Astrology for February 18-24, 2018

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After a week like last week, well, do I really need to talk about it? I don’t think so.

In the past, you may remember my talking about an aspect called a “Yod” or “Finger of God.” This month there are four of the aspect patterns overlapping each other. They all involve Saturn and Ceres, along with one other planet or asteroid. These are others are Venus, Mercury, Sun, and Juno.

The skinny on this is that the energy began to affect us on 2/13/2018 and will continue to be an influence through 3/16/2018. This energy will focus on abundance, manifesting, and shadow work. How’s that for balance? Manifesting and abundance balanced with going deep into our psyche and what makes us tick.

Sidebar: I am fortunate to have a friend that is certified in Constellation work. This a healing and discovery modality originating in Germany with a man named Bert Hellinger. My friend facilitated a Family Constellation with me last Friday and I have to tell you, the light shined bright on some of my shadows. It will take a while to process it all but I feel lighter now and have more insight into my family dynamic.

A Yod is formed when two planets form a sextile (60°) and a third planet is inconjunct those two planets (150°). All three planets form pattern the looks like a tall, pointy hat. In all of these Yod’s the focal point or the planet that is 150° from the other two, is Ceres. Ceres represents abundance; specifically in relationship to food, nurturing, the mother, and our family relationships.

One of the two sextile points in all four Yod’s is Saturn. This is about structure, hard work, a planning. Between the energy of Ceres and Saturn, we could find over the next month an increased ability to use the Law of Attraction to assist us with prosperity.

The third point in the Yod’s changes. First up is Venus. This Yod is dealing with relationships. Its influence began on 2/17 and will end on 2/20.

The next Yod had Mercury taking the third position. Mercury is all about communication and short trips. This will be communicating of teaching us more about attracting what we want and perhaps shadow work also. This energy begins on the 19th and ends on the 22nd.

The third Yod has the Sun as the third point. The Sun is always about us and how we identify with others. In this case, we will be looking at how we view ourselves as abundant individuals and how easy it is for us to grasp. Most of us have a mindset of lack and poverty that we came into this life with. We need to change this to prosperity mindset. So as difficult as doing this shadow work can be, it will be a good thing for the long term.

The last Yod will bring in Juno. This is all about love and marriage. The message here is commitment. Sounds like Venus doesn’t it? The difference is the seriousness of commitment.

Now for the days of the week.

Today, Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Sun moves into Pisces. This is an energy of unselfishness, dreams, wisdom, fantasy, with a shadow side of addiction, victimization, and self-pity. Perhaps the best use of this transit is being creative. I will have no problem with this one. I have lots of creative project in mind.

Mercury is also in Pisces. He will transit this sign until March 6th. Expect more creative communications, thinking, and expression of those thoughts.

Mars has about a month left Sagittarius before he moves into Capricorn. Until then, anything routine might cause some restlessness. We tend to want more fun things to do. Those with strong Sagittarius energy in our charts might notice that we give up on our projects long before we finish them.

Monday, Venus is semi-square Uranus. We are drawn to the unusual today. This goes for both people and things but we aren’t too attached. Uranus does like his freedom. Relationships could suffer from the rebellious and restless influence of Uranus.

Tuesday Mercury is semi-square Pluto. This is an aspect of suspicions. Instead of giving into that aspect of our thinking, use this energy to get to the root of something that has been on the mind. This could also cause some stress so do your best to avoid it. We have all heard how stress is not good for our health. The problem is, we often don’t heed those words until it too late and we have a real problem.

Wednesday, Venus joins up with Neptune in a conjunct aspect. This energy is seductive and easily swayed by seductive influences. There is also a strong creative energy to this aspect as well as romance and social events.

Friday Mercury is semi-square Uranus. This could cause us to be a bit scatter-brained. Uranus likes to move and change fast. Our conversations might not be well received because what we have to say is not considered all that important to those we are talking too. Some of us will be prone to increased sarcasm.

Friday also brings us Sun semi-square Pluto. This is manipulative energy. Not my favorite but on the other hand, I think we can all be manipulative at times. The best characteristic of this aspect is if we are backed into a corner, it pushes us to go deep inside and find resources we didn’t know we had.

As you have read, this week will probably be stressful for many. I have been trying to lessen my stress levels by staying away from social media and the news even more than I have in the last 6-8 months. Yesterday I discovered the downside to this. I totally missed an online event I was anxiously waiting to attend.

There are several possibilities for what happened and I am not sure which one to blame. It really doesn’t matter anyway. The universe obviously had other plans for me and I was not supposed to participate. However, this is a red flag for me and lets me know I need to pay more attention if I don’t want to miss things in future.

I hope your week brings you nothing but the best possible energy for you. Remember to be kind to all you meet. This is hard sometimes but do your best. You will be glad you did. 

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Special Eclipse Edition for February 15, 2018

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New Moon and Solar eclipse February 15, 2018

It is eclipse season. This is one of two times a year when Sun’s orbit crosses the Moon’s orbit resulting in an eclipse of the Sun or the Moon. New Moons represent a time of new beginnings. A Solar eclipse represents a time of change. Change is probably never more true than when the eclipse is in Aquarius, the sign of quick change. The last eclipses of 2017 and first eclipses of 2018 have all been in the Leo-Aquarius polarity. This is said to be good news for those with their natal Sun sign in either sign.

This eclipse takes place and 4:05 pm EST and will only be seen in the southernmost parts of Earth. It begins in Antarctica and moves across the Atlantic toward the southern part of Southern South America. The second eclipse season for this year will begin July 13, 2018, with another solar eclipse and end on August 11 with the last solar eclipse. The last eclipse will be seen over the North Pole, Northern Asia parts of Eastern Asia, and Northern Europe.

Eclipses have historically meant bad news and instilled fear. Our ancestors thought the Sun or Moon was being eaten by a dragon, demon, or an angry god. Solar eclipses are particularly frightful because the sky grows dark, the temperature significantly drops, and the animals begin to act strangely. There is no other celestial event quite like it.

The New Moon of February 15, 2018, is in the sign of Aquarius and is joined by the Sun and Mercury. The placement of Mercury in Aquarius is quite significant. While he rules Gemini and Virgo, he is exalted in Aquarius. This means he as comfortable transiting this sign as his transiting ruling signs. This is good news!

As a result of this transit, all forms of communication can be trusted more than usual. This is a great time to make plans for the summer. I find I do best if making a list. My big problem is that I am so involved in what I am doing right now, that it is difficult to look ahead to the summer. Regardless, I do have some ideas around what I want to accomplish by the autumn.

The last eclipse on January 31, 2018, brought in a lot of energy. It has merged and shifted timelines and awakened many people that might not even be aware of this change. This has raised the vibration of Earth and all that lives on it. It also propels us forward as we move from one dimension to the next and grow our social conscience.

When considering what this might mean for the collective, we need to consider the characteristics of Aquarius. This is the sign of the inventor. It is independent, humanitarian, unconventional, rebellious, and detached. This sign rules weather, electricity, technology, the collective, intuition, astrology, logic, being authentic, and is multidimensional.

When taking all these things into consideration along with other influences like

Mercury’s conjunction with the Sun and Moon at the time of the eclipse, I am expecting the coming months to deal mostly with Earth changes and big weather events, as well as an increased resistance to the unethical. Perhaps this means the #metoo movement will continue to gain momentum o

There is another factor of interest on the 15th. Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion will be in square aspect to the eclipse. This could be good energy for learning more about who you are and what you came here to do. You might get closer to answering the age-old question “What is the meaning of life”. Haven’t we all pondered that at some point?

You could notice an increase in intuitive insights. I am a strong believer in following them but like most of us, I don’t always do that and usually regret it when I don’t. I think we all would be wise to listen to our small voices in the coming months, if not the entire year and beyond. I feel this increase in intuition is one aspect of our lives that is changing permanently.

There are two other planets that will influence the eclipse energy. Venus and Mercury are both within orb and considered conjunct to the eclipse. Mercury deals with communications and local travel. Venus is about relationships. These conjunctions will assist us in finding progressive ways to communicate better with those close to us.

Lunar eclipse energy can last for weeks or months. Solar eclipse energy can be felt for months and up to a year. I expect this eclipse energy to last all year.

Astrology for February 11-17, 2018

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This week is packed with celestial events and seasonal celebrations. Several of our celebrations this week are based on the Lunar calendar. The first one is Fat Tuesday. This is last day of carnival events that began after epiphany and last until Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday for many religious people is the last day to eat rich, fatty food before the traditional 40 days of fasting before Easter, we know as Lent.

Wednesday is the Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent. Wednesday is also Valentines Day. Thursday is the New Moon and Solar Eclipse. And Friday is another Lunar based holiday, the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the Earth Dog.

The Sun is in its last week of Aquarius and next Sunday moves into Pisces. Enjoy this last week of knowledge, originality, and innovation before moving to the illusiveness of Pisces.

Mercury will leave Aquarius this coming Saturday and move to Pisces where he will wait on the Sun to arrive the next day. Mercury in Pisces will lead our thoughts to be more visual and intuitive. We can expect our imagination to also be high. Emotions will be in the spotlight and affect our communications and our thoughts.

Venus was ahead of the Sun and Mercury in moving into Pisces. She switched signs on February 10, 2018. This move will cause our planet of love to become an equal opportunity planet of love and understanding. Most of us have at least ourselves to forgive. This will be a great transit for doing this.

This Venus/Pisces transit will be a rather seductive one too. This reminds me of a song called “Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On” by Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham. Venus in Pisces is tender and affectionate. So get that sexy outfit on and make the best of this energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n0_uiNhcdA

Venus in Pisces can be a bit hard to reach simply because she has an itch she can’t seem to scratch. She wants something that is hard to describe or to fulfill. This could make for a great Valentines Day. The shadow side of this is being elusive or allowing ourselves to be a victim.

Mars continues his tour of Sagittarius. Our ideals drive us. We could also become restless when we feel closed in or confined in some way. When we set our sights high, we run the risk of abandoning a project or losing our motivation before we finish a project.

Saturn is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Scorpio. Uranus is in the last five degrees of Aries. He is revving up to change signs in May and as you might already know, the last degrees of any sign can be interesting. Uranus rules weather, electricity, the future, and technology. Uranus also breaks rules and brings sudden change. He is often called rebellious, independent, and unconventional. Yes! That is me in a nutshell.

The aspects this week are many. First up in Monday when Mars aspects Uranus. This energy will cause with strong Uranus influence in their charts to feel unsatisfied. Those persons will lean more toward impulsive decisions without considering the outcome.

Monday also Mercury semi-square Saturn. If you find yourself having to re-do something blame this aspect. Getting from one place to another and delays with emails, or other communications are likely. This will be over soon so don’t get frustrated. Just ride this wave.

Tuesday Mercury will square Jupiter. Jupiter will be expanding our communications, possibly to the point of overload. This is not a good time to traveler bringing others over to our way of thinking.

Also on Tuesday, the Sun will sextile Uranus. This is a good time for meetings, joining groups or organizations, and social events. Remember to remain flexible and take advantage of the creative solutions that we might find.

Wednesday Venus is semi-square Pluto. Social interactions could be a bit tense.

Jealousy and possessiveness could make this a difficult time to start a new relationship. Manipulations, romantic disappointments, and power plays could make romance less than enjoyable. Not the best of aspects for Valentine’s Day but now that you know what to look for maybe you will have no romantic problems.

Thursday Mercury aspects Uranus. This is another good aspect for meetings and other organized group events. This aspect is also great for anything that involves computers, science or metaphysics. Intuitive insights might seem to come from nowhere. Creativity and intuition run high and assist us in solving problems in new, inventive ways.

Thursday also brings Venus sextile Saturn. Relationships are steady and stable. You may find you get support or advice from an older person. It is also possible that you hear from an old friend.

There are no major aspects on Friday but Saturday has two for us. The first one is Mars square, Neptune. Look for guidance from unusual places. You might find it difficult to stay centered and organized. Intuition can be strong but avoid new projects or new dealings.

Mercury will be conjunct the Sun on Saturday. Our desires and thoughts are in agreement. Communications will be sharp and open. This is a great time for problem-solving and our words, both written and spoken carry weight.

The last thing I want to talk about is the Chinese New Year. I’ve been thinking about the New Year’s recipe in the cookbook I published last year.

http://amzn.to/2Bmu8A6

Chinese astrology is based on a lunar calendar so the first day of any year is never the same day like Christmas, Valentines or Halloween. If your birthday is near the end of Jan or early February, you could find your sign is actually in the previous year rather than the current one.

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This is the year of the Earth Dog and is the first one since 1958. Dogs are loyal, honest, kind and very sincere. They are not great communicators, however. They have trouble saying what is on their mind. This can give an observer the impression they are stubborn.

Dogs tend to need a quiet life with a good family. They are seldom focused on the evils or ugliness of the world. They put their own interests after the needs of others and always surprised when they are betrayed or hurt.

When Dogs are in the throes of doubt, they see the world as complex and evil. This often leads to a pessimistic perspective. Conversely, what we can expect this year is quite interesting.

Many predict that those who show kindness and generosity to others will see the most benefit this year. The Dog represents integrity and equality. Many are expecting this year to bring positive change for everyone. This includes social awareness and action. The Chinese view the Dog as a fortunate symbol that has the potential for bringing peace.

I sure hope that last part is true. I also wish you a great week ahead and as always, don’t forget to be kind to all you meet and smile.

Astrology for February 4-10, 2018

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Baby, it’s cold outside.

 

This week I have decided to put the days of the week and aspects first. Just for grins and giggles. I would be curious to know how you feel about this.

Today the Sun is halfway through transiting Aquarius. The Sun is joined by two of our swiftest planets touring that are also touring this sign. The third one, Mars, remains in Sagittarius until March 18. And guess what? There are no major planets in retrograde.

Ceres, considered an asteroid, is retrograde now. This is not a good thing for relationships, especially those of a co-dependent nature. This retrograde is best used for going inward and working on loving yourself more. Don’t we all need to do this? I sure do. Fulfilling your own needs will hopefully encourage others to follow you. In turn, you will be decreasing their dependency on you.

The next planet that goes retrograde is Jupiter and this won’t happen until March 26, 2018, so we have a good time yet of, forward movement. Remember that Jupiter rules the 8th house of other people’s money and sex. This might mean more from the Me Too movement and perhaps the stock market. It could also deal with inheritance.

Mercury is in his next to last week transiting Aquarius. He moves into Pisces February 17. While he is in Aquarius we might find we are drawn to thinking in more abstract and creative or out of the box ways than we normally do. The best part might be that our thoughts are more positive and objective than they might have been when Mercury was transiting Capricorn.

Venus leaves Aquarius at the end of this week. We have had a fast few weeks of our relationships being a touch more unorthodox. At the same time, social relationships have been more freedom-seeking. This is definitely an Aquarian trait.

Mars continues to transit Sagittarius until St. Patrick’s Day. This energy is about how our ideals influence what we do and how we act. We could feel a bit figgety and be needing a change of scenery. Other might need a really good adventure or some sort. However, our ability to complete a project we started is not so good. Instead, we will likely abandon whatever we start.

Uranus is winding up his time in Aries and moving into Taurus. He has already shown signs that this shift will be crazy with earth related events. At least that is what I am predicting. I will probably have more on this as we get closer to Uranus actually changing signs.

Today, as I said earlier, the Sun is halfway through Aquarius. Venus is also square Jupiter. This square energy could lead some of us to overdo in a variety of areas. Watch out for overeating, drinking, or spending. Yes! We often forget that Venus deals with money and finances. We tend to think more along the lines of love and romance. That being said, overstating one’s feelings could be another thing in the overindulgence department that we want to watch out for.

No major aspects for Monday.

Tuesday Venus is sextile Uranus. This will be a great day for meetings, events or anything that treats others with equality and respect. Feeling bold and fearless, we might step out of our comfort zone today when it comes to things in the finance or romance department. This is not, however, a good time to commit to anything in either area. If you just have to spend some money, this is a good time to buy electronics or other technology. It is also a good time for group activities, the arts, the internet, and metaphysics.

Wednesday Mercury is semi-square Chiron. Mercury always deal with communications and travel. Today folks are likely to be careless with their words and end up hurting someone’s feelings when they didn’t intend to. Think before you speak is almost always a good choice, even more so today.

Thursday, no major aspects.

Friday the Sun is semi-square Saturn. The ego wants to be heard today. (Remember this one when you watch the news this weekend.) Saturn pushes us forward if we or the ego begin to feel discouraged. Don’t let any of this get to you if this happens to affect you strongly.

Saturday Venus moves into Pisces

Saturday also brings the Sun square Jupiter. This is restless energy and I think I am already feeling this one. Jupiter is expanding our desires and maybe just a bit too much. Be careful not to overestimate or exaggerate things. Our moods could be all over the place and not so well grounded. This is creative energy if you use it that way, so try to do that and enjoy it!

Next week we have another eclipse in Aquarius. This will be a solar eclipse but not seen in our part of the world. That has nothing to do with us feeling it.

Eclipse energy can last up to a year and often show us things we need to change both personally and collectively. With the eclipse in Aquarius, our lessons will be on the collective, friends, and what we wish and hope for. To me, this is just one more event that will propel us toward our evolution. 

Eclipses can seem good or bad depending on where they fall in your natal chart. If you don’t have your own chart you can do that for free at Astro.com.This is a great site for all sorts of info. I will warn you that it can it can be a bit overwhelming at first. In fact, After 20 yrs of using it, I still find it mind-blowing.

Knowing where an eclipse hits your chart can be informative. You could discover both endings and beginnings. However, Solar eclipses tend to show us more beginnings than ending while Lunar eclipses deal more with endings. So you can pretty much bet the farm that something new comes to light of day for you with this coming eclipse.

I think that is it for today. Wishing everyone a great week ahead. Don’t forget to smile and be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what troubles they may have in their life and smile or kind word could be just what they need at the moment.

Astrology for January 28-February 3, 2018

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This week the big news is all about the Moon!

The Moon is full this week, in Aquarius, the second Full Moon this month also known as a Blue Moon, and is a Supermoon. What is is not, is as close to the Earth as the Full Moon on January 1-2, 2018. This Full moon is still sure to dazzle and be worthy of your cameras even though it has moved a bit away from Earth since the last Full Moon.

This Full Moon energy is greatly expanded by the addition of a lunar eclipse. This eclipse will best be seen along the ring of fire in the eastern Pacific, Australia, Russia, and Alaska. While it won’t be seen well in the US, its energy will be felt. That energy will relate to relationships and lack.

This eclipse could trigger changes in our relationships with others. It could bring people together or end relationships. It depends on what is needed. This eclipse could also deal with work, health, and our relationship to our bodies. Eclipses always bring in a cycle of change as we focus more on what we want to manifest in our lives. Remember, with every ending, there is also a new beginning.

If your birthday is on or near the 31st of January, Aquarius is strong in your chart, or planets at or near 11 degrees Aquarius, you will likely be the most affected by the eclipse in 2018. However, the change is not limited to this group and will apply to all of us in some way or another. The intensity might not be as great as with those whose birthday’s are near the eclipse.

Otherwise, in the current chart, there are five planets in Capricorn and Aquarius ruled by Saturn. This includes the planet Saturn. That is a lot of authority, rules, and regulations.

The Sun in Aquarius represents us as individuals. During this transit, we are eager for knowledge, uniqueness, invention. We are more open to new ways of doing things. We are eager to shed the restrictions and structure that Capricorn put on us. Freedom and individuality are what drives us now.

Mercury will be joining the Sun in Aquarius on Wednesday. Our thoughts are will be more outside the box and objective than they were while Mercury was in Capricorn. This is transit for more creative thinking but it could also be a bit more fragmented and a bit ADD than we might like.

Venus moved into Aquarius on January 17, 2018. This love and social relationships on our own terms. Some of us will desire to be both friends and lovers during this transit. Others will only dream about daring to be. Freedom of expression, being unselfish and being fair with others are what moves Venus and us now. Enjoy this transit.

Mars has just entered Sagittarius. This is a restless transit for Mars and we feel it most when life becomes routine or restricts us somehow. We might also set our sights a bit too high and then not be able to finish that project we were so excited to start.

For info about Saturn in Capricorn, refer back to the blog post at the beginning of January.

One thing I noticed this week is how often my disaster app on my phone alerted me to an earthquake. I think I have mentioned in an earlier post and certainly in conversations with a friend lately that I feel like we will see more earth related disasters this spring and early summer. Now I am rethinking this and feel like this shift has already begun. This shift I am talking about it Uranus shift into Taurus.

I forget how slow Uranus moves so it is natural that we might begin to feel this now as the planet that rules electricity and weather moves into the later degrees of Aries. Right now it is at 26 degrees. My intuition is telling me that since we are seeing an increase in earthquake activity this could increase over the next 3-4 months. If you would like to keep up with this as well there are some great apps for smartphones.

One app I have used for years on my computer is Earthquake 3-D. They also have a smartphone app that is good and easy to use. Check it out here:

http://download.cnet.com/Earthquake-3D/3000-2054_4-10395116.html

The app the sends alerts to my phone is Disaster Prediction App. Here is the link for Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disaster-prediction-app/id1177806007?mt=8

and the link for Droids is only $2.99:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disasterprediction.ios

In aspects this week, Monday Mercury is semi-square Neptune. This can cause some brain fog and promote daydreaming. I can’t say that is a bad thing but it can get in the way of being as productive as we might like. This is not the best day for making a formal agreement or asking for what you want. Leave these things for a later day in the week, or a later week since the eclipses are coming.

Tuesday the Sun is semi-square Chiron. Chiron is about lessons and healing. During this aspect, we have a strong desire to learn from our experiences and through others. Someone might be looking to you to learn something from. The only problem with any of this is our lacking confidence. Why are we sometimes so afraid to be let our light shine and be different? Step out there and trust your instincts.

Friday Venus is semi-square Saturn. This could bring on some trouble when it comes to relating to those around us. Saturn cools down affections and causes some emotional distance. This is not a good time for things relating to finances. We might end up losing more than we bargained for. We might also be disappointed in matters of the heart or not feel very confident when it comes to social events. This is an aspect best used for reflection and meditation.

Saturday there are two aspects to consider. The first is Mars semi-square Pluto. (Semi-squares seem to be the theme this week.) This aspect can cause us to feel strongly about what we want and make it difficult to feel satisfied. Some of us might even resort to bullying when that is not our usual way of being. It will be important to remain flexible and work on new strategies for making our goals a reality.

The second aspect to look at Saturday is Mercury sextile Mars. Mercury is about being sharp mentally. This aspect will make quick decisions easy. It is a good day for being productive and turning our thoughts into a project that works. Now that you know this you might want to begin thinking about a new project now.

I hope you greet this week with enthusiasm and a smile. Look for the opportunities that show up. You might be surprised where they show up.

Don’t forget to be kind to all you meet. A smile goes a long way.

Astrology for January 21-27, 2018

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My apologies for abandoning you this past couple of weeks. Medical issues sent me to the hospital for the first time in my life. I was amazed to find so many medical folks that embrace alternative methods. My long list of daily herbs and vitamins were added to my prescription list. I guess you can say that Saturn in Capricorn has shaken up my structure.

Did you happen to catch the six-planet stellium in Capricorn on Tuesday? The Sun, Moon-Mercury, Venus, Saturn, and Pluto were all in Capricorn. That is a whole lot of Capricorn energy! A whole lot of structure. Saturn is the planet that rules Capricorn and this rulership makes Saturn very happy while he transits Capricorn.

Anytime Saturn moves or changes signs he triggers our natal Saturn to get busy with the work we are here to do. Capricorn rules the 10th house of work so there will be work and career-related issues for all of us during the next three years of Saturn’s transit of Capricorn.

My natal Saturn as an example is in the 12th house of spirituality, endings, healing, the subconscious mind, institutions, hospitals, old age, hidden agendas, unknown enemies, creativity, imagination, art, film, dance, and writing. This all fits in with my own health and my aging mother. Many will say this is all coincidence but I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe the Universe guides us and opens doors to opportunities if we are only willing to see the signs.

This Saturn transit through Capricorn will affect the collective and the individual in so many ways. I am continuing to study it all and plan to write more posts on just this topic as time goes on. For now, we have a lot going for the rest of this month.

The Sun entered Aquarius this past Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10:09 EST. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign that loves to use all it natural talents to help and serve others. This sign is authentic, seeks the truth, enjoys technology, inventive, and intuitive. Aquarian’s and those with strong Aquarian aspects in their charts would do well to pay attention to their intuitive hits or gut instincts. Some folks refer to this as listening to that “wee small voice” inside.

Saturn has historically been the ruler of Aquarius as well as Capricorn. I personally relate best to Uranus’s characteristics of independence and individuality rather than the authority of Saturn as ruler. It is true that Saturn has been ruling longer and Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781.

Last week we also had a New Moon in Capricorn. This energy could help us bring order to our lives as we begin a new cycle in this earth sign. One of the lessons Capricorn offers is that good boundaries and guidelines can bring us freedom in chaos. This energy can also help us break away from things we need to let go of so we have more room to focus on what matters most and be authentic. We might still need to suck up once in a while to move forward but we won’t need to lie or cheat to reach our goals.

Venus moved into Aquarius last week too. During this transit, we are often more interested in being friends than lovers. Under this influence love, beauty, and finances are fair, impartial, and less selfish than they can be at other times.

This coming Wednesday, January 24,2018, Mercury will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. You probably remember that Mercury is all about thoughts or mental activity, communications, and travel. During this conjunction, we could gain a new perspective on things as new information comes to us. We might also tend to be more investigative and probing as we go about our day in search for truth. The shadow side of this is that we can be suspicious, obsessed, and more manipulative than we like to be. Be aware and be nice.

Thursday Mercury aspects Jupiter in a sextile pattern. This energy is about positive thought and co-operation. It is also great for creative endeavors like writing and teaching. This would be a good time for short trips too. It is also a good time for mental challenges like studying and taking tests. Jupiter is expanding all things mental now.

Friday Venus is square Chiron. This square will cause us to focus more on our differences than our similarities. Good thing this aspect only lasts a short time. Chiron always seems to make us look at something we need to. He is often a catalyst for change and that is usually a good thing.

 

Next week we have a rare Blue Moon and an eclipse. There are also other interesting aspects to talk about. Again, I want to apologize for being MIA the past two weeks. I Am feeling much, much better and ready to celebrate another birthday tomorrow.

Hope your week is full of love and laughter. Remember to be kind to everyone and smile. 

Special edition: Saturn in Capricorn Dec 2017-March 2020

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This post has a lot of information in it. I have done my best not to get too deep with but I won’t guarantee that you won’t shake your head a few time trying to understand it all. Take your time and maybe even take notes, or just toss it to the curb.

 

When Saturn entered Capricorn on Dec. 20-21, 2017, the Sun was only minutes behind him. We call this closeness a conjunction. This conjunction added Saturn’s power and characteristics to the Winter Solstice.

Capricorn is an earth sign. Earth signs are pleasant, welcoming, co-operative, and generous.  Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn. In ancient time he was also listed as ruler of Aquarius. Then Uranus was discovered and he was designated ruler of Aquarius. As an Aquarian myself, I notice the influence of both planets on me. However, I find Uranus more to my personal liking than Saturn. I’ve always had a fear or authority. It is so much bigger than me. A trip to the government offices downtown, use to make my knees buckle. I’m glad this fright has lessened with time and age.

Saturn represents the Father, the founder of civilizations, and social order. The planet’s rings represent human limitations, restrictions, and boundaries.  I often refer to him as “the head of the Dept. of rules and Regulations”.  He is known to block our actions or progress at times. Like most parents, he does not want us to act out or be irresponsible.

Saturn is associated with achievement, concentration, precision, career, stability, dedication, lessons learned, productivity, limits, control, virtue, traditions, structures, and all forms of authority. He is also concerned with ethics and shows us what we fear so we will know what we need the most. Saturn can be sad, morose, and emotionally cold. He is known as the great malefic and bringer of bad luck, and karma. Through Saturn, we reap what we sow.

Like all signs and planets, Saturn rules parts of the body such as the right ear, spleen, bladder, phlegm, and bones (structure).  Saturn also rules the tenth house of social status. Naturally, this is the house of career and how we are seen, how we see the world around us, and how we operate in society. Saturn can give us a cover or mask and suppress our identity so we look good to the world, or is this just an illusion? Saturday and Kronos, the lord of time are named for Saturn.

Capricorn shares all these qualities with Saturn and brings his own characteristics to the table. Capricorn’s best qualities are practicality, ambition, wisdom, discipline, patience, and a certain amount of caution. There can sometimes be too much caution as his negative characteristics of pessimism, stubbornness, and self-centeredness take over. Capricorn can also be moody, somewhat shy, stubborn, and detached. All these are the characteristics we will be dealing with in the next 2.5 years. It is sure to be wild ride especially as Saturn nears the end of his Capricorn transit in 2020.

Saturn is not the only planet traveling through Capricorn. Pluto has been transiting this sign since late 2008 and will remain there until 2023. In December of 2019, these two planets will welcome Jupiter’s entrance to the sign. About mid-February these three will conjunct for close to a month. The conjunction of these three planets has not happened in millennium.

To better illustrate the importance of this I need to point out that all planets take different amounts of time to orbit the Sun. For example, the Earth takes one year or 365 days. Mercury takes 88 days, Venus takes 225 days, and Mars takes 687. The outer planets all take varying lengths of time too.

Pluto’s orbit is the longest at 250 yrs. This means Pluto has been transiting Capricorn ever since this country was founded.  And he won’t change signs again until March of 2023. This is when Pluto finally moves into Aquarius. Many astrologers say this will put us fully into the “age of Aquarius” and we begin a new cycle of 250 years.

As the planets move through their orbits, they form the various aspects or angles to each other that astrologers love to report on. Each aspect holds its own energy which in turn influences the energy of the planets that form the aspect. If you think this is mind boggling…..wait for it. I’m leading up to something really mind-blowing. But first I need to bring Jupiter into the discussion more.

Last fall, we dealt with a lot of Scorpio energy. We are still experiencing Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio. For good or bad, Jupiter knows no restraint or moderation. He is the planet of expansion and loves to give us more of everything, good, bad, or indifferent. He is often called “the great benefic”.

Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio represents intense desire and going deep into the psyche to heal and discover what really matters to us. For the duration of this transit, or until November 8, 2018, we will need to be mindful of what is “too much” of something. Sometimes “too much” can be a bad thing. Be careful what you ask for, as they say.

After Jupiter leaves Scorpio, he will transit his home sign of Sagittarius for a couple of years. After that, he moves into Capricorn where he joins and conjuncts Pluto and Saturn until Saturn moves into Aquarius on March 23, 2020. For about four months we will have a powerhouse of energy in Capricorn. The first two weeks of January 2020 will bring us a stellium in Capricorn of five planets. Just add in the Sun and Mercury to the mix of Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter. Now, this is a whole lot of Capricorn energy!

Perhaps the good news here is that this is also when Saturn is getting close to leaving Capricorn. But before he moves on, there will be an amazing conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter.

The conjunction will begin about mid-February and continue to until Saturn changes signs. This particular powerhouse has not been seen in 2200 years. That’s right! It has been two thousand, two hundred years since all three of these planets have been conjunct in Capricorn! This is monumental!

This is conjunction is HUGE! It represents a big ending, a big break up or falling apart. This will be a VERY transformative conjunction.

Saturn and Pluto meet up far more frequently than every 2200 years. Their cycle is actually between 33 and 38 years. But to be conjunct and with Jupiter in the mix, well, that is the rare part. As I continue with this, I am going to focus more on Saturn and Pluto because they actually begin their conjunction on January 12, 2020.  Plus, we already know that Jupiter is going to expand whatever they do and he doesn’t join the mix for over a month.

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction will affect the entire globe. It represents a huge shift in power worldwide. There is no telling if this will power will operate in behind the scenes or out in plain sight. From a spiritual standpoint, this the premier test of ethics and morality for those that hold the power.

When going back to view past Saturn-Pluto conjunctions we will find that one occurred in October or 1914. This was the beginning of WW I. Another one occurred in 1947. This one dealt with the division of Pakistan and India, Israel’s independence, followed by Ireland’s in 1948. The 1982 conjunction brought on worldwide economic collapse and led to the downfall of the Soviet bloc. Shortly following, in 1983, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted.

The conjunction in 2020 is thought to have an extremely strong influence on the world. This is not limited to political or geopolitical influences but this is also likely to influence natural disasters. I would expect to see earthquakes and volcanoes. Who knows how this could affect the summer’s hurricanes?

However, long before this, I feel like we will be seeing more earth related natural disasters like quakes and volcanoes. This coming May 15, 2018, Uranus will enter the sign of Taurus. This is an earth sign. Uranus is unpredictable. He rules weather, surprise, the unexpected, sudden change, and electricity. You can see how this could lead to all sorts of interesting natural or earth related events.

Uranus’s rule is not all gloom and doom. He also rules creativity, inventions, and is resourceful, innovative, inspired, visionary, and is known as the “Great Awakener”. He controls humanitarian efforts while doing so with truth and intuition. He is considered the higher octave of Mercury and also rules astrology. I hope this gives you some insight into what earth related events we might begin to see later this year and beyond as Uranus will transit Taurus until July 2025.

I hope to have more on this and how individuals could be affected in the coming weeks. This is a big topic for me to research and I am not sure how far down this rabbit hole I am willing to go. Wish me luck and stay tuned.

I would love to read your comments and get some feedback.

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!


This is the last day of 2017 and I am grateful for all the lessons it brought me. I am also grateful for the stability and support my workplace and friends provided me as the year progressed. You are the best of the best.

This coming year will bring more challenges as well some great opportunities. From the viewpoint of numerology, this year will be a “2” year. Look for connections in your life. The connections will be to all aspects, past, present, and future. Things won’t go fast however so be prepared to allow things to take their own time to unfold. Slow down, pay attention, relax and enjoy the ride. It will become important that we are able to see the larger picture and if we push or rush through things, this won’t happen.

The number two is a peaceful one. It also deals with partners of all kinds. If there are stressful relationships in your life, this could be the year to set them aside for a while or even a few. Take your time. This year has a slowness to it and it will be in your best interest not be hasty and try to rush things.

Last year was a “one” year of new beginnings. I have been saying for months that 2017 was just a preview of what was to come and that 2018-2020 would be the most interesting of times. However, I was saying this based on a hunch or intuition and what I was hearing other astrologers and seers say. Now that Saturn has moved into Capricorn until March of 2020, and I am beginning to study this transit, I am understanding more. In the coming days and weeks, I will be posting more on this topic. Right now, I want to get to the forecast for this week and enjoy the rest of my New Year’s Eve.

The New Year begins with a Full Moon in Cancer. This naturally opposes the Sun in Capricorn and is an expression of the balance between home and private life (Cancer) and our public life, career, and responsibility. What a way to start the new year and this “2” year! No doubt the light of the Moon will shine on the areas of our life that we may have been disregarding.

We have about three more weeks of the Sun in Capricorn. This transit is all about response, ambition, achievement, order, structure, and getting real results we can touch and see. With Saturn also transiting Capricorn, all this energy is magnified because Capricorn is ruled by Saturn. So is Aquarius but I will save that discussion for a later time.

Mercury will be leaving Sagittarius on January 11th. After that, we will have a stellium of five planets in Capricorn. That is a LOT of Capricorn energy to deal with. This won’t last long

Venus joined Saturn and the Sun in Capricorn on Christmas day. This transit will last until January17th. All of the usual Venus characteristics take on a more serious tone in Capricorn.This transit means that we are probably feeling more serious about our money and our business relationships that we usually do. We might also feel less like flirting or being the usual Venus social butterflies.

Mars is in Scorpio until January 26. If you are a fan of the TV show Lucifer, this transit reminds me of when Lucifer looks people in the eye and asks “What do you truly want?”. Desire and getting what we want is the theme of this transit. The shadow side of this transit is we could be drawn to a crisis. A crisis is so Scorpio. It is also transformational and excited us emotionally. It asks us to feel deeply and extremely. There is nothing resembling average or mediocre here. Its all about going big.

In aspects this week, Uranus goes direct on Tuesday. I hope you have procrastinated with beginning that new diet or whatever until at least now. Otherwise, you might need to begin again after the 3rd.

Wednesday Venus is sextile Neptune. This will enhance our creativity and allow beauty, art and romantic energy to rule this day. This aspect eases some of the stiff Venus/Capricorn energy and lends itself to being much more romantic and social.

Friday Mars is semi-square Saturn. This is problem-solving energy. We could also run into a wall of resistance too. Be patient. It might seem like we need to exert more effort to get things done but things will ease up soon.

Saturday there are three aspects to take a look at. First up is Mercury trine Uranus. If you have meetings planned for this day that is a good thing. This is also a good day for anything dealing with technology, science, or metaphysics. For those that are intuitive, this could be a great day for insight and information from beyond.

Mars will be conjunct Jupiter on Saturday. Jupiter is the great benefic and loves to bring us more of whatever we have going on, be it good, bad, or indifferent. Jupiter expands things. With Mars involved this is most likely going to deal with our energy to do things. This could make us feel strong and ready for adventure.

A little friendly competition can be just what we need as long as we don’t overdo things.

Lastly, Saturday brings Chiron square Mercury. Communications might be tense. Be extra cautious when it comes to the tongue. Most of us are not interested in saying hurtful things but that can happen with this aspect. There could be a few breakdowns in communications that cause problems. Self-doubt might show up too. Take a deep breath and relax. This will pass soon.

For all of you who are going out to celebrate tonight, please be safe. It is colder than cold outside. Dress as warmly as you can and don’t drink and drive.

Remember to be kind to all you meet and smile to everyone.

Wishing you peace, laughter, love, and enough of what you need in 2018.

Astrology for December 24-30, 2017

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Whatever you celebrate or don’t celebrate, Happy and Merry Everything! (Sorry if this generic greeting offends anyone but this is an equal opportunity blog.)

We have survived another year and another Mercury retrograde. Santa Claus has his sleigh loaded and is on his way now with toys for kids all over the globe. This is a happy and sad time of the year and this is also the last week of the year.

What a year it has been. I won’t be reminiscing about 2017 now because it is Christmas Eve and everyone is busy. Instead, I am going straight to the aspects of the week, right after I tell you about the big Capricorn energy we got hit with last week.

The Sun went into Capricorn on the Winter Solstice, Thursday, December 21, 2017, Saturn was also at zero degrees Capricorn after having entered this sign only hours earlier. It is important to note that Saturn is now transiting a sign he rules and will stay there for the next 2 ½ years. This makes this week the best time to make your resolutions for the coming year. But don’t stop with thinking only about of this year. Expand that out to the next three years and take advantage of this entire Saturn transit through Capricorn.

When thinking of these cosmic entities, think of the earth, time, karma, maturity through time, the office, business, career or job, obligations, duties, responsibility, the pressure of the future. Saturn in Capricorn is also about the suppression of needs, fears, emotions. If we don’t suppress these things they could get in the way of our work and make us look bad or weak. Saturn cannot appear weak, no how, no way. He is simply too ambitious for that. Saturn loves a mask or a persona that makes him good. This is the sort of energy we will be dealing with during this 2 1/2 year transit.

Monday brings us a Venus- Saturn conjunction as Venus moves into Capricorn. This is bah-humbug energy for sure. This energy will do all the reminiscing for us while at the same time showing us our present in living color. This will also outline our future obligations and duties.

Venus will semi-square Jupiter Monday. Look for those with Venus strong in their charts to go the extra mile to be noticed. Take care not to promise more than you can actually do and avoid overspending while doing that day-after Christmas shopping.

Now jump to Thursday when Mars will trine Neptune. This will cause us to use our intuition more. The best part of this transiting aspect it’s strong creative energy. We might also notice that we feel more relaxed and less driven by the Saturn energy. I’lll take this breather for sure and be as inspired as I can be. This is great energy for the arts and entertainment.

There is a lot more I want to say about Saturn’s transit of Capricorn. This transit is going to bring us some significant change over time, especially in combination with some of the other planets in aspect. There is a lot of time to get into this later so I will leave you with this short post for now and encourage you to enjoy your holiday as best you can.

I don’t make resolutions but I do make plans and set intentions. Remember the energy this week is great for such things so get ahead of the game and get your plans and intentions on paper. I’ll be back next week with more on the Saturn transit of Capricorn and how it could influence us in the coming years.

Remember to be kind to everyone you meet and smile to everyone too. Smiles cost nothing, yet mean so much to the ones who receive them.

Astrology for December 17-24, 2017

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Happy Holidays!

Don’t we live in interesting times?

Last Friday I actually heard a newsman tell his viewers to turn off their TV’s for the weekend and get away from the news until Monday. Of course, he instantly qualified that with the exception of his network before he continued to urge his viewers to go have some fun over the weekend. This is advice well taken from my perspective.

Certainly, not all of us are blessed with financial resources to take trips or do fun things some people do. Some of us find scraping together enough money for a movie to be challenging. If this is the case, it is time to get creative. Take a walk and collect found objects for an art project or collage. Doodle with a pen, pencil, crayon, or even a stick in the dirt. Move things around in your house. Read a book. There are lots of things everyone can do to have fun in new ways and stay away from the news and be present for a couple of days.

This past Friday I had some fun at my employer’s book signing event. While there I met for the first time, a Facebook friend and reader of this blog named Joni. That was fun!

I am also learning new ways to deal with my severe gluten intolerance. After a lifetime of cooking and eating anything I wanted, learning about and cooking gluten-free is quite the adventure. It is also relaxing and fun.

Speaking of fun, I can’t say this Mercury Retrograde has been a ton of fun but sure has been interesting. It is almost over too. This coming Friday Mercury turns direct. Don’t get too excited however because we have a week’s worth of Mercury in his storm period after that. By New Year’s he will be back to full speed ahead and all those communication glitches should ease up a great deal.

Overall, this week is full of cosmic events. We have a five planets stellium in Sagittarius. This greatly magnifies the Sagittarius energy. There is a New Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. This will place our focus on optimism,  enthusiasm, speaking out, and honesty. We will do our best to include these things in our lives for the next few weeks. Sagittarius likes to think big and this can cause some of us to attempt to do more than we are really able to do. This New Moon will help us be more realistic. This is a good thing because who wants extra stress this time of year?  

The Sun, Moon, and Saturn all enter Capricorn this week. Capricorn. This is an intense energy shift. We are trading the fiery, possibility, and fun nature, of Sagittarius for the grounded, responsible energy of Capricorn. Am I the only one feeling how heavy this feels? Almost feels like I have hit a wall or something.

Some of us could feel some depression as we are forced into this more serious, practical, and hardworking energy of Capricorn. This is the home sign of Saturn so he will be at his best performance during this transit which lasts until March of 2020. You can bet I will be discussing this more as time goes on. For now, I will just say that this is a likely reason for ending net neutrality and we will likely see an increase in martial law and homeland security will be a hot topic.

This is big energy and the last time Saturn was in Capricorn was 1988. Think back on what that period was like for you. There might be similarities this time. As a point of interest, this is will be the first Saturn return on the millennial generation.

Thursday the Sun moves into Capricorn. By Christmas day we will have traded our stellium in Sagittarius for one in Capricorn. But let us not get too far ahead now.

The Sun in Capricorn is full of respect for law, and order. It also takes a great deal of satisfaction in results it can touch and feel. Sun in Capricorn enjoys working with and creating a tight ship and good boundaries. This energy enjoys tradition and the wisdom of our elders.

Thursday is also the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year. It is most often celebrated with lighting extra candles and bonfires. After this day, the length of daylight each day will increase by about two minutes per day.

Saturday is Christmas Eve and the day that Venus will join Pluto, the Sun, and Saturn in Capricorn. This is not a favorite transit for Venus. It could, however, serve to remind us that life is not just a big holiday party. We also have obligations and responsibilities to others. This includes us but most of all, our families both genetic and chosen, and those less fortunate. I choose to view this as our responsibilities to that family of man as a whole.

All this movement into Capricorn is going to create what I predict will be a noticeable change in energy for even those that might swear they never feel an energetic shift. With is all happening right at the end of this year, the New Year should take a different turn pretty fast. I’ve been telling people for a while that this past year was just the tip of the iceberg compared to what we will see in 2018 and 2019. By the end of 2020, we should begin to see things begin to settle down and even out some. Fasten your seatbelts.

There are no other major aspects this week that I want to talk about. All the movement into Capricorn is enough for us to wrap our heads around right now. Going back to the beginning of this post, try to find some fun things to do. Don’t worry about things you have no control over. Try to spend more face time with people and less digital time. Texting has its advantages but it is no substitute for a voice chat. Call your friends more and text less.

We all know how stressful the holiday season can be. For some, there seems to be more to get done than we can manage. For others, this is a very depressing time of year. The homeless, hungry, and those without families perhaps suffer the most. For many months now, I have ended my posts encouraging you to be kind to all you meet and to smile. This is even more important this time of year.

Dig deep into your pockets and give to those in need.

Several years ago some folks in my town began a beautiful tradition that helps feed the hungry in this area. I leave you now with links to a couple of videos about it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkfPlbyNvlA&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsFzeuuHGeg

One last thing….I want to wish a very happy birthday to my nearly lifelong friend Jack, whose birthday is today. I also want to wish my mother a happy 88th birthday this coming Wednesday. I love you both dearly!