Saturday, 27 May 2017

Weekly update - Staycation Success

This past week I had time off from work, and decided to not only take a break from my day job, but also from my biz as well. You may of noticed the lack of Instagram daily draws, and blog and video posts over the past week. I was initially planning on recording a bunch of videos and making blog posts, but I found that I was really craving some down time. We cant be all go, go, go all the time. We often perceive that we should be producing all the time, but as human beings we all need time to just relax and do nothing.

Buddy and I at the farm
 I was especially craving this down time, as last year my holidays were all spent traveling. Not that I'm complaining, because it was amazing. I got to be a part of Canada's Worst Driver last year and spend time in the beautiful Niagara region in southern Ontario. I also went to Vancouver Island last fall, to hang out with my bestie. This year I was really craving a staycation. Time to stay home and do nothing. Unfortunately when I took a week off in February, I got sick. I was so disappointed. I really wanted time to do whatever I wanted and ended up laying on the couch like a phlegmy, limp noodle. This week I was determined to enjoy myself, and be well above all, and I'm happy to report that I succeeded!

So what did I do with my week off? I wanted to do mostly nothing, (ie. reading and catching up on Youtube videos) but I did squeeze in a few activities. Last weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, and my BF and I took the kids out to the family farm for a day in the country. It was nice to get out into the country and get some fresh air, well a lot of fresh air, as it was pretty windy. I met an old friend for lunch at a local bookstore (and restaurant) called McNally's and ended up picking up a couple of amazing books for my week off. I checked out a Picasso exhibit at the WAG (Winnipeg Art Gallery) and I also had a massage, went out for dinner, and did a lot of reading and drawing and looking at Tumblr. So I think it was pretty successful staycation. 

I'm ready to get back at things for the coming week, and have blog and video posts planned. What do you like to do when you're on vacation? Do you prefer traveling or staying home? Let me know what you do to relax and recharge.

Monday, 22 May 2017

New Moon in Gemini - Love and Power Create Change

On Thursday May 25 at 2:44pm CDT the New Moon occurs at 4 degrees Gemini. New moons are always a time of new beginnings and a time when we can set our intentions for the coming lunar month. Take a look at which house 4 degrees Gemini falls in your chart to see in what area of your life to focus your intentions. For myself, this is in my eight house, the house of sex, death and magic, so for me setting intentions to work with the mysteries of life is important at this time. I'm going to be looking for ways to form deeper connections with my magical practice and sexuality, and to revamp my spiritual routines for the lunar month.

Even if you don't know your birth chart, Gemini is traditionally associated with the third house, the house of travel and communication. Gemini is a chatty, clever and optimistic sign, and we can use this happy light energy to make intentions for any travel, communication, writing or studying goals we may have. It is a good idea to write these goals down, particularly this new moon as Gemini is an air sign and has a very strong association with writing.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is "Holly and Mistletoe Bring Christmas Spirit to a Home." This shows that there is a light, free spirited and even nostalgic energy to this New Moon. While its obviously not Christmas time, there is something festive in the air. Its a great time to get together with friends and family, and celebrate.

This New moon does not have any other aspects to it, so in some ways it is a moon of pure potential. However there are some other strong aspects going on at the same time. The first is Venus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect brings power struggles and transformation in relationships. Venus is the planet in charge of romance and beauty, and in Aries she becomes very fiery and assertive, even aggressive. She is in no mood to be submissive. Forming a square with Pluto the planet of death and transformation, This leads to a reorganization of power in love relationships.  For happy, and strong relationships, this may mean a renegotiating of roles or power dynamics. It can lead to positive changes that make both parties happy and have a greater understanding of each others goals and desires. For relationships that are rocky, this is a time when they may fall apart. Tensions become unbearable and we may confront our partners or they may confront us with something that can lead to arguments and endings. Jealousy and obsessions are themes that may come up now. For those in unhappy relationships, this is a new moon where breaking free becomes a real possibility. Venus is also conjunct the asteroid Pallas, showing that this is a good time to strategize in our relationships, to either make a positive change, or how to cut ourselves free, if need. Juno is conjunct Pluto, This shows again that change in our partnerships is in the air. Again look to your chart to see where this will play out.

The other aspect is the Grand Trine of Saturn in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries and North Node in Leo. There are opportunities now for us to reorganize our routines and structures to make room for creativity and change in our lives. The North Node recently moved into Leo and is asking us to express our creativity, so look to see where Leo is in your chart to know where you are being asked to focus your energy. Uranus provides opportunities for change, that may come about unexpectedly, which are asking us to grow and change. As Uranus is conjunct Eris, this change may initially appear disruptive, but it will trun out to be a good thing in the long run. Saturn in Sagittarius gets us to reorganize and incorporate these changes into our daily lives, so we can make these lasting and productive.

In looking at the asteroids, Chiron is conjunct Iris in Pisces, and sextile Fortuna. This shows tht at this time we intuitively know how to heal ourselves from old wounds, and if we are paying attention on this day, there is a lucky opportunity occurring to help us with this. Hygiea is square Jupiter, asking us not to overexert ourselves health wise, and that we may be faced with making some changes to our health routines in order to improve our long term health.

Overall the message of this new moon is that any changes in our lives particularly our partnerships will shake things up, but it all depends how strong our relationships are in the first place how disruptive it is. If you have built a relationship on an unstable foundation, then this is a time that will shake it apart. If all is well, it just means perhaps we need to communicate our needs better. We are being asked by the universe to change and put more creativity into our lives, and if we don't work this into our routine and consciously change things, then the Universe may force that change upon    us.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Chris Cornells Birth Chart

This week myself and other rock fans, were saddened to learn of Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and of Audioslave's sudden passing, apparently by suicide. I remember when Soundgarden came out in the late 80s and early 90s. They were the first grunge band to get signed to a major label and were very influential. While not one of my top ten bands, I always enjoyed their music, particularly their earlier work, and Audioslave, Chris Cornells later band. As an astrologer, I became curious about his birth chart and wanted to see if there were any stresses in the chart that might of been activated recently.

Please note that birth charts show strengths and weaknesses, but are not fate. I liken the planets and their positions to the cards you are dealt at birth. How you play those cards is ultimately up to the individual, and even when stresses are activated by transits (where planets are in the sky now), we still have a choice how we respond. If you have similar aspects, it does not mean you will meet a similar outcome, you are always in control. Further more, we can never know someone's mindset, or what may be going on in their personal lives.

Chris Cornell was born July 20, 1964 in Seattle, Washington. There is no time of birth that I can find, so I set the chart for noon on that day. As such we will not be able to know house placement, rising sign or midheaven, but can still glean a fair amount from this chart.

The first thing I notice, is that there are a total of five oppositions in this chart, an unusual number causing a great deal of stress on an individual. The first opposition is Moon opposite Mars and Venus. The moon in Sagittarius makes for a philosophical and optimistic person, who is independent, and a risk taker. This is opposite Venus and Mars in Gemini. Venus in Gemini makes one chatty, smart, quick witted, and attracted to words and flirtatious. Mars in Venus gives one high spirit, but also nervousness and argumentativeness. It can make ones energy wax and wane quickly. With these two opposite the moon, it makes for rocky love affairs, with frustrations and conflicts. Some react by withdrawing, others by becoming possessive. It can make someone rash and competitive, but also moody. Anger and frustration are issues this aspect brings a person.

The next set of oppositions are Saturn in Pisces opposite Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. Saturn in Pisces makes for a creative and sensitive person, but also lends nervousness and anxiety. These are individuals with great insight into others and the human condition, but struggle with solving their own problems. Saturn in Pisces can make one afraid of illness, and isolation. Addiction is their undoing, and having solid routines are important to them. Opposite Uranus, this can lead to a difficulty with compromise, and a tendency to be egotistical. But it can also make one a strong reformer and originator. Saturn opposite Pluto can make compulsion and obsession strong issues. These two planets combined in opposition can lead to sudden changes, and deaths that hit the individual very hard.

The final opposition in the chart is Jupiter opposite Neptune. Jupiter in Taurus makes one devoted, kind and a lover of nature, and sensual pleasure, which can spill over into self indulgence. Opposite Neptune in Scorpio, this can lead to a problem with facing reality and escaping into alcohol or sex. It also brings great musical talent.

A further stresser in this chart are two T Squares to these oppositions. Mercury in Leo square Jupiter and Neptune. Mercury in Leo gives one creativity, makes one an excellent performer, ambitious and able to see the big picture. Square Jupiter it can lead one to become impulsive, and scatter their energy. Square Neptune, it can make one escape into fantasy and become disorganized.

The second T square is Chiron (not shown in the chart above at 18 degrees Pisces), with the Moon and Venus. this shows that childhood emotional issues are triggered by romantic conflicts. This can lead to deep healing through love, or it can bring up painful issues, when conflict arises.

The chart isn't all bad news. He has  Venus conjunct Mars in Gemini. This lends charisma, magnetic sexuality, vitality and determination. It is an excellent placement for an entertainer. There is also Moon trine Saturn, which lends discipline, groundedness and the desire to overcome emotional issues.

Overall this is the chart of a musically talented and sensitive person, one with charisma and a strong sensuality, and a clever mind, who was dealing with emotional and romantic issues, addictions, and anxieties. Their sensitivity was both a blessing and a challenge for them.

In looking at the day of his death, in the early hours of May 18th, I see that the Sun was Sextile his Natal Sun, which would of contributed to a good day before hand, and from all accounts and excellent performance on stage. Mars was also trine natal Mercury, which would of lent a drive to communicate and express ideas.

The only real stress I'm seeing here is Neptune was opposite natal Pluto, and in Pisces, a sign of addiction and mental health issues. Opposite natal Pluto, the planet of deaths and endings, this can trigger issues around loss, addiction and even problems with prescription drugs. Again we will never know what was going on in anyone's mind, however it does appear that during the week leading up to his death, there may have been an event, a loss of some kind, that triggered issues around addiction and or compulsion. 

I'd like to note here that depression and suicidal thoughts are issues that many people struggle with, and unfortunately for some this illness ends up being fatal. If you are struggling with this I encourage you to talk about it and seek help. As it is said "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." 

Please let me know what your thoughts are.