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Planetary news this week: Planetary stations and Aquarius season begins with a bang

Astrological update for the week of January 16-23, 2023

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Retrograde update. This week the last of the retrograde planes change direction, and we will have no planets retrograde until June. When there are no retrograde planets time tends to speed up; without the pull of the retrograde planets to review and re-discover, we tend to find our lives passing without much reflection. We can adjust our own intention to incorporate this reflection into our daily lives though, through ritual and routines which support our inner experience as well as our outer one.

Planetary stations. Mercury turns direct on January 18th, and Uranus turns direct on the 22nd. Both of these planets are stationary in the sky as they prepare to change direction, which means their influence is more intense – especially if they are hitting a sensitive point in your chart and this is especially true of Uranus which has only moved one degree since early December from the station at 15 degrees Taurus, and it won’t move past the 15 degree point until March 16. This is a long time for Uranus to shine its laser beam of electrical charge and instigation for change, especially if you have planets between 10 and 20 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius). Personally I have three planets in those signs and I’m feeling it for sure!

A good way to handle this Uranian energy is to use its inspiration for innovation and change in our own lives. What can we do that will take our lives into a completely new direction? Where are we stuck? What changes do we know we need to make but have been resisting? Those fixed signs can make it […]

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By |2023-01-16T08:29:34-05:00January 16th, 2023|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Planetary news this week: The first Full Moon of the year

Astrological update for the week of January 2-9, 2023

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Well folks, we made it to 2023: the year everything will change (see this post for more details if you missed it), and the portal to the door of change will begin at the Aquarius New Moon later in the month. Read on to know more!

Mercury is still retrograde and will not turn direct until later this month. In fact, the conjunction of the Sun to Mercury later this weeks marks the midpoint of that cycle. Mercury represents the mind and the processing of information, and it is in Capricorn right now where all of the details are important. When Mercury appears to be retrograde it is closer to Earth than at other times, and all matters of communication and equipment become more important and require more attention to operate smoothly. Most of you know by now not to let that plant a seed of fear – we can still live our lives with a minimum of worry, but our attention will likely keep us drawn back into something from the past that needs to be re-adjusted or re-paired.

Full Moon in Cancer on January 6th For now will open the portal of emotions and feeling to guide us into the high mental vibration of Aquarius. There is a sense here of emotions conflicting with the mind; Mercury conjoins the Sun (the halfway point of the Mercury Retrograde cycle), favoring the thoughts and ideas of the solar consciousness, and opposes the Moon in an attempt to block and diminish the lunar light of interior wisdom.

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By |2023-01-02T07:51:21-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

5.25.21 – How to prepare for tomorrow’s Sagittarius Supermoon lunar eclipse

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A lunar eclipse is a significant event, and when it is a total eclipse AND a SuperMoon (meaning closest to Earth) it has the potential to be quite powerful.  A lunar eclipse involves a conjunction of the Sun and Moon to the lunar nodes, the points that take us from the past to the future, so there is always a sense of something fated – a meeting perhaps, or even just an awakening of something within us which we have not previously recognized or which can help us to re-imagine situations in our life that may be difficult.

The astrology of the May 26 2021 lunar eclipse

The lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021 occurs at the Sagittarius Full Moon – the expansiveness and desire to reach new heights of meaning and understanding dominate the energies of the eclipse.  Not only is Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, tightly aspecting both the Sun and Moon to bring out a peak experience of some kinds, but the fact that the event is a SuperMoon as well – the Moon is at its closest point to Earth (perigee) and appears gigantic and red.  This is such a powerful metaphor to help us to wake up to the call of the soul, which is really the domain of the Moon.

The astrological chart for this eclipse also contains the square from Saturn (structure and social order) to Uranus (radical change and rebellion) which is the story of 2021 so the expansive potential of the eclipse could drive a burst of revolutionary behavior and activity.  Mars, planet of war and action, is in Cancer right now where it can be cranky and emotionally sensitive (not a happy place […]

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By |2021-05-25T07:41:21-04:00May 25th, 2021|Moon, Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Full Moon in Scorpio, April 26, 2021: Challenging the Saturn/Uranus square

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A portion of this article was posted last week but has been updated.  All Full Moons are formed by a polarity between the Sun in one sign balanced against the Moon in the opposite sign. Each opposing pair is a cycle of energy that flows from one sign to the other, each sign containing what the other lacks. Scorpio and Taurus are both fixed signs, both are highly personal signs with one being ruled by Mars (Scorpio) and one by Venus (Taurus). Both are concerned with matters of earthly life, but in Taurus we hold on to who we are, and in Scorpio we must let go of who we think we are in order to become transformed in the purging fire. Taurus seeks harmony and serenity, and Scorpio seeks passion and drama.

Tonight’s Full Moon (culminating at 11:30 pm EDT) is a SuperMoon (™ astrologer Richard Nolle). The SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth – the Moon appears bigger than usual in the sky, and the qualities of the lunar influence intensifies – higher tides, heightened emotions, etc.

Until Mars entered Cancer last week there was a lack of the water element in the skies – we have lots of Aquarian air of the intellect, and some Taurus earthy grounding energies, but the watery energies of feeling and emotion have not had an easy conduit through which to flow.  The Scorpio Full Moon will change all that: Scorpio is the sign of intensity and passion, the impulse that pulls us into the deepest part of our soul and forces us to experience life in the most profound way possible.

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By |2021-04-26T07:33:11-04:00April 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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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