Astrological Musings

The seeds of the Capricorn stellium are blooming now

Capricorn stelliumSteven Forrest has posted a lovely video discussing the travel of Uranus, Neptune and Saturn through Capricorn in the 1980s and 1990s and you can watch it here.  Steven was my first teacher and I respect him greatly – his books The Inner Sky and The Changing Sky are required reading for beginners and really, for anyone who hasn’t read them.

In the video Steven discusses the humans that were born when Uranus and Neptune were in Capricorn during this period as being seeds of humanity that are about to flower now that Saturn and Pluto are both in Capricorn.

About Capricorn

Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac, and associated with the tenth house of achievement in the material world.  Under the influence of Capricorn we tend to be more serious, perhaps more introverted.  Life can seem like a hard slog as we do The Things Which Must Be Done, and we might sometimes forget why we’re even doing them.  But the symbol for Capricorn, as well as its ruling planet Saturn, is the sure-footed mountain goat which climbs ridiculous peaks without stumbling or falling, always achieving its goals.

The conjunction of Uranus and Neptune

The Uranus/Neptune conjunction of the 1990s was an extremely significant period.  Outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are transformational forces and they generally apply a great deal of pressure on the human experience when they are in alignment with each other.  Uranus inspires us to revolt and rebel against a stale and outmoded status quo and Neptune inspires us to transcend the material world to find bliss and an experience of the divine.  When these two aligned in the early 1990s there was a flood of […]

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By | 2018-10-15T11:17:21+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|4 Comments

Breaking free of the restrictions of comfort with Uranus in Taurus

Uranus is currently traveling through the sign of Taurus until 2026.  Uranus represents a breaking free of old paradigms; disruption, radical change and revolutionary acts.  Taurus is the sign of physical comfort, material security, sensual enjoyment.  Read more about this cycle here

I came across this article recently and found it perfect to express some of what is going on with Uranus traveling through Taurus.  The author is talking about Fredrik Nietzsche’s “Overman” or “Ubermensch,” the hero archetype who transcends religious values to overcome the Self on his/her own.  This concept might be offensive to some readers and for that I apologize.  But the idea that in seeking comfort we often find ourselves stagnating in a life that no longer suits us is very relevant regardless of our religious views.

Each one of us has a different relationship with comfort as revealed in the natal astrological chart.  For the more fiery types with lots of Aries and Sagittarius and a strong Mars, comfort is an overrated limitation and adventure and risk and adventure is what makes them feel alive.  Earthy and watery types with Cancer, Virgo and Taurus planets are more likely to cherish material comforts and fear the very thought of expanding too far beyond the comfort zone.  Neither is better than the other, we are all just different.

That said, we can become stuck in our own comfort zones.  The adventurer can become stuck in the frenzy of always being on the move and never taking the time to face their own fears and emotions that may come when they are in one place to long.  The homebody can become stuck in the comfort of being surrounded by the things they love […]

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By | 2018-10-11T18:47:07+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Inspiration, Planetary cycles|3 Comments

The dark and light faces of Venus at the Libra New Moon

Art by Catherine Roche.   

The New Moon is the fusion of the Sun and the Moon – the solar light combines with lunar illumination of the darkness for the beginning of a new lunar cycle. New Moons have long been known as times to begin something new: to plant new seeds, to create, to bring something new into being.

This New Moon is in the sign of Libra. Ruled by the planet Venus, Libra is the sign that teaches equanimity, balance, and the integration of opposites. Under the influence of Libra we easily see both sides of a question. We are sensitive to disharmony and learn manipulate our outer surroundings in order to bring our inner world into a more harmonious state. Venus is associated with attraction, including our ability to attract that which we desire as well as the force of attraction that connects individuals and fosters relationship.

Typically, the Libra New Moon is a time to begin new connections and find ways to attain greater balance in our lives, including in our relationships with others. But the ruler of this Libra New Moon is in Scorpio, a sign of intensity and passion and Truth above all things. Where Libra values politeness and harmonious experiences, Scorpio cares little for social niceties and prefers an environment where the Truth is known regardless of the social cost.

Scorpio is ruled by the planet Mars; where Venus is soft and interested in beauty and peacefulness, Mars is hard, associated with war and concerned primarily with aggression and desire. In addition, Venus (traveling retrograde and therefore taking us back into unfinished business)   will be facing off against Mars in a challenging square.  This duality between Mars (our personal Will) and […]

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By | 2018-10-08T08:20:40+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Moon|6 Comments

Venus retrograde and the significance of 40 days

40 days venus retrograde (This article first appeated in 2014.)

Astrologer Marina Macario makes an interesting point – that the 40 days and 40 nights of the Venus retro period corresponds to the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus traveled in the wilderness.

Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days. Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan) means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase. The ancients said the first few days of her Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate. Venus as an evening star is has more of the receptive, traditional meaning.

You might also be interested  in this earlier article I wrote about the two sides of Venus, and in this article about Lucifer as Venus, the Light Bringer.

I became curious about the significance of 40 days and 40 nights, because before Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for this length of time rain fell on Noah for 40 days and 40 nights.  Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights before he was given the Commandments. Jesus remained on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights after the crucifixion.  And Buddha is said to have fasted and meditated for 40 days and 40 nights before reaching Samadhi.  These 40-day periods seem to relate to periods of trial and being […]

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By | 2018-10-07T18:03:09+00:00 October 6th, 2018|Venus|3 Comments

Venus retrograde in Scorpio: October 5, 2018 – November 16, 2018

Venus retrogradeDeviant Art.  Venus turns retrograde on October 5th and will be retrograde until November 16th, 2018.

Venus usually slips through our lives like a whisper, and we barely experience her fleeting transits. Her influence is usually soft and encouraging and I often say that we only really take notice when we experience discomfort of some kind. Even the challenging transits of Venus are benign, offering us only an opportunity to indulge in greater indulgence.  When Venus is retrograde, however, she moves more slowly and deliberately and her influence is therefore more powerful.  Planets are said to be traveling in retrograde motion when they appear to move backwards from our perspective on earth. During these times their influence causes us to look back instead of forward as we encounter the experiences of that planet.

Venus is famous for her influence on relationships. As the goddess of love and beauty, she bestows an attractive power and grace, but that attractive power draws more than love. It can also a magnet for financial wealth and personal possessions so in that way, Venus is said to rule our values and the things that we love as well as the people. Venus also rules our ability to love and relate to our self, and the kind of talents and personal resources that we possess as well as the material possessions.

Venus only turns retrograde every 18 months or so.  These are excellent times to reconnect with friends or loved ones from the past, or to repair relationships that have suffered.  These are not always the best times to begin new relationships, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from meeting new people.  Often when Venus is retrograde we can learn a great […]

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By | 2018-10-01T10:28:32+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Planetary cycles|10 Comments
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