Astrological update for the week of December 13-20, 2021: So much going on!

There’s way too much going on this week for a snappy heading! So I’m just going to dive right in.

Venus/Pluto conjunction.  Venus and Pluto conjoined last week and Venus is virtually stationary as she prepares to turn retrograde on Sunday December 19th, so this aspect will continue really until the end of December. when Venus begins to retrograde away from Pluto.  This is a potent combination which has the potential to create deep transformation in our self-esteem as well as our interpersonal connections. Venus is in Capricorn where we tend to have a more practical and pragmatic approach to these matters, making it easier to do the work that Pluto requires in order to effect positive transformation.

Speaking of Venus, Venus turns retrograde December 19. The retrograde cycle of Venus lasts for 40 days (see more on this interesting subject) and like all retrograde cycles offers an opportunity to take a step back and re-assess our values, relationships, priorities, attachments, and principles.  Under Venus retrograde, relationships can be repaired and re-discovered, and while it’s true that these are not the best times to begin new relationships of any kind. a relationship begun under a retrograde Venus can help us to learn more about ourselves.

Mars and Mercury change signs. When planets shift from one sign to the next, there is a change of focus in the matters associated with that sign. Mars has been in Scorpio, one of its rulership signs where it is at its most potent, and the intensity of aggressive force and competition has been palpable.  On Monday the 13th, Mars has just moved into Sagittarius.  This is a big move – from the intensity of Scorpio into the happy optimism of Sagittarius – and […]

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By |2021-12-13T07:25:57-05:00December 13th, 2021|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

The astrology of Andrew Yang, Democratic candidate for president

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Other posts in the series “Road to 2020:”

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Bernie Sanders
  3. Elizabeth Warren
  4. Kamala Harris
  5. Pete Buttigieg
  6. Tulsi Gabbard
  7. Andrew Yang

And posts written about Donald Trump.


Andrew Yang is an unusual candidate in that he has no real political experience.  His career path has taken him from corporate attorney, to philanthropic fundraiser, to party organizer, to healthcare and then landed him in a small test preparation company that was later acquired by Kaplan, a giant in the field.  This enabled him to begin Venture for America, a nonprofit investing in future entrepreneurs, winning him an award as Champion for Change by the Obama administration.  Yang’s primary platform in his presidential campaign is that of Universal Basic Income, where each citizen is given $1000 a month to combat the negative effects of automation on the job economy.  This idea is slowly gathering support both on the left and on the right.  Although Yang is running as a Democrat, he is not particularly partisan. He cheerfully appears on Fox News and is gathering support among conservatives because he is pragmatic and technocratic rather than stuck in ideological positions.  I confess that the more I read about him to research this article, the more I like him too.

Fortunately we have a birth time from Yang himself through his campaign (thank you astro.com)  which gives us a more complete picture of his personality.  He is a double Capricorn, with both the Sun and ascendant (rising sign) in that sign of achievement and practicality.   Yet, he has the Moon, […]

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By |2019-12-27T16:57:32-05:00December 23rd, 2019|Politics|13 Comments

The astrology of Alexander McQueen

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I just watched the documentary McQueen about fashion designer Alexander McQueen on Netflix and was struck by both his exceptional genius and his turbulent personal life and apparently fragile psyche.

McQueen was born on March 17, 1969.  (Geeky astrological details: Astro.com has provided a birth time of 10:45 am but this is not an accurate birth time – apparently his mother is quoted as having said his time of birth was sometime between 9:30 and midnight.  The ascendant is the most visible piece of an astrological chart since it reflects the persona and the style of living.  9:30 pm puts Libra on the ascendant which doesn’t really makes sense with the penchant McQueen seemed to have for digging up the dark underbelly of the psyche and expressing it through fashion.  That is much more Scorpionic which would be reflected by a later birth time.  A Libra ascendant would have been much more driven towards creating beautiful and harmonious art whereas McQueen sought to horrify and disquiet his audience. “I use things that people want to hide in their heads. War, religion, sex; things we all think about, but don’t bring to the forefront. But I do and I force them to watch it.”)

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In any case, McQueen was born under the Pisces Sun, and his Moon was also in Pisces.  This was not a New Moon since the Moon was slightly behind the Sun where it is in the balsamic, or Dark Moon phase – a closing of the karmic cycle that requires lessons to be learned and a type of completion.  That this path was to be a difficult one is shown by the exact opposition of Pluto, planet of power […]

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By |2019-11-10T19:09:05-05:00February 12th, 2019|Death, People|4 Comments

The Astrology of Prince Harry’s Revelations

Prince Harry astrologyIn a series of recent interviews, Prince Harry has revealed some of his innermost thoughts and feelings, something very unusual for the normally strait-laced Windsors of Britain.

Harry’s chart is loaded with the element of Earth – Sun in Virgo, Capricorn rising and Moon in Taurus.  Practical, grounded and anchored in the material world, Earthy people tend to be very responsible and understand the necessities of position and place in the world.  Yet in his youth, Harry was known as the mischievous child, forever pulling pranks on those around him and in school was constantly in trouble, according to Diana’s letters (published posthumously).

Mars in Harry’s chart is in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius and widely conjunct Uranus, planet of the rebel. The conflict between this iconoclastic rabble-rouser and the earthy pragmatism is a challenging one and in a conflict like this we often project one side into outer life.  Because Harry was brought up in the tightly controlled environment of British royalty, this need to be responsible to the British people appears to be a strong professional motivator and in fact, the planet of responsibility, Saturn, sits right on the Midheaven (the point of career and public life).  But this Uranian/Sagittarian side inspires him to create change in the monarchy; to modernize it for the 21st century.

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Harry’s chart shows a challenging opposition between Chiron (wounding and healing) and Uranus (electromagnetic energy field).  This aspect is quite common in those born between the mid 1950s and the mid 1980s, but no one else alive today has it.  Individuals with this chart dynamic are typically extremely sensitive energetically and born healers.  They have […]

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By |2019-11-10T19:09:06-05:00June 28th, 2017|People, Psychology|7 Comments

Top ten things to know about Mars in Capricorn!

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Mars often gets a bad rap because it represents the more sordid side of the personality: desires of all kinds, anger, rage.  Mars is named after the god of war, after all!  But Mars also represents inspiration, motivation, the ability to set good boundaries and defend ourselves.  Mars requires action and we generally only see its negative qualities when that action is stifled for some reason.  Mars isn’t necessarily destructive, nor does it necessarily inspire rage in the heart of humans.  But Mars needs an outlet in order to perform efficiently, and the planet that Mars travels through tells us the best way to channel Mars energy at that time.

Mars just entered the sign of Capricorn, the sign that teaches us to master the material world, and will remain there until December 4th  The symbol of Capricorn is the mountain goat, scaling great heights with courage and tenacity.  Capricorn loves structure and business – it follows the rules of society and is patient and disciplined in order to achieve its goals  Mars is said to be exalted in Capricorn because the potential wild energy of Mars is most effective when channeled through the order of Capricorn.

Each sign acts as a correction for the previous sign, so as Mars enters Capricorn it is leaving the sign of Sagittarius where it dislikes boundaries and rules.  The transition to a more structured environment may be somewhat challenging but will pay off in the long run.  While Mars is in Capricorn it will eventually set off the Uranus/Pluto square, creating abundant conflict and destruction anywhere there is stagnation that requires a new approach.

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By |2014-10-26T11:32:26-04:00October 26th, 2014|Lessons, Planetary cycles|2 Comments
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