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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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”

Weaving ‘Story Interrupters’ into Your Life’s Narrative using Astrology’s Symbolism

Life has many obvious cause and effect patterns. Just like gravity causes an apple to fall from a tree, we can work with cause and effect – within the physical, material Saturnian/Capricornian world of time and space – to achieve the outcome we are looking for.

But life is just as much chaos, as it is cause and effect.

We make sense of our life through creating internal stories of our life journeys. Story interrupters are those chaotic curveballs that come out of nowhere. The events that derail us. The circumstances that pull apart the threads of the story tapestry we are weaving.

When our life stories are unexpectedly interrupted, our sense of coherent meaning, purpose and identity can fly out the window. We may find ourselves flailing in chaos.

A few examples…

  • Perceived cause and effect: Jeff works tirelessly toward his goal of fulfilling his heart’s desire of being a full-time musician, grounding himself in the belief that hard work = goals achieved.
  • Chaos, a story interrupter: Just as his hard work is beginning to pay off, he ends up in a car accident that inhibits his ability to use his limbs and play the guitar.

 

  • Perceived cause and effect: Kate has been with her partner now for 5 years. The couple just bought a house, a dog, and got engaged. They talk of children. The story of how they fell in love could be made into a movie. The #couplegoals hashtag stalks their online media presence. Since clearly they are soulmates (with amazing astrological synastry), they will be together forever.
  • Chaos, a story interrupter: Kate finds out her partner has been having an affair with her best friend. A volatile break up ensues.

We will ALL experience story interrupters of some sort. We typically dread them. We dread the unraveling. We dread the chaos that reveals how little we can really control in life.

But life is just as much chaos, as it is cause and effect.

Healthy people get cancer. Unexpected breakups occur. People die. Careers hit a dead-end. Abuse and crimes are committed. Stuff gets stolen. Money runs out. Conflict happens. Horrific tragedies take place.

And we ask, why?

As we grapple with our broken, interrupted life stories that no longer make sense, depression and anxiety have been known to sneak in through the story’s cracks.

How can we find our way again? After investing so much emotional energy, so much of our identity formation, so much time and money, into our previous life stories, how can we develop the resiliency to keep going? How can we cultivate meaning, purpose, and hope at times when the broken shards of our life stories swirl around us?

It is a Scorpionic truth that from the primordial soup of chaos, new stories are born.

Through the use of astrology, we can often anticipate story interrupters, or see our present-day chaos, reflected in the sky.

Hard aspects (i.e. opposition, square, conjunction) from outer planets and asteroids (i.e. Chiron, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) to personal planets or points (i.e. Sun, Moon, Ascendant, Mercury, Venus, Mars), often correlate with difficult challenges in our lives that can destabilize our well-established life stories.

Hard aspects from Chiron correspond with story interrupters that stop us in our tracks as we are brought face-to-face with childhood wounding and deep insecurities that we thought we had dealt with years ago. ->There is the potentiality for healing and greater self-awareness.

Hard aspects from Saturn reflect a story interrupter that deconstructs our foundational sense of security and our faith in our life direction (i.e. the infamous ~2 year Saturn Return ~ age 30). ->There is the potentiality for establishing a greater sense of identity and worth, and shifting course toward a direction that truly resonates with one’s soul.

Hard aspects from Uranus synchronize with story interrupters that shock us and change everything in an instant. Uranian story interrupters have our lives moving so fast that our attempts to create a story, to create meaning of what is happening, often cannot keep up with the blur of change and motion. –>There is the potentiality to get unstuck, to step out of an old rut and discover opportunities that you would never otherwise have encountered.

Hard aspects from Neptune correlate with story interrupters that dissolve what we thought was firm and solid, and confuse what we thought was clear. –>There is the potentiality to gain greater clarity and insight into life content that you took for granted, and to consciously re-evaluate and re-adjust your boundaries.

Hard aspects from Pluto align with story interrupters that relentlessly burn everything to the ground in order to make us face the repressed origins and the consequences of our deepest pain, traumas, and shadow material that has been, often unbeknownst to us, shaping the direction of our life story – a continued legacy and testimony to our buried wounds. ->There is the potentiality of accessing the courage to look at the Truth directly in the face; to withstand touching one’s most raw and painful inner wounds with compassion; and to then utterly transform into someone with profound fearlessness, spiritual insight, resilience and healing capabilities.

I don’t believe planets cause shit to happen, but I do believe the movements of the celestial bodies reflect, correlate, and synchronistically align, with what occurs on Earth. The freewill vs. fate debate is one I have been wrestling with for quite a while now (especially since getting back into astrology), but my current position is that…

a) life is a mysterious, complex mixture of both freewill and fate that are impossible to disentangle, so we might as well move forward acting on our assumed freewill;

and/or

b) time and space are an illusion and thus from a vantage point beyond time the past, present, and future exist simultaneously at once – therefore, the movements of the planets could, in some almost inconceivable way, be aligned with the choices we have made (are making, and will make) using our freewill, as well as reflecting back to us the chaotic interruptions.

At any rate, while I am aware the practice of astrology has the unfortunate capacity to instill fear in people (and has a history of doing so); it can also be a profound tool of healing, validation and liberation. Astrology is laden with rich, evocative symbolism, and through accessing this symbolism, we can craft new stories in our lives and renew our sense of meaning, purpose and hope.

Astrology is an amazing gift that can help us integrate story interrupters as new threads within the life tapestry we weave; as new characters and plot lines within the life stories we write.

For example, in my own life, the last few years have been full of major life story interrupters, and yet astrology’s symbolism has been a lifeline. Yes, I can see tough transits interacting with my natal chart – one of which is my Saturn Return (a major life story interrupter). The current transits validate the frustration I am currently feeling – and the validation itself, as my chart reflects my life back to me, provides reassuring comfort. However, I can also embrace the hopeful, transformative potential inherent in astrology’s symbolism and “lean in” to the possibilities on the horizon.

It has been interesting analyzing the results of the survey I launched a few weeks ago. In response to my question about what type of consultation people would be interested in, I did not anticipate so many respondents to rank the option: “making meaning of past events using astrology”, so highly. It shouldn’t surprise me though, really. Humans are meaning-making creatures. Certainly for myself, retracing my life’s history through the lens of astrological transits, has been incredibly grounding.

Caveat #1 – Using astrology to make meaning out of chaos does not mean necessarily accepting the belief that “all bad things happen for a reason”. This saying reflects a desire to believe in a logical, orderly, cause and effect world. Scorpio asks us to leave room in our worldview for chaos, for the mysterious, for the inconceivable, for the irrational, for the nonsensical. And yet, as we emerge from the darkness of a life story rupture, Scorpio’s symbolism reminds us that that there is no experience, which cannot somehow be redeemed and transformed. Every thread can find its way back into our life’s tapestry.

Caveat #2 – Making meaning out of an awful story interruption and weaving it into our story, does not mean blind passive acceptance. There is chaos and injustices that we are called to fight against (individually and globally), and this too, we can see reflected in the sky. Arguably many story interrupters that appear as random and chaotic at an individual level are, at a global level, part of a clear cause and effect response that needs intervention (e.g. natural disasters occurring in response to climate change).

Caveat #3 – When you’ve experienced a major story interruption, do not rush to make sense of your experience. Do not try to force a story reconstruction. You may limit the options, you may limit potential growth. Sometimes we have to sit with the chaos. Sometimes we have to stay in the liminal breach of a story interruption before we are able to see the possibilities and opportunities that exist. It can be excruciating to be present with the shredding of a life story, but trust the process. Trust that amidst the chaos, a new story is taking its first breath.

Its formation may be gradual. Its first steps may be vulnerable. But there is a pulse.

Life->Death & Chaos->Transformation->Rebirth. You can see this cycle occurring over and over again in nature. Trust that you too, belong to this infinite, sacred rhythm.

Einstein coined a beautiful Scorpionic quote: “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another”.

The energetic legacy of your old stories, will be transmuted and reborn as a new story to carry you forward.

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Entering into the Many Layers of Jupiter in Scorpio :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 9th – 15th

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This is a busy, intense week, cosmically speaking.

As many of you are likely aware, Jupiter enters Scorpio tomorrow (TUESDAY). Jupiter takes about a year to travel through each sign. It entered Libra on September 9th, 2016, and will exit tomorrow, October 10th, 2017. That means that today, MONDAY, October 9th, we are currently passing through the 29th Anaretic degree of Libra – the crisis degree, the day when Jupiter may be urgently attempting to wrap up the Libra projects its journey was correlated with in our lives (think: relationships, beauty and art, achieving healthy balance and harmony, waffling over decisions). To top it off, we are also experiencing both Mercury and the Sun squaring Pluto today (MONDAY).

Heavy stuff to say the least. Continue reading “Entering into the Many Layers of Jupiter in Scorpio :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for October 9th – 15th”

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”

Caution, Contents under Pressure :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 26th – July 2nd


[Apologies to email subscribers for the late post! This week I ended up posting each forecast day-by-day through Instagram & Facebook. Hopefully this is still valuable for reflection on the past week 🙂 Stay posted for some announcements in the next couple days. I will be taking this week off from writing daily forecasts, but I hope to resume beginning in a week’s time on July 10th with a more condensed version via email.]

We are fresh into this lunation cycle, only a few days past the New Moon in Cancer (last Friday), clear of the aggressive Mars – Jupiter square exact last Sunday, and yet the cosmic weather is rapidly continuing to heat up. Expect a building intensity leading up to the Full Moon peak on July 9th (ADT). Why? Because we have three very influential personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Mars) journeying the deeply emotional sign of Cancer, making successive oppositions to Pluto, who is across the way, on the other side of the zodiac, chillin’ at ~18 degrees Capricorn. Pluto; the modern ruler of Scorpio, god of Hades, death, transformation, rebirth, ETC. All the super intense stuff in life.

180° oppositions can be very challenging aspects in astrology – it’s as if the planets involved are having a full on confrontation, a conflict, a tug of war. This creates an enormous amount of tension, which must be wrestled with, integrated, balanced. However, tense aspects in astrology are also stimulants to growth. They are catalysts. They propel us forward. As we head toward the full moon, which will occur as the Sun comes into an exact opposition with Pluto, let’s stretch. Out of our comfort zone. Our souls are hitting up the weights this lunation cycle for some strength training.

Family and commitment-related themes are running strong this week since Cancer and Capricorn are the traditional matriarchal and patriarchal figures of the zodiac. Cancer rules all that is related to your childhood, home, family – and your relationship with your mother figure (or nurturing caregiver) in particular. Maybe it’s not family related though. Maybe there is something that comes up in relation to your roommates, your landlord, or your close-knit community.

Monday eases us into the deep waters with a Mars-Neptune trine which urges us to surrender to the process. Surrender to the journey. Pluto burns away all that is decaying and holding us back in life. Pluto strips our lives of pretense and brings the deepest truth to the surface. Preparing within ourselves a willingness to surrender, will do us well over the next couple of weeks. Allow yourself to enter fully into the present moment while grounding yourself in a realm that transcends time and space. Release and loosen your tight muscles within Neptune’s warm, watery embrace.

Mercury heavily dominates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s cosmic weather. The planet of thought and communication is BUSY. Anticipate some intense and/or revealing conversations and/or confrontations. Anticipate being the recipient or deliverer of some shocking news, or a long-awaited, difficult message. There could be a conflict. There could be a break-through. There could be both. At any rate, WORDS have an additional CHARGE to them this week. In some way or another, through the vehicle of communication, our close relationships may be on the hot seat this week, or in the frying pan.

As always, these transits have the potential to express themselves all very internally (i.e. you may be primarily struggling with your relationship to yourself), but for many of us, the cosmic weather this week will shine the spotlight on our interactions with others.

On Tuesday, Mercury squares Jupiter and trines Neptune, repeating the aspects that Mars just made. A square to Jupiter prompts exaggeration, obnoxious assertions of opinion, a bubble of “hot air”. A trine to Neptune dissolves conflict  and competitive ego battles that strive to out-argue and out-wit – through forgiveness, compassion, creativity, and spirituality.

On Wednesday, Mercury fuses with Mars through conjunction in Cancer, within close range of their opposition to Pluto (3 degrees orb). Whew! Thought and communication meet self-assertion, anger, and desire in a BIG way. Remember, Cancer is a highly emotional sign with a tendency to be indirect, passive aggressive, or shy, with its communications. Mars wants you to be direct. Assertive. Fearless. Without emotionally blowing it out of proportion, say what you need to say. And listen too, because we all live under the same skies.

As Mercury passes Mars to make the first exact opposition to Pluto on Thursday, it becomes even more crucial to effectively channel those super charged thoughts surging through your brain. Get your body involved as well. That’s always a good way to handle the intensity of Mars and Pluto. MOVE YER BODY. Jump up and down. Dance. Run. Punch your pillow. Twirl. Have sex.

Pluto rules all that is deeply secret and hidden. As it activates the planet of thought and communication, buried knowledge may rise to the surface – or be blasted explosively up through the ground. It could be a messy thing and full of conflict, but it may also be something you share or bring into the public sphere that liberates you and bestows you with a new confidence – or both. One key warning here – guard against gossip. It will come back to bite you.

TGIF, although… on Friday we have the First Quarter Moon. Relationships are again prominently highlighted here. The First Quarter square between the Sun (in Cancer) and the Moon (in Libra) presents a challenge. Something that must be overcome in order to move forward. With Cancer and Libra involved in the First Quarter as Venus (the planet of relationships) in Taurus simultaneously squares the Moon’s Nodes, there could be a struggle between wanting to progress in some area or make a particular decision, while also trying to keep others happy. Strive for a middle ground, a balance, if it is reasonable and healthy to do so, while warding against co-dependence and accepting that you cannot please everyone, and nor can you fix and heal every problem.

ARE WE DONE YET?! Nope. On Saturday, Chiron, our wounded healer figure, goes retrograde. Chiron spends half the year going backward. It’s at the turning points that we may be most aware of Chiron’s work. When Chiron turns retro, his healing work intensifies. At his pivot point, during the time period that Chiron changes direction, he directs his arrow straight toward at that darn wound, pinpointing its location and thus bringing it to our attention. This may not feel great, but graciously, he also leaves clues as to how we can continue to heal. I had a pretty magical Chiron Rx pivot last year which I will share later. If you are nursing wounds over the weekend, be careful of the drive to defensively overcompensate through inauthentic means as Mars and Pluto activate power struggles.

SUNDAY!!! We’ve felt it building throughout the week, but today the Mars-Pluto opposition is exact. Take care of yourselves lovelies. Especially if you are vulnerable to mental health concerns. This is a lot of volatile, intense energy. Again, move your bodies. All forms of exercise and physical movement are really important this week. Our bodies are vessels that absorb so much from our surroundings and manifest our thoughts. If intense emotions like anger or grief surges through your system, find an effective outlet. Like kickboxing. Or doing something active in nature.

The Moon is still moving through Libra on Sunday. Channel that Libran peace, that diplomacy, while obeying Pluto’s orders to get to the root of whatever it is that has come up for you. If you are vulnerable to certain triggers, make sure you are grounded and pull out a tried and trusted self care plan. Heads up that projecting our issues on to other people is a big liability with oppositions, especially when two intense planets are involved.

It may feel like a crisis, like you’re in a major power struggle, but it could also feel like crossing a tipping point into victory, success, breakthrough and freedom. There is a sense of completion that comes with this aspect going exact after so much build up. Maybe you feel like a superhero flying out of a burning building, clearing the danger zone just as it collapses behind you. Just watch out for accidentally burning bridges, especially when it comes to relationships. We still have a Sun-Pluto opposition at the Full Moon waiting for us in a week’s time. Yah! More opportunity for growth!

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Summer Solstice & New Moon in Cancer :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for June 19th – June 25th

This week is tender, soft, sensitive, yet raw and exposed. This week slowly, gently, firmly, pulls back the outer layers. It simultaneously draws us back into ourselves, while peeling back our protective shells and bringing a flood of feelings to the surface.

Welcome, to Cancer season. Watery. Emotional. Cathartic.

The Cosmos is nurturing this week, in a way that a wise mother nurtures by guiding her children through tough life terrain – supporting them with navigating uncomfortable emotions without trying to shelter them, teaching them that “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It is about learning to dance in the rain” (Vivian Greene). There are some difficult aspects this week, as always, but they are immediately cushioned by supportive, healing transits that pull us through and beyond.

I’m relieved to be done with the succession of Saturn oppositions for now. Saturn’s been playing a heavy role with my natal chart these days, so when Saturn’s involved with global transits as well (like last week and into the weekend), I feel gutted and mired in self-doubt. For all those who felt the same, trust. Trust in the process and who you are becoming. Play the long game.

This week, the Sun and Mercury leave Gemini to join Mars in Cancer. Pluto (retrograde) has been hanging out at about 18° Capricorn (check Planet Watcher for a real-time view of the current planetary positions), and Cancer is opposite Capricorn in the zodiac wheel, so we will be dealing with a series of volatile oppositions to Pluto in the future weeks as Mars, Mercury, and the Sun pass 18° Cancer. However, that’s still a ways off (Mercury will form the first opposition on June 29th). This week is here to ease us into Cancer’s watery depths.

Before the Sun hits the solstice point at 1:24 am (ADT) on Wednesday, with Mercury right on its heels, they both have to finish up their work in Gemini. This “finishing up” process happens to involve our deepest wounds. Monday and Tuesday’s transits (+ separating transits from the weekend) involve both the Sun and Mercury forming challenging squares to Chiron, an asteroid known as the wounded healer. However, at the same time, both celestial bodies are making supportive sextiles with the North Node (the point of the soul’s growth and evolution) and Uranus (individuality and liberation). It is through facing our greatest wounds that we will grow and experience the exhilarating freedom that comes through healing.

The healing, emotional theme of the week continues to be emphasized on Tuesday as Venus sextiles Neptune, raising up our slumped shoulders and heads into place of higher perspective; a place where our tears collect and turn into rivulets of new life, threading through the weary landscapes of our souls.

Early Wednesday morning, as the Sun reaches its furthest Northern point toward the Earth’s rotational axis, the Northern Hemisphere awakens to the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, whereas those in the Southern Hemisphere awaken to the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. This solstice point is always marked by the zodiac wheel as 0° Cancer. Significantly, the Sun and Mercury enter Cancer within 6 hours of each other. Mercury has been gaining ground steadily since its last retrograde and it is on this important day of the Solar Year that it finally overtakes the Sun, fusing with it through an exact conjunction. This cazimi occurs at the potent 0° of Cancer, a power point in the zodiac wheel.

Although traditionally Cancer has a tendency to be indirect with its communications, protectively seeking roundabout ways to express itself, on Wednesday (and extending forward a few days) there is an opportunity to gain new insight into your deepest emotional needs, and the needs of the broader collective. With the Sun (symbolizing identity) merging with Mercury (symbolizing thought and communication) at one of the zodiac’s most powerful degrees in a deeply emotional sign, empathy flourishes and we find the strength to channel our emotions into words.

We are then quickly drawn into the dark of the moon on Thursday. The balsamic moon phase is a spiritual time. There may be a sense of acute vulnerability, but also of ethereal surrender. It is a time to turn inward, in order to turn outward with the New Moon. A time to shed any remaining gunk clinging to you from this lunation cycle.

At 11:30 pm (ADT) on Friday, the Moon is reborn at 2°47 Cancer. Mercury is still close by, with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury all forming a conjunction together. Wednesday’s themes of emotional expression continue. On Friday we are challenged to restore trust and faith in ourselves, in the world, and in each other, so we can move forward. A life devoid of trust, is a life filled with fear, conflict, and exclusion. To ground ourselves in Love and cultivate the safe and secure foundation that Cancer so desires, we must somehow, together, rediscover and rebuild trust. Sow seeds of Trust during this New Moon.

The healing themes of this week are sustained through to the weekend when Venus trines Pluto on Saturday. The shallow posturing and defensive masks are washed from our self-worth and our relationships, leaving only what is pure and true, beautiful in its nakedness.

On Sunday we have Mars in Cancer squaring Jupiter in Libra. This aspect has likely been felt throughout the week. This transit speaks to an aggressive and reactionary emotional struggle for justice, to prove ourselves right, to defend our inner and outer “homeland”. However, the harshness of this aspect has been kneaded by Cancer’s motherly influence throughout the week, and it is softened by Mars forming a trine to Neptune, exact the following day (Monday).

Neptune reminds us that the universe is an intricate eco-system. We are all connected to each other and have more in common than we might think (or want to imagine). While Mars may want revenge – “an eye for an eye” – Neptune urges us to find another way. We must heal, together. We must trust, together. We must love, together. We must rebuild, together.

The storm clouds may be rolling in, but this week? Go dance in the rain.

Image credit: Heather @ Flickr (CC – image modified & words added)

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New Moon in Taurus :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for April 24th – April 30th

We begin the week with a stable trine between two retrograding planets; Mercury, the planet of communication, details, and information-processing, and Saturn, the planet of hard work, responsibilities, commitments and goals. Connected through a trine, this supportive aspect prompts us to review, re-evaluate, and perhaps redesign our goals and commitments. If we have some loose ends or deadlines to address today, motivation and self-discipline are at our disposal.

Monday and Tuesday, the dark balsamic moon maneuvers around the unexpected, ushering us forward through intuitive glimpses, meditative moments and restful reflection, toward the glorious and unobstructed New Moon rebirth in Taurus on Wednesday.

The earth is fecund; the air is ripe with promise and potential. Sow seeds of intention far and wide today. Ruled by Venus, bejeweled by the riches and wisdom from her retrograde journey, this New Moon drips with hope and honey.

By Friday, Taurus’ slow and leisurely stroll through a lush field has turned into a furious, frantic charge.

As the Moon shifts into Gemini to conjunct Mars the warrior, Mercury in retrograde fuses with Uranus the revolutionary in Aries, and Venus leaves Pisces to unite with them in fire. Expect the unexpected. Words are flying fast and furious on Friday. Everyone believes that they have claim to the Truth. Plans are changing. Secrets are surfacing. Are we rebels with or without a cause? Are we creating conflict to defend our egos, or is it our moment to speak truth to power? Do the means justify the ends?

We finish the weekend with a painful conversation between Chiron, our greatest wound, and Saturn, our greatest teacher. Their tense 90° aspect goes exact on Sunday, but this energy will be felt on Saturday as the Moon activates this angle on route into the deeply nourishing waters of Cancer.

Take responsibility. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other.


The fearless girl statue has a conflicted history, and one that I don’t entirely agree with, but its symbolism spoke to me in light of this week’s forecast…

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