"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

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Adjusting Under A Virgo New Moon

 The Moon joins the Sun in Virgo at 2:01pm EST, setting the stage for organization, discrimination and critical thinking. Virgo assimilates, not just ideas, but as ruler of the intestines, has a lot to do with the foods we put into our bodies.This lunar month is a great time to clean off your desk or clean out your pantry and dump toxins from your body. Heck, the more you organize, the better you'll feel! Virgo's "M. O" (mode of operating) is to want to change everything... now... today... don't! Take it easy on yourself and others. Being super-critical won't help with the changes you want to make. It's better to flow into your new version of your best self and allow others to do the same.
   Mercury also moved into Virgo a few days ago, one of the two signs (s)he has rulership over - the other being Gemini. Lending its powers of discernment to this earthy sign, Mercury helps us to adapt our bodies and our minds to what we need for our health and well-being. We're reminded that we can make a choice to eliminate negative habits and substitute positive ones. For example, say you would like to cut down on your sugar intake and you put 4 teaspoons in your coffee every morning; by choosing each day to cut back to three teaspoons every day for a couple of weeks, you'll begin to get used to the taste and not need so much sugar; in another month, you could even cut down to two teaspoons. Just don't try and change everything all at once... start small and be consistent!

   Back to the New Moon chart... Opportunity is a keyword now, thanks to applying sextiles -aspects of growth, between the Sun and Moon in Virgo, to expansive Jupiter in Scorpio. Think little step forward for an expansive future. Plant your seed ideas in the fertile and watered soil provided by Scorpio. It takes earth and water to make seeds grow and now is the time to start moving forward with your goals. Commitment in partnerships and drawing on the wealth of a larger pool of resources will see you through as long as you put in the necessary work on your end, to get started.

   There's something else to consider about Mercury at this time, as it forms harmonious aspects with hard-working Saturn and ingenious Uranus. Mental actively is strong now, minds are active and this is good for making plans, communicating with others and sharing original ideas. Just don't wait too long to get out of your head and engage in productive dialogue with like-minded people, or you could miss a wonderful opportunity to build your future on.

  The topping on the cake here (gluten-free, tasty carrot cake of course...) is a not-seen-often-enough positive alignment of Jupiter with Pluto. Collaboration and open-mindedness can be very productive tools for expansion at this New Moon. As you organize, weed out and make your plans, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pisces Full Moon

   The Pisces Full Moon at 7:56am EST on Sunday, reminds us of the vulnerable process of healing. Virgo identifies the specifics of what needs to be healed in an earthy way and Pisces lets the feelings flow around the wound, whether physical, emotional or psychic. It's hard to imagine being open in the way Pisces wants us to be and not feeling wounded all over again, but we must... in order to wash it and release the hurt. Remember that old saying about salt water healing everything? Get in the ocean if you can, or fill a tub with salts and climb in. Be intuitive about what you need to release and immerse yourself in the letting go.

   There are two supporting players in this cosmic dance that help to identify the necessity of this letting go process. One is Saturn in Capricorn offering us the chance to own our shortcomings, failures or wounds by sextiling the Pisces Moon in order to do this compassionate work. Uranus in Taurus  also sextiles the Moon to show us where we can be free of past hurts by acknowledging a way out of negative habits. These two planetary energies in Earth signs are harmonizing with the Sun to create a flow of practicality and thinking outside the box. This doesn't happen often, so be sure to utilize the possibilities that this Full Moon offers.

   The Sun in Virgo is experiencing some friction with Venus at the same time that the Moon is having to find a way to come to terms with Venus need for peace, harmony and balance. That can show up as financial struggle or a simple need to balance your checkbook. Interestingly enough, this chart shows the Moon in the same aspect to Pluto as the Sun to Venus and the same aspect to Venus as the Sun is to Pluto. Moon aspects involving Pluto are more internal and this one can offer a toehold for understanding your own motivations. The Sun/Pluto aspect is externalized and speaks to the lack of control we may be feeling in the world. While we can balance the checkbook, we don't have a lot of say about how the government is being run today or how politics is affecting finances worldwide.

   Remember to breathe through the moments of your day, trust in your intuitive ability to know the next right step and keep on keeping on! Oh yes, also remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Leo New Moon & A Partial Solar Eclipse

   We are two-thirds of the way through eclipse season, meaning there's one more eclipse and that's tomorrow, August 11th. Not visible in the US, we will still feel the effects of this Solar Eclipse and I will look at that shortly. First, I want to explain why I didn't write about the Aquarian Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27th. I generally write my blogs the day before a New or Full Moon.

   On July 26th, I was traveling off island to be in Boston early the next morning at MGH (Mass General Hospital) to prep for a lumpectomy on Friday, the 27th. Yes... I was eclipsed by the Full Moon and having surgery to remove cancer from my right breast. I can report that just today, I received a call from the Pathology Dept. saying my margins were clean on the area removed and the lymph removed showed no cancer... yay!! Next step is a meeting with my oncology team to discuss upcoming treatment. Because the tissues (2 spots) removed were small, the diagnosis is good and I anticipate minimal treatment.  I am very lucky to have caught this early and feel blessed that my situation is manageable, with an optimistic outlook! In the meantime, I am healing and dealing with a pinched nerve that started the week before surgery and has incapacitated my right hand. Massage, chiropractic and polarity therapy are helping somewhat, but writing is very difficult and picking things up is practically impossible.

   Now, let's look at the New Moon in Leo and tomorrow's Solar Eclipse chart. The Sun and Moon come together with communicative Mercury in Leo, allowing strong emotions to come to light, and be spoken about. These can be feelings of love or the need for creative self-expression. They may involve children, a love interest or a deeply felt passion that needs to see the light of day. Sometimes, these issues are best dealt with in a therapeutic setting. Wherever Leo resides in your chart, is where you can be strong, without exerting too much of your will, be playful and express yourself!

   Take some time to make a very important New Moon Wish List that involves those things you would like to manifest in your life. Remember to include all the resources that could be helpful, as well as the influential people (Leo/king...) you are connected with, to assist you on your journey to getting your needs met. Don't be afraid to dream BIG!!

   Aspects from the Sun, Moon and Mercury to exuberant Jupiter and powerful Pluto bring a sense of optimism and a can-do spirit. Overindulgence can misinform you about the possibilities if you let it. There is a lot of possibility with this Solar Eclipse that can give you the inner strength to achieve your goals. Just remind yourself that Mercury and Mars are still retrograde and pace yourself. The eclipse energy will move in a six month cycle, beginning with awareness, opportunity to act, challenge followed by a time of balance and harmony, then adjustment and finally a clear look at where you will be standing six months from now. If you can imagine your best-case scenario, the future looks bright. If you imagine the worst, you will see only a dim, unfulfilling road ahead.

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


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse

  Welcome to the start of Eclipse season! Beginning with tonight's New Moon Solar Eclipse, followed in two weeks by the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the27th, and finishing up with the August 11th, Partial Eclipse of the Sun in Leo, we are entering some powerful change flows. Eclipses only happen when the Sun and Moon line up exactly with the Lunar Nodes. Solar eclipses take place on New Moons, when the Sun and Moon align at the same degree of a sign and Lunar eclipses occur precisely at the Full Moon with the "Lights" in direct opposition to each other. Thank goodness these exact alignments with the Lunar Nodes don't happen at every New and Full Moon... or we'd have eclipses  twice every month.

   This Cancer New Moon Eclipse, earmarks a time of great potential for personal growth and/or major advancement both personally and professionally. Being a water sign, Cancer speaks to us from our emotions. Thoughts are not as important as feelings, especially as they involve home or family and emotional needs. Are you feeling supported, or are you still seeking the kind of love and acceptance that allows you to feel good about yourself and the direction you want to head in? This sense of needing something better can be experienced at work as well. Is your job fulfilling and stimulating, offering you opportunities for advancement, or are you feeling stuck because you can't express your talents? Look to where you feel the need for support and ask yourself how you can get it.

   On a larger scale, the news is filled with stories involving issues of refugees coming ashore everywhere in the world, with hungry children and fathers and mothers who just want to nourish and take care of their families, keeping them safe. This is just one example of where the changes reflected by this lunar cycle can flow. How are you affected by these concerns? What can you do... what will you do... to take care of yourself, your family or others'?

   The changes that societies and countries need to make around the compassionate care of all people... where we need to have the courage of our convictions and stand up for what is right, are boiling over and blatantly in our faces at this New Moon. The eclipse can help to jump-start major changes in attitudes if we each do our part in speaking up and saying "this is unacceptable". Courage, strength and inner fortitude are the tools to use for ushering in significant change.

   The chart for this New Moon shows a close opposition between the Sun and Moon with Pluto in Capricorn. That is not an easy aspect. One can feel powerless in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles coming from authority figures. It is necessary here to act responsibly in your own behalf, instead of just reacting to outside forces. Indeed, the changes you may need to make can be originating from within, with exterior reflections showing you your greatest tasks for claiming your own power. Outer circumstances usually teach us something valuable about ourselves and where we need to make changes. What may seem like someone else trying to take your power may be just the opportunity to realize where you've given it away.

   Another aspect to consider is the unseen, but felt beneath the surface, urge to let your creativity show itself. This is a Neptunian influence that can find expression once you've made some headway identifying what you can do, on whatever scale you can. Use your voice, your art or your music to uplift others and, at the risk of sounding cliche here... be the change you want to see in the world today!

   And remember, while keeping your head in the stars and your feet on the ground, that loving kindness always wins out in the end~



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Moon In Gemini

  Prepare for a very busy few weeks as the Sun and Moon align in the airy sign of Gemini! Writing projects,  studies and planning all thrive under this cerebral sign's influence. This is the time for writing projects, studying and planning, while the Sun is still in Gemini and the New Moon begins a 4 week lunar cycle of connecting and communicating. As an Air sign, "the twins" can be very sociable, talkative and wanting to be everywhere, all at once. It's important to focus on one thing at a time in order to accomplish your to do list.

   Mercury, ruler of Gemini aligns positively today with Uranus, his higher octave. This is good for thinking outside the box, brainstorming with committees or groups as well as meeting new people and sharing ideas. We also have a "mutual reception" between the Moon and Mercury which makes it easier to talk about feelings. That's because the Moon is in Mercury's sign and Mercury moved into Cancer yesterday, the Moon's sign. It's like being out of your element staying at a friend's house, while they are at your home - you will both look out for each others' home and be able to relate more comfortably due to a better understanding of how they live.

   Another ingredient of this New Moon is Venus leaving watery Cancer and moving into the Fixed Fire sign Leo tonight. Venus likes comfort and while in Cancer, she settled into her emotions... now she wants to express herself in outgoing Leo! Am I saying we might see some drama queens... possibly. However, I think it's more likely that people will be more magnanimous, caring for others and being helpful, especially when it comes to children. There is a strong desire for attention, recognition or romance with Venus here. Look to see where you have Leo in your chart to see what you may attract.

   The end of June finds action-oriented Mars  turning retrograde in Aquarius the day before the Full Moon in Capricorn on the 27th. This is a BIG turn of events and will have a strong affect on how you are able to direct your efforts, or not... this summer. Mars will be retrograde for all of July and most of August, backing into Capricorn on August 12th before turning direct on the 27th. Patience in looking at your goals is important this summer. Don't be in a hurry, because while you may know what you want, others have their own ideas. Being part of a group while maintaining your individuality is the challenge here... try not to burn too many bridges, unless they have long needed to come down.

  Remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It Is A Very Full Moon In Sagittarius~

This is going to be short and sweet and hopefully filled with some nuggets for you to contemplate. That's because I am in Chicago at the once-every-four-to-six-years United Astrology Conference, with about 1500 other astrologers!! So here are some key words for Sagittarius:

Travelers... education... higher mind... aspiration... adaptability... inspiration... expansive... encouraging... open-minded... outgoing... philosophical... excitable... enthusiastic... sincere... fun-loving and optimistic!!

Don't forget the less than stellar attributes that can emerge with Sadge, like... procrastination, tactlessness, dogmatism and at times, promising more than they can come through with.

In general this is a time to be buoyant, optimistic and allowing others as much freedom to be who they are... as you want. It's a great time to get outside and explore a new place in nature, or take a run, kick around a football or just be adventurous and discover something new about this great big, wide world we live in.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018