Astrological Musings

Once in another Blue Moon – the Virgo Full Moon of March 1st

The month of March begins with a Full Moon in Virgo counterbalancing the mystical magic of the Pisces stellium that I wrote about a few days ago (read more here). With five planets in Pisces and Neptune figuring prominently in the chart of the Full Moon, the desire to transcend and melt into an experience of bliss and creative spirituality will be strong, with only the Virgo Moon to provide balance and order. Integrating polarities is an important part of any Full Moon since the Sun and Moon are always in opposite signs at that time. Here we are learning to find balance between day to day life in a body (Virgo) and the creative inspiration of Pisces.

The opportunity for experiences that open the heart will be many with a trine from Venus in Pisces, which is already open and ready to achieve bliss, to Jupiter in Scorpio which as it prepares to turn retrograde later this month is at a standstill, beaming a laser light of expansion and confidence in our ability to passionately (Scorpio) embrace life and love (Venus) in all of its many forms and with all of the blemishes intact.

A harmonious trine from Saturn to the Moon helps to ground her earthiness amidst the mystical magic of the Pisces/Neptune influence.  This Full Moon asks that we align firmly with our bodies and find our center in the earth while allowing our hearts to open and swell with love and an acceptance of the bliss of divine connection.  Not an easy path, but one which will bring abundant blessings!

By | 2018-02-28T16:07:53+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Moon|5 Comments

Finding trust and faith in the future in difficult times

A portion of this article is a repost from an earlier article. Astrologers have a reputation, which we ourselves and our forbears have propagated, of being able to foretell the future.  If you run a Google search for “Can astrology predict the future,” the very first article is from a well-known astrology site titled “Predicting the future with astrology.”

The hunger to know the future is not, of course, limited to astrology.  Climatologists, stockbrokers, economists – all are paid to predict the future.  All fail miserably.

In our personal lives we long to know the outcome of our personal situations.  As one client brilliantly wrote me in frustration that astrology could not provide a clear map for him, “It is difficult for me, who feels blind about many things in life, to see a possible path to the answers, and that I feel on the edge of great personal discoveries, without the ability to really obtain them.”  I have certainly experienced those same feelings, and for many years I studied every aspect of my life through an astrological lens, hoping to find a clue to the future.

It’s just not possible.

It’s not possible to know the future because we are on a journey of self-discovery.  Religious people have a hard and fast belief system that tells them what their future holds, and for many that blind faith offers comfort.  I am a person that needs to experience things to believe them, and what I CAN tell you is that after over 30 years as a student and practitioner of astrology I have learned to really trust the planets.  The painful changes that we are forced to make under a Pluto transit can be seen through the eyes of hindsight as having been extremely beneficial.  The hardships of a Saturn/Sun conjunction are later seen as having developed great resilience.  If we pay close attention, we begin to see a pattern that each experience unfolds with purpose and leads to a future that we are more ready to face and embrace with trust.

This trust of the planets is echoed in a letter I received from a client a couple of years ago which I made the centerpiece of a blog post. The planets are only a reflection of the greater Wisdom of the Universe that supports and facilitates all life and all experiences.

For me, the effect of the observation of the planets on behavior, which after all is what astrology really is, has given me a closely personal experience of that Wisdom and a trust that the unseen celestial allies and teachers are guiding me through what sometimes seems to be a blind morass of decisions over which I have no control.  These teachers instruct from within – they are that voice that says “Follow your heart.  Do not be afraid.”  The voice  that we so often disregard and later realize was the correct one.  Whether you think of this voice as being from a god or from your spirit guides, or your guardian angel or your spirit allies – it is the voice of your higher self that is always with you, providing assistance along the path.

So when we feel that we are on a path that is twisting out of control, and feel blind and powerless to control the outcome, seek out that inner voice and see what it has to tell you. We are here to succeed on this journey and while we may encounter trauma and challenges, and while we will almost certainly make mistakes along the way, it’s the journey itself that provides the answers.


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By | 2018-02-27T07:57:20+00:00 February 27th, 2018|Inspiration, Life|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Prepare for fog and magic!

Feeling a little fuzzy lately? It could be that four planets and luminaries are all in mystical, magical Pisces.  Pisces inspires dreams and soul-opening experiences that expand us into heretofore unexplored realms of consciousness and bliss.  However, everything astrological has a dark side and a light side, and the dark side of Pisces is confusion and lack of motivation.

This week’s trip through Pisces is like an adventure into the land of faery… everything seems brighter and more beautiful, but we are apt to get lost into the mists of time.

Accelerating this potential for faery-land is the fact that Neptune, the modern ruler of Pisces which shares these attributes of magic and bliss but also confusion, is strongly aspecting all of the involved planets (Mercury, Venus, Chiron) and the Sun until March 6th and 7th when Venus and Mercury respectively will move into Aries and fire up our engines for re-entry into the real world.

Until then, this is a wonderful time for any kind of spiritual activity or anything that requires imagination and creative flow.  Meditation, creative writing or artistic work, musical expression – these are all perfect activities for the next couple of weeks. This will be a more difficult time for major decisions, so if you have to make one (unfortunately life doesn’t always wait for the perfect astrological timing) strap on your reality glasses and try to be sure you are seeing the real world as clearly as possible.

In any case – enjoy the magic, and allow any potential fog to take you into magical places that without it, you would never have discovered!

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By | 2018-02-25T08:15:32+00:00 February 25th, 2018|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

February 15th eclipse at the Aquarius New Moon- Write your own story

partial solar eclipse February 15

Although the eclipse on February 15th is a partial one, it still packs a strong astrological punch. There is a powerful compression of energies in the chart of the New Moon with six planets falling within a 30 degree arc, plus the North Node of fate, plus Juno, the asteroid of marriage and spiritual union.  You can see what a driver this New Moon will be to push us out of a deep sleep or unconsciousness into an awakened state.  A strong Jupiter aspect at the New Moon adds a grace card, but also suggests that we may overreact to these energies and exhaust ourselves.  Care should be taken to stay grounded during the period around the New Moon, because Aquarius (and Uranus, a strong influence here) are electromagnetic in nature and can burn out the nervous system if we aren’t careful. Loved ones will play an important part of the transitions during this lunar event.

Jupiter is in a tight square to the New Moon, showering us with hope and a longing to be more, have more, and do more than ever before.  We are also filled with new ideas thanks to a strong Uranus influence which helps us to see past the boundaries of the past into ways to find innovative new experiences.  Uranus rules Aquarius (modern ruler) so it rules this New Moon as well and accentuates the power of this New Moon to break us out of any ruts we have fallen into and move into a more authentic mode of being. Like any New Moon, this is a time of new beginnings – a time to set new intentions for new blessings to bring into our life.  But this New Moon carries with it an additional push to help us to clarify and intensify those intentions into reality – to write our own story and see it unfold. 

Potential for mental exhaustion is strong between the New Moon and the 17th of February so if you can schedule some rest time after the effervescence of the New Moon has subsided, it will help you to find greater integration.

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By | 2018-02-15T16:58:18+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Moon|2 Comments

The January 2018 “Super Blue Blood Moon” and the Leo/Aquarius axis

January 31 blood super moon eclipse

The Leo Full Moon on January 31st offers a trifecta of attributes which make this lunar event somewhat significant.  Most important from an astrological perspective, this is a total lunar eclipse with very tight angles to the lunar nodes, the points that represent our passage from past to future.  This tight connection between the Moon and the Sun and the nodes opens up a force field that unlocks areas of our life which we have shut down, or attempted to protect ourselves from.

Four of the five eclipses in 2018 are on the Leo/Aquarius axis, forcing us to confront areas where our need for personal development and satisfaction (Leo) are in conflict with the need to let go of some of our personal satisfaction in order to achieve justice and equality in the world around us (Aquarius).  Leo and Aquarius are opposites in the Zodiac – there is a tension between them that require integration and balance.  In this eclipse the Sun and South Node are in Aquarius, demonstrating the consciously creative impulse that is detached and manifests as pure energy.  The Leo Moon is bringing out our secret longings for recognition and pleasure, to find joy in the world and a sense of feeling special and unique, admired by those around us.  The North Node aligns with the Moon to assist us in this journey while not leaving behind the higher Aquarian aspirations towards a more transpersonal view.

The fact that this is a so-called “Blue Moon” is merely a calendar accident and has no real astrological significance.  However, this is a SuperMoon (© ), meaning the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times so it appears larger to us here on Planet Earth.  SuperMoons are associated with extreme weather events but can also intensify the effect of a Full Moon.  In the case of this January 31 eclipse, this is an astrological double whammy that can offer an opportunity for a tremendous breakthrough, especially for those of us who are more sensitive to lunar events (such as those with Cancerian signatures in their chart or a prominent Moon).  Breakthroughs sometimes do manifest as breakdowns instead, often when we feel stuck or have resisted necessary change and personal evolution.  Because of the potential for a higher degree of emotional intensity, I recommend spending some time in meditation or retreat at the time of this SuperMoon eclipse in order to set an intention for the creative power that may be released.

The eclipse formation is tied in with Ceres (nurturing and self-care) at the lunar Leo end and Venus (love, beauty, harmony) at the solar Aquarius end, accentuating the need to avoid losing ourselves in our obligations and duties at this time if at all possible, while maintaining an awareness of a connection with others.  It’s the balance between these two polarities that is the key to successfully utilizing the energies of this eclipse.

Full Moons are times of culmination, of fulfillment – the inner flower has bloomed and is at its peak right now. If you can resist the temptation to be lost in the Leo story, whether that is for grandeur or for victimhood, and align in your Truth seeking the highest good, you will find a showering of blessings at this eclipse time.

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By | 2018-01-28T08:17:39+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Moon|12 Comments
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