North Node Series: Virgo/Pisces: Axis of Sacrifice

North Node or True Node is like an arrow in the birth chart. It shows you where you should go. On the flip side, South Node represents a black hole. The more energy we put into it, the more we lose.

South Node can also represent our conditioned habits, whether we believe these come from ancestry or reincarnation. North Node, then, will represent something we’ve never done before. We are very good at our South Nodes but replaying them will make us more dissatisfied. Trying to do something we’ve never experienced, however, will open up the world to us.

The reason the North/South Nodes oppose each other is because we must use what we know to do what we do not know. Because there is a principle behind every polarity, it is important we take full advantage of our South Node to approach our North Node.

In this series, I focus on the principle behind each polarity to provide solutions for navigating each nodal position by sign. I will also describe each polarity by a relationship to another polarity on the zodiac wheel, usually the square, because nothing in astrology happens in isolation.

To find your North Node, head over to Astro.com.

This week: Virgo/Pisces: Axis of Sacrifice

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Resources for Artists: Residencies

Hey y’all!

I thought I would compile a list of residencies for artists which are open to applications now.

I listed everything in a “bare bones” fashion, meaning I only put things like deadlines and what you get in this post. You should check through to the website for more info!

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Catching Up

It’s been a long time, a few years, since I wrote in here. I stopped blogging when life got hectic and had a truly crazy person episode. The thing is, since I grew up with Livejournal, having a place to sort my thoughts, put things I like, and reflect on my life really helps with my mental health.

Since I’ve been out of school, I’ve worked a couple jobs doing sales, fabrication, and teaching. Somehow, making myself get out of bed every morning for the same reason each and every day made me feel like I was wasting my life.

I make less but spend less money doing what I do now, which is a mixture of astrology, teaching, design, and selling my art. I love the flexibility and the independence I have. I am more motivated when I get to take risks, rather than fearing them.

I do want to make the things I do, all really just hustles, more legitimate in some way. Something tells me that won’t happen, however, until I go through my Saturn return. Until then, I just gotta try as many things as possible.

Originality as Original Sin

In my seventh grade social studies class we learned about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses what is now available on Wikipedia, that the nailing criticized the selling of indulgences as a financial transaction taking the place of original forgiveness of original sin of a Christianity that had been absorbed by the the economics of the times.

It’s easy to imagine a contemporary artist-monk nailing an anti-establishment manifesto to several pillars (thank God for photo copiers!) out crying with distaste the obscenities of art-as-high-value-commodities, art-spaces-as-business-centers practices along with the useless romanticism of auction house rituals and mega galleries. The original intentions and ethics of art have been lost with its life and use structured in the global marketplace.

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“I love you madly”

When I was in Germany I was invited by an Austrian friend to drink wine with him and a German at his apartment. We smoked Lucky Strikes in the small, one room studio near Offenbach. My friend showed us the scans on his computer of a book of portraits he had found in his Viennese art school. The faces of the people being represented were rendered in a post Picasso, gestural, expressionistic way, deformed by the accidents of paint. They stood on familiar ground between what is beauty and not beauty in the accidental, the representative, the abstract – old, familiar conflicts making old, familiar pictures.

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