Astrological Musings

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

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

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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|0 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

Planetary news this week: Mercury retrograde and a Pisces Full Moon

Astrological update for the week of September 5-12, 2022

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Mercury retrograde and retrograde update!  Mercury turns retrograde this week (September 9th) which will take us to Peak Retrograde for the year (six planets plus Chiron in retrograde motion!). If you read my September Planetary Illuminations report you may have noticed that I undercounted the retrogrades so the idea of this being a time of reflection rather than action is even more true.

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.

With Mercury in Libra right now it is easier to see different sides of a situation and that can make decisions more difficult because many possibilities seem legitimate. Mercury will retrograde back into Virgo later in the month, but for the next few weeks with Mercury retrograde AND in Libra we would be smart to take our time to make a decision – considering all the angles doesn’t happen quickly and Mercury retrograde demands additional care in planning.

Saturn square Uranus. The challenging square between these two that was the Story of 2021 keeps tightening and even though they won’t make an exact aspect again during this cycle their […]

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By |2022-09-05T08:13:11-04:00September 5th, 2022|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Blessed be the healers of the Earth

As the climate changes and the stress of extreme climate events begin to change our world, perhaps we will be pushed, willing or not, into greater reverence for the planet on which we live.

In the mythology of Ceres/Demeter, in her heartbreak over the loss of her daughter to the Underworld she caused the crops to fail, spreading starvation and devastation throughout the world of humans.  I have always felt that the elevation of Ceres to planet status was a wakeup call to alert us to the need for respect for the Earth and the nourishment she provides which sustains us, and without which we become destitute. 

It is not too late, and perhaps this beautiful prayer from Starhawk can help us to embody and share the love of the Earth and the many blessings that she provides. ❤️


art by Charles Frizzell

We give thanks for all those who are moved, in their lives, to heal and protect the earth, in small ways and in large. Blessings on the composters, the gardeners, the breeders of worms and mushrooms, the soil-builders, those who cleanse the waters and purify the air, all those who clean up the messes others have made. Blessings on those who defend trees and who plant trees, who guard the forests and who renew the forests. Blessings on those who learn to heal the grasslands and renew the streams, on those who prevent erosion, who restore the salmon and the fisheries, who guard the healing herbs and who know the lore of the wild plants. Blessings on those who heal the cities and bring them alive again with excitement and creativity and love. Gratitude and blessings to all who stand against greed, […]

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By |2022-09-04T08:21:20-04:00September 4th, 2022|Inspiration|2 Comments
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