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

Eclipse Season is upon us once again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

Clear away the clutter. Sharpen that intuition.

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

What is your heart calling you to engage with?

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

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

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

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

What are you harvesting right now?

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

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

Leo is childlike. Silly. Playful. Fun.

Feed your soul some playtime this week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

What is your Truth? Are you in alignment with it? Continue reading “The Beauty of Wilted Flowers :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for December 11th – 17th”

Driving the Point Home – Pay Attention! Cosmic Weather Forecast for Monday, August 28th – Tuesday, September 5th


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I’m extending this weekly forecast into the following week up until Tuesday (September 5th) because to end it on Sunday felt like a major story interruption and I didn’t want to leave you hanging!

Between now and next Tuesday (Sep. 5th) we are wrapping up Eclipse Season. By the time we reach the Pisces Full Moon on Wednesday (Sept. 6th), the Sun will be far enough out of range of the magical Nodal Axis, that eclipses will no longer be possible for the remainder of this year. Until then, the air continues to vibrate with Eclipse energies.

The most powerful cosmic players in this final Eclipse Season wrap-up are Mars and Mercury – the warrior and the messenger – who have a few special game plays still up their sleeve. Continue reading “Driving the Point Home – Pay Attention! Cosmic Weather Forecast for Monday, August 28th – Tuesday, September 5th”

Stay the Course & Do the Work :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for August 21st – 27th

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A little late, but nevertheless…

The eclipse energy blew through our systems on Monday, while forming an exact trine to Uranus, the planet of rebellion and liberation. The eclipse door has ushered in surprises, transitions, new beginnings… and all that shitty, expired stuff in your life that you have been trying to ignore up till now.

Ah, but Virgo Season is just beginning! The Sun leaves Leo to enter Virgo on Tuesday. Virgo is NOT okay with sweeping the dust conveniently under the carpet, or shoving all the clutter into a bedroom before the guests arrive. Virgo has arrived to help you pick up the pieces and sort through the shit that Leo’s Fire and the Eclipse portals have stirred up in your life. Continue reading “Stay the Course & Do the Work :: Cosmic Weather Forecast for August 21st – 27th”

The Ouroboros & The Total Solar Eclipse

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Well. Here we are. On the brink of one of the most anticipated, most talked about, astrological and astronomical events of the year.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling bone weary. Exhausted; soul, body and mind. This dying Balsamic Moon has been pulling me under like a rip current the last few days.

The Solar Eclipse will be occurring in my first house, within a couple degrees of my Leo Ascendant. The Ascendant symbolizes the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth. It speaks to how you emerged from the womb to first greet the world. The sign (and planets) on the Ascendant in your natal chart describe both how others see you (the personality you exude, your physical appearance), and how you perceive others, your environment, and this life that you have found yourself in –  it colours the lens through which you see the world. The degree of your Ascendant is the intersection between you and the world. It is active and dynamic – a point of constant becoming. Continue reading “The Ouroboros & The Total Solar Eclipse”

An Eclipse Primer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Quarter Moon :: Scorpio Moon □ Leo Sun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to LEO SEASON!!!

Leo season

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

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