Zodiac

The 12th House

Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor
Underwater sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

In the season of the eclipses, what better time to ponder the enigmatical qualities of the 12th house?

What is the 12th House?

To start, we might say it's the subconscious mind...

That which is hidden...

Attitudes carried over from the past...

Karma (as the Law of Attraction)...

The night sea journey...

And, so much more.

But what is the 12th house, really, in tangible terms? How to get our hands on it?

Pinning Down the 12th House

Pier Francesco Orsini
"You who are wandering the world looking for great marvels, come here where everything speaks of love and art." - Vicino Orsini introducing his Parco dei Mostri, the Park of Monsters.

Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, can feel confused by this department of life. After all, it rules the liminal states of neither/nor, out to sea, not one thing, or the other.

It's slippery terrain to navigate, one that would better be 'shown not told' through music, art, dance, poetry, nature . . . Every time you try to pin the meaning of the 12th down, it changes into something else. Like the god Proteus!

Proteus as an Archetype of the 12th

Do you know the story? Proteus was the elusive god of "sea change", symbolic of the  constantly shifting nature of the sea. He could foretell the future, though he would only answer someone if they were capable of holding him as he morphed through all his myriad forms. Because of his relationship to the sea, Proteus is both a symbol of the unconscious (subconscious) as well as dreams, imagination, vision and emotion. The key is how to handle these incorporeal energies so they will reveal their truths.

Astrologers & the 12th House

The 12th house is the third of the Water houses, cadent in position, associated with Pisces and ruled by Jupiter (traditional) and Neptune (modern).

Quite likely, if you study old astrology books, you'll find the 12th house is described with heavy labels. Isabel Hickey calls it house of the Self-undoing, where we 'serve or suffer', the house of drawn shades, confinement, incarceration, hospitalization, limitations . . . It's not looking like a holiday destination from this perspective.

But these ideas about the 12th house come from an Judeo-Christian-Islamic background of astrology, not leaning toward notions of Karma (as the law of attraction), the quantum Field, Source, infinite possibilities or the collective unconscious.

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Amphitrite bronze statue by Simon Morris.

Open Your Mind

So, to understand the 12th, I invite you to explore a broader perspective. Altered states of mind, meditation, the depths of the subconscious, the collective, where we lose our ego identity to find our Self. Source. Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces describes this as the liminal zone where the hero is 'lost' in the woods, an essential part of the journey.

Think also of the 12th as a repository and wellspring of archetypes, stories, myths, metaphors and  fairy tales, dreams (and nightmares), rich with layers of meaning. The house of the Muse.

Remember, the 12th is like Proteus; you must hold onto him before the secrets are revealed. Don't give up!

Back to the Basics

The Planets are the Energy - WHAT is acting.

The Signs are the costumes - HOW the actor portrays her role.

The Houses are the stages - WHERE the action takes place.

For those who want to cement this deeper, here's a quick 5 minute video tutorial on the basic building blocks of astrology.

The 12th House and the Sea

Essentially, the 12th house takes us under. It is more a dreamscape than land, filled with states of creativity, imagination and alternate awareness. Here we can immerse in the collective. Think of  hospitals, rehab, prisons, all institutions where individuality blurs. It is the house of synchronicity and all that rises from these meaningful coincidences.

William Ricketts Sanctuary - 12th House
Gateway to the 12th house? William Rickettes Sanctuary

The Gateless Way

Is the 12th house really negative?

No more than a gateway can be negative. The 12th is an essential landscape of being, filled with wonders of the non-rational kind.

The great way is gateless, reached by a thousand paths. Know this and you walk free in the Universe. – Zen saying

Consider the 12th a place to experience everything; exclude notion. Perhaps it is in "suffering" that a sense of compassion is gained. And maybe it is only through the "limitation" that a deeper relationship with the inner world is explored.

And isn't it through dreams, art, and storytelling that we find new meaning and purpose?

Something of our surety, identity and ego must drown in the 12th to rise renewed. More whole, more complete.

Like Water for Soul

The 12th is like water. It can be a refreshing stream, a cleansing pool or a huge tsunami heading toward shore. In this way, it's neither 'good' nor 'bad', but holds our most poignant experiences, dreamed, imagined or real.

Try to accept that the 12th house is an enigma to the conscious mind, but in the world of dreams and symbols, its meaning comes alive. The deep ocean or lake of the mermaid, the well that leads to Mother Holle, the ecstatic rites of Dionysus and the reflection of a resent dream image all belong to the 12th.

"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, off Grand Cayman
"Amphitrite," by Simon Morris, found off Grand Cayman

The borderland

This house is the borderland where myths emerge into waking life. It's a humbling thought. Where consciousness is seen from the perspective of a veiled world.

Interestingly, Jung, who worked extensively with dreams, did not accept being called wise or even a sage. He said, “The difference between most people and myself is that for me the “dividing walls” are transparent. That is my peculiarity.”

This transparency of the dividing walls, belongs to the twelfth house. Behind the veil...

Explore the sign on the Cusp of the 12th

Here are some ideas for each sign that rules the 12th house. Start by looking at your own chart and others you know. Then expand by looking at the 12th house ruler(s) and any planets in the 12th. What happens to the 'actors' when they walk across this particular stage?

AriesARIES on the 12th house cusp

With Aries on the cusp of the twelfth house, you need to develop a sense of independence through a connection to the unconscious mind. Your identity might form around being a mouthpiece for the collective.  But, it's a paradox. Aries must find individuality in the hidden undercurrents of the collective unconscious, art, dreams and service to those less fortunate. Look to Mars by sign and house for more expression.

TaurusTAURUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Bull on the cusp of the twelfth house means the core values, sensuality and security must come from the depths. Remember, the twelfth is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts and impressions.  This is the sphere of diminished personal identity and blurred boundaries.  For the Bull to find true values and build sustaining resources , he must serve the collective in some practical, tangible way. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

GeminiGEMINI on the 12th house cusp:

When Gemini sits on the cusp of the twelfth house, the conscious mind must explore the unconscious.  The need to learn, communicate and share ideas reside somewhere in the collective unconscious, blurring the line between rational thought and intuition. The duality of Gemini may manifest in moods swinging from humor to profound wisdom.  The need is to experience all manifestations of the collective, making this placement extremely active, at least on an internal level. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

CancerCANCER on the 12th house cusp:

The shy Crab on the cusp of the twelfth means the need to connect on a feeling level extends past the personal to the greater whole. The twelfth house represents all that is concealed, the secret unconscious of ourselves and of the collective. With Cancer here, the quest for love carries over from the past, finding communion in helping those less fortunate.  But how can we establish a sense of emotional security in the unseen real? Cancer must find the answer. Look to the Moon by sign and house for more expression.

LeoLEO on the 12th house cusp:

The Li0n on the cusp of the twelfth house indicates the drive for significance and appreciation falls into the sea of the collective unconscious.  This is the house of hidden meanings, secret needs and movements governed by the deeper feelings of the collective.  With Leo’s power here, there is a necessity for self-understanding, connection to and an orientation towards service and support of others.  When Leo gives to others less fortunate, or expresses collective truths and longings, the feelings of fulfillment expand. Must shine for others as well as self. Look to the Sun by sign and house for more expression.

Virgo VIRGO on the 12th house cusp:

When Virgo sits on the cusp of the twelfth, the need to create order out of chaos expands.  Here Virgo seeks to gather, sort, select and make use of energy that is by nature without definition, beginning or end.  Virgo may shift into hyper-drive with the swirling soup of unconscious images, hoping to contain them. This can result in genius creative expression through art, literature, dance or music. It can also manifest as compulsive energy, unable to relax or let go. Virgo might harbor secret fears about health, hygiene and the body.  In this case, letting the art, or cause, 'carry' the energy frees the spirit. Look to Mercury by sign and house for more expression.

LibraLIBRA on the 12th house cusp:

With Libra found on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to partner falls into the realm behind the veil.  This is the domain of hidden feelings, taboo desires and karmic, counter-intentions, unformed artistic and literary expression and longings to merge with the divine.  With Libra here, sensitivity to others, to beauty and nature and to passion/longing expresses through relationship. Somehow, forming partnerships that help others, or for the greater good, can bring a sense of warmth, composure and symmetry. The feeling is 'karmic' or fated connections. Look to Venus by sign and house for more expression.

ScorpioSCORPIO on the 12th house cusp:

When Scorpio resides on the cusp of the twelfth house, the need to merge with others in meaningful ways, wield power, and periodically destroy and re-create movements in the collective, falls into the domain of the sea, the muse, the past.  Think deep unconscious, the collective soup where ideas, fads, trends, spiritual longing, taboo feelings and all things creative live and breathe. And, they all vie for manifestation. In the twelfth, Scorpio’s depths go just a little bit deeper, the longings a litter more obsessive and the passions a bit more powerful. Look to Mars and Pluto by sign and house for more expression.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

The Centaur on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to discover, explore and express the mysteries of the collective unconscious. A speaker for those without a voice. Here the house of the unseen real, where sweeping feelings from rage to rapture, heralds the call to adventure. When Sagittarius goes exploring in these waters, there is no telling what will be brought to the surface. With this placement, the meaning in life hides in the depths of the collective unconscious, not in the outer world. Look to Jupiter by sign and house for more expression.

CapricornCAPRICORN on the 12th house cusp:

The Sea-goat on the cusp of the twelfth house needs to gain respect and establish material security in the watery collective unconscious. The source of dreams, the world of hidden powers, collective thoughts and archetypes provide the matrix for growth and accomplishment.  To strive only for self-importance contrasts the twelfth house requirement of service to, and immersion in, the collective. Yet, to totally give the Self over to the needs of others denies the innate principle if Capricorn.  Clearly, a balance must be struck and maintained. Look to Saturn by sign and house for more expression.

AquariusAQUARIUS on the 12th house cusp:

When the Water-bearer rules the twelfth house, the need for freedom and unconventionality expresses through the collective. Sometimes, this can manifest as a longing for the dimly remembered yet idealized spiritual home. The drive to take a different approach to service, creativity and unity links to collective institutions, research and reflection of dreams, unconscious patterns and all things hidden or repressed.  With this sign of freedom and rebellion in the house of confinement, innovation is born. Look to Saturn and Uranus by sign and house for more expression.

piscesPISCES on the 12th house cusp:

The sign of Fishes naturally rules the twelfth and feels right at home in the chaos.  Here the need to dissolve boundaries and merge with the whole of life wants to express through the world of dreams, synchronicity and service. Compassion reaches out to those less fortunate with a healing heart. Pisces is seeking the ineffable, and in the twelfth house, that means the divine resides in nature, the sea, those less fortunate or lost along the way. A prison cell, a charity, a work or art, a song or dance can be the gateless way to Source. Look to Jupiter and Neptune by sign and house for more expression.

Thoughts? Ideas? Myths?


Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019

Pig 2019 - Schwart
Year of the Pig 2019 - Schwart

Welcome the Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019.

Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019 Times
New Moon @ 15 Aquarius
LA - Feb 4 - 1:04 pm
NY - Feb 4 - 4:04 pm
LON - Feb 4 - 9:04 pm
SYD - Feb 5 - 8:04 am

In Chinese Astrology, the new year falls on the second New Moon after the solstice. Depending on where you are in the world, this year it's February 4th/5th. And yes, it coincides with the Aquarius New Moon which becomes an event chart for the next twelve months. We'll look more at that chart below, but first, a little intro to the sign of the Pig.

Eclipse Activation Alert

As a side note, the new moon prior to this one is an eclipse on January 5th at 15 Capricorn. Because of the timing of eclipses, the 'message' can be delivered one month before, or one month after, so be aware. For you, this Aquarius New Moon might pack the power of the last eclipse!

The Sign of the Pig 2019

With Chinese Astrology, the Pig is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. And, in Chinese culture, pigs symbolize wealth, abundance, easygoing approach and a generous perspective.  Pigs are the 'actions speak louder than words' sign and DO what they say, completing projects and tasks. They are practical, loyal, Earthy (like Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn) and not afraid of 'hands-on'. Sensual and appreciative of the five senses, they know how to treat themselves well, fueling creativity with practical things like good food, good company, exercise and the fresh outdoors.

Leaning toward accomplishment, they are able to handle power, stepping up as leaders though they can take care of mundane responsibilities as well. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune though they can be Zen about their life circumstances, taking responsibility for their own well-being. You don't often see them pointing a finger!

Serene, optimistic and fun, you can be the year of the Pig 2019 is something to celebrate.

Sign by Sign Horoscopes for Year of the Pig 2019

Image of Pig by Chao ShaoAng
Art by Chao ShaoAng

Each sign of the Western Zodiac will have a different response in the New Year of the Pig 2019, according to where this Aquarius New moon falls. Also notice that because the signs run in twelve-year cycles, they match up, more or less, with the cycle of Jupiter. For example, many Pigs born any time this century will have Jupiter in Sagittarius, which certainly goes with the buoyant, energetic, happy-go-lucky vibe of the Pig.

Let's look at how each sign can align with the energy of the Pig 2019.

AriesARIES 

The Ram can have a very social time in the year of the Pig 2019. Spirits are lifted when in a group situation, with friends or the home tribe. Aries will want to lead though, so find ways to put yourself in the spotlight. It's no time to be shy. This is a great year to release resistance to adventure. You will want to travel. Watch for contrasts and prickles in relationships. Instead of falling into a default response with potential discord to follow, ask yourself what you really want in terms of partnership and do whatever it takes to create that. This is the year where you own responsibility for your own well-being.

TaurusTAURUS 

The sign of the bull shares characteristics with the Chinese Pig, especially the earthy nature and easy-going vibe. Taureans will find this year more productive, creative and sensual than usual. It's good for proposing new projects, launching a career or changing to a new profession or calling. Whatever your mission in life, you'll be able to go for it with fresh enthusiasm. Great for your public identity. The only proviso is honesty. You'll need to be scrupulous in all your dealings, with a fully transparent attitude. Avoid any collaborations that have even a wiff of 'under the table' dealings. They won't stay hidden for long. If you're looking for a new partner, this is your year! Go for it.

GeminiGEMINI

The Twins in the year of the Pig will feel lucky, strong and resilient. The focus is on expansion of some kind, higher education, travel, philosophies or artistic pursuits that take you places you've never been before. To spice it up, it looks like you won't be going on these new horizon journeys alone. Whether a biz partner, artistic collaboration or romance, you won't have any trouble finding a plus one, if that's what you want. Though the year of the Pig 2019 is practical in some way, you will want to maintain a sense of the carefree. If it doesn't make you feel lighter than air, it's not for you. Your only caution is overindulgence. Avoid it for the best health outcomes.

CancerCANCER

Crabs come out of their shells in the year of the Pig. This is a time to embrace your strengths, both emotional and physical. You may want to work out, train in a mind-body-spirit discipline, martial art, weights, yoga, swimming, running, tennis. You decide, but the benefits of being in your best shape ever are multiple. You'll own your power and leadership qualities, stand up for your choices in the face of challenge, and find more authentic relationships - because you're being more authentic yourself. As always, food, comfort, artistry and nutrition are all-important, but this year a hobby or pastime could turn into a new, and lucrative, income stream.

LeoLEO 

Whatever creative projects you are planning for 2019, the Pig energy is going to be supportive on all levels. From finding an agent, collaborator, biz partner, financial backer, loan officer or funding agency, to reaching the audience you are after, the clients, the job offers, this year rocks. The only concern, at this time, is forgetting about your day to day practical needs. That includes body care like skipping meals, working all hours and generally not listening to internal signals. You can't live so wild and extreme that you ignore the little things that support well-being. This goes for romance as well. Don't expect relationships to run on autopilot this year.

Virgo VIRGO 

Because you are an Earth sign, the year of the Pig 2019 is a strong one for you. Expect income and finances to improve, mainly because you are able to catch problems before they happen and make necessary adjustments. Children may play a larger part in your life, more than you expected, but that goes for other creative projects too. Romance is in the air, and the more you can maintain the feeling of 'delightful uncertainty' the better. This is not a time to nail things down with commitments and contracts. Find the joy in the lightness of being and abundance will follow. It's about trusting your choices, and your heart.

LibraLIBRA 

Communication is going to surprise you this year. It's like suddenly everyone guy and their dog is listening to what you have to say. Hanging on your words, even. Whether you are a speaker, teacher, blogger, writer, coach, counselor, professor or performer, the year of the Pig 2019 brings new ideas, a fresh voice and supporters who are willing to notice what you have to say. Great for publishing, traditional or electronic, this is the year you reach a wider audience with whatever it is you do. Maybe there is one special someone you would like more attention from? In the words of Jane Austin, “Let us never underestimate the power of a well-written letter.”

ScorpioSCORPIO 

For Scorpio, the year of the Pig brings practical inclinations, beginning with the home. The drive might be to buy a new place, relocate or build/repair/remodel. In a way, this is a metaphor for work that you do on yourself this year. The focus is internal and you will need a sense of your own sanctuary, no matter what your living situation. Likewise, you'll need some emotional space where you can process the changes going on inside you. Partnership and live-in companions require sensitive handling, mainly because you'll be feeling a little restless or edgy. For the best results, communicate. Tell them what is happening. It's not a year to keep people guessing.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS

Likely, you'll find this a year where you want to expand intellectually, taking new courses, leveling up credentials or going for training/edu in a whole new area of life. It's exhilarating, this launch into something new-for-you but there are a few cautions to keep in mind. Don't forget your family or tribe in the midst of it all. A sibling or cousin especially could need help and if you're too self-focused, you'll miss the cues. Optimism is sky high, and that's awesome, but check in, from time to time, to your accessibility. This is a busy year and it might be easy to get caught up in outcome more than the journey. You want to make each day a delight.

CapricornCAPRICORN

The year of the Pig 2019 is one to love what you do or change it. No exceptions. The earthy sign of the Sea-goat is similar in some ways to the Pig but one thing Pig can teach you is to love life. Every moment of it. It's not enough to make the money, meet the deadlines, fulfill the obligations. The question you must ask is, "Where is my highest joy?" If the answer isn't in what you are already doing, how you are 'being' then be ready for major changes in that department. In case you aren't sure how to evaluate this mindset, turn to your core values. What are they and are you living them to the fullness of your heart's desire?

AquariusAQUARIUS 

This is the most important new moon of the year and as it ushers in the year of the Pig, there are some things for you to face. Quite possibly, you are already on the path, feeling confident, abundant, appreciative and optimistic. If so, carry on. But if not, you'll need to have a long, slow, honest look at yourself and the life you lead. Fortunately, Pig energy has a wide and generous perspective, with all the support in the world for helping you make improvements in your life if you need to. Friends, in particular, are ready to lend a hand, so reach out, ask for help and amp up your receiving skills so you can fully benefit when the good times roll.

piscesPISCES

If ever there was a year for you to work your magic, this is it. Pisces dreams the 'impossible 'dreams and Pig will gladly help you bring them to fruition. In the past, it may have been enough to have the idea, the sketch, the scene, the outline, the riff, the concept, but not now. This is your year of bringing it down to earth, manifesting your big dreams now. Shed any reluctance like an old skin and embrace the renewal and strength of vision that settles over this year. Large or small, whatever it is you hold in your thoughts is fair game for reality. Think of yourself as Midas with the golden touch, sans nasty consequences. Go forth and make it so!

New Moon Horoscope Pig 2019
Horoscope for the New Moon - Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019

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Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019!


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


Solstice Dance 2018

Solstice Dance - Danza de Luna by Beverly Ash Gilbert
Danza de Luna by Beverly Ash Gilbert

The Solstice Dance

Hi Everyone, I'm updating the Solstice post, making it relevant for June 21, 2018. It's happening now!

Happy mid-winter solstice in the southern hemisphere; mid-summer in the north. This is a time to celebrate, appreciate and feel gratitude for the blessings in life. Let's count them! Fuel our goals, aspirations and desires by honoring the connection to life, love, nurturing and joy. Make this whole week a an inner, and outer celebration.

Think of the Solstice Dance as a turning point, symbolic of endings and new beginnings. With Uranus and Chiron closely connected to the o degree Cancer sun (the solstice point), something in your life is on the brink of change.

Technical Notes

In Astrology, two major things happen at the solstice.

1) Sun crosses the AP – the zero degree “Aries” point. Pardon, you might say. The sun is nowhere near Aries. It’s 0 degrees of Cancer.

True, but all the Cardinal points of the zodiac, 0 Aries, 0 Cancer, 0 Libra and 0 Capricorn are collectively called the “Aries Point”. If you take a square piece of paper and fold it so each corner is in the same place, you’ll see why.

2) the sun crosses the Draconic Nodes, releasing energy to move you along your path.

If you want to fast track your abundance, creativity, well-being, love and enlightenment, then focus your thoughts on what you want to experience on or in the days after the Solstice.

Solstice 2018 @ 0 degrees Cancer

LA – June 21 – 3:07 am
NY – June 21 – 6:07 am
LON – June 21 – 11:07 am
SYD – June 21 – 8:07 pm

Deliberate Creations tips for the Solstice Dance, from the JeanetteBecome a Skilled Receiver, I Am Statements 101You're Always Doing it!

Using your Chart to Amp up Solstice Intentions

It's easy to use your chart to amp up your intentions. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Spot where the four 0 degree Cardinal signs are in your chart. Think of greeting this energy with reverence and respect, ready to engage, give and receive. This is where you do your Solstice Dance of enthusiasm and joy.
  2. Hone in on 0 degrees of Cancer in your chart. Give it an 8 - 10 degree orb either way. (20 Gemini to 10 Cancer). Any planets there? What house is the focus on? Transits to that house?
  3. Notice how you feel in this area of life, what you want and then relax about it. Let the universe do her thing!

Not sure how to find these positions in your natal chart? Pop over to the GVA Forum and we’ll give you a hand.

Happy Solstice everyone!

xx Kim

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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!


Finding the Final Dispositor

FinalDispositor1Hi Everyone. I thought it would be fun to revisit the path to the final dispositor.

Definition

A dispositor is a planet that rules the sign another planet is in. The Final Dispositor is just like is sounds, where the buck stops. You can follow the trail of any chart and see where it leads.

Ready to follow the path? In the image above, (based on the chart below) starting at the bottom, Pluto is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn. Saturn is the dispositor of Pluto.

Saturn is in Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is the dispositor of Saturn.

Jupiter is in Libra, ruled by Venus. Venus is the dispositor of Jupiter.

Venus is in Pisces, ruled by Neptune and Jupiter. Neptune is the dispositor of Venus (and Venus and Jupiter are in each other's signs, aka mutual reception.)

Neptune is in Pisces, ruled by Neptune.

Moon is in Leo (today) ruled by the Sun. The sun is the dispositor of the Moon.

The Sun and Uranus are in Aries, ruled by Mars. Mars is the dispositor of both.

Mars is in Taurus, ruled by Venus. Venus is the Dispositor of Mars.

Venus is in Pisces, ruled by Neptune. Neptune is the dispositor of Venus.

Q. Can you see where all paths lead and which planet is the Dispositor or the chart?

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What does the Final Dispositor Mean?

A. Neptune as the planetary 'final dispositor' means the mystical god of the sea has the final say. See this as a chance to glimpse behind the veil. When you open your mind to the magic of the universe, that which was inanimate comes alive. There is a message there if you stop for a moment and listen.

Note: Dispositors are not used by all astrologers though I find them very insightful, especially from a Law of Attraction perspective. The dispositor of  a planet can help pinpoint what things boil down to. Following the path can reveal a major key to the eternal goal: Know Thyself, super helpful in a deliberate creator's evolution.

Another interesting thing to do is find the final dispositor of your Asc. It adds new meaning to 'chart ruler'.

Those taking the "Karma Course" will want to follow the trail of dispositors of their 12th house ruler.

List of Planetary Rulerships

If this is all new to you, don't rush. Take your time to memorize the planetary dignitaries/rulers. Here are the signs and their ruling planets for reference. Also, check out our PDF on Planetary Dignities.

Aries - Mars
Taurus - Venus
Gemini - Mercury
Cancer - Moon
Leo - Sun
Virgo - Mercury
Libra - Venus
Scorpio - Pluto (Mars)
Sagittarius - Jupiter
Capricorn - Saturn
Aquarius - Uranus (Saturn)

If you have your own chart in front of you, have a go at working out your final dispositor. You might end up with one, or several, or a mutual reception feedback loop (for example I have Moon in Aquarius and Uranus in Cancer so those two are in a continual strange loop, but the rest of my chart boils down to Mercury in Gemini).

Conclusions

Think of your final dispositor as having more strength and purpose in the chart. Their message, what they symbolically need and want and have to offer, can be more important to us than we might first think. Bottom line, when we honour them, life moves forward in a more authentic direction.

Are you sailing with this wind, or against it? Work out your final dispositor and see.

Shout out in the comments if you get stuck or need a hand.

Update (there will be a lot of these with Mercury now Rx)

I've had several emails asking what happens when there is more than one final dispositor, or an endless feedback loop of two or more planets. Here's an example from the lovely Mhr. Let's take a look.

Two rulers - Moon and Saturn - and Sun/Uranus in mutual reception.
Two rulers - Moon and Saturn - and Sun/Uranus in mutual reception.

In this case, the Moon is its own final dispositor, Saturn disposes everything else by traditional rulership and Sun and Uranus are in a mutual reception (each others sign) loop. Venus by modern ruler is disposed by Sun/Uranus loop AND by Saturn.

We would say that in the emotional realm, the inner world, the Moon in Cancer is very strong. She's super sensitive, aware of others moods, remembers every feeling, and is introverted when it comes to expressing those feelings. (Sun in 4th concurs but look at that Uranus in 10 - pulling at the sun, squaring the Asc - v. extroverted on some level. Career needs to be 'out there', emotions do not. Private.

Then there is Saturn, disposing (traditionally) everything else. More focus on ambition, accomplishment, becoming self-sustaining and individuated.

The mutual reception acts as a circuit breaker if the Moon is too attached to the past, or sun in 4th too attached to family. The Sun and Uranus can swap places, the sun shining in the 10th via individuation, independence and career recognition while Uranus cuts ties with family IF they are holding her back from her own path.

This is just a brief and isolated look at Final Dispositors, but hopefully it gives you an idea of how these rulers can play out in the chart.

Thank you Mhr for the question and putting your chart up.

Another Example of a final dispositor LOOP

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In this image you can see Jupiter is in his own sign and there is a perpetual loop between the Sun, Mercury and Venus, all being in each others signs.

Here is Marilyn's chart, so you can follow along. We'll start with the outer planets and work our way in.

Pluto is in Leo which is ruled by the SUN.

SUN is in Virgo, ruled by Mercury.

MERCURY is in Libra ruled by VENUS.

VENUS is in LEO, ruled by the Sun. See the three way LOOP. Sun to Mercury to Venus to Sun. That LOOP is where everything but Jupiter ends up.

Neptune is in Libra, ruled by Venus (back to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop)

Uranus is in Cancer, ruled by the Moon, ruled by Saturn, ruled by the sun, (back to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop).

Saturn is in Leo ruled by the sun, (back to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop).

Jupiter is in Sagittarius, his own sign. Jupiter energy is PURE Saggo.

Mars is in Scorpio (traditional ruler but we're using modern) ruled by Pluto in Leo ruled by the Sun, (back to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop).

And back to Venus - Mercury - Sun Loop.

Finally, Moon in Capricorn rulerd by Saturn in Leo, ruled by the Sun, (back to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop).

So all the planets but Jupiter are 'beholding' to the Sun-Mercury-Venus loop.

We don't always end up with a neat, single final dispositor. There can be loops, pairs of mutual receptions AND several planets in their own sign.

You can see through this technique why planets in their own signs are 'stronger' simply because the energy isn't pulled in any other direction.

xxKimmy

P S Happy Mercury Rx!

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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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