Monday, December 29, 2014

Full Moon in Cancer and Cardinal T-Cross (January 4, 2015)

We start of 2015 with another Cardinal slugging festival with the Full Moon in its own sign transiting at 14 degrees opposing Sun conjunct Pluto ( 13 degrees Capricorn) and squaring Uranus at 12 degrees Aries. While we aren't dealing with exact degrees we experience another Cardinal T-Cross with bad boys Pluto and Uranus coming down hard on the most sensitive of the Moon Signs.

One one hand, we get another opportunity to transform our lives both individually and globally.  Meanwhile, the North Node in Libra (Aries axis) transits at 15 degrees asking us to bring balance to the situation.  The Nodes represent fate or destiny and with the North Node in Libra, we want justice in some area of our lives. The areas of our lives depend upon where the Full Moon, Sun, Pluto and Uranus transit.

So what energy am I picking up here?  The Full Moon represents the Mother or the Divine Feminine Goddess. She is either the chaste high priestess or the pregnant mother, depending on which symbol you prefer.  Either way, this Moon represents intuition, the need to nurture and be nurtured by others.  This Full Moon represents self-love and self-care in such a big way and most of us are starting off the year feeling frazzled, especially since the exact Uranus-Pluto square lasted from the last week of November until December 28.  Then we'll be at it again, on January 23 and 24th, then from the 19 to the 28th of February when the square is at 14 degrees and the final round (of a 7-part series) from March 11 until the 28 at 15 degrees.

I imagine that we'll revisit themes from the Full Moon in Cancer at 14 degrees when both Uranus and Pluto arrive at that degree in their respective signs.  Could get intense if we don't get the lessons (which by the way, keep repeating themselves while turning up the volume each time around).  So we have the Divine Feminine pitting herself against the established order (Pluto in Capricorn conjunct Sun) and the warrior child or the Great Awakener (Uranus in Aries).  So definitely, mothers, children (most likely teens or tweens) and authority figures create some drama here.  We could even experience inner drama with the energies that represent the inner child, inner mother, and inner authority.  The question is not that this drama won't play out, but how will it play out in each of our lives?

Will we engage in food fights in the media? Will mothers concerned about the health of their children protests the food in public schools (for children who actually get fed) and on the supermarket shelves? Will we hear about an increase in sensitivities and allergies to food (Full Moon in Cancer) or perhaps new research on breast cancer (Pluto in Capricorn and Full Moon in Cancer)? Will we see more police brutality against a certain race in the news (Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn)?  Since Uranus is unpredictable and we're dealing with a Full Moon here, we have plenty of probable scenarios to play around with.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Full Moon in Cancer.  This Moon forces us to take better care of our health and the health of those we love.  But Cancer, although sensitive is still a pushy Cardinal Sign and when mothers especially feel outraged and defend their children or their inner child, expect the tigress to come crashing through the door.  I'm betting that we'll be knee deep if not thigh deep in food issues around January 4 and we'll also feel like we've been hit in the head about "family values" or people waxing on about their mothers and their childhood (good or bad).

 In any case, honor your mother, without her, you wouldn't be here reading these words and contemplating the planets.  Besides, it's not time to hurl blame at anyone because we all do the best we can with what we have.  Cancer also represents a mirror or how we reflect out into the world.  If we don't like what stares back at us, time to delve deep into the subconscious and find out what lurks in there. Is anybody home?

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I highly recommend viewing YouTube videos (on the Moons) by astrologers Kelley Rosano and Verle Debruyne since these two astrologers go in depth.  I watch their videos after I've written my posts so that I have a clear channel with my guidance.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Revisiting Singleton Planets--Alone, but not Lonely

For a woman with a Singleton Venus, oozes charm and unwittingly attracts others.  She might hide herself away like a nun or fear she isn't attractive enough, yet other people think she's beautiful.  Someone with a Singleton Jupiter possesses the luck of the Irish but thinks someone has put a curse on him or her. And so it goes with the Singleton planets in a Natal Chart.

What are Singleton Planets? They are unaspected planets in a Natal Chart, at least they don't form any aspects with other planets, though they might have conversations with asteroids, Moon Nodes or appear in a a prominent place in a chart such as in an angular house.  When we first notice an unaspected planet we might think that the planet is weak in the chart, yet, I have noticed the opposite scenario.  A Singleton planet actually carries more weight in a chart because it arrives in its purist form in that no other planet adds its influences to it.

However, since the planet doesn't aspect other planets, we have little access to it. Singleton planets remind me of planets that fall in the 12th House where they hide from us.  I have a Singleton Venus (which I've written about in previous posts) that falls in my Sixth House and represents one of several retrograde planets in my chart (I also have Saturn and Neptune retrograde).  On one hand, I feel like I have to work hard to look attractive.  When I wore makeup it smeared, didn't often stay in place and I struggled with getting it right (Venus).  I can't stand my thin hair which often frizzes.  And I have ruined clothing, often snagging silk or staining favorite blouses.

And yet, others don't notice these flaws and I often don't see what they see in me.  When I was a teen I subscribed to fashion magazines and envied the models, but at the same time, I'm an aesthetic person so I admire "beautiful people" too especially since my Singleton Venus forms an inconjunct to my Neptune in Scorpio.  Since this Venus falls in my Sixth House, if I don't take care of my health (drink enough water, get rest, exercise and eat healthy) I resemble a hag.  And so a beauty routine is part of my regime and has been since I turned 13 years of age.  While I could go on, I would rather you read another article I wrote on Singleton Planets.

I met a woman on the bus with a Singleton Jupiter.  I was admiring a satchel that she said she found at a thrift store. While that was definitely a "find", something someone with a Jupiter Singleton excels at, this woman gave me the vibe that she considers herself unlucky.  Yet, someone with a Singleton Jupiter seems extremely fortunate to other people.  They are in the right place at the right time and whatever they're doing, we wish we could do.  Yet, Singleton Jupiter people feel like they're often down on their luck.  They don't notice that the Universe is blessing them at every corner because they don't have that awareness.

So what happens is that they complain to others and sometimes act like victims. When they do that, the other people scoff at them.  I mean these are the folks who often have jobs we envy or they buy their first lottery ticket and take home a prize or they always seem to manifest what they desire, though usually in obtuse ways.  Contrarily, they could also come off as intense Polly Annas and scare people with their exuberance (Jupiter) or enthusiasm.  They also learn foreign languages easily and wonder why other people struggle learning new languages.  They love to travel and they fit into whatever culture they visit.  Or they could stand out like a sore thumb such as a tall Swede traveling in Japan.

The point I'm trying to make is that we require an awareness of any Singleton Planets in our Natal Charts or in the charts of our children, friends, parents, lovers, etc.  People with Singleton Planets are not playing mind games with us.  They really lack an awareness of how others see them and witness their lives.  It's like that saying, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.  And yet, when we dismiss these planets and don't integrate their energies in our lives, we can't reach a place of wholeness and feel like something is missing from our lives (for me that has always been a relationship with a significant other or feeling comfortable in my own skin).

The next step is to look for the Ruler of the Singleton Planet (or in the case of Venus or Mercury, rulers) and see which House it rules and any planets in that house.  So if a person has a Singleton Mars in the Sixth House we look for Aries in the chart.  Perhaps the person has an Aries Ascendant and normally would identify with an Aries persona and themes, except that Mars energy is hidden from this person which could come off as anger issues such as repressed anger or a stormy personality that causes other people to disappear from a room. Yet, they see themselves as peaceful or as nice people.

Also look for the sign and house the Singleton Planets falls in as well as its direction.  A Singleton in retrograde motion gives us even less access to its energy.  And what about a planet that falls in its own sign or an exalted sign as a Singleton? 

While we shouldn't spend all our time exploring the Singleton Planets when reading ours or clients' charts, let's not skim over these planets either.  With transformational astrology especially, these Singleton's bring up emotional issues or even wounds (my Venus square my Natal Chiron) that we must address at some point.  And I think it's better to do this as young adults rather than to wait until middle age. And for many years I dismissed my Venus as unimportant not knowing that she gave me an emotional workout behind the scenes. And that's the same for any Singleton Planet.

If you have a Singleton Planet in your Natal Chart (which you can find by running a free chart from any number of websites), don't just stop at this article.  Explore your planet and its themes.  Read other articles and chapters in astrology books on Singleton Planets. And if you find that you're battling with ongoing problems that your other aspects don't explain fully, then see how the Singleton plays a role.  Self-discovery is a gift bestowed on us by unaspected planets.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

It's Your Turn Mutables--Saturn Neptune Square

As I already mentioned in my astrological forecast for 2015, people with Natal Planets in Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius are going to experience outer planet transits.  Saturn just moved into Sagittarius, Neptune has been in Pisces for several years and Jupiter moves into Virgo this summer.  This means that three of the five outer planets will be in Mutable Signs so expect lots of movement and a lot of communication.

While we will experience an on-going square with Saturn and Neptune for most of the year with an exact square from November 26 to December 4, we won't experience any Mutable T-Crosses since Saturn will have moved back into Scorpio at the time when Jupiter moves into Virgo.  Then Jupiter takes off like a bat out of Hades gathering speed in momentum.  So this won't feel like a repeat of the 1960s when Uranus and Pluto were both in Virgo, Saturn and Chiron were in Pisces, etc...

We will experience an exact Jupiter-Neptune opposition (I was born with one in Fixed Signs) on September 17 with Neptune in retrograde.  And then Jupiter and Neptune stay within orb of a square until October 7 when they move out of a 5 degree orb.  But we'll get to this bit of news later in the year.  For now, let's take a look at the Saturn-Neptune square which will affect us for most of 2015, with the exception of June 15 through September 18 when Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio.

As you know Saturn and Neptune have little in common even though the signs that these planets rule form a sextile with each other (Pisces and Capricorn).  Saturn builds structure while Neptune dissolves it.  Saturn honors integrity, responsibility, and maturity, while Neptune looks for escape routes from those things--often like a fish swimming in two directions.  Neptune rules dreams, spirituality, performing arts such as music, photography, dance and cinema while Saturn rules hard work and pragmatism.  Neptune can drown out Saturn's plans and Saturn throws a wet blanket on Neptune's dreams.  So do you see the conflicts here?

My prediction, if I can make one for 2015 focuses on taking a more practical approach to manifesting those big dreams (remember Sagittarius is about expansiveness and thinking in bigger pictures).  Perhaps we must break down those life visions into small obtainable steps. Get out those big wall calendars and white boards and map out those dreams with daily, weekly, and monthly assignments or steps.  Find some practical people to join your team and listen to the voice of reason while also hanging on to your vision/dream.

Squares bring tension and when Saturn gets involved with a square we can expect delays, setbacks, and the stuff that makes us stronger and wiser. For those of you with Sagittarius Sun, Moon or Rising Signs from 0 to 9 degrees, Saturn will bring constrictions to your plans, most likely involving religion, travel, law, foreign relations and higher education.  You might even have problems on the immigration front, especially if you have a history of mental illness or drug addiction or anything to do with the law.  If you work in the entertainment business such as booking musical or theatrical acts you might have problems getting international acts into the country you represent, especially if drugs are involved in some way.

On a lesser scale, those of you with the Sun especially in Sagittarius from 0 to 9 degrees are going to feel exhausted or old in some way.  I remember when Saturn transited in Cancer over a decade ago and my skin was dry and I looked older then when Saturn moved into Leo, my skin became more youthful again.  You might experience delays, constrictions and blockages at work or experience authority figures challenging you every step of the way (such as encountering bureaucratic red tape).  Look to the house where you have your Natal Sun and also Natal Saturn placements, especially if you're Saturn falls in Sagittarius from 0 to 9 degrees.  Saturn is going to feel like a downer during these transits, but take heart because the realism and hard work Saturn brings to you will pay off in the end.

Geminis will experience Saturn opposition.  Again, I see problems and delays with travel, especially long-distance travel, but there could also be learning experiences in the areas of religion, foreign relations, law or academics.  Saturn opposes ideas and ideals and could cause delays in receiving communication.  There could be some oppositions with cousins, siblings or neighbors.  But mainly I see problems with Geminis studying or teaching at universities.  Best to listen more than talk during the opposition transit to a Gemini Sun or Moon.

Pisces have both the Neptune conjunct Sun (or Moon in my case) and square to Saturn in Sagittarius. Do your ideas appear as pie-in-the-sky? What type of realism rather than surrealism can you bring to your life? If you have a problem with alcohol get out of denial and seek some type of intervention, ditto for drug use.  Many of you will bring Saturn's discipline to breaking old habits that include anything with liquid or vapor.  Even though some habits are trendy or legal now in the US, this is not a good time to take up recreational drugs or you could still end up dealing with the law in some way, not to your advantage (such as drinking and driving).  Any planets or transits in Sagittarius cause us to take risks or gamble--not a good idea when Saturn transits in Sagittarius.

Finally, Virgo experiences the square with Saturn, the conjunction with Jupiter (after August) and the opposition with Neptune (not all at one time). Virgo, ask yourself how you wish to be of service in the world? What part of your health requires attention now? Are you getting enough rest or acting like a martyr? How is your work environment? Is it healthy or causing you to feel sick?  The Saturn in Sagittarius square to your Sun at least causes you to feel hopeful and since you're a practical Earth Sign, Saturn gives you a boost in helping you to get organized.  Jupiter in your Sign brings boons in whatever house it transits in your Natal Chart but Saturn brings restrictions or at least the feeling of restrictions even if they are self-imposed or unfounded (Neptune in Pisces).

I just covered the Sun, Moon and Rising Signs in Mutable Signs, but other planets in those signs will experience movement and transmutation too.  The good news is that life will never be boring with three outer planets traveling in Mutable Signs, but the bad news is we're all going to have to adapt and become as flexible as Olympic gymnasts.  People who already have several Mutable Sign planets in their charts will have an easier time with this.  Those of you with a lot of planets in Fixed Signs are going to kick and scream your way through 2015, especially after Jupiter leaves Leo in August.  Cardinals you have already taken a beating and are well on your way to transformation.  You actually get a bit of a rest after the last Uranus-Pluto square unless you have your Sun, Moon or AC in 12 to 15 degrees.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Moon in Capricorn/Winter Solstice (December 21)--Talking Business

The New Moon at 0 degrees Capricorn, coinciding with the Solstice (December 21), has some of us getting down to business (most likely completing projects from the past year), and others getting back to old fashion family values as we experience the holiday season.  

In addition we experience a Capricorn triple conjunction with Venus, Mercury and Pluto at 12 degrees squaring Uranus in Aries.  And the Moon and Sun conjunct Mercury (6 degrees). We could see a lot of father figures suppressing youth with the attitude, "This is for your own good."  Is this an episode from Father Knows Best or autocratic behavior.  Some of us aren't going to like feeling treated like a child and will rebel (Uranus in Aries).

First planetary business of December 21st includes Venus in Capricorn forming a sextile with Chiron in Pisces, then before the Sagittarius Moon goes void-of-course (4:34 a.m. PST), it forms a fire trine with Jupiter in Leo giving us a burst of enthusiastic can-do energy.  Uranus goes Direct later in the day, followed by the Sun moving into Capricorn at 3:03 p.m. (PST), the Moon arriving in Capricorn two and half hours later and the New Moon occurs ten minutes later.

So what this looks like to me is that we begin our day on a fiery enthusiastic start, feel foggy for the middle period and then sober up by the later hours, especially around the Solstice.  Where I live in the Northern Hemisphere, I honor the Winter Solstice usually by walking a labyrinth in the south part of the city.  I also honor the creatures that I see in my walk through the park and honor the bare naked trees as they sleep until spring when new life appears.

Since the New Moon occurs at 0 degrees Capricorn, it begins a new and powerful cycle. Some people might want to drink while the Moon is either in Sagittarius or void-of-course before the New Moon.  And if you are one of those people, drink only one or two glasses at the most of alcohol, otherwise, you'll experience one heck of a hangover when the Moon sobers up in Capricorn.  Also you don't want to begin this New Moon cycle with a foggy brain.

This powerful New Moon is perfect for getting a business in order, for developing relationships with customers or clients with lasting results and for even launching a new business (just watch out for the Uranus-Pluto Square and the Capricorn Moon's aspects to both Uranus (square) and Pluto (conjunction).  (We do get a reprieve from the Uranus-Pluto square when Pluto moves one degree the last 4 days of December meaning we won't experience the exact square on New Year's Eve).

Securing more harmonious family relationships is encouraged now too.  Many of us have gone through transformation to the point where we have lost our footing and even lost sight of our roots.  While we are essentially reborn as new people, our family of origin might not understand this transformation and treat us as the people we once were.  This could cause stressful situations because we want to grow and anchor in our new selves and while everyone has gone through some shade of transformation, not everyone has this awareness.  Therefore, I ask that you assert yourself in a gentle way.  For instance, if you recently became vegetarian and you show up at a family dinner where the roast is the centerpiece, refrain from going into a lecture about a plant-based diet.  Trust me, old fashion values will trump any progressive ideals at this time.

Own your choices and stick by them, but don't push others to change and understand that they have some catching up to do with you and this isn't going to happen during the holidays.  Save those talks for the slower part of 2015.  For now, smile and let insults or snipes to roll of your back.  Understand that people come from a fearful conservative place with this New Moon.  People and the media wax on about family values now and you might see so many Norman Rockwell paintings that you can barely control your gagging reflex.

Take heart though because those images can also trigger deep childhood wounds, especially from events that occurred near the holiday seasons of the past.  Don't ignore these emotions, lovingly release them and forgive yourself and others.  Venus in Capricorn which forms a sextile with Chiron helps us to do this healing and many of the emotional wounds which show up in the body as dis-ease also have a chance of healing now.  Then later when the Moon conjuncts Pluto, more stuff surfaces from the subconscious also asking for healing and release.

Since the Solstice (for the Northern Hemisphere at least) brings more light in each day we can think of this light as a healing force that we shine on our patterns, beliefs and fears.  This Solstice let the light in no matter where you reside in the world.  Happy New Moon and may you grow and prosper just like those Star Trek characters.

Planets in Capricorn on December 21, 2014:

Moon (New Moon at 0 degrees)
Sun 0 degrees 
*Mercury 6 degrees 
*Venus 12 degrees

*Pluto 12 degrees 

* Triple Conjunction

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Final Uranus-Pluto Square, but...

Since we are experiencing the final Uranus-Pluto Square of a 7-part series, it feels even more intense.  And in fact, this square lasts the longest, first starting at 13 degrees, then another hit at 14 degrees and ending at 15 degrees taking us through March 2015.  And for anyone who has ignored the lessons, this final square brings us a knock-out-drag-down fight with the stuff in our subconscious.

Yes, it's time to claim spiritual mastership and awaken consciousness.  Remember Uranus in Aries awakens the warrior in each of us and Pluto takes us through the Dark Night of the Soul.  So even though we are experiencing dual between the two planets, they actually compliment each other.  Wacky Uranus with his techno gizmos traveling in the sign of the warrior (Aries) gives us the courage and foolish heart to take Pluto's journey into the underworld of our subconscious.

This means that we encounter our compulsions, impulses and stuff that causes us to sabotage our best efforts.  This is where we find childhood trauma or neglect and this is where we forgive others.  We first forgive ourselves for believing that we are less than Divine Perfection then we forgive others forgetting who they are in the eyes of a Universal God.  We look for grace and beauty in every person we meet and every situation called forth to master.  And I know no one wants to think about spiritual mastership during the holidays, even though the spiritual components and the holiness of the religious holidays give us the bolster to claim the light within each of us.  Pluto may drown us in darkness, but our hearts hold the key to finding the light at the end of the tunnel so that we escape the confinement of our own hell.

And there are those of you who will consider to claim suffering as your badge of honor. There are those of you who will ignore Universal Laws, especially that we attract like magnets through our thoughts, emotions and feelings.  And there will be those of you at the peril of Uranus-Pluto's wrath who will keep projecting your shadows onto others so you can play the role of the victim.  None of these tactics serve you and in fact, sink you deeper into depression (the abyss).  Be like the Greek goddess-maiden Persephone and reclaim your power by plunging into darkness and turning on the light within you.

I have seen this square affecting my own life and neither Pluto or Uranus are aspecting any of my planets at 0 degrees.  I had someone break into my apartment, clog my toilet and steal belongings of mine with sentimental value.  I have dealt with narcissistic behavior and paranoia from others in the past two weeks. I have also had to deal with paranoia from myself and not knowing who to trust as I have turned the mirror on myself and asked, "Why am I attracting these situations? What can I learn from these painful experiences?"  And I feel completely exhausted.

People are revealing their dark stuff to us now.  We might suffer great losses of friendships, lovers, family members through death or through going our separate ways as truths are revealed to us about these relationships. Some of you will be diagnosed with illnesses now that act as master teachers.  Some of you will leave secure homes for the unknown because your soul longs to explore deeper consciousness.  And this period (beginning last week of November through March), will transform all of us through individual and world events that shake us to our cores.

Despite the Uranus-Pluto square, I wish each of you happy holidays and a brighter 2015.  I sense that 2015 will feel much gentler than 2008-2014.  Saturn moves into Sagittarius and out of Scorpio.  And by March we will have experienced the final Uranus-Pluto fiasco. I'll see you on the other side, and as always, if you would like an astrologer to help you make sense of the planetary mambo, sign up for a reading at Metaphysics for Everyday Living.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Astrological Forecast for 2015: Magic Carpet Ride & Then Some

Photo by Patricia Herlevi, Seattle 1980s
Two images appear in my mind when contemplating the astrological year for 2015.  First, I see a kaleidoscope presented by Neptune and Jupiter, but I also see a tapestry woven by Saturn in Sagittarius as this planet tries to make sense of Neptune's surrealism and Jupiter's stage show.  Shakespeare once said that all the world's a stage and that we're all players.  However, did he realize the extent of our co-creation?

So instead of going month to month and give you the miniature breakdowns of transits, I'm presenting a bigger picture of 2015 by presenting themes.  I focus mainly on the outer planet transits, the three Mercury retrogrades in Air Signs, and the two sets of eclipses that take place in the spring and fall.  As you already know, Mercury always retrogrades approximately three times a year and or every three and half to four months.  And the planet isn't really going backwards, but it is so far ahead of the Sun that the earth's rotation that brings Mercury back in alignment with the Sun, causes that backwards movement. It's all about speed and velocity, but since I'm not a physicist, I'll leave it up to the scientists to explain the effect.

The Solar and Lunar Eclipses are connected to the Moon Nodes so if the Nodes are in Libra and Aries we can expect eclipses to occur in those signs, but not always.  Sometimes the North Node is in Libra and a Solar Eclipse occurs in Scorpio.  And I look more at the planetary aspects the eclipses make to other transiting planets.  For instance, in 2014 we experienced eclipses with Cardinal planets sometimes with Cardinal T-Crosses or Grand Squares so the intensity of those eclipses was above and beyond the average eclipse.  Even people who don't follow astrology were asking what was going on with the planets during those weeks.  So in light of that, I will also cover the eclipses and aspects they make by transits for 2015.

Weebles Wobble but They Don't Fall Down (Outer Planet Transits)

Uranus, Wikipedia
Since squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn make astrological news often, let's first look at these outer planets.  If you have read my previous posts you know now that Pluto is the Transformer who exposes the dark to the light and Uranus is the Awakener who sometimes causes an uproar just to awaken us.  Pluto in Capricorn wants to transform structure mainly whether that's corporate structure or even bodily structure (through illness such as cancer) or the doing away with hierarchy which has plagued us for thousands of years--those above giving orders and those below showing loyalty to higher ups for survival purposes.

Well, as Uranus brings us new technology many of us, especially younger generations have claimed their independence through an entrepreneurial spirit or through starting non-profit organization.  In fact, with Uranus in Aries, it's the youngest ones that are bucking the system first.  And this makes sense because they are less indoctrinated into the old ways of doing business and they have also come in wired to a different DNA that is 12-strands instead of the usual two.  Their attention spans are shorter and some are fired up with wild futuristic ideas of how to transform the world.  And you just wait as this grows in intensity over the next few years.  Uranus is in the sign of the child, Aries.  Aries won't take no for an answer and is the pioneer of the Zodiac.  Why? Because Aries is the sign that begins the spin of the Zodiac Wheel.

Uranus will leave Aries in 2019 and move into stable Taurus (not so stable at that point) and approximately 5 years after that, Pluto arrives in Aquarius the ruling sign of Uranus.  But let's not concern ourselves with this in 2015 and instead focus on the transits currently on our plates.  So here we have the old order giving away to something new based on the tension caused by Pluto and Uranus squares, which by the way, we experience the final square at 13 degrees at the end of January, 14 degrees at the end of February and 15 degrees the last two thirds of March.  This square is going out with its final set of fireworks and in March, Mars transiting in Aries gives Uranus a boost when it arrives at 15 degrees.  Oh, boy, I can hardly wait...

So what does all this mumbo jumbo mean? We continue to experience the exact square between the planets that began during the last week of November. As far as I can remember, we haven't experienced yet an on again-off again Uranus-Pluto square that extended itself out beyond three months. And since this is the last of the series, these planets are pulling all the stops.  In early January the Sun in Capricorn conjuncts Pluto exact on January 4 when the Uranus-Pluto square has a one degree orb so it's like the Sun shines some light on gloomy Pluto. We also experience a Full Moon on January 4 at 14 degrees Cancer so we experience another Cardinal T-Cross and so early in the year.

All this pushy energy comes to wake us up about self-love, self-nurturing and shaping a new reality as co-creators rather than mere chess pieces on a board with some big hand of authority moving us around.  Uranus gives power back to the people and like I mentioned earlier it's the youngest ones who jumped on board first.  Some were born already on the train, though many are too wired by an other Uranus habit with computer games (violence) which also blends Uranus technology with an Aries warrior attitude.  Yet, what type of reality do violent computer games create?  We must get these kids and young adults away from the computer so that they can invent technology that benefits the planet in some way. They have brilliant minds that are mostly going to waste whether through drugs (Neptune) or computer games.

But at least they want to create a different reality and know that they can.  In 2015, Law of Attraction practices will skyrocket as more people get that they do co-create reality as part of a collective. I'm already getting messages for books I pick up and other synchronicity that we weave our own dream lives based on our beliefs and patterns we inherit, but we can write another story for ourselves.  I like the idea of giving up labels since labels are ego-based and actually separate us from the grander scheme. Labels also cause tension between opposing groups and views.

And what I see is a grander tapestry in which blue, yellow and green threads of belief weave together to create a symmetrical yet diverse image that takes our breath away with its beauty.  It's like seeing the Earth from outer space minus any borders or boundaries.  We are all part of the same cosmic fabric no matter what beliefs we have. And it's only when our beliefs are shaky or don't belong to us in the first place do we engage in heated debates (even war) with others with opposing views.  A person secure in his or her beliefs does not walk around announcing them because they simply live those beliefs.  It is insecurity and not any set of beliefs that divide us so in the grand tapestry we co-exist in peace.  This is the message of Neptune in Pisces and to an extent the message of Saturn in Sagittarius.

In 2015, Neptune continues to dissolve worlds as well as, fog up the world with second hand smoke.  We continue to see debates about recreational drug use and it will be interesting how Saturn in Sagittarius will play into this scenario since Sagittarius represents law and freedom while Saturn represents authority such as government along with Pluto in Capricorn.  But the other side of Neptune revolves around spiritual practices and the performing arts such as dance, music and cinema as well as, photography.  Neptune also provides us with lessons of forgiveness, compassion, humility and merging into Unity Consciousness.  But how scary is that for some folks? Pisces love to merge, but most signs prefer to observe the illusion of separation. Neptune is the ocean and every river empties into the ocean eventually and just think about the vastness of the sea when you're stuck in a little rowboat rowing for your life with that thick fog coming in.

In August, Jupiter (Sagittarius' planet) transits into the Mutable Sign Virgo then we have three outer planets in Mutable Signs including Neptune who stays in Pisces until 2020.  Planets in Mutable Signs don't push ahead or shake things up like the Cardinal Signs, but they mutate one energy into another.  Pisces calms Aries fire, more like drenches it, Virgo tames the lion Leo and acts as the drama critic (enough of that Mr. Lion King), Sagittarius brings humor to Scorpio's gloom and paranoia and Gemini gets Taurus off the couch and out the door to observe happenings in the community.  This is how the Zodiac Wheel works with three qualities following one another and completing the various themes.

What's Up, Mercury?

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The first Mercury RX begins on January 22 at 17 Aquarius and when Mercury retrogrades in an Air Sign this is when we experience the infamous technology glitches.  So before this retrograde back up your computer files, upload an internet security program, and expect lots of confusing changes with social media and other websites.  Aquarius rules technology along with Gemini so this is where we experience the most snafus--annoying at best, damaging at worst.  Also don't believe what you hear in the media since it's probably not based on fact or miscommunication rules the day.  Mercury rules reporters and the media and when he's doing the backward dance, facts get confused with opinions even by the most scrupulous journalists.  Mercury rules thoughts, learning and communication.  Mercury goes Direct on February 12 at 1 degree Aquarius.  And the most affected Signs are Aquarius and Leo along with Gemini and Virgo.

The second Mercury RX begins on May 19 in Gemini at 13 degrees and goes direct on June 12 at 4 degrees Gemini.  This Mercury RX deals more with gossip, the power of words, the misinformation in the media, political scandals, other scandals and my word of caution is don't believe the hype.  Saturn also is retrograde in Gemini's polar opposite Sagittarius and opposes Mercury around the time Mercury goes direct so watch out for exaggerated claims.  If it sounds too good to be true, run.  Wait until later in the month to clear up miscommunication and do refrain from gossip or making up stories (people will want to tell lies during this phase).

The final Mercury RX for 2015 begins on September 18 at 15 degrees Libra (more gossip) and turns direct on October 10 at 0 degrees Libra.  This retrograde focuses on partnerships of all kinds, but mainly close business partners and marriage partners (legally or common law marriages).  At this point if conflicts erupt we hear a lot of he said-she said commentaries. Refrain from taking any sides and gather all the facts as if you are Perry Mason.  We also experience passive-aggressive forms of communication where resentful people hiss through smiley faces.  Libra is not a direct energy and yet it is as pushy as Aries (though Libras deny this).  Wait until later in October to clear up misunderstandings which mainly occur at social events, in marriages and in gossip type columns.  Try to stay civil and don't believe everything you hear.

As with all Mercury Retrogrades, use this time to reestablish friendships, reinvent, reedit, reunite (good time for high school or college reunions), revisit and all the other re-stuff. Use this time to retreat and meditate.  I find when Mercury retrogrades we rest from mindless chatter and dig deeper into our thoughts and even practice a still mind. When we meditate we don't feel like engaging in behaviors such as gossip, backbiting or blaming others.  I encourage meditation every day, but especially when Mercury does the backwards dance.  This could also be a time of reuniting with past lovers or friends.  Social gatherings could go well, if they are subdued and light on ego.  Stay mindful and you'll avoid the traps.

Dark Side of the Moon

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The First Solar Eclipse of 2015 occurs at 29 degrees Pisces just as the Sun enters Aries.  While I'll talk more about the eclipses closer to the months they occur, 29 degrees is about completing a cycle, and this cycle is in Pisces and occurs right before the Equinox. I'm not picking up any major themes except perhaps something to do with the performing arts (dance, choreography, or music).  We could see the death of musical celebrities or dancer-choreographers at this time that are memorialized on film.  Perhaps we flock to the movie houses to watch a documentary about a late musician, especially one that died in a hospital or a prison.  I also think we will engage in conversations about sound healing and music therapy used for the end of life (since Pisces at 29 degrees represents the end of life) and we will see more hospice nurses embracing music and spiritual practices.

The First Lunar Eclipse of 2015 occurs at 14 degrees Libra on April 4.  Now, remember where you heard about 14 degrees earlier with Uranus squaring Pluto a 14 degrees in February so this degree is hot.  And we experience a Cardinal T-Cross (oh, no not that again!) with Uranus/Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn.  And while none of the orbs are exact, expect powerful events this week that throw us off balance. Look for anger management issues (and anger management therapy in the news), children acting up, legal systems and diplomats trying to bring peace to situations and authority trying to enforce old ways of controlling crowds.  Yep, it's going to be another hot-headed April, much like April of 2014 but without Mars in Libra. However, if we learned the lessons from 2014, then this round might be calmer and perhaps Pluto brings maturity and a sense of responsibility to the picture.

On September 12, we experience a Solar Eclipse at 20 degrees Virgo.  Jupiter in Virgo also opposes Neptune in Pisces (but at 6 to 8 degrees).  Here we have Mutable Energy that revolves around how we serve others and idealism associated with service.  I believe we will strive for purity of intent or question purity of intent of others, especially if we embody the shadow side of Virgo which nitpicks.  It's a good time to stay humble and serve from the heart while exposing our personal ulterior motives (we usually have these).  This could represent a time of spiritual breakthroughs.

The Lunar Eclipse on September 27 occurs at 4 degrees Aries gets a boost from Saturn at 0 degrees Sagittarius.  Free from any Cardinal T-Crosses or Grand Squares, we can actually enjoy this eclipse as a call to adventure.  Most likely, there will be a major athletic event occurring during this week that makes an impact on the world.  It likely involves multiple nations and is international in scope.  Though Saturn could put a damper on things or just create new structure or rules for the sport.  If this eclipse doesn't involve a sport it will involve youth travel, foreign exchange students or some kind of pioneering spirit.  Other themes that come up are law, anthropology, foreign affairs, long-distance travel, higher education or religion.  Passion rules the day and this could be a sexy time too.

Well, there you go, my astrological forecast for 2015 revolves around the concept of a grand tapestry where differing views and beliefs join together to create a totality.  We delve further into Law of Attraction and other Universal Laws and see enormous changes in the structures that rule our lives, especially from December 2014 through March 2015.  In April eclipses shake us up and by Fall, we get some breathing room and join an adventure of a lifetime.  And as always, read my monthly forecasts and Moon casts throughout 2015.  Happy surfing through the Cosmos.

I'm an astrologer and intuitive coach who gives both transit and natal chart readings in-person and through personal online reports.  Check out monthly specials and sign up for readings at Metaphysics for Everyday Living.  I look forward to reading your charts and giving you astrological tools for you to navigate through a shifting planet.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gemini Full Moon for December 6, 2014--Power of Words

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So often we use words like weapons.  We have heard the saying that the pen is mightier than the sword, but so is the tongue.  During this Full Moon in Gemini speak with honesty and gentle kindness.  It is a time to use healing words.  And think before you speak, but speak from the heart.  If this sounds like a riddle, welcome to the Gemini Full Moon.

Perhaps you're like me and you enjoy gazing at the Moon.  Last night, I marveled at the beauty of the waxing Taurus Moon.  This moon offers us a time to rest before the Gemini Full Moon.  We rest our minds, rest our throats and nervous system. And this is a good thing since the Gemini Full Moon on December 6 opposes Mercury and the Sun in Sagittarius while squaring Chiron in Pisces (Mutable T-Cross).  Then the Moon sextiles Jupiter in Leo later the same day.

I have a vision of words flying and often hitting their mark. But depending on the words, whether they are loving or cutting, will have lasting results.  So if we choose to keep peace with our friends, colleagues and neighbors, remember the power of words, especially when those words are often laced with childhood wounds (Chiron square).  Ask yourself what's really going on?And if someone upsets you, is he or she just pushing a button that opens a childhood wound?

And don't just practice mindfulness with verbal communication, also take a few deep breaths and edit your e-mails before you send those out.  And in this day of instant messaging, texting, and social media updates, watch your words.  If you want to learn more about the secret power and not so secret power of words read Sharon Klingler's "Power Words" which you can find on Hay House.

And speaking about the power of words, now is a good time for positive affirmations, mantras, and using words in mindful spiritual practice.  Listen to music that uplifts you that features encouraging words.  I can think of a few popular songs that can get you started such as "I Have Confidence in Me" from The Sound of Music, "Phenomenal Woman" sung by Ruthie Foster and written by Maya Angelou or "Ma Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf or what about "It's a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong?  All those songs contain power words.  You can also go for humor, but keep it clean.  Cutting other people down in the name of humor is just another form of self-righteousness. 

Well, enjoy the Gemini Full Moon.  Play scrabble, have fun with words, write poetry, write articles, but stay away from arguments, gossip and superficial banter.  And don't believe advertisements because it's usually full of hot air exaggeration and more so now with Mercury in Sagittarius. Don't use words for the sake of sounding witty.  A master speaks from the heart.

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