Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy All Hallow's Eve, All You Ghouls and Goblins, Witches and Gypsies!

SCORP!

I love, love, love this day of the year!

I really just use Hallowe'en as an excuse to wear temporary tattoos, fishnet stockings, and glamourous make-up looks.

Happy Hallowe'en, Merry Samhain, and Enjoy the Entrance into the Dark Half of the Year from your anarchist astro-reporter (and "slightly slutty witch" for my shift at the redneck bar tonight), Willow.

We are under the influence of a lovely and ethereal Grand Water Trine today with the Moon at home in Cancer, the Sun in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This makes for a very strong spirit component. The spooky/otherworldly vibe we know and love on Hallowe'en is emphasized even further under this Grand Water Trine. The veil between worlds is even thinner. Interesting things can happen with this much water in the skies.




Have a safe and enjoyably spooky night, all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Couple Welcome Shifts With a Side of Mutual Reception Relational Angst as We Close Out 2015

Fall Colours
Photos: Willow


We have a couple energetic shifts on the horizon, which should provide an interesting change, if not relief, exactly.

Taskmaster planet Saturn is currently moving through the tail-end of its retrograde shadow at 3 and 4 degrees Sagittarius and will move into fresh degrees of the zodiac on November 8. As of November 8, Saturn will be in a sort of "clear progress zone," moving through most of the rest of the first decan of Sagittarius in one pass only (from November 8 to December 19, 2015).

This indicates that we are coming into a period of time when we can accomplish some very big things and set down some very important stepping stones - if we are willing to work for our progress. This is as unencumbered as Saturn's movement gets, so let's make good use of it.

This also indicates that there could be some powerful completion and resolution events occurring (internally and/or externally) during the first week of November as Saturn finishes up in the retrograde shadow. Watch for opportunities to lay certain themes to rest - especially as we head into the 19-degree Scorpio New Moon on November 11 - cementing your footing and progress as you do so.

Saturn in early Sagittarius has been a bit tough. We've had a lot to chew on as we came to a point of truth, understanding, and ultimate meaning related to the dark and difficult experiences we've encountered over the past three years of Saturn in Scorpio in mutual reception with Pluto in Capricorn.

But now, as Saturn grinds out the last of the retrograde degrees, we're ready to move on. We're ready for new challenges and structure to take our minds off the sucking black holes we've dug ourselves out of. We've established that first foothold on the other side of Scorpio, on the other side of hell, and we're damn sure going to use it.

We can drop a great deal of the emotional and psychological load now if we can only set our sights on the new and more inspiring territory up ahead. We can move out of the sticky, suffocating tendrils of pitch black emotion and we can drop ties to people and scenarios that have hurt us. But we have to work for it (Saturn). We have to work for brighter skies and for more inspiring and optimistic times in our lives.

As stated, fear, challenge, and karma-related Saturn will traverse this new section of the zodiac (5 to 9 degrees Sagittarius) in one pass only. This means we can accomplish a great deal in the stretch of time between November 8 and December 19. We can put a number of unpleasant and damaging scenarios in our rearview mirrors. We can grab hold of the spirit and the buoyance and the glee of coming out the other side. We survived. Fuck yeah! But we also have to continually mine our lives and our worlds for the inspiration and meaning that will move us forward.

And let's be honest, some of those veins of inspiration and meaning are pretty frigging tapped out this far into fin-de-Piscean-era. Saturn is a planet that challenges us, and we are challenged now to find that inspiration, to work for that inspiration, to dig and strive for broadened horizons. It isn't going to come easily to us. It isn't going to perch itself on our laps. It takes sustained effort on our parts to take the road less traveled, to find the excitement and interest and magic in even the day-to-day Saturnine drudge.

It takes a commitment to being older and wiser, to blocking and avoiding those karmic attractions and traps that have gotten us so many times before.

And nowhere are these traps and unpleasant karmic scenarios more prevalent at the end of the astrological Piscean era than in human relationships.


Which leads to our second major shift for the month of November...

Just as Saturn is moving into new degrees of Sagittarius, the North Node of the Moon finishes its 18-month transit of relationship, justice, and balance-oriented Libra. The North Node of the Moon will move into practical, hard-working, no-nonsense Virgo on November 11 (the same day as the Scorpio New Moon), where it will remain until May 2017.

This provides a welcome change as we launch ourselves into new work, new projects, and new self-improvement efforts which take our minds off the state of our relationships (or lack of them).

The end of the North Node's transit through Libra has been coloured by both Mars and Venus in Virgo (conjunct Jupiter) opposite wounded healer Chiron in Pisces.

Disappointment in relationships and with humanity as a whole is riding pretty high. Human relations at the last gasp of the astrological Piscean era can be pretty dismal; let's not sugarcoat it. And ouchy, anxiety-inducing Chiron is really rubbing this in.

There's not much to do but forge onward. Better conditions exist up ahead: we're creating them as we go.

Venus and Mars come together in a conjunction at 23 degrees Virgo on November 2, before both bodies move into Libra, the sign of relationships.

So even though the North Node of the Moon is creating a new focus for us on work, health, service, projects, and improvements of all kinds, there is still a strong impetus to improve relationships and general human relations as we close out 2015, and this isn't going to be simple.

Benefic planet Venus enters Libra, its own sign, on November 8 (the same day Saturn enters fresh degrees of the zodiac). The transit of Venus through its domicile Libra indicates some ease in social matters and in matters of the heart until December 4. Money matters should be relatively easy and simple during this time. Venus is comfortable and lovely and graceful and aesthetically-pleasing in Libra. Social harmony and enjoying the company of others are indicated. The love planet loves this sign.

Sounds pretty good, huh? We could use a little of that.

But malefic planet Mars also enters Libra - on November 12 until January 3 - and Mars is in detriment in Libra. This is often an angsty, frustrating placement. The social and relationship realms are inflamed and agitated by Mars in this sign. There is an edge to our interactions, and it is easy to insult others - even without meaning to. There is social factioning involved. Passive aggressiveness is also a characteristic of Mars in Libra (or Venus in Aries), and you know that shit can get nasty. The stinging barbs coated in saccharine-sweet, the drops of poison in our fruity cocktails, with no one coming out and telling it like it really is, with no one truly getting to the heart of the matter.

So we have Venus in a strong sign and Mars in a weak sign until early December, traveling together in the zodiac. This indicates that Venus will have plenty of inflamed social frictions to manage and finesse from the sign of its domicile. And we have a very short grace period there. Early November to early December may also be a period of time that is more difficult and frustrating for men (Mars) than for women (Venus).

Venus will move into the sign of its detriment, Scorpio, late on December 4, where it remains until December 30. This means from December 4 through December 30, both relationship-related planets will be transiting signs of their detriment. Tricky.

Not only that, but these planets are in detriment in mutual reception to each other, transiting the sign the other rules. (Venus rules Libra, Mars rules Scorpio.) This detrimental mutual reception is highly complex and not-altogether pleasant territory. (You just know Venus in Scorpio is going to annihilate some b.s. that has been glossed over previously...)

You can kind of feel it, though, can't you? The unfinished business from this summer's Venus retrograde in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio? You really didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you? This is the backwash from that Venus in Leo retrograde with all the break-ups, make-ups, social shifting, and new couples emerging.

And we get into it this December and for the holidays.

You can dress up a failing relationship in all its holiday finery, but with these transits, you can't cover up the underlying problems bringing about a slow collapse.

You can gloss over social tensions with trumped-up holiday cheer and goodwill, but underneath, the teeth are still gnashing. The relational friction is still grating.

The holidays this year provide a distinct challenge to new couples, to newly separated or divorced people, and to couples who are holding their existing relationships together by a thread.

Complex territory.

It's hard to pretend in our relations with others when Venus is transiting Scorpio, that's for certain. Both love and hate run deeply and intensely with this placement - often both at the same time. Money issues, especially in relationship, get sticky. Our value systems can clash on very deep and fundamental levels.

Venus gets a good dose of the shittier aspects of human beings and of human relations in Scorpio. It gets a snoutful of the nastier aspects of human relationships and the energy dynamics that pass between and among us: the manipulation, the artifice, the using and abusing, the power struggles, the betrayals, the full-out hatred and undermining of each other.

Venus in Scorpio has to deal with stone, cold reality in human relationships. Anything else is sheer poison. Anything else will end in it getting screwed. There is no Libran glossing over, pretending, compromising, smiling to make others comfortable. Transiting Venus in Scorpio this December is going to get into it, make no mistake about it. All we can do is: avoid what (and whom) we can, avoid getting overly involved in dramas, and keep our distance and our balance socially wherever possible.

With anger, aggression, and war planet Mars in smile-and-it-all-goes-away Libra until January 3, keeping our poise and our balance socially is going to be no small feat. We're navigating some major social friction as we close out 2015 and begin 2016.

But it has to be navigated. If Saturn in Scorpio taught us anything, it's that we can't shove this stuff under the rug anymore. It's too damaging. It's too harmful. Someone gets stuck holding the bag. Someone gets hurt. Someone gets stuck processing the heaping helping of unresolved collective emotion, and that simply isn't fair.

Libra and ruling planet Venus, above all, seek what's fair.

So the best way to deal with this mutual reception of Venus and Mars in signs of their detriment as we move through December and close out 2015 is to proactively and realistically deal with whatever we can as it comes up.

You know what? We don't all get along. We shouldn't all come into contact with each other. Some people - even family members - are best avoided. Some social situations are best avoided. Certain combinations of people create a bad reaction. Certain combinations of people are actually dangerous. Certain relationships should have a skull and crossbones sign on them.

This is the dark-and-dirty nuance and underlying relational reality that Venus in Scorpio deals in, and it's coming front-and-centre even before Venus enters the sign.

Venus in Libra will form a potentially turbulent cardinal t-square with Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries November 20 - 23, kicking off the Venus-Pluto themes.

Mars in Libra then activates the same configuration, potentially even more turbulent, from December 6 to 10.

If you're already aware of the underlying relational reality, you're ahead of the game.

If you're expecting a little holiday angst and some frictional exchanges among certain combinations of people this year, you can better head it off.

Deal with stone, cold relational reality, make your moves and your decisions from there, and you can't go wrong.

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Venus-Mars-Jupiter Conjunction in Virgo Sets a New (And More Low-Key) Tone

The planet of expansion, benefits, and wisdom, Jupiter, entered Virgo on August 11, 2015 where it has been quietly working away ever since.

With Greater Benefic Jupiter transiting practical and down-to-earth Virgo until September 2016, benefits are reaped for humility, attention to detail, efficiency, moderation, preparation, and hard work.

None of those things are naturally associated with Jupiter, however, a planet with the keywords: big, grand, expansive, jovial, and exuberant. Jupiter likes to go big or go home. It wants to drink the sweet, sweet nectar of every last experience it can experience on this planet...and then some.

But in Virgo, and with restrictive Saturn transiting Jupiter's sign of Sagittarius at the very same time, our lust for life has to be refined a little (or a lot, depending on the person and the degree of life-lusting we're talking about).

This year, while Jupiter is transiting Virgo, we're rewarded for putting health, work, and service considerations first.

We're rewarded for foregoing that last cocktail, that last doughnut, or that last hour of late-night reading in favour of some extra rest and rejuvenation. (We're rewarded even more if we cut our vices and indulgences out altogether...)

Virgo is a sign that loves to work. For the most part, it rests only so that it can get back to work. It takes care of health only so that it can be a lean, mean, optimum working machine.

("BOR-ING!" says Jupiter.)


This is an excerpt from the article, "A Venus-Mars-Jupiter Conjunction in Virgo Sets a New (And More Low-Key) Tone." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons, or it can be purchased for $5.50 at PayPal or through email money transfer.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Aloe Cadabra

I believe my readers are forward-thinking enough to handle this post, so here goes...

I recently found a great natural/organic product and was excited to learn that I can also sell and promote it myself.

It is a product called Aloe Cadabra, a natural and organic lubricant designed to enhance "adult love times" in the bedroom.

This stuff is the best!

There are no chemicals in it, and it is not greasy or sticky. It is made with 95% aloe vera, which has been used as a medicine and health aid for centuries. The other ingredients are all consumable, and it has been designed not to disrupt pH.

This product is good for anyone who wants to add a little something to their bedroom activities, but it is especially good for new mothers and menopausal or post-menopausal women.

It comes in Unscented (my fave) or Lavender scent, as well as Peppermint, Pina Coloda, and Tahitian Vanilla flavours.

According to the company, once opened, a bottle should be used within three months due to the lack of preservatives and chemicals (a good thing).  

There is free shipping in the United States if you purchase three or more bottles.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Check-In with the Asteroids

The major asteroids (along with dwarf planet Ceres) generally do their thing in the background of the primary astrological discourse. Becoming more strongly aware of their positioning in both the natal chart and in the current transits can illuminate their themes so that we can both support and be supported by the activity of these feminine bodies.

Earth Mother dwarf planet Ceres is currently moving direct through late Capricorn after a retrograde period from June 3 to September 14, 2015. This indicates that we nurture others most deeply now by taking care of business, and we are nurtured ourselves by those who do the same. We are nurtured and supported by those who keep a stiff upper lip, working diligently to get the job done, and we nurture others by displaying that same commitment to excellence. Responsibility, structure, and the successful meeting of goals, especially financial and business-related goals, are nourishing to us now. Ceres in Capricorn indicates that we are traversing areas where women or the feminine force can take stronger leadership roles, and this includes with food, agriculture, and purchasing power.

Women and the feminine force are coming into stronger authority within the structures as they exist. This is happening out of necessity more than anything else. This position is cemented as Ceres stationed direct at 25 degrees Capricorn on September 14, 2015, completing the transit of Capricorn October 27. 


This is an excerpt from the article, "A Check-In with the Asteroids." It is available in its entirety to Willow's Web Astrology patrons.