If you’re only here for my Suez Canal thoughts, scroll right down! We are ALL Aries this week, courtesy of the glamorously named Venus Cazimi. It’s a potent aphrodisiac, artistic stimulant, and ambition booster.
Side effects may include irritability from delays and obstacles to your genius. (I did a more nuanced take on this in the Daily Mystic email a few weeks ago, so if you’re a member, you can find it in those archives.)
The Moon is also in Leo and Eris-Persphone in Aries is starting to trine the Galactic Center in Saggo. Wear red, stay loud, shake off the stagnation.
Now a couple of site notes: Yes I changed the icons for the Horoscopes and I know some of you are annoyed. But the thing is that the pictures I was using were not really icons. The point of those images should be that they’re recognizable, a visual aid to enhance easy reading. They also load a lot faster and I’ve had some positive feedback from people who appreciate the gender neutrality. I spent hours trying to get ones that were not super-generic but that is the point of icons.
Next, there are also unique pics for each sign within their own Daily Horoscope section but the icons appear on the all-signs-together version. And finally in this little explainer, I’ve always resisted graphic design for myself as I liked the idea of just slamming up an image and going for it with the words.
Shake Off The Stagnation
But Neptune is conjunct my Venus this year! So suddenly I’m feeling the glitter and the art. I went a bit over the top at first and had to be gently reminded that chartreuse with black writing may feel “Pluto” to me but it is also illegible and thus infuriating to readers. I have now been furnished with an appropriate artistic palette and banned from Canva. If you see anything I have not ‘fixed’ yet, please mention it.
On a final design note, I had no idea you could pull together a fake wedding or plausible looking ‘style-influencer’ package so speedily. If anyone has an abandoned Instagram account that they would like to donate for a Truman Show type experiment, reach out!
Also, below, my thoughts on the latest surreal fuqery below: the Suez Canal!?
The latest weirdness is very Saturn square Uranus. In case you have not heard, an ultra-large container ship is blocking the Suez Canal after being “blown off course by a sudden gust of wind.” Maybe I’m primed to find everything suss but it IS suss, right?
The ship is owned by Evergreen, a Taiwanese company not – I don’t think – related to Evergreen Holdings of China. The Suez canal is arguably one of the most politically primed spots on Earth, of gigantic strategic importance and vital for shipping. It’s a Scorpio, naturally. Officially opening on November 17 1869, it has suitably substantial astro for a geopolitical hotspot: Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Taurus and Uranus in Cancer square Neptune in Aries.
Of Course, The Suez Canal Is A Scorpio
To give this that extra “is this all a large hadron particle collider glitch?” weirdness, there is (loosely) a Real Housewives of New York City involvement. Luann De Lesseps, was married to the descendent of the French diplomat who brokered the building of the Suez.
She’s Taurus, with Pluto trining her Sun this year; If I was her agent, I’d helicopter her in there right now for some photo-opps, seances and just vibe. Perhaps a meet-up with Prince Harry or a sheikh en route to a touching reunion with her ex-husband. Side-story: Local shamans (if they’re still allowed there) discussing the geomancy of the Suez etc.
Enough of my deranged reality television concepts: In 2005, Evergreen was fined one of the largest amounts of $ in history for deliberately discharging oil waste into the ocean. This particular ship is called Ever Given and it’s carrying containers from China to Rotterdam. According to this story in Slate, the ship appeared to suffer a blackout. Cyber?
There are already oil tankers lined up on both sides of the stuck ship so it would seem to be interestingly timed. Finally, I don’t know about this specific ship but it appears that other ultra-large container ships owned by Evergreen and other companies are autonomous – they run on Smart Ship Technology.
The stuck ship – an ancient mode of transport/merchant ventures, wedged in a ‘hard place’ and hub of history, resonating back to the most fervent visions of colonial power-brokers. It has no captain as such and is unprecedentedly huge, like the Titanic. That’s Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius, the aspirations and the threats of smart tech – the Gray War, as discussed in the Turbulent Times series.
Or, if you prefer, Saturn in Aquarius as a freak gust of wind so strong that it blew a 200,000-tonne cargo ship sideways. Thoughts?