WELCOME WANDERERS OF THE ASTRAL PLAIN!
Happy Solstice! Happy Hanukkah! There are plenty of astrological aspects this week to keep you wondering if it is this or that contributing to flurries of feeling or emotional outbursts. Venus and Mercury are both out of bounds (not following the guidelines set by the sun) which may, among other things, contribute to people saying things they wouldn’t normally say and buying things they wouldn’t normally buy. In other words, these aspects are not the most conducive to holiday shopping, because you might end up getting an unusual gift for someone and they may have no qualms about telling you exactly what they think of it. So if you are buying gifts for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas or a birthday proceed with caution and know that your tastes as well as everyone else’s may tend towards the unusual, which for some could work out quite favorably.
Mercury and Venus are now in Capricorn which does tend to make both planets more “law” abiding and productive. But again, both are out of bounds so they may be more interested in subverting rules than following them.
Sunday is a New Moon in Capricorn. Time to make your New Moon Wishes, more than one and no more than ten! Consider putting some of your wishes to work on the current events. In general the Capricorn New Moon supports making structural changes, starting new creative projects, or a new job and attracting abundance.
The other aspects of note this week I discuss in more detail under the card for the week, the King of Cups.
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KING OF CUPS
Just as I sat down to write this, I took a bite of something sweet. The heat is on in my apartment and I’m wearing my warmest sweater which I inherited from a good friend. This is one experience of the King of Cups. There is a sense of fluid contentment. This is a comfort that is created, not from feeling that everything has it’s place or is in perfect order, but from a sense of trust in one’s ability to weather whatever storms may arise and enjoying whatever moments of comfort coalesce.
There may be more than one storm this week as the Grand Fire Trine continues and as we move away from the 6th of 7 exact squares between Uranus and Pluto. Next week Saturn finally moves into Sagittarius! This is an exciting moment shifting the current conversation from a focus on intimacy, sexuality, the exploration of our shadow side, psychological transformation and healing, among other things, to a conversation centering around integrity, intuition, philosophy, higher learning, meaning, truth and long term goals. Saturn in Sagittarius tends to steer us towards those relationships, opportunities, jobs, choices that serve some higher goal or purpose, that serve the greater good. My grandparents met in medical school over a partial gastrectomy. I always wondered if there wasn’t some higher purpose in their meeting as they always seemed to be in exactly the right place at the right time to assist in a crisis or bring comfort to someone who was sick or dying.
The King of Cups combines the elements of water and fire which is quite appropriate as Saturn navigates the stretch between water and fire. The ability to navigate change from an intuitive place is emphasized. If you have been ignoring your intuition then you may experience this week as slightly uncomfortable or difficult. Let the King of Cups be your guide. The King of Cups’ confidence does not come from having all the answers, but from asking questions. He is at peace with uncertainty and ambiguity. If I were to pick an actual person to embody this archetype I think it might be Oprah. Oprah’s wisdom feels more flexible than others who could claim to occupy a similar societal role. Oprah has made it her job to ask questions. And one answer may be much less important than all the voices one question can raise.
(Really Love- D’Angelo )
One of my favorite lesser known celestial bodies is a minor planet called Chariklo, discovered in 1997. Where Chariklo appears in a persons astrology chart indicates an intuitive wisdom, where a person must “close their eyes to see.” Right now Chariklo is in Sagittarius and is part of the current Grand Trine in fire. Sandwiched between Mercury and the Sun, by degree, this may indicate the necessity of turning turning down the volume on ones ego (the Sun) in order to receive important messages (Mercury) as facilitated or carried by Chariklo. It is interesting that Chariklo is prominently placed this week as we approach Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, a time when the whole world closes its eyes a little bit longer than usual. To reflect this moment, I decided to make note of what I saw when I closed my eyes after pulling each of your cards for the week. What follows are the result of I weaving the card, the astrology for the week and the spontaneous images behind my eyelids.