Last year I had a very big birthday with a 7 in it, and ever since then I have been pondering my future. I had been wanting to update my VisionCrafting workbook for those of us in the third age of life, the time after the second Saturn return at around age 58 when we realize that time is passing quickly, and the more I worked on that update the more I realized that I myself need this work before I can pass anything along to others.

I’ve been writing regularly about astrological topics since 1991 when I was asked to write a horoscope column for a new monthly spiritual magazine called Connexions. Rather than write sun sign horoscopes I instead began writing about the astrological effect of planetary movements and called my column Skywatch. When I started my website in 2002 I began posting this column on the web (you can see an archive here – not much has changed in the past 20 years!). There turned out to be at least one other astrology column called Skywatch so I changed the name to Planetary Illuminations, which was really a more accurate name anyway.

Thirty years is a long time, and since then astrology has swept into the mainstream. You can now read about Mercury retrograde in every major magazine and news outlet, and details about the new and full moons are everywhere. A search for “full supermoon august 2023) generated 44.6 million results! it has become more and more difficult to find new and creative ways to write about frequently occurring astrological events.

I’m not going to give up on presenting this material altogether, but I do need a break to see where my heart is, and to become reinspired.  I also just realized that I myself am unable to fully inhabit the process of aging into deeper spirituality if I am focused on “doing” – working the algorithms to get more views, tracking readership and hits, writing profiles before anyone else to get the Google juice.

So, dear friends, I am going to take a little break from regular astrological writing. This means no weekly forecast, and no monthly Planetary Illuminations. I may put up a profile now and then, and I will likely repost some favorite articles of the past. I will probably continue the Sunday posts although they may not come out every week. I’m not sure how long this break will be, but I’m certain I’ll be back in some form.

Meanwhile there are nearly 18 years of archives on my blog, and in that time I’ve covered pretty much everything. You can use the search box if you’re looking for something in particular, or my favorites are tagged here. 💖



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