"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice 2017

   Welcome to the Sun in Cancer, heralding the Summer Solstice, the official start of summer! Cancer is a water sign and while we have seen enough rain for one season, a more enjoyable way to honor this active Water sign is to be more emotionally available to family and friends and to have cookouts, preferably at a beach or pond!

  Home and family play a key role in our lives during this solar month. Real estate or a new dwelling place may be an issue... or it could be you're having relatives visit. Whatever your personal Cancerian influence, remember that emotions will be running high and try to be nurturing. Another focus is likely to be around food and/or preparation; expect opportunities to eat out with loved ones or get together and cook up a storm!

   Mercury also moves into Cancer today, ratcheting up the need to get the mind and emotions in sync. Some people spend way too much time in their heads and not enough in their hearts. Along with that, feelings will be powerfully felt, thanks to the Moon exactly trining Pluto one minute after the Sun enters Cancer. Perhaps you can find a way to express deeply felt emotions that you haven't yet been able to share with someone.

     At any rate, we're into a new season... summer, yay!! Cancer leads the way, followed by fiery Leo taking over on July 22nd, then cerebral Virgo to organize things on August 22nd through to the end of summer, when the Sun will move into Libra at the Fall Equinox.  I hope you have some lovely things planned with your family or friends. 

    Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, preferably the beach~


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sagittarius Full Moon

   Welcome to the excitement of a fiery Sagittarian Full Moon... at least it ought to be with the Sun opposite in sociable Gemini, both at 18 degrees, 53 minutes. Talking, planning, impromptu get-togethers, as well as various forms of entertainment and some over-the-top celebrations are likely, as people hasten to expand their horizons. However, the chart for this full moon shows many reasons for both cautious consideration and cautious optimism, before taking spontaneous action, no matter how exciting the times.

   The best reason to slow down and look at the bigger picture concerns Jupiter, natural ruler of Sagittarius and the largest planet in our solar system, which happens to be standing still, or Stationary at 13 degrees of Sag, and about to turn Direct one hour after the Full Moon. That means all the enthusiasm for expanding your ideas, travel, or learning something new, need to be approached slowly and methodically. Jupiter likes to go to extremes and do everything in a big way... described by words like huge, great and the best... remind you of anything?! But even Jupiter, being in Stationary position and slowly turning around, can't go running off just yet. Saturn responsibilities won't allow it.

   With the Moon aligned  closely to Saturn, it can feel like someone or something is hindering you or trying to contain your enthusiasm. Look at what has been simmering on the back burner for the past several months, while both Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (restriction) were retrograde. Saturn is still retrograde for almost 3 more months, and will turn Direct the last week in August, which will likely be a turning point for all serious intentions.... (not to mention the August 21st New Moon Solar Eclipse)!

  The other aspect to consider now is the separating square from the Sun and Moon to Neptune. Hazy conditions are likely, with more to be revealed through careful research before getting to the true essence of any situation right now. Compassion and a willingness to listen are good stepping stones for following one's path and acheiving sought-after goals. On the other hand, if you're experiencing too much sensitivity or feeling overwhelmed with the weight of the world, it's okay to retreat, shut off the news and indulge in a bit of nostalgic movie watching. If that's not your thing, perhaps you could express yourself through music, writing or some other artistic talent.

   All in all, the upshot of this lunar phase involves awareness of limitations, confirmation of your goals and reassessment of how you can take measured steps to success. Let the current Venus/Mars sextile be the opportunity to attract resources while building on your strengths and asserting what is truly important to you!

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gemini New Moon

  Today's New Moon culminates at 5 degrees of the Mutable Air sign Gemini, at 3:44pm EST. The theme here is adaptability, communication, inquisitiveness and restlessness. Geminis can have a hard time making up their minds; like their counterpart Air sign Libra, they can see both sides of a situation. However, they tend to see ALL the possibilities and that can get confusing when having to make a choice!

   Ideas flow in and out of the mind under Geminis' influence, especially when the Sun and Moon are aligned. Make sure to write down the ones you like right away so they are not lost somewhere out there. Logic and reasoning will ensue if you spend some time doing research or asking a trusted confident for feedback. Make a New Moon wish list (written...) of all your ideas, a sort of punch list, to help focus on your goals for the month ahead.

   For the past month, Venus joined Uranus in the motivated and fiery first sign Aries. This has been good for new connections and new starts across the board, giving a breath of fresh air to our enthusiasm and jump starting entreprenurial endeavors. The caution here is not to exceed one's resources or get so excitable that the people you're appealing to, feel overwhelmed and just say no to your ideas. You may be at an incredible turning point, just make sure it heads you in the direction you want to actually move in.

   The chart for this New Moon shows an exact square between Venus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The gentle attracting power of the Goddess of Love in the normally male-ruled first sign of the Zodiac, is challenging the more powerful forces of the status quo by coming up with some ideas of her own to put into action. If it's time for a breakthrough, this is a positive push forward. If you feel like you're beating your head against a brick wall, step back and wait until Venus moves into her more stable ruler-ship, Taurus on June 6th for a little over a month; she'll be able to stand her ground then.

   With Mercury having to slow down a bit while traversing Taurus until June 6th, when s/he moves into her own sign Gemini, this is the time to really get clear on your plans. Flesh them out and know what you want to say, step by step, point by point, so that you are ready to present your plan and rapidly put it into motion once Venus brings the resources to your door and Mercury brings the right environment to be heard.

   Meanwhile remember to listen and keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground! You'll be just fine~


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Full Moon in Scorpio

   Welcome to an intense Full Moon energy when the solar and lunar bodies join together tomorrow night at 21 degrees of Scorpio. With the Sun in the Fixed Earth sign of Taurus, opposing the Moon in Fixed Water - Scorpio, issues of desire, persistence, patience, reliability and purpose come to the forefront. Both signs can also be obstinate, self-centered and stubborn when pursuing their goals. The Full Moon increases these tendencies.
 Emotions run high, along with the tides, and secrets may be brought to the surface, revealing inner motives that may or may not be shared with partners. This is a very potent time for sharing and putting creative energy to work in business and personal partnerships. It can pay off handsomely when all parties are of similar intent. Otherwise, jealousies and insecurities can cause problems. If you are dealing with joint projects and such issues arise, exhibit as much patience as possible while trying to get to the bottom of things. Creativity and collaboration are the new necessary watchwords to keep at the forefront of your mind. In the instance of ones' values being compromised, it would behove you to remember what's really important for your sense of self-worth.

   Another factor in the Full Moon chart is the Moon's recent sextile to Pluto, the planetary co-ruler along with Mars, of Scorpio, and his role in this chart. Sextiles are aspects of opportunity that can bring harmony when acted on. The time frame for acting on this beneficial aspect would be today and tomorrow; taking a step to regain your initiative is what's important. You might say, it's time to do the hard thing in order to feel like you're stepping back into your power.

    Mars' placement in Gemini and importance in this chart, is seen as he aligns with giant Jupiter in Libra, forming a harmonious aspect that incorporates the element of Air. Communication and interaction are the key features of Air. Jupiter enhances any other planetary energy he comes into contact with and will make it larger than life. Not being careful with ones words, promising more than one can deliver, or overreacting to a perceived, or real, inequality are possible flare-ups under this alignment. Try not to let things get out of control, because it will be all too easy to do!

   Remember to keep your cool, observe and maintain your dignity and self-composure and to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Full Moon in Libra

Happy Full Moon in Libra everyone! Know that this is a very powerful moon, as it is aligned with giant Jupiter who is making a big deal out of drawing our attention to imbalances in our lives. We need to be aligned with fairness, justice and equality and this Full Moon will show us where we most need to pay attention.

   Your idea of justice may be different from mine or anyone else's. The point is to give others the benefit of the doubt when considering what their needs are. Libra is all about balance, so long as they get to keep their hand on the scales. This is where it can get tricky, especially with Jupiter's influence. Try not to go to extremes because the other part of the equation at a full Moon is the Sun ... which is conjunct freedom-loving Uranus.

   Breaking out of chains, restrictions of any type really, is what this polarity  calls for with Aries being activated by Sol and Uranus at the other side of the spectrum. It's like being on a seesaw with a bully on the other end... Will I go slamming to the ground and feel obliged to play their game, or will I try to maintain my composure and just refuse to sink to their level by playing dirty too?!

   With Capricorn rising in this chart, and it's ruler, Saturn, hanging out in the 12th house, your only authority should be your conscious self. Take the high road. Mars in Taurus may be discouraged and impatient to get moving, but  it wouldn't behove anyone to push right now. Another reason for patience is Venus retrograde in Pisces. Remember, Venus rules Libra and she thrives on her ability to attract rather than repel... honey...? vinegar...? you get the picture!

   Mercury is in retrograde motion as of Sunday, at just 4 degrees of Taurus, moving back into Aries on the 20th as a reminder to review plans for new projects very carefully before proceeding. Look at your finances, your values and what it will take to actually make some headway once mid May rolls around.

   In the meantime, consider the benefits of slowing down, getting things right and being prepared when Venus moves directly through her shadow phase May 13th, to take positive and informed action. Keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~


Monday, March 27, 2017

Aries New Moon

     The New Moon in Aries is exact at 10:57pm EST tonight. The lunar cycle is coinciding with the solar cycle that started the astrological new year a week ago at the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun entered the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries. All this energy for exploring new possibilities, taking new steps and being courageous is exciting, as long as we don't push our agenda onto someone else!

   In the New Moon chart, Venus retrograde is conjunct the Sun and Moon, reminding us to look inward at our motives for moving in whatever direction we think we want to go. Are we clear about our values and what's important to us? Who are we affected by, or what situations have had us spinning around lately? Mars is the ruler of Aries so his influence is strong, coming through the Sun, Moon and Venus all moving through his territory. Aggression, attraction, taking action or waiting for things to come to us... it's all in the mix with Venus and Mars on center stage!

  Ultimately, this is about the most personal of relationships, the one with ourselves. Maybe it's time to stop letting someone else push our buttons... just let them go their own way while we figure out the best way for ourselves. How do we maintain a sense of self  and still live in the world of today... let's hope gracefully and consciously.

    Also in Aries, Mercury is aligned with Uranus for some clear thinking and a possible new way of communicating and connecting with others, especially where we may be at cross purposes. If you've felt stuck in a mental attitude that isn't getting you anywhere, it's time to let go of outmoded beliefs and ask, study or explore your options, without making anyone wrong or putting anyone else on a pedestal. This lunar phase is about your new territory.

   While seeking your answers, remember to be gentle with yourself and keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Full Moon in Virgo

   This Full Moon in Virgo wants you to take care of yourself, to strike a balance between your emotional needs and your physical needs. Yes, life can be overwhelming at times, and you have tools to help you maintain stability. Virgo wants to be decisive and do the right thing, yet with the Sun in Pisces, what that may be, is probably not clear. Piscean compassion is a good thing, but not when it confuses us or simply acts as a distraction.

   Virgo is also good at paying attention, sometimes too much... but the Full Moon illuminates where you need to take care of the details. This often involves health issues, mental or physical, and orderliness in our homes and work spaces. A good use of energy is to actively clean out closets, cupboards or pantrys, places where you store herbs and spices or grains. Another focus could be on your desk or office, wherever clutter has accumulated. Take the focus off what you have no control over, usually situations or other people, and organize your own space!

   In the chart for the Full Moon, set at 10:54am EST, Chiron and Mercury, co-rulers of Virgo are also in Pisces, conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. If ever there was a clear indicator of the need for self reflection and healing, this is it. It's alright to acknowledge your intuition and emotions as long as you are keeping your thoughts in check.

   Another contributing factor in this planetary array is a square aspect from communicative Mercury in Pisces to responsible Saturn in Sagittarius. There's nothing wrong with focusing on the future, but choices may be too fuzzy for you to be definitive right now. This makes it more difficult to express your ideas clearly to others. You can wait until you've used the Virgo ability to look at all the details, then when you're ready, you can share your plan of action.

   Speaking of action... Mars recently left his own sign of Aries and has taken up residence in earthy Taurus for six weeks; don't push him or he can become very stubborn!  Instead , Mars here encourages us to put some effort into our financial picture or to look at what we truly value and where we are willing to put in the extra effort to make a more solid foundation for ourselves. Mars trining Saturn still, says, go ahead, take the time, especially while Venus is retrograde in Aries and will be until April 15th, making a detour back into Pisces from April 3rd until the 28th.

   I gave a Talk a couple of weeks ago Venus retrograde and I know there is a lot of information out there to read about how this is influencing our lives personally. I would encourage you to use the Virgo Full Moon energy to bring yourself up to speed on what this may mean for you. If I have time tomorrow, I'll try to write another Blog about Venus retrograde.

   In the meantime, remember to keep your head in the star and your feet on the ground.