Context: Our team has just killed a Tarrasque, sending the world around us into demise. Animals are turning into Arcane Horrors and all nature is pretty much dead. My character Ariel (water mage) has just completed a ritual to try and determine how killing the Tarrasque caused this mess. Afterwards, one of the cultists covered the skeleton of said Tarrasque with flowers and vines using the last of his magic, creating a surprisingly lovely home inside. Ariel and dragonborne member Draxon enter.
Cultist: *is drunk and flailing about, telling us we royally screwed the pooch and didn’t heed their warnings*
Ariel: *interrupts Cultists ravings by describing a vision seen during her ritual, trying to get more clues*
Cultist: *informs us that it’s simply a fairy tale, however points us towards the forbidden lands of the cult*
Draxon: “I have a feeling we should go there.”
As our party leaves:
Ariel: “y'know, it’s lovely in here and the Arcane Horrors seem scared of this skeleton. You should open a bar here. Name it the Tarrasque House…. Did your pet just turn into a creature so horrible it’s indescribable? Come to The Tarrasque House and drink your troubles away!”
Ariel(OOC): “okay but everyone should get to come too. Like imagine a toddler drunkenly swinging about all ”“my goldfish has teeth now! Everywhere! It’s a spike ball of death!”“ And then takes a vodka shot or whatever.”
Asteroids in retrograde, just as with planets, symbolize Karma that needs to be worked on for a person in this lifetime. The nature of Retrograde shows the internalization of the traits of the Asteroids. This can be done so the person learns to deal with the nature of the asteroid that they struggled with a prior incarnation.
Retrograde asteroids can have an impact on the a person the same way Retrograde planets have. This can result in varied effects on the expression of the asteroids nature for a person. Sometimes i can help the person be more aware of the asteroids presence and effects, sometimes it can hinder them. The deepest impact felt by asteroids in retrograde come from the asteroids of Chiron, Juno, Vesta, Ceres, and Pallas.
As with all retrograde occurrences the Chiron’s nature is more internalized into the consciousness. In this life the wounding occurring from Chiron is attaching deeper into the conscious level making the wounding more apparent. Chiron in Retrograde can create a scenario where a wounding during the life is so deep the person is always conscious is always aware of it. The individual most likely will have troubles moving forward from the pain they received causing psychological troubles..
The house Chiron is in tells where the wound most likely occurred along with the traits affected in the person’s life. This house may have trouble expressing itself due to the severe wounding received attached to the consciousness. In a sense Chiron in retrograde acts like a second Saturn in the chart limiting the person potentially in the house it sits in. However where Saturn offers lessons and the lifting of Karma, Chiron’s effects can be constant.
Chiron in Retrograde can be a karmic lesson that teaches the person about pain not dealt with in a past life. Another possible scenario from this retrograde is the person is dealing with acknowledgment of wounding and pain they inflicted upon others. For the person to move forward in life this position forces them to get of of their comfort zone and seek the aid of others to cope and move forward. Once the native learns how to do deal with Chiron’s wounding, he is stronger and more able to repay karmic debts and help others in the way the wounded healer likes.
If the person chooses to drown in their pain instead of moving forward it may always be difficult for them. This can set the tone possibly to relive this same karma in another incarnation. The person must take responsibility for finding how to cope with the deepest wounds the feel. Whether it’s through soul searching or by opening themselves up to help from others. Whichever way the person must face their deepest wounds of their own accord.
With retrograde Juno in an individual’s birth chart a person can internalize and think more about marriage and partnerships in general. Juno in retrograde may make the individual possess a Libra-like attachment to relationships in their life. This comes from their constant internal contemplation of relationships in their life. An individual here with this retrograde can think a lot about the fairness, equality, sacrifice, and overall commitment a union.
A system of checks and balances internally can be in play over how relationships are valued. With Juno retrograde the person can possibly have struggles committing to a union due to thinking about their complexities. This can make them come across as shy and potentially have issues approaching suitable partners. Conversely the person can consider the benefits of forming a marriage of business partnerships. Relationships may be so important to them they are more aggressive in pursuing them after seeing their benefits.
In some cases the individual may internalize the things they like or dislike so much they have struggle achieving balance in a relationship. Internalizing issues they face in their partnerships can have a tendency to cause resentment. Partnerships in general may carry an unhealthy nature and lack of balance to them. Power struggles can be a possibility due to potential communicating issues with Juno in Retrograde. In a marriage union peak intimacy moments may be hard to come by with the struggles of expressing internalized thoughts.
A Juno retrograde person may find themselves attracted to passive aggressive partners whom don’t want to deal with conflict. This can serve as a basis to agitate partnerships that face troubles. The structure of the relationship in this case can be prone to long term failures. This can be attributed to the fact that neither partner wants to come out and deal with the reality of issues surrounding the partnership.
The Juno in retrograde person can be very sensitive to the overall condition of a partnership. Partnerships in trouble can make them think about the imbalances more. Despite the imbalance the internalized nature of thinking about partnership may also lead to good things. They can identify the problems in a union that need to be solved. This person can be more consciously aware of what needs adjustment.
A person with Juno retrograde just might have a karmic position here of having to step outside themselves to re-balance the union by taking the initiative. Karma through the retrograde Juno can be tied to a past life when the person didn’t consider the value of relationships. Perhaps they were too eager to get into relationships and were in them just out of fear of loneliness or societal pressure. Another possibility can be in a past life they avoided relationships altogether and were reclusive. Whichever avenue occurred the person with Retrograde Juno now is forced to consider internally over relationships due to the nature of a retrograde.
When Vesta is retrograde in a natal birth horoscope the person can be seen as born from another lifetime when devotion and dedication was underdone and left bare. It can also indicate an opposing scenario where there was obsession with dedication and service which caused issues. Whichever occurrence happened the individual’s soul felt an imbalance between their service and dedication, and the rest of their life.
With Vesta in retrograde the energy from the areas of desire for dedication and devotion are merged with the internal consciousness. These areas of life are contemplated often since they are a part of the consciousness and the person is forced to acknowledge it. This can force a person to make up for their mistakes of imbalance in a precious incarnation. The key is patience with Vesta in Retrograde. Avoiding obsession or neglect so they person can live a more balanced life.
With this retrograding of Vesta in the birth chart it can be seen as a soul lesson from the universe. The universe is teaching the value of service but at a steady rate. If too much or too little dedication is employed the person’s quality of life can suffer. If too much dedication is employed the same effect can be felt as the overall well-being can be compromised.
The basic nature of Vesta is to take a break from obsessions at times. With the internalization and increased awareness of how the person dedicates they can see the need to make adjustments in this area. They can understand on a conscious level that too much devotion can hurt the balance of their partnerships, working on their own growth, and take away from the family life. In the same token they may see that not enough devotion and dedication can leave a person feeling void and empty without any direction. Potentially this can lead to struggle with partnerships or supporting a family financially as example.
With Asteroid Ceres retrograde in a natal birth chart the person can have struggles with nurturing received. The nurturing could have been void in their life or some cases were inconsistent. The mother or nurturing parent specially could have factored significantly into this issue; though it can be any form of nurturing and love that should of been received. The nature of Retrograde Karma shows the energy the Ceres asteroid represents becomes internalized and part of the conscious awareness.
Internally the person may sense a part of the human experience is missing for them. The internalization of ceres’ energy may lead an individual to struggle to express nurturing. It could be that they do not understand how to nurture or they feel insecure about it since it is distant to them. This can be because it was not stressed as appropriate behavior in their upbringing. With this the person may possibly have issues with seeking relationships or allowing someone to assist or in some cases even love them.
This can all stem from past life karma where the person may of been dependent upon others to bolster them with nurturing. They may of sought nurturing and love from others instead of learning how to take care of themselves. Now with retrograde Ceres there is an internal need to learn how to nurture themselves and not rely on others. By taking care of their own needs they can fill a void missing inside of themselves. In the process they can learn the value of nurturing so they can learn how to nature others better as well. The sign and house position of Ceres can give indications of the area nurturing was problematic for them.
With Pallas retrograde in a natal birth horoscope we see where a person becomes more consciously aware of the traits of Pallas internally. In this case the person thinks and considers their creative intelligence, overall wisdom and ability to stand up for one self-more. This is due to the true nature of retrograde celestial bodies which shows the internalization of the traits of the retrograde body. Retrograde Karma is working to make the person more aware of Pallas traits so they can help develop them better.
In a past life the person may have struggled with rushing in before thinking things over. There could’ve been issues with desire of protecting what they thought was valuable. Struggles could have existed with developing a sense of wisdom through experience. Standing up for what they thought was fair and showing confidence in their beliefs may have been an issue for them. Being fair to themselves and others may have been a recurring problem potentially they dealt with.
Coming into this life Pallas in retrograde can serve the purpose of burning the traits of Pallas into the conscious thinking to correct these issues. This can help by making the creative intelligence always active and in motion internally. The value of taking action becomes a part of their regular thinking. They can become a better strategist and consider their moves more. This can help a person develop patience and consider their moves more in life.
The conscious side of a person can also consider more the value of applying what they learn. Developing more wisdom and understand internally the value of what they learned is a karmic lesson here. The Pallas retrograde can help the person think about what they find value in. This can be from karma moving the person to develop and understanding of the importance of their beliefs. Now an understand internally may develop of what is worth fighting for.
The river between Switzerland and France is called Doubs: a hikers
paradise and eldorado for nature lovers. No cars..no houses..no
people..no trouble..the total hike would be 4 days..we did part of it.
You could hear the door slam open and shut even harder. The
sound jolted you awake, making you sit up in bed. You could hear soft cusses
coming from the living room. You sighed, knowing it was Junhong. You climbed
out of bed and opened you bedroom door to peek out.
Junhong was standing in front of the couch, his head in his
hands. His leather jacket had been tossed carelessly to the floor. You could
see his shoulders rise and fall with each breath he took. You stood for a
moment, just observing him. You weight shifted and cause the wood flooring
under your feet to creak. Junhong’s head snapped up and found you standing
“I didn’t think you’d be up.”
You smiled softly. “It’s hard to stay asleep when someone
comes barging into your place slamming your door.”
“I know,” He pushed a hand through his hair. “I’m sorry. I
just couldn’t go back home or to the hideout.”
“I figured, my home is always open to you Junhongie.” You
walked up to him, your bare feet making the lightest tapping sounds on the
floor. “What’s going on?”
He scoffed. “You know I can’t tell you about this shit.”
“I know,” You chuckled. “I just thought I’d ask.”
There was a brief pause in the conversation. Junhong dropped
himself down into the couch with a sigh, bouncing slightly on the cushions from
his drop. You stood beside him with your arms crossed over his chest. You
listened to his breathing in silence for a long moment before letting out a
“Junhong…you can’t keep doing this.” You whispered.
“_____, not this again.” Junhong growled.
“Don’t give me that. Junhong…you’re going to get killed one
day.” You whispered. “You keep coming to my house when you’re in trouble but
I’m scared one day you’re not going to come. What will I do then?”
“Nothing bad will happen to you.” He whispered, his gaze
falling out of a window in front of him.
You scoffed. “That’s not what I’m worrying about Junhong.
I’m worried about my best friend getting shot on some bullshit run and dying in
the middle of nowhere.”
Junhong stood up quickly, using his height to intimidate
you. He always did this when you confronted him. He got mad.
“I’m not even in fucking trouble this time, _____. I just
needed to get away. I thought I could relax by coming to your place. Like I
used to.” He chuckled darkly, his glare piercing you. “But you’re just being a
pain in the ass…trying to tell me what to do. I’m a big boy, _____.”
“Then fucking act like it Junhong.” You hissed.
Junhong and you shared a gaze for moment, both of you
waiting for the other to break it. Junhong was the one. He scoffed, backing up
to the couch to snatch his jacket up. Then, without another word he stormed out
of your house, slamming your door hard enough to shake the walls.
You sighed softly, running your hands over your face in
frustration. You always did this, he’d come to your place and you’d tell him
how you felt about his…activities. And he’d get defensive and angry and leave.
And now, you wouldn’t see him for days. Which meant you had days of worrying
ahead of you.
Honestly, it wasn’t until about a year ago that Junhong got
caught up in the gang. Or well, you should say that you found out about it.
Trump claims “no politician in history has been treated worse”
So I decided to dispute this claim for him in a list form. I even just stuck to presidents, though he left it open to “all politicians.” Here are some examples of criticism our former presidents received:
President George Washington: had to borrow money to attend his own inauguration; Jefferson repeatedly accused him of treason especially regarding the Jay Treaty
President John Adams: entire reputation scourged by a scathing 72-page letter written by Alexander Hamilton (a member of his own party) about how horrible he was
President Thomas Jefferson: election called the “greatest misfortune our nation has ever experienced” by Martha Washington; also historically despised by many of his colleagues
President James Madison: was frequently made fun of for being small/frail/weak (5'4", about 100 pounds, very sickly); the wife of a Virginia politician once labeled him “the most unsociable creature in existence"
President James Monroe: was nicknamed “The Last Cocked Hat” due to his outdated revolutionary-era fashion sense he still kept later in life; also…he acquired Florida
President John Quincy Adams: constantly plagued by calls of illegitimacy for his term because of the backroom deal he made with the House to be elected over Jackson
President Andrew Jackson: basically almost caused mutiny of Southern states over a tariff; was chastised for his nepotism and also nicknamed “King Andrew” for his selfish/monarch-like tendencies as president (also committed genocide but I’m not counting that in here because he was actually LAUDED for it)
President Martin Van Buren: nicknamed “Little Magician,” “Sly Fox,” and “Red Fox of Kinderhook” for his shitty political skills, small stature, and red hair; Charles Ogle called him “Martin Van Ruin” on the floor of the House of Representatives
President William Henry Harrison: gave an ill-advised address in the freezing cold rain & was literally president for 30 days 12 hours and 30 minutes before he died of pneumonia, after which the nation quickly forgot about him
President John Tyler: nicknamed “His Accidency” after inheriting the presidency from Harrison
President James K Polk: so obscure that one of his rivals coined the slogan “Who is James K. Polk?” during his campaign; highly criticized for his war with Mexico
President Zachary Taylor: though only president for 16 months, often remembered as one of the worst presidents in history; as a total outsider he completely demolished the Whig party after his victory
President Millard Fillmore: entire cabinet unanimously resigned after disagreeing with him over a free vs. slave state issue
President Franklin Pierce: was abhorrently despised for his hand in the Kansas-Nebraska Act and failed to be re-nominated for a second term
President James Buchanan: pre-civil war, became so hated during his presidency part of his cabinet resigned; said to Lincoln upon leaving, “If you are as happy entering the presidency as I am leaving it, then you are a very happy man.” Also has evidently been ranked among 3 worst presidents in every poll and survey conducted since 1948
President Abraham Lincoln: shot & killed
President Andrew Johnson: literally faced impeachment over his failure to work with Congress; during his trial he blamed his troubles on “a mendacious press” that continually criticized him
President Ulysses S Grant: no political experience entering office; was loyal to people close to him and as a result failed to remove ineffective people; presidency riddled with scandals and corruption, though none involved him directly it caused him to be remembered as guilty by association
President Rutherford B Hayes: official inauguration secretly held inside the White House for fear of the trouble his opponents might stir up
President James A Garfield: shot & killed
President Chester A Arthur: plagued by a negative reputation of cronyism garnered in his early political career
President Grover Cleveland: sexually abused a widow (which he threw into an asylum) and fathered an illegitimate child (which he threw into an orphanage); was criticized with chants such as “Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?”
President William McKinley: shot & killed; also had a poor reputation due to his relationship with Republican party leader Mark Hanna who was seen as manipulating McKinley
President Theodore Roosevelt: shot & lived; also seen as egotistical and somewhat of a bully, greatly expanding executive powers
President William Howard Taft: Ballinger-Pinchot controversy gained so much bad press it led to the split of the Republican party
President Woodrow Wilson: aside from massive criticism over his handling of WWI, also garnered criticism for an investigation launched during his presidency over claims of homosexual interactions between naval personal and civilians
President Warren G Harding: Teapot. Dome. Scandal.
President Calvin Coolidge: actually criticized for saying too LITTLE
President Herbert Hoover: severely criticized for his handling of the Great Depression; also ordered Army to break up protesting veterans & his harsh methods got him a lot of public dissent
President Franklin D Roosevelt: faced allegations from Republican leaders in Congress who said he left his dog in the Aleutian Islands after a family trip & sent a Navy destroyer to rescue said dog at the taxpayers expense
President Harry S Truman: involved in a scandal when an investigation into the IRS lead to the firing of 166 IRS employees; stained with allegations of corruption in the aftermath
President Dwight D Eisenhower: many in his administration under investigation as to how many of their “gifts” and personal purchases were allegedly funded by taxpayer money
President John F Kennedy: shot & killed; also had a lot of alleged affairs
President Lyndon B Johnson: Pentagon Papers indicated he systematically lied to the American people about American involvement and actions in the Southeast Asian region
President Richard Nixon: …do I really have to say anything about this one?
President Gerald Ford: pardoned Nixon & hated for it
President Jimmy Carter: shit ton of criticism for Iranian Hostage Crisis
President Ronald Reagan: shot & lived; Iran-Contra affair; AIDS crisis…yet somehow remembered as America’s sweetheart
President George HW Bush: secretary of treasury arrested and sentenced to prison for tax evasion and obstruction of justice
President Bill Clinton: almost impeached over Monica Lewinsky
President George Bush: a journalist literally threw shoes at him
President Barack Obama: birth certificate fiasco, “THANKS A LOT, OBAMA”
Note that this is an insanely brief overview of criticisms, but the point is IT’S PART OF THE DAMN JOB, DON. NOW GET THE FUCK OVER IT BECAUSE NO ONE IS ATTENDING YOUR PITY PARTY.