Waxing in the Magic

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Moon Messages Week of February 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

 

Last week was about spiritual longings, but this week, you arrive. The sun takes on the spirit of Pisces, the fish. This is the most magical, transformative time of year, where Jesus turns his men into fishers and water into wine. Purim is celebrated, and Dionysus reigns supreme. The moon cloaks herself in hard driving Aries, possessive and pleasurable Taurus, and giddy, sunny Gemini, an ascent towards the sun culminating of the brightest days. But be forewarned—too much of a good thing is not always wonderful, and decadence quickly turns to madness and dissolution. Make sure to keep a modicum of dramatic, stately, composure as you ascend to the most beautiful, mystical heights.

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: What you say is just as important as how you act. You’re feeling restless, even more than usual, but remember words can be just as powerful. Use them wisely.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You really have it all this week, but make sure to appreciate the watery, dreamy, unreal realms underneath your fecund rootstocks. This is where the magic happens.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: This is a beautiful week for you, as the moon waxes toward your sign. Wait for it, though, and you’ll be rewarded rather than jumping the gun.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: This week is great for your career, the culmination of things you’ve been waiting for. Just make sure to hold it together through your elation!

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You especially don’t like the winter months, as you are the embodiment of the sun. Your soul is yearning for warmth. Be heartened, you’re almost there, but getting ahead of yourself won’t get you any closer to your destination.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Partnerships and other people of all kinds are being emphasized for you right now. Make sure not to lose yourself in the clutter, as you are the independent virgin. Let others come to you as they will love your coveted logic, hospitality, and service. However, don’t martyr yourself.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Work is being emphasized for you, especially the nitty gritty aspects of it. Believe it or not, you can love what you do if you take a hard look at what it is that you love to do on a day to day basis. Be less concerned about seeking balance and beauty in your work life, and task yourself with loving the inner tick of your work. Surprising partners can help you to this end.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This is an extraordinary time for you to act and take more control over your finances. Slow and steady wins the race, and rash action almost never wins in finance.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: As the centaurian archer of the zodiac, you’re ever inclined to thrust ahead. But remember that battle is fought and won before it is even adjudicated, and nursing the flame within is preferable than seeking to set fire to outside phenomena.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: A little fire in the belly never hurt anyone, especially you. It will empower your proverbial climb up the mountain and make your journey all the more enjoyable and successful.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: Though you are the visionary of the zodiac, with the greatest gift of hard knowledge, communicate this to others with the heart of a mystic. As Arthur C. Clarke said, great technology and great magic are indistinguishable.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Is it always magic for you? Yes, but this week you get a dose of all the other elements. Hang on for the ride, fish jumping, flying towards the sky.

 

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA. I offer a variety of services and products for your spiritual longings. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Future is Now, if You Can Feel It, and Wait

Moon Messages Week of February 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

 

This week you are set to experience deep, spiritual longings, as Venus has cloaked herself in the mystical waters of Pisces. But dreams are not reality, not yet. Dreams take time to leap from spirit, to the mind, and then into matter. You may taste the sweetness of your future, if you open yourself to her, but must realize that actualizing your visions takes some commitment and dedication. Let your fantasies foment, but realize they will not happen as of yet. Savor the fake intoxication, as it feels real, and if you allow it, very soon will be. Specifically, this week features a special new moon, solar eclipse when the moon blockades the space between the sun and the earth, further emphasizing spiritual and creative nurturance. With all of the magic around the corner, keep your wits about you, and be careful what you wish for, as the new moon is prime time for such activities.

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: Your tendency is to charge head first, but there’s a subtle opening for you to hold back. Your pain is telling you the answers to the problems you seek to abate, but your usual motion is to aggressively move, sometimes in vain.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You’re emphasizing your career right now, especially with regard to your individual, unique ambition. But you can’t get anywhere without friends and social networks. There’s an opportunity for you to explore some different social patterns that could benefit you greatly, if you’d open yourself up to them.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: Thoughts don’t have to equal reality. Simply living with and observing your thoughts can be enough, and then they can break into the reality you crave, you just have to wait.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: You powerfully nurture and protect all that comes into your life, but the heavens are asking you to change, change for the sake of your own climb up the proverbial mountain of success. Take a hard look at all of your partnerships and relationships this week and make the necessary changes.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: Never short on romance and drama, you can only play the leading role with the help of others, especially in the form of partnerships. Though the future is especially on your mind, it’s those key individual partnerships who can help make you the lion monarch that you are.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: Here’s a chance, Virgo, for you to get outside of your head and into your heart, especially with those around you who are more spiritually oriented. When you open your soul to the heavens, there is no stopping you.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Used to relating to others, and making the necessary judgments and adjustments that social situations require, find some individuals this week who are rugged individuals, and borrow some of their traits for yourself. You don’t always have to be an impartial judge.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: It’s hard and dense as the fixed sign of change but remember, though change is hard, it is for the better, especially for your transformed future self, a self that most others will never have the luxury of knowing.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Never one to look back, be careful that your strides into the future are not governed by past occurrences that haunt you. Just because you shoot your arrows into the distance doesn’t mean you won’t be thrown right back into the past.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: The grounded, steady goat of the zodiac, allowing some of Venus’ magic into your plodding will make your journey easier, more fun, and more spiritual.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: Life is very active for you right now, but make sure to dedicate that activity to really feeling what your future will be, as a dramatic, golden, royal, rather than, normatively, a cold, distant, intellectual.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Is it always magic for you? Not quite, at least not yet. You’re the most prone to be swept away by the power of spirit, but keep your water bottled up, as we’re still in Aquarius, the water bearer, and then you’ll really see your magic unleashed as opposed to dissolving in the water.

 

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based out of New Orleans, LA. I offer a variety of products and services for your spiritual needs. Click here to explore them more, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Full Moon, Reaping Your Crisis

Image from Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Image from Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Moon Messages Week of February 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’re probably still reeling from last week’s historic, super, blue, blood, eclipse, and every other adjective available, moon. While your week starts off somewhat comfortably, reaping and assimilating the gains of last week’s dramatic full moon, there is a tendency for a crisis of consciousness to emerge as the week progresses and with it, a necessary call for temperance amongst fire and tempestuous waters. Focus on and carry forth only what is absolutely necessary, and let your dead leaves fall back into the loving earth so you may rise from the ashes.

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: The application of power is greater than power itself. Look for new and novel ways to harness your athletic, aggressive nature and find greater success than simply charging at the word “go.”

 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: The future is hard on your mind right now, especially with regard to career and public recognition. Though you possess the great materials of the earth and zodiac, you’re going to have to make some judgments about what needs to stay and what needs to go if you want to move towards that future which is much more readily attainable than you think.

 

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: There’s a lot of air in this week’s lunations. Enjoy it, as it is your natural domain, but make sure not to lose yourself in your flighty machinations.

 

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: Home is more important to you than any other sign so make sure to get some energy moving in your house, and dust away the cobwebs that are preventing you from loving your home as much as you want.

 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: This week starts off beautifully for you, but make sure not to indulge in your initial successes. Though you like to sit on your throne you must always keep a watchful, critical eye on your kingdom if you are to maintain your regality.

 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: So self-critical, you actuality have everything you want. There’s no need to overdo the critiquing, of yourself or others. It will only be to the detriment of your true aims and goals.

 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: This is an emotional week for you, Libra, as the moon starts off by shifting through you. Even though you are the sign of the zodiac that values balance, aesthetics, and harmony, remember that you also possess the great power of discrimination and judgment. Use it.

 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: Though you excel and traffic in darkness, some unexpected insights will be brought to light this week. Work to integrate these new insights, and value them, for they will shed some necessary light on shadowy situations.

 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: Though you seek and ride independently, as the centaur and archer, make sure to balance out your travels with time amongst friends. Friends, and hopes and wishes, are the keys to the success and knowledge you seek.

 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: Though you’re used to it, there’s an extra emphasis on reevaluating your climb up your proverbial mountaintop. Stopping and making necessary changes and adjustments will save you precious time.

 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: You must be loving this time of year, especially with so many planets in air signs. This is great, but just know that all of the great thinking and envisioning is nothing without your heart.

 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Content to swim in your school, or strike out on your own, the moon asks you to find some balance and make the necessary changes you need in order to truly swim freely without the threat of finding yourself in unsafe waters.

 

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To discuss the themes I wrote about above, and make them happen here below, book a session with me, today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drama of Your Spirit, Culminating in the Most Rare of Moons

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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 is the dramatic culmination 2018 thus far, whereby midweek you experience the arrival of a rare blue/blood red super moon eclipse. What does that mean? This lunar eclipse in the regal, august sign of the lion, Leo, is when the sun eclipses the moon but in fact ends up shedding more light on the moon, allowing you to deeply experience, feel, and reflect upon where you are at that moment. The key to this full moon is its appearance before and after its culmination, in the signs of Cancer and Virgo, asking you to hold onto what you need, lovingly, while separating from what is unnecessary, the wheat from the chaff, as you roar ahead into 2018, your glorious journey towards your future vision. This week I will be hosting a recap of my initial Tea Witch Astrology Workshop, covering the basics of astrology and also a second session covering lesser discussed components of your chart including asteroids, centaurs, and calculated parts, often times the keys to deep change, understanding, and transformation. Read onto see what the moon has to say about your sign.

 

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: There’s a lot of emphasis on your career and social networks right now. That’s good, but remember home is where your heart is. You are the masthead of your ship, but make sure you have a steady place to dock.

 

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: Usually less concerned with the esoteric and spiritual dimensions of your life (why should you be? you possess all of the materials of the earth), focus on your background feelings this week as they are the key to the subterranean river that feeds your roots.

 

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: There’s a lot of emphasis on your higher self—learning , spirituality and all, and your future, especially on a deep, carnal level—that to which you’re passionately drawn. However, rather than solely flying with those impulses, take stock of what you value and hold onto those things for dear life.

 

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: There’s no way around it—you’re really feeling it this week as the moon, your embodiment, moves through your sign and breaks into the lion, Leo, and then into Virgo, the virgin. Hang on for the ride, and hold on, as you will, as you float to your next destination.

 

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22: You’ll be tempted to roar from the mountain tops, and you will, but remember the lion does best from an august, grounded stance that simply asserts dominance rather than over impresses. Keep your paws on the ground.

 

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: This is a great week for you, Virgo, as you are able to reap the wisdom of the waning moon through your sign. Make sure you enjoy the climax as well, as solely focusing on your collecting and organizing duties will have you missing out on some much needed fun.

 

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: Ever the one to fuss about how you’re perceived by others, necessarily, a little schadenfreude won’t hurt your cause especially by causing some necessary trouble around you to make the changes you need emotionally, in your career, and in social networks.

 

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This is a beautifully powerful week for you, Scorpio, as long as you don’t make the hard changes you feel necessary. You’re so good at being the undertaker, but this week, shift into a lower gear and let simmer and stew the changes you feel need to happen. Think the turning of a screw rather than imploding a building.

 

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You’re really moving ahead, as the planet of action and war, Mars, just moved into your sign. However, remember that perpetual, forward motion isn’t always preferable. You can shoot your arrows from a static place as well and harness different modes of movement to achieve your goals and aims.

 

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: You’re valuing the future more so than usual, but the key to the future is harnessing the moment in all its radiant glory especially by honoring the best partnerships around you.

 

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: Though there is much to be hopeful for, especially with regard to the future, you are the water bearer, and rejoice in your warmth of the present. That will stand you in good stead for your future designs.

 

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: As usual, this could be a magical week for you, Pisces, just make sure to have some sort of anchoring structure so you don’t completely dissolve into chaos.

 

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To discuss the themes I wrote about above, and make them happen here below, book a session with me, today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Ahead, Still Held Back

From http://awitchsdaily.blogspot.com/

From http://awitchsdaily.blogspot.com/

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—Moon Day

 

This week, in a rare synchronicity, the sun’s character, having just shifted to the futuristic sign of Aquarius, matches the moon’s message, a waxing crescent that is struggling to break with the old to make way for the new. Specifically, you are beginning to feel and see the length of days expand from the darkest of the year to greater sunlight shed. This is all good news, but remember, though you feel aggressively jubilant about your prospects, and you should, where you want to be is not where you are now. You will have your personal revolution this spring, but for the moment, hold steady.  

Aries, Born 3/21-4/19: You’re really feeling the fire this week, Aries, as the moon is shifting through you and your sign. Remember that even though you are the masthead of the zodiac, a rugged individual who leads all others, enlisting the cooperation of others, especially those whom you find beautiful and diplomatic, will help you actualize the fire in your belly.

Taurus, Born 4/20-5/20: You’re feeling a little unsettled this week, a state the you, as the fixed, sitting, bull do not enjoy. Make sure to reach out to a friend or partner who can be a sounding board to shed some light on what’s upsetting you, and in turn, move forward at your own pace.

Gemini, Born 5/21-6/20: This week is a great time to start letting your ideas catch fire, especially amongst friends, larger social groups, and organizations. If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it fall? Your ideas want to be freed, so make a wish, and let those around you do the rest.

Cancer, Born 6/21-7/22: There’s a lot of emphasis on your relationships and partnerships right now, but make sure to take care of your own career and public recognition. You’re great at nurturing and holding onto others, but hold onto the emotions that will carry you far, and reach out to those specific people who can help to this end. You’ll be surprised at the audience you can court.

Leo, Born 7/23-8/22:  You’re thinking about the future more than usual this week, a dragon breathing fire. But remember, slow and steady wins the race, and creating the ideal blend of elements, and dispensing with the difficult elements that aren’t serving you is the way you truly get to the future you desire.

Virgo, Born 8/23-9/22: This is an emotional week for you, Virgo, especially with regard to work, the area of your life which you value the most. Understand that the pain you are experiencing now, unclear and tempestuous, will lead to better results later.

Libra, Born 9/23-10/22: This is an interesting week for you, Libra, as you’re thinking much more about what you’re creating as opposed to curating that which comes before you. This applies to sexuality, relationships, work, and creativity. Though you are the blind judge, you are a creator too. Search your feelings and let them be your guide, a departure from the airy, thoughtful being that you are.

Scorpio, Born 10/23-11/21: This could potentially be a great week for you, Scorpio, as your deeply instinctual feelings, if you act on them in a healthy manner, can take you far with regard to knowledge, travel, career, and new social networks. The trick is to manage these instincts so  you don’t feel the urge to sting.

Sagittarius, Born 11/22-12/21: You might be feeling a little deflated this week, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot of energy for you to put some sensible checks on your finances, and even your deepest values and beliefs, so that when you do press onward, as the Centaur and archer, you can ride more easily to glory.

Capricorn, Born 12/22-1/19: There’s extra emphasis on your career this week, which is a perennial and sometimes self-sabotaging emphasis. You can’t always make it to the top alone, even if the others who help you are acquaintances along the way.

Aquarius, Born 1/20-2/18: This is quite a curious week for you, but you are the unique one of the zodiac. There’s part of you that is perpetually living in the future, yet your hidden emotional and dream world holds you back. Remember that moving forward is at once a process of negotiating with the past as you move forward. Keeping this in your extraordinary mind will help you truly move forward on your own terms.

Pisces, Born 2/19-3/20: Hang on for the ride; what is usually dreamy, formless, and fluid breaks into new life for you, Pisces. Who would have thought that your dream world could become a reality?

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To discuss the themes I wrote about above, and make them happen here below, book a session with me, today.

 

A New Moon, A New Year

Celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with the Dragon at Boomtown Casino in Harvey, LA

Celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year with the Dragon at Boomtown Casino in Harvey, LA

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—Moon Day

 

This week is really the beginning of 2018. After coming down from the massive Super Moon at the beginning of this year, this new moon in the serious sign of Capricorn, along with five other planetary bodies, signals a year of structure-seeking, slow, and steady success. Down the street from me, there is a Vietnamese Lunar New Year’s celebration happening, ringing in the year of the Dog. The Dog is quite different from the Goat, less serious and more fun-loving, and that is the Dog’s fall in Vietnamese folklore. But the combination of the two will yield massive success for you in 2018, a care free attitude combined with sober planning, execution, and discipline. Today is also the birthday of Martin Luther King, the greatest leader to come from the United States. I was fortunate enough to hear Coretta Scott King speak at my alma mater, New England Conservatory, as I played for the commencement ceremonies my junior year. She spoke of her courtship with her husband, feeling blessed that they were called to Montgomery, Alabama, to protest in the bus boycott, and hoped that speaking at New England Conservatory would inspire her to get back into singing. She was a beautiful, self-possessed, earthly Taurus, the best manifestation of that sign and spirit, and her husband, Martin Luther King, was Capricorn, the greatest expression of ambition and success.  

 

Aries: 2018 could shape up to be a huge year for your career, but you must pace yourself. Place reasonable checks on your hard-driving nature, and the stars will take care of the rest.

 

Taurus: 2018 can be the year where you rise above the pleasures of the earth which you hold so dear. The roots that hold you in place have the ability to transport you to the heavens, and other realms of travel and knowing, if you’d only climb the beanstalk.

 

Gemini: 2018 will be the year where you dive into the deep, dark recesses of your soul, and make great gains. Integrating and placing structure around the rejected parts of your psyche, not your preferred domain, will prevent you from flying too high in the sky and being burned by the sun.

 

Cancer: 2018 will put an inordinate amount of emphasis on other individuals, relationships, and partnerships of all kinds. But remember who you are, Cancer, and never forget that love and home are the domains where you triumph.

 

Leo: 2018 will be the year where you put your warmth and creativity to work for you, but not without some balancing and adjusting. You succeed when you nurture yourself, the sculptor and objet d’art, working in tandem, a singular act of love and creation.

 

Virgo: 2018 is the year where you can truly do what you love and love what you do. Work and service are your hallmarks, but they won’t be mutually exclusive from what you love doing, and in turn, your own personal success.

 

Libra: 2018 will be the year of your family and home base. You’re so used to juggling and judging that which the universe throws at you that you lose the anchor of your home. No matter, as you’ll have it this year, as long as you make the necessary judgments with regard to people, places, and things that don’t nurture your home base.

 

Scorpio: 2018 will be the year of communication, short trips, and siblings. These aren’t necessarily the natural fields in which you play, but place some structure around these areas in your life and see how a little light-hearted, playful communication can lift you up.

 

Sagittarius: 2018 can be a great year for you, if you harness your fire. Remember, Apollo drove Helios’ sun, and the next sign over, Capricorn, asks you to put the reigns on your exuberance and optimism. Cautious optimism is always better than unbridled optimism.

 

Capricorn: 2018 and the next several years really are your years with so much planetary activity in your sign. Appreciate and be grateful for the gifts, but don’t let it get to your head, as your ambitious, success-seeking nature can do.

 

Aquarius: 2018 will be a year, ironically, about the past. Dredging up past karma and shedding light on the unconscious motivations that drive your present will lead you to the future visions you hold so dear.

 

Pisces: 2018 will be a year for succeeding, but in an unconventional way. If you get yourself organized, you will have much success with friends, larger social organizations, and even the wishes you dare to make, but only if you find some suitable, structured channels in which to swim, as a lone fish and with your school.

 

I’m Dan Beck, an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To personally explore the Moon’s Messages and other spiritual themes, book an Inner Makeup session by calling 504-313-8706 or e-mailing dan@innermakeup.net.

 

 

A Crisis Most Welcome

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Image from fullmoonphases.com

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—Moon Day

 

This week is destined to be anticlimactic as the moon is coming down from her massive, full, super culmination, the largest of the year. Yet that doesn’t mean this week will be uneventful, as the moon suggests you revisit, through a potential crisis of consciousness midweek, that which needs to be shed in order to make room for a fresh start in the form of the new moon next week. Then you will really get looking to your future, and your north star.

Aries: Not necessarily known for your ability to make dramatic change, invest in that type of energy this week, and dispense with everything that is uncritical. Your proverbial masthead can’t afford the extra weight.

Taurus: Content to let the seekers come your way by evidence of your enviable largesse, you’ll want to reevaluate the relationships in your life this week, and make necessary adjustments by dispensing with the bottom feeders.

Gemini: Even though this could be a treacherous week for you regarding your love life and creative world, your crisis is actually your wrong turn gone right. You’ll be surprised by the partnerships that can emerge if you just get out of your head a bit and open up to them.

Cancer: Though holding on is your MO, you're going to want to make some hard changes, especially in the realm of your family life. This opens you up to the creative space in which you’ve been wanting to relish.

Leo: Ever the golden child, this week may throw you off a bit. However, take a chance to express how you feel, good and bad, and be surprised by how far your lion’s heart can take you.

Virgo: If you’re having money troubles, or even troubles around what you value with regard to your time and money, let those feelings come to the fore. They’re probably truer than you think, and will be the key to you making positive change in your financial and “time spent” world.

Libra: This could be an usually moody week for you, even though you like to keep your head above the fray. Emotions and passions matter, though, and listen to what your shadow self has been dying to tell you, and then act on it.

Scorpio: This week is in your wheelhouse, Scorpio, as it is dark and prepping for sudden change. Don’t go overboard, though, as your love of stinging is perennially your undoing.

Sagittarius: This week could be especially difficult for you, Sagittarius, as you are ever the optimist. However, it can’t always be seashells and balloons, and a little bit of contraction will do you good.

Capricorn: This week is a homestretch for you, as the moon wanes towards new in you, Capricorn. There is much Capricornian energy in the air as of late, so continue with your plodding ways, brick by brick, and nobody can stop you.

Aquarius: You may enjoy a little bit of the chaos this week as long as you keep your rigid, futuristic wits about yourself. Believe it or not, what’s happening in the present can be just as instructive as what you know will happen in the future.

Pisces: If you act on your never ending supply of dreams, magic, your forte, will happen. But you must put the structure in place to harness the magic or else, as magic usually does, it disappears.

I’m Dan Beck, a writer and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA, where I work live and work out of a former Masonic Temple. To discuss the themes written above, and more, book a session by calling 504-313-8706 or e-mailing dan@innermakeup.net.

 

Happy New Year, from the Supermoon!

Image from worthytarot.com

Image from worthytarot.com

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—Moon Day

 

Wow! This moon phase is a powerful way to start off 2018 with the moon waxing full, the largest Supermoon of the year. Is this a time to make grand pronouncements, set goals, and make resolutions for yourself? No. While there is so much energy towards ambition, success, and climbing to the top of your proverbial mountain, take a moment to feel what has transpired over the past year, and understand what you need to do to protect yourself, while moving forward, as you climb into 2018. The moon, in the nurturant, spiritual, emotive sign of Cancer demands that you do as much or the crab goddess will hold you back.

 

Aries: Ever the virile Ram, the moon brings to full awareness your need to ground yourself with your home base. This doesn’t mean that you will stop pushing ahead, but you will realize that without a home base you won’t be able to get to where you’re headed.

 

Taurus: Your feelings have much to tell you, even if they seem distant from the material realm in which you inhabit and are gifted. Your feelings are just as valuable as all of your possessions, so take some time to put into words that which you are feeling.

 

Gemini: You’re used to living in your head, your thinking, and your enviable communicative abilities, but be reminded that great communication is the merging of mind and emotions. Hold onto your feelings, and let them bubble up through your mind, and then will you truly discover your creative genius.

 

Cancer: This is an especially powerful full moon for you, as you are ruled by the moon. You’re used to intense feelings, so hold on and ride things out. It’s what you do best.

 

Leo: Lion, you are so willful, hearty, and golden, extroverted in your drama, that you do well during this full moon to let the emotions that are unseen and unheard come to light. Though you bask in the radiance of the sun, allow the shadow you create to take center stage, and discover some things of which you weren’t aware.

 

Virgo: You are so smart, heady, and analytical, Virgo, that you forget your feelings and intuition can aid you, at times more than your mind. This is especially true in the area of larger social networks and friends. Feel more in 2018 and you’ll realize that the union of your formidable mind and intuition will take you far.

 

Libra: So used to relating and judging the gifts that come before you, you are feeling you haven’t protected your own career and success. Listen to the moon, your feelings, and spirit, and protect your beautiful self and career, and remember, you are ruled by Venus, not the objects, materials, and ideas that come to you.

 

Scorpio: Your feelings, as they govern your power, are amongst the most intense of the zodiac. But it is the “application of power” as Arthur C. Clarke once wrote in Childhood’s End that matters. Honor your feelings, utilize them, but be careful not to act on the most daemonic ones, as you, the scorpion, should only sting, rarely, in order to survive. Adopting this mentality brings you to a new spiritual level and takes you far.

 

Sagittarius: Used to gallantly riding ahead, your darkest, hidden feelings scream out to be heard. Make sure you listen, as they are the key to your arrows hitting their marks.

 

Capricorn: There is so much planetary action in your sign right now, that you are tempted to jump full speed into 2018 with grand designs for your ascent. But remember you must tend to yourself and nurture your spirit, especially in the form of partners who can help, or your climb will not be worth it in the end.

 

Aquarius: Your grand visions are emerging right now, filled with the tension between these futuristic thoughts and primal feelings. Allow that tension to bring your visions to bear, mysterious as it is, and you won’t need to be so hard headed about enacting your great plans that benefit us all.

 

Pisces: It’s your nature to feel and believe, and that you will, but put some hard thought to those impulses and actualize them in the material realm. You’ll be shocked at how, in 2018, that the dream world in which you inhabit becomes an external reality.

 

I’m a writer and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA. To book an individual session contact me. I’m also hosting a monthly astrology workshop at Tea Witch Café where I’ll walk you through the building blocks of you spiritual and astrological makeup, your Inner Makeup.

 

 

 

 

Merry Astrological Christmas!

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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—Moon Day

This week, a new child is born, as the moon shifts from Pisces, the fish, into Aries, the head strong ram, and finally situates in Taurus, the great sitting bull and earth mother. The soupy, magical, primordial world of Pisces, now occupied by the dreamy and barbarous planet Neptune and painful Chiron, the wounded healer, pleads for you to accept your hidden troubles and imperfections as they break to the surface in a new birth. Realize that that which is forged in rejection, darkness, and dismay is actually your source of triumph and redemption, if you’d only take the time to accept the difficult message that is being delivered.

Aries: This is a very emotional week for you. Your normal mode of operation is to charge ahead, but stay situated in what is driving you, take some extra time to saddle up in your endeavors, and avoid jumping head first into conflicts. If you adopt this approach, you are better able to sustain your material self, money, possessions, and values alike.

Taurus: This could be a great week for you, if you pay attention to some of the pain points throughout your larger social networks and group memberships. With a new birth, you are cast into the new, with the spirit of the old, but find a way to healthfully integrate that which you’ll carry forth into the future, good and bad, while letting go of that which has passed, a difficult task for you, possessive Taurus.

Gemini: There is potential for you to break in a new career direction this week, but only if you sit with some of the pain that has been ailing you in your work life. Usually you prefer to fly at light speed with your ideas, but take some time to feel the new dreams your soul is forging in the water of your dreams, the realm of your unknown.

Cancer: This is a positively revelatory week for you, even though you are already an already emotive, intuitive sign. Be open to the new spiritual dimensions to which you are awakening which can lead to new knowledge and even travel, and hold on, with the claws of your crab, for the ride!

Leo: Used to basking in the romantic radiance of the sun, you are especially asked to take a look at how the shadow you cast, lion, can actually be the source of your greatest triumph, especially as it relates to the darker side of sexuality, money, and other people. A new birth can happen for you, even if you are content in your fixed radiance, but nothing is forever, and even you must transform.

Virgo: Oh, poor Virgo, you always end up carrying the burden. Won’t you look at the pains that plague you, written in your dreams, push you into a new direction, one where you are not a slave to others and your work, but where you serve with dignity and joy?

Libra: You excel in the airy realms of thought and art, but realize that great inspiration comes from the unknown. Allow yourself to approach your thinking and creating from a more esoteric, intuitive place, and be amazed what comes before your scales, a new surplus to judge.

Scorpio: The most intense energy of the zodiac, you are fused with even more creative energy this week. Make sure to come to the surface for air because too much water will drown you.

Sagittarius: Ever the seeker, lick the wounds from your battles this week, and tend to your home. Even the strong, expansive archer must halt every so often.

Capricorn: Usually more grounded in your thought and communication, take a walk on the wild side, and pay attention to your body, heart, and mind, and what your spirit has to tell you through the unknown realm of dreams. Don’t even worry about how it will all shake out. You’ll find the necessary structure to put your feelings into action.

Aquarius: The most knowledgeable of all the signs, take some time this week to feel through what you don’t know. Your dreams are actually the source of new knowledge, even if they don’t have the hard, electrical precision of how you like them to be.

Pisces: The moon is moving through your sign this week. Though you like to live in the water, this week you break into hard form, a seed that bursts from the earth, and ultimately settles into place. There is no stopping this compulsive action, but do take a moment to think, rather than dream or feel, of the journey you are on.  

I’m an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To better understand the moon’s workings in your life and other spiritual themes, book a session with me by calling 504-313-8706 or e-mailing me at dan@innermakeup.net. Merry astrological Christmas! 

 

Moon Messages

Image from https://cosmicpsychics.files.wordpress.com, a New Moon in Sagittarius

Image from https://cosmicpsychics.files.wordpress.com, a New Moon in Sagittarius

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—Moon Day

 

This week, the moon highlights the signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius from the position of an invisible, fresh-start, black new moon that begins to wax. There are a whopping five planets in Sagittarius and the usually optimistic, searching sign takes on a downright futuristic quality. Yet the great centaur needs time for his archer to mount and combine into one self, as the centaur is half human, half horse. You also need to gain the momentum to adjudicate a rolling gallop. That is the name of the game for you this week---sowing the seeds of your future while putting the reigns on your expansive energy so that you may truly ride.

Aries: Your usual modality is to move head first into any situation, but take a different direction, and plow your field, plant your seeds, and then go about casting your ship off the shore. When you return from your trip, see how your garden has grown.  

Taurus: Dip deep---that’s where you need to plant some new seeds. Though you're used to possessing the greatest, most fecund materials of the earth, going deeper into the soil, and planting some new seeds, will yield you even greater vegetables and flowers than you’re used to.

Gemini: Start exploring some new relationships and partnerships this week, or re-up with some old ones. Even though there are veritable children chattering in your mind, establishing new rapport with others will help your endless stream of ideas come to reality.

Cancer: Though you excel at riding the moon’s cycle, intentionally dig your claws around the nitty gritty aspects of your work, daily routine, and health. You can ride the moon’s waves, but you don’t always have to.

Leo: Just showing up, you are the romantic, creative life of any situation, but this week, really think about what you want to do with your creative and romantic energies and follow that golden thread as your create it in time.

Virgo: You’re probably already doing this, but start paying closer attention to what can make your home life better. It doesn’t have to happen overnight, as you may like, but make your list, and instead of obsessing over it, let your home grow the way you want it to, over time.

Libra: The moon is the original goddess of communication, and she is activating this part of your chart during her new, black phase. Feel what you want to say instead of fretting over the perceived beauty and balance of what you’re trying to say. Let your emotions guide you, especially with regard to how you want things to go moving forward. Feel empowered to communicate these impulses.

Scorpio: Being so used to having to make the cold, harsh, yet deep, calculations that life, and others, requires of you, turn the tables and think about what it is that you truly value, and see the seeds of those impulses grow, rather than perpetually playing the (necessary) role of undertaker.

Sagittarius: This is a powerful moon cycle for you, Sagittarius. You are tempted to ride off into the sunset, but, as I wrote at the beginning of this column, take the necessary time to gain your momentum so you may then truly fly.

Capricorn: Pay attention to your dreams this week, and mine them for inspiration as to how you can flower. Structure, though necessary, has its limitations, and lest we forget the great powerful, destroyer, Pluto, has been in your sign for some time. Letting things fall apart and holding onto those parts is just what you need for a fresh start.

Aquarius: This is a great week for you, as long as you get out and about. There are no limits for you this week, as long as you feel the joys of the season that is very social. Make sure to leave your hard-headedness and know-it-all attitude at home, even if you are usually the one who is right.

Pisces: Used to going with the flow, and often falling apart as a result, see how you can feel some strength in your thighs, as Sagittarius rules the thighs, and really dig into some powerful, riding action that can propel you forward, rather than your usual mode of swimming along.

I’m an astrologer and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To better understand how the moon plays out in your chart, among many other spiritual themes, book a session by e-mailing me at dan@innermakeup.net or calling 504-313-8706.

 

 

Moon Messages

 

 

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—Moon Day

 

This week the moon suggests y’all review and reject that which is already gone, as she is waning towards a dark, new, reborn self. You can only make room for that which is new by clearing the dead and allowing those seeds to fall back into the earth to grow again. By making these critical judgments that have come before you, and making hard, necessary choices, you may move on, and rise anew.

Aries: The moon is highlighting your relations, those that are transactional partnerships, and those to which you are carnally drawn. Be careful, fiery Aries, because where you invest your libido is ultimately the high lesson you will learn. Make sure you’re signing up for the class you truly want to take.

Taurus: The moon asks you to reevaluate the details of your work life. While the pleasures and material gifts of the world flow easily to you, search your feelings for those partners who can help you manage your largesse, and analyze the humdrum details you wish to forget about.

Gemini: The moon really wants you to seek balance and make some judgments with regard to your creativity, romantic life, and the possibility of having children. Though your thoughts run free and wild, balancing the practical details will in actuality give you the freedom in your love and creative life that you truly want.  

Cancer: There’s a special place in the moon’s heart for you, Cancer, and this week, you do best to enjoy your family-oriented, loving, emotive nature, as the moon highlights those parts of your self.

Leo: The moon suggests you focus on putting your warm feelings into crystalline words and communication. You’re so used to being a warm romantic that you forget to communicate how you feel.

Virgo: The moon asks you to consider how you feel about the material and familial aspects of your life. Are you happy with your family? Are you happy with your home? Release your burdens and take ownership of that which is rightfully yours.

Libra: The moon situates her energy squarely on yourself, demanding that you take a hard look in the mirror and release the aspects of yourself that you know aren’t serving you, just as you make judgments, as you are the scales, towards the people, things, and situations who come before you.

Scorpio: The moon asks you to take a step back and reevaluate that which you value, instead of assessing what it might actually be worth. Focus on the areas that matter to you, such as home, family, and siblings, as family relationships don’t fit neatly into your economic equation of worth. You won’t have a problem of dispensing with what isn’t working, and rediscovering that which you love and value.

Sagittarius: The moon will surprise you with feelings of the unknown, the precise domain in which you feel uncomfortable, as you are the learned archer. Let her communicate these dreams to you, and then integrate them into yourself, discovering newfound, invaluable knowledge that you didn’t even have to search for.

Capricorn: To get to the top, which is your perennial goal, you have to pace yourself. Luckily, the feelings of wanting and needing to hold back, find balance, and make critical judgments are reflected in your inner emotional world this week. Go with your feelings, not the structures you’ve so rigidly constructed that shield you from your emotions.

Aquarius: Yes, you probably are the most knowledgable, especially about the future, but even you, Aquarius, need to learn something new. Expand your horizons even beyond what you see the future to be, from the impulses that come within that then become reality. THAT’S where it’s really at for you.

Pisces: You love to live in your colorful dream world, but work to seek balance in those realms this week. You can bring that world out into the open, integrate it into some kind of knowledge, and turn it into your success and career. This is your path forward, as divined by the moon, Pisces.

I’m Dan Beck, a spiritual consultant, astrologer, and writer based in New Orleans, LA. To dive deeper into your spirit, book an Inner Makeup session by calling 504-313-8706 or e-mailing me at dan@innermakeup.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supermoon, Mercury Retrograde, and a Message for the Archer

From yogadownload.com

From yogadownload.com

Listen, Archer

Before You Ride

To the Laugher of Children

Under the Full Moon, Tonight

 

Searching, Seeking

Dying to Know

The Trajectory of your Arrows

Are the Stars of your Show

 

But Take a Seat

At your Moon Mother's table

Enjoy Her Great Feast

Erect a New Fable

 

You're so learned, Archer

In Your Mind and Body

Become a Child Again

For Time's Eternal Folly

 

Though we're in the season of the expansive archer, Sagittarius, the supermoon in Gemini and Mercury going retrograde asks the archer, and you, to connect with your inner children. To connect with your core spirit and Inner Makeup, call me at 504-313-8706 or e-mail dan@innermakeup.net to set up a session, today!

 

 

 

Is It Mercury Retrograde?

From poorasfolk.com. Freddie was Virgo, ruled by Mercury.

From poorasfolk.com. Freddie was Virgo, ruled by Mercury.

Is it Mercury Retrograde? This is one of the most googled questions in the state of New York, and not surprisingly. Aside from knowing your sun sign, you are probably at least familiar with the term, “Mercury Retrograde.” However, there is more to Mercury Retrograde than the perennial claims of communication and technology mishaps that are the hallmarks of this most infamous astrological cycle.

Mercury, the planet and character, is Hermes in Greek mythology, the messenger of the gods. Hermes is the original trickster, before Uranus took that title as the higher octave of Mercury, but Hermes played a critical role in antiquity, one that you can learn from by observing and following the cycles of the modern Mercury. Hermes flies between worlds, patronizing mortals, roads, and travelers, serving as a bridge between men and gods. While Mercury gets a bad rap as stealing time, he actually was the original Robin Hood, stealing from the rich to give to you. However, there’s a catch. You have to follow his lead.

Today, Mercury will appear to slow down in the sky, station retrograde, and then move backwards, entering its retrograde phase. What you generally do is continue on the daily pace of your normal life instead of following Mercury’s lead, which is to slow down, and then move backwards over the material you’ve covered in the last several weeks.

Mercury's path in the sky. From wakeup-world.com

Mercury's path in the sky. From wakeup-world.com

When Mercury slows down, you slow down too. If you don’t it's like continuing on at fifty miles per hour when a car is grinding to a halt. When Mercury is stationed retrograde, a beacon in the sky, stop and watch your thoughts as they fly by, but don’t move with them, as Mercury wants you to dock. Then when Mercury moves backwards, don’t move forwards, rather, be mindful of what has passed, as you are moving backwards.

It is helpful to note that Mercury Retrograde is occurring during the crazy month of December, so slowing down to counterbalance the madness is much recommended, regardless. Interestingly, Mercury is coupling with Saturn, in Greek mythology, Kronos, the conservative God of Time and Fate, further demanding you slow down, stop, or explore a different pace. Beware, Mars, originally Ares, the God of War, enters into the dark sign of Scorpio on December 10th, releasing his pent-up energies that have been kept in check in his opposite sign of balance, Libra, so be forewarned, failure to slow down and readjust may have negative unintended consequences. To better handle the holiday, and Mercury, madness, see what’s in store for your sign below.

Aries: Mercury is asking you to slow down and imagine how you might reconstruct a path forward for yourself that involves higher learning, longer travel, and seeking spiritual depth. There are more modes of expansion than arming the helm of your powerful ship.

Taurus: Mercury asks you to reevaluate yourself in relation to others, their money, and even the darker realms of your intuition and sexuality. All the gifts of the earth can’t and don’t always come from you, and you must look outside yourself.

Gemini: Mercury is your ruler, and you’ll probably hate that going retrograde puts a halt to your flighty mind. But this is good, as getting outside of your head will give you the opportunity to explore partnerships of all kinds, including business and romantic. It can’t all be in your head.

Cancer: Mercury asks you to think a little bit more and feel less, especially as it relates to the nitty gritty aspects of your work and health. While your intuition is unrivaled, you need your head in the game when it comes to reevaluating your work life and health.

Leo: This is a tricky Mercury Retrograde for you, as Mercury is retrograding through your preferred fifth house of expression, love, creativity, and children. Instead of being the Don Juan of the season, think with your head while you’re out and gallivanting.

Virgo: Already a heady sign, Mercury retrogrades through your sector of family and home, so some past feelings about family members may uncomfortably arise. It’s best to calmly analyze, something you're good at, and forge a path forward, remembering your own home and family are what’s most important.

Libra: Though you value justice, judgment, balance above all else, Mercury asks you to rethink how you express your values through communication. Also, reevaluate your interactions with siblings, as how you communicate with siblings in often a reflection of how you communicate in other parts of your life.

Scorpio: Even though you are arguably the deepest, most powerful and intuitive sign with your finger on the pulse of other people’s motives and money, Mercury asks you to use your head instead of your instinctual faculties with regard to reevaluate your own finances, materials, and those things which you hold most dear in life.

Sagittarius: Pardon the pun, but Mercury retrograding through you is tricky. You are the sign of luck, belief, and knowledge, but Mercury is asking you to lighten the load this holiday season, a difficult task for such an expansive sign. Try to connect with your introverted, inner child, as a retrograding Mercury can aid in this task. It doesn’t all have to be about conquering the world and exploring new horizons.

Capricorn: Oddly, Mercury retrograde can suit you quite well, as you like things at a slower, retrograding pace, but Mercury can wreak havoc for you as old Hermes retrogrades through your sector of dreams, unconscious, and secrets. Mercury asks that you get outside of your structured self and let some magic happen.

Aquarius: The bold, eccentric visionary, you’re never happy with a retrograding pace. But Mercury moving backwards through you sector of friends, organizations, and wishes is just what you need, to see the value in and reinvigorate your social networks to bring your visions to larger groups.

Pisces: Mercury asks you to come down to earth for the moment and reconsider the direction of your career. Reevaluate what you’ve done in the past, brush up your resume, and then you can make the change you’ve been so desperately seeking.

With all of the incredible energies being experienced right now, I highly recommend an Inner Makeup session. Book yours by calling 504-313-8706 or emailing me at dan@innermakeup.net. Along with consulting for individuals, I see couples, groups, and have just started generating your baby's chart with essay.

 

 

 

The Big Guys Just Got Together

Jupiter as compared to the sun

Jupiter as compared to the sun

I recently wrote about Jupiter, the great planet of expansion, idealism, and luck, moving into the sign of Scorpio and what it means for each individual sign. Now, the sun has entered a rejoinder with Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio to make a powerful cocktail for dispensing with the forgone things in your life so that you may expand and grow. Depending on your viewing capabilities, the beautiful waxing crescent moon, that moon phase which struggles to break from the old to allow for the new, is conjoined with Pluto, the dense planet of difficult change and co-ruler of Scorpio, highlighting the insistence to grow and let go.

Pluto looking at the Crescent Moon and the sun, appearing together, tonight, in the sky

Pluto looking at the Crescent Moon and the sun, appearing together, tonight, in the sky

Though Scorpio is a much reviled sign, the sign of the fall, ensuing darkness, and the recognition of shorter days, it is in this energy that much treasure is to be found in Scorpio’s underworld. Signs are how things are, just as when you say, “I’m a Virgo…I’m an Aries, etc.” you’re describing how you are as a person, your spiritual and psychological makeup. Signs are understood from the amount of light as observed through the procession of the seasons, and the quality that the sun takes on in each sign. Take for example, Gemini being the most amount of sun, those born in Gemini have a self and vitality of curiosity, communication, and childishness.

With the sun moving into Scorpio it’s important to look at the negative aspects of your sun sign. In Vedic forms of astrology, the sun is seen as somewhat malefic, blocking everything else out with its supreme power and pull. With the sun moving into the dark, intuitive sign of Scorpio, see how you might better understand and reintegrate some of the darker parts of your psyche, and experience a deep change for the better.

Aries: Wait before you act

Aries, you are in constant, physical motion, yet calibrating and timing your movements is the key to your success. Give yourself a little extra time and rest, and be amazed at how you can truly surge ahead.

Taurus: Having turns quickly to hoarding

Taurus, you own, more than any sign, the great pleasures of the bounty of the earth. Yet possessing all of your materials all the time devalues their worth, so put your considerable talents into circulation and be amazed at how much you’re worth in the market.

Gemini: Think before you speak

Gemini, you are gifted with the fastest mind in the zodiac. Yet, there are other speeds to thinking and speaking other than the fastest. Slow it down, explore some different gears, or, if you are going to fly at your usual light speed, make sure you have a bottle to catch your lightning.

Cancer: Loving is smothering 

Cancer, you are the most nurturing, protecting, and loving sign of the zodiac. Yet those you hold onto need to make their own way, as do you yourself. Let go a little bit of those around you and be surprised that you didn’t have to hold on so tight to begin with.

Leo: Vanity is the most deadly sin

Leo, you never suffer as the warm, golden, dramatist who is always the center of attention. Ruled by the sun, your radiance knows no bounds. Maybe give some others the spotlight, and rest in the shade for a bit before you are burnt to a crisp.  

Virgo: Paralysis by analysis

Virgo, you seek out and carry the burdens the other signs couldn’t even dream of and worry about them. Let it go. You’re destined to be the hardest, headiest worker, but overthinking things will only, paradoxically, be counterproductive.

Libra: Something’s gotta give 

Libra, not unlike Taurus, also ruled by Venus, you find yourself blessed by the largesse of the late summer harvest, beautifully perched behind your scales. Yet, in your effort to make everything beautiful and balanced, you suffer the fate that you must make judgments amongst your many great choices. If you fail to deliberate, none of your gifts will matter much.

Scorpio: The kiss of death is your death too

I know, Scorpio, as much as other people despise you, they are flawed too. Yet, as my mother said, two wrongs don’t make a right. Stinging those who would do you harm will only serve to defeat you in the end. Don’t dig a grave for yourself and your enemy; you’re already in the grave of your underworld.

Sagittarius: Some things are better left unknown

Sagittarius, in your constant quest for knowledge and the expansive powers that come with it, you forget that mystery itself is wonderful and illuminating. In your drive to know, you may end up driving yourself into the ground. Lay down your arrows a bit, archer, and focus on the now.

Capricorn: Ambition isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Capricorn, while you are the most grounded and ambitious sign of the zodiac, you do well to realize there is more to life than your own ascendancy. While you’re climbing the mountain, make sure to enjoy the journey or heaven’s forbid stop for some strudel along the way.

Aquarius: The future isn’t here yet

Aquarius, you get us all to the future we didn’t know could exist. But we still live in the present, so make sure you’re kind to those around you, and yourself, while you envision and make happen the great promises of progress.

Pisces: It’s not real

Pisces, while you are the most colorful, feeling, and creative sign of the zodiac, you still live in this material plane. Check out of your dreams for a bit, or, really consider translating those dreams and creative impulses into material form.

I’m a writer and astrologer based in New Orleans, LA. To discuss these themes and more, book an Inner Makeup session by calling 504-313-8706 or by emailing dan@innermakeup.net.

 

 

The New Darkness of Jupiter

Gustav Holst's Jupiter from The Planets

Hip, Hip, Hooray! Jupiter, the planet of optimism, expansion, knowledge, and luck, has moved into…Scorpio. At first glance, this seems like odd territory for such a grandiose, buoyant planet to find itself, Scorpio being the sign of darkness, sexuality, death, power, and intuition, but I’m optimistic for Jupiter’s transit through the sign of Scorpio this coming year.

Signs are how things happen, coloring planets and points, so Jupiter entering the sign of Scorpio means this usually upbeat, glass half full, largest planet will take on a darker, more intuitive, controlling, secretive demeanor over the next year. What does this mean for you? Scorpio is ruled by the planets Mars and Pluto, power planets that control war, physicality, and all aggressive action; and, the secretive, unseen, crystalline underworld dimensions, respectively. Jupiter always encourages you, gleefully, to expand, learn, and gallop forward, but this year, Jupiter being in Scorpio will demand, viscerally, that you make the hard, necessary changes required for you to truly rise. This is the terrain, to use Freudian language, of the Id. What is your body demanding of you that you’re not giving it? Denying your body and mind what it wants creates cognitive dissonance with the other parts of your psyche. Not all desires and wants should be acted upon, but they must be at the minimum considered, acknowledged, and dealt with to relieve tension. Acknowledging this darker, hidden part of yourself will allow your deepest, truest desires to emerge and subsequently to be grappled with. In fact, though these desires might be necessarily rejected by the ego after years of conditioning maintained through the superego, to use more Freudian language, they are in fact screaming out for love.

One of the most moving images recently to come through our computers is the image of Pluto’s broken heart, the modern ruler of Scorpio. All Pluto asks is that you deal with the depths of your soul and make the hard, necessary changes that need to be made to live the life you truly want, the big, expansive, Jupiterian life. But all too often you discard these instinctual feelings to do “the right thing” or what you think you “should be doing.”

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Pluto's moving broken heart.

Fear not! Jupiter is here for the next year, and matters that are traditionally the harsh terrain of Scorpio, namely sex, death, inheritance, other people’s money and motivations, and investments, will be much easier this coming year if you heed the lesson of Jupiter and have a positive mindset, all while keeping the aggressive and controlling energy of Scorpio in mind and in check. What does this mean throughout the signs? Read on below.

 

Aries: This is an extremely powerful transit for you, as Jupiter will be transiting through your sector ruling sex, other people’s money, and transformations. As an already physical sign, being the ram, you might be so exuberant that you run yourself into the ground, one of your natural inclinations as an Aries. But Jupiter transiting through your eighth house, the natural house of Scorpio, asks you to stop and think about your pulsing, physical undulations and where they are perpetually leading you, but, ponder where you really, truly, deeply want to go and not simply act on physical impulse.

 

Taurus: Jupiter moving into Scorpio is a great chance for you to put your earthly, Taurean pleasures and gifts towards relations with partners, whether in business or marriage, and even adversaries. Taurus, you are gifted with the roots and flowers of the earth, and are often content within yourself. While this can be good, too much solipsism will drop the value of your possessions and materials, so put your value to work in relation to others and see yourself expand greatly.

 

Gemini: This is interesting, as it usually is with you, curious, communicative Gemini. All about flying and ideas, Jupiter in Scorpio in your work and service area this year asks you to apply, somewhat more soberly, all your flighty machinations. This may take some discipline, but your work will pay off dearly.

 

Cancer: Usually content to emote and feel from within, Jupiter asks you to express and dramatize your gifts of feeling and emotion this year. You don’t have to give up your self-protection and care, but if you’re being honest, you do want others to hear your song, and they want to hear it too, so invite them into your fold.

 

Leo: Usually you are the great, warm, dramatist, but Jupiter asks you to devote some more time at home this year and with family. Without a home base, all your creative, golden, warmth won’t mean as much if you don’t take care of your family and home sector of your chart. Plus, you have a big heart anyways, so give it to those who matter most.

 

Virgo: Heady Virgo, you can drop the analysis and burdens this year. You needn’t worry, rather put all that you’ve reaped, analyzed, and organized into action through commerce and communication. Open yourself up to where the work you slave over could take you, and Jupiter will help get you there, but you need to watch your martyrdom complex if you desire to expand and grow.

 

Libra: Jupiter just left your sign, but this is not a bad thing. The past year has been about making judgments and balancing the fruits that have come your way. Now the chips are down, and it’s time to possess that which you truly value and take only what’s necessarily. You’ll find it’s all you ever wanted in the first place instead of endlessly deliberating over what you think you may want.

 

Scorpio: Bam! This is a very powerful year for you, not unlike Aries, with whom you share a rulership in Mars. As harnessing and controlling your power is a perpetual issue for you, Jupiter can help, ironically, tame you, as you step into your power in more expansive, joyous modalities. It doesn’t all have to be darkness, doom, and gloom.

 

Sagittarius: One might be tempted to say that Jupiter in your house of dreams and the unconscious plane is a bad thing, but this may be an area for you that is yet untapped. Your ruler is Jupiter, and your MO is to know and seek, so allowing some unexpected unknowns to fortuitously appear will do you well. In other words, joyously embrace the mystery!

 

Capricorn: Jupiter moves through your house of friends, hopes, wishes, and larger groups. Here is a chance for you to get outside of your self-oriented, success driven nature and get out amongst the multitudes. It can’t be all work and no play, and you’ll be surprised how your new social networks and friends in fact drive and help your career from unexpected places.

 

Aquarius: While your futuristic visions are the necessary idealism we all in the greater society require, you do well during Jupiter’s visit to your area of career and public recognition to work on yourself and a more conservative path forward, a slow ascent to greater success rather than relying on the visions that live with your head in the clouds.

 

Pisces: Jupiter is your original ancient ruler, but this coming year, Jupiter visits your area of learning, knowledge, and travel. Usually content to live in your watery, dreamy, formless world, try to attain some hard knowledge with Jupiter this time around. Take a class, write, and/or go on an educational expedition rather than relying on more esoteric forms of knowing that are your natural realms.

 

Dan is a spiritual consultant, astrologer, and writer based out of New Orleans, LA. To explore the themes expressed above in your own spirit, and more, book an appointment by writing to dan@innermakeup.net or calling 504-313-8706.

 

 

Packenham's, and Pisces', Demise

Obelisk at Chalmette National Park

Obelisk at Chalmette National Park

My sister-in-law and I visited the site of the Battle of New Orleans at the old Chalmette plantation, five miles outside of New Orleans. As a logical Virgo with an inquisitive Gemini moon, I found myself wondering why Andrew Jackson, the ranking general, later to become president, won the battle and why the British General Edward Pakenham lost. There are always many analyses for why one loses a battle, but character is destiny, so I decided to look up General Pakenham’s chart to see if I could find some clues as to what spiritual traits caused his demise that fateful day.

Edward Packenham's birth chart, time unknown, natural houses. Astrograph Software. 

Edward Packenham's birth chart, time unknown, natural houses. Astrograph Software. 

Interestingly, both General Pakenham and General Jackson were both Pisces Decan 3, the third Decan of Pisces being ruled by Mars. Jackson employed secret tactics, such as blowing up a British stronghold in the dead of night, much to the consternation of Pakenham’s European sensibilities. Yet Pakenham also issued his own "Secret Orders." This seemed to be a clue as to who would win. Who would win the race to the bottom of the Piscean self-undoing? Who could manage secrets and mishaps? Who could win a dance of Mars and Neptune as ruling planets?

General Pakenham felt that this war should not have been adjudicated in the first place, Piscean intuition, but it seems that fate, and his lot of fortune and Neptune in Virgo, was working against his higher mine and strategy, regardless. General Packenham would be the masthead, with Mars in Aries trining Jupiter in Leo, the king as the ram, expanding beyond his earlier successes in the Napoleonic Wars. Many communication mishaps occurred during Pakenham’s Battle of New Orleans, high tech artillery that failed, orders misunderstood, as his weaker waning moon in Sagittarius opposes an eccentric Uranus in Gemini, requiring perhaps the nurturance of Ceres in Gemini to give better commands and lend itself to more creative, thoughtful strategy. Devilish and magical Mercury in Pisces doesn’t help either, squaring off against Uranus in Gemini.

General Pakenham was last seen galloping towards Jackson’s line, switching horses in vain, Mars in Aries conjunct Chiron in Pisces, painfully never able to escape the dissolving waters of his planets in Pisces, especially Venus, an unrequited love left unabated due to his long military career that finally ended on the fields of Chalmette.  

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Poetry of the Night

New Orleans is a decadent city; of this there is no doubt. But I’ve fallen in love with the Crescent City without worshipping at her altar of Dionysus. And to check myself, I follow what I call the Truman Capote rule, one that the greatest of writers didn’t follow towards the end of his life. The rule holds that one can’t write if he’s been drinking, the exception being a lone drink at the end of said activity, a poke of Dionysus. This rule applies to any activity that requires a sober amount of concentration. I almost followed that rule this past Saturday night whereby I started out at a party, ended up at a Catholic church, and was saved by a poet in the street. The event at the Catholic church was, I think, a benefit party, complete with pralines and champagne. I could feel the drumbeat of Dionysus in the church, pagan undulations that grind us into each other and back to nature --- sugar and wine, people and music.

So, I left, guided by a Gemini who was able to communicate to me the labyrinthine mystery of New Orleans streets, and in turn, the path back to my car. Dionysus rules New Orleans, but in the midst of the decadence in the bars and the streets, I found a poet, Mixson Lovejoy, crouched on the street offering his services, typewriter armed and ready. I began to recite to him, with a few drinks pulsing through my veins, some lines from an Emily Dickinson poem: The Soul Selects her Own Society, then – shuts the door; to her divine majority, present, no more. He asked me who that was, and I responded it was Emily Dickinson, and he told me jokingly nobody had heard of her. He then self-deprecatingly admitted that he wasn’t good at memorizing or reciting poems to which I replied, “it’s ok, Guttenberg has been around for some time.”

I only had a couple of bucks on me, but I asked him to write a poem about the waning moon’s crisis of consciousness, the last quarter of the lunar cycle where the moon wanes down to an invisible black moon, and one must shed old patterns and dead leaves to make way for what’s to come. He said it would take a few minutes to write the poem and that I might want to go into the bar to get a drink; I told him I’d like to stay with him. While he chipped away at his poem on his typewriter, I wrote one as well on my smartphone. When he was finished, he asked if I’d like him to read it to me to which I replied, “yes.” I asked if I could hold his hand while he read. We took each other’s hand, and he began to read. He miffed the first couple of lines, apologized, and asked to restart. I reassured him that it was ok, I loved feeling the connection to his creative impulse. And this is what he read: 

Mixson's Poem

Mixson's Poem

I loved the poem; it was such a contrast to what I had just written. It was soft, dark, and resonant. Not driving, sadistic, and grandiose like what I had written alongside him:  

The waning moon

Is a crisis of consciousness

Trumpets and horns blare

Destroying all the rest

 

The sounds of words

In the mind

Fight valiantly against

The Screams of the sands of time

 

What will the ears hear?

And allow into consciousness?

Time will tell, enslaving us

Under deep duress

 

The poet laughed at “deep duress” which I appreciated. I had found New Orleans and my philosophy, saturnian strokes on a Saturday evening, words that express the height of the mind and the senses, against the decadence of the night.

 

Dan Beck is a spiritual consultant, writer, and astrologer based in New Orleans. To explore themes like those expressed above, and more, in your own life, contact him at dan@innermakeup.net or call 504-313-8706.