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AstroFox: A Deeper Insight into The Cradle (Nov 26th - Dec 19th 2016)

Thanks, Thoth for helping me to write this!

Thanks, Thoth for helping me to write this!

When I was writing about this week's Tarotscope, I noticed an unfamiliar aspect on the chart. I probably had encountered it earlier, but I wasn't paying much attention to it (just like I wouldn't pay attention to table manner if there's a fucking PIZZA in front of me). The shape looks like a trapezoid, formed by Uranus retrograde in Aries, Jupiter in Libra, Saturn in conjunct with the Sun in Sagittarius, and Mars in Aquarius. It seems that the aspect has been around for a while (sorry, my bad) and will be around for quite some time too.

Based on my epic Google search, the trapezoid is also known as "The Cradle" in the astrology term. It started from November, 26th until December, 19th 2016.

"The Cradle is formed when four planets are connected by three sextile aspects, two trine aspects and one opposition. It is also called a Half-Hexagon because it looks like one-half of a Grand Hexagon (Grand Sextile) configuration. The Cradle is similar in energy to the Grand Sextile.” (source: Lunar Living)

The opposition is represented by Uranus and Jupiter, while the sextile is formed by Uranus - Mars - Saturn and Sun - and ends in Jupiter. The trine aspect, on the other hand, draws a line between Mars and Jupiter, along with Saturn + Sun and Uranus. You can see the image below for a detailed illustration. In case you're wondering why Saturn and Sun are mentioned together in this article, it's because both planets are currently in a conjunction aspect, which blends both energies as one.

Today's planetary chart. Did you see the trapezoid?

Today's planetary chart. Did you see the trapezoid?

The Cradle teaches us to balance the opposing with the help of the other harmonious aspects. Jupiter in Libra is pulling us closer to fruition. Once you tap its energy, it's like running to work with a donut in one hand and a Starbucks latte in another. Balance is necessary to keep your luck intact. Also known as the lucky lady, Jupiter in Libra will grant you with abundance if you are willing to take a chance in the nick of time and know how to play it cool. Jupiter in Libra wants you to be the Ferris Bueller; the charming schoolboy with a knack of rule-breaking but loved by everyone and lucky enough to get away with misadventures.

But what's stopping you, then? Retrograde Uranus in Aries will hold you back until you have mapped out everything you need to move ahead. You are passionate, but Uranus Retrograde's slow but patient pace will force you to ask yourself a lot of "Why" and examine the logical reasoning behind it instead of going ahead with the flow like Uranus Direct. Sadly, when Jupiter in Libra becomes your aim, you have to leave those rational notions behind. Because if you don't, you might miss a life-changing opportunity brought to you by the big J.

The Cradle is the astrology map you'll need to navigate you out of this confusion. The harmonious aspects (such as trine and sextile)exist to alleviate the effect of the opposite ends. On Uranus' side, we have Mars in Aquarius. If you switch the position of the planet, you'll get both planets in their respective houses. Mars is the ruler of Aries while Uranus holds the key to Aquarius. It's fascinating, isn't it? On the other hand, the Saturn and Sun in Sagittarius' energy are meant to take the edge off the jumpy Jupiter. By paying attention to the harmonious aspects, we can understand how to make the best out of the situation.

Mars in Aquarius inspires you to include flexibility in your future planning. It softens Uranus Retrograde's influence by inducing an open-mindedness to your self-restrained mind. Its trine aspect with Jupiter shows how it agrees with Jupiter's stance too. You need to be more relaxed, but you have to know why you're doing what you're doing. You'll be stubborn, but for all the right reasons. Sometimes we have to convince ourselves to take a leap when our feet have chosen to sink deep into the ground. Am I right?

On the other end, Insight Astrology called Saturn in Sagittarius as 'taming the wild horses', and I can't agree more. Saturn has this fatherly vibe that when you put it in a house filled with a bunch of party head Sagittarius, it will become your worst strict chaperone with no sense of humor. It won't stop until everyone goes to bed on time. Yup. Saturn tells you to be careful and understand the pros and the cons in everything you do.

While Saturn slows your Jupiterian progress, the Sun in Sagittarius entices you with a search for knowledge. It will ask you the same intriguing questions that Aquarius retrograde would ask, albeit childlike. These two planets are in trine aspect with Uranus retrograde, giving you a hint that to keep up with Jupiter, you have to keep your sense of wonder open. Almost like Mars' stance, the Sun knows we can run as fast as a cheetah, but we have to know where we're heading and why. Our dearest Saturn here will be our responsible speed bump, to make sure we don't abuse our speed limit too often.

When combined, the Cradle is here to give you a clue and a great learning about life. We can't be too reckless or too careful. Some choices might be necessary depending on our situation, but a caution about balance will continue to manifest itself everywhere we go. We can't afford to avert our eyes from the signs if we want to further our progress.

So what have you learned from this article so far? If you have any comments or questions about The Cradle, give me a shout out on the comment below, or tweet me!


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Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

4 Tips to Achieve the Longed Balance on New Moon in Taurus

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Tonight on May 6th 2016, we are going to welcome a game changer during this retrograde-abundant month: the New Moon in Taurus. Retrogrades can be enlightening, but I have to be honest with you, it can really lead to some frustrating events. So it’s great to finally have a change, a chance to renew and revamp our lives to pursue the coveted stability in the midst of this turbulent weeks.

New Moon in Taurus gives us the reminder to clear out any aspects or elements that does not seem to contribute to our pursuit for a balanced live. Infused with Taurus' traits as a Venus ruling sign, our focus this week is to pay attention to the balance in our love life and financial situation. If you feel as if everything’s going unsteady recently, please blame the Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto for choosing the same month to go on a retrograde trip. Although Taurus sign is known for its stubbornness and the inability to adapt to quick changes, the New Moon’s energy will help you to snap out of this confusion and make the right yet quick decision to survive this storm and live a smooth sailing life. To me, the New Moon in Taurus feels more like, “Cut the crap, let’s get down to the business shall we?” (Maybe this is also why I write a little bit differently on this blog post, I’m not sure, hahaha)

Below are some tips on how you can achieve the balance you’ll need:

Love

1. Cut Ties with your Toxic Ex Amicably

Mercury Retrograde is known to bring your ex from the dead for no whatsoever reason. When the Mercury moves backward, the people who are currently in your present will have a difficulty of moving anything forward with you, but the people from your past may be tempted to initiate something. Some will cause havoc, some will just remind you of the good old days. I know this because my ex just recently said hi to me after blocking me off Facebook for months. Hehehe. But don’t worry, the New Moon will not let your heart lingers in the past anymore. Cut ties with them who will definitely bring imbalance in your life. You can either ghost them or have an amicable goodbye, but think twice before you hurt their feelings. Don’t forget that Saturn is also in retrograde, which means, karma will come faster to you than usual. Hmmm.

2. Go Steady

If the constant push and pull between you and your crush has been causing you some distress recently, the best way to play this out is either by going steady or cutting ties with them once and for all. It may not be ideal to start a relationship during New Moon, since all beginnings are supposed to start on Full Moon. However, New Moon is the perfect time to end a toxic cycle, in this case, the feeling of uncertainty which surrounds your cat and mouse game. So give them two options, either they’re in or they’re out. The same question should be asked to you too. Are you ready to spend your days with them or nah? With New Moon and its role as a catalyst of change, you are compelled to make the decision now or you’ll be left with the same cycle until the next Full Moon. So, which one would you choose?

Finance

3. Find a Job that Pays You Well

Do you feel as if the time you spent on working is not equal with the amount of money you are making? Has your current job brought you so much confusion and unhappiness? Do you crave for a work life balance? Tonight’s New Moon is a great time to stop living as a corporate slave and start applying for a more balanced career options! Mars in retrograde may soften your hunger and ambition for a job that pays you well, however, The New Moon in Taurus will help us to realise that we’ll have to do something about our financial situation. You can also opt for a more relaxed job with a fair wage to compensate for lesser responsibility if getting a higher paying job is not an option. Time would be considered as a luxury to compensate for the lower pay. Whichever options you choose, please ensure that the job you’ll choose will have a fair and reasonable wage according to the time and effort you spend.

4. Cut Down on Unnecessary Expenses

If quitting your job is not a feasible option at this point, you can try to cut down some of the subsidiary expenses to balance the outcome with the income. Venus, the planet which rules Taurus, could easily tempt you to spend more money to buy the high quality goods although the moderate ones would still suffice. Don't fall for this trap, Witchlings, because it would be much harder to climb up again due to the nature of the New Moon. The New Moon aspires to lead you to a simpler yet balanced life. Thus, this splurging habit should easily be concluded as one of the few bad habits to be eliminated during this period. You can still reward yourself for your hard work, but only if the goods that you desire is a necessity.

So, now that you know what to do, tell me what's your plan for this month's New Moon! Write me in the comment section and I'll see if I can give you some insights.

As usual, good luck everyone! 🌚 


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Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.