Astrological Musings

Retrogrades: A discussion for June 2014

Mercury retrogradeAs I was writing the Planetary Illuminations report for June (coming soon to an inbox near you if you are on my mailing list!!) I found that the discussion about retrogrades was substantial enough to deserve its own post.

Astrologically is not always astronomically correct because we observe the motion of the planets from our perspective here on earth.  From here, the planets sometimes appear to change direction and move backwards instead of forwards, and we call this “retrograde motion.”

As June begins, Saturn and Pluto are already retrograde, and during the month of June Mercury will turn retrograde on the 7th, followed by Neptune turning retrograde on the 9th, and Chiron will turn retrograde on the 20th.  By that time we will have five retrograde planets, which will tend to cause events to slow down and make it more difficult to move forwards.

If you think about a car making a U-turn you will get a sense of how the planet works when it prepares to change direction: Its motion slows down and then comes to a standstill as it makes the actual reversal.  When the planet starts to slow down its influence intensifies, especially if that planet is currently affecting planets in our own birthchart, and the energy of that planet becomes hard to ignore.  If it is Saturn, things feel heavy and we feel a great responsibility.  If it is Neptune, we may feel confused and lethargic but also crave music and meditation.

Once a planet turns retrograde, our attention is pulled back to the past.  Retrogrades provide us with an opportunity to revisit areas of our life that require further examination or revision.

The planet Mercury governs communication and learning, as well as other things involving the […]

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By |2014-06-01T09:21:10-04:00June 1st, 2014|Lessons|12 Comments

Gemini New Moon, May 28 2014

Gemini new moonThe New Moon in Gemini occurs on May 28th. Because the New Moon is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, there is a fresh new energy that is available to us at the New Moon.  It’s an opportunity to make a clean start and begin anew.

Gemini is the sign of the twins, and often it manifests as two faces of the same person which never have an opportunity to meet.  We experience this internally as duality – a part of us seeks one experience and another part of us craves its opposite.  When our values are not in alignment it becomes more difficult for us to focus and achieve our goals.

For this reason, Gemini times are not great for goal setting.  But they ARE good for exposing ourselves to new things so that we can try on new experiences and see how we are changed by them.  So during this Gemini New Moon, try something new that you have never tried before.  Maybe something that has never even occurred to you to try, or something you are certain you won’t like.  Try it just because you can.

Gemini loves to talk and communicate, so using words and language will be greatly supported over the next few days.

This New Moon includes a square from the Sun and Moon to Neptune.  Neptune squares are amazing, creative, spiritually opening.  But they can also create illusion and make it difficult to focus if work is required.  In addition, Gemini itself lacks focus, preparing to explore all of the myriad of experiences that are offered to us at the moment.

The period between the 25th and the 29th and not great times for business applications.  Instead use this time for creative […]

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By |2014-05-27T07:41:28-04:00May 27th, 2014|Moon|0 Comments

Memorial Day 2014 – the astrology of US warriors

Memorial DayIt is very ironic that as we celebrate Memorial Day today – the US holiday that honors its fallen soldiers – the Veterans Administration is being rocked by a scandal that data on admissions was falsified to hide the fact that those very fallen soldiers were left waiting for medical treatment which led to the deaths of at least 23 veterans.

The first Memorial Day on May 1 in 1865 when thousands of slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to wash and dress the bodies of 257 slain Union soldiers who had been thrown into a mass grave.  These soldiers were reburied in a proper cemetery, and a parade of thousands of black Charlestonians, many of them former slaves, led a procession and dedication of the graves.  This dedication was followed by picnics and celebration.

No matter what your politics, it can’t be denied that fallen soldiers rarely receive their due unless they are killed in battle.  Then there is great fanfare and honor, but the soldiers who return from war with PTSD, psychological and physical wounds, and whose lives will never be the same, often have nowhere to turn and are forgotten.

In mundane astrology, Mars represents warfare and warriors.  In the astrological chart for the US, Mars is in the sign of Gemini, the sign of the shapeshifter and experience seeker.  Mars in Gemini does not have a great deal of power – it can become distracted and seek a wide variety of experiences.  We can see this plainly in the tendency of the United States to insert itself in wars around the globe rather than focus on one particular situation and gather strength in that […]

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By |2019-05-27T14:23:30-04:00May 26th, 2014|Politics|6 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Jupiter trine Saturn

10336740_10154218834010393_6500362005937514528_nThis week marks the final phase of the trine formation between Jupiter and Saturn that began in July 2013, peaked in December 2013, and is now waning and will soon disappear.

Throughout most of 2013 Jupiter (in Cancer) and Saturn (in Scorpio) were part of a Grand Trine in water planets that included Neptune in Pisces.  The trine formation looks like a big triangle and is considered one of the softer aspects which provide support and harmony, something which has been much needed in the midst of the stressful pressures of Uranus and Pluto, the planets of radical change and deep transformation.

Jupiter inspires us to expand and experience confidence – to reach beyond the limits of that which we think is possible.  Saturn sets those limits and encourages us to set goals for ourselves and strive for certain objectives which will help us to achieve success in mastering the material world.  When these two planets align in harmony there is literally nothing that we cannot do.

Over the next week as this alignment peaks in its power, work with your creative self to sharpen your image of how you would like your life to unfold.  Then use the faith and confidence of Jupiter and Saturn’s discipline and focus to take the steps required to lead you into this emboldened future.

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By |2014-05-25T08:28:59-04:00May 25th, 2014|Planetary cycles|0 Comments

Individualism, Wealth, and the Second House

6394571_sI was watching writer Evan Osnos on one of the news shows at the gym on Sunday discuss the rise of individualism in China, tying it to that country’s growing wealth, and it struck me with a bit of surprise that individuality lives in the astrological Second House along with wealth and the accumulation of assets.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise, because in the Second House we develop a relationship to our environment – a stage which corresponds to the developmental phase of a child’s claiming that things are now mine.  Me and Mine live in the Second House along with money, our self-esteem, and our talents and personal resources.

The less personal resources a person or nation has, the less they can afford individualistic behavior.  Wealth brings with it an enhanced freedom that expands individual rights and self-concern – all factors that live in the Second House.

As an aside, this review of Mr. Osnos’s book on China is very interesting in light of the current square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:  “Two potent, antagonistic forces—a swelling individualism [Uranus in Aries] and a political structure intent on controlling it [Pluto in Capricorn] —shape a rising superpower in this revealing journalistic portrait.”

I think we are seeing conflict between these two antagonistic forces everywhere on the globe right now, but perhaps the conflict can be seen more clearly in those nations which are seeing the biggest transformation and the most intense conflict.

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By |2014-05-20T11:06:23-04:00May 20th, 2014|Life|0 Comments
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