October will be more intense than September because there are two eclipses, the last of 2014 and everyone’s favorite retrograde – also the last one of 2014. So, let’s take them in order.
Mercury goes retrograde on October 4th at 1:02 p.m. at 20 Scorpio. He will back into Libra on the 11th and stay there for the rest of the month. Actually after October 23rd when the Sun moves into Scorpio, Mercury will be the only planet in an air sign. We’ll have all fire and water, with two planets (Pluto and Mars) in earth. This reinforces the theme of the lunar eclipse – balance between ourselves and others, between masculine (fire) and feminine (water) energies. (See below.) Mercury will go direct again on October 25th at 3:17 p.m. at 160 Libra. These three weeks are a wonderful time to re-group, re-pair, re-think and re-treat. These retrogrades also slow us down. Mercury is the planet of how we process information and how we think. This three-week period scramble, if you will, the “normal” flow of information, so we can take time to discern and to think things through. Continue reading
Hope you had a quiet and lovely August. September won’t be quite as quiet, but not overwhelming. We’ll enter into the harvest season, on every level, reaping the rewards of the work we’ve done this summer.
The Autumnal Equinox, when the Sun enters Libra, occurs on Monday, September 22nd at 10:29 p.m. This will bring a breath of fresh air (literally) into the planetary lineup. For the last two months, we’ve had no planets in the air element, which is the element of ideas and communication. In addition it ushers in the season where days get shorter and we begin to turn inward. Continue reading
Can you believe it’s June already and that the Summer Solstice is this month? In addition to the Solstice, aka the longest day of the year, two planets turn retrograde in June, including everyone’s favorite – Mercury.
Mercury stops on June 7th at 8 a.m. EDT at 30 Cancer. Most of his retrograde motion will be in his own sign, Gemini, and he’ll go direct on July 1 at 9 a.m. at 240 Gemini. Gemini is concerned with how we process information, endlessly curious about just about everything and is accused of be a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Gemini’s real job is to reconcile opposites, but in order to do that he has to experience both sides of the teeter-totter, right? Continue reading
Phew! Well, April was certainly intense! Many people whom I’ve talked to and done readings for this spring have not felt the rush of energy that generally comes in the spring – myself included. I would describe everything as feeling very inward still. I believe it is due to the Cardinal Grand Cross in April, which will continue through May, and the fact that Mars has been retrograde since March 1. When a planet’s motion is retrograde, we tend to experience its energy more inwardly. Mars is the planet of getting things moving, war, initiating new projects; he rules Aries, a fire sign. So if you’ve been feeling like your get-up-and-go got up and went, you’re not alone. I believe this will ease a little bit towards when Mars goes direct. (See below.)
May promises to be a little quieter in that there are no eclipses. However the Cardinal Grand Cross will still be there: Pluto in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries (with Venus most of the month), square Mars in Libra, opposed Jupiter in Cancer. (See April Astro Doings for a full description of this intense configuration.) Again those with planets in middle degrees (8-20) of cardinal signs may feel this Grand Cross more intensely than others. Continue reading
The theme of deep-seated change gets an extra boost of intensity in April with two eclipses and Pluto changing directions. Let’s take them in the order they will occur.
Pluto: stations retrograde on April 14th at 7:44 p.m., just hours before a total lunar eclipse (see below). When a planet changes direction its energy intensifies because it is basically standing still on the degree of the sign where it is – in this case 130Capricorn. Thirteen degrees happens to be what we call a “critical degree” for cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). It’s a point that is very sensitive for that particular sign. Those with planets in mid degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and of course Capricorn may feel this change of direction more strongly. The other earth signs (Taurus and Virgo) will experience this more easily. Retrograde motion means that we tend to experience the energy of the planet – in this case transformation, power and power struggles, unearthing that which is hidden, compulsions – more inwardly. It’s a very powerful time to totally leave behind that which no longer serves and/or gets in our way. Continue reading
March is a month of transitions and new beginnings. We start with a New Moon at 100 Pisces on the first and end with a New Moon at 90 Aries on the 30th. Pisces is the last of the twelve signs of the zodiac, and there are currently four planets in this sign (Sun, Moon, Chiron and Neptune). It rules the realm of all that is fluid, nebulous, spiritual, inner directed and heart centered. It blurs boundaries and dissolves old belief and behavior patterns that no longer serve. The beginning of March provides an opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we truly believe, to trust our inner knowing and to use it to see beyond what our perceptions show us. It is a great time for spiritual growth. This is the gift of Pisces, which is an energy that is not always compatible with our Western culture. Continue reading