First Quarter Moon in Capricorn: The Art of Investing in the Face of Impermanence

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Tonight, shortly after the Mercury-Chiron opposition, we reach the First Quarter Moon, on route to the Aries Full Moon on October 5th. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus will peak late tonight (ADT) and tomorrow, Pluto will complete its turnaround in Capricorn.

That is a lot of intense, possibly excruciating, shifting ground, and I for one, am thankful for the Earthy influences of Mars and Venus being in Virgo (the rulers of this Jupiter-Uranus opposition), to stabilize the potentially explosive components here.

The First Quarter Moon is a prelude to both Pluto’s pivot, and the Jupiter-Uranus opposition. The Moon lights up Capricorn, squaring the Sun, which is bringing its light to Libra, the sign it currently shares with Jupiter.

Quarter Moons are turning points. A day to take a moment and carefully assess the directions and options available to you. A day to make a conscious decision to take the best action available to you; an action that aligns with truth, wholeness, healing and wellbeing. Continue reading “First Quarter Moon in Capricorn: The Art of Investing in the Face of Impermanence”

Tug of War! And then… the Rope Snaps :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 25th – October 1st

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I remember playing Tug of War as a child. It was lots of fun, until one side really gained an edge and suddenly yanked the other group over the line with a jolt – or, when one team decided to suddenly let go, causing the other team to topple over back onto each other. The same effect could be caused by the rope suddenly snapping. That is what this week may feel like, for better or worse, as we make our way to the third and final installment of one of 2017’s major aspects: The Jupiter-Uranus opposition. Continue reading “Tug of War! And then… the Rope Snaps :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 25th – October 1st”

What does your Natal Mercury Placement say about your Communication Style?

I originally posted this on Instagram on Tuesday night, just before the New Moon in Virgo (occurring opposite Chiron). I believe this is the only time I have ever posted a series of astro “cookbook” style descriptions for each sign – and it might be the last time I do it! However, on Instagram, it became less about the post and more about the dialogue in the comments I think.

For those of you who are reading this post for the first time here, I’ll offer a disclaimer: For the same reasons I can’t bring myself to provide regular sign-by-sign horoscopes, most of the time I’m extremely reticent to offer sign by sign, planet by planet, generic piecemeal type interpretations because an individual’s natal chart holds an immense amount of information that is intricately woven together. A single placement can express itself in a dramatically different way then anticipated – which will make perfect sense once it is interpreted in light of the entire chart’s beautiful complexity. However, piecemeal descriptions are obviously really accessible, they can be fun to read, and they do often contain a seed of truth. I’ll let you decide for yourself though! Continue reading “What does your Natal Mercury Placement say about your Communication Style?”

New Moon in Virgo :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 18th – 24th

When you track the sky’s current transits, do you ever wonder who’s getting the day’s birth charts? I mean, there are thousands of human beings being born all over the world each and every hour… so someone out there is going to grow up with the transits of the day embedded in their birth chart… No? Yes? Maybe that’s just evidence that I am a major astro-nerd.

Anyway, I was asking myself that very question because this week we will have ALL FIVE personal planets together in Virgo for the Virgo New Moon early WEDNESDAY morning (ADT). The personal planets include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars (the Sun and Moon are often referenced as planets in astrology). They are called personal planets because they are closest to Earth and move through the zodiac faster than the outer planets, such as Neptune and Pluto, and therefore have a more explicit, obvious, personal impact within our birth charts.

Point being, whatever little humans are welcomed into the world mid-week, they are going to be ultra-Virgo! Continue reading “New Moon in Virgo :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 18th – 24th”

Last Quarter Moon in Gemini :: Stay Hungry for Questions

I really like doing these Quarter Moon posts because I get to compare and contrast two different signs that are squaring each other in the zodiac wheel. I have the opportunity to demonstrate how they can be complementary when integrated and applied in a balanced way. This time around, it’s pretty easy to demonstrate the supportive, harmonizing potential, because we are dealing with the Moon in Gemini squaring the Sun in Virgotwo Mercury-ruled signs.

As always though, the Third Quarter Moon presents a challenge of some sort as we bring this lunation cycle to a close. Saturn in Sagittarius also opposes the Moon, creating a tight, pressurized t-square with the Sun as the apex planet, and this makes this morning’s Third Quarter Moon a bit more complicated – and heavy.

So first let’s address the Moon in Gemini opposite Saturn in Sagittarius.

Saturn is currently wrapping up its 2-year+ pilgrimage through Sagittarius; a search for truth, and for meaning. But what is Truth… is there one objective Truth? And if so, who has the Truth? Where is the Truth? Are we taught the Truth? Do we find it or create it or discover it within ourselves? And how do we test and validate “what is True”? Through empiricism (validating through direct sensory experience)? Scientific research studies? Historical analyses? Spiritual revelation? By its degree of usefulness? Through intuition and gut responses?

How do individual expressions of one’s inner Truth emerge into personal and meaningful life stories within a society that is uncomfortable with lived Truths that contradict its dominant narratives? What happens when multiple “Truths” conflict? When does the Truth need defending, and when can it defend itself? And how many Truth assertions can we tolerate before we draw a Saturnian boundary around what is valid, good, okay, healthy… and what is not?

So many big questions… and no one loves a big question more than Gemini. The Moon in Gemini is feeling the opposing strain of Saturn’s demand to come up with concrete answers, and yet it resists suffocation. Continue reading “Last Quarter Moon in Gemini :: Stay Hungry for Questions”

Stretching, Reaching, Dancing into the Third Quarter Moon Phase :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 11th – 17th

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The Sun, Mars, and Mercury are currently moving through Virgo, with Venus trailing behind, currently traveling through the final decan of Leo this week. Mid-NEXT week, for a period of approximately three days, we will have FOUR personal planets in Virgo (Sun, Mercury, Mars, Venus) – and at the time of the New Moon on September 20th, we will have the Moon in Virgo as well. It is relatively rare to have all the personal planets in the same sign at once. As I mentioned before, this is a very–Virgo Virgo season. Tis the season to get shit done.

However, Venus is letting us know that she is not done playing with fire yet, and she has plenty of lioness moves to make before the week is done. The North Node (the eclipse choreographer) also gets a great deal of action this week. It begins with receiving a friendly sextile from Jupiter, the great benefic planet, on MONDAY morning. This sextile will hold throughout the week while Venus interacts with it.

Late THURSDAY night (ADT) Venus will conjoin the North Node at 23° Leo, and then on FRIDAY, Venus will complete the sextile to Jupiter.

The Moon’s North Node speaks to our destiny, our evolutionary call, the stimulus of change – that place outside our comfort zone “where the MAGIC happens.” Sometimes the North Node can get activated in a way that feels jarring – as if we were suddenly yanked out of the familiar and safe, into foreign territory for which we have no map. Continue reading “Stretching, Reaching, Dancing into the Third Quarter Moon Phase :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for September 11th – 17th”

Uncomfortable Emotions are not Pathological :: Sun Trine Pluto & the Full Moon in Pisces

While it’s true that emotions can be catalysts, prompting actions that can be beneficial  or destructive, and while it’s true that sometimes the natural flow and balance of emotions can become stuck or disturbed for a variety of reasons, I believe that emotions in and of themselves, cannot be pathological. Emotions are an integral part of the embodied human experience and they serve a vital role in our efforts to survive and thrive.

The meaning that we cognitively assign to our emotions and the way we process and act on them, may cause us unnecessary suffering, but I do believe…

Your grief is not a virus. Your anger is not a sin. Your sadness is not a disease. Your fear is not a dysfunction. Continue reading “Uncomfortable Emotions are not Pathological :: Sun Trine Pluto & the Full Moon in Pisces”

Mercury Stations Direct :: Reflective Prompts for Mercury’s Post-Retrograde Shadow Period

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Early this morning, three successive significant cosmic events occurred. The Sun in Virgo opposed Neptune in Pisces, Mars left Leo to enter Virgo, and Mercury has recently pivoted and turned Direct on the Eclipse Degree at 28 degrees Leo.

How are you feeling?

Take an inventory of what has transpired in your life between late Julythe beginning of Eclipse Season and the beginning of Mercury’s Pre-Retrograde Shadow period and today; the end of Mercury’s Retrograde and the end of an Eclipse Season which included a very potent Solar New Moon Total Eclipse in Leo on August 21st.

Take a moment to reflect on any changes or new developments that have occurred in the internal or external landscape of your life in the past month. Continue reading “Mercury Stations Direct :: Reflective Prompts for Mercury’s Post-Retrograde Shadow Period”