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Planetary news this week: Total eclipse at the Taurus Full Moon

Astrological update for the week of November 7-14, 2022

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As you probably know, we are in eclipse season and the one on Tuesday November 8th really dominates the airwaves this week. First of all, it’s a total eclipse which means that the lunar nodes of fate are very tightly conjunct the lunation (the Sun and Moon in opposition).  We have a powerful see-saw (remember those?) of the eclipsed Moon (feelings)  in tight conjunction to Uranus (rebellion and change), but in the sign of Taurus which craves security and stability. So already we are set up for a lack of balance. The Moon conjoins the North Node which points to the future, suggesting that a change that comes about in this lunar eclipse will change the trajectory of destiny. (Quite a big deal considering it falls on Election Day in the U.S.)

On the other end of the see-saw we have a tight stellium (grouping) of planets in intense Scorpio, including a conjunction of Mercury to the Sun, illuminating the realm of reason and information, and Venus for power in relationships and personal interactions. The Sun, Mercury and Venus all oppose Uranus suggesting a burst of energy for something new. The role of Uranus is to inspire the breaking free of old routines and patterns which no longer serve us. The Sun conjoins the South Node of the past, suggesting that there is quite a lot that has been holding us back which needs to be released in order for the future to unfold as it should.

I’d like to also point out that the eclipse takes place just one degree from astrological Samhain, the midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice known […]

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By |2022-11-06T18:20:50-05:00November 7th, 2022|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Planetary news this week: Eclipses and Scorpio dominate the energetic frequencies

Astrological update for the week of October 23 – November 2

(I will be traveling so next week’s report will be a few days late and is included in this one.)

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Scorpio. The big news that will dominate the week is the infusion of Scorpio energies that are emerging right now. On Sunday the Sun and Venus both entered Scorpio, and just after midnight EDT on Tuesday the Moon enters Scorpio just before the solar eclipse at the Scorpio New Moon on October 25, 2022 at 6:48 am EDT. And Mercury will enter Scorpio on October 29th.

Scorpio is associated with intense emotions – the dark feelings such as jealousy and hatred which normally don’t see the light of day.  However, anything which we hide in the darkness never has the opportunity to become transformed.  Scorpio fearlessly plumbs these depths of darkness and supports us in our quest to regain the power that we have lost through self-denial and diminishment.

Each sign reacts to the one before it, and in this shift from Venus-ruled Libra to Mars-ruled Scorpio we leave behind the polite niceties of Libra to dig into the Truth that often hides from the light of day. Scorpio season is followed in late November by Sagittarius, where the intensity is left behind in favor of a sunnier optimism.

Solar eclipse October 25. This Scorpio eclipse follows on the heels of the Aries Full Moon, and with both Aries and Scorpio ruled by Mars (Scorpio’s modern ruler is Pluto but Mars is still very much in charge), it’s no surprise that this is a time of intense warrior energy, dominated by female archetypes. The Sun and Moon are thought to represent the male and female […]

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By |2022-10-23T14:23:28-04:00October 23rd, 2022|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

The Astrology of the U.S. Midterm Election, 2022 edition

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Election Day in the U.S. falls on November 8th this year. Whoever decided to schedule Election Day during Scorpio season clearly wasn’t working with an astrologer – how much nicer would it have been to hold the election during Libra season when everyone wanted to be nice. Oh wait, then nobody would be able to make up their minds. 😃

Lunar eclipse. This year the midterm elections fall not only in Scorpio season, but on the day of a lunar eclipse at dawn in Washington, the Moon opposite the Sun at 15 degrees of the Taurus/Scorpio axis. This is one of the cross-quarter Celtic power days (Samhain), and with a lunar eclipse on this day it’s bound to carry a great deal of potential to create waves.

This is a total eclipse, with the lunar nodes just three degrees from the Sun and Moon which intensifies the eclipse energies – there is a sense here of something underground about to burst, which is then pushed into consciousness with an almost violent thrust. Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun within one minute of a degree, something called “cazimi,” suggesting that ideas and communication could be lost under the power of the brilliant nuclear explosive energies emerging at this time. On top of this, Uranus, planet of “shock and awe” – sudden change and eruption of awareness – virtually ensures that what happens on Election Day this year is impossible to predict (exact conjunction to the Taurus Moon and opposes the Sun and Mercury).

The position of the lunar nodes is critical in an eclipse, and here we have the North Node of fate tied in with the eclipse of the lunar energies, and the South Node of […]

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By |2022-10-15T08:58:35-04:00October 15th, 2022|Politics|4 Comments

All about the Halloween Full Moon in Taurus

Nothing makes Halloween more Halloween-y than a Full Moon, and with 2020 killing off a great deal of the Halloween holiday that could be just the boost we need.  (Some history: The holiday of Halloween has nothing to do with astrology – the holiday of Saints Day on November 1 was created by Pope Gregory III to distract the peasants from their fire festival of Samhain, which is actually held at the midpoint between the September equinox and December solstice around November 6.  The distraction didn’t really work as the peasants still celebrated their fire festival on the night before All Saints Day, calling it All Hallows Eve which then became Hallowe’en.)

In any case, we have a big Full Moon on October 31st at 10:49 EDT in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign, amplifying the earthy energies of the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all in Capricorn.  The earth element tends to pull our focus to the practical foundations of life – the structure and organization through which all of the other elements flow.  Pluto has been wreaking creative destruction in Capricorn since 2008, with Saturn as an ally for the past year or so.  Jupiter joined the party in early 2020 and expanded the work of Saturn and Pluto to challenge and re-imagine the very basis upon which we craft the solid elements of our lives.

Where Capricorn builds structures for human existence for the sake of the work, Taurus inspires us to ground and center into our very being – to fully inhabit our physical form and enjoy the pleasures of the senses.  With the Moon in Taurus, the Sun is in Scorpio, opposing the Moon and reflecting its light so that the […]

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By |2020-10-31T07:02:43-04:00October 30th, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Ground and center for creative focus

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Last week’s harmonious alignment between Saturn and Neptune is still in strong effect.  I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work.  And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension. The harmonious interplay between these two energies is a great boon for anyone living on planet earth in human form.

Mercury, planet of the mind and communication, is also very active this week – transiting the Sun in its retrograde journey.  With both the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, sign of truth and power, a hidden truth is likely to be revealed and some steps retraced as we strive to repair any damage done.  Mercury harmonizes with both Neptune and Saturn to facilitate all communication with grace and efficacy, so any eruption of inconvenient truths will be eased by this harmonious interaction with Mercury.  In mythology, Mercury carried messages between the gods and was the only one of the gods granted the ability to traverse between the worlds.  He facilitates the communication which perfects the other planetary cycles and helps us to assimilate them with greater ease.

In the midst of this arrives the Taurus Full Moon, locked in a powerful embrace with the planet Pluto which adds a transformational dimension and a portal for change.  Taurus inspires us to ground and center into our very being – to fully inhabit our physical form and enjoy the pleasures of the senses.  Under the Taurus influence we rediscover our love […]

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By |2019-11-11T06:42:54-05:00November 11th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment
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