Astrological news this week: Leo New Moon and Mars/Uranus packs a punch

Astrological update for the week of July 24-31, 2022

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Lack of the air element. Currently there is an astrological imbalance in the skies with a lack of planets in air signs. The only planet in air is Saturn in Aquarius, and Saturn shows where there is a detriment that needs to be worked on. Air is the element of objectivity and clarity, and without the influence of the air element we can become hyper-energized without any real purpose (fire), stuck in patterns and overly rooted in the past (earth), and lost in feelings without perspective (water).

Leo New Moon. I mention this because the Leo New Moon on July 28th will offer a surge of purifying fire, perhaps with a cascade of enthusiasm that will be amplified by the conjunction of Mars to Uranus. But without the vision of air, we may find ourselves spinning our wheels with no apparent purpose. This week it might be useful to have a plan.

This Leo New Moon is loosely tied into a beautiful trine to Jupiter, currently in Aries where we seek adventure and the courage to conquer all of our fears and blaze a new path. It also conjoins Ceres, the planet that nourishes our very relationship between body and soul, infusing us, potentially, with a new way to really love ourselves. Leo has a big heart and is generous of spirit, it is ruled by the Sun and helps to feed a positive image of Self.  This is a wonderful time to look at ourselves with kinder eyes, to appreciate our skills and talents and save the criticism for another time.

Jupiter turns retrograde on the 28th. We are fully in retrograde season […]

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By |2022-07-25T07:54:12-04:00July 25th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Next week’s Mars/Uranus/Node conjunction: How bad is it?

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TLDR*: Next week will be a challenge, but don’t expect the end of the world.

Several people have asked me about the upcoming dramatic conjunction of Mars, Uranus and the Nodes.  The exact date of this alignment is August 1st, and the Mars/Uranus conjunction will be exact at 7:42 EDT. One client sent me this article from Vedic astrologer Joni Patry who wrote: “this is a very pivotal month of enormous, sudden and explosive events that will trigger tremendous changes. The astrological-historical patterns strongly suggest this could culminate into a modern Civil War not just in America but around the whole world. I know I see much of this occurring in the United States, but it will be replicated all over the world.”

It’s somewhat difficult to comment on Ms. Patry’s article because she uses the Vedic Sidereal system in which the planets are considered in their actual place in the sky. I, and most other modern astrologers, use the Tropical system where the 0 degree point of the cardinal signs occurs at the Solstices and Equinoxes. In her system the triple conjunction is taking place in Aries, the fire sign which is ruled by Mars and therefore can be somewhat explosive. In the Tropical system, the conjunction is in Taurus which is much more placid and while less explosive, the changes that occur under a Mars/Uranus conjunction in Taurus can be slow to develop and long lasting.

The debate between the Sidereal and Tropical systems has been raging for hundreds of years and I have no interest in entering that particular fray today! It has been my experience that in personal readings the Tropical system is more accurate. But nevertheless, I’d like to […]

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By |2022-07-22T10:45:03-04:00July 22nd, 2022|Planetary cycles|19 Comments

Astrological news this week: Leo season begins!

Astrological update for the week of July 18-25, 2022

Chiron turns retrograde. Chiron is unlike any other planetary body in the solar system in that it has a cometary tail with the volume and size of a planet. Orbiting between the personal planets, bounded by Saturn, and the outer transformational planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, it acts as a bridge between the personal and transpersonal. By encouraging the healing the soul wounds of this and previous incarnations, Chiron facilitates the growth and evolution of the soul as well as the personality.

When any planet turns retrograde it appears to be stationary in the sky, and this can intensify the experience of anyone whose natal chart is being activated by that planet. Chiron has only traveled one degree in the past two months, and it will take another two months to retrograde back one degree. If you have planets in your own natal chart between 12 and 18 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) this may present emotional challenges as undigested feelings and dramas emerge to be released. If you have planets in those degrees of a fire sign (Leo, Aries, Sagittarius) this process of healing and release will be just as important, but since this is a harmonious trine aspect the release will come more easily.

Sun and Mercury both enter Leo this week. Leo is the sign of the Sun – under its auspices we receive the warmth and vitality of its light and heat, and we learn to fully identify with the Self that is given to us for this lifetime. Leo is the ruler of the Sun, and expresses this need to fully express the Self as offered by the […]

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By |2022-07-18T07:36:41-04:00July 18th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Sunday poetry: The Song that is yours to sing

This weekend, Mercury conjoins the Sun in opposition to Pluto that lingers into Monday. It’s a time when we might be thinking (Mercury) about ways to find a truer expression of Self (Sun) in service to transformation of the world (Pluto). 

Do not try to save
the whole world
or do anything grandiose.

Instead, create
a clearing
in the dense forest
of your life
and wait there

until the song
that is yours alone to sing
falls into your open cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.

Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to the world
so worthy of rescue.

~ Martha Postlethwaite

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By |2022-07-16T16:33:41-04:00July 17th, 2022|Inspiration|3 Comments

The U.S. worker shortage explained by astrology

There is a great deal of debate among astrologers for which astrological chart is the right one for the United States. Most of us use the Sibley chart of July 4th (here’s why I use it), but some argue for a Gemini rising chart, or a Scorpio ascendant.

The ascendant describes the way we see ourselves, and the way the world see us and it’s therefore more visible in many ways than the Sun sign. So when I see articles like this one, about a research study undertaken by Microsoft about what makes their employees happy, it reinforces my confidence that Sagittarius, the sign of sunny optimism and adventure, is the correct one.

We live to feel good.

That’s the American way. We get up every day; we’re excited about our lives, our jobs and our bank balances.

At least that’s what we say — because a positive attitude is vital to being, or appearing to be, a success.

Yet is this everything? And has the pandemic incited us to wonder whether we’re really so excited about working at all? Even if we’re the boss.

This idea of feeling good and a positive attitude being vital to success is quintessentially Sagittarian, and easily explained by the Sibley chart. This chart also shows that Aries, the sign of the individual, is on the cusp of the sixth house of work and labor. Pulling oneself up from the bootstraps and all that stuff is very sixth house Aries in nature. But beginning in 2018, the U.S. progressed Venus transited the cusp of the sixth house of work (also health and small animals, but historically this is the house of masters and servants). Transits of the progressed Venus shows where we need […]

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By |2022-07-10T11:12:16-04:00July 14th, 2022|Life|2 Comments
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