Astrological Musings

Jupiter in Capricorn, December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020

Jupiter in CapricornJupiter, the planet of optimism and faith, will leave its own sign of Sagittarius for Capricorn on December 2, 2019.  Jupiter  teaches us to expand our horizons and to learn the value of positive thinking; under Jupiter’s influence we gain new confidence and the ability to trust that life is carrying us in just the right direction. When poorly aspected, Jupiter can inflict a reckless and overconfident approach to life resulting in complacency, but it’s safe to say that this virtually never occurs when Jupiter is in Capricorn.

Capricorn is the sign in which we put aside our small desires and our feelings and insecurities in order to master the material world.  Each sign reacts to the one before, and as a planet changes signs its influence shifts dramatically.  In Sagittarius, the sign of its rulership, Jupiter has reached a pinnacle of optimism which has contrasted nicely with the potential stress of Saturn, currently in its own sign of Capricorn.  Where Sagittarius is expansive and social but not always concerned with working towards a goal, Capricorn’s grounded nature can be hard and cold, with a drive to succeed.

Jupiter is said to be in its “fall” in Capricorn under the traditional debilities scheme: Jupiter’s natural tendency towards growth and expansion is curtailed under Capricorn’s relentless drive for a practical outcome.  That may sound “bad” because we are used to thinking of restriction and limitation as a bad thing but in actuality, the blend of faith and optimism with a practical drive to create effective structures virtually assures success and a life of greater effectiveness.   Jupiter inspires lofty goals, and these goals are more easily achieved when cloaked with the drive and grounded effort motivated by Capricorn.

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By |2019-11-30T02:19:17-05:00November 30th, 2019|Featured posts, Planetary cycles|6 Comments

The astrology of Tulsi Gabbard

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This is the latest in a series of profiles of Democratic presidential candidates.  For the others, see the list at the bottom of this article. In this series I am making every attempt to be objective, but sometimes my bias may seep through. 

Tulsi Gabbard is a curious candidate and hard to pin down.  She is economically progressive, supporting Medicare for All, and socially progressive as a fairly recent convert to LGBTQ rights.  She is vegan and a practicing Hindu. She has practiced and taught martial arts and served in the armed services.  She is anti-war, except when it comes to terrorism in which case she is an avowed hawk, blaming Islam for the spread of terrorism around the world which is more of a right-wing position. This has made her a right-wing media darling, praised by Breitbart and Steve Bannon as well as David Duke and Richard Spencer, noted white nationalist leaders. In some ways this is not surprising given her background – there appears to be a natural enmity between Hindus and Muslims which wasn’t helped by the partition of Pakistan. But it does put her to the right of many Democrats in opposition to her more liberal stances on other policies.

It will not surprise astrologers to learn that Ms. Gabbard (born April 12, 1981, time unknown, in American Samoa) was born under the sign of Aries, a sign ruled by Mars and dedicated towards an aggressive assertion of the Self.  Aries individuals tend to be courageous and idealistic, but usually not afraid to back down in a fight.  On top of this, her Sun conjoins Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries, which is also in Aries where it is strongest and most easily able to […]

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By |2019-11-27T12:19:08-05:00November 27th, 2019|Politics|4 Comments

Planetary news this week! Sagittarius New Moon, Venus in Capricorn and Neptune Direct

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The Sagittarius New Moon occurs on November 26th marking the beginning of Sagittarius season.  Sagittarius times tend to be more lighthearted and hopeful than periods dominated by, say, Scorpio, which we have been going through over the past few weeks.  Two planets still linger in Scorpio, but the New Moon in Sagittarius offers an illumination into the ideal of hope and a belief that we can indeed find meaning in our lives that brings a sense of peace and fulfillment.

This New Moon is harmonized by a trine from Chiron, which helps to soften the rough edges and facilitate the healing of any old wounds that linger in the psyche.  However, an awkward inconjunct* from the New Moon to Uranus suggests that there is a pressure to break away from old patterns and begin something new, although we may not yet be aware of what that ought to be.  Often the 30 degree and 150 degree angles plant seeds of irritation and restlessness that are fulfilled when a stronger planetary cycle comes along.

The energies of the New Moon begin a few days away from the actual alignment, so we are in the shadow already of this New Moon.  This is the perfect time to seek an adventure, either in the mind or an actual adventure in the physical world.  Under the influence of the Sagittarius New Moon we are encouraged to open up to ever greater possibilities and never to settle for a limited or safe alternative.

Venus enters Capricorn on November 25th, and for a few weeks our relationships with others taken on a more sober flavor.  After a few weeks in Sagittarius, Venus is now focused more on Doing the Right […]

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By |2019-11-25T21:03:06-05:00November 25th, 2019|Moon, Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Transforming through sadness and presence

Saturn and Pluto are bearing down on the Saturn system in my own chart, and I am really focused right now on the idea of presence and surrender because with Saturn and Pluto there really is no other choice.  I so love this writing from Rainer Maria Rilke, which speaks of the ways in which we can use our negative emotions as a doorway through which to find the alchemy of personal transformation. (art by Emily Ballivet)


It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar presence that has entered us; because everything we trust and are used to is for a moment taken away from us; because we stand in the midst of a transition where we cannot remain standing.

That is why the sadness passes: the new presence inside us, the presence that has been added, has entered our heart, has gone into its innermost chamber and is no longer even there, is already in our bloodstream. And we don’t know what it was. We could easily be made to believe that nothing happened, and yet we have changed, as a house that a guest has entered changes. We can’t say who has come, perhaps we will never know, but many signs indicate that the future enters us in this way in order to be transformed in us, long before it happens.

And that is why it is so important to be solitary and attentive when one is sad: because the seemingly uneventful and motionless moment when our future steps into us is so much closer to life […]

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By |2019-11-24T08:28:52-05:00November 24th, 2019|Astrology in my world, Inspiration|6 Comments

Planetary news this week! Mars in Scorpio, Mercury direct, and more

There’s a lot to unpack this week, and some of these will need their own blog posts.  Here’s an overview to help you prepare for the week!

Mars enters Scorpio on November 19th, and for a few weeks (until January 3rd) Mars will be roaring in its own sign.  Mars actually rules two signs: Scorpio and Aries, both of which are fiery signs of passion and adventure.  Scorpio’s fire is in the realm of water – deep and intense emotions which take us into the very core of our being.  Expect these next six weeks or so to be times of passion and fury, highly energized, and times when the Truth becomes critical and secrets are revealed.

We also have a stationary Neptune period, since Neptune is preparing to turn direct on November 27th.  When any planet is preparing to change direction its motion slows down in anticipation of the turn, but when that planet is a slow mover like Neptune the stationary effect lasts a long time as we receive the energies of that planet like a laser beam.  Neptune’s laser drives us into a longing for a connection to soul, and we process that longing in different ways.  Too many hot toddies perhaps, or a Netflix bingewatch like I did yesterday – or, on a higher level, spending some time in meditation or walking in the woods.  A heavy Neptune influence can also affect our physical energy and dampen the immune system, so take extra care over the next few weeks.

Mercury, having been retrograde for the past three weeks,  turns direct on November 20th.  Many have reported that this retrograde period was more difficult than some others, as I predicted due to the fact that Mercury is […]

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By |2019-11-18T08:12:01-05:00November 18th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments