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Now posted! Planetary Illuminations for December 2015

December 2015 horoscopes From DeviantArt

 

December’s planetary forecast is now up and you can read the entire article here.  Many of my readers find the terminology in these articles confusing, and for them I have a special version translated into simpler language that is easy to understand.  If you’re not on this mailing list and would like to be, you can sign up in the sidebar.

Meanwhile here is an overview of the major planetary events for December.

While the exact square (challenging 90 degree angle) of Uranus in a square to Pluto is over, the two planets are still within two degrees of that exact square and will continue to be in tight formation through April of 2016.  (If this is new to you, please see the explanation in the sidebar.)  This means that the intense pressure for change that we have seen since 2010 will remain in effect for the next five months or so as the old structures which have been broken down (Pluto in Capricorn) struggle to find new forms that best express our own authentic individuality (Uranus in Aries).

During the first 10 days of December the Sun and Mars, both fast moving planets that often serve to trigger larger alignments, will “translate” the Uranus/Pluto square and potentially set off any areas of our lives that require a shift.

Uranus is particularly powerful now because it is stationary, appearing to stand still in the sky, as it prepares to change direction.  Uranus has been retrograde since July and has only traveled a few degrees since May, so if like me you are undergoing a personal transit of Uranus you still have a ways to go before it completes its work.

When a planet is stationary in the sky […]

By | 2017-04-02T09:40:54+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Astrology|0 Comments

Sexuality in the Birthchart

sex and astrologyAs with most things in life, sexuality is a complex creature with multiple layers of experience, and that complexity is mirrored in the variety of sexual expressions that we see in the astrological chart.  The sexual experience encompasses a wide variety of motivations and feelings and the astrological signatures for these feelings help us to understand more about how we approach sexuality in our own life.

Typically, astrologers look to Mars for the expression of the sexual drive. Mars rules our drive and desire, and therefore it rules sexual desire along with our desire for ice cream or a new car.  Any desire is fueled by the energy of Mars to activate something in the individual, and sexuality is no exception.

Mars also describes the way we pursue what we want; it shows what kind of sexuality we prefer and how we go about attracting a partner.  The placement and aspects of Mars describe the sexual techniques and feelings that are most comfortable to us.  For example, an airy Mars is more likely to be stimulated by the energy of sex, or to be drawn to sexual fantasies and ideas.  An earthy Mars will require lots of physical contact.  Watery Mars prefers a powerful emotional content to the sexual experience, and fiery Mars is all about desire and the scratching of an itch.  The aspects that other planets make to Mars help to color the sexual experience as well.  Saturn conjunct Mars may inhibit our sexuality; Jupiter square Mars could signify a large number of sexual conquests. 

Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio, and Scorpio is well-known for […]

By | 2018-11-27T16:49:23+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Astrology|12 Comments

The astrological quandary of new planet discoveries

Image by Vivek Sonar

Each time a new planet has been discovered, it has opened a new doorway in the field of astrology.  For thousands of years the visible planets told the entire astrological story, and life was considered to a march towards one inevitable destiny.  The planetary story of the natal chart was either exalted or debilitated, and one was forced to resign oneself to fate.

Beginning in the late 18th century with the discovery of Uranus, the astrological landscape began to change.  A flurry of revolutionary ideologies and a drive towards individuality, the hallmarks of the Uranian influence, spread like wildfire around the world.  Neptune’s discovery in the 19th century led to an increase of spiritual and mystical thought (as opposed to the religious dogma of the church state that was the primary governing force throughout the second millenium of the common era.  Pluto’s entry into the pantheon in 1930 opened the doorway for the great psychological teachers of our time (Freud and Jung) and oversaw the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs that were later used annhilate a large part of Japan (Pluto rules the underworld of the psyche as well as the process of destruction and regeneration).

Between 1801 and 1804 the four commonly used asteroids (Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta) were discovered, although they were not included in the astrological pantheon until the early 1970s.   Chiron’s discovery in late 1977 was an intriguing event for astrologers because of the difficulty in identifying whether Chiron was an asteroid, a comet, or a small planet (read more about that here) and for many years astrologers grouped Chiron together with the other asteroids although astronomers classified Chiron as one of the Centaur minor planets.

Beginning in […]

By | 2018-08-04T08:31:05+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Astrology, Science|2 Comments

Saturn on the Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp

Scorpio Sagittarius cusp

Saturn, the planet of tests and challenges, entered Sagittarius in December but then retrograded back into Scorpio between June 14th and will move back into Sagittarius on September 17th.

While Saturn was in Scorpio, the sign that rules intensity, power, and sexuality among many other things, we saw a rise of sexual abuse allegations, including the eruption of a long-suppressed case against Bill Cosby, the exposure of sexual abuse rings in Britain, and the revelation of secrets after the hack of the Ashley Madison cheating website.  (Read more about Saturn in Scorpio.

Saturn is the teacher of the planetary pantheon, and it brings lessons into every sign through which it travels.  Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius has already brought challenges to transportation and immigration, both of which fall under the Sagittarius umbrella.  When Saturn retrograded back into Scorpio to complete its tasks there it didn’t leave behind the Sagittarian issues.

Immigration will obviously be a critical aspects of this 2-1/2 year trip of Saturn through Sagittarius which rules long distance travel and the exposure to foreign cultures which expand the mind.  Immigration is already shown to be a highlight of campaigns for the 2016 election as Republicans propose ways to keep out immigrants not only from Mexico but from Canada as well.  Floods of immigrants attempting to escape Syria are changing the face of Europe, and the result of further integration of Muslim culture with old Europe will bring with it a new set of challenges.  Camps to restrict (Saturn) the movement of these migrants is already causing problems which will continue to increase under Saturn’s passage through Sagittarius.

The lessons of each sign lead us to the next – in Scorpio we face our demons […]

By | 2018-06-11T09:56:29+00:00 September 6th, 2015|Saturn|2 Comments

Planetary Illuminations for August 2015 now posted!

Venus retrogradeI had a moment of fright this morning when Word Press informed me that my work over the past two days on the August report had disappeared!  Fortunately my trusty Chrome browser had saved all of the text and I was able to retrieve it.  So I am more pleased than ever to present to you:  Your August Planetary Illuminations report!!

If you are on my mailing list you will soon be receiving your summary translated into simple English in your email box.  If you’re not yet on my mailing list, please sign up in the sidebar!  Here is the introduction to get you started.

MAJOR EVENTS

Venus retrograde.  Venus turned retrograde on July 25th and will remain in retrograde motion until September 6th, so it will be traveling retrograde throughout the month of August.  Venus presides over relationships and friendships of all kinds, and only retrogrades every couple of years unlike the outer planets which are retrograde about half the year, and Mercury which retrogrades four times a year.  Retrograde periods are important because they encourage us to go back and reinvestigate matters of the past which have not been adequately resolved,  or which have the potential to offer us greater understanding about our current condition.

During Venus retrograde periods you will likely find yourself revisiting and re-evaluating both love relationships and friendships, reconnecting with old friends and perhaps letting some relationships go.  Despite what you will hear in the popular press, Venus retrograde does not cause your relationships to fail and you are not doomed to a barren love life if you were born with Venus retrograde.  Like darkness and light, retrogradation is a normal part of the ebb and flow of human existence.

Saturn square Jupiter. Saturn is stationary now as it […]

By | 2018-07-15T09:44:10+00:00 August 1st, 2015|Astrology|0 Comments
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