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No. 31: The Astrology of December 2016:
Becoming Tender Warriors

by Juliana McCarthy

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Astrology of December 2016

The month of December is ruled by Sagittarius, the centaur—seeker of truth, sign of idealism and adventure. Half human, half horse, the centaur loves bounding to faraway places, both in the world and in his mind. His bow and arrow point to the horizon, as he shoots toward freedom and possibility. As we face planetary shock, chaos, and uncertainty, what better timing for Sagittarius to inspire us, expanding our hearts with courage and optimism? Deception is continuing to unravel this month, exposing hidden truths, while unhealthy relationships, old beliefs, and stifling aspects of ego are falling away. Meanwhile, we are giving birth to new beginnings, which are rooted in genuineness and compassion. Like the first blanket of snow, we are joining together, establishing common ground with more and more people, as we discover a shared dedication to basic goodness, no matter our systems of belief.

We begin the month with Chiron stationing direct at the same time that Saturn is squaring Neptune. Old wounds are reemerging, presenting us with a choice: We can either face reality full on, acknowledging our pain, or we can slide into escapism, addictions, and other patterns of avoidance. If we are able to open to our wounding—touching into the places where we’ve been hurt—break-through is possible. Finally, we could find a way to forgive ourselves and others, as we dissolve a little further into understanding that there is no such thing as friend and enemy—that good and evil exists within every human heart. This kind of inner work is imperative to the ideological healing now underway.

With Venus moving into Capricorn on December 2, just after a Venus-Pluto conjunction, we are having serious conversations with partners, friends, colleagues, and ourselves. If we have been unable to face certain truths, or some fundamental understanding, now is the time to address these. Communication intensifies and transforms, as we establish fresh

ways of relating with each other. We are setting boundaries, and walking away from toxic friendships, as we simultaneously commit to new people who inspire us to open our hearts¬.

A Full Moon Supermoon arrives in Gemini on December 14, forming two Grand Configurations: a Mystic Rectangle and a Grand Trine. Combustibility is possible now, as we feel the tension between self and other, intellect and heart. With Uranus and Saturn activated, we can break out of old paradigms with sudden force. All the while, the supportive Grand Trine between Mars, the Moon, and Jupiter emboldens our emotional and feminine sides, showing us how to be gentle warriors. We are learning to fight peacefully for what we believe in, with an unwavering commitment to humanity and Mother Earth.

For most of December, Mars is in Aquarius, while Uranus is in Aries—a mutual reception, as each planet falls in the other’s ruler, helping us to undo oppressive powers. With Uranus forming angles to Saturn and Jupiter at the end of the month, the energy of revolution is at once becoming more serious and expansive. Thunder cracks as we experience more shock and upset, while we continue breaking free from old paradigms, both internally and in the world. If we can relax with these currents of energy, spiritual awakening is possible now, as powerful energies and events blast through our complacency.

December ends with a Capricorn New Moon on December 29, while a significant T-Square forms with Uranus, Jupiter, and Pluto. This T-Square points to destruction, rebirth, and changing tides of power, while the Capricorn New Moon helps to solidify our way forward. Here we end the month and year with a bang that is also a new beginning. We have officially entered a period of unraveling before Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter join together in 2020, establishing the long-awaited new paradigm. All efforts we make now are paving the way.

Looking back, the year 2016 has been one of both explosiveness and purification. As we forge ahead this month, beginning to blaze the trail for future generations, Sagittarius is in the background, keeping us afloat with buoyancy and optimism. He is helping us to expand as individuals and society, while pointing us to the vast stores of wisdom within each of us, binding us together. As we wake up to this understanding of interconnection, we can become much-needed leaders in the world, who demonstrate our dedication to unconditional love and inclusion, which begins with ourselves.

Summary

As we enter the month of Sagittarius and the start of winter, shadows of trees’ skeletons are dancing beneath us. We may find greater comfort in looking up to the sky—to the broader framework for all that is unfolding. With major angles forming to Uranus from the planets of expansion and destruction, revolution strikes like lightning, stripping away toxic patterns, structures, and relationships, as we make room for justice and love for all beings. With male and female planets working together in harmony, we are recalibrating the balances of power, bringing subtlety and softness to roles of leadership. Like the water protectors at the Dakota Access Pipeline, we are collectively becoming peaceful protestors, defending the earth and those who are oppressed, from a ground of compassion, and the acknowledgement of spirit. We can forgive ourselves and each other, while never sacrificing our ideals or clarity of purpose.

With self-generating compassion, as warm as the bobcat’s fur in winter, may we protect ourselves. May we remain unflinching in our truth and deepest wisdom, strong and still, like the slumbering bear. May we become tender warriors, learning to love ourselves and others, courageously and freely.

To book an astrology reading with Juliana, write etherealculture@gmail.com, or visit her website: etherealculture.com.


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No. 30: The Astrology of November 2016:
Revealing the Unseen

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 29: The Astrology of October 2016:
A Symphony of Love

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 28: The Astrology of September 2016:
Gentle Alchemy

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 27: The Astrology of August 2016:
Lightening Up

by Juliana McCarthy

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“Love is what carries you, for it is always there,
even in the dark, or most in the dark,
but shining out at times
like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery.”
–Wendell Berry

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No. 26: The Astrology of July 2016:
Green Shoots from the Ashes

by Juliana McCarthy

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It is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
–Jorge Luis Borges

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No. 25: Falling Trees

An ongoing series of images by Rachel Chandler

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No. 24: The Astrology of June 2016:
Blending the Earthly with the Divine

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 23: Max Jansons 'Flowers and Intimacy'

Video and Images by August Blum

Original Music by Louis Stephens

Text by Max Jansons

Flowers are a gateway to the intimate. Their effortless perfection and beauty provide a way to see and feel the world on a deeper level. When I encounter a flower, a door is opened. I am drawn in to a moment of engagement that is outside of myself. My fears fall away, and I am allowed to experience the world how I feel that it is meant to be: a place of joy and wonderment.

Having Grown up in New York City in the 1970’s and 80’s, flowers were few and far between. Amidst the grit of the city, if I saw one, it was like a special gift. I would push my face in front of it and I would be transported. I will never forget that feeling: being allowed to leave, if even just for a moment, and feel life without anxiety and fear.

I was only able to truly understand my appreciation for flowers when I fell in love. I began to paint flowers after I met my wife, and I continue to do so every day. I look at each flower that I paint as a gift to my wife. It celebrates the intimate connection that we have and allows me to share my experience of life with her.

When I give a flower a connection is formed: I share a deep experience with another, bonding us in our humanity. By painting flowers, I am able to both give and receive them, tying myself more intimately with what they are and the connection that they provoke. I myself, symbolically create flowers and through this, I understand my place in this world on deeper and more sensual levels. Each stroke that I paint allows me to experience the magic that flowers inspire and the intimacy that they represent. When I paint I am never without flowers and that makes my life worth living.

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No. 22: Falling Trees

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No. 21: Impossible Bouquet

An exclusive cookie by Burrow for Régime des Fleurs

A handcrafted sablé cookie, meticulously decorated and scented, inspired by the tradition of Dutch Baroque floral vanitas painting and the Victorian interest in floriography.

Blossoms of lilac, stargazer lily, rose, orchid, tuberose, pansy, and daffodil are delicately rendered and evoked through an original flavoring of bergamot, almond, bitter orange, and elderflower.

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No. 20: The Astrology of May 2016:
Connecting with the Pinkness of Pink

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 19: Iron Age Alabaster Libation Bowl

Though popularly associated with Greco-Roman cultures, libation bowls - or phialae - originated in the Near East.

900 BC to 700 BC

3" (7.6cm) high x 12" (30.5cm) depth

$18,000

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No. 18: Falling Trees

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No. 17: The Astrology of April 2016:
Awakening into Spring

by Juliana McCarthy

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No. 16: Faience Eye of Horus

Wadjet eye amulets were worn from the beginning of the Old Kingdom to the end of the pharaonic era to protect against the evil eye. This amulet represents a human eye with its brow, but the two lines below are identified as the facial markings of a falcon.

1600 BC to 1100 BC

4.25" (10.8cm) high

$12,000

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No. 15: Teotihuacan Alabaster Mask

The facial features on this Pre-Columbian stone mask have been gracefully reduced to simple lines and curves. There is a clear and compelling stylistic parallel between this object and early 20th century modernist artworks.

300 AD to 700 AD

8.125" (20.6cm) high x 10.25" (26.0cm) wide

$120,000

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No. 14: The Astrology of March 2016:
Blurry Boundaries, Light Eclipsing

by Juliana McCarthy

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If He dissolve—then—there is nothing—more—
Eclipse—at Midnight—
It was dark—before—
–Emily Dickinson

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No. 13: Etruscan Terracotta Bust

The region of Etruria (central Italy today) yielded an elaborate culture that is now known, among other things, for bringing the Greek influence to Ancient Rome. The Etruscans were well known for their freestanding terracotta sculpture, of which this is an outstanding example. This bust of a female with watchful eyes is framed with waves of hair and a crown of petals.

600 BC to 400 BC

12” high

$12,000

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No. 12: Prayer to Saint Thérèse

An original work by
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No. 11: Canosan Funerary Vessel

In the Greek colonies of Southern Italy, known in antiquity as Magna Graecia, unorthodox forms and painting styles were seamlessly merged with the standard Greek style, creating distinctive works unique to the Hellenistic world.

This terracotta funerary vessel comes from the region of Canosa, named after the ancient city in northern Apulia.

The pastel hued paint that decorates the surface of Canosan ceramics reminds us what a vibrant and colorful place the classical world really was. Rarely do more than traces of the paint survive the ravages of time, making the extensive pink and yellow hues that decorate this vessel as remarkable as they are beautiful.

This large container features a swollen belly with three spouts and a central handle. An appliqué female face - a deceased relative? a Goddess? - sits on either side. Similar works were typically interred as burial offerings to provide for the deceased throughout eternity.

400 BC to 300 BC

18.75" / 47.6cm high

$150,000

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No. 10: Bronze Age Terracotta Vessel

Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a lump of clay (Job 33:6).

The graceful, unadorned design of this footed vessel excavated from Jericho presents a fine example of Biblical-era pottery.

1900 BC to 1700 BC

5" / 12.7cm high

$1,800

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No. 9: The Astrology of February 2016:
A Month of Purification

by Juliana McCarthy

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There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify.
–John Keats

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No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8:
Video Works by Mirabelle Marden

Mirabelle Marden presents a series of deceptively sparse videos that evoke the visceral fragility of the human body and plant life through dance-like repetition and poignant movements. A bouquet of bright pollen-laden lilies beat against Marden’s white clad body, velvety fat rose heads spill from her chest – a quiet violence and stark sensuality both more uncomfortable for their iPhone framed starkness. Tucking herself into a tangle of vines or caressing a gash in a shiny houseplant, Marden’s dry visual humor belies a severe physicality that induces a shiver of identification in the viewer.

- Melia Marden

Stain Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
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No. 4: Alabaster Vessel, Middle Kingdom Egypt

This vessel is carved from prized alabaster that was quarried from a known site by the Valley of the Kings in ancient Thebes. This temperamental material was particularly valued for its fleshy hues and glowing translucency. The combination of the small scale and the precise craftsmanship suggests that the vessel was intended to hold a cosmetic preparation such as ointment, kohl or perfume.

The Ancient Egyptian appreciation for luxury items and emphasis on grooming and hygiene were imbued with a reverence that exalted those processes to almost spiritual acts.

2200 to 1800 BC

1.75" / 4.4cm high x 1.675" / 4.3cm wide

$3,000

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No. 3: European Neoclassical carved marble medallion depicting a female figure

"It was not until the eighteenth century that a concerted effort to systematically retrieve the glories of lost civilizations began." - Cybele Gontar on the Neoclassical movement.

Recalling Venusian figures in white marble, this modest object perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Neoclassicism.

Late 18th / early 19th century

5" / 12.7cm diameter

$6,500

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No. 2: Proto-Mayan Carved Marble Vessel

This carved vessel excavated from the verdant jungles of Honduras depicts two snarling Jaguar masks with defined fangs and tongues and is further decorated with a series of swirling serpentine patterns rendered in low relief. To the Maya and their near predecessors, feline figures symbolised the elite ruling class. This vessel is thought to have been used in ceremonial rites, most likely containing sacred hallucinogenic potions or the blood of a sacrificial victim to be consumed by a king or a shaman.

500 AD - 900 AD

7.25" / 18.4cm high

$63,000

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No. 1: State of the Heavens
The Astrology of 2016

by Juliana McCarthy

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