Astrological Musings

The astrology of vaccines and the Saturn/Neptune square

vaccines astrologyAs an astrologer it is interesting to watch how current planetary cycles play out in the news.  Saturn just moved into Sagittarius where our belief systems (Sagittarius) are being challenged, and right now Saturn is within two degrees or so of a challenging square to Neptune.

Saturn as many of you know is the Celestial Teacher of the astrological pantheon – he is the voice that scolds us when we are unrealistic and the guide who allows us to make stupid mistakes in the name of learning.  In the sign of Sagittarius over the next couple of years he will challenge our ideas of what gives meaning to our world, and threaten our most closely held belief systems – all for the sake of greater mastery of the material world which is the true goal of Saturn in our lives.

Neptune is the planet of spirituality and imagination, but also delusion and addiction.  Under Neptune’s influence we seek an experience that goes beyond the material world – ideally through the higher practices of meditation, art or music but sometimes through fantasy and an unrealistic approach to life.  When Saturn and Neptune form a challenging aspect in the sky, the reality factor (Saturn) conflicts with the desire to escape that reality (Neptune).

The recent flareup of concern over unvaccinated children at this particular time shows the confusion (Neptune) around the area of vaccine safety, and Saturn in Sagittarius is challenging our belief systems that guide us.  The federal government provides a religious  (Sagittarius) exemption for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children which is likely to be challenged under Saturn’s influence.

Right now this whole issue appears to be mostly centered in political rhetoric, but later in the year […]

By | 2018-06-11T09:56:48+00:00 February 5th, 2015|Health & Healing|4 Comments

New book on healing trauma is wrong!!

Chiron healingMany of you know that the process of healing trauma is the domain of Chiron and as such is an important part of the work I do with clients as well as an important focus in my own life.  When Chiron was first discovered we astrologers believed that Chiron represented the unhealable wound, but during 30 plus years of readings I realized that these wounds DO heal, but it’s not a simple process.  They don’t just magically go away but instead require a conscious embrace and welcome of the old feelings and emotions into a mindful release.

This kind of healing of trauma is now called Somatic healing.  One of the first practitioners to use this approach, and the first I heard of, was Peter Levine whose first book Waking the Tiger introduced a radical new approach to trauma therapy.  In this approach the patient is encouraged to awaken the fears that have been numbed by the body’s response to trauma so that these feelings can be processed and the trauma released, exactly as I have for years talked about the Chironic effect.  Somatic healing is now widespread and a valuable tool in the arsenal of therapists working with patients with PTSD.

So I was distressed to hear about David Morris’s book on his own PTSD experience (The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) “There is no cure for trauma.  Once it enters the body it stays forever.”   Mr. Morris was an embedded journalist during the war in Iraq and having observed countless deaths and all manner of frightening events returned home with a severe case of PTSD.

I myself have been working to heal my own PTSD for most of my adult life.  It […]

By | 2015-02-04T06:04:53+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Health & Healing|3 Comments

A Big Big Full Moon in Leo, February 2015

Leo Full Moon February 2015The Leo Full Moon on February 3rd is a powerhouse of enthusiasm and positive energy.  The sign of Leo is majestic and creative, always seeking ways to shine and express the uniqueness of the Self.  In this Full Moon, the Moon conjoins expansive Jupiter, bestowing confidence and abundance and opening the heart to greater potential for joy.

At the Leo Full Moon the Leo Moon opposes the Aquarius Sun, so there is a tension between the focus on the personal (Leo) and a push for a more transpersonal experience where all of humanity becomes equivalent to the individual self (Aquarius).  This tension is amplified by the presence of Jupiter, which aligns with the Moon to open the heart and opposes the Sun to plant a seed of dissatisfaction with the status quo and encourage us to seek ever greater experiences and personal admiration.  For Leo’s desire to shine from the open heart also contains a need for adulation from others that can be triggered by Jupiterian righteous confidence.

All Full Moons require balance and integration between two opposing polarities, and this dance between the development of the personal Self (Leo) a the more detached and reasoned focus on humanitarian service (Aquarius) is a tricky one.  Fortunately the Sun, in a harmonious sextile to Uranus, helps us to bridge that divide by exciting the mind and opening up new pathways for us to re-imagine the world around us.

There is a lineup now of planets in Pisces (Mars, Chiron, Venus and Neptune) ask that we surrender and let go of our ideas of who we are and what we must have for our happiness (Leo) in order to find a more transcendent bliss that comes directly from the Divine […]

By | 2015-02-03T07:43:31+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Moon|3 Comments

Planetary Illuminations: Astrological forecast for February 2015 is posted

Mandala by Paul Heussenstam Mandala by Paul Heussenstam

You can read the article in its entirety right here.  If you are not yet on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar to receive this monthly report with a translation into language that is easy to understand!

Here is the introduction with the major events coming up this month.  To learn more about how your own chart is affected by these planetary cycles, consider a personal consultation.

The big story in February is the continued tightening of the square between Uranus and Pluto which will culminate for the last of seven exact phases in March.  Throughout February these two planets continue to tighten their dance, squeezing out any last bit of resistance to the cataclysm of change that our inner and outer worlds have experienced over the past five years since this cycle began.

The elemental balance right now is highly mutable, with four planets in Pisces and a shortage of the Earth element which helps us to ground and build a stable foundation from which we can evolve and grow.  This lack of Earth will continue over the next several months, making it even more important to ground ourselves and find stability where we can.

Uranus and Pluto have been interacting in a challenging formation to the lunar nodes – the signposts of evolutionary growth from past to future.  The lunar nodes are concerned with fate and destiny, and there is a sense now that every action has tremendous importance in carrying us towards that destiny.  Choices that we make create our fate, and cycles of change require a degree of trust in the wisdom of the Universe to effect change in exactly the best way to help […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:40:54+00:00 February 1st, 2015|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

The Astrology of 2015

2015 new year astrology

 

I recently gave a talk to members of the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship and wanted to share it here with you.  My friend was kind enough to provide the generous introduction.  I am working on converting the video file to one that I can share but in the meantime here is the audio.  Enjoy!!

(click the play button to listen – please note there is about a 12-second delay)

By | 2015-01-30T07:41:26+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Astrology|0 Comments
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