Weekly Weather November 29, 2010
I held out my hands & asked where I could help & somebody grabbed me & pointed me towards the future & said, You’ve got your work cut out for you & I said, isn’t there anything easier? & he laughed & said you could dig around in the past, but it’s just busywork & that made perfect sense so I shrugged & started right where I was, along with everyone else ~ storypeople.com
Our week ahead is full of twists, turns and surprises. Oh the surprises! And energy! And break downs or break throughs or break ups. And we start to really dig into our vision of our future and where we are going. We are done with the busy work of the past three months. We are done digging around in the past as Venus prepares to dive back into the Scorpio swamp for her third pass through the Path of Fire In the heavens. Our journey with Venus will intensify as she dives back into the swamp energy one more time for another 40 days of passion and profound emotions before she enters Sagittarius in January.
I spent last week with my aunt and uncle who live in the low country of South Carolina, near Beaufort, looking at wetlands, swamps and a unique mud called Pluff.
Pluff mud is the term used to describe the dark soft soil in the marshes. Pluff mud has a distinct odor that is the result of some combination of bacteria, water content and climate. I felt like I was on a research assignment for the last pass of Venus in Scorpio! Every where we traveled were swampy wetlands, winding rivers, estuaries, oyster beds and when the tide was low, the Pluff mud. Pluff mud was just calling out ~ This, THIS is what Venus in Scorpio is all about. It was dark, dank, rich, full of vibrant life supported by the decaying things that it is composed of. Back when the south had slaves, Pluff Mud was wonderful for growing rice. Once slavery was abolished, the Pluff mud was too soft to support machinery and the rice industry ended. Oysters love the mud. Crabs too. Shrimp dance around and about in it as the tide changes from low to high. Fish, alligators, vultures, hawks, herons, ducks, turtles ~ all denizens in the abundance of Pluff Mud. Pluff mud never quite dries out between tides and is a deep, dark grey black with air holes where the crabs are nesting below the surface.
In the weeks ahead, and particularly during THIS week, Venus may ask you to roll around in the Pluff mud a bit. No worries if she asks you. Get right in there and roll around in it. Venus is helping you to get clear, even as you get stinky, muddy and dirty with a staining black/grey mud called Pluff. Think of how much the REST of nature loves the Pluff mud and dive in yourself. You‘ll be surprised at the abundance that awaits you.
Lots of heavenly activity reflecting and echoing the changes down here on earth. Uranus stations at 26 Pisces for the last bits of Piscean energy to swirl around our feet. As he stops, for the next 10 days or so, and then starts to move forward, we will feel a build up in our dream energy producing crazy dreams. It can be exhausting when he pauses as anxiety, the free floating kind, gets amplified. Then, after he goes direct, it is full steam ahead into Aries and out of Pisces for the next 84 years. A chapter closes at the end of the week and you move forward. It is done. And done for good.
Mercury enters the solid, reliable, hard as a rock dirt of Capricorn and talks with plain, clear and direct common sense. He joins with the Node of Destiny and Pluto in Capricorn bringing us very important ~ VERY IMPORTANT! ~ news all week long. Mercury works cooperatively with Venus in all her Pluff Mud glory. He gives her a hand in expressing what she wants in very simple and no nonsense terms. Both of them are interested in getting you out of hell so take their hand when they offer it to you. Take their advice and suggestions.
Mars is exceptionally busy, a bit cruel or capricious, action oriented and rather self righteous, as he gets to the back end of Sagittarius and aspects all the planets hanging out at the end of signs ~ Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, and Uranus. Mars in Sagittarius speaks the truth even if it hurts. And the truth can hurt this week. Mars has a square to Jupiter, fueling his energy and making both of them energized and over the top ~ like throwing gasoline on a fire. Then Mars has working and productive sextiles to Neptune and Chiron so he FEELS he is perfectly justified in what he is saying, even if his words or actions can deeply hurt others. Finally, he has a square to Uranus causing a shorting out of the energy or a dousing of the flame and fire with an explosion of passion. Uranus is stopped in the sky so Mars runs into an implacable foe or wall of craziness as he rams his head against the Uranian wall.
These Mars aspects reek of computer problems, car issues, or technologies malfunctioning in weird ways that cause serious problems. Back your data up. Drive carefully. Pay attention to those weird noises. Lots of ending and adjusting to new reality energies going on. In personal relationships, this is the “blow it up” energy. Tiny matters get blown up and boil up over the top of the pan, spilling down the sides. It is the straw that breaks the camel’s back energy ~ a seemingly trivial thing and WHOOSH ~ big dramas, door slamming and grand exits.
Instead of going there, take that powerful Mars energy and use it to envision a new direction (or directions) for yourself. Don‘t have Mars make a face off or show down at high noon in the center of town over some perceived or imagined enemy or real slight. Take Mars and point him outwards ~give him permission to create a new vision using the frustrated energy to fuel a new creation rather than trying to change the existing situation. Yes, you find it SO frustrating. And No, it is not going to change. At least not this week, with Uranus digging his heels in. Maybe it will shift as Venus dives back into the Pluff mud. But YOU can change YOUR focus this week. Take that Mars energy out for a run and accomplish great things.
There also is a New Moon at 13 Sagittarius that kicks off the eclipse season. The eclipses energy arrives starting at the end of the week, kicked off by the revelations of Mars in Sagittarius.
Finally, Pallas Athena, the strategic pattern seer and seeker, cooperates with the newly discovered dwarf planet, Eris, the Goddess of Discord. You get to see the pattern of how you are cooperating with creating your own strife or the other person’s discord early in the week. Once you see THAT cooperation energy for what it is, at the end of the week, Pallas Athena squares Juno, asking for a small yet detailed change in behavior. Juno WILL change so Pallas can also strategically change how she creates patterns with people or situations.
You are going to realize how to work with the Pluff mud in your life now that you are released from slavery by changing your patterns of behavior. Venus is going to whisper in your ear. Look for the holes in the mud to find the magic life a few inches below the surface of the dark muck. Powerful magic and major shifts of energy await us in the week ahead.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
Moon’s day, November 29 finds the Moon in hardworking and earnest Virgo with closing aspects that suggest you want to separate from something. Venus dives back into the swamp of Scorpio from the bank of gentle Libra. The air is immersed in the Pluff mud of Scorpio’s creative intensity. NOW we get to find out what this darned Venus in Scorpio REALLY wanted to tell us. I know, you think you know already. Nope, not quite yet. You find out over the next couple of weeks as she rolls around in the mud one more time. Every so often, our dog, Andy would go over to the neighboring cow pasture and roll around in the muck and mud of the creek, full of cow manure and all sorts of other, decaying smelly things. She would return home SO PROUD of herself and how stinky smelly she smelled, completely immersed in the PLEASURE of the intensity of her smell. That is what happens today as Mars squares Jupiter and gets INTO it. The exertion of it, the exhilaration of it, the stinky, sticky and smelly glory of it. Eris and Pallas talk, asking you to see the pattern in it, note the discord but understand Discord as Hesiod described her in his Works and Days. There are two different goddesses named Eris or “Strife” :
So, after all, there was not one kind of Strife alone, but all over the earth there are two. As for the one, a man would praise her when he came to understand her; but the other is blameworthy: and they are wholly different in nature.
For one fosters evil war and battle, being cruel: her no man loves; but perforce, through the will of the deathless gods, men pay harsh Strife her honor due.
But the other is the elder daughter of dark Night and the son of Cronus who sits above and dwells in the ether, set her in the roots of the earth: and she is far kinder to men. She stirs up even the shiftless to toil; for a man grows eager to work when he considers his neighbor, a rich man who hastens to plough and plant and put his house in good order; and neighbor vies with his neighbor as he hurries after wealth. This Strife is wholesome for men. And potter is angry with potter, and craftsman with craftsman, and beggar is jealous of beggar, and minstrel of minstrel.
See the pattern in the discord and strife. Take that energy and understand its source to be able to partner with it in a new way.
Mar’s day, Tuesday November 30 Moon in Libra has a closing trine to Neptune, allowing you to start to see how to partner in a NEW way with the energy or shifts you experienced yesterday. Juno’s trine to the Ocean Goddess, Sedna brings up the issues from June 2000 to be observed and worked with. Mercury enters Capricorn and seeks to communicate in crisp and clean ways. He has harsh words for people who are not cooperating. It is time to change the pattern of how you’ve been doing things. Enjoy Venus in the early degrees of Scorpio as she pushes the emotional intensity of the Libra Moon into place she might not choose to go on her own. Moon or emotions have a hard time today as they square Mercury, Node and Pluto. Yes you will have to make a choice. You can do it. Even if you don’t think you can do it.
Mercury’s day, Wednesday December 1 finds the Moon in Libra with supportive aspects. There is an emotional closure early in the day. Astraea stations and moves direct today offering a bit of a pucker energy, a stinging quality to words as well as a release from infections. Mercury talks with Venus. She lets him know what she’s figured out over the last few months. He’s ready to put it into action, once she gives her consent. She still has some more time in the swamp and the Pluff Mud. But the pattern once recognized is released and set free. It is time to partner with a new or different process.
Jupiter’s day, Thursday December 2 Moon in Scorpio has lovely closing aspects as she dances through and hugs all the early planets in Scorpio and Capricorn. Jupiter wakes you up with emotional lights or dreams. Mars ends or breaks something today as he forces you to SEE it for what it is. Look deeply. Don’t be afraid. Hades retrogrades out of Cancer back into the abundance of choice presented by Gemini. What is hell really? Is this hell? Are you ready, willing and able to leave hell? Why keep fighting with it? Give yourself permission to shift out of hell and focus on what you want rather than beating your head against a wall. This is hair trigger day. Look for the deeper meaning and RE-DIRECT that Mars in Sagittarius energy toward what it truly wants. If you don‘t know what you want, just don‘t move forward any more. Stop. Be still. Listen to your inner being ~ your wise center. Listen for your soul’s whisper. The news can be final. The equipment can break or die today or tomorrow. The job can end. The relationship blow apart. All to the greater good of your soul ~ even if you can’t see how or why right now. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. The universe is unfolding as it should.
Venus’ day, Friday December 3 is chock full of aspects, the most important being Mars closing, psychological square to Uranus. You GET IT today. You understand what this whole Venus retrograde rolling in the Pluff mud business has been about. Take that knowledge to the bank ~ it is worth more than gold. Vesta enters Sagittarius alighting your home and hearth energy with a warm glow of candle lights or Christmas trees. Twinkle. Aglow. Moon in Scorpio is very intense and passionate working with the section of the Scorpio Zodiac that Venus hasn’t been to yet. Moon carries news of Venus’ discoveries to Sun, Mars, Mercury, Node of Destiny and Pluto over the next few days. Suddenly things, although still muddy will FEEL emotionally so clear. Moon is carrying the light forward through the darkest part of her cycle. If this has been a very profound transit time for you since September, today might be the very darkest period as Moon is balsamic and releasing Karma. That can appear as cleansing tears, deep emotional releases, profound realizations, and earthquakes shaking the fault lines in your being. Or it can be one of the most exhilarating days of your life. Hard to tell. Remember, it gets BETTER. Just a few days to the creative new beginnings of the New Moon. Mars also aspects Chiron, Vulcanus and Saturn offering a perspective of being able to look back. When you get a bit further away from today, you will be able to look back and see how it fed into the pattern of your life. It is a profound realization day. Let the realizations pour in. Mercury joins with the Node of Destiny so word and communications made today have a profound impact on your future and your life. Think back on other major turning points in your life. Today is one of them, wrapped in a lovely Friday afternoon in December.
Saturn’s day, December 4 Moon in Scorpio has a free flowing closing trine aspect to Uranus offering creativity a boost today. Make sure to note your dreams upon awakening. The morning finds the Moon void and it enters Sagittarius at a minute before 1 pm EST. Moon in Sagittarius ends with a conjunction to Mars offering a super charged boost to the energy. Use the super charged boost to END things today, on the dark moon energy through 12:36 pm Sunday ~ great times for banishing habits, behaviors, people or routines that you want to eliminate from your life. You will be able to separate successfully from them. And take appropriate actions to help yourself move forward, free of them.
Sun’s day, December 5 The New Moon takes place at 13 Sagittarius at 12:36 pm EST as Uranus stations to go direct at 8:51 pm EST. Moon’s closing aspect is a conjunction to Mars giving it a rocket fuel of energy. Mars is starting to separate from his square to the planets and releasing his fire based energy all over the place. Mars is on fire, completely inspired by his recent dance with the four planets at the end of Aquarius ~ the collective hopes/ dreams and vision thing and Pisces ~ the dreams, karma and soul purpose thing. Venus works with Uranus and offers a bit of brilliance to the energy of the New Moon. Make sure to use the energy to push yourself forward on projects that have been languishing. Mercury joins with Pluto so expect news that is transformative and supportive. Venus cooperates with the Pluff mud in helping you realize what is deeply important for you to nurture. As Uranus goes forward, expect the energy to shift to support that new vision. Read the New Moon column on this site for more information. And make sure to have a visionary and creative ritual using the fire and earth creative energy of the New Moon through 8 pm eastern time Wednesday December 8.
Mundane: Last week, November 24, Russia and China signed a treaty to bypass the US Dollar as their common currency. Ireland’s bailout was announced which will affect the Euro‘s stability as Portugal and Spain still struggle to hold themselves together.
Look for the stock markets to react to the news this week as there were short trading hours on Friday due to Thanksgiving. With Uranus, the crash planet stationing this week in the NYSE house of hopes and dreams, square to Solar Arc Moon in Sagittarius as transiting Mars comes to Neptune, we can expect emotional reactions.
Mercury on the world axis in Capricorn and aspecting Pluto and the North Node releases secrets so the Wikileaks publishing documents of USA diplomatic cables will stir widespread press coverage.
Personal: As many of you have noticed, the Weekly Weather and I have been having a rough and rather threadbare patch in our relationship.
We are having our opening Saturn square. Yes, we’ve been together for seven years! Hard to believe, eh?
Back when I started writing a Weekly Weather column for a website, I didn’t imagine I would STILL be writing a weekly column seven years later. I have commitment issues! Yet, here I am, seven years later, still writing a column! How did THAT happen?
I am pleased to announce that the column and I have completed couples counseling. I think we are going to make it. Actually, the column never had a problem. It was me.
Time will tell ~ Saturn actually. I do believe in doing Saturn. The first column was written during a Venus retrograde ~ (June 7, 2004, midnight, NY, NY). So forward we go, hearts in hand, re-commitment intended and in place.
Thank you for your patience. AO, WW, New & Full Moons!
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