The astrological importance of the January 10th eclipse

A lunar eclipse in Cancer on January 10th will add a particularly big wallop to the astrological energies that we are facing this week (read more about that here).  On the 12th we have a rare alignment between Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, to Pluto, planet of destruction and regeneration.  This conjunction takes place in the sign of Capricorn – the sign under which we learn to master the material world through hard work, discipline, and achievement.  This is a cycle that only occurs every 30-38 years, and it is associated with challenging circumstances that test us but eventually bring about a seismic change in the foundations upon which we build our lives.

A lunar eclipse occurs at the time of the Full Moon, when the Moon is opposite the Sun and the Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon.  This can only happen when the Moon and Sun are within fifteen degrees from the lunar nodes, the point at which the Moon’s orbit intersects with the orbit of the Sun.  The lunar nodes are considered to be points of fate and destiny, with the North Node representing the future, and the South Node representing the past.  This is why eclipses are often thought to be connected with events that are fated in some way.

This particular eclipse falls on the axis of Cancer and Capricorn, the polarity between the softness and vulnerability of feelings (Cancer) and the hard cold reality of Capricorn. .  Under the influence of this polarity we are often faced with a choice or decision between our emotional world (Cancer) and the practical needs of a life in the world (Capricorn).  Because the Moon is full, emotions are heightened anyway and […]

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By |2020-01-07T17:10:30-05:00January 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Special advice from Ram Dass

As many of you know, Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) died on December 22, 2019.  Ram Dass was a sacred spiritual teacher to many of us who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s.  This typed letter was found among his belongings about a year before his death.  I find it moving and inspirational, and hope you do too.


Art by Angi Sullins and Silas Toball

Don’t sell yourself short by thinking you are only your body or your personality, no matter how intriguing and dramatic they may be. For behind them, there lies a more profound part of your true self. Call it ‘spiritual’ or call it ‘higher consciousness’… call it what you will, but… Call it!

One of the doorways to that higher self is through the cultivation of your intuitive wisdom. As you learn to listen to and trust your intuition, you will find a quiet place in the heart of your being that is wise and can guide your actions. One of the things it will remind you of is your interconnectedness to all things. And out of that appreciation will spontaneously arise compassion for those who suffer; for the earth, and for all living things.

When that happens, don’t be overwhelmed by the suffering you see, by the darkness that exists in the human condition. True, there is much of it. But so, too, is there much caring and compassion in the world. Mahatma Gandhi said, “What you do may seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” It is important for yourself, as well as for the balances in the world. As you let your compassion guide […]

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By |2020-01-05T08:09:44-05:00January 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Planetary news this week! Gifts from Venus and Neptune

We are just past the Aries Full Moon, and its energies will linger into the early part of this week.  Catch up here if you missed it!  Fortunately this week provides us with a lovely serious of harmonious planetary actions to help us to integrate the power of that Full Moon.

Mercury (mind and communication) and Venus (relating) are both highlighted this week, making this an excellent week for writing, teaching, difficult conversations and all kinds of negotiations.  Mercury will turn retrograde on October 31st but we are still a ways from the so-called “shadow” period when Mercury’s motion slows down and it can become difficult to keep the details of our lives moving smoothly.  This is also a good week for making decisions, since Mercury is so well aspected and the mind is relatively free from challenge.

The sweet Venus aspects make this a good week to get together with friends and generally enjoy the company of others once the emotional challenges of the Full Moon have subsided.  Venus helps us to feel generally satisfied and happy with life if we pay attention and notice the small beneficial things that are all around us.  This is also a good week for creativity as Venus inspires us to find AND create beauty and beautiful things.


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By |2019-10-31T14:12:06-04:00October 14th, 2019|Planetary news this week, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Astrological forecast for the week of May 1-8, 2019

Apologies to my readers who prefer words to video – after spending two hours writing the May Planetary Illuminations report, the whole report was lost into the Dark Web somewhere (no doubt due to user error!).  So I’m preserving my writing energy for the rewrite, but offer the forecast here in video format for you to enjoy.

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By |2019-05-01T11:42:59-04:00May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|2 Comments