December 27th Musings

I was recently gifted a new oracle deck for Christmas, the Rumi Oracle by Alana Fairchild. The energy when holding the deck immediately told me it had things to say and that I needed to listen. After becoming acquainted with each card, I pulled one for the day asking what lessons it had for me. The card I pulled was the Dance of the Divine Feminine.

If a tree could move
from one place to another,
it would not suffer the pain of the saw
or the oppressive wounds.

If the Sun and the Moon
stood still like the rocks,
they could not offer brilliance.

How bitter the taste of water would be,
if the river stopped its flow
remaining still like seawater.

When the seawater rises
to become a cloud,
it loses its bitterness
and pours the rain of sweetness.

I have given you only a few examples.
You can figure out the rest.
Break away from the self
and enter the Kingdom of Love
-Rumi

This message could not be more appropriate for what is going on in my life but also for the astro weather brewing. Neptune is making some major aspects, asking us to delve into the divine, while Saturn holds one of Venus’s hands and the Sun holds the other. She’s moving away from the restriction of Saturn and into the creative arms of the Sun. Neptune is forcing Mars to take a deeper look before he hits Jupiter and expands his energies outward. Neptune wants Mars to use his energy in a healing way, bringing in Mercury to help connect everything together.
The moon is dancing, though briefly, through it all, twirling with Uranus and showing her deepest individualistic expression. Her eyes are closed and she doesn’t care if anyone is watching- she just wants to feel the energy in the air as Uranus fills her with electricity.

This card is telling us to take control of our lives. Don’t be afraid to make some changes; Saturn might make us feel like our energies are stifled but he really wants us to let go of what isn’t serving us. He’s highlighting areas we feel inadequate about and telling us to hone in on them, work on them, and gain back our confidence. We often stay stagnant because of fear- we don’t know enough, we aren’t strong enough, people will laugh at us, we can’t succeed. Saturn is telling us to stop the self-defeating talk, follow our dreams and ignite our desires instead of hiding behind fear. Everyone does this in a different way- my way is finding the divine feminine inside myself and allowing her to break free of the restrictions I’ve held her under for too long. If the water around you tastes bitter, shake things up- allow fresh water to flow through.

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Moon square Pluto

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Free flowing ideas on Moon square Pluto:

I have many ‘difficult’ aspects in my chart, and Moon square my Pluto is one of them. When you add the nurturing and emotional nature of the moon with the death, intensity and regeneration of Pluto, you get a lot of emotional transformations. Lots of upheaval. It’s an every day struggle to balance my mind, emotions, and the undercurrents of the unconscious with each other. Giving up the struggle would cause a downward spiral into the dark abyss, meaning, attention is necessary. For those with this placement- you are truly blessed with a bittersweet predicament. Bitter will come first- you will be thrown obstacles consistently through out your life involving emotional areas. You will fall to the depths and then use your hidden power to rise up when you feel all is lost. Then comes the sweet- this placement, when overcoming hardships, feels stronger than ever before (and they are!). They can take the punches and roll through them victorious. They are the warriors of human emotion, passion, and depth. It’s a bumpy road and the road won’t stop until one has learned the lesson. And in this case, it’s all or nothing. Learning to be one with your emotions and the dark side of life is not an easy task. It gets exhausting and many people tend to give up after awhile and live unfulfilled emotional lives, or even kill themselves. But the ones who trek through will keep building their reserves of power and can spread these reserves to help others in need. Developing compassion is the goal for this combination. Once found and integrated, this person can change the world with their experience and help soothe the wounds of the world. Nowhere is too deep for them to travel, nothing too dark, they will go where no one else is willing to go in order to accomplish great good.

To add, I wrote this excerpt awhile ago and happened upon it again which inspired me to publish it to this blog. I want to say that working with this aspect, as well as any other aspect, takes a more in depth look at your chart. What energies flavor your Moon and Pluto, what signs/houses are they in? What other aspects do they make? What sign rules the house cusp they reside inside of? Take all these things and mesh them into a plan toward healing and bringing out the best side of this combination. And, of course, my advice on everything, meditate! Take time to listen to silence, and the answers will arise.

The Planet reference guide!

Sun is your personality. It’s who you are as a person. Your spirit. Your vitality. What makes you feel fulfilled on a personal level.

Your Ascendant is what others see you as, it’s a mask to the outside world, who you are in social situations. How you project yourself out to others.

Moon represents your emotions. It is your soul. The way you nurture and need to be nurtured. How you filter information internally in regards to your immediate reactions and feelings.

Venus represents how you love. It is what you find beautiful and attractive. What excites your spirit and soothes your soul. How you love and how you recognize and feel love. It is also our divine feminine energy.

Mars is the warrior planet and therefor rules dominance. It is our divine masculine energy. It rules anger and physical reactions. It is how we take action, what makes us take action, and what stirs us. What we find desiring and sexually pleasing.

Pluto is the planet of death and regeneration. It throws constant trials our way in order to teach us lessons. It is the planet of destruction in order to make room for creation. It is a highly internal, primal, and intense energy.

Jupiter is our ‘bigger picture’ of the world. It rules optimism and the future. It is expansive and all inclusive. It’s bursting with excitement, joy, and hope. It rules justice and truth.

Uranus is the trickster planet and likes to throw a wrench in our plans. It is the eccentric genius. It shows us where we differ from the crowd, where we stand independent, and where we get sparks of insight and inspiration for positive progression.

Saturn is the harsh reality- it’s every day life. It’s where we must put in time in order to see results. It’s the tangible world, the daily routine, the strict rules. It restricts. It sets boundaries. It lays down the law.

Neptune is very elusive, ruling over dreams and escapism. It has domain over drugs, fantasy, undercurrents of life, the collective unconscious. It is everything yet it is nothing. It casts a fog wherever it goes. It shows illusions and personal delusions and things that may or may not truly be there.

Venus and the Moon

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Both Venus and the Moon in astrology are emotion based planets. Venus mainly rules love, also what attracts us and makes us feel beautiful. The Moon is the basis of emotion, how we feel cared for and nurtured and what we do to care for others. They are both dealing with comfort and ‘taking care’ of others and ourselves. They are important regarding relationships and shouldn’t be overlooked. Though Mars might be physical attraction, Venus is the heart’s attraction. Though Mars might confidently go after what it wants, the moon sits patiently and feels whether the option is right or not.

If the natives Moon is in a water sign- it is almost necessary for the other partner to have water somewhere in their chart. This is not necessarily so for Venus. Granted, there are exceptions, but the understanding and feeling needed to connect deeply with a water Moon is almost out of reach of those without water in their charts. Water is deep, emotional, intense, intimate, heartfelt- they need someone who understands those depths and have experienced them and does so on a daily basis like they do.

Venus can be said to represent what we ‘want’ and the moon can be said to represent what we ‘need’. If the two are in discord because of aspects, houses, or signs, it can cause the native confusion. The native must learn to compromise and figure out what is truly important to them in order for them to feel loved and emotionally secure. Finding a partner that can compliment both sides is ideal. When a partner is found that doesn’t fit exactly where they need to (this is most of the time) it is up to the native to make sacrifices. For example:

A native with their Venus in Sagittarius and their Moon in Taurus has a fire/earth combination. The earth tends to suffocate the fire or the fire scorches the earth. They WANT freedom, acceptance, adventure. They NEED security, loyalty, comfort. A partner that gives them too much freedom will threaten their security and leave them wondering whether they truly care about them, but a partner that they know will never leave them and provides a place them to stay and be comfortable in will make the native feel suffocated and unable to express their true self and freedoms. A happy medium would be a loyal partner that enjoys adventure and isn’t jealous but makes them feel they are still special to them. If the native is with someone that doesn’t fit this exactly, they must learn to see both sides of themselves and where the repulsion (if any) is coming from. What need isn’t being met? What want is going unfulfilled? The native may be able to get one of these sides from a different source (honestly and openly) but the trick is NOT to repress either side. Let the earth grow and the fire burn in their own expression rather than having one suffocate the other.

Those who have their Moon and Venus in the same sign- congratulations! You are quite lucky. You feel nurtured and loved from the same source. This is beautiful. Those who have their moon sign in the house their Venus rules or vice-verse, same for you! It is much easier this way. Even with clashing elements the house placements can add a lot of ease. For example:

A native with their Venus in Virgo and Moon in Leo in the 6th house would seem to clash up front. The Venus Virgo needs stability, practicality, and loves by doing things for others. The Moon in Leo feels nurtured by others feeding their ego, praising them and making them feel special. BUT, that same Leo Moon in the 6th house not only enjoy praise but needs to nurture others in return- the 6th house is ruled by Virgo and servitude. Doing nice things for the one they love makes them feel just as good and fulfilled.