Self Mastery (source: YouTube)

The new moon in my eighth house arrives tomorrow about the time that I’ll be getting out of bed. “Café Astrology” describes the event as follows:

“This is a time of empowerment. It is a good time to focus on issues of intimacy as well as developing self-mastery skills. You may experience increased awareness of others — what makes them tick — as well as your own internal motivations during this period. It is a time when intimacy and deep levels of sharing are heightened. It is also a favorable time to start a financial plan, savings plan, take out a loan or consolidate, and do work in accounting.”

I’m not sure if I’ll be working on my “self-mastery skills” because I’ve got the whole week off to work in my yard. Instead of a ninja sword, I’ll be wielding a garden fork and some pruning shears. Nevertheless, without a job to distract me, maybe I’ll be able to get in touch with my own “internal motivations.”

What I’m really looking forward to during this time is being left to my own devices, so I’m not sure if I will “experience increased awareness of others.” I’m not exactly sure why the author of this passage brings up this point because I believe that the eighth house is a fairly introspective part of one’s chart. I understand the relationship between the eighth house and intimate matters including sex, but I don’t really see it as a place where “intimacy and deep levels of sharing are heightened.” Then again, maybe that’s my Venus/Mars conjunction in Aquarius talking. I can be “detached,” to say the least.

Anyway, I am going to think about “self mastery” because when I was searching for an image to illustrate this post, I realized that there is an entire cottage industry built around the phrase. Maybe I’ll click on some of those links and try to find out what it’s all about. While I might not be the sort of person who buys self-help books, a couple of years of being “socially distant” has taught me that I’m far more willing to learn about myself than I thought I was.

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