Planetary cycles

Astrological forecast for April 15th-30th 2019 including the Libra Full Moon

There’s a lot of planetary energies during this period, with three planetary bodies changing signs and two changing direction, as well as a Full Moon!  Read on for all of the details… (dates refer to the Eastern time zone)

Saturn and Pluto turn retrograde. Towards the end of April both Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde, meaning their apparent motion as we observe the planets will appear to move backwards.  These planetary shifts from retrograde to direct motion mark shifts in direction of focus – the retrograde periods help us to look back into the past and see what is unfinished or what needs to be recreated in order to more fully serve us in the future. Then when a planet turns direct again we are able to make forward strides more effectively.  Saturn and Pluto are preparing for that retrograde turn, they are at a virtual standstill and their influence is more powerful – especially if these planets are hitting sensitive points in your own natal chart (between 18 and 25 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries).  Pluto turns retrograde on April 24th and Saturn turns retrograde on April 29th.

Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (creative destruction) are at their closest point now until they collide in their official conjunction in January of 2020.  The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance.  This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn. They are aligned with the South Node of the past, denoting that […]

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By |2019-04-15T05:07:26-04:00April 15th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Astrology this week: April 8-15, including Jupiter turning retrograde

Image from Nasa, by Tim Pyle

The planetary influences this week should have a calming influence to soothe jangled nerves.  Last week’s Aries New Moon helped to kickstart new beginnings, and Pluto bumped up against the South Node of the past to trigger an old pattern to emerge in order to be resolved.

This week we have an alignment of Venus with Neptune, opening the heart to a higher dimension of love.  I think of Neptune as the “higher octave” of Venus – where Venus is a personal planet with the gift of love, attraction and a sense for beauty and aesthetics, Neptune is a transformational planet that inspires the heart to open for a more universal compassion and awareness.  Venus also harmonizes with stable Saturn on the 12th, and with Pluto on the 14th.  This will be a harmonious week for our relationships with others, but also for our own integration of affection into our own hearts.

We often think of relationships as being external to ourselves, but in some ways our relationships are simply a mirror of how we feel about ourselves.  The Venus placement in the natal chart describes, among other things, how we relate to others but also our own values and the way in which we view our ability to attract, not only partners but also success and abundance in life.  Venus in transit as it moves through the sky helps us to learn more about softening the hard edges so that we can be more open to the force of attraction that comes from within.  It moves quickly and its influence is fleeting, so we must be aware and respond quickly!

Jupiter turns retrograde at some point each year, and this year it will be […]

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By |2019-04-08T08:18:38-04:00April 8th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Astrological news for the week of April 1, 2019 including South Node activation

The first week of April could be a bit confusing, especially between the 1st and the 3rd of April.  With four planets in mystical and magical Pisces, the focus is more on imagination and illumination than practical matters.  Mercury has turned direct, but it conjoins Neptune on the 2nd and the two are intertwined for several days afterwards. This period is wonderful for creativity and spiritual exploration but maybe wait until at least the 5th of April before making decisions that require a lot of careful thought and consideration.

Meanwhile, transformational Pluto triggers the South Node to activate the undoing of karma.  When this transit (culminating April 4th) occurs in the chart of an individual, we often find an eruption of an old pattern that hits us in the face as we realize a change needs to happen.  When this transit occurs globally, as it does every 19 years or so (the last Pluto alignment with the South Node occurred in Sagittarius in 2002), there is a purge of collective karma – an eruption and release of the past to enable passage into the present and future.  If Pluto is currently transiting your own chart, this will affect you more personally than others who are not individually triggered by Pluto at the moment.  Saturn and the South Node will complete the dance at the end of the month, making this a month-long adventure in cleaning up the past.  Even if you are not personally activated by this event, you might as well join in and clean out the metaphoric basement of your psyche: old patterns, toxic relationships, outmoded beliefs.

This could bring up some emotional pain between April 1st and the 6th or so as Mars (aggression and motivation) challenges […]

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By |2019-04-01T08:14:02-04:00April 1st, 2019|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

An astrological review of “The Happiness Curve”

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It can be somewhat frustrating to read articles about questions that are easily answered by astrology.  Astrologers know that beginning at around age 40, we humans experience a series of planetary cycles that I like to call the “midlife crisis transits.”  This series begins at age 37-40 with the Pluto Square (transiting Pluto forming a stressful square aspect to Pluto in the natal chart), and continuing at age 40-43 with the Uranus Opposition (transiting Uranus opposite Uranus in the natal chart) and the usually simultaneous Neptune Square where transiting Neptune forms a stressful square aspect to Neptune in the natal chart.  This series begins with breakdowns and power struggles under Pluto, and continues with the restlessness and desire for change under Uranus combined with the confusion and self-delusion of Neptune.  Then there is a break for a few years until the Chiron Return at age 50-52 which can be a culmination of life lessons and the emotional reactions to them.

A recent book by Jonathan Rauch called The Happiness Curve asks why life gets better after age 50:

He explains: “I was someone who was fortunate. I had good health and after my 20s, which were difficult because I came out as gay, I met one goal after another with more success than I’d ever expected.

“Yet around the time I turned 40 I noticed this strange feeling of restlessness and discontent. This continued to grow as I got into my 40s to the point where I was 45 and I won the most prestigious award in magazine journalism [a National Magazine award] and that gave me a great feeling of satisfaction with my life for approximately 10 days.

“All these feelings of discontent and […]

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By |2019-03-09T12:36:22-04:00March 9th, 2019|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Mercury retrograde and New Moon in Pisces, March 5-28, 2019

New Moon PiscesThere’s a lot to unpack this week!

Mercury has just turned retrograde. (For a little more detail, check out the video linked below.) Mercury turns retrograde three or four times a year, and travels retrograde for about 21 days each time. Because Mercury’s domain includes the mind, learning and communication but also trips of short duration and the technology which facilitates communication, Mercury is not always at its best when appearing to travel retrograde. If this is new to you, or if you’d like more information, please visit this more definitive article on Mercury retrograde and its shadow period.

For those of you who are easily overwhelmed by astrological language, let me give you the short and sweet version of this information: During the month of March, give up your ideas of trying to focus and create something durable. The planetary influences in March are focused in the archetype of Pisces which, while imaginative and creative, tends to cause our thinking to be a bit more fuzzy and communication more confusing. Just be aware that during these three weeks, and for a few days before and after, it will be important to try to maintain as much clarity as possible. This time is very well suited, however, for creative projects and anything involving a quest for an inward experience.

Mercury has been in Pisces since February 10th and reached the 29th degree before the retrograde station. The 29th degree, sometimes called the “critical” or “anaretic” degree, is associated with the endings of cycles and new beginnings. The word “anaretic” derives from “anareta,” which in medieval astrology signified the planet of death in the natal horoscope. This is likely what has given the 29th degree such […]

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By |2019-03-25T10:50:15-04:00March 5th, 2019|Moon, Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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