if he’s a good catch. Usually, I think that anyone you meet at a bar at 2 a.m. is NOT a good catch, so I was already thinking no… before yawning and asking why. But I get it, and when you have an astrologer friend, and you are seriously looking for that special someone, you want to use whatever you have to cut to the chase and find out if you should give him your number or go home and sleep the cocktails off.

However, this is not really a good way to determine if you are compatible with someone you just met. The best way to do that is simply talk to them.

There is no one awesome chart. Now, I do have some charts of men whom I would never, ever recommend to any woman I know based on their chart alone, but that is a rare thing. Every chart is a culmination of things. They are holistic and interpersonal compatibility and maturity always shows how a certain aspect in one chart will manifest in a relationship.

Now, let me preface this by saying that just because one or two of these appear in the chart doesn’t mean that you should break up with your partner. You may have one or two in your chart. I have a couple of these myself. We all have our hang-ups and issues, and we learn to work on them through our relationships. This is not an exhaustive list, and some of these are worse than others.

But still, here are a list of aspects and planetary placements and the worst manifestations that could mean someone is not a good catch. I have rarely seen these aspects actually manifest into the worst possible scenarios, but just for fun, here they are:

 

The worst case scenarios:

Mars conjunct, opposite, or square the Sun. Everything is a competition, and to them, everyone is a competitor, even their spouses and children. It is their way or the highway, and they are impatient. It takes a long time for them to cultivate patience. They are aggressive and sometimes seethe with it like a guard dog.  This is especially true if Mars and the Sun are in the cardinal signs or Scorpio. They have a tendency to perceive an attack where there is none, and can be especially protective of their partner when there is no need for it. Better warn Grandpa not to hug you in front of this one. Actually, they would make a much better guard dog than a romantic partner. There is a reason why everyone tells you to put that one on a leash.

Mars conjunct, opposite, or square Moon. Temper, temper! They will wish you away into the cornfield.  These people have difficulty controlling their emotions and taking responsibility for them. They may be emotionally immature and have problems with women, and they especially have problems with strong and confident women. They have difficulty nurturing others and lose their patience with children and those who depend on them. This is the kind of person who flushes their goldfish down the toilet because they hate cleaning the tank and the goldfish is grateful for it.

Cowardice in the Chart: Mars in Aspect to Saturn or Chiron

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But vanilla is still tasty, right?

And let me qualify the title by explaining that I do not believe in an uncontrollable destiny, or that people have fate and no free will. But, astrologically speaking, the world isn’t full of would-be rock stars whom everyone is too stupid to recognize. Not every person is born with an insatiable hunger, raw talent, and the luck or circumstances to become wildly successful. Not everyone is wild stallion meant to forge a new path. Not every person who has potential will fulfill it. The world is full of people who are average, no matter how their social media looks, no matter what they were told in grade school.  Not everyone is driven to greatness. Most will not go for the brass ring. Fewer still will keep going after they have reached up and failed to grasp it.

Cosmically, this is fine. There is no need to have anxiety over how much we lack fame and fortune. Greatness and recognition are two different things, though we often confuse the two. In fact, the people who will have the most impact on the world, for better or for worse, are not celebrities. No one ever heard of the Koch brothers until 2008, even though they have been fueling American conservatives with money for decades. Most people didn’t know who Elon Musk was until Tesla Motors hit the news; he co-founded Paypal. Most people don’t know the name of one scientist who has helped to sequence the human genome. On the other hand, we have celebutantes who are famous for doing fuck-all.

But not everyone will sequence the human genome, or find the cure for cancer. Some of us will do a kind thing that really helps someone turn their life around, or is instrumental in saving the life of others. Perhaps it is part of someone’s purpose to be born and die so their organs can be donated and allow someone else to live. We are all on earth to do many things, and many of those things fulfill us, and the only two things that get in our way is ourselves and other people.

It can be difficult to tell from a natal chart whether or not a person is living up to their potential. Even if you look at a lifetime of progressions and transits, it can be hard to tell if a person seized the day. Planets on the Aries Points, planets conjunct the Midheaven and in the 10th house may mean someone more easily ends up in the public eye for whatever that planet represents, whether they like it or not. Fame is not actualization, and it is not living up to one’s soul potential. However, there are a few indicators or whether or not a person has both the motivation and the courage to realize as an individual as well as the perseverance to keep moving toward their individual fulfillment.

And Like That, Jupiter is Direct!

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Jupiter went direct the day before my last final. I hate couching my feelings, however, in terms of astrology: yes, clearly my last post smacks of a Sagittarius feeling stuck during a Jupiter retrograde, forced to look within than to move forward to the next thing. I was born in the middle of Jupiter stationary; it went retrograde the next day. This is innate. And my Jupiter is in Virgo. I had a Jupiter return and then it went retrograde. But there is more going on with me, astrologically, as there is with you and everyone else around us.

However, I find that in counseling, reminding people that retrogrades or transits will pass is of limited help. Sure, all things pass, and we carry the lessons with us, and even when despair is far from over, we still have a sense of when the worst is over.

But emotionally, it isn’t healthy to sweep feelings under the rug and use astrology as an excuse. And Jupiter retrograde is the time where you have to deal with that mound of dirt that was swept under the rug because you were too busy dealing with other things.

We have to use the inverted energy! Even if a client contacts you because they are seeking cosmic permission to be their authentic selves, the motivation comes from somewhere. Yes, they are stuck, but behind the scenes, the wheels and gears are grinding away.

Jupiter retrograde is actually not that bad. Actually, no retrograde is bad: they are personally enriching. All retrograde planets still manifest according to their nature but just in a different, inverted way. Jupiter retrograde expands perspective and grit by denying persons the luck, generosity, and ease that it normally blesses with. Instead of material or social abundance, it gives you one big great thing. Of course, that one big great thing may be some sort of lesson. Can you learn to live without getting by on your charm? Can you focus on one thing you would rather not do simply to get it done? Can you live without material abundance for a while to gain intangible abundance? Can you have faith even when your faith is severely tested?

Can you stay in one place, mentally, physically, or spiritually, and grow from there?

The problem is that we cannot see the forest for the trees.

Thou Shalt Judge: Reclaiming Intuition and Instinct

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The moon is the planet of instinct, the basis of intuition, and the full moon in Virgo, the sign of discernment, reminds us to use our instinct to navigate the world safely in order to be productive and do what needs to be done. And sometimes that means turning away from certain things, like approval-seeking, and for calling bullshit for the sake of clarity, regardless of what others want.

Donald Trump, a chimpanzee with money and U.S. presidential hopeful, was aghast and beside himself in a way that only a malignant narcissist can, when Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1/6 of the world’s population, called his xenophobic behavior and words unchristian.

The horror! Who is the Pope to judge another Christian? After all, doesn’t the bible say thou shalt not judge?

Matthew 7:1 is the most misquoted and misapplied verse of the New Testament, and what is particularly pernicious about this is that the misquotation and misapplication has been co-opted by various New Age thoughts and movements, who have somehow confused spiritual maturity and wisdom with the complete lack of discernment, with utter disregard for the very feminine powers of intuition and strong instinct. Even if Buddha or Jesus might not duck from a person about to punch him, he would not simply ignore the situation. Both healers would more than likely try to address the root of the problem. After all, one cannot heal a wound that one refuses to see, and no surgeon can perform his craft with his eyes closed.

Matthew 7:1 actually means that one should not judge the ultimate, eternal worth and destination of the soul of another person: you cannot dismiss someone else as hell-bound or without redemption because all humanity falls short of perfection. Those who mercilessly judge the souls of others will be judged without mercy at their own death. No, it doesn’t mean that if you have a poor opinion about someone else, other people will have a poor opinion of you. That just makes entirely no sense given Christianity as a whole, since the entire philosophy is rooted in placing the opinion of the god over the opinions of humans whose thoughts have no bearing or sway on the god. Also, Christians are expected to draw ire from other people, if the rest of the bible is to be believed, and to be judged harshly. If this is taken as true, other people will have poor opinions of the Christians without respect to what the Christians think of them, so what does this matter? Finally, at the end of this chapter of Matthew, the people were amazed at how Jesus taught. Why would they be amazed over something that is a no-brainer? After all, the Old Testament is filled with warnings not to gossip or be uncharitable to fellow Jews, and Jesus was at the time only addressing other Jews. That would be like someone actually standing up in front of a crowd of people and telling them, literally, not to be jerks.

Furthermore, the rest of the chapter actually tells you to judge people. In fact, this entire chapter is a guide to judging people, for developing the virtue of discernment:

FireBrand Bernie Sanders: Life Stages and Astrological Expression

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Bernie Sanders has a Virgo Sun, Scorpio Rising, and Virgo Midheaven. Why then, does he come on the scene without pretense, afraid of chafing no one, with the energy of a child?

At 74 years old, Bernie Sanders is expressing his Aries Moon, conjunct Mars and opposite Venus.

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The first part of the persona you will meet when reading a chart or meeting a person in the flesh is the ascendant. This is how they want to appear, and moreover, how they think they should appear, regardless of their sun or moon. A person usually expresses their ascendant when very young, and this is how the people at their origin tend to view them; often, when a person matures, they come to express the other parts of their psyche, most notably the sun. If someone tuts and tells them that they have changed, and says so disparagingly, what they mean is that they were more comfortable with the person expressing their ascendant and not their sun, which is a truer, more integral part of them that has always been there. The information received from living through the ascendant feeds the sun expression, and as time goes on, people tend to express their sun more; by the time they have reached middle adulthood, usually after the first Saturn return between the ages of 28-30, they are often in sun mode. By the end of the second Saturn return, between the ages of 56-60, the person is actually expressing their moon more.

Why is that though?

Hallelujah, Mercury is Retrograde!

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This is my Mercury Retrograde song, and quite apt for the time being:

Mercury retrograde isn‘t that bad; at least I don‘t think so. Actually, I like it. It is a really good time for me in many ways, because I have Mercury retrograde in my natal chart. This is a time in which I find the world a bit easier to navigate, since things aren‘t as linear as we would like them to be, since this is a time when direct, honest communication without all the filter and the frills is needed and appreciated.

Now, Mercury retrograde can especially bring difficulty in our world, which relies heavily on so many chains of communication to keep afloat. Our world is built upon a series of dominoes of communication, such that one knock means that the next falls over. However, this isn‘t three weeks of fearing the future ala Y2K. Planes will not simply fall out of the sky. Yes, emails will get lost and plans suddenly changed, and even though this retrograde is a seemingly inopportune time to apply to summer internships (because you know that applications and emails will simply be lost on some accounts, appointments will be cancelled and rescheduled, etc), I will anyway, and I will expect that I will have to follow up.

One of the opportunities Mercury retrograde presents is an opportunity to cut through the bullshit, and if you have a natural inclination toward that type of communication style, this transit is a time to seize it.

Okay, but what if you don‘t have Mercury retrograde in your natal chart? You can still navigate this transit and thrive. For instance, we are heading into a new moon in Capricorn and Mercury is retrograde, and the new moon will be in Capricorn…and the Sun in Capricorn is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. Mars is squaring Mercury, which is now stationary. Fuck you sideways? As astrologers, we don‘t have to be simply observers; to understand the cycles of life on Earth as interpreted through the movement of the heavenly bodies is a skill we can apply to our daily lives. If we know how to tailor our communication styles to working with our clients, we know how to do this elsewhere in the world.

We know not to start new projects, but to plan during a waning moon. We know that a new moon in Capricorn is a time of getting out in the world, producing things, go out into the harsh world and make it happen, to harden the heart enough to gain focus on what needs to be done. To gather the clans. This is a time in which you gather your cabinet and the people who can help you get ahead.

What is Mercury retrograde is good for?

Reconnaissance.

Venus and Poverty

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Venus, the goddess of love, pleasure, and comfort, when afflicted, rules deprivation, poverty, and discomfort. Jupiter handles luck, windfalls, and things that come easy, but Venus is the planet that rules how one attains money and what creature comforts one needs in life. She is the natural ruler of the 2nd house of possessions and the 7th house of partnerships, which are both related to having money. The 2nd house may be obviously connected, but the 7th house shows us that there are riches in relationships. Yet, depending on what is going on with either house, how rich a person will be does actually depend on how they relate to money and whom they choose to partner with.

People who grow up poor are so diverse, and all too often come from places in which many people are poor, that there is no single astrological indicator of poverty. It is entirely possible that a person grows up poor but has either little knowledge or belief that they are poor, or for some other reason, it has been less of a struggle for them. Poverty is relative to the culture and country in which a person lives: a poor person in America can have more than a poor person in Mexico. However, both people have to navigate different cultures and different governments in order to get what they need. It is also possible that a child lives in poverty for any number of reasons, and those reasons can show up in the chart. However, if you take a look at the various charts of siblings who all grew up in the same home in poverty at the same time, there is a diversity in how they relate to or understand their poverty. Some of those kids are more able to overcome the poverty than others. They may find someone outside of the family who takes an interest in them and helps them, or they can get work, or they can do well in school and go on to college. This can be indicated by the condition of the 10th house. More on that later.

Venus can show how a poor person relates to, accepts or denies poverty, and how hard it will be for them to stop being poor, if they get the chance.

A person who has afflictions to the 2nd or 8th houses may grow up poor. This is true if Chiron is present in either house, or the rulers are afflicted, or if there are malefics in these houses. It is also a good idea to check the conditions of the Sun and the Moon, which represent the parents, since children do not and cannot create their own poverty. If either of these are afflicted, or if there are planets in the 4th or 10th houses that indicate a problem with the parents — like Saturn (absent or stingy), Neptune (mental illness, alcoholism, inability to focus and find motivation), Uranus (radical changes in the parents), Mars (making rash but not sound decisions) — then the result may be poverty, if there are afflictions to Venus.

Venus with hard aspects to Saturn indicates some sort of deprivation as a condition of the life born into. This exists either before the child is born, or shortly after. Saturn deprives of Venus things, which include creature comforts and riches. Venus with hard aspects to Uranus can show sudden changes in material fortune, though more usually through partners. A person with hard aspects to Venus from the Sun or Moon may have felt abandoned by the parent representing the planet, which can also be material abandonment. Venus with hard aspects to Mars shows a rashness and foolishness when it comes to money. Spend it before it disappears.

The partner, represented by the 7th house and Venus, can also show how likely one is to be poor after childhood. If a person choose a partner who is likely to keep them or make them poor, through bad choices, refusal to work or be supportive, or through abandonment. For example, person with Saturn in the 7th house may have a stingy partner who abandons them. A person with Uranus in the 7th house may have a partner who up and leaves and comes back through the relationship, or makes sudden decisions in his or her own interest without regard to the partner. Likewise, the native can become this partner, too.

Interestingly, I have found that people with Venus in the 12th house can end up with partners who either make them poor or keep them from rising out of poverty. This person either racks up a lot of credit card debt, or is otherwise unable to or unwilling to support social mobility. I have a chart of a young woman who had Venus, Mars, and Neptune in the 12th house. Her first husband, whom she married while still a teenager, was an illiterate former meth addict who turned hardline born-again Christian and insisted that she didn‘t work and homeschool their child. Of course, not being able to read well, there was little work he could do, and the person who could earn more money had a vagina, so she couldn‘t work. This girl was not from a place in the world where being illiterate or a meth addict was okay; so, why marry him?

Well, the preacher who married them figured it would keep them from having pre-marital sex, so that was a reason. But, one of the interesting things about people with Venus in the 12th house is that there is a tendency to think that a love that is persecuted is the truest, in that if other people are against it, they must strive all the more to keep it. While this can be true for many relationships people find socially inappropriate for whatever reason, there are times in which a relationship that is impractical and possibly destructive (hello, 12th house!) ought not to be set in stone. This is especially so for people with Venus/Neptune conjunctions, as they can confuse love with the wish for love or compassion with love. In the end, it is very hard to stay in love with a person who holds you back, drags you down, or makes life harder and not easier. A person with Venus in say, the 10th house, wouldn‘t dream of dating, much less marrying a meth addict who can‘t read. This is not something they could overlook, but the 12th house Venus is amazing at turning a blind eye to what others find to be glaring.

Last I heard, she left the first husband, was dating a man who was doing well, but the husband wasn‘t allowing the divorce, so she is waiting it out, which means that 12th house Venus is still getting what she wants, which is love against the odds.

Panic! Mars/Uranus/Pluto T-Square!

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Panic! Crazy accidents! Sudden illnesses! The shit is bananas and it is hitting the fan!

Mars is in detriment in Libra, opposing Uranus in Aries, and holding the reins of this T-square is Pluto in Capricorn. Do you have a fever yet? I do. In fact, I have the flu for the first time in seven or eight years, just before my final exams. I actually dont get sick very much anymore since developing an over-active immune system (psoriasis). Therefore, I have nothing in my home to help with the illness, since I dont often need to prepare for illness.

Has the shit hit the fan for you? What has happened at the worst possible time for you? Is the sky falling right now?

But wait. Seriously. Take a deep breath. It isnt as bad as it seems, and if you keep your head, you will find that it will be okay.

With a T-square, the opposition tends to take center stage, with the apex planet balancing the two, or, being the point where the energy of tension seems to collect. When Mars opposes Uranus, sudden change, brilliance, accidents, and collective insanity seem to take center stage. The energy is building up at Pluto in Capricorn, which would rather dig deep and resolve the problem without rashness.

That is the key. Use Pluto in Capricorn. Dont do anything drastic, even if you really feel pushed to making a snap decision. It may not be in your best interest, especially in your best financial or social interest.

For example: you get into a car accident and it is your fault. You dont have the funds to cover the repairs, and you dont know what your insurance will cover. You cant get to work without a car. You will lose your home. Everything will fall apart.

Or will it? Lets look at what you could do in this situation. Do you have any credit, anywhere? Do you have other ways to make money from home? Do you have any skills you can freelance, even if you hate the work? Can you take the bus?

Pluto in Capricorn is not going to give you a solution that you enjoy. What it will do is make you dig deep and find fortitude or perish. You have a choice between your pride or humility. Saturn conjunct the Sun square Neptune kind of already tells us that we have to choose between pride or vision anyway, and it takes balls to follow a vision (Mars opposing Uranus) and adapt.

What house is Cancer in for you? Use the T-square witching rod to figure out not only what thing your panick and sudden change will hit upon, but how you will handle it. If you have done a lot of personal work to overcome things like anxiety, you may find it coming back to bite you in the ass, especially if you have been conditioned to be anxious and react hastily to change. What is missing in Cancer? Cancer is where you feel secure. It is where you have a sense of being protected. You may not have a mother to run to, but you may have a way of nurturing yourself through this.