Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Virgo New Moon on August 30, 2019--Purity of Intention

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If you have strong Virgo in your natal chart or if you were born when Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo (1960s), then this New Moon is going to rock your world. It could also rock the world in the form of earthquakes because all the personal planets will be in Virgo squaring Jupiter and opposing Neptune. Plus Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto are also in Earth Signs. It won't get any more earthy than this New Moon.

So, what does this mean for each of the Zodiac Signs?

Mutable Signs

Virgo--Nervous energy could cause panic attacks if you don't find a physical outlet to relieve mental energy. Practice yoga, go for a swim, or a hike. Get your body moving. You'll want to take care of the small details before diving into the bigger picture. However, you are thinking holistically and every area of your life gets a boost from the Virgo energy. Go on a maiden voyage or somewhere in the physical or the mental realms where you have not been before. Just don't get caught up in perfectionism since all of us are already perfect in our imperfections.

Pisces--Use this Virgo energy to pay attention to details and for a reality check. You have drifted out to sea for too long. Come back to the earth and get grounded through meditation and yoga. Dance or playing music will also help you with any stressful situations that surface around the Moon. Make friends with practical people but also own that side of yourself. You are not a helpless victim but a powerful force. Harness your dreams to Neptune and adopt the optimistic attitude of Jupiter in Sagittarius. Realize your dreams by combining manifestation with physical effort.

Sagittarius--Virgo energy feels too critical and scathing to you. You talk about your dreams and the Virgo people crush those dreams. But we still need your optimism to help us from falling into the trap of analysis paralysis. Remind us what it means to live an unexamined life and to live our lives on our own terms. Jupiter squares Neptune but this just takes you into deeper cosmic territory. Go where no Sagittarius has gone before. I know, that's a tall order.

Gemini--Even though Virgo energy squares your sign, you both share rulership with Mercury. Use this energy to edit or perfect projects. Use this energy to promote a book or give a lecture. Use this energy to pitch projects that involve writing and speaking. Just like Virgo people, you'll need a physical outlet to release tension. You might suffer from insomnia between the Virgo New Moon and the Pisces Full Moon (9-13).

Cardinal Signs

Cancer--With the North Node still in Cancer, Chiron in Aries, the South Node, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn, you're not able to resist death, rebirth, and transformation. You might find this Virgo New Moon brings on panic attacks and digestion upset. Go easy on foods that might cause you allergies and stick to a bland diet for at least two weeks.  You're feeling extremely emotional but with so many planets in the Earth element find ways to ground yourself. Like Virgo and Gemini, exercise is going to help you stay in balance. Hang out near the sea for the best results. And listen to the songs of whales. Animals especially require your loving attention.

Capricorn--You earthy goats will experience a financial boost or windfall when you take your eyes off your bank accounts. When you stop looking for work, employment finds you and in unexpected ways. You've been too hard on yourself and have spun on the wheel of perfectionism and or whipped yourself for too long. I have an image of the famous saint whipping himself. The Universe wants to bless you but it's going to wait for an unexpected moment and surprise you. If you're looking for a loving partner, make room in your life for him or her to enter. You deserve love. We all do.

Libra--All of the personal planets are hanging out in the unseen realm of your 12th House. If you want to unlock the magic of those planets, it's time to go on a spiritual retreat or at least take a meditation workshop. Take a break from pleasing everyone else or becoming hypercritical due to resentment that has built up. Forgiveness is a verb as much as a noun. Through the act of forgiving others and forgiving yourself, you discover a whole new world as you give birth to a new you during the Libra New Moon a month away.

Aries--You rebel against the earthy energy. Boredom has struck. Well, all that Earth energy asks you to show up as an adult. Pay attention to the details of your life that require careful handling. Learn a lesson in diplomacy from Libra and on nurturing from Cancer. Turn to a Capricorn for financial advice because I get a sense that your well has run dry or is about to. We all want to go on adventures and enjoy our lives but for some reason, I feel that the Virgo New Moon is asking you to pause and reflect on your previous actions. Take responsibility for your life or someone else will take over the role of the captain of your ship. Chiron in your sign asks you to heal or at least accept childhood wounds.

Fixed Signs

Taurus--The Virgo New Moon and all the Capricorn planets bring you a Grand Earth Trine. This boost finances but only if you put in the effort. If you have had your nose to the grindstone then it begins to bear fruit. If you have gone on a diet or changed a habit you see results around this New Moon. Refrain from becoming too hard on yourself. Believe it or not, you are making progress and Uranus in retrograde motion gives you a break from relentless shakeups and surprises. The only caveat for places ruled by Taurus is the potential for large earthquakes. But even they bring mass awakening.

Scorpio--With Uranus moving backward and Saturn turning direct in September you are in the rebuilding process. Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node help you with building a new structure in the area of education and communication. Perhaps, you revamp your computer or learn new communication skills. Some of you organize neighborhood gatherings and some of you delve into deeper politics combined with spiritual tools. You are feeling powerful while still getting a boost from Water Signs Pisces and Cancer. Visualize a new world and don't allow your focus to waver.

Aquarius--I see a yield sign blocking your path. This means you need to pause and reflect on where you have been and where you would like to go. Remember that if you go with familiar situations you will get the same results. Try something daringly unfamiliar, something completely out of your league. Now is the time to turn left instead of right. Stop acting like a creature of habit. In fact, explore your habits. If the habits are damaging to the body then delete them from your life. Get your body in tip-top shape as we venture more deeply into the Aquarius Age.

Leo--It's time to take a look at yourself in the mirror. I don't mean as a form of navel-gazing. It's time to explore your inner workings and to clean up those nasty childhood wounds you project onto others. This isn't for all Leos because some of you have shown up on the page or the stage and done your inner work. But for those Leos still living in the dark, white-lighting "negative" energy won't clear the air. Burning sage or incense won't protect you because those dark energies are coming from your shadows and your unhealthy lifestyle choices. I know these words sound harsh but they come from a loving place. As we leave the time of Leo and venture into Virgo, it's time to remove the blinders and let the real light into your heart.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Zodiac Sign Forecast for August 2019--Shine on

Many people took their summer vacations in July which featured two powerful eclipses and Mercury retrograde. While we couldn't make traction on projects or any other area of our lives, July still wasn't the best month to travel afar but it was a month retreat. August presents a different animal which actually asks us to take a vacation and experience joy.

While we won't be experiencing powerful eclipses in August, we will experience three yods starting with the yod that arrives with the Leo New Moon on July 31/August 1 which includes a sextile with Neptune and Pluto in a yod with Mars in Leo. This last until August 4 when Mars moves to 22 degrees Leo.

Then Venus replaces Mars in the yod on August 11 until the 14 followed by Mercury forming a yod with Neptune and Pluto on the 22 until the 24th of the month. Write down those days on your calendar because those are the times we experience the big yield sign that tells us to back up and rethink whatever we are working on at the time. Those are also times when fated events are most likely to occur which is why slowing down helps us take advantage of those encounters.

The good news is that Jupiter goes direct on the same day Uranus goes retrograde. Saturn, Neptune, Chiron, and Pluto are also retrograde except Saturn moves direct in September so we'll feel like getting work done again. With all this planetary excitement firing up our senses, what can we expect for the Zodiac Signs in August.


Cancer--If you spent too much time in your shell in June and July, you'll join the fray in August. We all want to shine brighter with the Leo Sun energy as well as, Mercury, Venus, and Mars also transiting in Leo. We launch the month with Leo energy since the Leo New Moon falls on August 1 (July 31). It's time to count your blessings and reassess your values. Are you aware of your gifts and talents? If the answer is no, it's time for self-exploration.

Scorpio--You breathe a sigh of relief when Uranus turns retrograde on the 11th. This is because of Uranus in opposition to your Sun, Moon, or Rising Sign (1st House), has caused chaos in your life. Since you are represented by a Fixed Sign, you don't adapt well to changes which cause you psychological stress. But on the other hand, your planetary ruler Pluto is all about change and transformation. You represent the birth and death process. So, let the old stories go so you make way for the new. The Leo energy squares you causing you to avoid the light. Come out and play in the sunshine, Scorpio. Your career and public image are highlighted.

Pisces--Are you tired of spacing out and feeling like Mr. Magoo driving his car blindly through life? You earned your spiritual wings but now you must ground yourself with mundane feet. I have a feeling your checkbook is out of balance, especially with the Mercury RX transit which messes everything up. The Leo and Aquarius Moons ask you to get your daily life in balance with your spiritual life. Remember that manifestation requires some legwork and that's what you're asked to do this August. Also, I'm hearing that some of you have been invited to audition for performances. Show up and give it your best. You never know where it will lead.


Aries--It's time to take the lead with colleagues and friends. Some of you get involved in sports while others shine your light in the performing arts. But it's not enough to go it alone this month. Join other likeminded people. Explore the concept of cooperation versus competition. You're usually a competitive sign but this month it's more about joining forces with others instead of battling others. United we stand strong. Remember those words, Aries.

Leo--I know you love the month of August. It's your time to join your pride and to reflect on your accomplishments from your previous solar year (happy birthday). The Leo New Moon which launches the month sends you shopping for a new image to match your personal evolution. Give away clothing and other items that no longer resonate with you. Free up space for new and exciting experiences to enter. The Aquarius Full Moon on the 15th, have you wondering where you fit into the greater scheme. Try not to pit yourself against the collective while also not falling into the trap of groupthink.

Sagittarius--Are you taking advantage of your benefactor Jupiter in your sign? Yes, it's true, life circumstances slowed down for you during the spring months, but Jupiter goes direct on the 11th at the midpoint degree. We also experience a Grand Fire Trine this month which uplifts you and sets you on a new adventure. Long-distance travel goes well after Jupiter goes direct so if you have a trip planned, go for it. Reach for the stars.


Taurus--Just like Scorpio, you sigh with relief on the 11th when Uranus goes retrograde. Uranus wakes up our consciousness but when the planet moves in direct motion it brings unexpected situations. Taurus you and the themes represented by your sign undergo swift changes. Fortunately, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node support you while you navigate the transformed landscape. Since you're the most grounded sign, take some risks in August that lift your feet off the ground.

Virgo--The highlights for you include Uranus going retrograde at 7 degrees and Jupiter going direct which has you scrutinizing your spiritual beliefs. You might even venture into galactic territory. Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node ask you to clear away old karma so you can begin a new cycle launched by the Virgo New Moon on the 30th.

Capricorn--You grow stronger by the day. Unfortunately, you take life too seriously and you are a relentless leader suffering from workaholism. Take a vacation or at least go and explore a creative gift that allows you to shine in the world. If you have thought of trying acting, audition for community theater. If you want to explore your voice give a lecture or join a choir. If gardening is your thing, then get your hands dirty in rich soil. There's more than a way of manifesting abundance than old fashion hard work. Listen to the advice of the Jackson 5, "Enjoy Yourself."


Aquarius--You have the task of educating people about the ins and outs of the collective. Try explaining that socialism is not a dirty word to people bent on Capitalism. You might lead rallies or you just rebel against the latest trends. And anyway, you already did those things years ago. The Leo energy seems selfish to you but that's only because you are afraid to explore your inner workings. You're afraid to show up as an individual so you hide behind a cause or a group. But August is asking you to shine on like your Leo brothers and sisters. 

Gemini--Jupiter goes direct on the 11th and this direct motion asks you to expand your horizons. Get on a plane or a ship and travel afar. Take a college-level class or take a writing workshop where you explore a new genre. The Virgo New Moon on the 30th leaves you feeling agitated but you get involved in mental pursuits during the Aquarius Full Moon mid-month. If there's something you always wanted to learn but didn't have the time, take time out in August to delve into this topic. Research, writing, and editing go well. If you are a writer, you could see a contract coming your way between August 11 and the 15.

Libra--Are you tired of swimming in Cardinal stew? You stand at a crossroads once again and you have to make a decision. Not only that, you do have a message to communicate about diplomacy even if you struggle with the words. Short-distance and long-distance travel are highlighted for you. You try to hide behind the ivory walls of higher education because you don't realize that you already have all the wisdom you require to succeed in a leadership role. Take up the mantle. It's time to lead us to a more peaceful way of living.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Aquarius Full Moon on August 15, 2019--Heart Versus the Mind

Let's talk Leo. I have been seeing lion images and noticing lion motifs for the previous year. We are all lions even if we don't have our Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Leo. Or I should say that we all have Leo somewhere in our charts. And that is the place where we shine.

The Aquarius Full Moon also shows us where we bask in the light. It's where the Universe tells us to show up authentically. If you have Leo in the First House (a Leo Ascendant), then people notice you when you walk in a room. But you tend to attract detached partners usually innovative or geniuses in some way with Aquarius ruling your 7th House of partnerships and partners. All Full Moons come in pairs or two houses are highlighted depending on where the Sun and the Moon oppose each other. And sometimes if a third or fourth planet square the Full Moon and the Sun we get a T-Cross and it's rare but it happens in that we get a Grand Square with the Full Moon.

But the chart for August 15, 2019, asks us to celebrate ourselves. I remember a TV show from a long time ago called "Up with the People". That's what this Full Moon chart reminds me of. It's revolutionary because of the Aquarius Moon but we are more in our hearts because of a stellium of personal planets in Leo (Venus, Sun, Mars, and the asteroid Juno). This day favors women or celebrities with generous hearts--think Sandra Bullock or Robert Redford (celebrities born under the Sign Leo).

To get a better idea of the Leo energy, think of those old programs featuring lions and their habits. Or perhaps, watch the Lion King twenty times, if you care too. If that's not your thing, watch Cats. And if you have a cat study that animal's behavior. All cats fall under the sign of Leo. Notice that the female lion does most of the hunting while the male lion has his pride and he lords over it. There is a harem mentality to it but there is also a feeling of the collective working towards a goal. We will be looking at feminism and issues facing women.

But you're wondering why I'm talking about Leo when the Full Moon is in Aquarius, right? Aquarius is squashed by all the planets in Leo and it does get personal. This is a detached Moon that causes us to hide in our minds. Or we play hide and seek with our hearts. We fear anything with sentiments attached to it. The revolutionaries want to stand center stage with a bullhorn in their hands. But a true humanitarian has a heart and that is where Leo comes in.

The Sun conjuncts Venus (the planet representing women) exact. And men aren't excluded because Mars is also in the Leo stellium. When Mars and Venus hook up in Leo, sparks fly and it's a time for exploring passion with another human being or an art project. If you are an artist, meet with gallery owners to show your work, query agents, or go to that audition. Don't let this golden opportunity pass by you. You'll regret it. This is the best Full Moon we've had in 2019.

The North Node in Cancer is in an exact trine with Neptune which is retrograde. Five of the planets are retrograde (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron--not a planet but...). We are self-reflected and self-directed so make sure that you show generosity towards others. While it's a fabulous opportunity to shine in the world, don't forget less fortunate people. We are moving into a heart-centered era, believe it or not. Astrologer Pam Gregory says that the Cancer North Node is about taking care of the vulnerable people in the world. May I add vulnerable animals too? Now, is a good time to rescue animals, if you enjoy saving lives.

And there is a fireman quality to this Aquarius Full Moon. I feel like we want to rush in and save the day. We join our favorite causes or we donate money to those causes. It's a time where the arts flourish but we also feel unmotivated to move forward despite the planets in Leo. This is because of the retrograde planets and that Leo and Aquarius are Fixed Signs which move more slowly. This is not Gemini or Virgo we speak of. Although we have a Virgo New Moon at the end of August so get ready to move forward in a quicksilver fashion at the end of the month.

The downside of the Aquarius Full Moon is the danger of group think or leaders posturing instead of acting from the heart. Egos get in the way of well-meaning activities. People want their 15 minutes of fame and they lord over the camera. We can all show up authentically and contribute our piece of the puzzle. Use this Full Moon to shift energy on the planet so that we promote love and generosity. Leo is just as much about love as it is conceit. And Aquarius has its own way of expressing love too.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Uranus in Taurus Trine Generational Uranus in Capricorn and Virgo

I am officially an astrology geek after tackling the Uranus in Virgo and Capricorn transits for the 1960s and late 1980s into the early 1990s. Why the heck am I spending a quiet Sunday (right before the Sagittarius Full Moon) researching these transits?

The best reason I have for you is transiting Uranus in the first seven degrees of Taurus and the conjunction with Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in the later degrees of Capricorn. Now, all of those birth transits if you were born in the 1960s when both Uranus and Pluto were in Virgo or from 1988 and 1996 when Uranus was in Capricorn (along with Neptune) are highlighted now. If you are a late bloomer (Capricorn) then now is your time for your fruit to ripen. 2019 and 2020 offer you golden moments or opportunities if you step up to the plate.

The Earth Signs Virgo and Capricorn expect us to roll up our sleeves and work hard. Virgo handles the organization and the details while Capricorn brings in the practical know-how and the boots to ascend the mountain. Please note also, even if you weren't born during the 1960s, late 1980s, around the Harmonic Conversion of 1987, or the early 1990s, if you were born with your Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in the first 7 to 8 degrees of Capricorn (that's me!) then you also experience the ripening and it doesn't matter how old you feel.

The people who must pay the closest attention were born between 1988 and 1990 when Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune formed a Triple Conjunction in Capricorn. And those of you born under the signs Capricorn and Cancer are doubly affected because Chiron was in Cancer and during 1989 and 1990, Jupiter was also in Cancer opposing the planets in Capricorn! Ouch! Remember all those family values touted in the late 1980s and Reaganomics in the US or Thatcherism in the UK? Well, these transits spell out conservative values. Jupiter and Chiron both worshipped and attacked motherhood and women's reproduction rights. This does this sound familiar?

Oddly, my music career spanned from around 1988 to 1996 when Uranus was in Capricorn and then it fizzled out. I have my Ascendant between 6 and 8 degrees Capricorn and my Sun at 8 degrees Cancer and my out-of-bounds Mercury at 11 degrees Cancer in a sextile with Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. And boy, did I work hard at my music during those years. In fact, it seemed like Seattle (possibly a Capricorn city) swarmed with musicians working hard at their craft, many of which were Cancers and Capricorns. Incidentally, Neptune and Uranus in Capricorn also brought on a mysterious illness for me that wasn't diagnosed as multiple chemical sensitivity until 1997 when Uranus was in Aquarius, but enough about my personal experiences with the transits. Uranus in its own sign brought strange situations for most people. Aquarius is wacko, what can I say?

I'll do my best to write a user-friendly article on the Uranus transits but I'm going to use technical terms which you can find on the Astro Cheat Sheet which you'll find up in the page tabs. Study the cheat sheet if you're new to astrology. Otherwise, I'm using the terms conjunction, trine, sextile, and triple conjunction to describe the Uranus transits to other planets. Briefly, bear with me if you are an advanced student or practitioner, conjunction means that two or more planets are in the same sign within a 5-degree orb but I go wider on some of the transits. A trine and a sextile mean that the planets are in flowing aspects with planets that are either in the same element or polarity such as another water sign planet in flowing aspect with another planet in a different Water Sign or if a Water Sign is in a flowing aspect with a planet in an Earth Sign, we call this a sextile.

Uranus in Capricorn


In 1988, we're a few months out of the Harmonic Convergence that occurred in 1987, the shift that brought us forward into 2012. Please don't ask me for an exact date for the Harmonic Convergence because I don't feel like looking it up. Google it. Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all transiting in Capricorn. Pluto is in Scorpio launching the older Millennial Generation which continued through Pluto in Sagittarius, ending in 2003. Chiron was in Cancer.

Now, our planet, Uranus (The Awakener) transited into Capricorn on February 16, 1988. It dipped into the Sign of the Goat until May 27 when it returned to the late degrees of Sagittarius. Then on December 3, Uranus transited back into Capricorn for its 7-year transit where it hooked up with Saturn and Neptune and experienced oppositions with Chiron and Jupiter in Cancer. I remember this era as gloomy with Goth rock and grunge music at the forefront of Seattle-life. The color black was in and it wasn't enough to wear any black, you had to wear the right shade of black along with Doc Martens and black tights or ripped jeans. Meanwhile, black clouds hung over Seattle--the Emerald City and the gold diggers appeared in the guise of software engineers, rock musicians, and real estate tycoons. Meanwhile, people in England were dealing with Thatcherism.

If you were born in the 1960s with Uranus in Virgo (I believe that started in 1962 - 1969), then your first Uranus trine Uranus occurred somewhere between 1988 to 1996 (look up the degrees in your chart). This was the ripening of the Generation X folks as they ventured into the world of software and dot.coms, rock music, or independent moviemaking. Otherwise, the conservative ones when into speculative ventures in real estate or some Reaganomics kind of thing (these folks annoyed me). Sad to say it because I'm one of those Uranus in Virgo folks, but we also fought against the Baby Boomers who blocked us from entering the job market dominated by yes, Baby Boomers (Pluto in Leo people). They waxed on about their movies and music being better than ours. Maybe they were right, maybe...

If you were born between 1988 and 1991, then you are the master builders or the master rebuilders in every industry. When Pluto transited into Capricorn in 2008 and 2011, when Uranus transited into Aries, the planets of transformation and revolution rocked your world more than anyone else. You were either in college or around the age of 20 and you experienced an awakening (hopefully, otherwise you missed an opportunity). If you were born from 1991 to 1996, you still have an important role to play since Uranus and Neptune formed exact conjunctions in 1992 and 1993 and that to me is as powerful as the Uranus and Pluto in exact conjunction in Virgo at the end of 1965!

So, in 1988, we experienced conjunction of Saturn and Uranus in Capricorn while Neptune was also in Capricorn at mid-degrees. This conjunction continued into 1989. That's odd conjunction because the two planets nearly cancel each other out. Uranus is ruled by wacko Aquarius and Saturn is ruled by ultra conservative-let-me-climb my mountain alone, Capricorn. Meanwhile, Chiron is in Cancer opposing the planets and Jupiter also transited into Cancer in 1989.

So, here we have the collective (Aquarius) opposing the clannish Capricorn/Cancer, more or less, the nuclear family of two point five kids and two cats and a dog. The climbers clashed with the movers and shake 'em up, folks. One signed on for family values while the other side joined punk bands and dyed their hair pink. (My poor sister was confused with her Capricorn Sun and Aquarius Ascendant and all this chaos occurring on the 12th House stage).


In January of 1989, Uranus and Saturn are in conjunction but then Saturn pulled into a conjunction with Neptune in Capricorn. Saturn flows into exact conjunction with Neptune from February 10 until March 4 and again, from March 7 to the 18th at 12 degrees. Then the two planets stay within tight one-degree orb conjunction (or as we like to say, the planets have separated one degree from the exact conjunction). On April 23, Saturn went retrograde. On May 1st (this must have been a red letter day), both Uranus and Neptune went retrograde (Uranus at 5 degrees and Neptune at 12 degrees). Pluto in Scorpio was also retrograde and in a sextile with Neptune and Saturn. This is as gloomy and probing as it gets.

On June 14, retrograde Saturn and retrograde Neptune form exact conjunction at 11 degrees Capricorn (I love the number 11). This lasts until June 27 (two days prior to my birthday and I received a lot of presents that year). Then on July 4 through the 11th (there's that number again), Saturn and Neptune form another exact conjunction at 10 degrees with both planets retrograde forcing us to take an inward journey. I bet you on the 4th of July in the US and Canada Day for the Canadians sucked that year.

In August, the speedy Saturn retrograde caught up with the Uranus retrograde. But on September 10, Uranus turned direct at 1 degree Capricorn and Saturn I believe also turned direct at 7 degrees on September 11. Meanwhile, Jupiter formed an opposition in the sign of Cancer and Pluto in Scorpio formed sextiles with Neptune and Saturn.

On October 29, Jupiter turned retrograde in Cancer in opposition with Neptune and Saturn but in a trine with Pluto in Scorpio. Neptune forms a sextile with Pluto (that's always nice). On November 10, Saturn forms an exact conjunction with Neptune which is as strange as conjunction with Saturn and Uranus. Saturn and Neptune stay at 10 degrees until November 20. They are still in opposition with Jupiter and a sextile with Pluto. This is powerful destructive energy. This is where we experience ideologies clashing, as Billy Bragg once sang. All the "isms" come into play and the Neptune types, Uranus types, and Saturn types tried to find common ground while they bashed each other in the sandbox.

On a more serious level, do any of you remember what 1989 was like? We were still quoting George Orwell's "1984" thinking that Reagan (1981-89) was going to accidentally press the red button and blows us all up, that is if he didn't blow up the economy first. In a way, 1989 is a much tamer version to what we're currently going through. At least we have Facebook now and political situations bear transparency that we didn't have previously. And fewer people were waking up in 1989 than in this era of spiritual awakening. We didn't even know about the Law of Attraction yet and we were still practicing Creative Visualization and dreaming of becoming shamans.

On November 27, there was also the watershed event of Mars joining Pluto in Scorpio forming exact conjunction. Well, we got George Bush, Sr. as president. And we were listening to the New Kids on the Block if we were complete nerds. If only we had something that innocent these days. When did the Pet Shop Boys arrive on the scene? From November 27 until December 5, good old Jupiter in Cancer opposed Uranus--more of those family values knocking us in the head like baseball bats. Don't you dare take my birth control pills away, fundies?

If you were born in 1989, your Natal Uranus is between 1 and 7 degrees Capricorn. Uranus in Taurus is currently trining your Natal Uranus and Saturn (possibly). Sign up for an astrology reading if you want to know more.

Please note that 1989 was also the year the Soviet Union dissolved, the Berlin Wall came down, and the protest in Tiananmen Square in China occurred. Apparently, everyone wanted to pursue the Capitalist Dream except for folk-rocker Billy Bragg, his fans, and punk rockers.


Chiron in Cancer opposes Saturn conjunct Neptune in Cancer. For Cancerians and Capricorn, the battle cry was getting me into therapy so I can heal my co-dependent behavior. Fundamentalists Christians were still attacking women's reproduction rights. Generation X women and men also decided to start families around this time, some putting it off until their late twenties. The first waves of Gen-X people experienced their Saturn Returns and started dreaming about white picket fences and having their own homes. Climbing out of poverty was the dream of others if only those Baby Boomers would move to the side. (Meanwhile, my own music career was starting to take off and I landed more gigs and attention).

Chiron started the year in exact opposition to Uranus at 5 degrees. Bring out the radicals, please. I recall musicians suffering from depression getting the most attention in the media. For whatever reason, we glorified musicians suffering from addictions and depression, especially bipolar disorder. Lyrics didn't matter so much as long as you could confuse audiences. Bands like the Cocteau Twins from England with nonsensical lyrics wowed listeners with their ethereal songs (Neptune). The musicians who worked their butts off grabbed the spotlight because those planets in Capricorn demanded hard work. Bands such as R.E.M. and The Bangles with Capricorn musicians recorded albums in 1989 and 1990 that have become classics. Capricorn David Bowie (1980s) reached the height of his popularity around this time too.

On February 25, Jupiter went direct at one degree Cancer opposing Uranus. This opposition continued into March which I'm sure brought up conservative politics and family values. Then on May 1st Uranus and Neptune turned RX and Saturn turned RX on May 4 while the on-going conjunction with Jupiter and Chiron continued in the background. I was in therapy during this time and screaming on stage in the guise of a folk-rock musician. On September 15, Uranus went direct. On September 23, Saturn went direct. On September 24, Neptune went direct.


The Uranus-Neptune conjunction continued until January 31. Meanwhile, Saturn reached the critical mark of 29 degrees Capricorn poised and ready to head into Aquarius. The Uranus-Neptune conjunction continued and we were probably already tired of the surreal-reality of this bizarre conjunction. Uranus went retrograde on April 18 followed by his best friend Neptune going retrograde on the following day.


From April 15 (Tax Day) until May 1st, Uranus formed exact conjunction with Neptune, but on April 21, Neptune turned retrograde followed by Uranus moving retrograde on April 22. (The planets went direct on September 21 -22).


From January 7 until the 18, Uranus formed another exact conjunction with Neptune at 18 degrees Capricorn. On January 24 through 31, another exact conjunction with the two outer planets occurred at 19 degrees until February 10.

Here is a list of the exact conjunctions between Uranus and Neptune.

February 16 - March 3 at 20 degrees Capricorn

March 30 - April 4 at 21 degrees Capricorn

May 1, Uranus and Neptune go RX

June 23 - July 4, the exact conjunction is at 20 degrees RX

July 18 - August 10, at 19 degrees RX

August 15 - November 9, 18 degrees RX (retrograde)

September 28, Uranus went direct

September 30, Neptune went direct

November 17 - December 2, exact conjunction at 19 degrees

December 20 - 21, exact conjunction at 20 degrees

If you were born with any outer planets at 19 degrees Cancer or Capricorn and you were alive during these transits, this is significant. Look for Pluto at 19 degrees Capricorn (more recent transit) as well as, Saturn and the South Node at 19 degrees Capricorn and then next year, Jupiter at 19 - 21 degrees Capricorn. Actually, go with 19-22 degrees Capricorn. You might experience a deja vu from 1993.


Uranus transits into the final 10 degrees in Capricorn (20 to 25 degrees). It is still in orb with Neptune but separating. Everyone is grown tired of diving into the rabbit hole and can't wait until Uranus transits into Aquarius two years away.


Uranus dips into Aquarius on April 2 and Pluto is at 0 degrees Sagittarius, ushering the second half of the Millennial Generation, cell phones, and the internet. I worked as a music journalist and published poetry and prose this year. I also lost a good friend (an editor) at the end of the year. In fact, for the most part, 1995 was a year of losses for me. Saturn in Pisces formed sextiles with its own planet, Neptune.

On June 10, RX Uranus transited back into Capricorn and forms a conjunction with Neptune for the final time as the two planets finished up old business. Then, in Uranus in Capricorn went direct on October 7 where it would speed up and reenter Aquarius on January 13, 1996.

The Exact Uranus-Pluto Conjunction in Virgo (1965)

Those of you born in the 1960s when Uranus and Pluto were in Virgo, refer to my 1960s-born series which you'll find in the tabs at the top of this blog. If you would like the entire series sent to you as a PDF, then become a patron on my Patreon campaign.

October 8 - 25, 1965 Uranus and Pluto were in exact conjunction at 17 degrees in one-degree orb sextile with Neptune in Scorpio and again on November 8 - 18. This exact conjunction would continue into 1966.

This concludes my second article for the Uranus Exploration (the first article focuses on Uranus through the decades beginning in the 1940s).

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Capricorn Lunar Eclipse (June 16, 2019)--Building a New Earth

Wow, the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse that lands with a thud on July 16, 2019, contains several astrological bells and whistles. This chart includes a Grand Fire Trine, a Triple Conjunct in Capricorn and a stellium (Cancer and Leo planets) opposing the TC. Meanwhile, Mars/Mercury/Juno in Leo square Uranus and Vesta in Taurus. So, what does this mean for you?

I set the chart for Seattle. I don't particularly hold the city in esteem. In fact, I wonder if the city will pull itself out of dark energy. The Emerald City won't heal its wounds (traffic, pollution, greed, homelessness, and enslavement) until it heals the original wounds that occurred when the industrialists (logger barons, gold diggers, builders) massacred the Indians and stole the land. And that's for starters. This eclipse will strongly impact Seattle and other cities founded on blood and suffering; displaced people and scarcity consciousness.

The Capricorn Triple Conjunction (Moon/Pluto/Saturn) coupled with the South Node brings up our deepest wounds in the area of ambition and industry. This energy opposes the Cancer Sun/Venus/North Node and the out-of-sign Mercury/Mars/Juno in Leo which tells us to develop compassion and the ability to nurture ourselves, others, and the Earth. If we fail to do this inner work, we pay the karmic debt and suffer through karmic consequences.

Meanwhile, Chiron in Aries forms a wide square with the Cancer and Capricorn planets as well as, anchoring a corner of the Grand Fire Trine along with Jupiter in Sagittarius and Mars/Juno in Leo. We are asked to shine our light onto the world and to stop playing small.

If you feel the urge to speak out about injustice, now is the time. You don't need to get on a soapbox and rant. You don't even need to write a letter to a newspaper editor. What the planets ask us to do is to stand in our light and our truth through our daily actions. So, you want to see us clean up the pollution on the planet? Great, drive less or don't drive at all. Use natural cleaners and hygiene products, eat organic, eat fewer animal products, and so on. You already know what to do and now it's time to walk your talk. Remember Capricorn represents integrity and on the shadow side, the lack of integrity.

With all this Cardinal energy clashing (reminds me of the Billy Bragg song where he sings, "Ideologies clashing..."), it's too easy to go to battle with others. But remember, people, act the way they do because they are living below the veil of consciousness (a term I borrowed from Lisa. A. Romano). They run on autopilot or on faulty programming wired into their nervous system or a bad diet. Diet is important because Cancer rules the breasts and the stomach which represents nourishment and absorption.

I watched a video recently where a doctor lectured about the ways eating junk food keeps us on a metaphorical hamster wheel. If our brains don't acquire the fuel to run efficiently (healthy fats, sugar from fruit and vegetables, and protein), then we end up with mental illness and brain disorders such as dementia. Eating GMO foods doesn't help either because we don't know the longterm results of eating these modified foods. Ditto for chemical preservatives, dyes, and flavor enhancers (MSG). Eating too much salt and not enough iodine as well as, not getting enough magnesium and B-vitamins will also lead to disease. Most of you reading this already know the basics of nutrition so, I'll let you do your own research.

And if we already eat a healthy diet and exercise, then why do we muck up our efforts by using dangerous chemicals in the home or worse yet, use those chemicals on our bodies? Did you know that one of the main ingredients in synthetic perfumes is the same chemical used in bug sprays that destroys the nervous system of the insects? I'm not joking. And which signs are more sensitive than Cancer--the Sign of the Nurturer? Only Pisces, Scorpio, and Virgo are as sensitive as Cancer which is featured in this chart. I suffer from chemical sensitivities so I know what I'm talking about. My Sun is in Cancer and my Moon is in Pisces! And all of that is tied in with Uranus and Pluto in Virgo in my 8th House (past lives where I was poisoned to death).

The other message with this Lunar Eclipse revolves around authority figures enslaving their workers or citizens as in government leaders of countries. Uranus in Taurus and Pluto in Capricorn won't stand for this enslavement for much longer. The closer we move towards the end of Pluto's transit in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus (2020-26) we will see unscrupulous leaders fall from grace and from power. It's inevitable. The Cancer energy in this chart is calling us to connect with the Divine Mother and Gaia who sustains us when we don't muck around with her living and breathing body.

By the time, Pluto moves into Aquarius in 2024 and squares the energy of Uranus in Taurus, technology will receive an overhaul. If you are awake and aware then you've noticed the dark energies around technology and the abuse of it. You already know what I'm referring too and we're already seeing the backlash for these dark practices which by the way, are meant to keep humanity enslaved. This belief that if we work hard and give our due diligence we will become millionaires is based on scarcity. Again, it's about riding the hamster wheel of never having enough.

If only we work harder and invest our money in more markets or buy more real estate then we exude riches beyond our grandest dreams. But that's scarcity consciousness. That's a delay tactic for experiencing peace and happiness now. And what if you died tomorrow with this belief stuck between your ears? You can take contentment with you to the other side of the veil, but you have to leave the palace behind.

The Grand Fire Trine calls to the hearts of lightworkers and asks us to keep our egos in balance with the heart. It's time to heal any belief around "not enough". It's time to transform our self-talk by flooding our hearts with light and then sharing that light with the world. Leo represents the world stage and Chiron in Aries asks us to heal the male psyche in all of us. That masculine or patriarchal energy planted the seeds of not enough eons ago.

This Lunar Eclipse tells us to wake up and pay attention to the signs. The planets play hardball with us in a major league. It's time to sift and sort through previous lifetimes and also the lessons presented to us in this lifetime. Amanda Ellis' words about getting booted and suited apply here. It's not time to stand on the sidelines or to sit in the bleachers. We must get onto the playing field and rally for the light. This is one game we must win. We came here to achieve victory. Get ready, folks. It's a team effort.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Cancer Solar Eclipse (July 2, 2019)--Voice of the Collective

 The Collective Shouts, Enough is Enough!

Many people focus on the power of the Lunar Eclipse when the Moon opposes the Sun and we explore opposing energies. However, let's not forget the powerful Solar Eclipse we experienced the summer of 2017 in Leo. While the July 2 Solar Eclipse does not contain bells and whistles of eclipses falling in Cardinal Signs that we experienced in recent years, it still ushers in sudden and drastic changes.

This is because Mars at 0 degrees Cancer squares Uranus/Vesta in Taurus. Mars is at 0 degrees Leo and this is a critical point in Western Astrology. It's certainly a critical point in determining our evolution as souls. But Mars is stabilized by a wide out-of-sign opposition with Saturn. Wait a minute. How can an opposition with Cancer and Capricorn bring stabilization? Saturn in Capricorn acts as the father figure who tells us to step away from the drama-infused by Mars at 0 degrees Leo and take a more mature approach to resolve the tension associated with this Solar Eclipse.

The Mars-Uranus square in fixed signs (Leo and Taurus) also pits the individual will against the collective will. We most likely experience a clash of values with the more creative types and the more traditional types (such as old school values pitting against people with innovative lifestyles). Values come up now and we pit those values against stewarding the Earth and pursuing a sustainable future. Yet, many people shout, "Enough is enough!"

We focus upon maverick celebrities (Aquarius and Leo Sun people). We would like to mellow out and take it easy or kick back with a favorite song but there seems like too much trouble coming our way. But if we can step back and get into the flow, we are able to adapt to the changes that the Mars square with Uranus brings to the planet. The best advice is to become selfish in a good way by following our hearts. We won't be thinking clearly anyway during a Solar Eclipse.

I don't like to make predictions but I have a strong image of a Leo rock musician dying from a heart attack or heart failure. An iconic Taurus musician also suffers from ill health and this might even come on suddenly with Uranus in Taurus. A conflict between the US and Canada could erupt due to tariffs since this Solar Eclipse lands close to Independence Day for the US and Canada Day for Canadians. We'll be focusing on Mexico but the tension builds with the country north of the US. I do see resolution but only if the American people have the political will to end the crisis in the White House. (I hope this does not come to pass. I respect Canada and I don't want to see a conflict between the US and Canada. Send light to these two countries).

The other energy in the potential (and I hope this one does happen) is the American youth rebelling against the collective slavery that has kept them trapped. If you thought the Baby Boomers were movers and shakers for social change wait until you see what transpires this summer. The youth represent fearlessness and authenticity while shouting, "Enough is enough!" And yes, it's time to step out of the illusion spun by a few families who are actually living in scarcity consciousness.

When we experience abundance we don't hoard and we pay our fair share of taxes because we know that money will benefit the collective. And if these words carry communist or socialist vibrations it's what Uranus in Taurus is all about! President Roosevelt's New Deal was launched during the last time Uranus was in Taurus. So is it a coincidence that the US Congress is now presenting the Green New Deal? Face it, when Uranus is in Taurus we use our minds to innovate. And our hearts are involved too as we ask what is best for the greater good, not just for individuals. Just wait until Pluto arrives in Aquarius in 2024. Uranus in Taurus paves the way.

Now, let's look at the Solar Eclipse Sun and Moon both in the sign of the nurturer. We gaze at motherhood, mothers, and homes while millions of people don't even have a home. We come up with sudden insights on ways to provide homes in the way of affordable housing. Perhaps, we build tiny hemp homes or American families join together and rent or buy a home which they run as a cooperative home (it has been done successfully in the past). Artists, single mothers, and fringe groups look into this option.

We will be looking at overpriced real estate and overbidding for homes as well as, developers who own ghost homes (homes bought for investments and no one lives in them). We must end these greedy practices because they are at the core of the homeless problem. The other issue is around job security and workers not paid their worth.

The Sun/Moon conjunct the North Node and oppose Saturn/South Node. If we keep doing things the same way we did in the past, we will continue to suffer the same woes. Chiron is also in a wide square with the Sun/Moon. I read an article by Astrologer Jessica Adams who spoke about Chiron in Aries representing fathers and sons. So, let's watch for themes around the relationships men have with their fathers and their male offspring. We all feel like The Fool starting a new cycle or a new journey into the unknown. Jupiter retrograde in Sagittarius tells us to take a leap of faith into the void. But we do have historic lessons to pave the way forward. Let's learn from the mistakes we made in the past.

Finally, I noticed a zigzag pattern in this chart that resembles Aquarius-Uranus thunderbolts. This is why I feel that we're in for some surprises. They feel unprecedented and they bring permanent transformation. I hear the words, "Lay of the land." I'm not sure how to interpret those words. Does this refer to earthquakes or weather patterns that transform the landscape or is it more of a metaphor? We'll find out on or around July 2, 2019.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Sagittarius Full Moon on June 17, 2019--Soaring Eagle

Those of you born with several planets in Mutable Signs or at least your personal planets in Sagittarius will use the Mutable T-Cross in the Full Moon chart like a trampoline. You will use this tension to fling you into the sky so that you take an eagle's view. You will also kick others in the butt to get them moving in the direction of the New Earth. We're all singing  "Straighten up and Fly Right."

The Mutable T-Cross which involves the Moon in conjunction with Jupiter in Sagittarius has an exaggerated feel to it. The cross also includes the Gemini Sun and Neptune. So, will we see more false or exaggerated claims in spiritual communities revolving around the cosmos and other galaxies? Will we see exaggerations in the form of generalizations of other cultures or lifestyles? And will we see the humor and the truth outside of the exaggeration or sarcasm, also associated with Jupiter in Sagittarius?

Will we need to discern between gaseous claims or concepts without substance. People will seemingly talk out both sides of their mouths. Seeing the truth through the Neptune fog will require some detective work and groundedness with Jupiter completing its exact square with Neptune. Spirituality and religion, higher education, and pompous academics claim the spotlight now. We also see people going into battle when their ideologies clash--this is within the realm of politics, economics, and religion. Or we might see the world moving closer towards Unity Consciousness once we realize that everything but love is an illusion.

Meanwhile, the Mars, Mercury and the North Node conjunction in Cancer opposes Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn in the mid to late degrees. People born at the beginning of July or January feel this tension the most. The images I have portray the rise of feminine energy in a tense conversation with the patriarchal system. Mothers shout that they can't raise their children under the current economic or political conditions. Farmers shout that they either have too many restrictions placed on them (especially if they are representing the smaller family farm). They demand respect mainly in France, but I'm also seeing the US and Canada.

Late June could show food shortages in parts of the world we normally would not expect them if people grow too complacent. June is not a month to be complacent as many energies swirl around us and some of those energies have the potential to cause great harm. With Chiron in Aries, we must learn to say no, set boundaries, and mean it. We also all need to grow into big pants as in act like adults instead of like children in a romper room.

Meanwhile, Venus in Gemini squares Neptune so women are talking but are anyone listening? Women no longer want to be seen as pin-up girls and many celebrity women walk away from their professions to find more substance in their lives such as getting involved in causes. Women seem pissed off because they feel like the men in their lives don't take them seriously, especially if the relationships began because of the way she looked or because of her profession.

But having said that, beauty and outer looks still play roles in women's lives as we sort and sift through societal beliefs. We still succumb to the exaggerated claims advertisers make saying that we can look as good as the cover models. But with women's reproduction rights threatened in the US, women are taking a hard gaze at the historical treatment of women and if they want to keep paying the price, especially at the check stand for all those beauty products and supplements.

Meanwhile, with Mars and Mercury in Cancer, men soften and realize that their macho acts actually do more harm than good. They get more involved in helping children and animals. Some men even take up the gauntlet for women's rights. After all, not all men want to be fathers even if many do.

As all that happens, we still destruct and recreate our dreams. We envision new types of architectural structure, especially building in ways that resist the climate changes and weather patterns that we experience on the planet. We take a look at geothermal energy as well as, the destruction caused by earthquakes, thanks to Uranus in Taurus. We ask ourselves will our towers and other technologies survive the storms and quakes that we most likely experience.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer Solstice 2019--The True Meaning of the Divine Feminine

A Call to Earth Stewards

I usually write about the solstices and equinoxes but the upcoming Summer Solstice in the north and Winter Solstice in the south connects deeply with Gaia. It's asking us to nurture ourselves while also acting as Earth stewards.  

Every time I say those word, Earth stewards, I remember my sister's graduation from Evergreen State College in Washington State. The guest speaker Leonard Peltier (through a surrogate speaker) emphasized that the graduating class needed to steward the Earth. In the event that you don't know who Leonard Peltier is, I send you to this Wikipedia article. When his words were delivered through the speaker a sudden wind rushed by toppling chairs and blowing across the outdoor stage. The wind and the words captured my attention. I have not forgotten and this happened during the 1990s.

The Summer Solstice for 2019 connects us more deeply to Gaia and humanity by asking the question, what's your ambition worth? Is it worth the earth's destruction? Is it worth the extinction of other creatures? Does it resemble a trophy hunt in which a giraffe loses her life? Does is resemble overfishing the ocean and creating plastic islands in the middle of the ocean? Does it resemble mining the mountains for precious gems? Does it resemble deforestation? Does it resemble big agriculture poisoning the soil, water, and air? Will we place high-tech ahead of Mother Nature? These are the questions that weigh heavily on our minds in June.

So, what's going on? What's the urgency? And why am I taking this Friday morning to deliver the astrological message to you? My response is that the planets are always speaking to us through their alignments with other planets and with the Earth. As above is also below. The signatures of the planets affect us greatly mainly through their guidance. But it's so much more than that which is why I have dedicated part of my life to practicing astrology.

However, I also fall into the seductive trap of spending too much time on metaphysics (or in my mind) and not enough time with other people or creatures. Balance is a theme for all of us as we usher in a time of diminishing light. The Solstice represents the pinnacle of light, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. In other words, I do this work for the benefit of humanity but if I ignore the people closest to me, it's too high a price to pay. If I ignore the natural environment by not standing up for it, I also pay a high price, not worth paying.

First, let's look at the Mutable T-Cross with Venus at 15 degrees Gemini, Neptune at 18 degrees Pisces, and Jupiter at 18 Sagittarius (also giving us an exact square with Neptune and Jupiter). Well, what's that about? In a YouTube video by Amanda Ellis on the energies for June, she mentioned the rush to the top of the mountain summit and the price people pay for that climb. And mountain climbing falls under the gaze of adventurous Sagittarius and social climbing Capricorn.

This reminds me of the gold rush during the late 1800s which tore men away from the hearth and home to become wealthy through mining gold in California and later the Yukon and Alaska. This gold fever or as Amanda put it in her analogy, "Summit Fever," has ruled humankind for centuries. The Jupiter-Sagittarius energy caused humans to expand their boundaries by invading other lands, killing other people (animals and plants) in the name of profit. We have seen this in modern times in the guise of software and high-tech companies. We have seen this destroy the lives of millions of people in the realm of real estate and development. (People who buy and flip homes in communities with a shortage of rental homes piss me off).

The Summer Solstice contains that Mutable T-Cross with Jupiter in it as well as, Neptune--the dreamer who doesn't see past trances or illusions. But Jupiter in Sagittarius also appears in a yod with an Aquarius Moon and the North Node in Cancer. While I don't normally include a yod with a node an as a point, this time I'm making an exception. The North Node in Cancer is also in conjunction with Mercury and Mars in Cancer. It is wide conjunction until you see the opposition between that trilogy with the South Node, Pluto, and Saturn in Capricorn. Cancer rules the hearth/home and Capricorn represents industry and ambition. The yod asks us to stand back, pause, and reflect on where we've been and where we're heading.

All these aspects in the chart ask us what we're willing to sacrifice. On one hand, we don't wish to sacrifice our dreams for another person's needs. But on the other hand, we also don't want to stomp on other people's needs as we climb our way to the top. It's a delicate balance. And part of the reason we want to keep on moving forward without looking back involves that square between the Cancer Sun and Chiron in Aries. Anytime Chiron is in a stressful aspect with the Sun our core identity is at stake as is our core wounds. In the past, we glossed over these wounds and worked like the devil (Saturn) to get ahead thinking once I get to the top all my problems will be solved.

Except that many divorces happened in families with workaholic spouses and parents. Other addictions occur with these aspects as well such as shopping, drug, and alcohol abuse, not to mention domestic violence in some cases. Many times narcissism forms the root of the trauma because the narcissist is too focused on outer appearances and how other people see him. So, dealing with the core wounds must occur now or karma rears its head. We won't slip through this passage unscathed if we choose not to balance karmic debt just like financial debt snags people now. Not healing the wounds is not an option.

But all is not lost, if we do the healing work instead of just focusing on the mundane work, the Sun in flowing aspect with Uranus and Vesta in Taurus reminds us of the blessing we receive when we serve others. Mars/Mercury/North Node is also in flowing aspect with Neptune as is Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node reminding us to dream the bigger vision for Gaia and humanity. If we can't do that, the square between Venus and Neptune reminds of the price we pay for seeing the Earth as a shopping mall instead of as a living breathing being.

I've given you a lot to think about in June. I'll also be posting the article for the Sagittarius Full Moon shortly (which actually occurs before the Summer Solstice).

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Gemini New Moon on June 3, 2019--It Comes in Handy

First, I must apologize for not posting the New and Full Moons for May 2019. I've been busy writing a novel and keeping up with my YouTube channel Astrologer Patricia. The YouTube channel is growing rapidly and so that's where I have placed my attention.

However, as we approach the Gemini Season, I felt guided to write a post on the Gemini New Moon which lands on June 3. But let's take a look at Gemini so that we have a greater understanding of this New Moon's energy.

Gemini is a Mutable Air Sign that rules the hands, arms, lungs, and the brain's functionality (the ways we think, learn, and communicate). The opposite sign for Gemini is the Fire Sign Sagittarius which represents a wider scope of Gemini. While Gemini handles the details, Sagittarius provides the bigger picture. Gemini stays in the neighborhood or community while Sagittarius travels the world. Gemini rules newspapers and magazines as well as, radio broadcast, but Sagittarius rules book publishing and so on. Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury which it shares with the Mutable Earth Sign, Virgo. And Pisces (Neptune) rounds off the Mutable Signs and represents the Water Element.

This year during the Gemini New Moon, Neptune is in its own sign Pisces and Jupiter are in its own sign Sagittarius so this creates a Mutable dynamic meaning the situations thrown at us now require that we remain flexible and adapt to new situations. Gemini people (Sun, Moon, Ascendant) grow bored quickly and easily. They possess monkey minds and during June they are asked to learn deep meditation to control their meandering minds. Sagittarius represents the racehorse who either loses the race because it lost her focus or stayed focus and crossed the finish line first.

I'm going to talk about Gemini and the energy I'm picking up from this New Moon instead of going into the transits and aspects in detail. I already produced a YouTube video on the Gemini New Moon which you can watch (Astrologer Patricia). Besides, going over the transits in detail is not fun for me and Gemini sings, "Girls just want to have fun," composed by Gemini Sun Cyndi Lauper.

In fact, Gemini has us playing with words whether that means tackling the New York Times crossword puzzle or writing a sonnet. Some people will use this Gemini energy to talk, rant, lecture, gossip, or judge others. Others will talk out both sides of their mouths (like a Gemini landlady I once had to endure). Others will join a community radio station, start an interview blog, publish a magazine article, or write a book.

Gemini also rules the arms and hands so we focus on diseases that harm the hands and arms or we engage in activities that keep the hands limber and flexible. Tennis comes up as does chess. I also see people learning handicrafts or carpentry. It might even be a good time to fix problems around the house because we have tons of energy and we feel like solving problems.

Short distance and long distance travel go well as long as there is an educational element attached to it. Gemini loves learning something new. Gemini people are curious. They enjoy research and they enjoy reading. They might research the brain and neurology since this fits into Gemini and Mercury, Gemini's ruling planet.

The types of intentions to set with the Gemini New Moon revolve around learning, communication, craftsmanship, short distance travel, community planning, and healing the lungs. Also, intend to enjoy life more.

Here is the breakdown of the Zodiac Signs:

Air (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)

While you enjoy delving into new subjects, take some time to clear your mind or you will experience overload. Now, is a good time to train the monkey mind or at least teach it obedience. If you work as a spiritual channel or intuitive it's time to train the mind to only hear the highest and best messages coming through instead of the dark thoughts of the ego.

Other than that, road trips go well as does visit to siblings and cousins. Returning to an old neighborhood brings healing insights. Also, do something fun this summer and read a novel in a different genre than you normally would or join a book group. If books aren't your things then check out a travel documentary from the library.

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

The song lyrics, "Come on baby, light my fire..." popped into my head when I thought of the Fire Sign energies for the Gemini New Moon. Have you been suffering from the doldrums? Don't allow your passions to fizzle out like a campfire doused with water. You might need to stoke the flames of a new passion whether that involves traveling to a far-off land, learning a new language, or dating someone from a different culture.

It's time to dig out your bucket list and start checking off items. Go on an adventure. Write a novel. Appear on stage under the spotlight. Learn to play a musical instrument. If you already know how to play an instrument, join a band. And take a leap of faith.

Water (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio)

Count your blessings, Water Signs. The universe has gifted you with some of the best astrological transits you have experienced in a long time. Neptune is in a Water Sign, the North Node is in a Water Sign, Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto as well as, the South Node is in Earth Signs. Use this energy to heal your body and to balance your emotions. Use this energy to balance your banking accounts, pay off debts, and dream bigger.

Take advantage of the flowing aspects to get you in the right place and the right time. The only other signs experiencing this boon are the Earth Signs. Destiny calls to you. Will you respond?

Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

If you stubbornly cling to the old ways and even people who no longer serve you, Uranus will pull the rug out from underneath you. Now, is a good time to write and publish memoirs or if that doesn't appeal to you, write a children's book (Gemini loves children's books). Get in touch with your inner child and create something new.

Learn carpentry and Mister Fix-It skills so that you can either repair, renovate, or build a completely new structure. As far as homes go, now is the time to buy or sell a house or to strip down to the basics and relocate into a smaller dwelling. Healing with energy, herbs, and homeopathy go well now as does any kind of bodywork. And speaking of the body, get outdoors, put on your hiking or running shoes and go on an adventure. Breathe in that mountain or ocean air.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Uranus Transits from 1940s to 2019---Radical Change

For the past several months, I've been researching the ways Uranus has ushered in changes through several decades beginning in the 1940s. Originally, I was considering writing a series with PDFs for each transit per sign along with podcasts. But now, I'm considering writing a book that will include the 1960s transits and the Uranus transits.

For now, I'm going to include a brief article featuring each Uranus transit and the events and people that appeared during those times. The equation is Uranus' shocking grassroots energy + the themes of each Zodiac Sign. Uranus also formed a conjunction with Pluto in the 1960s. And after the Harmonic Convergence, the late 1980s, Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn formed a powerful Triple Conjunction in Capricorn. We're currently seeing the kids born during that time taking leadership positions (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for starters).

The dates below sometimes don't include the dip back into the previous Zodiac Sign. Uranus moves into a new sign and then dips back into the previous sign during a retrograde. The transit in a sign is approximately 7 years but when Uranus transited in Aries recently, the entire transit, including its dip back into Pisces and its dip into Taurus in 2018 for several months, lasted 9 years.

A Uranus return occurs every 84 years so when a person turns 84-years old they experience a Uranus Return which brings them new vigor and a lease on life. This is when you see granny or grandad hiking across Europe or hopefully not, parachuting out of an airplane.  Consequently, the midlife crisis occurs around 44-years of age when the transiting Uranus opposes the Natal Uranus (Uranus in your birth chart). Both times, you can't help but notice the nervous system restless for change. Uranus always brings sudden and shocking changes. That's the only predictable aspect of Uranus.

Think of it this way, Uranus was found in the sky in the 1780s around the time of the French Revolution. I'm not going to discuss the origins of Uranus as far as modern astronomy and astrology go, but feel free to Google it because it's a fascinating story.

Uranus by Zodiac Sign

Taurus (1934 to 1941 with a dip into Aries in 1934-35)

The big event of 1934 when Uranus moved into Taurus was the Dustbowl in America's Great Plains. A drought beginning in 1930 had begun the situation and of course, Uranus was in the hot and dry sign Aries during the first part of the 1930s. The dustbowl caused farmers to lose their livelihoods and caravans of farmers and workers headed in caravans to California (read John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath). This just on the tails of the stock market crash of 1929, a collapse of world economies and the world had fallen deep into the Great Depression.

Meanwhile, the rise of Fascism in Europe led to World War 2. And other astrologers have mentioned conservative (Fascist leadership and oligarchs) coincide with Uranus in Taurus. World War 2 began when the Germans bombed Poland on September 1939 and the US did not enter the war until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (Hawaii) on December 7, 1941, the year Uranus dipped into Gemini. In fact, WW2 continued into Uranus' transit into Gemini lasting until 1945 when the Germans surrendered.

What does Taurus represent? Taurus represents big agriculture, farming, farming methods, traditions, values, big financial institutions, and the stock markets. So, Uranus brought shocks to any situation that seemed unfair/unjust because Uranus represents "the people" versus the institutions.

Obviously, events such as war were happening in the Asian countries too. India grew restless under the English colonialism. This would lead to the Gandhi era and in 1947, India liberating itself from England and the Partition which split up the Muslims and the Hindus thus creating the country Pakistan. This led to civil war in India, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The 1930s brought mass starvation around the world and war rationing in many nations. This was a time of food deprivation that leads to President D. Roosevelt (US)'s New Deal with the first wave in 1933 to 1934 and the second wave from 1935 to 1938. The New Deal put Americans back to work building bridges, dams, and other civic projects. Roosevelt also began the social security program.

Meanwhile, in Germany, Hitler envisioned a super race (tall white blonde people) and he ushered in his anti-Jew, anti-gypsy, anti-gay propaganda. But this did not stop African-American Jesse Owens from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals in track and field in Berlin in 1936. An American crew team also brought home Olympic Gold Medals. In fact, if you want to learn more about this era, I recommend Daniel Brown's narrative non-fiction book, Boys in the Boat. This will also give you an idea of the heroics of the 1930s up until the end of this Uranus in Taurus transit.

Gemini (1941 to 1948 with a dip back into Taurus until 1949)

Since this mutable Air Sign rules the brain, learning, teaching, and thinking styles along with city planning, K-12 education, teachers, writers, communication, and some technology (such as telephones, television sets, and broadcasting), Uranus brought new technology and logic to those areas during the 1940s. Language, words, and verbal expression also came under scrutiny towards the end of this Uranus transit leading to the Red Scare, the continual rise of Nazism (Uranus was opposite Sagittarius), and war correspondence mainly by American Edward R. Murrow.

Since the dark side of Gemini is represented by gossip, witch hunts, mental illness, and paranoia, not to mention a war with words, the McCarthy communist witch hunt started when Uranus transited in Taurus and continued until Uranus moved into clannish Cancer. And the argument about values which begun when Uranus was in Taurus continued during the Gemini transit too.

Meanwhile, a clash of ideologies and inhumane treatment of different ethnic groups (Sagittarius) immersed many countries in wars. War technology culminated in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, immediately killing 80,000 people in Hiroshima and 40,000 in Nagasaki. Nuclear type weapons fall under the planet Pluto's energy and Pluto was discovered in 1930 so it plays a role along with Uranus in the bombing of Japan's islands.

On a more positive note, by mid-1940s, the television set arrived in American homes. In 1946, 6,000 American homes owned a television set. By 1947, Howdie Doody came on the air, followed by productions by the Texaco Star Theater in 1948. By 1951, 12 million families owned a television set and by 1955, 50% of Americans had a television set in their homes.

In 1948, the US had four broadcast stations (ABC, NBC, CBS, and Dumont). Americans began a transition from listening to entertainment on the radio to watching black and white images on a small television screen. In this case, Uranus changed the collective by changing communication technology. The only event similar was in the 1990s when we started communicating through faxes and e-mails instead of by postal mail. Uranus in Gemini was also an information age in that it changed how information such as the news and entertainment was delivered.

City planning and urban design also fall under Gemini so we would expect to see changes in this area. What we know as suburbia began in the Post War (the late 1940s). Urban renewal also began in the 1940s with the clearance of slums and the arrival of housing projects for low-income people (which later transformed into slums and ghettos). The beginning of urban sprawl, fast food restaurants, and the worship of cars would occur in the 1950s when Uranus was in Cancer.

As far as education, improvements were made in rural areas where children only received 8 years of formal education and education acts were passed. But this picked up speed and momentum in the 1950s. The GI Bill was passed in the US in 1944 which led to V.A. mortgages and track housing in Levittown, New York and the San Fernando Valley in California.

This was also the era when the early baby boomers were born (also known as post-war babies) and women were pushed out of the labor force (they built weapons for the war and took over jobs of the men who were at war) and sent back into the home (now, be a good wife, won't you?) Many famous musicians and celebrities were born in the 1940s, either during WW2 or right after it.

That's just a glimpse of the transit of Uranus in Gemini. Obviously, more events occurred in the 7-year transit.

Also in the 1940s, and I'm guessing this is when Uranus was in Cancer if an American child refused to salute the flag, he or she was expelled from school. Schools are represented by Gemini but patriotism falls under Cancer. And this would be a shocking law.

Cancer (1948/49 to 1956)

Uranus took on a clannish approach when it arrived in the sign of Cancer. The focus was on revolutionizing motherhood, the home, children, and it brought the emergence of shocking music--rock and roll including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard. But the music industry cleaned up any hint of sexuality in the music and tried to replace it with wholesome white pop music by Pat Boone and Patty Page. Rock rebellion continued anyway.

During this era and into the 1960s, in the US, Americans focused on reproduction rights. Abortions were illegal and the birth control pill was on the way. The pill was approved by the FDA in 1960 but did not take off until 1962 when Uranus moved into Virgo (the Sign of the Maiden). Katherine McCormick and Margaret Sanger advocated for the safety of birth control and the pill, but this was when Uranus was in Leo (the individual) and most likely a backlash to the overemphasis on motherhood that occurred when Uranus transited in Cancer.

A showdown by broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy (Red Scare) ended the communist "witch hunts" in the entertainment business and other institutions. Many celebrities lost their livelihoods and were shamed by the committee promoting "American values". Murrow emerged as a hero.

The Beat authors also known as the Beats, Be Bop jazz, road trips, and icons such as Marilyn Monroe (the complete opposite of the virtuous slave also known as a housewife), James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Audrey Hepburn became famous in the 1950s affecting fashion, and the ways women viewed themselves.

Urban development continued with the Federal Highway Act (US), urban renewal projects as in monstrous housing projects which later transformed into ghettos/slums, and the first fast food as in drive-thru restaurants appeared. This is the era when the American people's worship of cars took off and also the dependence on fossil fuels, mainly oil which lead to plastic replacing other materials.

The Civil Rights Movement began on December 1, 1955, when African-American Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. The Civil Rights Movement continued with leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. White Americans also joined the movement which included marches, rallies, sit-ins, and other civil disobedient acts which landed them in jail but ultimately led to laws to desegregate and bring equality in all areas of life (not that it has succeeded yet).

A Uranus wildness pervaded this period while testing sexuality, sexual mores, gender equality and roles, mobility outside of the home, and devices that promised to make the role of the housewife easier. Supermarkets also emerged on a mass level during this era. (The first supermarket was founded in the 1930s in New York).

The 1950s brought convenience at a cost to the environment and ushered in the era of overconsumption that led to urban sprawl, air pollution, the emptying of cities (people moved to the suburbs), and the construction of superhighways that crossed the US, bisected cities (think Seattle), and led to urban planning nightmares that we are still resolving today.

This was also the time of the Cold War which lasted until the late 1980s when the Soviet Union collapsed. This was a time of nuclear war protests and human rights issued simmered on the backburner waiting to rise full force in the 1960s when Uranus joined Pluto in Virgo. And in the 1960s, uncomfortable women's fashions would give-way to flowing gypsy skirts, miniskirts, the burning of bras (and girdles?), and long flowing hair (goodbye beehives). Life was about to get radical but first, Uranus traveled through Leo.

Leo (1956-62)

Musicians born during the late baby boomer years would eventually lead popular 1980s bands and appear in iconic 1980s movies. This includes The Bangles, The Go-Gos, The Pretenders, R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Prince, and Michael Jackson, to name a few. Uranus in Leo focused on show business and the stage especially. This was an era that brought revolutionary changes to cinema such as lightweight camera equipment that could be taken to the streets (voila the French New Wave cinema). Even American cinema gave way to youth culture and faster speech with slang tossed in which flourished in the 1960s.

The Beatles formed in Liverpool during this Uranus transit and by 1964 when Uranus moved into Virgo, Beatlemania was born. This was a time when people chose their ego or their heart. And some movies reflected upon the age of too much self-adoration such as La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini which hit theaters in 1960. This was the age of paparazzi journalists and photographers, the age of rock singers and Hollywood stars.

This was the era when rock stars died in a plane (Uranus) crash including Richi Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holly, otherwise, known as,  "the day the music died." Marilyn Monroe died from an overdose (August 5, 1962). Uranus in Leo brought us drama on and off stage. Teens rebelled, joined gangs, hung out with Beat poets, and some dreamed of finding stardom.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the polarity, JFK was elected president, the Civil Rights Movement gathered steam along with with the Chicano Rights and Gay Rights movements (Uranus ignites grassroots revolutions).

From 1956 to 1962 Pluto transited from Leo to Virgo giving way to Generation X and Neptune transited from Libra to Scorpio. Then in 1962, Uranus moved into Virgo catching up to Pluto in exact conjunction in 1965. There was a whole lot of shaking going on as you'll see with the next transit.

In the realm of city planning and neighborhoods, journalist and advocate Jane Jacobs fought to preserve the village in Manhattan from being developed. She participated in a battle with Robert Moses (a developer) that resembled David and Goliath. As more American cities were undergoing destruction of their core centers with highways bisecting them and old neighborhoods disappearing, Jacobs fought for the rights of the everyday person or business owner living in a community. She published the book, The Death and Life of the Great American Cities. Her concepts and ideas are still revered by sustainable city planners.

*Virgo (1962 to 1969 with dips into Libra in 1969)

I've already covered the Uranus and Pluto transits in Virgo in my 1960s-born series. But let's do a recap of 1960s events. During 1962, JFK became president but his presidency was shortlived since he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 (while I was in my mother's womb). In 1962, Marilyn Monroe died and there would never be another star like her. Beatlemania blossomed in England and then traveled to America in 1964 and really should have been called teen screamania.

The baby boomers came of age and those people born when Pluto was in Leo unleashed an explosion of creativity and innovations in the performing arts. Rock music underwent a transformation in the US rock musicians found inspiration from the English Invasion along with drugs, the arrival of the birth control pill, miniskirts, and psychedelic drugs. When the draft for the Vietnam war went into effect, many young men defected to Canada and burned their draft cards. The explosion of creativity in music culminated in the Monterey Music Festival and Woodstock (all that rolling in the mud).

But the Uranus in Virgo was more than pop music and movie icons. The Civil Rights Movement continued leading to the deaths of MLK and Malcolm X. In 1968, both MLK and Robert Kennedy lost their lives to bullets. Following that, several rock singers died from drug overdoses including Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim and Hendrix died in 1969 and 1970 (as we moved into Uranus in Libra). The Vietnam War continued and the US put a man on the Moon in 1969.

The energy of Uranus in Virgo focused on technology, medicine, the nervous system, diet, nutrition, and young women. When the generation born during the 1960s reached adulthood, they had the AIDS epidemic to contend with and wearing condoms became a regular part of their sexuality. This generation also desired to fix society, fix their abusive families, and transform the world through new forms of communication. They also brought us a new wave of acoustic rock and grunge music. It was this generation that gave birth to and made way to the first wave of millennials.

Libra (1970 to 1975)

Who didn't know someone that came from a divorced family during the 1970s? And who can forget the breakup of the Beatles who all but defined 1960s pop music and the British Invasion? Uranus ignited and busted partnerships of all kinds. If I remember correctly, many songs about breakups also surfaced around this time.

Uranus in Libra brought anything but diplomacy when you consider the divide that happened in the US with the Vietnam War (which a college professor referred to it as a Vietnam Invasion and not an actual war). But there was a war back home between the peacekeepers and the war makers. And the injustice that toppled the apple cart revolved around soldiers returning back from war not able to find the mental health support and healthcare they required. Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolution occurred between 1970 and 1977.

Due to oil embargos, people drove smaller cars (1973). I recall the long lines at the gas station. The US was in a recession and the school district I attended was unable to pass a levy so our sports teams wore ratty outdated uniforms and our textbooks were also past the expiration date. But don't despair because disco and ABBA were on the way to start the party with nothing to celebrate.

Generation Y was born during the 1970s when Uranus was in Libra and Scorpio and Pluto transited in Libra. But this decades saw a decrease in births and an increase in divorces. Many of these children came from one-parent households. Many of them were latch-key kids just like the children of Generation X. Either their single parent had to work or their mother could no longer stand the domestic scene and sought employment outside of the home. People also rebelled against authority and used charm to get their way.

Scorpio (1975 to 1981)

Uranus in Scorpio ushered in an explosion of sexuality, abortion rights (and having Medicaid cover the procedure), the rise in venereal diseases and the emergence of AIDS (but mainly with drug-users and gays). Later, AIDS would spread to anyone practicing promiscuous sex. By the end of this transit, the Pluto in Virgo folks grew into adults who sang the virtues of safe sex. This was also a time of high life as in cocaine and crack. Many people also sought psycho-therapy and even the Woody Allen movies made fun of adults in lifelong therapy.

Meanwhile, in 1976, Americans elected the Libra President Jimmy Carter who responded to the oil crisis by installing solar panels on the roof of the White House. The economic recession continued among political scandals and subterfuge by the Republicans who scapegoated Jimmy Carter and put Ronald Reagan in office ushering a time of econ majors and Michael Keaton (TV show Family Ties) lookalikes. Lady Diana married into the British Royal family and launched the media into the most scandalous paparazzi of all time that spanned two decades and some say was responsible for Princess Diana's death.

Disco came bringing its drum machines and electronic keyboards which paved the way for New Wave music which mainly came from England with bands such as Duran Duran, The Police, Elvis Costello...But the flipside of that was the arrival of punk from England--a new type of attitude that thumbed its nose at the elite and proved that a musician only needed to learn two or three chords to write a song. The Sex Pistols (a fabricated punk band created by a clothing shop owner), the Clash, answered by a slew of punk rockers from LA and other American cities.

Song lyrics of this era were either of a sensual nature (Taurus) or they spoke of revolutions, rebellion, and thumbing their nose at the elite who ignited conspiracies and secrets. The Clash introduced us to the corruption happening with the Sandinistas in Latin America.

Uranus in Scorpio kicked up dust around death, taxes, rebirth, sex, sexuality, sexual diseases, procreation, sexual rights, secrets, scandals, pornography, and anything with those themes meant to shock us out of complacency. And yet, people still flocked to the shopping malls in droves while others consumed and join the march against cancer and other diseases (Scorpio rules cancer and cancer treatments).

And let's not forget the 1976 Olympics hosted by Montreal, Canada which brought us decathlete Bruce Jenner and gymnast Nadia Comaneci who wowed the world with the perfect "10" scores.

Sagittarius (1981 to 1988)

Still stuck in an economic recession, many people fought hard to obtain student grants and loans so that they acquired a university education. This was an era of Reaganomics and trickle down wealth which suggested a bone dry desert as far as wealth was concerned unless you were a Reagan, a Bush, or a celebrity.

Wives of US politicians formed a committee to censor rock and rap music launching the warning sticker war on youth culture. Ideologies clashed as sung by political crooner Billy Bragg. Meanwhile, another Sagittarius musician, Tom Waits wooed fans with his exaggerated sandpaper and whiskey voice. Seattle's grunge music gained traction and world-renowned giving Seattle a new identity that went beyond airplanes, the Space Needle, and computer software.

Religious right people threatened the civil and religious rights, not to mention reproduction rights. Their voices grew strident and Canadian author Margaret Atwood wrote the creepy Handmaid's Tale in response to US conservatism. But it wasn't any better in Margaret Thatcher's England or any number of countries led by "fascist" regimes (this included Latin American countries).

*Capricorn (1988 to 1995 with overlaps in 1996)

The most important year and transit as far as I'm concerned are Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in conjunction that occurred in 1989. People born during this time or even from 1988 until 1991 came to this planet with the soul blueprint of leadership. But these folks lead from the bottom up instead of the top down. They are deeply concerned about economic injustice, the environment, and corruption in high and low places. I call this group the Master Rebuilders and they represent every industry. They are either beginning or completing their Saturn Returns so watch out. A good example is the US Congress Woman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Other than that, with dotcoms rising and falling; a wave of entrepreneurs in various industries and endeavors started do-it-yourself movements. This was the era of homemade zines, chapbooks, independent record labels operated out of basements and garages. This was the time when people ran up their Visa cards to make the next independent movie to go viral. By the end of this time period, more people possessed personal computers, cell phones, and their first dial-up account to send e-mail to people across the world.

This era also brought us marketing labels for those folks born in the 1960s such as "Generation X" and "slackers". Seattle musician Sara DeBell released an album called Grunge Light (1993) which as it turned out was a fabulously crafted recording. We also saw the rise of independent cinema as well as, smaller film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival gaining notoriety.

Aquarius (1996 to 2003)

Uranus moved back home in its own sign of Aquarius. If you were expecting iconic events and people, they came in droves. In 1999 alone as we prepared for the new millennium, people from around the world flocked to Seattle at attending the anti-WTO rallies (turned into a fiasco with multiple arrests, teargas, clay bullets, and anarchists damaging businesses). Then as 1999 came to a close, the world held its breath as we waited to see if the world's technology would end because of the K2 scare.

Also in Seattle, it wasn't uncommon to see new wealth from Microsoft engineers and owners of software companies in the form of Jaguars and other designer cars parked on Broadway and around the overpriced city. Music also took on a high-tech approach sounding more like video game prompts than actual melodies. But at least world music festivals such as WOMAD in various locations reminded us of musical traditions and got us dancing.

The talk revolved around solar power (Leo) and wind turbines (Aquarius). Green architecture turned into buzzwords and permaculture caught people's attention as did the Volunteer Simplicity movement. Grassroots groups grew in number and I found myself joining conversational groups in cafes. Documentary filmmaking attracted numbers of filmmakers wanting to send a message out to the world on various causes.

However, the most shocking event when Uranus transited in Aquarius happened on September 11, 2001, with the bombing of the Twin Towers (World Trade Center) and the attacks on the US Pentagon. This event ushered a time of terror and fear that caused people to also spend less money and to become suspicious of the government (and all its new anti-terrorism laws). Pluto transited in Sagittarius at this time which caused us to fear other ethnicities but also to fear our loss of freedom.

During this time, we saw the increase of people receiving and giving energy healings from acupuncture to cranial sacral treatments, to reiki healings. We delved deeper into quantum physics and eventually, learned that everything has consciousness including water crystals (but this would come when Uranus transited in Pisces). Shamanism also made a comeback as did working with totem animals.

  Pisces (2003-2010, overlaps with Aries in 2010)

When Uranus moved into Pisces we experienced the dissolution of institutions (banks, Wall Street), old beliefs, for some people, homes. By 2008, the housing bubble popped when Pluto transited from the overinflated Sagittarius energy to the conservative Capricorn. Banks failed. Wall Street crashed and the Bush Administration in the US bailed out the culprits alerting the American people to the hard times to come.

Big box stores closed like in a game of dominoes--one after the other, leaving its workers in a bind. People lived in cars, in shelters, on the couches of relatives and friends. People's credit was destroyed and homes all across the US, but especially in Florida went into foreclosure. The economy tanked (I lost my contract job too).

Meanwhile, we found our solace in music, yoga, and dance. We exchanged and bartered for energy and natural healing for our stressed-out bodies. We read books about the healing power of music. Sound healing and music therapy drew in students, and musicians learned about the consciousness of their music too. We were still placing our health in Mozart's hands (and had been doing so since 1997). We also saw musical styles and traditions wed creating new genres.

With the popularity of Harry Potter novels and other YA series, more authors were writing YA novels and creating cash cows. Do-it-Yourself publishing attracted many new authors or early adopters of blogging, published books based on their blogs. People were likely to get lost in thrillers, fantasies, and romance. Uranus in Pisces welcomed the escape artist in all of us.

Sadly, this was also the era of the motto, "You create your own reality" which instead of radiating compassion for others, distanced confused people who had only known a life of victimhood and post-trauma. Abraham Hicks and other New Thought teachers along with kirtans sung in Sanscrit were best-sellers.

Let's not forget about the power of Gaia that unleashed in hurricanes that brought down cities such as New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. Then we entered an era of superstorms and people announcing that Climate Change is a reality and one that found its way to their doorsteps.

At least in the US, we moved away from the ultraconservative Bush Era to the refreshing Obama Era and the motto, "Yes, we can." But sadly, that would all be torn down in a few short years caused by a rigged election (2016).

  Aries (2010/11-2018/19)

Fresh in our minds, we recall Uranus in Aries bringing out our feisty side. We learned about the price of entitlement when we learned everything under the sun about the narcissistic personality. We delved into our shadow work by trying to play nice in the sandbox of our soul. But in the outer world, we fought for justice by joining with likeminded people who envisioned a communal lifestyle based on cooperation and sharing instead of the competitive model.

Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Transition Town, the rise in popularity of tiny homes, and the spotlight on the millennials found their sparks in Uranus in Aries. Sometimes, we practiced diplomacy as we worked for justice. Other times, we brought out the battering ram. Youth protested against gun violence in schools. The youth ran for political leadership positions and won. Our heroes were youngsters who answered calls to quests.

We placed less focus on the grandparent figures (Baby Boomers) and aimed our lens on youth (Millennials). We were done talking and poised to act. Meanwhile, veganism increased because of vegan influencers using social media and documentary films as their platforms. We saw a different type of activism that happened behind the scenes instead of in the streets. Yet, we still marched. And we still rallied.

Spiritually, people began turning away from the Law of Attraction and turning to healing shadows in their subconscious minds. They turned away from fortune tellers and chose to become the captain of their own ascension ships. After experiencing wake-up calls, many gifted spiritualists (and some fraud gurus) launched YouTube channels and became spiritual influencers. Oracle cards seemed more popular than Tarot cards. And Blog Talk Radio and similar stations offered new platforms for interviewing spiritual teachers and healers.

We learned about solar flares, the Schumann Resonance, channeling angels, and we also learned the lessons of discernment when it came to globbing onto popular spiritual teachers (who either started a cult or switched religions leaving their followers thrashing in the deep spiritual waters).

And despite all that, we're still standing even though, along the way, we lost many of our great musical icons including David Bowie, Prince, Maurice White (Earth, Wind, and Fire), and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few.

One of the most interesting breakthroughs of this era besides research in neuroscience was crowdfunding to pay medical bills, launch YouTube channels, launch businesses, pay to rescue animals, etc...An interest in intentional communities resurfaced too along with homesteading. And let's not forget the growing urban farming trends.

Taurus (2018/19 to 2026)

And now, here we are with Uranus transiting once again in Taurus. It's too early to tell what will happen with this wild card planet. But we do know that Uranus in Taurus will have an impact on financial institutions, religious institutions, big agriculture, government, money markets, cattle, and it's going to toss out traditions.

We have already witness crazy weather patterns, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and fires that has us showing greater respect to Gaia. This will continue and hopefully, we learned from our farming mistakes from the 1930s, and we don't end up with another Dust Bowl. We simply can't afford it with our current earth population.

We will hear our hearts talking to us? Uranus in Taurus won't be an easy transit because Uranus promises to transform our values. But I wonder, how many of us will survive the Earth change and still be standing in 2026?

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