Lynn Hayes

About Lynn Hayes

Lynn Hayes has been a practicing astrological consultant in beautiful North Carolina for over 30 years, working with clients all over the world both in person and by phone. She focuses on therapeutic and healing approaches which encourage greater empowerment and personal growth. She is available for personal consultations (see the readings tab on this website).

Planetary news this week! A Full Moon on 12/12 at 12:12!

There is lots to unpack this week!  Grab something to drink and let’s get started.

First, the challenging square aspect between Jupiter’s expansion and Chiron’s pressure to squeeze out the pain from old wounds for release is on the wane.  If this has affected you personally, either emotionally or physically, you may find you feel better this week.  Chiron, having been retrograde since July, is stationary in the sky as it prepares to turn direct this week so its energies promoting healing of old wounds is intensified now.

Then Mercury, planet of the mind and communication, leaves intense Scorpio for buoyant Sagittarius on December 9th and will travel through Sag until December 28th.   Mercury is more optimistic in Sagittarius, and that optimism can filter down to we humans even if your natal Mercury is in a darker sign, like my own Mercury in Scorpio.  Mercury harmonizes in a trine to Chiron on the 10th, helping us to understand the challenges that we face and devise ways in which to move past them.  But between the 11th and the 13th, Venus is sandwiched between stern Saturn which could create some bumps in our relationships if expectations aren’t met, and Pluto which could bring out any hidden agendas or power conflict to disrupt our relationships.

Mercury and Venus events last only a day or two so these are fleeting influences, but they are locked into the chart for the Full Moon on December 12th.   The Full Moon is at 12:12 am Eastern time, which is interesting from a numerological perspective.  Twelve is considered to be a holy number: there are twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles, twelve knights of the Round Table, twelve successors of Muhammed.  Of course […]

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By |2019-12-09T08:58:57-05:00December 9th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Sunday Poetry from Mary Oliver for Jupiter square Chiron

Photography by Marianne McCann

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

–from Dream Work by Mary Oliver, published by Atlantic Monthly Press

The exact alignment between Jupiter and Chiron culminates today, marking a time of challenge for anyone who carries an ancient wound of the heart or the body.  Jupiter is associated with abundance and opportunity, and these are certainly present under this transit, but the work of healing is not always an easy task.  First the wound must become known – any scab or bandaging we have layered over the wound must be removed to bring the damaged area into the light.  Then the healing begins.

A harmonious planetary aspect between Venus and Neptune today offers a great gift – it helps to soften the process and facilitate a sense of peace and enhance creativity.  Like the wild geese, we have an opportunity now to free our hearts and soar over the natural world, with greater healing and wisdom. ❤️

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By |2019-12-08T08:34:19-05:00December 8th, 2019|Inspiration|0 Comments

Chiron is different from anything else in the Universe

As we prepare for the upcoming square between Jupiter’s expansive optimism and Chiron’s pressure for healing old wounds, I thought it would be useful to repost some articles about Chiron that you may have missed. 

Chiron astrologyart by James Mesple.  The mythological Chiron was a creature that was half man and half horse, so he is often lumped together with other Centaurs who share those physical attributes.  Astrologers sometimes classify him as an asteroid (his original astronomical classification), and astronomers sometimes describe him as a comet because he exhibits comet-like behavior.  You can read more about Chiron’s classification here in this earlier post.

The Centaurs of Greek mythology were actually tribes of beast-like men who roamed through Thessaly and the Pelopenessian peninsula in ancient times.  Although Chiron was similar in appearance, because he was half horse half man, he was of a different lineage entirely.  His father was Cronos (Saturn) and his mother was the nymph Philyra.  Chiron’s bestial shape was due to Cronos having shapeshifted into a stallion in order to overtake and mate with Philyra, the object of his great desire.   So while Chiron shares a similar imagery to the race of Centaurs, he is completely unrelated.

In the same way, Chiron is very different from the other astronomically classified Centaurs. Most important is the location of his orbit which generally lies between Saturn and Uranus although that orbit is elliptical and peculiar.  Barbara Hand Clow has called Chiron the “Rainbow Bridge” between the personal planets (the visible planets through Saturn) and the transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).  The personal planets represent personality, and the outer planets are transformational forces.  Chiron serves the role of facilitating transformation through the healing of […]

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By |2019-12-06T07:51:37-05:00December 6th, 2019|Chiron|6 Comments

Planetary news this week! Jupiter enters Capricorn, and a message from the past

The big news this week is Jupiter bring its expansive powers of confidence and optimism into the usually sensible and practical sign of Capricorn.  Historically, financial markets have done very well when Jupiter is in its own sign of Sagittarius – economics rely on optimism of the masses to stay buoyed up, and when that optimism begins to crack we start to see a contraction.  When citizens don’t feel optimistic about their future they stop spending, and then factories slow down production, and there is a domino effect leading to a downturn for investors.

All year we have seen Saturn dancing with Pluto in Capricorn, teasing the beginning of a contraction, but Jupiter in sunny Sagittarius has kept the wolves at bay.  It’s still unclear what will happen with Jupiter in Capricorn but as my clients know, I have been advising caution.  This would not be the ideal time to start a new business requiring a capital investment, or to make risky investments.  We will know more once we see what happens when Saturn and Pluto formally collide in mid-January.

Meanwhile, this month with Jupiter in Capricorn is ideal for taking the expansive goals and dreams you may have formulated over the past year with Jupiter in Sagittarius, and bring them down to earth with practical plans and strategies to make them happen.  This is the domain of Capricorn, and if we understand how this all works we can make this the best year ever, despite the potential of negativity if there is an economic contraction.  Read more about Jupiter in Capricorn here.

This week Jupiter approaches a challenging square to Chiron which culminates on December 8.  Chiron’s job, as I see it, is to unlock the padlocks […]

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By |2019-12-02T07:42:07-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Planetary news this week|4 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Care of the unfathomable mystery

Art by Belinda Paton

When we talk about astrology, we are mostly talking about the personality.  The personality has certain attributes such as talented, wounded, creative, tormented, successful.  The soul is the deepest part of us; having no personality, it shines unabated from the heart and guides us on a path that is meant only for this individual incarnation.  We seldom stop to listen to the subtle voice within that calls to us, urging us to reconnect in this quiet and deep fashion. 

For this reason I love the work of Thomas Moore and hope you will enjoy it too. 

Care of the soul, looking back with special regard to ancient psychologies for insight and guidance, goes beyond the secular mythology of the self and recovers a sense of the sacredness of each individual life.  This sacred quality is not just value—all lives are important.  It is the unfathomable mystery that is the very seed and heart of each individual. Shallow therapeutic manipulations [and pharmaceuticals] aimed at restoring normality or tuning a life according to standards reduces that profound mystery to the pale dimensions of a social common denominator referred to as the adjusted personality.  Care of the soul sees another reality altogether.  It appreciates the mystery of human suffering and does not offer the illusion of a problem-free life.  It sees every fall into ignorance and confusion as an opportunity to discover that the beast residing at the center of the labyrinth is also an angel. …

Obviously, care of the soul requires a different language.  Like alchemy, it is an art and therefore can only be expressed in poetic images. .. It takes a broad vision […]

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By |2019-12-01T08:03:28-05:00December 1st, 2019|Inspiration|2 Comments