Astrology for December 10-16, 2017

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photo courtesy of Billy Ingram

Were you surprised by the first snow of the season? I was. More snow fell than I expected but I am glad the ground was still too warm for it to accumulate much in my area. I had things I wanted to do and one of them was taking a dear friend to the airport so he could get back to his home in London. This travel time gave us two hours of positive one on one time together and was the first one on one face time we have had in a little over nine years. It was marvelous! 

This morning as I think back on yesterday, I am wondering if or how Mercury’s retrograde affected my communications yesterday. I do not feel as if my communications were negatively affected or that anything anyone said was misunderstood. Mercury is transiting Sagittarius and this placement helps us see the big picture and expands our worldview. It also brings out the philosopher in us.

We have two more weeks of Mercury retrograde, three if you count the storm period at the end of the retrograde. The storm period is the short time before and after a retrograde when the planet, is moving slower than full speed. Astrologers consider this period to have the same effects as the actual retrograde although without being quite as intense. Mercury will be forward moving or direct, on December 22, just in time for Christmas.

Looking ahead at the energy for this week, today Mercury is aspecting both Uranus and Chiron. He is trine or 130 degrees from Uranus. Trines are considered easy, positive angles. This particular one might bring us some intuitive insights that can help us navigate any physiological shadow work we have to do. 

Mercury’s square aspect with Chiron which is considered a difficult aspect. However, I find that when Chiron is in square or difficult aspect it can be a good thing. Perhaps this is because Chiron is the healer. In this case, Chiron can provide us with wisdom and insight as we heal.

No big event on Monday but Tuesday we have Mercury conjunct the Sun. This transit will bring our communications into focus and open them up for better or for worse. This could cause some sharpness of tongue so think before you speak or risk hurting someone feelings. This is a good aspect for solving problems. Tuesday is also the first day of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah to all that celebrate! 

Thursday Mercury semi-squares Mars. This is fast, witty energy. It can bring cause some stress in the workplace or an otherwise agitated atmosphere as folks attempt to get things done as quickly as possible in preparation for the holidays. We all need to be aware of how snarky or irritable we are. Try not to interrupt others and be more present in our conversations. Listening to what others have to say will lessen the conflicts.

Friday Mercury is conjunct Venus. This will help us somewhat to lighten our communications and conversations. This is a positive social aspect full of humor and good cheer. We could find it easy to tell our friends and family just how we feel. I love the honesty of this aspect.

The shadow side is that we might not be as controlled in our thinking as might like to be. Conversations will more about fun things than work subjects. I say why not? This is the season for fun is it not? But please get your work done too or it could come back to haunt you at some point.

Friday also brings the Sun square to Chiron. Under this influence our need to learn and progress through experiences and those around us is strong. The only thing that can hold us back is our fear of not fitting in and our lack of confidence. Isn’t that usually what holds us back?

Don’t allow this to carry over to your decision making and lead you to follow others because you think you need to please them. Be your own authentic self, Step out and step up for what you need and want for yourself.

Saturday, the Sun trines Uranus. Uranus is always so unique. I just love the energy of this planet. This trine can bring some original, unique changes and plans to our lives. One other thing I love about Uranus is that he asks us to be flexible. If we aren’t he can cause us to break under pressure of his sometimes unpleasant changes.

Watch for unusual opportunities. There could be new things to discover or new ways of doing things that suddenly pop up. Allow these to unfold and show you what they might be able to do for you. Sometimes the best rewards come from the most unusual places, experiences, and people.

That about covers this week’s energy highlights. As always, I wish you all the best this week. The Old Farmer’s Almanac and the local weatherman say this will be a very cold week. It is expected to warm up just before Christmas however. Think of the folks that are experiencing homelessness or might not have enough money for food or to keep the heat on in their houses. Be kind and give as much as you can to help them out. Anyone of us could in that position in a heartbeat.

As always. . . remember to smile and be kind to one another. 

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Astrology for December 3-9, 2017

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Happy Full Moon weekend and the last Mercury retrograde of 2017! Mercury retrograde is often difficult for many of us but when you combine that with tensions the holiday season can bring, I want to hide until it is all over.

Mercury officially turned retrograde yesterday, December 2, 2017, at 11:34 pm EST. For the west coast, that time was 2:24 am this morning, December 3, 2017. Mercury rules communication of all kinds, including news, and travel.

A dear friend has written a new book.  She planned a release party for yesterday and hired a bus to carry a good-sized group of us to a winery some distance away to celebrate. When we all arrived at the pick-up point,  we learned there was a communications problem and the bus was not showing up. 

What actually happened was a different client canceled their plans and the bus driver confused that client with us. This my friends is classic mercury retrograde energy so I was not surprised at all. The good news is that several of us decided to drive ourselves and we went on to have a wonderful afternoon.

Wow! This retrograde has barely begun and is already hitting on all cylinders. Que up the famous TV sales guy, Billy Mays, who used to say, “ But wait! There is MORE!”.

This retrograde is additionally energized by the coinciding Full Moon. The Moon always shines the light on things. In this case, it is Mercury’s station and subsequent retrograde. Drum roll please. 

Additionally, there is a seldom discussed aspect known as “out of bounds” taking place right now too. The definition of which I have posted here from the web site:

https://cafeastrology.com/outofboundstablesdates.html

A planet is considered out-of-bounds when its declination is beyond the outer bounds or limits of that of the Sun, i.e. greater than 23 degrees and 27 minutes of declination, either North or South. The energies of these planets tend to be a little out of control, stretched, or over the top during these periods.

Mercury is currently out-of-bounds. Being out-of-bounds increases the crazy factor. Out of bounds essentially means “out of control”. Also keep in mind that Mercury is the honest, truthful sign of Sagittarius. They very last degree of Sagittarius in fact. This last degree is also the strongest degree. To more fuel to this retrograde fire, Mercury is conjunct with Saturn, the head of the Dept of Rules and regulations.

This aspect perfects on Wednesday so this energy will permeate our entire week. Our ability to focus should be quite good this week but many of us could find ourselves seeking solitude in order to get our work done. This could also bring us the beginnings of a new project that involves some form of communication. Business travel is also likely. As long as we get results we can use, most of us won’t mind some travel or hard work.

Think about this for a minute as you also think back on the news events at the end of last week. Keep these things in mind as this week unfolds but don’t get too stressed by it all. The damage stress can cause is not worth staying tuned in to what is going on the world stage. At least it isn’t for me.

Wednesday brings us two more aspects. First one is Mercury in sextile aspect to Mars. This is energy could get our minds thinking about new projects and cause some sleeplessness. Decisions can be made in flash.

The second aspect for Wednesday is Mars sextile Saturn. This energy is direct, purposeful, has a sense of responsibility. Traditional methods seem to work best now. Organization feels good to us. Being careful and using good judgment can bring its own reward.

Thursday Mercury semi-squares Jupiter. This aspect can be a difficult, especially if any either planet is triggered in your natal chart. Getting too much information can be a problem and overload us, especially our nervous systems. Remember what I said about stress earlier? This energy can also cause restless minds and make those monotonous chores like folding laundry, to be extra hard to get done today.

Friday, Venus aspects Uranus. You just never know what you are going to get with Uranus. Surpises are always likley. This time it could be an attraction to unusual people and things. Or we might find there is some struggle between wanting to be close to someone and wanting our freedom. Change can be good and bring us fresh, new opportunities in both these areas.

Saturday Mars moves into Scorpio. This means we are not finished with the secrets and things long hidden from view. Mars is all about action and getting what he wants. He will no doubt dive right into the depths of our psyche and emotions. Prepare to face important issues and penetrate the layers others hide from even themselves. If there is a crisis, all the better. Mars will get really excited then. This is not an aspect for the ordinary.

 

Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead. The weather man says that winter in on it way and should arrive by mid-week. Time will tell what else will happen but at least now you know of a few of the possibilities. Take time out for yourself to relax and breath. Find a reason to smile everyday and be grateful even in the face of adversity and all the other bad stuff. I want to see you hear again next week!

Remember to be kind to others in all that you do. 

Astrology for November 26-December 2, 2017.

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Hello friends! I guess you noticed I took last weekend off. I unplugged this week and am back ready to take on the last, remaining month of 2017.

I hope everyone had exactly the sort of week and holiday they hoped for. I spent a lot of time catching up on chores, connecting to the light, binge watching old and new TV shows, just for a change. I unplugged from my phone and social media and enjoyed a stay-cation. Now it is time for this week’s astro post. Let’s GO! 

The Sun moved into Sagittarius last Tuesday. The energy is definitely different. This transit takes us from feeling the need to connect in itimate and personal ways to wanting to reach out and connect with the world around us. Sagittarius is one of four mutable signs, which means it is able to adapt and change. The other mutable signs are Pisces, Gemini, and Virgo.

This Sun in Sagittarius energy is chartiable, optimistic, and confident. Our view of the world is more welcoming and broad, while our attention to detail is less focused. The shadow side of this is doing more than we are able to physically or mentally. Use caution that so that you don’t obligate yourself to more than you can do. We are now into the holiday season and we know what a demanding time this can be. Don’t be afraid to say “NO”. Do remember to be kind about it.

Mercury joins the Sun in Sagittarius. Our thoughts have moved from the deep places Scorpio took us, to a place where we want to learn more about a wider variety of subjects. Optimistic thoughts prevail and we believe in ourselves and others with persuasive fairness. Note: Mercury will go into his storm period on Tuesday. Get ready.

Mercury retorgrade begins next Saturday or Sunday depending on your location. For those in the pasific time zone, this will be at 11:34 pm on December 1, 2017. Folks on the east coast will see the retorgrade begin at 2:34 am December 2, 2017. The retrograde period ends on both coast on December 22. Be aware that he will still be moving slow and in storm until December 28th.

Expect to feel Venus’s energy shift this week. She is in the last degrees of Scorpio and by week’s end will join Mercury, Satrun, and the Sun in Sagittarius. You might expect that Venus would be rather intense in a fire sign but this transit is not as focused on the individual relationship as it is our relationship with the collective. This transit asks us to spread love and caring out to the masses, and take on a more universal approach to love and compassion. This energy is far more interested in truth and spirtiuality than personal intimacy.

Mars is in Libra. Mars is the planet of action. Libra shows us how to use our charm to get what we want. It also helps us see all sides of a situation and people without causing discomfort or being too disagreeable.

Saturn is touring Sagittarius until December 19/20, 2017. Except for a three month retrograde back into Scorpio in 2015, Saturn has been in Sagittarius since Christmas 2014. This transit is about doing what we say. Saturn is all about control. He loves to stop or at least slow us down to think things over.

In Sagittarius, Saturn’s mode of control is often manifest in the information he shares. It is important that we try to avoid imposing our ideas on others. We can still share info while at the same time leaving lots of room for the other person to think for himself and be creative.

Once Saturn moves into Capricorn, we will notice a big shift. Capricorn is a sign that Saturn rules so he will feel right at home during this transit. It will last until March 21, 2020. More on this as we get closer this shift.

Jupiter, as you probably know, is touring Scorpio now. This sure has brought lots of stuff up from the depths. Secrets are no longer safe as more and more have come under the scrutiny of light. So much of this is quite painful to witness and experience regardless of whether we are in close proximity to it or not. It is important to keep in mind that all is exactly as it should be. Staying in observer mode can be. Do your best to allow it all to just be, without getting your knickers in a twist.

Uranus is still in Aries and Pluto is still in Capricorn. These two have given us a run for our money for the past decade when they were in square or difficult aspect to each other. Now they are moving apart and their problematic energy is losing its hold on us. Don’t get too comfortable, however. This coming year will have its own difficulties and I am planning to bring all that information to you just like I have for the past five years.

Some of the aspects we have coming to us this week include Venus in an inconjunct aspect to Uranus on Monday. This can lead to some impulsive spending. We might also ask ourselves whether we need more joy in our downtime and our relationships, or if we need to be free of such things altogether. This can cause some turbulence for some, especially if our confidence is lacking.

Tuesday Mercury conjuncts Saturn. This aspect will increase our concentration and focus while at the same time causing us to feel the need for some private time alone. This is a good aspect for business travel and important conversations.

Friday Venus enters Sagittarius. I have already discussed this above.

Mercury will oppose Uranus on Friday. This is an antsy aspect that is also full of rebellion and short attentions. Impulsiveness with no thought of effect could mean trouble for some of us. 

Changes in plans are almost a given so don’t be surprised when some of yours fall through or get rerouted. Some of us might find a streak of courage or at least way to break up a routine. Technology might not be so co-operative today. Try n to let this get to you.

As usual, this week is full of promise. It is up to you to do what will with it. I hope you are able to make the best of it and if not, at least learn from the mistakes. I wish you nothing but success!

Remember to be kind to one another.

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WOW! Winter has arrived here in central N.C.and I don’t mind one bit. I enjoy the cooler temps. But I admit to not enjoying them quite the same way I once did. Come to think of it, I don’t enjoy much of anything the way I once did. All part of getting older I suppose.

There are two cosmic events that take the spotlight this week. The first one is the Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the early morningMonday. The second one is the New Moon on Saturday, November 18, 2017. In between, there are other aspects to talk about.

The Sun is still in Scorpio which means our feelings can be intense and we feel the need to go deep to find the answers. We want to know what makes people tick or makes things the way they are. Passions are high and all that it taboo or hidden is at risk of being discovered under this influence.

Mercury in Sagittarius is taking out thoughts to learn about a wide range of subjects. They will be more optimistic and what is fair and unfair matters to us. Mercury’s powers of persuasion are powerful now too. This is going to be a long transit for Mercury due to his retrograde on December 3. Please keep in mind that we will feel the effects at least one week prior when Mercury enters his shadow.

Mars is currently touring or transiting Libra. This means we are able to turn up the charm to achieve our goals and get what we want. If you recall from when the Sun was in Libra, we tend to view things from all sides. Mars in Libra is no different. Balance is key to anything in Libra and under this influence, even Mars doesn’t want to use force or make the other guy feel bad.

Venus us transiting Scorpio. Being flirty in our relationships doesn’t cut it right now. We tend to want more of a deep connection both mentally and physically now. This is about as “anything goes” as we can get in our relationships.

Monday, The Venus-Jupiter is likely to be good news for our relationships, enhance our creativity, generosity, and bring us some great fun and social happiness. Enjoy the company of friends old and new. However, be careful not to overspend during this transit. Venus loves beautiful things and she can get carried away with spending if we are not careful.

Monday we also have Mercury and Neptune at a 90-degree square aspect to each other. This is a difficult aspect that causes the planets involved to not be very o-0perative with each other. In this case, it is our communications that are strained, thanks to the planet of communications, Mercury. Our ability to concentrate might see some ill effects of this square aspect. AS with a Mercury retrograde, this is not the best time to sign contracts. Neptune’s influence causes confusion and tends to cause us to view things from a rather vague perspective. A big day for brain fog without a doubt.

Chiron aspects Venus Tuesday. This is sure to throw out some stumbling blocks in our relationships. It might be important to put more energy into seeing what you and the other person have in common, rather than focusing on the differences.

Next up is on Thursday and another aspect with Venus. I think she is definitely the shining star this week in more ways than just her conjunction with Jupiter. This time our friend Venus is in a difficult aspect with Saturn. Saturn is the stern authority figure in our cosmos. He is often emotionally unavailable or distant. This could mean some problems in romance and money. News of break-ups and romantic disappointments will not surprise me at all today.

This is not the only aspect on Thursday that involves Venus and Neptune. The good news is, this is not a difficult aspect. This one brings positive energy to art and creativity. This will make for some easy interactions for the most part and we are prone to see the best in others. Overall this will ease up some of the more difficult aspects from earlier in the week.

Saturday is the New Moon in Scorpio. This will help bring our attention to the best parts of Scorpio. Traits like Scorpios passion and resourcefulness. Or the way Scorpio loves to figure things out by going deep to get answers. This is a good time for looking at ourselves and how we bring these qualities into our lives in positive ways. One of the best ways to use this New Moon is to examine where we are feeling out of control. This can mean examining our debt, addictions, how we can end or come to terms with our emotional wounds.

That covers the most important aspects for the coming week. One more time I want to warn you to use caution in financial matters, especially spending. However, you might want to do some planning so you can get as much shopping as you can out of the way before Mercury goes into his storm period on November 28, 2017. Tha actual retrograde I not until December 3, 2017. The 3rd is also the sate of the next Full Moon. Are you ready? This could mean

There is a little consolation in the fact that Mercury will not actually be retrograde when Christmas arrives, but it will be in its storm period from December 22-28. For those most affected by Mercury retrogrades, this could mean we need to take some extra care when we attempt to communicate with others over the holidays.

Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead. Be safe and don’t forget to smile. It costs nothing and can make a world of difference to those who see it and feel it.

 

Extra: Astrology Imitates Life

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Astrology is often thought to be a predictor of things to come. Truth is, it can’t truly predict. What is can do is show us possibilities. Possibilities based on the combinations of characteristics of the planets, signs, houses, elements, modes, and their many combinations.

Last week and a few times before that, I mentioned Jupiter entering Scorpio for the next year. This move actually took place on October 11, 2017. That very same day someone near and dear to me was scheduled for some pretty serious surgery. I was curious about this and generated a chart for the scheduled time the surgery was to begin.

Before I go into what I learned from the chart, let me recap some info for you.

Jupiter is known as the “Great Benefic” because he likes to expand things or make them larger. He is an equal opportunity expander too, meaning he expands both the good and the bad. He can bring growth, good luck, and abundance, but he can just as easily bring the opposite.

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. Scorpio also rules the eight house of transformation and other people’s money. When you roll all these together you get the energy of the psychologist, passion, sex, death, secrets, transformation, regeneration, other people’s money (including partners of all sorts), spirituality, metaphysics, and surgeries. Yes! Surgeries!

Planets are perhaps at their strongest when they change signs. With Jupiter entering Scorpio the same day as this person’s surgery, you can see why I was curious enough to do a chart. We began seeing this shift of energy even before Jupiter changed signs. If you recall, it was a few days before the 11th that we first began hearing about the sex secrets in Hollywood. Since then we have only seen this story grow and expand to include both women and men.

The patient who was having surgery was told by the surgeon that the operation would talk about 2 ½ hours, recovery would take about the same amount of time and they should be in a room by early afternoon, and the hospital stay would be 4-5 days. There was a complication, however, and the surgery too twice and long as it was supposed to. This meant the recovery also took twice as long. It wasn’t until 12 hours after surgery began this person was finally out of recovery and settled in a room. The 4-5 day stay turned into a 13-day stay. How’s that for expanding things?

What I discovered in the chart was that Jupiter was opposed to Uranus that day. WOW! Jupiter brings growth and progress while Uranus brings surprises? What a surprise this day turned out to be for the patient and the family. This was definitely not a day to be rigid and bound by plans. It was a day to be flexible and authentic.

There was a favorable trine aspect between the Moon and Jupiter that day. I am sure that may have affected the emotions of all concerned to some extent. There was also an approaching conjunction with Mercury. This aspect barely within orb, a fancy way of saying close enough to count.

Mercury is our planet of communications and travel. With Mercury moving closer to Jupiter, communications might be expected to increase in some way. But remember the opposition to Uranus? This affected communications and motivated the family to communicate independently and even not at all.

I thought you might enjoy reading my own first-hand example of using a chart as a predictor of sorts. There are lots of astrologers who could go into far more depth than I can.  Once I generated a chart for that day, even with my less than expert knowledge, I knew the surgery might not go as expected. I am happy to report that the patient is recovering nicely. After a few weeks in rehab, it looks like next week they will get to go home.

 

Hoping the rest of your week is great~

 

 

 

 

 

Astrology for November 5-11, 2017

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The Taurus Full Moon is barely over and WOW! Was is ever gorgeous! It also brought us energy filled with love and abundance. Now, before I go any farther, I want to talk about that last word, abundance.

Recently, I was talking with a friend who is planning some online workshops and while I can’t remember her exact question, it was something like, “what are the three things everyone wants?”

Abundance” was, of course, part of the answer. I realized immediately that I was answering with the typical collective answer, not my own answer.

When you ask most people what they think abundance means their reply almost always is money or related to money. The western world tends to equate abundance with cars, big houses, fancy clothes, jewelry, ability to travel, and being able to do pretty much what they want when they want. This is not the basic meaning. It means “plenty or generosity”.

You can be homeless and have abundance. You can have a checking account that is nearly empty and have abundance. Abundance is enough, enough food to eat, clothes to keep you warm, enough spare change for a bus ticket or enough friends or the manifestation of a stranger who will buy you one. But the best abundance of all is an abundance of the heart and abundance of love.

The abundance of heart or the lack of it is easy to spot. You won’t find it in bullies or people who want more than everyone else. You won’t find it in people that want to control or take away from others, or make life hard for others in any way, shape or form. You will find it in those that give freely and often, regardless of who needs the help.

The last Full Moon ushered in this sort of energy. This energy is a good lead into the next month’s Sagittarius energy of charity and giving. More on that in the coming weeks.

The Sun is now in Scorpio, ruler of the eight house of sex, death, passion, surgery, secrets, and getting to the root of things. The sun is joined in Scorpio by Jupiter, the planet of abundance (which seems to be the word for this week’s post). Remember that Jupiter will remain in Scorpio until November 2018. This sets the tone for the next year and I feel sure you will see me refer to this more in the future.

This Tuesday, Venus will join the Scorpio party. Then we will have our egos (Sun) in Scorpio as well as our relationships and finances (Venus). Jupiter will be lending a hand in creating abundance and expanding all these energies, for better or worse. Don’t forget to be grateful for whatever shows up. It is all good.

Last week, the news has been full of chaotic events, secrets coming out, sexual misconduct galore, and lies about everything under the sun. Near the end of this post, I have a short astrology lesson that ties into the topic. The big astrology news this coming week is Saturn trine Uranus.

Saturn’s aspect to Uranus is hopefully going to give us a bit of stability to the fast change and chaos of Uranus. This also combines old and new; Saturn representing the old and Uranus representing the new. We could see common goals begin to form. This aspect perfects next Saturday or Saturn’s day, November 11, 2017. Some of us are already feeling this energy even before this perfection. However, this will dissipate fairly rapidly after the 11th.

Mercury moved into Sagittarius Sunday, November 5, 2017.This transit will take out thoughts away from needing to go deep into a topic and move into more optimistic thinking. Our faith in things could increase as we are better able to believe in good. Sagittarius brings our focus to what is just or fair, and slanted or biased. Do not expect precision with this transit.

Tuesday could be full of suspicions. Expect to see mistrust and investigations. If you find yourself feeling mentally stressed, stop and relax. Get away from whatever has a hold on you for a few minutes. Get a breath of fresh air or just get up and stretch a little bit to relieve the pressure.

Thursday the Sun aspects Pluto. This is about research, one of my favorite things to do. But whatever you learn, you might want to keep it under wraps for a little while. Today is a good day to connect with your personal power or maybe find something you’ve lost.

Also on Thursday, Mars aspects Neptune. This will cause some difficulties when it comes to taking action. Neptune like to slow things down a bit. We might also be a bit more careless than usual. Neptune can make us appear to be lazy because we just can’t seem to get a grip and be productive in the way we might like. This is a fast mover so it won’t last long.

The next to last thing I want to chat about it the current influx of energy. This time of year the veil between worlds is always thinner. With each passing year, the veil as a whole becomes thinner because we are shifting from 3D to 5D. This year we had the added energy of the Full Moon approaching right after the thinning of the veil.

I know a lot of folks don’t know what I am talking about and think this is all nuts. That is fine. If you are one of them feel free to move on.

I have known since I was about 13 that I incarnated this time to somehow assist in this transition even if I didn’t fully understand it at the time. In fact, it has only been fairly recently that I have begun to get a clearer view of my purpose this time around.

I have been strongly feeling the energy coming through the veil and the cosmos lately. One way I recognize it is by the amount of sleep I feel I need. This has been a regular pattern with me during every influx of energy since right before the Summer Solstice.

Last week I slept a solid 7-8 hrs every night and still took a 2-3 hr nap the day before the Full Moon and the day of the Full Moon. I have learned to follow what my body wants to do whether it is what I want to do or not.

Last week’s energy and Full Moon are leading us into the 11/11gateway. This is a strong numerology portal for energy. It is all intended to help us raise our vibrations and shift from 3D to 5D. Yeah! We skip 4D because that is the dimension of time or space-time. Sorry if I am getting too deep.

Now for the last thing, I wanted to bring to your attention. This is the astrological term “mutual reception”. This is when two planets are transiting a sign the other rules at the same time. We have this happening after Tuesday when Venus moves into Scorpio. The mutual reception is between Venus and Mars. Mars rules Scorpio and Venus rules Libra which the the sign Mars is currently transiting.

Mutal reception places two planets in a co-operative position to each other. In this case, we might see more co-operation between Mars which rules the men and Venus which rules women. How interesting considering all the sexual misconduct that has come to light recently. Out of all this was born the “# ME TOO”.

Last week I heard someone say that with problem solidly in the spotlight now, it might be time to retire that hashtag and move on to “# Now What” or something similar. I’m not sure how all this will play out but there sure seems to be recognized on both sides that abuse is abuse regardless of gender, gender preference, or gender identity.

So there you have it. Mutual reception. Another piece to this complex art of astrology. I know I covered a lot of different topics this week. That is where I my head is at. I hope you were able to get something out of it that you can use to help you navigate your week. If you need to sleep, don’t fight it. If you aren’t sleeping, don’t worry. Listen to your body as best you can.

Have great week and remember to be kind, be grateful, and smile.

Astrology for October 29-November 4, 2017

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Here we are at the end of October! Another year will soon end and a new one begins. Halloween is Tuesday and the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. There is still a lot of astrology left in this year so let’s see what is ahead this week besides beautifully colored leaves and cooler temperatures.

Recently there has been so much to talk about that I have skipped discussing the aspect pattern that is influencing us right now. A Thor’s Hammer pattern has been with us since October 10th. This pattern was at its perfection last week, on the 24th and will remain an influence to the end of 11/13, 2017.

This pattern involves Ceres, Saturn, and Chiron. This pattern could not come a more interesting time I don’t think because it deals with our shadow side. We also have three planets transiting Scorpio, a sign that is all about the shadows in our personal and collective lives.

Individually these three heavenly bodies each deal with tough issues. Together, they are something else!

Ceres sometimes represents regrets, grief, or disappointments that we have not gotten over.

Saturn is the stern authority that pushes us to gather up our courage, find our nerve, and get on with the even the most difficult work.

Chiron is the wounded healer and an expert at shadow work.

In the past, I have mentioned human evolution, awakening, and transformation. These are all part of our shift up the dimensional ladder and living in a higher vibration. This summer and early fall have been full of cosmic energy that is assisting this evolution. You could say that since Summer Solstice we have gotten a steady stream of incoming energy designed to help us shift. Many have known about this for a long time while others are just learning or still unaware. A person’s level of awareness is arbitrary. This shift is beyond our control and obviously our complete, collective awareness.

I would bet that if you take a moment to examine what is going on in your life right now, you might notice that you are indeed working on or with your shadow side. What deeply hidden thoughts are coming to the surface for you to look at? For some, it is thinking about what comes next or the end of life. Others are ending relationships, changing jobs, moving to new places. All these acts leave a lot unknown; a lot in the shadows.

The collective is currently dealing with the hidden sex scandals, lies and cover-ups of all sorts. There is something new popping up nearly every day it seems. Friday we were told that on Monday we would see arrests of top officials. While there was no mention of who, this is dealing with the skeletons in the closet. Hidden secrets are coming out.

Uranus has been adding his chaotic, swift changing, impulsivity to things as he opposed the Sun and Jupiter a few days ago and is now opposing Venus. Even the weather is topsy-turvy lately. Last Monday, in my home state of North Carolina, there was a ¾ mile-wide tornado that ripped its way through 23 miles of the foothills of the western Piedmont. The fall leaf color peaked this week and today, just 6 days later, we have our first snowfall. A destructive tornado, beautiful color, and snow all in a week. Amazing!

photo from Brad Panovich, Charlotte, NC

With regards to Thor’s Hammer, if we allow it to work for us, this can really help us progress. If we allow it to help us with heal our deep psychological wounds (like it or not, we all have them), our spiritual awakening will surely get a positive boost. About now, I am thinking of my friend Ruth Hanna and how she is always using the words ease and grace. If we allow this Thor’s Hammer to work its magic for us, we will find that we are living with ease and grace. We will feel more in harmony with the world and more in the flow of things rather than like we are going against the grain all the time. If you are a healer yourself who works with others, this aspect pattern could be a benefit to that healing work.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a recently formed T-Square peaks. This aspect has Uranus opposed Vesta, and square to Pluto. The past year or so there has been little discussion of the influence or Uranus and Pluto square. These two have been at odds since 2008 and will continue to be at odds until next year when they finally move out of the orb of influence and move on. They have no doubt stirred things up and left their mark on the world in revolutionary transformational ways. This pattern ends on 11/10 also.

This coming week a few transit aspects that need to be mentioned.

Wednesday the Sun is semi-square Saturn. Saturn is good at blocking things and this is not the exception. Satisfying our ego will be difficult today. If you find yourself feeling discouraged blame this transit. Sit back and wait this one out. It will pass quickly because it involves the fast-moving Sun.

Also on Wednesday, our ego’s planet, the Sun, is sesquiquadrate to the wounded healer, Chiron. This transit can affect our confidence level. On the other hand, we might feel the pull to learn from others or through our own experiences. A fear of being different could cause us problems.

Thursday, Saturn will square Chiron. I’ve said before that Chiron always makes me squirm a little bit. This is no exception mainly because authoritative Saturn is involved. Chiron brings up all sorts of fear and insecurities.  He makes us question if we have enough experience to do our job and be effective doing it. We might want to take a look at where we are susceptible and take steps to close this gap.

Friday Venus is inconjunct Chiron. This could bring some relationship problems to the surface and we might fumble a bit in our expressions of our feeling toward others. A feeling of overall discontent or some problem with money or personal possessions is also possible.

Friday also brings Venus to a sextile aspect with Saturn. This aspect with somewhat balance the inconjunct with Chiron. With this aspect, our relationships and affections are stabilized and more grown up. Older people and those in positions of authority could provide us with some good advise or help. An old friend might show up.

Venus is in the spotlight again on Saturday when she opposes Uranus. This is not a good transit for lasting relationships. Uranus is quite impulsive so any attraction today probably is just a flash in the pan or a one night stand. Avoid impulse buying, something I have to watch constantly since Uranus is my ruling planet.

Venus also aspects Neptune on Saturday. Happiness abounds but so does illusion. Details get lost in Neptune’s fog. Treat this aspect as if it were a veil over us. Like the Venus-Uranus opposition, avoid impulse buying. Also, avoid contracts or any formal agreement.

This weekends with the Full Moon in Taurus. This Moon is peaceful and earthy but the Sun in Scorpio is full of chaos and transformation. The opposition between Venus and Uranus is near perfection at the same time as the Full Moon. Since Venus rules Taurus, this lends additional influence around creativity and passion to the Full Moon.

This week will surely be another interesting one. It seems to be the way things go these days. I plan to make the best of whatever comes my way. I’m almost sure it will all be good and I hope it will be for you too.

Remember to be kind and give a smile to everyone. A smile doesn’t cost a thing.

Astrology for October 22-28, 2017

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This month marks the 5th anniversary of this blog. Being an Aquarian, ruled by Uranus it is hard for me to believe I have stuck with it that long. Astrology is ever changing as we know so perhaps that is what keeps me coming back week after week. Whatever it is, I am glad I still look forward to Sundays and writing about the week ahead.

Earlier this morning I was reading a thread on a Facebook page and the discussion was about Astrology and whether the chart was the most important or the interpretation of it was.  I’ve heard some say Astrology and “art” and not a “science”. Perhaps this is all just semantics. I find I am drawn to the combinations of energy I see represented by the myriad of parts. Science or art, I feel there is a correlation to life and the Universe. Now, let’s take a look at the energy for this week to learn what we could possibly experience in our daily lives. 

First up is Mars moving into Libra today, Sunday, October 22, 2017. Under this influence we tend to turn on the charm to get what we want. I don’t think turning on the charm is going to do much for my allergies but the Libra influence will help me see all sides of hopefully any issue. The only problem here might be choosing a course of action. Libra can make choosing side difficult. None of us wish to be seen at the bad guy.

This Mars transit will be a good one for those of us who enjoy a more mental approach to life in general. Any difficult conversations will be handled with more fineness and style than we might find in other sign transits. The shadow side often shows up as passive-aggressive. This could increase the passive-aggressiveness of the folks for whom this is a normal way of being. Oh MY!

Mercury is semi-square Saturn today too. Saturn is good at blocking things. Today or tomorrow we might notice our communications tend to be blocked, delayed or overly critical in some way. Travel plans might suffer some as well. Do your best to take all this in stride rather than fussing about them. Mercury moves fast so this energy will soon shift to something else.

Monday the Sun moves into Scorpio. I love Scorpio because this is where my ascendant lies. This is the sign that loves to go deep, figure out what makes things work, and uncover the deepest of secrets, and feel the deepest of feelings. Scorpio loves to get to the source of things and he is not interested in the ordinary. He wants what he wants and will do what it takes to get it. At the same time Scorpio honest, loyal, and fair, even though he believes life is not at all fair. Even when he goes after what he wants, he does his best not to cause upset to others.

Scorpio energy is strong-willed. This can be a good thing when dealing change or healing. The shadow side of Scorpio is not pretty. This side is the side that can turn passion into jealousy or manipulation.

Monday also brings us Mercury in aspect with Chiron. Communications can come across as hurtful if we are not careful. If you are like me and already have natal aspects that create a rather blunt tongue, you might want to take an extra breath before you speak Monday. The intention of some communications could be difficult to read.

Venus will be inconjunct Neptune Monday. Seeing what we want to see is the theme of this aspect. This mainly applies to finances and love. There might be some fog or illusion around social interactions. This is not the best aspect under which to make large purchases or serious commitments.

Tuesday Mercury trines Neptune. This aspect uses Neptune’s energy favorably. Imagination and intuition are going to be strong today. Gotta love it when things and people show up in just the right place and time. This is a good day for creativity, advertising, and marketing. So get those cameras, pencils, paint brushes, and paper out and be creative!

Thursday, the Sun inconjunct Jupiter. This will increase all things us. It will increase our ego and our confidence. Some of us might expect more applause and recognition. The positive side of this is that most of us will feel more generous, upbeat, and concerned for others. This energy favors spiritual, cultural, and even legal projects. Grow those important relationships or that business plan. Just don’t get the big head.

Friday Venus is perfectly square Pluto. This energy has actually been with us since late last week so you may have already been feeling some of the things I will bring up. This is due to the orb of influence of the square which is 8 degrees. The orb is the number of degrees on either side of the exact degree that the influence of energy can be felt. This aspect will remain within that orb of 8 degrees until at least November 2nd.

Pluto is outermost and the slowest moving planet, in our solar system. He takes 248 years to make one circle around the zodiac and between 12 and 31 years, (retrogrades depending) to transit one sign. This makes his influence generational. Pluto’s rules Scorpio and the eighth house of sex, death, other people’s money, surgery, the psyche, and how we recover from loss. He is a small planet and a few years ago was demoted from full planet status to being labeled a dwarf planet. However, don’t let the size of this planet lead you to think his influence is also small. That could not be farther from the truth.

This aspect of Venus square Pluto will raise our feelings of jealousy and possessiveness. How’s that for some dark shadow energy? New relationships could have big problems from the start, so this is not the best time for new love. There will be better times ahead, I promise.

Pluto energy is quite intense. Venus loves to be social and also deals with our finances. This aspect could lead to some intense interactions with others and some sort of money changes. I just hope does not mean a financial reduction for any of us. The one thing that is almost for sure is that all of our relationships are prone to intensify in some way. Some of us could become driven, needy, and manipulative. Some will engage in power struggles with others. It is a good thing that Venus moves rather fast. However, don’t forget about that long orb of influence. I sure don’t want to find myself in difficulties with anyone if I can help it.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Astrology for October 15-21, 2017

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Wow! This first week of Jupiter moving into Scorpio has been a real doosey! Last week I explained that Jupiter loves to grow things, make them bigger, or increase the amount of something. Hopefully, this increase is all good but Jupiter can increase anything, good, bad, or ugly.

Scorpio, is a strategist, loves to examine things to see how they work. I have a Scorpio ascendant which I believe gives me my great love of human development and science. One of my childhood friends loved to joke about how I studied things and would get distracted by soap bubbles while washing the dishes. It is true. I loved to watch the swirl of colors on the surface of a bubble and see that surface slowly deteriorate, then burst.

Scorpio is also known for having a strong desire for intimacy. This does not mean they constantly have sex on the brain or anything like that. True, sex and passion are strong with Scorpios but intimacy to them means closeness, rapport, familiarity, deep friendships, and yes, affection. Scorpios want to know what makes a person tick and tends to act as their own psychologist. They offer the same service to their friends, whether they want it or not. This can turn into a shadow aspect if the Scorpio is not careful.

Jupiter’s role in all this Scorpio-ness over the next year or so is going to mean that lots of secrets and information that has been kept secret will be brought to light. True to the Jupiter in Scorpio energy, we have seen some interesting things come to light already in the form of sex scandals. 

First, it was news that Cardinal Pell was in court for child sex crimes and drugs. Then more information about the Hollywood movie producer takes center stage in the news. I am not sure we have seen the end of his trail of victims come forward. Regardless, there will be more this hidden secrets come to light in the weeks to come. Wonder what will turn up?

Looking forward to what is coming this week, things are moving. The days of there being much down or quiet time seem to be over. The planets seem to be a very active cycle of late. I am not sure this will let up anytime soon either. But we will see, won’t we? The one thing I am certain of is that whatever is going on the heavens, it is perfectly moving us to our divine evolution, and that is a good thing.

This is the last week of Sun in Libra. Our last chance to work out those relationship kinks and for finding balance in them, or letting go of those that no longer serve us. Some of us may have noticed some of the Libra Sun’s shadow side. I think we have definitely seen this playing out in the news the past few weeks. The shadow side of those transit is selfishness, superficiality, passive-aggressiveness, and being unable to make a rational decision. By the end of this week, we should begin to feel this energy shift as the Sun transits the last degrees of Libra before moving into Scorpio next Monday.

This Monday is not very active. There is just one aspect of note. The Sun will sextile Saturn. This is good for feeling and being well grounded with a healthy side of discipline. Getting things done is easier only because we are more stabilized have more focus. Progress will be rather slow, however.

Tuesday Mercury moves into Scorpio. This is an aspect for deep thinkers and deep thinking. Mercury will help us find the hidden truths and uncover secrets. Notice if you find yourself looking more intently into things than you might usually. Many of us will feel almost driven to deep inspection during the next few weeks. This transit takes to our intellectual and analytical depts and it feels good. The shadow side is that some of us can become hyper-focused and single-minded, even obsessive about finding answers. Try not to go this far, OK? Few folks enjoy being around people who are obsessive.

Tuesday Mars is inconjunct Uranus. This will no doubt cause some restless feelings among the masses, especially those who have strong Uranus in their charts like I do. Don’t let impatience cause problems. Just be aware of the possibility and prepare for it.

Wednesday brings us a conjunction between Mercury and Jupiter. This could help many of us see the “big picture”. This is also a good day to travel and we will probably view the glass as half full too. This positive attitude could help some manifest good things. Keep your eyes and your heart on the positive as much as possible. It is a good thing no matter what you apply it too!

If you are looking for new job, new school, a way to present a new plan or idea, get those applications and thoughts out today. Verbal communications are a breeze today. This is a great day to formulate any long-term plans and evaluating what is really important to us.

Thursday the Sun is opposing Uranus. This will cause some doubt about how effective we are. Be careful not to allow doubt to cloud your thinking or make you feel guilty. This is our the Sun, our ego dealing with Uranus, the planet of change. Expect anything and be open to new paths but at the same time, don’t move too fast with the decisions. One thing is for sure, you probably won’t get bored today.

The second aspect for Thursday is the Sun sesquiquadrate Neptune. By now you probably know that Neptune represents illusion. Today it will be difficult to see our goals clearly. Instead, try something more creative and artistic. This will be a good day for following our spiritual side. Try to avoid things that take a great deal of concentration or focus. These include surgery, job interviews, and launching new projects.

Lastly, but very importantly, there is a New Moon today, October 19, 2017. This Moon is in Libra. New Moon’s are always times of new beginnings. When the New Moon is in Libra we have the opportunity to change our lives in valuable ways. Libra asks us to find harmony with others. I know this is not always possible or even desired sometimes. But as long as we are able to find peace and harmony within ourselves, I think we are doing pretty well. Regardless, this Moon is about finding harmony in all things and with all people. Do your best and don’t beat yourself up for what you can’t accomplish. 

 

 

Astrology for October 11-14, 2017

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Many of my conversations lately seem to touch on the interesting amount of energy coming to us from a variety of sources.

Currently, one-half of our planets are transiting Virgo or Libra. Venus and Mars are both in the later degrees of Virgo. The Sun, of course, is in Libra and joined there by Mercury and Jupiter. Jupiter however, is about to make a significant shift into Scorpio. This will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Jupiter will remain in Scorpio through Nov. 8, 2018. Why am I calling this a significant shift? Let’s go over some the characteristics of Scorpio first.

The sign of Scorpio is represented by the scorpion. To me, this represents an easy going person who is slow to anger or blow off steam. But, look out then this pot boils. This is when you will see the scorpion come out and strike! Sounds like someone to avoid I know but actually, Scorpio energy is pretty cool for the most part.

Scorpio is a fixed sign, meaning its doesn’t waver. They are happy to work quietly until their goals are met. Scorpio and fixed sign people are both determined and stubborn. There is sometimes a my-way-or the highway aspect can lead to problems dealing with others or the outside world. If you also have Aquarius, Taurus, or Leo prominent in your chart, you get a double dose of stubborn like I do. This can be a challenge area we need to work on so we don’t end up in a funk all the time.

Scorpio rules the eighth house. This is an equal opportunity house. It puts mergers, sex, death, and rebirth on a level playing field. In this house death does not always mean a physical death, it can mean the death of self, as when two people join together. There is no real shadow-side to this house either. This house is about feeling everything with equal depth and intensity.

Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and Mars. When we add the energy of these two planets to the energy of the eight house we begin to see the strong, wonderful patterns and energy they have to offer us. Pluto is in charge of transformation, death and rebirth, secrets and all things hidden. Pluto loves to push us down to our depths to discover our true selves and the truths of others. He is a bit like a psychologist.

Mars brings us the characteristic of Scorpio that is stubborn, stings, and fights back when pushed too far. He lends passion to the mix and makes Scorpio one of the sexiest signs of the zodiac. Mars is all action. He pushes us to do things. In this house, he pushes us into our own personal transformation through death and rebirth of self. He knows the only way we can be our authentic, self-actualized self is if we go beyond the veil of self and deep into what makes us really tick. There is that psychologist again.

Now that we are more familiar with Scorpio. . . enter Jupiter! Jupiter known as the great benefic, loves to give us more of everything, especially the energy of this sign he is transiting or any planet he is in aspect with. This past week we saw some of this energy even before Jupiter was in Scorpio. The sexual misconduct charges against a Vatican diplomat, Cardinal George Pell, was in the news last week. This is definitely going deep into hidden secrets and bringing them to the surface and into the light. In my spiritual circles, we say this is being brought into the light to be transmuted into light.

The areas of our lives that will be most affected by this 13-month transit will be our intimate relationships, investments, inheritance, death, and rebirth on all levels. This includes psychological, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. We also might notice an increased interest in astrology, numerology, and seeking the assistance of a trained practitioner. This is someone who specializes in one of the many methods of helping us recognize and work with our inner darkness or shadow-side.

We can also expect the characteristics of Jupiter to come into focus through the end of the year. Jupiter rules philosophy, adventure, higher learning, foreign travel, joy, and celebration. Remember energy goes where attention flows so dive right into any of these things that excite you. I’ll take joy and celebration for $1000, please! Gotta do something to allay my suspicions around this month.

This week’s aspects begin today with Mercury conjunct the Sun and Venus square Saturn. Mercury conjunct the Sun is aligning our thoughts what we say or write has a huge impact. That can be a good thing or bad thing. Communications are open and crisp. Some of us will talk a bit too much today.

Venus square Saturn is difficult aspect challenges our manifesting our desires. It also represents difficulty in socializing. Saturn puts the brakes on our affections and makes us sensitive to rejection. The next few days are not going to be good ones for any new financial ventures.

Monday brings us Mercury square Pluto and Sun square Pluto. Mercury square Pluto can throw shade onto our perspective and ability to read things clearly. Our suspicions tend to magnify little things out of proportion. Slow down and take another look and get a clearer perspective. This clearer perspective could, however, be a bit difficult because this aspect can bring about some emotional stress. Make every attempt not to force our thoughts on others. The best part of this aspect is that it will provide an opportunity to have deep conversations. My favorite kind!

The Sun square Pluto energy is quite impatient and compulsive. Allow things to unfold in their own time. Otherwise, you may find yourself beating your head against a wall. Real power comes from within not from what we can get from others or make others do. Trust the Universe to guide you.

Tuesday’s big aspect is Jupiter beginning to enter Scorpio which I have already discussed, and Venus opposing Chiron. Venus opposed Chiron means possible disappointments in our love life simply because we are aware of instability and unbalance. We could find ourselves wondering if our romantic feelings are mutually received.

Wednesday, Jupiter is in Scorpio, Mars is square Saturn, and Venus is inconjunct Uranus. Mars square Saturn slows us down in the action and aggression department. We will most likely feel like it is taking more effort to get things done than they should. And they probably are.

Venus inconjunct Uranus means impulsive spending. It also means we want more freedom and less commitment. Issues of intimacy can come up now too. Do we want exciting relationships, more time to ourselves, or more freedom? Any way you look at this, we hesitate to ruffle anyone’s feathers.

Thursday Mercury sextiles Saturn. This aspect will help us get organized and do any detailed work that needs to be attended to. We can always depend on Saturn to be a taskmaster. This aspect is sure to get some good results because our decisions have been carefully considered.

Saturday, Venus enters Libra, Mercury is inconjunct Chiron. I will discuss Venus in Libra next week and end this week’s forecast with Mercury inconjunct Chiron. Chiron is the wounded healer and is really trying to serve us right. He pushes us to deal with our demons and heal our wounds. This aspect can cause difficulties in our decision making. We might feel as if we are unable to be as effective as we would like because it is hard to read the real intention of our communications and lead to a few misunderstandings.

I hope all this helps you navigate your week ahead. I also hope this week is less stressful on the collective than the past week was. I have to hope at least. Whatever you do, do it with a smile and with love in your heart. Until next week, be safe!