Divinatory Drawing, November 17th, 2016
The weirdness is strong with this one...

When there are a whole lot of astrological aspects going on in a single day, it can be challenging to account for all of them, or even to get a coherent impression of the day as a whole.  Since the Moon moves quickly through the signs, it can interact with a whole lot of planets in succession.  In this case, it started the day moving through interactions with each of the personal planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), then turned its attention to the outer planets that govern more generational/societal interactions.  With a watery Cancerian Moon throughout the day, the wave seemed to be the perfect symbolic carrier for these two areas of focus.

Oppositions in astrology carry with them a capacity for greater awareness between the bodies involved.  A Cancerian Moon relates to the need to create emotional safe-space for oneself and for family, friends, and other dear ones.   Yet awareness and scrutiny can seem aggressive, especially when one is uncertain of who one is sharing that awareness with.  Pluto in Capricorn gives both a sense of an institutional status quo and also of potential danger and power struggles.  Since this Moon doesn't understand Mercury or Mars, the only personal planet to factor into this awareness is Venus, the divine feminine.  Hence, the woman in the lotus - symbol of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who is associated with Venus - although this woman made it clear to me early in the drawing that she is of African heritage .   

That's the thing about these drawings:  I can have conscious reasons for choosing particular symbols, but once I start to render them they take on lives of their own, personalities of people and animals and plants and places.  In this case, the first scan I did of this drawing showed me that her eyelashes looked too light to be realistic in relation to the rest of her face, so I went back to darken them, and then got mad at myself for darkening them too much, so I went back to the first scan and compared it with the finished drawing.  It was at that point that I realised that the first version of the woman made her look more vulnerable, and more frightened.  Which makes me feel as though perhaps this woman wanted something to armor herself with, to make her gaze feel equal to the gaze staring down from above, because she might be afraid but she's not turning away...

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