Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mars in Pisces- The Grace of the Warrior

So these guys... Mars into Pisces is part one of the days shenanigans; We also have to deal with Venus moving into Aquarius. So lets just focus on the warrior for the moment, eh?

Mars into Pisces... Christ, this one is always difficult and thats coming from someone who has it natally. So what can we expect with our boy about to dive into the Piscean abyss? Well, normally id just advise against anything that involves direct, decisive action, and prepare to spend a lot of time in seedy bars doing seedy things.

This time however its different, because of the aforementioned Venus craziness. We have to look at them together. Normally, id say that Mars in Pisces will cause you to act from a more emotional place than you would usually act from, and all actions taken must be in line with where you want to be in your path in a universal sense.

Heres the thing- I can talk about how you need to identify what you want and to go for it til im blue in the face, but in the end it has to come from you. And once you do that, you then are faced with a serious conundrum that everyone who has done this has faced, right alongside you- Where do I start?

Whenever someone asks me this, I always say the same thing- "At the beginning". Usually I get hit for being trite, but its true. You have to define a goal, set your trajectory towards it, then take steps to get there. Its not a one-step process, nor is it one size fits all. And in Pisces its even more difficult, because Pisces never takes the straight path- Hell they're lucky if they keep moving forward! The Fishes swirl around, moving this way and that, exploring all possible avenues. So when you start doing this, dont be alarmed- You know where its coming from.

The scene you have to face- Straight out of the gate, Mars runs into Neptune. These two do not play well with each other, especially when its on Neptune's terms. Seriously, avoid substance abuse- It becomes heightened with these guys. Once hes clear of Neptune, he hits Chiron, forcing him to confront what he has been ignoring. You have two choices- Do it with humility and awareness, and gain emotional growth and reclaiming a lot of inner peace. Or you could do it the other way, and play the victim, screaming out "WHY IS THIS HAPPENING??" to anyone who will listen, but that way has so much sturm und drang and drama, why would you want to? Nah, go with the mature way. Channel the warrior and make some shit happen. And make the gym your refuge for gods sake- Everyone has to have somewhere, and Mars loves the gym- Its all he freaking talks about anymore.

-The AstroGeek

Jupiter Direct- A Shower of Gold

Yes yes, I know. Starzina is going to have a field day with this one. But before we get into it, let me explain- Im taking the title (and image too- You wouldn't beleive what comes up when you google "Golden Shower"!) from the myth of Perseus. In the myth, the hero is born when Zeus (Jupiter) visits his mother, Danaë, who was imprisoned in a bronze box by her father because of a silly little prophecy that he would be killed by his daughters son borne by Zeus. Now Zeus really wanted some of Danaë, but since she was stuck in a box, his normal tricks wouldnt work. But then he noticed something- This box was open to the sky! Since Zeus was the God of the Heavens (sky), he sensed an opportunity. For reasons that will remain known only to him, and defying all conventional logic, Zeus decided to pay a visit to Danaë, but in the form of a shower of gold (very hard to type that with a straight face). Shortly after, Danaë becomes pregnant, as is par for the course in these types of situations. Her son, Perseus, went on to do awesome things, like slaying Medusa (who got a bad rap, but hey), defeating the Kraken (but not before it launched an absolutley wonderful line of Rum in its own name), winning the hand of Andromeda, and yes, killing his grandfather Acrisius in the kind of wacky hijinks you can only find in the ancient Greek myths.

So, now that I've explained where my head is at, you're probably wondering how in the hell Im going to tie that myth into any kind of theme whatsoever (aside from the running watersports joke), and ill admit- Its a bit flimsy, but CHALLENGE ACCEPTED (which is my usual go to for both Jupiter and Mars [and in one particularly odd instance, Uranus; But we dont talk about Mexico.]) So, what has been happening right now? Well, with Jupiter Retrograde, bonhomie, hospitality, fortune, charity and drama all get scaled way back in daily life to make way for more pressing matters, like day to day survival.

With Jupiter Direct, the party starts back up in full swing. Literally, he can shower you with good fortune and luck (not to mention pregnancy- Never let it be said that I don't warn you guys). There are caveats to that however...

1.) This is not a call back to boozing, snorting, hooking, or however you choose to do low expression of Jupiter. This is still Demolition Astro, after all.
2.) The only way to tap into the absolute awesome of Jupiter RIGHT DAMN NOW is to be able to drop everything in a picosecond.
3.) High-speed processing is the name of the game. Baggage will be unnecessary where you're going. Anything that weighs you down holds you back.

This all gets heightened later on this month, when we get treated to Mars and Venus getting up to their usual antics, Saturn taking his turn to go retrograde, and some truly freaky things happening with Uranus. Til then, we have Jupiter gaining his lost ground. Try not to get pissed on.

Gemini protip- Stay as light as possible. If you find yourself resisting a change in the winds, ask yourself why. Dont mistake routine for comfort. Keep your ears open; If you hear about a greener pasture, doesn't it at least bear a quick look?

In closing, let me leave you with this-
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu
Step Lively!-The AstroGeek

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Full Moon in Leo- March Of The Divas

Ooooooh, shes been a bitch tonight! And by bitch I mean this Moon! Its in LEO, Hellraisers!
Holy Helios, this is going to be fun. This is also the perfect moment to really clear out all the guano that is still in the air from 2012, and claim your stake in 2013, announcing your presence and making a grand entrance. 

Its not all sunshine and glamour though- this lunation is in a major square to Saturn and has very strong contacts with Jupiter, Chiron and Uranus as well. Of course ill go into devastatingly painful amounts of detail below, but the theme is this- You're going to have to get out on stage, looking more fabulous than you ever have before, even though you're nowhere near ready and want to just hide backstage and give up performing forever. If that wasn't enough, you're going to have to make it look effortless.

Up for it?

The Sun and Moon- Right, so I already mentioned the square to Saturn, pulling at both of these two and demanding that they grow the hell up, putting a damper on the otherwise spirited mood. Okay, maybe "spirited" is pushing it, ill admit, but it is most certainly energetic as all hell. But the sword hanging over your head is meant to spur you forward and inspire you to do better, not to threaten you. Jupiter is not much help here however, at stationary Direct, not actually moving things forward or backward, but still causing a ruckus by his mere presence. Avoid anything that even remotely reeks of drama or could potentially become dramatic, unless of course you are in some kind of dramatic production, in which case expect chaos which gets handled and produces an amazing show. Uranus is not to be ignored, being both supercharged and the big ruler here, so he steals the show. Luckily, when you play by his rules he invigorates and recharges whatever he touches, cranking up your neurons and setting you aflame with all kind of new, crazy ideas. Because this is Insanity Astro, Pluto is also in the mix, so you can bet that there will be an edge in the air, kind of like snatching yourself back from the very brink, and spitting in life's face, daring it to do its worst while you grab your junk suggestively. This is actually exactly what its going to feel like, indicated by Chiron- either that or you will be attacked exactly where you are so very weak and you will be forced into surrender. Pallas Athene indicates that this is not exactly a moment where you just let it ride- You need a battle plan. If your 2013 Resolutions include fitness goals, now is the time to hit the Iron harder than ever, not time to give up on it and bitch out. Vesta confirms this, saying that if you have faith and stay dedicated, then you will be amazed at what you can achieve come Gemini Season (Hint- That's going to be a major time this year. Mark it down). A connection to Klotho tells you that the time is ripe for writing yourself a new chapter in your story. If there's something you want to do, then go out and freaking DO IT. If finances are an issue, make it a priority and save up for it. Just take steps to make it a reality. A trine to Hera confirms this, demanding that you make yourself a priority this year. It is time to grow into your own majesty, so start acting like Queen Bitch/ The Bastard King. An opposition to Askalaphus warns you to watch what you say, however. My advice would be to avoid saying anything and just put on a show for 'em!

Mercury- Now in Aquarius, the trickster is stronger than ever. Enjoy the boost now, because he's about to go Retrograde... In Pisces, of all signs. Which should be a cakewalk. But more on that when we have to deal with it. Today's focus starts out with a strong sextile to Saturn, so your mind is on serious matters, most likely regarding your place in the world and how to advance that place significantly this year. Well 2013 will be an almost unparalleled time to make those advancements possible. Plan now, put it into action after the Retrograde. A conjunction to Eros tells you to listen to where your attention goes; What you are passionate about might evolve into something more quite easily. A trine to Vesta and square to Deucalion confirm this, adding that you will need to stay dedicated to achieve what you want, and it will be an uphill battle. Another square, to Ceto, tells you that if you are made aware of an opportunity, you need to pounce on that shit immediately.

Venus- Venus may not be in the main drama this time, but holy hellfire does she have one hell of a side plot. Making her rounds in the outer rim, and securing alliances with the likes of Sedna, Eris, Varuna, Huya, Salacia, Haumea and Rhadamanthus, getting all of her ducks in a row for the rest of the year. With a connection to the Nodes, I am very interested in seeing how things turn out after this! While not the tamest skies for romance, the forecasts are certainly not dull where Our Girl is concerned! Of course, she is in Capricorn, so ignore her at your own peril. Of course, if you play by her rules, she gives you the best of the best.... Its not all sunshine and puppies, however. A square to Bienor indicates that what you want comes with a struggle to get it. You're going to have to fight dirty, and you'll have to decide whether its worth it or not. A sextile to Niobe warns against a tendency to overplay your scene and boast about your amazingness. Remember, there are no small parts. A square to Lachesis has you hard pressed to eliminate anything or start to remove negative influences from your life, but that time will come soon enough. A square to Atlantis confirms this, and suggests that you shouldn't push yourself just yet, but don't hesitate if something comes up either.

Mars- Almost out of Aquarius, Our Boy is lighting up the chart almost as well as Venus is, albeit in much different ways. All the Outer Planet connections are in effect for him, but the one I want to focus on is a square to Huya, which is exactly (and I mean down to the arcminute) conjunct to the North Node, but closely opposite to Sedna. That kind of configuration tends to highlight that you are feeling a lack of abundance and that it is your duty to yourself to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Whatever shape that may be, dont take anything off the table. Unconvential means may be the most effective for once. Another square, to Asbolus, confirms this and adds that you take this very seriously. This Lunation sets the stage for the rest of 2013, and with so much of it being water-heavy (and in the sign of the water-bearer no less!) security is tantamount. Do not put this off, you've done that for long enough now. A quincunx to Varuna highlights the need to make adjustments and to do it behind the scenes. This will not be easy. A sextile to Okyrhoe and Quaoar help here, indicating that you do have support, and you do have what it takes to create a new way forward for yourself. An opposition to Hekate confirms this, but indicates that you have some choices to make about which way to go (you're going to have to be a bit more specific than just "forward"). Hekate always stands with you at the crossraods to make the decision, but you will have to make it yourself, and walk the path that you choose. A square to Atropos confirms that, and challenges you to end what needs to be ended, with no drama. Accept what you had and allow it to go. A sextile to Hidalgo gives you the strength to stand up for what is important to you, and stands in the trenches with you as you fight for it. A conjunction to Icarus shows how you seek to be free of any and all limits placed upon you, provoking anger when you feel you are stifled. I would advise caution, however, as evidenced in the story of Icarus- Dont fly too high. This is confirmed by a sextile to Apollo and Phaethon, bringing both characters into play. In this case it seems that you should be able to ride the thermals instead of burning your wings. Settle for what you can handle, and try not to ride in any strange chariots if you can help it.

Jupiter- As we've said, the blowhard is Stationary Direct, set to start moving again shortly after the Full Moon, so take your deep breaths now. Prepare for it to hit, and in full force. If you're not ready when he comes, you will get taken down. Stay light and unecumbered by the bullshit. Helping you there (and forewarning the insanity that is about to go down) is a sextile to Uranus, basically ramping up Jupiter's crazy up to 11 and ripping the knob off. A square to Teharonhiawako is taxing your ability to rectify your place in the world as a functional contributor to society and as a creative individual in charge of their own life. Walk the middle ground (hint- It has to do with latent Self-Worth issues!). A sextile to Circe shows that you can make some magic happen if you stay dedicated and have a little faith in yourself. A trine to Hera confirms this, but demands that all of your choices be made to further your own ends and be on your terms. A trine to Nemesis may be an issue here; do not ride in like an avenging angel to try to win the day- rather sit back and let your minions do the work for you.

Saturn- Alright well the Grim Reaper turns retrograde next month, easing up on us a bit, and allowing us some breathing room. Til then, however, you do not skip Saturn, or whatever it is that hes trying to teach you (look at the house hes mucking through). Sextile to Pluto, old news, just keep doing whatever it is that you're doing. You know, soul-searing, demon-slaying, revolutionary reinvention. take no shit. A trine to Heracles helps here- You make it look easy. A conjunction to Persephone confirms this, saying that if you want the buried treasure then you have to dig real deep. A quincunx to Vesta doesnt make this any easier, as it challenges the very faith you have to keep going. Remember- The monsters under the bed always lie. This is also confirmed by a sextile to Eurydike and a conjunction to Siwa. A trine to Amor and a sextile to Aphrodite tell you that even though a romantic interest may start out light, there is a strong potential that it is more potent than you know.

Uranus- A conjunction to Pallas Athene is also old news, those two have been dancing around each other for months. Still, theyre quite potent together... Channel Hilary Clinton and crush your enemies while making them look dumb in the process. A quincunx to Orcus and a sextile to Altjira tell you... jeez, give me something new here!! Okay lets see, new... new.. Yeah I got nothing. Damn synodic cycles!

Neptune- Well, having FINALLY seperated from Chiron, we can actually start to treat them seperately, and deal with them head on. Well, Chiron anyway. Neptune can never be fought head on, you have to sidle up to him in the dead of night, looking fabulous in your assassins cloak (never mind that no one wears cloaks anymore, its all about the STYLE of the thing) while you ever so slightly slip something in his drink that will get him in 3 hours. Luckily, there are no real new influences here either, so moving on....

Pluto- So Chiron moves away from Neptune and ever closer to Pluto, demanding that you face those nasty secrets you thought were dead and buried in your psyche. Do it the first time around and it is LOADS easier, trust me. A conjunction to Echeclus indicates that there are issues coming stemming from the past, and that have carried into the future. A quincunx to Vesta challenges you to maintain your commitment to your duty and rediscover your purpose even though you face down some serious opposition and the fear can be crippling. This is lessened somewhat with a conjunction to Orpheus, letting you fake it til its real. A conjunction to Aphrodite and a sextile to Amor tells you that your desires are strong and if left unchecked will end up being more trouble for you than they are worth. A square to Magdalena balances this out, and gives a nice Madonna/Whore vibe to the proceedings. A trine to Achilles and a sextile to Heracles round us out, and raising us by our testicles to fight another round!

In closing, my friends; Always ask where she got the milk.

In Invicti
-The AstroGeek

If this hasn't satiated your craving for good Astro, go check out the Fantastical Starzina Starfish-Browne and her Time of the Month Horoscope for Aquarius season!

And after that, go check out great friend of the site Grymnal over at The Blurring Lines. His stuff is pretty awesome, and will definitely get you thinking!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Venus in Capricorn- Primal Urges (Undead Love Issues Alert!)

Hello, Hellraisers!! So currently I'm enjoying Venus conjunct my Ascendant, and all the benefits that brings to my social life, but looking ahead is a little more pressing. Our girl is about to head into Capricorn, so that puts an end to her hijinks in freewheeling Saggo and lends more of a serious edge to all matters of romance and passion. Primal urges awaken and people start going into caveman mode- great for the preservation of the species, but not a great fit for modern society.

This is going to be especially evident when she links up with Pluto (the 17th), and for that one specifically im issuing another Undead Lover alert- Anything unresolved will come up for a flashpoint, and will force you to deal with it- I reccomend doing so quickly and with finality. Watch out though, because this will be active starting on the 10th, when she makes a sextile to Neptune and making it oh so easy to believe that THIS time, things will be different and that its going to work out. You guys, however, should be able to smell this from a mile away and should know better than to fall for the hype. Still, getting past your defenses is Neptune's specialty, and deep down, I know you really want to believe....

Luckily, Saturn is close by at the culmination of this, so he can help you strengthen your resolve. Not to mention that once its over and done with, you will be amazed at the new options that you have open to you, even if you have to put in the work to get them. Chiron is involved of course, because why not have this be a tie into old emotional pain?  Remember though- Chiron runs a school to train heroes, and you're in the master class; Beat this test and move on to the next lesson.

This is going to be rough, because its a distraction from all the taking over the world that you want to be doing right now. Focus on that, do not allow the other issues to take up any more of your time, energy or focus than what is necessary- Give it no quarter. Pay special attention to your health and wellness goals right now- if you've made a commitment to that, keep at it; If not, then get on that shit. Any self-improvement work you undergo now is very potent and all the more effective.

Oh and you can pretty much count the next 9 months as total, full-on Insanity Astro. Ohyes, boys and girls- we're back on! 

Ladies in Gentlemen- I have the utmost faith in you, and I know you will rock it out! Just remember- by any means necessary!

Dum Spiro Spero
- The AstroGeek


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mercury in Capricorn- By A Thousand Cuts

Gah. Reality bites, Hellraisers. I have never had more good ideas, and seeing how I could feasibly put them into effect, step by step, but I have never been in less of a position to actualize them. Which brings us to Mercury.

Yes, he is now in Capricorn, so the party is over and its time to clean up the mess. While you're cleaning, you get to think, think and think some more. You will have genius insights, and painful realizations. Keep a notebook handy to write these down (I have several, strewn all about and its really starting to aggravate certain people). Use this time to fire up those synapses into ways to further your own aims. Is there something that you could turn into a new revenue stream? Does your current system need an overhaul?

If you've been put into an uncomfortable situation that left you feeling powerless and weak recently, think about what led you to that situation- How are you going to take action against that happening in the future? Plot out your financials, explore your options, do what needs to be done. Dont take anything off the table if you can help it. You never know what might be your golden ticket. Remember, if it can be tracked, it can be conquered!!

But back to Mercury for a sec. In antiquity, in addition to being the god of communications, he also ruled commerce, business, and magic (and pretty much everything else. Seriously, the guy was a workaholic!) so capitalize on his help right now! Work with the bastard to spin some straw into gold! It is totally possible, no alchemy required. You just need a good Gemini salesman!

*Speaking of, ive reduced the prices on the consults for 2013. Email me if you're interested in one!*

Til next time, Hellraisers!

-The AstroGeek

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mars in Aquarius- Unconventional Tactics

Alright Hellraisers! Mars is officially into Aquarius, and there are some things you need to know to rock this out.

Since Uranus is in Aries, this is yet another mutual reception, which means the planets work together to support actions taken, to varying degrees of efficiacy. With Mars and Uranus, you can definitely believe there is going to be some action here, and it will be FAST! The trouble is, its going to be very hard to predict and prepare for it.

With this, Mars helps to discipline Uranus' insanity a lot, and channel his brilliance where it would actually be productive. For his part, Uranus lights a fire under Mars' ass and opens him up to whole new worlds that he had never cared to explore before. Its good for both of them.

What it isnt is stable. These two do not lend themselves easily to anything that might help make it last, so your job is to capitalize on the moment and put in the work to use these crazy skies for your own benefit.

How do you do this, you ask? Easy- You have to know your chart though, for maximum effect. Wherever these two are in the chart is about to be lit up like 10,000 Christmas trees. For me, its the 2nd and 4th houses, so money and security are the focal points right now for your not-so-humble Astrologer. So go buy some consults, and help me feed my legal team (seriously, they're about to riot, or at least demand to be paid...). Once you know your chart, just do Mars and allow for the insanity of Uranus in those particular areas, and watch the awesome transpire!

Today and tommorow are the absolute best days to get on top of this, as the transit will be exact then, but these two will be in mutual reception til February starts, so youll have some time. But start now, and prepare for awesome!

-The AstroGeek