Astro Doings May-June, 2019

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May and June are pretty quiet, so I am going to give an update for both months in the same blog.

May

A pretty quiet month astrologically. No planet changes direction. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto continue their retrograde motion that they began in April. The air element still does not have a lot of representation, even after the Sun enters Gemini on May 21 at 3:59 a.m. Mercury also enters Gemini, a sign that he rules, on the same day at 6:52 a.m. Gemini likes to sample, flitting from one thing to another, to experience as much as possible, without delving into any one thing deeply. The sampling is done in the realm of ideas and to some extent people, whom he finds fascinating for about five minutes. Otherwise, the outer planets are in fire (Jupiter), earth (Saturn, Pluto, Uranus) and water (Neptune). Venus joins Uranus in Taurus on the 15th at 5:46 a.m. Mars adds to Neptune’s water when he enters Cancer also on May 15 at 11:00 p.m. Water and earth work nicely together energetically and are considered to be “feminine” in their nature – sustaining, holding and nurturing. The question is without much air and fire to create new ideas or ways of doing things is this emphasis on feminine energy sustaining old ideas or patterns? May’s New Moon occurs on the 4th at 140 Taurus; Full Moon on May 18 at 270 Scorpio.

June

As far as the outer planets go, nothing changes in June, except that Neptune stations retrograde (i.e. moves from west to east by our perception) on June 21 at 10:36 a.m. She’ll be at 180 Pisces and will stay there for the rest of the month. The 21st also happens to be the Summer Solstice when the Sun enters Cancer at 11:54 a.m. Mercury joins the Cancer brigade on June 4th, so there will be three planets in that sign, which rules home, hearth, Mother, nurturing, including food. All this Cancer energy is on the other side of the zodiac from Saturn and Pluto, who continue to run together in Capricorn. This provides an opportunity for balancing earth and water — large structures such as corporations and governments (Capricorn) and individual needs for sanctuary (home) and nourishment (Cancer). Both the US and Canada are sun-sign Cancer countries, as a point of interest. In the US chart, Saturn and Pluto are currently in the second house of values and resources, both natural and man-made. June’s New Moon occurs on the 3rd at 120 Gemini (6:02 a.m.) and the Full Moon occurs on June 17 at 250 Sagittarius (4:31 a.m.).

Have a wonderful spring and beginning of summer!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

 

Astro Doings April 2019

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Hope your new year (astrological) is off to a good start. Three planets start their fairly lengthy retrograde motion during April. This retrograde motion, which appears “backwards,” balances the forward thrust of Spring energy. April may be experienced as a very inner time, depending on how these retrogrades impact your natal chart. The first third of the month is pretty quiet, so enjoy!

April 10: Jupiter stations retrograde at 1:00 p.m. EDT at 240 Sagittarius

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, good fortune, and optimism. Being the largest planet in our solar system, he can seem bigger than life, and he is currently (and will remain) in his own sign, Sagittarius, the quester for Truth, but not known for its diplomacy. When Jupiter retrogrades, several things can happen. We can become less optimistic, more reserved and our quest for truth can enter a more inward and withdrawn phase. We may want to be alone more; it can be good time to deepen our meditation practice, and on the global stage there may be less optimism about how things are going to turn out and the “us versus them” attitude can be more pronounced. Jupiter will remain retrograde until August.

April 24: Pluto stations retrograde at 2:45 p.m. EDT at 230 Capricorn

Pluto begins his six-month retrograde back through Capricorn this month. As with all planets moving from west to east, as we perceive it, the energy expresses itself more inwardly. Pluto, as you all know by now, is the planet of deep-seated transformation, and all change begins inwardly before it expresses outwardly. Old, firmly entrenched attitudes and fears can be transformed during this period. On the global stage it could mean that some of the structures and systems (Capricorn) that we have created could implode (retrograde motion) rather than explode. Time will tell. Pluto’s retrograde motion will end in October, and he will still be in Capricorn.

April 29: Saturn stations retrograde at 8:55 p.m. EDT at 200 Capricorn

Well, this is pretty exciting – having both Saturn and Pluto station retrograde within days of each other, next to each other (conjunct) in the same sign! And they will remain next to each other throughout the retrograde period. (Saturn retrograde ends in September.) So, you’re asking, what does this all mean? Saturn represents male authority figures, both personal and global, fear, lack, restriction, lessons – sounds fantastic, right? But without limits we wouldn’t grow. Pluto represents transformation, so between them they can provide energy to transform (Pluto) our fears, quiet the inner critic (Saturn) so that we can truly utilize this inner time to loosen the hold of the personality and move more into our truth as spiritual beings. While these energies will impact us all, those with planets in Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn will be most affected by these energies, but Capricorn makes some connection with some part of most everyone’s chart, I believe. On the global stage, April appears to me to be a time of restriction, fear, obvious evidence of structures that no longer work, and eventually a common realization that the old structures need to be changed to serve the highest and best for all.

The Sun enters Taurus on April 20 at 4:55 a.m. He will be right next to (conjunct) Uranus, planet of rebellion, the higher mind, and destroyer of outmoded forms. Taurus is an earth sign (the most stubborn of them all) and is an easy-flowing (trine) relationship with Saturn and Pluto. This month will have a lot of earth energy with so much planetary energy in this element. It may be a time of great healing for our beloved planet. Mars is the only planet in an air sign (Gemini), so the realm of ideas and the mental plane is still not well represented. Venus, the planet of love, and Neptune, the planet of compassion and redemption, are in the same water sign (Pisces), until Venus moves into Aries on the 20th.

The New Moon occurs on April 5th at 4:50 a.m. She’ll be at 150 Aries. The Full Moon occurs on April 19th at 7:12 a.m.  She’ll be at 290 Libra.

Hope you have a wonderful April!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

Astro Doings November 2018

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November has three planets changing direction, two of them on the same day! And I’ll provide details on the celestial dance on Election Day in the US.

Election Day

The Sun will be trine (easy flow of energy) Neptune, planet of fog, illusion, compassion and redemption. Both planets will be in water signs (Scorpio and Pisces, respectively) so psychic energy will abound and emotions (water) may be running high. Those with planets in water may be more strongly affected by this trine. The Moon will enter Scorpio at 8:02 ET that morning, and Jupiter will be at late degrees of the sign, so lots of Scorpio energy – power, insight, and also healing.

Uranus, planet of rebellion and destroyer of outmoded forms, will back into Aries, sign of the warrior, ruled by Mars, god of war at 1:50 p.m. ET. Uranus is currently going “backwards” or retrograde, which means the energy can be expressed more inwardly.  However, Uranus is happier in Aries than he is in slow-moving Taurus, so his lightning bolt energy may be more forceful, especially for those with planets in fire signs (Aires, Leo and Sagittarius) or in cardinal signs (Libra, Cancer, Capricorn).

Direction Changes: November 16th

Venus: Venus stops and starts moving forward at 5:50 a.m. ET. She’ll be at 250 Libra, her own sign – the sign of relationship, “others,” fairness and balance.  Venus is the planet of love at the level of “I love you because you love me.” Neptune, the higher octave of Venus, says “I love you because it is in the nature of love to love.”  This change of direction could signal a more direct expression of tolerance and fairness towards one another. However, Libra is an air sign, so the emphasis is relationship in the head, not necessarily in the heart. Those with planets in later degrees Aries, Cancer and Capricorn or other air signs (Gemini, Aquarius) may feel this change more strongly.

Mercury: Last retrograde of 2018! He stations (stops) at 8:33 p.m. ET and will be at 130 Sagittarius. As I’ve stated many times before this is a time for reflection and repose, something that not many of us are good at. Perhaps we can use this three-week period to reflect on what we have to be grateful for in preparation for the holiday season, and to see the truth (Sagittarius) within.  Mercury will station direct on December 6th.

Direction Change: November 24th

Neptune: The planet of compassion, redemption, fog, illusion and the underworld ends her retrograde motion at 8:09 p.m. ET. She’ll be at 130 Pisces, where she has been for a long time – and will continue to be for most of the rest of this year. This change of direction may provide a more open and “direct” expression of our compassion for one another, as a result of turning our compassion inward during her retrograde period. As we are more understanding of ourselves, it becomes easier to be more tolerant of others. During this divisive and hate-filled period, this would be a welcome change.

Other Doings this Month:

Mars moved into Pisces on the 15th, adding energy and initiative to this watery, inward, other-worldy sign. It could also signal more intense storms. He will be square (growth opportunity, stress-filled need for cooperation) to Jupiter, who enters his own sign (Sagittarius) on the 8th. Fire (Sag) and water (Pisces) can have a tough time dealing with each other, as you can imagine, but fire can bring inspiration and water can bring emotional/psychic insight to our endeavors.

The New Moon occurs on the 7th at 150 Scorpio (11:02 a.m.) – a new beginning after the elections? The Sun enters Sagittarius on the 22nd at 4: 02 a.m. and the Full Moon occurs at 0:39 a.m. at 00 Gemini – more potential for new beginnings!

Have a great November and a lovely Thanksgiving.

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

 

 

Astro Doings July 2018

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Fasten your seat belts! July promises a lot of celestial activity including two eclipses and planets changing direction.  I’ll take them in order.

July 10: Jupiter goes direct at 1:04 p.m. EDT at 130 Scorpio

Jupiter, the planet of expansion (great, unless it’s my waistline!), faith, good fortune with a tendency to exaggerate, ends his retrograde motion and starts moving direct (from east to west, as we see it). He will start moving very slowly at first and will remain at 130 Scorpio for the rest of the month. He will square Mars in Aquarius, although the square will be out of orb by the end of the month. Squares are growth opportunities when planets are in signs of the same quality – in this case fixed. Aquarius is air and Scorpio is water, not the happiest combination. Fixed energy sustains, holds and/or gets stuck! Those with planets at from 8 – 180 in any of the fixed signs (Leo and Taurus are the other two) may feel this change of direction more acutely.

July 12: Partial Solar Eclipse at 200 Cancer at 10:48 p.m. EDT

This is the first in a series of eclipses that will occur in July and August. It will not be visible in the US, and because it’s a partial eclipse with the Moon only covering part of the Sun, it will only last about 3 hours. A solar eclipse is a powerful New Moon and it can signal a new beginning depending on how it impacts your chart. Those with planets from 17-230 Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and/or Libra may feel the impact of this eclipse more than others. I think of it as an energetic funnel that remains in place for one month for every hour of the eclipse. As planets transit (i.e. go over 200 Cancer) they pour their specific type of energy into the funnel, which then impacts other planets in your chart connected to that degree and sign. Think of it as a tuning fork that makes the planet vibrate. This eclipse is very close to the Sun and Mercury in the natal US chart (Sibly). It will be interesting to see how this eclipse impacts our thinking (Mercury) and how we express ourselves (Sun) to ourselves and to the world.

July 22: Sun enters Leo at 5:01 p.m. EDT

Leo is a fixed sign in the fire element. He will create a Fixed Grand Cross with Uranus in Taurus, Jupiter in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius. It looks like a big X with the Sun and Jupiter on opposite ends of one line and Uranus and Mars opposite each other on the other line. This may feel like we’re all stuck in a rut, because fixed energy can be very stubborn, and a Fixed Grand Cross is a closed figure, making it more challenging for the energy of each planet to express itself. Mars, the planet of initiative, the warrior and energy in general is not happy in a fixed sign – too slow for him. And Uranus, the planet of rebellion, is having a very hard time in the slowest moving sign of the zodiac – Taurus. Those with planets in early to mid-degrees of any of the fixed signs may feel somewhat stalled. On the other hand, it provides sustaining energy for any project you might undertake.

July 26: Mercury stations retrograde at 230 Leo at 1:03 a.m. EDT

Everyone’s favorite retrograde – or at least the most talked about! Mercury begins his second retrograde of 2018 during the very active last week of July, and it will last for about three weeks. Mercury retrogrades are great times to re-group and re-think and re-pose, and it goes along nicely with the Fixed Grand Cross unless you’re in a hurry! We tend not to value periods of repose and reflection, but taking time to pull back, slow down and reflect is a very important activity. Of course, Mercury retrograde does have the reputation for snafus, but these also make us slow down and reconsider.

July 27: Total Lunar Eclipse at 40 Aquarius at 4:20 p.m. EDT

Eclipses come in pairs generally about two weeks apart. (Actually, there is a third solar eclipse this time, which will occur on August 11.) This eclipse will not be visible in the US either and will last about six hours. Lunar eclipses occur at a full moon and generally indicate at time to let go of old patterns and this one will have a particular focus on service. Energetically it operates the same way a solar eclipse does. Those with planets from 1-70 of fixed signs may feel this eclipse’s impact more strongly. The Leo-Aquarius axis deals with balancing the needs of the individual (Leo) and the needs of the group (Aquarius), and this eclipse will also be a part of the Fixed Grand Cross until she moves into late degrees Aquarius early on the 29th.

July has four planets in earth signs: Venus (Virgo), Saturn and Pluto (Capricorn) and Uranus in Taurus. The earth element is generally grounded, detail oriented, and somewhat conservative. There is only one planet in air, the element of ideas: Mars in Aquarius. Jupiter and Neptune are in an easy-flowing relationship in water, the element of emotions and psychic energy. We could either expand (Jupiter) our dreams or be in a bigger fog (Neptune)!

Have a great July!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

 

Astro Doings June 2018

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In addition to the longest day of the year this month, two planets change directions.

Neptune, planet of illusion, fog, compassion and the higher octave of Venus, stations retrograde (astro-speak for stops and goes backwards) on June 18 at 7:27 p.m. EDT. She’ll be at 160 degrees Pisces and will remain there for the rest of the month. Those with placements around 160 may be more impacted by this change of direction. She is still in an easy flow of energy with Jupiter, who is retrograde in Scorpio (another water sign), and when the Sun goes into Cancer (the third water sign) there will be a grand trine in water. Emotions will be running high, and maybe water. However, Neptune retrograde also presents an opportunity to turn our compassion on ourselves, as we delve deeply (Scorpio) into patterns that no longer serve us. Neptune’s energy is unconditional love – we love because it is in the nature of love to love. I am reminded of the sermon at the royal wedding when Reverend Michael Curry said: “Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.”

Mars, planet of energy, initiating projects and war, stations retrograde on June 26 at 5:05 p.m. EDT. He’ll be at 90 Aquarius, the sign of rebellion and destroyer of old forms of thinking or just old forms of anything. By the last third of the month, he will be the only planet in the air element, so the realm of ideas will not be as prominent. (There will be a lot of earth along with the water. Good thing – earth provides some boundaries for water and water softens earth.) Mars retrograde can provide an opportunity to break down old patterns of thinking (Aquarius) that have us stuck in a rut.

From the 13th on, when Venus enters Leo, there will be more fixed energy with Venus opposing (calling for balance, awareness of others) Mars in Aquarius. By the end of the month, Jupiter in Scorpio will make a fixed T-square. A square is a growth opportunity between planets in signs of the same quality, in this case fixed. Fixed energy sustains; it can be quite stubborn and slow-moving, but without it nothing would manifest. Attention those with fixed signs in your natal charts – a growth opportunity may be coming your way, especially for those with planets in the middle of the sign (100 to 200). And Uranus is in the fourth fixed sign, Taurus, but is still too far away to be a part of this fixed configuration. However, all four fixed signs: earth (Taurus), water (Scorpio), fire (Leo) and air (Aquarius), are dancing together this month.

The Summer Solstice occurs on June 21 at 6:07 a.m. EDT when the Sun enters Cancer. Cancer is a water sign, mostly concerned with home, hearth and good food. The New Moon occurs on June 13 at 3:43 p.m. at 220 Gemini; the Full Moon occurs on June 28th at 0.53 a.m. EDT at 60 Capricorn.

Have a wonderful June!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

Astro Doings May 2018

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We tend to pay more attention when planets change direction in their celestial dance – direct or retrograde, especially when Mercury is involved! This May all the planets continue in the same direction they were in at the end of April. So, in that sense, it’s a pretty quiet month. What we sometimes don’t pay attention to is when planets change dance partners, aka signs. And in May three of them do just that, not including the Sun who changes partners every month or the Moon or Mercury who change them all the time, because they move so quickly through the heavens.

On May 15th Uranus, planet of rebellion, flashes of intuition, inspiration and light, and of the Higher Mind moves into Taurus at 11:23 am EDT. This is a fairly big deal, since he will be in Taurus until July 2025 when he enters Gemini. Of all the signs in the zodiac, Uranus finds Taurus one of the most challenging. Think about driving behind someone going 15 mph on the highway and you’ll get a sense of this. Uranus rules lightning bolts, flashes of insight, destruction of outmoded form. Taurus is the most stubborn sign of the zodiac, rules form, moves glacially (by Uranus’s perspective), and stops all the time to smell the flowers, eat chocolate and just sit. To Taurus, Uranus feels like the proverbial bee that keeps stinging him in the backside to get him to change or that car behind you that keeps flashing its headlights to get you to move over or go faster. So, since we can’t get Taurus to move over, how can we use this energy to our advantage? First, we can realize that Taurus is an earth sign, so all these brilliant flashes of inspiration will need to have a practical application. In addition, unlike Aries which starts but doesn’t finish, Taurus is a fixed sign, which means it holds the energy until the idea/concept/inspiration is brought into form. (It can also mean stubborn, stuck, and unwilling to change.)  There haven’t been many planets in fixed signs recently, which I believe has contributed to the rather frenetic energy across the globe. Those of us with planets in early degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius may feel this entry of Uranus into Taurus more profoundly. And remember, Taurus has his good buds, Saturn and Pluto, in earthy Capricorn to help him deal with this rambunctious Uranus and to keep his flashes of insight on the practical side.

If that isn’t enough fixed energy, Mars enters Aquarius on May 16. This isn’t as challenging a relationship as Uranus in Taurus, but Aquarius, an air sign, can be quite pig-headed and unwilling to change its mind once it makes a decision about something. It also introduces the air element – the element of ideas — into the celestial mix. We haven’t had a lot of air energy recently, so not a lot of new ideas. Mars here can make us more impatient with those who don’t see our point of view or agree with us. Don’t forget, Uranus rules Aquarius, and Uranus just left the sign that Mars rules, Aries, so there is an interesting connection there. Aquarius is the sign of the visionary, primarily concerned with making things better for the group (world), and Mars (god of war) will provide energy and impetus to make change. However, Aquarius can be quite impatient with the status quo and frequently intolerant of those who don’t see the need for change as s/he does. This could mean new ways of using our Mars energy (the warrior) to make change for the benefit of all (Aquarius). Those with planets in fixed signs are going to get a double whammy the second full week of May.

And last, but certainly not least, Venus enters Cancer on May 19 at 9:11 am EDT. Cancer is a water sign, the Moon’s favorite sign. What’s interesting about this is that Venus creates a big triangle (trine) in water with Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces that lasts until mid-June. When planets are in the same element they can communicate with each other easily and understand each other better. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, both dealing with love and compassion. Venus’s idea of love is more personal – I love you because you love me. Neptune, like the sea, is more vast and universal – I love you because it is in the nature of love to love. Jupiter in Scorpio could provide depth of insight. The water element can make us very emotional and our psychic sense more acute. It also can increase empathy and deep understanding of one another. Emotions could be running very high in the US, which is a Cancer sun-sign country, as is our good neighbor to the north, Canada.

Oh, yeah, the Sun moves into Gemini on May 20 at 10:15 pm EDT. The sign of the twins, Gemini is interested in everything for about five minutes and then wants to move on to something else. An air sign, Gemini is most comfortable in the realm of ideas and is frequently referred to as “the jack of all trades, master of none.”

The New Moon occurs on May 15 at 7:48 am at 240 Taurus and the Full Moon occurs on May 29th at 10:19 am at 80 Sagittarius.

Enjoy the planets dancing!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

 

 

Astro Doings February 2018

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February promises to be a little quieter than January, sort of a lull between January and March. Once again, we have a month where all the planets are in direct motion, no retrogrades.

The highlight of February is a partial solar eclipse on the 15th at 4:05 pm ET. The eclipse will last about 4 hours and the Sun and Moon will be at 270 Aquarius. Those with planets or other placements in their charts in Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio or Taurus may be more sensitive to this eclipse. The closer these placements are to 270 the stronger the impact may be. Solar eclipses are all about new beginnings, but the placement of this eclipse (near the South lunar node or Dragon’s Tail) is often experienced as working through an old pattern to make way for a new one. (For more information on eclipses, I would recommend Celeste Teal’s excellent book, Eclipses.)

In the beginning of the month there will be three planets in Aquarius (an air sign): Sun, Mercury and Venus.  By the 19th, there will be no planets in air, the element of ideas, thought, and mental activity of all kinds. After the Sun enters Pisces on the 18th, there will be four planets in this water sign: Sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune. And for a little more water, Jupiter continues his transit through Scorpio. Water is the element of emotion and psychic information, among other things. This could be a time where emotions, rather than ideas, prevail. Two planets, Saturn and Pluto, provide some boundaries, as they are in the earth sign, Capricorn. And there is one lone planet in fire – Uranus in Aries.

A word about Neptune and Venus in Pisces. Neptune, as I’ve stated previously, is in the sign she rules, which makes her expression of fog, illusion, deception, compassion and redemption (quite a list, eh?) flow more easily. All planets have the sign they “rule” and another sign that they really like to be in because the energy of the planet is compatible with this sign as well, and often makes the higher expression of the planetary energies easier. This is called the sign of the planet’s exaltation. Venus is exalted in Pisces, because it helps Venus to move from an “I love you because you love me” expression to “I love you because it is in the nature of love to love.” Any placements in your chart in Pisces (or the other water signs, Cancer and Scorpio) will find this transition easier in the area of the chart where this energy is found.

There is no Full Moon in February. March begins with one.

Have a wonderful February and enjoy the dance of the planets.

Peace and abundant blessings.

Margaret

Astro Doings October – December 2017

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The rest of 2017 is pretty quiet, astrologically speaking anyway. So this Astro Doings will cover October, November and December with highlights of the main events of each month.

October: No planets change direction this month, so it’s one of the quietest months we’ve seen in a while. Uranus and Neptune continue their retrograde motion. The Sun enters Scorpio, a fixed water sign, on October 23rd. From that point until early November there will be four planets in water signs: Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. The Harvest Moon occurs on the 5th at 120 Aries.

 November: Venus moves into Scorpio on the 7th and Mercury moves into Sagittarius. But we’ll still have four planets in water signs. More significantly, perhaps, Neptune goes direct on the 22nd at 110 Pisces. Water represents our emotions, among other things. So during these two months emotions could be running very high, and with Neptune going direct, we may be less reticent to express how we’re feeling. Another way to look at this change of direction is that our spiritual growth may be more outwardly visible as we live the gains made during her retrograde period. And of course with all this water, there is also the possibility of additional hurricanes or flooding. The “season” ends at the end of this month – in theory anyway! The Sun moves into Sagittarius, a mutable fire sign, on the 21st. From then on, there will be four planets in fire signs: Sun, Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The full Moon is on the 4th at 110 Taurus.

December: Mercury has his last retrograde fling of the year from the 3rd through the 22nd. He’ll be in Sagittarius. Also significant this month is Saturn’s entry into Capricorn on the 19th, a cardinal earth sign, which he rules. Saturn is the great teacher of the zodiac, presenting as old age, status quo, restriction and lack. He teaches us by providing opportunities to look at our fears and recognize the illusion that they are. He will be able to express his energies very easily in Capricorn. And the Winter Solstice, when the Sun enters Capricorn, is the 21st. So the end of December is the most active of the last three months of 2017. The full Moon is on the 3rd at 110 Gemini.

I hope you have a wonderful, growth-filled and peaceful fall and early winter, celebrating the holidays with friends and family.

Peace and abundant blessings.

Margaret

Astro Doings September 2017

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Good news! September will be quieter than August – no solar eclipse! For most of the month, until the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, there will be a lot of Virgo energy. Virgo, an earth sign, is the sign of the harvest and has a lot to do with gathering all the different parts of ourselves into one integrated whole. She is discerning, discriminating, analytical and can get lost in the details. However, she’s also the one who will remember the forks and napkins for the picnic! I believe we can use this time to integrate the insights gained during last month’s volatility. We need fire energy to wake us up, but now comes the time of assimilation and integration.

Hallelujah! Mercury goes direct on September 5th at 7:30 a.m. He’ll be at 280 Leo, but will move into Virgo on the 9th. Mercury does well in Virgo; he likes to analyze and categorize. However, this also means that we can get into analysis paralysis easily and just spin without moving forward. Having said that, Mercury’s energy can also help us organize the gains made last month.

The Sun enters Libra on the 22nd at 4:02 p.m. Libra is the sign of balance – they’d like to have some, but most often Libra’s energy works like a teeter-totter. Libra can’t stand to be by him/herself; it is the sign of the “other” as we move outward from ourselves to others – for Libra, one at a time. S/he hates crowds. While this is the sign of relationship, it is the only sign with an inanimate object as its symbol – the scales. For me this speaks to the fact that Libra is about relationship in the head – the ideal of “perfect” relating to a “perfect” other. Smelly socks, gym clothes and dirty hands are not included in Libra’s vision! Libra is an air sign, after all, and air loves the realm of ideas.

Lest we think we can kick back and eat bonbons this month, Pluto, planet of deep seated transformation, the underground, all that we’d like to keep hidden from ourselves and others, goes direct on September 28th at 3:33 p.m. (I was struck by the time she goes direct. I’m sure numerologists would have something to say about three at three levels.) Pluto’s been retrograde since April, so the gains made during this long, inner transit can now be expressed more outwardly. She’ll be at 170 Capricorn where she’s been for the last two months and she’ll stay at that degree through October and most of November. Speed demon she’s not! Those who have planets from 12-220 in Libra, Aries, Cancer or, of course, Capricorn may feel this shift in direction more strongly. On a larger scale, Capricorn rules structures and systems. Issues, which have been brewing below the surface for the last five months, may become much more obvious and volatile with this change of planetary direction.

The Full Moon occurs on September 6th at 130 Pisces, right next to Neptune. The Moon, as you know, rules the tides and Pisces and Neptune rule the sea. Water may be, or continue to be, an issue. Also water and the Moon are associated with emotions, which may be running very high during this time.

The New Moon occurs on September 20th at 270 Virgo, providing a fresh start in our continued integration efforts.

Let’s joyously welcome the new season!

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret

Astro Doings August 2017

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Hope you enjoyed the relatively quiet months of June and July. August promises to be rather unsettled with three planets changing direction and two eclipses. Hold on to your hat! I’ll take these celestial events in order.

Thursday, August 3: Uranus: goes retrograde at 1:31 a.m at 290 Aries. Aries is ruled by Mars, the god of war and Aries, like all fire signs, is on a quest. In this case it’s for our higher selves. Uranus is the planet of the higher mind and can bring flashes of insight, inspiration and higher level thinking of all kinds. At the very end of Aries (each sign has 30 degrees in it), it is an inner (Uranus retrograde) time to war (Mars) against that which holds us back from our journey to our true selves (Aries).

Monday, August 7: Partial lunar eclipse at 150 Aquarius at 9:15 p.m. ET. Eclipses come in pairs, and while we will not be able to see this one, anyone with placements from 12 – 180 Leo, Taurus, Scorpio, or Aquarius may feel the impact of this eclipse more strongly than others. Lunar eclipses occur at a full moon and can bring the culmination of past activities, a sense of completion or desire to change on a deep soul level and a deepening of compassion. This eclipse is near the lunar South Node, or Dragon’s Tail, which provides an opportunity for a release of old energies and/or patterns. The lunar nodes are where the Moon crosses the ecliptic, the path that the Sun appears to follow over the course of a year. (Eclipses only occur when the Sun is next to one of the nodes.) This eclipse will last about five hours, so the sensitive energy vortex that opens at the time of the eclipse will remain so for about five months.

Saturday, August 12: Mercury goes retrograde at 9:01 p.m. at 120 Virgo. His retrograde motion goes along with the theme of inner reflection that Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, began earlier in the month. Both planets of the mind are now turned inward. He’ll be retrograde for the rest of the month and will back into Leo before going direct at the beginning of September. While I know this everyone’s favorite retrograde (!), those whose Mercury is in the other mutable signs, Gemini, Pisces and Sagittarius, may feel this retrograde more strongly. Also Mercury will be opposed Neptune in her own sign, Pisces, inviting us to explore the realm of the heart, redemption and compassion, rather than relying totally on logic and linear thinking.

Monday, August 21: Total solar eclipse at 280 Leo at 2:30 p.m. This is the eclipse that will be visible in the US, as I’m sure you’ve all heard! It will last a little more than five hours. Once again we have a planet at the end of the sign, marking a potential ending of how we use the energy of the sign, in this case, Leo. At the time of the eclipse there will be five planets in fire signs: Sun, Moon, Mars in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius, making a big triangle (a grand trine) in fire in the heavens. A trine is an easy flow of energy so we tend not to pay attention to it, but all that fire can be quite volatile, as well as inspirational. Fire is an interesting element. It can warm and provide light, and it can also destroy. Leo is the sign of the Divine Child in each of us, and I believe this eclipse can be used both ways: to burn away that which blocks our sense of our connection to the divine within and to the divine in each other and to illuminate the path toward our higher (or Christ) consciousness. The Sun is next to the lunar North Node, or Dragon’s Head, and promises an influx of new energy and inspiration.

And last, but certainly not least. . .

Friday, August 25: Saturn goes direct at 8:09 a.m. at 210 Sagittarius. The quest for Sagittarius is for Truth – truth about ourselves and each other. This change in direction may be more strongly felt by anyone with placements from 15 to 290 Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, and of course Sag. As Saturn ends his inner restructuring, his direct motion may help us all move forward more easily and straightforwardly in our quest for our own inner truth and in recognizing areas where we may still be deceiving ourselves. He is also in a challenging relationship (square) to Neptune, which may help soften the harshness of Saturn.

Have a wonderful August. While the energies may be a bit unsettled, they provide a great opportunity for inner work in our quest for our true selves, which we can then bring to the world.

Peace and abundant blessings,

Margaret