Brutal Nostalgia & Transformative Love :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for August 14th – 20th

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This week gets up close and personal in a big way. Venus is the scene stealer this week with her opposition to Pluto Rx on Tuesday, her square to Jupiter on Thursday, and finally her quincunx to Saturn on Friday, challenging us to “do the work” and take responsibility for what Pluto brought to light.

The remaining aspects to note include the Sun conjoining with the Lunar North Node on Wednesday at 24° 13′ Leo (a symbolic precursor to the upcoming Solar Eclipse at 28° Leo), as well as Mars quincunx Pluto Rx on Wednesday (right smack in the middle of Venus’ intense cosmic quarrels), creating some irritating distance between what we want, and the more difficult path toward continued growth and transformation. Hopefully we make the necessary adjustments so we can take full advantage of the following sextile between Mars and Jupiter on Sunday, sending us on our way into the shadow of Monday’s Eclipse with a lovely burst of energy.

But before all these cosmic events occur, we have our Last Quarter Moon.

Late Monday night (ADT) the Moon in Taurus, will form its final square to the Sun in Leo as it reaches its Last Quarter, on route to the New Moon Solar Eclipse occurring the following Monday, on August 21st.

Taurus and Leo. Two fixed signs; Earth and Fire. Taurus’ fixed nature often presents through its stubborn desire to cling to security and comfort. Taurus is hard working, but certainly not a risk-taker. Leo’s fixed nature often shows up in its pride, its reluctance to accept assistance, obey limits, or admit a wrong doing.

Taurus may fear the deterioration of its hard-earned security and assets. Leo may fear social disapproval and public embarrassment. Both may fear scarcity. Taurus worries about resource scarcity. Leo worries about love scarcity.

How then, are we to navigate a path forward? The Quarter Moons always present a challenge, an intersection, a struggle to overcome in order to move into the next phase of the lunation cycle.

Can we simultaneously have both our physical needs and our emotional needs met? Can we trust in the abundance of resources and in the abundance of love? It isn’t a competition. Can we trust that there is enough for everyone? Enough to go around, if everyone shares?

Can we swallow our pride in order to state our needs and ask for help? Can we overcome our stubbornness in order to share the wealth of our resources and our love with others?

Can we move through our fears to emerge into a place of joyful spontaneity, deeper authenticity, and greater freedom – together?

Leo is associated with our ego, our core identity, our desire to self-actualize our potential. With two New Moons occurring in Leo this season (one of them being a Solar Eclipse), many of us are being called to step into new ways of being in the world.

How would you describe yourself at this very moment? What “I AM…” sentences would you create for yourself? For example you might say… I AM a doctor. I AM an activist. I AM a mother. I AM a Buddhist. I AM Canadian. I AM a leader. I AM a runner. I AM a good listener. I AM… ?

You could also use adjectives: I AM kind. I AM outgoing. I AM introverted.

What identities, with their corresponding descriptors and roles, do you currently align with? Which ones do you prioritize? Which ones have you assigned to yourself, and which ones have others assigned to you?

I find this a really useful exercise to do about every 6 months. I make a list of all the I AM sentences that I can think of for myself, making note of the ones that first come to mind, the ones that resonate the deepest, and the ones that feel the most uncomfortable.

The point is not to get stuck in any I AM sentence. The point is to make all your identities explicit (if they are not already so), for the purpose of actively working with them, rather then taking them for granted and allowing them to control you through patterns of behavior and life trajectories (for the same reason, this is why studying your natal chart is useful). Which identities are the most important to you? Which ones do you want to redefine or let go of? What new identities do you want to align with?

There is persistent pressure in many areas of the world to “find your purpose in life”. We often associate purpose with passion – i.e. that which we are passionate about, must be our purpose for living.

After obsessing about what our ONE big sole purpose in life must be until the point where we have finally settled on something, we then usually take the next common (but not inevitable) step of associating passion and purpose with “career“, which seems to cement this identity further. But (as recent Bliss & Grit podcast episodes have so effectively pointed out), just as we are in a constant state of growth and flux, our passions and purpose (and identities) are also always susceptible to change.

And that’s okay.

Something that used to light your soul on fire, may no longer do so. Sure you can try to revitalize it, but you are also allowed to let it go.

We invest so much into our identities, particularly ones that are built on passion and purpose. The Leo in us all – our egos – grasp tightly onto these identities saying, “Yes! Finally! This is who I AM. This is how I am special in the world. I have a “role” to play! I have purpose! I’m set for life.”

FYI, you don’t have to earn your right to exist in this world. Your value is inherent, unique, and irreplaceable.

But nevertheless, understandably, shifting into a new way of being in the world, a new identity (or set of identities), can be extremely scary and destabilizing. People, places, commitments, and “stuff” that fit with the old identity, may not fit well with the new identity. When our identity, our way of being in the world, is in transition, our worth and value as a person, may feel challenged – from our own perspective and through the reactions of other people. In other words, this is when we may experience an identity crisis; a Leo crisis.

However, paraphrasing from a Bliss & Grit episode here: Continue to follow “truth and aliveness”. If life circumstances provide you this space, allow your passions, your identities, your many purposes to unfold naturally, moment to moment. Pay attention to what you spontaneously and joyously gravitate toward. It could be something that occupies all your time and energy, or something that is less of a personal resource investment. Whatever it is, does it make you feel fully alive? The energy of Leo seeks aliveness. 

Identities often get reduced to labels, to molds, to boxes. And this can be convenient for social introductions, for giving our anxious brains something to grab hold of, for giving us something tangible to ground us. This is the part that Taurus likes. Taurus likes that which is tangible, defined, and consistent – particularly if it helps us secure an income.

But don’t let identities limit you. We are not static beings. Don’t try to force all the story lines of your life under one restrictive roof forever and ever. Follow your continuous unfolding with curiosity and an open hand. Honour the lifespans of your different identities, passions, and purposes, for however long they last and in whatever direction they lead you.

At this Last Quarter Moon, lean into the highest expressions of these two signs, in order to move forward. Follow Leo’s call to a life of aliveness, passion, and the creative expression of your inner truth. Ground yourself in Taurus’ peaceful contentment, which will allow you to enjoy wherever you are at in your journey. Utilize Taurus’ patience and persistence to move steadily toward your passions if they are currently beyond your immediate reach.

Both signs can be very caring and protective of their loved ones. How will you support the unfolding identities and emerging truths of those around you? 

We are in the midst of Eclipse Season. There’s a change in the wind. It beckons your inner flames to follow. Do not fear the desert. Trust in abundance and dance in the breeze.

Now on to the week’s mega Venus T-square…

Remember those Jupiter squares and Pluto oppositions we hit way back in early July as the Sun and Mars traveled through Cancer? Well, now it is Venus’ turn. This time though, the square between Jupiter and Pluto is tighter, more exact, and more powerful, than it was back in early July.

As Venus moves into opposition with Pluto on Tuesday, it will simultaneously be squaring Jupiter (exact very early Thursday morning, ADT). Together, all three planets will form an astro configuration called a T-Square. As you can see in the graphic, Jupiter is forming a 90° angle to both Venus and Pluto. This means that Jupiter is the Apex of the T-square. T-squares produce an incredible amount of tension (ahem, I have one in my natal chart). The build up of energy seeks an outlet, a resolution, an integration, through the apex planet, which is Jupiter in this case.

So let’s start with Jupiter. What does Jupiter in Libra want?

At an individual level, Jupiter’s placement may indicate an area of life where you really want to expand and succeed (check your natal chart to see what houses are activated by these three planets to tailor this interpretation to your life). At a global level, we might say that Jupiter in Libra wants justice, peace, and harmony for all individuals living in this interdependent, interconnected world. A world where everyone is thriving and prospering, where everyone has the freedom to explore and grow into their potentials without infringing on the rights of others to do the same.

That’s goal. But to get there successfully, we need to deal with that gnarly Venus – Pluto opposition.

Venus symbolizes the drive to relate to others, to love, to be valued, to experience pleasure, to find and create beauty and “the good life”, however you define it based on your values. She is primarily known as the “relationship planet”, but she is also associated with self-worth, personal values, finances, art, and physical beauty.

In Cancer, Venus expresses this drive to connect with others and experience shared value and pleasure through relationships, in a nurturing, mothering way. Venus in Cancer’s priority is emotional security. This is a highly sensitive placement, with endless amounts of love to give – providing that protective defense system doesn’t kick in and block the flow.

Venus in Cancer is also very nostalgic. She clings to the past… relationships, in this case. This week (and the days leading up to it) might give you a brutal case of nostalgia for past loves. With Venus triggered by Pluto, you may find yourself obsessing about an ex. Grief is also a very possible theme for this week, particularly for those of you who have lost partners or mother figures in your life. You could find yourself reminiscing about childhood days, or mourning a lost childhood.

Your own relationship to yourself, your appearance, and your capacity to address your own emotional needs and engage in self-care practices, might feel particularly challenged right about now.

At a broader level, Cancer, the zodiac sign of home and belonging, is associated with nationalism, with “the mother land”, with history, with tradition, with “the good old days”. On a global scale we are seeing Cancer’s angry protective instincts come out in full force against the progressive tide of change, with all crab claws bared, lashing out in the ugliest ways possible in some cases.

Across the way, good old Pluto, god of the Underworld in Capricorn, is in a face-to-face confrontation with Venus in Cancer. Under Pluto’s steady, penetrating glare, there is nowhere to hide. Our fears, our darkness, our demons, come spilling out and over Cancer’s protective walls; like a sea of spiders moving in a frenzy, freed from their cage, seething with self-righteous anger built up over hundreds of years of bitterly ruminating in the shadows.

This, is white supremacy. This is the horrific Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA. This is racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and all forms of discrimination. This is hate crimes and the threats of warfare between countries.

Here are some questions for us all to consider and reflect upon as this mighty T-square activates in all our lives: What darkness is lurking within the perimeters which define your belonging in this world? How permeable are the boundaries between your tribe, and other tribes? Between “your people”, and “those people”? To what extent do you base your belonging, the foundations of your identity, on the exclusion of those who are different? Is the security of your sense of belonging in this world contingent on proving others wrong? On maintaining power?

How do you respond when you feel threatened by the beliefs of others, by adherences to other forms of belonging in this world? How might your spheres of belonging shift and constrict when you are feeling fearful? Do you wield your form of belonging in the world as a weapon to protect your personal sense of identity and worth? When might this be okay, when is it not? What truths have you repressed or compromised in yourself in order to achieve or earn belonging in the world? To obtain membership or inclusion into an exclusive group? To find acceptance in relationships? Where have you been inauthentic in your search for belonging?

Fragile, insecure belonging in this world, is a danger to humanity. As are our demons and darkness, which are often permitted to fester unchecked, unaddressed.

Let’s return to the apex planet of our T-square, the goal of Jupiter in Libra: a just, peaceful, harmonious society where everyone has the freedom to grow and thrive and manifest their glorious potential in a way that doesn’t infringe on the rights of others – rather supports and contributes to our collective advancement as a human species.

Utopia? Perhaps.

Jupiter is in Libra. One of Libra’s shadows is to try and seek peace without true justice. Libra is so anxious for harmony in relationships that Libra can be liable to gloss over conflict, attempting to pretend we are all one big happy (colorblind) family. Libra can be satisfied with the appearance of utopia.

Pluto’s involved in this t-square though, so there’s no getting away with a slick cover-up. However, in astrology, oppositions between planets often indicate an area where we may avoid integrating the lessons of this aspect, by projecting the symbolism of one of the planets on to someone else. Especially with Pluto, there is a risk that we could fall into the trap at pointing fingers at others for causing chaos, for being “monsters”, rather than facing the monsters that haunt all of our pasts and present day lives. We have to go deep, deep into the slimy basement and address that spider infestation collectively, and personally, before we can thrive and progress as Jupiter so longs to do.

As this week quivers and trembles, caught within this powerful t-square, open yourself up to being uncomfortable, to being humbled, to speaking out against white supremacy and social injustices. 

At its highest expression, what Venus in Cancer ultimately longs to do is to love. And love and love and love. And take care of everyone. And protect everyone by standing up for their rights.

Let’s enact Venus in Cancer at her best, purified by Pluto’s searing fire and purging cleanse. Open yourself up to being transformed, to allowing the perimeters of your belonging to expand. Experience personal growth in your life by transforming your relationship to yourself and others by facing the darkness that lurks in the basement.

I’ll leave you with a favourite quote that some initially interpret as pessimistic, but wait. Let it simmer in your belly for a while.

[Utopia] is on the horizon… I go two steps closer, she moves two steps away. I walk ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps ahead. No matter how much I walk, I’ll never reach her. What good is utopia? That’s what: it’s good for walking. ~ Eduardo Galeano

No, it’s not optimism. Optimism is passive. This quote speaks of something much more precious. It speaks of hope.

May we always, always, keep walking. 



Photo Credit for couple in the rain: Pedro J Pacheco (Flickr/CC – words added)

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Mercury Retrograde Begins! But don’t worry, the Goddesses have your back.

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As you likely know, we are on the brink of another Mercury Retrograde. Within the past hour (ADT), Mercury turned around and is now appearing to be traveling backward, from astrology’s Earth-centered perspective, of course.

I didn’t get a weekly weather forecast out by Monday this week because my focus was on creating the Eclipse Primer (see last post), but I wanted to make a contribution to the Mercury Retrograde astro-reporting at its launch, since this Mercury cycle is significant.  The last Mercury Rx occurred April 9th – May  3rd, 2017. It was clearly tied into the Venus Retrograde story, with its other point of emphasis being its prolonged station conjunct Uranus in Aries – a fiery explosion of insights and communication! Remember that? This Mercury Rx cycle will be intricately woven into the August 21st Eclipse story, so stay tuned!

Aside from the Lunar Eclipse on Monday, Mercury Rx is the biggest cosmic event of the week. However, I’ll do a quick summary…

The other weather of this week worthy of a brief mention, includes the Sun quincunx Pluto on Wednesday, August 9th. In the emotional aftermath of the Lunar Eclipse we may have gotten an extra dose of insecurities with this transit. Transformation and regeneration may have seemed an impossible dream. Out of touch with our power, we may have doubted our progress.

On Thursday there was some lovely astro lighting up the sky with Mercury sextiling Venus, and the Sun sextiling Jupiter – supportive aspects with two of the solar system’s key benefics. With so much tension still in the air, and the Moon moving through the depths of Pisces making some rough transits to the Sun, Saturn and Chiron, these sextiles may have been drowned out. Did you feel an extra spring in your step? Did you partake in a conversation of sweet loving words? Thursday was a crummy day for me overall, but I did have two supportive exchanges with peers in my professional field who I had reached out to earlier for advice, and the previous evening, I had gone for a wonderful restorative hike near the ocean.

Now we have arrived at the threshold of Mercury’s much heralded turnaround, occurring at 10:01 pm, Saturday, August 12th (ADT).


There. I said it. Maybe it’s because I was born with Mercury Retrograde – also in the sign of its detriment (Pisces) – so maybe I’m just used to blurry, forgetful, dreamlike mental processes, but, nevertheless, I insist that Mercury Rx periods can be magical times for everyone.

Mercury’s retrograde begins at 11°38′ degrees Virgo, in an opposition to Neptune at 13°28′ degrees Pisces on the other side of the zodiac. Mercury’s Retrograde journey will take it back through Virgo, returning into Leo where it will reach the Rx finish line on September 5th at 28°25′ Leo. This is significant because 28° Leo is the exact same degree where the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse will occur. When a powerful cosmic event, like this upcoming eclipse, occurs at a certain degree in the zodiac, this degree remains extremely activated for quite some time afterwards. Its cosmic cells carry the memory of what has happened (arguably for years, according to some). Post-eclipse, there will be a particular rawness, there will be embers still burning, at 28° Leo.

Mars, the fiery warrior, will conjoin Mercury at this same potent degree only a day earlier just before Mercury pivots and turns Direct. Whatever the eclipse is correlated with in your life, it will pack another punch on September 5th when Mercury Stations at 28°25′ Leo. The magical synchronistic timing of the Universe always holds me captivated in wonder.

Early Saturday morning (ADT), on the same day that Mercury turns retrograde in opposition to Neptune, Venus trined Neptune (while still in a separating sextile with Mercury). Clearly, Neptune is very much involved in Saturday’s cosmic weather and Mercury’s Rx launch. At its best, Neptune symbolizes spirituality, unconditional love, the interconnectedness in life, dreamlike bliss, and imaginative creativity. At its worst, it can bring escapism, confusion, lies, and deceit.

Mercury in Virgo is exacting. Perfecting. Discerning. Organized. Consumed by having the details just so. Mercury in Virgo is like a writer working carefully at editing their manuscript. The opposition to Neptune could be a glass of water spilled on all their hard work, blurring the ink into indecipherable chaos.

Mercury in Virgo is like an outdoor summer wedding that has been meticulously and thoroughly planned and prepared for, from the designer napkins to the intricate flower arrangements. The opposition to Neptune could be that downpour of rain that occurs just before the procession begins, soaking the guests and turning the beautiful placeholders into paper mush.

Mercury retrograde is already a time period known for its confusion, its miscommunications, its technology screw ups, its travel delays.

“Universe!” We may protest, “Perhaps you have made a timing error of cosmic proportions?! Did we really need Neptune’s ocean smothering Mercury’s already disintegrating clarity with its ocean of transcendent other-worldliness, much to Virgo’s consternation?”

Yes. Yes, we did apparently.

Face the incoming wave head on. Instead of bemoaning the delays, the crossed wires, and tech blips, capitalize on the deeper knowing that Neptune and Mercury Rx welcomes you into. In the thick of Eclipse Season it may feel like you are in the surreal realm of the twilight zone, but look closer.

Penetrate the mysterious swirling Neptunian fog with a piercing gaze into your psyche and the undercurrents beneath the surface of tangible reality – the magic super powers of Mercury Retrograde allows you this precious opportunity.

During Mercury’s 3-week long Retrograde, look for themes in your life relating to: siblings; friends from the past; new insights; the development or validation of communication skills and your learning capacity; the discovery, or rediscovery of important and unexpected information.

If I can give one piece of advice for Mercury Rx, I would highly suggest journaling! If you are astro-savvy, journal while simultaneously making notes about the global and personal aspects Mercury makes on its backward journey.

Mercury is all about communication, both written and verbal, as well as our thought processes. A retrograde is all about reviewing, re-assessing, re-thinking, re-imagining, re-working… and journaling is a powerful tool to facilitate that. Furthermore, when all is said and done and we’re clear and sailing into the post-Rx period, you’ll be able to connect the dots and see the big picture; the gifts Mercury delivered while you were cursing at your malfunctioning phone or tapping your foot impatiently while waiting for your train to arrive.

The Goddesses have your back this Rx Cycle.

You have additional cosmic powers at your disposal this season 😉 While I consider the placement of Asteroid Goddesses in individual charts, I don’t normally comment on the transits of the Asteroid Goddesses in global forecasts. However, aspects to a planet’s two retrograde pivot points are important to take into account in order to better understand the nature, the themes, of the retrograde journey.

Three of the four commonly used asteroid goddesses are closely involved in Mercury’s initial pivot this weekendVesta, Ceres, and Pallas Athene, along with the True Black Moon Lilith (the Moon’s apogee). Finally, Mercury will trine Juno, the fourth Asteroid Goddess, later in its travels on August 27th.

We already know that Neptune’s spiritual transcendence is playing a role, but Mercury is also in a close conjunction with Vesta, at the time of its pivot. Vesta is the archetype of the priestess; devoted to her holy purpose, to serving others, to seeking spiritual rejuvenation and wholeness. Beneath Vesta’s careful guidance, the most mundane matters become imbued with sacred, numinous energy and meaning. Vesta’s placement in our natal charts indicates where our innermost fires burn, which we must dutifully attend to – otherwise we risk energetic depletion and a sense of looming emptiness.

At Mercury’s pivot, Vesta whispers to us, “Walk gently. You are on sacred ground.”

Proceed with grace, divine creatures. Replenish your inner stores, add fuel to your soul’s fire, and rededicate yourself in service of humanity.

At the time of its Retrograde commencing, Mercury will be in a sextile to Ceres, currently conjoined with Venus in Cancer, which is also still sextiling Mercury. Ceres is the archetype of Mother Nature, the Earth Mother. She is associated with the Earth’s seasonal transitions and cycles from Spring to Winter, from seeding to harvest. While the Moon references the way we nurture ourselves emotionally, Ceres focuses more on the way we nourish ourselves physically; the way we take care of our embodied selves as we move through time.

According to Greco-Roman myths, after Pluto abducted her beautiful daughter Persephone and took her with him to his Underworld kingdom, Ceres turned the Earth desolate with her grief until humanity’s suffering prompted Zeus/Jupiter to intervene. However, because Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds offered by Pluto in his underworld, she was bound to him. A compromise was struck. Persephone would spend half the year on the Earth with her mother, and the remaining six months of the year, in the Underworld with Pluto. Along with her association with season changes and life cycles, with death and renewal, Ceres is also associated with the raw, wild grief and rage that can accompany loss.

With her involvement in Mercury’s pivot, Ceres may be reminding us to take good care as we move through feelings of possible loss that come with the changes initiated by eclipses. Honour your cycles, honour your body’s need for nutritious food, for plentiful sleep, for healthy exercise, for tears that may flow. Mourn for that which is taken from you, for that which ends. Mourn the pain and suffering of humanity, and yet ground yourself in the hopeful promise of abundance; when the gifts of the harvest can be distributed and shared with everyone.

Mercury will form a nearly exact Earth trine with Pallas Athene in Taurus at its pivot point. Pallas Athene is the wise, diplomatic and strategic guardian and warrior goddess, protecting cities from harm. Unlike Mars, whose impulsive, assertive nature sends him catapulting into battle, Pallas Athene remains cool-headed, rational, and considers every option to determine the best course of action – always with the aim to resolve conflicts and uphold justice, without resorting to violence. Pallas Athene –  the patroness of the arts and crafts, gifted with pattern recognition and prophetic abilities – is also a creative big-picture visionary with the ability to manifest her plans and bring them into reality.

With her blessing on Mercury’s Retrograde launch, Pallas Athene grants us the ability to perceive the underlying patterns in our lives that need to be addressed, to problem-solve issues whose resolutions have thus far eluded us, and to access the guidance required to bring our latent dreams into tangible forms.

Both Pallas Athene and Mercury form two points of a Grand Earth Trine that is made complete by (True) Black Moon Lilith at 8° Capricorn. All three will move into an exact trine formation within 24 hours of Mercury going Retrograde.

The trine to Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn lends this Mercury Rx period the guts and the courage to face, and express, uncomfortable truths – and to hold authorities accountable for their misdemeanors. Lilith in Capricorn provides the stamina for unearthing the buried structures of your psyche, and for rebuilding anew, regardless of whether or not your method, your direction, aligns with the mainstream.

Finally Mercury will meet Juno, the final Asteroid Goddess (at 2° Virgo/ Capricorn), on August 27th, through a trine. Juno here, supports our efforts to seek cooperation and harmony as we navigate this tumultuous season, rather than surrendering to fragmentation and conflict.

When considering these gifts and blessings from the cosmic Goddesses, combined with the natural increase of insight that accompanies a Mercury Retrograde period, it becomes clear we are being supported by the Universe for the tasks that lie ahead.

Know this.

Translate it into whatever religion or spiritual beliefs you abide by: You are supported by the Universe.

Now go forward. Your retrograde journey awaits.

The very next day, on Sunday, the Sun will form a sturdy, stabilizing trine to Saturn. Find your ground. Find your feet. You are a beautifully embodied soul. Stand firm in your incredible strength and resilience.

And remember, the goddesses have your back.


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An Eclipse Primer

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The eclipse frenzy on social media is a little overwhelming to say the least – both astro-related and otherwise! Everything from ominous and dire apocalyptic predictions, to enormously inspirational messages about how this is going to be the month when your life transforms beyond your wildest hopes and dreams.

When I first plugged into astrology news years ago, there was such intensity around eclipse reporting that I got the impression eclipses were this really rare event. And different types of eclipses certainly are rare and particularly significant at a global level – like the long-awaited Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st. But I think it is important to note that eclipses (including partial eclipses) occur at least twice a year, six months apart. Eclipses may only be personally significant or life changing for you if they land within 2-3 degrees of a personal planet or angle. That’s not to say you won’t feel the intense heightened energy during eclipse season – eclipses just might not have the same level of potent ripple effect in your life as they do for others or vice versa.

I hope to publish a post later about the symbolism of the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius (since as some of you know, I’m a little obsessed right now with analyzing the Leo-Aquarius axis; my natal chart horizon line), but before I do that, here are all the nitty gritty details beginning with the absolute basics, up to more advanced descriptions of what is actually happening and how to interpret eclipses according to how they activate your natal chart. I hope you find it grounding and informative!

Here we go, in point form:  Continue reading “An Eclipse Primer”

Review Your Revolution & Remember, Life is Not a Competition :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 31st – August 6th

The biggest cosmic event this week is the intense Jupiter-Pluto square going exact on Friday, with Uranus upping the ante on this aspect due to its retrograde pivot occurring the day before, early Thursday morning (ADT). Combined with the week’s build toward the Full Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse next Monday, we may become more aware of the darker side of Leo Season while under these aggrevated skies.

But first, let’s address Monday’s sweet loving whispers brought to you by Venus gliding into Cancerian waters today. Last week Venus was quite busy. This week Venus makes no major aspects to other planets, but her shift from open-minded Gemini’s curious and flirtatious airy delights, to traditional Cancer’s shy and sensitive nest, is certainly worth noting.

As a childless, female-identifying person in my early 30s, the metaphorical reference to one’s “biological clock ticking,” is one I’m familiar with. Now, I’m personally resistant to the idea of having children for a variety of reasons, but it could be said that when Venus transitions into Cancer, the so-called “biological clock” starts ticking worldwide. As the planet of love and relationships intersects with the desire for home, family, and mutual nurturing, there is an increased likelihood that the pressing question on everyone’s mind will be: “WILL YOU MAKE BABIES WITH ME?!”

…or not. Continue reading “Review Your Revolution & Remember, Life is Not a Competition :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 31st – August 6th”

First Quarter Moon :: Scorpio Moon □ Leo Sun

We have reached the First Quarter Moon phase of the current lunation cycle, which began with a New Moon in Leo on July 23rd. What seeds did you plant in your life on July 23rd? In what house in your natal chart will the Full Moon occur? This is the time to push through and take action on your intentions, toward manifesting achievement and resolution with the Full Moon in Aquarius on August 7th.

During this First Quarter Phase, the Moon in Scorpio forms a challenging square to the Sun in Leo.

The assertion that only water signs truly experience emotion, is faulty. Each of the 12 zodiac signs – associated with fire, air, earth or water – experience emotions. The difference is in how each of the signs process, digest, respond to, and express, life’s emotional content. Continue reading “First Quarter Moon :: Scorpio Moon □ Leo Sun”

Accept the Mission, Embark on a Quest :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 24th – July 30th

I am a little late with this forecast, but hopefully it will still prove useful for reflection.

The punctuated highlight of the week occurs later today (Wednesday) when the Sun finally consumes Mars as they form an exact conjunction in the early degrees of Leo. This happens about every two years. The last Mars-Sun conjunction occurred in Gemini on June 14th 2015. Throughout the last couple of weeks, the Sun (symbolizing our core identity and purpose) has been steadily moving in on Mars (symbolizing our will, our desire, and our capacity to initiate action).

As Mars first fell beneath the Sun’s rays, Mars began a dying process that I talked about last week. In the same way we refer to the final couple of days in the monthly lunation cycle, when the Moon’s light is extinguished by the power of the Sun, as the balsamic moon phase (a time of tiredness, retreat, reflection, and letting go), we could also refer to these final weeks of Mars’ two-year cycle as a balsamic phase for the same symbolic reasons. Continue reading “Accept the Mission, Embark on a Quest :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 24th – July 30th”

Welcome to LEO SEASON!!!

Leo season

During an early morning run this weekend I came across this sidewalk chalk extravaganza of love and light. How awesome is this colorful proclamation of encouraging words?! Since when did kids shift from drawing hopscotch squares and smiley faces on the pavement, to sharing lovely self-affirming messages?!

This was such a wonderful welcome to Leo Season to discover while running beneath the freshly awoken sun that morning. Leo is associated not only with identity, creative expression, and self-acceptance, but also with the exuberant, fun-loving and playful child inside of us all. Bright colorful sidewalk chalk and glorious sprawling handwriting are very much Leo-esque. Continue reading “Welcome to LEO SEASON!!!”

Making a Break for Freedom :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 17th – July 23rd

There are so many different types of diverse transits happening this week that I had to really reflect for a while in order to pull out the key themes. It is challenging to succinctly summarize them all in one post, but I’ll aim for a constructive overview.

The painting I selected for the forecast is a more aggressive picture than I would normally choose, but I believe it speaks to the symbolism of the week (George Stubbs, 1762). A major thematic backdrop for the week is that Mars (represented by the horse in the painting) is dying. The Sun (represented by the lion in the painting) has been nipping at Mars’ heels for a while now and throughout the entire week they are only a few degrees apart. The Sun will finally overtake, swallow and consume Mars next week on July 26th.

When a planet is within about 8 degrees of the Sun, it is said to be “combust”; its autonomy is weakened, it becomes subservient to the Sun. Continue reading “Making a Break for Freedom :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 17th – July 23rd”

Last Quarter Moon

Today we reach the Last Quarter Moon phase, which indicates that we are 3/4s of the way through the current lunation cycle, on route to the New Moon in Leo next Sunday. Here we have the Moon in Aries (in a conjunction with the erratic, rebellious Uranus) forming a challenging square to the Sun in Cancer. This pits the archetype of the mother against the archetype of the warrior – similar to the Mars in Cancer vibe. This is a time to begin releasing the intensity of the last few weeks that may still be clinging to you. It is a time to prepare for a step in a new direction, or to take an action in a direction you’ve recommitted to.

Action (Aries) is most effective when it is grounded and rooted in a nourishing foundation (Cancer). Be careful that you don’t impulsively throw yourself into a “new beginning” so quickly that you lose your footing and find yourself dealing with burn-out, or massively disrupting your life in some way (Aries). Conversely, be wary of the tendency to remain stagnant, ruminating on past Pluto business or nursing past grievances (Cancer). Mercury quincunx Pluto on Sunday suggests that perhaps we are still struggling to process the events of the last few weeks and our encounters with our shadow.

Be assertive with your self-care and the rights of others around you to nourish and take care of themselves. Ground yourself in your community, on a foundation of emotional stability that will then become a powerful springboard for your next big courageous move.

The writing above was part of my weekly overview post last Monday, but it also speaks to the themes of the coming week.

Have you been experiencing a growing restlessness over the past few days? Frustration? A desire to suddenly lift anchor and sail away from everything? You may also be feeling the two aggravating squares to Uranus that are coming into an exact formation this coming week. Mars will square Uranus on Monday, and the Sun will square Uranus on Thursday (ADT).

Prepare for that running leap, those winds of change, but first – check where you are standing. Is that rock firm and stable? Can you depend on your community and your emotional foundation to give your feet the leverage required to propel you across to the other side? Make the leap with Cancer’s compassionate self-awareness and wisdom, rather than impulsive desperation.

Water & Oil & The Finger of God :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 10th – July 16th

Water & Oil & The Finger of God:: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 10th - July 16th

This week is pretty empty of major global transits. The last couple weeks have been intense with all that Pluto activity so thank goodness for that! Thank goodness for boring! We need some time to let the dust settle. Beginning next week Leo Season kicks off with a number of big and aggravating aspects, and the astro will get HOT. We are building an astro bonfire as we travel throughout Leo Season up until the much anticipated Total Solar Eclipse New Moon in Leo on August 21st – the grand finale before the Sun shifts into Virgo. Astrologers are calling August the most important astro month of the year (in terms of global transits).

Okay, but what about this week? While we are still dealing with the ripple effects of the weekend’s Full Moon and Sun-Pluto opposition, the Moon slides into Aquarius on Monday, giving us an opportunity to gain some forward-thinking clarity and rational distance from our emotions. On Wednesday it will enter into the dreamy, spiritual sign of Pisces, and then will finish the weekend in Aries, forming the Last Quarter Moon square to the Sun in Cancer on Sunday.

The single major transit this week is Mercury’s sextile to Jupiter on Friday. Mercury in Leo wants to communicate in creative new ways. Mercury in Leo wants a rapt audience. One could also say the same about extroverted Jupiter moving through Libra. Jupiter in Libra is expanding our knowledge, our confidence, and our sense of adventure within and through social interactions, as we learn how to bring them into a beautiful interdependent balance. Continue reading “Water & Oil & The Finger of God :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for July 10th – July 16th”