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Planetary news this week: Inspiration and dreams, with a sprinkle of fairy dust

Astrological update for the week of November 27 – December 5, 2022

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It’s a pretty quiet week in the astrological skies, and the lunar influences will be more noticeable (scroll down for the details of the week). This is the end of the Sagittarius influences – next week Mercury and Venus will both enter Capricorn and pave the way for the Sun to move into Capricorn at the December Solstice on December 21st. Every change from one sign to the next brings a release of the matters of one sign and the introduction of something new, and from Sagittarius to Capricorn we transition from an expansive view of possibilities and optimism (Sagittarius) to a more focus and finely honed set of goals and objectives, with strategies for meeting those goals (Capricorn).

That’s what’s coming next week, but this week is the last of the buoyancy that Sagittarius brings and along with it, the tendency to overpromise and under-deliver.  With Ceres opposite Neptune having just peaked last week, we may not have the energy we think we do under the optimistic Sagittarius influences, so it’s a good week to conserve our energy while having a great time in the pursuit of Sagittarian happiness. Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, has just turned retrograde and is still virtually stationary in the sky making sure that we are looking for opportunities and the positive side to things. And Neptune, turning direct this week after a retrograde stint of about six months, is at a standstill with the siren call to experiences of magic and dreamy adventures which could bring bliss or ruin. Ideally the bliss part! At any rate, if you have planets between 20 and 25 degrees of […]

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By |2022-11-28T11:12:36-05:00November 28th, 2022|Planetary news this week|4 Comments

The changing nature of money under Uranus

by Lynn Hayes

art by DesignGeo

The planetary influence of Uranus manifests in disruption of the status quo – whatever sign Uranus travels through will bring disruption and radical reshaping of the worldly matters that are associated with that sign. Often this radical change includes a technological factor since Uranus rules technology and invention, and this has been true with Uranus in Taurus.

Uranus has been in Taurus since the fall of 2018, corresponding to the cryptocurrency boom. Taurus is an earth sign and describes the way we achieve economic security and a sense of material well-being, including financial wealth and finance so with Uranus in Taurus we would expect to see a change in the way things of value are exchanged. (See my article from 2018 about a Swiss referendum on the ability of banks to create money out of thin air.)

In any case, after Pluto (destruction and re-creation) entered Capricorn (societal structures such as banks) in 2008 resulting in the financial crash, the resulting lack of trust in global financial systems led to an embrace of new ways of handling money. Bitcoin emerged in 2009 but didn’t gain a foothold until 2010 when it was primarily used for secretive transactions by renegades on the dark web (Uranus was in independent Aries at the time).

During the challenging square from Uranus to Pluto that lasted between 2011 and 2017 there were all kinds of disruptions and revolutions, and this provided a fertile ground for monetary changes, and then in 2018 when Uranus moved into Taurus Bitcoin exploded.

This was not the first time Uranus in Taurus had radically changed the nature of money. When Uranus was last in Taurus, the […]

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By |2022-11-26T09:02:32-05:00November 26th, 2022|Life, Planetary cycles|4 Comments

Planetary news this week: Sagittarius New Moon and Jupiter rules the sky

Astrological update for the week of November 21-28, 2022

art by Jennifer Henriksen

Sagittarius season. Having made it through Scorpio season, the time of Samhain and Hallowe’en when the veil between the worlds is thin and we move into the dark time (here in the northern hemisphere), Sagittarius season comes along to bring a lighter viewpoint as we head into the holiday celebrations. Venus (love) and Mercury (mind) have already made the shift into Sagittarius, and this week the Sun joins the party, followed swiftly by the Moon the next day.

Sagittarius is a fire sign, a sign of action and initiation, and under Jupiter’s rulership it bestows an innate sense of good fortune and a sunny optimism. We learned as children reading “The Little Engine that Could” that if you think you can do something or be something, you CAN do and be those things. These are Sagittarius lessons. Sagittarius tends to bring out the social aspects of the most reclusive of us, and that’s why it’s the perfect sign for these times.

Every aspect of astrology has a light side and a dark side, even Sagittarius. Under the influence of Sagittarius, whether in the natal chart or under a Sagittarius planetary cycle, we can be blind to anything which restricts our freedom to explore and pursue our overoptimistic agendas, and this can sometimes result in negative consequences so moderation is a good quality to keep at hand under these strong Sagittarius influences.

Sagittarius New Moon. The New Moon on the 23rd at 5:57 pm EST is a bounty of expansive energies, with four planetary bodies in Sagittarius and really nothing to stand in the way of our hopes and dreams becoming reality. The New Moon marks […]

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By |2022-11-21T12:13:24-05:00November 21st, 2022|Planetary cycles|1 Comment

Astrological news this week: Post eclipse optimism

Astrological update for the week of November 14-21, 2022

art by Jason Center

Post-eclipse wrapup.  In my monthly Planetary Illuminations report for November (see the subscription form in the sidebar) I wrote that the total lunar eclipse on November 8th would have two segments: the dark time before the eclipse and the light time after the eclipse. I wrote “Eclipses aren’t inherently dangerous, but they are usually portals through which difficult truths may emerge. The lunar eclipse on November 8th conjoins the North Node of the future, suggesting that any challenges which come up at this time will drive us more easily towards a more enlightened fate. ”

We have entered the post-eclipse phase, with a watery trine to facilitate the flow of feeling and intuition. Over the past few days with the Moon in Cancer this trine became a Grand Trine, an endless circle of emotions, moods and sensibilities but on Monday the Moon enters fiery Leo and all of that feeling and emotion becomes very personal and begins to burn with a brighter flame.

Still, with five planets in water signs working together in harmony, this week has the potential to bring some good fortune and optimism into the mix, along with enhanced creativity and a burst of inspiration. (Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces trine Sun, Mercury, Venus in Scorpio.) With Venus the first planet to move from Scorpio to Sagittarius, we begin to say goodbye to the intensity of Scorpio season and move into the lighter realm of Sagittarius with all of its optimism and positivity.

Ceres opposite Neptune. Ceres is beginning a three-phase cycle with Neptune which will last until June of next year. Ceres is the planet which bestows the grace of […]

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By |2022-11-14T07:50:01-05:00November 14th, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Total eclipse at the Taurus Full Moon

Astrological update for the week of November 7-14, 2022

art by Keith Spangle

As you probably know, we are in eclipse season and the one on Tuesday November 8th really dominates the airwaves this week. First of all, it’s a total eclipse which means that the lunar nodes of fate are very tightly conjunct the lunation (the Sun and Moon in opposition).  We have a powerful see-saw (remember those?) of the eclipsed Moon (feelings)  in tight conjunction to Uranus (rebellion and change), but in the sign of Taurus which craves security and stability. So already we are set up for a lack of balance. The Moon conjoins the North Node which points to the future, suggesting that a change that comes about in this lunar eclipse will change the trajectory of destiny. (Quite a big deal considering it falls on Election Day in the U.S.)

On the other end of the see-saw we have a tight stellium (grouping) of planets in intense Scorpio, including a conjunction of Mercury to the Sun, illuminating the realm of reason and information, and Venus for power in relationships and personal interactions. The Sun, Mercury and Venus all oppose Uranus suggesting a burst of energy for something new. The role of Uranus is to inspire the breaking free of old routines and patterns which no longer serve us. The Sun conjoins the South Node of the past, suggesting that there is quite a lot that has been holding us back which needs to be released in order for the future to unfold as it should.

I’d like to also point out that the eclipse takes place just one degree from astrological Samhain, the midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice known […]

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By |2022-11-06T18:20:50-05:00November 7th, 2022|Planetary news this week|5 Comments
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