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Astrological news this week: Clarity to push through retrograde issues

Astrological update for the week of September 26 – October 3, 2022

art by Elaine Bayley

Fresh on the heels of the Libra New Moon (September 25, 4:34 pm EDT), we have a week full of positive energies to help navigate through any issues that we may be dealing with. The planets are always doing something, but this week we get a boost from harmonious alignments which provide support and ease us through challenges.

There is a dearth of the water element in the skies at the moment, with only Neptune carrying the influence of feeling and intuition, so we may find ourselves somewhat disconnected from our inner senses and focused more on the outer experience. We can counteract this by spending more time in quiet contemplation, tuning in to the sights and sounds of nature to soothe and calm any jangling of the nerves.

We do still have seven planets (including Chiron) in retrograde motion, and Mercury (mind) is at a virtual standstill as it prepares to turn direct next week. With so many planets retrograde it can feel like we are stuck, that it’s difficult to get anything off the ground. Patience furthers, as the IChing says, and if we stop to listen we will soon discover the solution to any problem.

We also have the challenging square between Saturn and Uranus at its tightest point since 2021 during the month of October: that conflict between the old way (Saturn) and the new (Uranus), the pressures of rebellion (Uranus) against conformity (Saturn) – expect to see all of these issues re-emerge for one last time.

Without a lot of big planetary interactions the faster moving planets and lunar energies become more evident. Here’s what else is […]

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By |2022-09-26T08:43:58-04:00September 26th, 2022|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Astrological news this week: Autumn equinox brings a turning point, and a New Moon

Astrological update for the week of September 19-26, 2022

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September is one of those months when the Sun moves into a cardinal sign and marks the beginning of a new season. Here in the northern hemisphere we are moving into fall, and my friends Down Under are transitioning to Spring. Either way, there is a whiff of change in the air.

Fall Equinox September 22, 9:03 pm. This month the Equinox marks the point of equality between darkness and light as we move from the mutability of Virgo into the cardinal point of Libra. Each of the cardinal signs marks a solstice or equinox, the turning points in the wheel of the year and the budding of promise as we enter a new season. In the Aries season at the March equinox we are more focused on initiating something new and adventurous, but here in Libra season in September we begin to integrate into our surroundings and learn to find greater balance and harmony. In the spring we plant the harvest, and in the fall we share it.

The astrological chart for the Equinoxes and Solstices are sometimes used to predict the energies of the coming season, and this Equinox chart is an interesting one. The Equinox Sun exactly conjoins Mercury, suggesting that there will be some fast moving events to shift us into the next phase. Jupiter is involved in this dynamic too, expanding the possibilities and opening doorways to new experiences.

The Equinox chart for Washington D.C. has Pluto tightly conjunct the Midheaven, the place of government and rulership, which does not seem ideal for a pre-election season in a nation that is torn by political strife. But that is nothing […]

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By |2022-09-20T07:33:46-04:00September 19th, 2022|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

Planetary news this week: Mercury retrograde and a Pisces Full Moon

Astrological update for the week of September 5-12, 2022

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Mercury retrograde and retrograde update!  Mercury turns retrograde this week (September 9th) which will take us to Peak Retrograde for the year (six planets plus Chiron in retrograde motion!). If you read my September Planetary Illuminations report you may have noticed that I undercounted the retrogrades so the idea of this being a time of reflection rather than action is even more true.

When there is a preponderance of retrograde energy it can feel like we’re spinning our wheels, especially if those planets are triggering something in our chart. Mercury retrograde issues tend to be specifically about communication, but we also have Jupiter retrograde (examining missed opportunities), Saturn retrograde (revisiting our obligations), Neptune retrograde (urging a more creative sense of reality) and Pluto retrograde (the insistence of fate to take the wheel). With the addition of Chiron retrograde (peeling off the scab one more time in order to heal the wounds), there is a great deal of looking into the past that needs to be done.

With Mercury in Libra right now it is easier to see different sides of a situation and that can make decisions more difficult because many possibilities seem legitimate. Mercury will retrograde back into Virgo later in the month, but for the next few weeks with Mercury retrograde AND in Libra we would be smart to take our time to make a decision – considering all the angles doesn’t happen quickly and Mercury retrograde demands additional care in planning.

Saturn square Uranus. The challenging square between these two that was the Story of 2021 keeps tightening and even though they won’t make an exact aspect again during this cycle their […]

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By |2022-09-05T08:13:11-04:00September 5th, 2022|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

Planetary news this week: Challenges with Ceres

Astrological update for the week of August 29-September 5, 2022

by Lynn Hayes

art by Sundara Fawn

Ceres opposite Saturn, Ceres squares Uranus. The asteroids don’t figure prominently in my work – I can’t explain why some planetary bodies such as Chiron speak to me loudly and clearly while others, like Vesta, don’t present themselves to me at all.  But when Ceres was elevated to planet status I started paying attention to her astrological story. The rise of Ceres corresponds with the growing evidence of climate change and food insecurity, but the influence of Ceres runs deeper than the physical. Ceres acts as the higher octave of the Moon. WIth Ceres the emotional security of the Moon is transmuted to a sustenance and nurturing of our spiritual security and sense of place on Planet Earth. As we become more disconnected with the Earth and our sense of the natural rhythms and cycles of the seasons, we lose touch with a part of our own internal being. This can create a desperate sense of spiritual starvation within us as we stuff ourselves with bioengineered food that is loaded with chemicals that leaves us feeling undernourished and thirsty for a life that has meaning.

You can read more about that here, but this week Ceres plays an important role of “translating” the square from Saturn to Uranus that was the Story of 2021. The energies of Saturn = control and repression vs Uranus = radical change and rebellion were rampant in 2021, from the attempted overthrow of governments to the riots over mask policies. That cycle is technically over, but both planets are retrograde now and within a degree of the exact square (90 degree) alignment that […]

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By |2022-09-05T07:29:08-04:00August 29th, 2022|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Planetary news this week: Virgo season and the Venus influence

Astrological update for the week of August 22-29, 2022

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Virgo New Moon. This week we move into Virgo season with the Sun entering Virgo on Tuesday August 23rd EDT and the Virgo New Moon on Saturday the 27th. Virgo season shifts the energies from the fiery solar/Leo passions into the cooler sensations as we begin the transition to autumn and the days begin to wane in the northern hemisphere. Under the influence of Virgo we start paying more attention to the details of our lives, creating rituals and routines that will support the necessities of life in a body. Hygiene, exercise, proper nutrition – all of these things become more important now.

The Virgo New Moon is full of passion and a drive for change, something unexpected for Virgo which is often cautious and does not embrace new things easily. The Virgo Sun and Moon are in a challenging aspect to Mars in Gemini, suggesting choices to be made and a disruption of some sort. In addition, the square from Saturn to Uranus, the cycle of unrest that I called the Story of 2021, is tightening and will be as strong as it will be this year.

Virgo asks that we take care of the details, but at this New Moon the details are being pressured to change and realign for a new reality.

Mercury in Libra. Virgo’s ruler Mercury changes signs this week, leaving its own sign of Virgo for Libra where it will be until it retrogrades back into Virgo on September 23rd (Mercury will turn retrograde on September 9th). Mercury in Libra fosters a desire for greater equanimity and peaceful exchange, something we could all need right now.

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By |2022-08-22T09:45:23-04:00August 22nd, 2022|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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