July 16, 2019

To say something about release at this point feels futile, as we’ve gotten to a place where words seem to hold less weight, and feelings, actions, gestures, and intentions seem most potent. Today the Moon is full in Capricorn, conjunct the South Node, Saturn, and Pluto. All three of these entities talk to us about removal of barriers, and a disengagement from tired structures of the past.

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Living sometimes can hurt. The South Node is not a planet or celestial body, but rather is a mathematical point in the cosmos. It is the dark counterpart to the North Node, indicator of the karmic path forward. The South Node of the Moon talks to us about accumulated karmic baggage, past life energy that must be evacuated so that we can move on, once and for all. With the South Node in Capricorn, there are structural issues we are being asked to address within our lives as well as on a societal level. Lots of work to be done within and without. My books are still open for eclipse readings for those looking for specific guidance on this topic.

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Saturn and Pluto have been traveling together in Capricorn for some time now, and are both currently retrograde. With the planet of boundaries, restrictions, and systems of power (Saturn) conjunct the planet of revolution, destruction, and reincarnation (Pluto) as well as the Moon, luminary of emotions, we are experiencing a serious overhaul of just about every facet of our lives. Let things leave, now, my dears. They are departing for reasons that are yet to make themselves evident. No amount of manifestation will bring about the desired result. The cosmos has taken the reigns now, and it is imperative for us to trust that compass.

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We’ll see the Moon connect with Neptune, giving us a sense of spiritual inspiration, the feeling that there is in fact a divine guidance from somewhere else. Putting your faith in the ineffable today will serve you well. Intuitive practices, expressions of empathy, connecting to an innate psychic power, channeling messages through dreams - that is all possible today. Venus opposes Saturn in the evening, bringing tension to our hearts, but this tension asks us to connect with a sense of intentionality, and to remember that moments of frustration direct us back to an inner roadmap, one only we can plan our lives around.

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My offerings for Mercury retrograde readings and eclipse readings still stand, if anyone is feeling lost in the waves. Take time today to yourself. Comb through the imagery of your love, your loss, your ache, your joy. Say goodbye to what holds you back. Imagine the future, be in it, there is a fresh scaffolding beneath the old one. Sending love.

July 15, 2019

The Moon has entered Capricorn, approaching her fullness, and the skies are restless. I took a walk to feel it, and confirmed my suspicion that the light from this waxing luminary was powerful, a little jagged around the edges. Traveling with the South Node, Pluto, and Saturn, this is no time for messing around. There is a karmic gate thrown open behind you, my dears.

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In the small hours, the Moon forms a supportive trine to Uranus, encouraging us to connect with our sense of invention, eccentricity, and weirdo wisdom. We’ve all got at least a little. Tapping into that innately strange sense of creativity today pulls us through. Tilt your head, there is a sharp new perspective that can take root at this time.

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In the evening the Moon opposes Venus, making this a day of emotional questioning, a bit of discomfort, a touch of insecurity. This energy is cyclic. Remember that you can cycle through these moments of indecision, and that no moment of discomfort spells doom. If there are indeed questions that arise about you, your love, your relation to your inner child, etc., sit with them, hold them in your hands. Ask yourself where they came from, and if you can repair their broken wings, or if, perhaps, it is best to let them go.

July 14, 2019 ~ Sun opposite Pluto

Today the Sun is opposing Pluto, undertaker, bringer of endings, revolutionary, lord of the underworld. As we move, this month, between eclipses, I have been trying to take time to understand a few things. Acknowledging past pain has always been a half-in, half-out experience for me. I know it is there but don’t know what to do about it. Knowing that negative experiences that have come to pass have shaped my brain, my heart, my responses to things in the present moment—this has always been something I intellectually know, understand, and tell other people who have similar struggles. But imparting that wisdom to myself, my own practice, my own daily routine, that’s a world of difficulty for me.

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With the Sun shining in opposition to Pluto, we’re coming to terms with what’s been kept in the dark. My eighth house placements have always made it so that I am attracted to the darkness, feel comfortable in it. It has taken me a while to realize that that doesn’t mean I can’t have the Sun, too. After all, the heroes of myth go down into the underworld to meet their shadow, and then come back up again to the dayworld, do they not? Persephone comes to mind. Finding the balance of pain and release, shadow and pleasure, mourning and naming, going through the motions vs. really breathing, being present, this is all alive, alight, and here now. 

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My Capricorn rising self is going through what feels like a significant transformation with the eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn. How I serve and meet others, and how I serve and really make eye contact with my own self—something I haven’t truly been able to do yet—is wrapped up in this experience. I know what it feels like for me, and from the beautiful array of eclipse readings I have done this month, I know it hits us all so differently, so significantly. These are powerful days, my darlings. With five planets retrograde and the Moon conjunct the Nodes of Fate, there’s not much we can obtain in the way of answers. I guess I just wanted to come here and say hello, say thank you, and say I am here, your astrologer, thinker, dreamer, friend. 

 

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July 9, 2019

As the Moon connects with Jupiter while we are sleeping, we find expansion in our hearts, and our emotional orientations stretch their limitations. There is hope here, a reminder that there is cyclic cosmic support for us. Remembering the power of our own expansive abilities will be crucial. Seek widely today, my dears.

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With the Moon squaring off with the Sun and Saturn, there is a sense of pressure, especially from the powers that be. Structural limitations seem at this time to block the way forward. This is a moment to regroup, reassess. Sometimes with Saturn, all we can do is be patient, make a solid to-do list, and try to stay as focused as possible.

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The Moon squares Pluto in the afternoon, pulling us into compulsive emotional and mental spaces. Pluto is lord of the underworld, and the Moon is our emotional luminary. With these two planets putting pressure on one another, we find that some darkness peeks out from hidden corners of our hearts. Getting these feelings up and out into the open will be the most productive way to deal today.

July 8, 2019

In the small hours the Moon strikes a sparkling sextile to Mars and Mercury, traveling together in Leo. Mercury is retrograde and Mars is direct, so eventually the two will cross paths. For the day they meet in a conjunction, and like two waves crashing into one another, they create an energetic force that can knock us back on our heels.

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Mercury is our god of communication, wit, and language, and Mars is the god of war, sexual aggression, and conquest. Conjunct, they blend energies, and our tempers are heated. Our words are delivered hot and fast, we may be impatient, forceful, brave, bold. Be mindful of your heart rate, as well as the speed with which your words are delivered. Retrograde can bring confusion to our communicative sense. Remember to breathe.

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Venus will sextile Uranus as well today, bringing shocks and an inventive perspective to our sense of love, beauty, and values. Uranus is the eccentric futurist of the cosmos, and in connection with Venus, he inspires us to reinvent our approach to love, sex, glamour, and money.

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There’s a lot of quick planetary action today, but the Moon is still in Libra, reminding us that we can (or should) find balance amidst the chaos, and that when we practice the Libran art of compromise, we are able to move forward.

July 7, 2019

Amidst the deep waves of pressure from the New Moon eclipse in Cancer, we now contend with Mercury stationing retrograde at 4° Leo. Mercury entered Leo on June 26th, so we haven’t had much time with the energy of this ingress, and now the tide turns, and Mercury traces his steps back out into the deep seas of Cancer. He will slip backwards from 4° Leo to 23° Cancer, reawakening conversations, thoughts, dreams, emotions, arguments, and symbols from June 20th through late July. Keep your third eye and ear open, my dears. Mercury retrograde is our own private time machine.

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In this space, we find that there is a lot being shaken up. Five planets now retrograde (Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto), caught between two eclipses, our hearts and psyches are either bursting at the seams, or feeling a bit strung out. However this energy finds you, I hope you can remain attentive to your feelings in real time, especially as Mercury retrograde dredges up information from the past. Look to see where Leo and Cancer are in your chart for more info on what area of life may be impacted by this retrograde.

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The Moon squares off with Jupiter and trines Saturn, bringing initial feelings of self-doubt and a strong dose of reality to the fore. Plans that are well thought out are supported at this time, no space for guessing games. The Moon opposes Neptune as well, and there is cause for confusion, for daydreaming, and for drifting through the day. If your mind wanders, let it make art. Remember that this energy is in flux, not a finality.

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The Moon’s trine to Pluto also digs up long-buried secrets, feelings, observations, and truths, and we are supported in this exercise. Letting that stuff of the underworld up into the light helps us integrate, and helps us find peace. Hades contains birds as well as bones. Cycles of life and death, moments of transformation, and cosmic rekindling are all available here. Remember yourself as exactly who you are.

July 5, 2019

After this week’s intense astrological tidal wave, there are no exact aspects today. As I woke this morning, the sky was grey and the world was quiet, tall Oregonian pine cutting stark jagged shapes of green against the endless cloud. Quite a contrast to last night’s fireworks which blared from all corners of town as people gathered in celebration of the holiday…

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That the heavens are quiet today, no pressing new astrological aspects to name right now, seems fitting after the 4th of July, a holiday I have an increasingly hard time not feeling physically ill over. The raucous celebration of this country always seems ridiculous to me, and this year as we see report after report of continued abuse against vulnerable human beings, I can’t stomach any of it, nor do I have patience for explanations of why I need to care.

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The Moon is in Virgo today, the sign of the earth virgin. Virginity connotes not purity but autonomy. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and both she and her ruling planet are divine entities who travel to the underworld and back. She as the bride of Hades, and Mercury as his messenger, the facilitator of dreams, the psychopomp.

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Virgo is also the healer, the doula, the temple attendant, the hearth keeper, the alchemist, the witch, the herbalist. She works in service to harmonize body, soul, mind, and earth. As the skies are quiet today, I see this Virgo Moon moment as a time of integration, and of mending. There is broken-heartedness amongst us right now. So many of us are triggered, traumatized, and living in fear, anger, disgust, with the current state of affairs in our country. Perhaps we can take time today to connect with each other in moments of healing and in love. Kindness and understanding, as well as valuing our bonds, the ones from the heart, the ones that are crucial to maintain, the ones evil seeks to break, will carry us through.

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There is no freedom if we are all not free. Please reach out to one another today as we reintegrate this energy, and make sure you love as strongly as possible. Donate to organizations that need our support, if that is financially accessible, but most importantly do not ignore the role this country plays in maintaining a tradition of cruelty and human suffering in this world, from sea to shining sea.

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The Capricorn South Node asks us to shed the abuses of the father, of the patriarchal system. The Cancer North Node opens a door to a matriarchal future. We need to make radical adjustments for what’s next. Sending love to whoever needs it right now. Thank you for reading these words.

July 4, 2019

With the Moon in Leo today we find ourselves and our hearts attuned to matters of glamour, performance, and pride. Leo, associated with the fifth principle, is all about drama and play, and the boundary between personal expression and art. Loyal to a fault, this is the sign of sweet admiration for friends and loved ones. With the Moon in this sign we find ourselves tender for those we care deeply about, and expressive, bold, and brave about all other endeavors. Use this energy to push yourself to speak up and out, to hold space for yourself, and to feel firmly rooted in your own power.

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At 2:50am the Moon catches up with quick Mercury, currently preparing to station retrograde. Our words come from the heart, and we must be mindful of the order in which we speak them. Confusion, delay, and second-guessing are all possible now. Breathe between sentences, give yourself time.

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Soonafter the Moon squares off with Uranus, planet of eccentric expression and utopian ideation. There is tension here for our hearts, as the sensitive Moon is jarred by electric Uranus’s visionary howls. Sudden shocks may come. Do remember that they will pass, while keeping an eye toward possible pathways to emotional invention. Uranus is usually here to push us into the new, but today that feels like a little too much.

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In the evening the Moon trines Jupiter, and we can expand and luxuriate in Jupiterian connection and celebration. Harmony reigns between our emotions and our sense of optimism. Connect with people who make you feel warm, who’ll pour you a glass of something you like, and listen to your story. Camaraderie is in the air for those of us who stay up a little late.

July 1, 2019

The Moon enters Cancer today, and we are fully immersed in eclipse territory. Here the Moon is comfortable, she understands what she wants and knows how to obtain it. Cancer Moon is pure intuition, warmth, and the power of the divine feminine. Let that flow through you today as you go about your routine. The Cancer Moon supports you in warmth and radiant feminine power.

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At 2:48pm the Moon meets Venus and our hearts are flung open wide. Spend time with people who fill your cup, and make time for expressions of love, devotion, earth connection, and art.

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At 4:20pm Mars, planet of war and aggression, marches into Leo where he’ll stay for the next few weeks. This brings heat, passion, and a twinge of vanity to our days. We’ll feel bossy, bold, and in the mood to take control in relation to our tempers and senses of aggression. We can use this energy to get lots of good work done, but do be mindful not to fall into narcissistic or overly controlling patterns with yourself and others.

June 28, 2019

Today the Moon trines Saturn and sextiles Neptune, and here we have a commingling of the practical (Saturn) and the fantastical (Neptune). With the Moon trine Saturn, we’re given emotional support, and not a moment too soon. Saturn is the harsh planet of reality, self-mastery, and the growth that comes from restriction. But in harmonious aspect to the Moon, luminary of unconscious emotional tides, we are given some temporary terra firma to rest on amidst this week’s chaotic astrology. Use this time to gather yourself, to make lists of what’s next, and to orient yourself to what lies ahead. Diligence is always key when Saturn is involved.

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With the Moon sextile Neptune, the evening is one for poetry. Neptune governs fog, dreams, healing and madness combined, intuition, inspiration, dissociation. There’s a lot contained within this weird blue planet, both metaphorically and in the stuff of our psyche. Sextiles are energetic aspects. The Moon and Neptune sing together tonight, encouraging us to look within and find artistic, empathetic expression without. A time for music, and for finding gentle kindness for yourself and others.

June 27, 2019

The Moon enters Taurus today, attuning our hearts to themes of the body, the senses, and resources that abound from both. With the Moon squaring off with Mars and Mercury, there is likely a little tension in the air, perhaps you woke with a headache or a worry or two. There is pressure here, and acknowledging it allows the feeling to flow productively rather than destructively.

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The Sun sparks a sextile to Uranus, planet of invention, and we are encouraged to find new and creative ways of expressing ourselves, or finding new approaches to our identities. The Sun is the luminary of ego, and Uranus is the planet of shock, change, and the future. Letting these two entities inspire one another, we are reaching for new ways of seeing, speaking, dressing, being. The Moon’s connection to Uranus later in the day also encourages us to feel eccentric, and to lean heavily into a sense of playful optimism. Do be careful not to rock the boat too too much - Uranus is a bit destabilizing. But finding new pathways to the self, and to each other, is suggested here, and amidst our heavier astrology is a beacon of electric hope.

June 26, 2019

As the Moon square off with Saturn and Pluto, the energy today is tense, terse, and foreboding. We are moving through phases of letting go and in that loss we are doing deep work on ourselves, our fears, our desires. It’s important to stay focused at this time. This is definitely a day where your fear, your worry, or your insecurities can get the better of you. If problems arise in your relationships, try to pause, and let that difficulty breathe. Getting things out into the open can help us at this time. Avoiding negative feeling is impossible right now. I would advise you to feel it with all your heart, and see what you find.

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The Moon also trines Jupiter, showing us that there is an underlying support, or hope, characterizing the day. Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and trines offer gentle harmony. This is a reminder that accessing the path to growth comes from keeping your chin up, your heart open, and your mind curious for what’s next.

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Not all is dim and dark today though! The Moon connects with Venus, goddess of love and aesthetics, and we are inspired, charming, and compelled to find sweetness for one another. Connecting with people you love today is your best medicine. The power of genuine empathy, genuine understanding, genuine love, prevails today. Don’t keep yours a secret.

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In the evening Mercury, planet of wit, intellect, and language, enters Leo, bringing heat, passion, and drama to our communication styles. The perfect antidote to all the heavy Cancer/Capricorn energy right now. Mercury will be in Leo for about a week and a half before stationing retrograde, and the planet will enter Cancer yet again. Take note of what is coming up for you now in this pre-retrograde time. It is likely you’ll be hearing echoes of it for the next few weeks.

June 25, 2019

The Moon is in Aries, and a fresh lunar narrative begins again. Aries is the first sign, the ruler of the first principle, and talks to us about the body, the self, and the principle of individuation. For the next two days, our hearts will be focused here. Examining who you are at this point in time brings great insight.

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Though the Moon is in this powerful sign of initiation (Aries = firestarter), we are at the last quarter Moon phase of the lunar cycle. Cord cutting, disengaging, releasing - all of this can come to us today, and help us be unburdened as we move toward the New Moon solar eclipse.

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Today the Moon squares off with the Sun, and there may be tension between the heart and the ego sense. Anxious minds give way to nervous bodies. If you find yourself engaging in rituals of disengagement on this last quarter Moon, remember that it is as important to ground yourself into the body as it is to purge negative emotion, energy, and baggage. Finding earth connection today, in the breath, can be helpful. Either that or meditative visualizations of release and purification around the crown chakra, the top of the head, the realm ruled by Aries, can bring peace today.

June 23, 2019

The Moon is in Pisces, and we are being asked to recollect, remember, and integrate all that has transpired so far, this past month. I know so many of you are feeling burnt out and shaky. It is ok. This is a tender time. Please treat yourselves as gently as you can, while remembering that you are able to move forward. You are not stuck.

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At 2:59am Venus squares Neptune, leading us to over-idealize romantic connections, friendships, and feelings about ourselves and our appearance. A haze of confusion swirls around our Venusian self-image at this time. At 4:17am the Moon contacts Pluto. This may be a day of unearthing hidden truths or other revelations about your shadow, psyche, or past trauma. Move gently with yourself.

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The Moon will later trine Mercury and Mars, still traveling together in Cancer. A conduit of energy here is struck between our emotions, our intellects, and senses of bravery. Do not forget that this is here for you today, amidst our more difficult aspects. You can fall back on your own sense of self. You just have to remember where it was in the first place.

June 22, 2019

This morning the Moon entered Pisces at 7:01am. After the harsh astrology of the week thus far, the Moon in Pisces dials things down a bit, encouraging us to find gentleness, practices of healing, integration, and withdrawal. There has been so much going on this week in the heavens and in our hearts. Can you find space for yourself today? Please try to. You deserve a little break from the chaos.

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At 8:57am the Moon trined the Sun, setting up a harmonious flow of energy between heart and ego-self. In the evening the Moon sextile Uranus, and we are asked to be a bit creative with our situations. Uranus sextile Moon implies that there is more to life than what we’re currently engaging. Uranus is inventive, rambunctious, and likes to act for shock value. I’m not advising you do anything rash, because I think we’re all exhausted, but do try to find some lighthearted expressions of good will for yourself today. Opening your eyes to your own unique strangeness, and the unique strangeness of others, and embracing this as a gift, will be nourishing at this time.

June 21, 2019

Today we welcome the Summer Solstice. Today is the longest day of the year, and we are imbued with solar power. Culminating with the seeming fever-pitch of the week thus far, at this point in our astrological journey, things are still tense but there is a certain blossoming.

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The Sun enters Cancer at 8:54am PST, initiating a new cycle of experience around themes of home, family, ancestry, and the private-self. Always in contrast with the super-solar time of year (at least here in the northern hemisphere), I experience Cancer season as the ultimate nostalgia-maker. The Sun is out, high, and warm, but our hearts withdraw a little, singing small songs indoors and wondering about the past.

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With the Moon trine Venus and sextiling Jupiter today, the feeling is romantic and curious, expansive and oriented toward learning about the world and each other.

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Neptune, planet of fantasy, illusion, madness, healing, stations retrograde at 7:36am. Gentler than our favorite, Mercury retrograde, this period finds us revisioning the spiritual from here until late November. Neptune is in the sign it rules, Pisces, the psychic fish. As it retrogrades backwards in this sign, old conversations around belief, longing, suffering, healing, the gods, your dreams, all come up again for re-examination. This is a time of gaining some clarity around our spiritual experiences. Keep our heart’s eyes wide open, my dears. There are messages that come through this time of year.

June 20, 2019

The Moon floats through Aquarius today, and after yesterday’s tense and tumultuous astrology, the heavens are a bit quieter today. I’ll take it.

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At 5:56am the Moon squares off with Uranus, and from this aspect we can expect a bit of nervous energy running through our emotional core. Uranus is an electric planet, known to us as the planet of surprise, shock, change. With the Moon in tense relation to this planet today, we’ll feel a little on edge for sure.

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We’re all still going to be processing and moving through the astrology of the day prior, when Mars and Pluto faced off in the sky, bringing to the surface old narratives of pain and power struggle. Remember that all of this astrology is part of a larger picture, my dears. We are stripping away old ways of being, and that process is painful as hell. But we’re all here together. Or at least I am here with you.

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Take time for yourself today to find moments of integration, pause, and compassion for your situation. We have to take all of this change and upheaval step by step. Not a moment faster.

June 19, 2019

How’s everyone doing? Today has some very pointed astrology, as we are being pushed, almost violently at this point, to confront old ways of being/doing/believing and remove them from our lives. With the Moon, Pluto, and Saturn all gathered together in Capricorn near the South Node, our attitudes towards power (Pluto), understanding of responsibility and boundary (Saturn) and emotional weight (Moon) is going to be tested, triggered, denied, rebuilt.

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These planets then oppose Mercury and Mars in Cancer. There is a polarity here between public and private, between work and home, comfort and denial of the body. Oppositional aspects express themselves externally, meaning we feel like this energy is happening to us rather than happening at our discretion.

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These aspects have been building for a while now, as slow moving Pluto and Saturn have been traveling together with the South Node slowly, waiting to come into alignment with quick Mercury and warlike Mars. Today is a day where we can expect some emotional peaks, as these aspects sharpen their energetic expression.

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There is a showdown now between new and old. Mars is the god of war and Pluto is the lord of transformation, revolution. In tense opposition to one another, these planets have a lot of nasty things to say to one another, which can get replicated or repeated in our minds, hearts, and interactions with one another. Though it’s a cruel day, we are being asked to cut away from whatever we’re holding on to that should have been dealt with a long time ago. The impact of today’s astrology is lasting, and initiates a conversation for us of how to take down old styles of understanding power, self-worth, and two to destroy that which should be destroyed.

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We are still moving through the helpful and supportive sextile between Saturn and Neptune - that’s another conversation between two slow moving planets, that that may be here to support you at this time. In fact, Neptune right now is squared by the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter, placing emphasis on spiritual transformation. We are being called to work at a higher frequency than we were previously. With that said, Neptune provides no solid ground for us. Floating in the ether, try your best today to protect yourself, to make decisions for your highest good, and to remember that this is all part of a much longer, bigger conversation.

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The Moon is void-of-course all day today, until 7pm, which means that decisions made, promises uttered, and oaths sworn will hold little weight. Take your time, and hold off until this evening or tomorrow to sign any paperwork, or make any real decisions.

June 18, 2019

This morning at 4:40am Saturn struck a sparkling sextile to Neptune, which amidst the slightly chaotic astrology of recent and future days, is like a helpful friend to us today. Saturn sextile Neptune says that we can organize ourselves, our passions, our dreams, and by giving them a bit of structure, we can bring our aspirations into a physical reality. If the Full Moon conjunct Jupiter suggested that our wishes can come true, this aspect is here to support us in that pathway, and help us remember that anything is possible, as long as we have a plan.

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Spending time today in meditation or reflection will bring insight, as Neptune talks to us about the void, and Saturn appreciates the diligence of careful, purposeful behavior.

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At 9:05am Mercury connects with Mars, bringing heat to our words today. We can speak and think bravely, something that we may need in order to pull as much power as possible out of that Saturn/Neptune aspect.

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Watch out for emotional blocks though at 8:53pm, as Saturn connects with the Moon in Capricorn, bringing a bit of restriction to our heart spaces.

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The Moon connects with Neptune tonight, making it a lovely evening for poetry, revelry, performance, play, and healing.

June 14, 2019

Today’s astrology struck me as requiring more than a pretty picture to illustrate its worth. Here is an image of the astrology of June 14, 2019.

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Contained within this tapestry of planets, several figures emerge. Today the Moon, Neptune, and Mars all harmonize together in the shape of an equilateral triangle, what we call a grand trine. Grand trines are trines in triplicate, three planets each forming 120° angles to one another. This gives a feeling of harmony, even laziness or ease. It is important to take note of the fact that these planets are in water signs, showing us that there is emotional, spiritual, and psychic lethargy that underlies the astrology of the moment. A reminder that what seems to be benign might actually be something sloth-inducing in disguise.

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

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Piercing the center of this grand trine is a fierce opposition, one pole characterized by Pluto and Saturn, loosely conjunct in Capricorn, the other colored by Neptune, Mars, and the North Node, all conjunct in Cancer. We have been anticipating, and feeling the eventual perfection, of this opposition of Saturn and Mars. 

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Saturn is the planet of rules, boundaries, constriction, time. Mars is the planet of war, conquest, action, heat. With Saturn opposing Mars today, we get the forceful message that people are standing in our way. There may be unexpected assaults made on us, our character, our reputation. There may also be other kinds of let down today, confrontations with enemies, or perhaps just a confrontation with the cold hard feeling of “NO,” given to us by Saturn.

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I feel ill at ease saying that this kind of upset is “Karmic” or meaningful, because the honest truth is that things these days are just difficult. Labeling them spiritually meaningful one way or another doesn’t ease the burden of time, loss, pain. I think feeling into this darkness might be most helpful at this time, exploring the edges of our rejection, our uncertainty, our shame. Perhaps there is something here for us. At least the contrast of this depth of frustration is something to compare with future joys, which certainly will appear on the horizon. This is also a good day for doing physical things to get our energy out, so that this rage does not stay stuck in our physical body.

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Notice now that the grand trine is also cut by a t-square aspect, the focal point of which is Neptune, planet of fantasy. Jupiter squares Neptune, and the sun squares Neptune as well. The Sun’s opposition to Jupiter is waning but still present. The planets put pressure on Neptune, and this is a point of fissure, friction, eruption for us. It helps us break out of the lethargy of the grand trine, and gives us an escape from the Saturnian torment of the Mars/Saturn opposition. 

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Perhaps there is a heightening of consciousness that comes with all of this turmoil. The planets forcing us to focus on Neptune, king of dreams, seems on the surface to be a disturbing sort of medicine. Do we soothe our earthly frustration with prayer? Do we use Dionysian escape to cope? Or, do we turn to the higher vibration of Neptune’s energy to find a way forward? A path toward healing? Turning the other cheek to the abuses of Saturn and Mars, old gods if I’ve ever seen them, and finding a way to play, to sing, to dream? How long do we sit with our rage before it burns our lungs? Does Neptune always equal avoidance? I’m not sure, today. 

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I always want to be helpful. But today I am more in awe of the poetry of this astrology. It seems suggestive of the turning of the wheel in a significant manner, one I haven’t yet contemplated. I hope that in the thick of things, you can hum a Neptunian song. Anger gives us energy, but healing, often is nebulous, slow, lacking boundary, lacking plan. Whatever comes to you today, I hope these words can give context for connectivity, strength, and heart.