Tuesday, November 24, 2015

the light of late November ....

Praise Song
Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there's left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn't cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it's all we have, and it's never enough.
 - Barbara Crooker

autumn neighborhood by gnato

After this week we will know what we are dealing with from the Saturn/Neptune square - it will unwind itself over the next 10 months, but the issues will be on the table. They probably already are. A square always means there is work ahead.

Mars is active today - we are taking action, maybe with a key person. The Moon is in Taurus. We won't be rushed. Others won't be rushed by us either. Settle down. We are craving security and the comfort of things we can see, smell, touch and taste - a great day to get things ready for Thanksgiving, if you are in the U.S. Tomorrow (Mercury square Neptune) we could see traffic delays, information and agreements dissolving, wet weather, etc so get your stuff done today if you can.

Vesta connects with the south node (now in Pisces) allowing us to disconnect (dissolve) from things and people that do not fit/work anymore. Remember, Jupiter is in Virgo so everything expands through discipline and details now. Baby steps people. If we can relax and put important decisions on hold for another week or two all the better. We’ll be facing issues around what roles we’re playing and which ones we’re releasing. It's a process. Simplicity is a strength now. There are opportunities for those who have a precise plan and a way of executing it, so we'll take a broad view of future possibilities that may take some time to come to fruition. November and December are foundation building time. Balance.

Back tomorrow with the Gemini Full Moon! xo all

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of November 23rd - Neptune Saturn Square | Full Moon Gemini | NOTE If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, think about lots of wine (or wait maybe no wine!) and plastic knives and forks, yes, things could get that dicey!

just a dream by Amr Elshamy

OK,this week we have the first of the exact squares between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces (two more in 2016), a Full Moon in Gemini and Chiron stationing direct - if you are getting together with family members who hold dissenting beliefs for Thanksgiving ... well, good luck with that. Lots of paths that have diverged in the wood, maybe much longer ago than we would want to admit will be made clear now.

We start the week - Monday - with an opposition between Venus in Libra and Uranus in Aries. An opposition is exactly what it sounds like. So we have Venus (love, money, women, art) all snuggly in Libra (balance) the sign she rules. Suddenly she is at odds with Uranus (independence, freedom, rebellion, stuff from 'out of the blue') in Aries (initiating energy, action, anger, war) where he has recently been freed from his south node tie up.

This could indicate a sudden change (inspiration, perspiration or disintegration) for Venus ruled stuff - love, money, relationships, women, art. Expect the unexpected here. With Uranus, this stuff could flip on us again, so know that whatever happens - if it's good - enjoy it, appreciate it, be grateful. If it's not what we had hoped for - let's not overreact - think Libra and balance, be diplomatic. We will get through it. With Uranus changes just lead to more changes. And Uranus in Aries is answering to Mars who is a bit uncomfortable in Libra. If last week was a bit of a clusterf*ck for you - this aspect could bring a conclusion of sorts.

On Wednesday we have the Full Moon in Gemini - this is the wrap up of the Gemini New Moon last June and our efforts from the New Moon two weeks ago (full post on Wednesday). Coming right before Neptune is exactly square Saturn this feels like a worry/fear Moon to me. The Gemini mind is go, go, go anyway. We'll need extra sleep and exercise. We'll talk about this more later in the week.

Thursday is the first of three exact squares between Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. If you are affected strongly by this transit (right now primarily anyone with planets in mutable signs 4-10 degrees - Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces - later degrees will be hit in 2016) - it is likely something you have spent a great deal of time and energy building is dissolving right before your eyes. Or maybe a belief or person you have based a great deal upon now seems to not be what you thought it/he/she was. As a collective we hit this same degree in November 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell - this was a culmination but also a starting point for world events. This is also when we both reached a culmination and started our current journey. 

Anyone heavily indulging in Neptune's shadow - escape by alcohol, drugs, television, webs surfing, etc - will be especially hard hit. On the plus side Saturn will provide the focus and stamina we need to get through this. 

What do we really believe? This will be tested. This is where our dreams hit the brick wall. There is no escape hatch here. This is the curse and the blessing of this transit. Most likely there will be only one way out - we'll have to take it.

How we act when we’re not certain of the outcome is important. Do we run away? Do we keep beating our head against the wall? Or do we keep adjusting as things unfold (hint- answer yes here for bonus points and a little gold star) - this square and all the major action in 2016 is in the mutable signs which means WE STAY FLEXIBLE.

(And if you read my blog you know how my beliefs work with stuff like this - think of ways to encourage flexibility with yourself now - accepting change, embracing the foreign, take a different way home from work every night for a week, take a yoga class - eat breakfast for dinner - we are in training, people!)

Rules and safety nets are being adjusted (and dissolved) for us, personally and collectively. We are being asked to step into our responsibility while standing on shifting sand and being offered dubious results. 

It's easy to know what we believe when things are working out the way we want them to - what do we believe when things are not working out?

In the material world Saturn (structure) and Neptune (water)  is really not a fair fight. When the wave comes in it washes away the sand castles. Dreams always win over the structures that try to hold them back. Remember that wall.

Hubs (Aquarius Sun, Aquarius traditional ruler is Saturn) works hard and has his own business. He has a nephew he loves like a son. This nephew (Pisces Sun, ruled by Neptune) had quit his day job a couple years ago to pursue his dream. Then a baby came along and the nephew, we'll call him Robert, needed a steadier income than his start up business provided.

Hubs gave Robert a job that allowed Robert the freedom to do his own business, while at the same time working for hubs, even though it was difficult for George to run his business this way never knowing when Robert would be there and when he wouldn't.

This lasted about a year and a half with George training Robert and dreaming of the time he could leave his business more often in Robert's hands so he could take some well-earned time off. Now, whether Robert actually ever said he wanted any future with this business is ripe for discussion. I have a feeling he just nodded his head at all the right times and most of this "building a family dynasty thing" was all in hub's head.

Anyhoo, suddenly the nephew gave George his two weeks notice - he was taking a job more in line with his own business dreams in the same field as his own business. Hubs was crushed. It didn't help that he is at an age feeling like his best days are behind him, tired of training people who leave for greener pastures and could see the dream of turning his business into a 'family' legacy business or even just a business where he could be a lot more awol was not going to happen, not now and maybe never. Dream vs. reality. This is what he is dealing with now.

(this transit might show up for some people as someone we thought we would be with forever taking a new path away from us)

So the nephew took the new job. It wasn't much more money than working for hubs, but it was in the same field as his own business and he enjoyed it much more. He was living his dream, but his finances were still tight. A few months later the new company told him they are closing up (after 50 years). Luckily for him (although it doesn't feel like this to him right now since he wanted to continue where he was) he was offered another job in a new field; a job that would require more work. Longer hours, more stress - it was more money but he would no doubt work hard for it. He did need the money though - he was definitely starting to feel the money stress of living the dream with no dollars in the bank and a growing family.

(this transit will also show up for many people as needing to step into some responsibility we have been somehow avoiding - this does not mean we have been lazy, although it might - it could just mean we are needed elsewhere and we are maybe fighting the relocation a bit)

So we have the Saturn uncle's dream of a family dynasty or really just a little time off hitting a wall and forcing him to dream a new dream (Neptune). And we have the Neptune nephew's dream of a certain kind of lifestyle with his business and dream job hitting a wall and forcing him to tackle the responsibility (Saturn) of doing the thing he didn't really want to do - the work that doesn't call to his heart.

Of course, transits are called transits because they are transitory. Nothing is permanent. This entire transit is designed to get us on a path that is realistic and achievable. There is always, always something better coming along.And this is both the culmination point and a beginning point for a new cycle. Something tells me George will figure out his time off and Robert will either make this new job work or decide the extra 15 hours a week away from his family doesn't work and work on his own dream in a new way. There are no free rides with this one. As an astute reader said recently, "I know it won't be comfortable or easy, but that's not really the point."

Bottom line for now and through 2016 - in some space for most of us, options are narrowing ....

After I get through my holiday season - it's time to make the jewelry folks - have I said lately that blog readers get 10% off everyday in both my Etsy shops - Polarity and Uncorked - with coupon code Olive Bites Blog - anyhoo, after the holidays we will really unpack this transit, looking at each house and how we can best make this transit work for us. xo all

Friday, November 20, 2015

it all matters ....

echo of small things by karezoid

"It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing. What is most beautiful is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed."
 .... Laurie McBride | We Are Called To Rise

Mercury enters Sagittarius and information speeds up. Opportunities may present themselves now (yes with Saturn here they will come with the price tag of hard work - we get to decide what is worth it or maybe life forces our hand) - communications involving learning or teaching, ethics or travel (all Sagittarius ruled things). Our Sag house wakes up now and with Saturn here we will be made to walk our talk. The stuff Saturn has been sitting on since September gets some movement. Great energy to be "salesy", yes, the "s" word. Others can be convinced if we really believe in what we are saying, writing or peddling. There is also truth to be said/heard now - with Jupiter in Virgo it could sting - be kind and compassionate (Neptune in Pisces). A fact vs. fiction wake up call is here/coming.

The BIG idea can provide the enthusiasm that gets us thinking/moving/dreaming and the small things (and steps) will move us forward. (back up your computer this weekend always a good idea before or after Mercury changes signs). xo all

Thursday, November 19, 2015

.... we are still going, you and I

a hopeful transmission by c a martin
"If you're reading this, if there's air in your lungs on this November day, then there is still hope for you. Your story is still going. And maybe some things are true for all of us. Perhaps we all relate to pain. Perhaps we all relate to fear and loss and questions. And perhaps we all deserve to be honest, all deserve whatever help we need. Our stories are all so many things: Heavy and light. Beautiful and difficult. Hopeful and uncertain. But our stories are not finished yet. There is still time, for things to heal and change and grow. There is still time to be surprised. We are still going, you and I. We are stories still going." .... Jamie Tworkowski

The Moon is hanging with Neptune in Pisces today - procrastination and escape will be so easy. Our moon lives in imagination where all our possibilities are kept alive simply because we never choose to live them out. Keep that in mind now as we settle down and get to work. Venus is in a tricky spot. If we do not know what we want, probably better to wait if we can. We've got the Moon squaring Mercury - so logic and emotion are at odds. I dreamed a great idea last night, but this morning it just feels like a whole lot of work. I'll just sit with it and focus on the tasks at hand (Virgo!). First Quarter Moon means challenges to what we started at the New Moon - that's ok, we got this thing- just building bigger muscles, right?

xo all