Is it Fate or Free Will?

I recently gave a lecture at the American Italian Cultural Center in NOLA, the topic exploring the spiritual dimensions of three major Italian films. For all of you astro buffs out there, there was a massive amount of transiting 9th house activity in my astrology chart, the area concerning travel, both literally and figuratively, and higher knowledge and learning. I was struck by the complex and paradoxical nature of the directors’ spiritual and faith orientations; for example, Federico Fellini was a lifelong Catholic yet consulted the I-Ching, an ancient Chinese system of divination, and also recorded his dreams dogmatically. He, under strict supervision, took LSD to gain insight into different realms, yet learned through some of his dreams that though he often played the part of a rebellious child, he appreciated the check of the church on his creative machinations.

What ultimately interested me, though, was Fellini’s admonition that one shouldn’t always consult such tools as I-Ching or astrology, and if one did, he ran the risk of being paralyzed by an idle, overactive mentality. Interesting, in astrology, the 12th house, arguably the most spiritual of all, symbolizes isolation but also spiritual freedom from the material world; so, perhaps confinement isn’t always so bad. Yet Fellini had an inarguable point, namely the intent, and perhaps even the spirit of consulting a higher, mysterious power has as much to do with the act of divination itself, whatever the method.

Which brings me to the greatest of all the questions: is our existence governed by fate or free will? This question has animated virtually all cultures over all time. It seems the more ancient you go, the more a culture believes in fate. But with the rise of Western civilization, science, and modern religion, and the subsequent discovery and reinterpretation of the laws of nature (notice I did not say mastery of nature), many of us lead incalculably more comfortable lives than those even one hundred years ago. But the questions still remains, what is fate, and what is free will?

Geoffrey Cornelius believes that astrology as the Queen of all systems of divination allows us to negotiate with the heavens. We might not ultimately decide our fates, but we do get to negotiate. I take this a step further and submit that the reason (pun accidentally occurring) we get to negotiate is because we accept chance and fate in the form of things like astrology. One is born at a specific time and place, the heavens transfixed in a moment, the seed that ultimately flowers into one’s existence. Yet coming to an astrology session means a momentary suspension of one’s supposed free will agency and that by consulting and asking a different, oblique, and arguably higher power for guidance, one gains free will agency. I’ve been holding as of late that it is no “I” as an astrologer who performs astrology, but I is “I” who learns and studies astrology and in the moment of an Inner Makeup session, performs a reading. This is akin to a musician who learns his craft through practice and then performs a piece of music or an actor who studies his lines and then recites them in a play. This is certainly not the egoistic “I” of free will.

Yet again, by suspending one’s self, the self actually becomes empowered in a circuitous turn of events, akin to a suspension of disbelief during the witnessing of a performance or work of art, a momentary slip of the inquiring mind, and the gaining of insights that come from within, or somewhere else, that lead to a transformation of the self. 

Might Fellini have been onto something? That how we approach such matters is just as critical as the matter itself? As the poet Rilke famously asked of us, Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

This theme led me to recall an old episode of the Twilight Zone, Nick of Time, now available on Netflix where a young, newly-wed couple becomes stranded in a small Ohio town and discovers a “Mystic Seer” machine/napkin holder in a local diner. We are introduced to the wife who brandishes a confident, striding attitude whereas the husband (a young William Shatner) fashions a much more brooding, anxiety-laden attitude towards everyday affairs. The husband is up for a promotion at work, and after consulting the Mystic Seer, who spits out a slip “it has been decided in your favor,” he hurriedly rushes to a pay phone to call his employer. He learns through the grapevine that he has received the promotion, fulfilling the prophecy of the oracle. The husband consults the oracle obsessively over a variety of matters with varying degrees of ambiguity and accuracy, but nevertheless the couple comes to believe in the oracle, that is until they decide it is better not to consult it rather than consult it and to follow the wife’s initial buoyant “take life as it is” attitude vs. the fatalistic, fearful attitude of the husband. The episode closes with another couple who apparently consults the Mystic Seer machine habitually and are portrayed as addicted and entrapted, in astrological terms by twelfth house matters. 

Which brings me back to Fellini’s charge that one shouldn’t consult methods of divination too much and that intent has a lot to do with the outcome especially where self-fulfilling prophesies are concerned. But this still leaves open the question of fate vs. free will. We like to think, think being the operative word, that we have free will. But the material sciences, and/or spirituality, have taught us that within and outside of ourselves there is much more going on beneath the surface. Regardless, does the mind, especially our conscious perceiving mind, have the ability to govern fate? I believe yes, but the percentage is small. Also, as Carl Jung noted, when the conscious ego becomes inflated, when we try to become gods controlling fate, we are invariably slapped back down by nature via tragedy. Yet this does not imply an entirely deterministic existence.

If we have the ability to freeze phenomena, like an individual’s birth as symbolized through a natal chart, through the art of astrology, at least for a moment, we are gifted a glimpse into something beyond space and time because a birth chart, and any astrology chart, is a snapshot in time—but it doesn’t stop time. It is a chance to reflect and glean new insights garnered from a process largely governed by chance. This is where I’ve struggled a bit. Is chance deterministic? Is there a set order of numbers, directions of particles, and movement of light that is destiny? Yes and no, because we know that when we look at something, the observer effect, we change it. However, that does not mean we receive a blank check for free will, and regardless of our perspective, massive forces forever flow beyond our control.

So again, it goes back to Fellini, who started as a gag writer and artist, and in his words, ended up a philosopher. In astrological terms, this progression would look something like Gemini to Sagittarius, curiosity to knowledge. The only question is, what are your questions? And will you love them enough to believe in them and hopefully receive divine revelation? Or, will you fearfully seek the answers that may never come? 

There’s a Major Lunar Eclipse Coming Up. This is How You Can Harness It

 

There’s a major lunar eclipse set to occur on July 27that 4:21 PM EST, the largest such eclipse of the century. It will not be visible in the U.S, but it is most certainly happening. Much is being made about this eclipse, namely that it might be catastrophic, but I often choose to reflect upon the basic symbolism of an eclipse as a clue to how it might function, rather than engaging in doomsday scenarios. Ultimately, the symbolic resonance on your individual level is more important than world events coinciding with this eclipse. 

To interpret astrological symbolism, one must first analyze what is happening astronomically. A solar eclipse is when the moon moves exactly between the sun and the earth. A lunar eclipse is when the earth’s shadow created by the sun eclipses the moon. The latter is what we will be experiencing. 

I’ve always felt that a solar eclipse places the primacy of the moon above the sun; simply put, it is the moon blocking the sun, and traditionally, the moon has been the feminine body of spirit, nurturance, personality, and what one needs. Thus, in a solar eclipse, the moon asserts herself. However, this eclipse will favor the sun, the planetary body of driving will, purpose, ego, and the compulsive force of one’s life. So how will this eclipse pan out?

Each planetary body, at any moment, occupies a sign and takes on its garb and character. For example, in this eclipse, the sun will be in Leo, its preferred, regal home, radiating the warmth of the lion. The moon will be in the opposite sign of cold, technological, yet social Aquarius. This immediately sets up a polarization of dramatic self-expression (Sun in Leo) with emotional futurism (Moon is in Aquarius). A lunar eclipse is the sun opposed to the moon. The lunar nodes are always at play in an eclipse, lining up with both the sun and the moon, and the south node, or your past karma, happens to be in company with this moon. The north node, or karmic future, happens to be conjoined with the sun. Also in close company with the moon is fiery, aggressive Mars.

I interpret this south node as future visions that have not come to pass and hopes that may never come to materialize, yet you still may want to fight for. This could happen in the space of social media and the realm of communications, but moves in this direction, though you may be tempted, are ill-advised. Past karma is where do best to hang and ruminate, not move. It’s the caboose of the train or the tail of the dragon—along for the ride.

Alternately, the north node, or head of the dragon, is situated in Leo with the Sun, a more fortunate position. You are favored when you express, an apt word for Leo, your golden, royal, dramatic self rather than the heady, cold, moon and south node in Aquarius also coupled with  driving Mars that can potentially cause trouble. 

There is a final option for you—that of the belly of the dragon, between the fire breathing north node and the tail of the south node. Instead of acting, be aware of the motives of others, and adjust—Scorpio;  and, take ownership of that which you value—Taurus. Those are the two signs that sit in the middle of the eclipse, splitting the difference between fiery self-expression and cold, calculated futurism. The choice is yours as long as you submit to a negotiation with the heavens, neither fearing fate, nor challenging destiny.  

How can you harness this eclipse and other celestial phenomena? Book an Inner Makeup session to find out.

Venus' Return, and a Birthday Party for Inner Makeup

This past weekend I celebrated Venus returning to the exact point she occupied when I was born. Today, I also celebrate the birthday of Inner Makeup, the astrology business and ever evolving spiritual practice I founded two years ago. What do returns mean in astrology, and what do birthdays mean in astrology? Returns do not mean what they do in finance, a profit from an investment, rather, a return in astrology is a recapitulation of a theme, albeit slightly different, as the planetary bodies are constantly in motion. Similarly, a birthday is the exact point where the sun returns when a person or event was born, with slightly different planetary configurations.  The theme of my Venus, and her return, is drama, occupying the expressive sign of Leo; thus we endeavoured to celebrate the sweetness of Venus, the brightest “star” in the sky with a grand party where I sang the celestially-themed East of the Sun, West of the Moon. This heavenly configuration also featured the North Node of Karmic Future and Mercury, the planet of communication, in close aspect in the creative sign of Leo. Venus is also a particularly social sign, so harnessing all of this Venusian and Leo energy was paramount. Similarly, the birthday chart of Inner Makeup also featured Venus prominently, with a similar prominence in the chart emphasizing Venusian energy. But besides the sweet indulgences of Venus, how does one go about celebrating astrological phenomena?

In Western astrology, the signs symbolize the seasons, which is a wholly different conception of astrology from Indian astrology, or even NASA, whereby the signs as constellations take precedent. Western astrology is based on the sun, the amount of light shed throughout the year, and its subsequent creation of the seasons as experienced on earth. Thus, we endeavoured to offer seasonal delights for our guests to celebrate each sign, or season. Take a look below to see our interpretation of each dish as embodying each season. 

Aries, The Ram

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The Sun is exalted in the sign of Aries, the fiery, powerful manifestation of spring's awakening, the spring equinox. For this, we selected spring lamb, a robust, aggressive choice paired with chimmichuri sauce.

Taurus, The Sitting Bull

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If Aries is the violent burst into spring, Taurus is its beautiful flowering. For this spirit, we chose earthly tri-colored carrots paired with cumin creme fraiche. 

Gemini, The Twins

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Gemini are the children of the zodiac, and exhibit a sunny, airy, playful, curious, and mischievous duality, embodying the sunniest time of the year. Confetti cookies were the natural choice!

Cancer, The Crab

Perhaps the easiest selection of the bunch, Cancer is the ancient crustacean. For this we spruced up the ceviche with a Thai-style crab. 

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Leo, The Lion

The sun finds its home with the lion, the fixed, lazy days of late summer. Sweet tomatoes are to be found, and we prepared a dramatic roasted cherry tomato tart.

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Libra, The Scales

Libra is literally the fall of the sun, the autumnal equinox that sheds equal day to night. Yet the fall, like love, is beautiful, and we prepared an apple pie cake to symbolize this most beautiful time of the year. 

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Scorpio, The Scorpion

The most intense sign of the zodiac, where the beautiful leaves of autumn are undertaken by the sting of the scorpion, we sought to create the most daemonic dish, a dark chocolate ganache with amareno cherries. 

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Sagittarius, The Archer

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To capture the blunt, forward spirit of Sagittarius's arrows, we offered antipasto spears.

Capricorn, The Goat

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The grounded, conservative nature of Capricorn was captured in roasted cauliflower with tzatziki and harissa sauce.

Pisces, The Fish

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Along with the crab, Pisces was somewhat easy to embody, the fish. Last but not least, we prepared smoked salmon on naan bread. 

Apologies to Virgo and Aquarius, as we missed photographing you. Virgo was a virgin rose and Aquarius was an innovative orange blossom spherical ice cube drink. How are you reflected in the seasons and signs of astrology? Contact me to book an Inner Makeup session to explore your personal astrology. 

Through the Heart of the Scorpion

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Moon Messages Week of June 25, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon? 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This week, your recent drive towards the future that began abruptly in Mid-May comes to a halt. Though you believe in your vision of the future, a good, a priori future, that deserves to come into being, the heavens, as always, have something else in mind. The moon, waxing full and galloping ahead, will pass through the heart of the scorpion, Antares. This is the fixed star known for sudden, war-induced rises but also sudden falls. The great, optimistic planet Jupiter has been lending his hand to this spirit, expanding through the dark, intuitive waters of the sign Scorpio, and you do best, although not easily, to combine this ethos with your own self-expression. Hold on during this time, and protect yourself. It’s not so much about forcing your vision unto the cosmos. Instead dredge up the things that have been languishing in the dark as you assert yourself, rather than hastily demanding your worthy and considerable vision.   

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: In the coming weeks, you’ll reevaluate the push you were forced to make towards the future that occurred this past May. Disruption is never easy, but if you can swing it, you’ll make great gains.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You’re quite dramatic on the home front, with commensurate optimism to boot. Just make sure you take care to communicate effectively, as family is about conveying nurturance and protection.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: The sun has just moved into your money sector, and while this brings power to your pocketbook, it will require an adjustment and balancing of your optimism, especially around the partnerships that flow from this change.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22:Happy birthday! While you’re comfortable reveling in yourself this month, your true gains can be made by getting out and about, releasing the dramatist within.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’re positively brimming with your usual, gallant antics, but beware, you have to hold on and anchor yourself while you’re riding high as the star of the show. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You may be having urges to express yourself, a hidden part of who you are, but the gains are to be made by how your relate this feeling of expression to others, connecting emotionally which can be a weakness of yours. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: You have a real opportunity to pioneer and flower a new course for yourself, but you must believe. It will take you a bit to wrap your feelings around this and get over past pain, but once you do, there is not stopping you. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This year has been one of expansion for you, but as of late, you do best to let your dreams do the driving, not your carnal, aggressive impulses. The better angels of yourself with guide you in the direction you really want to go. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You’re positively buoyant this week, but make sure to hold on as you gallop ahead. Your home base, your anchor, requires that you do as much.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: It’s been a slow go for you for some time, with a push and pull between erecting the structures you hold dear while seeing them breaking down. Underneath it all is hidden optimism and belief, but you must allow these feelings to come into the light, and then the structures you work so hard to put in place will illuminate. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You are so engaged with the future, and not repeating past failures, that you might be unaware of some good, old-school, down-to-earth work that needs to be done. What are the things that aren’t glamourous but that need tending to? This is your true path forward. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Your sign naturally tends toward sweet, colorful introversion, but as far as your public persona, bluntness can take you far if you open up to pressing ahead. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

Is a New Moon in Gemini a Potential Undoing?

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Gemini Factory

Every day as I cross the Crescent City Connection bridge, I notice a factory that features a Gemini symbol and two smokestacks. Gemini is a binary sign and the duality of the smokestacks curiously mirrors and emphasizes this. As we are experiencing a new, invisible moon in the sign of Gemini, I decided to take a closer look at the factory. I was told by a gentleman that the factory used to be a sugar refinery, fitting for potentially candy-loving Gemini, the childlike, extroverted, and communicative sign. However, when I pass the factory, I always wonder, “What went wrong?” Perhaps astrology, from an acausal standpoint, can provide an answer.

Carl Jung famously called synchronicities, or meaningful coincidences, the “acausal connecting principle.” I draw a connection between the Gemini moon phase and the factory, that Gemini is the twelfth sign of moon-ruled Cancer, thus its potential undoing. Signs are relative to each other, and the last sign that precedes each sign is its potential undoing, as the twelfth or last sign is an ending. For example, Leo is the twelfth sign of Virgo if you go around the zodiac. 

With this new moon in Gemini, the moon wants to be in its home sign of Cancer, but it isn’t. It’s in its twelfth sign of Gemini, emphasizing a glib childishness that could spell disaster. What are you to do? Examine the pleasure-seeking, game-loving parts of yourself and make sure they aren’t your undoing, perhaps like a factory that got ahead of itself seeking sugary success. Or, bring those impulses out into the open so they can be expressed healthfully rather than repressed. The moon is new, so it is a ripe time for wishes. Just make sure they’re the types of wishes unlike the Gemini-like curiosity that killed the cat. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Sun's Cycles, and Opting for the Moon

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Moon Messages Week of June 4, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

As I wrote in last week’s Moon Messages column, the drive is towards the future, the future so desperately wanted. But is desire the only path towards what your soul craves? The Buddhists would say no, as it is commonly held that desire is the nature of suffering. I recently consulted for a non-profit executive who lamented the state of her employees’ morale, working hard day in and day out, year to year, pushed to exhaustion. I suggested she consider a different work cycle, that of the moon. The daily and yearly cycle is of the sun, the seasons and the day. But the moon cycle is of the month, waxing and waning. Great gains can be made on this more gradual, incremental cycle, and the heavens at this very moment suggest as much. The moon is waning in earthly Taurus, where it loves to be, building, flowering, and growing; but a waning moon seeks to dispense with what must go, dead vegetation that provides the seeds of renewal, so that new vegetation might spring forth.  Release what must go and you will find a childlike wonderment in a new start, unearthing a new, loving, homely base where you can feel your way into the future, as opposed to adjudicating the daily battles of the day and the wars of the year. 

Interpreted lunations and aspects: Mars conjoined south node squares waning, exalted moon in Taurus (moon conjoined Uranus) that moves through Gemini and waxes into Cancer. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You may be experiencing some new growing pains, as you are stepping towards an electrified and awakened state. Slow and steady wins the race, though, even if your visions dominate your spirit.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: There’s disruptive energy and unavoidable questions around your self, will, and purpose. Know that these events will grow into a new, awakened self even if it’s uncomfortable at the moment.   

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: There is a massive amount of energy surrounding your thoughts and communication, but you must allow for a slower growth, a roast in the oven that takes time. This is critical because if you move too quickly, you will undo yourself. 

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22:. This week is a homecoming of sorts, even if there’s a bit of disruption around your friends and social networks. Know that it’s all for the better, and that you will find a quiet homecoming where you breathe a sigh of relief, at home alone. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’ve recently experienced disruption in your career, but it’s not one event that makes or breaks you. If you keep tending to your proverbial garden, you find a solid home in your career, even if it is hidden from you at this moment. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: As Virgo, you’re more in the air that your earthly sisters, Taurus and Capricorn, Mercury being the embodiment of your energy. Get down in the earth this week to resurface as your perfection-seeking, purifying self, and see great long term gains in travel and knowledge. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Issues with inheritances and other people’s money arise this week, and you do best to take a measured, sober stance. Even if there’s disruption, make sure to hold steady and look to the future, even if difficult past issues arise. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: If you’ve been listening to the heavens, you been making dramatic, hard, but expansive changes over the past year. However, others can help you with the more incremental, long term game if you open up to benefical relationships and partnerships. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21:Issues around your health and daily working conditions have been disrupted as of late. You don’t like to approach matter with conservatism, but it helps you here, along with opening yourself to the emotive line that ultimately builds your future. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: You’re experiencing a nice expressive moment with your creative fruits, children or otherwise. Know that this will build wonderfully over time as long as you stay your normal, structured, conservative course. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: You’re keen on the future, with the drive and verve to back it up. Yet become awakened to a building process that is gradual and adjusting rather the inspirational and fleeting to achieve your extraordinary visions.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Staying grounded in your thoughts and communication, even if they take on an eccentric quality as of late, is the key to your long term career success. It may not be as introverted and as exciting as your dreamy, colorful, creative world, but you benefit in the end.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Future as the Past, in a Moment

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Moon Messages Week of June 4, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This week, the future reigns, both in spirit and mind. The problem with the future is that it isn’t this moment, rather, the future occurs after a series of moments. What brings you to this moment?—the past. The past depletes the future but propels you forward. Only by standing in this moment, limited, grounded, and awakened, will you arrive at the future you dare to envision. To this end it is critical that you verbalize and think about the future, thoughts and words culminating this Tuesday when will-power and speech climax. You are able to take up arms, courageously, and proclaim your invisible dreams of the future that dramatically come to pass.  

Interpreted lunations and aspects: Mars conjunct south node in Aquarius trine Sun cazimi Mercury in Gemini. Moon emphasizes this with a pass by Mars in Aquarius. Mars square Uranus in Taurus. North Node in Leo. Saturn in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: There are great gains to be had for you, but only if you awaken to your future visions via the watery realms of dreams. This may be difficult for you, as dreams sometimes don’t come true, but when you have your vision, there is no stopping headstrong Aries.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: There is extraordinary energy available to you for the building of your dreams. However, dreams don’t happen overnight, or are even visible to you, unless you unearth them little by little, every day.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: You are positively brimming with your usual chatty communication this week. There is awesome power in this, but be careful that your career curiosity doesn’t kill your career cat.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Dreams matter, but so does the time it takes to make them come true. Give them the proper love and attention while making the necessary changes, and you will expand your horizons greatly. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: There’s a subtle, spiritual energy available to you right now, but you must put the words to these esoteric thoughts. It will powerfully enhance your career, but you must trust your intuition. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: The moon is opposite you this week. Somebody colorful and dreamy might come into your world, and let them. You could get out of your head and dream a bit every once and awhile. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: There may be some adjustment required in your daily working conditions, and even health. The best course of action is to make the difficult, necessary adjustments, letting the things that don’t serve you fall by the wayside. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Your creative juices are flowing this week, but make sure to find a middle ground between dramatic shifts and reckless abandon, giving love to the middle ground of your higher mind. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Home is emphasized for you this week, and it’s not necessarily easy. It is dreamy, however, and if you make some long overdue changes you can feel much more grounded in your home space. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Though you like to stay grounded, your communication and thoughts take on a dreamy tone this week. This is not a bad shift for you, and if benefits all of the social sectors of your life. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You may experience some difficulty with your finances this week related to your past actions that were overly futuristic. Endings turn into new beginnings, so look ahead again, this time with a more strategic, analytical approach. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: It dreams as usual for you, just make sure that you alternatively stay fixed and steady as you harmoniously experience greater gains in your love life and higher mind. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Devil and the Moon

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If you look up to the heavens tomorrow evening, just after 10 PM Central Time, you’ll see the planet Saturn in a close aspect with the very bright, waning gibbous Moon. This is the moment of this year that Saturn is most visible. I approach the planets, along with various symbols, signs, and omens, as an invitation to interpretation and creative reinterpretation. Thus, when I realize that Saturn and the Moon are to be very closely conjoined in the sky, in fact the most visible this year, I take note and reflect.

Saturn gets a bad rap in astrology. You’ve probably heard of your Saturn return, and even language itself has relegated that word saturnian, saturnine, saturnalia, even satan or the devil to a reviled position, meaning “slow and gloomy.” Even astrology itself is not immune as the word saturnine was originally used to describe the mood of astrologers! I’m at times inclined to agree. Regardless of the history, is there a constructive way to view Saturn? 

In her book Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey suggests that “When the disciple knows Saturn as the God who offers opportunity and does not only feel him to be Deity who brings disaster, then he is on the path of discipleship in truth and in deed and not just theoretically.” The Greco-Roman cultures understood this, exalting Kronos, the Greek equivalent to Saturn, as a ubiquitous symbol of a golden era of youth, agriculture, and abundance. Temples were erected to honor Saturn. Saturn is also the root of the word “Saturday” which is the day of rest in Judaism and a modern respite from the work week for everybody else. The key here is to find the limiting factors in your life that need to check normative and uncontrolled expansion and movement, embodied in the planet Jupiter, and subsequently make necessary, disciplined, restrictive adjustments. 

 Temple of Saturn in Rome

Temple of Saturn in Rome

 

So what does it mean that the Moon will so closely aspect Saturn? They both take on the conservative, structure-oriented garb of the sign Capricorn, but unlike Saturn who feels at home in Capricorn, the Moon does not like being in Capricorn. The Moon would prefer to be at home in the floating, emotive sign of Cancer or the beautiful, earthly sign of Taurus. Structure and conservatism does not fit the Moon, the original planetary body of communication, emotion, spirit, and nurturance that builds things over time. Therefore, even if you’re not feeling the desire to structure yourself the way you know you need to, do it anyways. 

As you expand in your life, determine what you need to put the brakes on to truly master where it is you want to go. Saturn, though doling out destruction, can be abated by wisely making choices within the bounds of free will. Of course, there still is fate, for better and worse, but if you reject Saturn i.e. the devil’s offerings, you are sure to succeed. 

I'm Dan Beck, an astrologer, writer, and spiritual consultant based in New Orleans, LA. To explore my offerings and book a session, click here .

A Holy Trine in the Sky

 Carved image of the Island God, Makemake, now a dwarf planet as well https://bit.ly/2sjhjkx

Carved image of the Island God, Makemake, now a dwarf planet as well https://bit.ly/2sjhjkx

In the sky, there is a holy trine between Makemake, the pioneering, spirit-seeking island God, courageous Mars, and a bubbly, extroverted Sun in Gemini. While this is wonderful energy to surge ahead with your visions of the future, remember that the moon has made a wonderful pass over Jupiter in the sky, the expansive Jupiter that has taken on a darker tone for the past year, being in the undertaking sign of Scorpio. Now, the ecstatic full moon has entered Sagittarius, the believer who values knowledge above all else. It is critical while getting carried away with your courageous, curious, and pioneering movements that you remember it is belief and earned knowledge that stands you in the best stead as you move forward, as Sagittarius is the centaur and archer, human and animal spirit ideally combined, reflected in this climactic moon of the moment.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

When the Drama Concludes, What Judgments are to be Made?

 Summer Solstice Sunset; Photo by Jessie Eastland

Summer Solstice Sunset; Photo by Jessie Eastland

Moon Messages Week of May 21, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon? 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

And the heavens march on! Welcome to Gemini, the extroverted twins and harbingers of maximum light. At the end of Gemini season, we will experience the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. This week is no less dramatic, with the moon shifting through expressive Leo, the lion. However, the moon is the great builder of the zodiac and asks that you employ purity of thought and analysis to your forward motion with the goal of adjudicating exactly how you will move forward, making critical decisions along the way, as you are indeed roaring ahead. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You’ve likely been on a journey of disrupted self-awakening over the past seven years. Now, you will be surprised to find yourself putting some thought, and feel, to what it is you truly value and, in turn, take ownership over your money and possessions. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You might be thinking, in a somewhat dramatic fashion, “Who am I?” You are set to experience disruptions striking at the core of who you are, and you’re going to want to sit with these feelings for a good long while. 

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Happy birthday! You must be positively chomping at the bit, but while you’re doing that, you win when you heed to your long term ambitions and longing for home.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: This is a sweet week for you, Cancer, as Venus moves into your sign and will make a favorable aspect to the moon. Enjoy the feel of love and spirit that floats your way this week.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Money is on the mind for you this week and engaging in thoughtful analysis and shrewd judgments is the way to go. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Your emotions are front and center for you, Virgo, and though you like to live in the realm of thought, getting in tune with your feelings will go a long way in helping you build your future from within.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Overwrought hidden thoughts and feelings may get the best of you this week. Pay attention to them, let them surface, and you’ll find a healthy way to integrate them into yourself. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This is a great week to reap the rewards of all the recognition you’ve been receiving at work. There are benefits to success, so celebrate them!

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You’ve been very expressive with your drive towards knowledge and spiritual searching, but focus on your career and subsequent gains to be made in this area of your life, with a more judicious and thoughtful style than you might be used to. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Beliefs are important, and though you excel in more conservative modes of thought, you can apply that same rigor to expanding knowledge and your own belief systems. You might even take flight towards these ends.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:Partnerships, relationships, and other people’s money are generally emphasized for you this week. Mars, the courageous but war-mongering red planet, has just entered your sign, a warning that you do best to think twice before engaging in any conflicts. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Working conditions and health are at the forefront for you this week, but others can help you in your effort to better express yourself. Reach out instead of shrinking back to your normative, colorful, spiritual world.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

The Most Disruptive Week Since the 30's

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Moon Messages Week of May 14, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This is a momentous week in the heavens, as the new, invisible, moon situates herself in her favorite sign of Taurus, providing optimal conditions to build and grow the great materials that spring from the earth. Also, Uranus, the great awakener and disruptor, moves into Taurus, a grounded state he might not immediately relish but that could be beneficial. Uranus is the sky God, birthed from Gaia, the earth, but through the family lineage of the Gods has come down to unleash the fire of creativity upon humankind through Promethean spirit. You may experience massive, earthly disruption when Uranus takes on the garb of Taurus, but if you can adjust, this is one of the most powerful times for your potential as an individual. In fact, this type of configuration has not occurred since the mid-thirties. Be forewarned, however, that the disruptive power of Uranus can be catastrophic. The power of Taurus and Cancer will be required, especially through Venus as she moves into that protective sign next week. The word tenor comes to mind, meaning “to hold”, and heroic, physical acts such as a great, operatic tenor holding onto a climatic high note is the spirit of the next week. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You’re set to experience some massive changes in your money, possessions, and what you value. The key is to own this and not impulsively react to external circumstances. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You are set to experience massive changes this week to who you are, your will, and purpose. Do what you do best and take ownership of how you will build upon this, and put your mind toward harnessing this disruptive energy.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Your normative state of being is to be curious, communicative, and aware, but the heavens will throw you some massive curves this week, manifesting through your emotions and dreams. You do best to sit back and process these quakes and then move forward in your extroverted, communicative manner.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: You may experience disruption with your friends and social networks. The best way to approach this is to reboot and slowly supplant the social networks that feed your soul. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Taking ownership of your career, especially on a monthly time schedule, is the way for you to go. Though this may be a different pace for you, Leo, preferring to shine in the moment, this disruptive approach will pay dividends down the road.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Though not as obviously spiritual as your opposite, Pisces, you are the virgin who births great, pure things. There is set to be a great awakening in your belief system and knowledge base, and you are the one who will expand, cyclically, in your individual, revolutionary approach.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Though you like to see all sides of an argument, you must take ownership of the carnal motivations of others. The heavens will force you to evaluate what the role of others are in your life and make some hard decisions with regard to them.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: There is a real opportunity for you to take ownership of the relationships in your life, and not in your carnal, furtive way. Yes, you can own the pleasures the world has to give without having to control or manipulate others. But this can take a little more time than you’re used to. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You’re set to experience some disruption in your working conditions and even health. You do best not to charge ahead but rather sit and take ownership of your unfolding situation. 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Though there has been a driving impulse towards your ambition and status, your normative mode, you have a real opportunity to express yourself creatively. This energy will be less driving and climbing and more emotive and internal, a welcome change for your state of mind. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You are set to experience disruption in your home life even though home is not necessarily your favorite place to be. Though your head is in the future, you need to have a home base, so you do best to put your mind towards defining your home space.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Being grounded, purposeful, and taking ownership in your communication will takes your far if you are open to expressing yourself this way. Your magic will take care of the rest. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

Choosing Venus, and the Waning Moon

Moon Messages Week of May 7, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

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The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

As the beautiful days of Taurus have begun their denouement, so is the moon waning. This is not necessarily an easy wane, as the moon looks toward the future while letting go of the past, starting off the week inhabiting the sign of visionary Aquarius. What are you to do? Inquire, especially with others whom you find wondrous and beautiful, about what the coming months hold for you. Your questions and curiosity take on a child-like tone as sociable Venus wears the energy of extroverted, playful Gemini, and this is a better approach than joining with war-mongering Mars. Be a child who drops the toy that no longer holds his attention, and you will move forward triumphantly. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Relating to others is not necessarily your forte, but reach out and let others do your pioneering work for you. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: Past failures don’t have to indicate future gains, especially with regard to your status and career. Become a child as you playfully envision what the future may hold.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: The wonderful benefic planet Venus is in your sign, and the moon beautifully aspects her, so there’s no limit to your love and social life.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Confronting your thoughts and feelings about love and relationships may not be easy, but when you bring them to light, you become a master of the social arena. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’re desperate to move forward but, your past seems to be holding you back with regard to your future plans. Don’t worry about the past as it’s already behind you.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You’re feeling your past especially as it relates to health and working conditions. Your future is not wedded to the past but rather your dramatic motion forwards, even if it’s a dream unbeknownst to you. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: You’re feeling the past especially as it relates to your creative offspring. Even though this is where your emotions are, try to get outside of them and be curious about how the higher realms of thought and spirit can take you to your next destination. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Your thoughts are dedicated to how you can place the structures to support your ambition and success, but take a moment to remember the past as you move forward, lest you sting someone else and cause your own demise. 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Your thoughts and feelings are dominated by the past, but you’re moving towards a higher, more knowledge-driven future. This will take some dramatic expression on your part, as opposed to your usual blunt, seeking movements.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: There may be some money troubles, but money comes in the form of values. When you decide what really matters for you, your past money troubles will lead to future gains. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:Though you desperately want to move to the future, as Aquarius is the sign of the future, you’re feeling the weight of the past. A warm, golden lover will help, if you’re open to the drama of a relationship. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: You may have some unresolved issues regarding past ideals for your future. You must honor these feelings, or they could be your undoing. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To book an appointment or select one of my offerings, click here.

Roaring Ahead, but Holding Back

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Image from cosmicpsychic.com https://tinyurl.com/y9rnjxto

Moon Messages Week of April 23, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

This week, you experience extraordinary drama, with your soul surging ahead to its future. However, as the week progresses, you will be required to analyze your gallant, forward motion as the heavens request a gathering of only your best movements, ultimately with an eye towards weighing what is absolutely necessary. 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Cat got your tongue? Not this week, as your emotions spew out of your mouth in the form of fiery words. You do best when you take ownership of your speech, staying grounded and diplomatic when relating to others. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You’re torn between staying where you are or surging ahead, especially as it relates to involving others. Why not split the difference and float along at a leisurely pace?

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Your impressive communicative abilities take on a warmer tone this week, if you are open to what your emotions are asking of you. By week’s end you do less of the talking and more of the receiving, a welcome change for you if you’re open to the break.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Usually one to experience emotions inwardly, your feelings are your greatest asset this week. Be judicious about the feelings you follow, as your impulses will lead you down whichever path you consciously select. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Your karmic future, and how you feel about it, deep down, take center stage this week. This is your normal state, but make sure there’s ten percent of you that is carefully analytical and judicious about the grand moves you’re making. 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You might not be aware of it, but you’re subconsciously making some big moves. The rational mind can only do so much planning and thinking, areas in which you excel, but go with your heart, the warm, dramatic self you too often suppress, and achieve the things your fussy mind may not allow of you.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: You are the great, airy judge of the zodiac, but go on a romp this week, as the moon moves through your area of friends, hopes, and wishes. It can’t, and shouldn’t, always be pie in the sky.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Though your will is to feel and intuit the motivations of others, you win this week when you, individually, are the center of attention. This will open up new avenues for you which you will easily analyze and integrate into yourself.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You are the great centaur of the zodiac, firing arrows as you gallop towards that which you seek out. However, you can accomplish the same effect merely by expressing the grandeur and drama that is you. No arrows necessary.  

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: There’s an extraordinary amount of emphasis , especially as it relates to your plodding ambition, a normative state for you. However, have you ever thought of stopping your climb to the top, and roaring? You just might catch a chariot instead of having to make the climb by yourself. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:You might be feeling like things are taking a 180 with regard to your relationships and partnerships this week. That’s ok, as a new lease on how you relate to others, with the heart and opposed to the mind, is the way to go. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: There is energy available to you this week as you make some moves with regard to the nitty gritty aspects of your work and health. Drama is the key, and you will work out the details later in the week. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Dance with Venus and the Moon

 From New Earth Heartbeat. https://bit.ly/2JQc8zV

From New Earth Heartbeat. https://bit.ly/2JQc8zV

Moon Messages Week of April 16, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

 

There’s been a lot of talk in the astrological community recently about the difficult, squaring action between the transiting planets and signs of Aries and Capricorn. But my suggestion is to look towards the moon, in a beautiful, young, crescent state, exalted and building in earthly, Taurean energy, helped and abetted by bountiful Venus. And this week, they are coupled together if you look up towards the sky. Taurus is the most earthly of all the earth signs, and the moon finds its joy in this sign, being the steady constructor and deconstructor of the zodiac. Venus, the embodiment of the beauty of the earth in spring, finds home in Taurus. How might you approach this energy? Recognize that astrology is not all about the stars, as above so below, but also the beauty that occurs here on earth as reflected in the symbols of the seasons. Staying grounded is just as much the key to astrology as having your head in the clouds, and in the end, it comes down to the quality of your dirt. 

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19:The quakes of your birthday season are about to come to an end, but I have a way for you to look ahead. Sit and enjoy the material gifts of the Moon and Venus, because believe it or not, their creative powers are out in front of even your impressive head start. 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: This week is extraordinarily beautiful for you, just make sure that you put some of the gifts received to work. Otherwise you risk hoarding them and their subsequent loss of value.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: You’re wedded to your mind, but it’s actually your subconscious that drives you. Pay attention to your dreams—they’re trying to communicate with you the treasures your mind won’t bring you.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: This week is a golden opportunity to water the proverbial flowers that are your friends and social networks. A little tending to this area of your life will result in massive, quick growth. And you’re good at nurturant watering anyways. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’re animated towards your own dramatic self-expression, but your career takes precedent right now. If you tend to the earthly, mundane details of your public recognition, you are sure to succeed.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You may always have a chip on your shoulder for not receiving your due, and you should, but if you pleasurably apply your shrewd analytical skills to the expansion of your spirit and higher mind, nothing will stop you. But you must believe.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: It will take a little balancing (the keyword of your life), but some of the carnal drives that ache to be brought to light, be they your own or the motivations and problems of others, are actually the source of your treasures. Darkness must exist first to then be brought to light, and your darkness holds the keys to your treasure.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: You can relax a bit as the partnerships and relationships in your life bring you the resources and materials you need. It doesn’t always have to be about deeply intuiting what you need from others.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Though you are the most expansive sign of the zodiac, let Venus and the Moon do the “searching and seeking” for once. Let them build what you believe in and wish to come into fruition.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: You’re certainly one of the more practical signs of the zodiac, but loving the ground you seek to climb over is the answer for you this week. Why climb the mountain, dear goat, if you have a farm already at your hands?

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18:All of the energy of Taurus falls in your sector of home. Though you have the mind of a genius, without a home base, you are forever lost. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: All of the wonderful energy of Taurus falls in your sector of short travels, journeys, and writing. So, make good on it, and chatter away.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Mourning the Seeds Who Won't Make It

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From https://cannabistraininguniversity.com/cannabis-root-disease/

Moon Messages Week of April 9, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

You’ve experienced the beginnings of spring with its violent burst towards brighter days, but with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The moon wanes back towards her invisible state, a recapitulation in the declamatory, initiating sign of Aries, but asks that you, as with every moon cycle, discard what has outlived its time here and mourn the seeds who won’t succeed. You are asked to look back as you envision the future that is not quite upon you.

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19:  The moon is shifting through your house of friends, hopes, and wishes, and the house of dreams and self-undoing. Take some time to open up amongst your various social networks this week, repairing your ship, as you can’t always be firing away at the helm.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: What isn’t working for you in your career? The answer to that question is the key to a new, earthly flowering in your public status you never dreamed possible.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: The heavens are asking you to think a bit more seriously about your future, as the past has led you to this point. Looking back will give you a clue to the type of career direction you want to achieve down the road.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Some dark, carnal feelings about your social life may bubble up this week. Allow yourself to feel these emotions, as you are the most feeling sign, and let them guide you to some mystical new directions amongst a variety of friends and social networks.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Your karmic future looks golden, as you are the royal sign of the zodiac, but you must take care to nurture yourself, your social networks, and your partnerships or you’ll find yourself a despot alone.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Work can kill you, dear Virgo, so take a hard look at what hasn’t worked for you in the past and make sure not to repeat it in the future. If you reach out and ask for help, you shall receive instead of giving.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Though you’re used to the gifts coming to weigh upon your scales, what hasn’t worked in your romantic life in the past? Though you are an air sign, there is energy to release the past and light your love life on fire this week, but only if you step down from your judge’s perch.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: You may be feeling a lack of security this week, especially with regard to your home and family life. You do best to honor these past feelings and allow them to lovingly propel you into the future.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Though you are the knowledgeable believer of the zodiac, you may be reconsidering this week how your beliefs have misfired in the past, especially with regard to communicating amongst others. No matter, you’ll be able to start fresh with the new moon later in the week and with Mercury moving out of retrograde next week as well.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Some past issues with money might come up this week. You may have to turn to siblings and family, but if you’re honest with what’s gone wrong, they will help.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: It’s about you, the past, and the future this week. How can you combine different states of time? Leave it to you, Aquarius, to envision a totally new paradigm, but only if you feel it into existence. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: You have to be careful, Pisces, that the past doesn’t undo you this week. Make sure to dot all the I’s and cross all the t’s, especially those that you may have missed, and you’ll make it through.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Moon Messages Week of April 2nd, 2018

Moon Messages Week of April 2, 2018

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

Spring has arrived—the most powerful time of the year. As the sun sheds approximately equal light to darkness upon the earth, so do seeds awaken and burst through the soil. It is absolutely necessary that you strap yourself in for the ride, metal support frames around a beanstalk that is shooting up from the ground. Planetary energies of action, ambition, and structure are exactly conjoined, and the moon, though difficultly in the sign of Scorpio, gives wisdom that you must release all that is not necessary so you may launch your journey to the mountaintop.  

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You are the most blessed with the driving energy embodied by early spring. However, fire isn’t the only element in your arsenal, and the heavens ask that you look to the beauty of relating on earth’s time rather than fire roiling across a pile of dry wood.  

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: Venus, planet of beauty, love, and money, has just entered your sign, a welcome turn of events. However, don’t rest on your laurels, and put all of your gifts to work for the sake of your own ambition and success.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Though you excel in the airy, communicative, flighty realms, honor your more serious side this week, especially as it relates to work, relationships, and other people’s affairs in general. 

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: This may be an especially emotional week for you; however, value the forward seeking, dramatic motion that is sometimes contrary to your nature and you’ll pull through. 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Your soul wants to surge ahead but you can’t get anywhere without your home base. Home is where your heart is, so place your Eros with home, romance, and even work that you love.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: You may just be the most industrious sign of the zodiac—but you deserve to love the work you do. Use the moon’s journey through dark Scorpio in your sector of communication to dispense with what isn’t working for you, and step into sustainable structure you’ve desired for so long. 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: One of the highest, wisest signs, it’s often difficult for you because you have so many different, wonderful things, and thoughts, that come before you. The heavens are asking you to use your scales and make some critical judgments about that which you truly value, tipping your scales one way or another. 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This is an intense week for you, as the moon moves through your sign. However, as the most feeling, intense sign of the zodiac, you gain much wisdom through the moon’s emotional suggestions. Stand tall through the waves, and you win.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Your default mode is to charge ahead, the thighs of the centaur, but if you stop, rest, and allow your emotions to guide you, mysteriously, you’ll get to where it is you really want to go.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: This is a great time for you, with the planets aligning beautifully in your sign. However, you must heed to your home base, as it can’t always be about your ambition and success. Without a home, you are lost. 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: This week is about making some much needed changes in your career and networks. Listen to your emotions, something that does not come naturally to you, and you will make the necessary adjustments. 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: You are the most beautifully spiritual of all the signs, but that doesn’t always mean you don’t encounter darkness. Much of your knowledge springs from mystery, so let that be your guide when you travel to other places, real or imaginary. 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Using Language Towards Symbolic and Creative Ends

We’ve been gifted with new images and understandings of the planet Jupiter courtesy of the Juno Spacecraft. When I first heard that Juno would be exploring Jupiter a few years back, my mind immediately jumped to the symbolic interpretation of the words and deities, Juno and Jupiter, rather than the literal planet and spacecraft or the astrological placements of those planetary bodies. I thought it so fitting that Queen Juno, the planet and goddess of marriage and childbirth, restrictive and ruling in those domains, should seek to know and better understand her expansive and thunderous husband, Jupiter.

Words don’t simply have meanings, they create, through context, usage, tone, and style. Discursive and creative use of language, while inaccurate literally and licentious astrologically can lead to deeper truths than one might have gleaned merely by sticking to surface interpretations. So go ahead—the next time you want to use words as symbols and signs rather than their conventional meanings, pioneer a new Jupiterian path onwards and upwards!  

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Spring is Here, and How to Break Into It

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Moon Messages Week of March 19, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

You’re nearly there, as you’re peaking your head out of winter’s door. Several planetary bodies have wandered (planet means wanderer) into the driving, bursting energy of Aries, the commencement of spring, before the sun finally arrives to shed the commensurate amount of light to make spring happen. How are you to best harness this energy? Different faith traditions have different answers. Judaism instructs you to “Pass Over” the turbulence by creating the order of a Seder. Christianity celebrates the death and resurrection of the season in the form of the cruxifiction and resurrection. And Chinese philosophy would have you undergo an acupuncture treatment to harness the extreme energy of turning into spring. It is best to turn inward and explore your own nature, yes nature, and decide what is best for your self as you break into the beginning of nature, and the stars’, new year.

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: This is an extraordinarily powerful week for you. Make sure that even though you are sure to burst into your full being that you remain stoically within yourself and aware of how your surging actions effect those around you.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: This next month may (unintended but beautiful slip) feel like the earth is rumbling beneath your feet, so hang on, and look ahead to the sweet culmination in your birthday in the next month or two.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: The gods place an extra emphasis on your friends and social networks in the coming month. You are pleased by this, but make sure to guard your own inner flame lest you run the risk of becoming extinguished by the machinations of those around you.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: The massive emphasis on your career continues but remember what gets you to the top of your game in the first place—lovingly holding on for dear life.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Your looks, presence, and creativity take you far, but the gods are insisting you emphasize higher learning, spirituality, and travel. You’re feeling this anyways, so pounce lion!

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: This coming Aries season places extra emphasis for you on your carnal drives and how they relate to others. This may be uncomfortable for you as you seek perfection in all realms, but if you listen to and integrate these feelings, integration being your forte, there is no stopping you.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: The emphasis on partnerships continues, but remember that it is how others relate to you that matters. Whatever suitors come your way, remember you are forever the scales—judge wisely.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: There is a real opportunity this month for you to apply your enviable powers towards greater work ends. Though your sting is the most powerful in all of the zodiac, if you reimagine how you can use it towards better ends (think a vaccination as opposed to a virus), you may just hit the jackpot.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Your own subjective creativity is just as important as your supposedly higher faculties. Though you are inclined to seek, search, and expand, your own drumbeat is just as critical this month.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Ambition doesn’t always have to mean climbing to the top of the mountain. Act on matters of the home this month, not necessarily your forte, and you will succeed in all the ways you’ve been wanting.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: Though you excel in the higher realms of thought and knowledge, putting these visions into layperson’s terms is where it is at for you this month. A little simple, loving communication will go a long way for you.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: This is it; the magic finally breaks for you. It feels different—primordial, watery, cellular life embodied in a seed that can powerfully break forth into earthly form. Yes, your magical world can take shape.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

A Taste of Spring

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Moon Messages Week of March 12, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

 

Prepare yourself for spring’s awakening as the moon gives you a taste of what it will feel like to burst into Aries next week. Tending to your proverbial ship for the spring equinox as you abruptly turn towards brighter days is the name of the game. You can only do this by, ironically, staying in the moment, envisioning what the future will be, taking the necessary time to feel it in your bones, and then you’ll hear the gunshot, and the race will begin.

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Your upcoming birthday this year will be especially powerful, with a lot of talking and a lot of loving. Make sure your ship is well stocked for the journey!

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: Unlike many of the other signs, a lot of the action in your life is happening underneath the surface and out of sight. Trust that the earth moving under your feet is resulting in above board gains.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: You can’t accomplish anything in life without the help of friends and their goodwill. There’s a lot of energy in your sector of friends, hopes, and wishes in the coming month, so make sure to use it.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Get ready to act on your career. The heavens are waiting, and next week you can make the moves you’ve been so desiring.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Drama and self-expression can only take you so far. Make sure to expand your mind and soul through learning and spirituality as the sun begins to warm towards the brighter days you enjoy.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: This spring is going to be intense for you, especially with regards to other people’s money and motivations. Remember to do right by others, including yourself, and you will come out on top.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: There are some battles brewing around the corner, but remember you are Libra, the scales of Justice, and never get down in the mud with anybody who would take you from your perch.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Work and your health will be the focus for you in the upcoming month. Your actions don’t always have to be related to other’s motivations, the area in which you so excel. Your hammering, sewing, typing, and yes, health matter too.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You are the blunt knowledge seeker of the zodiac, but your individual expression matters as well. Whether in the domain of creativity or love, seek something more than your lofty thoughts and journeys.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: If things have been a slow go recently, it’s about to heat up as Mars, the planet of action and war, enters your sign. The changes you’ve been making and structures implementing are about to be activated.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: Dreams and communicating them are just as important as the precognitive knowledge of the future. The heavens are available to you in this regard, so make sure to get outside of your head a bit if you want to step into future you know is yours.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: All of your primordial, magical material is about to break into being, but you must hold on for dear life. Make sure to batten down your hatches and cast away!

 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.

Coming Down, Reaping What You Sowed

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Moon Messages Week of March 5, 2018

 

Most astrology focuses on the Sun—Your Will and Purpose

But what about the Moon?

 

The Moon is the Embodiment of Communication, Emotion, and Spirit

The Goddess

Opposite God

 

What is the Moon’s Message to You?

That is the Will and Purpose of This Column

Published Every Monday, which means Moon Day

You seep into the crack of the waning moon’s darkness, as Pisces season begins its descent towards the black new moon. Endings are bittersweet, as you can savor what has come before, knowing that it will never be once again. The trick, according to the wisdom of the moon, is to disseminate what has evolved up to this point, a piece of fruit just about to go bad. Eat it, pass it on, but for heaven’s sake, don’t live in your past glory days that have been so sweet.

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Venus and Mercury are about to enter you, the ram, so be prepared to have love on the mind, and judiciously apply how you will act on Eros’ impulses.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: A charging bull is considered fortunate in the stock market, but your life isn’t a stock market. Long term, stoic wisdom and strategy, and cautious change and optimism will yield you the best results. Because you are gifted with the beautiful, bounty of the earth, adding the mind to your matter can only bring great success.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: There’s been a lot of emphasis on partnerships of all kinds for you, but you need to guard you own inner flame and hearth. Though your curiosity can launch you to the greatest heights, it doesn’t mean much it you don’t have a place to safely land.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: You go far by feeling your way into the future and holding onto that emotive protective thread. However, nurturing and valuing a slightly more dramatic posture will get you to where you want to go much sooner than you thought possible.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Make sure as the creative dramatist that you nurture yourself as you move ahead into the future. Basking in the sun, of whom you embody, is perhaps more powerful than roaring ahead.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Along with Gemini, who shares your ruler, Mercury, partnerships are also being emphasized for you right now. Know that there are many numinous, magical persons who love and want to help you, but you must realize and transcend the pain of those who have let you down. Lifting the burdens upon yourself is the key to your success, and life.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: The island goddesses MakeMake and Haumea have been moving through you, and are now retrograding—an introverted, internal motion. The moon has just highlighted them and emphasizes a request to get down to earth a bit. Though you must sit in your airy, deliberative perch to judge the harvest that comes before you, getting down to earth and appreciating the origins of the gifts that come before you will make you an even more powerful Lady Justice.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: The moon is waning down through you this week, and though you deal in the background trafficking of wills, inheritances, and all things other people, you can rejoice in the knowledge that if you apply your shrewd intuition and depth to the situations coming before you, with belief and optimism, you will triumph.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You must be loving the energy and verve Mars imbues in you, having been moving through your sign. As with several of the other signs, however, Vesta, the guardian of the hearth, is asking you to guard your own inner flame, as she joins up with Mars. The moon will highlight this mid-week and will bring this message to a head if not addressed.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: The moon will reach you by week’s end, highlighting the change and subsequent structure you have been implementing. It’s been a slow go, but Mars will soon help you re-energize when he moves into your sign in a couple of weeks.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: For a sign so fixated on the future, your karma is holding you in the past. Try to split the difference between honoring you past experiences, and how they inform you, while dramatically moving onto the future you envision.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Yet again, it’s magic for you. However, make sure you have a logical mind to help keep you in bounds, ideally a Virgo.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, and I provide a variety of offerings for your spiritual longings. To continue this thread of text and spirit, click here.