Astrological news this week: Mars enters Gemini and the Uranus station

Astrological update for the week of August 15-22, 2022

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What is the Uranus station? Every planet appears to travel retrograde at some time or another – the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) are retrograde for about half the year. Saturn and Jupiter turn retrograde about once a year. Mars turns retrograde about every two years, Venus about every eighteen months, and Mercury about every three months. Obviously planets don’t really travel retrograde, but geocentric astrology observes the motion of the planets from Earth and we interpret the symbolism of this motion.

These cycles of normal movement alternating with retrogrades are like the ebb and flow of the ocean, and once we learn to let go to the flow of retrograde cycles they feel as natural as standing in the waves. When planets are in their normal orbital speed they are doing business as usual, and when their motion appears to be retrograde they are operating at a more personal level, and sometimes inspiring us to go back to review patterns of the past.

When a planet appears to change direction it will seem to stand still, remaining at the same degree of a sign for a period of days, weeks or sometimes even months. On August 24th, Uranus will turn retrograde at nearly 19 degrees of Taurus and will travel less than a degree until October, meaning the influence of Uranus to awaken and challenge our existing paradigms will be at its most powerful. Uranus has been within a degree of that point since June.

Those of us (me!) who have planets between about 15 and 23 degrees of the fixed signs (Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius) will be most affected as Uranus forces us to break […]

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Astrological update for the week of August 30, 2021: Taking care of details in the midst of confusion

So many of you have asked for some kind of recording and let’s try it this week.  There is a recording of this update at the end of the post.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

This week we have a lack of the fire element in the planetary energies, and Mars, the fire planet, will oppose watery Neptune.  Fire signifies drive, purification, frustration, motivation – it’s active in nature and energizes the processing of our experiences.  Chiron is in Aries, but since Chiron represents the unhealed wound it activate our wounds in these areas rather than provide the fuel for actualization).  When there are no planetary bodies in fire, the force for change is missing – the air of thought and intellect is present (Libra, Gemini) along with Neptune in Pisces to inspire transcendence and the letting go of fixed ideas, but the motivation is lacking.

This will be especially true in the early part of the week when Mars opposes Neptune. The alignment culminates on Wednesday September 2nd, but its influence will be felt throughout the week.  Mars is in Virgo now, motivating us to examine and order the details of life, and the Neptune factor makes that more difficult.  Neptune is like the Sirens of Homeric myth, calling us with its magic song to leave the ordinary world behind and step into magic.  Beautiful and mystical, but not very practical and therefore antithetic to Virgo Mars this week.

I recommend that we all be very careful when making decisions under this influence.  Neptune casts a glamour that can make the unrealistic look very attractive, and with the Virgo New Moon approaching on September 6th, we will want to keep our Neptunian eyewear from blurring our […]

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By |2021-08-30T09:16:35-04:00August 30th, 2021|Planetary news this week|5 Comments

Weekend update: June 5, 2021 – Tension on Saturday, peaceful ease on Sunday

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I’ve been talking all week about the potentially challenging aspect between Mars and Pluto, and today is the day!  The exact opposition occurs today at 3:45 pm EDT (go back and read yesterday’s post about Mars and Pluto if you missed it).  Pluto is a bit like Mars’s daddy, and just imagine a toddler in a tantrum and you’ll have an idea of what can occur today.  The Moon is in Aries now and since Aries is ruled by Mars the Mars energy is amplified even more.

To complicate matters further, Mars is in Cancer where it finds difficulty expressing needs and desires in a clean and simple fashion.  Watch for potential emotional land mines here, especially when the Moon sets off the opposition after around 4 pm EDT.  That would be a good time to take a walk!  These energies can be felt physically so anything you can do to burn off the excess fire would be useful.

Once the Moon shifts into Taurus early Sunday morning, just before 2 am EDT, these intensities will begin to calm down.  Taurus seeks peace and equanimity and the Moon interacts harmoniously with Jupiter and Venus throughout Sunday morning (EDT) to enhance feelings of well-being and greater integrity.  Taking some time on Sunday to recharge and rest will really help us to rebalance if you experienced any difficulty on Saturday. Have a great weekend! ❤️


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By |2021-06-05T06:36:42-04:00June 5th, 2021|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

6.3.21 – Watch for new possibilities under these harmonious aspects!

A harmonious trine from Venus to Jupiter, the two beneficial planets, is one of the luckiest aspects available to us and we get one today.  Venus trine Jupiter can bring opportunities of all kinds, and is generally harmonious for our relationships, our finances, and our general attitudes. We also have a harmonious trine from the Sun to Saturn which helps to bring stability and a refreshed ability to focus on the things that are important to us so that we can accomplish whatever we set our mind to. Unlike the difficult planetary conditions which affect us without any effort on our part, with any planetary aspect of good fortune we must be awake enough to take advantage of it.  When it’s cold outside we are uncomfortable enough to put on a jacket, but when the temperature is comfortable we don’t really pay attention and it’s the same with planetary weather!

These are both fast moving influences that last only a couple of days and remember in the midst of all of this is the second phase of the challenging square from Saturn to Uranus that is creating conflict and revealing fissures in areas of our lives that require change in order to better meet the pressures of the changing world.  Still, we can take advantage of the lovely planetary weather today to refresh ourselves with a new sense of abundance and possibilities. ❤️


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By |2021-06-03T08:00:24-04:00June 3rd, 2021|Planetary news this week|6 Comments

Planetary news this week! Astrological forecast for May 27-June 2, 2019

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Last week we saw the peak of the challenging square from Mars (aggression) to Chiron (wounding and healing).  Perhaps you noticed, with Mars in the emotional sign of Cancer, that people around you were more reactive, either passive aggressive or outwardly aggressive, with feelings more easily hurt?

That influence is behind us, and this week he planetary influences over the next week are sweet and benign.  It’s a good week to rest and recharge, especially if (like me!) you are experiencing an intense planetary shift in your own chart.

The only real difficulty, and it is a mild one, occurs between the 28th and the 31st when Mercury (the mind) faces off in a square to Neptune (dreamy confusion) and opposite Jupiter (confidence).  This is an excellent time for creativity and spirituality – meditation, yoga, creating music or art.  It’s not such a good time for difficult conversations as much can be misunderstood under this influence.  The potential for arguments is high since Jupiter bestows the idea that WE are correct and others are not.  It’s not a good time for making business decisions as we may be overconfident and tend to miss small details – but it IS a good time to listen for your small voice within and your intuitive guidance.  After the 30th, Mercury will be out of range of both Jupiter and Neptune and the clouds will clear.

Venus (love and beauty) harmonizes with Saturn and Neptune between May 30th and June 2nd, a beautiful end to the month.  This enhances our relationships and all of our interactions with others, and also inspires us to seek a more peaceful approach to the matters at hand.  An awkward Venus/Jupiter aspect […]

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