Mars On Virgo 10: Two Heads Looking Out


Magritte - MirrorThis is so apt – I’m seeing this around me quite a lot… in the media, in the attitudes around… interesting.

For me, I am, again, contemplating giving up this work. For all my knowing of the law of attraction, etc, I realise that doing this kind of work is always going to be a struggle to keep my head above water. I am not winning – I am continually at it, and, well, perhaps it’s time to let it all go. If I was a banker or a lawyer or whatever, would I have this struggle? Probably not. Anyways, thought to share…

Then, of course, a loud voice inside me says I can’t do that – I can’t stop. What else would I do? Heck, I don’t know. Sell my only asset and spend the money until it runs out – having a life.

Are you feeling this too? Are you observing things in different lights? Are you feeling like you’re being watched, observed, perhaps judged by others?

This Symbol implies the ability to see things from many sides, not just one. You may be able to, or need to, see things from two perspectives. This can be a marvelous asset, particularly with the Virgo ability to discriminate and make observations. This Symbol can also imply split personalities or not being able to make one’s mind up. Further, it can show situations where two people are checking each other out, but aren’t able, or allowed, to show themselves, they’re “Beyond the Shadows”. This Symbol asks that you look beyond situations and into the light. People may be afraid to take a chance, just ‘looking out’ and not moving forward.

Duality of observation. People peering and peeking. Spying. Secret agencies. Private detectives. The media, paparazzi, conspiracy theories. Voyeurism. Cross eyed.

The Caution: Confused by duality. Failing to see the integration of more than one perspective. Mental instability. Fear and apprehension. Bickering. Eavesdropping.

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Memories And Contemplation – The Sun And Venus


A Woman Awaiting A SailboatThis is entirely apt as we have Mercury about to move prograde (forward, after being retrograde) and we have yet to move past its shadow (the area it traversed while retrograde). So, we have some processing of recent events to do.

Adding enormously to this, is the recent Venus retrograde period. We are now, as of the few days, clear of the Venus retrograde, and, out of it’s shadow period – Venus is now transiting new ground. However, Venus is on Virgo 2: A LARGE WHITE CROSS DOMINATING THE LANDSCAPE STANDS ALONE ON TOP OF A HIGH HILL. We may be feeling the brunt of recent events, particularly if we had a rough time of it. Loneliness, ideas of sacrifice and loss can come up with Venus on this degree. Here’s my take on Virgo 2 – where Venus is at the moment:

In the situation facing you, you may feel like you’re being treated like a scapegoat “hung outA Large White Cross Dominating The Landscape to dry”; punished for doing something or being different or special. Signposts and other expressions of faith have a powerful influence. Instead of having a “cross to bear’, we can work at realigning ourselves with our true desires and allegiances. This can lead to a stronger sense of purpose and spirituality, dissipating feelings of sacrifice, separation or loneliness. Believing that suffering is the way to salvation has significance for many, but what does it really mean? Don’t sacrifice for others; you may not get much appreciation for doing it anyway.

Religion dominating. The fear or wonder of God. Following a mystic path. Monuments to pain and suffering. Reminders of salvation and faith. Images of redemption. Isolation.

The Caution: Aloneness or sacrifice or yearning for it. Dogmatism. Being a scapegoat. Symbols that inspire guilt and anguish instead of love, acceptance and forgiveness.

Note the continuing and sometimes deafening uproar about Christianity and Muslims and the rest. Ugh. And here we are, supposedly in a time of brotherly love and acceptance (well, many of us DO feel that way, but we can get drowned out by a media that loves to spread fear and hate).

Here is my take on the degree of the Sun today – Libra 17: A RETIRED SEA CAPTAIN WATCHES SHIPS ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HARBOR

This Symbol speaks of the necessity in life of finding time for quiet recollection. You may feel that the stormy, unpredictable, emotional life is something you can, or need to, leave behind; to opt out. But like the sea captain, there will always be the frustration in the desire to return and get back amongst it. An objective and calm understanding of life’s experiences is available, but know when to rest and when to be active and work as merely looking out at the world from a confined perspective and feeling like you have no choice but to sit and watch is unlikely to bring the world to you.

Memories and peaceful contemplation. Writing memoirs. Being a spectator rather than a participant. Disconnection from the past. Nostalgia. Safe ports or harbors. Retiring.

The Caution: Copping-out, escaping from reality. Relying on past experiences. Refusing to join in. Staring at lost opportunities and times gone by. Frustration. Boredom.

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Jupiter On Virgo 13: A Powerful Statesman Overcomes A State Of Political Hysteria


A Powerful Statesman Overcomes A State Of Political HysteriaIt will be interesting to see what comes of this. World-wide, it seems to me, we don’t appear to have enough real ‘powerful statesmen’ – just power hungry and vacuous individuals who don’t have a full grasp on what true ‘power’ is. With the Sun on Libra 16 and the need to rebuild somehow ‘rebuild’ things, Jupiter here seems to be saying that it’s time to cut through the crap and get to the heart of what need to be done.

This Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, to be able to calm situations, to solve a crisis, to have a steady hand that shows others that someone is in charge. If this is not operating on a positive level in your life you may want to assess where you need to be doing it. Sometimes our thoughts get out of control, even “Hysterical”, however this is not much use as emotions and events just get whipped up, leading to useless energy flying around. It is through control and the power of your personality that you can resolve situations and bring back a state of equilibrium to all involved.

The power to sway the mob. Having the charisma and talent to turn situations around. Mind control. Political savvy. Knowing what to say and when to say it. Taking charge.

The Caution: Misusing energy to sway others to personal advantage. Emotional manipulation. Hypnotic persuasion. Political speak. Propaganda. Misinformation.

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The Sun On Libra 16: A Boat Landing Stands In Need Of Reconstruction


Beaching A Big Boat Sea Bright, NJThis is the degree that Mercury went retrograde on some three weeks ago. We are entering a period where we have to get organised (or real) about life again. We may have had times recently where we let things go to a certain extent… especially as Venus has been doing it’s retrograde for so incredibly long in Leo (it feels like a long time, although it’s just a few months) and is now in Virgo (along with Mars and Jupiter).

This Symbol shows the need to rebuild parts of our lives that get swept away in difficult situations or “Storms”. Even things built on solid foundations can be swept away by the tidal wave forces of life or the emotions. You may at times feel overpowered and that you need to pick yourself up in some way. You may have to reconstruct some usually secure part of your life, but you are wiser and will in future build something stronger. Finding tools to rebuild can create brand new opportunities on every level. A great use of this degree is to find yourself in the helping role or being a counselor for others who have difficult issues to deal with in their lives.

Temporary loss. Emotional repair. Insurance claims. The fragility of our world in the face of nature. Having ‘nowhere to dock’ one’s emotions. Putting pieces back together again.

The Caution: Making excuses instead of taking responsibility. Emotionally swamped and powerless. Feeling shot to pieces. Letting things wear down to the point of collapse.

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Jupiter On Virgo 11: A Boy Moulded In His Mother’s Aspirations

Michael Leunigs mother and parentsThis speaks of finding the differences between what is demanded of you, and, realising who you really are. Are you wishing you were different? Or, that others were different? Do you feel that you are falling short of where you want to be? What is your inner guidance telling you about your trajectory into the future? Do you listen to the things said to you or about you that don’t hit the mark about YOU?

Do you feel that your true essence is appreciated? Do you appreciate you?

This Symbol often implies having to live up to others’ expectations. It’s fine to be moulded by people’s desires or by our parents, but often this does not reflect our true potential. The “Parent” often misses the truth of the offspring and may be projecting their own unlived life. Taking back one’s sense of individuality and going after what you really want will lead to more success in your life… of course, it may be a somewhat lonely journey.

Worrying about what others want, expect or think can lead to shallow choices or responses. On the other hand, this can show people being proud of what you’ve achieved and who you’ve grown into.

Feelings of being directed and protected on one’s journey. Being shaped against one’s free will. Plastic, or emotional, surgery. Parents as patterns. Predetermined destinies.

The Caution: Tied to apron strings. Conforming to social expectations. Controlling attitudes. Squashed individuality. Letting down the side. Being a “mama’s boy”. Narcissistic.

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Venus On Leo 25: A Large Camel Crossing A Vast And Forbidding Desert


Camel Crossing A Vast And Forbidding DesertAre you feeling it? Are you sensing that feeling of having to push through, even though you might want to stop – take some time off – have a holiday – dance in the rain – forget your woes – drop your bundles? Well, it seems you might not be able to do that just yet – straighten that back and

tote that barge and lift that bale – get a little drunk and you land in jail.

Drink lots of water – get hydrated and prepare yourself.

Lawrence of Arabia comes to mind…

This Symbol implies the need to push ahead in difficult times, going alone and coping even in the most difficult circumstances. It also shows being self sufficient, or someone with a big journey to complete. You may find that your situation has been like an arduous journey, but there could still be further to go. Be confident that you have the reserves to survive and the endurance to succeed. Although you may like the company and assistance of others, in the end you can really rely only on yourself. Self sufficiency and mental self-control are necessary as is a commitment to get to the other side of your issue.

Completing the journey while protecting oneself from spiritual ‘sunstroke’. The tests of karma. Having to carry the load, often for others, over long distances. Stamina. Reserves.

The Caution: Not preparing properly. Running out of reserves. Feeling weighed down and in danger of not finishing the objective. Big plans with no backup. Mirages.

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The Sun And Mercury On Libra 8: A Blazing Fireplace In A Deserted Home


Are you feeling the effects of living by yourself? Being alone? Not having a relationship? Fireplace vintage postcardEmpty nest syndrome? Perhaps you’re wanting more space to yourself. Perhaps you’re feeling both alone and wanting space. Life can be like that.

This Symbol implies the ability, or the necessity, to provide warmth and reassurance in times of emptiness, loss or desertion. You may need to remember that even in times of real loneliness, when you feel separated from your ‘center’, there is a constant, unseen, sustaining energy always ready to welcome you home: whether it be the fire of your own spiritual center, the warmth and familiarity of family and kin, or a knowing that one is sustained by humanity at large. You may need this reassurance yourself or you may be the one to help others in their hour of need.

Security and comfort left behind. Wood for burning and heating. Gas and electricity. Holiday homes. Homes rarely visited or inhabited. Homes filled with love, if not people or possessions. The warmth of the heart or the hearth. Fertility issues. Sweat lodges.

The Caution: Isolation, separation, abandonment or bitterness. Sabotage by or of loved ones. Being forced out, possibly for social reasons. Divorce. Latch-key children.

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The Sun On Libra 6: Watching Our Ideals Taking Concrete Form

The Sun is on Libra 6. This is the culminating degree in the Super Galactic Center. A PERSON WATCHES THEIR IDEALS TAKING A CONCRETE FORM BEFORE THEIR INNER VISION

A-Man-Watches-His-Ideals-Taking-ConcreteIf you’re finding that things are not going your way, don’t be too concerned. What we are learning here, and in a big way, is that our beliefs and thoughts become concrete realisations in our lives. We are learning every day, moving forward and evolving in many ways. We may not be seeing exactly what we want to be seeing now, however, this does not mean that fabulous insights and results are not going to arrive later than we might have wanted. Keep plugging, it is worth it.

This Symbol is one of the few Sabian Symbols that speak directly of the idea of the ‘law of attraction’; as a person imagines, so does their outer reality take shape and bring to them what they were imagining. In your life you’ll find vivid examples of thoughts manifesting as things – other times they may happen without you really realizing it. Ideals are not only bought into the light of reality but they are put to the test. This shows the ability to be able to visualize your thoughts and feelings and it possible to project your creative ideas out into the real world. What you think will happen can happen.

Confrontations with objectives. Meditations and affirmations. The need to be careful of what’s wanted. Writing and being published. Designs and plans. The Secret. Builders.

The Caution: Being dissatisfied with what was thought to be the ideal. Not being careful of what you ask for. Neurosis. Focusing on the negative thereby bringing the negative.

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Mercury Retrograde On Libra 10: Approaching Safe Waters

Here’s the thing I think we may need to concentrate on – Mercury is now moving onto Libra 10: A CANOE IS APPROACHING SAFETY THROUGH DANGEROUS WATERS – we can trust that we are being led to where we need to be… we may have been ‘shooting the rapids’ lately, but now we can find ourselves arriving at that safe, calm place… ah the relief of the safe waters.

Glass-Bottom BoatThis Symbol speaks of getting through difficult times in life and coming out the other side. It also infers being able to bring calm reassurance that a time of calm is approaching. The difficulties in your life may have been arduous, but they’ve added to your experience to cope with any difficult times that are yet to come. The calm is a time to review what has past and how you’ve come through the most difficult straits. Realizing that you’re on safe ground brings a sense of relief, and it will give you time to catch your breath. You may be the kind to go white water rafting in order to stir up your life somewhat; if there’s nothing whipping up around you, you may go looking for it.

The calm after the storm. Navigating difficult straits. Risky activities. Personal initiations. Trials. Inner calm. Rough waters vs. plain sailing. Retaining dignity under fire.

The Caution: Failing to rest. Taking foolhardy risks with the belief that all will be O.K. Freezing up and not moving. Shooting more rapids. Steering into dangerous waters.

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Much Learning And Teaching And Learning At This Lunar Eclipse

The Sun and Juno are both on Libra 5: A MAN TEACHING THE TRUE INNER KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEW WORLD TO HIS STUDENTS – and here we are – this is the degree of the Sun at this total lunar eclipse.

A Man Teaching The True Inner Knowledge Of The New World To His StudentsThis Symbol implies the gaining of wisdom and the passing on of knowledge to others who are receptive to the teachings. It can also show ‘channeling’ of pure instinctual knowledge. Whether you are a “Student” or a “Teacher”, information is available to you and others and there’s much to be learnt. The “True Inner Knowledge” may be conventional teachings or wisdom, although it’s more likely to be more modern concepts that are being passed on as this is about “The New World”. Insight, knowledge, and, experience are present. Conventional certifications of knowledge, such as diplomas, are probably not important; it’s what’s being brought through that’s important.

Looking within. Being a guiding light. Seeking the truth. Teachers of the “New World”. Having the answers that others seek. Listening and learning. Instinctual knowledge.

The Caution: Dogmatism. Believing that one has the only answers. Arrogance. Evangelism. The blind leading the blind. Feeling above everybody. Gurus and cult dogma.

And, it’s curious that we also have Chiron on Pisces 19: A MASTER INSTRUCTING THEIR DISCIPLE

This shows the ability, or the need, to be a student, a “Disciple”, or a teacher, a “Master”. AtAncient of Days times you’ll find yourself being either one or the other. You may be the teacher or the pupil, but remember that it is often the teacher that learns and the pupil that teaches. This shows taking time for the transfer of higher knowledge and wisdom. It’s also a sign to listen to your own higher wisdom. Someone with something worthwhile to say will usually find someone eager to listen. When you have a need to learn something, it seems that the “Master” will always appear. To give and to receive. Listening and learning. Knowledge, wisdom and spirituality. Knowing what questions to ask. Doing the homework. Manuscripts, books and lessons.

The Caution: Dogmatic instruction by rote. Talking down to others. Having a “know-it-all” attitude. Manipulating for a personal agenda. One-eyed attitudes. Unbending intellect.


We also have Mercury retrograde on Libra 10: A PROFESSOR PEERING OVER HIS GLASSES AT HIS STUDENTS – although Mercury is moving off this degree any minute…

Professor Peering Over The Top Of His Glasses At His StudentsThis Symbol speaks of the ability, or the necessity, of looking at people as humans and not through the lens of something learned from books. It’s as though the aspects of the rational mind and the intuition require a different kind of focus. Seeing people for who they really are leads to better and kinder relationships, as does dropping judgmental opinions or relying on science or complicated codes of thought for answers. You may need to interrupt your rational mind to realize your intuitive ideas. At times you may feel like the “Professor” and at other times “The Student”. Having the eyes to see each other in the true light of day is the goal. Different perceptions for different situations. Seeing that others get the message. Glasses and lenses. Observing others. Giving advice. Teachers. The ability to ‘read others’.

The Caution: Egoistic or superior positions that others have a lesser position or intelligence. Distortions of perception or observation. Condescending behavior. Bossy.

So, what is it that you’re learning/teaching/disseminating/thinking about this total lunar eclipse?

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