Juno Direct – The Other Woman

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

A wife who discomforts you with the truth is better than a mistress who massages you with lies.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

Effective Dates: August 27th- December 17th

Welcome one, welcome all, to the circus that is relationships. It’s messy show where you willingly place your head in the mouth of a lion to show everyone just what guts of steel you have. Ugh, love makes us do dumb as shit things, and the lack of it makes us desperate raving fools clawing hungrily at any affection thrown our way.  We become a fury when our love is scorned or our lover is whisked away by another. And like the goddess Hera, who is Juno’s namesake, when scorned we show our dark side.

While Juno is in Capricorn, you may feel that there is a sort of choke hold on you. Last time we checked in with Juno, she was in retrograde (Rx) back when we had Venus Rx as well (oh lordt that was a strange time full of fuckboy midnight messages and breakups galore). So our green eyed darling is direct once again, and those of you who took the time to work on your own shadow in your relationships are probably going to prosper immensely; you know what you are looking for, you know what you want, and if it collides with what your relationship is, you worked out a solution (and that solution could most definitely be “ending it.)  This behavior shows the decisiveness and strength that the sign Capricorn craves. We had to face the facts that relationships are in fact work, but sometimes shit is broken beyond fixing or isn’t the right part for the job, so to speak. Your relationship is a partnership, and if goals aren’t being accomplished together and if your needs aren’t being satisfied then why the fuck are you holding on?  Capricorn doesn’t care about sentiment, and this transit will wreck you if you are sticking around because things used to be glorious. No, no, no, things need to be glorious and creatively (and sexually) on fire now, so find out what the missing ingredient is.

The 4 of Cups is of great importance in this reading.  There is a sense of control, complacency, especially with Juno in Capricorn energy being around. You think that your relationship needs to be established in a certain way and you stop taking risks. You stop trying to profess your love (why would you need to when you two have dated for 5 years or whatever it may be). It seems more exciting to flirt with others and let your relationship solidify like a rock, stabilizing emotions when emotions need room to breathe and live (like water). Love without risk is the meaning behind this card, and it is reminding you that you have settled the fires in your relationship and aren’t looking at your lover with interest and curiosity any longer. The restriction may be in place because you are afraid of losing your partner. You don’t try new things in bed, you don’t try new places, you don’t break your routine, and you wonder why you are so fucking bored.

Your need and your partner’s need, for love isn’t being fulfilled if you keep your love like a figurine in a museum. Take a risk. Evolve so that they can evolve with you. Change your style, change your hobbies and incorporate them in this change. If you both aren’t growing together, you both die together, and then other avenues of escape become far more interesting. You will bore of your mistresses just like you bored of your partner. The loveliness of the other woman (or man’s) affection will fade and you will be introduced to reasons why you can’t fucking stand them. Dig deep and figure out why you are escaping instead of breathing life into something that wants to be alive. Find out why you are wasting your energy elsewhere. Sometimes it’s because the relationship needs to die, you need to escape, and you can’t figure out any other way. You must dig deep and find that all the energy you are exerting keeping your failing relationship alive can be used to help yourself grow and meet someone else who will want to grow with you. If you try to breathe fire into your relationship and your partner is refusing, that may be the real wake up call you are waiting for. If you are escaping from your relationship because your partner is trying to reveal truths to you that you cannot handle, just remember that the blindness of new love with the other can only hide your flaws for so long. You’ll always fall back down, and not everyone will fight by your side when that happens. In short, love is complicated, but honestly, we are all at fault for that…

Eros and Psyche in Libra – Honeymoon

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
 Lao Tzu

Effective Dates: August 16th- September 22nd (Eros) August 21st- November 22nd (Psyche)

 What better way to hide out this eclipse than inside someone else? We are a bit starved, aren’t we? Love nourishes us, and erotic love is the grass fed butter of life. It’s been rough, with these two in Virgo, as we nitpick our lovers a part and let anxiety get in the way of our closeness. Virgo has a way of domesticating love and creating a split between doing what we want and being a proper lady. We saw the cracks and imperfections in love. Love is of service, a ripping open of yourself and diving into the darkest pits of your partner with bravery.

What now that we are in Libra with both of these lovers? We are finally at a place where we are willing to admit our humanity, our fragility in the face of a perfect god like Love. We don’t feel worthy to embrace what it is trying to give us, freely of it’s own volition. That is where we made our mistake. We are all worthy of being seen as an equal by another – by our mirror in the form of flesh and eyes and hands that touch us in ways that make us quiver from the soul out.

Libra wishes to have true justice with a partner, and this means no one is held up on some sort of pedestal while the other is the servant. That is more Virgo’s game, either being the whipping boy or the dominatrix, but Libra wants to be with someone just as worthy of her as she is of them. Why is that? Because we believe we can only truly be seen by someone who is equal enough to be a viable mirror for us. How can you crack deeper into your psyche (soul) without their love (eros) as an instrument? There are so many people out there who are not on the same resonance as us, and this transit of these two lovers will beg us to be with someone who can seesaw with us instead of tip the scales in one way or the other.

We need someone who can traverse our mental maze and help illuminate our godhood, the immortality that is our soul, not someone who keeps us in the drama of the mortal realm. Just like Psyche, we are rejected by lovers who cannot handle us, who can not dance with our chaos, and that is not a bad thing… it only leads us to the place where we will find our equal, if we are brave enough to follow – to get out there and listen to the voice within. For some of us, that road is long, but only because in the end it’ll be worth all of the madness you have gone through to meet your equal. If you hadn’t been pushed to open up to your emotions by one lover, challenged to stand up for  yourself by another, encouraged to be your unabashed self by another still, you wouldn’t be ready for your serendipitous meeting with the one who will challenge you still… that partner in crime who wont let you make love with them in the dark – the one that wants to see your face, in all it’s glory.

 

Vesta in Virgo – Dedicant

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; 
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” –Plato

Effective Dates: July 18th- September 18th

Most of the issues we have are because we treat people the way we want to be treated and not the way they want to be treated.  “But wait, Artemis! Isn’t the saying to treat others the way that you want to be treated?” Well, I would consider that rather horrible advice, because the way that I want love expressed toward me is surely not the same way that everyone else wants it expressed. People’s needs to feel respected and loved and extremely different from one another. I have had partners and friends who have wanted to be left alone when they are upset and have known others who want to be chased and smothered no matter how hard they push back at you. Each individual has their own language, and picking up on those intricacies is the most important part about being a true and devoted servant to others; to help instead of to enable or even inflame the situation.

Most of the time we live in our own bubble, serving ourselves and desperately clinging on to our personal fire like it will somehow become extinguished. The thing is, your persona, your fire, can never be extinguished unless you are the one to grant it permission to die. Until you have lost everything in order to serve something greater than yourself, then you will always fear never having enough or somehow losing yourself. Until you come upon a situation where you think you will lose yourself and yet you still remain, you will hold on to this inane fear. And when you fear never having enough, you fear giving. You fear serving. You fear abandoning yourself; that somehow everyone will suck all the resources out of you and you would have allowed yourself to perish. You do not trust the universe to provide. You do not trust that you are serving a path that will provide for you.

But listen, Heretics, your body wont let you extinguish yourself quite that easily. We have these amazing mechanisms in place that warn us when we are starving, that urge us to drink when we are thirsty, that scream for us to breathe when we need oxygen. You need to trust that you will be provided for if you serve. We are the mechanisms the world has in place for itself, to thrive and to live, and we must behave instinctively to keep humanity’s fire alive, just as your body behaves instinctively to serve you and keep your fire alive. Serve something greater and you will find yourself coming back to life, realizing the world mirrors itself and inspiration floods your consciousness once again.

 

 

Ceres in Cancer – Dissolution

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Be still:
There is no longer any need of comment.
It was a lucky wind
That blew away his halo with his cares,
A lucky sea that drowned his reputation.” 
―Thomas Merton

Effective Dates: July 10th-September 24th, 2017

From great pain, comes awakening. It takes great time and pressure to create a solid structure, ready to resist whatever comes at it.  Sometimes monolithic humans fall, like tumbling icebergs splitting from a greater power, stabbed in the back by those they felt they trusted the most. That is what this transit is about, Heretics… What story do you trust?  What people do you trust?  And do you trust that you are awake in a sleeping world or asleep in yet another dream?

It’s going to be hard, Heretics. You’re going to want safety – somewhere to retreat to that will feel like the womb. That wont be present anymore. The womb is being reaped from us. We are being purged and thrown into the world, waking up in unfamiliar territory. It’s okay to cry, at first, but you’d better start learning and learning fast. There are people you cannot trust in this world.  There is heartache and individuals out for their own needs. There are “gurus” who come off as loving and there for you who will rape you and/or take your money in exchange for transcendental experiences. The thing is, Heretics, we need to learn to be our own mother right now and not rely on the mothering of anyone else in this world. That is another lesson of this transit… We must grow up now, and learn that although people may seem like they have the “best of intentions” and are there to nurture us – help us- they could very well be hidden parasites because of their own demons.

Nothing is surface level during this transit. Old pains are coming to the surface so that they can be cleansed and baptized into your new life. The eclipses are coming next, Heretics, and there will be no stability to be found. You must carry your home on your back, like a crab being washed ashore constantly by repeated waves. When the water ends it’s crashing, where will the pull of the moon have taken you? Or will you die struggling to fight against the push and the pull?  Don’t tire yet – for the eclipses in Aqua and Leo will light your soul on fire and set you on a brand new course. And you don’t want to miss what is next after this reprieve…  There is no rest, not even in death, the cycle just begins again, so it is time for us to find peace in the battle, to find home in the chaos under this Ceres in Cancer transit. 

 

Juno Retrograde – Escort

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“All women sell sex; most of them just don’t take cash (nor do they each sell to more than one ‘client’ at a time).” – 
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Effective Dates: May 10th- August 27th 2017 (In Shadow til October 10th 2017)

 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I create drama in my own relationship. I am so use to hostility, from a very young age, that living without it makes me feel naked and on edge. If I’m not constantly fighting, then I don’t feel like things are “normal,” and that in itself is incredibly troubling. The only way to deal with bad cycles like this is to turn on your heal and face it head on, and that is exactly what Juno in Rx is going to do – turn the fuck around and actually LOOK. Juno Retrograde forces us to review our ideas about what commitment means, why we have the power struggles that we do in our relationships, and about sacrifice and loyalty in partnership. Essentially, what does it mean to be good to your partner? There is an art to this, and one can never become an artist without attention to detail.

We don’t usually have full clarity on something until it is gone, and then after it’s gone we need to go through a time of anguish before realizing it took two to tango and that no relationship ending is the fault of just one individual. At some point, we need to be humbled, and that’s not a fun fucking process at all. No one wants to be made to feel like shit when the other person clearly treated them like shit as well, and no one wants to think they weren’t all they could be in a relationship. But fuck, we keep things hanging on when they should end, and we end some things abruptly because of our own fear and insecurities. Our timing is fucking horrible. We introduce old toxic behaviors because we have become habituated to them. And we don’t apologize. We don’t do the “shadow work” required. We don’t look at our own projections; we don’t humble ourselves, and isn’t that one of the tenants of love? To humble thyself  – to show thyself raw and true?

It’s hard to move on. Even when you are the one who is ready to make peace, the other may not be. We need to learn to keep that peace within ourselves so we can move on to our new partnerships and friendships with a clear heart and mind. If we introduce the toxicity of the past, the insecurities, fragility, and the old habits of our past partner that we carbon copy onto our new, then we kill the love before it has a chance to thrive. We then just mimic a relationship without really having a relationship. The key to the thing is right in it’s name – RELATE. One must communicate, mirror, and process. But I get it, it’s hard to do this if you are not with someone who is willing to give you loyalty. If you do not have commitment and loyalty, it is hard to dive into the well of your heart and purge your demons. That whole process is a bit terrifying for people, and thus commitment sounds like the worst word in the world. But the thing is, when you have safe structures around you – only then can you let the poison of the past out. How can you heal when you are afraid of abandonment? So Juno asks, why do you invite people into your life who cannot truly be there for you? Why do you commit to the people that you commit to? What are you trying to re-live?

Our cycles in relationships will be examined like crazy right now – especially after a rough Venus in Retrograde season is just about over. This is the perfect time to work past  your old relationship trauma, to make peace, to destroy the patterns so that they do not destroy what is precious to you right now, and to realize that your habituated behaviors come out even when you don’t think they do. If you expect your partner to deal with your purging, you must also help them deal with their’s. A commitment goes both ways, so question why you are not willing to go all out for them if they are for you (or vice versa if they are the one who isn’t reaching across the isle). Why are you spinning in one place, forever trapped in the habits of the past? What is it you really need to work through? What insecurity is really driving those fights that you and your partner continuously have? It’s time to nip it in the bud before it rots the whole plant.  It’s time for some honesty. It’s time to be humble and to be true. Because you love them… don’t you?

 

Eros in Gemini – Romeo

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Physical attractions are common, but mental connection is rare.”
 – Unknown

Effective Dates: April 1st- May 5th, 2017

As an individual with a hyper powered 3rd house that is live wire connected to my Venus, I can tell you that there is nothing sexier than sapiosexual Gemini energy. Temporary victory is easy.  It is simple to go out there and bring yourself home a live one, kicking them out of your bed in the morning just in time to make breakfast for yourself and clean your sheets.  Compartmentalization is not some grand accomplishment.  It is literal limitation.  What is difficult is real connection; when all the synapses start to spread information like wild fire and you begin a real, complex dance with another’s mind.

You’ve seen it and I’ve seen it; people spouting off how they are a god in their city because they plowed a few hook-ups and satiated their animal lusts.  Again, temporary victory is easy.  But did they connect?  Did they find the eroticism in how one mind fits like a puzzle piece into another?  That, Heretics, is a deeper, more nourishing eroticism.  That is, when your mind is just as involved in the sex as your body.  When each word they speak drips of wanting and familiarity.  Though your bodies may attempt to open the conversation, it’s your minds that can truly rip back the veil between two conscious beings.  Eros in Gemini energy is coming, and your sex drive will be craving something beyond compartmentalized fucking.  Your body is controlled by your mind, and if you do not entice your lover’s mind you can only get so far with their body.  

Sex without rapport is like a grocery line conversation.  It is merely mumbling about the weather; distraction meant to satiate the present with little regard for the future and complete disinterest in the past.  Your body has needs, Heretics, and we can feel these needs in the pit of our stomach.  We can feel it in the hunger in our heart and the incessant compulsion to fill something that seems to consistently remain empty.  But those weak “conversations” between your body and another’s are like feeding yourself candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hoping your teeth don’t rot out of your skull.  Eventually the taste of it becomes sickening and you want something more substantial; something that connects to you and your personal pallet and kills the feeling of isolation inside of you.

Mind sex is wrapping every bit of yourself around another.  From here, you immediately learn more about yourself than you could ever have if you remained compartmentalized.  Eros in Gemini is getting wet just looking at another’s bookshelf, losing your breath watching them confound their mind on something they are deeply passionate about, seduction by play on words, and weakness in the knees when they wish to elaborate their point further.  Eros in Gemini wont go home with just anyone.  They want witty banter as foreplay.  They want you to pry them open with just the right combination of words.  They want you to show them just how much you want them, mind and body, so prepare for the mood that urges you toward intellectual intercourse.  This is how you move from the stale boredom of hook up culture to the substance; the fun and fulfillment of real connection.

 

Pallas Athene in Aries – Warrior Queen

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.” – Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

Effective Dates: March 30th- June 27th, 2017

Mmm, the art of war.  It is an art form, isn’t it?  Each attack is a brush stroke, and each turn in the tide a crescendo in the symphony.  Pallas Athene sees this.  She is the goddess of strategy, and thus also the goddess of pattern recognition.  And she is telling us that right now we must immerse ourselves in the chaos of the world in order to FEEL the patterns.  Usually it is much easier to step back and observe what is going on before placing our bets and making our next move.  Unfortunately, we do not have this convenience anymore.  Pallas understands that we are in the midst of a battle right now that has flooded over our walls, whether we realize it or not.  Some of us may see this clearly in our lives right now. The borders that we have placed to keep us safe have let in strife, but it is through engaging with that strife that we will be led to success.  Do you trust in yourself?  Do you trust in your knowledge?  Do you trust in your ability to learn as you do – learn as you play – learn as you fight?  Pallas in Aries is asking you to have an agile body, an agile mind, and the flexibility that allows you to change course midway through battle.  You’re going to need it.  If you are the type that freaks the fuck out when your plans get smashed, then you are going to have one fucking hell of a time.

As Helios mentions, Athene is in detriment when she is in Aries – a sign that is far more engaged than her chilly demeanor allows.  She is uncomfortable being forced to pick up a sword and create strategy after every swing instead of placing pieces in a war room and consulting with other intellectuals.  Now she has to trust in the intelligence of her body, of her instincts, which can be terrifying for cerebral people.  But this is where we are, Heretics, in the midst of a crowd of planets clustered in blood soaked Aries.  You have heard us time and time again the past few weeks tell you that you must gear up to act right now.  With so many planets going into retrograde right around the fucking corner (ugh, here comes Saturn + Pluto + Mercury retrograde in the coming days to join Jupiter and Venus), we will be left to our own devices.  We wont have the command and intelligence of the gods to tell us how we can find victory.  Oh no.  The gods are literally leaving us smack dab in the middle of a battle field and watching to make sure that we do this shit right (with Uranus and Neptune left to help us – so intuition and flashes of insight – indicating that we really must dig our heels into the moment and listen very intently).  This can get very dangerous as tempers fly and people begin to be even more frustrated with their stations in life.

Expect past enemies to make moves, especially the enemies you have that are very frustrated with their lot in life right now.  With Uranus/Eris in Aries and Venus in Rx in Aries + Mars in Taurus – they wont be able to chill anymore.  You may not know exactly what to defend, so create a bubble of awareness around you.  This is your war room – your own aura.  You must go with the flow of the energy fields around you right now.  Plug right into the waves of life like an Aries, moving as your gut tells you to do so.  If you feel a situation is dangerous – if you get prickles on the back of your neck about going somewhere or meeting up with someone – heed this.  When people get angry, they lose their head.  This is an extremely likely situation during this transit, but you guys have an advantage, Heretics.  You are aware that you may lose your head in anger – become confronted with an unexpected battle that leaves you acting without thinking.  You must find your peace in battle, warrior, and you must be a zen master ready to throw up a defensive move but with an air of jovial playfulness.  If you lose your playfulness and curiosity, you lose your head and you lose the battle.