Planetary news this week

Planetary news this week! Jupiter/Neptune and some healing

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The faerie dust of the Jupiter/Neptune dance culminates this week, on September 22nd.  While our modern idea of fairy dust sounds lovely and charming, like the glitter that we pour over ourselves when we go to a party to make ourselves more spectacular, faerie dust takes us into the faerie realms where we can get lost in the mists of magic.  Remember the old tales about the wanderers like Rip Van Winkle who stumbled into the realm of Faerie and disappeared for many years? That is the effect of this dance with Jupiter and Neptune.  It began in January 2019, and completes in September.

During this week and possibly part of next week, we may be faced with an unpleasant reality from which we have tried to hide. Jupiter and Neptune are supremely creative so this is a wonderful time to create art, or write, or simply expand your senses as you lose yourself in the magical beauty of a sunset or a beach or a forest.  But it is also a time when we are more prone to delusion and seeing things as we want to see them, rather than as they really are.  We can navigate this time most effectively if we utilize these magical energies to create real magic in our lives, rather than only in our minds.

Chiron applies some pressure to heal and release old wounds on the 16th and 17th.  This could bring up painful memories or exchanges with loved ones, all in the name of letting go and releasing old wounds that bind us in patterns that we no longer need.  Breathe, release, find lovingkindness where it can be found.

The 19th-22nd brings a burst of energy […]

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By |2019-09-16T07:13:20-04:00September 16th, 2019|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Planetary news this week: Earth abounds, and a Pisces Full Moon

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This week we have two stelliums (groupings of planets) in Earth signs forming a trine to each other.  This is generally a very favorable planetary condition since the Earth planets can work together to support and foster stability.  We have four planets in Virgo, including the Sun/Mercury/Mars conjunction that culminated on September 3rd and is weakening as the planets separate.  Virgo is primarily concerned with the details of life that need to be attended to when we live in a human body, making this a great time overall to take care of ourselves as I wrote in last week’s post about the New Moon in Virgo.

At the same time we have Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of material success.  Saturn is a personal planet and one that motivates us to improve by reminding us that we’re not yet perfect.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet that inspires us to embrace the necessity of change where change becomes necessary.  Saturn and Pluto are linked right now (and have been for the past several months) by the South Node of the Past.  With Pluto relatively stationary right now as it waits to turn direct on October 3rd, anything from the past that stands in the way of our soul’s progress could emerge for the purpose of letting it go and releasing any stuck energy in the process.

Saturn is harmonizing with all of the Virgo planets this week and since Saturn loves a good plan, and Virgo motivates us to make one, this could be an excellent time to focus on what you would like to bring into your life and create a practical strategy to bring your wishes […]

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By |2019-09-09T15:23:42-04:00September 9th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Sun, Mercury and Mars

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In traditional astrology, when a planet comes “under the beams” of the Sun, meaning it conjoins the Sun, it is considered to be “combust.”  This means that the energy of the planet under the beams can literally burn up in the fire of the Sun, which is considered a bad thing.  After all, that planet in the sky is rendered invisible by the light of the Sun and is therefore seriously debilitated.

There is often a difference between the philosophy of astrology and the practical observation of the way that certain things work.  Being a practical person, I am more interested in whether an astrological idea has practical application than how old the idea is.  Just because someone came up with it 2000 years ago doesn’t make it a useful tool, in my opinion.  For this reason, I am typically not concerned about this idea that the Mercury and Mars will conjoin in combustion to the Sun.  I have seen where the Sun conjunct Mercury activates the mind in a way that is not normally possible, and a conjunction from the Sun to Mars can open a portal to greater action and enhance motivation.

This week the Sun conjoined Mars (on September 2nd) and then Mercury (on the 3rd).  The presence of Mars, the planet of war and aggression, is often a concern when it is strongly positioned, but in this case the two planets and the Sun are all in the sign of Virgo.  Virgo is a sign of reason and practical thinking, and tends to tone down the aggression of Mars and focus the intelligence of Mercury.  The Sun here tends to amplify the energies of Mars and we did in […]

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By |2019-09-03T19:04:15-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week: It’s time to get practical, with the help of Virgo

If you’ve been wanting to get your house and your life organized, this could be your time.  Three planets are in the organizational sign of Virgo (Sun, Mars and Venus) as I write this on August 26, 2019.  By the 29th, Mercury will have moved into Virgo for a total of four, and then the Moon joins the party on August 30th for the Virgo New Moon.

Virgo’s realm is the mundane world – the world of daily rituals and routines, helping others, personal hygiene and health, diet and exercise.  Virgo is an earth sign, grounded in the practical and the details of life, but it is ruled by Mercury which is an air planet.  This rulership by Mercury adds a mental dimension of analysis and discernment to the Virgoan influence – under Virgo it becomes easier to lay out all of the details and come up with a comprehensive plan.

We are moving into the final phase of the challenging square between Jupiter and Neptune which culminates on September 22nd.  This planetary influence has been both destabilizing and magical.  Because Jupiter and Neptune are natural allies, even the stressful aspects like the square can bring about a swell of creativity and bliss.   Jupiter’s expansive and buoyant nature gives a boost to Neptune’s inspiration to expand the inner spiritual heart.  (Geeky astrological detail: Jupiter is especially powerful right now since it is moving through the other sign which it rules: Sagittarius, and Neptune is in Pisces, the sign co-ruled by Jupiter and Neptune. ) All of this magic and bliss and creativity and inspiration is wonderful for writers, musicians, artists – anyone practicing in a creative field or exploring spirituality.  It is less wonderful for keeping […]

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By |2019-09-01T08:02:25-04:00August 26th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Mercury turns direct! And the Leo New Moon

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These weekly posts focus on the microcosm of the smaller planetary cycles.  For an overview of the larger cycles and how they affect our inner and outer worlds, be sure to subscribe to my monthly Planetary Illuminations report

Thanks to the proliferation of astrological information on the Internet, most people know about Mercury retrograde – the pesky little jokester planet which reverses course for three weeks, four times a year, often forcing us to retrace our steps and discover our mistakes.  “Oh, I didn’t realize that…”  “I thought you said…” “Please cancel my appointment…” – these are all the kinds of things that are said while Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury is about to turn direct again on the 31st, but it takes a few days for its motion to pick back up and for things to get back to normal.  So for the next week or so, remain aware and look back to see if any details have been dropped and need to be corrected.

The Sun and Venus are locked in an embrace that culminates midway through August – this is a particularly favorable planetary combination that fosters ease and flow, especially if you have planets between 15-25 degrees of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius).  The Sun represents the Self – our inner vitality, our sense of purpose.  Venus is the principle of attraction, including our relationships with others and our aesthetic tastes.  The two together combine in a lovely cocktail of beauty and harmony for the next couple of weeks, but that harmony will be shaken up from time to time by a stressful aspect from Uranus, planet of radical and abrupt change.  Our relationships with others […]

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By |2019-07-29T15:14:07-04:00July 29th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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