Eclipse Season July 10 ~ August 16 :: Schedule of Events

Hi! It’s Eclipse Season again!

And I created a handy ‘Eclipse Season Schedule of Events’ to guide you through!

Eclipse Season encompasses a ~36 day period that occurs every 6 months and typically includes a pair of eclipses – both a new moon solar eclipse, and a full moon lunar eclipse.

This time around, we’ve got 3 eclipses coming our way this summer. 2x Solar Eclipses and 1x Lunar Eclipse! Lucky us!

Eclipse Season is a time of heightened change, transition, and intensity.

Eclipse Season begins when the Sun is within about 18 degrees of the Lunar Nodal axis – the South Node or the North Node (which is why it occurs twice a year, once at each end). Since the Nodal axis is in motion, moving in a backward direction and spending ~18 months in each sign, the placement of Eclipse Season in the calendar year, gradually changes.

Right now, because the Lunar Nodes are transiting the Leo-Aquarius axis, we have been experiencing eclipses around the time period when the Sun is in Aquarius early in the year (Jan/Feb), and when the Sun is in Leo during the summer (July/Aug).

Remember that eclipses hold different meaning and degree of significance for different people, and they can take up to 6 months for their meaning to fully bloom if they create important connections with your natal chart (although I often see correlations begin to unfold within a month or so). Regardless, you will still likely be aware of the general energy and themes of the eclipse in the days surrounding it – if not in your own life, then in the lives of others, or in the news.

That’s enough of a summary for now, because I’ve revised my Eclipse Primer to reflect the current season and included this detailed explanation below. As we encounter each eclipse week-by-week, I will try to go into more detail regarding the symbolic themes of each eclipse.

By the way, if you only read these blog posts on my website or receive them via email subscription and have wondered about the chunky uniform square images, it is because I prepare them that way in order to upload them on to Instagram 🙂 Pictures and diagrams are often the best way to demonstrate the astro, particularly in this case, and so I will rely on them heavily in this post.

Drum roll please…

This one, on July 12th, is just around the corner! I will discuss it in further detail over the week. The symbolic meaning of each eclipse and their intensity will depend on how they aspect your natal chart, which will be unique for everyone. However, on a global scale, I have ranked this eclipse the second most intense out of the three.

Why is there an eclipse in Cancer when the nodes are currently in Leo and Aquarius, you might ask? Well, it is only a partial eclipse because of its distance from the nodes, but since Cancer is right next to Leo, the Sun and Moon are still capable of conjoining for a New Moon Solar Eclipse within about 15-16 degrees of the North Node, in this case.

It might only be partial (meaning the Sun’s light is only partially blocked by the Moon crossing in front of it), but whoa. An exact opposition to Pluto, the mythic god of Hades in the very sensitive, nurturing, self-protective sign of Cancer?

It’s a New Moon, so it contains the dynamic of a new beginning… but it’s a new beginning whose freedom to grow is predicated on a difficult ending, confrontation, or moment of closure. It may require investigating some dark area, or on bringing to light some long hidden information, or finally finding the courage to face some deep repressed emotions or previously unconscious material.

Karmic justice can really catch up with us here, and if there is something/someone that needs to be gently released or immediately purged from your life, this is an opportune time. With Pluto and Cancer involved however, we are likely to be quite attached to, or guarded, about that which may be asking to be let go of.

The general atmosphere is likely to be rather intense and reactionary, as deep emotions and reactions (such as fear, paranoia, rage, grief, obsession or jealousy) come to the surface. Power struggles and family matters (particularly in relation to father-figures or authorities figures) may be front and center.

And yet the grand water trine from last week is still present, although fading, encouraging us to keep moving, keep swimming through the experience of our emotions. Furthermore, a grand earth trine featuring Venus + Ceres, Uranus + Juno, and Saturn in the three earth signs, is quite active throughout the week, helping us find some stability, grounding, and leading us toward practical action.

The Nodes will shift into the Cancer-Capricorn axis this November, so this Solar Eclipse is like a preview of that upcoming chapter.

This Lunar Eclipse has been identified as one of the biggest cosmic events of the year. It’s pretty dynamic!

As you can see, it is right up close with the Lunar Nodes, meaning it is a Total Eclipse. Depending on where you are in the world, you may be able to witness the Moon turning red as it passes through a direct opposition with the Sun and receives the Sun’s light refracted through the atmosphere of the Earth. This creates the phenomenon of what is called the Blood Moon in popular media, but if you want to use a less sensationalized title you can just call it a ‘Total Lunar Eclipse’. It’s the same thing.

Because of its proximity to the South Node, it is anticipated to be the longest lunar eclipse of the last 100 years.

Mars, as you likely know, is retrograde for the summer. This Full Moon (Total) Lunar Eclipse lands right next to Mars, around the middle of its retrograde journey, thus amplifying its message in a major way.

How have we learned to work more effectively and strategically with our energy, our passion, our willpower and our anger? It may be time to find out!

With Mercury stationing retrograde at the same time and the Lunar Eclipse squaring Uranus in Taurus, pausing before we react would be well-advised! It’s a little volatile, to be honest. And yet… if you’ve been yearning for a major break-through and a leap toward freedom, perhaps this Lunar Eclipse is for you.

Here’s the image I created to illustrate how the various players involved in this Lunar Eclipse T-square may interact with each other…

 

Looks exciting, no? Unless you are in a situation where you want to capitalize on its risky freedom-at-all-costs energy, it might be a good idea to play it safe with this one since the atmosphere will be so charged to begin with 🙂

Finally, here’s the last one of the three for the season…

 

This New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse feels like a baby eclipse compared to the other two, but remember that Mars Rx is still in that disruptive square to Uranus within only a 2 degree orb at the time of this eclipse. Mercury is still retrograde and it is also square Jupiter for the second time. The awkward quincunx to Pluto suggests that we may be struggling to perceive a root cause, struggling to let go of something, or to take the next step toward a transformation.

Interestingly Mars will shift back into Capricorn the next day as it nears its Stationing point at 28 degrees Capricorn. Opportunities to master foundation-building in our lives, may be at hand.

Here are my most important words of advice for this ~36 day period: Life through the filter of Eclipse Season can be experienced as far more intense or desperate than it may otherwise be at a different time (especially when weighty eclipses aspect your natal chart). Hang in there and do what you need to, to take care of yourself (and others) and stay grounded! Eclipse Season tends to look different in retrospect than it does when you are in the thick of it.


Last year I wrote a comprehensive Eclipse Primer for the summer eclipse season 2017, which focused on the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on August 21st, 2017. I’ve revised it to make it relevant for this season. There may be some repeated information with what I described above, but the content below is far more thorough.

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

When I first plugged into astrology news years ago, there was such intensity around eclipse reporting that I got the impression eclipses were this really rare event. And different types of eclipses certainly are rare and particularly significant at a global level – and some of them may make an unusually strong connection with our natal charts at an individual level. But I think it is important to note that eclipses (including partial eclipses) occur at least twice a year, six months apart. Eclipses may only be personally significant or life changing for you if they land within 2-3 degrees of a personal planet or point via a hard aspect like a square – or particularly the opposition and the conjunction.

That’s not to say you won’t feel the intense heightened energy during eclipse season – eclipses just might not have the same level of potent ripple effect in your life as they do for others or vice versa.

Here are all the nitty gritty details beginning with the absolute basics, up to more advanced descriptions of what is actually happening and how to interpret eclipses according to how they activate your natal chart. I hope you find it grounding and informative!

Here we go. I’ll take you through it in point form:

  • Eclipses can only occur at New Moons (i.e. Solar Eclipses) and Full Moons (i.e. Lunar Eclipses).
  • The Earth orbits around the Sun, and the Moon orbits around the Earth.
  • The Moon does not emit its own light. It only reflects the light of the Sun. Therefore, when the Moon is blocked from the Sun during the night, or the Moon gets in the way of the Sun’s light during the day – we can experience increased darkness here on Earth.
  • New Moon (Solar) and Full Moon (Lunar) Eclipses occur when there is a perfect alignment of all three celestial bodies – in other words, when they are in a perfect straight line on the same plane.
  • During a New Moon Solar Eclipse the alignment order is: Sun – Moon – Earth. The Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, blocking out the Sun’s light to some extent. From an astro perspective this means the Sun and Moon are conjunct in the same degree, in the same zodiac sign.
  • During a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse the alignment order is: Sun – Earth – Moon. The Earth is between the Moon and the Sun, and thus the Earth’s shadow darkens the Moon temporarily. From an astro perspective this means the Sun and Moon are opposite each other in opposing zodiac signs at the same degree.

 

solar and lunar eclipse

  • Not everyone on the planet will be able to witness a Lunar or Solar Eclipse in action when it occurs. It depends on whether the skies are clear, whether it aligns with the daytime hours (for a Solar Eclipse) or the nighttime hours (for a Lunar Eclipse), and whether your location allows you to view it at the right angle.
  • The Moon’s orbit is on a 5 degree tilt. If the Moon’s orbit were not tilted, it would perfectly line up with the Sun and every single New Moon and Full Moon would be an eclipse.
  • Imagine inserting one hula hoop into another so they are almost lined up, but on a slight angle to each other. There will be two opposing places where the hula hoops will cross. In astro terms one hula hoop is the Sun’s path around the Earth (called the ecliptic), and the other hoola hoop is the Moon’s path around the Earth.
  • The two opposing points where the Moon’s path intersects with the Sun’s path are called the Lunar Nodes. The Nodes are not physical objects, but rather, they are two gradually shifting mathematical points in space that, from an astrological perspective, are energetically activated when the Moon, Sun, or other planet intersects with them.
  • THE SUN’S PATH (the ecliptic): The Earth orbits the Sun, and not the other way around, but the predictable, gradual shift of the Sun’s position through our skies has an exact logic to it due to the fact that the Earth is positioned on a tilted axis while completing a 365-day orbit around the Sun. This creates varying seasons and weather conditions as the Sun moves closer to the Northern axis (toward the June solstice) and then back down toward the Southern axis (toward the December solstice). This “path” is divided into the 12 zodiac signs (Aries – Pisces) – through each of which, the Sun travels for about 30 days at a time, completing an entire rotation of the zodiac wheel every year.
  • THE MOON’s PATH: The Moon takes about 29 days to complete it’s orbit around the Earth and return to the New Moon position. Thinking back to the hula hoop example where the hula hoops intersect at two points, this means that during each monthly lunation cycle, the Moon’s path of orbit will intersect with the Sun’s path of orbit twice, every single month. This does not always produce an eclipse obviously, because an eclipse can only happen during the Full Moon or New Moon phase when the Sun is also near one of the Nodes and a straight line alignment occurs between the Sun, Moon, and Earth. For example, if the Moon passed this nodal point of intersection while at its first quarter phase, it would not be in a straight line alignment with the Sun and the Earth, and so we would not experience an eclipse.
  • The Moon symbolizes our embodied soul, our emotions, our deepest needs, and our subconscious desires, while the Sun symbolizes our purpose-driven, rational ego self that is seeking to self-actualize. So when the Moon’s orbit intersects with the Sun’s ecliptic, according to certain branches of astrology, symbolically our soul is intersecting with the call to manifest our purpose or destiny.
  •  The Descending Node (also called the South Node or Dragon’s Tail), is our comfort zone. The South Node represents an area of strength and ability, but also an area that asks for decrease, diminishment, surrender or release. The South Node is life content that is familiar and easy. In a static natal chart,this is an area where we have strong skills. If you believe in reincarnation, the South Node in our natal chart may represent previous life experiences where we were given the opportunity to perfect certain skills. Now it is time to move toward greater balance by integrating this area with the North Node’s life content. Although we don’t want to dismiss the South Node gifts, we also don’t want to get stuck there because this is when we can overdo it and its shadow sides could begin emerging in our life. By transit (rather than natal chart placement), the South Node can temporarily highlight an area of life where we need to practice release and let go.
  • The Ascending Node (also called the North Node or the Dragon’s Head) symbolizes the direction in which our soul longs to evolve toward. The North Node is like a magnet throughout our lives, always challenging us and pulling us forward in a particular direction for the next 18 months or so (by transit), and during our life time (according to the Nodes’ static placement in our natal charts). The North Node represents foreign, unfamiliar life territory for us. When we move toward the North Node we are out of our comfort zone. Life becomes a bit more uncomfortable as growing pains set in, but evolution and personal growth are worth it!

  • A New Moon or Full Moon eclipse can occur when the Sun is within about 18 degrees of either the South Node, or the North Node. The closer the Sun (and therefore by extension, the Moon) is to one of the Lunar Nodes, the more powerful an eclipse will be as the straight-line alignment between the Earth, Moon, and Sun becomes more exact.
  • There are three types of eclipses: Total, Annular, and Partial. Total Eclipses are the most dramatic and symbolically the strongest. Total Eclipses occur when the alignment is quite close to a node. Partial Eclipses are the weakest type of eclipse and occur when a Full Moon or New Moon alignment is farther away from the South or North node.
  • The Nodal Axis, the two points where the Moon’s path intersects with the Sun’s path (think of the two hula hoops touching), is not static (except in your birth chart). The Nodal Axis predictably shifts into a new set of opposing zodiac signs every 18 months. Right now the North Node is in Leo and the South Node is in Aquarius (Leo & Aquarius are directly opposite each other in the zodiac wheel).
  • Each zodiac sign is 30 degrees, and together the 12 zodiac signs form a 360° wheel (i.e. 12 x 30 degrees).
  • The Lunar Nodes move backwards (i.e. retrograde) through the zodiac ecliptic, beginning at 29° of each sign, working their way back to 0° before they shift into the next set of signs.
  • As the Lunar Nodes get closer to 0° Leo and Aquarius (over the course of 18 months), we begin having overlapping eclipses in the next set of opposing signs – Cancer and Capricorn – because an eclipse can occur whenever the Sun is within about 18 degrees of the Nodes, even if in a different zodiac sign. Susan Miller has published an easy-to-read eclipse table on her website, indicating when and where (in what sign) eclipses will occur between the years 1994 – 2030.
  • Because the Sun takes a year to orbit the Earth, it will cross the Lunar Nodes twice a year – once at the South Node, and again at the North Node about 6 months later.
  • Therefore, you’ll hear astrologers refer to these two time periods in a year, as ‘Eclipse Seasons’; an astrological contrast to our regular transitions through the seasons of Spring to Winter, etc. The Sun moves through the zodiac ecliptic at about one degree per day, and thus an Eclipse Season is said to last about 36 days – the period of time during which the Sun will either be within 18 degrees approaching the Nodes, or within 18 degrees moving away from the Nodes (i.e. 18° + 18°, at 1° per day = 36 days).
  • Whatever Full Moons and New Moons occur during ‘Eclipse Season’, they will arrive as a Solar or Lunar Eclipse. Most of the time, but not always, there will be both a Full Moon eclipse and a New Moon eclipse (occurring as a pair of eclipses, one arriving right after the other), and sometimes there will be up to three eclipses within one Eclipse Season of 36 days.

  • The criterion distance range or “orb” allowed for a Full Moon eclipse is narrower than it is for a New Moon Eclipse. For a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse to occur, the Sun and Moon need to be within at least 13° of the Nodes, rather than within the ~18° of distance from the Nodes that is permitted for a New Moon Solar Eclipse to occur.
  • For example, the New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse on Thursday, July 12th will occur with the Moon and Sun at 20°Cancer near the North Node in Leo. The Lunar nodes are currently at ~6° Aquarius and Leo. Therefore, since each sign is 30 degrees we have 10 degrees of Cancer + 6 degrees of Leo = ~16° distance between the New Moon conjunction and the North Node. The alignment needs to be tighter than this to be a Total New Moon Eclipse, but it still qualifies as a Partial New Moon Eclipse.
  • The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will occur with the Sun at 4° Leo and the Moon at 4° Aquarius, conjunct the South Node, which will still be at just less than 6° Aquarius at this time. Therefore, there is only about a 2° distance between the Full Moon and the South Node. This 2° distance indicates that this Full Moon will be a Total Lunar Eclipse, where the Moon will move into a near exact alignment with the Sun and the Earth, with the Earth in between them, blocking the Sun’s light from reaching the Moon.
  • As I mentioned, in general, eclipses themselves are not rare. Some form of Solar or Lunar eclipse (total, annular, or partial) will occur at least twice a year, at least six months apart, during the ~36 days of Eclipse Season when the Sun is within 18 degrees of the Lunar Nodes.
  • Some questions that are asked to determine whether an eclipse is globally significant or not, include: Is it a Total Eclipse? Total Eclipses are understood to be more powerful than a Partial Eclipse since they are closer to the Nodal Axis. From what countries or states will the eclipse be visible from? In other words, on what countries or parts of the world, is the shadow of the eclipse falling on? What Saros Series does this eclipse belong to and what has happened previously during an eclipse in this same series?
  • The Saros Series is complicated to fully describe here, but briefly: Each eclipse belongs to a Saros Series (Saros is a Greek word that means repetition or to be repeated). Each Saros Series of eclipses has a lifespan of about 1300 years. Each Saros Series is birthed at either the North Pole or the South Pole, and finishes at the opposite Pole after about 1300 years. There are always about 42 Saros Series active at one time. A Saros Series produces a New Moon Solar Eclipse about every 18 years. Each Eclipse in a Saros Series will jump forward about 10 degrees along the zodiac wheel when it occurs 18 years after the last Eclipse was produced in that particular Saros Series. Eclipses in any one Saros Series begin as Partial Eclipses and gradually become more Total as they reach their midlife point at the equator and conjoin the Nodal Axis (when a Saros Series is about 650 years old). They will then will begin petering out as successive Partial Eclipses near the end of their 1300 year life span toward the North or South Pole. In total, each Saros Series will produce about 72 Solar Eclipses over the course of its lifespan. *Huge thanks to Bernadette Brady whose wonderful book “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, helped me finally understand how the Saros Series worked!
  • Therefore, one of the ways (although not the only way) the symbolic meaning of any eclipse can be probed, is to analyze the birth chart for the Saros Series it belongs to, and to reflect on the historical events in the past 18 year intervals that correspond with eclipses in the same series (at a global and personal level). Some Saros Series are more challenging than others.

  • When trying to determine what an eclipse might mean personally or globally, my advice would be to begin with the basic symbolism of the New Moon or Full Moon.
  • New Moons are beginnings. They are births. They are launches. They occur when either a) when the Moon is between the Sun and Earth and the Moon’s reflective surface is reflecting light back to the Sun, rather than reflecting the Sun’s light to the Earth at an angle (i.e. what happens at a regular New Moon), or b) when the Sun’s light is completely blocked by the Moon (as during a Solar Eclipse).  Either way, New Moons occur in the darkness, when we have a sense that something new is being seeded, but we aren’t always sure exactly what it is, or how it will grow. These can be hopeful, as well as confusing or disorienting times of change.
  • Full Moons are culminations. Story resolutions. Some life project we’ve been working on, or life journey we’ve been traveling, is now completed, finished. We have this sense that we’ve come full circle in regards to some issue in our life. Full Moons are like mountain peaks. We started climbing the mountain at the New Moon, and now we’ve reached the top. We can see our entire journey laid out behind us and we can now appreciate the big-picture view. At a Full Moon, the entirety of the Moon’s outline is illuminated by the Sun, which opposes it from the other side of the Earth. Only at a Full Moon can we enjoy the glorious splendor of the Moon majestically shining down on us with all its power. Even when the Earth’s shadow falls across the Moon during a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon is still at maximum strength in its apex position, facing off with the Sun.
  • In astrology, the Moon symbolizes our more sensitive, emotional selves that we may tend to hide as we live out our day-to-day lives beneath the Sun’s glare. Full Moons are known to be more emotional times because symbolically, here the Moon is at full strength. Any emotional content that we have tried to suppressed, is more likely to emerge spontaneously. In astrology, oppositions in the zodiac wheel are often projected, or resolved and integrated through relational dynamics. This is particularly true with the Sun and the Moon, our two key luminaries, representing important aspects of our personality. Therefore, relational themes abound during the Full Moon.
  • An eclipse is said to be like a New Moon or Full Moon on steroids, amplifying New and Full Moon themes. New Moon beginnings involve greater, more daring leaps toward a new direction and require more courage during a Solar Eclipse. Full Moon completions and culminations become more final, and can require more emotional stamina in order to release or bring closure to something at a Lunar Eclipse.
  • Now we need to combine the meaning of the Solar and Lunar Eclipses with the meaning of the Nodes (see image above for key words and phrases). Every new beginning follows an ending, so any New Moon Solar Eclipse (at the North or South node) could bring about an ending as well as a beginning (and vice versa for Full Moon Lunar Eclipses), but the point here, is that the placement of the nodes determine where the focus is placed.
  • For example, the year that I finished 10 years of University by finally completing my overdue thesis within a month of my Dad dying – both of which launched an existential/identity crisis – kicked off with a powerful Total New Moon Solar Eclipse near the South Node (at the critical and urgent 29th anaretic degree no less), within a few days of my birthday – thus within a few degrees of my Pisces Sun in the 8th House. This was a massively important transitional year for me. Yes, significant new beginnings in my life did occur from these endings, or following these endings, but with the Solar Eclipse occurring near the South Node, the focus at the time was on the rather painful and difficult process of releasing. A New Moon Solar Eclipse near the North Node, and thus still associated with a new beginning, would also likely involve some sort of “ending”, but here the focus is on gathering the courage and strength to step into something new, rather than a focus on what you are leaving behind and trying to let go of.
  • Once again, the eclipse on July 12th is a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer near the North Node (in Leo)the eclipse on July 27th is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse near the South Node (in Aquarius), and the eclipse on August 11th is a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo near the North Node. Therefore, the July 12th and August 11th eclipses are about transitions toward new beginnings that will require courage to break ground in a new direction. Whereas the July 27th eclipse will be about completing something, bringing something full circle, or the culmination of some issue in order to release it – and being a Full Moon it may be particularly relational in nature.
  • Now that we’ve combined the meanings of the moon phases (New Moon vs. Full Moon) with the meanings of the Lunar Nodes, and amplified the themes to match the increased intensity of eclipses, we can incorporate the particular meaning of the zodiac signs. There is plenty of accessible information online regarding each of the zodiac signs, but I’ll provide a few key words. With the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12th, as I mentioned, we could see themes related to home, family, birthing and creating, roots and origins, history, nationality, belonging, protection of vulnerable people and the need for emotional safety and secure relational attachment. With the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, questions, concerns, and culminations related to our group involvements and collaborations may emerge. Are we an outsider or an insider? Are we a leader or a follower? Are our group collaborations progressing effectively toward the hoped-for outcome, or are our group associations disintegrating? Do our group associations encourage and support our individuality, or do they suppress it? How much compromise is too much compromise? Finally, with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug. 11th, there may be dominant themes related to our individual creative expression, our confidence, and the pursuit of our passions in the public sphere.
  • The ~36 days of Eclipse Season are likely to feel a bit restless, chaotic, tumultuous – and exciting! – as you and everyone around you feels the powerful change energies of eclipse portals opening up the potentials in the Nodal Axis. Eclipses (as well as regular Full Moons and New Moons) can also have a powerful impact on your body and overall health because of their intensity.
  • Eclipses are often described as portals because as the Sun or the Moon disappears into darkness and then re-emerges, symbolically and energetically one door closes and another door opens, and the Nodal axis is activated. Whether a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse or a New Moon Solar Eclipse, all eclipses involve light being (temporarily) blocked and obscured.

Applicable for those for whom a particular eclipse is highly relevant…

Symbolically it is as if, beneath a suddenly darkened sky, we blink confusedly and stumble for a few minutes, before our eyes begin to adjust to the darkness. Sacred mysteries, latent possibilities, and hidden secrets that were rendered invisible and impotent in the light, are now revealed in new ways. The light had to be extinguished in order to wean us from our reliance, our dependence on reality as it currently exists. Now we begin to perceive something deeper, below the surface of reality, something that we can only sense with our inner-most self, our soul and spirit. Greater truths are illuminated. Suppressed shadows loom large and refuse to be ignored any longer.

Eclipses can mark times of transition and change. Eclipses are moments when Fate and Freewill intersect and intimately link limbs in a magical, mysterious dance. We may be catapulted forward in a new direction. We may feel as though, after months of treading water, a gigantic wave has swept us up. We are now riding the crest; it’s exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.


How to apply this information to your Natal Chart and discern if an eclipse holds any special meaning for your life:

  • Eclipses can hold particular significance for an individual on a personal level based on 1) what house the eclipse is occurring in within their natal chart, and 2) if the eclipse occurs within about 3 degrees of a planet (particularly the personal planets – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or sensitive angles (like the Ascendant or Midheaven) in their natal chart. If the eclipse is tightly squaring or opposing a personal planet or point in your chart, it could also be strongly experienced. If you have a personal planet or sensitive angle being activated by an eclipse (like I did when my Sun was activated by the March 2015 eclipse), you likely have a very eventful, life-changing or transitional 6+ months ahead of you. However, even if the eclipse is not activating a personal planet or point in your chart, the house-based themes that eclipses highlight in your chart throughout the 1–2 years it takes for the Nodal Axis to journey through an opposing house axis, will likely be very prominent for you during this time.
  • A note regarding the July 27th Lunar Eclipse conjunct the South Node: What I have foundis that the South Node “letting go process” is very dependent on how a particular person expresses, responds to, and lives out this area of their natal chart. Therefore, regardless of whether you have planets in Aquarius, what is Aquarius up to in your natal chart? What does Aquarius mean for you in your natal chart according to the house it rules and the placement of its ruling planet (Saturn according to traditional astrology, Uranus according to modern astrology)? What might “letting go” or “surrendering” mean to you in this area of your chart, in order to bring greater balance into your life, based on your current interaction with your chart’s Aquarius energy? Remember that “letting go” could also suggest the release of defensive resistance in that area of life.
  • Every Full Moon is both the peak of the 29-day moon cycle that began with a New Moon, as well as the culmination of New Moon seeds that were planted 6 months ago. The Sun takes 6 months to reach the other side of the zodiac. Full Moons occur when the Moon is opposite the Sun. This means that every New Moon in a zodiac sign, will correspond with the Full Moon in the same zodiac sign 6 months later.
  • So for example, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius corresponds to the New Moon in Aquarius that occurred on February 15th, 2018. Do you see any connections between now and then? Because eclipses can bring new information to light and catalyze events, there may have been something that was confusing or obscured from view around the week of February 15th, 2018, that is now repeated or emerges in a new way for you, and can now be addressed. Or something that you had hoped would happen, but it didn’t come together at the time, and now it resolves itself.
  • Because of this 6-month growth period between the New Moon and the Full Moon in the same sign (and the 6-month period between a Full Moon and the next New Moon in the same sign), you may experience some immediate and surprising unexpected events during Eclipse Season (particularly if your natal chart is powerfully activated by the eclipses), but the true purpose of the eclipse energy released in your life, may only come to full fruition over the course of 6 months (with impacts potentially reaching much further). Eclipses are stones thrown into the cosmic pond, creating ripple effects across its starry surface. There may be a larger life story, that is about to unfurl over time.
  • Regardless of whether they are experienced as difficult challenges or blissful opportunities, all eclipses open up a window, a portal, for healing, for growth, for personal and global evolution. Ultimately, within a benefic view of the universe, eclipses are moving us forward, even if their logic and rationale appears unclear to us sometimes.

Two Ritual Suggestions for New Moons:

1) At each New Moon, eclipse or not, I first set some short-term goals that I want to achieve within the 14 days it takes for the Moon to transition to the Full Moon phase in the current lunation cycle. I set these goals based on the themes of the house the Moon will be highlighting in my natal chart at the time of the Full Moon;

2) Second, I write a letter to myself to be opened on the Full Moon in the same sign, 6 months later, documenting my reflections, hopes and dreams, related to the themes of the opposing house that the Sun will be highlighting in my natal chart in 6 months. So if the New Moon is occurring in my 1st house for example, I would write a letter to myself with the 7th house themes in mind – relationships and partnerships – because the Sun will be in the 7th House at the time of the corresponding Full Moon (with the Moon opposite the Sun back in the 1st House).

On December 22nd, 2018, we will experience a Full Moon in Cancer, which will correspond to the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12th, 2018. On January 21st, 2019, we will experience a Full Moon in Leo (a Total Lunar Eclipse), which will correspond to the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 11th, 2018.

What would you hope for yourself and others, in 6 months time? Write down your reflections and seal up the letter!

 


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10 Reasons Why Gemini Types are Awesome

The edges of the New Moon in Gemini (on Wednesday) feel awfully tender.

Rulership is so important when putting together the puzzle pieces of astrology. With this New Moon ruled by Mercury in Cancer (the sign of the Moon), squaring Chiron and moving into an opposition with Saturn, our brains may have been (and continue to be ) directed toward some emotional and uncomfortable content.

We tend to think about New Moons as this grand intention-setting moment, like when the runners catalyze into action at the sound of the starting pistol. A BIG NEW BEGINNING.

And yet, at a New Moon the Moon is still buried in darkness, as it was during the days before while in its Balsamic phase. These New Moon times always feel liminal to me – standing at the intersection between the death of one lunation cycle, and the beginning of the next. It isn’t until the Moon re-appears in her crescent phase that I feel we’ve begun to grow another lunar cycle together.

As we hover around this moment of transition, I thought I would share all the fabulous, wonderful things about Gemini so that we might build some intentions around expressing the best traits of the zodiac’s twin sign throughout this lunation cycle.

Gemini’s reputation has not been great in recent days, but it certainly has nose-dived since Trump stumbled into the White House with a Gemini Sun. All signs have their stereotypes and there’s a few that get particularly maligned, but arguably none as bad as Gemini does.

Honestly I think Scorpio types kind of enjoy their bitchy/mean/intense reputation. I mean, even if it’s negative, it gets some elevation from being intimidating. Virgos and Caps may be sometimes pigeonholed as boring, fussy, and materialistic, but in our capitalistic world, which idolizes productivity, even amidst stereotypes Virgo and Cap types gain begrudging admiration for their busyness and determined work ethic. Leo at its worst is seen as self-absorbed and an intolerable attention-seeker, and yet its exuberant creativity and life-giving ‘fun’ status, seems to partially rescue it from full-on stereotyped slander.

Gemini’s stereotypes and ‘shadow traits’ are already well known and I’ve addressed them before – a vulnerability to gossiping, talking constantly, being ‘two-faced’, compulsive lying and deception, manipulative, flexible ethics, fickle, shallow and noncommittal, indiscriminate with their incessant collection of information, scattered, distracted, and unorganized, not known for their follow-through and ability to complete something, being an unreliable and insincere romantic partner, etc.

But in this post I’m focusing on the best of Gemini-types.

I refer to ‘Gemini-types‘ in this post because someone who expresses Gemini traits can have a variety of different configurations in their birth charts that may or may not include their Sun in Gemini. Of course, not everyone with strong Gemini in their charts will demonstrate the positive traits I describe below, but arguably they have a built-in potential to do so.

And of course, we contain the entire zodiac within us and thus we are all full of inner tensions and contradictions – it is impossible for a single person to express the undiluted essence of a sign at all times.

Full disclosure: I have the Moon in Gemini in my birth chart and thus I’m very familiar with this archetype within myself, and I also connect really well with other Gemini-types. I write these points with these folks in mind.

Here are 10 Reasons Why Gemini-Types are Awesome:

1) Gemini-types are amazing conversationalists and they make for awesome coffee dates. They can hold a one-to-one meet-up with ease; word-weaving comfortable containers for relational interactions to gracefully unfold with a cadence and wit that is simultaneously relaxed and engaging. They make it easy for you to find your way into the interpersonal exchange as they share from their vast collection of interesting stories and demonstrate a sincere interest in hearing what life narratives have brought you to this very moment.

2) Gemini-types find delight with connecting people to helpful resources and information. Similar to Libra-types, they are a connector and a bridge-builder, but with perhaps a wider scope. You’ll often hear questions like “Did you know…? Have you tried….? There’s this great thing… have you heard of it? …You should check out this podcast! …Let me just email you this info while I think of it… You know who you should meet? You’ll love them. I’ll connect the two of you right now… Hey! I just got an idea of something that could help!”

3) Gemini-types, at their best, do this in such open, genuine way that it doesn’t come across pushy or obnoxious at all. Their identities are not invested in being ‘right’ all the time. They share, learn and connect, without a grand agenda, and without an attachment to their knowledge. Their suggestion doesn’t work for you? No big deal. They get that everyone’s different; that a solution for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for someone else. They also have the capacity to change their own mind on an issue at lightening speed if another approach demonstrates its worth. This type of cognitive flexibility often seems rare in the current era, which is so thick with dogmatic beliefs and fundamentalism.

4) I would argue that Gemini is the MOST open-minded sign. Aquarius is open-minded within a certain range – as long as it is something that is perceived as contributing to its goals for society – and Pisces has the potential to bring a non-judgmental emotional presence and acceptance to any situation. However Gemini-types can literally consider the merits, pros and cons regarding just about anything at a cognitive level. This enables them to connect and relate to a very wide range of people. Even if they don’t agree, they will genuinely want to get inside your head to understand why you think and believe what you do – more to satisfy their curiosity than to necessarily conquer an argument.

While some would argue that Gemini’s capacity for open-minded consideration goes too far, if we are collectively going to move forward into the future with the majority of the world having vastly different beliefs when compared to any one of us, then I think this flexible open-minded stance is extremely valuable when balanced with other attributes.

Gemini-types tend to be comfortable with both relativism and agnosticism. They are open, curious, and respectful of other ways of thinking and knowing, and yet they always leave room for reasonable skepticism and doubt. Although Gemini-types love figuring stuff out, ambiguity and uncertainty are not threats to them since they thrive on questions themselves, rather than answers.

If you want a great example of this, I recommend an episode from The Astrology Podcast titled ‘The Importance of Astronomy for Astrology’, which features Chris Brennan interviewing an astrologer who goes by the name Gemini Brett (clearly, a Gemini-type). Not only will you hear him talking passionately about the connections between astronomy and astrology (p.s. have you ever thought about how when you are watching a beautiful sunset you are looking right at the 7th house??) – but you’ll also hear a great demonstration of a Gemini-type applying their open-minded flexibility and humbleness toward those who believe in the “flat-earth conspiracy theory”. Chris (understandably) has less tolerance and patience for people who believe the earth is flat, and so some of the mild tension or debate in their conversation really highlights the nature of a Gemini-type. I admit it has been a while since I listened to it, but I’m trusting my memory that it is a great example of this Gemini trait.

5) They can work through disagreements in a rational, logical way – willing to be proven wrong, and willing to see the situation from someone else’s point of view. I used to joke with a Gemini-Moon friend that we should video-tape our arguments as an example of two Gemini-types reasonably working out their differences. Even if emotions were heightened at the outset, there was a willingness and even a determination to rationally come to an agreement of sorts. Gemini-types are also really good at clearly outlining why they are upset via writing (which can bypass some of the immediate in-person emotional reactions). In Gemini-arguments I hear a lot of: “Hmm… okay, good point. I can see how that would be upsetting. I’m sorry…. and when this happened I felt this way, probably because of a, b, and c…. and we can avoid this by doing the d, e, and f plan.”

6) Gemini-types are comfortable with paradox i.e. “a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics” (p.s. check out this awesome list of life paradoxes).

For example, one of my favourite quotes is “Change is the only constant” (Heraclitus) – a perfect Gemini paradox if there ever was one! Gemini is visually presented as a dualistic sign (i.e. as the two twins), but the magic of Gemini is the transactional transformative exchange that occurs within and between their dualistic presentation – imagine two twins continuously exploring the world while sharing and exchanging their findings with each other, and learning and changing from the interaction.

Just like we are always learning more about how intertwined the seeming dualism of the mind and body are, so too, does the Gemini-type easily see beyond the dualistic binary on all topics, while others get stuck on what may appear as paradoxes. THIS, is a very, very valuable conceptual capacity in this world that is both incredibly diverse, but also quite divisive and controlling through the use of prescriptive definitions, rules and red-tape. While others may stumble over questions such as… “How can you be both a practicing Christian and a witch?” or “How can you be bisexual when you’ve always been in a long-term monogamous hetero relationship?” …Gemini-types don’t miss a beat. They only pause because their open-minded curiosity wants to invite you to share more.

7) Gemini-types understand that people MULTI-FACETED and they CHANGE. All the time. Constantly. In a technology-driven era where people’s 10-year old twitter feeds can be dredged up and shoved in their face publicly, Gemini-types do not hold people imprisoned in definitive boxes. I’m all for accountability when harm has been done to others, but at the same time I recognize that I am a completely different person than I was 10 years ago – even 5 years ago, and I’m sure this is the same for most other people. There are things that I thought, said, wrote, and did that I would cringe at now. I would not want to be eternally defined by some expired version of my past self, and thus I try to offer the same spaciousness to others. I appreciate the capacity of a Gemini-type to eagerly welcome whatever new version of a person’s self has arrived at the present moment.

Not only are we constantly in a state of change, but as our natal charts demonstrate, we all have multiple facets to our personalities and interests at any given time. For example, I can be a super sensitive and shy Pisces, but with strong Aries, Leo and Sagittarius in my chart, I can also be a fiery and passionate public speaker. Gemini-types may demonstrate this multi-faceted element of human nature more vividly, but they also recognize and accept that all people have many different sides to them. They are typically delighted at the opportunity to witness another part of a person’s personality coming to life in their presence.

8) While the love and need for variety and change is what contributes to Gemini’s stereotyped reputation as being scattered and noncommittal with a trail of many unfinished projects behind them, it’s these key traits which also makes a Gemini-type multi-skilled, interesting, versatile, adaptable and resourceful.

For example, I know someone with the Sun and Mercury in Gemini. He plays like, 6+ instruments and the number always seems to be increasing. His Sun and Mercury are in the 11th house of groups and collaborations (with his Moon in Aquarius), and so of course his life’s work revolves around contributing his skills as a musician to various group collaborations. And the groups he is involved in, honestly could not possibly be more different from one another. He completely evades being boxed into a certain ‘type’ by seemingly trying out every single genre of music creation he can – through group collaborations which change and evolve constantly.

The randomness and wide-ranging scope of their interests may leave some shaking their heads, but it will likely be a Gemini-type who will come up with a strange piece of information, a surprising new idea, a different perspective or an unexpected skill that could rescue you from that tight spot ‘between a rock and a hard place‘, and bring about a much needed solution.

9) Gemini-types maintain and feed the curiosity of their inner 5-year-old. They can get so excited about any new experience or learning opportunity – both the big stuff and the small varying details of everyday life. It’s really freaking adorable. One Gemini-type I know compared himself to having an attention span of a bird, always being like: “Ohhhh! Shiny!” and then nose-diving toward the next interesting ‘shiny’ thing. While there may have been a hint of self-criticism when he said this, the visual of a little kid excitedly pointing at something with an outburst they cannot contain – “Ohhhh! Look!” – is one that makes me smile every time I recognize it in a Gemini-type person. It is so beautiful to have the world continually come alive and renew itself in this way!

For example, a Gemini-type will sit down to eat pizza and with great interest, analyze the combination of toppings. Then they’ll notice the unusual drinking glass placed before them and start twirling it in their hand mentioning what it reminds them of before Googling the brand of the glass to find out more information. Meanwhile they are people-watching/listening to those around them with deep fascination. Of course, all the while engaging you in a charming effervescent conversation that gleefully leaps from topic to topic and results in both of you gaining new knowledge (and entertainment).

10) Gemini-types are generally quick-thinking and smart – in a variety of ways. Smarts come in many forms. With their insatiable curiosity and genuine love of acquiring new knowledge, Gemini-types are continually drawn toward different types of (wide-ranging) learning opportunities. As fast-learners, they rapidly amass a large storehouse of knowledge. Their perceptive brains are wired to make quick connections, which enables them to integrate information like a puzzle and reach beyond toward the next step. Typically a natural with language, words, and other modes of expressing themselves and communicating, Gemini-types often excel in fields that allow them to apply their word-weaving magic and harness their capacity to connect with a reader, a client, or an audience. Whether a distinguished intellectual in academia, or a skilled spoken word poet or musician on the street, Gemini-types demonstrate the continual evolution of our prefrontal cortex.


So there it is! My list of 10 Reasons Why Gemini Types are Awesome. Like all signs, Gemini has a shadow side, but like all signs, it also has an array of positive attributes.

As I mentioned, we all have the entire zodiac within us, or expressed through us. We all have Gemini in our Cosmic DNA. As this Gemini New Moon grows into its crescent form, how can you consciously develop or embody some of Gemini’s best traits throughout this lunation cycle?

I also want to make a strong recommendation for any Gemini-types reading this – change and variety are near as essential as oxygen is for you.

Your life force needs the new and the different on a regular basis! When I hear of Gemini-types expressing a lot of dissatisfaction, discouragement or self-criticism it is often because they are stuck in sameness. Some people can handle sameness quite well (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with consistency), but a lack of variety and change and new learning opportunities is like a death knell for the Gemini-type in particular. Boredom is a cruel fate.

You can stay with the same partner, you can stay with the same job, you can stay in the same place – but you must have the element of variety and change within these contexts. Maybe you and your partner do exciting new things together all the time. Maybe you redecorate your place regularly. Maybe you have a job that is always giving you diverse tasks to work on, as well as many professional development learning opportunities – or perhaps you work in a field where you meet new and interesting people everyday.

There are many ways to ensure variety and change. If your chart is full of prominent Gemini placements, please don’t force yourself to do the same thing over and over again if it is crushing your soul! Embrace your need for change and variety.

It isn’t a weakness. It is what gives you life.


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Just let me put on my Magical Gemini Shoes and… Review of Cosmic Weather May 21st – 27th

I was talking with my brother this week and as I made another unexpected jump to a different topic, he paused with his eyes closed: “Wait, let me put on my Gemini shoes… okay, continue.”

I have a Gemini Moon (square Jupiter + a Mercury-Uranus square) in my birth chart, and when I am wired with an overload of information, I am careening wildly and excitedly from tangent to tangent. My brother (who has begrudgingly been indoctrinated into using an astrological schema, while still maintaining firm cynicism) has lots of Gemini friends and is used to this quick moving conversation that feels like you are jumping from rock to rock across a pond, in a pattern that nowhere near resembles a straight line. Continue reading “Just let me put on my Magical Gemini Shoes and… Review of Cosmic Weather May 21st – 27th”

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. Continue reading “The Piscean-Neptunian Signatures of the 2018 Academy Award Nominees”

Capricorn, Aries, & Gary Veynerchuk :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for December 25th – 31st

Hi! The holidayz and year’s end have interrupted my posting routine and swept me up into a deeply reflective space (…Mars trine Neptune…?).

I survived 2017 and this recent “festive” time! I hope you did too ❤

The raw deets for the weather this week are in the image above – a bit delayed and the full interpretation is up to you this time!

We hit the 1st quarter moon mark yesterday. The Moon, still in Aries, is squaring the Sun in Capricorn.

This combo reminds me of Gary Veynerchuk – famous entrepreneur, CEO, author and public speaker. Check out his birthchart below…

I only have his birth date and no birth time, so I don’t know his rising and it’s possible his Moon is in Pisces, not Aries (if he was born early in the day). But I would bet $$$ that he has a 0 degree Aries Moon (often fearless trail blazers) AND a Capricorn rising – or if not, possibly Saturn on his MC. Continue reading “Capricorn, Aries, & Gary Veynerchuk :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for December 25th – 31st”

The Saturn-Mercury Conjunction of the Last Two Weeks :: How is it Showing Up in Your Life?

In my last post I said that Mercury hates going slowly. That was an exaggeration. However, I think it could be true to say that the symbolism of Mercury – as an archetypal projection of our current societyvalues fast and devalues slow.

Mercury Retrogrades harness the gifts of Slowness. They provide us with an opportunity to shift into another way of thinking, processing, and communicating. I always find Mercury Retrogrades magical, even when they are at their most difficult. New insights emerge, important conversations occur, synchronicity abounds, and breakthroughs happen. The past whispers into the present, re-weaving life threads together in new ways. Continue reading “The Saturn-Mercury Conjunction of the Last Two Weeks :: How is it Showing Up in Your Life?”

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

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

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

An Eclipse Primer

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

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

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

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

Astrological Autoethnography: My Saturn Return & Chiron Rx

There are over 7 billion people on this planet. Can global planetary transits really be correlated with the daily lives of each one of them? On any given day there are people experiencing horrific tragedies, and others who are riding waves of blissful happiness.

The skeptic would look at me incredulously, but I would argue… yes, global transits are globally correlated to daily (monthly and yearly) life on Earth. Mundane astrologers, who apply an astro lens to international world events, political and economic developments, would also agree.

Of course, it is complex. Global planetary transits interact with a person’s natal chart and their individual circumstances in widely diverse and unique ways. And yet I would argue that the archetypal energy of a transit, its inherent symbolism, will still show up for everyone. I would also argue that it depends on which transit is making “the most noise” in your life/chart. Some transits will activate many of your chart’s hot spots and will be correlated with major events and shifts in your life, whereas others will make a much more subtle appearance. Some transits breeze easily through your natal chart, leaving only a quickly vanishing whisper in their wake. Some transits will show up externally, while others will be expressed more internally.

At an individual level and case-by-case basis, an astrologer is able to weave together the various multiple transits to provide a more accurate depiction of what might be occurring in a person’s life.

I try to consider the broad range of transit manifestations when I write forecasts and I always hope that bits and pieces at least, will be applicable to readers. I would hope that by centering on certain keywords and descriptive phrases you would be able to pick up on the “vibe” of the day and notice where this is appearing in your life.

But the honest truth is every astrological forecast written for over 7 billion people will inevitably be generic and only partially relevant at best. This does not make general forecasts worthless whatsoever. General astro forecasts can still provide inspiration and guidance, but they always run the risk of becoming stale.

Astrologer April Elliot Kent wrote a wonderful article in 2005 called “Putting the Self Back in Astrology”. She calls for a revitalization of astrology through autoethnography; a qualitative research method that originated in the field of anthropology. It involves the researcher reflecting deeply on their own personal experiences with a sharply analytical eye, while connecting their autobiographical narrative to broader (e.g. cultural, social, political, symbolic, astrological) meanings and understandings. Subjectivity and researcher vulnerability are embraced in autoethnography.

It’s basically a fancy research-based term for sharing one’s story, but I love the idea of “astrological autoethnography“, probably because anthropology forms a significant part of my academic background and because it involves intentionally contextualizing personal individual experiences within broader systems of meaning (such as astrology).

Here are some excerpts from April’s article:

“How can we re-imagine astrology, keep it fresh, and ensure its ongoing relevance, without including our real-life observations? When we maintain an artificial separation between astrology and our daily lives, astrology suffers. And when we astrologers use astrological knowledge to maintain a separation between us and our readers, our writing suffers — and so, quite possibly, does our astrological research.”

“…At best, generic, cookbook-style interpretations provide a framework for stimulating creative interpretation of individual chart factors. But honest, astrologically sound, and well-written accounts of an astrologer’s unique experiences with astrology can provide the same kind of stimulus — and are fun to read as well.”

“…We can never present an interpretation of astrology that will be completely meaningful for all of the people all of the time… But by writing about our own experiences as honestly and richly as possible, we can at least attempt to present an accurate account of one person’s astrological experience.”

…As astrologers, we are in a unique position to observe life with unparalleled perspective. By engaging in an ethnographic approach to astrology, we are invited to participate in the astrological journey with our readers and clients instead of simply observing it, to embrace our own humanity instead of standing apart as omniscient interpreters of texts. Perhaps the greatest contribution we can make to astrology is simply to write about it — honestly, with enthusiasm, and from our individual experiences.” – Read the full article by April Elliot Kent here, first published in The Mountain Astrologer, April 2005. 

So on that note, here is an excerpt from my astro transit journal; a piece of astrological autoethnography about the transits and symbolism of Chiron and Saturn in my recent life history… [Click below for the rest of the post] Continue reading “Astrological Autoethnography: My Saturn Return & Chiron Rx”

Pluto Transits: Don’t confuse the mission with the side effects!

I will preface this post by stating that my life experiences and study of astrology have led me to believe in a purposeful Universe that is continuously working toward positive growth and ultimately good outcomes (granted, in a very mysterious big picture kinda way). That’s a simplistic sentence for which I can point to no hard proof, but I am stating my biases regardless 🙂 This belief shapes my worldview, my philosophy on life and astrology, and my writing. Someone with a different worldview would perceive the planetary archetypes/energies differently.

Yesterday as Venus squared Pluto, I saw a lot of online warnings about Pluto’s side effects, as I call them. This happens during any Pluto transit, or Scorpio / 8th House related transit – since Pluto is the landlord of the 8th House and the modern ruler of Scorpio, they all share similar energies.

I think it is important not to confuse Pluto’s mission with its (often uncomfortable) side effects! The side effects occur when our psyches, emotions, bodies, and soul react to Pluto’s movements across the sky (or Pluto/Scorpio/8th House in our natal charts) – especially when Pluto is making a more challenging aspect to another planet (such as a conjunction, square or opposition). But let’s not get stuck with the side effects and ignore Pluto’s intended medicinal action!

Stay with me while I personify our dear planet of Hades.

Pluto wants you to be fearless. To reach fearlessness, you must face your fears. Facing fears often involves experiencing them – you have to touch them to conquer them.

Pluto wants you to transform and change. But transformation and change is scary because it involves letting go of what is familiar to us. Thus some of the side effects kick in as we try to maintain control in our lives – a hunger for power, manipulating others, obsessions and possessiveness. The challenge is to see a Pluto transit as an invitation to transform and move beyond the resistance which produces the side effects.

Steven Forrest writes that “Pluto forces us to stare into the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence… and to face the elemental futility of life.”

I’ve been doing a lot of abyss-gazing into the gaping hole of absurdity these days, and it can be a painful and dark, soul-wrenching experience.

Humans need meaning in life like they need oxygen. When we are forced to face existential questions of meaning (questions which often emerge following loss in our lives), we have access to the potential gifts of insight, self-awareness, and a deeper sense of meaning and purpose than we have ever known before. There are few things more valuable than that. But the side effects? Despair and hopelessness are common risks on route to these gifts.

Pluto wants you to acquire an inner peace that will not be shaken – no matter how volatile, unpredictable and chaotic the world becomes.

Pluto wants you to confront the shame and secrets you carry and bring them to the light where they will wither, freeing you from their chains and ushering in a much deeper sense of self-compassion and self-worth.

But as always, there are no shortcuts. These precious gifts must be earned. On route to inner peace and self-acceptance we encounter Pluto’s uncomfortable side effects again. We may feel acutely vulnerable, ashamed and anxious; aware of our mortality, faults, and weaknesses.

I’m not denying the uncomfortable side effects, or their association with Pluto’s transits, but I believe it is beneficial to remember that the side effects are not the point. They are not the end-goal. Perhaps struggling with some of these side effects may be a necessary part of the journey toward the destination, but keeping your focus on Pluto’s ultimate mission will prevent you from being completely overtaken by the medicine’s side effects.

And once you come through Pluto’s underworld? You are like the Phoenix; the highest expression of the Scorpio archetype. No longer crawling on the ground like the Scorpion, you have walked through Pluto’s fires. You have died and been reborn with wings. Newly armed with spiritual and emotional resilience, you now have the fortitude to walk with others through their own dark journeys.

Sounds dramatic? I’m speaking in mythic terms and what we experienced yesterday was a fleeting Venus-Pluto transit that will dissipate quickly. However, Pluto remains in orbit, Scorpio still claims 30 degrees of the zodiac wheel, and the 8th House finds its niche in each one of our birth charts. Pluto’s invitation to transform is always a constant call. It’s just that some days this call is more piercingly sharp than other days.

As Pluto challenged Venus on Thursday – our planet of love, relationships, beauty,  pleasure, art, self-worth, and finances, currently moving through the sign of Aries, asking us to courageously pursue our heart’s desires – did you feel any side effects? I did. Fear, doubts and insecurities, vulnerability, withdrawal, discouragement, and intense emotional reactions were all present for me yesterday.

Transiting Saturn (opposite transiting Mars) is also forming an exact square to my natal Sun and Mercury cazimi today. Saturn too,  has its gifts and its trials; its mission and its side effects. I’m wading through the swamp, scanning the murky waters for submerged jewels as my toes sink into the slime and the warm glow of the opposite shoreline beckons in the distance.

Stay the course loves, the astro weather is pretty rough until after Monday. Moderate and bear with the side effects while plumbing the depths of these transits for their gold. Remember that all transits are temporary and we all get to share in the experience of global transits together 🙂