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Saturn square Saturn (July 21, 2004 - May 10,
2005), square Neptune (July 26, 2004
- May 17, 2005), square Ascendant (Aug.
9, 2004 - June 4, 2005); transiting Neptune
square Moon (Feb. 28, 2003 - Dec. 23,
2005), square Venus (Feb. 27, 2004 -
Dec. 20, 2006); transiting Uranus trine
Sun (March 1, 2003 - March 4, 2004),
trine Mars (March 15, 2004 - Jan. 9,
2006); all including 2° orbs. Progressed
Venus conjunct the IC (June 19, 2005) and progressed
Sun conjunct Pluto (Sept. 17, 2005).
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Mountain Astrologer, October-November
struggling as a commercial artist for 25 years,
my work has received national recognition,
but I have not reached financial security.
Over the years, my biggest success has been
raising two very smart and secure children,
while the financial strains of my career choice
have taken a toll on my 25-year marriage, with
my mate disappointed at our financial situation.
I am at a crossroads; I must decide whether
to continue as an artist, or perhaps change
careers to something more practical that will
eventually result in a better income. I am
even considering medical school — a stretch
at my age, but not impossible. Can I make this
work practically, or should I pursue a new
dream that may be more secure in hard times?.
— Agonized Artist
me crazy, but with 25 years invested in your
profession, national recognition for your
work and you being in your early 50s, quitting
your profession to become a doctor does not
seem like a practical solution. Your 5th-house
of creativity (and procreativity) shows high
artistic capacity: Both the South Node and
Pluto in Leo indicate a powerful, even compulsive
need to create. Pluto is
the apex of a t-square with 1st-house Venus
in Taurus (artistic capabilities) opposite
a 7th-house Scorpio Moon (highly charged
yet reserved emotions); this clearly underscores
the significance of both creative expression
and fatherhood for your emotional health.
However, as you know, being a really good
artist and a dedicated and loving dad won't
pay the bills.
Natal Chart - Agonized Artist
Source: Hospital records
on your chart, I'd say it's the challenge
of becoming a successful entrepreneur that
is holding you back. With most of your planets
beneath the horizon and your Saturn-Neptune
conjunction in close opposition to your Ascendant,
selling your work is extremely uncomfortable
for you. Inner conflicts around self-worth,
creative expression, and wealth are indicated
by 2nd-house ruler Venus in the above-mentioned
t-square. Jupiter in the 2nd in the mutable
sign of Gemini is in a hard aspect (semi-square)
to 4th-house Mercury in Cancer, which amplifies
your ongoing inner battle and mixed feelings
about success. However, if you took a fraction
of the time, energy, and money you would
need to change careers and put it instead
into business development, you would amaze
Approaching the crescent phase of the progressed
lunation cycle (December 26, 2004) is the
perfect time to build upon existing accomplishments.
Continue to move toward your goals, despite
challenging aspects from transiting Saturn
(hard work) and Neptune (insecurity). For
planetary support, transiting Uranus trines
natal Sun and Mars, enabling the transformation
of innovative ideas into enlightened action.
At the same time, progressed Venus conjunct
the IC with the progressed Sun conjoining
natal Pluto show that you're more ready to
step into your power in the world than you
now realize.1 Ask yourself,
as you move through this process: "What's
scary about success?"
Let a seasoned artist's agent, or perhaps
a rainmaking partner, leverage the awards
you've won into new clients. Join a professional
association, using your 11th-house Aquarian
North Node to network. Though it will be
initially challenging, consciously activating
your North Node can bring both psychological
and social integration into your life — not
to mention new clients. Have you developed
a marketing plan? If not, get professional
help and create one. Find a coach who works with
entrepreneurs to support your transformation
into a thriving businessman. In short, dedicate
the next several years toward creating a
successful business, allowing the promise
shown in your chart to fully manifest.
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