FIRST CHRISTMAS ALONE IN 43 YEARS
FIRST CHRISTMAS ALONE IN 43 YEARS
(and with Star-of-David aspect in the heavens)
Christmas was good. Margaret and I had dinner together and we realized that this is the first time we have been alone on Christmas, ever since we had kids, more than 43 years ago. How is that possible? Because we never in all those years had a babysitter. We would never leave our kids, and that includes on Christmas. And then, after the kids grew up and left the nest, at least some of them always came back for Christmas.
Anyway, Tonight Margaret and I had dinner by alone together by candlelight and she made a great risotto, with pistachio nut and arugula toppings, and we had fresh-ground cranberry/orange dressing, plus fried tempeh, marinated in Mirin (rice-wine vinegar), umeboshi vinegar, tamari, and brown-rice vinegar. And then for desert an apple-crisp with whipped macadamia-nut creams So, we had a good day. And that is after some pretty hairy days for me. Let me tell you how it’s been.
I just have to comment at what, at least for me, has seemed to be all around me of late, and that is facing some gnarly situations and doing my best to rise to the occasion.
First there was the sewer backup that could not be plumbed and resulted in a backhoe digging a 7-foot deep trench from our house to the city line and piling some 5-6 feet of mud in our driveway. That got my attention and the traces of mud will be with us until spring rains.
And to sweeten the pot, there was some personal stuff that happened that was just as gnarly, that included facing some old stuff that needed to be aired out. And it was and that situation feels better now.
And then there is me in the basement at our center (right next door), which has been almost a total mess for a couple of decades at least. Suddenly, with encouragement from Margaret, I’m over there in what is essentially a Michigan basement, with little heat, doing a complete overhaul. It will take weeks, but I finally have the “cleaning fever” and am even dreaming about it, at least day-dreaming. I can’t get over there fast enough each day to take the next whack at it. That’s much better than hating the thought of doing it.
Of course, I had to look up my astrology to see why this might be happening and, like everyone else, I see that Earth is transiting opposite Saturn (helio), with nothing “T-square-like”, tying it down. And Venus is slowly moving to conjunct Saturn fairly soon, so there will be lots of time to appreciate it all for a while.
However, the most remarkable bit of astrology happening right now is a whole-chart aspect pattern (and this is in the sun-centered chart) that includes a very nice Star of David, a six-pointed star with fairly-evenly-distributed space between the points.
As to that, there could be few better ways to avoid a T-Square in the chart than what we have now. In my work over many decades, evenly-distributed space, especially in the actual solar-system chart (helio), offers the greatest amount of stability that I know of. I was born with the same kind of stability, but with only three points (Grand Trine), not what we have now with six points (Grand Sextile.) Six points is rare.
What that means to me is that this Grand Sextile is holding steady a certain kind of awareness. It reminds me of Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston this summer and held its pattern relatively stationary for a very long time, dumping up to several feet of rain, which is huge. That was a perfect storm.
Only in this analogy, the perfect-storm is a Grand Sextile aspect pattern that is holding steady, keeping the mind open (and prying our eyelids apart if need be), so that (like it or not) we are aware of certain parts of ourselves and our life, etc. that otherwise we would close our eyes to. And the evenness I spoke of earlier gives us enough time (and this is what’s rare) to see our situation and perhaps respond.
Well, I do “see” the problem and certainly am responding as best I can. So, I have not been writing blogs or counting the stars in the sky as much lately, but instead have been knee-deep in fairly gnarly stuff and finding a way to respond appropriately to it. Imagine that. I can’t say it’s been fun, though.
And I don’t make a point of interpreting astrology in my blogs because people would want me to do it all the time and I don’t feel like “having to do that.” But, right now, I am so “in the midst” (so to speak), that I’m doing it, mainly because I’m trying to sort it all out myself.
Astrology is just another language to talk about our life, so please forgive me, those of you who don’t speak astrologese. I know that some of you non-astrologers will struggle with this astro-jargon, but those astrologers here will know what I am talking about, or so I hope.
This rare sense of inner stability, as mentioned, is like holding our eyelids open until we can see what is right before our eyes. So, I’m taking a look!
[Here is the Sun-Centered Chart as it is right now, showing the even placement of space and the lack of any T-Square.]
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