Astrological Musings

This Aries Full Moon is a powerhouse of planetary energies!

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The Full Moon is the peak of the lunar cycle, which begins at the New Moon with a fresh new start, and then waxes until it achieves fullness when the Sun opposes the Moon.  This opposition between the solar consciousness and the lunar instincts is what gives the Full Moon its oomph and power.

When the Moon is full in Aries, the primal sign of initiation and action, the lunar instincts of Mars are opposed by the need for balance and harmony of the Libra Sun.  All Full Moons occur in signs of polar opposites, and therefore integration is required.  At the Aries Full Moon we are urged to honor our own needs – to forge our own path in spite of the needs and desires of others and yet to somehow find the balance of the Libra Sun and integrate our own path with a comfortable relationship with the people in our lives.

This Full Moon axis is squared by Pluto, planet of power and transformation which applies a great deal of pressure for growth and evolution, and by Saturn as well.  I think of Pluto as a “higher octave” of Mars – where Mars urges us to satisfy our own desires, Pluto acts as the Will of the Higher Self to guide us whether we ask for it or not.  The presence of Pluto adds intensity and the power of manifestation since the Will is a very strong significator of this Full Moon.  The pressure from Saturn adds a serious tone and suggests that there will be a reward for efforts made during this Full Moon.  Saturn takes us on the lonely path, so this will likely not be […]

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By |2019-10-10T08:24:01-04:00October 11th, 2019|Moon|2 Comments

Why Miley Cyrus can’t settle down: An astrological view

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Miley Cyrus is an interesting character to me – born during the Uranus/Neptune conjunction of the early 1990s she is extremely talented and has been a star since the age of ten.  By the age of 18 she was #13 on the Forbes celebrity list.  But her very public scandals and relationship dramas make for an interesting astrological profile as you’ll see.  She came out as “pansexual” at the age of 14 (Saturn opposition) and has been identified as straight AND gay as well as gender fluid.

After a series of relationships, Miley began dating Liam Hemsworth in 2009.  Their on again/off again relationship led to a brief engagement, a breakup, marriage, followed by divorce this year.  To be honest, this is the kind of story that made me want to start this blog – my curiosity about why people are the way they are.

The early 1990s were a time of spiritual explosion and political confusion under the influence of a conjunction of Uranus (radical change) and Neptune (spirituality and illusion).  The Celestine Prophecy was published and New Age spirituality and delusion seeped into every aspect of the culture. Cults like the Branch Davidians, subject of a standoff with the FBI, emerged.  The Heavens Gate cult committed mass suicide on their way to join a UFO.  The first baby boomer president (Bill Clinton) and the first black president of South Africa (Nelson Mandela) were elected. JK Rowling started the Harry Potter books in 1992, and Ramtha, an entity channeled by JZ Knight, appeared on the scene and was championed by Shirley McLaine along with other celebrities, began a craze of channeled entities which included Seth, Abraham, Kryon and quite a few personages from the Pleiades.

In any event, Miley Cyrus is one of these incredibly creative beings […]

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By |2019-10-08T18:26:32-04:00October 8th, 2019|People, Relationships|0 Comments

Planetary news this week! Venus enters Scorpio, and the Aries Full Moon

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I think we will all find that this is a good week to be mindful.

On the 7th, a stressful opposition between Mercury (the mind) and Uranus (reckless behavior) could prompt a quick decision that doesn’t end well if we’re not careful.  Take a minute to think before taking action, especially since Saturn (tests and challenges) is squared by the Sun, leading us into temptation.

We will be under a challenging opposition from Mars to Chiron between the 7th and the 9th or so.  Mars can trigger anger and with Chiron involved, unpleasant feelings and old wounds could emerge. Remember that the purpose of this emergence of any distress is so that it can be released and healed – holding onto these old wounds just causes them to fester and negatively affect our energy system.

Meanwhile Venus enters Scorpio and we begin the journey into Scorpio’s depth and magic.  When Venus is in Scorpio (as it will be until November 2nd) our relationships take on greater urgency and intensity.  The truth must be told, and our connections become deeper and more intimate.

Any darkness will lift by the 10th and a lovely sextile from the Sun to Ceres (nurturing that comes from the Earth) will highlight ways in which we can take care of our physical bodies by nurturing the senses.  We may find some disruption in our relationships around the 12th but a sweet harmonic between the Sun and Jupiter (confidence and optimism) helps to smooth the way.  This is generally a very pleasant time of comfortable planetary energies which lead up to the Aries Full Moon on October 13th.

I’ll be posting more about this Full Moon later in this week – it is […]

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By |2019-10-09T06:56:00-04:00October 7th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Inspiration for Mars in Libra

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You’re waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they’ll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they’ll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence. Well, I’m here to tell you, your wait is over. That someone, is you.

Mike Dooley


Mars in Libra craves harmony and true partnership- the equanimity that occurs when everything in our lives is in balance.   Under Mars in Libra we sometimes tend to sacrifice who we are and what we ourselves need in order to find that peaceful integration that will soothe our jangled nerves.  However, Mars is the ruler of Libra’s opposite polarity: Aries.  Mars is said to be in its detriment in Libra, where it is less easily able to find its full expression as the planet of aggression and self-direction.

I like this Mike Dooley quote for Mars in Libra – as we strive for that equanimity we can remember that we ourselves are the key to that polarity and true partnership.


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By |2019-10-03T03:51:17-04:00October 6th, 2019|Inspiration|1 Comment

Bernie Sanders: Attack on the heart

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Bernie Sanders was hospitalized this week for a procedure to place stents in the heart.  Originally it was said that this was a procedure to open a blocked artery, but it was later revealed that he did actually have a heart attack.  He apparently has no history of heart disease.

As I wrote earlier this year in a profile of his candidacy, Sanders is undergoing some stressful planetary cycles right nowFor those of you who like the astrological details:

  • Transiting Uranus is exactly square to his natal Pluto which also conjoins Chiron
  • Transiting Pluto is within a degree of a square to his natal Moon and will, next year, also square his Mars.
  • Transiting Neptune is within a degree of an opposition to his natal Sun.

All of these outer planet cycles put a lot of pressure on the body as well as the psyche, and for someone in their late 70s, not to mention someone in the heat of a presidential campaign who has fallen to third place in the polls,  this can be quite stressful.

I wish Mr. Sanders all the best in his healing journey and a smooth recovery.

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By |2019-10-05T07:28:28-04:00October 5th, 2019|Health & Healing, Politics|2 Comments
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