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New Moon & Mercury Direct

New Moon & Mercury Direct - Enteringthedream by Stephanie Pui-Mun LawCelebrating New Moon & Mercury Direct with 'Entertaining the Daydream' by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

The New Moon & Mercury Direct

First up, the New Moon @15 Sagittarius symbolizes new beginnings, with extra dream power. That’s because this moon is conjunct Jupiter, planet of expansion and square to Mars and Neptune in dreamscape Pisces.

But then, to top it off, Mercury turns direct just hours before, bringing a close to the retrograde phase. Think of it as a perfect time to spread your dream-wings and fly.

Here are the times in your zone

Mercury Direct @27 Scorpio
LA – Dec 6 - 1:22 pm
NY – Dec 6 - 4:22 pm
LON – Dec 6 - 9:22 pm
SYD – Dec 7 - 8:22 am

New Moon @15 Sagittarius
LA - Dec 6 - 11:21 pm
NY - Dec 7 - 2:21 am
LON - Dec 7 - 7:21 am
SYD - Dec 7 - 6:21 pm

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Aries - Cancer

AriesARIES – The world that seemed cluttered with tasks and responsibilities is turning into major opportunity land. You get to visit distant horizons, taste foreign foods, dress spectacular and meet strangers from afar. Could be romance? The key is to bring all your exotic experiences back to your creative, inner life. Find a way to share revelations through artistry, community, and connection. Yum!

TaurusTAURUS Where creative transformation and deeply intimate experiences are concerned, you are in for a treat. No matter how much it turns your home life upside down, this is a welcome change! Your best approach is ‘no resistance’. You want to merge energies for a greater goal, be that artistic, passionate or enlightenment. Forget what others ‘think’ and go for what you really want.

GeminiGEMINIChange in ‘relationship’ may have been going on for a while now but this transit sees definitive, out in the open, nothing hidden transformations. No more guesswork as the words flow back and forth, enriching your experiences, answering your questions, fulfilling your dreams. See this as the beginning of the beginning, a chance to know yourself better and make choices from the heart.

CancerCANCERIf there have been health issues weighing you down, or mysterious hitches in your financial plans for the future, things are going to shoot forward now, at the speed of light. Expect a bit of G force, to start with, and allow for everything to unfold before you pass judgment. This isn’t time to smooth things over but embrace all the bumps and edges, release resistance, express and purge. Cut loose!

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Leo - Scorpio

LeoLEO A romantic hiatus has the potential to be a big relief, putting you on the path to the creative connections of your dreams. This will stir up your life on all fronts, especially home and work or career life. The best resource for this is to tap into, and trust, your inner guidance (not other people's opinions). Think, fresh start, amped up Mojo, inner child ecstasy and set points through the roof!

Virgo VIRGO – Logjams and stalled desires on the home front will release as you seek balance between your connections to others and your authentic Self. Don’t be surprised if a long postponed move, remodel or renovation suddenly falls into place. Whatever your big dream, the goals and aims of your heart, start first with imagination. Nurture visions there, as well as IRL, for the best results.

LibraLIBRA Don’t be surprised if your voice, your communications, writings and offerings, are suddenly recognized, talked about, trending or valued in a whole new way. It feels like being heard as barriers to self-expression come tumbling down. Make sure you get out and socialize and ramp up your social media. You’re up for meeting people who will facilitate great change, so lurking; be seen!

ScorpioSCORPIO Money, finances, business opportunities and overall Mojo are up and happening, if you are being true to yourself. It’s the only proviso. You can’t skip this one, or wing it even. No matter how easy it is to be all things to all people, this is your call to be all things to and for yourself. Let authenticity reign. Also, work out what you want to do with the success and abundance coming your way!

New Moon & Mercury Direct Scopes Sagittarius - Pisces

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS-This is your new moon, and your solar return, the most powerful time of the year for Centaurs. The intentions you set now must reflect your heart’s desire. In this way, you pave the future. Consider the Upanishad: You are your deepest, driving desires. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny. Tune in, and make a wish.

CapricornCAPRICORN – Compassion, understanding, intuitive knowing and inner guidance are mind blowing at this time. They also have a direct effect on your relationship to others. It’s like you can share your dreams as you never could before. You’ll want to find ways to translate, articulate and pass on the knowledge that you gain. It’s ‘dream it into being time.’ Go big!

AquariusAQUARIUSFriendships and inner circle groups are where the fireworks go off so be ready to take sudden left turns. This has a direct effect on your relationships, personal and business. You’ll want your intimates to be true friends, first and foremost. Expect to hard prune for new growth, especially if old associates no longer match the new you. Let them go and move on. Be ready for goals to actualize!

piscesPISCES – Your career is about expand, bringing in changes that are better than a holiday! Ritual day-to-day routine will have to adjust, but take that as your chance to ‘make it right-for-you’. This is a trend that's in play for most of 2019, so there's time to get it right, no pressure. For example, if your career/mission in life wants a complete reboot, don't hesitate. Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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For more on this energy, check out the New Moon Newsletter, or jump on the Open Forum to chat.

Happy New Moon, everyone!

xxKim


Planetary Game of Thrones

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If you pay attention to the planetary dignities, the rulers of each sign, you'll notice an interesting phenomenon - a planetary game of thrones. There are more than the usual number of planets transiting through there home signs. We talk about rulerships in the post Finding Your Final Dispositor. You can review that upload, but for now, let's look at this current Astro and what it might mean as a set of transits to the natal chart. Why? Because getting into alignment with it can boost your manifesting power.

What is a Planetary Game of Thrones?

First, let's check the dignitaries, particularly what sign each planet rules. Here's a chart to cut to the chase. You can see the sign on the left, for example, Aries. Then comes the ruler, Mars. The wheel shows the natural house of rulership - the 1st house.

Planetary Game of ThronesThe important thing to understand is that a planet is more potent and freer to act when in the sign it rules and right now we FIVE distinct planetary energies are in their own, powerhouse, signs.

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Going counter-clockwise from Moon in Cancer in the fourth house there is Venus in Libra, Jupiter in Sagittarius, Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces.

That's five deities vying for the throne. What I mean is, the strength of a planet being in its own sign is significant. The planet is in the sign it expresses most happily in, and, it may 'dispose' (lead, influence) one or more others planets, having sway over them.

For example, the sun in Sagittarius is disposed (led) by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius. Same goes for Mercury Rx. Jupiter has some say over both. Saturn disposes Pluto, and will for years to come, as long as Pluto is in Saturn's sign of Capricorn. Uranus in Aries is disposed by Mars, but Mars is in Pisces so Neptune is the final dispositor of those two. The Moon is strong in her own sign, but with no other planets in Cancer, she's not going to make it to the throne this time of year. In July, it will be a different story.

Planetary Game of Thrones Dispositors

Results of a Planetary Game of Thrones

So now, with half the planets in their own signs, there could be some inherent contrast between them (ie, within each of us). Note the natural T-square between Moon in Cancer is opposite Saturn, square Libra, just by sign. And Jupiter in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. The question is, which will have more sway in your chart?

If any of these ruling planets happen to be your chart ruler, that is, if you are Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn or Pisces rising, you'll be most pulled toward that planet and where it transits in your chart (12th or 1st house).

Also, if any of these planets rule your sun sign, or personal planets, take note. I have Venus in Cancer, so the moon sextile Uranus will have a stronger sway on me right now, pulling my relationships into this planetary game of thrones event. (Venus rules partnership, and money and art!) I might be torn between being in my own nurturing nest (Cancer) and putting out content/editing/producing (Saturn). Maybe I'm balancing that pull right now by writing this post while in my little 'tower in the woods'.

How to Align with the Planetary Game of Thrones?

Think of this vibe as a chance to put awareness on the contrast between these planets and what they represent to you. Saturn's urge to commit and make things solid has to find balance with Jupiter's and Neptune's urge to keep things in the realm of infinite possibilities. The Moon's urge to shelter, store and eat carbs can come to terms with Saturn's drive toward fitness and strength. Venus in Libra wants everyone to get along but if there's an inner creative struggle, that won't happen until you orchestrate balance.

And all this with Mercury Rx, ie the Trickster, ready to tip the apple cart on anything that has become staid, repressed, predictable or outmoded.

The trick now is to honor where these power planets fall in your chart. Find which one resonates the strongest for you and do a little homage. That means, respect the part of you that embodies that planet, by sign and house.

We can talk more about this on the forum, or here in the comments.

Let's see where it's happening in your chart!


What the YOD?

YOD Example
Here the YOD is Moon (150 degree inconjunct) Saturn (60 degree sextile) Mars (150 degree incojunct) Moon.

The YOD aka Finger of God aka Finger of Fate

First know the YOD aspect pattern consists of two planets sextile each other and inconjunct (150 degrees) to a third planet sitting on the inverse midpoint. If you connect the dots, you come up with a lovely isosceles triangle. AKA YOD or Finger of Fate/God.

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Check the examples to the left. The RED lines represent the inconjunct / quincunx (150 degree apart) and the green lines represents the sextile (60 degree apart). You can check your natal chart right now. If you have two (or more in some cases) planets 60 degrees apart AND 150 degrees to a singular third planet, bingo, you have a YOD.

The feature image above shows off the transiting YOD in late November 2018, perfected when the Moon reaches 7 degrees of Leo.

Remember, there are a lot of other chart patterns every bit as exciting as the Yod. For example the grand trine, which is three planets in the trine aspect of 120 degrees, (green lines) or squares and oppositions (red line).

How to read the YOD

So, what does the YOD mean? Here we can review the basic tenants of astrology to unravel it:

  • Planets are the actors
  • Signs are the costumes they wear
  • Houses are the stage or sets they act on
  • Aspects are the scripts/dialog the actors have with each other.

No matter what aspect, a dialog forms between the planets involved. The planets connect, like table legs (as Richard Idemon would say). Pick one up and anything in aspect comes up with it. In other words if you have Moon sextile Mars and get emotional, Mars energy will be there instantly. You may want to stand your ground or fight or take charge. The reverse is true too. If you take charge or get in a fight you might feel very deeply. Battle might be nurturing to you!  With the YOD, you'll find three planets connected, scripted to interact. Interestingly, they will all be a different element and a different modality. It's often not a comfortable match, to start with.

YOD Examples

Let's imagine Mercury sextiles Mars and they are both inconjunct Neptune. If you activate Mercury by communicating, you automatically wake up the other two planets. The energy of Mercury sweeps along to Mars (action) and shoots toward Neptune to express. Ideally, the apex planet channels the energy of the other two.

How might this work out in real life? Let's say you're on a date and Mercury is talking, connecting and asking questions, having a great time. But doing so wakes up assertive go-getter Mars  who wants 'a little less conversation; a little more action'. Mars gets bored and pushes in. At this point the dialog might turn to adventure, MMA, sports or stories about all the amazing things you've done. While that's going on, mystical Neptune stirs. Now things get dreamy, the wine flows and all the talk is about meditation, art, film or higher guidance. This can lead to a tug-o-war over who gets to express. It's a big job for the apex planet to orchestrate it all. A first date might have trouble handling it all.

Summary

To sum it up, the Yod means three, or more, of your planets are in dialog with each other and it's up to the apex planet to harmonize and express the energy. It's called the finger of fate or God because without awareness, and experience, it can be a source or contrast and challenge. Wherever it sits in the chart, (what houses or areas of life are activated) describes where a pattern of behavior or external events occur.

But 'fate' doesn't control you. Your thoughts do. Through awareness, you can learn to turn your YOD to gold.

Members, if you want to chat about your YOD on the forum, I've just made a new thread there.

I'd love to hear how you handle your natal and transiting YODS.


Three Astrologers Talking

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Topic - Three Astrologers Talking. Image: Three Women Drinking Tea by Itzchak Tarkay

Three Astrologers Talking - #1

For those who missed these talks, the first conversation covers a wide range of topics on houses, planets, aspects, transits, you name it. Start here, and feel free to ask questions in the comments.

The above Astrology conversation is with Kim Falconer, Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas. We answer questions and share our own approach to the stars. This talk first appeared on Mystic Medusa's Astro-Hacks School of Astrology.

Three Astrologers Talking - #2

The second conversation is all about elective surgery, the body and the zodiac, and finding the right time (and mind set) for your elective surgery. Tune in to hear Kim Falconer chatting again with Mystic Medusa and Rachel Stuart-Haas.

Sit back and enjoy a powerhouse hour of astro-info and insights.

If you want to learn more, ask question, give your considerations, chat examples and discussion points in the comments.

Enjoy!

xxxKim

Happy Mercury Direct!


Icarus Edge

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WEEKEND Astro-LOA Flash

Asteroid 1566 Icarus, orbiting between Mercury and Earth, is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn for the first time since Dec 2015 (see ephemeris below. Icarus is also 'out of bounds'). Taking 409 days to journey through the zodiac, this conjunction can manifest as a desire to take a leaps - right off the edge!

Whatever feels like it's holding you back is your launchpad. Your springboard.  From that discontent, you move forward in one, huge, blind leap.

But wait! Isn't Mercury there too, turning retrograde for the next three weeks?

Yes, and even though you may find a creative ‘way out’ of a perceived limitation or obstacle, you'll be rethinking the moves as we roll into 2017.

But that's okay!

You might conclude it was the perfect step to take, or there could be some course correction. Either way, the impulse is to ‘fly free’ will allow your spirit to soar and your life to change for the better.

The Mythos

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Icarus was Daedalus’s son who, ignoring his father’s warning not to fly too close to the sun, lost his feathered wings, fell to the sea and drowned. Not a very successful outcome, though he did escape the prison tower they’d been in for way too long. Some people associate Icarus with a kind of crash and burn mentality. He's like The Fool in the Tarot, not looking where he is going, foolhardy and reckless.

Not me.

I see this energy as freedom. Expansion. Liberation!

True, 1566 Icarus on Pluto can represent some extreme measures, feelings and insights but mainly it represents an attempt to escape intolerable situations. It is the impulse to get out of unfair circumstances, or go for liberating goals that others might say are impossible. Note: It doesn’t have to always end ‘badly’.

What can Icarus conjunct Pluto do for you?

Icarus energy set free can be vivid, creative inspiration. Trapped and he is like a wild bird caged. Ever had that feeling?

It’s like an crazy urge to run like hell when all they’ve said is, sign here, or pick you up at 7, or maybe even I do . . .

Icarus with Pluto is a chance to gain a deeper insight on the ‘flight’ side or our fight or flight response. Where do you feel like flying the coop? Is it fear or instinct or healthy self-awareness?

Take a moment to think about it over the next few days and eliminate a toleration or too. Why? Because tolerating something is not always a virtue. It can be a heavy energy drain. (Read more about Granting Freedom from Tolerations.)

Here’s what Jeannette Maw has to say about it:

Toleration: To tolerate something means to “allow the existence of, to permit or endure or put up with something.” This implies that the something (or someone) is less than ideal and tends to drain a person’s energy. Thus, a toleration is often a hindering influence to the vibration.

Leverage the Icarus/Pluto energy and Toss out Tolerations now!

If any of you know where Icarus is in your natal chart, feel free to mention it here. Mine’s exact on my descendant – the cusp of the house of relationship. A freedom lover if there ever was one.

Have a great weekend!

xxKim

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Parallel Aspects

Parallel AspectsHi Everyone, curious about Parallel Aspects?

Technically, that's 'Parallel and Contra-Parallel of Declination' aspects.

It's a mouthful, but I have a quick video tutorial to cover the astronomy involved. Don't worry if it doesn't sink in straight away. There won't be a quiz. We'll cover questions in the comments, and focus more on the practical results of having a parallel or contra-parallel aspect.

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Learn about Parallel Aspects of Declination

Parallel Aspects Defined

The Parallel Aspect of Declination is formed between two or more planets with the same declination or distance north or south of the ecliptic. If the planets are both North or both South of the ecliptic, the parallel aspect is read as a conjunction. If they are the same declination but one is North and one is South, then the contra-parallel is read as a 180 degree opposition.

using parallel aspects in astrologyThese aspects are strongest when the orb is kept to 1 degree or less, so unlike a square where we allow up to 10 degrees of orb, the parallels are allowed 1 or maybe 1.25 degrees.

Why are Parallel Aspects Important?

Parallels connect planets that may not otherwise be in aspect. They also magnify the intensity of any other aspect between the two planets or points involved. So if you have Mars sextile Saturn AND Mars parallel Saturn, you have a whole lot of Mars/Saturn contact going on.

The best way to get a handle on this is by example so everyone can get out their chart. (You can upload yours in the gallery, if you are a GVA Circle Member or Registered for the free, Open Membership, if you want to share, ask or discuss.) When you get your chart up you will see a list called 'declination' on the ‘additional tables (PDF)' option. If you are using another program or an ephemeris, look for the list of daily ‘declinations’.

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-3-20-42-pmThey will look like this: 20°35’27” N (the N is for North. North is also represented by a + and South by a -). Make a list of any planets that are within one degree of declination + or - in your natal chart. If both are + or both – they are parallel. If one is + and the other – they are contra-parallel.

Examples

For example I have the Pluto at 23°17’46” N declination and the Jupiter at 23°21′ 7″ N so Jupiter and Pluto are parallel. They form wide sextile aspect by sign, so this parallel is an additional emphasis, pulling them into closer contact. Make sense?

We use the parallel and contra-parallel to discover planetary connections. It's also important in transits.

To demonstrate, here is a list or outer planet declination right now. Check to see if these are in aspect (1 degree orb) to any of your natal degrees.

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Online Ephemeris

Also, check your declination list for natal parallels and contra-parallels. They also progress and can be used in return charts, horary, event charts, etc. If you use them in your synastry chart comparisons, you'll find connections otherwise missed.

Give a shout if you want some help. I or other declination savvy GVA'ers will lend a hand.

You can take a screenshot of your declination list from astro.com and post that in the gallery too.

See you in the comments.

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Chart Patterns

Hi Everyone, today we’re looking at Chart Patterns, a cool and interesting way to understand the meaning behind how your planets are grouped in your chart.

What are Chart Patterns

They are seven arrangements or patterns the planets form within the circle. We call them bundle, bowl, seesaw, bucket, splash, locomotive and splay.

Marc Edmund Jones first described these patterns in the 40s, associating them with distinct personality types (in natal charts) and prognostic indicators (in transit, progressed, returns or horary charts). Let’s stick with natal charts for now and play with this a little.

What to Count

Only the ten planets are considered in determining the chart pattern. Leave out the Nodes, POF, asteroids, trans-Pluto etc. to get to the core pattern. If you add too many elements, everyone becomes a Splash!

chart patternsSeesaw - This is when the planets occupy two opposing areas of the chart. Focus is on binary opposites requiring objectivity, awareness and balance.

Bowl - Highly focused, here planets are all within 180 degrees. Self contained and strong core values. Focus on the activated hemisphere.

Bucket - Like a bowl pattern with one planet in the opposite arc--the 'handle to the bucket. A strong focus with much energy pivoting around the singleton planet.

Splash - Shows planets evenly distributed around the chart - scattered interests, diversity, flexibility and wide range of interests.

Bundle - This pattern has planets all within 120 degrees. Focused interest in the houses occupied. Intense, determined, relentless.

Locomotive - Here planets occupy 240 degrees of the chart, the remaining 120 is empty. Emphasis is on the first and last planet to rise. Much drive, energy and enthusiasm.

Splay - The planets create three points of emphasis - highly individual, grounded and confident. Focus on occupied houses. If grand trine, the element dominates.

Examples of Chart Patterns

For the discussion, look at your chart, discover the pattern and think about what it might mean to the focus you have you in your life. What lights you up, how you approach your aims and goals, what has the most importance?

The Bucket

willsmitham chart patternLet’s look at a few different chart patterns and what they might say about the personality type. Will Smith, with a BUCKET chart pattern, is a great example of a person of intense focus. He came from ‘nothing’, built his life from the ground up, and has a work ethic that would impress Saturn. Clearly it does impress Saturn! Check out some of his core value statements:

I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived. – Will Smith

I’ve always considered myself to be just average talent and what I have is a ridiculous insane obsessiveness for practice and preparation.  -Will Smith

Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.  Will Smith

Can you see from his Chart Pattern ONLY why he might have this level of focus and determination?

Check the “handle” of the Bucket. What does that say?

 

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The Locomotive

Another Libra, and a wonderful example of the LOCOMOTIVE Chart Patter is Ursula K. Le Guin.

uklguinam Chart PatternShe’s a powerful woman, born in a time when gender equality was not the norm. She’s dared to be different in her craft and in her life, excelling at taking her forward thinking ideas (Uranus) and bringing it into a tangible form for others to enjoy (Saturn). Note the “engine” and the “caboose” of her Locomotive.

My imagination makes me human, and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. - Ursual K Le Guin

When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow. - Ursula K Le Guin

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. - Ursula K Le Guin

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See Saw Chart Pattern

Check out Robert Downey Jr’s SEW SAW Pattern. The focus is powerfully placed in the occupied houses, and there can be a constant contrast and opposition.

roberdowneyjr_natal chart patternrobertdowneyjr-amWhere do you think his oppositions would come from? How might they be integrated, or do they always remain “either/or”?

If I could eat whatever I wanted every day, I would have Domino’s pizza with pasta carbonara inside every slice. And at night, I would have Neapolitan ice cream until I felt absolutely toxic. And then I would drift off telling myself, ‘It’s going to be O.K… It’s going to be O.K. you’re going to train in the morning.' -Robert Downey Jr

I guess the issue for me is to keep things dynamic. -Robert Downey Jr

Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough. -Robert Downey Jr

What's your chart pattern? Let's talk about it in the comments.

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Four Basic Building Blocks of Astrology

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Astrology Building Blocks - 3 minute tutorial on Youtube

Learn the Four Basic Astrology Building Blocks

Hi Everyone! For those just starting out, this Video Tutorial will show you the four basic Astrology Building Blocks , the constructs of the horoscope or natal chart. This includes groundwork on the  planets, signs, houses and aspects - in under 3 minutes!

A Metaphor for the Astrology Building Blocks

Think of Astrology as a symbol system where the planets are the actors. The the signs are the their costumes they wear. The houses are the stages, the sets they act upon, and the aspects are the scripts they’ve been handed. How they are scripted to interrelate.

Remember, YOU are the director, and you call the shots, decide when to say Action and when to say cut!

Exercises for learning the basic Astrology Building Blocks

  • Learn to recognize and draw the planetary glyphs. Follow the online tutorial for help there - learn to draw the signs and learn how to draw the planetary glyphs.
  • Spot each of your planets in your chart and note which sign and house they are in. This goes into your notebook. Leave room under each entry to add more insights and data as you go along.
  • Add planetary themes and energies to your notebook, Pinterest astrology board or vision board.

Enjoy, and see you in the comments for Q & A.

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