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.

Eros in Taurus – Indulgent

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“All life is a jest, Imhotep – and it is death who laughs last. Do you not hear it at every feast? Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die.”
 – Agatha Christie, Death Comes as the End

Effective Dates: February 26th- April 2nd, 2017

When will we realize that we are truly living in the Garden of Eden?  The fall was merely a change of perception.  I mean, we get glimpses of it, from time to time, when we allow ourselves to be completely engulfed in the moment.  When we are in the throes of anything, we wish to completely indulge in it.  To savor it to the very last drop.  And these may very well be our last days of ease, Heretics, so this transit is making itself evident just in time.  This is my natal position for Eros, and the energy is very familiar to me and extremely comforting.  Taurus knows how to live, in the moment, right here in this flesh based world.  We are so lucky to be able to live in a body where we can feel all of these things.  Why not take advantage while we can?  Why not anchor in our body – be in our bodies – while everything is chaotically shifting into a new paradigm?

In your personal life, indulgence is how you relieve stress.  When life has you bogged down, it’s moments of pleasure that keep our fires going.  Why do you think people make decadent meals when they are having a hard time?  Why do you think passionate sex makes you forget about the whole wide world?  Being in the moment is when we feel true joy; when we actually step into our extatic infinite nature.  We are suppose to be here – now – not living in the future or the past in illusory mental realms.  Why do you think falling in love with someone makes your life so fucking exciting?  Because, for a time, we are actually living in the now and experiencing life through our bodies fully, completely, obsessively.  If we stay in our bodies and experience the now, then we will see just how simple and lovely and delicious life can be.  The moments you remember are the intimate and comfortable times with those you love, with activities that give you release, and a sense of jovial fun in life.

With both Mars and Venus in Aries, and Eros now moving into Taurus, sex will become far more prominent in everyone’s lives – even the people who aren’t having it will have it on their minds.  This could be troublesome for people who have relationships that are already on the rocks.  With this Venus in Aries about to go retrograde, weak relationships are dropping like flies.  Either Jupiter in Libra is helping people find their people or it is shedding the flimsy relationships we are getting into simply because of the passionate energy around us.  Don’t confuse passionate moments for longevity.  Eros in Taurus not only craves sensory pleasure, it also craves dedication (Taurus gets off on dedication), so it will go hand in hand quite nicely with this Venus retrograde that is happening (plus the Psyche retrograde we have going on + Juno in Capricorn).  We are either finding dedicated, life long relationships right now or getting a healthy dose of “get the fuck out of this weak ass relationship.”  We know what we want.  We want Eden on Earth, and if the partner we are with can’t supply it – Venus going retrograde will surely destroy any relationship that is there because we have “settled.”

This transit will make us crave the type of sex where you want to lose yourself in your partner and the sheets forever, because it will feel so fucking good and real and solid compared to the chaotic, mutable Piscean world around us.  Love – erotic love at that – is where we are going to find stability, so if you don’t have a partner who can “go there” with you, you’re going to be itching to find them.  So use your love making as an anchor – explore the little pleasantries in life together because you truly are living in the Garden of Eden.  All you have to do is actually look.  We have been so desensitized, told what it is that is “perfect” and what we should crave.  During this transit you wont be able to settle for any of that fake shit anymore.

You will want dedicated, passionate, soul lifting love that helps you power through the rough transits coming our way, and you wont settle for garbage shallow interactions while Eros is in Taurus.  Venus in Aries will also be bringing the passion back into your life, and giving those of you who need it the umph to hack off your empty relationships.  Go with it – we are being pushed to do this for a reason.  In the end, all we want is to indulge in the world we have been placed in; to really experience meat of life before we move beyond these bodies.  Take advantage of what you have been given – the pleasures of the flesh.

 

Ceres in Taurus – Calcinatio

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature.”
 – Robert McKee

Effective Dates: February 10-April 29, 2017

Every death births a new life, and every life is subject to death and decay.  In ancient times, Athenian citizens would set out on a journey once a year to Elysium where they would perform rituals to place them into the mysteries of Demeter (Da Matar, The Mother, aka Ceres).  They would imbibe a drink made of mold found on ergot which possessed a very similar chemical make up to LSD.  During the trip, the Athenians witnessed the kidnapping of Persephone by Pluto (the riches of the earth) and followed the story right down into the underworld…

What did they see?  They saw the great renewal that the earth goes through every year.  No matter how brutal the winter, there is always a spring.  No matter how barren the land, shoots of green manifest from the melted ice once the cycle is ready to do so.  The earth will take anything into it’s gaping maw, and it will pressure cook it until it transforms.  This is the power of the myth of Ceres, Persephone and Pluto, and when Ceres moves into Taurus, the earth mysteries are magnified in your personal life as well.  You may feel like you are being pushed and squeezed into oblivion, but the myth of Ceres teaches us to trust in our ability to transform under this pressure into something far more extravagant than we could have ever become without it.

Some things need to be let go in order for you to continue with your grand master plan.  The Queen of Pentacles is sometimes symbolically associated with the bear.  And what does a bear do before the winter?  It stocks up the things that it needs and removes itself from the death that will soon surround it.  We have the 3 of Pentacles surrounded by two cards that essentially read “hibernate” to me.  One is asking me to tell you to care for your body, the other is asking me to care for your mind.  But you must hike up into the mountains with full faith in your plan in order to receive the benefits of this hibernation.

Sometimes we must remove ourselves and dive into deep contemplation in order to emerge later on with the knowledge we need in order to continue with our plans.  Ceres in Taurus is telling me to gather your resources during this time – and this includes the resources of the mind – and dive into deep contemplative study over the things which attach themselves to your goals.  This will be your chance to stock up before the snow melts into the earth, producing flowers and vegetation.

Persephone must descend into the earth to shed all of her masks before she rises as a Queen in the spring.  You must follow a similar formula.  Even though you may feel as if you are being dragged down into the center of hell by whatever it is that you may be going through, this transit is attempting to remind us that it is necessary to be broken down in order to see exactly what you are made of – and exactly what you REALLY NEED and what is actually just extra holding you to old ways of thinking holding you back from helping yourself thrive.

 

 

Lilith in Sagittarius – The Wilds

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“He was no dragon, Dany thought, curiously calm. Fire cannot kill a dragon.”
  – George R. R. Martin, Song of Ice and Fire

Effective Date: February 14th-November 10th, 2017

It’s time to get up on that horse and lead the charge.  This is Lilith at her wildest, and that is one reckless and devouring beast!  Do you know that little voice inside of you that says, “Sit down, this isn’t your time.  Just wait.”  Welp.  It’s about to go bye bye.  With Lilith in Saggo, you can expect your desires to rebel to become instinctual.  Someone asks you to lay down your basic human rights?  Fuck no.  Someone insults your lover?  Fuck no.  Someone asks you to turn the volume down just a little?  FUCK.  NO.

So, as you can see, this could uh kinda get in the way sometimes.  But it can also be that match the finally lights a fire under your ass (even after you have been begged by planet after planet to TRANSFORM since the goddamn mutable meltdown in June).  This is like a gang of rouges getting ready to stick up a banker and his wagon – pure raw rage and wild abandon.  I suspect a lot more “black box” anarchism may become a thing because of this transit.  All of the planets are gearing up in political activist mode, and Lilith is no exception to this.  She wants to fight for her higher ideals, and in Saggo she is far more dogmatic about this.  Be ye liberal, anarchist, libertarian, alt right, or whatever the fuck, your behavior due to ideological dogma will become amped the fuck up.

This entire reading is pushed forward by the Ace of Cups, meaning that it is very emotionally charged.  You’ve had it.  You’ve had it to the point that your emotions are spewing out like a fountain; bubbling waters so riddled with emotions it has turned black.  What is it exactly that we feel?  Dread? Anger?  Fear?  I would argue it is an interjection.  Yes.  It is that divine spark deep inside of all of us that refuses to be told it is a mere mechanism that is crying out.  We have been told that we have no power – or minimal power that they will grant us after we petition and ask ever so nicely.  FUCK NO.  We have so much power that we have forgotten about because we have been broken.

So here is what Lilith is going to learn; a herd of wild horses is better at fending off an enemy than just one horse.  Think of it like this: our enemies are trying to tame us, make us into playdough so they can mold us to their pleasing.  Lilith is here to liberate us from becoming broken in, harnessed and paraded around like clowns.  It’s time for some maneuvering.  Sometimes we need our ideals to be fired up – become solidified so that we can have the conviction needed to actually fight for what is ours.  When the whole world is melting the fuck down, you either dance in the chaos or you plow through it like a chariot.  This Lilith wants to brandish a spear and take her place on the battle field, and she knows she is stronger with like minded Amazons taking the charge with her.  Take your independence and help your sisters and brothers gain theirs as well – this is what Lilith in Saggo is demanding of us.  ONWARD!  

 

Juno in Capricorn – The Vow

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“And to think you would get me to the altar
Like I’d follow you around like a dog that needs water
But admit it that you wanted me smaller
If you would have let me grow
You could have kept my love” – Banks, “Gemini Feed

Effective Dates: February 3rd- December 17th 2017 (Retrograde May 10th-August 26th)

This is a serious transit, so I’m going to put my serious oracle mask on.  As the world is going to hell in a hand-basket fast (thanks Mars in Aries), we come to a bifurcation point – the tip of the dragon tongue, so to speak, a fork in the road where we reach a crucial decision in our path.  Although you perceive we are all on individual paths, they all paint a picture together as well.  Where are we all headed, and how do we each play a role in this journey?  We are about to make a decision together – in the Macro and in the Micro – and this will be a heavy one to commit to.  So many things are coming together while so many things are falling a part.  It seems that now, more than ever, the community is bonding at an even deeper level.  We are at a point where we must decide who or what we swear our allegiance to.

In Astrology, two goddesses are associated with the 7th House (house of partnership).  Venus rules over ever chaotic “love”portion of the house, while Juno rules over the far more stabilizing “commitment” portion.  These two goddesses are like the two scales of Libra, needing to be in equal proportion to stabilize the 7th house.  Between them they have the ideas of inspiration/vision (3 of wands) and self restriction (8 of swords).

So it’s time to evaluate, Heretics, because Juno is going into Capricorn and our commitments are going to be tested under the weight of all of this new fire.  We have a strange configuration that is about to transpire in the sky;  Jupiter in Libra will be going retrograde, Psyche is retrograde in Virgo, Venus is entering Aries and will be going retrograde as well, Mars is in Aries (meaning both Venus and Mars will be traversing past the Harley Quinn and Joker Uranus/Eris in Aries).   Juno in Capricorn is commitment at it’s highest point – the sort you need before embarking on a particularly dangerous journey.  And Aries is that which we truly need to feel inspired.  Together this makes the idea of a rocket launching into space – an idea, a lot of math, a lot of money, training, trust, inspiration and committed astronauts with passion in their hearts.

Commitments can come in many forms.  We can be committed to a person, an ideology, a spiritual path, manifesting an inspired idea – whatever it may be, those commitments are going to need Capricorn-like attention as we move through these intense transits.  Because Uranus is a planet of the collective, I believe that as Venus and Mars transit past it, tempers will flare.  We are building toward a Leo full moon in the sun sign of Aquarius during a very intense political climate, and it is very clear to me that things are going to change and we are never coming back.  We are launching on a new journey, Heretics, so who do you want to make that journey with?

Who do you swear your allegiance to?  Juno in Capricorn asks you if it is something tangible – something real and solid so we can make this climb – or is it a divisive ideology that poisons the mind?  It is time to evaluate what is necessary for our next journey, and it is time to evaluate who we trust to take it with us – who we trust to lead us through it.  Who will help you grow through the chaos?  What people?  What higher ideals, if any at all?  What goals?  These are the areas of life that will be tested come the next 6 months.

 

Psyche Retrograde in Virgo – 7 Year Itch

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

 

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” –Sylvia Plath

Effective Dates: January 9th- April 25th, 2017

Projection is easy when we wrap ourselves up in tunnel-vision.  This transit is going to be for all ya’ll who are in committed relationships that aren’t serving you.  Psyche is swinging back into retrograde, going over the relationship choices we have made with a fine toothed Virgo mind made for combing detail.  Expect an incredible amount of over thinking muddled with episodes of ego induced blindness.  Psyche is all about our dedication, but she wont just dedicate herself to anyone.  Oh no.  Psyche’s dedication runs deeper than Hades, and her reversal into retrograde will have you questioning the things that you have long held to be important enough to commit yourself to.

Now, it is a wonderful experience to be in a healthy relationship that is also dedicated in a profound way.  What is not wonderful is being committed to a relationship that is rotting you from the inside out.  This transit will jostle you, but not without a good long fight from your ego first.  For those of you who consistently ask yourselves the same question, “Should I be with them?” – your answer is coming.  Fuck, your answer has been there all along.  If you need to constantly ask yourself the same question, then you know the answer you are giving yourself is not satisfying.  For the longest time you may have thought you got out ahead.  Fuck, you worked so hard on this relationship.  You sacrificed so much and have spent so many years together… but nothing you can do can make that itch go away.
It’s easy to keep going in a relationship when you have found a security in the routine.  Hell, breaking habits is one of the hardest things a person can do, but Psyche in retrograde is going to push us out of those comfort zones.  Unfortunately, when we start to feel uncomfortable in these weak relationships during this transit, there may be a lot of “projection” that will go on.   When we run from the things we don’t want to see – when we ignore the fact that deep down we really aren’t comfortable with the person we are with – we start lashing out at them in cycles.  What is clear during these lashing outs is that we attempt to blame the individual we are in a relationship with for all of our choices.

Unfortunately, Heretics, this transit is here to tell us it was our choice to get into the relationships we are in, and it is our choice to get out of them.  You wont make it through Psyche in retrograde without instances where the cracks in your relationship will be magnified, so if you are going to commit to something- commit to integrity (fuck, this is a Virgo transit, so if you shy away from integrity and truth, you will be cut to pieces).  Good luck out there, because it’s going to get rough…  And just when you think you can just ignore this itch, Eros, Venus and Mars will be transiting into Aries and giving your libido a power jolt.  So if you don’t actually want to be committed to your partner, it will become almost impossible to hold on to a relationship full of holes.

 

Eros in Aries – Thrill of the Chase

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

‎”And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire.”  – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Effective Date: January 17th, 2017

We’ve all felt the energy of an Aries entering our lives, setting everything on fucking fire, and then bounding off to gods know where.  This is that same energy, except extended and stretched through time into a barrage of bonfires.  With Jupiter in Libra in opposition to our Aries houses, this seems like a time of a great need for balance between our individuation and our partnerships.  We are about to get heavy in our Aries house with multiple planets ready to essentially set the world on fire and join up with Uranus and Eris.

People are going to start getting impassioned – and not just to have sex for days on end (which this energy is surely capable of sparking).  Eros in Aries is that itch that just needs to be scratched; essentially prepare for a cornucopia of desire and prepare for it to get hotter and hotter as more planets move into the sign of the ram.  You are going to want to get involved in anything that brings more passion, spontaneity, and a sense of being fully “present” into your life.  Every day monotonous activities and duties will be flavored with a bit of Aries excitement.

This transit looks GOOD.  Eros is Aries is going to make us seem sexy.  It’s going to propel the powers of whatever house you have Aries in, and it is extremely positive for attracting sexual partners.  For those of you who are already sexually active, this transit is going to add some hot bloodedness to your interactions.  Expect the unexpected from your lovers, because during this transit they are going to be seeing you with new eyes.  You are going to look like just the thing that hits the spot.  Love making under this transit is raw, sexy, enchanting and life giving.  Please, please, please take advantage of this gift.

New aspects to your relationship will surely be birthed because of this transit.  Passionate sex can open up all sorts of formerly closed gates for couples.  If you are truly living in – present – in the experience of raw love making, you can reach vulnerable places that use to have ice walls built up before them.  Fire melts ice, remember this.  Let your passion flow, and you will surely learn things you couldn’t see before.