If you've been feeling extra tired lately, it might be because both the Sun & Mars have been building up to a square with Saturn in Pisces ♓ over the past few days, & it's now hit its peak & is receding.
Mars & the Sun can be thought of as ambitions, with the two of them so close together, the future becomes more clear - the need to go out & get what you want or become who you dream of becoming is at the forefront of your mind. Both of them ingressed from Scorpio ♏ to Sagittarius ♐ in the last few days, which forms a direct square with Saturn.
Saturn reveals the limits of whatever it's interacting with, this being your dreams & your natural drive to get it done. Saturn forces us to second-guess ourselves, & align ourselves with our personal morals & values. With it squaring the Sun & Mars, it might show you the limits of your ambitions, the fears that you have of moving forward without checking yourself. It shows that you can't do everything at once, & it's imperative to have a plan to build up to your dream.
Over the course of Sagittarius ♐ season this second-guessing will recede & open ourselves up to more optimism about the future.
2024 is nearly upon us, and this is a great time to get your Busy Witch Monthly Date Planner set up for the new year! This version includes stickers and more astrological data than past years!
This supernova remnant & pulsar wind nebula is located in the #constsellation #Taurus, which we covered in Season 1 (🔗 : https://starrytimepodcast.podbean.com/e/taurus-the-bull/)
Another thing about Mercury and Mercury retrogrades in general - this year, we had Mercury retrograde in earth signs (Capricorn ♑, Taurus ♉, Virgo ♍), meaning people with those placements are usually most affected by them, and develops a general theme for what types of communicative breakdowns are going to happen - significations having to do with earth signs (material stability, practical ideas, etc). This upcoming year will have retrogrades in fire signs instead (Sagittarius ♐, Aries ♈, Leo ♌). This will shift the general theme of Mercury retrogrades to be the significations of fire signs instead. Next year will be water, then air, rinse repeat.
In honor of the beginning of the #astrological #Zodiac season of #Sagittarius -- here's a throw back to our #podcast episode where we explored the #astronomy, #mythology, and pop culture of this constellation!
You can ask yourself:
Following the dissolution of the Pisces Moon, the Aries Moon brings...
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Mercury retrograde really sneaking up on me, the pre-shadow period in Sagittarius ♐ starts on the 25th!! The pre-shadow period is when Mercury starts slowing down, and it's also the place where Mercury goes back to. For example, the pre-shadow period starts when Mercury is at 22° of Sagittarius ♐. When Mercury retrograde eventually begins, it begins at 8° of Capricorn ♑. Then Mercury will go backwards in the sky, entering Sagittarius again, and going all the way back to 22° of Sagittarius before stationing & eventually moving forward again. When Mercury goes *back* along those degrees it has already visited, it will *re-visit* those subjects again, for better or worse. So pay attention when Mercury starts its pre-shadow period, because Mercury will reveal the themes of the retrograde period during that time.
Been feeling angry lately? Well, an ever-building anger has been growing within us as the Sun has slowly been catching up to Mars, with today as the culmination. Mars and the Sun are on top of each other in Scorpio ♏, the two hottest planets - rage is boiling over, and people are righteously angry all over the world. Our dreams and what we hope to become are being fueled with what makes us feel impotent and indignant.
Be careful with your interactions over the next few days as this recedes, you might be taking your anger out on people you don't mean to without knowing it. Instead, channel it into the places where you feel impotent. Mars is about assertion and getting what you want, and the Scorpio new Moon was about finding ways to be resourceful in getting what you want.
Extra tidbit: the Sun rules the right eye, and with a malefic planet conjuncting it, things might quite literally happen to your right eye - I've heard some weird stories about Sun-Mars aspects!
The Moon 🌚 in Sagittarius ♐ is squaring Saturn 🪐 in Pisces ♓. This might bring emotional blockages, second guessing, reminders of the limits of material comfort. This should pass soon, and give way to the Moon conjuncting Mercury in Sagittarius. This provides a good time to experience your emotional limits and blockages, & solidify them in art, journaling, or however you express your feelings in general as it merges the communicative significations with Mercury.
I feel like people are really going through it this new Moon. Just keep in mind, this is a *malefic* new Moon - it's ruled by Mars. Scorpio ♏ isn't really focused on the finer things that life has to provide, that's more up to Venus ruled signs. Scorpio is focused on pain, trauma, suffering. And the planetary alignment for this new Moon really, really emphasizes that.
The Moon is in its fall, meaning strong feelings but it will be harder to access them, name them, & share them. The Sun is in Scorpio - it doesn't want to be perceived as the Sun normally does. They're both ruled by Mars, with the Sun about to exactly conjunct Mars in Scorpio as well. This amplifies that energy, shining a light on things that need to be shed from your life in order to grow, and regenerate yourself.
On top of that, Uranus is opposing all 3 of these planets. Uranus will provide oscillations between extremes of needing deep emotional releases & needing material stability, being resourceful. Uranus aspects usually release pent up energy. You might feel anxious, restless, and not know exactly how to pinpoint it.
I repeat, *this is not going to feel great*, but it does illuminate a path for healing. The things shed during this season, the problems you've uncovered that you can't unsee, will provide a roadmap, and the voids in your life will always be filled again. That is the nature of transformation.
On November 8th, Venus will enter Libra ♎. Because it retrogrades earlier this year, Venus will be slowly catching up to Mercury and the Sun for the next half a year. This has created a malefic pattern this year, where Mars touches each transit first, giving it a martial, hot quality, boiling situations over and clearing away the things we don't need. Venus will be coming through after, sweeping things up and planting benefic seeds, giving us the things that we need and reminding us that life is beautiful.
This is also the first time Venus has been in a dignified sign since either March or April. While Venus will be in its domicile in Libra, Mars will be in its domicile in Scorpio ♏. With both of these planets dignified, martial things and expressions of beauty will be at the forefront for a while.
I was writing my Moon transit updates for next week and... The new Moon in Scorpio ♏ is not looking like a walk in the park, folks. This includes the Sun and Moon applying to a conjunction with Mars in its domicile, all in Scorpio, and to top that off, it's *opposing Uranus* in Taurus ♉, the planet of revolution. The new Moon brings new beginnings, and I could imagine that new revolutionary power might come into the limelight around that time.
Jupiter being co-present in Taurus, we've seen some much bigger revolutionary action, with the huge strikes we've witnessed this year, and general material organizing. I expect this new development to be of a more martial nature.
On November 3rd, Saturn in Pisces ♓ will station direct. When a planet "stations" it becomes much more prominent in the global consciousness and in interpersonal consciousness. Think of it as the planet taking center stage for the time being. This will be the second time Saturn "stations" in this sign since it moved into Pisces ♓ in March.
Last time Saturn stationed was June 18th, the day that the Titan submersible went down to see the Titanic and subsequently was crushed by the pressure of the ocean. Saturn shows us the limits of ourselves, this time in a very literal way - the limits of our hubris in thinking we can conquer nature, and in this instance, specifically the water. This was such a prominent event of the year, the billionaires getting memed to oblivion, the carelessness of the CEO of the submarine company, all of it went into the story and was picked apart by the global consciousness.
This station will likely give us another big event. Saturn in Pisces themes: Exposing fake compassion, hypocrites in the realm of community service (celeb culture comes to mind), showing the danger of a lack of balance in our lives with water (contamination, lack thereof, flooding, etc).
Scorpio’s gemstones are ruby, topaz, garnet, aquamarine and malachite. Its plants are Heather, Honeysuckle, nettles, thistle and Chrysanthemum.
10 things you might not know about the Scorpio star sign:
My Chinese #zodiac sign is an Earth Dragon & my Western star sign is Leo. I was born during a Metonic cycle; a synchronization between solar & lunar energies. A lion & a dragon have alchemical significance (coniunctio). That's why I use dragon symbology
Is there a difference between dressing up as a demonic dragon for a #spiritual ritual and dressing up as a dragon as a kink?
I had a revelation last night that most mundane astrological analysis (mundane meaning the study of astrology affecting society) is lacking in historical materialism. Most of the astrology education being connected to history I've listened to & heard comes from Western thought, & whether knowingly or unknowingly, it follows the "Great Person" type of history, placing most of the responsibility on specific people who changed the course of history.
While I do think those people are relatively important, I believe that they are more of a reflection of the historical material conditions of the time they were in. Material conditions affect cultural changes in more ways than we give them credit for. Those movements were building, & those people embodied the energy at the time - some were at the top of the white supremacist patriarchal power structure, & therefore had the time & resources to undertake those endeavors.
This "Great Person" framework ends up lacking. It misses the material conditions, & instead presents a shallow framework for understanding history, which is then reduced to a moralistic framework & doesn't foster true understanding of history.
Astrology, more than anything, seems to bring events *into the consciousness of society*. If the event is timed, then society will take it up & blow it up & pay attention to it more & forces society to grapple with it. But this "Great Person" understanding reduces astrological analysis on a societal level to a shallow, moralistic framework. I don't think it's a coincidence that there were revivals of astrology now & also during the Civil Rights Movement. Astrology has a way of articulating a person, place, or a movement, & telling the story of them. It puts us into context of the greater story, & that awareness can inform us how to act in accordance with the greater whole. Other ways of knowing, outside of rational & positivist frameworks need to supplant current Western thought.
We are all acting out a story, we enter & exit that story at different times. We have personal stories, & societal ones. Astrology helps us tell them all. I feel that we need to deepen the historical materialist understanding of our stories in order to better understand how we all evolve together.
Of course, this is not to say that this work hasn't been done. There are people who have done this, & others that I probably don't know of. There needs to be more, though!
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This Aries Full Moon represents the first big step after the shift of the Lunar Nodes from the Scorpio ♏ / Taurus ♉ axis to the Libra ♎ / Aries ♈ axis, which occurred a couple months ago. I view eclipse season as the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. This Full Moon is a preview for this eclipse season, revealing to us the whole-hearted desire to become more independent while maintaining healthy boundaries in our relationships. Whatever you started in April of this year when the last eclipse season was is now coming to fruition and culminating. Look back on what you started in April, and where it's going now. Are you excited about the direction it's going, or are you frustrated?
The South Node represents something that we already have established in the past, that we may have become reliant upon now. When we become reliant upon something, we take it for granted and unhealthy habits are crystallized. The South Node reminds us that we need to reconsider, and spend time re-working that part of our life to break up the crystallization and to enable more balance. With it in Libra ♎, this is about relationships and collaboration. We have friends and we have support, but have we lost ourselves in it? What is our identity apart from them?
The North Node represents something that we don't currently have that we need in our lives. It takes courage to strive towards it, because it's not necessarily something comfortable that we can just *do*. We have to work at it, practice it. It's clumsy, like something you did long ago and forgot about. We need the North Node to give us our direction - the eclipses are going to be in these axes for 1.5 years. There will be multiple chapters of your life on this axis. With the North Node in Aries ♈, this will push us to strive towards independence through enforcing boundaries in your relationships and purging co-dependent tendencies. This will allow us to have relationships that support our full autonomy, instead of a distorted, people-pleasing version of ourselves. Interdependence, not codependence.
Take some time and ask yourself this Full Moon what independence, and learning through doing, looks like for you. The House Aries is in also denotes where in your life you want to be independent. I'll post below the house combinations for each rising sign.
Happy Zodiac Dragon Libra season! ♎🐉
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This month is my birthday & my art-iversary, so I painted the Virgo constellation to celebrate.
The Maiden is often depicted using a drop spindle, or just standing around benignly holding wheat. I have always thought that this constellation looked more like she was jumping for joy
The war of the twelve #zodiac animals, #Japanese #handscroll, ink, pigment and gold on paper, #Japan, 17th-18th century. Depicts the #poetry contest of the twelve zodiac animals, the messengers of the Twelve Divine Generals (jūni shinshō) in the retinue of the #MedicineBuddha. Seen in the #Museum of #EastAsian #Art #Cologne.
#JapaneseArt #Folklore #JapaneseFolklore
Today at 1p PST, the Moon will shift into Gemini ♊. We will go from feeling solid, productive, & practical with an aversion to change in Taurus to feeling restless, in need of socializing, & change in Gemini. The Moon in Gemini will make us more curious & intellectual, wanting to reach out to friends & build interpersonal relationships. Take this opportunity to reflect on Mercury retrograde & how it feels different from Mercury being direct. Gemini is ruled by Mercury & therefore this energy will be brought to the forefront for the next few days.
Main Topics by Rising Sign:
♈ Aries - Daily communication, short-distance travel, siblings, relatives
♉ Taurus - Self-worth, possessions, what you do with your money
♊ Gemini - Self, body, appearance, character, vitality
♋ Cancer - Endings, karma, sorrows, afflictions, self-isolation & undoing
♌ Leo - Friendships, group affiliations, network of support
♍ Virgo - Career, public perception, actions taken in society
♎ Libra - Mastery, higher education, long-distance travel, philosophy of the self, religion
♏ Scorpio - Shared possessions, death, debt, taxes, invisible power structures
♐ Sagittarius - Committed partnerships (platonic, business, romantic)
♑ Capricorn - Daily task list, job, health, illness, service
♒ Aquarius - Children, creative self-expression, pleasurable pursuits romance
♓ Pisces - Home, family, private life, foundations
COLLECTIVE READINGS 🃏
If you're looking for messages for your #zodiac sign, check the playlists dedicated to shorts.
📷 Casa Azul / Chalet Do Conde, Portugal
Upper floor room of an abandoned house, with beautiful molded plasterwork on the ceiling. The circular features had #zodiac symbols, which was an pretty interesting feature!
I'm currently doing a super-casual series on the Chinese zodiac. It's based on the story of the race between the animals to get to Jade Emperor's castle, where he gives each animal a beautiful gift for their attendance.
I'm doing one in each in their corresponding year. I still have to do Rabbit but had some major mega glitches in the Matrix where I just couldn't get it done.
I captured one of the Signs Of The Zodiac releases, Aries, from a reel-to-reel 7.5 IPS release. Unfortunately this capture is both flawed and incomplete, however the quality is very nice despite the flaws.
This is spoken word album about the Aries zodiac sign, with background electronic music by Mort Garson.
Happy Lunar New Year of the Black Water Rabbit... or Cat, for those following the Vietnamese list! Here's an ink rabbit and cat I did as part of a zodiac series years back. May you go with the flow 🌊 to wonderful things! 🐇 🐈
Full series: https://www.humangray.com/zodiacs/
I am going to try for an #introductions post that doesn't leave anything out in 1 go, no mistakes, the 1st time.
I already know there will be a Part 2 😂
Please listen, follow and share! Astrology pro and top-tier human Jessica Lanyadoo and I go deep on unearthing all the sins of the US Empire as we discuss the Pluto Return currently underway.