On January 16, 2019

Be true to yourself in times of turmoil

By Cal Garrison a.k.a., Mother of the Skye

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of an Aries Moon that will turn void-of-course at around 11 a.m. Monday until it enters Taurus at 1:31 p.m. on Monday afternoon. I don’t know how other astrologers approach their weekly columns. As I look at what’s on tap for the next seven days I realize that my tendency to get too deeply involved is a drawback. As much as I want to do a good job figuring all of it out, I am pretty sure no one in my profession could claim to have a line on what’s going on with the stars right now.

Part of this has to do with the fact that we, too, are only human, and as much at the mercy of the planetary alignments as the rest of you. We happen to be passing through the gnarliest stretch of the grand cycle. So many things are getting shaken and stirred, what I am experiencing, and what we are all experiencing, has got us wrestling with what happens when we hit the bottom line. As our personal and collective demons rise up to haunt us, we have to figure out how to show up on time with a smile on our face day in and day out, and handle the enormity of our internal or private affairs, without missing a beat. I am fortunate that I can work at home in my pajamas for a few hours a day. I don’t know how I would be coping if I had to wiggle into my panty hose, go out into the world, and keep up appearances for eight hours at a stretch – God bless those of you who can manage it.

With this in mind I have decided to use this week’s intro to outline a few of the aspects that are bearing down upon us as we speak. I will analyze each one of them as I go down the list. Some of them will apply to you; some of them won’t. Take what you can and leave the rest.

1. Aspects between the Moon, and Pallas, and Uranus: The week starts out with the Moon in a conjunction with Uranus; both bodies are squaring the asteroid Pallas. Lunar aspects are short lived, but they have the capacity to bollix things up. For the length of time that they are active, it’s easy to get sidetracked/distracted by emotional issues that make it hard to see the forest for the trees. When the Moon and Uranus are conjunct the emotions are unstable and our response mechanisms get trigger happy. As you well know emotional outbursts are akin to throwing a stone into a still body of water; they spread out and can reverberate in our lives for a good long time. With this in mind, it will pay to keep an eye, and a lid, on our emotional reactions on Monday.

2. The square from the Moon to Pallas makes it hard to know whom to please. It puts us in situations where it takes one thing to please one person, and something entirely different to win the approval of someone else. This response pattern will be amplified in those of us who grew up in a family where it took one thing to please Daddy, and another thing to please Mommy. What happens when we get caught in the middle of things like this (for instance: between our partner and our boss –  our partner and our friends – our kids and our outside interests – our Mother and our father, or a parent and our boyfriend, girlfriend – you get the picture) is we lose ourselves! It becomes nearly impossible to stay in touch with what we want. This leads to all kinds of pretenses and lies that create scenarios that wind up messing things up in the long run. Under this influence the message would be, try like hell, and be self-aware enough to stay in touch with what’s true for you.

3.Psyche opposite Hades: This is about getting down to rock bottom with our core issues. Whether we are aware of it or not our primary wounds are being stimulated by whatever’s going on in our outer reality. Many of us are getting in touch with our most deeply buried secrets. There is a tendency to be deeply depressed under this influence.

4. Vulcanus sextile Admetus: This comes down to getting in touch with what we have had to endure. It marks the point where enough is enough. We can’t take any more of whatever the problem is. There is the sense that we are just about to explode from having to put up with too much, for too long. Under this influence we tend to avoid people and things that add to the pressure. It can also cause us to be forced or pressured into things that must be endured.

15. Pluto squaring Arachne: Pluto is, by nature, very much under the covers. His M.O. is powerful, but deep, and hidden at the soul level. Arachne is the Spider Woman; she is full of webs, intrigues, and complications. Together, in hard aspect, these two bodies don’t know how to do much but get up to no good. Criminality can be found here. Schemes are devised and situations are conjured up that gaslight the truth and turn those who are innocent into the bad guy. Pluto and Arachne get to control things by messing them up. Nothing is transparent with these two. Complex motives underlie complicated situations and those who are too naïve to know any better get sucked right in. The word “snafu” fits well here. How to get past the lies? You have to be as twisted as Pluto and Arachne are to see what they’re up to. With this combo, there can be deep fears of being overpowered or manipulated by what is unseen or unknown – and for the perpetrators? There are deep fears of what the consequences will be if they are caught.

6. Venus at the midpoint of Pluto and Lilith: This aspect generates love affairs, infidelity, third-party interference, and elements of competition and rejection that are used as a means to control others and/or to get them to change. Rejection, criticism, and gender issues can be used vindictively under this influence.

7. Siwa opposite Osiris: This is a double whammy. Siwa is the great destroyer. He breaks down what is known and familiar when it gets to the point where it has outlived its usefulness. His action appears to be destructive, but his purpose is to burn down the house so that something new and more relevant can rise from the ashes. Osiris is the Egyptian God of death and resurrection. In the myth he was chopped into pieces by his brother Set. His body parts were cast to the Four Directions, and reassembled by Isis, his sister and wife. The opposition between Siwa and Osiris is a doozie. It screams at us to recognize that we are in the midst of a transition that is more than just a change – it is a total and complete annihilation and rebirth.

This is just a partial list of aspects to consider. You can see why I start to wonder about owning the right to interpret these things. I often get complaints from my readers who beg me to lighten up. With what I have recounted here, you can understand why sometimes it’s hard to come up with a bright and cheery analysis. At the moment, it’s safe to say that all of us are living on the edge. What that feels like is bound to be unique to whatever our individual story is.

If the shoe fits, wear it – if it doesn’t, let someone else try it on or stick it in your back pocket and let it simmer while you take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.

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