The novile family (“Nineness”) is like a trine but to the third power
As I first described in Aspects on Steroids, noviles appear to have an ethereal character, but this falls away once one steps outside one’s incarnated reality. Noviles become quite matter-of-fact because their essential characteristic is joy from acceptance of the world as it is, joy from “loving it anyway,” finding the beauty in it. The novile family (“Nineness,” thank you David Hamblin!) is like a trine but to the third power. Unlike quintile and septile people, novile people do not try to change the world; they accept it as it is. And where Threeness—trines—harmonizes with the world subjectively and instinctively, Nineness perceives the diversity of the world, accepts the apparent chaos of it all, and feels love and joy.
As Zorba says, Nineness loves “the whole catastrophe.”
Joy only results when one acts spontaneously from a spirit/soul place. The mind cannot conjure joy. So Nineness acceptance is far from resignation, in case you were wondering. The joy, for me, anyway, results from seeing the pain, beauty, incongruity, immensity of the universe, our incarnated “world,” feeling it according to our values, which cause us to love some things and hate other things. I associate this kind of earthly “love” and “hate” with ego energy because it is vibrant and lacks detachment.
For example, in Life and Death, I shared the surprising joy I had discovered by realizing that I was already dead, that I saw so clearly that time only existed within the incarnated world. I discovered so much freedom from the lack of fear of death. I felt more alive than ever. I associate this kind of ethos with Nineness.
Continue reading “Noviles and Novile Triangle Interpretation”
The core symbolism of retrogrades is that the energy that planet symbolizes doesn’t flow with social norms. It’s not going in the same direction as the norm.
We can develop a new understanding of the significance of retrogrades in astrology by regarding them in the context of life itself. At the most fundamental level, incarnation refers to a relationship between a spirit/soul and a body in which it resides for the duration of the incarnation (life). In this context, retrogrades invite us to look at that area of life (the house in which the retrograde planet sits) from a detached, spiritual point of view.
Alternatively, if the spirit/body/incarnation metaphor doesn’t work for you, let’s say instead that you have different perspectives at different stages of life. Imagine yourself old, and remember how you saw life when you were 20, 40, etc. You are looking at your life, evaluating, and remembering things you tried and their results. The reflective space that we just created can help you understand retrogrades at a different level.
Since the energy from planets in retrograde motion doesn’t work the same way as “society’s” expression of that energy, it confronts us with being original, with breaking our own paths. The friction we experience in our younger years invites us to learn and develop some detachment from it. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading “New Insights on Retrogrades in Astrology”
This has been one of those weeks in which I have been blessed with insights from the ether, so I invite you to join me on this short Neptunian wander through life and death. Some of these insights are so contrary to conventional thinking that they surprise me and may unlock some insights for you, too. Let’s go… Continue reading “Life and Death”
This month is about swimming in subtlety, enjoying or ruing surprise, and a strong social vibe. Here’s your guide to enjoying the waves while avoiding the undertoe
Astro Weather Snapshot
Are you into social change, unusual surprises, and constant change? This Pisces New Moon will have you swimming in subtlety among eddies of opportunity for social organizations, business, and relationships. Astro Weather will show you how to avoid dangerous whirlpools, too.
- Above all, this is the month to let your intuition guide you. Life will be full of subtlety. People will unknowingly make decisions with their intuition, and you may be surprised at how easily they change their minds (including you!).
- People who like to live according to logic and predictable outcomes will be frustrated unless they learn to be open to change and social awareness. If your projects are buffeted by disruptive ideas, avoid the trap of pushing back in principle. The energy this month is against resistance. Consider the disruption, whether new information, changing priorities, or other. Work with the people who present the disruption. This can lead to opportunity where you least expect it.
- In business, social aspects come into view. People tend to be unusually sensitive to underserved people, territories, or segments, and opportunity may come from these areas.
- If you’re looking for romance, the Piscean vibe holds true. Be ready to entertain unusual circumstances and changeable people. Romance and business relationships tend to happen unpredictably, so be aware and open. Let your intuition guide you.
- If you’re a person who likes to “push for the close” and insist on commitments, curb that desire because it will alienate people this month; they will just swim away. This is another of this month’s dangerous eddies.
Read on for your navigator’s guide to this mysterious yet wondrous sea…
Continue reading “Pisces New Moon [Astro Weather]”
I am sad. A conversation with a dear friend has me reflecting on my relationship to emotion and how precious this relationship is to me. She has told me many times that she has difficulty processing emotion in herself and from others. Continue reading “Emotion”
Did you know that pain can diminish you, or add to you, and its effect is totally based on how you experience it?
How do you bear pain?
For me, if I experience pain from an Ego place, I feel anger or self pity (“Fuck you! Why me?”).
If I experience pain from Spirit, I feel gratitude (“Wow, I can feel this pain, but I need not take it personally; what can I learn?”).
In the first case, I feel that pain takes something from me. In the second, it adds to me.
This feels so weird to say, but I experience that pain I experience from a Spirit place is a kind of ecstasy (tears, sobs).
Yes, ‘tis true for me.
Why are sadness, pain, and ecstasy so close to each other?
I imagine it’s because pain comes from Ego, realizing that he really has no consequence, and joy comes from Spirit who rejoices in the wholeness and connection of all.
So, Ego is truly an illusion, a wonderful temporary illusion. So Ego is diminished in pain, but Spirit feels no pain because it is the whole. It knows pain doesn’t really exist.
So, experiencing them both, in stereo, is exquisite.
The smoke of the fireworks has wafted, the corks and empty bottles stowed, and we are poised to embark on a “new” year, according to the Gregorian calendar. Here I’ll offer some simple thoughts that may help you reframe how you approach 2021 and beyond. Continue reading “Small Poignant New Year’s Blessing”
Uranus is retrograding into its second opposition to my natal Neptune while Venus is also transiting the latter, and this has me thinking about love and relationship in an ethereal way. In case interesting, all these posts start with an idea that I follow: like you, I don’t know where they will lead. Let’s find out! Continue reading “Love and Sex: Loving Man and Woman”
It has never been so clear to me as it is tonight that conflict in intimate relationships indicates that Ego is active. I have learned that Ego need not run my life although he prefers to and is indefatigable. Here’s a very Neptunian riff on what I mean. Continue reading “Love, Ego, and Harmony”
To survive, all of us eat plants and animals that used to be alive. Although few of us kill plants or animals before we eat them anymore, what we eat was killed by someone acting on our behalf, so here is a philosophical meander about that. Come along, and let’s see what we discover. Continue reading “On Eating and Spirituality”