Planetary cycles

Ceres in Capricorn – practical ways to save the planet, and ourselves

Art by Jessica Galbraith

(A portion of this post comes from this much longer article if you’d like to read more.) . Ceres was first discovered in 1801 and immediately classified as a planet.  When Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was much larger than the other asteroids and was therefore retained as a planet and the others were demoted to the asteroid belt along with thousands more asteroids that were discovered over the next 200 years.   In 2006 when Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet, sending astrologers everywhere to quake in their boots for fear of Pluto’s retribution (just joking, friends!), Ceres was reclassified by the Astronomical Union as a dwarf planet along with Pluto.  However, NASA still classifies Ceres as an asteroid.

In any event, Ceres emergence as a dwarf planet coincided with the Kyoto agreement on climate change and the second hottest year on record.  Al Gore produced the film “An Inconvenient Truth” which arguably began the politicization of the climate debate.  You may remember from your mythology that Ceres is the Roman name for Demeter, the Goddess of the Grain. Demeter is an archetype for Mother Earth – unlike Gaia, a rather formless deity representing the Earth and likely was associated with pre-Olympian matriarchal religions, Demeter and then Ceres were human figures.  Ceres is a mother goddess, representing the sustenance of the Earth to feed humanity, as well as the cycles of life and fertility as well as deprivation symbolized by the loss of her daughter to the Underworld which resulted in starvation.

As I work with Ceres more in personal readings, it is becoming more clear to me that Ceres acts as a higher octave […]

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By |2019-11-15T07:09:30-05:00November 15th, 2019|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Ground and center for creative focus

Image from Deviant Art

Last week’s harmonious alignment between Saturn and Neptune is still in strong effect.  I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work.  And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension. The harmonious interplay between these two energies is a great boon for anyone living on planet earth in human form.

Mercury, planet of the mind and communication, is also very active this week – transiting the Sun in its retrograde journey.  With both the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, sign of truth and power, a hidden truth is likely to be revealed and some steps retraced as we strive to repair any damage done.  Mercury harmonizes with both Neptune and Saturn to facilitate all communication with grace and efficacy, so any eruption of inconvenient truths will be eased by this harmonious interaction with Mercury.  In mythology, Mercury carried messages between the gods and was the only one of the gods granted the ability to traverse between the worlds.  He facilitates the communication which perfects the other planetary cycles and helps us to assimilate them with greater ease.

In the midst of this arrives the Taurus Full Moon, locked in a powerful embrace with the planet Pluto which adds a transformational dimension and a portal for change.  Taurus inspires us to ground and center into our very being – to fully inhabit our physical form and enjoy the pleasures of the senses.  Under the Taurus influence we rediscover our love […]

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By |2019-11-11T06:42:54-05:00November 11th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week! Mars ignites the power of Pluto, and Saturn/Neptune

This week marks the final phase of the harmonious interplay between Saturn and Neptune which has worked for much of this year to facilitate the merging of our dreams (Neptune) with the reality check of Saturn.  Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work.  And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension.

This has been a nice counterpoint to the near collision between Saturn and Pluto that took place between April and July, when Saturn’s penchant for structure and accountability combined with Pluto’s willful destruction of anything not serving the highest good.  This is the final alignment between Saturn and Neptune, though, and when Jupiter (abundance and positivity) moves from its own happy sign of Sagittarius into the more serious sign of Capricorn, we will need to knuckle down and face any cold hard realities we may have been avoiding.

The final Saturn/Neptune sextile this week offers a last opportunity to integrate our ideals into our lives through careful planning and attention to detail.  Because Mercury is retrograde, this may not manifest outwardly yet – we may need to stay in the planning phase until the end of November when Mercury turns direct.

Meanwhile, this week Mars continues his attack on Saturn and Pluto.  Last week Mars faced off in a square against Saturn, resisting the pressure to conform to limitations and perhaps causing some internal distress as our energy and motivation (Mars) was blocked by Saturnian restriction.  In the early part of the week Mars will square Pluto and any […]

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By |2019-11-04T07:26:53-05:00November 4th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week! Mercury turns retrograde and Venus seeks an adventure

Mercury turns retrograde on October 31, 2019, but its effects are already making themselves known. Mercury, planet of the mind, mental function, learning, communication equipment and travels of short duration, is currently traveling through Scorpio, a fixed sign of power and intense emotion. Mercury in fixed signs tends to be more…well, fixed – we becoming more stubborn, less adaptable. And this makes the retrograde turn more difficult.

As many of you already know, Mercury turns retrograde four times a year for three weeks. This is a natural cycle in which we are forced to slow down and be more careful, often having to re-do something we thought was already completed. This is a valuable part of the spiral of life and growth, just like the ebb and flow of the ocean waves, and it means these are important times to reassess where we are in our lives and where we are going.

Mercury will be in Scorpio through the entire time it is retrograde, meaning that this is a time for deep thinking about things that really matter. We may find ourselves unearthing family secrets or perhaps closing the door on a chapter of our lives which has remained open for too long. The retrograde period technically ends November 20, but there is a shadow period of a week to 10 days in which things may not work as expected.

Meanwhile we also have Venus changing signs, entering Sagittarius on November 1st. Venus has been in intense Scorpio along with Mercury, so the shift into Sagittarius will unlock the doors and send all matters of love and attraction into expansion mode. While Venus is in Sagittarius (until November 25) we may feel more social than usual. This is typically a lucky […]

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By |2019-10-29T09:42:29-05:00October 29th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week, including Scorpio New Moon!

This week begins with a lovely Venus/Neptune trine to open the doors of affection and spiritual magic, and throughout the week we are blessed by a tightening conjunction from Jupiter to Ceres.  Jupiter is expansive and optimistic, and Ceres is all about nurturing the body, mind and spirit through food as well as energetic harmony, so this entire week carries that energy which helps us to pay more attention to how the ecology of our lives helps us to find greater balance and wisdom.

Then we go a little more deeply into Scorpio Season when the Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd. and is joined by the Moon on the 27th for the Scorpio New Moon. Scorpio season encourages us to delve courageously into the emotional abyss in an adventure of self-discovery and personal empowerment.  In the northern hemisphere Scorpio season is darker and the days are shorter – we are spending more time in the darkness of night than the light of day.  Our innermost fears and feelings become more visible and more true, like the creatures which are invisible during the day but come into view when the darkness falls.

I’ll be writing more about this New Moon and the planetary energies, but like all New Moons this will be a time of new beginning.  Although the exact alignment occurs very late (Eastern time) on the 27th, the energy of a New Moon begins a few days earlier.  If you can find some time for introspection and setting an intention of greater emotional awareness and intuitive power, you will have a good head start.  A conjunction from Pallas (divine wisdom) to Mercury (mind and mental function) suggests there is an opportunity here to deepen our understanding from […]

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By |2019-10-14T05:07:58-05:00October 21st, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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