iron fist, velvet glove

Silver Surfer by Oliver CoipelOliver Coipel

Silver Surfer is one of the most conflicted, tormented superheroes in the Marvel Universe.  Raised in a utopian society, he grew disillusioned, he craved adventure, challenge and struggle.  When the evil planet-eating Galactus threatened his home, SS saved his planet from destruction by making a deal and becoming his herald.  Silver Surfer became the harbinger of doom for other worlds…until the kindness of a woman led him to defect in order to save earth.

Mars in Libra has a hard time of it.
Outgoing Mars expressions naturally fire on all pistons ALL for ONE.
Libra instead, maintains a pause to consider OTHERS before moving. The scales of balance get quite a workout with this placement – instincts aware of partnership where the rubber meets the road.  Venus attracts, Mars repels – the volley of juggling energies can become frustrating, though ultimately stronger when harnessed to work together. 

Throwing kit and caboodle headlong into diplomacy is the best way to work this Mars.   Justice becomes Just US, opening options and maintaining open lines of communication is key.
The hand of Libra smooths and soothes the sharp edge of the blade, she is the iron fist in the velvet glove. Choices considered, should be – Mars does not wait; Libra will make him do so, like it or not, in order to make the best reasoned descision. 

Hard truths cut both ways.
::: Stannis Baratheon, Game of Thrones :::

Bombing for peace is like screwing for virginity.
::: Vietnam protest slogan attributed to Emma S. Riches :::

Meeting above us are Libra Mars square Capricorn Venus in retrograde.
Work, bonds, time, structures, bodies, bones, love, money, goals and conservation are getting the once, twice, triple-time over.   Reinvention, reinvigoration, in some cases resignation will apply to this Venus transit.  Time to lay it to rest, deader than a hammer, the beaten dead horse…?
Only you know – this square is about what’s going on inside.

Mars square Venus adds up to applying force to find personal balance, peace of mind and co-operation with the part of ourselves that needs to MAKE THNGS HAPPEN.
It signals developing self-confidence, reliance and keeping one’s own counsel – as well as cultivating a sense of when to bust out of the gate – socialize and mingle.  The attractive, magnetic qualities of Venus light a fuse under drives and desires – we work hard to create our personal best in all realms.

We are sparks kindling magic wands of fire in our own heads under this aspect.
Fireworks in a bright shiny package, bigger on the inside, flying headlong into creating and fighting for what we love.

Full Moon Jan 15 at 25 Cancer – interp here


Peaceful Perceptions

shadow and lightRather interesting Gemini communication lunation with Mars in Libra, eh ?
I have many things on my plate including a very busy day job, so keeping it to the point.

Scroll down for more Gem Moon info; Galactic Center via Skywalkers, Stargazers.

December 17
Full Moon Gemini 25 degrees [Opposite Sun/Galactic Center] 3:28am CST, USA

Uranus Direct 8 degrees Aries 11:40pm

See what part of your chart Gemini/Sagittarius axis lands on.

Mine, 6th/12th (natural 3rd/9th) so neighbors (Gemini) have been stepping up to the plate lending me a hand – ironically both were named Greg.  I took a drift to avoid a wreck on the way to work, so while digging myself out, Jupiter trine Saturn (luck/men) showed up (transit my Cancer 7th/Scorp 10th, respectively) and yet another Greg offered me help.

Doubles, twos, twins are likely showing up for you as well if you pay attention.

Galactic Center is conjunct Sun in Sagittarius – opposite Gemini Full Moon.
Conscious/subconscious Micro/Macro perspective shifts incoming !

Uranus direct enhances perception connections – forces all things houses Aries & Capricorn into obstacle course mode.  Inner tension revolving around work, authority, shared/personal power – action plans re: same.

Paradise MC EscherParadise, MC Escher

Love, money peace of mind and balance of all get the squeeze with Venus quincunx Moon – adaptation, improvisation – re: feelings, home, what you hold close, sacred and protect.  Follow your gut instincts here.
Balance achieved through honest communications, altitude adjustments.

Mars quincunx Neptune – actions expressed are subtle yet intense, sensual and spiritual, lovingly cutting to the chase.

Asteroid Odin conjunct Chiron – perspectives from/of the world tree, wounding that delivers global insight, healing and spiritual intelligence: culmination that arrives in nines

Quintiles (spiritual gifts, genius expressions) at Full Lunation I found interesting:
Keep in mind all enhance communications, both home & global.
Juggling between THINKING and SEEING aka perceptions.

Sun Q Chiron – healing of the spirit, awareness of wounds how to soothe them
Mercury Q Neptune – (Mercury rules Gem Moon) keen intuition, prophetic healing
Galactic Center Q Chiron – philosophical shifts re: micro/macro healing, All One
Sun Q Odin – sacrifice leading to complete shift in perception – answers revealed


Use the Force

photo-3 copy 2The Philosopher’s Stone

Intent: highest qi vibration for aspects in motion

1 Scorpio Saturn trine Jupiter Rx in Cancer
2 Mars into Libra
3 Spirit

1 Tension: Trines lack tension – to gain the benefit, we must activate the energies of higher mind: revision of family, philosophies re: home, safety, women and our own fluctuation that does not work in our best interests.  We must work to shove ourselves out of our comfort zone in order to grow, transform and leave the cocoon we have become complacent in.

2 Success: Ascending towards our loftiest goals via hard work – Mars drives the entire natal chart, in Libra he aspires to beautify, re-conciliate, form bonds and contracts of peace and love – harmony and justice for all.  

3 Effort – Aim high with certainty of reaching your goal.

Mind over matter (Libra / Air; Jupiter / higher mind) set your intent – eyes on the prize !

Do or do not.  There is no try.


Martial Arts

Do the Hubble Shuffle to the Big Bang BoogieDo the Hubble Shuffle to the Big Bang Boogie – Michael Pukac

Excerpt of Artist statement : Painting is a very mercurial thing. It’s a relatively simple act that has maintained relevancy throughout time and across most, if not all, cultures. For me, painting is like a collision of concepts as much as it is a combination of skill and material. It is where the creatively abstract and intellectually complex concepts of translation, illusion, allusion, and transformation find a nexus. I crossbreed different genres, eras, and conventions of painting into phantasmagorical anti-epics. I see my work as a kind of cultural aesthetic gumbo poured into its own reality, which is dedicated to honor the creative process.

Michael says of live painting “It was the best thing that ever happened to my career.”
Success Formula From Live Painting Artist Michael Pukac here.

Mars into Libra for a whopping 8 months (transit normally closer to 2mo/sign)
Saturday December 7, 2013
2:41pm CST, USA

Mars Rx in Libra
March 1, 2014
10:23am CST, USA

Mars Direct in Libra
May 19
8:31pm CST, USA

Mars into Scorpio
July 25
9:25pm CST, USA

Mars is in his detriment in Libra, aka opposite the sign he rules, Aries.
This is inherently an aspect of juggling – high qi is communication, co-operation and compromise; low qi is projection, argumentative, stubborn.

Libra is fond of being pretty, sweet, popular – is famous for weighing the options of any choice – often to the point of being unable to make one.
Mars is impulsive, guttural, impatient and hot to trot to MOOoOOve it already NOW !

Here lies the challenge – work the options to your favor.
Martian fires are applied to intellectual and/or artistic pursuits, social interaction, diplomacy. Think: Action towards beauty – make Mars push and shove towards creation.  Using blades, knives, heat to create and beautify is all the better !

Martial arts, walking meditation, go Gonzo on drums, paint like Pollack, horror queen scream, take up archery, forging, sword fighting, Scherenschnitte, woodcarving or bonsai.

Mars in Libra sextiles Leo and Sagittarius, creating and exploring, respectively. These houses hold your golden opportunities if you work them.

Gemini and Aquarius have an incoming boost in brainwaves, inventive, inspirational ideas will rise quickly with fire !

Change is imminent in all Cardinal signs.  Libra, Capricorn, Aries, Cancer will be the houses where we grow and Grow and GROW through facing personal challenges.
Obstacle course incoming !
USE this creative energy for it will be USING you if you don’t.

Peace Love and Martial Arts

Trash to Treasure Transit

Federico Bebber

Tuesday 3rd
Mars enters Libra 7:32am CST, USA
Full Moon in Capricorn, 12 degrees, 1:52pm

Mars into Libra drives to amp up all things beautiful, and creative as well as $$$ until the 23 of August when Mars enters Scorpio.

Balance will found by taking creative action.  Mars gets a flavor of steady work here in the sign of balance where Saturn is exalted.  Everything deemed unnecessary while Mars was in Virgo is packed up – now we sell or beautify what remains.

This is a time to align actions of self-care with those of caring for others in our lives.  Mars in Libra will tip the scales of balance in order to take charge – balance and diplomacy must be cultivated.  This could get interesting as Mars enters Libra and immediately begins to move into an opposition with Uranus and a square to Pluto.

Outward power, meet inward power, meet surprises.

Mars also moves into Libra and trines bigtime creativity – Jupiter conjunct Venus !
a cha cha
 Both of which sextile Aries Uranus / Mercury in Leo = intellectual creative fire !

Create something beautiful on the earth plane.
Think trash to treasure – yeah !

Let’s make Mars in Libra the trash to treasure transit + Bonus Points + if your  treasure lights up or is electric somehow, or is something kooky, but useful.  It has to be plutonic or trash  of some kind, broken or abandoned or whatever. 

Like : Finish that poem you started years ago or take a favorite quote and paint it on something – make those blue jean squares into a camping blanket, cut up those pictures and make a collage. I save all my candle wax, re-melt it to make new ones.  See what I mean ..?

OOo fun !  Mars loves a good competition – who’s in ?  Just like combing the junkyard in art school searching for some unknown weird ‘thigamajig’ that became the seed of the brilliant sculptural art piece.  I am totally going for it, join me if you like !

Mars will power into Libra and immediately form a trine with Jupiter and Venus in Gemini – think artistically, creatively !  Personally there must be something to re-purpose in your surrounds, and globally practically every corner has something that could use a good metamorphosis, yes ?  Let’s brainstorm solutions and fix things !

Moon Dance

The Full Moon in Cap will be activating my 5th and 11th solar houses, and it seems I am going to involve others in inventing creative solutions re: USE of STUFF. 

Full Moon will bring information in your house of Capricorn, from the opposite house of Cancer (home) this will be a reveal, about work or public persona.  Look for what house your Capricorn falls on, and see what that house rules, that will likely be the nature of your news.   Moon will pass over Pluto before Full, so feelings may hit a speed bump, desires may spike for good or ill – fair warning – breathe deep, clearly and calmly communicate your intent and keep moving the energies along.

The Full Moon conjunct Pluto will be the focal point of one T-square with Mars and Uranus.  Uranus will be the focal point of the other T-square with The Full Moon conjunct Pluto, and Sun.

In a nutshell : that’s power, feelings, surprise, and revelation – so pack your zen, just in case.

Of course see the houses of Scorpio and Pisces for your opportunities arising.

Look to the houses of Virgo and Taurus for your benefits  and energies you can more easily draw upon to relieve the squares. 


Eye of the Tiger

Ray Harryhausen

I love Love LOVE Ray’s work.  Own a bunch of it, just watched Jason and the Argonauts again last week.  I have been wanting to look up his astro deets, his stop – motion work is simply incredible. He calls it Dynamation.  I have done claymation films myself, and it takes  f  o  r  e  v  e  r   !   Worth it though, it’s amazing to see the finished product come to life.  SoOo on to the astro:

Boom ! 
Cancer Sun conjunct Pluto at 7 degrees, conjunct Venus at 6.
(Powerful imagination leading to groundbreaking artwork)

Cancer stellium in trine to Uranus Rx in Pisces. 
(Fantastical genius)

Cancer stellium sextile Saturn in Virgo.
(Precision with puppets – Saturn rules)

Mercury conjunct Neptune in Leo.
(Dexterous communication of creative fantasy on film).

Jupiter in Leo trine Moon in Sagittarius.  Note: Leo stellium.
(Visionary use of fluctuation in creative pursuits).

Mars in Libra trine Uranus Rx in Pisces.
(Amped up genius artistic urges in the fantasy realm.)

Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus Rx in Pisces.
(Stop – Saturn – motion art on film)

A zillion thanks Ray – best creature features evah !


neatness is niceness

…it occurred to me this morning that Mars in Virgo really has been all about work, organization and clearing away the clutter in my life.  I saw that coming at the outset … …but what I didn’t expect is the paths I would take in order to do so.  

That is the Uranian kicker swirling in my 9th house mind as this Mars transit wraps things up over my Virgo Sun/Ura/Plu stellium.  That, and the fact that my digestion is now whack with Mars nearing exactly exact conjuncion with Pluto, and headed for the other two.
I am still taking stock, still thinking  how to better Peter Walsh my life, lol. 
Practical purity will be reached !  haha
My boss has this hilarious motto : “Neatness is niceness.”
Eagle scout fyi.  Always prepared.  Always !

Mars in Virgo has indeed been the purge, thankfully not the vomitorium, just the ginormous stagnant life purge.  I am soOo relieved to say goodbye to situations that have outlived their time and so very happy to be cultivating new ideas and promising new growth is popping up everywhere.   Refreshing  !

Mars in Virgo IS VERY EFFICIENT, yes ?

How have you been experiencing Mars in Virgo..?
I am curious…are your skeleton closets all neat & nice ?
Mine are…mostly.  They still need some fine tuning. lol
 Virgos edit 24/7 for life.

How exciting Mars in Libra will be ! – then we will  * BEAUTIFY *.

Mars into Libra July 3 – 7:32am CST, USA
(6.5 hours before Capricorn Full Moon 1:52pm)

peace love and organizing~