Astrological Musings

Summer Solstice: A Crescendo of Light

The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year.  For many in today’s (northern hemisphere) world that means beach holidays and cookouts, but on a more esoteric level it is the fulfillment of the light of consciousness.

The esoteric year begins at the time just after the Winter Solstice with the return of the light as the days begin to lengthen and the darkness diminishes.  The light of the Sun is associated with the principal energy source in the human experience, and the astrological Sun (your Sun Sign as it is called) represents that energy source, that illumination, within your own Self.  As the light returns we become more expansive – brighter and more awakened.

The turning of the year between the cardinal points (zero degrees of the cardinal signs) begin with the darkness of the Winter Solstice at zero degrees Capricorn, moving through the Vernal Equinox at zero degrees Aries, culminating at the Summer Solstice in Cancer, and waning at the Autumn Equinox in Libra.  Equinoxes are times of balance and equilibrium; solstices are times of ebb and flow.

The Summer Solstice is a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness in the individual.  The Sun is newly in Cancer – associated with the Moon, the soul (scarab in ancient Egypt) The Moon, ruler of Cancer, is associated with the harvest and the cultivation of the land. The Sun aids in this cultivation in our external lives, and the power of the Moon cultivates the emotional body and the Soul.  In esoteric studies the “central sun” acts as the point of integration between Spirit and Matter.  At the Solstice the Solar and Lunar powers unite to fuel a transformational shift.

To put these esoteric energies to work for you, spend some time in meditation, visualizing the beautiful gold light of the Central Sun in your own heart.  Allow the light of this Sun to expand throughout your entire being, filling you with positivity, harmony and grace. Allow your intentions for peace and blessings to shower your own self, and then to spread throughout your family, your community, and the entire world.

For more information about the Summer Solstice celebration, see my dear friend Beth Owl’s Daughter’s post. 

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For my southern hemisphere friends – this post is written for folks in the northern hemisphere.  In the southern hemisphere you are still at zero degrees Cancer, but experiencing the darkest day before moving into the light – you are in a lunar period rather than a solar period. 

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By | 2017-06-21T08:47:13+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

Tales of the Neptune Retrograde Station

Neptune, the planet of divine creativity and illusion, turned retrograde on June 16th. This is not unusual – the outer planets turn retrograde (appear to move backwards from our perspective on earth) every year. Before a planet changes direction its apparent motion slows to a standstill, just as a car does when making a U-turn.

When a planet is stationary, it captures our attention.  If that planet is affecting something in our chart, it yells at us to take notice.  It shines like a laser beam, a focused point of light streaming its planetary energies to Earth.  And right now, Neptune has the spotlight.

Neptune is an outer planet – its influence is transformational rather than personal.  It inspires us to experience a Self that lies beyond our individual personalities – to experience divinely inspired creativity, to merge with the Soul in meditation, to experience the Godhead in all of its myriad forms.  It also tempts us with fantasy and illusion, fooling us with subterfuge and undermining our ideals.

Neptune will remain retrograde until November 22nd.  During this time the Neptune influence becomes more profoundly personal.  You may feel like you are wading through a thick fog in your life, unable to make a clear decision.  You may find yourself succumbing to strange illnesses for which there are no names.  You may be more susceptible to lies and deception and less able to discriminate clearly.

This is a time to turn within with a greater focus on the inner world than the outer.  Meditation and rest is important during this time as our physical energy may be diminished, especially if Neptune is transiting planets in your own chart.  You may be more sensitive to psychic energies than other times, especially if you tend to be hyper-sensitive, so plan accordingly.

Life on Planet Earth can be more complicated when Neptune is retrograde since it can be difficult to see clearly with the eye of consciousness.  This is a time to build a reliance on the inner eye and the inner voice – the voice of spiritual guidance within that helps us to see everything more clearly.  There can be temptation under Neptune’s influence to attempt a shortcut to divinity through drugs and alcohol, but this is not advised, especially under a retrograde Neptune since the path to addiction is so much stronger now.

The same thinning of the membrane of Self that creates the challenging delusion of Neptune can also bring about tremendous spiritual growth and heightened creative inspiration.  Music, painting, writing – all creative projects will help to utilize this period for greater expansion and mastery.

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By | 2017-06-20T11:40:41+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Astrology|1 Comment

A Bountiful Sagittarius Full Moon on June 9 2017


The next Full Moon on June 9th brings with it an explosion of expansiveness and confidence.  The Moon will have reached its fullness in the sign of Sagittarius, urging us to reach for the stars and beyond what we imagine to be possible.  And Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, harmonizes with both the Sun and Moon, amplifying the expansive energies of this lunar experience.

Astrology teaches that there is darkness and light in all things.  The expansion and confidence of Jupiter’s influence lead us to unparalleled positivity and achievement, but if you have ever filled a balloon with too much air you will know what can happen when we expand beyond a reasonable amount.  Economists are well aware that too much expansive growth can lead to undesirable results, and we have seen this time after time with stock market bubbles, real estate bubbles, etc.

Fortunately this Full Moon contains a strong Saturn influence to help keep us tethered to the ground as we allow our spirits to soar to new lunar heights.  Saturn can be restrictive; its influence can feel discouraging and even sometimes depressing when it is connected to the Moon.  This could lead to feelings of despair or failure, but if you utilize Saturn’s practicality and mindfulness at this time it can be a wonderful ally, ensuring that your dreams and ideals hatched and fertilized at the Sagittarius Full Moon are grounded in the real world with lasting permanence.

When Henry David Thoreau said “Go forth confidently in the direction of your dreams” he must have been under the Sagittarius Full Moon!

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By | 2017-06-07T08:47:18+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Kim Kardashian and the Saturn Return

Kim Kardashian Saturn returnEvery one of us experiences the first Saturn return at the age of 28-30 when Saturn in the sky returns to its place in our birthchart.  Saturn insists on discipline and order, and this is the time when we face the necessity of growing up and for some of us this is easier than others.  Some of us will rebel and run from responsibility, and others of us will embrace it.

Kim Kardashian recently admitted that she married second husband Kris Humphries because she was 30.  She told Bravo’s Andy Cohen: “At the time…I just thought, ‘Holy s–t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married.'” (reported by Fox News)  As reality TV fans know, her marriage to Humphries lasted 72 days.

Kardashian’s Saturn Return began in December 2009.  During 2010 she had a series of relationships before she started dating Kris Humphries in October 2010, shortly after the final passage of transiting Saturn over her natal Saturn, and they became engaged in May 2011.

Many people marry during the first Saturn Return (including me!) and these marriages often fail because the motivation was more about being ready to move on to the next phase of our lives, and less about finding the right person to make a life with.

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By | 2017-05-31T15:32:44+00:00 May 31st, 2017|People|0 Comments

Memorial day musings 2017

Memorial Day originated as a special day to honor those killed in any kind of military action. But times have changed.

Suicide now kills more soldiers in the middle east than die in combat.  Veterans returning from war are dying as the result of a failure to provide adequate treatment.  Whereas 6,886 soldiers have died since 2003 in various US military operations, the US Department of Justice reported that 4,813 people were killed by police in the US between 2003 and 2009, and the Washington Posts reports that over 900 people have been killed by police each year since they started tracking in 2015.

As is well known, gun violence and medical errors kill far more Americans than terrorism, yet the proposed US budget includes a $54 billion hike in defense spending which includes more Navy ships and Air Force planes, neither of which are effective in the current battle against religious extremism.

Over the past few years Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, has been opposing the Sun in the US astrological chart which has intensified the eruption of murder and violence in the country.  This will likely only increase as we get closer to the time of the US Pluto Return in 2020-2023.

I propose that on this Memorial Day we honor not only the fallen heroes, but also the fallen citizens whose only crime was to be nonwhite; the veterans who returned from war to find their lives decimated and with no hope of a bright future; the innocent victims of the mentally ill who are freely able to purchase assault weapons.

And let’s also remember that freedom goes beyond sending young boys to be cannon fodder for billionaires to enrich their pockets through sales of arms and oil, or to enable individual prejudices against certain groups or religions.

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By | 2017-05-28T09:03:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|17 Comments
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