Astrology for January 13-19, 2019

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It has been an icy weekend in NC.

 

All of us have wondered why things happen the way they do. Traditional thinking has assigned causality to coincidence, while the enlightened among us say it is synchronicity, a term first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s. It wasn’t until 1951 while at a conference that he gave a statement on the full meaning of synchronicity. Jung believed that events are “meaningful coincidences” and their occurrences have no causal relationship. His formal definition was that synchronicity is an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle.”

Both the traditional teachings and enlightened path tell us that humans have free-will. While I believe that to be true, I also wonder if our experiences are not part of some cosmic energy effect. Perhaps caused by the sort of energy that forms our galaxy, or explodes from the sun, or causes the tides to shift, or a storm to form and lightning to flash, or our hearts to beat. The energy that is the very power of creation!

These were some of the thoughts going through my head after the Sun-Pluto conjunction on January 11, 2019. I’ve known change was coming for the collective and the individual but, was it the energy of the conjunction that caused me to dive into my own depths? The astrologer in me thinks so.

I have mentioned in the past that in the first decade of the 21st century, I heard an astrologer talking about the difficult aspects they were seeing in the future; the future that is now. It is evident that “the times they are a changing.” Bob Dylan sang about change in 1964. As I listened to his song again today I knew he was writing about civil rights and racism but I wondered if he knew his words would be so meaningful 60 years later?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHMBs5yZDEc

I don’t think there is anyone who is not aware of how things are shifting today or what this potentially means. From the astrologer’s perspective, Saturn and Pluto are both in the earth sign of Capricorn. Saturn represents our father, regulations, politicians, institutions, power, control, and older people. Capricorn is Saturn’s home sign and magnifies the Capricorn themes and traits of discipline, closed-mindedness, responsibility, and convention.

Pluto, the planet of transformation, death, destruction, rebirth, and rebuilding is interacting with both Saturn and Capricorn and assisting change in a big way. You don’t need me to tell you about the current, history-making government shutdown but what some have yet to consider is how this will ultimately lead to the end of many institutions we thought could not be changed or shaken.

The US has long been a driving force in the world economy and dollar has been the currency for which all others are based. However, the dollar has recently lost 35% of its value and it no longer the currency of choice by other countries. Some experts project that within the next 5 years the dollar will be down 50% or more. No doubt this will lead to the fall of the US as a world leader. When you consider that the dollar is the Achilles heel of the US military, this possibility becomes clearer. The 2020s could be the most world-shaking, dangerous, and transformative decade of all time.

Again going back to the 1960s, that was when we first began to hear about the “Age of Aquarius.” A song of the same title from the hit musical “Hair” talked about an age of “harmony and understanding.” I do feel like we are moving in the direction but I also feel like we have a ways to go yet. Saturn will be in Capricorn for another 14 months before he moves into Aquarius. I think this will be when we see technology begin to take off. I know at least one well-known futurist that thinks we will see the end of cancer before the end of the 2020s and I have spoken with people know of some of this technology but we are still years away from “the cure.”

This is not a gloom and doom scenario. Far from it. Life is about to become different than we have known for the past 2000 years or more but any change is difficult. The Piscean age and its reign of control and centralization is coming to an end. We are approaching an age of peace and harmony. But these things take time and the adjustment to them takes time. This is why I feel that events like the recent Sun-Pluto conjunction are so significant. They are helping us clear our and come to terms with what no longer serves.

A good place to begin with your own personal clearing is by reading Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” This book changed the way I think about my possessions and I was thrilled to learn that she is now helping people through her reality show on Netflix.

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/dp/1607747308

There are quite a few aspects this week so let’s get to them quickly.

First up is Venus semi-square Pluto today. Maybe you have noticed some hidden social tension today? Did someone seem to have an agenda or seem suspicious? Other qualities of this aspect may be hot, passion. Beware of jealousy, possessiveness, or an agenda.

Mercury is conjunct Saturn today, Sunday, January 13, 2019. Perhaps you noticed an increased ability to concentrate or a need to be alone. This is energy realistic and practica and calls for real results for our efforts. This is a good day for important conversations and advice, as well as all forms of communication. (This exact aspect it totally in my natal chart.)

The last aspect for today is Jupiter square, Neptune. The positive side is that this is good for spiritual thought. The shadow side is, other people or even our own false expectations can easily derail us.

Monday Mercury is sextile Neptune. Pay close attention to any intuitive hits today. Give in to the creative and imaginative energy of this aspect. You can use words to help and inspire others.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have no major aspects but, Friday is a big day. Venus will trine Mars. This could make your Friday a romatic one that is full of hot, sexual appeal and attraction. This is going to be a good day or night for socializing.

Mercury conjuncts Pluto on Friday. This is intense energy which will increase our mental activity. This reminds me of “Where’s Waldo” because it will be easy to find the hidden things today. Hidden meanings might pop out like a Jack-in-the-box for some of us. This can stimulate change too. Some of the themes for Friday will be heightened observation, manipulation, obsession, and suspicion. Try to avoid any communication or mental conflicts.

The third aspect for Friday is Sun sextile Chiron. This one is about our purpose or our mission in this life. Use this energy to learn from others as well as your own experiences. This will be a good time for solving problems.

Friday’s last aspect it Sun square Uranus. This could blow up the prospects of any of the other aspects only because of the unpredictable nature of Uranus. But since the Sun is us, this energy is personal. That does not mean it won’t affect the collective, but it will probably have more impact on the individual. Expect the unexpected, plans that don’t work out and the need for a detour here and there. The best part about this aspect might be that it could cause a need and desire to try something new or change trajectory.

The week ends with Sun square Neptune on Saturday. This about fantasy and escape. It might be hard to stick our goals for the new year. On the flip side, creativity and spirituality will be strong so use that as your focus. This won’t be the best time for things that require critical thinking. It also is not the best time for doing much of anything that is really important business or job wise.

Wishing you all a great week. Remember to be kind and smile to all you meet.

 

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WOW! 2019 seems to be off to a rip-roaring start!

In just the first week we have seen Mars move into his home sign of Aries, the Sun was conjunct Saturn, followed tonight by a New Moon and partial solar eclipse last night. The eclipse was full over China, Russia, the Aleutian Islands and the western tundra of Alaska. I expect to see these two powerhouse countries of China and Russia in news a bit more over the next six months.

This is the second eclipse in the Capricorn/Cancer cycle of eight eclipses that began last July and will end in July of 2020. This eclipse took place right in the middle of Capricorn at 15 degrees. If you have planets anywhere in your chart at 14-16 degrees, you can expect to see some activity in those areas of your life. The lunar nodes were also in the mix too. This is dealing with our past in all things Capricorn and our future in all things Cancer. Or, more of the old paradigm falling away and making room for a new one.

The eclipse was flanked on either side by Saturn and Pluto. Pluto is all about power, loss, destruction, and transformation. Saturn is about rules, regulations, responsibility, hard work, and time. Pluto has been transiting Capricorn since 2008 and won’t be leaving until January of 2024. During this transit, he is transforming all that is toxic and lacking authenticity. The old is being torn down because it no longer serves us and new is coming in to take its place. Change is always difficult. Saturn is doing his best to follow behind and clean up after destructive Pluto.

Saturn only has just over 15 months left in Capricorn however before he moves into Aquarius and tries to dictate chaos. In the meantime, Saturn and Pluto are working together. This is a tough combo that has little tolerance for compassion or heartfelt interactions.

Gratefully leaders in human development like Wayne Dyer, Depak Chopra, and many, many others have lead the way in teaching us how to view change as an opportunity. Still, we resist. It’s only human. But, change is our destiny and comes no matter how much we fight it.

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from January of 1762-February of 1778. This period saw huge changes ranging from the birth of the industrial revolution and invention of the steam engine in 1765, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the American Revolution in 1775, and the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

I’ve read many articles by many astrologers that believe Pluto is in the midst of tearing down our old way of government and our financial system to make way for a new of doing things. We are all aware of the many horrific human tragedies going on around the globe and the volatility of the tempers world leaders in general. Once Pluto enters Aquarius un 2024, we will begin to see things shift to a more humanitarian approach to things. Still, this will take time to settle in.

Mars moving into Aries on New Years Day was a powerful start to the year. Mars is headstrong, full of youthful impatience, action, masculinity, hot tempers, conflicts, and a side of abrasiveness. Mars is the god of war. Think about how you are seeing these characteristics show up on the world stage and in the news.

From the numerological standpoint,  this is a universal 3 year. (2+0+1+9= 12 – 1+2=3)

Three is considered good luck. It is inspiring, generous, and positive. A three year gives people strength to express themselves and their ideas. It also helps us fight against the abuse of power. This year will be about going for the gusto and grabbing opportunities as they show up. To figure out what number your personal year is, add your birthday number and the month number to 3 and reduce the sum down to one digit. This will be your personal year number. Here is a link that explains it all better and gives an overview of all the personal year numbers. https://karisamuels.com/personal-year-numerology/

This coming week we have Uranus turning direct today. He is at 28 degrees Aries and asking us to finish up all our Uranus in Aries. During his retrograde period, Uranus has asked us to find a way to direct the fire inside us, our passions and desires. What have you come up with? What decisions have you made, what directions have you taken? Are you paying attention to your intuition? Are you serving others with what is uniquely you?

Monday Venus enters Sagittarius. This move will take us from obsession to seeking adventure and freedom. This is casting a universal light on love.

Tuesday Mercury will square Mars. This is impatient energy. It can also be somewhat disagreeable. Avoid meetings if possible and be cautious about starting new projects or new business. However, it these things are already underway you should be fine to go ahead. Just be aware that folks could be irritable and getting our thoughts across could be difficult. Any communications could be difficult.

Wednesday Jupiter aspects Uranus. This is a restless combination. It might also make finding common ground harder than usual. If we are not willing to change it will be forced on us. Remember that Uranus is rebellious energy and all about change but don’t make changes just for the sake of change. That will prove to be a foolish move. This is not a good aspect for investing but it is a great time to be open to new thoughts and perspectives.

Friday the Sun conjuncts Pluto. This will create some strong-willed energy. We might also be more focused on important things and feel a need for control in our lives. For the time being, we might do well to keep things to ourselves.

This is also a good time to release things that no longer serve us. This applies to possessions, relationships, bad habits, or anything that is blocking us from what is possible. Find the source of divine energy inside you and make the most of it.

I hope 2019 has gotten off to a good start for you and this continues all year long. Don’t forget to be kind to others. You are at the same time, being kind to yourself. Hopefully, I will be here again all year to share astrological info with you and help you navigate your life.

 

Astro-look Forward. What might 2019 bring us?

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Remember when you were younger and 2019 seemed so very far away? It’s not now!

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope the past year has been good for you and maybe, just maybe you found this blog helpful in some way. Thanks for reading and I hope to be of service to you in the coming year as well.

The past year has been one of transformation and evolution for many, including me. 2018 was both wonderful and personally challenging. It’s all good. All is well. New experiences and learning have transformed and supported my evolution as a human. I am grateful beyond measure for the support of dear friends near and far, and a couple of wonderful neighbors.

Now we are at the beginning of a new year and we are all wondering what it will bring us. Will we be successful? Happy? Healthy? Find true love? A great deal will depend on your perspective.

The past few months, I have had a gut feeling that we are headed for some financial changes in ways that we might not expect or be ready for. Recently the stock market has been anything but stable. It is too soon to know if this will continue or how it will unfold. As I gaze through the lens of astrology, I see our old and constant friend ‘change’ staring back at me.

I think in the next two-three years we are going to see shifts like never before as the old paradigm struggles to maintain control and yet is forced to give way to the rise in the vibration of the Earth and all her creatures. Things are going to be interesting for sure. My best advice is not to go nuts with your spending. Also, keep in mind I am not a professional.

The big players in 2019 will be Uranus, Jupiter, and Mercury. I will also add Pluto to that mix, although he will play only a minor part until 2020 when his presence will be felt more as he forms a tight conjunction to Saturn in January of 2020. Pluto and Saturn will begin to dance within three degrees of each other in early April – mid-May of 2019 and while this won’t be a strong influence, we will begin to feel things begin to really change in the collective. Keep your focus on joy, avoid control issues, and be as flexible as possible.

Control freaks are not going to like this one. Saturn is all about control, rules, and regulations. Pluto is about taking down what no longer serves and building new and better. Historically when these two planets conjunct, the conjunction has triggered a change that coincided with some big global event such as World War 1, the worldwide recession of 1947 and the beginning of the cold war, and the economic dive of 1982.

No doubt the Saturn-conjunct-Pluto event will bring change, but so will Uranus, Jupiter, and Mercury. Let’s talk about Mercury first. Besides the usual retrogrades which this year will be March 5-28, July7-31, and October 31-November 20 (mark your calendars), Mercury will have a rare “Transit of Mercury.” This is when Mercury crosses the face of the Sun. This will happen in November, and if you miss it, you get another chance to see it until 2032.

Jupiter is happily situated in his home sign of Sagittarius for the entire year. He is also square to Neptune in Pisces for much of the year. And thanks to retrogrades, there will be three perfect squares in January, June, and September. The last time this happened was in 2006. During this time many illusive things came to light.

The key words for this aspect are arrogance, overconfidence, short shortsightedness, and the belief that something or someone is right and too golden to get caught. Remember when the corruption of Enron came to light, or crocodile hunter Steve Irwin’s death? Steve had an illusion of overconfidence and it resulted in his untimely death.

I wonder what illusions will come to light this year. Time will tell but I feel sure many of us have our own ideas of what might happen. One thing is for sure, Jupiter will be giving us all he has to give, like it or not.

The big player this year is probably the rebel planet and master of sudden change, Uranus. He has been retrograde since August 7, 2018, and will turn direct January 6, 2019. He moved into Taurus last May and then retrograded back into Aries to give us a chance to tie up the last bits of unfinished Uranus/Aries business. In March he will re-enter Taurus where he will stay for the next seven years. If you still don’t get that change is coming, let me help clear that up.

So we know Uranus is about change, rebellion, intuition, revolution, unconventional, and the weather. Taurus is an earth sign, loves security, is practical, patient, reliable, and stubborn. Much of our security whether it is personal or national is directly related to money, financial institutions, and the global economy. This seems to spell change in the way exchange money. Will crypto-currency take hold? Will we finally see chips take the place of credit and debit cards? How will banking change? We are on a seven-year plan of Uranian change.

Let’s not forget the weather possibilities. The world is so connected now by the media and that makes us more aware of what is going on weather-wise across the globe. I think we can all agree that weather in the past few years has seemed to be more dramatic and disastrous than we have had in the past. Sure, we’ve had huge, disastrous weather in our history but it seems as if bad weather is becoming the norm.

Prophecy talks about a time when the seasons won’t be recognizable. I wonder if we aren’t getting close to that time. Farmers I know are talking about how the growing seasons have changed in recent years and I am seeing more and more articles about food shortages for one reason or another. Other articles talk about the future of farming being indoors or in greenhouses because the weather will affect the growing season to the extent that growing on the land will become more and more difficult. Again, we are in a seven-year cycle of Uranus (quick change) in Taurus (earth).

Supporting all that I have mentioned so far is the Nodes of fate. The nodes moved into the Cancer/Capricorn axis on November 7, 2018. They will remain in these signs until the last day of May 2020. The North Node represents where we are going and the South Node presents our past. With the South Node in Capricorn, we are letting go of the stiffness that is Capricorn and embracing all the nurturing, gentle, loving aspects of Cancer. Perhaps this is furthering the rise of the divine feminine and ushering in the return of the Christed energy or what some of us know as the ascension. It is definitely helping us raise our vibrations.

Now let’s go over what we can expect this week. Mars enters his ruling sign of Aries on New Years Day. What a shift from Pisces energy to Aries energy! Perhaps better news is that Mars will not go retrograde at all in 2019 and neither will Venus. Both male and female energies will be at full throttle this year and asking us to partner with something or someone. This can even mean a partnership with self that will help us reach our goals.

Midweek the Sun conjuncts Saturn. This is asking us to set boundaries, make choices, make your New Year’s resolutions and figure out what we want to set our intentions on. Saturn is known to block or hold us back and this is certainly counter to the forward movement of Mars

This conjunction is letting us know there is more to do and more to see before we move on. Eventually, we will be able to soar forward with Mars.

This year practically begins with eclipse and New Moon energy. January 5 marks a partial Solar eclipse at 15 degrees Capricorn. If you have planets at 15 degrees of any sign you will be affected by this is some way. Eclipses are known to bring big energy and get things moving. This one is somewhat tempered by the close proximity of Vega, a harmonious fixed star. This will help lighten the serious conservatism of Saturn’s conjunct influence. This is a good time to start a business or for artistic and musical endeavors. Charitable, humanitarian, and other acts of kindness are also going to get a boost with this eclipse. Not so bad huh?

I feel like I have given you a lot to digest this week but before I close I want to wish you a very Happy New Year!

Last Friday a friend asked me if I had any intentions for the new year. I said nothing other than peace and love. . . well actually, my answer was “peace, love, and tight britches.” That is a throwback to the 70’s. But seriously, I gave up the idea of resolutions years ago. Peace and love are all I want. I’ll take good health good times and good friendships too, but peace and love pretty much cover it for me.

This past year and the past two weekends, in particular, have shown me that I have more peace and feel more love when I put aside the phone and shut off the computer. I would not even be on it today if I wasn’t writing this for you. This is quite a reclusive shift for someone that used to be a social butterfly. All things change, don’t they?

My wish for you is the same. May you find peace and love wherever you go. If you plan to party or travel for New Years, be safe and responsible. I want to see you all here next week.

I’m headed over to an astrology webinar that starts in 20 minutes. Maybe I will learn some cool stuff that I can share with you next week. 

 

Don’t forget to be kind and smile to all you meet.  

Astrology for December 23-29, 2018

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photo by Leslie Millsaps, 12/21/2018

The storm that passed through the Southeast Thursday and Friday cleared out just in time for us to see the beautiful Full Moon Friday night just after the Winter Solstice. It signaled the end of an emotional week for many people. For others, it brought a burst of energy, evolution, and transformation. This energy was clearly expressed in the collective too. My inbox was full of news stories about a change of one sort or another.

Friday, December 21, also marked the Winter Solstice. Astrologers often do a chart at the solstices and equinoxes to get a feel for what the next three-month cycle will be like. This time there was a 9-degree conjunction between Mercury and Jupiter. If you’ve been holding back from speaking your mind about something, the next three-month period might be a good time to beam your message out to the world.

If you have something to say that is in service to the collective or are congruent to your soul’s purpose, this might be a really powerful time to speak out. The Nodes of fate are now direct and in a hard aspect to the Mercury Jupiter conjunction. This seemingly difficult energy is actually moving us forward. Use it for good.

Now we are just two days from Christmas. I am putting everything outside of my own little space in the world on hold and concentrating on me and how I am going to move into the next year. I have a feeling it will be one of the most transformative of my life. It is sure to interesting and there is no telling where it will take me.

I am concerned about my mother who turned 89 last Thursday. She is sounding weaker and weaker every time I speak to her on the phone. She might not be physically with us next year. I hope I am wrong. I have friends who are in a similar place in their lives. We all expect our parents to leave us when they get older but when it is your husband who isn’t that old or a younger brother, it is a real surprise. And it hurts. 

Just after Solstice on Friday, the Sun moved into Capricorn and created a new 30-day cycle of responsibility, respect for the rule of law and order, ambition, and the gratification we get from a task well done. The Sun in Capricorn likes real results and feels best when following the rules and regulations. This is Saturn’s influence at its best and as you probably know, Saturn is transiting Capricorn where he is extra happy and strong.

Mercury is nearing the end of his tour of Sagittarius. During this transit we have enjoyed learning about a variety of things, optimism has increased, and we have been concerned with what is fair or unfair. The shadow side is a lack of precision. Mercury will move into Capricorn on January 5th.

Venus is also about to end her transit through Scorpio where she has been passionate in her relationships. She has been more interested in deep contact with another than with superficial flirtations. If you have noticed yourself being more emotional lately as I know I have, this transit could the influence. Scorpio energy is all or nothing, and passionate in its own right. In order to feel vital and alive, we tend to create dramatic ups and downs during this transit.

Mars is also near the end of a transit. He’s been in Pisces since November 15, 2018. The usually aggressive planet has been far less aggressive and more interested in spiritual matters. Mars is usually a mover and a shaker but in Pisces, he is more interested in others and what they might need.

Monday Mercury squares Neptune. Don’t be surprised it you find yourself more unfocused than usual. In order to use this energy to its fullest, resist that 2nd eggnog. Your intuition could be quite high today.

Amazingly, there are no major aspects for Christmas through the 27th. It is as if all the planets are taking a Christmas break too.

Friday Venus is in sextile aspect to Pluto, the ruler of the underworld and psychology. This is a going affect our finances and material possessions hopefully in a positive way. This is also a good time for relationships. Confidence is high and we are feeling an authenticity in our relationships. Remember that relationships include all people that you come in contact with.

Saturday, Mars will conjunct Chiron. This will give us the chance to take action in areas of teaching, mentoring, and healing. There might even be feelings of self-confidence, even fearlessness. This conjunction is all about positive action used to help others. Tis the season is it not?

With so much going on in our country (or not going on) I feel like the planets taking a break is telling us to just enjoy the holiday and focus inward rather than outward. If we can do that, then hopefully we will come up with some good ways to deal with the next 30, three months, and year-long cycles.

I want to thanks each one of you who read this blog each week for your support. Comments, new followers, and FaceBook “likes” mean more than you know. I am looking forward to another year with you, sharing and learning new things.

If you are traveling, please be safe. Take your time and give the other guy a break. Remember we are all doing the best we can and we don’t know why the other person is not performing the way we think they should. Until you put yourself in their shoes, don’t judge or blow a fuse. Sometimes we think things are obvious but they really aren’t.

Remember to be kind! Be understanding! Be love!

Astrology for December 16-22, 2018

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I think the saying is true.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

 

This past week the Universe brought us new, transformative energies and it is not over yet. It is up to us to decide how we are going to use this energy. Will we be using it for love, peace, compassion, and unity? Or, will we use it for greed, division, hate, and power? These are the questions every human is being asked. This week is going to bring more wonderful opportunities.

The December 7th New Moon was powerful. Jupiter was in a difficult square aspect to a Mars/Neptune conjunct and the conjunction was powerfully transformative all by its self. Jupiter’s energy magnifies things and this conjunction is no exception. You may have noticed more confusion, illusion, and difficulty concentrating ever since then. Unfortunately, Jupiter not only magnifies the good aspects of Mars and Neptune, but he also magnifies the negative ones too.

The good news is that this aspect is near the end of its influence but like all aspects, this one has triggered future changes. Before this square separated it left us either successfully using out intuition or conversely, sent us deeper down the tubes. Sometimes having the attitude of going with the flow (whatever will be will be) or as Byron Katie says: “Loving what is” takes more effort than some of us can gather up. Sometimes, either we or our soul decides it is just time to go.

I have been thinking about all the disappointments and losses people near and dear to me have experienced this past year and the many unnecessary losses we have all seen in the news. I was pondering this last night and concluded that one way to view this is with gratitude. A shocking perspective I know. What if the purpose of a souls incarnation into this life was meant to show us a better way, to serve as a light that exposes all the skeletons and dirt we’ve been hiding. What if a loss was meant to show us all the ugly stuff we’ve swept under the rug and ignored? Maybe the loss was more about teaching us about compassion and love? I can’t be sure. I’m just sharing some thoughts.

The big event this week is the Winter Solstice on Friday, December 21 at 5:23 pm EST. Winter Solstice is also the shortest day of the year, the first day of Winter and marks the beginning of last quarter of the astrological year. Friday is also the day the Sun leaves Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn until January 20, 2019.

The Capricorn Sun is all about responsibility, ambition, respect for the rules, law, and government. Capricorn loves real results and we feel best when we complete and accomplish things. Capricorn energy knows how to work with boundaries and enjoys setting long-term goals. This sign is ruled by Saturn, the head for the department of rules and regulations. Saturn is currently transiting Capricorn and this makes him very happy and feeling his best. Pluto is also transiting Capricorn. These two will begin to move in and out of conjunction for most of the coming year before perfecting their conjunction in January 2020. You can bet that we will be feeling the effects of this energy long before 2020. If you think secrets have surfaced in the past week or so, I am betting the Saturn/Pluto conjunction will bring us much more. More on this as time passes.

Mercury moved into Sagittarius last week. This will shift our thinking from the depths of our psyche to an optimistic outlook. We will be less interested in persuading others and more interested in what is fair or unfair. I’d call this a good thing!

The very next day after Winter Solstice we have a Cancer Full Moon. The Sun will have just enter Capricorn and be very powerful with that energy. This polarity is about our balance between our work and our home. I think we all know how difficult this balance can be sometimes but when we can’t find a good balance between the two, we almost always get into trouble and feel burdened.

Venus will take the spotlight this week with more aspects than any other planets so she will be a big influence for us. She is halfway through her tour of Scorpio this week and will continue to be a big influence the following week as well and her Scorpio expression is obsessive. This is fire-cracker-hot, gotta have it kind of love. The shadow side is jealousy and possessiveness.

Venus us sextile Saturn 12/15-12/16, 2018. Our relationships feel stable. Feeling are formal, expressed with reserve, and not freely shared. Think of the reserve of the British or the Royal family and this is Venus and Saturn. Any relationships that begin under this energy will likely be practical and businesslike. I dated a guy once who said he viewed his relationships as a business relationship and his friendships to be his confidants. For me, that was pretty much the end.

Wednesday and Thursday, Venus aspects Chiron. This is not a good aspect for making commitments. We can’t force affection now and there is a distinct lack of desire to give of ourselves.

Thurs and Friday, Venus is in trine aspect to Neptune. This easy aspect makes us feel as if a romantic situation was made just for us. Neptune creates a lovely, magical feeling and we are able to see the good in others.

Venus energy is looking good into the last week of the year too. She will conjunct Ceres. This will be supportive, nurturing energy. There is a possibility of taking things a bit to far, so be careful not to mess us a good thing.

Right before the New Year, Venus will create some powerful romantic and sexual energy. If you are single you might just meet someone at a holiday party. This energy has strong powers of attraction.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that every week I end with saying “ be kind. . .” This week I leave you with something different. The author is unknown but a friend posted on her Facebook page. I felt strongly that I needed to share this with you all today.

 

As the world fights to figure this all out, I’ll be letting people cut in front of me in traffic, saying good morning, keeping babies entertained in grocery lines, stopping to talk to someone who looks lonely, tipping generously, calling you by the name on your tag, waving at police, sharing food, giving children a thumbs-up, being patient and friendly to sales clerks and smiling at passersby as often as I have the opportunity, buying a total stranger a cup of coffee.

Because?

I will not stand idly by and live in a world where unconditional love is invisible. Join me in showing love, judging less. Find your own way to swing the pendulum in the direction of love. Be kind to a stranger today and every day. It just may be a friend you have never met. Pay it forward for any kindness shown to you in the past.

Be the change.
Be the light.
Be the love.
Start TODAY! ?

 

 

Astrology for the week of December 9-15, 2018

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This week begins with remnants of the New Moon’s new beginnings energy. What ever new projects we’ve begun with take off next weekend at the first quarter. The first quarter has a crisis energy to it and stimulates us to take action. Soon after this action we are made aware of how the action has affected those around us. There isn’t anyway to get around cause and effect is there?

Mid week brings us the 12/12 gateway of new ascension energy. My friend, Katie Indicrow and Todd Medina of Soulology One Studio will be hosting three different gatherings by live video with replay available imediatley after for those that can’t join the live offering. More details on this at the end of the post.

Mercury and Venus both are still in their shadow for a few more days. Communications are not yet back to what they usually are but definitely getting there. Venus in her shadow is still asking us to work with things from the past. Has someone from your past shown up or made contact with you. I certainly have noticed my own thought trailing back to the past. It is all part of my own personal evolution and I am learning from these past events and people. Where have you noticed a change?

This weekend Winter Storm Diego has dumped from 6 inches to over 2 feet of snow across the state and it won’t be over until mid-day tomorrow. Other parts of North Carolina has experienced some form of frozen precipitaion. This weather event is perhaps stimulated by Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces, square Jupiter.

Mars and Neptune alone can produce a lot of water and emotions but when you toss in the ever expansive Jupiter, you get MORE of a good (or bad) thing. In this case it is snow. While some consider a snow event to be very inconvenient, I consider it a reminder that we are not in charge. The visual affect is soothing; a white blanket covering up the mess we have made of things for a short while.

The aspects this week are few. First we have Chiron turning direct and in trine aspect to Mercury on Sunday. Word can be healing. Good time to communicate with others. A good to for seeking new ways to view life and its problems.

Tuesday Mercury is inconjucnt Uranus. This has the opposite energy of the Chiron conjunct Mercury. Mercury incinjunct Uranus can cause communicattions difficult.

The last aspect comes Saturday. Uranus will semi-square Neptune. This might stimulate some inspiration and/ or feelings of restlessness. If we have unfulfilled dreams, there may be a some feeling of hopelessness. Uranus us always bringing us the unexpected so you will want to be aware of what is practical and what is not.

At the beginning of this post I mentioned the 12/12 gateway. Just like the season of Sagittarius, the year and old pardigms are coming to an end and making way for the new year and new paradigms. There is a shift in consciousness taking place like never before. The 12/12 gateway is just one opportunity to welcome the new energies on.

Beginning Tuesday at 5pm EDT, Katie and Todd will host the “ASCENSION GATEWAY CEREMONY TO CALL FORTH PEACE”. The reason this begings Tuesday is that is when Wednesday or 12/12 actually begins in the world at a place called Christmas Island.

Two more gatherings will be hosted on Wednesday at 1pm EDT and at 2:30 EDT byt Katie and Todd. If you would like more info on this please go to

https://www.facebook.com/events/2552459314772102/

Remember to be kind and help your fellow man as much as you can.

 

Astrology for December 2-8, 2018

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I’m BACK!

The Japenese Maple in my front yard is about three weeks late turning this brilliant red but finally, it has. I look forward to this brilliant color every year. It is such an awesome site to see. 

I don’t think I knew how much I needed to take some time off before I did it. And while I didn’t do any astrological studying, I did get a lot of other things done. I’ll share a bit more about that at the end of today’s post.

This week begins with Venus opposing Uranus. This means we can expect the unexpected in our relationships and our money. But she is moving into Scorpio today, December 2, 2018, and this affects other people’s money. The Venus transit through Scorpio will last until January 8, 2018, when she moves into Sagittarius.

Venus first entered Scorpio on September 10, 2018. She turned retrograde at 26 degrees Scorpio on October 6. She went all the way back through Scorpio for the rest of September and all of October. This retrograde shook up our relationships and our money. Now that she is back in Scorpio again, we can expect to revisit some of the area influenced or put on hold by the retrograde in October.

Part of what can make this difficult is that Scorpio, while deeply loyal, also tends to hold grudges. Some of us will be inclined to hold grudges in our relationships and money ventures that might not have gone the way we had hoped they would. I am thinking about the GM announcement on the plant closings. This certainly was an unwelcome surprise for those folks.

Venus is still in her shadow from the retrograde through December 18. This means there is still time for changes associated with relationships or money can still happen. Things should smooth out right before Christmas and we won’t have to deal with another Venus retrograde for at least 18 months. YAY!

The other big news this week is this is the last week of the current Mercury retrograde. This has been an intense retrograde in part because it ends in the latter degrees of Scorpio. The last degrees of any sign are quite powerful. This retrograde will end on December 6 at 27 degrees Scorpio. By the time it is all over, we will have had two full weeks of Mercury in the last, powerful degrees of a very intense Scorpio. I’d love to hear how this is showing up in some of your lives.

Other aspects this week include Mercury inconjunct Uranus today, Sunday, December 2, 2018. This can cause us some difficulty getting our point across without causing some upset. Uranus adds uncertainty to this mix so we will do well to use extra caution when making decisions. If we act too impulsively, which is often Uranus’s way, we could make a decision that we later regret.

Also on Sunday, we have the Sun squaring Mars. You might notice you are feeling a bit restless. Again, try not to be impulsive. There is also a bit of competitive and defensive energy with this aspect. We can easily rub others the wrong way, so think before you speak or act.

Tues, Mercury is in trine aspect to Chiron. This will stimulate open communications and make us more sensitive than usual. Our ability to listen will be strong and so will the ability to get the point across. This aspect will also allow us to use our words to heal, offer comfort, and see things from a new perspective.

Wednesday the Sun will square Neptune. This is not a good one for direct action or practical thought. Neptune almost always casts some illusion or creates a fog around things. This makes it hard for us to know how to act or where we stand with those around us. This is not a good day for some things like surgery. Of course, if you have to you have to, and the Universe always finds a way to take care of us in these situations. So don’t let this trouble you.

Thursday the Sun aspects Uranus. This aspect makes us feel like we need to be active but knowing exactly where to act or what to do might be a problem. Uranus is going to make this a very unpredictable day. Expect plans to change and life in general to try our patience. Uranus doesn’t like to be bored so he could influence new concepts or push us to try something new or go in a new direction.

Friday, Mars, the planet of action will join forces with Neptune as they conjunct. This will offer us more confusion and illusion-making things hard to understand. The ability to concentrate will be off so we will find that using our intuition is what works best for us. There is also a lack of tension and increased relaxation with this aspect. The feeling this aspect offers reminds me of Doris Day singing Que Sera Sera. Listen to the words in this song. Its pretty good advice in general.

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

Friday will also bring us a semi-square between Mars and Uranus. This is a restless, impulsive energy. If a planet were ADD, I think it might be Uranus in this aspect with active Mars. This energy is fast, fickle, and lacking in the ability to see consequences. So if life serves you some changes, the best course of action might be to stay flexible.

The end of this week we will be in New Moon energy. The New Moon in Sagittarius is expansive, optimistic, honest, and often vocal and blunt. I was telling a friend yesterday that my Sagittarius mother does not seem like a Sag at all.

As I look at Mom’s chart I realize that much of her natural inclination to be forthright is dampened by both Saturn and Mercury in her natal Capricorn. Saturn is at home in Capricorn which only amplifies his influence on her chart overall and her Mercury which as you know is all about communications. This is another example of why it is important to have a chart done.

This New Moon in Sagittarius will be asking us to consider new beginnings and to think in new ways with honesty, optimism, and enthusiasm. The shadow side is with the Sagittarius tendency to go big, some of us can over do or over plan things. We will want to pay attention to a square aspect to the nearly conjunct Mars and Neptune. This could cause us to extend ourselves too far and not see things clearly because of the fog Neptune creates.

Keep in mind, this is the season where lots and lots is going on. While we are more creative, we might not be realistic about things. It will be easy to overextend ourselves.

The last astrological comments for today deal with Mercury in Scorpio and the investigation being led by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. Scorpio intensely goes deep to get to the root of things. Mercury, as you know, is about communications. Combine the two and you a perfect mix for Mueller’s task.

The information that came to light last week shows us perhaps how much this energy has benefited the investigation. Jupiter in Scorpio, no doubt helped to expand the efforts of Mr. Mueller. With Jupiter now in Sagittarius, I feel sure we will be seeing Mueller play his hand soon and I am betting it is going to be a Royal Flush.

Earlier I said I would tell you a bit about what I did during my time away from this blog. In early November I went to an activation workshop lead by Robert Gilbert and his Vesica Institute. I did two Sacred Geometry workshops with Robert 20 yrs ago. He is an expert in this field and ancient knowledge often taught in mystery schools. It was an amazing weekend I feel fortunate to have been able to attend it.

Another thing I did was get a reading from a psychic medium who is also a dear friend of a dear friend. Her name is Karen Callen and she was simply amazing. I really think this was one of the best readings I have ever had. She is also the author of the book “Just In Time” and a pretty darn good coach too.

I was so impressed with her that I wanted to share her skills with you and am happy to report that she is offering a 25% discount to on a reading for all my readers. That makes your cost just $75 for a one hour reading. You can find her on Facebook @ Psychic Medium Karen Rose Callan. Just tell her you saw the offer on this blog.

Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to be kind and as generous as you can be toward those less fortunate than your self this winter.

Astrology for November 4-10, 2018

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Astrology constantly amazes me as I learn more and more.

This week’s astrology holds several cosmic changes. The first point of interest comes on Election day, November 6.

Uranus, the planet of rebellion and chaos, is retrograding back into Aries, the sign of conflict, ego, and aggression. This will only last for the next 2 months, but we have work to do in the meantime. We all need to work on clearing up all those Uranus-Aries issues that began for us back in May of 2010.

If you know in which house Aries falls in your natal chart, then you will have the opportunity to revisit your decisions around that house for the last time. Uranus moves slowly so he won’t come this way again in our lifetime unless we live for 84 years more. That is how long it takes for Uranus to make a trip around the sun.

For me, it is the 9th house I will be reviewing. This is the house of long distance travel, higher education, religion, other cultures, and the courts and legal matters. I can’t say that really feel any unfinished work in any of these areas but am open to finding out I am wrong. Whatever I discover as I meditate on these topics over the next two months, it is time wrap them up I suppose, and let them go.

The second point of interest takes place the same day and also involves a retrograde. This time the characters involved are the Nodes of Fate, also known as the North and South Nodes, and the head and tail of the dragon. This is an aspect of astrology I have only recently begun to study and it sure is fascinating.

I won’t go into much explanation on the Nodes at this time other than to say they deal with what we bring to this life and what our direction or purpose is. The Nodes have been in Leo and Aquarius for the past year and a half. November 6 they are moving into Cancer and Capricorn.

When the North Nodes was in Leo we were asked to step into our own power. Now that he is moving into Cancer, he is requesting us to be all things Cancer. Cancer energy is kind to others, nurturing, about women and values. This is perfectly appropriate as we enter the winter holiday season of giving and hopefully kindness towards EVERYONE!

It looks like a busy election day.

Welcome to November 2018. This month has the energy vibration of the number 11. Eleven is also called a Master number. All numbers have significant meaning but when you put two of them together like 11, 22, 33, 44, and so on, you get a more powerful number than the single numbers. They can be as negative as they can be positive.

The Number 11 it the most intuitive of numbers. It visually represents a gateway, a new beginning. Eleven is connected to our subconscious and those gut feeling we often get. Eleven is also connected to spirituality making this a great month to work on our spiritual side and learn about or become more connected to our intuition.

Doreen Virtue has written a wonderful book on numbers called ‘Angel Numbers’. If you think you might be interested in learning more about numbers and their meanings, I recommend this inexpensive book and have included an Amazon link below. You will also find other books on numbers and their meaning on Amazon, in case this one doesn’t feel right to you.

https://amzn.to/2PIsKPC

Wednesday the 7th, we have a Scorpio New Moon. Scorpio loves to go deep into things and can be quite intense. He rules the 8th House and is ruled by Pluto and Mars. This house governs transformation, psychology, sex, and money.

This New Moon for psychologists in us. This is a healing Moon and full of forgiveness It is all about going deep into who we are and looking at our skeletons. By doing this, we will be better able to express our kinder, gentler side, act more from the heart and a place of love, and show empathy and compassion to others and ourselves.

This New Moon will also show us the feelings of the collective. I feel sure we will see those feelings show up in the outcome of the vote. There is a great deal of passion around many things this coming week.

Neptune will form a trine with the Moon on the 7th and while that is the day after the election, it is still close enough to the trine that it will have influence. This energy will create a feeling of compassion among the people and they will use this to relate to the issue they vote on.

With this year coming to a close, I just now remembered it is time order next years Planetary Guide from Llewelyn. I have used this weekly calendar and guide for almost 20 yrs and highly recommend it. Order early because they run out fast. I doubt you will find one at the end of December.

https://amzn.to/2F00hk7

A week ago, it was suggested to me that I let the blog rest for a couple of weeks. It was further suggested that I needed a break to clear out things in my life mentally, emotionally, and physically. After considering this for a few days it became increasingly feeling like this was indeed what I need to do. November is proving to be a busy month for me too. So, I have decided to take the rest of this month off from writing this blog. I will keep an eye on things however and let you know of any big events I feel you need to know about.

Right now I can’t imagine not coming back, but we can never say never can we? Besides clearing the internal and external cobwebs, I want to study astrology more. I never did get around to writing on some of the astrology topics I wanted to and they are still hanging out in my mind. I am not sure I will ever write about those things but one thing is for sure, I feel other things are driving me now. Now I need to figure out exactly what that is.

I’m ending this post with my usual “be kind to others” this week. We are all the same whether we believe it or not. We are even the things we don’t like.

I began this post talking about the Number 11 and now feel compelled to do some marketing. There are some good gifts ideas here too. All of the following can be found on Facebook as well as at the links below.

First, is my own book, a cookbook that I published in 2016, titled Hong Kong House Cookbook. There are recipes for everyone whether carnivore or vegan. This cookbook brings back recipes and memories of one of the best-loved restaurants in my town.

https://amzn.to/2qtkR2h

Next is my a memoir by my dear friend Judy Cochrane. This is an amazing and transformative book called Eleven Days: From 35 Million to Foodstamps, What a Family Gains When Losing the American Dream. She also offers both a Kindle and audio version.

https://amzn.to/2OlYYeY

The next book is written by another dear friend and mentor. I have learned so much from Dr. Tomi Bryan, (aka, The Tomi Llama) over the past 9.5 years. Her book was published last year is titled What’s your Superpower?. This book details a system that will help you discover what you are meant to do and provides tools the help you accomplish it. There is a companion CD that gives clearing statements and values cards that can be found on the Tomi Llama site. https://tomillama.com/llamastore/

https://amzn.to/2F51may

If learning about energy, the grid system, or learning more about ascension is what you are looking for, then I highly recommend Katie Indicrow and Indicrow Academy. Katie has a no-nonsense approach to all things 5D and I have a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for her work and her classes. She makes knowledge and guidance accessible to all you seek it, not just those that can afford big-ticket items. You can find Katie on Facebook or @

https://bit.ly/2qvJonj

 

That’s all for now. Till next time, be kind to all!

Peace and Love!

Octarine

Astrology for October 28- November 6, 2018

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Last week I mentioned that planets are strong at the end degrees of a sign. The same goes for the early degrees. Last week you were probably aware of a lot of volatile energy. If you missed the news last week, good for you. I doubt the energy we are seeing is going to let up anytime soon.

Last week was quite intense for many of us. There was a great deal of relationship review triggered by Venus, a Full Moon, and the Sun moving into Scorpio. Many of us felt like were dunked head first into our 3-D humanness. I said a lot of Ho’oponopono’s which helped me shift energy. If you don’t know what this is or how it works, I won’t explain it now but invite you to do a search and learn more.

One reason for this is Uranus, which turned retrograde almost 3 months ago on August 8, is right at the cusp of Taurus and Aries and slowly moving back into Aries. He will turn direct on January 7, 2019, but the energy won’t calm down again until after he is back in Taurus on March 7th. I can hardly wait to see what unfolds in the meantime. These next few months will certainly provide many opportunities to shift energy both on a personal level and in the collective.

This week is full of interesting stuff that will lead us into even more interesting stuff the following week. But I don’t want to get ahead of things and create confusion so I am sticking with the cosmic events for this week only and let next week unfold in its own time.

I expect women to be in the news this week. Venus will probably be the catalyst here because she is retrograde and traveling back into Libra at the end of this week. If I were to venture a guess as to what this could be about, I would say that the women who are running for currently running for office are going to take quite hit in this last week before the elections. On the other hand, any feminine related thing could be about something entirely different. We will have to wait this out to see.

Monday Mars is semi-square Saturn. Our plans could meet some resistance with this aspect. The same could happen with our assertive efforts. While frustrations might be high, it will be important to be patient with ourselves and others.

Mercury will conjunct Jupiter on Monday and help us see things from a broader perspective. This is good traveling energy and could help us manifest some good things in our lives. Think big today and during the early part of the week and use this energy on any long-term plans. This is good energy for submitting ideas or applications. You can expect them to be well received.

The shadow side of this is that details can slip by us. Verbal expression will be Excitement will be high and we might tend to exaggerate. Saying what is on our mind will be easy but in our excitement, we might be prone to exaggerate the facts.

Lastly, on Monday, Mercury will trine Chiron. Aspects with Chiron usually make me cringe but this one is actually good for communications. This aids our sensitivity and willingness to listen. Use this energy to heal and see problems in a new light.

Wednesday, Mercury enters Sagittarius and Venus retrogrades back into Libra. But the big news of the day is Venus’s opposition to Uranus. If you suddenly find yourself attracted to someone or something new, you will want to be aware that this could be a very short-lived thing. Have fun but don’t expect an impulsive attraction to people or things to last. And, be cautious about spending.

Uranus and Venus opposed is unstable and restless energy. Don’t expect folks to understand your position now but do expect the unexpected. Uranus is all about things unexpected. Venus is about relationships, beauty, creativity, and money so we would be well advised not to expect smooth sailing in any of these areas. In other words, don’t try to dye your hair or do a make-over today.

The flip side of this combo is that the rebellion that Uranus can bring, can also stimulate positive change. Allow yourself to be open. You just might discover a new way to deal with a difficult person or situation.

The last aspect for Wednesday is Mercury inconjunct Uranus. Again we are dealing with rebelliousness, change, uncertainty, and difficult situations in general. Again, avoid making quick, impulsive decisions, or submitting any new ideas. They will probably not be very well-received. But, if you have to, then you have to give it your best shot.

Thursday, Jupiter trines Chiron. This is good. This energy is freeing and non-restrictive. Allow the mind-opening opportunities that this can bring us and learn all you can from others today, and share what you know.

Friday, Venus aspects Neptune. This is happy energy, just in time for the weekend. Details and reality will probably be fuzzy too. This is another day to avoid impulse spending. Neptune tends to place a fog on things so hang on and wait for a more appropriate time to take care of legal and financial contracts or social issues. Relax and enjoy the dreamy energy today. Take a walk and meditate.

The week ends with more Mercury and Venus energy. Mercury will semi-square Pluto and cause us to be suspicious. It can also help us get the root of a problem or situation too. The shadow side of this brings a lack of trust and mental stress. So, it might be wise to chill out and not take things personally today.

The last aspect for this week is Venus inconjunct Chiron. Money and relationships are what this is about. This aspect can cause some insecurity in some people. If you are one of them, you might notice that you have trouble expressing your feelings. Again, chill out. You will need to prepare for what is to come next week.

Ever since the storm called Michael passed this way, I have noticed the most amazing skies and clouds. A small front passed through yesterday and the day before. While I was out driving yesterday, the clouds were awesome. I took some photos and want to share them with you now.

But first, don’t forget to do your best to make others smile this week. Be kind to everyone and don’t judge. We don’t need to know why people do things they do. We do need to accept and do our best to allow them to be who they are, where they are.

   

Astrology for October 21-27, 2018

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This post represents a milestone for me. My first post on ‘Indigo 2 Crystal’ was on July 9, 2011. The first astrology post was not until September 27, 2012. It became a weekly blog beginning a few weeks later and exactly six years ago today on October 21, 2012. I’ve taken a week or two off almost every year to get a break and recharge.

Recently, I missed two weeks in a row due to traveling and a bad storm. While I did manage to squeak out a partial report last week, I am pleased this week to begin my sixth year with a regular full week report. Of course, I owe you, my readers, a huge amount of gratitude for sticking with me each week. I would have probably given up a long time ago without you. I appreciate you more than you know.

This week’s report begins with Sun at 28 degrees Libra and Venus at 5 degrees Scorpio, both opposing Uranus in Taurus. Libra is an air sign, Scorpio is a water sign and Taurus is an earth sign. A planet’s energy is very strong in the end degrees of a sign. This may or may not be a recipe for some interesting weather.

The Sun’s energy, our identity, and ego is giving us its last hoorah of peace, harmony, and balance. It is also asking us to look at our relationships again. Venus in Scorpio is also asking us to look at relationships but with more of a transformative flare. Some relationships won’t last, others will shift in some way or even grow. Overall, this energy is taking us to the depths to examine what we really want from them.

Let’s not forget that Venus also deals with finances. I would advise against impulse buying this week. Instead, our time and money might be better spent taking a hard look at the budget and paying off debt. Money is definitely a major theme this week.

The upcoming Full Moon takes place in the 2nd house of money and personal possessions, and the 8th house of other people’s money. The opens the door for not only personal financial challenges but I will not be surprised if there are global changes also. This is the sort of energy that makes or breaks fortunes. But don’t get in a twist about it. Instead, imagine what you want your finances to look like and go with that. You might not manifest the piles of cash you might like but you certainly will manifest all that you need.

Perhaps the important thing is to come to terms with what you really, truly need. We all want more and better things, but it that what the Universe wants for you? If you are beating your head against the wall trying to make money on a project that is costing more than it is making, perhaps this is a message from the universe that you already have what you need, or that you are not doing what you are destined to do. Wealth and fame may not be in the plan for you. Finding happiness with what you have (even if that is nothing) is.

Sun energy is strong this week and Tuesday he enters Scorpio. People born under this sign have a mind of their own. This energy is intense and even those born under other signs might feel as if we have to go full throttle into our life’s work for the next four weeks. We are also at the end of a Mercury-Neptune trine that began about the 14th. It might cause some misunderstandings in our communications today but will be over tomorrow and just in time for the Full Moon energy to take prominence.

Most of us will want to use this Sun in Scorpio energy in the best way possible. I know it might sound intimidating but this energy actually offers us a chance to embrace the transformation that is trying to burst forth, do some good shadow work, and ultimately move forward in life. Again, I want to say that relationships of all kinds are going to be a big part of this. Pay attention to what you hook your wagon too, both personally and professionally.

This will be a very powerful Full Moon in Taurus with an additional double Sun-Venus and Moon-Uranus conjunction.

Taurus is an earth sign and usually considered to be both stable and grounding This Full Moon is anything but. The Moon will conjunct Uranus and the Sun will oppose Uranus beginning the day before. The addition of the Uranus in Capricorn energy to both Sun and Moon can and will cause quite a stir with the powers that be. If there is some aspect of your life you want to change fast, this might be an excellent time to make your move.

Expect restlessness, lots of nervous energy, and of course the sort of change the Uranus is famous for. If change is your thing then this Moon is for you but it also could be pretty disruptive for many of us. How much this might affects an individual depends on a person’s natal chart. For me, this puts Uranus in square aspect to my natal Sun. Oh. Boy! I will do well to keep my thoughts to myself this week.

The brightest side of this Uranus-Moon conjunction is that it will provide us with insights into the themes of change. Pay attention to your gut instincts and don’t second guess. If you are like me, you have found that the first gut instinct is usually the right one. This will be a time where we will want to be radical and act fast. We will be well advised to not allow discouraging words or disapproval from others get in our way. Just go with your gut.

Again, relationships are a large part of this week, but when Venus or Uranus is involved, you really have little choice but to examine them closely. Uranus is about our relationship to the larger community and the world, and Venus is about our personal relationships and finances. This will be a great time to put our important relationships under a microscope and decide if they are tying us down or keeping us stuck, or helping us and leading us through our personal evolution.

If you feel torn between social tradition and a new, compassionate way of being, it could be time to cut ties with whatever is holding you back. We are on the edge of a new paradigm and a shift in consciousness is leading our way into 5-D.

This week is probably going to be intense news-wise. Besides the strong themes of relationships, finances, and change, we must keep in mind that Uranus will also be a prominent energetic player. Beside fast change, he rules weather-related events, airplanes, satellites, explosions, group actions such as coups, and all things of an unexpected nature in the world.

This is all part of the evolution of man, the shift in conscientiousness, and the new paradigm. You are free to rebel and fight against. You have free choice. But if you choose the path of Love and compassion, you choose the universal path.

This week has a lot of challenges but we can make it a good one if we know what to expect. Remember to be kind, smile, and lend a hand to someone in need when you can. Winter is coming or already here in many places. If you knit, crochet, or sew, there are plenty of kids and adults that could use a warm hat, scarf, or gloves. If you aren’t skilled this way, why not buy some warm items to donate to the homeless shelter or a church drive. Acts of kindness toward others make your heart sing.

Items made by Rick Sigler, Kernersville, NC,  for some chilly kids.