Astrology for November. 23-29, 2014

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If any of my readers live in the Buffalo NY are or have relatives there, bless you! I am sending good vibes for good outcomes with all the rain that is coming. This whacky weather is sure WHACKY! I think we can give some credit for this to the Uranus Pluto square. A weather man I follow is saying there will be snow for the lower eastern states this week. Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland could get a big Thanksgiving surprise. This storm could extend as far south as Georgia.

We are one day into the new Moon cycle and the Sun changing signs.  I hope you were successful in tying up loose ends and have new projects beginning. I always have things left over and I am sure you do too. It’s all good.

The Sun has just moved into Sagittarius where she will remain until the next New Moon on December 21st. Under this influence, our attentions turn from ourselves and toward others.  We want wish to reach out and connect to the world around us.  With the holidays and the cold, wet weather, there is probably no better time of year to for this charitable energy. The numbers of people experiencing hardship for many various reasons is high and there are many ways to help them. If we lack financial means to help, sometimes all it takes is a smile or a hug.

Sagittarius1Sagittarius is a fiery, mutable sign. Mutable means it is flexible and the fire aspect gives us lot of energy. This sign is also optimistic and always looking for the sunny side of things. Sagittarius is also good at seeing the big picture and loves travel and adventure. The shadow side is one of overdoing. Take time to nurture yourself, your faith and hope for the next month.

Tuesday we have a Mercury/ Saturn conjunction and they are in Scorpio no less. It is a good thing this conjunction does not last very long because it sure can take us to some dark places. If you feel like things are weighing on you early this week this could be why.

Mercury will be moving out of Scorpio on Thanksgiving Day and join the Sun and Venus in Sagittarius for a while. For now, we are interested in learning about a variety of topics. Just the kind of energy and info junkie like me enjoys.

The shadow side of this will be a tendency to talk. In my natal chart, Mercury is in Aquarius. But, the shadow side of Mercury in Sagittarius reminds me of me. He tends to talk too much and too loud. His talk may not be all that factual however because he is more focused on fun that the facts. A good party placement perhaps.

The more ordered Virgo types in your life could be annoyed by your excessive  chatter. They will surely appreciate your awareness of this for the next three weeks. Mercury in Sagittarius is very interested in what is just and unjust. Again…this only last three weeks.

Venus is in Sagittarius is through December 10, 2014. Our romantic outlook changes from deep and intense, to upbeat and light hearted. Venus is a bit out of her element when she is in this sign. Her focus shifts from one of singular, intimate focus to a collective focus.

Sagittarius loves adventure and this now extends to love. Mercury lends his bluntness to things and this can lead so some interesting adventures of the romantic type. Truth, optimism and a higher meaning are the main concern now.

Mars is on his way out of Capricorn next week. For now, he has a determined energy about him and resistant to irritation. When Mars in Capricorn becomes frustrated, he can be distant, even cold. He is rather rigid and tends to approach things with determination and with an eye to the future. Not exactly the most warm and fuzzy of placements is it?

Now for some of the aspects we will see this week. With the upcoming holiday and our relationships with people as their focus,  let’s look at Venus first.

On the 26th, Venus trines Uranus. This means we might lose our fear around taking risks. Mix this energy,  with Mercury’s placement in Sagittarius, and I would bet on some folks tasting shoe leather. At the same time, we are all about what is new and unusual when it comes to romance without commitment.

That same day Venus is square Chiron. This is also not a commitment-oriented transit. We might not be motivated to devote ourselves emotionally to someone or something. Don’t you just love it when there are difficult aspects during a holiday? Seems to me there is usually one big aspect during a holiday to add spice or fireworks to the event.

Monday the 24th, Mars will be inconjunct Jupiter. Be sure you don’t cave to this energy and take on too much. This energy is not in tune with our intuition. So encourage others to bring a dish to the holiday dinner and take some of the pressure off you.

Tuesday Mercury is semi-square Pluto. This is an interesting aspect. It can cause us to be suspicious and have some mistrust, mental anxiety and pressure. However, we might see our way clear to uncovering some truth about something.

Wednesday the Sun squares Neptune. A good day for being creativity and spirituality. If you find your will power lacking, this transit could be the reason.  Avoid starting a new project, important meeting and appointments. Things are just too fuzzy with this aspect and when you probably won’t be able to tell where you stand with people. Wait until after the holiday if possible.

As always, there is more but I am finished for now. If you are traveling this week, please be careful and leave enough time for any adjustments in travel that might need to make. Do your best to find joy in all you do and enjoy those you share your holiday with.

 

Until next week, take care!

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Astrology for November 16-22, 2014

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To me this has been an unusual autumn. The tree colors have been vivid and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlasted weeks and weeks. The Japanese maple is usually fiery red by this time of year too. However, it is only now beginning to turn. Perhaps after last night and tonight unseasonably cold temperatures, it will turn red next week. On the other hand, maybe it won’t turn at all this year.

The autumn this year has seemed longer than usual too. Here it is mid November and just two days ago I was driving around town noticing many tree still full of leaves and the most awesome shades of yellow, orange and red I have seen in a while. It was lovely! Today, the cold has me wearing wool socks and a scarf.

Coming up in the sky this week, we will be building up to a New Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday, November 22.

The Moon deals with our emotions and the New Moon represents new beginnings. We also take the sign of the Moon into consideration when viewing the whole picture. Sagittarius is independent, just ask my Mom. It is also a sign of optimism, travel, and honesty. This Moon can provide us with more courage, confidence and optimism. Just be cautious that you don’t let the details of everyday life de-rail you or swallow you up.

Fortunately, this Moon will also be trine Uranus. This will help us to detach a little so we can move ahead without trepidation. Sagittarius likes to consider things on a grand scale. This helps us feel more adventurous. Lean into that. Two weeks later will have a Full Moon and there we could see the value and benefit of our efforts this week.

Now let’s go back to the beginning of the week.
Today Mercury is sextile Pluto. This aspect can help us see things more clearly that we might normally. Many of us could feel drawn to take a deeper look at things. I feel this is usually a good thing.

Monday, Mercury’s aspect to Uranus today is making it difficult for express ourselves without getting on people’s nerves. Don’t make any decisions quickly today or you could be sorry later on. This is a real ADD kind of day full of disorganization and impulsiveness.

To balance the Mercury/Uranus trine, Mercury will also be trine Chiron. This is a good aspect for communications and helps others be more open to what we have to say. This energy enable us to use our words to heal is we allow it to. Don’t you just love how the Universe balances things?

Predicting-the-Future-150x150On Tuesday November 18, we have our annual Sun/Saturn conjunction. The energy of this brief union often has lasting effects. You will want to pay close attention to your commitments and your responsibilities. That word, responsibility, is such a grown up word, often stressful, and totally describes Saturn. This aspect holds discipline and certain good work ethic energy. It motivates us to create real solutions and concrete results. This “go getter” energy could cause us to feel physically tired because it is not balanced well with our emotions. Since we are likely feeling the need for more order or structure in our lives, this is not a good time to start new projects. Focus on the old ones for now and deal with current responsibilities.

Mid week the Sun will aspect both Uranus and Pluto. Do not forget these two planets are heading for the sixth of seven perfect squares in December. We are definitely feeling this energy now and have for a while. In addition, since most of the planets t of what we are below the horizon line things are going on in secret, just the way Pluto likes it.

Wednesday the Sun will be Sun semi-square Pluto. Manipulating control of our lives is the focus of this aspect. Any roadblocks in our way could force us to use all that we have to go on. In the process we just might discover some strengths we never knew we had.

Thursday is the day the Sun will aspect Uranus. Under this sesquiquadrate influence, we will be more action oriented. We might take the wrong path however if we are not clear on where we are going. Uranus is the planet of quick change and the unexpected. This aspect can cause unexpected changes in our plans. It can be frustrating and a real test of our patience. If this happens, simply take a deep breath and know there is likely another route we can take or a different way to approach things. Just don’t make give in the desire to make quick decisions. We usually regret it when we do.

There are two other square aspects I want to mention today. The first is Venus square Neptune and takes place on Thursday as well. Romantic illusions are the focus of this aspect. We are more likely to see what we want to than what is really there. Relationship begun under this aspect can be exciting! But like the roller coaster, the lows are sure to follow and are often energy zappers the leave us feeling quite drained.

Disappointment in both relationships and finances are possible under this aspect. With the holidays coming, my inbox contains more and more “black Friday” types of messages. I’m sure you might be getting the same things in your inbox. Warning! Warning Will Robinson! Those “great buys” might not be so great after all. Do not fall into the money pit or spend more than you should.

The second square of mention is Mercury square Jupiter on Saturday. Jupiter likes to expand things. Mercury is the talker. The square is a difficult aspect. Besides what I have already discussed about the New Moon on this day, you might feel like there it just too much information coming at you. It might be easy to miss crucial information or neglect some details. Like Monday’s Mercury sextile Pluto, this aspect also causes problems with our expressing our thoughts to other and lead to a lot of empty chatter. Concentration will help us with could seem to be a foggy brain day. Hold off on travel if you can.

Well! That does it for me for another week. A bit later I am headed over to a friend’s house (my Chinese mama) to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday.

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If you live in my town, you probably know who these women are. If not, my friend owned a restaurant close to one of our local Universities for nearly 30 years. The food was healthy, nutritious and made with lot so love. For those of us who were regulars, she always has a kind word and an open heart for us. If we were hurt or sick she had a remedy, food, or advice to make us feel better. If we were down on our luck and hungry, she always had a bowl of soup for us.

She raised her own three children in the restaurant and at the same time, became a “Mama” to many crossed its threshold. Knowing her has been a real blessing!

Astrology for November 9-15, 2014

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Things are beginning to move now that Mercury is back to full speed ahead. Standard time is back for four months. There is still some color on the trees and life is good. At least I hope it is good for you. It is for me.

Last week, well let’s not talk too much about last week except to say it’s now behind us. Let’s move on.

The theme this week is commitment and letting go. Should we commit or should we not?  Should we commit now or wait. Things will be easing up as we move into December but that is still a few weeks away so let’s stick with the present and learn what we have to deal with now.

This week begins with the Mars/Pluto conjunction perfected on Monday November 10, 2014. Oh My. Oh MY! ! !

You may have already experienced issues around control and power struggles. Expect more. Those of us with Mars in Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, or Libra could feel this one the most. Those with planets at 11 degrees or up to three degrees on either side of the 11 mark could be strongly affected. This is a high-energy and there is no way to step around that part.

Mars is the god of war. Pluto is like his nemesis.  When they join up in Capricorn, the sign of structure and authority, ruled by Saturn, our most volatile feelings could take center stage.  Combine this energy with the square Uranus aspect and WOW! I doubt I will be surprised by much this week.

 

 

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Mars doesn’t always play nice or follow the rules.  Right now, he is asking you to make solid decisions. The kind that you won’t or can’t go back on. The decision could be about anything but relationships will be the focus for most of us.  If you don’t want to make a lasting decision now, then don’t. Wait until we get a week or two into December. Better yet, wait until the New Year. Just remember that any decision made now will be one you will need to stick with. Make them carefully.

Be careful not to over work yourself either.  This energy can take a toll on us in the form of stress.  With that said, be sure to get lots of rest and eat well. Eat 5 servings of fresh veggies and fruits a day if possible. Citrus fruits, avocados, and persimmons are coming into season. The Japanese Fuyu persimmon is one my favorite things. I looked for them in the stores last week and found only the larger Hachiya persimmon. The Fuyu is not far off I am sure.

Monday we have a Grand Trine between the Moon, Mercury and Neptune. This is a favorable combination of communication, emotions and creativity. Venus is just out of perfect square with Jupiter but we still want our lives to be full of pleasure if not excessively so. Dear Venus can be a handful. Take caution when professing your affections however. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and that energy could cause us to  say too much and put unnecessary, impractical  expectations on our relationships. On the flip side, your partners could ask too much of you too. Keep things in perspective and don’t let your feelings color your view or your judgment. Be sure you can make good on whatever you say to others.

Also on Monday, Mercury is trine Neptune, sparking creative thoughts and good old intuition. This will be a big help with those decisions we need might be making. You might even be able to sense what those around you are thinking. Any week that begins with such creative energy can’t be all bad. Take the camera with you when you go out, do something creative, and find a cool place to do some thinking about things or meditate.

Tuesday sees a calming trine between the Scorpio Sun and Cancer Moon. This does not last long. We are talking about the moon here, but it will ease things a bit.

Wednesday, Mars squares Uranus. We might find ourselves taking a few risks, being impulsive or impatient. Mars is looking for a good fight. Uranus wants freedom. If we find ourselves faced with having to conform in some way, sparks could fly. Uranus is quite rebellious when it comes to such conforming. This energy is also a bit ADD. If you find you are having trouble focusing and staying on task around mid week, this could be the reason.

Wednesday, Venus moves to perfect a conjunction with Saturn. This lends an air of maturity to our affectionate feelings. Saturn gives Venus stability and a bit of reserve, even a bit of formality in contrast to the past few days when she was square Jupiter.pic_12089730189491

Saturn brings realism and duty to our relationships. This might be difficult for some of us while others will welcome this energy because it puts the brakes on the “all about me” energy for a while. Some of us could even find ourselves faced with an old lover or at least an old friend. Now that is an interesting possibility. The Scorpio part of this conjunction could bring out things that have been hidden.  If this happens, chances are, you will be ready to face them now.

Continuing with Venus, Thursday he will be semi-square Pluto. This could cause some difficulties. The green-eyed monster known as jealousy might pop up. Or we could find ourselves looking for anything that is not pleasing about our relationships.

By week’s end, Venus will be sesquiquadrate Uranus. This is another difficult aspect. This can make us feel some uncertainty about being close to someone. If we do decide to get close, our experience could be frustrating or not so fulfilling.
Make the most of what this week brings.  We are heading into the big holiday season and there is sure to be some stress along with it. Take care of yourself.

 

 

Astrology for November 2-8, 2014

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Autumn is in full swing here in the, as of late, not so sunny south and daylight savings time has ended for four months. The fall leaves were at their peak here a few days ago. The colorful autumn photos posted today are courtesy of a Facebook friend named WX Eastern. Thanks WX!

Last week was indeed a bit calmer than the previous one in many regards. But in others it was far from it.
The Hawaiian volcano, Kilauea is spilling lava and taking whatever is in her path. Fortunately this is a slow event and people have plenty of time to get out of the way. Below is a link I found last week that gives you an idea of what it is like there on the big island.

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A volcanoes’ energy is associated with Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn. Uranus is in Capricorn and rules change. Mars, having just entered Capricorn, is exerting his bully energy to the mix. He is also the zodiac’s athlete and loves to move. This energy gives a large boost toward getting everybody moving. Are you feeling it? Those of us with planets in the signs or Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer will probably feel it the most. You might want to check your chart. For me that includes four planets, Chiron and the North Node.

Besides Kilauea, there was a cyclone threatening to make landfall at Pakistan or India. The last thing I read, it had fizzled out in the North Arabian Sea and was not expected to make landfall. No doubt, western Pakistan and eastern India experienced a great deal of rain and possible flooding. I have included a link from 10/29 in case you are interested in reading about it.

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The week ended with a cold front moving into the eastern U.S. Folks in the sunny south are not accustomed to getting snow in October except occasionally in the very highest part of the Appalachian Mountains. I hear some places got around eight inches of snow. Most got very little. My area got a good rain and falling temperatures. This made for an interesting Halloween from Chicago and eastward. Again, this weather is associated with Uranus, which is squaring Pluto with Mars close by.
Moving on, this week brings us a Full Moon in Taurus on Thursday, November 6. Full Moons are always full of emotions and signal the end of a cycle. Finish projects or deal with anything that has loose ends as best you can. This includes relationships. And boy howdy! Do I know a few relationship ties that need to be cut.

The Full Moon in Taurus is passive and stubborn. Throw in the energy of Venus in Scorpio and you add passion and deep feelings about those relationships, finances, and secrets. Oh my! Sounds like a soap opera.

Venus will remain in Scorpio through November 16. Besides her affect on relationships, she is known to influence our impulse spending. She can really give us a mixed bag depending on which sign she is transiting and what is going on in her other three corners. This is another reason it is nice to know how she affects your chart.

Monday, Venus trines Chiron. The focus is healing personal relationships. That is, the ones that are meant to be healed. The others? Well, we need to let them go and move on.

Wednesday the Sun sextiles Pluto. This aspect will shine light on something lost. The focus is planning and keeping the plans quiet for now.

The Sun will also trine Chiron on Wednesday. Our confidence gets a boost and our life’s purpose comes clearer. This aspect offers good problem solving energy and opportunity to learn from experience.

The last bit I want to cover today is Mercury moving into Scorpio on November 8. Communications goes deep! For the rest of November you can expect to see jealousy and manipulation.

Midterm elections will surely be interesting across the country. Here in NC I have read we now have the honor of the most expensive Senate campaign in history. I look forward to Wednesday so we can move forward, no matter what the outcomes are.

Stay warm, stay safe!

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Astrology for October 26-November 1, 2014

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Happy Halloween !

This is a week for all things scary and ghoulish. Get your costumes on and have some fun with the kids. Things in the sky are a bit calmer than last week when we had a New Moon, partial solar Eclipse, a couple of sign changes and direction change. What a busy week it was. Relax and revile in the

 

You might notice things beginning to move again this week. Delays are over. As of last Friday, Mercury turned direct.  Personally, I hope this means I will cease to lose, drop, spill and break things. Messes are commonplace with me but lately they have been larger and more frequent, especially in the kitchen. I want to get back to cleaning more and messing up less.  This week is also full of gentle trines and sextiles.  However the Mercury-Uranus opposition reminds with us as does the Mars-Uranus square and the Uranus-Pluto square that is just a couple of weeks from perfecting for the sixth time since June 2012.  So, while this week holds quite a bit of good energy for us personally, the energy on the collective continues to be strong and transformative.

 

I believe the New Moon energy of new beginnings could not come at a better time. I am beginning several new paths this week. Add the eclipse and Scorpio energy to that and you have some powerful energy.  You might be able to get an idea how powerful this is if you can think back nearly 20 years to 1995. Eclipses repeat about every 18 years and on October 24, 1995 we had a solar eclipse very close to the same degrees as the one last week.

 

There is no doubt all that energy last week happening in Scorpio was intense. You could keep in mind that eclipse energy can be felt or trigger things for six months following. I will be keeping an eye on aspects in the late or early degrees of the Zodiac during this time.

 

This week the Sun is conjunct Venus. This conjunction will be with us for the rest of October and all of November. This deals with our ego, money and romance.

 

The Sun in Scorpio is anything but superficial or mediocre. Going deep, emotional extremes, understanding, and intimacy are what the Scorpio Sun is about.  Scorpio wants to know things, how things work, what makes them tick. They love a good mystery, things that are unknown, secret, hidden, and things forbidden.

 

When the Sun was in Libra, we looked for equality and being fair. The Sun in Scorpio knows life is not fair. They use their strong will and intensity in more quiet ways than many signs to do what they feel they must. The shadow side of Scorpio in the green eyes monster called jealousy. Scorpios can also act out of spite, manipulate and are sometimes not willing to let things go.

 

Venus in Scorpio adds fuel to the passionate fire of Scorpio. With Scorpio being a water sign, this is sure to add steam to our deeply passionate relationships or create some if we do not have them. Oo lala! And, remember what I said about Scorpio not being superficial? Well, this goes for Venus flirting too. This type of flirting is not going to cut it with Venus as long as she is transiting Scorpio. She is driving us to want someone special right now, to have that really deep, body-mind-soul connection with another person. Venus wants the type of passion that breaks rules and is so powerful and so extreme it is unforgettable. This is such a strong feeling, we want it to  swallowed us up.

 

The down side or Venus in Scorpio is that Scorpio is tends to go for all or nothing. When this energy involves relationships, they are sure to have their ups and downs. Remember this is not a sign of mediocrity. If needed, Scorpio will create havoc to feel important and alive, albeit in a rather quiet sort of way.

 

Mars changes signs today, October 26, 2014, and moves into Capricorn. Capricorn is associated with work, family, tradition, and responsibility. During this transit, we will be more inclined to think before acting. The consequences of our actions on the future will be a concern.

 

Mars is going to be joining forces with Pluto in this sign throughout the month of November as well. If you are a Capricorn or know one, this will trigger a new 2 year cycle for them that could keep them very busy. Expressing power is easy now.  This is a combination has a lot of military energy. Could this mean we will see some new military action soon?

 

Tuesday, Venus and the Sun trine Neptune while Mars and the Moon are sextile to Neptune. All this means good creative energy is available for the taking. The arts, beauty, harmony, compassion, kindness and imagination are all characteristics of this aspect. We might possibly view romantic situations as if they were intended just for us. Thankfully, this energy will ease up some of the stronger Scorpio vibes.  With this aspect there is magic in the air and we are better able to see the best in those around us.  Enjoy the creativity and romance this transit offers for you and your partner.  This energy will last all week long.

 

Mercury will be semi-square Neptune on Friday, October 31, 2014. You might notice you are thinking a bit off on this day. Daydreaming will surely take over and the youngster’s dream of Trick-or-Treating and the older ones prepare for costume parties.  This is not a good aspect to sign contracts under nor is a good one for making presentations or asking for what you want.  Put off these things for a few day is at all possible.

 

Saturday, Mercury sextiles Jupiter. This will shift our cloudy thinking of the day before toward more positive thinking. Co-operation and short trips are favored. This is also a good day for submitting applications, a job, school, grant or whatever; this is a good day to do it. Your judgment is good and you will be open to new ideas and learning.

 

Since we are talking so much about Scorpio today I think I should not leave Saturn out of this. He has been in Scorpio since October 5, 2012. He is in the later degrees now and will remain in Scorpio for another eleven months. During this transit, we are learning and have learned there are many powers we cannot control.  Learning to be flexible is the lesson here for when we strain to keep control we usually crash and burn. Learn to be more of a team player, develop community with others.

 

Now let’s flip back to Neptune for a minute before I close. Remember, Neptune is in his home sign of Pisces. This is where he is most comfortable and has the most power. Be creative and use your imagination to help you dream big dreams, think big thoughts. Trust your intuition because your psychic powers are strongest here. Do not fight this because you think you are not disciplined if you do. Go with it. I feel sure you will find it liberating.

 

This brings up one last thought I want to throw out there, not for debate but for consideration only. That is…..imagination. Over the years, I have come to realize the imagination is simply a word we use and not really,  a thing we do. Instead, I see it more as our connection to the universe. Or perhaps more correctly, the way the Universe connects and communicates with us.  I have come to feel that our imaginations are reflections of reality. Perhaps not a reality we know but ones buried deep in our subconscious or cellular memory, or a reality in other dimension. I am also sure this thought is totally outside the beliefs of many. It’s all good. No worries!

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 Don’t forget the Saturday is Dia de los Muertos.

Now go out and get all the goody this week has to offer you and be safe doing it too!

Astrology for October 19-25, 2014

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Mercury retrograde is almost over. YAY! He turns direct on Friday October 24, 2014. However, he won’t be back to full speed and out of storm until October 29. As powerful as this retrograde has been, I would caution you to go slow as well. If you have something new you want to get started on, hang tight until after the 29th. New ideas will be feasible from that point on. Mercury remains in Libra until November 9th when he moves into Scorpio.

My friends in the Southwest have had really hot summer and fall. The past few days they have had cooler temperatures but high 90 and even triple digits last well into October. In contrast, our weather here in middle NC has been mixed. We’ve had rain and warm, sun and cool. Overall, it is quite lovely fall. If fall colors are your thing, get out the during the next 10-14 days to catch them at their peak.

We have a busy week in the sky this week. We have three sign changes, a direction change, New Moon and solar eclipse. Celestial change can cause us to change our minds. Don’t be surprised if you notice folks vacillating this week.

A Libra Sun moves into Scorpio on Thursday the 23rd. Both Venus and the Moon will also join her in the first degree of Scorpio this day. There will also be a solar eclipse at 5:56 EDT that same day. These three will bring a lot of emotional energy to the eclipse.

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Scorpio is a feminine sign and loves to analysis things. She is resourceful, perceptive, full of intimacy and intensity, focused and loves to go deep into things. The shadow side of Scorpio is obsessive, jealous, fanatical, possessive and persistent. Scorpio is also a fixed water sign. This means she feels things intensely.

Add Venus to this triple Scorpio conjunction and no doubt you will see some shadow side aspects. Most of us are sure to notice the intensity, especially those of us with Scorpio prominent in our charts. By this, I mean those of us whose birth sign is Scorpio or have a rising sign or Moon in Scorpio.

I am one of those people. I have a Scorpio ascendant. Therefore, I will do my best to lay low this week so I don’t sting anyone close to me. Unfortunately, some of my planets don’t know when to be quiet and not leap before looking or speak before thinking, etc. I am often intense enough without this added planetary assistance. It could be an interesting week for sure.

As I look at the charts for the week, I notice a Sun-Venus conjunction forms a trine to Neptune. that begins on Tuesday and continues through the end of the month. However, at midweek the Moon will join in the trine for two days, adding more emotions to the mix of energy on the 23rd.

kaguya_lunareclipseThe 23rd is the day of the Solar Eclipse!

This eclipse will incorporate all the aspects of all the signs and planets that are involved. In addition, the eclipse energy can felt up to six months later. Now that is some, energetic staying power, is it not?

You probably already know the New Moon is the energy of new beginnings. Add the solar eclipse and this means change for all these aspects that influence it.

Venus brings in love, relationships, money, and things we value or think we value. If change is needed in these areas, you are likely to get a clue soon or at least in the next six months.

Scorpio wants us to come to terms with our past and go deep into things. Investigate, research, and examine things so we can move into the future with a new perspective and new vision. Let sleeping dogs lie. You’ve got better things to do. Your future waits!

The Moon asks us to check how we really feel about these things. The planets are helping us to awaken and transform. This is a great opportunity to allow some transformation to happen in your life.

Neptune represents creativity, fantasy, the dream world, reminiscence, romance, and magic.

The trend I see here is lots of emotions, thought, and letting go. Whether it is letting go of a relationship or changing the way we handle our finances. This eclipse holds some powerful mojo for all of us. Remember knowledge is power and this is why I write this blog. I want others to have a few more tools to help them through life.
Personally, I love with my Scorpio rising. Learning astrology has definitely helped me to learn to control the shadow side of this sign. Scorpio is one of the aspect in my birth chart that drives me learn and do this research. Scorpio can also turn on a dime when a limit is reached. This is where the sting can come in. Instead, I try to understand what motivates others and come to grips with my feelings and understand them as well.

Mars, the planet of action will also support this trine. He will be in between the conjunction and Neptune at the sextile point of 60 degrees. This could boost and give action to some of the other aspects.

Other things to consider this week are Mercury semi square Neptune today. If you are not thinking a clearly as you like, this could be why.

Tomorrow, October 20th, Mercury will sextile Jupiter. This aspect bring with it positive thinking, teamwork, and new perspectives. This is a good day for short trips, writing, and just observing things around you. Why not get out a look at some of the fall colors even if they are all brown and yellow.

And before I close I want to suggest that you examine where your relationships can use more balance. The same goes for your home or office. This is a fine time to complete a project you have been putting off or get a new one started. I have quite a long list. How about you?

Venus conjunct the Sun is offering some wonderful help in the areas of diplomacy and graciousness. If there is any conflict that needs its edges smoothed out, allow this conjunction to assist you.

Fall is always a time full of social events. This aspect is also conducive to enjoying them.

Go have some fun!

Astrology for October 12- 18, 2014

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My apologies for not posting last week. I’ve taken on some new projects lately. Combine that with what is going on in the world, and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed when it came to doing research and putting thoughts to text. I realize even the best of us take time away from things occasionally and with that, I decided not to beat myself up for it. I do appreciate my loyal readers and hope you understand.

By now, you know that Mercury turned retrograde in Scorpio. This is powerful energy and if channeled well, can be most beneficial. There has been and no doubt will be many problems too.

Mercury rules communication in all forms. Back up computers and pay attention to what you say. Under Mercury retrograde, we can misinterpret and misunderstand things others say. Instructions are sometimes garbled and feelings get hurt. This is especially true for a few days round the point Mercury stations, on either end of the retrograde.

Astrologers urge us to put off anything of a legal nature during retrograde, such as signing contracts. While this is a good idea, if you need to sign on the dotted line, make sure you read, reread and read again the fine print and FULLY understand what you are signing. This particular retrograde is a time to be extra diligent in our review of things since we are dealing many strong influences in the sky right now.

I have heard so many stories from last week about folks having one struggle after another. On the other hand, some folks are doing quite well. I have heard mixed stories.

Some of the stories involved wrecks and fender benders. For friends traveling this weekend  there were several upsets. The flight from here to Charlotte was canceled. They were told to drive to Charlotte to catch the flight to their destination. So off they went only find there were no seats for them on that flight. Forced to get a hotel room, they hoped to get a flight the next morning. I’m glad I had I had mentioned Mercury was retrograde and that they should not be surprised if something went wrong along the way. With that in mind, they were able to laugh about it all.

I just stayed home, broke a favorite purple pottery bowl and a coffee cup, and spilled and splashed things every time I went into the kitchen. Maybe I will get it all cleaned up this week. I promise to keep laughing and watching what I say and how I say it. Please do the same.hermes_1_lg1

After Mercury stationing and the Blood Moon eclipse of last week, this week will be calmer in comparison. It helps that Mercury has moved back into Libra. This gives up some time to tie up any loose ends left from when he was earlier in Libra. He will not return to Scorpio until November 9th. I’m not saying it is going to be smooth sailing but it should be calmer for sure.

There has been a Grand Fire Trine/kite building in the in the sky since about late September. WE are currently in its perfection and will remain so until midweek. The influence will be felt for a week or so longer.

The Grand trine involves Mars in Sagittarius, Uranus in Aries and Jupiter Leo.

Mars is full of action. This is where we find the warrior self inside, the part of us that had rather fight than switch. He is young, strong and protective. When he is in Sagittarius, he is likely to find a cause give you the feeling there is something worth fighting for. This could also lead to some extremism since Sagittarius is rather religious. The plus side of this is that he is usually looking for understanding and knowledge rather than anything negative.

Uranus in Aries is explosive, celebrates differences, marched to its own drum of uniqueness. Uranus wants to be free to be his or herself. He loves to shock us get our attention in order wake us up. He can be a bit self involved for in a way that is expectant, full of possibility, done his way yet not selfishly. The Pioneers must have had lot of Uranus energy that drove them on their search for freedom, independence and survival.

Jupiter in Leo is some strong energy too. This combination is colorful, bold, and loves to be in the spotlight. There is nothing shy here as this energy magnifies things. You will also notice a charming, charitable energy as the child in us believes we can have whatever it is we want.

This trine, in a nutshell, is very progressive and not shy about what it wants or how to get it.

Another strong aspect this week will be the continuing Venus opposition to Uranus. The Sun is also involved and conjunct Venus. This is a difficult placement for relationships. The opposition to Uranus make it difficult to express our true selves. Venus conjunct the Sun wants to see how much we are alike those near and dear, but Uranus throws a wrench in the works and causes difficulty. There are likely to be control issues. Should you meet someone new during this transit, don’t expect things to last long. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.

Mid-week Mercury joins the Sun and Venus to make the aspects I’ve just mentioned, even more interesting. The best part might be that communications and love are simpatico on some levels for a few days at midweek. Mercury opposing Uranus jump start to some of Mercury’s redo’s. As I said earlier, this week will be calmer in some ways and on others, not so much.

There really is a lot going on out there that we can relate to astrology. For instance, the stock market dropping 10 percent the day after the Full Moon. I do believe we can expect to see more things like this in the coming 12 months. It is my belief that the Blood Moon tetrad is triggering big shifts in our world. Things are going to change is ways we might not be ready for or approve of. This is all part of our planet’s evolution and the evolution of humanity. The female, more loving, accepting and nurturing energy is coming in and those that are not willing to roll with it, raise their vibrations and live from their heart center in unconditional love and acceptance will find things very difficult indeed.

I know some folks don’t believe in unconditional love. I will admit, where things are now, this concept is hard to grasp. Once we get to the next level, I believe unconditional love will be most natural. I hope so anyway.

Remember to laugh as much as you can. Recognize what is small and undeserving of attention. Focus on where you can actually make a difference and do it all with LOVE!

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Astrology for September 28-October 4, 2014

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Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Things are getting interesting around the world. Rainstorms and windy weather seem to be everywhere except in southern California. Volcanoes are erupting all over the globe. This is all in line with the expected uptick in activity since Pluto turned direct on the 23rd. In case you are interested, here is a site where you can see a map of active volcanoes around the world.
http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/erupting_volcanoes.html

This week eclipses are coming, but not this week. The reason I mention this is that events associated with the eclipses can happen anytime from now until November 1. This week we will enter the last Mercury retrograde period for this year and there are a few other aspects that make this an “Oh Boy!” week!

If you read last week’s blog, you know Mercury went into his storm period, or began slowing down to stop and turn, on Friday the 26th. He will station or stop and begin his three-week trip backwards this coming Saturday, October 4th.

I am not someone who is usually affected or even notices much when Mercury is retrograde, but I have to tell you, this one is different! Take my word for it and back up your computers now! I have already seen the “Blue Screen of Death” once this week. I am extremely grateful for a laptop to move to when this old computer finally give up. I am very, very surprised it has hung on as long as it has.

It just might be time to take a communication break anyway, so why not follow Mercury’s lead and give things a rest. Don’t start new things right now but do go back over old ones that need some attention. Remember words that begin with “re” are what you want to be focusing on now. Re-doing, revisiting, re-creating, and relaxing. Remember to RELAX! Annoying communications, travel delays, missed connections and technical problems are an expected part of Mercury retrograde so relaxing will help you deal with what shows up in your life.change-the-only-constant-is-change-demotivational-poster-1287637066.jpg.scaled1000

There are so many things going on in the cosmos this week and you can be sure all of it will have something to add to the retrograde energy.

First up is Venus changing signs. She is leaving Virgo for Libra on Monday, September 29. While in Libra, Venus will use charm to get what she wants. She is very happy to be in a sign she rules. The next three to four weeks will be favorable for partnership, legal issues and all things social including social networking.
Venus is a real mover and shaker this week with quite a few aspects the could cause some difficulties for many of us. One of these is aspects is with Chiron, the wounded healer. This brings us lessons from others especially those we are emotionally close with. You will better be able to know where you are vulnerable.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Venus will square Jupiter. Pleasure is the word for these two days. We want fun, surprises and good things to stimulate and entertain us. Keep in mind that Venus can get carried away sometimes so don’t allow things to get out of hand or come to excess. Avoid any feeling to exaggerate your emotions or expect too much from your relationships.

On October 3, Venus will be quincunx Neptune. If you tend to be a idealist, you may want to pay extra attention to this one. Try staying clear about how things really are, rather than being idealistic. Sometimes our clarity can get distorted and lead to disappointment in our intimate relationships. Of course, our doubts could be real, or a cosmic aspect such as this one can influence them.

Venus will for a semi-square to Saturn on October 3-4. Our self-esteem can take a hit. You will know this one if you find yourself feeling unloved or not getting what you thing you want and deserve. Of course, sometimes what we want and deserve is rooted in ego and the resulting negative actions of others is warranted.

Lastly, on October 3-4, Venus will be parallel Chiron. This is a much easier aspect on our relationships than others might be this week . It could heal some of the damaging influence of Venus’ other aspects. This aspect favors commitment and allows Venus’ love to heal any hurts. Use these couple of days to repair or improve your relationships.

relationshipsFriday will be good day for Venus and any social events to shine. On this day, there will be a lovely trine between the Libra Sun and the Aquarian Moon. This will bring out our humanitarian side and our ability to see all sides of the issues at hand, rather than the opinions that stem from our own beliefs. Speaking of being a humanitarian, it is not too early to get started on your contributions to the many canned food drives that will take place this fall and winter.

This morning when I went to the grocery store Boy Scout troop was handing out a list of items one of our local food banks would like to have. I saved the list to carry in my wallet. When I have extra money, I will pick up a few things to donate.

The end of the week seems to be when most of the sparks fly this week. Not only will Mercury turn retrograde but also there will be a powerful trine aspect between Mars in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries.

Trines are considered favorable, easy aspects. This one is not so easy. Mars is setting fire to Uranus. I would not be surprised if we see something big in the area of weather or earth changes around the end of this week or early next week.

I was about to wind this up when I got an email that tells about mass protests going on in Hong Kong. It seems the people want democracy. The police are responding aggressively but less so, that American police have recently. The article sited Ferguson Missouri in this comparison.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29398962

Transformation is in the air and in the cosmos. Roll with it. Embrace it. Relax with it. There is nothing else to do. Now go make this a great week ya’ll!

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Astrology for September 21-27, 2014

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As I write, we are literally on the cusp of summer and fall. All my friends in southern California are still suffering from the heat. Here in NC, fall seems to be here already and I keep reading predictions about this winter being colder and wetter than usual. A recent article in the Ashe Mountain Times is worth sharing. If any of you have seen black squirrels this year and that is unusual for you, please let me know. I am very curious.

There is a lot going on this week. Libra is the sign of the week as you will see as we go along with this week’s astrology. Summer is gone and Fall officially begins on Monday, September 22, 2014. The Sun moves into Libra and this is the fall equinox. This equinox marks the halfway point of the Sun’s annual trip around the Zodiac. What seed did you sow last spring, at the beginning, that is ready to harvest now?

The Sun in Libra takes on a balanced persona. Through our personal relationships, we will see a mirror of ourselves. Of course there will be those that don’t believe the mirror, but those that are willing to see will surely benefit from what they see and make needed changed to bring the balance their soul seeks.

Libra is a peace loving sign but with what I see going on in the world, the many aspects and coming blood moons, as well as my own gut feelings; I think we will see little peace in the immediate future on a grand scale. I am equally as sure there will be wonderful pockets of peace. Find your peace and joy where ever you can, and help others to do the same.

At the equinox, the hours of the day and the night are equal. Light and dark are in balance. We should take note and check our own balance too. Are there places you need more? I know I have more than a few. Perhaps balance would be a good theme for you and me this week. Just don’t beat yourself up too much if you can’t seem to get a good momentum going. None of us got out of balance over night and none of us will regain balance that quickly either. Small steps are better than none. You have only to try. That is all.

We all will get a bit of help with our balancing act come Wednesday. The New Moon will join the Sun in Libra. Like the Spring Equinox, New Moons mean new beginnings. When the Moon is in Libra, the focus is on partnerships, being polite, legal matters, beautiful surroundings and the arts. I have a couple of projects in mind to beautify my home. How about you?

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Sundown Wednesday is also the beginning of Rosh Hashanah. This is the Jewish year 5775. I wish all my Jewish brothers and sisters a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Along with the Sun and Moon in Libra this week, we can’t forget about Mercury in Libra. He is lending balance to our communications for the rest of this week and moving into Scorpio on Saturday the 27th. In case you have not tied up any loose ends that Mercury in Libra can assist you with, you will be able to re-visit them soon thanks to the coming Mercury retrograde in early October. He will be entering his storm period however this coming Friday. Some of us will begin to feel this energy as the week goes on. This is a long storm period lasting 9 days in all.

The power of Pluto /Uranus Square picks back up Monday when Pluto turns direct after 5 months of being retrograde. I am expecting to see a lot of transformation events intensify in the coming weeks and months leading up the December 15, 2014. This will be the 6th and next to the last perfection since this square-dance that began in June of 2012.

I am going to venture out and say that with this direct turn, we can expect to see a lot of transformation involving society, politics and money, banks and the economy in general. Add the Jewish high holy days, Mercury retrograde, the blood moons and eclipses that all taking place during the month or so, and who knows what we can expect to see. I am both excited and apprehensive about it. I shall leave the heavy prognostication to the more experienced astrologers out there.

Venus is on her last leg of her Virgo transit. Since September 5th our relationships have been more grounded and practical. Many of us have enjoyed doing things for others and doing things that make sense rather than being extravagant. However, there could have been time when we were more critical of our friends and lovers than need be. I sure hope you were able to balance this in your life.

I am working on a blog about the blood moons. I feel like this is an enigma to most and I hope to shed some light on it if I can. Stay tuned for that one coming maybe as early as this week.

As always, there is much, much more I could say about what is going on this week but I I don’t want to go too far down the rabbit hole and lose people. So for now, good bye and I hope you have a great week ahead.

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Astrology for September 14- 20, 2014

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Here we are zipping through September like we had to get to the October in a hurry for some reason. No doubt, September has had its share of bad news and remembrances that most of us had rather not deal with but life goes on does it not? Autumn is just around the corner. Judging by last week’s early snowfall in the west and this morning’s cool temperatures, it seems winter might move in before autumn gets to be autumn.
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Last week was full of energy. Not only did we have an intense Full Moon in Pisces, we also had the energy of an X class solar flare and coronal mass ejection on the Sun aimed almost directly at Earth. Fortunately, the main energy passed above the Earth and our electrical grid and other things were spared. Some places saw some wonderful colors in the night sky.

 

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There is little doubt that one day this will not be that case and we will experience a direct hit. This is one reason it’s a good idea to have a stocked pantry.

The last few months of this year hold some interesting and difficult aspects in the cosmos. If you remember last week, I mentioned that Uranus and Pluto are in an effectual square aspect to each other. The square does not need to be perfected to have a great influence on us. These two are also in the process of moving toward that perfection on December 15, 2014.

For the moment these two powerhouses of celestial energy are retrograde so their power is somewhat diminished. On the September 23rd, Pluto will once again be direct. This will no doubt add some power to the coming Blood Moon on Oct. 8th.

I predict you can bet your lunch money on the next few months being interesting as powers struggle around the globe on both local and national levels elevate. Even if the events around this are not to our liking, remember that this is for our highest good and the evolution of humankind as a whole. Spread love and joy, not anger and hate, and you will get through things just fine. We will be talking about this more in the coming weeks.

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This coming week, after the illuminating Full Moon of last week, we come to a quarter Moon. I do not talk too much about the Moon’s phases and perhaps I should because it so closely represents our ever-changing emotions. I certainly have used to Moon as tool for some choices like planting. Once many years ago, I used the Moon’s phases  to decide when to have my wisdom teeth removed. The best date the oral surgeon had open was my birthday. What a present that was. The idea was to minimize and hopefully eliminate any complications. It seems to have worked. I healed quickly and rather painlessly.

The last quarter is the time we look at what has been illuminated and decide what to get rid before the New Moon comes and we begin a new cycle. It is a time to finish all the things we began at the last New Moon. The Sun is in its last week if Virgo and this adds to our cleaning and clearing vibe so take advantage of it. I am sure going to do my best to that end.

Mercury has already moved into Libra and is not far from entering the storm period before he goes retrograde again. We have another week before this happens. Make the most of it and used the time to not only clear out, but also prepare for this coming retrograde. This coming retrograde will have a host of other aspects adding energy to it I feel sure.

For now use the energy of Mercury in Libra to hone your personal relationships and skills relating to negotiations. Considering another’s point of view will be easier now. This characteristic has been weighing heavy on me lately. I hope I can carry this idea further and make this more a part of my daily life. I realize that limiting thoughts are the only thing that has gotten in the way of my experiencing a more enriching life and the people that have walked through it.

I consider myself reasonably non-judgmental my most standards. However, in recent years I’ve come to see that I have also missed much by not being more open. It is difficult for introverts to open and up put themselves out there. “If I had only known then, what I know now” comes to mind.

Mercury will be in opposition to Uranus all this week. Intuition will be high and so will your need to be mentally motivated. Otherwise, boredom will set in. Uranus loves to shock and challenge. He is also retrograde but that just means he is not a strong as when he is direct and can be a blessing.

Uranus can use Mercury’s communications to shock. You will want to be extra careful to think before you speak this week. Uranus doesn’t care what he says, he just wants to stir things up a bit and he will your mouth as tool.

You might find your ability to stick with a project comes and goes from day to day. If you are not totally inspired by what you are working on, you lose interest. If you have trouble taking advantage of the Virgo energy this might be why. Mercury in Uranus will bring bursts of great insight at times and at others will make you feel like the most ADD person there is. Do your best to use this energy to go inside and do some needed work there. Not only is this a time to clean and clear the physical house but the mental one too. This can truly be a transformative transit if we learn how to use it to its fullest.

Venus is trailing behind the Sun in Virgo and will remain there until the end of September. Things relating to our loved ones and things we love need to make sense. Virgo is a grounded Earth sign and appreciates details and order. For some of us out Venus side could get out of hand and we stress our finances. A lack of financial restraint can cause feelings of guilt. Don’t beat yourself up if this turns out to be you. Remember the shadow side of this aspect is being very critical and annoying.

Venus will oppose Chiron on Wednesday. This transit is not the best for loyalty and commitment. Disappointment in love could be theme of the day. You might find yourself feeling a bit distant from or at odds with others for no apparent reason. Rest assured this will pass. Chiron is the wounded healer and is asking you to heal some aspect of yourself and your relationship with those closest to us.

Mars had just moved in Sagittarius this past weekend. This transit will last through most of October. In this transit, our ideals trigger our actions. We live for adventure and often feel like throwing our cares to the wind and taking off. We can also set our sights a bit too high.

In this transit, we could feel bothered by the everyday stuff. We can quickly become restless when we feel confined. The desire to travel, have a adventure or conquer something is common with this transit. Some begin projects or challenges with gusto, and then abandon them rather quickly. Sounds a bit like Taurus but it is not. This may be because we set our sights too high! Enjoy any travels but also be aware when you are reaching too far.

Take all these characteristics and apply them to what is going on in the world. Oh Boy! This is what makes astrology so fascinating to me.

There is always more to talk about but my attention span and knowledge are not great. I am feeling the need to go tackle some of the long overdue tasks I need to do. All it all it’s a good thing! And with one last colorful photo, I bid you a great week ahead.

Wish I knew who to credit this to, but thank you for taking it, who ever you are.

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