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Saturn and Pluto conjunct South Node: The day of reckoning

(Bloom County Comic) Accounting for misdeeds comes in all shapes and sizes.  I accidentally stepped on my cat’s tail and have to beg for forgiveness.   You say something insensitive to a friend and apologize for that misdeed.  But this year we have seen the exposure of some enormous misdeeds and the need for the accounting to set the scales of justice in order.

Ever since March 2019 either Saturn or Pluto, and sometimes both planets, conjoined the South or descending lunar node.  The Nodes of the Moon, as many of you know, are like directional signs pointing the way from where we’ve come (South Node) to where we are headed (North Node).  There is a quality of fate with the nodes; a sense that the direction of our journey is already charted and of course this is true to some extent.  We can’t change our natal chart and our basic characteristics, and that North Node is always beckoning to us as a focus of personal growth.  But along the way we make choices and these choices can change the course of our lives for good or for ill.

Saturn is a personal planet and operates in the personal realm, challenging us to face our responsibilities and work diligently towards our goals and often testing us in various ways to increase our emotional and physical endurance.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet; its influence can be more ruthless in its pressure to create and support personal transformation.  Saturn makes things hard, Pluto can break us or make us.  With both of these planets  pressuring the South Node of the past, it’s no wonder that there have been personal crises and revelations of a very public nature as […]

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By |2019-09-11T08:25:33-04:00September 11th, 2019|Life|9 Comments

Millenials: The loneliest generation

A new article by Vox News reports that 30% of the age group commonly referred to as Millenials (described in this article as age 22-38, corresponding exactly to the period when Pluto was in Scorpio, is lonely.

22 percent of millennials in the poll said they had zero friends. Twenty-seven percent said they had “no close friends,” 30 percent said they have “no best friends,” and 25 percent said they have no acquaintances.

This 30% loneliness figure compares with 15% of the Baby Boomers born under Pluto in Leo, and 20% of those born under Pluto in Virgo.

Pluto spends between 12 and 20 years in each sign, and the generations born under these signs share certain qualities, although they are not the same.  The Baby Boomer generation, born under Pluto in Leo, generally share some Leo qualities of creative self expression and a relentless desire for joy.  Generation X, born under Pluto in Virgo, share some Virgoan qualities of service and self-effacement.  In my article on Saoirse Kennedy Hill I discussed the challenges of the generation with Pluto in Sagittarius.

The Millenial generation, born when Pluto was in Scorpio between approximately 1981-82 and 1995-96, share Scorpionic qualities of intensity and a deep understanding and familiarity with the notion of the end of life, an understanding where there are no illusions, no false optimism.  Every individual is different, but this generation generally won’t surround themselves with large number of friends and will count themselves lucky if they have one or two close friends with which to share their secret fears and personal dramas.

Vox also reports that “in a 2016 paper, researchers in Germany found a peak of loneliness in a sample of 16,000 […]

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By |2019-08-07T07:40:32-04:00August 7th, 2019|Life|4 Comments

What we need to learn from the death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill

One of the granddaughters of Robert F. Kennedy took her own life the other day at the age of 22 after a long battle with depression.  I wanted to write about this because Saoirse was of the Pluto in Sagittarius generation – the generation (born 1995-2008) that tends to be fixated on the perfection of the heavily curated Instagram life.  Sagittarius is associated with media, optimism, and a search for meaning that can sometimes disappear in the haze of today’s world of instant gratification and the superficial happiness of things.  A look at young female YouTubers offers an array of videos with titles like “What I Wore, Bought and Did in Capri,” “Huge Summer Try-on Haul,” “What I Wore to Coachella,” etc.   Social media is shown to be harder on girls, who tend to compare themselves to others in the best of circumstances. When the comparisons are made against a curated perfection, it’s no wonder young girls are depressed.

Pluto is the planet of transformation, but also of obsession and self-undoing.  It offers the keys to transformation through the exposure of the qualities that will be our downfall, and this is especially true in the generations that share Pluto in a particular sign.  For example, Pluto in Leo marked the Baby Boomers – the generation that is fixated on our own glorious self expression (Leo traits).  Pluto in Virgo people (1957-1971) are the hard workers of Generation X – the generation which, like Virgo, tends to avoid the limelight, qualities which led to this generation being called the Slacker generation, a term which they fortunately outgrew as they matured and began to take on their roles as stable, conservative members of society.  The Pluto in […]

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By |2019-08-04T11:04:07-04:00August 3rd, 2019|Life, Psychology|5 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Moving through blame to liberation

Art by Melanie Weidner Art by Melanie Weidner

It is a commonly held belief among explorers of the New Consciousness that as souls, we work with our guides to choose the life that we will next be born into.  For many people that’s a horrifying thought!  Why would I choose the kind of torment I experienced as a kid?

But the birthchart often reflects with eerie accuracy the psychological setting of the family of origin.  Pluto conjunct the Moon – your mother seemed terrifying to you?  Saturn square the Sun – you never felt you were good enough for your father?  Yet you were born with this astrological chart; the birthchart predates the events that cause us emotional pain.  This makes it hard to continue blaming our parents since it appears that we come into this world already prewired for certain experiences.   Later in life we learn to make conscious choices that lift us out of a state where we simply react to external stimuli that keep us stuck in the psychodrama of our lives.

I am always impressed by the tenacity and strength of my clients, many of whom have come through difficult childhoods with tremendous coping skills and an eagerness to transcend their limitations.  The nugget of transformation lies within every painful situation, and is a great gift.

I’m not so sure it’s necessary to forgive the ones that hurt us, but I DO believe it’s imperative that we end the cycle of blame.  As long as we blame anyone, whether it’s ourselves or someone else, we keep ourselves locked in a box of victimhood from which we can’t escape.  When we make a choice to turn away from blame and self-pity, we naturally open to the gift of power and transformation that […]

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By |2019-08-27T10:41:09-04:00July 14th, 2019|Inspiration, Life|Comments Off on Sunday inspiration: Moving through blame to liberation

Finding the power in anger: A Mars story co-starring Black Moon Lilith

Black Moon LilithI recently came across this article about female rage.  As many of you know, the power of anger as expressed through Mars in the natal chart is a speciality of mine, probably because my own Mars is conjunct the little planet Chiron which deals with soul wounds, so I’ve had to do a lot of healing around this myself.  Mars is of course named after the Roman God of War (Ares in Greek), and the astrological Mars presides over what I like to call the “continuum of anger.”  Mars experiences include desire and/or need, motivation, inspiration, frustration, anger, rage – all of which have a place in this continuum.

This article includes a photo of the Oxford English Dictionary with 36 entries describing the continuum of anger, from “annoyed” and “displeased” to “livid and choleric.”  Anger is not just one emotion – it’s a spectrum of reactions to the simple fact that our desires and needs have been ignored.

Anger takes several steps to evolve:

  • First we have a desire and experience motivation and inspiration to obtain that desire, or a need that has been ignored or criticized.
  • If our desire or our needs are thwarted, we experience frustration.
  • If our desires and needs are continually thwarted, we become angry.
  • At a certain point that anger will boil into rage, and for some people this rage becomes a constant reaction point.

From the article:

All over the US, and around the world, women are becoming more intimate with the layers of their anger. We’re becoming more articulate and expressive of it. More studied in the ways it knits together the personal, professional, and political. And more conscious of the immense, historic, paradigm-shifting power of it.

This has all […]

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By |2019-02-03T08:40:56-04:00January 26th, 2019|Favorite posts, Life|2 Comments
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