7.15.21 – Chiron stations retrograde and we learn to let go

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Chiron’s orbit tells an interesting story – most of the time this little planetoid with comet-like properties sandwiches itself between the last of the personal planets, Saturn, and the first of the transpersonal planets, Uranus.  This is significant because in facilitating the healing of psycho-emotional and spiritual wounds that keep us stuck, it assists in the process of transformation. Most of us have developed good coping strategies to deal with any lingering emotional pain, but under Chiron’s tutelage we have to face these areas of trauma and ultimately release them.  This isn’t comfortable, but it is exhilarating as we let go of all that stuck energy!

Today Chiron turns retrograde – not an unusual event since Chiron, like the outer planets, is retrograde approximately half the year.  When Chiron is retrograde its influence is more personal – it’s like having a teacher move into your home.  The process of evolution can be accelerated if your personal chart is being activated by Chiron (any planets between 10-20 degrees of the cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn are affected right now by Chiron).  The key to getting the most out of Chiron events is to learn to relax around the heart, feel the energy of emotion, and leave the story behind. ❤️

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By |2021-07-15T07:46:02-04:00July 15th, 2021|Chiron, Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Planetary news this week! Mercury retrograde, Chiron and Mars

Chiron astrologyLast week’s eclipse brought the expected earthquakes and seismic events like the big one in Ridgecrest, California, and may have affected you personally as it did me – back spasms and some emotional catharsis was the manifestation of the eclipse in Cancer for me!

Mercury retrograde, and Mars

This week we have Mercury, the mental planet which just turned retrograde and is about to cross paths with Mars, the action planet.  As I wrote the other day:

This particular retrograde period begins with Mercury in the sign of Leo – the sign that celebrates the Self and seeks joy in everything.  Mercury is pretty happy in Leo – it’s love for movement and discussion is enhanced by Leo’s expansive view of the world.  But Mercury is aligned with Mars right now, and that alignment will tighten when Mercury turns retrograde on July 7th.  Expect tempers to flare, resulting in arguments or heated discussions.  Both planets are in Leo which can be a bit self-righteous, especially between July 6th and the 9th,

and then Mars faces off against Uranus (shock and rebellion) between the 9th and the 11th.   During this period we may be tempted to act more impulsively which is NOT a good idea under Mercury retrograde.  Try to reconsider every decision, and then reconsider it again.

Chiron changes direction

Chiron, the planet of wounding and healing, turns retrograde this week.  Any planet about to change direction slows down to a standstill just as a car making a U-turn will do.  If we are experiencing a planetary cycle involving that planet and our own chart, it will be especially powerful when that planet is virtually still, shining a laser beam of energy into our psyche so this can […]

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By |2019-07-08T08:56:11-04:00July 8th, 2019|Planetary news this week|4 Comments

Retrogrades: A discussion for June 2014

Mercury retrogradeAs I was writing the Planetary Illuminations report for June (coming soon to an inbox near you if you are on my mailing list!!) I found that the discussion about retrogrades was substantial enough to deserve its own post.

Astrologically is not always astronomically correct because we observe the motion of the planets from our perspective here on earth.  From here, the planets sometimes appear to change direction and move backwards instead of forwards, and we call this “retrograde motion.”

As June begins, Saturn and Pluto are already retrograde, and during the month of June Mercury will turn retrograde on the 7th, followed by Neptune turning retrograde on the 9th, and Chiron will turn retrograde on the 20th.  By that time we will have five retrograde planets, which will tend to cause events to slow down and make it more difficult to move forwards.

If you think about a car making a U-turn you will get a sense of how the planet works when it prepares to change direction: Its motion slows down and then comes to a standstill as it makes the actual reversal.  When the planet starts to slow down its influence intensifies, especially if that planet is currently affecting planets in our own birthchart, and the energy of that planet becomes hard to ignore.  If it is Saturn, things feel heavy and we feel a great responsibility.  If it is Neptune, we may feel confused and lethargic but also crave music and meditation.

Once a planet turns retrograde, our attention is pulled back to the past.  Retrogrades provide us with an opportunity to revisit areas of our life that require further examination or revision.

The planet Mercury governs communication and learning, as well as other things involving the […]

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By |2014-06-01T09:21:10-04:00June 1st, 2014|Lessons|12 Comments

Chiron turns retrograde today, June 8 – November 10,2011

Chiron retrograde 2011A retrograde lesson

We are most familiar with Mercury turning retrograde and the snafus that ensue, but all of the planets turn retrograde at one point or another.  When the planets in the sky are observed from Earth, they sometimes appear to move backwards because not all of the planets are moving at the same speed.  If you are driving in a car and pass another car that is moving more slowly, it may seem as though that car is moving backwards.

Using the same car analogy, as  planet prepares to turn retrograde it’s like a car making a U-turn.  It has to slow down in order to reverse direction, and then it is almost stationary until it reverses and then picks up speed again.  During that time the planetary influence is stronger than any other time as if a laser beam is focusing the energy that we associate with that planet into our lives.

It’s a mystery how this planetary influence works.  Is it a purely symbolic event that stimulates something that occurs only in our own psycho-emotional system?  Does the actual planetary body in the sky create a field of resonance to which our own psyche responds?  Does it actually send a beam of influence that instigates certain behaviors?  In any case, a retrograde planet urges us to retrace our steps, and the influence of that planet is emphasized in a more personal way.

Chiron

Chiron is best known as the “Wounded Healer,” but I’ve been calling it the “Soul Healer” instead.  In the early days of working with Chiron we used to say that Chironic wounds were the ones that cannot be healed, but I’ve discovered over the years that the wounds of the soul CAN […]

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By |2019-08-27T10:40:04-04:00June 8th, 2011|Planetary cycles|2 Comments

Chiron and Cindy Sheehan


Jill at Brilliant at Breakfast has a brilliant post today on the need for Cindy Sheehan to get some grief counseling. I think it’s safe to say that there are few on the left who don’t respect the work that Cindy Sheehan has done in gaining recognition for the debacle that is the Iraq War, but as Jill so brilliantly puts it:

When Sheehan announced in May that she was tired of being the right’s favorite punching bag and going home, I cheered her decision. Because the point of her tribute to her son had been lost — some of it her own inadvertent doing due to her inexperience as an activist, much of it not. Whatever her mistakes may have been, the way Sheehan has been treated by the right is reprehensible, and part of a campaign of smears and lies that seems to be directed at only women who dare to speak out against this Administration. Kristen Breitweiser, a Republican voter whose husband died in the World Trade Center, has been another target of the right wing lie machine for daring to ask the necessary questions.

Yet by now it wasn’t just the right that was using Sheehan as its favorite punching bag. In this heartbreaking diary she wrote at Daily Kos, she decries those on the left who had branded her an “attention whore.” This diary encapsulates everything that has been wrong with the very activist left into whose embrace she fell. It’s impossible to read this diary and not recognize someone who not only has realized that she’s been used as a tool by some of the most counterproductive elements of the antiwar movement, but whose emotional state has gone completely off the rails. I recognize it […]

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By |2007-07-10T21:22:00-04:00July 10th, 2007|People, Politics|Comments Off on Chiron and Cindy Sheehan
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