Astrology for March 1-7, 2015

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Last week I considered announcing that I was giving up this weekly blog but I did not.  Last week the world and all its hate was weighting heavy on me. It still is. I chose to greatly reduce my Facebook  time, internet news time,  and take a break from the world for a little while.

This morning I wake to see that the band “Alabama Shakes” rocked TV land on “Saturday Night Live” last night. Watching the video of the bands performance last night brought tears to my eyes.  I’ve been a fan of this band for a couple of years and love Brittany Howard’s powerful voice and stage presence.

The band performed two songs last night from their soon to be released second album, “Sound and Colors.”   The first song they performed is entitled ““Don’t Wanna Fight.” The words echo my own feelings of late. You can watch the video of this here: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/alabama-shakes-saturday-night-live/

 

I have never been one to fight much. I do not like yelling and screaming or being mean. Of course there have done all those things but such drama is not my true nature. I am an Aquarian.  A peace loving, independent, quirky, scientific techno geek, info junkie, humanitarian that revels in diversity, colorful creativity, and marching to a different drummer.  My liberal loving self believes there is enough for everyone and everyone and everything is part of the whole and not separate from anything else. I do not understand why some think others should be just like them; dress like them, think like them and live just like them. The world is big enough for all of us to be whatever and who ever we want to be as long as we don’t impose on others.

I do not live my life in perfect harmony with my own beliefs and thoughts,  and never have. I am human. I do my best and I am getting better with the help of the Universe. And I am growing more and more tired of our inhumanity to each other as I grow older. The words of “Don’t Wanna Fight” ring true for me.

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All this fighting is part of the Pluto/Uranus square. All the crappy stuff around us has to happen in order for us to awaken, transform and be the planet we are meant to be, the species we were meant to be. The fighting is helping us tear down all the broken structures in our world. This includes both our inner world and our outer world.

The collective is coming to understand that what they have believed true, might not actually be true. This is causing a great deal of insecurity for many. Insecurity breeds fear, fear breeds anger, anger breeds war, wars destroy, change and bring about new ways of doing things and new governances. We are seeing this fear play out in our news stories every day.

 

Pluto and Uranus have been very close to to being in a perfect square aspect for months. They are within seconds of square now. Perfection will be on March 19, 2015. Much of what I am feeling and what the rest of the planet is feeling is related to this energy. Astrologers everywhere are telling us this energy will take us for a wild ride this year.

This year appears to be one where change will not be gently navigated.  I expect it to come thunderously knocking on doors and bringing the big, bad wolf with it. As in the fairy tale, the wolf will blow down the house; whatever that house is, a bank, a government, a country or whatever. Society will be forced to face and deal with lots of things it has not wanted to.

As I have said before, the energy of Pluto and Uranus is explosive. I just read about an assignation in Russia.  I am sure there could be more such events in the news. Pluto is in Capricorn and uncovering all sorts of dark secrets. Some of them will involve our banking systems around the world.

Some whistles have already been blown much to the regret of countries and leaders around the world. More will be blown as we see this energy swell and roll in like a tsunami. The Powers That Be are doing all they can to prevent the collective public from understanding how much control they wield over our economic and political systems. Our lack knowledge is all that keeps their charade going. Pluto and Uranus want to wake up and smell the coffee. Only then will real change come.

I don’t think any of us who are awake can take today’s news for long.  Most of us a too sensitive to the pain and stupidity. I will be fine after I rest and take a break for a while. I am not sure how long this rest period will last  but if I want to maintain my sanity, I need to stay away from my news sources for a while. Unfortunately I will also be less able to relate the news with astrology. I trust my readership enough to know you will be able to put the pieces together. I appreciate all my regular readers and each week there seem to be new followers. I thank you all. You keep me going!

Now for a few highlights of the coming week….

Jupiter trines Uranus Tuesday. This is a good day for creative types and those who magically make the impossible, possible. Dream big!

Most of the week we will be under the influence of some unpredictable and powerful love, war energy. Venus and Mars will meet up with Uranus in Aries. Oh Boy! I can see sparks flying now with all that electrifying, transformational, restless, love energy going on. This also means Mars and Venus will be squaring Pluto. This is going to add even more combustion to the upcoming Pluto Uranus square. I’m beginning to feel a bit like it’s the 4th of July. Oh! Did I mention, there will be a total solar eclipse in March 20th? More on that in a later post.

If all this isn’t enough to get you on the edge of your seat or wanting to hibernate saturn-square-neptunefor a long, long while, we have another square that will majorly affect us. Saturn is square Neptune.

This is left brain versus right brain. Saturn represents authority, structure, rules and regulations. Neptune represents religion, spirituality, and creativity. Are you getting the picture? Are you seeing philosophy and belief facing off the status quo or the old guard?  Then take a closer look at the news about ISIS.

Neptune’s creative links will probably also be noticed in the news or on social media through photographs. Remember also that Neptune in Pisces is dreamy and causes us to see things in a foggy sort of way. Don’t expect all the you see to be the truth, all the truth and nothing but the truth. This goes for ISIS or the FDA. Take everything with grain of salt, read between the lines and do your research! ! ! Take nothing as fact until you do.

As I said before, I appreciate all of you how hit the like button and or follow this blog. I am going to continue to hold back on my exposure to social media this week too. I’ve got plenty to keep me busy anyway.

I wish you a grand week ahead. Find a way to have some fun and take time to enjoy the small things even if it’s just a cup of coffee or tea.

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Astrology for February 22-29 2105

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Last week was a tough one for the eastern half of the country as a polar air swings in and lingers for a while.  This was making this the northeastern US the coldest region on earth.  If you celebrated Chinese New Year, I hope your celebrations were warm, full of joy, family, friends, and good times.

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It has also been a week for endings and new beginnings. If you were one of the many I know who had a loved one transition in the past week, I am deeply sorry for your loss. This is part of the Uranus Pluto square and astrologers expect death during these aspects. With every death, there is the opportunity for rebirth and rebuilding. This is characteristic is often difficult to see when we are grief stricken and our world seems to be turned upside down.  It is up to us to make the most of this or not. We all deal with this in our own way and in our own time, even so, it never hurts to hear the message of new beginnings. Sometimes it takes a while for the message to sink in.

This week the square energy continues, as Uranus and Pluto are only seconds apart and moving closer to perfection in a few weeks.  There are other aspects we need to consider this week.

The Mars Venus conjunction in Pisces is motivating our desire for affection. These two planets are also connecting with Saturn this week in a positive trine. The energy of Mars is action, Venus is passion, and Saturn is structure and long range planning. This could bring us some positive activity. This is a great time to examine your long-term plans and goals. Refine them and use this opportunity to take positive action steps.

The Sun and Saturn are square this week and will restrict some of our access to opportunities the week has to offer. The Sun is also conjunct Neptune this week. This could cause some fuzzy thinking this week.

Saturn not only represents structure but also authority, rules and regulations. Neptune is spiritual and religious.  Pisces is dreamy, creative and all these are influencing things in the news now. Am I painting a picture here? Can you see how this is playing out in the world stage? Try stepping out of your own belief system and be objective. View this as information and without emotion.  You notice a change in your perspective and understand world events a bit more.

As we mentioned last week, several planets have all changed signs.  First to move was the Sun on Wednesday, the 18th.  Pisces, like Aquarius, is an altruistic sign. But instead of being rebellious and free spirited, Sun in Pisces takes on more of a “que sera, sera” outlook toward life.  Pisces rules understanding and is wise, unselfish and devoted to all he holds dear.

Pisces ruling planet is Neptune, which is currently transiting his home sign. Neptune lends an energy of mystery, illusion, dreaminess and spirituality to our lives.  He has a generational influence with his transits taking around 14 years per sign.  The shadow side is victimization, compliance, ambiguity, and decadent.

Currently Neptune is squaring Saturn. This is causing suspicion and  paranoia. This energy is that of religion battling and confronting power for wanting control. One look at the world news and it is clear to see this playing out across the globe.

The day after the Sun moved into Pisces last week we saw Mars move into Aries on Friday. He will remain there until the end of March. Now that he is in his home sign, his energy is also fortified.  He creates in us a level of spontaneity, courage, and competitiveness. Mars is active, positive and moves us forward with surety. Winning becomes our goal.  The shadow side of this transit is arrogance, impatience, selfishness, and impulsivity.

Following Mars, Venus moved into Aries yesterday or Saturday, February 21, 2015. Venus can be impulsive in her own right and this transit only amplifies that quality. Watch your spending for the next 4 weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the fresh boldness this transit brings to matters of the heart. Action loving Mars loves the chase an seldom looks back or feels sorry for any upset he may have cause or hearts he has broken. Venus in Aries is seldom sugar coats anything. She is straight forward and blunt. This can be upsetting to some of the more sensitive among us. Even so, Venus in Aries is seldom intentionally unkind or treat others as insignificant. She just calls a spade a spade. Love is impulsive, energized and direct. Venus and Mars will be close traveling companions through most of the coming week.

Monday the Sun squares Saturn serves up a healthy helping of realism. This can be a good thing when it comes to our perspective on how we take care of ourselves. This aspect will boost our confidence  in our self reliance to some degree.

Tuesday Venus trines Saturn. Good ole Saturn will help Venus be more mature in her behaviors, at least for this day. This aspect is also moderately positive for partnerships and business relationships. Older and more experienced people might offer their wise advice and trump the youthful energetic influence of Aries over Venus.

Wednesday Mars trines Saturn. Our projects begin to come together and our efforts begin to see results. Saturn’s Authority still rules and calms the energetic youthful exuberance that is Mars. You could feel a wave of organization sweep over you so be sure to take advantage of it. You will reap rewards for paying attention to traditional methods and combining them with new ways of doing things.

Also on Wednesday, the Sun conjuncts Neptune. This might be a delightful sight if Neptune was visible with the naked eye, but it is not. You may notice some increased sensitivity to the moods of those around us. Intuition could be heightened as well. The lines blur and it seems we lose our perspective on rhyme and reason.   We could experience some difficulty in important things, especially our goals. Spiritual awareness could be amplified along with our imagination. A good day for creativity.

 

Enjoy all the creativity that Pisces has to offer you in the next few weeks. Open your mind to new ideas and broader view of the world. Things are not as black and white or shades of gray like we often try to make them.

Astrology for February 15-21, 2015

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Recently, a friend, she asked me why people seem to be acting so crazy.  I find it difficult to explain how astrology affects the psyche but I do think that the current Pluto Uranus square is one contributing factor.  Perhaps our tolerance for some types of behavior becomes lower as we age.  The world is smaller and smaller.  Social media and the internet make learning about things much quicker and easier than we have ever experienced before.  The amount of information, much of if not pleasant, can cause us to feel overwhelmed. Society also seems to have become quite self-centered and selfish. Selfishness carries with it a level of excessiveness and exclusiveness.  This can lead to inflated egos, paranoia, separatism, dislike and anger towards others and lacking sound reason.

The Pluto Uranus square is taking us deep into our psyche. It is asking us to purge in every area of our lives., to get rid of physical, mental and emotional stuff that no longer serves.  This energy extends out to the whole world; every man, woman, child, school, office, business, bank, corporation, city, government, everything! Everything single thing on earth is feeling  this energy.  The these entities are being affected depends on how much change needs to take place and how much resistance there is to that change. When we are looking at an individual, the affects can vary as well.

idiom-crazy-manThere are lot of folks feeling threatened in all sorts of ways. The world they know is changing around them and their inability or unwillingness to adapt is causing then to be frightened by the changes. They are acting out in crazy and sometimes violent ways.

Perhaps in a few years I will better be able to describe this better, for now all I know is that the Pluto Uranus square is making some of us crazy and people are noticing their friends going off the deep end.   Some people are feeling things so intensely.  Some feel misfit and unsupported.  Young people are committing suicide and taking all sorts of drugs or drinking to numb the intensity of their feelings.  They are a new evolvement of humanity that the world is not ready for yet.  Few adults, teachers, doctors understand this and try to use traditional means to deal with the bad behaviors that result from the frustration these kids feel.

The last of seven perfect squares between Pluto and Uranus is about to take place in mid March. But we need to keep in mind that this energy is far from over. In fact, it is going to linger with us for another three years in a big way and ultimately until 2023 when Pluto finally moves into Aquarius.

Moving on to this week’s astrology, we have a New Moon in Aquarius, Chinese New Year and the Sun moving into Pisces, Venus and Mars move into Aries  this week.  This New Moon is an astrological Blue Moon, meaning it’s the second New Moons in Aquarius. It will also be a Super Moon.  When the Moon is close to the earth, like it is now, its gravitational force increases. This can cause higher tides and a greater risk of flooding.  Aquarius rules weather and we are expecting snow here this week.  We don’t get lots of snow in my area. This time the forecasters are saying we will get between 6 and 12 inches. My guess is, this will be a big one for us.  However, Chinese New Year is what  I really want to talk about.

484a2bd157f5ec94066888282212d5cbThis is the year of the Goat or Wood Sheep. I personally like the sheep idea better.  Sheep is  Yin energy or feminine and negative. It is associated with the number eight, luck and abundance. Wood element is stabilizing when added to Sheep energy, symbolized peace and prosperity. I hope that this year will see more compromise and healing that will ensure Peace continues in some areas.

The Sheep brings with it the nurturing, creative energy of the female. This is healing energy and you do not need me to tell you how much the world could use some healing.  There seems to be a rash of people that have little or no compassion or regard for others or life in general.  The year of the Wood Sheep is thought to be a year of good will and a coming together that will defeat any energy that does not to nurture and peaceful way of life.  Success and joy will be the reward for integrity and kindness.

As I am reading about the meaning of this year, I am noticing a lot of mention of “coming together.” There seems to be a tone of battling evil and good being victorious over it.  This not only goes for nations but for smaller communities and families too.  Wisdom will prevail; peace and harmony will move us past our passionate beliefs and grievances.

One source I read said that there will be two periods this year that could be particularly unsettling.  The First one is begins in about a month, just about the time of the last Pluto/Uranus square perfection.  The second period begins about the time of the Winter Solstice and last through January 20, 2016. Over all this year seems to be a good opportunity to use wisdom over power. I truly hope common sense rules!chinese_new_year_of_the_wooden_sheep_2015_postcard-rb3c65dbb1f95455592c657f92d1a7a84_vgbaq_8byvr_512

Happy New Year of the Wood Sheep!

Now a bit more about the New Moon in Aquarius. New Moons symbolize new beginnings and goal setting. January  is always a time when many or use make resolutions and set goals for the coming calendar year. Aquarius energy is humanitarian, altruistic, unique, deals with the collective and consciousness. This seems to echo the year of the Wood Sheep in some ways. Don’t forget that the collective includes you. When you think of what you want for yourself you are also thinking of what you want for others. When you are thinking ill towards others, you are also thinking ill of yourself. The collective is YOU! Keep this in mind as you set goals for this New Moon period. The shadow side of this energy is that we can become quite emotionally detached. Sometimes this is a good thing, especially for very sensitive people but can be a downfall for others.

Tuesday  is Jupiter quincunx or inconjunct (150 degrees) Chiron. We could find ourselves wondering about the certainly of our goals or beliefs. Some of us will be more likely to go ahead with impractical projects or ideas, especially those of us who are lacking in the self-awareness dept. No worries. This is one of those things we are here to learn. However if what you expect from others is unreasonable, you might need to pull back a bit and some of that go. The less you expect the less likely you will be to be disappointed.

Organization opportunities are good on Thursday as Mercury sextiles Saturn. Saturn also loves details. Mercury will lend a practical, well thought out edge any work we do about Thursday.

Also on Thursday and Friday are two sesquiquadrate aspects. Thursday Mars is sesquiquadrate Jupiter. Excitement around new projects and life in general is high. However, although we may have  a great deal of passion for life and new projects, some of us could over-estimate what we can actually do. Wise is the person who looks before leaping. Be wary of being overly competitive or zealous.

Friday Venus is sesquiquadrate Jupiter. Venus enjoys showing off and getting noticed. She can also be a very impulsive spender.  You will want to pay close attention to both these things at the end of this week and avoid making any quick decisions or promising more than you are actually able to deliver. The short take is: Don’t overdo anything!

Wishing you all the best! May your electricity stay on, you stay warm and safe,  and the world find peace.

 

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Uranus-Pluto Square in action

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This morning as I am catching up on the weekend’s news. there are two big events I want to point out at illustrations of the U/P sq energy.

Check out these links…

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Fire and ice (or snow) so typical of the diversity and strength of these two planets. The square aspects seems to amplify their energy. And while I am certain this is a cyclical event, five feet of snow is a lot of snow!

Astrology for February 8-14, 2015 cont.

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I am back today with the rest. Sorry, for dropping things short yesterday but I wanted to enjoy some daylight.  So now let’s get back to astrology.

I was talking about how Uranus and Pluto are affecting things. When we break things down into components, maybe can get a better picture.

Lets begin with Uranus.

Uranus is the planet of change, originality, shock, revolution, he startles and awakens. He is that flash of genius and insight that creates new things in art and science. He is all about what is different, odd, colorful and unusual. He also affects the weather and the planet.

Uranus is in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. He is all about me, and associated with youth, new beginnings, courage and strength. He is restless by nature and loves action.  Action is also a characteristic of Mars, his ruling planet. Aries energy is stimulating, lively, and loquacious.

The next player in this is act is Pluto. To be such a small planet, Pluto sure brings a lot of energy and often compared with the phoenix because of his destruction and rebirth characteristics. Looking back into mythology, we learn that Pluto was the god of the underworld, Hades, and the spirits of the dead.  Pluto likes to go deep into dark, hidden realms and shine light on what is there. He gets down into our psyche and forces us to regenerate and transform. But in order to do this he must wipe the slate clean. Pluto tears things down completely and usually leaves nothing but dust in the wind. Then he can begin to transform and rebuild.

Pluto is transiting Capricorn; a sign that likes tradition and seeks love, success, money, status, and authority. Capricorn is a sign of leaders and business. This energy is diligent, responsible, appreciates regulations.

Aries and Capricorn are cardinal signs. This means they are accept change well, projects their character, tries to change their situation and environment, and projects their character and nature onto their surroundings.

To understand the impact these two planets are having on us now, we must consider all their aspects together. So what have we got?

We have structures, tradition, money, planet Earth, authority, rebellion, transformation, the psyche, destruction, and death are some of the main things. Pluto and Uranus are working on all these things, tearing down, changing, shaking up. These things are going to play out on the world stage as well as our own personal ones.

Change on any front is hard. No one likes it but it is inevitable. We only seem to welcome change when we are fed up with the way things are going for us. Otherwise we seem to require some stimulus to cause us to change. Sometimes it’s an accident or an illness. Whatever it is, it’s often catastrophic. Sometimes it is a crisis of faith.

The  Earth and the Universe are not much different. Mother Earth seems to be rebelling against the way we have treated her especially in the last half century. The Energy of Uranus in Aries is causing lots of motion in the Earth. And Pluto in Capricorn is working to tear down the traditional way we have done things. But take this idea and apply it to money, the financial institutions, municipalities, governments and the planet as a whole. None of us knows for sure what will take place. The best astrologers can predict but we do have free will and with that, nothing it written in stone.

A lot can happen around this last square aspect and over the next three years. The news is full of upset all across the globe. I hope you how Pluto and Uranus are lending their energy to these events. I believe it will all end as it should for the good of the whole. In the meantime it is my job to work with this energy to awaken, transform myself and alive my purpose, what ever that may be.

I hope that this information helps you to understand why folks seem to be a bit on the nutty side now more than ever. It is all good. It is all part of our destiny. It is not always easy of have a happy ending for the individual but for the collective, it is as it should be. I try to remember that I am just a visitor here and that my whole purpose here is to learn to love more. I used to think that meant not being selfish and giving in to the needs of others. Now I am seeing that the one I need to love and care for most is me. It is only when I truly love and care for me,  that I can love and care for others  they way I would want to be.

Back to what is going on this week……

Mercury is nearing the end of his trip backwards and still in Aquarius. We want to know things and we interested new and original ideas.  We might seem a bit disjointed, and spur-of-the-moment at times.  Liberal , out the box  thinking very Aquarian. Embrace the creativity this brings.

Venus is about half way through her transit of Pisces. We are understanding and quite willing to forgive others.  This transit is caring and kind, yet a bit hard to reach. Defining our desires can be difficult because Pisces puts a haze on things. The darker side can bring oppression and delusion.

Mars is also near the end of his transit of Pisces. This transit stimulates our spiritual side and drive our emotions more that it drives us to our usual routine and goals. Some things seem to become more complicated. If so, relax and know that it will be over soon.

Tuesday Venus will aspect Jupiter. Pleasure might be the word for the day. However, be cautious not to blown any relationship issues out of proportion.  Find balance between what you want and your responsibilities. This energy will carry into Wednesday.

Wednesday Mercury will be moving to station direct. This is a wobbly time for Mercury.

Thursday Mercury turns direct but remember that he won’t be out of storm until next week. This will be just in time for Chinese New Year!

Till next week, be your best self!

Astrology for February 8-14, 2015

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Last week the ground hog said we would get six more weeks of winter as he bit his handler’s ear. That is such a quaint tradition but I have never put any stock in it. I do pay attention to the thickness of the squirrel’s tails, the abundance of nuts, and “The old Farmer’s Almanac.” When I read the almanac’s winter forecast last fall it called for cold temperatures and lots of rain, but little to no snow for the southeast.   I was hoping for snow last week and we didn’t get any. What we did get was a lot of cold air and high winds. Glad that is over for now. Today is lovely and 67 degrees outside.  I plan to take advantage of it, sit in the sun a bit and enjoy the outdoors.  Tomorrow the rains return and it will be getting colder again as this week goes by.

Mercury, is of course still in the news this week. He will be turning direct this coming Wednesday but not out of storm until Feb. 19th. Some folks have noticed little of the typical effects while others have been hammers with things going awry. Mercury is known for his affects on all sorts of communication and causing technological malfunctions.

Mercury retrograde is definitely a period when you want to make sure to look three or four times  before you leap. Mercury’s biggest lesson might be to teach us tolerance, and to accept and appreciate what is, to go with the flow and stop trying to control. Accept the delays, the computer and phone breakdowns the misunderstood or fouled emails.

Bottom line is, use this last week of Mercury retrograde a tool for you own awakening. Travel back in time just as Mercury is doing and find those places where you were not unsatisfied or unhappy about things. Review the events in your mind and notice ways you might have made things better or discover what you really learned from these events.  In a word, internalize. Internalize and become aware of how you do things (how you did things), how you speak (how you spoke then), and how not to be so Aquarian critical. About now, that difficult word, change, comes to mind again.

Earlier this week I was visiting my best friend and we found ourselves doing just that.  Our discoveries were illuminating. This mini awakening, along with the planetary influences have given us the incentive to let go of some things and move on, even if it means leaving some friends behind.  We want them to be well but they must find their own way. We can only hold a light to brighten their path.  We cannot walk it for them.

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There is a lot of Pisces energy this week as four planets are transiting that sign. This is compassionate, dreamy, creative energy. Reach out to others, those less fortunate and the community at large. Chiron and Venus are favorably aspecting Pluto and all but two of the planets are on the collective side of the chart. Chiron is the healer and Venus represents love. This would be a great time to send love and healing energy to the world or the collective. Even the smallest action can have a huge effect.

What I have already discussed, Pluto and Uranus are playing a big role in our lives too. Although this has been going on since about 2008 and won’t end until 2018, the first exact squares between these planets began in didn’t happen until 2012. The last one will be in just over a month,  on March 15th. Besides wondering if everyone has gone mad, the next biggest question is why are there so many deaths? A brief look at at the astrological players and where they are currently located in the chart and in relationship to each other gives us some clues.

I just mentioned that most of the planets are in the second half or the collective side of the chart. This absolutely affects the whole planet. There are only two planets; Juptier in Cancer and Uranus in Aries that are on the personal side of the chart. Please note that this does not refer to your personal chart but to the chart of the day or the chart of present time. How this chart affects your own personal/natal chart is unique to you and your chart.

Uranus is affecting us personally. He is in the first house of ego and self, and the first sign of the zodiac, Aries.  He’s causing us to desire more personal freedom and to break loose from old restrictions and ways of doing things. But this is also affecting the collective because Uranus is in square aspect to Pluto in the sign of Capricorn and the eight house. Capricorn loves structure and the eight house is associated with death.

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Now I am going to leave you with this bit t chew on for a while. I am getting out of here to go enjoy some sunshine.

More coming tomorrow.

Astrology for Feb. 1-7, 2015

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Good golly gosh where did January go? This is the 1st of February! This day is special here. It is the 55th anniversary of the sit-in at the W.F. Woolworth store downtown. Read about it here:

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If you ever make it to Greensboro, NC plan to take in the Civil Rights Museum. It is a powerful experience!

I’ve got a few large projects right now and a busy week coming up, so this week’s post  is going to be short and sweet.

Jupiter will bring us a basket full of opportunity this week. The first one will be right along with the Full Moon that takes place at  6:10 PM EST. The Moon will be approaching a conjunction with Jupiter in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This conjunction will give a boost to the Full Moon energy and help us wind up our projects over the next two weeks and get ready for the next New Moon.

On Friday Jupiter retrogrades back into an opposing position with the Sun. Anytime a planet opposes the Sun it brings objectivity with it and a chance to be less attached to our lives and egotistic. Plan ahead and look toward the weekend so you can take advantage of this energy. This will be a good time to review your plans and dreams for the future. Revisions and refinement could be paramount to your triumph in the future.

Snow-Walker.mov.Still001 The Full Moon will take place in the sign of Leo and be opposing the Sun in Aquarius. This opposition represents a balancing act between the individual and the public, the personal and the impersonal, the proud and the independent. This will also further trigger the Uranus/Pluto square and help us break the ties that bind, step outside what is comfortable or traditional and become who we really are, independent, free, and full of possibility.

We are about midway through the current Mercury retrograde period. However, the storm period on the backside of this one will be last until Chinese New Year, which falls on February 19th.  The retrograde period extends Mercury’s transit through Aquarius quit a bit. Under this energy, we tend to have a strong desire for knowledge and can be more open to new and unusual ideas. This is what I call “info junkie” energy and it is part of my everyday life thanks to Mercury in Aquarius when I was born.

In preparation for Chinese New Year, this week would also be a good time to 4195aclear out the old energy from your home or office. By midweek this week the energy shift from the year of the wood horse, to the year of the wood sheep, should be complete.  I plan to smudge my home with Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedar, and Sage.  You can use something as simple as Nag Champa to sage too. A nice pot of orange peels, cloves and cinnamon on the stove will help the energy and clean the air, not to mention how it could lift your spirits.

The Venus is touring Pisces and her conjunction with Neptune is still influencing us early this week. By midweek this energy will be waning. We will begin to feel less idealistic when it comes to love.  The fog will lift and we will again see things clearly. Venus in Pisces is truly tolerant and forgiving. Real satisfaction is however elusive as the edges of things are blurred by Neptune’s dreamy qualities. The shadow side of this is being ambiguous and allowing ourselves to be mistreated, or deluded.

Mars is continuing his tour of Pisces as well. He will exit this sign on Feb. 19th, just one day before Venus leaves.  This placement adds even more idealism to our lives. Mars is less likely to be confrontational in this sign and less driven toward traditional endeavors.

Thursday Mercury is sextile Saturn. This is a good time to work on organizing and details. Any decisions we make will likely be well thought and quite sensible. Whatever we do will bear good fruit in the future.

That is this week in a nutshell. Now that you are armed with info…..make it a good one! I think many of us will be affected by some big weather events late in the week so please, please use caution in all your travels. It could be beneficial to put a small shovel, blanket, water, a flashlight and some snacks in your car. Jumper cables area not a bad idea either.

 

 

Astrology for January 25-31, 2015

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What was I thinking when I decided that Thursday was a good day to get a new phone? First thing I notices were missing contacts;  lots of them.  Friday morning a friend called about going out to lunch. She could hardly hear me so we hung up. Then another bad call, and another until last night I went back to the store to see if they could help. An associate exchanged the phone for a new one and a test call made.  All seemed well. When I got home, it was another story. There was horrible static and the call was fading in and out. This morning I called customer service and it seems that not updating the sim card was the problem.

I almost never notice any Mercury retrograde effects. Currently Mercury is transiting Aquarius and this is also my natal placement for Mercury so I figured I’m really good with this one. Oh well! Live and learn. Next time I think I will wait until Mercury is not at its most wobbly point to do things that relate to technology. Perhaps if I had waited until next week when Mercury is farther from this turning point, buying a new phone would have been smoother.

Some of the possibilities of Mercury retrograde in Aquarius could take place on the world stage and with any form of technology, electronics, or communication.  Aquarius deals with the planet as a whole and the collective consciousness.

Many people often feel a big foggy headed when Mercury goes retrograde. This trip might not be as foggy as usual thanks to the Aquarius influence on higher thinking. All in all this could be one of the better Mercury retrogrades of the year.

Monday Venus is semi-square Pluto. This difficult energy concerns social interactions. This aspect  can cause us to be extra suspicious or on guard for any hidden agenda. If you feel yourself becoming jealous or possessive, this aspect is probably the cause. Fear of loss of things near and dear can fuel these flames. It is a good idea to avoid any new relationships and power plays with anyone at this time.

This week the big news comes Tuesday when Venus moves into Pisces.  Things begin to get a bit blurry, especially things around love and we hold significant. Venus transits do not last very long. This one will be over in just 24 days. In the meantime, we might experience a stronger fascination with fantasy or spending more than usual on a good cause. Think before you impulsively spend too much.

Pisces energy is creative, spiritual and love to daydream. This is where your desire to take in strays pets of people comes from.  Just last night I was talking to one of my very Pisces friends and she is taking in someone she knows who has become homeless for a time. Previous Piscean generosities have caused her to become a victim. She expressed that she has learned her lesson and her limits when it comes to her space and vowed to draw clear boundaries this time. Let this be a word to the wise, should you relate to this energy.

Wednesday Mercury is sextile Uranus. This is great day for meetings either in person or online. New ideas can come from using technology, science or metaphysics.  Original ideas flourish. Strokes of genius strike and we might begin to see things in a whole new way.  Old projects can take on new life. I hope this idea is as exciting for you as it is for me. Let your creativity go wild, change up the usual routine, and see where it takes you.  This could lead to some great surprises for you.

Friday there is a conjunction with the Sun and Mercury. This whole week seems to be all about Mercury doesn’t it? On this day, there could be a hick-up when something you thought was finished turns out not to be so complete. Mercury retrograde is the time to re-do and re-visit is it not?

I learned something new today about this conjunction. I learned the term “inferior conjunction.” This astronomical term describes Mercury retrograde being closer to Earth than the Sun.  I also read that this will energy will have a effect on commerce, travel and all forms of communication. Typical Mercury retro huh?

The bright side of this conjunction is that we are in tune with our thoughts. This is good energy for finding solutions to problems. What we put on paper also has a great deal of power. Be careful with those words.

Friday also see Venus square Saturn. Another difficult aspect that brings challenges to getting what we want. We might feel like we need more than it is possible to get at this time. Social endeavors could tense, as the fear of rejection is higher than usual. Saturn also tends to stiffen our affections and put some distance between our emotions and our relationships.  Saturn can be so stogy.

Friday will also see Mars sextile Pluto. Focus here is on our plans, our goals and the actions to take. Try not to walk over anyone’s feet today. It could hurt you more than them.

I don’t usually talk about the next week but next Sunday Neptune will conjunct Venus. This combines love and idealism. If you are on the fence about decision involving a person or anything you love, use caution in coming to any conclusions. Be sure you are seeing the whole picture and not looking through the haze Neptune can cause.

Earlier today, I found an interesting article about astrology and medicine. I really like the folks at this site. They have a Blog Talk Radio show that I also enjoy sometimes. I thought you might like to read is as well. Here is the link: http://in5d.com/medical-astrology-medicine-by-the-stars/

 

Until next week…..make the most of this one. Squeeze all the fun and joy out of it you can and take good care or YOU!

 

 

Astrology for January 18-24, 2015

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As I think about astrology this week, the widely held belief that astrology is “nothing more than superstition” comes to mind. I understand. I get it completely.  After all, how can you  put faith in the affects of a few big rocks traveling around our sun and make sense of any of it. Not unless you are willing to look at energy as a whole does it make sense.

Understanding astrology is even more difficult because every component of astrology holds a variety of meanings. I think of it as different definitions, like words in the dictionary. Combining the various astrological energies is also what throws people off.  It can be complicated and confusing.

Speaking of complicated, this totally describes the Pluto/Uranus square dance we have been doing since 2012. This duo affects the individual level as well as the collective consciousness. This coming March we will have the seventh and last of the perfect squares for this transit.

You do not need me to tell you what trends we have seen in the news of the past few years. These issues are some of the same issues we dealt with in the mid 1960’s.  Global warming and other Earth issues, women, and civil rights issues, were a few back then. In the 1960’s Pluto and Uranus were in a favorable, conjunct aspect.  This time they are in a difficult square position to each other.

Even though the square is not perfect or at the height or its energy, Pluto and Uranus have been no more than about three degrees of each other since the third week of October. They will continue to be this close until late spring. The influence they have on the Earth and us will linger for years so the square between these two planets is a big deal.

Moving on, this is a busy week in the zodiac.

Monday, Mars conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. Because this energy is focused on the lower levels, the might be some problems. Those of us with low self-esteem and addictive personalities need to be aware and take steps to stay on top of things. Did you know that eating foods to boost the Mars energy can be a benefit? Try a salad or some spinach, liver, pumpkins seeds or anything rich in iron.

On the sunny side of this conjunction is creativity. Do good and enjoy the good benefits conjunction offers.  Allow yourself to be inspired by this energy.

Early Tuesday morning, at 4:24 am the Sun moves into my home sign, Aquarius. The Moon follows just four hours later, joining Mercury and Venus to create a four planet stellium involving.  That is a lot of calm, cool, rational, Aquarian, influence and all on personal planets.

new-moon2Later in the day on Tuesday we have a New Moon in Aquarius. This is the first New Moon of the New Year and since it also means  new beginnings, this will also provide us an additional opportunity to tweak our resolutions, goals and intentions for the year.

Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius has the characteristics of awakening, shock, rebellion, freedom enlightenment, surprise and quick change. Sometimes Aquarian energy can lead us to speak without thinking and being a bit more rebellious than usual. Some of us (like me) might need to extra aware of this for the next month.  The good news is that this New Moon can stimulate innovation among groups we associate or work with.

Mercury is one of the planets in Aquarius stellium. Mercury is the planet we associate with communication. In mythology, Mercury relayed messages between the gods. A typical Mercury transit through Aquarius stimulates our desire for knowledge, spontaneous, inventive, and original out-of –the-box thinking. This combination is probably the most ADD like combination in the zodiac there is.

Last week I mentioned that Mercury was going into his storm period before turning retrograde. You may have already noticed some of the typical retrograde energy. By mid week, things will get more wonky as he actually stations on Wednesday, January 21, and begins his three-week track backwards.  After this things smooth out a bit until Mercury stations to turn direct again.

When Mercury is in Aquarius, he is in a sign associated with technology and technology deals with communication. When he is retrograde in Aquarius, Mercury tends to affect communications more deeply than in other signs. Double-check your messages. You might even consider following up on the most important ones to be sure, they were delivered.

I am not one that likes to focus on how difficult these three weeks can be. I prefer to roll with things and enjoy the good side of this aspect. I also believe things will go better if you are prepared. Back up the computer, make sure you allow extra time for your travels and plan in case of delays or breakdowns.  Having a book to read, water to drink, and fully charged phone are good ideas.

Another thing that some of you might experience is the return of long lost friends. They may be just what the ticket to helping you redefine your life.  As I have said in the past, Mercury retrograde is the time to do anything that begins with “re.” This is the New Year. There is nothing wrong with reviewing and reflecting on our lives and even our New Year’s resolutions, so use this time well. Yes, Mercury retrograde give you yet another opportunity to set your intention for this year.

Jupiter is opposing both Mercury and Venus this week. This is not the best of influences. The theme is loss and difficulty. Jupiter opposing Venus can mean loss. This can relate to travel, finances, or people with strong religious beliefs. Conflicts at home or with anyone associated with the law could become large.  Relationships that begin under this influence are also problematic.

Jupiter opposing Mercury can show you the reward for plans made in 2009. Miscalculations can also be a problem. Be sure to pay attention to details so things go smoothly.

Saturn and Neptune remain in square aspect. Squares are always difficult. This combination is about perfection. It is also about hard work but be careful not to take on too much or you could feel a huge weight on your shoulders. Personally, I prefer to allow retrograde Mercury to be my focus, especially the relaxing part of it.

I’m excited about this week and all the Aquarian energy. I know I am partial.  After all, this is my natal sign. Moreover, I am excited about this whole year. I know there is going to be lots of change and some tough times but overall, I feel like there is a great deal of potential too. I hope you set your sights on the potential and dream BIG!

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Astrology for January 11 – 17, 2015

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This week begins a bit of calm. It won’t last too long however because by mid-week we are in the thick of it again. I want you to keep in mind one thing for this entire year.  That one thing is: Even with difficult aspects and difficult changes ahead of us, there will also be great opportunity. The Universe is working to help us to evolve, awaken, find our purpose, and live a fabulous life.

This does not mean we are all going to be wealthy but it does mean we can live a happy, full life. That is quite a different picture from the wealthy one. Say you want a new car because yours in on it’s last leg. You might want a new Lexus but the Universe brings you a clunker for you. Relax! It is a new car, new to you, it runs, and the Universe always knows better than we do. Be happy.

You have what you need even if it isn’t what you want. If the bills get paid, there is food on the table, enjoy! Dinner might be a bowl of soup or leftovers instead of a filet mignon. That is fine by me because I never like a filet anyway. It is the full belly and being happy with whatever comes that is important.

Love-change-SmallTake Uranus and Pluto for instance. They are really battling with each other….asking us to make real changes in our lives.  Pluto loves to tear down the old, broken things and Uranus loves freedom. Both of them are pushing us to know ourselves and find our true purpose. Sometimes it takes losing our safety net to get this. If you know people who are struggling right now, there is probably a Universal, life lesson they need to learn before they move on. Or it might not yet be their time. Change is on the way.

One of my friends does horticultural work for a living. He is always planning. This year he had some plans for work and income over the winter and they have not panned out as he was hoping. Add in a couple of extra glitches, rising costs of supplies and rent, and the past couple of months have been a challenge. Life really is like a box of chocolates.

All I can do is coach him to keep his chin up so he doesn’t attract more challenges. Things will soon turn around. My friend, like most of us is doing the best he can and hoping for the best.

Besides Uranus and Pluto pushing us, Saturn in Sagittarius wants us to aim high, shoot for the stars and visualize what we want our lives to look like. Use the first half of the year to make notes, doodle ideas, draft a plan and get busy. Dream those big dreams. Good ole Sagittarius is very optimistic and wants only the best for us.

Mid- June Saturn will be back in Scorpio.

You’ve got until he goes back into Scorpio in July to work on the life plan. After that we spend the next two months  finishing all the things we left unfinished from Saturn’s three year transit of Scorpio. All that deep, inner work we were supposed to have been doing. Some of us finished. So Saturn’s trip back will not be very messy. Some have some work to tidy up and others? Well some of us are a bit behind. Fear not! The Universe always has a way of helping us to what we have to do. When we miss an opportunity, we have deal with it and take advantage or the next opportunity or be forced to change while we kick and scream.

One area I don’t think I have ever talked about much is the “nodes of fate”. I bring this up now because they deal with our destiny. This is no doubt, one of the major themes this year.

Astrologer use the nodes  to determine your destiny. They are not physical places downloadbut points on a chart. They are also known as the “head and tail of the dragon”. You will usually only see the north node or “head of the dragon” indicated on your chart. It looks like a 60’s flip hair do outline, often with “T” inside.  Look for it and when you find it the South Node will be opposite it in the chart.

To read more about the nodes go to:    http://www.astro.com/mtp/mtpt5_e.htm

 

The South Node or “tail of the dragon”, tells an astrologer what skills and talents from past lives, you bring into this one. Often our past lives do not differ a lot from our present life. For instance, if you are a teacher in this life, chances are you were before. A banker was probably a financial person of some sort. A Realtor could have been a manager, owner or had some position that dealt with real estate in their past lives.

The North Node gives astrologers an idea of what you destiny is for this life. It helps us know what lessons we have come to learn. The North Node often puts us outside our comfort zone. You would do well to learn what this means for you by consulting an astrologer or researching this for yourself.

Knowing where your North Node is, is vital to finding your true purpose in this life. For me this all has to do with family, nurturing and tradition. Anyone who knows me knows these are the issues have been facing lately. Given that the Universe is leading us to resolve things so we can move on makes this placement even more interesting. It is time to get busy. As some of my friends are fond of saying, “Go BIG or go home”. You can’t go “BIG” if you have baggage weighting you down. So get busy!

Presently the North Node is at 13 degrees Libra. This position is approaching a square aspect to my natal North Node, and very close to squaring my natal Uranus. It is also opposite the current position of Uranus. This aspect is triggering the Uranus/Pluto square for all of us and pushing us to change, let go, transform, grow up, awaken, be who we really are, find out true path etc. Are you getting this message? Are you seeing this play out in your own life? I sure am. The Nodes are really triggering my natal Uranus and Chiron.

The South Node is conjunct the current Uranus in Aries. This further brings our past into the whole Uranus/ Pluto square and adds to the energy that is leading us to change.

Other aspects this week are Mars square Saturn on Wednesday. This energy will be building early in the week and waning at the end of the week. This placement can cause a feeling of frustration if we resist what is. Isn’t that usually the case? So go with the flow to reduce conflicts with others.

Resistance slows things down or brings them to a halt. This can be an opportunity a7a31883cb717d27e09b246cfc3c2740 if we allow it to be.  Use this slowdown to think about life. Become aware of what makes you happy, what drives you forward, what you love to spend your energy doing. It will be time well spent.

Remaining square this week are Saturn and Neptune. This is a difficult and multifaceted aspect. This is the status quo butting heads with transformation, resisting and deceiving. Neptune is in his home sign and feeling all his power of creativity and spirituality. Funny, I am not seeing much of either in the news of late. In this is year of change I am hopeful this will also change.

Finally yet importantly this week, Mercury will begin slowing down Saturday the 16th  and be in the storm period before stationing to turn retrograde on January 21st.   This will happen again in Mid May and in mid September.

Although Mercury is the smallest planet, if sure packs a powerful punch and adds stress to our lives. Resistance makes it worse. This is one of those times we really need to “go with the flow”. If you are one that like control, this can be a difficult time for you.

When Mercury is retrograde, we need to slow down and use our brains. Think and plan carefully. Use extra caution if you need to work on electronics or anything electrical. Travelers can expect delays, cancellations and other problems. Mercury will be in Aquarius this time around. Expect the unexpected!  Not only will Mercury be in the home sign of Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, he will also be semi square Uranus in Aries. I’m eager to see what happens during the backward trip.

Many people view the Mercury retrograde as a negative and aggravating point on downloadthe calendar. While this can be true, I view is as a time opportunity and creativity. It is a time to go back over things, look at the details and see what you may have missed before. It is time to re-invent and re-create. You might have to re- do some things think of it as an opportunity to be better or do better.

The toughest part of retrograde is that actual stationing point. This is when the energy is the most unstable. Watch closely from the 20th –the 22nd for this instability. Use extra caution and remember to go with the flow when things don’t go the way we hope.  A dear friend of mine will be traveling to Colorado on the 21st. I look forward to hearing all about this trip!

Wishing you a great week ahead! If you notice any of the things I mention happening in your life, leave a comment. I’d like to read about them.

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