Astrological Musings

Setting the stage: the Lunar Eclipse at the Full Moon in Aquarius

We are deeply into the season of Leo now – Leo the lion, the Divine Child, the magical Self.  Beginning with the first Leo New Moon on July 23rd, moving through the lunar eclipse on August 7th when the Leo sun obscures the Aquarius Moon, and culminating at the Solar Eclipse on August 21 (did you buy your eclipse glasses yet??), the divine energies of Leo are showering us with blessings of self-actualization and the potential for the opening of the heart.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of the solar system and of the astrological pantheon.  The Sun represents the True Self – the incarnated soul. Powered by the giver of life, the solar energies, Leo encourages us to be our best self that we can possibly be.  The Sun is associated with the physical heart in medical astrology, and scientific studies have shown that the health of the emotional heart (the Moon) is connected to the health of the physical heart (the Sun) as well.

Leo’s tendency is to try to feel good about one’s self through impressing others rather than through simply doing good things with no apparent reward such as Leo’s opposite, Aquarius, might do.  In today’s lunation, the Leo Sun will pass directly over the Aquarius Full Moon, giving us an opportunity to transcend the individuality of our personal ego and connect with all of mankind – to take a higher perspective and a broader vision than the usual (Aquarius) while allowing the majesty of our individual brilliance to continue to shine (Leo).

Mars aligns with the Sun in Leo, enhancing this Leo influence even more, and the North Node of the Moon forms a Fire Grand Trine with Saturn (stability) and Uranus (innovation). This lunation is packed with a powerful creative force that can be harnessed and utilized through your intentions.

It’s important to remember that while our pure intentions create our reality nearly all of the time (except when Pluto is involved!), when the energy of the planets and luminaries is this strong our intentions carry even more force.  This is a good time to pay attention to your thoughts and create intentions that will serve you both personally as well as your family and community.  A harmonious aspect from Jupiter (abundance) to both the Sun and Moon will be a marvelous ally to helping you to create wonder and magic at this powerful time.

 

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By | 2017-08-07T08:24:05+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Prepare for August’s planetary twists and turns

Although it’s the solar eclipse on August 21 that is making all the headlines, a more important planetary dynamic is the fact that three planets change direction in August: Uranus, Mercury and Saturn.

Planets of course don’t really change the direction of their orbit, but from our perspective here on earth sometimes the planets appear to move backwards which we call retrograde.  When they reverse course again to move forwards we call that direct.

  • On August 3rd Uranus, planet of radical change and independence, turns retrograde and for the first few weeks of the month we can expect changes and rapid turns of events, shifts in financial markets and political scenarios. If our own chart is affected by Uranus we could see surprising events occur in our own lives as well.
  • Mercury, ruling the mind and communication, turns retrograde on August 12th, and for the next three weeks you can expect some snafus in communication or technology as well as a tendency to look back into the past in order to correct or revise something that needs to be improved.
  • Saturn, planet of discipline and hard work – the Celestial Teacher – has been retrograde since April 6th and turns direct on August 25th.  Now is the time to reap the rewards of your hard work.

With all of these planets shifting the direction of our focus, as well as two eclipses (the Full Moon on August 7th is also an eclipse though it is less powerful than the Solar Eclipse) creating a tidal surge of transformation, this month of August offers a plenitude of opportunities for personal growth and letting go of old patterns that no longer serve us.

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By | 2017-08-02T09:59:46+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

It’s here! The Solar Eclipse of August 2017 – what does it mean for you?

The Solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 falls in the sign of Leo, the Divine Child – the innocent heart, the soul of magic and wonder.  Leo rules the heart and the vitality of the Self: it encourages us to open our hearts to love for others and for ourselves. Ruled by the Sun itself, Leo is the essence of Kingship – the divine and royal part of ourselves that is full of self-respect and kindness.  Leo encourages us to express our best selves and while Leo is associated with the need for admiration, ultimately our best selves find expression without the need for others’ notice and attention.  Creative self-expression and the courage and confidence to allow our inner beauty to be expressed through outward means are the force behind the Leo New Moon.

A solar eclipse occurs at the New Moon, when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (next to each other) in the sky.  As the Moon moves through its orbit it passes between the Sun and the Earth, briefly obscuring the light of the Sun.  A New Moon is only an eclipse when the lunation (Sun/Moon conjunction) occurs near the lunar nodes, the points where the Moon crosses the path of the Sun.  Here is where astrology gets involved:  The descending (South) and ascending (North) nodes of the Moon represent a path of Fate from the past (South Node) to the future (North Node).  For this reason, an astrological eclipse can bring about events that have enormous significance, especially if they fall on a point in someone’s individual chart.

The chart this eclipse is a fiery one!  This is the second Leo New Moon in a month, and at nearly (28 degrees 50 minutes) the last degree of Leo, completing a pattern around self-actualization and ego development.  We see not only the Sun and Moon with the North Node in Leo, but we also have Mars in Leo (action and courage) in a Grand Fire Trine with Saturn in Sagittarius (testing of ideologies and beliefs) and Uranus in Aries (the power of the individual to create change).  Fire Grand Trines facilitate action but are not always self-aware (air) or pragmatic (earth) enough to create smart and well reasoned strategies.  The harmonious trine between Uranus and the eclipse is just about exact, making this a powerful harmonic integration of individuality and soul purpose.

Saturn and Mercury are retrograde, suggesting that there will be further tests before a plan is brought to fruition. Pluto in Capricorn (breakdown of power structures and transformation) is in a challenging square to Jupiter in Libra (positive relationships) which could be a harbinger of a further breakdown of political alliances, especially in the US where the eclipse is most visible.

On a transformational and psychological level, eclipses are associated with the unmasking of something which has been hidden.   The unconscious motivations and hidden dreams of the lunar force temporarily obscures the solar force of consciousness and the power of the will.  In the heart-opening sign of Leo, this is an opportunity to ask for the courage to love unconditionally – to clear any blockages of fear and distress which shut down the creative force.  That creative loving force is the power behind our inspiration as well as our life force and physical energy.  Leo rules the physical heart which is powered by the emotional heart of the Moon, and in this New Moon the force of divine love is as strong as it can get.

This eclipse famously falls on the ascendant (rising sign) in the chart of Donald J. Trump and is very near his natal Mars.  An hysterically entitled (but otherwise fair) Newsweek article reflects the opinions of many astrologers that this could be the ultimate downfall of the Trump presidency.*  I will write a separate article about this, but suffice it to say that this is a very significant planetary influence for Trump. The fact that the eclipse triggers his Mars (aggressive force) is problematic, particularly in light of his tendency to exert that aggressive force in unpredictable ways.

As with any New Moon, this Solar Eclipse is an opportunity for us to dramatically transform our lives by allowing all subterfuge and false modesty to fall away, allowing our true selves to emerge and shine gloriously as the Sun.  Embracing our vulnerability, let us explore the innocence of the pure heart within us and fearlessly dance before the entire world with magic and beauty.

Astronomical details.  Much is being written about this solar eclipse being a once in a lifetime event, overstating its significance to the global community.  To put things in perspective, there are typically two solar eclipses every year.  One solar eclipse every one to three years is a total eclipse.  What makes the eclipse in August 2017 unusual is that the path of the eclipse covers ONLY the United States, and some believe that the effect of an eclipse is strongest in areas where it is most visible.

* The Newsweek article claims that this is the first eclipse since 1776 which falls exclusively across the United States, but while it would be a fascinating corollary if true, the eclipse of November 30 1776 appears not to have hit the US at all according to this NASA article.

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By | 2017-07-31T17:27:11+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Moon|12 Comments

“Stay Woke” and the Aquarian Age

Some of this content may be controversial to some readers. I welcome comments as long as they remain civil and add to an intelligent discussion. 

“Stay Woke” is a slang term defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “Deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.”  While most of us white people just started hearing the phrase recently, it was first listed in a glossary of African American slang back in 1962 and then  popularized by Erykah Badu in 2008 before it spread through African American communities after the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The idea of being “woke,” or awake, is in my view a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.  During the Age of Pisces there has been a sense of sleep.  Pisces teaches us to go with the flow – to connect with our dreams, to seek comfort in transcendence and the bliss of losing one’s self.  Under the Piscean influence humans relinquished control to the religious institutions which have dominated the power structures of the past 2,000 years.  Aquarius is the sign of awakening – of rational thinking.  Neither is better, and both have their dark sides.  But the idea that we need to wake up – keep our eyes open and see behind the curtain of Piscean illusion – looks to me like the transition between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian.

The meme of “Stay Woke” often edges into conspiracy theory.  As someone with a healthy amount of suspicion myself, this seems normal in a world where you are told that 2 plus 2 equals 8.  As Joseph Heller said, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you!”  The desire of the power elite to control the masses is nothing new, and likely won’t end when we enter the Aquarian Age.  Control through religion under Pisces will likely give way to control through education, technology and science (Aquarius).  We can see this already in the US, where the public education system is being subsumed by the public funding of “education choice” to funnel children into ideologically specific schools.  We can see this in the addictive nature of our technological devices and in the spread of pharmaceuticals for mood stabilization.

Images that are connected to the “Stay Woke” movement sometimes feature a third eye suggesting the involvement of the pineal gland, the sixth chakra of the awakened mind.  The sixth or ajna chakra is the link between the personal energy system of the body through the higher mind and ultimately the transpersonal multidimensionality of the crown chakra.

The “Stay Woke” movement is more than poor grammar.  It’s a reminder to wake up from the slumber of mass consciousness, be aware, and then stay woke.

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By | 2017-07-19T08:07:31+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Consciousness, Popular Culture|12 Comments

The astrology of Shia LaBoeuf’s perpetual troubles

Shia LaBoeuf astrologyShia LaBoeuf has been an acclaimed actor since he won his first award at age 15.  His career as a performer began as a stand-up comedian at the age of 10.  But his long history of troubles with the law began before then when he was arrested for shoplifting at the age of 9.  He was arrested again at the age of 11 for stealing.  As an adult, despite his success in films and great respect from film credits, he continued to indicate a lack of impulse control and ability to manage his rage:

  • In 2005 LaBoeuf was arrested for threatening his neighbor with a knife and driving into his car.
  • In 2007 he was arrested for refusing to leave a Walgreen’s when asked by security.
  • In 2008 he was involved in a car crash and arrested for drunk driving although he was later exonerated for the crash.
  • In 2014 he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at Studio 54 in New York City after which he began treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • However, in 2015 he was arrested in Texas for public intoxication.
  • In January 2017 he was arrested for misdemeanor assault at a protest rally against Donald Trump although these charges were later dismissed.
  • And finally, on July 8 2017 he was arrested again for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Savannah Georgia, threatening to kill the policeman who arrested him.
Shia LaBeouf astrology chart

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LaBoeuf has the Sun in Gemini, the shapeshifter sign that hungers for experience and easily moves in and out of different roles in life.  His Moon is in Leo, the sign which craves attention and validation from others.  Leo is quite commonly found in the charts of people who turn to acting and other performance modes in order to satisfy the desire for acclaim and admiration.

Like many of us, Shia LaBoeuf had a troubled childhood.  His father, a Vietnam veteran, suffered from PTSD and was unable to support the family.  He reportedly was abusive and turned to alcohol and heroin to numb the pain of his trauma, with violence to the family being the sad result.   We can see the propensity for emotional pain and trauma with the fact that Chiron (wounding and healing) conjoins his Sun (Self).  This planetary dynamic suggests an individual who comes into this life already wounded, and typically our outer circumstances mirror the issues that are shown in the chart.  The challenge for the individual is to face their traumas and pain so that they can be healed and they can become better integrated and more easily able to be a mentor and guide to others.

To complicate things Uranus, planet of rebellion, is opposite both the Sun and Chiron.  The Uranus/Sun dynamic instills a fierce individuality and disdain for authority as well as suggesting a difficult relationship with the father (often symbolized by the Sun).  This is amplified by a challenging square (90 degree angle) from Jupiter to both Uranus and the Sun.  Jupiter rules expansion and confidence, and when in a challenging aspect to the Sun we often find an individual who can be overconfident and reckless, and rarely satisfied with their station in life.  This can serve as a positive drive towards success, or it can simply manifest as frustration and increase the radical tendencies towards rebellion we already see in the chart.

Other chart factors add to the difficult mix:  Mars (aggression and desire) in the chart is retrograde, making it more difficult for LaBeouf to feel that he can achieve his desires which adds to the frustration.  And Saturn (restriction and self-doubt) is retrograde which generally reveals a self-critical nature.

Proving the point that our birthchart does not doom us to failure, Rafael Nadal was born just a week prior to Shia LaBoeuf on June 3.  His Sun is even closer to Chiron, Uranus still opposes his Sun which is also squared by Jupiter.  He too had a painful childhood  and Saturn is still retrograde in his chart (although Mars is not retrograde).  And yet Nadal has emerged as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, and has no police record.

The Olsen twins have an even more similar chart.  They were born just two days after LaBoeuf, on the 13th.  Their childhood was not as difficult despite the divorce of their parents, and their early success came fairly easily.

No two individuals are alike, even when the birthcharts are identical.  We are all in different stages of our soul growth and have different karmic lessons to explore. Despite the terrible pain we might experience in our youth, we are gifted with the free will to change our circumstances at any time and create a better life.

In 2014, after struggling with an “existential crisis” when transiting Chiron squared Chiron in his natal chart as well as his Sun, he said:

“I’ve been a runner my whole life, running from myself,” he explains. “Whether to movies or drinking and drugging or f—ing calamity or whatever it is, I’ve always been running. I’m a dude who loves delusion. It’s why I love being an actor – I never have to actually look at myself or be faced with my s— or take responsibility.”

At that point he said he “found God,” but sometimes its more important to find ourselves and become more responsible for our decisions and our choices.  I hope that this talented young man is able to find himself before his rage destroys him.

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By | 2017-07-12T14:36:17+00:00 July 12th, 2017|People|3 Comments
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