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Astrological update for the week of January 3, 2022 – A bit of planetary R&R

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I may have neglected to mention last week that yesterday’s Capricorn New Moon was a SuperMoon, and today here on the East Coast of the US we are enjoying the meteorological effects.  We are under a heavy influence of Saturn currently – not only do we have the waning energies of the Saturn-ruled Capricorn New Moon, but six planetary bodies are ruled by Saturn right now: Sun, Venus, Moon and Pluto in Capricorn, and Mercury in Aquarius along with Saturn itself.  Saturn demands accountability and responsibility, so even though Jupiter has entered Pisces and we all want to relax and thing everything will be blissful from now on, it might not be that easy.  In my view the best way to manage these opposing forces is to hope for and visualize the best (Jupiter in Pisces) while preparing for the worst in a disciplined fashion (Saturn).

Here’s your forecast for the week ahead. Dates and times are for the Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality.

Monday January 3.  The energies of the Capricorn New Moon will be waning for a day or two, so this is a great time to be organized. The Moon will leave Saturn ruled Capricorn at 5:43 pm today and move into Saturn-ruled Aquarius so the six planetary bodies in Capricorn will still be in effect until Wednesday when the Moon enters Pisces.

The Moon is quite busy on Monday as it passes by Venus and Capricorn in the morning and forms a harmonious trine to Ceres in the afternoon.  Structure and functionality are the keywords for today.

Tuesday January 4.  The Aquarius Moon activates the challenging square alignment between Saturn and Uranus (the Story of 2021 as I called […]

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Weekend update: The meaning of the Libra Full Moon

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The Moon will reach its peak fullness in Libra on Sunday March 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm EDT, but its energies are powerful throughout the weekend.  This Full Moon is a SuperMoon, being at perigee or its closest point to the Earth.  There is some evidence that a Supermoon has a stronger effect on the tides and geophysical events such as storms, earthquakes and the like. Personally, I experience the Supermoons as being much more intense and I tend not to sleep under their influence.

In any case, this weekend’s Libra Full Moon coincides with the conjunction of the Sun and Venus in the sign of Aries, the opposite sign to Libra. This is what’s called the “superior” conjunction of the Sun and Venus, when Venus is at its furthest point from Earth, and it is the midpoint of the Sun/Venus cycle, just as the Full Moon is the midpoint of the Sun/Moon cycle.  There is a sense here of culmination and release in Venus-related themes: self-esteem, what we value, how we feel about our attractiveness, our ability to love, our desire to connect.  The fact that the Sun and Venus are in a tight conjunction to Chiron’s drawing out of the wounds for healing suggests a powerful opportunity to let go of destructive patterns, even if they are deeply entrenched to the point where they seem to be our very nature.

The lunar cycle is symbolic of the dance between our conscious awareness and the inner world of the emotions, a polarity which requires balance and integration just as all polarities in astrology do.  The entire wheel of the zodiac is a system of polarities, in which each pair of signs represent oppositional forces that require balance […]

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3.26.21 The Sun/Venus conjunction in Aries peaks today

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Although the exact conjunction is today, this aspect is embedded into the chart of the Libra Full Moon on Sunday so this influence is the main focus over the next few days.  Venus is at its farthest point from Earth right now, but the Venus-ruled Libra Full Moon is a Supermoon which helps to shine her influence a little more brightly.  As I wrote yesterday, this conjunction is the midpoint of the Sun/Venus cycle and the culmination of our search for values which truly integrate with our sense of self. That is the theme of the Libra Full Moon in which the Venus-ruled Libra Moon opposes the Sun and Venus in Aries, the sign of the individual. There is a focus on our own sense of self-worth and our ability to be in relationship without losing the self – the need for balance in all things.

Today though, the Moon is in Virgo where we are more attentive to the details and making sure that everything works properly.  The Virgo Moon harmonizes in a trine to Uranus to facilitate new ways of thinking and feeling, a great benefit for the Virgo Moon which can be somewhat paralyzed in the weeds of details. A challenging square to Mars could force some kind of confrontation into the open – not a bad thing, and something which prepares us for the weekend’s lunation.


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By |2021-03-25T19:16:03-04:00March 26th, 2021|Planetary news this week|3 Comments

3.25.21. The meaning of the Sun/Venus conjunction

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The Sun will conjoin Venus in Aries at 2:58 am EDT on Friday March 26, but the two brilliant and bright planetary bodies have been within a degree all week.  The Sun and Venus collide about every 9-1/2 months: once when Venus appears to be at its closest point to Earth when retrograde, and once when Venus is at its farthest point when traveling direct. This is considered the midway point in the Venus/Sun cycle, equivalent to the Full Moon phase of the solilunar cycle.  From our perspective, the Sun appears to be between Venus and the Earth and there is a culmination of sorts – an awakening and illumination of the interconnectedness of all humans.

With the Sun and Venus both in Aries, the sign of the individual, this idea of interconnectedness must acknowledge the fact that we are all separate humans with our own unique viewpoints and destinies.  This in fact is the theme of the upcoming Libra Full Moon, so we will be observing these themes for much of the week.  Somehow we must find a way to achieve self-satisfaction and the thrill of our own unique adventure while at the same time bringing a sense of balance and harmony to all of our interpersonal relationships. There is also a need now to readjust and integrate our values and our own self-esteem into our conscious awareness so that we are better served by these important ideas.

Chiron conjoins the Sun and Venus this week, suggesting that there are some painful lessons that may need to be learned as we embark on this adventure.  Perhaps we lack the confidence to listen to our own inner voice and surrender too much […]

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By |2021-03-24T19:11:06-04:00March 25th, 2021|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Planetary news this week: Mercury turns direct! And the Leo New Moon

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These weekly posts focus on the microcosm of the smaller planetary cycles.  For an overview of the larger cycles and how they affect our inner and outer worlds, be sure to subscribe to my monthly Planetary Illuminations report

Thanks to the proliferation of astrological information on the Internet, most people know about Mercury retrograde – the pesky little jokester planet which reverses course for three weeks, four times a year, often forcing us to retrace our steps and discover our mistakes.  “Oh, I didn’t realize that…”  “I thought you said…” “Please cancel my appointment…” – these are all the kinds of things that are said while Mercury is retrograde.

Mercury is about to turn direct again on the 31st, but it takes a few days for its motion to pick back up and for things to get back to normal.  So for the next week or so, remain aware and look back to see if any details have been dropped and need to be corrected.

The Sun and Venus are locked in an embrace that culminates midway through August – this is a particularly favorable planetary combination that fosters ease and flow, especially if you have planets between 15-25 degrees of the fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius).  The Sun represents the Self – our inner vitality, our sense of purpose.  Venus is the principle of attraction, including our relationships with others and our aesthetic tastes.  The two together combine in a lovely cocktail of beauty and harmony for the next couple of weeks, but that harmony will be shaken up from time to time by a stressful aspect from Uranus, planet of radical and abrupt change.  Our relationships with others […]

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