Full Moon Virgo – Redeemed

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Redemption is not perfection.  The redeemed must realize their imperfections.”
 – John Piper

Effective Date- March 12th 2017

Where the hell is all this drama coming from?  Seriously, try as hard as you might, it keeps popping up at every friggin’ corner.  You attempt and do the right thing and suddenly you are being cursed, or try and help a friend who is desperately in need and screw over the both of you in the process.  It’s like everyone wants to be of help but we’re all building sandcastles at high tide.  We have been spit out of a vortex after these full moons; lost, bombarded, beaten, branded and hung up to dry with a crown of thorns.  But here is our redemption, Heretics.  Although Pisces season has been a fucking mess, we were put here so that we may receive vision (like watching a film you can’t participate in).  And now that we have seen what it is that we needed to see, this is our chance to take control; in the most precise and surgical manner.

The Sun (Strength) & Moon (7 of Swords), Jupiter (9 of Wands), Uranus (4 of Swords), and Pluto (The Moon)–  Well here is the good news you have been desperately searching for, Heretics, but it comes in the form of medicine that is also hard to swallow.  You will be able to heal during this moon, but you have to heal thyself.  Everyone is suffering quite considerably at this time, but we are in Venus + Jupiter retrograde territory, and all of your nurturing must be turned inward.  When you are all at the point of collapse, you cannot take another task over your shoulders, Atlas.  You must start dismantling your issues one by one, piece by piece, through a very structured plan of attack.  All of your issues cannot be wiped out all at the same goddamn time.  Virgo knows this more than anyone.  There is a process and this will require patience and it will require you actually giving a shit about yourself.

They have systematically broken us down.  They have given us monsters to fight that seem unfamiliar to our DNA.  We are use to seeing the whites of our enemies eyes, but now we fight puppets and ghosts and machines; so we assume there really are no enemies present.  But why do we constantly feel in danger?  We are being struck from all sides to remain complacent and to destroy our healthy egos – fuck no – you must be a warrior for yourself.  You cannot add yourself to the list of your enemies!  You have been told you are your debt, your diplomas, your “accomplishments” in this world devoid of real meaning.  But these are all figments, Heretics.  These are all distractions from the true work of the present and our real reason for being in this reality.  These are charges that have been put up against us so that we can remain in a cyclical imprisonment with the demi-gods of our world.  This moon is offering us the opportunity of “radical self healing,” but the tricky part is you have to be your own surgeon.  And that is going to require some fucking concentration like you’ve never mustered before.  You run the risk of bringing yourself or others under if you do not allow for this self healing.  This applies for your loved ones as well.  They must learn how to stand on their own two feet or they will constantly need others in order to survive.

During this time there will be ghosts from the past.  These will come in the form of wounds that still need to be healed and transformed in order for you to regain your personal power.  It could be your mother finally messaging you after 2 years of both of you not speaking, or an old lover coming back to ask for closure.  The form will be a physical manifestation of  your psychic wound, and it is being handed to you so that you can finally mend.  This full moon / sun combo will be on the north and south nodes.  So just like the last new moon, we will be dealing with a lot of past karma here.  Your task is to not run and hide, but meet these issues head on and perform your radical self healing.  You will gain a hard won “tradition/adaptation” from this (9 of Wands as Jupiter).  Your suffering hasn’t been for naught, Heretics.  Your suffering has been a sort of boot camp getting you ready to receive a new super power – so to speak.  Are you ready to pull the sword out of the stone and take responsibility?  Or will you keep running from your fate and karma?

Mercury (2 of Pentacles) and Saturn (8 of Wands)–  So Virgo is usually associated with the angels.  Most people think Angels are nice.  They aren’t.  They are dicks, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take their advice.  In the end, they have the “divine purpose” in mind, and they are doing what they need to do because it is necessary not because it is kind.  It takes a cold, rigid blade to cut out a tumor, and love comes in a solid form as well.  This moon is going to require some brutal honesty or you wont be able to heal and move on to Aries season with the ability to utilize the fire energy.  Saturn demands that you take action (8 of Wands), and as you work you will finally receive that “eureka!” moment you have been desperately searching for through the mud of Pisces.  Mercury conjuncting the Sun during this full moon is extremely shamanic.  You will receive some fucking strange but potent dreams that will leave breadcrumbs for where you need to go, but you will also run into some fucking wackjobs spouting nonsense.  Some people cannot handle this “channeling” energy.  And instead of becoming like a vessel for the energy, they crumble under it’s pressure.  You must become a conduit and you must create, Heretics, and that creation must be in the physical world with physical materials.  This means doing the work out, eating right, filling out your paper work, going through with the phone calls, and making a list and checking it twice.  You are being forced to balance your physical world and find the flow of your physical world, find meditation, and channel those things you see into something real that you can touch; something real that you can build on and rely on and find confidence in your fucking self.  Enough dreaming, Heretics, it’s time to put yourself out there – no matter how shy or hesitant you may be.  You don’t get many chances.  Don’t beat yourself up over losing this one as well.

Venus (Death) and Neptune (10 of Coins)–   Well that is some interesting advice.  Venus is asking us to let shit die.  I’ll give you the short version, but if you want to read the long version please check out our Venus Retrograde article.  This Virgo full moon coupled with a hell on heels Venus in Rx in Aries is demanding you break up with that individual you really see no future with but keep around because you feel lonely and desperate.  You need to sever that now – let it die so you can be reborn and open space for someone who truly belongs in your life.  Neptune is telling us that she wants to be our solid foundation right now (LOL).  But hey, this article is about redemption, and who better to bring redemption than Neptune?  Redemption is not revenge. Let’s get this right.  Redemption is a sort of surrendering.  Surrendering to the fact that you are a flawed human being that must constantly work on those flaws, and if you believe in some ridiculous notion of perfection you will feel drained at every turn.  Perfection doesn’t exist, so seeking it will always turn up fruitless and only cause you massive amounts of anxiety.  If you see yourself as a constant work in progress, as legitimate in any state that you are, as a work of art no matter what you add or subtract, life will be much easier.  You are malleable.  You are the primordial chaos of the world; the creative power that can constantly change.  You will find your meaning, your place in this world only if you look toward Neptune; toward divine purpose, higher purpose, purpose that involves the whole goddamn world.  In order to help, in order to be of any fucking use to your community and the world, you must first learn to forgive yourself and heal.  You must learn how to take control of your life before you can help others heal properly.  That means you must put to death the “love” relationships that are keeping you from growing.  Severe, Heretics, this is your chance.  You have so much to do and so many places to go, don’t allow yourself to become food for some parasite that can’t fully relate to your inner being.

Mars (The Devil)–  There is a lot of dysfunction in your life, and Mars is demanding that you take charge of that dysfunction now.  You have your addictions – be it to substances or tv shows or anything that numbs you from actually being present and taking action.  Mars in Aries is the guy that goes all in, that is ready to play the game at all times, and wakes up with a fervor to do his work.  This is a hard energy to channel if you have things that are shackled to you that are holding you down – drowning you.  The Devil indicates co-dependent relationships and addictions (even to people) that must be cut out in order for you to move on.  The doors of hell read, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here.”  You may be in this place energetically, huddled up on your couch watching the same television show for 6 hours straight; feeling a great desire to do the work but no energy coming in to do so.  The problem is that you have given up hope and you have given large chunks of your energy to energetic vampires.  Venus in Rx is attempting to help you remove these suckers from your life, so LET HER.  This Mars asks you, “Do you want to get rid of your suffering or do you want to be eaten alive?”  You must regain hope – you must regain a confidence in yourself and declare, “I can do this,” and just set out in motion no matter how hard it is.  You must light a fire under your own ass, and this can be extremely difficult.  The thing is, once you start your small acts of self healing – knowing that like a wound your life must take time to mend – and if you keep a ritual of these habits, you will be able to dig yourself out of this hole.   It’s time to get out the sciossors and start cutting all that doesn’t serve you, Heretics, including the disease that has started to manifest around your wounds.  Leave the people, the job, the circumstances you need to leave, and start giving a fuck about yourself.

Venus Retrograde in Aries – Babylon

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“53. For thy sake shall I stride through the flames of Hell, though my tongue be bitten through.

54. Let me behold thee naked and lusting after me, calling upon my name.
55. Let me receive all thy manhood within my Cup, climax upon climax, joy upon joy.
56. Yea, we shall conquer death and Hell together.
57. And the earth is mine. ” – “Liber 49, The Book of Babalon”, channeled by Jack Parsons

Effective dates:  March 4, 2017 – April 15, 2017 (In Shadow April 15th – May 19th 2017)

Mmm, secrets.  There is nothing that tears lovers a part more than secrets.  They are destructive.  Explosive.  There’s nothing like them, and there’s hardly anything more powerful.  The secrets of the universe control our fate.  The secrets of the state control our lives.  The secrets of our lovers control our hearts and minds.  Aye, but this Venus in Retrograde is armed with liberation.  She wants you displeased.  She wants you so torn down that you literally have nowhere else to go but her arms. And then, Heretics, only then will she give you the gift.  The gift of secrets revealed. She will come down with fiery passion.  You will meet her somewhere that you’ve been a million times before, but this time she will be like a burning flame in it’s center.  She may be a young man with blood red hair and the grace of a swan, or an old, elegant woman with a ruby red glass of wine and plenty of time to spare.  She may be a red alert on your phone, or perhaps a red banner streaming on the bottom of a newscast.  She will catch your attention, however she chooses to manifest, and you will know her presence.  And there the secrets will spill forth like water quenching a cup.

During this transit, Venus will move from Evening Star to Morning Star (March 27 exact date of the switch over).  Who else do we call the Morning Star?  Oh, that’s right; Lucifer.  Venus retrograde lasts 40 days and 40 nights, just like the Temptation of Christ by the devil in the desert.  And she will tempt and test you at every turn…  But first it will offer you opportunity.  Opportunity to break free of your confines, of your stagnation, of your mistakes – in both love and finance.  She is giving you one last chance to fucking prove yourself, Heretics.  Aries season is upon us and we have a Uranus/Eris conjunct during this retrograde, meaning expect the unexpected.  Even from yourself.  Until Venus turns into the Morning Star, you will have plenty of opportunity to use this retrograde to your advantage.

And how the fuck do you do that?  Well, Venus in Aries blesses the bold.  She also rules instincts – especially when it comes to love and money.  A person with a natal Venus in Aries knows when they aren’t wanted, and they know when the energy flow of the relationship is trickling.  Because Venus also rules over money, this retrograde will allow you to inspect all of the financial decisions you have been making – giving you a chance to redeem yourself if you have the audacity.  She is asking for a warrior, and a warrior doesn’t back down from a challenge.  This is a Ride or Die bitch, so if you jump on this bandwagon and into the work – be it of the heart or of the coin – without hesitation and over-thinking (Aries hates that), she will bestow you with the very things your soul desires.  But, it comes with a price (just like any deal with the devil).

Once she turns into her hell on heels Morning Star version, if you did the work, you will be tempted to drop all of that work for something else that you truly desire…  But, just like Jesus, it wont be the thing that your soul craves. It may be what your fleshcraves, or your pride, or your piece of mind, but it will, in the end, cripple you spiritually.  You can perhaps use this time as a mirror.  Sometimes temptations can jar us out of bad situations.  They make us think – why were we tempted in the first place?  Is there something that is not stable in our lives?  Are we in relationships we don’t really want to be in, or are we merely being prompted to confront an issue in our relationship that will solidify our bond further once addressed? These are great contemplations for this time.

Venus Retrogrades are usually a time for zombie romances – meaning ex’s, both scorned and wanted will be making appearances. You’ll be forced to review these relationships and why they failed (a lesson you still for some fucking reason need to learn)- and sometimes you might fail yourself and get trapped back in these energies.  Keep in mind when they visit; they are the dead coming to relive their past because that’s what the dead fucking do.  These people are merely back to check your fortitude.  Remember – 40 days and 40 nights of temptation in the desert, meaning there will be mirages.  Venus is in detriment when she is in Aries, because the loving moral compass of a planet becomes a wild, debauchery driven fiend ready to jump on the first hot thing that comes along.  You’ll have to fight this as well, because temptations will be behind every corner.  Remember, think with your gut, not your loins and ego, and you’ll make it through this maze of mirrors, Heretics, and when it’s over you’ll realize you have instinctively found some strange shortcut to an oasis.

Jupiter in Libra this year is attempting to help us find our soul mates –in love, business, and friendship. Jupiter is currently retrograding, and Venus will be joining him, shaking up and reviewing the partnerships you have been making and ending since September.  When the planets go into retrograde, the gods turn their backs.  They give you a chance to prove yourself – your faith and courage – in the face of having zero guidance from the divine – only punishment and reward when you hit your mark.  It is up to you now to decide if your decisions were based on your true path or were horrible fucking mistakes that could cost you miles on your road.  Has your deep, romantic relationship been a false alarm meant to test if you can tell the difference – are there secrets deep down you didn’t even know about that are rotting your heart?  Is your business partnership leaking holes like a dam about to give way; secrets rotting your financial life…?  Venus will bestow you with those secrets only if you are bold enough to look.  How do you know if you should look?  And where you should look?  Think with your gut.  Aries demands it.

Some positives?  If you were shy about your creative pursuits before, you definitely wont be now.  You will want to show the world what you can do.  This is an immense time for creative types – especially the introverted kind.  Make art like fucking crazy, because this is your time to get noticed and this is your time to innovate like you have never innovated before.  You will be rethinking any creative projects you have been doing – reviewing and mixing in a little bit of chaos.  Retrogrades are always good for artists, and this retrograde is no different.  Warning though- keep an eye on all your financial transactions during this time because money seems to vanish as if out of nowhere.  This can also mean that money can appear out of fucking nowhere as well.  Set your intentions, and don’t get burnt too bad, Heretics.

 

Sappho Retrograde – Beatnik

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
 madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at
 dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient
heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the
machinery of night . . .
— Allen Ginsberg, “Howl”

Effective Dates-March 25th- July 4th 2017 (In Shadow til September 15 2017)

Put on your shades, light yourself a joint, and get in the fucking car.  Sappho is about to go retrograde in Sagittarius, and she is itching to be a wandering poet with a spiritual bent.  This makes this a very Sufi transit where you will want to give up everything for your higher vision and a higher love.  Here is the thing; this Sappho is the street poet who will type you up a poem for $5 and then move on to the next city because she is on a motherfuckin’ creative journey.  She knows that in order to write she must experience life and actually choose a path with her creativity – that she must be fully expressing herself at every turn.  She finds strength in her vulnerability, but she is still tough as nails.  In Sagitarrius, she is a motivator.  Her poetry has a rhyme and a reason, and she wants to get you fired the fuck up with her words.  You will want to actually connect to people – and sometimes this means moving away from your community into a community that understands you more.  On the negative side, it could also mean aimless wandering and going absolutely fucking nowhere until you end up back home with momma.

I kind of view Sappho as our lesbian counterpart to very much gender neutral Mercury.  When Mercury goes retrograde, it is actually a wonderful time for artists (especially writers).  The same thing applies to Sappho.  When she swings back in reverse, especially through a sign like Saggo, your creativity is set on fucking fire.  All that angst going on right now (fucking Pisces season) will be collected the next couple of weeks, and when Sappho goes retrograde on the 25th, you will know exactly what to say about the shit you have been going through.  Sagittarius is incredibly good at a few things;  higher thinking, philosophical musings, mouthing off facts/opinions, and running away.  This transit will make you want to run the fuck away from all of the hard feelings that will be coursing through your veins, but you need to dig your heels down and channel that shit into something useful – something expressive – something that makes people fucking think.

There are some really annoying bad aspects of Saggo – and that includes psuedo-intellectualism along with a music festival kid’s idea of spiritualism.  This transit will make little white girls feel like they need to get dreads, wear a shirt that says “gypsy” on it, and hop in an RV with a failed musician named Sam with a briefcase full of crystals to sell at bus depots.  Here’s the thing, kiddies, this is incredibly in-genuine spiritualism, and the glorification of nomadic life by young people who have no idea what that actually entails is quite scary.  You need to be strong to be on a journey like that – you need to be prepared – and your spiritualism needs to come from something other than a Jack Kerouac book and a few doses of DMT.  An artist’s duty is to be able to express the culture of their time, and Sappho in retrograde makes it a point that you review all of the shit you have gone through so that you can see how you must transform it in order to bring the community together in a deep and real way.

You can dress up like a wandering poet all you’d like, but if you aren’t actually doing the art – if you aren’t actually digging into the deepest corners of your happiness and despair to bring something real out – you are never going to reach illumination.  It is easy to think that wandering on some pilgrimage to literally nowhere will bring you enlightenment, but this is far from true.  In the end, Sappho was a philosopher/artist who brought like minded individuals into her community so that they could connect through art and love making, but this can get out of hand and taken advantage of.

This energy is needed in our communities more than ever right now.  Instead of running off thinking some other land is going to erase all your bad feels and instantly enlighten, remember this, “Wherever you go, there you are.”  So unless you are running toward something in particular (a real spiritual pilgrimage or Walkabout with spiritual mentors), and not from yourself, use this energy for higher thinking and not dashing.  But you must know that no matter how far you run, you can’t run from yourself, you can’t run from your head, so get that shit out of your head and onto some paper – or canvas – or into musical vibrations.  The world needs your higher thinking to be expressed, out loud, where everyone can hear it.  “Happiness is only real when shared,” Christopher McCandless said, and the same goes with pain.  You must acknowledge all that is inside of you, and let it be spoken, so that you may connect to those around you on a soul level.  Now that is the true spirit of Sagittarius – to connect at a divine level,not to run off and pretend you are a “gypsy princess” when you don’t even know how to pitch a proper tent.