Don’t Mistake Rigidity for Strength :: Cosmic Weather for March 12th – 18th

This week will chase Mars into Capricorn.

However, before it does so, on SATURDAY, Mars may propel us through a crisis of truth, faith and belief, in the final degrees of Sagittarius.

I will never underestimate the potency of the last degrees of a zodiac sign – particularly the 29th degree, called the anaretic degree (or crisis degree). These are areas of heightened tension that can provoke impulsive behavior and reactions, or correlate with a tricky decision and torturous second-guessing.

Sagittarius at its worst is a soap-box preacher pointing you to heaven, or to hell. As Mars’ volatility activates the sensitive final degrees of Sagittarius this week, while squaring Chiron in Pisces, we may be wondering what is true, and what is not. We may be engaged in an aggressive war of opinions. We may find ourselves misunderstood. We may face a challenge to our belief system, our faith and our hope. We may be struggling to trust in ourselves and find the confidence to launch something new.

Although the Mars-Chiron square is exact on WEDNESDAY, it could reach its peak on SATURDAY when the New Moon in Pisces is seeded right next to Chiron, strengthening its square with Mars. With Uranus, Mercury and Venus in Mars’ sign of Aries right now, Mars’ activity is highly influential within the cosmic dance of the solar system.

Meanwhile the Saturn square continues with Venus, repeating Mercury’s previous confrontation with the cosmic taskmaster on TUESDAY. During Aries season we will have a series of successive squares to both Saturn and Pluto, both of whom are currently creeping along in Aries’ earthy cardinal cousin – Capricorn. The series of squares has now commenced.

When Venus, the planet of pleasure, romance, and beauty is touched by Saturn’s cold gaze, reminding us of where there is work still to be done, we may feel more serious than usual, more critical, more hesitant, and more strategic with an eye to long-term longevity. We may assess our relational commitments carefully; investing and withdrawing where necessary.

Difficult Saturn aspects at their worst, make us rigid, white-knuckled, burdened and bent by the weight of world that we strive to brace ourselves against. Saturn, sometimes harshly, re-acquaints us with the limits of time, the limits of freedom, the limits of relationships, and the limits and consequences of our choices.

And yet, as we move through this week’s transits, involving a potentially dogmatic, truth-wielding Mars in Sag and a stern Venus-Saturn square, do not mistake rigidity for strength.

Remember: “the wind does not break a tree that bends” (Sukuma proverb). Do not defend and brace yourself – against others, against the unknown, against your own fears – so aggressively that you snap… like a tree in the wind.

Be gentle and kind – with yourself and with others, while finding both the freedom and the boundaries you need.

Take a chance and stretch upward toward new horizons. And yet stay flexible, and stay rooted.

This week, like all weeks, offers benefic boons alongside its irritants. On TUESDAY, accompanying the Venus-Saturn square, the Sun will create a mystical water trine with Jupiter, recently retrograde. In Pisces and Scorpio respectively, this Sun-Jupiter trine, an aspect generally known for its outward exuberance and optimism, may take on a more somber and reflective emotional tone today as it pulls us into these deep waters.

TUESDAY is an ideal day to intentionally and deliberately tap into your inner strength.

Not in a showy way – not in a way that needs validation from anyone else or is driven by a need to prove oneself and compensate for an insecurity, but in a way that melts the protective resistance around your inner core. In way that causes you to quietly soften with relief and a gentle smile into the truth you knew was always there, waiting for you – your value is immeasurable. Touch the infinite ground of your being today and know your worth deeply.

When pain emerges for you (as Tara Brach suggests), before you dismiss it, put your hand on your heart and tell yourself: “I care about your suffering.”

Whatever it is, and for whatever reason it exists, the suffering is real. And you can meet it with compassion.

On WEDNESDAY as Mars squares Chiron, the Moon will be passing over the South Node – a spiritual point of release and letting go of attachments and all that is holding us back.

The South Node is currently in Aquarius and Aquarius likes to experiment. Personal growth, creating change, engaging in the cyclical work of healing, is tough stuff. Sometimes it seems overwhelming. Take the edge off something new by framing it as a time-limited “experiment”; something you’re “trying out” for a while to see if it works.

After 8 years in Pisces, Chiron will shift into Aries later this year. With Mars being the ruler of Aries, this square aspect feels a bit like a preview of what is to come. We may be challenged to assert ourselves in new ways, or to step toward greater independence and brave action. Can you breath into an area of tightness, resistance and fear until it begins to loosen its grip?

Mercury will trine the North Node in Leo on FRIDAY, and Venus will follow suite on SUNDAY. These are fire trines, with Leo and Aries at play. The North Node in Leo beckons us toward the rediscovery and cultivation of joy, passion, creativity, and confidence. With a lovely trine at work, this growth may come with ease. Listen for synchronistic whispers of opportunity over the WEEKEND – and then take action.

SATURDAY’S New Moon in Pisces is emotionally prickly. It occurs less than two degrees away Chiron while being squared by Mars, which at that moment, will be teetering on the very EDGE of Sagittarius, just Out of Bounds, and nearly in Capricorn.

Planets are Out of Bounds when they are beyond the border of the Sun’s yearly path of travel (the ecliptic) with a declination of more than +/- 23°26’ (North or South). Out of reach outside of the Sun’s domain, Out of Bound planets have a mind of their own. An Out of Bound Mars is more reckless, more unpredictable, more intense, more driven by impulse and instinct. Mars will be Out of Bounds from SATURDAY March 17th – April 7th.

Traditionally, both Pisces and Sagittarius are ruled by Jupiter – meaning the New Moon related activations in Pisces and Sagittarius will ultimately lead us back to Jupiter’s journey in our charts, according to sign and house theme. Jupiter, of course, is currently in Scorpio, the sign of shadows and metamorphosis, moving retrograde and stirring up the mud on the bottom of our psyches.

Thankfully Jupiter’s earlier trine still holds throughout the weekend, lending some emotional support, and yet this New Moon feels edgy in more ways than one. If you have personal planets or sensitive points in the last degrees of the mutable signs (Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini, or Virgo) you may feel this week’s transits, and this New Moon, more acutely.

Chiron wounds typically have origins that date far back into your history. Chiron wounds are old wounds. Whatever comes up for you, its path may have been etched deeply through time.

We heal wounds in layers, in cycles, in spiraling nonlinear loops. We can return to the same wounds again and again, without the frustration of “why am I still dealing with this?!”, but rather with a tenderness and a patient kindness for the hurting parts of our being.

“I care about your suffering,” you might say again to yourself or another, gently.

On SUNDAY, the Sun completes its conjunction to Chiron in Pisces and Venus trines the North Node. SUNDAY feels relationally important. Even when we are at our most vulnerable and hurt, we can find a balm within the mystical, magical interplay of human connection.

I have now had 4 exact Chiron conjunctions to my natal Sun and Mercury in the last few years. All of them were accompanied by tears and turmoil – and all of them also correlated with significant events that touched me deeply and brought me closer and closer to my inner Truth as I redefined my identity and moved through a process of re-emergence and reconnection.

Don’t shrink back, don’t withdraw unnecessarily.

May healing find you today.

May hope find you today.

May love find you today.

Posted on social media March 9th:

Venus in Aries :: Happy Day to all Womxn Warriors.

May you keep courageously storming the gates of patriarchy, capitalism, and all intersecting systems of oppression – and may you also seek and find shelter when you need it, without shame.

May we all be liberated to unleash the fullness of our authentic essence in this world.

#adaylate #internationalwomxnsday #ihaveconflictedfeelingsaboutspecialcalendardays

Have you seen Fleassy Malay’s viral spoken word poem filmed for International Womxn’s Day? If not, you can check it out here.

Posted on social media Sunday, March 11th:

Today the Mercury-Saturn square and Cap Moon has us feeling under pressure and perhaps facing a difficult task, while the Mars and Uranus fire trine is feeding our impulsivity. Simultaneously the Sun is sextiling Pluto, beckoning us toward deeper self-examination.

Because of the capitalistic system we exist in and its idolization of “productivity”, procrastination (or a seeming lack of self-discipline or work ethic), has been framed as one of the worst sins of humanity.

It isn’t.

But admittedly it is understandably frustrating when you need to work on something – or part of you really WANTS to work on something – and yet you are finding it difficult to harness the motivation.

Social media is typically my primary procrastination tool and it amazes me that most of the time, after a long period of pointless scrolling, I realize that I can’t even consciously remember picking up my phone in the first place.

I sigh, and put my phone down, turning to the task at hand once again… and then half an hour later I “come to” and realize I’m scrolling mindlessly again! Argh.

When procrastination becomes this compulsive I begin to suspect that I’m probably up against something bigger than just simply not wanting to do a not-fun task.

I’ve been trying to practice the art of mindfully “pausing – ideally at the moment I catch myself reaching for my phone or a social media window.

Like, literally saying it out loud to get my conscious thinking brain online. Stop! Pause! And then… check in… what am I feeling right now?

Oftentimes I discover that beneath the mindless numbing of my chosen distraction, there is anxiety, fear, or the unwillingness to feel another uncomfortable emotion.

Sometimes the reasons for our procrastination are a lot deeper than we initially think.

We may dismiss it as laziness and beat ourselves up for not being more productive, but… “avoidance” is classic protective mechanism (and a hallmark symptom of anxiety).

What are we protecting ourselves against?

For example, a university student who compulsively procrastinates studying might have a childhood history of being shamed and humiliated for their academic efforts.

Without their conscious awareness, their limbic brain now identifies all forms of studying as a “threat” (because of its risk for social judgement and rejection), and thus upcoming deadlines activate a physiological anxiety response which is so uncomfortable, they immediately reach for a distraction to alleviate the discomfort.

An artist who procrastinates making art may become frustrated because this is supposed to be their passion! Perhaps beneath the procrastination there is a deep-rooted fear that they are a fraud, or that their art will be seen as having no value. And then to go further, what’s at the root of that fear story?

I find it really helpful (and humbling) to admit that on some level I am often feeling a lot of fear when I am in “procrastination mode”, or even emotional pain and sadness.

Procrastination mode can hide these intense emotions, so it isn’t always easy to recognize this. When I procrastinate I am not often aware of the anxiety. I just feel checked-out, numb, lazy.

When we are able to catch ourselves and pause before reaching for the choice procrastination tool or distraction, when we are able to take a few seconds to check in and ask ourselves what we are really feeling right now, can we stay present with that feeling? Can we sit there and allow ourselves to feel that restlessness, that tension, that nausea – without reaching for something to numb it away?

Those feelings of discomfort won’t kill you. The more we can increase our capacity to withstand, to even welcome, difficult emotions and sensations, the more we liberate our ability to consciously control how we direct and focus our attention.

Honestly, one of my biggest goals for the year is to increase my capacity to tolerate, welcome, and stay present with, uncomfortable and even painful, emotions and sensations – without drowning in them, shutting down or trying to escape them…

…which may sound like a strange goal, but a low distress tolerance is what leads to a wide variety of coping strategies and avoidance behaviors – many of which have detrimental impacts.

Basically I want to get better at self-regulating my emotions and my nervous system.

It is an invaluable skillset worth a creative investment.

Viktor E. Frankl wrote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Perhaps a mindful pause and internal check-in will not always lead to a redirection of attention, but overtime with practice (which literally rewires our brain), that mindful pause can increase in length, creating more space for the activation of our power to choose our response.

With the Sun sextiling Pluto today we are invited to dig deep into that pause. What’s beneath our avoidance strategy? Is it something we can stay present with? Even just a little bit? Can we move with the emotion or uncomfortable sensation? Can we dance with it? Walk with it? Shake with it? Until it runs its natural course?

Take small steps forward. Setting small, realistic goals will give your brain a nice hit of dopamine chemicals when you achieve them, thereby motivating further progress.🔥



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Contraction & Expansion :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for March 5th – 11th

Image: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons

Holy, BRAIN FOG. Seriously, all that Neptune-Pisces-Chiron-Scorpio-Moon energy needs to dissipate so I can think properly.

And it will, thank goodness. Mercury and Venus leave Pisces to enter Aries on TUESDAY, bringing courage and a straightforward directness to our conversations and our close relationships. This Mars-ruled sign wants you to get fired up and inspired about what you really, really want and how you are going to get it.

Impulsive decisions, obnoxious competitiveness, and verbal exchanges that combust into flame in seconds, are a risk with these transits. But thankfully these liabilities are balanced out by Aries’ capacity to effectively handle crises, to bounce back from disappointments, and to happily let go of a disagreement as soon as the fun of fighting gets old.

For the next couple weeks we will have 3 personal planets in fire signs (Mercury and Venus in Aries, and Mars in Sagittarius), but don’t forget that the Sun is still hanging out in Pisces for a while yet.

We’ll be working with a fire-water mix… which are clearly not the most compatible of elements. I can attest to this personally as someone with a lot of strong fire and water in my birth chart.

A fire-water mix can look like a lot of spontaneous leaping forward with exuberance and naive eagerness to connect, to share, to take action… and then just as quickly, retreating to a more protected position where one can safely sink into their emotional depths.

Try to avoid acting rashly without thinking, but don’t get immobilized with second-guessing and self-doubt.

Mercury will enter its Pre-Retrograde Shadow on THURSDAY at 4 degrees Aries, and will Station Retrograde on March 22nd. The Pre-Retrograde Shadow period begins at the degree where Mercury will eventually pivot and Station Direct (on April 15th).

There’s no need for extra precautions at this point, but be aware that the Mercurial terrain you are traveling from now until March 22nd, will likely be getting a thoughtful review in the future when Mercury traverses this area of your chart twice more.

FRIDAY arrives with the Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius, squaring the Sun in Pisces. Two mutable signs; one fire, the other water. Both of these signs are associated with faith, spirituality, and a transcendent Truth.

We are currently half-way through Pisces Season. As we reach this moment of friction and tension before we relax into the Balsamic Moon phase in preparation for the upcoming Pisces New Moon, what attachments might you need to let go of? In what ways might the material world be holding you back from surrendering to the magic that arrives when one loosens their grip?

Also on FRIDAY, we will have Jupiter Stationing Retrograde at 23 degrees Scorpio. This great, big, expansive planet is turning around and moving backward for the next 4 months until it Stations Direct on July 10th at 13 degrees Scorpio.

Interestingly Jupiter will Station Retrograde at the same degree (almost to the minute) where Mars Stationed Direct back on June 29th 2016. Thus there could be some correlations between these two dates in some way.

When a planet happens to do something important on the exact same degree that another planet did something important previously, there is a type of symbolic relationship between the two cosmic events. These types of synchronicities are relatively rare given the 360 degrees of the zodiac planets have to work with , but when they do occur, it seems as though the Universe is trying to make a point.

Each degree of the zodiac has inherent symbolism and meaning, and I believe that each degree, each microscopic cell of the zodiac, holds the energetic imprint of past transits (or life events).

Even on an individual level, for example, if you have the opportunity to get to know your birth chart intimately and regularly track your transits through the zodiac wheel, you will begin to notice consistent types of internal or external themes showing up in your life when a certain degree (particularly those aligning with angles and planets) is activated by transit. Our birth charts themselves, contain memories and imprints within each degree.

Life is cumulative at the same time it is cyclical – meaning, you will likely not experience the same event twice, but there may be a noticeable resonance and thematic similarity between the time around June 29th 2016 when Mars Stationed Direct, and this upcoming FRIDAY, March 9th, when Jupiter Stations Retrograde.

A planet’s pivot point is very potent and leaves a noticeable footprint in its wake.

I have been thinking about how Jupiter symbolizes expansion, growth, flourishing, a proliferation… and then how, in contrast, a Jupiter Retrograde period would appear to be a type of “contraction. Within the trauma recovery and health/wellness realms I am familiar with, the language of “contraction” often has a strongly negative connotation.

Contraction is often associated with shame, feeling small, insecure, repressed, withdrawn, isolated, stuck, congested, imprisoned by fear, clinging to coping habits, filled with anxiety, a prolonged fight/flight/freeze response, and wrangled by psychosomatic pain symptoms and tense muscles.

If we were to association retrogrades with periods of contraction, then similarly we can see how we often perceive these cosmic movements in a negative light (especially Mercury Retrogrades).

And yet… perhaps there could be a more positive expression of “contraction”?

Before writing a post I sometimes wander about on the internet aimlessly for awhile, plugging in keywords and searching for inspiration. When Googling “contraction and expansion” I came across Eva Pierrakos’ lecture on this topic. It was such a beautiful description of this symbiotic movement of pulsation, and so exquisitely on point for Jupiter’s retrograde period, that I had to share an excerpt for FRIDAY’s reflection.

Eva wonderfully differentiates negative forms of contraction from more positive forms. Her lecture is a challenge to us to welcome a retrograde as a positive form of contraction…

You imagine that contraction is negative, bad, while expansion is positive and good. While this may be true on certain levels, it is not true in itself.

Contraction is negative when there is a tight holding back, a cramp, a refusal to flow and give out. This form of it is very familiar to you. It is a seeking of safety through isolation and separateness. It is a movement reaching inward that is motivated by fear, distrust, ungivingness, and false ideas about what is safe and what is not safe. It contains itself in one’s own inner world, but not for the purpose of bringing out the riches of the inner world so as to spread them out, as is the case with positive contraction, but rather in a refusal to move, reach, love, trust, and give out.

Contraction in its positive form has a beautiful, beautiful meaning. It is an in-gathering of all the forces; what has occurred in the expanded state is being gathered back into the self. It is being digested, assimilated. It means reaching into the depths of your infinite divine reality to bring out the treasures of the deepest aspects of the self.

Expanding means letting this flow out into the world, but to be able to do so, positive contraction must occur first. Expansion means gathering the riches of divine creation in the inner universe and then bringing them into the outer universe. Contraction means gathering the riches of the outer universe and then bringing them into the inner.

…In positive contraction you gather from without, like a wave that rolls back into itself, so as to reach in and bring out, only to move outward again. This is the ever-present pulsation of life, to be found in all creation, in every creative process. Nothing can be created without the threefold interaction of the expanding, contracting and static principles, be it a small object of the simplest form, or the creation of worlds and universes, material or spiritual realities.

… If you believe contraction is bad, you will experience only its negative facets and will fail to see that these very manifestations you consider negative have a tremendous meaning and sense, most necessary and beneficial for you and, indeed, most positive.

You lose sight of its regenerative, benign nature and meaning. The same is true, in reverse, for the expanding principle: you seldom recognize in a negative aggression the negative manifestation of the expansive movement.

…If you do not fully give yourself, in the most positive spirit, to the contraction of one aspect of your personality, the expanding on the other level cannot be wholesome.

…Contraction is as necessary as expansion. It is part of the pulsatory movement that infiltrates all of life. Without this, creation cannot exist. I invite you, my friends, to sense deeply into yourselves, where and when and how is your contraction part of your creative process, how can you encourage it, and how you can then utilize it for the next expanding movement. Sense in yourself how both create, and are necessary to unfold your innermost being. You want to bring out your innermost being, for it is the ultimate reality.”

~ Eva Pierrakos

Where is Jupiter transiting Scorpio in your chart? As this grandiose planet makes its pivot in the sign of shadows, deep healing and transformation, it is time to digest and assimilate all the processes of personal growth we have been embarking on as of last October. Re-assess your beliefs, worldviews, and ethics. Embrace this process of in-gathering. By revisiting previous life terrain, retrograde cycles bring us to deeper levels of insight and healing.

A retrograde period is an inhale. Draw the outer into yourself. In those hidden shadowy realms, you will find the regeneration you seek.

We have further opportunity to practice this symbiotic movement toward both contraction and expansion on SUNDAY when Mercury squares Saturn as Mars makes a fire trine with Uranus, and the Sun sextiles Pluto.

Mercury square Saturn may give us deadlines, mental structures, serious conversations, limitation and contraction – along with a strong sense of purpose and direction for the day.

Meanwhile Mars trine Uranus beckons us toward freedom, toward outrageous liberation – an energized catapult toward the wacky, weird, and brilliant expression of individuality. This is an aspect of expansion.

The Sun in Pisces sextiling Pluto in Capricorn, harnesses the complementary spiritual energies of these two signs to deepen our reflective processes and heighten our self-awareness. This transit feels like both a contraction and an expansion.

Send your nets deep down into the water, and then pull them up onto the beach so you can discern what should be kept, and what should be discarded. Don’t be afraid of doing some heavy lifting over the weekend.


I don’t always get posts up on all platforms at once! The following posts were posted on Instagram this past week..

At the time of your Solar Return (i.e. your birthday – when the Sun returns to the same place in your natal chart where it was when you were born), as it is with all transits, all aspects and house and sign themes that involve your Sun will be activated (or “triggered”) at that time.

This unfortunately means, that if your Sun is challenged with a number of tense and difficult astro characteristics, unless there are other compensatory transits occurring simultaneously, you may find yourself struggling to “celebrate” your birthday in good cheer.

This is understandable.

And honestly this kinda makes me want to move my birthday “celebration” to another day – a day where the Sun lands on a more auspicious degree in my natal wheel…

I have a history of truly wretched birthdays.

My Sun is in Pisces in the 8th House, quincunx my Leo Ascendant, tightly squaring my Mars and Uranus conjunction.

The 8th House is many things. One could say it is in the 8th House where we meet with impermanence, with chaos, with loss, with human fragility, with surrender, with the element of uncertainty that we can never, ever control, despite our best attempts. The 8th House is a hidden, seething, powerhouse of raw energy – energy “which cannot be created or destroyed…only changed from one form to another” (~Einstein), through an act of alchemy.

From this, springs its associations with emotional intensity, death, traumas, corrosive secrets and shadows, inheritances (of all types), toxic legacies, the supernatural, the vulnerability of sexual intimacy, money (as a form of energy necessary for living on this planet), power dynamics/struggles, shared resources, fear – and transformation.

The tough type of transformation. The type of transformation that takes you to the edge of what you can think you can handle… and then sends you catapulting into the air so you can discover your wings and find your freedom. The 8th House paradox – face fears & release control to access your power. Easier said then done.

When planets start wandering through my 8th House, it is UNCOMFORTABLE to say the least. Like this weekend, with Venus and Mercury traipsing through my 8th House territory.

–>Side Note: Crucial Forecasting Tip for Budding Astrologers…

Transiting Venus conjunct natal Sun? Jupiter transiting the natal Moon? Venus conjunct natal Jupiter? Open up your Time Passages app or google any typical description of these aspects and you’ll get something that sounds lovely and deliciously fortuitous. I’m continually working on deprogramming these standard descriptions from my consciousness when working on individual charts because they interfere with my intuition and the sacred skill of astrology, which is the ability to synthesize all the many puzzle pieces into a coherent and meaningful whole.

One must always, always, contextualize the current transit. How does THIS individual person experience this natal placement on a day-to-day basis (considering all aspect/house/sign factors)? Okay, now what might happen when this natal placement is activated by this transit?

Anyway, back to birthdays… my 32nd birthday is coming up and I would prefer to avoid another disaster and despairing vortex.

If you are an 8th House Sun person, how do you like to pay homage to the anniversary of your birth?

Having my 8th House activated tends to make me quite anti-social – especially because it contains the ruler of my Leo ascendant (the Sun), thus highlighting the awkward incongruence between the social energy of Leo and my core identity. This is not conducive to celebrating a birthday with other people. I’m reflecting on how to lean into the 8th House territory, rather than fighting it by trying to make my birthday something it is not.

I’m not feeling particularly creative at the moment. The only thing I’ve come up with so far is that I really want to watch The Departure, a newly released documentary available on iTunes. Ha, maybe I’ll save that for my birthday? Here’s the synopsis:

Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?”

In an interview with the director Lana Wilson, she is quoted as saying:

“Nemoto knows, and I’m sure anyone who works in suicide prevention or as a social worker or therapist knows, you can never “save” someone else, Nemoto looks at it as more like, “We’re saving each other here.” I think that’s what makes him so unique, how he’s saying, “I’m exactly like you, in fact, I need help. I’m seeking the answers to these questions too. Can you help me?

“…I think his method is totally dependent on the person he is with. The other thing that I think is one big idea that binds his work together, is this idea of meeting people where they are and going through a process with them in which they find meaning in their life. One of my favorite moments in the film is when a woman says, “I’m trying to find the meaning of my life. Shouldn’t there be a meaning?” Nemoto says, “Well, I don’t know. Does a river have a meaning?”

“It’s a beautiful and comforting idea, that there is no secret meaning we need to discover. But you want one, Nemoto has created this process that is a way of creating your own meaning, together, even if it comes from the smallest thing, like wanting to see the cherry blossoms next year. The small moments, that is exactly the idea, that by the end of the film you’re feeling that those small moments, like the feeling of the sun against your face, those experiential sensual moments, that is the meaning of our lives. That’s what it’s all about.” (~ Lana Wilson)

If you are familiar with 8th House themes, you know that this documentary is super resonate on many levels. It also reminds me a bit of my last post – I was very surprised and intrigued that the previous post [below] about “Housework as a Spiritual Practice” would garner so many responses [on Instagram], and I’ve been trying to narrow in on why… perhaps we are all seeking support to actively create meaning in life’s small moments, by imbuing the mundane everyday with a taste of the sacred?

I would love to hear your birthday experiences, especially in relation to the astrological position of your Sun! ❤

Posted March 1st, on Instagram/FB…

Today I came across an article titled: “The Art of Cleaning: Housework as a Spiritual Practice“, by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. It is a beautiful example of the Pisces-Virgo polarity, which is activated right now with the Full Moon in Virgo opposite the Sun in Pisces. This is where the mundane meets with the sacred. Also, I would bet money the main author has some strong Virgo in his chart…


“At this time I find it more and more important to have outer activities that can connect us to what is more natural and help us live in relationship to the deep root of our being, and in an awareness of the moment which alone can give real meaning to our everyday existence. Over the years I have developed a number of simple practices that bring together action and a quality of mindfulness, or deepening awareness, that can nourish our lives in hidden ways.

These activities, like mindful walking, cooking with love and attention, can reconnect us with the web of life, our natural interconnection with life in its beauty and wonder. They can help us “declutter” our outer life and instead become rooted in what is simple and real. One of these practices, which combines action with mindfulness, is cleaning.

The art of cleaning is a simple spiritual activity that is often overlooked. The image of the monk sweeping the courtyard has a deep significance, because without the practice of cleaning there can be no empty space, no space for a deep communion with the sacred. Outer and inner cleaning belong to the foundation of spiritual practice, and as the monk’s broom touches the ground, it has a particular relationship to the Earth. We need to create a sacred space in order to live in relationship to the sacred within ourselves and within creation.

In today’s busy life cleaning one’s home is often considered a chore. We may spend time and energy (and expensive products) in our daily ritual bathing, but the simple art of cleaning our living space is rarely given precedence. Our culture calls to us to use products that will kill all of the “germs” that surround us, products that are often more toxic than the germs, but do we give attention, mindfulness, to caring for the space in which we live? Are we fully present with our brush or vacuum cleaner?

Once I realized that everything is part of one living whole, that nothing is separate, I understood how everything needs care and attention. I bring this feeling and awareness into my cleaning. Cleaning a table, dusting a shelf, I give attention and love, because everything responds to love and care—not just people, or animals, or plants, but everything. I feel strongly that just as I should have only what I need, I should have only what I can look after, love, and care for.

It is a simple recognition of the sacred that is present within everything, and a way to live from the heart in everyday life. Maybe, having been brought up in a family without love or care, I feel this need especially strongly, but I sense that it comes from a deeper knowing of how everything is part of the fabric of love—that creation is woven out of love. And so when I clean I am also looking after, caring for, what is around me, knowing that it too needs to be loved.

Our present culture teaches us to accumulate, but not how to make empty. But for real spiritual work in the inner and outer worlds, in order to give space to the divine, in order to return to the sacred, we need to practice a certain purification in our daily lives. We learn to eat consciously, to be attentive to our outer environment, to sweep our courtyard. We also need to learn how to clean our house, both physically and inwardly. Just as we need to learn to empty our mind in meditation, to clear away the clutter of unnecessary thoughts, so do we need to consciously clean our living space. Dusting, sweeping, vacuuming with attention, we bring a certain awareness to the ground of our being. This has to do with respect for our environment.” (~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)

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The Piscean-Neptunian Signatures of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees

So… I totally procrastinated today and avoided what I was supposed to be working on by researching the astrology of the 10 Academy Award nominees for best actor/actress in a leading role… which is determined tonight in Los Angeles, California.

One of the Piscean associations that is rarely mentioned, is the sign’s symbolic resonance with the film industry. Pisces is the sign of illusion and fantasy so this is clearly a natural fit, right?

For example, movies spin magnificent, immersive stories that allow us to “escape” our everyday lives and be transported to another place, another time – as Pisces so loves to do. Movies also activate our brain’s mirror neurons by compelling us to deeply empathize and connect with the characters – a very Piscean quality. When the film’s characters laugh, we laugh. When they cry, we cry…

If the acting is skillful, that is.

Earlier today I was thinking about the Academy Awards happening tonight, and it occurred to me that actors would likely benefit from having some strong Pisces or Neptunian aspects in their birth charts.

The ability to blur the boundaries of the separate ego and surrender to another reality, another identity, is often considered a vulnerability of Pisces placements and Neptune aspects because these influences can erode a solid and confident sense of self and create confusion. However, for an actor this capacity would clearly be a strength and an asset in their profession since it would allow them to transcend the limitations of their own ego, and deeply merge with the identity of the character they were trying to play, to the extent that they may “lose themselves” to the role.

After reflecting on this, here is the research question I articulated:

What are the Piscean-Neptunian astro signatures among the 10 Academy Award nominees for best actor/actress in a leading role? (if any)

Of course, not every actor in the film industry would necessarily have a Piscean-Neptunian signature in their birth chart because 1) many in the film industry have found success using assets that do not necessarily include solid acting skills, let’s be real, and 2) there are other potential signifiers in a chart that could correlate with strong acting ability and diverse creative expression (e.g. Leo, Gemini, 5th House placements, etc.).

Furthermore, not everyone with strong Piscean-Neptunian astro signatures will be a natural at acting. The whole chart needs to be taken into consideration. Pisces considered alone, for example, can be a more shy and introverted type of expression that would want to avoid the public professional arena of acting.

And yet… I hypothesized that among the nominees for tonight’s award show, given the acknowledged caliber of their acting ability, their birth charts would likely contain strong Pisces placements or notable aspects with Neptune.

A few notes on my methods…

I was only able to access exact birth times for 3 out of 10 nominees. Otherwise I used only their birth date and location. This is quite limiting since I don’t know if Pisces or Neptune are located on an important angle, which would give these energies greater prominence, but regardless, I cast their charts with a default Aries Ascendant to see what I would find.

I was primarily looking for any of the 5 personal planets/luminaries in Pisces (i.e. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), or any of the 5 major aspects (conjuction, square, opposition, trine, sextile) between Neptune and a personal planet.

I have bolded the relevant aspects in my results section below, but I also reference the other aspects that Neptune makes for your interest. Neptune’s aspects to outer planets, or outer planet placements in Pisces, were not as interesting to me since they are not as influential on an individual level. Outer planets move very slowly and are captured in the birth charts of everyone born around the same time period.

Okay, enough preamble, here’s a summary of my analysis:

  • Each of the 10 nominees have at least one major aspect between Neptune and a personal planet, or a personal planet placed in Pisces (important Piscean-Neptunian contacts might increase if I was able to adjust the charts according to their birth times)
  • 8/10 either have Mars in Pisces, or a major aspect between Mars and Neptune
  • 5/10 have a major aspect between the Sun and Neptune
  • 4/10 either have Moon in Pisces, or a major aspect between the Moon and Neptune
  • 3/10 have a major aspect between Mercury and Neptune

Overall, this level of Piscean and Neptunian influences is what I expected to see, but I must admit that I was surprised to see so many Piscean-Neptunian contacts with Mars – more than I found with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury!! 8 out of 10 nominees?!

A quick review of planetary symbolism:

The Sun speak to our conscious, purpose-driven self seeking to externally manifest its creative essence. The Moon speaks to our internal emotional sphere, and how we soothe and care for ourselves and for others. Venus speaks to what we find beautiful and valuable, and how we then attract it and connect with others. Mercury symbolizes our thinking, learning, communicating brains.

And Mars? Mars is like our pure, undiluted energy source. Our fuel for life. Our engine. Mars speaks to what motivates us, how we take action toward our desires, how we assert ourselves, and how we express our sexuality, our passion, as well as our anger.

The power of our Mars can be harnessed by the other planetary bodies to fulfill their needs, but when isolated, I conceptualize Mars in simple terms as the raw energy that underlies everything we do.

I’m mostly brainstorming out loud right now… I will have to reflect on these prominent Mars contacts with Neptune and Pisces for a while longer, but it seems to me that for a complete immersion into the identity of a fictional character, perhaps it would be the most vital for an actor to be able to transform the expression of their energy at the ground level – through their Mars.

Of course, the Sun, Moon, and Mercury having access to Piscean-Neptunian qualities, would also benefit an actor.

What are your thoughts??

Below I’ve included the charts of all the nominees with the relevant astro highlighted. For fun – and for those of you who are astro nerds – I’ve also included a summary of the transits they are experiencing around the time of the awards show on March 4th.

Remember too, especially if you decide to watch the ceremony, that today we have the Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces, and a triple conjunction between Venus, Mercury and Chiron in Pisces. These are significant transits and we can often see the symbolism of important astro show up in obvious ways during highly publicized events or ceremonies such as this. Check out my previous weekly forecast for a more detailed reflection on the meaning of these transits occurring today.

The 5 nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are…

Sally Hawkins (April 27, 1976, London), nominated best actress for ‘The Shape of Water’ – Neptune in Sagittarius

  • Neptune trine Moon in Aries (2 deg orb)


Sally Hawkin’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Sun square natal Neptune (March 3rd)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) trine natal Saturn (March 4th)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) sextile natal Mercury (March 4th)
  • Saturn trine natal Jupiter (March 4th)
  • Mars trine natal Venus (March 6th)
  • Chiron sextile natal Mercury (March 8th)


Frances McDormand (June 23, 1957, Illinois), nominated best actress for ‘Three Billboards’ – Neptune in Libra

  • Neptune square Mars in Leo (out of sign, 1 deg orb)
  • Neptune trine Sun in Cancer (out of sign, 2 deg orb)
  • Neptune square Venus in Cancer (9 deg orb)
  • Neptune at the 29th degree, sextile Pluto, square Uranus, trine BML, opposite Pallas and Juno


Frances McDormand’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Progressed Moon leaves Cancer and enters Leo (February 19th)
  • Progressed Moon square Progressed Neptune (February 26th)
  • Mercury & Venus opposite natal Jupiter (March 1st, 2nd)
  • Mars square natal Jupiter (March 6th)


Margot Robbie (July 2, 1990, Dalby, Australia), nominated best actress for ‘I, Tonya’ – Neptune in Capricorn

  • Neptune opposite Sun & Mercury conjunction in Cancer (4 deg orb)
  • Neptune sextile Moon in Scorpio (9 deg orb)
  • Neptune opposite Chiron, trine Vesta, sextile Juno, sextile Pluto


Margot Robbie’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Venus & Mercury sextile natal Saturn (March 1st & 2nd)
  • Saturn conjunct natal Uranus (March 3rd)
  • Sun sextile natal Neptune (March 3rd)
  • Mars trine natal Mars (March 5th)
  • Sun trine natal Pluto (March 5th)
  • Sun trine natal Chiron (March 8th)
  • She is currently experiencing her Saturn Return (although she won’t have the exact conjunction until next year)


Saoirse Ronan (April 12, 1994, New York), nominated best actress for ‘Lady Bird’ – Neptune in Capricorn

  • Mars in Pisces (the dispositor of her Aries Sun & Mercury)
  • Neptune square Sun in Aries (1 deg orb)
  • Saturn in Pisces
  • Neptune sextile North Node, square Juno, trine Ceres


Saoirse Ronan’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Mars trine natal Sun (March 4th)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) trine natal Pluto (March 4th)
  • Mercury & Venus conjunct natal Mars (March 5th)


Meryl Streep (June 22, 1949, 8:05 am, New Jersey), nominated best actress for ‘The Post’ – Neptune in Libra

  • Neptune trine Mars in Gemini (4 deg orb)
  • Neptune trine Mercury in Gemini (2 deg orb)
  • Neptune in the 3rd House, quincunx Moon, sextile Pluto, square Juno

Meryl Streep’s major transits around March 4th include…

  • North Node conjunct natal Pluto (February 20th)
  • Sun sextile natal Moon (March 4th)
  • Mars trine natal North Node (March 6th)
  • Mercury sextile natal Jupiter, square natal Sun, square natal Uranus (March 6th)

The 5 Nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role are…

Daniel Kaluuya (May 8th, 1989, London), nominated best actor for ‘Get Out’ – Neptune in Capricorn

  • Neptune opposite Mars in Cancer (6 deg orb)
  • Neptune trine Sun in Taurus (5 deg orb)
  • North Node in Pisces
  • Neptune sextile Pluto, trine Ceres, square BML, quincunx Jupiter

Daniel Kaluuya’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • He is currently experiencing his 1st Saturn Return (the exact conjunction will be next year)
  • Sun square natal Jupiter (March 1st)
  • Sun sextile natal Neptune (March 2nd)
  • Venus sextile natal Venus (March 4th)
  • Sun trine natal Pluto (March 4th)
  • Sun sextile natal Saturn (March 4th)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) sextile natal Venus (March 4th)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) square natal Moon (March 5th)
  • Solar Arc Mercury conjunct natal Chiron (March 10th)


Gary Oldman (March 21, 1958, possible 10:56 am birth time, London), nominated best actor for ‘Darkest Hour’ – Neptune in Scorpio

  • Neptune square Mars in Aquarius (1 deg orb)
  • Midheaven in Pisces
  • Neptune in the 4th/5th house, square Uranus, conjunct North Node

Gary Oldman’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Progressed Moon square Progress Mars (February 20th)
  • Sun conjunct MC (March 1st)
  • Venus & Mercury (& Chiron) square Saturn (March 3rd)
  • Sun trine Ascendant (March 3rd)
  • Mercury & Venus conjunct natal Sun (March 6th)


Denzel Washington (December 28, 1954, 12:09 am birth time, New York), nominated best actor for ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ – Neptune in Libra

  • Mars in Pisces
  • Neptune in the 1st House (the apex of a tight t-square with Uranus, Jupiter, and Chiron), sextile Pluto

Denzel Washington’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Jupiter conjunct natal Venus (March 1st)
  • Chiron trine natal Jupiter (March 2nd)
  • Chiron sextile natal Chiron (March 3rd)
  • Saturn conjunct natal Mercury (March 3rd)
  • Venus & Mercury (& Chiron) trine natal Uranus, trine natal Jupiter, & sextile natal Chiron (March 3rd, 4th)
  • Saturn square natal Ascendant (March 4th)
  • Sun conjunct natal Mars (March 7th)
  • Sun trine natal Saturn (March 8th)


Timothee Chalamet (Dec. 26th, 1995, Manhattan), nominated best actor for ‘Call Me by Your Name’ – Neptune in Capricorn

  • Neptune conjunct Mars in Capricorn (4 deg orb)
  • Moon in Pisces
  • Neptune conjunct Mercury in Capricorn (2 deg orb)
  • Saturn in Pisces (the dispositor of his Capricorn Mars & Mercury)
  • Neptune conjunct Juno, conjunct Uranus, square Nodal axis, square Pallas


Timothee Chalamet’s major transits around March 4th include:

  • Progressed Venus sextile Progressed Jupiter (February 14th)
  • Progressed Moon square natal Saturn (February 19th)
  • Venus & Mercury sextile natal Neptune (March 2nd, 3rd)
  • Mercury & Venus (& Chiron) square natal Jupiter (March 5th)
  • Mercury & Venus trine natal Pluto (March 7th, 8th)


Daniel Day-Lewis (April 29, 1957, London), nominated best actor for ‘Phantom Thread’ – Neptune in Scorpio

  • Neptune trine Mars in Gemini (out of sign – 5 deg orb)
  • Neptune opposite Sun in Taurus (8 deg orb)
  • Neptune opposite Moon in Taurus (1 deg orb)
  • Neptune square Uranus, sextile Pluto

Daniel Day-Lewis major transits around March 4th include:

  • Venus & Mercury opposite natal Jupiter (Feb. 28th, March 1st)
  • Sun sextile natal Venus, square natal Saturn (March 3rd)
  • Venus & Mercury (& Chiron) square natal Mars (March 4th)
  • Mars square natal Jupiter (March 4th)
  • Progressed Moon conjunct natal Venus (March 19th)


Phew… that was a lot of research and detailed work with planets, aspects, and degrees. I cannot guarantee a typo-less assessment of these 10 charts (especially on a Sun conjunct Neptune day??), but hopefully I somehow accessed some Virgo skills to get all these details sorted!


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Navigating Empathy, Boundaries, & Compassionate Action :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for February 26th – March 4th

The watery Piscean trend continues this week with 5 celestial bodies in the sign of the two fishes (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Chiron). If you haven’t gotten enough of these deep feels, you’re in luck! There’s plenty more to come in the next 7 days.

The highlights of the week include the Full Moon in Virgo on WEDNESDAY, and the rare triple conjunction of Venus, Mercury and Chiron occurring at Venus’ exaltation degree in Pisces on SUNDAY – the same day that the Sun conjoins with Neptune.

Circle SUNDAY, March 4th on your calendar. This is a unique line-up of transits which could correlate with a deeply emotional relational event, or a significant internal shift (especially if you have personal planets or points in the late degrees of the mutable signs – Pisces, Virgo, Gemini, and Sagittarius).

As I mentioned earlier, my chart is Pisces-heavy with the Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in Pisces, along with some strong Neptunian aspects. It is a little strange to see all the super emotional ‘Pisces Season’ posts all over my feed these days! I find I get a strong reaction to them. Like, seriously?! Pisces is really that emotional and sensitive? OMG… AM I THAT EMOTIONAL AND SENSITIVE?? Because honestly, as a Pisces native, I’m not sure life feels anymore emotionally intense (or confusing) for me than usual!

And as I also mentioned previously, I struggle to embrace my Piscean nature – probably due to it being the cusp of my 8th House.

Emotions are fascinating to me at an intellectual level (p.s. I have a Gemini Moon). Like, what are emotions exactly? A mixture of biochemical neurotransmitters + thoughts + physiological reactions or sensations? What does it really mean on a biological level when emotions get “stuck” and “suppressed” in our body? Neuroscientists have trouble fully explaining the miracle and mystery of emotions.

What about empathy? That ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and truly feel what they are feeling? How does that work?

Have you ever wondered why yawns are weirdly contagious or why babies learn through imitating adult facial expressions? Although this area is still under research development, scientists have asserted that we have mirror neurons” in our brain that recognize the actions of others, prompting similar actions of our own. These mirror neurons activate the same parts of our brain that are activated when we are actually doing the action ourselves.

Scientists have extended this concept of mirror neurons to also explain the emotional experience of empathy. When we empathize with someone’s distress, this activates our brain in ways that make us feel the distress directly, as if we were literally in the other person’s situation.

Do Pisces folks have more active mirror neurons than others? Ha, that would be an interesting research study!

Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and is said to contain a piece of each of the 11 preceding signs. Pisces is widely known for its sensitivity, receptivity, empathy, and its fluid ability to shape-shift in different environments, “mirroring” those around them.

In this way Pisces’ true identity is often nebulous, mysterious, and hard to pin down. This can be just as frustrating for the Pisces searching for a solid sense of Self, as it is for those around them! As a result, confidence, self-assertion, and self-esteem do not always come easily for this sign (along with its 12th House friends).

Their empathetic “mirroring” ability can be a gift, if used wisely. Piscean presence can make people feel safe, seen, and truly heard. And that is a powerful offering indeed.

The capacity for empathy can backfire, however. When this capacity is not well cared for, its receptivity can sink a Pisces – and those around them.

If you are constantly experiencing everyone else’s pain and suffering as if it were your own, it makes sense you’d eventually reach pain-level capacity, right? This is the problem with empathy as we typically conceptualize it.

Personally I’ve hit this point, as I’m sure many of you have. Specifically in early 2016, I remember within a few weeks I had gone from crying at every awful news story, and feeling the pain of my friends deep in my bones, and wanting to help and support everyone I could… to feeling… nothing. 

This lasted for over a year. A year of feeling numb. It was incredibly disconcerting to not feel any emotional reaction to external events and other people’s pain. I’ve labelled my experience depression, but people have also used words like compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burn-out.

Experiencing other people’s distress as if it were your own can jump-start your survival instincts into “fight or fight anxiety”, and then eventually into the “shut-down and numb” mode – as if it was YOU who was facing a threat in some way. This is unproductive in that it doesn’t typically lead to calm and wise action. And yet it is understandable that this often happens given the state of our collective wellbeing, our phobia of intense emotions, our unprocessed traumas, and dysregulated nervous systems.

Personally my individual “baseline” state of emotional and psychological wellness was pretty skewed to begin with at that time, so it was inevitable that without taking some time for healing, I would eventually max out on my capacity to empathize and support others.

Pisces are not the only ones at risk of an empathic process undermining compassionate and productive action. We all have mirror neurons, and we all are swimming through thick Piscean waters this week.

Here’s some excellent advice for Pisces Season and for anyone with a heavy dose of blurry-boundaries-Pisces in their birth charts:

When resonance literally becomes mirroring, when we confuse me with you, then objectivity is lost. Resonance requires that we remain differentiated – that we know who we are – while also becoming linked. We let our own internal states be influenced by, but not become identical with, those of the other person.” ~ Dr. Dan Siegel

For Pisces, a sign associated with divine infinite oneness which blurs the boundaries of an individual self, this is a challenging task – but not an impossible one when one has the right tools and resources. Regulating our emotions and our nervous systems through our senses is one such tool that reminds us of our physical boundaries – and you can read more about this in a previous blog post I wrote.

Luke Dani Blue from Seagoat Astrology created a great video aimed at Pisces activists, which addresses some of Pisces’ strengths and challenges…

I recommend checking out their Youtube channel, which is full of similar videos – short and sweet with sharp insights that are right on point.

They advise Pisces to use their gifts to help others spiritually rejuvenate and re-energize themselves (such as through sharing meditative and reflective practices, etc.):

It’s actually really important to bring people’s stress levels down and you [Pisces] know that. You know that one of the ways that these kinds of political stresses that have been going on this year affect people the most negatively, is psychologically. Share that piece that you carry around inside of you with others.”

“Your burn-out factor Pisces, on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is – could keep going forever and 10 is – going to burn out in a second, you are either a 0 or a 10. You guys can be the fastest to burn out because you might have really high ideals about a situation and then get really disappointed almost immediately because people never live up to our highest hopes. Or, if you’re moving from a place of love and really thinking of yourself as a channeling force for healing, you can go forever, because that’s your spiritual practice.” (~Luke Dani Blue)

I’m taking this advice seriously! Practice mindfulness so as to not allow your sense of self to become completely enmeshed with your transient emotions or thoughts – or those of others. Maintain a broad perspective and try to resist an emotional spiral down toward your navel. Find a sense of connectedness to others, to a spiritual source, that will keep you expanding outward, rather than collapsing in upon yourself. Ideally we don’t want to become so emotionally overwhelmed that we reach burn-out and cannot take compassionate action – especially during a week like this one…

Up until SUNDAY when they conjoin, Mercury is chasing Venus all week. Together, they will activate one of the year’s major transformative aspects – the Jupiter-Pluto sextile.

Venus will tap into Pluto’s powers with a sextile on TUESDAY, followed quickly by Mercury on THURSDAY.

Venus and Mercury are both planets of connection and exchange. In Pisces, they are seeking a connection which surpasses the limits of time, language and separate identity. As they join forces with the transformative catalyst of Pluto, our modes of relating with others – and with ourselves – acquire deeper honesty and intimacy.

Buried secrets may find a channel to the surface. Forgiveness and reconciliation may come more easily this week, but so too, there is the potential to bid farewell to a chapter of one’s life and unleash suppressed grief as we are reminded of past wounds.

In the midst of this Pluto action, on WEDNESDAY Mercury repeats Venus’ action over the past weekend by squaring Mars in Sagittarius. Sandwiched by Pluto’s transformative energy, these two contribute some added aggravation or frustration as our conversations (with ourselves or others) try to deliver Truth with emotional sensitivity and compassion.

Rash words could fly and we may self-inflict with negative self-talk or cut others with our communications. Pisces’ tendency is to withdraw from conflict, but this bold martial square is propelling you forward. Assert yourself with calm courage and say what needs to be said, but don’t hastily burn bridges you’ll regret.

THURSDAY is a busy day, cosmically speaking, with the Mercury-Pluto sextile occurring as I mentioned, and Venus perfecting its water trine to Jupiter as we reach the Full Moon in Virgo.

The Full Moon in Virgo is ruled by Mercury (which is currently busy, intensely dancing with other planetary heavy-weights in Pisces). It occurs with the Sun moving into a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces. This means that while the Virgo Moon may attempt to achieve discernment and clarity through diligent effort, Virgo’s steady, consistent rhythm may feel wildly out of sync with the rest of the cosmic orchestra… which is playing a dramatic and impassioned piece of opera.

Venus’ water trine to Jupiter in Scorpio, imitated by Mercury on FRIDAY, coaxes intuitive sensibilities out of the most practical and rational. It could align with moments of inspiration and elation, or overwhelming floods of feels bubbling to the surface. This aspect indicates a desire to expand and an “urge to merge”… with what though? With an experience or sensation? With another person? With your artistic process? With the web of universal energy?

Ride the waves, but check in with some anchors every now and again to keep yourself safely grounded and regulated. Practice mindfulness simply by making a point to notice 5 new things about your changing environments as you move through life. Walk around outside in nature. Stay hydrated. Get sleep. Eat regular meals. Remind yourself to breath and keep your exhales long and slow.

This week’s Virgo Moon wants you to maintain your health in the midst of this week’s swirling seas.

This week’s Piscean operatic drama reaches it’s peak on SUNDAY with the remarkable number of coinciding transits I mentioned earlier. The Venus-Mercury-Chiron triple conjunction will sextile Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn, while the Sun fuses with Neptune.

What was happening in your life back in mid-April 2017? This was when the Venus retrograde ended with a pivot at 27 degrees Pisces – similarly right on top of Chiron at Venus’ exaltation degree. This was a very potent, healing, and sometimes excruciating, Venus retrograde for many of you. At 27 degrees Pisces, Venus is said to be operating at full power – a power charged with a unconditional love that surpasses all human and time-based limitations and barriers.

It was quite significant to have Venus station direct conjunct Chiron at her exaltation degree in April 2017, and it is again quite significant to see Venus meet up with Mercury and Chiron at this same degree. Therefore, I think it is possible that there could be some echoes of last year’s conjunction bleeding into this week.

There are so many pieces to unpack here… with the triple conjunction there is something painful that has emerged, but there is also a desire to connect, to communicate, to reconcile in the midst of the hurt.

Venus seeks unity and Mercury seeks an conversational exchange. With the Sun together with Neptune, we may be perceiving a bigger picture, a larger narrative, the timeless infinity that holds the human experience. From the point of view of this broader, spiritual perspective, our priorities may change. Interpersonal barriers and tension may dissolve… or illusions may shatter as we realize the true nature of a relationship or situation.

The triple Venus-Mercury-Chiron conjunction sextiling Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn, adds even more complexity to this potency. BML is an angry energy, an archetype that feels deeply that searing pain of rejection and betrayal – and yet simultaneously is a courageous figure speaking bold truths and seeking justice and liberation of those oppressed.

How does Lilith interact with the rest of SUNDAY’s cosmic weather? Lilith is one who holds her ground. While Pisces may be willing to compromise anything for the sake of peace and idealistic harmony, Lilith is present to ensure we navigate these waters with a firm assertive hand on the wheel.


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Pisces, the Pulse of Boundless, Infinite Divinity Within Us All :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for February 19th – 25th

Today (MONDAY) Mars zaps the North Node with a friendly trine, giving us an energizing, motivating nudge toward manifesting our creative potential. From there on in, the major aspects of the week bring us buckets of Piscean vibes.

Pisces Season has arrived, as of yesterday when the Sun made the shift from Aquarius into the zodiac’s expansive ocean of being.

Oh Pisces…

Pisces is on the cusp of my 8th House, containing my Sun, Mercury and Jupiter. As a result, I tend to be more aware of Pisces’ shadow side – both in myself and in others.

While this post may have a more melancholic theme than other rose-coloured Piscean interpretations, I will say upfront that Pisces plays just as integral a role in our cosmic DNA as each of the other 11 zodiac signs.

I promise you Pisces folks, that I will get to the good stuff! You will just have to follow me through the darkness to get there : )

Pisces is boundless infinity. Pisces is the pulse of divinity within us, our eternal soul, our connection to the collective unconscious, our umbilical cord to god/dess, our gnawing hunger and yearning for something more, our desire to dissolve into union with the whole of existence.

Sometimes, I wonder, on a global scale, symbolically speaking, whether Pisces is to blame for humanity’s constant struggle with internal feelings of brokenness, imperfection, inadequacy, disappointment, and disillusionment?

Of course there are a million contributing factors (relational, social, systemic, economic, political, cultural, etc.) that intensify and exacerbate this common human experience.

And yet, if we did not deeply know perfection in our souls, if we did not have access to a sense, a taste, an idea, of potential infinite bliss, if we did not remember what it was like to be one with divine presence… perhaps we would not have anything to which we could compare the frustrations and tedium of earthly existence. We would not be cursed with idealism.

And in that case, conversely, perhaps ignorance would be bliss? Perhaps it would be easier to be content with the mundane ebbs and flows of human life? Perhaps suffering would not be felt so excruciatingly?

For some Pisces-types, ignorance does appear to be bliss. However, since it is near impossible for Pisceans to drown out the mystical vibrations that sing to their souls and the numinous awe that worships in their inner temple, they may instead choose to drown out human reality – through a variety of ways.

Addiction, of course, is a stereotyped weakness of Pisces, but any form of escapism or denial will work as long as though it mutes life’s hard edges which threaten to pop the holy bubble of transcendence.

These images from @textsfromyourexistentialist perfectly depict the Pisces (and 12th House) frustration with being trapped and imprisoned in a “self”, in an “ego”, in a human body – when Pisces is longing for freedom, for boundless nirvana, for paradise, for perfect contentment and peace.

Meme image by April Eileen Henry (
Meme image by April Eileen Henry (
Meme image by April Eileen Henry (
Meme image by April Eileen Henry (

I have always found there to be something tragic about the Pisces archetype, and perhaps, Pisces types would tend to agree. When they are disenchanted with this world, they can have a tendency to position themselves as victims of life.

How does one live in the midst of this often dreary human world while innately knowing that something so much more perfect, beautiful and profound exists… somewhere, somehow?

Have you read the childhood story Bridge to Terabithia or watched the film?

That is an example of the Piscean tragedy. Two 12-year-olds escape the difficulties in their lives by creating a magical fantasy world on the other side of a river… just close your eyes and keep your mind wide open, Leslie tells Jesse. And then an awful accident involving the river, interrupts the connection to this beautiful escape with the harsh worldly reminder of mortality.

Soulmates and twin flames?

If you hold to these concepts, they were birthed and are sustained from the Pisces/Neptune component of your cosmic DNA : )

Pisces is widely known as the “hopeless romantic”. It seeks the divine in another human being and the perfect, idealized union its soul knows is possible.

Which is wonderful… as long as though you guard against infatuated blind projections and creating dangerous imaginary fantasies of love where none exists.

Meme image by April Eileen Henry (
Meme image by April Eileen Henry (
Meme image by April Eileen Henry (

On WEDNESDAY, when Venus conjoins with Neptune in Pisces… love energy abounds and our relationships, our money, our art, and our pleasure, are perceived through the eyes of the soul seeking blissful completion. #yesfilter

Thankfully on WEDNESDAY Mercury’s sextile to Saturn keeps us moderately tethered to reality in the form of practical conversations or rational planning, hopefully steering us clear of delusional fantasies.

Oh Pisces…

I feel like I’m pulling a bit of a “Pisces Pity Party” here.

Two years ago I was reflecting on how I often try to suffocate and control the Piscean part of myself (a somewhat common occurrence with signs on the 8th House cusp). Since I have a Pisces Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter (with strong aspects from Neptune in my chart), by denying my inner Pisces, I was also denying my true authentic essence.

When I had the space and time to do so, I took a few weeks of my life and decided to surrender.

I put aside to-do lists, practical responsibilities and the accompanying guilt… and went Pisces, 100%. I forgot to eat. I accidentally went to sleep with candles still lit. I neglected to lock my front door or turn off the stove.

And yet, it worked. I was able to reacquaint myself with the magic of Pisces. My life world was re-enchanted. High on my imagination alone, I wandered about the house lost in other realms. I could lie on the couch and stare at the ceiling for hours, daydreaming of other mystical realities. I experienced timeless flow states. Everything I perceived in my external world was imbued with shimmering mystery.

Those close to me, who observed this surrender, said that they had never seen me so happy. I was near giddy with overflowing love for this exquisitely captivating existence.

It didn’t last, of course. And how could it? As an embodied soul within a human form, living 100% Pisces is not very functional (or safe!).

But thankfully, no one is 100% Pisces. We are a multitude of different parts – which equates as signs and planets in astro language. The other signs of the zodiac support us with manifesting the magic of Pisces in our day-to-day lives. My challenge is to work with the all-or-nothing tendencies of the 8th House, by bringing Pisces into a healthy, balanced expression.

The earth signs, in particular, stabilize the watery forces within our chart.

Virgo, Pisces’ opposite sign, channels the divine magic and mysticism of Pisces into our daily responsibilities, routines, and rituals; merging the mundane with the sacred through the continuous practice of alchemy.

Although Pisces may sometimes feel crushed by the harshness of life on this planet, Taurus reminds Pisces of the delights within the tangible earthly realm that are available to us through the physical human senses. According to Taurus, “inhabiting a body” (a frequent Pisces complaint), is marvelous! The taste of ice cream, the sensation of a hot shower, the majestic view of the rocky mountains – these too, are holy magic.

Capricorn, the sea goat who shares a fishy tail with Pisces, stands at the intersection between spirit and matter (between Pisces and Taurus, one might say). Capricorn provides a foundation and structure to our soul’s purpose as it builds a life project worthy of its divine nature.

Scorpio, as the middle child of the water sign family, between Cancer and Pisces, helps us to practice dying (over and over again) as we learn to let go of control and surrender the separate self and ego, with all its armory and battery of defenses. This is often a rather terrifying life-long process that involves facing all our deepest fears of loss (which are ultimately some variation of the fear of death).

And yet just at those moments when we let go and despairingly fall toward raw and naked vulnerability… we realize that Pisces is there to catch us – and to liberate us. Pisces, an expansive sea that connects you with the infinite, interconnected entirety of life… and life beyond life.

We are so much greater, so much larger, than the small everyday self we identify with.

However, unless we choose to spend our lives meditating alone in a monastery or something similar, it isn’t easy to maintain and sustain access to our infinite Pisces selves while still functioning in this earthly realm.

And yet, it is possible.

In fact, I believe it is essential.

Brene Brown offers a wonderful, accessible definition of spirituality:

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.” (~Brene Brown)

Pisces supports our capacity for spiritual practice and our capacity for empathy and compassion.

I’ve been currently reading and listening to a lot of Tara Brach; a psychologist, meditation teacher, and practicing Buddhist.

I’ve also been trying to work through overwhelming, copious amounts of fear.

In her book, Radical Acceptance“, Tara suggests that “in facing intense fear, we need to be reminded that we are part of something greater than our frightened self.”

While it is true that mass fear and this drive to be “part of something greater that will protect us” can create the conditions for cults, toxic nationalism, and us vs. them struggles… there is another way to soften our fear into a larger presence.

We can find refuge in something transcendent when Scorpionic fears of uncertainty, chaos, vulnerability, and loss, seem to loom larger and larger.

We need, as Tara puts it, something that is “big enough to hold our fear.”

I wanted to share this section from Tara’s book, True Refuge, because it is so obviously fitting for Pisces season:

Fear can bring out the worst in us. Fear constricts. Fear wraps us in chains, making us feel smaller and smaller as the world appears to close in around us.

We may be able to interrupt this process if we can find our way to something more spacious, more expansive, where we – and our fear – can find a more effective way to relate to each other without the claustrophobic and isolating pressure that this world’s chaos applies to our psyches.

This is most definitely easier said than done!

Many religions and spiritual practices provide tools for alleviating our anxieties and daily concerns through accessing a transcendent presence. Prayer is one such tool, dance may be another.

On SUNDAY, Mercury (symbolizing perception, thoughts and communication) will conjoin Neptune in Pisces, while the Sun, in Pisces, sextiles Saturn, thereby grounding our purpose on this earth while our mind yearns for otherworldly interaction. Simultaneously, Venus, in Pisces, will square Mars conjunct Vesta in Sagittarius, challenging us to take action toward the good life we seek in a way that enacts our commitment to our highest values.

If you don’t know where to start and fears are clinging like leeches to your rib cage, find an area in nature (or in your city) that is expansive. The ocean of course, is an obvious Piscean option, but a starry night sky or a beautiful panoramic view on a hill, could also work.

Allow yourself to connect with that immense spaciousness, which is only a fraction of infinity. Surely this space is large enough to hold you and your fears and concerns?

Hold your hands out in front of you and imagine you are cupping your fears. In front of you, above you, and behind you, is your environment encompassing you with its vast expansiveness. Whenever you feel a limit, or sense resistance pressing in against you, push back with an exhale of your breath… until boundaries of perception dissolve, allowing you to extend your awareness and sense of presence to even greater heights, lengths, and depths.

If it resonates, imagine this vastness as love; pure unconditional universal love – a container big enough and strong enough to hold all the many parts of your being.

Remember, you are not your fear. You are not even your multitude of identities, stories, beliefs, and desires.

You are limitless.

You are free.

You are “made of ocean”, as Tara writes, connected to the very fabric of existence.


The great gift of a spiritual path is coming to trust that you can find a way to true refuge. You realize that you can start right where you are, in the midst of your life, and find peace in any circumstance. Even at those moments when the ground shakes terribly beneath you—when there’s a loss that will alter your life forever—you can still trust that you will find your way home. This is possible because you’ve touched the timeless love and awareness that are intrinsic to who you are.”  (~Tara Brach)

May we experience a profound visceral sense of safety and refuge, even as we face the dangers and uncertainties of the world.

May we carry the awareness of our freedom and interconnectedness with us, always – even as we navigate the bounded, seemingly limiting corridors of life.

May our spirituality and idealism propel us forward as compassionate change makers; trusting that “another world is not only possible, she is on her way” (Arundhati Roy).


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Quotes for a South Node Solar Eclipse in Aquarius

Today, February 15th, we arrive at the Solar Eclipse New Moon in Aquarius.

Aquarius, as I described in my last post, is associated with the independent outsider who goes against the mainstream current with its unconventional message of liberation. Aquarius is the exile and the rebel within us all – the part of us that always feels different and separate from others, no matter how many friends and genuine connections we have.

Paradoxically, Aquarius is also associated with group collaboration and mutual support in order to create a brighter future.

A healthy expression of Aquarius involves a striking a balance between insider and outsider status.

We need to develop and retain our originality, our authenticity, and our independence, while at the same time welcoming belonging, building community, and believing in the creative, innovative magic that happens when people come together for a higher purpose.

Interestingly there were two highly anticipated books that were released this year on the topic of belonging, which specifically explored this outsider-insider tension.

Brené Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone”, was published last September.

Toko-pa Turner’s “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, was published last December.

I highly recommend them both.

This New Moon is occurring near the South Node, which has themes of releasing and letting go in order to make room for growth, for something new.

When we combine the symbolism of Aquarius with the symbolism of the South Node, the synthesized interpretation of this New Moon suggests that this cosmic event could potentially coincide with times of feeling lonely, forgotten, undesirable, different, left-behind, misunderstood, unseen, rejected and isolated.

If this is how this New Moon is showing up for you, remember that this is only one moment in the broader story of your life. As we continually navigate the human tensions of being, becoming, and belonging, there will be times of feeling both connection and separateness.

I have compiled a number of quotes from Brené and Toko-pa’s recent books to provide some encouragement if you are feeling the cold chill, the vast wilderness of aloneness, at this time.

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“Neurons that Fire Together, Wire Together” :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for February 12th – 18th

How is this Dark Moon, in-between eclipses, feeling to you?

Decidedly uncomfortable, is my personal take on it.

On TUESDAY, Mercury in Aquarius (symbolizing thinking and communication)  squares Jupiter in Scorpio. Aquarius wants nothing but the blatant truth. Jupiter in Scorpio wants to increase the range of its mega spotlight until it encompasses all our secrets, hidden fears, and everything taboo. The square aspect creates some friction that could propel a rush of potent words up through our vocal chords and out through our mouths before we’ve had time to think them through.

Words have power. Speak when you feel called to do so, but watch for instinctual defensive reactions that may cause you to respond too quickly with communication that you cannot retrieve.

Also on TUESDAY, the Sun offers a friendly sextile to Uranus – an aspect of innovation and unexpected breakthroughs that holds through until the Partial Solar Eclipse (New Moon) in Aquarius on THURSDAY.

On a recent episode of The Astrology Podcast, they were discussing how, from an astrological perspective, February 14th is an odd time for Valentine’s Day. Aquarius is not a sign renowned for romantic sentiment and the traditional mushy expressions of love that Valentine’s Day is associated with. Pisces Season would be more ideal – preferably timed for when Venus hits its exaltation degree in Pisces.

But February it is.

If you truly want to do Valentine’s Day, Aquarian style, set some new neural pathways with your lover – or your friends. Exchange some IDEAS.

Absorb new information together, and challenge each other to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.

“Neurons that fire together, wire together” (~Donald Hebb), is not just a nerdy Aquarian sounding Valentine’s Day message, but also an important truth about how our brains work, why we react and respond the way we do to external stimuli and situations, and how we acquire new information and learn new behavior.

We human beings are very complex, and so are the environments that we inhabit. At any given time there are many, many neurons exchanging messages with each other in our brain, either through neurotransmitters (i.e. chemicals) or through electrical synapses.

When we activate neurons at the same time repeatedly (i.e. “fire them together”) they eventually become conditioned into brain circuitry and neural networks that can automatically activate and fire at the same time without a whole lot of volitional conscious effort – thus neurons that fire together “wire together”.

Think of the last time you learned something new. Think of a child riding a bike for the first time. Like most human tasks, riding a bike requires you to enact a number of different skills and abilities simultaneously. You need to adjust your balance to keep the bike upright… while moving the pedals consistently with your feet to increase speed… while using your hands on the handles to steer the front wheel… while using your eyes to navigate the path ahead… while listening for oncoming cars…etc.

At first, this was probably quite cumbersome as you tried to focus on all aspects at once. But gradually, with repeated practice, as all the different neurons responsible for each action began firing at once, this process became “wired” into your brain as part of your implicit procedural memory so that you no longer had to pay such focused attention to your every action. Your body could now ride a bike on auto pilot without demanding your conscious thinking brain to command every single step. You could hop on a bike and speed away with your friends without thinking twice.

Our brains are AMAZING.

However, the flip side of this “fire together, wire together” associative and conditioned learning process is that it can cause us to get really STUCK in behaviors that are not helpful.

Thank goodness for the hope of neuroplasticity. We now know that the adult brain can change and that the creation of new neural connections and increased neural growth is not limited to childhood development. However, breaking up well-wired circuitry and charting neural pathways into uncharted brain territory isn’t always easy.

Experiencing fast-acting anxiety or panic attack triggers are times when our magical and protective brains can feel like they are working against our best interests.

For example, let’s say when you were younger you got bit by a dog. This was a really scary experience that fired off a bunch of neurons at the same time. You received brain messages of PAIN, at the same time that your eyes registered the image of DOG.

Now DOG and PAIN are wired together and every time you see a sweet cuddly looking dog, that neuron chain reaction fires off a neural network that activates the brain’s threat message of PAIN. Your brain’s amygdala diligently sounds the alarm signals and your body rushes toward an anxiety response. You turn and run, leaving the cute looking dog staring after you quizzically.

Even repeated negative thinking and rumination can dig a well-worn path in your brain, wiring together a pessimistic outlook when a series of neurons are fired consistently.

Interestingly Aquarius is associated with the nervous system – the part of our body largely responsible for the automatic physical anxiety response that creates heart-pounding fear and shaking hands (the sympathetic nervous system), along with the part of our body that slows down our racing heart to a steady relaxed beat and evens out our breath (the parasympathetic nervous system).

My anxiety always increases around Aquarius New Moons and Full Moons – and particularly so when they involve eclipses.

However, while eclipses may increase anxiety because they bring to the surface those fears that may have been hiding in the dark, they also provide wonderful opportunities for change and liberation from those fears and anything that is holding you back.

Harness the power of this Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse by assessing what inhibiting brain circuitry and behavioral patterns are keeping you stuck, fearful and inhibited. Depending on the nature of the “stuckness”, sustained and careful effort might be required in order to make progress with that neural rewiring, but this New Moon is an excellent time to lay out a plan of action for personal life changes and growth.

The Aquarius-Leo axis that this Eclipse Season is activating, wants you to be able to fully enter into your wonderful life, feeling cohesively whole, centered and integrated as the unique and fabulous person you are. Aquarius, in this air-fire duo, is the zodiac’s change-maker. Co-ruled by Uranus, like a jolt of electricity, Aquarius’ erratic but exciting energy keeps propelling us forward into new ways of being.

How do we change our well-established brain circuitry, habitual responses, and familiar behavioral patterns?

By PAIRING a NEW positive life experience, sensation or thought, with the (careful) exposure to the external stimuli or situation (or internal reaction) that creates anxiety, inhibition and stuckness.

Fire up a different combination of brain neurons at the same time in order to create a new response and behavior.

This is how we learn. This is how we grow.

This is the terrain of change that Aquarius Season loves to lead us toward; individually and collectively.

Is there a risk that this could backfire and confirm our fears or the reasons behind our inhibitions? Yes.

That is why it should be done carefully (and with a therapist’s guidance if dealing with trauma triggers), but growth does not come without risk, unfortunately. Significant personal growth does not occur without facing our fears.

Humans are relational creatures and much of our personal inhibition has to do with fear, avoidance and impulsive reactions associated with relational dynamics. Aquarius, a sign associated with friendship, group effort, and the expression of the unique individual within the broader society, wants us to get this shit figured out.

When I was first learning astrology I was so confused by Aquarius. I encountered contradictory interpretations everywhere! With the nodal axis transiting the Leo-Aquarius polarity, this contradictory confusion is even more apparent.

So Aquarius is all about friendships and groups, right?

Well, actually it is associated with the broader society and collective humanity as a whole, but as individuals we are typically working within a microcosm of this larger picture.

In addition to “group work”, we might see other words attached to Aquarius descriptions such as: teams, tribes, systems, collaborations, peer circles, support groups, networks, communities (both online and offline), memberships, organizations, associations, cooperatives, political parties, etc.

I often read that Aquarius is all about fitting in and belonging to a group, whereas Leo is about being an individual.

But wait… what?!

Isn’t Aquarius also the innovative and brilliant, visionary oddball; the unconventional, independent freedom-seeker; the anti-mainstream rebel and society’s give-no-fucks outsider?

Well… yes.

One of Aquarius’ key purposes within the zodiac wheel (and within us all) is to help humanity progress and grow. As I mentioned, growth and progress (collectively or individually) requires CHANGE to the status quo.

How could we possibly create change and grow as a society if we were all exactly the same and were perfectly content with that sameness? How can we rewire society’s circuitry and get collectively unstuck?

Therefore, to fulfill its role in society, Aquarius must maintain its difference. It must maintain its outsider status. It must be unique. It must always be free.

From an evolutionary perspective, one could say that Aquarius’ stubborn personality traits are designed to strengthen and protect its important role. It must be able to hold on to its vision amid criticism and resistance.

AND YET. If you exist entirely on the outside of society, how can you change society – or whatever societal microcosm you are focused on? How can you be a leader if no one is there to hear you?

Your ideas need buy-in from others. You need collaboration. Aquarius is an honest and practical utilitarian, as much as it is an inspired visionary. It typically knows exactly what its own strengths and weaknesses are. It knows that in order to change the larger system, you need to bring together all the various humans with their diverse and unique abilities to work together to create change.

An Aquarius says: “You have skills and resources that I don’t have, and I have skills and resources that you don’t have. Let’s combine our assets in order to work together to change the future of humanity for the better.”

But just like humans are wonderfully diverse in their skill sets, they are also wonderfully diverse with their opinions, values, priorities, goals, worldviews, political positions, and emotional processes. When you start bringing together humans for group collaboration, life gets MESSY. All that challenging relational brain-circuitry gets activated in complex ways. 

This can be painfully frustrating and exasperating for an Aquarius-type who loves efficiency and effective progress. Despite my talk of electrical brain circuits, stimulus and response behaviors, humans are not machines. A certain measure of compromise is necessary for the healthy functioning and development of a group effort.

AND YET. If Aquarius surrenders too much to the group, it risks the manipulation and distortion of its original vision. It risks contaminating its intuitive spark of insight and its receptiveness to the innovative new ideas that arrive with a flash, unexpectedly. It risks the erosion of its powerful capacity to be a catalyst for widespread action.

So what’s an Aquarius to do?!

How much compromise is too much compromise? At what point does one’s stubborn adherence to one’s own ideas and plan, end up preventing beneficial collective progress?

It is this type of dilemma that emerges frequently for 11th House folks and Aquarius-types – and for us all, when Aquarius is highlighted by transit, such as during this week’s Aquarius Solar Eclipse.

In some way or another, tailored to where this eclipse is falling in your natal chart, you are likely dealing with questions and dilemmas related to your group involvements and what’s best for the group/society as a whole… VS. your independence, freedom, creative and innovative self-expression and leadership.

The healthy functioning of Aquarius, is a balancing act.

This New Moon is a South Node Solar Eclipse. Therefore, there is something this week that wants to be released in your life. This is a new beginning that is predicated on a letting go.

Which way do you lean? How might you achieve a more effective outsider/insider balance – a balance that liberates your unique self while also supports you with contributing to collaborative interdependent efforts for change and progress?

Depending on your current expression of Aquarius in your chart, this “letting go” could involve releasing certain limiting group affiliations and your adherence to suffocating societal norms… OR it could involve releasing a measure of stubborn and independent outsider status in order to participate in a more collaborative effort.

With Mercury and Juno tightly conjunct this Solar Eclipse, while being sextiled by Uranus and squared by Jupiter, this New Moon is a live wire.

Its expression in your life will likely be marked by surprising encounters with people from your past, unexpected information emerging, important conversations occurring, or significant insights erupting. With Juno’s influence, matters of commitment, as well as dynamics between womxn (mutual support or jealousy), will likely play a role.

Venus will sextile Saturn on the same day (THURSDAY) providing a somewhat pleasant, stabilizing presence. You can do this! Whatever twists and turns, whatever decisions or tasks lie ahead, steady, strategic steps will take you far.

On SATURDAY, Mars in Sagittarius perfects its square to Neptune while the Sun forms a superior conjunction with Mercury at the end of Aquarius. There is lots of clarity and incoming insights going on here, but our capacity to take action on our thoughts might feel temporary stalled. Be patient!

As the Sun and Mercury glide into Pisces together on SUNDAY, adaptability and flexibility will be essential – while still maintaining our renewed sense of direction and resolve, post-eclipse season.

Create some change this week, both within and without! Remember that all beneficial change in society begins with internal shifts.

Some inspiration and food for thought:


Celebrate the final days of Aquarius Season and go do you, lovely human!


**If you are familiar with your natal chart, check out my nodal horoscopes from last week to gain greater insight on how this Eclipse Season might be showing up in your life.

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The Liminal Space Inbetwixt Eclipses :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for February 5th – 11th

Hey there, welcome to the grey zone between eclipses.

We had our Leo Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on January 31st, and then on February 15th we will experience the second and final (New Moon) eclipse of this Eclipse Season.

I don’t like to hype up Eclipse Season too much since there is already enough of that out there – and it is something that happens twice a year, so we’ve all traversed this swirling vortex many times now. And yet, if the energy feels different to you and you have been feeling high-strung, anxious or just kinda “off” and not yourself since about mid-January (and increasingly so in the past week)… know that that is pretty common for this ~36 day time period (especially if either eclipse is directly activating a sensitive point or planet in your chart).

I mean, when you think about it… without the life-giving energy of the Sun, nothing would exist… and without the Moon’s gravitational pull, there would be no ocean tides (consider this in light of human bodies being 60% water). I am not a scientist, but it seems to be a reasonable possibility that during Eclipses, when the Sun and Moon do weird things (like align in syzygy, disappear and go dark), we would arguably feel this energetically and physically.

Eclipse Season can stir up a lot of fast-moving change. The time between eclipses is often called a portal, or a liminal space between that which was, and that which is not yet.

Imagine being in a waiting room. You’ve entered the first door (the first eclipse), and now you are in this mysterious space, waiting to enter the second door and leave the room. Something is underway, something is shifting, something is emerging… but you don’t quite know what the outcome will be or what it will look like on the other side.

It can be a disorienting space, but also potentially one of expectancy and anticipation.

One of the reasons for the discomfort is that most humans struggle with change (especially fast-moving change), because it involves a level of uncertainty… and the uncertain future” is a challenging condition of this World of Time we exist in. Collectively our response to “the uncertain future” is often anxiety and fear unfortunately, rather than hope and optimism. It’s an understandable human reaction, although one that is typically unpleasant.

Furthermore, the Eclipses occur on the Nodal Axis. The North Node (currently in Leo) is about personal growth through stepping out of our comfort zone.

The South Node (currently in Aquarius) is about holding that area of your chart with an open hand, prepared to release and let go that which may be inhibiting your growth.

While this sounds positive overall in terms of the big picture, releasing the familiar and safe in order to step of our comfort zone is… often uncomfortable.

With the North Node in Leo, we are being collectively propelled toward individual creative self-expression, identity development, and the passionate pursuit of that which brings us joy. Ruled by the Sun itself, this core area of growth can increase vulnerability and sensitivity around other people’s perceptions of us, our confidence and self-worth, and the value of our unique contributions to the world. This then can manifest as increased insecurity or obnoxious ego overcompensation (also a form of insecurity).

Cultivate some courage and unshakable core strength as we stand in between doorways! If the universe feels like it is holding its breath, the exhale is on its way!

On TUESDAY Venus will sextile Uranus. With two feisty air and fire signs involved (Aquarius and Aries) you can expect the meeting between the lover and the rebel of the solar system to create some sparks. Anticipate an unusual, unconventional or unexpected twist in the realms of relationships, money and pleasure. It might be just what you need to throw off the sometimes clingy claustrophobic weight of this liminal phase.

On WEDNESDAY the Last Quarter Moon arrives. We are mid-way between the Lunar Eclipse (Jan. 31st), and the Solar Eclipse next week (Feb. 15th). The Moon will reach its 90 degree angle to the Sun, while conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio. This Moon wants you to go deep in to the murky depths before moving forward with the progress that the Sun in Aquarius so desires. Take a good hard look at those fears, those shielded secrets, and those less polished areas of your life.

Where might fear and shame be holding you back?

The powers of alchemy and transmutation are always available to you for creating new life where there was once decay. Clear some energetic and psychic space for next week’s lunation cycle.

As Mercury sweeps over the South Node in Aquarius on FRIDAY, what will the celestial messenger drop on your doorstep? Arriving through words exchanged or with flashes of insight, this transmission could be a time capsule from the past, delivered for re-assessment, or it could be a whispered request, asking you to release your tight grip on some area of your life you’d rather not let go of.

SATURDAY brings us Venus’ entry into Pisces, within a single minute of the Sun perfecting its square to Jupiter; the traditional ruler of Pisces, now currently residing in Scorpio.

Sweet, sweet surrender.

This simultaneous transit feels like a moment of celebratory relaxation after laboring hard for a particular outcome. Sun square Jupiter can be a little bombastic sometimes, but the water influences are so strong here, I would anticipate a smoother performance. And yet, with Scorpio involved there could still be some power struggles, so make sure you navigate any rising intensity with self-awareness and insight, before sinking into Pisces’ romantic lair and breaking out the champagne.

That’s it for the week’s forecast, but in an effort to ease the navigation of this grey liminal inbetwixt zone, I thought I would provide some pointers as to how this Eclipse Season might be showing up in your life.

I created Nodal Horoscopes!

First, a couple caveats…

I’ve organized the information according to your transiting North Node placement by House, which will be wherever Leo is in your birth chart (the South Node will be directly opposite it in the house holding Aquarius). For greater accuracy, look for the house in which 15 degrees Leo falls if you are unsure of where the transiting North Node is. If you have never tried to read your chart before, check out these instructions.

I find that Aquarius, perhaps due to having two rulers (Uranus and Saturn), can be expressed and lived out in very contradictory ways. Aquarius is often fiercely individualistic and independent, and yet is acutely aware that the collective progress it envisions is impossible without the group collaboration that brings together many diverse skill sets and resources.

I’ll write more about this later, but as the brilliant Aquarius (within us all) tries to find that most effective outsider/insider position, sometimes it can veer toward the extreme of too much group”, which drowns out Aquarius’ originality while it is placated with the knowledge that it’s serving an important purpose within the larger machinery of the collective…

…Or it can veer toward the extreme of “too much self”, where it can become so stubbornly uncompromising in its own ideals and opinions that it refuses to collaborate and connect with anyone.

Think about how YOU experience the Aquarius portion of your chart. With the South Node in that area, we want to be releasing the shadow expression of Aquarius – whatever that is for each one of us personally. I’ve tried to write these brief Eclipse Season pointers with the complex nature of Aquarius in mind.

Finally, “hold it with an open hand” is my new favourite conceptualization of the South Node life content. Sometimes “release” or “let go” are strong words that can prompt extreme or forced action that we are not ready for, or it isn’t necessary in the way we think it might be (although granted, some behavior I list in this category should be let go of!). Start with at least just loosening your grip on that area of your chart as you figure out where you’re headed.

Since the nodes are half-way through their 18-month journey in Leo and Aquarius, as of ~ May 2017 (or as early as February 2017) you’ve probably already begun the “loosening process” that this eclipse series is highlighting. Think of this set of eclipses like a “reminder” of that Nodal Project you’ve been working on 🙂

Remember, these are just points for reflection! An astrological chart is complex – just like you are 🙂

Leo North Node in the 1st House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Relationships (including friendships) that are emotionally distant and detached, and exist primarily because of their “use value” (for either person);  stubborn resistance to the development of any positive relationship and emotional bonding that threatens your independence with the offer of interdependence; refusing to resolve a dispute because you don’t want to compromise or admit you were wrong; friends and partners who inhibit or judge your originality and unique self expression – people who don’t accept and appreciate your true self.
  • Grow Toward: Passionately pursuing that which gives you joy; unabashedly welcoming happiness without fearing that future circumstances will take it away; increasing confidence in everyday interactions; trusting in your motivation and capacity; the courage to be seen and heard for who you truly are; changing up your physical appearance to reflect your inner vibrancy.

Leo North Node in the 2nd House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Messy financial entanglements with the groups you are a part of; group drama; dominating strict control over shared finances; casual sexual encounters that are not mindful and sensitive of the other person’s emotional investment; cold emotional barriers designed to defend against emotional vulnerability; extreme minimalist or nomadic living to avoid risking attachment and loss; a hesitation with expressing your wonderful weirdness and unique, unconventional self in more public ways, for fear of rejection and judgement.
  • Grow Toward: A healthy appreciation of transient material stuff that brings you joy; generosity combined with prudent financial management; grounded consistency and stability in life (especially with finances); awareness and confidence in your personal value, worth and income-earning capacity; the development of your skills and abilities as a creative person / artist; the courage to invest in assets that are important to you (even if they somewhat limit your freedom).

Leo North Node in the 3rd House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Involvements with certain religious or  spiritual groups; resistance to participating in religious or spiritual groups; an overly rational perspective on spirituality; long-distance travel to avoid important responsibilities near home; the pursuit of higher education because of elitist ideals that don’t resonate with your heart; absolute certainty in your big-picture life plan; dogmatic philosophical views.
  • Grow Toward: A willingness to investigate and entertain a variety of creative options; an openness to many paths, many possibilities, and many points of view; a focus on mutual learning, listening and sharing – facilitating a balanced exchange of information, rather than preaching or teaching a single perspective; developing your creative capacity through writing and other forms of communication (including theatre and singing); making time to have light-hearted fun with siblings, cousins, and friends.

Leo North Node in the 4th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Preoccupation with reputation, public roles and social identities; uncompromising stubbornness in regards to long-term goals; prioritizing career at the expense of personal life and self-care; erratic, insensitive leadership; a job or career path that makes you feel useful, but doesn’t allow for the expression and cultivation of your unique skills and creative interests.
  • Grow Toward: Searching within to reconnect with what brings you passion and joy in life; spending time with family (inherited or created) and close friends that provide you with a deep rooted sense of belonging; engaging in self-care to revive your inner spark; investing time in cultivating a home space that rejuvenates and inspires you; taking time off from work to play; working toward healing and freeing your inner child from legacies of family baggage.

Leo North Node in the 5th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Prioritizing your group involvements  (e.g. networks, teams, associations, collectives, collaborations, friend circles) to the extent that your personal and individual creative development suffers; or conversely, an uncompromising stand-offish stance that prevents you from finding a group where your vision and efforts will be appreciated; assessing individual group members only for their use-value and what they can contribute to the group’s aims; being so future-oriented you miss out on the present moment.
  • Grow Toward: Creative self-expression; individual artistic development; investing in personal growth; if you have children, spending more time with your kids; enjoying romantic dating without obsessing over where its headed; passion projects and doing stuff just for the fun of it; spending time on hobbies and leisure even if they are not contributing to a larger goal; learning to be in the present moment and enjoying where you are at.

Leo North Node in the 6th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Withdrawal; hiding from the world; giving up; socially isolating yourself as a way to numb pain; escapism; spiritual by-passing; overlooking practical needs in the name of enlightenment; over-estimating or under-estimating your innovative originality and brilliance; sacrificing yourself to a greater cause to the extent that your well-being suffers and you lose a sense of individual identity; getting lost in the depths of your subconscious, overly preoccupied with analyzing the inner workings of your psyche.
  • Grow Toward: Applying structure within your day; taking care of your health; cultivating habits that make you feel good about yourself; practicing or working diligently at some creative project in order to improve and progress; adjusting your daily responsibilities and commitments so that they give you life; cultivating an inspiring work atmosphere at your employment setting; spending relaxation time with your pets or other animals; encouraging and supporting those that you interact with throughout your day-to-day routines.

Leo North Node in the 7th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Uncompromising self-interest and independence; an overt focus on how you are perceived by others or how others react to you; an intensely rational perspective on life which might be pulling you down; prioritizing your typical way of doing life in order to maintain an internal equilibrium rather than growing through relationships; emotionally detached interactions with others that are evaluated based on how “useful” each person will be for the other.
  • Grow Toward: Cooperation and collaboration; healthy interdependence; love commitments; relationships that cultivate a healthy, vibrant sense of confident identity in both partners; working on a creative passion project with another person; enjoying friendships, partners, and one-on-one interactions simply because of the joy it brings you to be around them.

Leo North Node in the 8th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Worry over material and financial assets; preoccupation with financial independence and self-sufficiency; overly-attached to tech gadgets; employment in a context where your visionary and innovative leadership gifts are not being fully harnessed; an extreme focus on utility and efficiency when it comes to material assets.
  • Grow Toward: Navigating and staying present with times of uncertainty, risk, and  chaos; facing deep fears and allowing yourself to experience vulnerability (especially in relationship); braving increased intimacy with others; finding the courage to potentially release all familiar stability and security in your life in order to grow; investigating and unearthing all insecurities related to identity, creative self-expression, confidence, and self-worth – in order to liberate yourself from fear.

Leo North Node in the 9th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Constantly and erratically collecting and sharing more and more information without a particular purpose; always feeling you aren’t ready yet because you think you have more you need to learn and prepare first; getting distracted considering other options; scattering your energy investments too widely without direction; over-thinking, over-analyzing and ruminating; bringing an extremely rational perspective to all your conversations and communications.
  • Grow Toward: Cultivating greater faith, hope and trust in the universe; taking a chance on big creative visions and opportunities that involve a risk; letting spontaneity and intuition guide you; sharing your creative self with the world in a big way in order to inspire others within leadership roles (such as through teaching or performing); seeking travel and education opportunities that will expand your perspective and fill you with passion and enthusiasm for life.

Leo North Node in the 10th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Your literal place of residence; attachment to familiar family and community networks that may be inhibiting your long-term goals; reluctance to address the possible feelings of exclusion, judgement, or rejection you may have experienced within your family of origin; attachment to emotional safety and security to the extent that you may be resistant to moving forward in the public sphere where a thicker skin is required.
  • Grow Toward: Developing your public roles and social identities; investing in your long-term career goals; stepping into leadership positions within the public sphere; launching or developing a (possible arts or performance based) business that bears your unique creative stamp; seeking deep fulfillment through your vocation; persevering and working hard in order to build the structures and foundations that will manifest your creative vision for your career.

Leo North Node in the 11th House: 

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Extreme individualism; stubborn independence; an identity built around being an outsider or a rebel; a reluctance to share your creative experiments and innovative endeavors with others; an overt preoccupation with your children or your lovers at the expense of your participation in community; difficulty letting yourself relax and “have fun” when it isn’t contributing to a personal goal or when it doesn’t make any “rational sense” to do so.
  • Grow Toward: Collaborative group involvements (especially ones that center around the arts, theatre, music, dance, etc.); sharing your passion and inspiration with people in your community; working on a long-term creative project with others; exchanging mutual support and encouragement within a group context; discovering or rediscovering groups where you feel truly accepted – like you belong.

Leo North Node in the 12th House:

  • Hold with an Open Hand (&/or release): Routines, schedules, and chores that inhibit your creativity and joy; an overly strict or extreme health regimen that ends up draining you and making you unhappy; employment  contexts that do not value your unique skill sets and innovative leadership capacity; conflicts with co-workers due to unreasonable refusals to compromise; daily responsibilities that involve group collaboration (or working for someone else) which stifles your freedom; other people micro-managing your time.
  • Grow Toward: Working behind the scenes on a personal/creative project that will take time to come to fruition; exploring your subconscious realms; freeing yourself from an obsession with time and structure; taking a break from daily commitments (and possibly employment); retreating from social engagement for the purpose of rejuvenation, or to care for someone else; investing your energy into your spiritual development; rediscovering yourself by connecting with something larger than yourself; reflecting on your life and cleaning out areas in order to welcome greater joy.


I hope that gave you some idea of how these eclipses might be showing up in your life, but every eclipse chapter will bring new lessons and new developments to your front door. If you are feeling as bewildered and confused as I am right now, remember, we are in the liminal in-between space.

In the words of Christine Mcdougall, as you move through this liminal in-between space, slow down; The moment is calling you to pay… exquisite… attention…”

May you walk through the fog with patience 🙂



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“Creativity takes Courage” :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for January 29th – February 4th

Eclipse Season is upon us once again!

Eclipse Season occurs when the Sun is within about 18 degrees of the Lunar Nodal axis. Therefore, Eclipse Season began around the time of the Capricorn New Moon late on January 16th. The air will be swirling with change  and synchronicity until Eclipse Season ends around February 21st. Eclipse Season can feel like a bit of a whirlwind – kind of as if someone hit a fast-forward button on life.

The last Eclipse Season was six months ago during August 2017 (they’re always about six months apart).

On August 21st, 2017 we had a Total Solar Eclipse (New Moon) at 28º Leo, which was commonly referred to as “The Great American Eclipse“. If you live in the United States I’m sure you are well aware of this highly publicized event, which was revealed in all its glory only from the vantage point of U.S. territory.

This week, on WEDNESDAY, we will have the matching Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo. In contrast to a New Moon, which symbolizes a new beginning, a Full Moon marks a time of culmination, resolution, finality; a pivot point of decision that occurs once we have reached our destination.

Therefore, the symbolic beginnings initiated last August, are now reaching fruition. If your birth chart was directly impacted by last August’s Solar Eclipse in Leo (like mine!), you may be acutely aware that some aspect of your life which was beginning to sprout at that time, is now starting to blossom.

Before we arrive at this week’s major Eclipse landmark, Venus (symbolizing attraction, pleasure, love and relationships, beauty and art, values and money), will conjoin with the South Node in Aquarius today (MONDAY).

How can we support each other to move toward Leo’s exuberant creative expression? How can we ensure that everyone has access to art supplies, to theatre, to music, to opportunities that allow them to play and ignite their passion for life?

One of Aquarius’ strengths is a big picture perspective that is able to pinpoint the areas in society’s systems and networks that most need immediate attention. The humanitarian water-bearer and systems-thinker is always scanning for weak links that require extra support.

Art and creativity aren’t generally considered vital for survival, but arguably, our ability to create a thriving future is dependent on our capacity to prioritize and develop these aspects of our humanity by making sure everyone has the freedom (and access/ resources) to explore their creative inclinations.

With the South Node in Aquarius, we want to harness the best of this air sign and use it to make our way toward the call of the North Node in Leo. In the lead-up to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, it is a good time to reflect on how we might use Aquarius’ brilliant out-of-the-box thinking, innovative progressive spirit, and its urge to equip all diverse human beings with the tools they need to advance and contribute to society… in order to unleash the passionate, creative vibrancy of Leo within us all.

As Venus crosses the South Node, let go of something that is holding you back from pursuing your heart’s desire. Let go of even just one thing that is inhibiting you due to reasons that have to do with utility, efficiency, and practicality.

And if someone (a past friend or lover) emerges from the past this week – whether through your memories or in person – honour the lessons learned and the time spent together… and then act in such a way that supports your creative unfolding toward your heart’s desire.

Henri Matisse is a famous French artist from the early 20th Century. One of his most famous paintings is called “The Dance”. I think it captures the spirit of Leo – the Leo archetype at its most raw and primal, exuberant and passionate expression – freed of its shadow traits that sometimes compel Leo to put on a show for the approval of others (with perhaps, an added dose of Scorpio energy here).



And surprise, surprise, Matisse was born with a Leo Ascendant! That fits.


I love the energy of this painting and its description! If you have the desire and opportunity to, welcoming this lunar eclipse through a wildly energetic and passionate, untamed expression of your vibrant life force through dance… would be an apt way to channel your inner lion 🙂

Remember, Leo is associated with the heart and ruled by the Sun. Both are essential life-givers. Connect with this pulse, which underlies every breath, individually and collectively.

“Creativity takes Courage” is arguably one of Matisse’s most circulated quotes.

And indeed it does. It requires great vulnerability and great courage to take risks and follow our heart, to tap into our deepest passions and birth our creative projects and endeavors into the public sphere.

As WEDNESDAY’s Full Moon reaches its 180 degree position and vanishes, as it sandwiches the Earth between its Lunar body and the light of the Sun, delve into your dark spaces. What is unfolding for you right now?

Clear away the clutter. Sharpen that intuition.

Resist Leo’s tendency to create drama, to exaggerate and overreact (which often exacerbates during the whirlwind of eclipse season).

What is your heart calling you to engage with?

I almost always find that in addition to marking a time of culminating fruition, Full Moons correlate with life situations that pit my heart against my head; my intuitive, soul-led desire and my emotional drivers against my brain’s rationalizing processes (or the practical realities of my circumstances).

Since Lunar Eclipses are like Full Moons on steroids, you could really be feeling this tug-of-war sharply. An important decision and pivot could be necessary, and likely more so in this case with the Moon in Leo (the sign associated with the heart) opposite the Sun in ultra-rational Aquarius.

I personally am finding myself standing at such an intersection right now, as we approach this fiery Lunar Eclipse. With the North Node in Leo (a point of evolution, personal growth and destiny), I would wager you can probably trust your heart and deep emotional response on this one.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is occurring in a tight conjunction with Ceres; the asteroid of mothering and nurturing, of joyous beginnings and the grief of loss. And of menstrual and agricultural cycles that echo symbolically throughout our individual life cycles – from egg to pregnancy, from seed to harvest.

What are you harvesting right now?

Don’t neglect your need for deep, fulfilling, soul-based sustenance. Feed yourself – literally and metaphorically. Tend to your needs. Take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself. Love yourself.

Over the past weekend I went to a painting workshop with a friend that was held in a space called “the splatter room”, which was COVERED from floor to ceiling with many layers and shades of brightly-colored paint speckles and splatters from previous workshops (it felt very Leo-ish). When back at home, I proudly showed-off the painting and then used magnets to pin the canvas to the front of the fridge… and then laughed at how childlike this was.

Leo is childlike. Silly. Playful. Fun.

Feed your soul some playtime this week!

I love this quote by Mary Lou Cook because of the way it integrates the Leo and Aquarius polarity…

Just eight minutes after the Lunar Eclipse on WEDNESDAY, Mercury will spin into Aquarius and our communications and thinking processes may become more inventive, more community-focused, more visionary, and more technologically-driven.

On SATURDAY, Mercury squares Pallas Athena while sextiling Mars. We may be struggling to be calm and strategic, but assertive communication will come naturally as we match our actions with our words.

The Sun conjunct the South Node, also on SATURDAY, may prompt a spiritual cleanse and release.

For those who find value in fasting as a spiritual practice, this day would be a prime opportunity to abstain from something (it doesn’t need to be food – it could be social media, for example). You could then dedicate some time throughout the day to reflect and meditate in order to seek some clarity and insight on what this Eclipse Season is stirring up for you.

(Personally I don’t believe the South Node is “bad” as it is sometimes presented – it can be a very sacred place of release and letting go of worldly attachments, which can have deep spiritual implications)

We finish the weekend with a Venus-Jupiter square on SUNDAY. Jupiter in Scorpio wants vertical expansion – it wants to go deep in order to go up. Venus in Aquarius is looking for horizontal expansion as it seeks numerous new social connections. Jupiter in Scorpio wants to explore and uncover the messy entanglements of intimacy and relational shame and secrets, while Venus in Aquarius wants to join an uncomplicated team; a band of fellow life journeyers through which a collaborative project could grow into its future potential.

Don’t be afraid to get into the mess, while working toward a common goal that will propel you and your comrades forward. Create a vision for the future while alchemizing the past.

This square between the two benefics could stir up some tension, but it could also bring some wonderful blessings and “lucky” developments in the realm of relationships and money.

If you’re new to the blog and haven’t read my Eclipse Primer (a post originally written for last summer’s eclipses which I will eventually neutralize and edit to make more generic), here’s a few visuals that will help explain what is actually going on in the sky…





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Wisely Assessing & Confronting Limits in order to Express the Core Self :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for January 22nd – 28th

This week is strongly Mercurial. Mercury the messenger – the planet of thought and communication (the exchange and processing of information) – has center stage this week.

On WEDNESDAY, Mercury will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn, perhaps echoing the symbolism of January 8th-9th when Venus and the Sun formed a triple conjunction with Pluto while sextiling Jupiter in Scorpio (an aspect that Mercury will recreate early THURSDAY).

Later on SUNDAY, the messenger of the sky will continue in the footsteps of the Sun and Venus by squaring Uranus (the sky’s liberator, with a jarring, unexpected edge) while sextiling Chiron (an area of wounding and hurt that yields gifts as we embrace its vulnerability). Continue reading “Wisely Assessing & Confronting Limits in order to Express the Core Self :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for January 22nd – 28th”