Planetary news this week

Planetary news: Time speeds up with no retrogrades, and Leo Full Moon

Astrological update for January 27-February 13

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I will be traveling so I condensed the first two weeks into one report and will catch up when I return. Much of this is repeated from the upcoming February Planetary Illuminations (sign up at the bottom of this email!). 

NO PLANETS IN RETROGRADE MOTION. It is fairly rare for there to be no planets which appear to be retrograde from our perspective on Earth but that is the situation we find right now. Mercury will turn retrograde on April 21st but until then, all personal and outer planets are in direct motion. (Ceres will be retrograde from February 3 until May, but because Ceres tends to operate very personally anyway so its retrograde influence is not very different from its influence when direct.)

When there are no retrograde planets time tends to speed up; without the pull of the retrograde planets to review and re-discover, we tend to find our lives passing without much reflection. We can adjust our own intention to incorporate this reflection into our daily lives though, through ritual and routines which support our inner experience as well as our outer one.

LEO FULL MOON FEBRUARY 5 INSPIRES A DANCE TO A DIFFERENT TUNE. The Full Moon is the peak of the lunar cycle – it’s a time when our goals and aspirations reach fulfillment as we prepare for the waning cycle during which we are generally asked to let go of something that no longer works in our ever-changing lives.

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The Leo Full Moon is all about learning to become the very best “I” we […]

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By |2023-01-30T23:45:34-05:00January 30th, 2023|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Entering the brave new world

Astrological update for the week of January 23-30, 2023

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The Uranus factor. The influence of Uranus continues its dominance, having just turned direct and remaining stationary until mid-March. Stationary planets exert a powerful impact as their energies are laser focused for a longer period of time. We just had the Uranus-ruled Aquarius New Moon which was a SuperMoon, at its closest point to Earth (perigee).  The co-ruler of Aquarius, Saturn, is itself in Aquarius where it shares the stage with the modern ruler Uranus.

Uranus is the innovator and paradigm buster; under its influence we are inspired or forced to break out of a situation or way of thinking which no longer works. As we continue the march into the changes of the decade, the world we knew will continue to fall away. This offers an opportunity for creative innovation in the rebuilding of the world, and of our own personal lives as well.

Let’s take a look at what else is in store for us this week. (Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, here is a time zone converter to adjust for your locality.)

Monday January 23. As the week begins we are still unwinding from the Aquarius New Moon, with the Moon still in Aquarius for the first part of the day. All of that sparkly electrical charge begins to settle down just after midnight on Monday, and then when the Moon enters Pisces at 12:35 pm EST it becomes easier to find a harmonic flow through which to direct our thoughts and actions. (Moon conjunct Saturn 4:24 am, Moon conjunct Venus 5:19 am, Moon enters Pisces 12:35 pm.)

Tuesday January 24. Today is […]

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By |2023-01-22T16:03:52-05:00January 23rd, 2023|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Planetary stations and Aquarius season begins with a bang

Astrological update for the week of January 16-23, 2023

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Retrograde update. This week the last of the retrograde planes change direction, and we will have no planets retrograde until June. When there are no retrograde planets time tends to speed up; without the pull of the retrograde planets to review and re-discover, we tend to find our lives passing without much reflection. We can adjust our own intention to incorporate this reflection into our daily lives though, through ritual and routines which support our inner experience as well as our outer one.

Planetary stations. Mercury turns direct on January 18th, and Uranus turns direct on the 22nd. Both of these planets are stationary in the sky as they prepare to change direction, which means their influence is more intense – especially if they are hitting a sensitive point in your chart and this is especially true of Uranus which has only moved one degree since early December from the station at 15 degrees Taurus, and it won’t move past the 15 degree point until March 16. This is a long time for Uranus to shine its laser beam of electrical charge and instigation for change, especially if you have planets between 10 and 20 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius). Personally I have three planets in those signs and I’m feeling it for sure!

A good way to handle this Uranian energy is to use its inspiration for innovation and change in our own lives. What can we do that will take our lives into a completely new direction? Where are we stuck? What changes do we know we need to make but have been resisting? Those fixed signs can make it […]

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By |2023-01-16T08:29:34-05:00January 16th, 2023|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Planetary news this week: Mars turns direct and the Moon sings

Astrological update for the week of January 9-16, 2023

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This week we are in the waning phase of the Moon, just after the fullness of last week’s Full Moon and heading towards the second of three Super New Moons in a row. This is an interesting time of letting go as the Moon wanes, but also building anticipation as we move into a Super New Moon, a time when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth.

Throughout the month of January there are no major planetary alignments, so the smaller planets have a bigger story and will have a say in what is released this week as the Moon continues to wane, and in what is created at the New Moon on the 21st.

Mars turns direct. Mars, planet of action and desire, has been particularly troublesome while retrograde in Mercury-ruled Gemini and the double whammy with Mercury retrograde has wreaked havoc on communication (the botched election for the U.S. House Speaker is a good example!).  Mars is stationary as it prepares to change direction, and Mercury will turn direct on the 18th so they are both prominent in the sky in anticipation of the direction change.

Let’s take a look at what else is in store for us this week. (Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, here is a time zone converter to adjust for your locality.)

Monday January 9. As the week begins, the Moon is still in the sunny sign of Leo where we are motivated to look for bits of sunlight in the midst of any darkness or drama that we find ourselves in. A Mercury/Uranus aspect lingers from Sunday to help us […]

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By |2023-01-09T08:28:25-05:00January 9th, 2023|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week: Jupiter enters Aries and the Capricorn Solstice

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

There are two major transitions this week: The re-entry of Jupiter into Aries after its retrograde time in Pisces, and the entry of the Sun into Capricorn which marks the December solstice point which will be followed immediately by a Capricorn New Moon.

A time of change. We have been stuck in a myriad of global problems for the past several years – stuck under the Capricorn stellia (groupings of planets) with Saturn and Pluto, stuck in conflict under the Saturn/Uranus square. As I and many other astrologers have been reporting (see Part I here, Part II will be published in the next week), the energies over the next few years will be dramatic and marked by change and transition. A New Moon just after the solstice, a point at which the Sun literally stands still, is a dramatic symbol of the changes to come.

The Capricorn solstice. In the solar cycle we celebrate the shortest day as the return of the Sun and the beginning of the new year.  The culmination of the solar cycle is at the opposite solstice, with the quarter points of the equinoxes, when light and dark are in balance, are equivalent to the waxing and waning squares, similar to the waxing and waning squares of the lunar cycle.  Honoring both the solar and lunar cycles helps to keep us in touch with the cycles of nature even in today’s world in which we are so disconnected from the natural world.  These cycles of nature can serve as an alchemical process of personal transformation, just as we follow the cycles of the planets as they unfold to bring experiences of knowledge and wisdom […]

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