The New Moon in Aries arrives this Sunday, April 15, and offers us a cornucopia of opportunities. Think new growth, fresh starts and doors opening that you never knew were there or had forgotten existed. Mercury goes retrograde early on the morning of the New Moon and Uranus and the planet of electrifying insights and sudden change walks hand in hand with this Aries lunation (fun fact: a Uranus flavored new moon like this won’t occur again for another 80 years). In short, if you’ve been feeling at all stuck, uncertain, or impatient to get moving, this upcoming New Moon cycle signals the “green light”, “all systems go”, “leaping off the cliff” kind of energy for all kinds of projects and endeavors. If you have planets or powerful points at between 24-28 of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) you’ll be feeling this lunation more strongly.Read More
When I tell my clients that Mercury has turned retrograde (in Aries from March 22-April 15), I’m usually met with a horrified expression and the words “not again!” This is my cue to launch into my Mercury Retrograde pep talk, which centers on using the “re” words (re-vision, re-align, re-flect, etc.). I try to explain that this is a time to slow down and assess, or shift direction if necessary, that it doesn’t have to be a big huge communication/travel/appliance cluster f%&*. I feel like a sort of emissary for Mercury Retrograde, calming fears and making assurances.Read More
The Lunar Trifecta also opens the magical doorway to one of the most sacred days in a witches year: Brigid aka known as Imbolc or "The Feast of Bride". Brigid is a warrior of the heart, strengthening us in her cauldron, transforming us with her fire and inspiring us to stay open to the poetry of life. She helps us make the transition from the depth of winter to the blossoming of the springtime, turning the wheel of the year forward towards the sun.Read More
I recently started watching “The Crown” a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. My desire to learn more about Britain’s royal family arose not out of any kind of royalist leanings or deep Anglophile sentiments, but because the show seemed like an entertaining way to learn more about the nature of the approaching Capricorn season. In one of the earlier episodes, Queen Mary writes a letter to the soon to be crowned Queen Elizabeth in which she advises her to put her emotions aside and focus on her duty, “Your people will need your strength and leadership,” she writes, “I have seen three great monarchies brought down through failure to separate indulgence from duty.”Read More
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The root of the word austerity comes from the Latin austeritus, which means “severe”. Severity strips away all that is not essential and useful. Severity can be harsh, but honest. Severity, austerity, simplicity=Capricorn, the earthy sign ruled by Saturn, planet of bones, time, lessons and limits. This week we enter the start of a three year cycle that is heavily stamped with hoof print of the goat. This week brings a shift in awareness, a crossroads where we have a chance to look back at where we’ve been and forward to where we might be headed.Read More
The primary source of heat in my house is a wood burning stove, so over the course of several winters I’ve learned that if I want to stay warm, I need to develop a relationship to fire. Add too much wood and it smothers the flame, add too little and the fire dies out. Turn your back for a moment with the door ajar and risk a spark flying out and burning the floor. But if I listen to the fire, watch it and notice what it needs to burn just right, then I am rewarded with a cozy, hearth and heart warming blaze.Read More
The two most active planets, Mercury and Mars, are in the planetary spotlight this week making moves and preparing us for some major shifts throughout the month of December. Mercury, now retrograde, asks us to do the “re’s”, re-thinking, re-negotiating, etc. (for more on how to both survive and thrive during Mercury retrograde, check out my Astrology Everyday ebook). As Mercury conjuncts Saturn again for the 2nd of 3 passes on Tuesday, the need to integrate reality more firmly into our thinking becomes even more necessary. Mercury also sextiles Mars the same day, asking us to take action on the reality integrations we have uncovered. Mars sextile Saturn solidifies the focus on practical, grounded and realistic progress.Read More
To understand Sagittarius, it’s important to know that for the sign of the archer, shooting the arrow is more important than actually hitting the target ie the journey is more important than the destination. Sagittarius is captivated by the quest, seeking to know, be and do more. This mutable fire signs is driven by the desire to grow and expand away from the familiar, towards the unfamiliar. Recently, a Spanish friend of mine, (featuring his South Node, Uranus and Neptune in Sagittarius) told me that his long term plan was to travel around the world outside of Europe, and then, as he got older, to begin exploring the countries closer to Spain as well as Spain itself.Read More
We begin the journey into Sagittarius season this week as the Sun transitions from Scorpio to the sign of the Archer on Tuesday. The Scorpio impulse inward expands into a quest for new experiences as the fiery spirit of Sagittarius shoots an arrow into the unknown, searching for unexplored territories and adventures of the body, mind and spirit. Then Neptune turns direct on Wednesday, enhancing the abilities of this planet of spirit, magic and mystery.Read More
If you’ve already been feeling and responding to Scorpio season, you know that part of Scorpio’s lesson involves finding the power in vulnerability. When Venus and Jupiter meet up in Scorpio on Monday, there is an expansion of awareness about how we expose or hide ourselves in our most intimate relationships. Scorpio demands honesty and a raw, real look at our deepest instincts. Venus in Scorpio evokes love that is passionate, intense, and at its best, has the power to transform and heal. As Venus meets Jupiter, awareness is heightened about how we can grow and step outside our comfort zone in matters of the heart.Read More
Scorpio season continues as Venus joins the Sun and Jupiter this week, bringing a touch of grace and beauty to our intense journey with this most powerful of water signs. Venus in the collective chart shows the tone of our loving, relating and valuing for the month or so that it transits through a particular sign. Venus in Scorpio brings a greater desire for deep relating, passionate connection and love experiences that make us feel alive, honest and vulnerable. As Venus gets ready for her grand conjunction to Jupiter next week, there is a chance for us to reconnect with the essence of Venus in Scorpio before the meeting between the goddess of love and the god of growth and expansion.Read More
The Halloween/Samhain time is smoky and mysterious, the veil thins, the spirits dance between the worlds, we hear the voices of the dead in the wind, we feel them brush by us on the street. We remember their stories, the stories that shaped their lives, the stories that remind us of their essence.
Stories are powerful. The stories we tell ourselves about who we are, the stories we tell about the world, the stories that we tell as a culture, these all shape our reality. But stories can be changed and re-written. As the final square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces completes this week, you are offered a chance to re-write the stories that have wounded you and create new stories to empower your current life and the stories that will shape your future.Read More
Scorpio season is a transition time, as the wheel of the year turns once more. The leaves change colors, the light shifts and the temperature drops. If we are following the guidance of the seasons, we begin to plan our retreat inward, headed towards the warm embrace of the cave of night as winter comes closer. Scorpio season 2017 arrives with a powerful flow of moving water: four planets, (plus asteroid Chiron) are now in either Scorpio or Pisces.Read More
A friend and avid horoscopereader wrote to me this week and asked, “which planet is responsible for October”? Between the hurricanes, the Las Vegas shooting, the Northern California fires, the ongoing racial injustices and the exposure of even more sexual violence it sure seems like something is up. But because I live 15 miles from the site of the worst destruction of the fires and have spent all week getting ready to evacuate in moments, I didn’t have much of an answer for her. When I taught my astrology class this week, I was also faced with questions and asked for answers about all the bad things that seem to be happening right now. After all, as an astrologer, it seems like I should know right?Read More
There’s BIG cosmic news this week, big as in: expansive, abundant and over the top. Jupiter, the biggest planet, the planet of growth, opportunity and everything LARGE, is changing signs this week, moving from Libra into Scorpio. This isn’t the most unusual transit, as Jupiter changes signs once a year, returning back to the same sign every 12 years. But it’s a transit to pay attention to, because if you want to grow, expand and take advantage of new opportunities, the sign and house Jupiter is currently moving through in your chart tells you where to go and what to do to maximize the possibilities that come your way.Read More
This week the planets bring us a deep exploration of love and freedom, two human experiences that can sometimes seem contradictory. Venus, the planet of love and relationships, welcomes in the week with a trine to Pluto, affirming our very human need to change and grow through intimate relationships. Then on Thursday morning, Venus, the ruler of the Sun in Libra, conjuncts (joins with) Mars, the ruler of the Full Moon in Aries that takes place a couple hours later at 11:40 am pdt on Thursday. Two planets, the Sun and Moon are in a stand-off, opposing each other, giving us a clear view of their differences, differences we need to learn about to become more whole, but meanwhile the two planets that “oversee” these opposing planets are merged in a planetary love affair that rocks the cosmos. This is quite an interesting Full Moon to say the least….Read More
This week marks a big shift in the planetary story we have been living for the last year. As Jupiter finishes up its final few weeks in Libra, it completes the last of three oppositions to Uranus in Aries. The Jupiter/Uranus opposition has taken many forms including: expansive justice meeting pioneering innovation, opportunities for balanceintegrated with explosive movements towards change, growth in relationships opposed by a need for fierce individualism. This week brings our final report card for the meeting of these two planetsRead More
Virgo season gets even more Virgoish this week, as Venus joins the rest of the earth goddess crew, entering Virgo on the same day as the Virgo New Moon (Tuesday, September 19). You have a chance to purify, renew and clarify before Fall begins, returning to your own sacred work and purpose . Virgo wants to distill the very essence of a person, place or thing into its most healing, empowered, perfectly imperfect form. So how can you be proactive and work with the cycles of the stars by distilling your own essence now? What do you see in the reflection of the Virgo mirror about the harvest you are about to reap? On the Fall Equinox (Friday, September 22 at 1:02 pm pdt), as light and dark balance, and night and day rest for a moment in perfect balance, how can you honor and appreciate the abundance in your own rich life?
A super powered Virgo wave is coming along this week to bring a wave of earthy goodness to whatever house in your chart Virgo is currently traveling through. Like a cosmic Mary Poppins, Virgo is a sign that can take a situation that has dissolved into chaos and put things right again. But Virgo is also a powerful earth priestess like Marie Laveau who can make "things" happen on the physical plane, working with the earth's gifts of plants, herbs, crystals and stones. Virgo understands the earth mysteries and knows how to transform fixed matter by making it a just a little more magical, with soothing touches of healing and care.Read More
Welcome to the dream space, the in-between place, the home of mermaids, the realm of spirits and magic and mystery. Before we can move forward into Fall with a sense of direction and clarity from our eclipse experiences, we first need to dance with the unseen energies and swim within the cosmic cauldron of renewal and rebirth. This is the realm of Pisces and its planetary ruler: Neptune. The god of the ocean, the spirit of the sea, the terrain of dreams, imagination, creativity and compassion. Yemaya, the goddess of the Ocean is also a Neptunian diety, though from the Yoruban rather than the Roman pantheon most associated with the astrological planets.Read More