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Libra season 2019’s tough balancing act

Well, here we are, the Autumnal Equinox and the Sun's shift into Libra. For such a classically temperate archetype, this year's "Libra season" comes packed chalk-full of some rather tough questions to ask ourselves.

The classic themes of Libra are all there in its' ingression chart  of this year (which happened 3:50a.m. this morning) - balance within ourselves, balance with others, relating and relationships, fairness, diplomacy, mentally weighing what's on our minds and seeking "conflict" resolution, inside and out.

This year, however, we have some specific, and much more unique variables to weigh on our scales.

For starters, this year's Libra Sun, during its' ingression, points to themes of personal value and self-worth, inviting an interesting consideration and weighing of personal and interpersonal values of a unique sort- Do we know our worth in our relationships? Do we act on it or stand on others' treating us accordingly? Do we value those we're in various relationships with? Do we take anything or anyone for granted? What does it show us about our own values when it comes to that complex yet beautiful life arena of interpersonal relating?

What's more, Libra's ruler, Venus, is forming a powerful and tricky configuration with the Nodes of the Moon, which each have its' current-sign's rulers conjoining them.
All this results in a very serious questioning of, who's relating values & agenda have we been carrying?
The Saturn in Capricorn on the South Node implies there are behavior patterns in our relationships which were formed out of fear (in many cases, inherited fears, which weren't even ours) and are either keeping us from being seen and fully appreciated, and/or create a demand for attention which we either project out onto others, and/or hold for ourselves as a self-interest that may have become unhealthily self-centered.

Many of us feeling this pattern most fully may be realizing you're staying in your relationship patterns for one of those 2 main reasons (whether the pattern is to stick in a relationship that's more hierarchical than fair, to feed your commitment-phobias and keep on running from connections where you can see and be seen by the other, or some other variation).

Meanwhile, the Cancer Moon during the ingression moment, conjunct the North Node, points us towards greater caring, emotional nourishment and the comfort and security needs to belong, sensitizing us to collective opinion around what certain relating "containers"(or lacks thereof) should look and feel like- all the while, challenging Venus (and Mercury) in Libra and potentially wanting to dampen the Libra'esque call for examining our relating patterns and values for the fairness they do or do not contain, and whether or not they encourage or discourage a greater sense of inner balance and an exploration of our own worth and how to live from our values when interacting with others (not always an easy feat), rather than settle for what's comfortable, but less than fair to all.

The invitation is to consider and communicate (Venus & Mercury in the 3rd house), about who feels what, needs what, fears what - even if you're just quietly pondering it to yourself - and to listen and seek to understand others, and know we deserve to be heard in our turn.

By doing so, we are likely to be reminded, that our own feelings and concerns, boundaries and fears, are utterly relatable - as are others'. If nothing else, this is a healing truth to come back to, one that opens the  doors to deeper compassion and more authentic relating, and the possibility of further solidifying those connections where a mutual sense of witnessing each other feeds and validates each of the people involved.

In some cases, people might be feeling like, in a way, they have "become their relationships" (or their lone-wolf-ness), and that somehow their worth is tied to either having, or not having, human relating of a certain kind in their life.

This isn't limited to romantic relationships, either. Libra is concerned with all kinds of one-on-one relating, and all of the above could be showing up in your life with a good friend, with a business associate as well as a romantic other. The questions to ask yourself are all the same though- how do I express what I value, to or within those interactions? Is there fairness, listening, on both sides? Can compromises be found that address what each person brings to the table, and is each person willing to seek a middle-ground?

And, perhaps the hardest of all, seeing as the Libra Sun is opposing a Chiron Retrograde in Aries- can you find the courage to tread a new path in relating with others, even/especially when you feel vulnerable? Do you have the courage, to acknowledge the loneliness at the heart of the human condition, and let that be the ironic bridge that connects us in our separateness?
And, if not (or if the other cannot meet you on that bridge- cannot find the courage or self-honesty, and/or is responding with defensiveness, or aggression), can you embrace your alone-ness, and make space in your life, for relating that's more fair to all involved?

I'd imagine many of us might be facing (or considering) changing statuses in our primary relationships this coming month, with themes like these upon us, but whether you're married, single, or anything in between, it's a powerful time to do the soul-searching related to how we view, create and maintain our own worth, and honor the worth of another we're in communion with, in a balance which serves both, equally.

Happy transits, from Nurture Astrology!

P.S.- As always, how exactly these themes show up for you personally, and which areas of your life and personality they'll touch most, is specific to your personal chart's interaction with these themes. For a closer look and some extra support with how all this is showing up for you, and how to make the most of it, please contact me to book a personal reading.

The Virgo/Pisces oppositions- the emotional perspective

It's tempting to reject and push away depressive apathy when it somehow stealthily finds its way in, chalking it up to just a negative side effect of Virgo season which must be transmuted. But, then again, perhaps the true inspiration and compassionately creative genius in life, is found through this feeling, and out the other side.
It's one thing to be positive in a blind sort of way. It's another story entirely, when we see the imperfection, see the pain, see the challenge, and yet still know that despite, yet intricately connected to this, it is a vulnerably strong, and beautifully flawed world. It is a whole other story entirely, to let that knowledge move us, into the sacred service which may make it all a little more worthwhile.
The Virgo-Pisces themes, and the Neptune/Jupiter, and Sun/Chiron oppositions within them, are playing out deep within us all.
How are you holding up?
 
With love,
Bella V. Vid of Nurture Astrology

7 ways to ground happily into Taurus season

Taurus seasonIts Taurus season! In many parts of the world, spring has sprung, the flowers are blooming, and it's time to relish in what this season is all about.
And that means Astrologically too!
Here are some ways to make the most of Taurus energy, during this season, and at any other time:

1. Delight your pallet
Take the time to really taste your food, & fill your diet with things that delight as well as nourish.

2. Get back to nature
Go for a walk in a park, go for a hike, or camping, visit some place where you can just sit and enjoy the sunset; really look around to admire this beautiful time of year.

3. Reconnect with music
Turn up some beautiful tunes, and really listen- and maybe even sing along or dance to them.
If you're a musician of any level, dust off that instrument and have a little jam (or even a big one!)- this is both a great time for singing some cherished oldies (Taurus likes the familiar and classic), or even write something new which celebrates where you're at these days (the Jupiter in Leo these days will sure help with creative self-expression!)

4. Get tactile
Wear or wrap yourself in some soft, luxurious fabrics. Take a bubble bath. Get a massage! (or ask your lover for one, and see where it leads?!)
Taurus is a sensualist. During this season, why not let yourself be one too?!

5. Expand on your valuable skills
We all have talents aren't utilizing; something you make or offer, which can become an extra revenue of spending cash, if you just took a few more steps? Taurus knows its' skills are valuable, and that it is deserving of stability and abundance. Whether it's opening up an Etsy account to sell your crafts, or a Facebook page for your talent or skill, or finding a little store to sell things on commission, Taurus would find a way to allow others to value their skills, and let prosperity come out of the transaction.
Not feeling quite ready for that? start small- give your crafts or skills as gifts, and let yourself be appreciated for them. And maybe even ask for a testimonial. 😉

6. Honor traditions
Whether you have family ones, ancestral ones, religious ones, or just a "Friday night drinks with a friend" kinda tradition, lean on what is solid and stable for you, and find security in what you have already established. Taurus likes the established sense of order and purpose, and is well-served by knowing what they can rely on to always be there. You can be served by focusing on that a bit more too.

7. Realize your worth
You're an incredible, valuable human being with so much to offer the world.
How often do you stop and really think about that? can you own your inherent worthiness? That's the first step to having others appreciate you more, too. So start within, meditate on how worthy you are, and then go ahead and allow others to appreciate you more- ask for that raise you know you deserve, request to be taken out by your sweetie etc. Or, just take yourself out, because you're worth it!

Happy transits!

About the Author:
Bella V. Vid has been practicing Astrology since 1999. She specializes in one-on-one counseling, with a clarifying, supportive and empowering tone to all she offers.
Check out the personal reading types you can book with her , and contact her to book one.

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Mars moves into Scorpio- behold the inner momentum!

Mars in Scorpio, image by NurtureAstrology.com- free to share without modification!

Mars moves into Scorpio, and the waiting-game is over. Time to act on what really matters to you. Follow your heart's passion now, and transform or remove all that stands in your way!

Whether you've been following the Astrological current events of the past months or not, most of us have been aware of a sense of underlying frustration to these past 8 months, while Mars, planet of willpower-in-action, was making an unusually long track through Libra, a sign it rarely felt comfortable within.
These past months have been an important, if not always satisfying, period of reflection, weighing options, learning to "play nice" (even/especially under stress), and channel our energy into acting in balance, with tact and consideration. All vitally important to learn...
but not so satisfying if you just... wanna... get... on... with it!

Well, now we can!
On 10:24p.m. last night (EDT),  the symbol of willpower-in-action slipped silently into the sign of Scorpio, and it's full-steam-ahead from hereon-in!
Mars feels right at home in Scorpio, in which it inspires us to stop weighing the options and walking on eggshells, and finally act on our passions, whatever those are, and transform or remove all that's in our way. Continue reading