Astrology in my world

A very wicked Mercury Retrograde! And “Mercury Max”

Am I the only one who has had a miserable time over the past three weeks?  I’m usually pretty good at navigating through Mercury retrograde periods, but this one really did wreak havoc in many areas of my life.  I can’t count the number of appointments that I either didn’t enter into the calendar or put in the wrong place.  Confusion in communication was rampant, including changing my mind and redoing certain things over and over.

All of this was made worse by the fact that Mercury (communication) aligned with Mars (passion and anger) at the eclipse degree, at the end of August.  Any issues that came up at the time of eclipse continued to erupt at that time.

Richard Nolle is a brilliant astrologer who first coined the term “Supermoon” for a lunation (Full or New Moon) that is closest to the earth.  Another one of his ideas is that of “Mercury Max” – the period of greatest elongation between Mercury and the Sun.  According to Richard, the Mercury Max period ”

begins when evening star Mercury reaches its maximum elongation (greatest distance) east of the Sun; extends through the Mercury  and the inferior , and ends when the little planet as morning star reaches its maximum elongation west of the Sun.

If like me this technical language is difficult to comprehend, the important thing to note is that these cycles occur four times a year in concert with the Mercury retrograde cycles.  The current Mercury Max cycle according to Richard began on July 30th and continued all the way through August, ending around September 12th. Richard has always said that these Mercury Max periods coincide with Coronal Mass Ejections and solar storms (we had a very strong one on September 7-9th), earthquakes of major magnitude (note the one in Mexico that measured 8.1 on the Richter scale) and the four major hurricanes of the past couple of weeks:  Harvey which devastated Texas, Irma which currently threatens Florida, Jose and Katia.

As above, so below – when there is this much chaotic energy in the atmosphere it is bound to affect us, especially those of us who are more sensitive to energy.  Just as we need to find shelter in a protected area during a tornado, in times of chaotic energy storms it’s critical to find a place of strength and grounding inside of our own selves.

I did survive my Mercury Retrograde chaos, and the storms were mostly just minor ones.  I hope that all of my beloved readers are safe despite the storms that challenge our world today.

 

By | 2017-09-10T09:17:04+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Astrology in my world|12 Comments

Pluto, psychology, transformation and the devil

Pluto astrology

You’ll be reading a lot about Pluto in these pages in the next months because I’m just entering a cycle of Pluto to an important system in my chart (geeky astrological details: to my Sun/Saturn/Neptune conjunction which squares Uranus).  Pluto was discovered in 1930 and is associated with psychology and the understanding of our hidden motivations and the mental and emotional factors that underlie our actions.

Pluto, of course, was the Lord of the Underworld.  In psychological astrology he represents the Underworld of the psyche – the secrets that we hide from others and from ourselves, the dim recesses of the mind where our darkest emotions are tucked away.  In transformational astrology I consider Pluto to act as the “Will of the Higher Self” – the part of us that encourages us to transform our secret darkness into an awakened Self through wisdom and understanding.

If we look to the mythological history of Pluto (or Hades as he was called in ancient Greece) we find that Hades was closely identified with Ploutos, the god of wealth and agricultural bounty. Hades himself was a god of the hidden wealth from under the earth such as precious metals and gems, as well as being the protector and defender of the dead.

We often think of Pluto as being a ruthless Lord of Death and destruction, but this early association of Pluto/Hades with protecting the dead reveals a secret to the Pluto archetype that we don’t often consider – Pluto’s real role is to facilitate our personal evolution if we allow it to.  Under Pluto’s influence we find ourselves facing life in a far more intense way than might be comfortable, but it’s all for the sake of deepening our awareness and facilitating our awakening.

Before the introduction of Pluto and modern psychology, this inner darkness was blamed on the Devil, or on personal daemons.  Without our modern understanding of psychological processes, compulsions and anti-social behavior was considered to be the work of the devil.  One thing I have learned is that as long as we blame anything in our lives on others we can never move forward, and without understanding the darkness in ourselves we cannot experience the kind of transformation required to move through difficulties.

I hope I can remember this as I traverse the Pluto minefields over the next few years! I know that you all will remind me. 🙂

By | 2017-01-18T08:50:43+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Astrology in my world, Psychology|4 Comments

Random musings and how I spent my Uranus transit

Uranus transitThere are some planetary cycles that visit all of us at around the same time of our lives.  Many of you are familiar with the Saturn Return, the first one of which occurs around age 28-30 and brings with it the call of responsibility, Saturn’s baileywick.  The outer planets, being farther away from the Sun, have bigger cycles.  Uranus, for example, takes 84 years to orbit the Sun to the Uranus return occurs at around age 84.

The outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) inspire us to transform our lives – they don’t dabble in the personal realm like the traditional planets do.  Uranus cycles (the opening square at age 21-22, the opposition at age 41-42, the closing square at 61-63 and the return at age 84) always ask this question:  What are you doing with your life, and does it reflect your authentic self?

In my own life I’ve had a lot going on the past few years.  Typical Second Saturn Return stuff:  My mother’s illness and death, having to trademark my blog after a threat of a lawsuit from a Big Portal Site, rebuilding the blog, challenges with my work team, three house renovations and cleaning out my mother’s house, the death of my beloved dog, my husband’s retirement, a new dog, the illness and death of my sister’s husband… all typical things that happen in a person’s life, but packed into a small amount of time.

The Uranus square follows the Saturn Return and suddenly I’m looking at my life and everything I have manifested over the past 20 years, since the last Uranus cycle, and trying to get clear about what is really important and feels right, and what I am just doing out of habit.

In my own chart Saturn is in a challenging square to Uranus, so the Saturn transits hit Uranus and Uranus hits Saturn, bringing out the dichotomy between responsibility and the structures we create (Saturn) and the part of us that wants to leave everything behind and create a different life for ourselves (Uranus).

Uranus is electrical in nature, and under a transit of Uranus to the chart our nervous system is often affected.  Towards the middle of the cycle last summer I realized that if I didn’t slow down and start taking care of myself I was going to start having serious health problems.   I stopped doing readings and am only now starting up again.  I cleaned up my diet, restarted a regular practice of  meditation and yoga and kept my calendar clear.

I’m afraid this blog was one of the casualties of this navel gazing for awhile.  I never meant to be gone for so long and have had so many ideas of things to write about!  I am just finishing the big Uranus transit, though it will be sitting right on my planets through May.  But Uranus rules astrology after all, so this is a very good time to resume my regular writing practice which is a meditation, after all.

I am grateful to those of you still visiting this blog despite the lack of posts, and promise to have more interesting things for you to read in the very near future.

By | 2016-03-24T08:45:21+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Astrology in my world|16 Comments

My Thanksgiving Blogiversary (Tenth!!) and random thoughts

AM on Blogger Happy Thanksgiving dear friends!  It was ten years ago today that my sister helped me start this blog while she was visiting me for Thanksgiving vacation.

As an astrologer, I see the world through the astrological lens and wanted to share that viewpoint with whoever happened to stop by and visit.  At the same time I wanted to demonstrate to a larger audience that astrology is more than so-called “horoscopes” and sun signs.  Over the years so many people have told me that it was my blog that started their path of astrological study, and I can’t tell you how gratifying that is.

For seven or eight years I managed to post nearly every single day – finding interesting news pieces or philosophical ideas to frame within the astrological lens.  Over the past couple of years I have had a more difficult time keeping up the inspiration for that daily writing, and this year for the first time I took long breaks between posts.  I attribute much of this to the fact that I am in the middle of a Very Big Uranus Transit, the kind that happens only every 21 years or so.  It was during the last Very Big Uranus Transit in 1992-3 when I first started writing my monthly planetary column which I then called Skywatch and which is now posted as Planetary Illuminations.  At the time a monthly astrology column which was not a sun sign horoscope column was pretty rare.

Uranus urges us to break free of routines that no longer work for us, and under his influence (he has been virtually stationary sitting right on an already Uranian system in my chart since May and will be there through March) I have been reassessing a lot of things.  Taking a break from writing has helped to clear my head and give me a chance to see what about my writing I want to keep in my life and what it might be time to let go of.

One thing I have realized is that writing this blog was a mental meditation – an hour or two that I gave myself to examine the world through the lens of personal and spiritual development and planetary magic.  I miss that.  So it’s likely you will be seeing more articles from me again, and more consistent writing.

I may be making some changes in how I present the monthly Planetary Illuminations report because after all, there are hundreds of similar reports like it these days.   I’m considering doing a monthly video report instead, or perhaps an audio podcast.  But meanwhile, I’m grateful that you have not given up on this blog and continue to visit!

 

By | 2015-11-26T07:59:32+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Astrology in my world|19 Comments

My Big Uranus Transit and the Uranus Cycle

"Phoenix of the Heart" by Kim Dreyer

Some of you may be wondering where I have been, and in fact I have wondered that myself.  I am in the middle of a Very Big Uranus Transit in which the planet of rebellion and the destroyer of all that is rigid and feels like obligation is sitting right on an important system in my chart.  (Geeky astrological details: I have a triple conjunction in Libra of Saturn, Sun and Neptune which is squared by Uranus in Cancer.)  

The Uranus cycle tends to be associated with major changes in a person’s life.  The first one, the square (90 degree) aspect from Uranus in the sky to Uranus in the chart, occurs around age 20-22 in tandem with the closing square of Saturn in the sky to Saturn in the chart.  This is usually a time of chaos in a young person’s life during which they may dramatically shift the course their life has been taking up until that time.  Saturn puts pressure on the individual to get serious about their life, and at the same time Uranus is urging rebellion and a breaking away of anything that feels restrictive.  No wonder it’s such a challenging time!

The second phase in the cycle is the classic midlife crisis transit at age 40-42, the Uranus Opposition, which occurs in tandem with the square of transiting Neptune to natal Neptune.  During this cycle the urge to break out of routine (Uranus) is complicated by the confusion and delusion that is imposed by Neptune in an effort to inspire transcendence and a yearning for a more inward and spiritual life course.

The third phase in the cycle occurs around age 60-62, after the second Saturn Return at age 56-68.  The second Saturn Return marks the entry into what used to be called “Old Age” – now that 70 is the new 40, all of our conceptions about aging has changed.  Yet there’s no doubt that the second Saturn Return urges us to get serious about preparing for old age.  At this stage we have to let go of our ideas of who we wanted to be and recognize that we are who we are, and we had better embrace it.  And here comes the closing square of the Uranus cycle – the impetus for change that calls our attention to anything in our lives and in our psyche that feels stuck and calcified and needs release in order to achieve liberation.

The final phase in the Uranus cycle is the Uranus Return at age 84.  If one has lived to this stage, the Uranus Return offers an opportunity to free oneself from any artifice of human existence and prepare for the final passage out of this life and into the realm of pure energy.  For really, Uranus in its purest form represents the energy of human life: the electromagnetic force that provides the spark of life and supports that spark through a web of electromagnetic fields that we sometimes call “auras.”  For this reason Uranus cycles are often associated not only with shocking events that change our lives in the outer world, but also with kundalini events that can bring about anxiety and intense emotional changes.

When like me Uranus in your birthchart is tied into a sensitive system including a very personal planet like the Sun, these Uranus transits are intensified and become more important in transitioning into the next stage of the human experience.  My own Uranus Opposition happened to occur when Uranus and Neptune aligned in the early 1990s.  It was the best of times and the worst of times – my life was filled with exciting new experiences but also divorce.  I started to tap into my psychic abilities, but I also experienced debilitating panic attacks.  The breaking down of the defenses of the psyche is more difficult for people (again, like me) who have numerous planets in fixed signs that are not easily adaptable to change.

Over the past five years with Uranus locked in its dance with Pluto that you have been reading so much about (and if this is new you can catch up with the mini article in the sidebar), those of us undergoing these major Uranus cycles have been even more powerfully affected because of the inclusion of Pluto’s intensity.  This includes those born between 1990 and 1995 who have experienced the opening square of the cycle, those born between 1970-1975 who are in their Uranus Opposition, those like me born between 1950-1953 in the closing square, and finally, those in their Uranus Return born between 1926-1929.

I was somewhat apprehensive about the effect of this big Uranus Cycle in my own life, especially since transiting Uranus is at a virtual standstill in the sky and has been powering a laser beam of intense energy since May and will continue until at least September.  Like all transits the beginning was the most intense as the energy ramped up for the transit and I was forced to adapt to new energy pathways being forged that created some insomnia and emotional outbursts.  But now the initial intensity has smoothed out and I see that I am being opened from the inside out which is making it easier for me to let go and allow these changes to occur.

When these intense energetic shifts happen it can be quite frightening, but understanding the way astrology works can be quite helpful as we have a better idea of why these changes are happening and what we can do to facilitate the process.

Unfortunately my dear readers, under the force of Uranus I have neglected this blog.  The (almost) daily writing that a blog requires is a Saturnian effort – it requires discipline and focus and patience.  I do have Saturn on my Sun which usually helps me to pump out articles that are hopefully interesting and help to educate on a regular basis where so many other bloggers have quit.  However, with Uranus urging me to drop the routines, forget the obligations – seek something new and exciting in my life – it has been more difficult to write something fascinating about a New Moon for the thousandth time since this blog’s inception in 2005.

So while I apologize to you for having neglected you for so long, I believe that something is awakening in my soul and in my psyche that will ultimately benefit you as well so that we can take this journey into greater understanding together.

By | 2015-06-16T08:00:54+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Astrology in my world|10 Comments
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