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There is a song rolling around in my head. The song is “Carey” by Join Mitchell and it begins with this line:

The wind is in from Africa, last night I couldn’t sleep.

 It came to me last night as I stood on a friend’s porch and felt the beginnings of the cold front that was forecast to lower our local temperatures by nearly 25 degrees today.  The chill in the air caused me to change the words to say the wind was not in from Africa. When I dissect this statement, I notice how we associate Africa with warmth and even hot air.  What a reflection on our current way of things. You can ponder this more on your own later, or not.

The Full Moon last week was so beautiful! I hope you had a chance to see it at least one time over the weekend. The Moon will not be that close again for many years.

This week the moon is transiting Leo, Virgo, and Libra. Today it joins Uranus and Saturn to form a Grand Trine. Trines bring favorable energy. This one will be dealing with our emotions around rules and boundaries, and the desire for freedom and individuality. This struggle is about how we feel about ourselves and our place in the world.

I am aware that this last statement could be viewed as a personal projection of how many feel about recent events in this country, but I assure you that I am not making this up or projecting anything. So let me explain how I arrived at this conclusion.

  1. Uranus, the planet of freedom and individuality is in Aries, the sign of new beginnings, the individual and is the first sign of the personal side or the chart. Aries represents  our youth. He is fiery and full of life and action.
  2. Moon is in Leo, which is the first sign of the collective or global side of the chart. Leo and Cancer are more or less the bridge between the personal side of the chart and the collective side. This is us thinking about how we fit in the world and relate to it.
  3. Saturn is in Libra. Libra is about balance, justice, and seeing all sides of a situation. Saturn’s place in this Grand Trine is helping us to see ourselves, and how we feel about the law, the rules, what we’ve been told or taught to follow and, and how we are managing it all.

Are there places I need to me more flexible, tolerant, or compassionate? Or are we going to dig in and stick to our past convictions? If you believe we are shifting dimensions, then you probably also understand that we are all the same and the differences are the limited view point of a 3-D existence. If you disagree or don’t understand this, no problem. This is an astrology blog after all, so let’s move on.

Yesterday, November 19, Neptune turned direct. Neptune is in his home sign of Pisces for another nine years. He is currently at nine degrees Pisces so he is just about 1/3 of the way through this transit and this short trip has taken 5 ½ years. Neptune is at his most powerful during his transit of his home sign. That being said, this is probably a good time to go over some of the characteristics of this planet and this sign.

Pisces is a mutable or changeable sign. It becomes emotionally attached to whatever it comes in contact with and is therefore considered a compassionate and empathic sign. There is also a desire a toward escapism. Reality can get to be too much very quickly for those with strong Pisces influence in their charts. Addiction is a common result if care is not taken to unload and regroup. Pisces people benefit greatly from having others to talk to and be coached by.  Pisces people are often not comfortable in large groups. They seem to be more drawn to stray people, pets, and those that have been victimized. Sometimes they become the victims too. The old phrase about seeing things through rose colored glasses was probably coined to describe a Pisces person.

Neptune represents the part of us that loves to daydream and is drawn into fantasy. This is the part that also loves to sink into a good romance novel or movie and avoid the troubles of the world. On the other hand, Neptune loves to help the world by volunteering and being charitable. This is also your most creative planet. Wherever he is located in your chart, this is where you are easily fooled and where you fool others.

As with many planets, Neptune is associated with mythical tales. Poseidon was the original name for the god of the oceans. The Roman’s later changed his name to Neptune. Whenever we see any weather event like a hurricane, heavy rains, or blizzards, you can bet the Neptune’s influence has been strong.

The very recent stationing of Neptune has astrologers paying attention to the  weather. Winter is just ahead and big snow events are already in news. The drastic temperature changes I mentioned at the beginning of this post was even more dramatic in the northeast. New Jersey went from 70 degrees to six inches of snow in less than 24 hours. This is exactly the sort of action we expect when Neptune stations.

Remember the old commercials that showed the crash test dummies? Remember how their heads and bodies flung forward and backward in those videos? That is an example of the cosmic action that takes place when a planet stations to turn retrograde or direct.

Get the idea?

Cool huh? (no pun intended)

Neptune is going to be a big in actor in the weather this winter. The farmer’s almanac says this is going to be a wet winter for some areas. There are other places like the western half of my state that is praying for rain. We are experiencing extreme drought conditions and wild fires are raging in several places. I will talk more about this in the coming weeks.

Monday, November 21, 2016, the Sun leaves Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius. After a month of Scorpio’s introspection and the intimate need to connect with another, I am ready for this energy shift.  Its focus is on reaching out to the world, to those in need, to expand our thinking, and be grateful for all things. Sagittarius is confident, optimistic, able to see the larger picture, and enjoys travel. Be careful not to take on more than you can manage.

Mercury entered Sagittarius a week ago. Again, this energy is expanding our thinking and our optimism. You may notice a lean more toward what is fair or unfair. Faith gets and a boost with this combo and so does our persuasive skills.

Venus has a little over two more weeks left in her tour of Capricorn. The focus of this transit is money and business relationships. These relationships are valuable, reliable, and true blue. Keep in mind that Capricorn is the sign of winter and this coolness bleeds over and can cause us to sometimes respond to others in a frosty manner.  Try not to be too cold to others.

Mars is in mid-tour of Aquarius. Our actions are for the team now. Aquarius is far less interested in being top dog. He had much rather work co-operatively. Active Mars is now a lot more detached to things than he might be in another sign and his approach is more intellectual in this transit.

Monday also brings us a semi-square between the Sun and Jupiter. If you find yourself feeling restless, this could be why. Watch out for things getting out of hand. Exaggerations and wastefulness might the theme of this day.

Tuesday the Sun semi-squares Pluto. Control and manipulations rule this day. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Like the good witch said, you may discover you had what you needed in you all along. Relax, you will make it around any obstacle that comes your way.

Adding to Tuesday’s energy is a gentle, sextile aspect between Mercury and Jupiter. This is a good day for a day trip, writing, contracts, and almost anything that involves some sort of communication. Expanding our thinking by learning something new is a good thing to do today too.



There is a little more I could talk about today but it is getting late and it is time for some dinner. I will finish this up tomorrow. Until then, be safe.