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Astrological news this week: Tread carefully with Mars/Saturn abnd Mercury/Pluto

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Astrological update for the week of April 4-11, 2022

Before I talk about the hard stuff I’d like to add a preface: These potentially challenging cycles are fast moving, lasting only a few days, and interpersed are lovely periods of harmony and camaraderie that will help to relieve the stress of what I’m about to reveal. 😃

Mars conjunct Saturn April 4. The week begins with a challenging conjunction from Mars to Saturn in the Saturn-ruled sign of Aquarius. The idea that Mars and Saturn are malefic in their nature is something that I am always arguing against.  If it weren’t for Mars we wouldn’t get out of bed in the morning.  Mars is the energy that motivates and excites us – it provides inspiration as well as desire.  When that inspiration and desire is thwarted, Mars can become angry and that can easily escalate into the rage that Mars is known for.  Saturn provides a container and structure for our lives.  It inspires us to make commitments and to set goals for the future.  Saturn’s lessons become difficult when we attempt to ignore the need for rules and structure – then we may get the proverbial bonk on the head from the Celestial Taskmaster.

This conjunction is intensified because it squares the Taurus Moon which may cause some disruption to our equilibrium. The conjunction is also in a strong square aspect to the Lunar Nodes of Fate, suggesting that there may be a reckoning from the past that must be confronted before the path to the future is clear. With any planetary aspect to the nodes there may not be a specific event that occurs but it’s a good idea to keep our eyes open in the early part […]

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By |2022-04-04T08:28:22-04:00April 4th, 2022|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

The astrology of the week of November 1, 2021: It’s all about Scorpio

This week we have a New Moon in Scorpio, and it’s a SuperMoon, Mars has just entered Scorpio, the Sun is already in Scorpio, and Mercury moves into Scorpio this week.  Under the influence of Scorpio there is nowhere to hide: life becomes a deep dive into the most intense search for meaning we can imagine.

In addition, the challenging square between Saturn and Uranus, the story of 2021 over control vs liberty, is activated by Mars this month, but that activation actually begins this week with the Scorpio New Moon triggering first Saturn and then Uranus. These themes of repression and rebellion are evident on the world stage but they may also be present in our own lives as we struggle to find a way to live an authentic and joyful life in a pandemic world. How much freedom are we willing to give up for our security and the health of others?  How much control can we really have in a world full of unexpected consequences? These are the questions being asked during this Saturn/Uranus time which began earlier in 2021 and is coming to a conclusion in December (mostly, that is – Saturn and Uranus will continue to do a dance into 2022 but it will be much weaker).

Those are the important things…let’s take a look at the week ahead. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.


Monday November 1.  As the Moon completes her passage through Virgo, we are more easily able to process the details of life and digest them into meaningful and practical pieces. Mercury is in a harmonious trine to Jupiter, expanding our views of what is […]

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Astrological forecast for the week of September 27, 2021: Mercury retrograde and retrograde season

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There’s a lot to talk about this week!  Grab a cuppa something and let’s dive in.

Mercury retrograde.  Mercury turns retrograde on September 27th, the day I am writing this, at which point we have  SIX retrograde planets, plus Chiron.  This is not as extreme as last year when every planet (seven) including Venus and Mars was retrograde for many weeks – Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will all turn direct in October and the undertow of retrograde energies will be on the wane.  But don’t be surprised if this month you find yourself feeling like it’s Groundhog Day all over again and be prepared to be in a near constant review of your life as you prepare for this new future.  Retrograde season has a purpose: it helps us to stay in the flow of life – like the ocean, there is an ebb as well as a flow and sometimes it is in the ebb where we find the most magic.

When Mercury is retrograde communication becomes more critical.  Mercury is closest to the Sun and currently it is locked in a square to Pluto, making communication not only more critical as it stations retrograde and is at a standstill, but in that standstill it is challenged by Pluto’s intense commitment to creative destruction and transformation.  The Truth will come out, and it’s not always pretty or comfortable.  But whenever Pluto is involved, that discomfort and unease virtually always evolves into powerful realizations and growth.

And now…the week ahead.  Days and times are given in EDT, please adjust for your own time zone. 

Monday, September 27.  As Mercury turns retrograde the Moon is in Mercury-ruled Gemini.  There is a lot to say, a lot to think, and […]

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By |2021-09-27T07:52:41-04:00September 27th, 2021|Planetary news this week|2 Comments

Astrological update for the week of September 20, 2021: Full Moon, Equinox portal!

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There’s a lot of astrological juice in the skies this week, which means quite a few potent energies swirling around to affect us in a variety of ways. Emotions could be extreme under the Full Moon, and the portal point of the September Equinox will open up doorways of change.  Be ready!  We are heading into Deep Retrograde season with Mercury’s retrograde turn next week, and some potent challenges from Mars which will keep things lively.  😃

Monday September 20.   The Pisces Full Moon culminates on Monday just before midnight EDT/Tuesday 4 am UTC, and is packed with generally positive forces for awakening and illumination. (You can read all the details of the Full Moon here.)  The Moon conjoins Neptune before noon on Monday EDT/4 pm UTC, paving the way for the Piscean burst of spectral magic which can cause a lack of clarity as we make our way through the mundane details of our daily life to reawaken the spark of divine inspiration. 

A harmonious trine from Mercury to Jupiter, Pisces’ modern ruler, culminates at 10:52 pm EDT just before the Full Moon.  This is a beautiful gift of hope and optimism to pave the way for the Full Moon shower of grace.

Tuesday September 21.  The Moon enters Aries just after 3 am EDT/7 am UTC and begins to translate a challenging opposition between Mars and Chiron that is just beginning to form.  Mars is in Libra where we can find it difficult to express ourselves clearly, and Chiron is in Aries and has been since 2018 – calling out areas of our self-expression which have been wounded and […]

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The meaning of the pre-Equinox Pisces Full Moon

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by Lynn Hayes.  At the Pisces Full Moon the Pisces Moon is opposite the Virgo Sun, requiring us to bring into balance the polarity of these  two opposing astrological signs. Pisces, as Virgo’s opposite, lives in the realm of Spirit and ideals rather than the mundane. Where Virgo is concerned with worldly matters required by humans who live in a physical world, Pisces opens the door to the realms that lie within and beyond the soul and psyche. Where Virgo is practical and teaches us to create order, Pisces longs to transcend reality and ascend into more soulful experiences. Neither is better than the other – the mysticism of Pisces can bring delusion and illusion, and the organization skill of Virgo can lead to a limited perspective where the view of the trees obscures our ability to see the forest.

Under any opposition we must learn to create balance and integration between the polarity of two opposing signs, and this is also true at the Full Moon.  The Pisces Full Moon is all about connecting to Spirit, to the Divine within us, to our imagination and a sense of magic.  However, when the Moon is full in Pisces it opposes the Sun in practical Virgo so there is a necessity to balance that dreaminess with a firm footing in the material world.

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The Full Moon is the peak of the waxing phase of the lunar cycle and begins the waning phase of completion, so this is a time of culmination of the dreams and ideals (Pisces) so that we can harvest the seeds that we have sown. Mercury, ruler of the Virgo Sun, is stationary in […]

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