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“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.” John Steinbeck.

The Moon’s foray through innovative Aquarius give us an itch to defy convention and try something new, even if it puts some of our security at risk.

The lingering Sun square Mars energy is also suggesting to us that we may want to move outside our comfort zone and expose ourselves to new circumstances.

While the idea of change can be daunting, it can also be empowering.  Sometimes incorporating change into our lives in the form of baby steps is the wisest course of action, until we get more familiar with stepping outside our world.

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” Anatole France.

Often changing our lives for the long-term is simply a matter of changing our daily habits.  We are, after all, essentially what we do every day.

As change agent Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, gets ready to enter Aries, the sign of personal new beginnings, we may want to start thinking about phasing in new habits into our lives.

It usually is most effective if we begin by implementing only one new habit at a time and giving it time to gel.  Usually a 30-day period is what is needed.

It’s best to write down on a piece of paper our reasons, motivations, and strategies for making changes as well as keeping a daily log or journal of our progress.  We also need to remember to reward ourselves for our successes along the way.

“Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values.” Arthur M. Schlesinger.

In the News:

A painting by Picasso “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” sold for $106.5 million last night at Christie’s, setting a record as the most expensive piece of artwork ever sold at an auction.  Picasso reportedly painted the picture in one day.

What I thought was most notable here astrologically: The transiting Sun in Taurus exactly square pioneering Mars in Leo.  Taurus rules money and possessions and Mars in Leo represents creative endeavors.  Mars is adventurous and often denotes “firsts” while the square “forces action.”

With the Sun in the possession sign of Taurus, aligned with risk-taker Mars in creative Leo, there was “more of a mindset” to spend a record amount of money for the artwork.

We also still have Mercury in acquisition Taurus separating from a trine to history-making Pluto Capricorn, which is a very status-conscious sign.  Of course, owning a Picasso is something of status.

Transiting Uranus is also at the last degree of Pisces, the sign of the zodiac which rules paintings and artwork. The nature of Uranus is unpredictable and Uranus more often than not ushers in new trends.

Uranus also equates to genius. Positioned at the end of Pisces, as it is now, could it be that Uranus is symbolically paying special homage to one of the most talented painters who ever lived?  Just a thought. I always regard planets at the end of the signs as having special significance for the collective, usually in a very spiritual and transforming way.

Picasso himself was a transforming figure born under Scorpio.  He also had four planets and Chiron in Taurus in his tenth house of career.  Taurus, ruled by beauty-loving Venus, can be very artistic and talented at creating objects of beauty.

Presently, both transiting Uranus and Neptune are exactly aspecting Picasso’s Pluto in Taurus in his career house.  Pluto rules death and rebirth and is associated with historic precedents – even from beyond the grave.

Also very interesting here, Picasso’s birth chart Pluto was at 29 degrees of Taurus, maybe signaling from the start that he was going to have a huge impact with his artwork on the collective (Pluto rules the masses).  This is again riding on the theory that planets at end degrees have special potency and meaning, reflecting a full maturation of what is originally intended with the sign. Taurus signifying artistic prowess.

Neptune, as ruler of Pisces (and the higher octave of Venus-ruled Taurus) , is also associated with art and paintings.  Neptune, too, interestingly enough, is exactly conjunct Picasso’s 8th house of death now.  This house also pertains to matters of his estate.  Suffice it to say, the beneficiaries to Picasso’s estate are very happy today that Neptune is there, don’t you think? Neptune on the regenerating 8th house, the rich legacy of his painting continues and reaches a new level on the material plane.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Written by Patricia Thompson

Copyright 2010

Source Notes:

Picasso horoscope: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Picasso,_Pablo

Habit quote: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/habits.html

Picasso sale: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/arts/design/05auction.html

Anatole France quote: http://www.quotegarden.com/change.html

Butterfly picture: butterfly photo: butterfly picture: http://www.weforanimals.com/wallpapers/butterflies/page-1/butterflies-1.htm


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