There’s been a lot of action in the astrological skies lately: Uranus shifting back into Taurus, Chiron moving back into Aries, and a SuperMoon at the Equinox. Things are settling down some, but the news is not all good because Saturn and Pluto are at the closest point to a conjunction as they will be until they meet next year.
Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (creative destruction) are both in Capricorn and will collide in January of 2020. The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance. This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn. Saturn and Pluto will not reach the full conjunction this year, but between the end of March and the end of June they will be close enough that we will begin to feel the belt tightening. This is not a time for risk taking, especially if your own chart is affected, and we will likely see a recession occur during the summer in the financial markets.
Mercury (mind and communication) is retrograde in the mystical sign of Pisces right now, and on the 25th Mercury aligns with Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces, to open up the higher creative and inspirational centers. This alignment will continue a bit after Mercury turns direct, until about April 4th. The next week is perfect for creative endeavors and anything requiring imagination or spiritual exploration. It is less excellent for business ventures or making decisions that require a practical and grounded approach, especially with Saturn […]
Yesterday I played some music for a community event called “Death and Cupcakes,” an exploration of the expression of grief. Although there were a few men in the group, it was the women who shared their stories. One whose husband died from ALS and struggles for her children to find a way forward after this devastating loss. One whose son died a few years ago and seeks to find a ritual to remember him on the third anniversary of his death. One who struggles with “anticipatory grief” knowing that someone she loves plan to take his life.
Grief is the deep emotion of mourning a loss. Typically we think of grief as mourning the death of a loved one, but I wonder if grief can be defined as any loss of love. In life our losses can mount up. The loss of an idea of a mother’s love. The loss of a dream of a marriage that didn’t work out and the love of that partner. The loss of a special pet. The loss when a child leaves the home. The loss caused by regret that we didn’t do enough for someone we love once they are gone.
One thing that struck me yesterday is that there is no one structure that we can build for healing our grief. Not only is every situation of loss different, every one of us experiences grief differently and crystallizes the experience of loss into our lives in different ways. Grief can make us feel closer to the ones we have lost. It sometimes becomes part of our story – a new identity that we take on. After my mother lost her husband the first thing she would say when she met someone new […]
FULL MOON AT THE EQUINOX!!
The time of the Full Moon, when the Sun in the sky is exactly opposite the Moon from our vantage point on earth, is always a time for balance. The Sun is our conscious Self – our goals, our visions, our ideas that combine to create our lives. The Moon illustrates our instincts and our subconscious needs and desires – the emotions that can be murky but always real and true.
The lunar cycle is symbolic of the dance between our conscious awareness and the inner world of the emotions, a polarity which requires balance and integration just as all polarities in astrology do. The entire wheel of the zodiac is a system of polarities, in which each pair of signs represent oppositional forces that require balance and integration. That is particularly true when the Moon is in Libra, the sign that more than any other embodies this dance.
Libra seeks to live an experience of harmony through peaceful interaction with others and a love of beauty and aesthetic pleasure. This can lead to a highly sensitive nervous system, especially at the Full Moon.
The Full Moon in March occurs at 0 degrees Libra, with the Sun at the Aries Point. This will be a significant energy portal as we shift into the new season under the Aries/Libra polarity. Not only is this a new season, but the emotional impact of the Full Moon supercharges the shift from darkness to light, from winter to summer. This is also a SuperMoon, meaning it is at its closest point to the Earth, but it is also at the first degree of the cardinal signs that shift us from one season into […]
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It can be somewhat frustrating to read articles about questions that are easily answered by astrology. Astrologers know that beginning at around age 40, we humans experience a series of planetary cycles that I like to call the “midlife crisis transits.” This series begins at age 37-40 with the Pluto Square (transiting Pluto forming a stressful square aspect to Pluto in the natal chart), and continuing at age 40-43 with the Uranus Opposition (transiting Uranus opposite Uranus in the natal chart) and the usually simultaneous Neptune Square where transiting Neptune forms a stressful square aspect to Neptune in the natal chart. This series begins with breakdowns and power struggles under Pluto, and continues with the restlessness and desire for change under Uranus combined with the confusion and self-delusion of Neptune. Then there is a break for a few years until the Chiron Return at age 50-52 which can be a culmination of life lessons and the emotional reactions to them.
A recent book by Jonathan Rauch called The Happiness Curve asks why life gets better after age 50:
He explains: “I was someone who was fortunate. I had good health and after my 20s, which were difficult because I came out as gay, I met one goal after another with more success than I’d ever expected.
“Yet around the time I turned 40 I noticed this strange feeling of restlessness and discontent. This continued to grow as I got into my 40s to the point where I was 45 and I won the most prestigious award in magazine journalism [a National Magazine award] and that gave me a great feeling of satisfaction with my life for approximately 10 days.
“All these feelings of discontent and […]