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This week is sure full of aspects. Today brings us Mars square Pluto.  Anytime Pluto is involved things can get interesting as he uncovers stuff and lets the secrets out.  Mars can be a bring out the bully and stimulate the desire to control. Both of these planets are strong and this aspect can show up in power struggles of all sorts. Do your best to roll with it all. Don’t try to control things. Instead, allow them to unfold on their own.  The results will be more to your liking if you take your hands off.

If there are working on deep personal issues, this energy is most helpful. I am loving this energy because it is giving me clearer vision around my own stuff.

On a different note, this energy is very passionate. Maybe this is a good time to re-visit Valentine ’s Day? Sexual energy is high.  Just be smart about it.

Thursday, Mercury is sextile Saturn. Rules, regulations  and authority working are with communications.  Use this energy to work on those project details s and get ready for the next one.  This energy is practical and can if we work smart. Thankfully this is what Saturn is all about. What we do this weekend will help bring us great rewards in the future.

This same day Mercury semi-squares Venus. Be aware that social, personal and romantic communications could be difficult, to say the least.  If you put some effort into it, exercise some patience and use good manners, you should have no problems.  The shadow side of this aspect is ADD brain or a mind that wanders. Some of us could feel a bit ultra-sensitive and a bit on the dramatic side.

Saturday the Sun semi-squares Uranus.  This one can make you want to get up and get moving. Problem is, where do we want to go? Take some time to plan things out so you don’t make a wrong turn anywhere. This will probably be me, as I go out of town for the evening Saturday. Anytime Uranus is in the picture plans can change. For many, change of any sort is difficult.

 

The last aspect I will mention this is also on Saturday when the Sun is sesquiquadrate Jupiter. Expansive Jupiter will cause us to feel a bit impatient. There is also a thread of unhappiness.  This energy reminds me of the fisherman’s exaggerated story about how big that fish really was. Being wasteful is another possibility. Don’t let your champagne tastes override your beer pocketbook, and don’t give into your eyes being bigger than your stomach. This last one has me written all over it, but I am getting better……really I am.

 

I am sorry this week’s post was so fragmented. Every time I think about shutting down this blog I think of weeks like this when there is so much going on in the sky.

I am recalling an interview I heard some years back where the astrologer was talking about aspects we are seeing now and even father out to the 2020’s. I clearly remember this person was saying that the aspects that we are seeing now were more difficult than we had been used to. No doubt there is a lot going on. I appreciate your taking this ride with me.

 

Monday- Tuesday

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Sunday’s post got long even without the days of the week so I decided to post the days of the week later. Computer glitches caused more delays and I could not get the full week finished last night. There will be more info later this evening so watch for that. 

The Sun has moved into Pisces now. Our out of the box thinking will be giving way to a more unselfish mindset. Our feelings and the desire to be more creative will motivate us. Pisces energy is also about dreams and fantasy. But the shadow side is avoidance, substance abuse, and addiction. This energy does not care as much about making things happen as it does allow things to unfold as they will. . . Que Doris Day . . .http://bit.ly/2grGCNR

 

The Sun will remain in Pisces until March 20, 2016.

 

Mercury is also in Pisces. This placement is helping us to think more visually, have more imagination, and be more intuitive. Pay attention to your intuition especially until Mercury exits Pisces on March 13.

Mars is all comfortably nestled in Aries.  For another couple of weeks. Aires is his home sign so he is strong here and helping us to be more impulsive while also working with our intuitive energy generated by Pisces. The shadow side of this placement is arrogance, self centeredness, impulsivity, thoughtlessness.

Venus is also in Aries. She will have a long tour here but it will be split up some when she retrogrades. We will talk about this more when this happens. For now,  Aries love is spontaneous! Cha, cha, cha! This energy allows us to be more daring and brave when we are on the hunt.

Venus in Aries only has its eye on what is ahead and won’t look back for a minute. If things become stale and this Aries becomes unhappy, she won’t mince words. She will simply state her case and move on. Her intention is never to cause hurt feelings but there is sometimes, of course, there is collateral damage. This Venus is more interested in the chase anyway.

Today we had Mercury sextile Uranus. If you had meetings or some sort of group event or gathering today, it should have gone pretty well for you, especially if there was some technology involved. Perhaps you noticed some good, creative, and original ideas that seemed to come from nowhere. Or perhaps you were able to view things with a new perspective.

 

Tuesday is a big day this week, loaded with aspects.

 

Tuesday the Sun semi-squares Mars. This is part of the Grand Cross I talked about yesterday. This particular aspect could lead to some conflicts and can be a bit aggressive but that is typical Mars isn’t it? This energy, when used creatively, can help us get a great deal accomplished. On the shadow side is restlessness  and impulsivity that can lead to unnecessary disagreements.

Next up for Tuesday Mercury trines Jupiter. Optimistic thoughts, perceptiveness, co-operation, and everyday things come with this aspect. This is also good energy for short trips and the written word. Why not put pen to paper and write down your thoughts? This will also be a good day to study, take a day trip, or for teaching. Observations will be more acute today and opinions accurate.

The Sun squares Pluto Tuesday. (Told you it was a full day.) Manipulating for control of our environment is the order of the day. In the process, we could discover assets we never knew we had. When this happens to you, remember to be grateful for all the things that get in your way and cause frustrations. They are our teachers.

Astrology for February 19-25, 2016

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The New Moon eclipse seems to have set off some interesting energy. At least I hope that is what is going on. Now we are moving toward a solar eclipse that will take place next Sunday.  Eclipses always come in pairs, even triples, and their energy technically lasts for a year. However, in six months a new eclipse season comes in to adds its energy to the mix for the year. Therefore some astrologers will say that eclipse energy last six months while others say it lasts a year. Confused yet?

I am constantly amazed and intrigued by the complexity of astrology and the many ways to study it. The List below should give you a better idea of what I mean.

1.   Vocational astrology that helps people find a career that is best suited for them.

2.   Mundane astrology studies events concerning countries and the world. For instance, this is the word that describes the study of the chart of the US.

3.   Medical astrology is ancient. This form of study helps us understand what could be causing an illness, a good time to schedule an operation or procedure, even ways to prevent illness.

4.   Relocation charts can help one find a good place to move to or determine is a chosen location is a good choice.

5.   Financial astrology helps with knowing when to invest or pull money.

6.   Relationship astrology is a popular one. When two charts are compared, the quality of the relationship between the two people can be viewed.

7.   Vedic or Indian astrology, and Chinese astrology as other cultural forms of astrology.

8.   Specialties vary too and include, asteroids, Lunar effects, and movement, planetary returns, midpoints or nodes and the ascendant and mid-heaven.

9.   Some astrologer’s include and spiritual or esoteric view of the planets.

 

I am sure there are more. Question is, what category do I fall into. Perhaps a combo of many of them because I find them all to be so interesting.

The past couple of weeks, I have been most interested in the formations forms by the planetary aspects. Two weeks ago there was a mystic rectangle and a Grand trine on top of each other. The combination formed an envelope. This past week a Grand Cross formed that will last for three weeks. The coming week keeps bringing us interesting formations. Lets begin by discussing the Grand Cross.

This formation involves the asteroid Vesta which is now considered a proto-planet, or a cosmic body that is becoming a planet. Well……Ok. (File this away for later).

A Grand Cross or Grand Square is when four planets are square to each other and actually form a square in the sky. I this case we have Vesta holding down one corner, with Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto holding down the other three corners.

Now along comes Mars who will is joining up with Uranus to hold down that corner. This whole formation comes to a crescendo this Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. But wait! There is more, as the guy on TV used to say.

The Grand Cross, minus Mars, actually formed back on January 19. And it lasts until April 20. Asteroids are not as popular as the planets and add to the complexity of astrology so not many astrologers have talked about the Grand Cross but they have talked about the T- square which leaves Vesta out altogether. I am pleased to see Asteroidology slowly catching on.

So let’s look at Vesta.

Vesta, recently categorized as a baby planet, is the daughter of our planetary father, Saturn. She is where we get the term, ‘vestal virgin’. Known as the goddess of the hearth, Vesta and rules Virgo and Scorpio. Her location in your chart will show you where your home is, or “where your home fires burn”.

You might be asking what Vesta has to do with this Grand Cross. She has a lot to do with it. The Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto T-square is already one of the strongest influences of 2016-2017. As you probably know already, the Uranus/Pluto square is fading and will we will be done with it in 2018 when Uranus leaves Aries. Jupiter is however, giving this aspect and shot in the arm and expanding what energy is had left to bestow on us. This is sort of like the last hurrah for big rebellion, revolution, chaos, fast change, extreme weather, and political upsets.

We need to remember that astrological energy does not shift with great speed. The energy transitions in and out like ripples on water. The ripples can turn into big waves, but coming in and going out is usually not so volatile.

Vesta helps us sharpen our senses and our skills. She trains us for completion. After we reach a level that is beneficial to others, then we can move on to our next cause. This is usually a cause that both serves others and makes us feel happily fulfilled. She is helping us get ready for what comes after the Grand Square.

Mars joined in this action on Valentine’s Day. His energy is like Aries energy so he is making it easier to keep your enthusiasm and momentum at a higher level. He is going to help us stand in our power and fight the good fight.

One thing you will need to watch out for is how much risk you take. Be careful and think things through. Too many of us tend to “go off half-cocked” and this is a time we really need to be more intentional so can avoid accidents.

There is a whole lot of erotic energy with this too. Mars, Aires, Pluto, Jupiter, and Vesta are all associated with sexual energy no regardless of your style. Whether you like it vanilla, kinky, or tantric, think before you leap into a sexual mistake. This Grand Cross can get things really hot and bothered.

This post is running long so I won’t post the rest of the week now. But I do want to say this week has the potential for very strong weather in some places. This only increases as we get closer to the solar eclipse next Sunday. I noticed earlier today that there is a large coronal hole in the sun that goes all the way across it and looks a bit like a jack-o-lantern’s smile. This is sure to produce some nice colors in the northern sky this week.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrology for February 12-18, 2016

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Friday’s Full Moon was beautiful. Now, this week, we are winding down or completing the four week cycle of the Moon. Anne Oretlee says “eclipses echo back in 19 year increments”. This would mean that we can go back and look at February 1998, farther back to February of 1978 and even further to 1960 to see what was going on in your life then. Where did Friday’s eclipse hit your chart?

For me, it hit my tenth house of work. I hope this does not mean that I will be losing work but rather gain some. I’m not ready to retire just yet but when I look back to 1998, I have just taken a new job as a nanny. That job would change me in ways I would never have expected too.

Going back to 1979, I find another big shift in my work life. I was barely 25 and working in the social services office of community action program. I was involved with a guy and his family that would provide me with a variety of work experiences far different from the CAP job or anything else I would ever experience. It was all good, nothing shady. They taught me a great deal about life and people, and are certainly some years that stand out among the rest.

The eclipse also hits my fourth house of home and family. And guess what? I went home two days before the eclipse to visit my mother. Yes! Lots of home and family stuff there.

She is trying to purge her home of unneeded things and also make room for a washer and dryer that will be installed in the closet of my childhood bedroom so she will no longer have to go up and down the basement steps. My strong, beautiful mother is no longer steady on her feet and no longer has the energy to do very much.

Big changes. Mom always sends me away with “things”. One thing I came away this time was my Barbie doll, circa? ? ?

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Coincidences? Maybe, but I don’t believe in them myself. The question now is, what story is this eclipse winding up for you? You might want to get a reading from a good astrologer and ask them.

This week brings Valentines and a change of sign for the Sun. For some Valentine’s day can be a difficult time just like the rest of the winter holidays. Those that are single or separated from those they love often feel sad, even depressed. I am happy to see more each year about celebrating you as a person on Valentine’s day. Relationships are difficult at best and being alone is not always a bad thing so single folks.. . . . REJOICE! . . . and show yourself some LOVE

Today, Sunday, Mercury the communicator will be semi-square Chiron, the wounded healer. This could cause communications to be more haphazard or unkind than we intend them to be. Reading the intent of others can be difficult too. Some could have a problem with authority, anxiety, or blame. Communicate cautiously as the opinions and viewpoints of others conflict with yours.

Tuesday, Valentine’s day, the Sun will be sextile Saturn. This aspect will help us stay focused on our task and move toward completion. Saturn helps with our discipline keeps us within time constraints. Progress could be slow but our persistence will pay off in the end.

Tuesday also serves up a semi-square between Mercury and Saturn. I think I mentioned last week that Saturn seems to play a big role in aspects this year. Or perhaps I am hyper-focused on Saturn this year? At any rate, this aspect is difficult. Re-doing is in the cards just when we thought we had finished that task or project.

You could find that email or phone call you were expecting seems to take forever to come or doesn’t show up at all. This aspect, along with these types of delays are frustrating and leave us open to criticizing, being ultra sensitive, and thinking more negatively that we might naturally. Your day will be best spent working to repair and correct things. Try to refrain from giving attention to the frustration of any delays.

Valentine’s could turn out to be a great day to be single after all. Jupiter will be inconjunct Chiron. Our goals, beliefs, even our faith can face uncertainty today. This aspect is asking us to examine what is possible. I say question away. To me, this is one of the best things about being human. Don’t give in to outside influences or expect too much from ourselves or other people today. Just relax, enjoy, and do your best to spread some love.

Thursday Mercury in Aquarius will sextile Mars in Aries. Any aspect between these two planets always makes me sit up and pay attention. Mars is all action and Mercury is how we communicate. Things can get busy when these two interact.

This aspect is more about the mind. We will probably find we are more alert and lively today. We could make decisions rather quickly if we need to. New ideas could also be plentiful but our busy brains don’t seem to cause us any overwhelment. Instead, we use this busy mind to create new projects or get ahead on ones we may have already started.

Saturday the Sun moves into Pisces. We have been in Aquarius for the past month. That energy had been innovative, expressive, nonlimiting, nonrestrictive, and free of restraint. Our individuality has ruled. Aquarius is not exactly selfish but in comparison to the Sun in Pisces, it is.

Sun in Pisces is quite selfless, emotional, and creative. Pisces loves to dream and drift off into fantasy whenever he can. Like the other five higher zodiac signs, his thinking is more universal in nature than the lower, more personal signs. Pisces rules altruism, empathy, loyalty, and wisdom. Pisces also rules addictions, victimization, depression, submissiveness, illusion, and misconception. For all the creativity and spirituality we can find it Pisces, this is not always a pretty sign to be in.

This afternoon it is about 75 degrees outside. I am going to stop here for this week and get out to enjoy some of the sunshine. This winter has been very, very mild over all. I have barely worn long sleeves, a sweater, or coat. Wednesday Mom was saying she was going to leave her winter wreath on her door a bit longer because she was hoping for one more snow. It has been in the upper 60’s all that day. Then that night when I got home we had a thunderstorm. Maybe Mom was right. The old farmer’s tale is that when there is thunder in winter, 10-12 days later there will be snow. I’m not holding my breath this year. I feel like this could be just a trick of that old Fire Rooster.

Wishing you a happy, productive week and a happy Valentine’s day too!

Astrology for February 5-11, 2017

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Welcome to February 2017.

The other day I caught myself commenting on how fast January had passed and also wondering if it was just me, or if others are feeling the same way. I know that people feel like time speeds up as they get older, and I did just celebrate another birthday, but this last month seems to have zoomed by before I knew it. The energy of the new year is shifting and we should be firmly grounded in this new energy by the end of February. But first we have and few interesting things to talk about.

The big news this week is the Lunar eclipse on Friday, February 10, 2017. It begins at 5:34 pm EST, peaks at 7:43 and is over by 9:53 pm. Even if there are no clouds, this eclipse won’t be that spectacular. This is because it is a penumbral lunar eclipse and therefore very faint. It will, however, be visible in most of the world except the pacific ocean and the farthest most parts of Alaska, Asia, and Indonesia.

This eclipse it teaching me about a totally new aspect formation. This formation is actually two shapes over-lapped; a Grand Trine and a Magic or Mystic Rectangle. The combination of gentle sextiles and difficult oppositions in the figure actually create harmonious energy that is best accessed instinctively.

The Grand Trine figure is full of gentle energy. This formation falls in fire signs and adds power to all the characteristics that are discussed in the following lines. This especially applies to seeking new possibilities or new ways of being.

Together, these two shapes form an envelope shape just as the eclipse is beginning. This blends the energy of five planets, five houses, five signs, and a bunch of aspects together, and is a good example of how complex astrology can be. I won’t dare to discuss all these components, just the most prominent ones.

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This Full Moon and eclipse have the Sun in Aquarius, opposing the Moon in Leo. Our ego is loving its freedom and objectivity while our emotions want to take center stage and are all about the self. This makes me dizzy just thinking about it.

The Full Moon is also the time when we start to bring home what we started with the New Moon. Full Moon’s are known to be romantic and emotional. Just think about the crime and birth rates during a full moon. Now add all this extra eclipse energy to it and who knows what can happen.

This is what we are going to look into today. . .

Lunar eclipses are known to deal with relationships. They can stir things up and create a relationship crisis of some sort. Don’t limit your thinking to romantic and family relationships however. This can apply to all sorts of relationships. Neighbors, friends, co-workers, the grocery clerk, the bank teller, and the doctor are all people we have some sort of relationship with and there could be issues with some of them.

Crisis can be both good and bad. A crisis can divide or bring together. Just last week I read a sweet story about a Boston bombing victim that married the first responder that saved her life. This is a great example of the good that can come from crisis. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Lunar eclipses can also deal with our relationship to our career, our health, and even our goals and life purpose. Count on the Full Moon to shine light on all these things, or some of them at least. As with all things astrological, much of how you and I are affected depends on what is triggered in our own natal chart.

This might be a good time to throw in the T- square aspect that is in this week’s outlook. It is the same one I have talked about in weeks past that includes an opposition between Jupiter and Uranus and squares between Pluto, Uranus and Jupiter with Gemini energy as the focal point of the T-square. This is rebellious, transformative, growing energy with a side helping of uncertainty or duality from the Gemini focal point.

You might recall that Pluto is lord of the underworld. He loves to uncover hidden meanings, discover truth, and to tear down in order to rebuild. All those things represent change. What could dear Pluto uncover in your life in the coming days and weeks around this eclipse? What will he uncover on the world stage? Only time will tell, but I am betting it’s could be big, even explosive news.

I feel like Pluto will help this eclipse energy, help us discover more about ourselves and our relationships. Perhaps it won’t all be positive but we can count on Pluto to assist us in our transformation on all levels. We all know that change is never easy but it is necessary so just hold on, take lots of deep breathes, and stay as positive as you can. Happiness and joy will go a long way toward getting us through the rough spots.

Eclipse energy doesn’t fade or change like planetary energy does as planets transit from sign to sign. It sticks around for as much as 12 months. Those with natal chart points in the fixed signs and the degrees between 17 and 28, will feel the strongest effects. To review, fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Leo. I am expecting this one to affect me to some degree because I am Aquarian and have a Scorpio ascendant. Neither of these points in my chart are within the specified degree range, however, I do have Mars in Scorpio and Pluto in Leo within those degrees. Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, True Node, Chiron and the Mid-heaven within the specified degree range but not in fire signs. This info is going to give me lots to research for myself.

Now, let’s backtrack a bit to yesterday, February 4, 2017. This is when another figure formed in the heavens known as a cradle. This involves the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. Saturn is our authority and Uranus is rebellion. The Sun represents us or our ego, and Jupiter makes all this energy bigger but since Jupiter goes retrograde Tues, this his influence on growth is more inward than outward.

At first, I might view this cradle as volatile energy, and no doubt to some extent it is. The cradle shape softens this energy and shifts it to a much more harmonious energy than we might expect. I guess it might rock us like a baby in a cradle. This cradle formation will last for two weeks, with its peak on the 11th, the day after the eclipse.

Monday, February 6, Jupiter turns retrograde in Libra for a little over four months. Libra is another place where we deal with relationships. This four-month time slot will be a good one for examining how you really feel about your relationship to various schools of thought including your life’s purpose. You could be drawn to change your point of view on religion or philosophy, or feel directed to some other calling.

Tuesday Mercury moves into Aquarius. Our thirst for knowledge will increase with this transit and will leave us open to new, innovative ideas. This energy is forward-looking, objective, and takes us outside the box. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

The last bit to discuss comes on Saturday when the Sun trines Jupiter. Jupiter represents growth and expansion, but remember he is now retrograde. This is part of the peak of that cradle I mentioned earlier. The energy of this aspect could increase our willingness to take risks or try to impress someone. If you are wanting to start a new business, take classes, or begin some other new relationship or project, this could be a great time to start.

This week should be interesting.  writing this has gotten me a bit excited. I see more interesting aspects coming ahead of us, such as the Grand Cross in next week’s forecast.

Until then, I wish you all peace, joy, and lots of love.

Astrology for January 29-February 4, 2017

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Happy New Year to all my Asian friends and anyone who celebrates the lunar New Year. I hope you have had the chance to read last week’s post on the New Year. It is all about the year of the Fire Rooster. 

The New Year began with last Friday night’s (January 27, 2017) New Moon in Aquarius. The energy of this Moon is pushing us to think about the future. Aquarius is a refreshing change from the stodgy, unfashionable Capricorn. He loves freedom and independence. And while he might understand the need for rules and restraints, he is not fond of them. Aquarius prefers the collective act responsibly and in good self-governance. Wishful thinking perhaps but Aquarius keeps that faith that one day this will happen and continues pioneering through

imagesThe shadow side of Aquarius can be rebellious like no other, unpredictable, and unashamed with a healthy serving of stubbornness. Yes! Folks, I get it honestly!

 

One of the biggest influences of this New Moon was a square between Venus and Saturn. Venus is currently in Pisces where she is pursuing her heart’s desire and feeling idealistic, romantic, and quite dreamy about her life. Occasionally she can be a bit lost, even sad. This transit will end at the end of this week when Venus changes signs.

Saturn in Sagittarius has very different energy. He is realistic, stiff, rigid, and precise. Some would say he is quite narrow-minded too. This square aspect between Saturn and Venus holds the energy of confronting facts with fantasy.

Did you know that Saturn was once considered the ruler of Aquarius? Uranus was discovered in 1781 but it was not until the early 19th century that it was assigned rulership of Aquarius. If you would like to read more about this on your own, here is a link to an article from The Mountain Astrologer that I found very interesting.

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You are probably aware that the New and Full Moon energetically set the influence of the two week that follow them. The New Moon is about planting seeds and moving forward. Besides the fact that my sleep was disrupted most of the last week, I am ready to move forward with things. My focus has been more localized. By localized, I mean I have been focusing almost totally on me, my home, and my work. As my dear friend, Judy (JC) Cochrane 14322285_10210171575273926_4643786363125758957_nsays in her book, Eleven Days, we must “begin within”. I am hoping to use this Saturn and Venus square turned Mars -Saturn square energy to refuel my passion for things I may have  put aside. There is not a better time to move forward than now for lots of reasons.

Mars and Saturn are moving away from their square this week and by week’s end will be out of orb. If you have felt more sensitive to limitations, this square could be the reason why. Perhaps the boss, parents or some other authority figure has been on your back and you are feeling stressed about it. Relax! Stop pushing your point of view for now because it won’t do any good. Work instead on the long term plan.

Today, January 29, 2017, Mercury joins Uranus in Capricorn. Our thought processes area activated and can be intense and quite focused. This energy is searching and examining. This could assist us in getting to the root of things, discovering concealed meanings, and perhaps find the hidden truth.

We are more persuasive with this energy. Our stronger powers of observation can lead us to a stronger plan of action. However, some of us will find this energy to be mentally frustrating. Knowing what the energy holds can help us to

We need to back-track to Venus for a bit. Right now she is in Pisces but the end of the week she moves into fiery Aries. In Pisces, she has been fantasizing about a new romance and pulling for the underdog.

Venus can’t get very relaxed in Aries. This is a very uncomfortable transit for her. She could take on the first romance the comes along. The thrill of the hunt will provide the most enjoyment for many. mars_disarmed_by_venus

The Venus Pisces energy is not going to be totally over for the year, however. The planet of love and finance goes retrograde in early March and she will flip-flop back into Pisces and then again to Aries until she finally moves into Taurus on June 7, 2017. If you didn’t get enough Venus in Pisces or didn’t finish what needed to during that transit, then you will get another shot later this spring.

Moving on into next week, on Sunday, February 5, Jupiter will turn retrograde. We will, of course, be feeling this shift much of this week. This turn of direction will give us four months to review our point of view on all matter of philosophy. This includes our view on things like morality, ethics, and religion.

Jupiter is about expanding. This includes long distance travel. During this time is might not be a good idea to travel oversea. Keep in mind that Jupiter is in Libra and that could mean some decisions will be made that don’t sit well with the masses. Since this is also Superbowl Sunday and referees fall under the rule of Libra, don’t be surprised if there are some calls in the game that have folks shaking their heads and or fists, and wondering what in the world they were thinking.

 

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead. Be safe and be well. 

 

Chinese Year of the Fire Rooster

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Photo courtesy of ceramic artist, Tammy Leigh Brooks.  http://www.tammyleighbrooks.com/

 

This coming Saturday, January 28, 2017, heralds in the Chinese New Year. Chinese astrology has twelve signs just like western astrology does. Each sign also has five elements of metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. It takes 60 years to cycle through all of them. The last time there was a Fire Rooster year was in 1957. Celebrations begin in New Year’s Eve or on January 27 and continue through February 2, 2017. Nothing like a week long party is there? Sadly, I am not longer young enough to want to party all night, let alone all week.

Like many other nationalities, the Chinese celebrate with light and sound. Firecrackers, fireworks, bells, drums and the traditional lion dances are all part of the celebration. Children, unmarried teens, and adults are given red envelopes with money inside. Red is considered the luckiest of all colors and symbolized life. Combine all these aspects and you get something that is thought to subdue evil spirits for the year. For this reason, it is advised not to spend it right away, but to keep it for the best luck. Another interesting gift is the giving of red underwear between sweethearts and family members. However, in my reading, I learned red is not a lucky color for the fire rooster.

Each Chinese sign and each element have specific meanings and influence the astrology for the coming year. If you want to determine what sign and element you are you need to go to a Chinese astrology calculator site like this one:

http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php

For those of us born near the end of January or early February, need to pay extra attention to where the New Year falls on the year of their birth. Some years a late January date might fall at the end of the previous year’s chart or at the beginning of the chart in another year. The difference is because Chinese astrology is based on the lunar calendar and not the Gregorian. I like the link above because it gives specific dates for each year. Once you have your date and your sign, click on the sign and you will be able to determine which element your sign was under when you were born.

The rooster is the 10th sign of the Chinese zodiac. Fire roosters are rather self-absorbed and spend a great deal of time on their image. They are often egotistical and self-aggrandizing. They not only want but expect to be the center of attention and always enjoy an opportunity to brag about themselves.

They are fabulous organizers, social planners, and terrific leaders who love being around other people and adoring fans. They are known to be blunt and this is not always gentle to others. Hurt feelings are not uncommon when interacting with a fire rooster. On the positive side, fire roosters are funny, open, honest, loyal, and are dedicated friends.

All signs in both western and Chinese astrology have things like flowers, colors and lucky number associated with them. The fire rooster’s lucky numbers are 5, 7, and 9. Lucky days are the 4th and the 26th of a lunar month. Colors are gold, brown, and yellow. Flowers are Gladiola and cockscomb. Does that surprise anyone?

This year is thought to be far less than stellar for all roosters. They will need to work very, very hard to make money and stay in good health. It will be a good idea for them to wear their seat belts and watch out for traffic when driving or walking. It is advised they pay close attention to where they step too. A rotten step or loose brick or ladder rung can cause a bad fall.

When it comes to love and romance, this is not the best of years for roosters unless they have been in a very long-term relationship. In that case, if might be a good year to tie the knot. Otherwise, their need to focus on work could make it difficult to handle a romantic relationship. It will be best to take your time when matters of the heart are concerned or you could risk blowing it all.

Roosters are compatible with another rooster, dog, rat, rabbit, or horse sign. They are complement tiger and dragon. The signs they are most compatible with are ox and snake. Oh, Joy! That means I am compatible with the rooster. Not at all sure how I feel about that just yet.

Overall expect this year to be one of movement. Most believe this is about forward movement but I am not going to speculate. However, it does seem clear that this will be a year in which first impressions will count big and so do your intentions in love, business, and finances. I believe Saturn will be a big factor in the area of finances and I will discuss that in a later post.

After the mischievousness of last year’s fire monkey, the fire rooster energy will be a welcome change to many.  To make the most of this year, we will need to adopt and work with the rooster’s characteristics. This will be difficult for some including me. The conceit is not a character trait I appreciate or enjoy being around.  

 

As always, I wish you the best in every day, every week, every month, all year long.

I hope the rest of your week is fabulous just as you are!

Astrology for January 22-28, 2017

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I am just beginning to feel the energy of this new cycle and this world year of One. This is energy is about starting fresh, starting new things, getting our groove back. This has nothing to do with anything that is going around us. It is just about the energy of the cosmos in general and about energy according to Pythagoras and his study of numbers.

This does, however, bleed over into the world around us. The good news is, numerologist are saying this is going to be a good year. There are a few times we need to pay attention to, but first I need to explain something.

If you are not familiar with numerology, I suggest you start by taking a look at the link below or check out Doreen Virtue’s Angel Numbers book.

http://www.numerology.com/about-numerology

Now, what I want to explain is, while no number is bad or good, there are numbers that don’t work well together. Sounds a lot like us humans doesn’t it? The numbers two, four, and eight are all very compatible. So are three, six, and nine. That leaves one, five, and seven, all of which work well together. There is such a thing as toxic numbers. That is when the energy of two numbers clash such as a four and a five. These two do not make good partners. Fours want to stay home and fives want to go out. This can create a bad or toxic situation.

This could be a time of big Earth activity. We could bad weather, floods, volcanoes, or earthquakes during this time. There could also be conflicts between nations.

There are people that can sense things like earthquakes. I have heard a couple of them interviewed in recent months and as you might guess, they are still talking about the BIG one that hits California. They all agree it is not a matter of if, but when, and they all seem to think it will come sooner than later. I have recently commented on increased activity in “Ring of Fire”.

Just last night, at 11:00 EST January 21, 4:30 am UTC January 22, there was an 8.0 earthquake in the Bougainville Region of Papua, New Guinea. The USGS has since downgraded this to a 7.9. I saw this report just 50 minutes after it happened and before it was downgraded.

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/powerful-quake-strikes-off-png-initial-tsunami-alert-wound-back/3457732.html

 

Who knows what could be ahead of us? There are small quakes every day. Just today there have been six small ones in the US alone. All of them 3.1 or less and a 3.4 just happened in British Columbia as I was writing this.

This is what happens every summer when we get to July and August. July is a seven month and August is an eight. These numbers clash in a big way. Think about it and think about whether your life usually runs smooth this time of year or not. A lot of that can depend on your own numbers too. It might be a good idea to figure out what your own life path, soul, and, destiny numbers are. You can learn a lot from the link above or any of the many other websites on numerology.

The vibration or energy of the number One is original, self-reliant, and individual. Number One has a strong will and can be very focused. It is also known to be rebellious. This characteristic, however, is most often expressed constructively rather than negatively. The shadow side of One is a selfishness with a healthy side of stubbornness. One’s can also possess weakness and be rather unruly. The advantage of knowing about numerology it knowing how to use the energy of numbers to your advantage.

I hope you are able to tap into the energy of this One year and make the most of it for yourself. There is a lot of opportunity in it.

Last week the Sun moved into the sign of Aquarius. I am sure you know that the planet as a whole is moving into the “Age of Aquarius” too. 

Most of us first became aware of this shift of ages back in 1969 when a group known as 5th Dimension sang a song called “Aquarius”.

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

 

As with all shifts in energy, the bigger the shift, the more time it takes. Mercury for instance shifts often and this energy shift is felt quickly. Shifts of an age, like the one we are moving into now, take decades to complete.

Many believe, as I do, that we are now in the “Age of Aquarius”. We are at the very edge of this time however, so we are not getting the full effects of what is said to be an age of peace and understanding. Indeed, we have a long way to go yet. This might be the year that propels us deeper into this “ New Age”.

When the Sun is in Aquarius, we have more of a hunger for knowledge. We are also more innovative and seek to find new ways to view things. Capricorn has put restrictions on us and we are eager to break free of those now. We want freedom and to be able to express our individuality. Rebellion is certainly not out of the question.

Besides the fact that the Sun has just shifted signs, we are still under the influence of the Jupiter-Uranus opposition. This is part of a T-square that also includes the Uranus-Pluto square we have been under since 2008.But the week’s biggest event, the first of four squares between Saturn and Venus this year. Saturn is going to be a big player this year due in part to his retrograde that begins in early April. This aspect will cause problems with not only relationships but also our finances. This square perfects on Friday, January 27 and coincides with a New Moon in Aquarius.

New Moons are times of new beginnings. We are really getting hit with the new cycle energy now, aren’t we? Aquarius deals with freedom and justice. It is a humanitarian sign and works for the collective good of all. This is a time to use freedom and justice in our new beginnings; our new starts. (Interesting how this happens just as we swear in our new president.)

mars-aries-300x300Friday, Mars moves into Aries. This is his home sign the place he is most comfortable. This is where he is the most positive and self-assured. This will actually act to soften the Venus-Saturn square. This will be a six-week transit for Mars so be sure to take advantage of this boost in confidence.

Saturday begins the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster. And next Sunday there is a conjunction of Mercury and Pluto. Dear Pluto loves to go deep so who knows what could come to the surface late this week or early next week. This could also be a catalyst for things to come.

I won’t go into the Chinese New Year  information today. I will save that for a short post in a few days. I promise to get that up by Wednesday evening. I am sure you will find that interesting.

Astrology for January 15-21, 2017

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Wow! We sure have had some interesting aspects to work through lately. Neptune, Mars, and Venus have been having a party over in Pisces for a little bit now. Saturn has been playing with Mercury. If any of these are triggering your chart, you may have felt like you have been trudging through knee deep mud.

You may have been feeling as if the walls were coming in on you or you were led to indulge and escape since New Year’s Day. I Have definitely not been in a party or crowd mood since Christmas. Neptune has been quite evident in my life. I have felt foggy and distant and anytime I am near water I seem to make a mess. Nothing to do but laugh at myself, the mess, and then clean it up.

The Full Moon was intense but for a change, I slept well every night. Usually, there is at least one night I don’t sleep well. This week will remain tense but for other reasons.

This week the Sun changes signs and moves from Capricorn to Aquarius at 5:03 pm on January 19th. At the same time, Mars is in square aspect to Saturn. Frustrations run high. Wrath and anger are like glowing embers below our surface. Some of us will want to use an extra amount of care so this does not turn into a full-fledged blaze, raging out of control.

The energy shift from Capricorn to Aquarius is a big one. We go from feeling responsible, ambitious, and respectful to almost a “devil may care” attitude as Aquarius takes us into a place of independence and drive for personal freedom, knowledge, and creative new ways of doing things. Aquarius energy is rational, aloof, separate, and unattached. There is a lot more I could say about this but that would lead me into politics and I won’t go there.

Saturn in square aspect to Mars on Thursday is going to make doing what we want, the way we want difficult this week. Let if all go. This will pass and we can move back to these things later, or not. It is often best not to force things.

Venus entered Pisces on January 3, 2017, where she will remain until February 3. Pisces hold lots of loving energy in some of the same ways Aquarius does. Pisces, however, is more wide open than even the most open-minded Aquarius.

Venus in Pisces is very compassionate, pulls for the underdog, and sometimes has behaves like martyr. Early in the week Venus is snuggled up with Neptune. This no doubt adds a level of creativity and illusion to our view of love. It is the illusion part the could be problematic for some of us. Be wise and cautious so you don’t become a victim.

Friday Venus is sextile Pluto. This energy is good for both our money and our relationships. That sounds good to me. So does feeling confident and authentic. I hope to make the most of this aspect.

Since the end of last year, like most of us, I have been looking ahead to see what this year holds for us. I feel like Saturn will be playing a big role this year. This week I see an interesting trine between Saturn and Uranus. This could be a universal attempt to relieve some of chaotic affects of the past five years of repeated Pluto-Uranus squares.

We are still under the influence of these squares but their affects are waning and we will be out from under this influence altogether in about another year or so. However, from what I am reading, this trine will help ease the tensions that the squares created. Could we really discover that we have more in common than we seem to now?

One thing that had been of interest remote interest to me is the stock market. I keep hearing “experts” talk about an 8 year cycle, is the dot com crash of 2000, the housing crash of 2008, you get the idea. I have thought since the late 1990’s that we were in for another big crash that could possibly be as big as the one in 1929.

I decided to look at the ephemeris for that day, October 29, 1929. Saturn, which rules institutions, authority, fear, and boundaries. On that day in 1929, Saturn was are 26 degrees 44 minutes of Sagittarius. Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius.

When I looked at the ephemeris for this year I was discovered there are three times this year that Saturn will be at the exact same degree is was in 1929. Everything has a cycle doesn’t it? 

Three times is due to a retrograde begins in April and last through August. If you are interested in this you might want to mark your calendars with these dates so you will be reminded to see what it going on about these three days.

Three times is due to a retrograde begins in April and last through August. If you are interested in this you might want to mark your calendars with these dates so you will be reminded to see what it going on about these three days.

The first time Saturn will be at 26:44 Sagittarius is on March 1, 2017. Next is on May 13. The last time is on November 22nd. My guess is that the one to pay the most attention to will be the one in November. I regret not having more info on this at this time. I hope to have more as the year progresses. 

This coming week is full of transition. I am hoping it all goes smoothly. I am looking forward to the move into Aquarius and due to the shift, next week’s blog will probably be late. That is unless I get it written early. Next Sunday is my birthday and I plan to celebrate quietly. For some reason I don’t want to do anything for go anywhere to celebrate and have so far turned down all invitations to do so. As I said early in this post, I have been a bit more reclusive that usual. Not sure what this is all about but I am going with the flow and using this time as positively as I can.

Astrology for January 8-14, 2017

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Welcome to 2017 and Happy Elvismas! It is hard to believe that the “King of Rock and Roll” would be 82 today. Happy birthday Elvis, wherever you are. ❤

Has this been an interesting week for you?

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Some do, I don’t. I do however, set intentions but I don’t beat myself up if some of them go bust. I just do my best to stay positive and happy. This is the energy in which all good things happen. Studying astrology, helps me stay in the positive mode. I sure hope you find these weekly post beneficial to you in a similar way.

Cold air and snow covers the much of the country. Here in central North Carolina we got nine inches of snow Friday night and Saturday morning. We seldom get snows over a few inches and don’t get snow every year. Most years we luxuriate in what many call the perfect snow. A snow event that covers the ground in white for a day and is gone the next day. Nine inches is a big event for us, but usually doesn’t bring us to our knees like unless ice and sleet are involved. This snow came down as dry powder which is rare for us.

Have you ever considered how there is a cycle to almost everything? The first of January is thought of as the beginning of the year. A time when we look to sages, seers, and folk lore to help us determine what might be coming our way. Reality is, January is the beginning of the last season of the year. Life and events in the cosmos don’t just happen in a linear way, they happen in cycles and spiral ever so slightly outward as they do.

Cycles, such as how the planets move around, are ever showing us signs of things to come. So do the seasons. Spring is actually the first season of the year. Fall is the third one and the one that gives us the best clues as to what is coming in the winter season. Folklore is full of winter indicators. Some of my favorites are the persimmon seed, squirrel’s tails, and acorns.

The American persimmon seed, when split open in the fall to expose the cotyledon, is said to reveal whether winter will be mild, very cold, or snowy. Read what the Old Farmer’s Almanac says here:

http://farmersalmanac.com/weather/2016/10/04/persimmon-lady-forecast-winter-2016/

I must stop now to tell you that just as I finished typing the paragraph above, I received a Facebook message from and friend who had no idea what I was doing or even if I was online. I laughed out loud when I saw it! I hope you will enjoy this too.

https://appalachianink.net/2016/10/27/this-aint-witchcraft-its-wildcraft/

The folklore predictions I observed this fall were some very bushy squirrel’s tails, an unusually abundant acorn crop, and the black on the woolly worm. All indicators of a cold and snowy winter. This year, I would have to say folklore has been very accurate. The winter/late fall was colder than usual. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been so far on target with the roller coaster effect of cold and warm temperatures. Time will tell if this will continue throughout the winter months. This week will to continue to be cold but temps rise dramatically on Friday when it warms up to the lower 60’s.

Now for some astrology. . . keep your eyes open for more on cycles. . .

This week begins with Pluto conjunct the Sun in Capricorn. This can be some intense energy, full of power and determination. This applies to both our inner and outer power, and the power of others on us. This energy can be very dramatic and bring about life-changing events of all sorts, including relationships.

This is energy that wants to go deep into something to see what make it or your tick. The need to know is hard to shake now and this will be reflected in your conversations as you find yourself asking probing questions of others. No doubt, this can become uncomfortable for some people so try to be aware of this and avoid asking about things that may be hurtful or simply none of your business. Remember, this energy packs a power punch and can be viewed as intrusive and obsessive. Pluto just loves a crisis.

The biggest event this week is the Full Moon and the Cardinal Grand Cross it forms. This all happens on Thursday, January 12, 2017 . Cardinal signs are initiators. They like to get things going and indicate a change in season. The Cardinal sign of Aries is first astrological sign of spring, Cancer, the first one of summer, Libra-fall, and Capricorn is the first sign of winter. They mark the shift or turning point in temperatures for each season.

Anytime there is a Grand Cross, there are four or more planets in square aspect to each other and two oppositional aspects. This Grand Cross involve our old familiar Pluto-Uranus square, A Pluto-Jupiter square, a Moon-Jupiter square, and a Moon-Uranus square. The Moon and the Sun conjunct Mercury oppose or are at cross purposes to each other. So are Jupiter and Uranus. This brings us quite a mixed bag of energies.

We want personal freedom and to understand things on a deep level. Our emotions oppose our ego and cause us to behave immaturely. Our energy levels are lower and stress can be increased. All in all, this is going to be a difficult Full Moon. Keep in mind that all five planets are in signs that love action. Ironically the best way to get through this event will be to come to a full stop. Just stop and let it all pass by us. Otherwise, we could find ourselves saying or doing something we wish we had not.

The good news is that Mercury is direct as of January 7 but he will remain in storm and going slow until at least the 14th. He won’t be completely out of his retrograde shadow until January 28.

It is also important to note that as of the January 7, 2017, all planets are moving forward. Not one is retrograde for a whole month when on February 6, 2017, Jupiter turns retrograde. This is a rare time for the planets and for us. I expect a lot of action in the earth and from humanity during this time. I am pretty sure some of it won’t be too pretty either. This is just a hunch and one I hope is incorrect but I feel what I feel and have learned not to ignore these feelings.

Mercury changes signs on Thursday and moved back into Capricorn. This I brings us back to viewing things from a more serious perspective. This three week transit will be a great time to evaluate our lives and the direction we want to take in the future. Isn’t if interesting how the cosmos is inline with our resolution or intention setting? Synchronicity is a wonderful thing.

Thursday does have a sweet bright spot in it. Late in the day Venus and Neptune come together to help soften the hard edges caused by the Grand Cross and Mercury in Capricorn.

The week’s aspects really revolve around Thursday. Use your time early in the week to finish up any projects and tie up loose ends. Then come Wednesday, prepare to stop everything you can for a few days. Of course this won’t be completely possible but at least now you know what to look for and what could come our way this week. I hope it all works out for the best for all a of you.

Until next week, stay warm and be safe.