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Astrological news this week: Clarity to push through retrograde issues

Astrological update for the week of September 26 – October 3, 2022

art by Elaine Bayley

Fresh on the heels of the Libra New Moon (September 25, 4:34 pm EDT), we have a week full of positive energies to help navigate through any issues that we may be dealing with. The planets are always doing something, but this week we get a boost from harmonious alignments which provide support and ease us through challenges.

There is a dearth of the water element in the skies at the moment, with only Neptune carrying the influence of feeling and intuition, so we may find ourselves somewhat disconnected from our inner senses and focused more on the outer experience. We can counteract this by spending more time in quiet contemplation, tuning in to the sights and sounds of nature to soothe and calm any jangling of the nerves.

We do still have seven planets (including Chiron) in retrograde motion, and Mercury (mind) is at a virtual standstill as it prepares to turn direct next week. With so many planets retrograde it can feel like we are stuck, that it’s difficult to get anything off the ground. Patience furthers, as the IChing says, and if we stop to listen we will soon discover the solution to any problem.

We also have the challenging square between Saturn and Uranus at its tightest point since 2021 during the month of October: that conflict between the old way (Saturn) and the new (Uranus), the pressures of rebellion (Uranus) against conformity (Saturn) – expect to see all of these issues re-emerge for one last time.

Without a lot of big planetary interactions the faster moving planets and lunar energies become more evident. Here’s what else is […]

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By |2022-09-26T08:43:58-04:00September 26th, 2022|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Sunday poetry: Falling out of the sky in new ways

Who doesn’t love Mary Oliver! And a bit of bright hope is sorely needed in these times. In honor of today’s Libra New Moon I offer this sweet poem to inspire the crafting of new wishes and connection with nature. ❤️


photo by Mark Salmon

 

Last night the rain
spoke to me slowly, saying,
what joy
to come falling
out of the brisk cloud,
to be happy again
in a new way
on the earth!

That’s what it said
as it dropped,
smelling of iron,
and vanished
like a dream of the ocean
into the branches
and the grass below.

Then it was over.

The sky cleared.

I was standing
under a tree.
The tree was a tree
with happy leaves,
and I was myself,
and there were stars in the sky that were also themselves at the moment at which moment my right hand
was holding my left hand
which was holding the tree which was filled with stars and the soft rain –

imagine!
imagine!

the long and wondrous journeys
still to be ours.

~ Mary Oliver

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By |2022-09-25T09:57:09-04:00September 26th, 2022|Inspiration|2 Comments

Astrological news this week: Autumn equinox brings a turning point, and a New Moon

Astrological update for the week of September 19-26, 2022

art by Hayley Roberts

September is one of those months when the Sun moves into a cardinal sign and marks the beginning of a new season. Here in the northern hemisphere we are moving into fall, and my friends Down Under are transitioning to Spring. Either way, there is a whiff of change in the air.

Fall Equinox September 22, 9:03 pm. This month the Equinox marks the point of equality between darkness and light as we move from the mutability of Virgo into the cardinal point of Libra. Each of the cardinal signs marks a solstice or equinox, the turning points in the wheel of the year and the budding of promise as we enter a new season. In the Aries season at the March equinox we are more focused on initiating something new and adventurous, but here in Libra season in September we begin to integrate into our surroundings and learn to find greater balance and harmony. In the spring we plant the harvest, and in the fall we share it.

The astrological chart for the Equinoxes and Solstices are sometimes used to predict the energies of the coming season, and this Equinox chart is an interesting one. The Equinox Sun exactly conjoins Mercury, suggesting that there will be some fast moving events to shift us into the next phase. Jupiter is involved in this dynamic too, expanding the possibilities and opening doorways to new experiences.

The Equinox chart for Washington D.C. has Pluto tightly conjunct the Midheaven, the place of government and rulership, which does not seem ideal for a pre-election season in a nation that is torn by political strife. But that is nothing […]

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By |2022-09-20T07:33:46-04:00September 19th, 2022|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

Astrological news this week: Time to regroup and reassess under peak retrograde

Astrological update for the week of September 12-19, 2022

art by Jane Ray

Peak retrograde. With Mercury having just turned retrograde last week, there are currently seven planets in apparent retrograde motion. Repeating my comments from last week: When there is a preponderance of retrograde energy it can feel like we’re spinning our wheels, especially if those planets are triggering something in our chart. Mercury retrograde issues tend to be specifically about communication, but we also have Jupiter retrograde (examining missed opportunities), Saturn retrograde (revisiting our obligations), Neptune retrograde (urging a more creative sense of reality) and Pluto retrograde (the insistence of fate to take the wheel). With the addition of Chiron retrograde (peeling off the scab one more time in order to heal the wounds), there is a great deal of looking into the past that needs to be done.

As one reader commented last week, retrogrades can bring challenges as well as gifts and that is true for everything related to astrology. The persistent pulling back the veil to reveal one more error that needs to be corrected can be annoying and irritating and can make it difficult to feel that we’re getting any traction, just like in the old movie Groundhog Day. Sometimes we just have to keep re-doing our lives over and over until we get it right.

Saturn/Uranus square. The Saturn/Uranus cycle of 2021 brought up a fervor of revolutionary (Uranus) rebellion against the structures which hold our societies in place (Saturn).  This cycle ended last year, but the two planets are just a degree apart from an exact alignment now and that will continue to tighten until mid-October. This is a reactionary time which, considering the […]

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By |2022-09-12T08:03:50-04:00September 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The astrology of Queen Elizabeth II: Duty and honor above all

art by Eleanor Tomlinson

After watching The Crown on Netflix I became inspired to learn more about the Windsors and I began watching documentaries on YouTube about this fascinating family. At some point I hope to present a comprehensive series about the dramatic personality differences as explained by astrology, but now the Queen has transitioned to the next plane at a point where the entire global political ecosystem hangs in a fragile balance. So before we move on to discuss King Charles and Liz Truss and what might come next in Britain I’d like to bid an astrological farewell to Elizabeth. (This is not meant to be a comprehensive astrological profile but will cover the major influences in this brief format.)

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was not meant to be Queen. Her Uncle David (Edward VIII) was first in line to the throne after the death of his father King George V but famously abdicated to be with the woman he loved, leaving his younger brother to take the throne as George VI, Elizabeth’s father. George VI suffered from health problems (lung and heart) and died at age 56, leaving Elizabeth to become ruler of the British Commonwealth encompassing seven nations. She was 25. But as we will see, her astrological chart shows a powerful destiny of commitment to a greater cause.

Elizabeth was born with the Sun in Taurus, and the Sun makes no aspects to any other planets (other than an out of sign aspect to Chiron in Aries which is out of the scope of what I will cover here today). We call this a “singleton” Sun and it tends to show someone who tends to stand alone. Her Moon is in the regal […]

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By |2022-09-11T08:11:20-04:00September 11th, 2022|People, Politics|3 Comments
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