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Jolinda “Josi” Case is a Spiritual Counselor who uses Tarot and Astrology (among other tools) as forms of divination. She is an avid and vigorous student of the esoteric. Josi has a great deal of experience in assisting people through major life changes such as death/dying/grief through counseling.

Josi’s main motivation is to empower others by assisting them to connect with and express their most true and authentic self. She also strives to give people the authority to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal Spirituality.

Josi’s formal education includes collegiate level degrees in Communications, Business and Psychology. She is also an ordained minister. In her free time (HA!), she writes a weekly column for her local paper (The Greenup Beacon), blogs on her site Shock Therapy and relaxes with her husband (“Ox”), three grown boys, two grandsons and pets (Prince, Mercury and Perseus).
 
Most recently, Josi has bonded forces with Dixie Vogel of A Fool's Journey to produce a monthly show they call Woo Woo Wonderful. The purpose of the live broadcast is to empower others with knowledge of Spirit and Mysticism.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for September 18 2014

I don't know about anyone else, but yesterday was freaking busy! As a matter of fact, over the last few days, my brain has nearly collected so much information that I'm not really sure what to do with it all. Thankfully, I believe I have a whole Mercury retrograde period to sort it all out.
I also felt the sesquisquares above just about everything in the sky and, particularly, watched the one with Mercury which heralded a desire to “Speak up for yourself” manifest continually. Interesting day, indeed.

This morning, the Moon in Cancer is not quite finished with us. She is waxing away from her grounding trine with Saturn (1:44 AM) and moving into square with Mercury (6 AM). Here she will likely try to digest any new information for breakfast.

By 2:38 PM, the Moon meets our Sun in Virgo by sextile reaching Void status until entering Leo at 11:10 PM.

Since our Moon also squares our current nodal axis early this morning, I thought I would share a little something I learned as the nodal axis formed a t-square with my own Capricorn/Cancer nodal axis.

I was pretty happy when I saw the North Node move into Libra. You see, I'm a hardcore Libra with several natal planets falling in the sign all of which fill up my 8th house. Saying I've spent the majority of my life “Relationship obsessed” would be an understatement.

The caveat to that, being relationship obsessed, is that I have also learned a great deal about relating and being a Libra in general. Saturn transiting Libra helped me to shore up a lot of my relationship issues and taught me even more. So, when the Nodal Axis came to Libra, I thought, “WOO HOO! I know stuff about Libra that I can share!” LOL, you know?

Well, I do know stuff about Libra and relating. Probably enough to say that I'm on the high end of the learning curve here. But, much to the chagrin of my Uranus colored chart, I obviously don't know everything.

When Saturn was in Libra, I wrote a list of relationship criteria. I would just like to inform you that was in the fall of 2009. By 2010, the person who fit all those criteria walked into my life. I didn't know it then. But, 4 years later, I can tell you he fits the description I wrote of a desired partner word for word. I mention that only to let you know that this “Defining to the Universe what type of partner you want” works. And, to let you know. “Defining to the Universe what type of partner you want” WORKS! (ahem...yeah, so be really sure you are defining with specific detail).

That being said, as I was defining the type of partner I wanted, I was also setting up a list of personal rules or boundaries for what I would tolerate and what I would not tolerate in a relationship. I thought these boundaries would be a good framework to operate within as I actually tried to consciously connect with someone instead of allowing relationships to happen haphazardly.

Since then, the Universe has shown me exactly where the gray areas are in my boundaries. There are places where I have drawn lines. The Universe has come about to say, “Here is this situation. It bumps your line in the sand. Still want to hold that line?” Well, in a lot of cases, that answer was “No, not in this gray area. That line kind of disappears.”

One very thick line I drew in the sand was that I wasn't going to be the boss of a relationship and I certainly wasn't going to be anyone's mother. I had come to place where I no longer felt as if I couldn't live without...well, anyone. Therefore, if my partner was not able to self-regulate, co-rule and self-nurture, then Josi was out. Ok? Not happening.

What has been quickly revealed to me since then is that in order to endure having a truly effective relationship, there will be times when I will have to do exactly what I said I wasn't doing. In every relationship, there are times when two people cannot walk together side by side. There are times where one person does need to take the lead. There are times when one partner may have to take a nurturing supportive role. Because, part of an effective relationship, is to be there to assist one another.

What if my partner got sick? Am I saying I would not attempt to nurture him back to health? What if my partner, no matter how responsible he was, needed me to take the lead on something or needed to set boundaries of his own, was I going to walk away from that temporary Capricorn call just because it didn't fit into my pre-set personal rules? Wouldn't walking away from the relationship at those times completely debase the possibility of my long-term relating goal of emotional intimacy? What happened to my nice organized sketch of the relationship orders to be?

These are the questions and situations that our poignant (smart ass?) Universe put before me. I answered back with my own questions, “Is emotional intimacy worth all this? Because, I'm thinking it freaking better be!” It's hard work, man. This relating stuff. It can rip your guts out and put them back together neatly for you. I'm maintaining my innate Libra faith that it is worth it. And, thus far, I've been shown things that give me a strong re-assuring inkling that, “Yes, the work is worth it.”

Long story short, what I learned from the t-square on my nodes is that relating to others is a very dynamic process. It's not enough to know all about the axis between Libra and Aries. You've also got to counterbalance that (Libra) with the axis of Cancer/Capricorn (our other two Cardinal energies). Sure, partners should try to walk side by side and rule their relationships with an even and fair hand. But, in reality, there may be times where one partner is not able to walk right next to the other and a supportive relationship should be able (and willing) to accommodate that from time to time.

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Don't think for a minute that mastering the other Cardinal Axis covers what it takes to be an effective partner. You also have to incorporate a balance of ALL THE FREAKING OTHER polarities. You also must learn to maintain your own self worth/stability in the light of your own shadow and foster a sense of equal energy exchange (Taurus/Scorpio). You also must learn to be a friend/student and, at times, also be willing to be the preacher/teacher (Gemini/Sagittarius). There are days when you get to be the star and there are days when you have to learn to let that star shine in the little networks you create through your relationships (Leo/Aquarius). There may also be times when you have to learn that you can love someone on that unconditional level without allowing that fact to override your practical sense (Pisces/Virgo). And, yes, to circle back to the beginning of my point, there are days when you may have to be in charge or provide a bit of nurturing to your partner. It happens in real life.

The key is to learn how to juggle all these axis on a personal level and then, be able to juggle the same energies in tandem with someone else. Hopefully, you choose a partner who is a willing participant in that. It's also important to realize that no one is perfect and, occasionally, a ball is going to be dropped in this juggling process. That happens too. The whole process is ridiculously dynamic with ALL KINDS of gray areas.

 

However, in my realization of this, I also realized how much sense the whole whirling thing was. Of course you need to learn to manage all of yourself (SN in Aries) before you can offer parts of yourself up for sharing to someone else (NN in Libra). It is a continual stretch and retract. It's a continual self and relationship re-evaluation. It is a continual choice as to whether we maintain the same juggling partner. It is a continual exercise in exchange and compromise as the two of you move forward still trying to maintain the juggling of these balls.

Where is the flowery soul mate lovey dovey perfection in all of that? Because, it is a LOT of freaking work (moans Libra). Is it worth it? Well, that's up for you to decide.