Astrological Musings

Planetary news this week! Leo season begins, Mercury retrograde, and an upcoming eclipse

astrologyThere’s lots to unpack this week!  Here’s what you need to know.

Saturn and the South Node

I have written about this a few times this year so this may not be brand new to some of you.  Saturn is the planet of tests and challenges – it’s like our teacher, always looking over our shoulder to see where improvement is needed.  The South Node represents lessons from the past and qualities which we have incarnated to work through.  The combination of Saturn with the South Node nearly always brings up issues from the past that are unfinished, or situations where poor choices may have resulted in some kind of crisis.  This cycle has actually been working on us since April of this year, but lessened somewhat and is now culminating once again as Saturn and the South Node will collide in an exact alignment on July 3-4. Not everyone will experience this as a test of past choices or behaviors, but it’s a good idea to consider, if there is some kind of crisis, how a pattern from the past may have contributed to situations in which we now find ourselves.

Personal disruptions 6/24-28

On the 24th and 25th there is the potential for a great deal of creative energy, but personal relationships could be unclear as Venus squares off against Neptune.  The Sun “translates” an awkward aspect between Uranus and Chiron on the 27th which could be uncomfortable for a day or two due to an energy imbalance between the electric energy of Uranus and the physical emotionality of Chiron.

Mercury and Mars move into Leo

Mercury and Mars both leave the emotional sign of Cancer this week, moving into Leo, a more buoyant and self-oriented sign.  Mercury transitions […]

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By |2019-06-24T10:55:26-04:00June 24th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: Light in a stormy world

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.

Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes


We live in dark times, but that doesn’t mean that we must be engulfed in darkness.  I love these words from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, inspiring us to clear our own dark places from our personalities so that we may emerge into the world as lights to dispel the darkness.  ❤️

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By |2019-06-23T09:41:10-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Inspiration|2 Comments

The astrology of Greta Thunberg

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I am often asked to profile good people for a change, instead of the mass murderers and psychologically unbalanced individuals that fascinate me.  So I picked Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish woman who at age 15 has become an internationally known climate activist.  Greta has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and, curiously in light of her subsequent emergence as an outspoken activist, something called “selective mutism” in which a child is unable to speak under certain circumstances.

Greta’s astrological birth chart shows that she has the both the Sun and Moon in the practical sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn people like to Get Things Done, and Greta was born just after the Capricorn New Moon so there is a sense of beginning something new.  The New Moon personality has a quality of innocence combined with an intense energy to begin something new and create sweeping change. Her Mars (depicting her drive and the way she asserts herself) is in the intense and powerful sign of Scorpio, and it is aligned with Venus which shows she is intense and independent in all of her interpersonal dealings.

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Greta’s Sun is conjunct Chiron, the dwarf planet of wounding and healing.  This alignment signifies an individual who came into this world with a deep soul wound that she will be faced with throughout her life so that it can eventually be healed.  The Chiron archetype is that of the mentor – having healed our own wounds we then can choose to become a healer of others and a mentor to those who share our own affliction.  Saturn, planet of tests and challenges, faces off in a stressful opposition to both her Sun and Chiron, adding more stress to this […]

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By |2019-06-21T08:52:19-04:00June 21st, 2019|People|0 Comments

The astrological Hero’s Journey

A friend posted on Facebook, and since I use the archetype of the Hero’s Journey in my client consultations I found it quite interesting.

The great spiritual teachers, culture bringers, warriors, and saints: these are examples of Heroes who obey a Call to Adventure to descend into the depths of the time and of themselves, fight the dragon (whatever its form), obtain the great treasure it guards, and bring it back to the dayworld. This heroic Monomyth fleshes out the archetype of Initiation:

Separation > Initiation > Return

It is a dangerous path. Heroes can die or go mad walking it. They do it under compulsion, for they bring new ways of seeing and being that nourish their cultures of origin and, through story, humanity as a whole. . . .

As I’ve studied myth I’ve pondered what model might surface from tales that deal with how non-Heroes journey, struggle, and with a bit of luck find fulfillment.

I call this The Journey of Reenchantment.

The author then goes on to outline the stages of this journey::  Childhood Magic, Disenchantment, Alienation from the Magical, Rupture and Underworld Descent, Seeking, Re-emergence, More seeking, Finding the Magic Door, Living in Both Worlds, Opening the Door for Others.

From an astrological perspective, the Hero’s Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell, the famous historian/philosopher of myth, is probably best suited for individuals with difficult charts – those who have had tremendous challenges in their lives which have forced them to seek understanding and healing.  The Journey of Re-enchantment as described above, which this author describes as being for non-Heroes, is perhaps more applicable for those who have not felt that their lives were full of […]

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By |2019-06-20T08:56:39-04:00June 20th, 2019|Consciousness, Favorite posts|4 Comments

Planetary news this week! Full moon, Neptune retrograde, Mars reactions, and the Solstice

This week is so full of planetary action I hardly know where to begin!  If you missed my post on the Full Moon of June 17th you can catch it here.  The amplification of the Full Moon intensifies some of the other drama going on right now with Mars and Mercury so let’s talk about that a bit here.

Mars and Mercury

Last week I wrote: “Mars is quite active between the 13th and the 23th, which will help us to shake off some of the inertia of Jupiter/Neptune but could also create some problems.  Mars is the action planet, and it is currently opposing Saturn (limitations and restriction) and will soon also oppose Pluto (destruction, new beginnings).  The combination of Mars attempting to push its way through blockages, sometimes in a reckless manner, with the confusion of Jupiter/Neptune could create some chaos.  All of these planets are between 16 and 22 degrees, so if you have planets in your chart at those degrees you will be particularly affected.”  All of this is still true, and Mercury is involved now as well.

Mercury represents the mind and the way we think, communicate, and process information.  Mercury is in Cancer now where it encourages emotional thinking – this can be helpful when dealing with emotional issues, but less helpful when a more rational mind is required.  Mercury aligns with aggressive Mars on the 18th, stirring up arguments and creating a generally disagreeable environment.  It’s tempting to want to avoid the emotionality of what may arise, but there are clues to healing and progress in those emotions.  Ideally we want to pay attention to the reactions that bleed through our normal interactions without getting swept away […]

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By |2019-06-17T08:55:09-04:00June 17th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments
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