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My next SSR

Post by Jim Eshelman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:38 pm

Its getting close enough to my next SSR that Marion and I have started planning a probable trip we're planning - longer than usual (I don't think I've ever taken two weeks off at once in my life).

The SSR itself - for here in LA, where I will spend nearly every day of the year - is intense, neutral-to-positive in terms of angularity, though certainly harsh in background lunar aspects. The SSR for where I probably will spend my birthday is marvelously positive and interesting.

So, first the SSR for LA (using my home address of 34N03'46", 118W18'47"), for the body of the year...

The gist of the chart's angularity is Sun-Mercury rising square Pluto on IC. I have Pluto angular every year of my life here, and have been passing through those years when Sun is moving across the angles. This is the year that Pluto's square to my Sun is closest at the time of the SSR:

20°36' Vir Asc
21°54' Sag Pluto (conj. IC 0°16')
22°06' Gem MC
22°28' Vir Sun (sq. MC 0°22', conj. Asc 1°51')
23°43' Vir Mercury (0°54' from EP, conj. Asc 2°53')
25°04' Vir EP

This gives us in the foreground:
Sun-Pluto sq. (0°54')
Sun-Mercury conj. (1°02' in mundo)
Mercury-Pluto sq. (1°49')

This I consider neutral-to-positive., It's hard to think of an exactly angular Sun as anything but vivifying (even though Pluto guarantees it won't be boring). The only natal planet foreground is Mars, 7° from IC.

Much more worrisome to me, especially regarding matters of health, is a very tight Grand Square involving my natal Moon and solar Moon, Mars, and Saturn - in the immediate background where it especially has impact on health. Moon-Mars is partile:

26°42' Tau s Moon
27°18' Leo s Mars
27°44' Aqu r Moon
27°52' Sco s Saturn

There is a wider supplemental involvement of Venus, which is at 0°15' Virgo. Besides it's involvement with these planets (which is admittedly quite weak, given that it's background and they are so close to each other) it's main importance is probably that it is conjunct my natal angles, particularly Eastpoint at 1°00' Virgo. (This Venus crosses MC, IC, EP, and WP at 0°53' Virgo.)

There are partile transiting aspects to consider, both foreground and not. Some of them we've already seen:

t Pluto sq. r Sun -34'
t Neptune sqq. r Neptune +38'
t Uranus op. r Neptune +35'
t Saturn sq. r Moon +28'
t Mars op. r Moon -0°06'
t Venus conj. r EP -07'

Partile aspects in the SSR itself include:

Moon-Mars sq. 33'
Sun-Pluto sq. 34'
Mars-Saturn sq. 33'
Uranus-Neptune ssq. 04'
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Re: My next SSR

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:04 am

But at least for the first two weeks of the new birthday year, things should have a distinctly positive tone - if that Moon-Moon-Mars-Saturn Grand Square doesn't get in the way.

Marion's natal chart has Jupiter rising through eastern Colorado and she's never been there. I've been in the northern area - Denver, north to Fort Collins, west of there to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. This year, my SSR drops an angular Jupiter right through the same area! In fact, it has both natal and transiting Jupiter and Uranus closely angular, plus natal Neptune.

Presuming scheduling works out, we'll take two weeks and car-camp across Colorado, crossing some of our favorite areas of Utah en route, and getting to Moab, UT (and Arches National Park), where we haven't been, just before crossing the border. We'll mostly navigate the state looking at scenery and, especially, exploring the developing Colorado wine industry which is starting to take off. I've thought for years that Colorado had the perfect climate and soil conditions to be a magnificent wine area, and it seems to be taking off. We plan to dig into it - see what they're doing, where they've come, what's unique to the terroir.

If you set up the chart for Denver, where we probably will land for 24 hours either side of my SSR, I still have the Grand Cross, of course - similarly background - but the angularities are quite different.

3°20' Can r Uranus (1°17' from MC)
3°37' Can r Jupiter (1°05' from MC)
4°42' Can MC
5°01' Lib s Jupiter (sq. MC 0°19')

0°26' Lib Asc
1°20' Lib r Neptune (0°19' below Asc)
1°55' Ari s Uranus (1°13' above Dsc)

The Sun-Mercury (see above) is also foreground, 7-8° above Ascendant. Jupiter-Uranus are in reasonable orb of opposition in the foreground (< 3° mundanely). Natal Mars is about 5° east of IC (does its close mundane square from s Sun-Mercury count?) In the SSR foreground, I'd count both Jupiter and Uranus as squaring natal Jupiter-Uranus (their midpoint is 3°28' Cancer, exact to the minute the midpoint of my natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction).

22°11' Sun
23°08' Mercury
24°47' Mars
28°43' r Uranus
28°55' r Jupiter
1°13' Uranus
4°04' Jupiter

So... that's the plan. It should be a great two weeks. (I have to keep saying: If that Mars-Saturn to my Moon - simply as transits! - doesn't get in the way.)
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Re: My next SSR

Post by Arena » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:03 am

Interesting! I am sure you both will enjoy this trip!
Well, to me it is of interest to see if your Jupiters to angles in the temporary relocation would bring about something like a new business contact in the wine industry, or something like that.

I hope your health won't suffer with that grand square, or if it does that it will rather turn out as helpful in coming years to find new and better ways of preserving your health into old age :)

This statement strikes me as shocking :o :shock:
I don't think I've ever taken two weeks off at once in my life.
Why not?

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Re: My next SSR

Post by SteveS » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:33 am

Jim wrote:
crossing some of our favorite areas of Utah en route, and getting to Moab, UT (and Arches National Park), where we haven't been, just before crossing the border.
Great area—I have hiked/camped all the national parks in Utah—wonderful experience. I have done extensive camping/hiking in the Moab area and rented a jeep one day for a harrowing canyon drive down to the river. Also, rented a jeep another day and drove out into the Moab desert area to watch a rising full moon. One of my most memorable hiking/camping trips ever. I wish you safe passage through your Moon-Mars-Saturn cycle, keep us informed.

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Re: My next SSR

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:06 am

Arena wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:03 am
Why not?
For me, life is about productivity. I use most of my vacation time for "time to do other projects that require me not to be on my job." A week away seems a very great deal. I'm sure I never, as an adult, took an actual vacation (something that vacates you) until I first went to Puerto Rico around 2006 or so, and that was about a week (four days being there).

This will only be tolerable to me because we will also be working in the sense that we will be systematically exploring a wine area and taking notes - probably doing five or six wineries a day. analyzing, organizing - preparing for writing the eventual article introducing the Colorado wine region, etc.

For the most part, I figure I can take time off when I'm dead.

On the health matter, the real dread is the following year. One has to wonder if one can live through the SSR I have in October 2018.
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Re: My next SSR

Post by SteveS » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:07 am

Jim wrote:
On the health matter, the real dread is the following year. One has to wonder if one can live through the SSR I have in October 2018.
Maybe not a 'health matter'--but some relationship matter with tight Moon-Venus cnj in Libra. That partile Me-Ur 180 is also saying something which is indicating to me an unexpected Mercury matter. But I hear you Jim--definitely a concerning SSR.

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Re: My next SSR

Post by Jim Eshelman » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:37 pm

Arena wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:03 am
Why not?
It occurs to me that I should add (since Arena asked the question): Overall, Americans take the least amount of vacation of any first world country, and go the least far when we do (international travel being a very low percentage).

In the early '80s I was puzzled at how long an Australian friend could spend in LA, and startled at her explanation that Australians generally get 6-8 weeks of vacation, take it in long stretches often, and do a high percentage of international travel (aided by especially advantageous air fares to and from that country at the time compared to ours, which were three to five times as high).

Most Americans in a job with vacation time allowed (which isn't universal, but is nearly so) get a maximum of two weeks. I'm in a minority position of one of those industries (big law) that is much more generous with that: After 10 years (which I hit late last year), I got bumped to four weeks of vacation time a year (until 10 years, it was 3 weeks), plus a week of personal time and another 8 days of sick leave, and a couple of bonus days. So, altogether, about seven weeks of benefit time available without anyone watching too closely which category you draw from. I take most of my vacation time to do non-paying work activities (teaching and other responsibilities for non-profit organizations to which I'm connected) or to "fluff out" a weekend by taking a day or two on either side, rather than take it in bulk.
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