Mercury And Saturn On Scorpio 27: The Military Brass Band Degree

Mercury and Saturn are conjunct (on the same degree) on Scorpio 27: A MILITARY BAND MARCHES NOISILY ON THROUGH THE CITY STREETS

Military Brass BandThis can show the need, the desire or the promptings, to ‘bang our own drum’, to make a show of how we feel, to stand up and state what it is we want, deserve, demand, etc. On the other hand, this Symbol can show wars breaking out – what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri, could be a case in point. As Mercury and Saturn are on the same degree, issues to do with authority can be front and center – there can be a feeling that one has their freedoms taken away, like we are being goose-stepped into a reality that doesn’t feel friendly or supportive – it can feel ‘regimented’ and judgemental and cold and a bit bleak.

It could, though, show the ability to get organised, to make some decisions, to push through without distractions. As with all aspects, Mercury and Saturn together can be ‘good’ or ‘difficult’ all the way to ‘bad’ – I guess it depends on whose beat we feel we are marching to = our own?

This Symbol shows the need for occasionally making a show for society to remind ourselves of our successes and achievements, whether they are collective or personal achievements. The “Military Band” can make an enormous amount of noise as it “Marches Noisily”, but sometimes we need to be awoken or reminded of the cohesion that a military band can show. Likewise, this degree can show a personality that likes to bang its own drum or to make a big noise for the establishment. As long as the audience is ok with the parade through their environment, one can contain the reaction from others. Sometimes, though, people get annoyed by people banging their drums a little too loudly.

Noisy announcements. Making music to rouse people from complacency. Demanding attention. Trumpeting one’s agenda. Marching in time. The blast of the media. Drums.

The Caution: A lot of volume that’s too pompous. The message getting lost in the noise and fanfare. Demanding to be heard. Propaganda. Threats to peace. Banging one’s drum.

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The Sun On Sagittarius 4: A Little Child Learning To Walk With The Parents’ Help

The Sun today is on Sagittarius 4: A LITTLE CHILD LEARNING TO WALK WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARENTS

Little Child Learning To Walk With Encouragement Of ParentsFor some, this is a fabulous degree of feeling nourished, guided and protected on our path. Somehow we may be feeling the need to ‘get back up and walk forward again’. We could be feeling the need to be encouraged to keep going, to keep learning. We may be helping those around us, whether younger or older, to cope with life, to get their everyday chores done, to feel like they are gaining ground in some way.

On the other hand, especially with the Sun squaring Neptune over the next few days, we may be wondering where the ‘encouragement’ or ‘guidance’ is… perhaps we feel like there is none – that we have to be our own ‘parents’ on every level. Further, in the media and on my feed on FB, all I saw for scores of posts was stories about Bill Cosby, a father-figure who should feel safe to trust… an icon that we should feel comfortable about, someone we looked up to, perhaps, in our younger years. Oh my how we can have the wool pulled from our eyes…

This Symbol implies the necessity of those older to be teachers, exemplars or guides to the younger or less experienced. The “Child” needs the “Encouragement” of “Parents” in order to feel supported or guided. At times in your life, you are likely to fulfill the roles of child or parent to others. As you learn and grow, you may move into new phases of learning that, despite all your previous experience, are surprisingly difficult. Patience and step-by-step progress is needed, as is a guiding hand and a kind word or two. There may be those around you that don’t take your difficulties or responsibility seriously, but your struggles will pay off, particularly if you care and share.

Genuine progress. Instinctive determination. Feeling mother earth under your feet. Taking delight in the smallest progress. Teachers, parents, children. Driving schools.

The Caution: Relying on skills that are not mastered. Not taking the initiative. Preferring being at risk rather than accepting help. Being left alone. Tripping others up.

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The Moon’s North Node On The Robbers In Hiding Degree: Libra 19

The Sabian Symbol for the Moon’s north node is Libra 19: A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING

Gang Of RobbersBringing light and love to situations can shine that much needed light on corners of the mind which may be hampering progress or relationships or situations from developing.

In Australia, we have a government that can’t be trusted. Around the world, people are being shot by police – we have big business ripping us off left, right and center. Banks rip us off, etc. etc.

This Symbol implies that, at times in your life, you may feel that you have been wronged or something has been taken from you. Often, there is no real way of finding who or what is the cause. It often happens that the feelings of loss or being taken advantage of are mostly in your own mind, making it difficult for you to trust or even to know how to trust. Make sure that there is no undermining of faith by indulging in suspicions that are ungrounded in reality. You could spend time searching for perpetrators, but a better solution is to get on with your life. However, do take precautions so you’re not easily taken advantage of. Things will most probably come to light when they are meant to.

Mental attitudes that sabotage, restrict or control. Counseling others to help them improve their lives. Alert to intrusion but not paranoid. The need for light. Spying. Ambushes.

The Caution: Unfair advantage at someone else’s expense. Finding it hard to trust anything. Difficult hidden energies that erupt into consciousness. Unbalanced mental states.

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Mercury On Scorpio 26: Indians Making Camp In New Territory

Mercury is on Scorpio 26: INDIANS MAKING CAMP IN NEW TERRITORY

Indians Making CampWhere is your ‘new territory’? Do you know where you want to be? Do you have people moving in on you? Are you just passing through a situation? Is there a need to adjust to new situations, new places, new people?

This Symbol implies being able to, or having to, settle into “New Territory”. Once a new place has been found, there is the need to acclimatize, adjust quickly and settle in. This new territory can be manifested in a physical, emotional or spiritual framework. Whichever it is, you need to feel at home in an inner and outer sense. You may feel a creeping sense of unease if you find it hard to relax in the new environment or that the rug may be pulled from under your feet. You may also be someone who moves often in life, sometimes before you were able to get a sense of belonging or having friends. However, there is likely to be a pioneering or venturing spirit.

Settling in. Walk-ins. Concerns with territory. Immigration. Tents. Shelter. Cohabitation. Setting up camp. Squatters. Respecting boundaries. Reservations. Migration. Renting.

The Caution: Moving into or invading people’s territory. Putting up with things when one should move. Barging in. Having to compromise living space. Arriving unannounced.

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The Sun On The Two People Playing Chess Degree: Sagittarius 3

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun today is Sagittarius 3: TWO MEN PLAYING CHESS

illusion-chess-boardIt’s interesting to note that a lot of situations have people tiptoeing around, trying not to have things explode. Chess is a game of taking the other out, but one has to be careful – in taking someone else out, one could put themselves at risk… sometimes at great personal risk. This Symbol, though, can show a wonderful ability to see several steps ahead – strategies are important. You can see this degree unfolding in the situation in St Louis – I hope that peace prevails.

This Symbol shows the ability, or the necessity, to indulge in strategic games, arguments or competitions. There can be a strong sense of knowing how to maneuver situations in order to win or come out on top, often with an eye to possible outcomes. Often, there’s a need to be thoughtful and cautious, taking into account the wider picture. Impulsive acts with no forward planning can be risky. It probably pays to not show your weak side, but do everything with the possible objective of winning. It can be difficult to relax in competitive environments; one often feels that they can’t let their guard down because they might be taken advantage of, in some way. Take one step at a time and move with purpose and forethought.
Strategic competition. Seeing the picture several moves ahead. Trying to knock out the opponent. Arguments. Court battles. War strategies. Matching wits. Lawyers. Divorce.

The Caution: Depending on pure luck. Underestimating the opponent’s skill or strategy.

Bickering and trying to get the better. Wanting to slay the opponent. Not knowing when to stop.

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Mercury On The Inspired Person Speaking Degree: Scorpio 24

Crowds Coming Down The MountainMercury is on Scorpio 24: CROWDS COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO LISTEN TO ONE INSPIRED PERSON

This Symbol implies having a message or the voice that others flock to in order to listen. Whether you are the “One Inspired Person”, or someone in the audience, you may feel that you have had some wonderful realizations after hearing inspired messages, from within yourself or from an external source, and now you need to bring these lessons or understandings down to an everyday level in order to integrate them into everyday life. People will have many different responses to the messages being given. Not all will be responsive, but the message will resonate with those that are meant to hear it. What will be done with this new information and how far will it spread?

Power to sway the feelings and thoughts of many. Having a large audience. Holding the floor. Gurus. Lectures and talks. Best sellers. Tapes recordings. The Jesus story. Idolatry.

The Caution: Naiveté, gullibility Feeling like someone else holds all the answers. Wanting everyone to listen regardless of their input or needs. Demanding centre stage.

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Venus On The Golden Haired Goddess Of Opportunity: Sagittarius 10

The Sabian Symbol for Venus is Sagittarius 10:  A THEATRICAL REPRESENTATION OF A GOLDEN HAIRED GODDESS OF OPPORTUNITY

Golden Haired Goddess Of OpportunityRewards, awards, acclaim, a sense of presence, charisma and beauty are all the promise of this degree. You might find  opportunities or offers that look too good to refuse, and they could be full of promise, but they should still be looked at carefully. It can be something of a reward for you, in which case it can lead to bigger and better things. Someone or something may seem to be the answer to your dreams – and indeed it may well turn out to be a grand adventure with a big reward. You, or someone close to you, could be seen as someone who could make big money from the entertainment industry – a natural talent. However, it could be just idle chatter, with no basis in reality.

Distinguishing reality from theatre. Feeling that the ‘world is your stage’. Playing out a story. Acting out impulses. Dramatizations. Opportunities that seem too good to resist.

The Caution: Shallow adoration. Propaganda. Constantly chasing ‘things’ that come to nothing. Judging people by their looks. False appearances. False opportunities.

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The Moon’s North Node On Libra 19: A Gang Or Robbers In Hiding

The Moon’s north node is on Libra 19: A GANG OF ROBBERS IN HIDING

This Symbol implies that, at times in your life, you may feel that you have been wronged or something has been taken from you. Often, there is no real way of finding who or what Two Men Placed Under Arrest 2is the cause. It often happens that the feelings of loss or being taken advantage of are mostly in your own mind, making it difficult for you to trust or even to know how to trust. Make sure that there is no undermining of faith by indulging in suspicions that are ungrounded in reality. You could spend time searching for perpetrators, but a better solution is to get on with your life. However, do take precautions so you’re not easily taken advantage of. Things will most probably come to light when they are meant to.

Mental attitudes that sabotage, restrict or control. Counseling others to help them improve their lives. Alert to intrusion but not paranoid. The need for light. Spying. Ambushes.

The Caution: Unfair advantage at someone else’s expense. Finding it hard to trust anything. Difficult hidden energies that erupt into consciousness. Unbalanced mental states.

I have been feeling this degree myself this last week or so. I’m so over people who act without grace and like to take advantage of others. As this occurs now, I wipe people from my life. Cupid is knocking – the message of Venus now – but it helps to be discriminating about those who might harm us – they should *not* be allowed to get too close to your center.

So, the Moon’s north nodes are on A Gang Of Robbers In Hiding. I see this, and the degree before it, Libra 18: Two Men Placed Under Arrest Are Brought Before The Tribunal Of Society To Give An Accounting For Their Actions, as being a pair – they certainly talk about the need for transparency, fairness, balance and justice.

So, I had a talk with my friend Gretel yesterday (aka Madam Lash). I told her about how the Moon’s north node is highlighting the Gang Of Robbers In Hiding and The Two Men Placed Under Arrest. I was driving along, thinking about these degrees, particularly about the Two Men Placed Under Arrest. It was my birthday yesterday and I was visiting another friend, so I stopped in the bottle shop to buy some red wine. As I walked into the shop, a man asked me if I would like to try some wines. He had two bottles. Here is the picture. I HAD to buy both bottles when I saw the labels… read what is written on the bottom of the labels… if you can’t quite see what is written on the labels, the bottle on the left is named The Guilty and the one on the right is The Verdict.

One couldn’t make this stuff up!

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Venus On The Cupid Degree: Sagittarius 7

Venus is on Sag 7: Cupid Knocking At The Door Of A Human Heart…
CUPID KNOCKING AT THE DOOR OF A HUMAN HEART

Cupid KnockingThis degree shows the ability, or the necessity, of spreading love and showing how people can love one another. “Cupid” is “Knocking”, asking to be let in. Barriers and defenses around people’s hearts may be keeping him from getting in, but how long will they be able to resist? Opening your heart and opening the door will lead to new opportunities and realizations about relationships. What are the true depths of your relationships? Unlock your heart and allow your heart chakra to open when you are in caring company and know when to open “The Door’ to allow love in.

Keys and arrows. Respectful invitation of love. Fear of commitment.

Softening one’s boundaries. The need to lighten up one’s approach to others. Romance.

The Caution: Waiting, not taking the initiative. Rejecting emotion. Fearing losing independence. Barriers and defenses. Seeing potential lovers in everyone. Crashing other people’s space…..

Something from the past…

[I wrote the following post on Facebook on December 22 2012] – I posted yesterday about the major message of Venus now is to open the heart… Venus is on Sag 7: Cupid Knocking On The Door Of A Human Heart. I am moving and I got out a box of things I’d just thrown together when moving last May (before going to the States) and I pulled on an electrical wire and two of my Sabian Symbol Oracle cards flipped up – Sagittarius and 7 and landed as you see them in the pic here. Life is magic!!

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The Upcoming New Moon in Sagittarius: Reunions And Reruns

Military Brass BandI like to reminisce with people I don’t know. Steven Wright

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. Victor Hugo

Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure. Ecclesiasticus

There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy. Frankfort Moore

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. Max Lerner

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

When the days of rejoicing are over, When the flags are stowed safely away, They will dream of another wild ‘War to End Wars’, And another wild Armistice day. Robert Graves

November’s Sagittarius new Moon occurs on November 22 in Australia and November 21 in the United States. This new Moon has a particularly ‘martial’ or ‘military’ feel to it, with the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Saturn and Uranus all having this tone or flavor. Also, the degrees that follow for some of the other planets, such as Mars and Neptune, also have military or martial tones to them. It is a very curious line-up of planets, but then there often is a theme of some sort that shines through – it is just that this is a very pointed theme. How we handle it may be a measure of our ability to stand strong with our belief in the goodness of life and that good things are unfolding – and exactly as they should be. Of course, many people are having a good time in their lives, but for those who are feeling rather tested or pushed, this could be a time of having to reconnect with one’s positive thoughts and feelings.

Keep reading my blog/newsletter on this upcoming Sagittarius new Moon:  Click here…

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