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Blog roundup for a waning Moon week..

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Today’s blog:
The Full Moon in Scorpio has just passed and the Moon in Gemini  today is moving towards Jupiter in Cancer. They will conjoin on the 21st at the moment the Sun enters Sagittarius (10:48 p.m. ET; 7:48 p.m. PT), a delightful hint of an uplift in the tone of the days.

Here are some blogs of different moods and views and purposes. To get our bearings, I’ll start with a few pages on Sagittarius from Skyscript

Star Lore of the Constellations: Sagittarius the Archer by Deborah Houlding looks at the stars, i.e., Facies and Ascella. And, from an essay on the traits of the sign: “Typically a lover of sport, the real issue for the Sagittarian is the need to react spontaneously and intuitively; to project the energies outwards and upwards. An instinct for acting first and thinking later necessarily brings inconstancy and risk, but the indefatigable Sagittarian is always ‘in there’, playing the game, positioning themselves at the very heart of where the action is.” 

Astrology News Service has an always interesting collection of articles. Some recent additions: Edward Snow’s introduction to asteroids, Is There an Asteroid With Your Name On It? and Armand Diaz’s review of A Wonderbook of True Astrological Case Files: 54 True Short Stories by Judith Hill and Andrea Gehrz.

Classical astrologer Peter James Clark writes on Scorpio the accursed sign. “Scorpio stares down mortality. It brings reverence to our ancestors and allays many of our fears. Some Hispanic cultures, notably Mexican, have made an art of celebrating the close relationship between life and death. Lanterns and candles are lit to guide the ancestors home. This, it seems to me, is at the heart of Scorpio, yet the sign has been maligned for centuries.”

He also looks at different historical sources for the sign of the fishes in Pisces — A Bridge Between the Worlds. “The crux of the matter is an obvious problem with Traditional astrology. It tends to fall down and fail us when it comes to the spiritual and the emotional.  I have chosen the Sign Pisces to demonstrate what I mean for fairly obvious reasons — a particular spirituality and emotionality are strong in Pisces.”

Pat Paquette at RealAstrologers has a Weekly Forecast November 18: Chiron Direct, Sun Enters Sagittarius:  “The favorable angle between Pluto and Chiron suggests that the breakdowns that have been occurring over the past several weeks — for example, the shutdown of the U.S. government and breakdown in President Obama’s signature healthcare program — could contain the seeds for deep healing. One can always hope.”

There is an amazing resource at Serennu for quick and easy reference.
Minor planet aspectarian 2014: This includes the classical planets, all named Centaurs & TNOs, dwarf planets, commonly used asteroids, galactic points, and Black Moon Lilith.
Minor planet aspects of the Moon 2014: Daily aspects of the Moon to the planets, dwarf planets, named centaurs, named TNOs, commonly used asteroids, Galactic Center, and Great Attractor.
Astrology — Outer Planet Aspect Search 1600 – 2099: Lists all instances of a chosen outer-planet aspect from 1600 – 2099. Searches for aspects between the named Centaurs and TNOs, and Uranian and Galactic points, as well as Saturn to Pluto.

Barry Goddard at AstroTableTalk writes on The Two Faces of Saturn. “But Saturn is key when it comes to taking charge of our lives….At the same time, Saturn can get carried away when he only looks one way, earthwards instead of back out to Uranus and beyond. Saturn has two faces, expressed by the two signs he rules: Capricorn and Aquarius. And Aquarius is now co-ruled by Uranus.”

Robert Phoenix at Astrology for the Now Age has a new post, 
Mercury Goes Direct, Gut Check in the Dark, Summon Your Inner Scorpio, Power Up Your Will. He concludes: “Look, any number of weird and anxiety ridden end time scenarios are swirling and in play, especially as Miley Cyrus continues her ‘World Twerk’ with the contorted tongue of Kali wagging back at you, dripping with madness, so you might as well dig in and let the inner you rip the void of stagnation and inertia. The serpentine energy of Scorpio is on your side. You’re either busy living or busy dying. No time like the present to live your dream in the face of fear, the sum of all end games scenarios. It might be the best survival strategy there is.”

Tracy’s AstroSalon is a good place to check in for short clues on the week ahead. 

We start the week with Chiron’s station direct. The astrologer at Astropost writes The healing you need with Chiron. (“If you are a hypochondriac, skip this post.”)
She also writes on The Chiron progression and return, with examples including the current Chiron return of both the Kennedy assassination and President Obama: “His health care (Chiron) program doesn’t work as it should and his popularity is declining. This happens exactly with progressed Sun inconjunct progressed Chiron. It must be painful to see how the key project of your presidency fails to be supported by the majority.”

And, some new videos from Astrology for the 21t Century.

Venus in 2014(including its retrograde motion)
The same video on YouTube Venus in 2014
“A short animated video showing the movement of Venus during 2014:
A sky-view of the different phase-relationships of Venus in relation
to the Sun
A top-down orbital view of the angular relationships between Venus
and the Sun
A sky-backdrop view of the retrograde motion of Venus
A view of the motion of Venus through the astrological chart-wheel”

Mars in 2014 (including its retrograde motion)
The same video, on YouTube: Mars in 2014
“A short animated video showing the movement of Mars during 2014:
A top-down orbital view of the angular relationships between Mars
and the Sun
A sky-backdrop view of the retrograde motion of Mars
A view of the motion of Mars through the astrological chart-wheel”

Uranus square Pluto in 2014
The same video, on YouTube: Uranus square Pluto in 2014
“A short animated video showing the motion of Uranus and Pluto during
2014, their square aspects, and their angular relationships with the
Sun.
The view used throughout is the astrological chart-wheel.”

Have a good week everyone, enjoy the flow as the brightness of the Full Moon begins to soften. 

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