The Beauty of Wilted Flowers :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for December 11th – 17th

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As of today (MONDAY), Saturn is now at the 29th degree, the final Anaretic degree, of Sagittarius . The countdown to Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on December 19th/20th continues! Just over a week remains (…between now and the end of my Saturn Return, hallelujah).

Here at the 29th degree – the degree on which Mercury pivoted and first began its retrograde – Saturn in Sag is scrutinizing, probing, examining, and bringing a serious sense of urgency to our actions and big decisions.

What is your Truth? Are you in alignment with it?

What are your beliefs and worldviews? Are you embodying them at their highest expression?

Where do you plant your faith and hope? Are they secure and well nourished?

This week ushers us into the dark moon phase in preparation for the New Moon in Sagittarius next MONDAY (or late SUNDAY, depending on your time zone).

A few days after the New Moon next week, the skies will be shaking with some intense activity as the Sun reaches its most southern point at the December Solstice, and Saturn conjoins with the Sun at 0 degrees Capricorn. Big stuff is coming!

But for now, we are encouraged to sink into the lessons we have learned this year, reflecting deeply on the experiences that have shaped us since Saturn first entered Sag on December 23rd, 2014.

I find wilting, dying flowers strangely beautiful in a melancholic, haunting way. The transience of their vibrancy and sweet, sickly smelling surrender to decay, is somehow mesmerizing for me.

That’s what this week feels like – meditating on the year’s flowers wilting and dying, while simultaneously catching the faint, delicate smells of future flowers, still buried intact in their seed capsules, preparing for spring.

On TUESDAY the Sun will conjoin with Mercury retrograde, fusing identity and purpose with thought and communication. These types of conjunctions are called “inferior conjunctions” and they are unique to Mercury and Venus. They occur when Mercury (or Venus; the only two planets that orbit closer to the Sun than the Earth does) is aligned exactly BETWEEN the Earth and the Sun.

In contrast, during a superior conjunction, Mercury is on the other side of the Sun – further away from Earth). Check out an app like Solar System Scope to see what this actually looks like in real time.

Mercury’s inferior conjunctions are arranged in the sky in the same way as a New Moon (i.e. when the Moon is between the Earth and Sun), and thus they carry similar symbolism. With the planet of thought, knowledge, and communication is so close to us, in front of the Sun, we are likely to receive important insights and intuitive glimpses around this timewithout our conscious ego selves interfering.

This inferior conjunction also means that we are mid-way through this retrograde period, right in the thick of it. How’s it going? What gems have you been collecting and processing?

On the same day (TUESDAY), Jupiter conjoins Vesta in Scorpio and we re-dedicate ourselves to growing and expanding toward new freedoms by facing our fears and vulnerabilities.

WEDNESDAY brings us the Moon traveling through Scorpio and conjoining with Mars, and then later with Jupiter on THURSDAY, bringing our emotions deep into the depths and stirring that Scorpionic pot.

The Moon (symbolizing our emotional, internal, subconscious self) moves so quickly that it makes many aspects during a week that I generally don’t have time to comment on, but I’ve decided to begin mentioning when the Moon makes meaningful aspects that bring attention to other cosmic events. Wednesday brings us some intensity, while Thursday stirs a large spoonful of luck and blessing into that pot of intensity.

Throughout THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY, as the Moon dies into darkness, Venus and Mercury Rx will conjoin (exact on FRIDAY) and trine the North Node which is conjunct Ceres, an asteroid that speaks to mothering/nurturing symbolism.

This is a lovely aspect that highlights our relational communications, our artistic creations, our pleasure, our joy. In respect to these themes we are being gently persuaded to reach and stretch a little higher, to spread our wings for a dreamy adventure beneath the Balsamic Moon, when intuition and the subconscious is at full strength.

What is being nurtured, here under the cover of darkness? What new life is being sung sweetly out of hiding?

If you have personal planets around ~16-18 Sag and Leo, you may feel this magic alight in your life in some particularly special way. Mercury also trined the North Node on November 19th when it was moving Direct, and thus you may see some correlations between these dates.

Ceres, who has been dancing with the North Node in Leo for a while now, Stations Retrograde on SATURDAY, while still trining Venus and Mercury Rx. You likely won’t see the fruits of this simmering magic for a while yet, with Mercury and now Ceres trekking backwards, but be patient. Listen closely for the restless whispers of those flowers of the future, still encapsulated in their seed pods.

Ceres’ Retrograde on the North Node will bring your creative, alchemical processes deeper into the womb of Leo, to permeate them with greater vitality and life.

On FRIDAY and SATURDAY, the Sun makes a series of aspects we just experienced through Mercury. The Sun squares Chiron on FRIDAY, and then trines Uranus on SATURDAY, within a stone’s throw of Saturn.

Old hurts and painful memories may be emerging and surfacing during this often tension-filled holiday season, but at the same time, we are letting go and sinking our teeth into our increasing freedom, to be who we want to be.

On SUNDAY, we are quickly nearing the beginning of a new lunation cycle, as the sky’s lunar body moves into alignment with the Sun. Before it reaches its New Moon position at 26′ Sagittarius however, the Moon will bounce off Mercury Rx and Venus, re-activating that recent magic trine.

As Pallas turns Direct, conjunct Uranus in Aries on SUNDAY, we are able to more clearly see the big picture and the steps that will take us to our destination.

It may not be a typical route. It may not involve the usual strategies. It may not be a path socially-approved by the mainstream, but we are seeing a blueprint unfurl within our minds. The compass has undeniably pointed us in an authentic direction.

On the same day, Vesta in Scorpio squares the Nodal Axis, bringing her sacred attention and focus to an important intersection and set of choices, deep within our inner caves.

With the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius, it is important to bring the symbolism of this polarity into balance.

Aquarius without Leo, its opposite sign, is either completely isolated as an innovative outcast and defiant rebel… or it has completely submitted its individuality to the collective consciousness and offered up its utility value as a nameless tool for advancing humanity in whatever way the group sees fit.

The integration of Leo in this dynamic (within the cosmic DNA of all of us) enables Aquarius to claim, retain, and contribute its visionary leadership abilities and brilliant ideas within a collaborative group effort, without compromising its sense of self and authentic direction, and without rejecting/being rejected from the groups that so desperately need its forward-thinking genius.

There is no one like you in a world of 7.6 billion people. No one.

Shine bright and bring your innate and unique gifts out into the light.

(authorship of above quote disputed here)

 

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Even When at its Most Dreary, Our World Retains a Glimmer of Magic :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for December 4th – 10th

Have you rebounded from that doozy of a weekend? Everyone I know, including myself, spent most of it in bed or finding other various ways to escape conscious awareness of time. Most of the weekend slipped down a rabbit hole – otherwise known as Mercury Stationing Retrograde and a Full Moon in Gemini squaring Neptune.

This week greets us with Chiron the asteroid, otherwise known as the wounded healer of the sky, turning Direct on TUESDAY after being retrograde since June 30th.

During its Retrograde period, healing can feel slower, more laborious – with perhaps less external signs of progress and the tangible results we crave. But don’t underestimate Chiron’s work during this time. Retrograde periods bring deeper insight and self-awareness as we delve into our histories. As we take a second, more penetrating look at our internal workings.

As Chiron pivots, it can reactivate a wound, if the wound has been ignored. It can highlight the progress you have made. It can bring a mentor or teacher into your life. It can reveal to you in what ways you are ready to share the fruits of your healing process with others.

If discomfort arises, stay with it if you can. Observe it as it rises, as it fades, as it points you toward its origin point. Discomfort is a symptom, it is a message; it does not define you.

Remember that you are not broken. You are not a problem person. You are not defective.

Your Core Self is indestructible, whole and beautiful – just like that perfect sphere that is your natal chart. Inner healing is not a process of fixing a broken person, but rather a process of discovering your innate wholeness and gradually, lovingly, awakening the parts of you that have temporarily forgotten this truth and reminding them of their potential.

As these parts of self rise from their slumber, the external and manifest expression of your soul in this world, moves from constriction to expansion. It deepens and broadens in scope, allowing you a delicious range of options and possibilities from which you can craft your glorious life.

On Nov. 28th, Mercury met Saturn at 27 degrees Sag going forward. Now, since having turned around last SUNDAY, Mercury Retrograde fuses with Saturn on WEDNESDAY, for its 2nd conjunction at 28 degrees Sag. In total, Mercury will have been within about 1 degree of Saturn for about two weeks. What point, project, or process has this conjunction been driving home for you?

Every 3-week Mercury Retrograde has its own unique flavour.

The 1st one this year (April 9th – May 3rd) involved Mercury meeting up with Uranus in Aries, and it had an erratic, surprising, unusual, and fast-paced intensity to it.

During the 2nd Rx (Aug. 13 – Sept. 5th) Mercury first stationed opposite Neptune, and then stationed right on the degree of the recent Total Solar Eclipse in Leo. In the aftermath of so much cosmic chaos as Mercury was doused in the fire, this retrograde, arguably, had both a confusing and destabilizing – and yet ultimately clarifying – quality to it.

This 3rd Mercury Retrograde (Dec. 3rd – Dec. 22/23) is serious, solemn and SLOW. Retrogrades often slow things down (in respect to a planet’s themes), but this one even more so due to Mercury’s prolonged close contact with Saturn – from at which point it launched its backward journey. Aside from the Moon (a luminary body), Mercury is the fastest planet in Astrology. As the ruler of quick-witted Gemini and always-busy Virgo, Mercury HATES going slowly. This is one reason why we tend to notice Mercury Retrogrades more than other planetary retrogrades.

And yet on the same day, while Mercury and Saturn are still conjunct, they both receive a sextile from Mars?!

Mars, the engine of the zodiac. The fuel. The gas pedal. The aggravator.

I can’t say you’ll gain any speed, but you may get a strong dose of determination to help you bulldoze (efficiently and carefully, of course) through whatever heavy-weight desire/project/responsibility/issue is making you feel under pressure.

With Mars still in Libra, you may be compelled to ensure whatever you are attending to, is fair and just (…and beautifully decorated).

On FRIDAY, the planet of mysticism and transcendence joins forces with the devoted priestess of the sacred fire as Neptune trines Vesta (an asteroid). Attend to the rejuvenating altars in your life – literally or metaphorically. Cultivate your spiritual core.

On the same day, the Sun will trine the North Node (still conjunct Ceres in Leo). You may be inspired, with a rush of motivation, to give birth to (or nurture) that creative life project which has been calling your name. Synchronicity abounds and you can taste your infinite potential.

Friday feels special. Make some magic, loves.

On SATURDAY, Mars enters Scorpio, a sign that it shares co-rulership of with Pluto.

MEGA POWER has arrived, just in time for the holidays.

This is the placement of a warrior that intrepidly embarks on dark, soulful journeys that would terrify most. Directed by its sharply honed instincts, it trusts in its reliable guides. Emerging from the depths after its long descents, it carries with it an indomitable inner strength.

Mars in Scorpio is daring and courageous, and can support the action of that which has thus far intimidated us… And yet it can also unfurl deep, defensive rage that was first birthed with early wounding or through legacies of unhealed family abuses.

If this directs inward, we may be inclined to shred ourselves. If this directs outward, unconsciously, this placement is capable of malicious cruelty. Through dominating or attacking others, Mars in Scorpio may try to protect the vulnerable hurt it feels – at all costs.

Both Mars and Scorpio remind us of our wonderful (yet sometimes frustrating) brain stem and limbic brain – areas that respond in often automatic, reflexive ways (and in ways that we often don’t consciously understand), in order to ensure our survival. These are where our animal instincts are held – our needs and desires for food, protection, safety, and sex.

We don’t want to shun our magical, powerful instincts, but neither do we want to act from an unconscious, automatic place of unwarranted reactivity that causes harm.

Be aware of your triggers and be patient with the rewiring of those that are deeply patterned into your psyche and nervous system.

Mars in Scorpio during this season brings to mind two natal charts – that of Harvey Weinstein and Ronan Farrow.

Harvey Weinstein is a (previously) powerful Hollywood figure who has been accused of numerous, horrific sexual assaults.

Ronan Farrow is the journalist and lawyer who is largely responsible for confronting an elaborate and corrupt cover-up in order to bring these allegations into the light through his investigative journalism. His own childhood and family life, as the son of Woody Allen, has been painfully marked by allegations of abuse. Farrow (during his Saturn Return) used his privilege to create a public channel for the voices of women who had been coerced into silence for years. This proved to be a massive world-wide catalyst.

Both Weinstein and Farrow have Mars in Scorpio in their natal charts, in aspect to Pluto.

I know very little about the lives of either of them, but it would appear that they have harnessed their immense power-potential in very different ways.

Mars will meet up with Jupiter in Scorpio in early January. In this Chapter of your Jupiter in Scorpio Story (which spans October 10th 2017 – November 8th 2018), in what ways do you need to conciously apply an extra measure of power, ferocity and courage? What boundaries need to be asserted or adjusted? Are you in touch with your anger? If so, what is at the root of it? What is driving your actions? How can you channel your anger in a healthy, creative way to achieve justice and transformation?

As Venus squares Neptune on SUNDAY, our relationships, our finances, our self-worth, and the object of our desire, is doused in a bucket of Neptunian confusion, illusions and fantasies. Stay grounded loves, while still connecting to that vast, infinite, interconnected Universe, of which you are an integral part.

Mercury, now retrograde, will repeat its trine to Uranus and its square to Chiron on SUNDAY (we last experienced this on Nov. 24/25). We are feeling our wounds, expressing them, and leaping through them into our liberation.

SUNDAY’s Third Quarter Moon in Virgo wants a plan. Virgo needs to be prepared for everything, while spontaneous, freedom-loving Sagittarius throws caution to the wind.

Strike a balance. Make the plan and prepare. Then let go of the reins and listen to your intuition.

Wait. On second thought, with that Venus-Neptune square still quite active, maybe keep Virgo’s discernment front and center as you navigate your Third Quarter challenge and release. The next lunation cycle will begin Dec. 18th (AST) with a New Moon in Sag.

As Saturn weighs heavily on your deep-seated beliefs, your thoughts, your studying capacity (best of luck all you students in end-of-term exam crunch!), and your self-expression – keep trusting in the process. When this seems impossible, find a willing someone with enough trust and faith to keep the boat afloat for both of you.

And remember, even when at its most dreary, our world retains a glimmer of magic.

 

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Full Moon in Gemini :: Accept & Integrate the Many Sides of Your Personality

Today (Sunday), the Full Moon occurs at 11 degrees Gemini, opposite the Sun in Sagittarius.

With the Full Moon’s ruler, Mercury, Stationing Retrograde at the 29th crisis-oriented degree of Sag, while the Sun and Moon tightly square Neptune… which is trining Jupiter… this one is a weird one for sure, which I described further in my weekly forecast. Don’t jump to any conclusions or make hasty decisions. Exercise patience with your possible lack of focus, energy and motivation this weekend.

In this post, I want to talk about the twin symbolism of Gemini and how that speaks to the multiple sub-personalities we all have. Continue reading “Full Moon in Gemini :: Accept & Integrate the Many Sides of Your Personality”

The Wandering Mind & Exercises of Attention :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 27th – December 3rd

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This week is a crescendo that builds toward the Full Moon in Gemini on SUNDAY (Dec. 3rd), which occurs simultaneously with Mercury (the Full Moon’s ruler) turning Retrograde for its final backward journey of the year. What a way to launch!

Mercury is the messenger of the sky, the Sun’s quick-footed sidekick that symbolizes thought, communication, short-distance travel, siblings, and any type of information-processing (which includes technology).

I always find it fascinating how Mercury Retrogrades often seem synchronically  timed and patterned to really bring our attention to a certain transit or cosmic event. Continue reading “The Wandering Mind & Exercises of Attention :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 27th – December 3rd”

Embarking on the Final Climb at the End of our Sagittarian Pilgrimage :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 20th – 26th

I have been lost in my thoughts the last few days and couldn’t find a funnel to get some of them out into orderly words on a page. Apologies for the day-late forecast : )

I love Scorpio and Capricorn and appreciate their vital and valuable contribution to the zodiac wheel and our cosmic DNA, but oh man, I am always relieved to get a sunny blast of Sagittarius in-between the heavy, dark Scorpio and Cap seasons.

If the tumultuous Scorpionic weather has been dragging you through the trenches over the last month +, this week the Universe will give you an earful of rejuvenating pep talks as we enter into Sagittarius Season late tonight (TUESDAY). Continue reading “Embarking on the Final Climb at the End of our Sagittarian Pilgrimage :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 20th – 26th”

New Moon in Scorpio :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 13th – 19th

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We’ve had a series of Jupiter conjunctions recently. Jupiter is renown as the “lucky” magical planet of blessings. When a planet forms a conjunction with Jupiter, the planet’s symbolism can inherit Jupiter’s gifts of expansion, luck, and success.

Within the last month we’ve had Mercury conjunct Jupiter! The Sun conjunct Jupiter! And now today (MONDAY), Venus conjunct Jupiter!

And yet… I always have to add a note of caution. I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade… but the Jupiter conjunctions are occurring in… Scorpio. And since Scorpio holds our deeply repressed material and all that we fear (along with profound truth and power), these typically joyful conjunctions with jovial Jupiter are… complex. Continue reading “New Moon in Scorpio :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 13th – 19th”

A Spoonful of Sugar :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 6th – 12th

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I’m not sure if this pixelated image is entirely accurate for the week’s vibes, but Mary Poppins’ medicine delivery came instantly to mind when I noticed that Venus would be ingressing into Scorpio, Hygeia would be dancing with Pluto, and the Sun would be forming a sextile with Pluto.

Meh, so I went with it.

On MONDAY, Pluto conjoined with Hygeia. I have never mentioned this asteroid before, but I keep an eye on her in charts. Hygeia (related to the word “hygiene”) speaks to purity of mind and body, cleanliness, sanitation, holistic healing, and preventative healthcare – the support and maintenance of good health. I’m curious, as Pluto fused with her on Monday, did you get obsessed about a health or hygiene issue? Did you feel a need to scour down to the nitty gritty to purify some area of your life? To remove all toxins and pollution, inside and out, in order to address a persistent sense of dis-ease or unwellness?

Have you cleansed your palette so your taste buds are ready to experience the vibrancy that life has to offer? Continue reading “A Spoonful of Sugar :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for November 6th – 12th”

Full Moon in Taurus Series :: Regulate your Emotions & Nervous System through your SENSES

This is a series of 3 posts I published on Instagram for the Taurus Full Moon (November 3rd-4th).

Taurus Full Moon Post #1 out of 3:
Playing Trigger Detective

We are a few hours away from the Full Moon in Taurus reaching its peak (2:22 am ADT, November 4th – see my weekly forecast for further details).

This is a lunation that asks you to find your ground, to find goodness through your senses, and to rest in your resources – both internal and external.

And yet, at the same time this Full Moon brings some disruption. The Saturn-Chiron square of yesterday is still strong, pointing out wounds to be healed. Venus, the ruler of this Full Moon, is opposing the shocking Uranus, bestowing unexpected surprises in our midst. And while the Moon may be in Taurus, it opposes the Sun in Scorpio.

Scorpio reminds us of the pain we have yet to transform. Taurus reminds us that it is possible to cultivate a delicious sense of safety deep within our flesh and bones.

For most of us in this wild world, for various reasons, our bodies are always on high-alert, constantly scanning for threats. Or, exhausted of maintaining this hyper-vigilance, perhaps they are falling into a state of numb collapse.

What would it be like to truly experience a deep-rooted sense of safety… all the time? A world where all bodies can allow themselves to relax into a Taurean visceral sense of safety, is one that I long for. Continue reading “Full Moon in Taurus Series :: Regulate your Emotions & Nervous System through your SENSES”

Connect with your Healing Resources :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 30th – November 5th

We are a week into Scorpio Season! How’s it feeling so far?

So far, I’ve found it to be pretty emotionally and energetically dense, intense, and heavy. As expected, I suppose. I am personally experiencing my Progressed 1st Quarter Moon phase (exact yesterday) and a Sun-Pluto conjunction today. So that may just be my perspective, but if you feel similarly, keeeep swimming!

Today (MONDAY), Mercury in Scorpio squared the Nodal Axis (North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius). Mercury in Scorpio, our poor little messenger of communication and thought, is standing at the intersection looking one way, and then the other. Which way should it turn? Toward the familiar and comfortable (symbolized by the South Node in Aquarius)? Or toward continued personal growth and evolution (symbolized by the North Node in Leo)?

Decisions, decisions. Continue reading “Connect with your Healing Resources :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 30th – November 5th”

Introducing Dragons :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 23rd – 29th

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This week introduces us to our inner dragons.

Dragons mysteriously show up in numerous cultural histories and mythologies around the world. In Chinese traditions, for example, dragons symbolize power, strength, good fortune, and they rule over all bodies of water.

Books, movies, video games, role-playing games and TV have repeatedly breathed these majestic, mystical creatures back into the public imagination, reigniting images of scaly, fire-breathing flying dragons within our collective consciousness.

This week also (re)introduces us to our demons… or maybe they already showed up a few weeks ago, coinciding with Jupiter’s ingress into Scorpio. Continue reading “Introducing Dragons :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 23rd – 29th”