Astrological Musings

Sunday inspiration: On being alive

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.

Birth is okay and death is okay, if we know that they are only concepts in our mind. Reality transcends both birth and death.

Everyday we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Khan, Living Buddha, Living Christ

The Pisces Full Moon that we just emerged from featured a confluence of the Virgo/Capricorn earthy connection to the physical world, while the Pisces Full Moon and the square from Jupiter (expansion) to Neptune (transcendence), the traditional and modern rulers of Pisces, inspired a more ascended impulse and an opening of our spiritual centers.  Finding balance between these two polarities can be a challenge, but this writing from Thich Nhat Khan so brilliantly describes how we can bridge those polarities to emerge fully integrated into a deep experience of the joy of living in a body while simultaneously reaching […]

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By |2019-09-14T19:09:29-04:00September 15th, 2019|Inspiration|0 Comments

This month’s Pisces Full Moon and the road to bliss

The Pisces Full Moon on the 14th harmonizes with Pluto for a turbo boost of creative inspiration along with personal empowerment and growth.  Under the Pisces Full Moon, the imagination and inner wisdom of Pisces takes precedence over the mundane details of everyday reality of the four Virgo planets.  Pluto is a powerful ally in this endeavor, applying pressure to encourage transformation and a deepening of our true connection to our inner wisdom. Pisces tends to be somewhat passive, preferring to bask in the glow of transcendence, but this Full Moon chart includes a strong Mars aspect as well to activate the normal passivity of the Pisces energies.

Mercury and Venus are both at the last degree of Virgo, completing their passage through the sign of details and the everyday and teetering on the cusp of Libra where the energies shift to more refinement and a greater sense of balance and equanimity as we begin to integrate the polarity of opposites into the experience of wholeness.

This is a time to bring more fairy dust into your life – to plan a day or two, or three, of creativity and to truly appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

The final phase of Jupiter square Neptune is in play, and while our creativity is high, attention to detail may be somewhat lacking.  In times such as these we have to tune in to our inner voice and allow our intuition to guide the way.  The Pisces Full Moon energies can help with this!

Some things to think about to help you to get the most out of this Full Moon:

  • How can I let go of some of my preconceived notions that keep me from experiencing […]
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By |2019-09-12T20:34:07-04:00September 12th, 2019|Moon|0 Comments

Saturn and Pluto conjunct South Node: The day of reckoning

(Bloom County Comic) Accounting for misdeeds comes in all shapes and sizes.  I accidentally stepped on my cat’s tail and have to beg for forgiveness.   You say something insensitive to a friend and apologize for that misdeed.  But this year we have seen the exposure of some enormous misdeeds and the need for the accounting to set the scales of justice in order.

Ever since March 2019 either Saturn or Pluto, and sometimes both planets, conjoined the South or descending lunar node.  The Nodes of the Moon, as many of you know, are like directional signs pointing the way from where we’ve come (South Node) to where we are headed (North Node).  There is a quality of fate with the nodes; a sense that the direction of our journey is already charted and of course this is true to some extent.  We can’t change our natal chart and our basic characteristics, and that North Node is always beckoning to us as a focus of personal growth.  But along the way we make choices and these choices can change the course of our lives for good or for ill.

Saturn is a personal planet and operates in the personal realm, challenging us to face our responsibilities and work diligently towards our goals and often testing us in various ways to increase our emotional and physical endurance.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet; its influence can be more ruthless in its pressure to create and support personal transformation.  Saturn makes things hard, Pluto can break us or make us.  With both of these planets  pressuring the South Node of the past, it’s no wonder that there have been personal crises and revelations of a very public nature as […]

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By |2019-09-11T08:25:33-04:00September 11th, 2019|Life|9 Comments

Jupiter square Neptune: The final bow under the Pisces Full Moon

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One of the more significant planetary cycles of 2019 is a powerful square (90 degree) dynamic between Jupiter and Neptune.  Jupiter and Neptune are connected through their mutual rulership of the sign Pisces:  Jupiter is the traditional ruler and Neptune the modern ruler of Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune share an expansive view of the world, and a desire to bring true meaning into our lives.  However, Jupiter’s focus is more on the expansion of the Self through a pursuit of meaning and Truth whereas Neptune’s role is to inspire us to break free of the boundaries of the limitations of this material world and the individual Self.

Because Jupiter and Neptune are natural allies, even the stressful aspects like the square can bring about a swell of creativity and bliss.   Jupiter’s expansive and buoyant nature gives a boost to Neptune’s inspiration to expand the inner spiritual heart.  The only danger here is that Jupiter is especially powerful in the other sign which it rules: Sagittarius, and Neptune is in Pisces, the sign co-ruled by Jupiter and Neptune.  All of this magic and bliss and creativity and inspiration is wonderful for writers, musicians, artists – anyone practicing in a creative field or exploring spirituality.  It is less wonderful for keeping our feet on the ground and making sensible decisions.

This cycle began in January of 2019, with a second phase in June.  The two planets are now making their final dance on September 22nd.  Throughout this entire period some of us may have been blanketed under a veil of illusion or confusion which may have made it difficult to find our way forward, especially if our personal charts were affected (with planets in our natal charts […]

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By |2019-09-10T07:27:22-04:00September 10th, 2019|Planetary cycles|3 Comments

Planetary news this week: Earth abounds, and a Pisces Full Moon

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This week we have two stelliums (groupings of planets) in Earth signs forming a trine to each other.  This is generally a very favorable planetary condition since the Earth planets can work together to support and foster stability.  We have four planets in Virgo, including the Sun/Mercury/Mars conjunction that culminated on September 3rd and is weakening as the planets separate.  Virgo is primarily concerned with the details of life that need to be attended to when we live in a human body, making this a great time overall to take care of ourselves as I wrote in last week’s post about the New Moon in Virgo.

At the same time we have Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of material success.  Saturn is a personal planet and one that motivates us to improve by reminding us that we’re not yet perfect.  Pluto is a transpersonal planet that inspires us to embrace the necessity of change where change becomes necessary.  Saturn and Pluto are linked right now (and have been for the past several months) by the South Node of the Past.  With Pluto relatively stationary right now as it waits to turn direct on October 3rd, anything from the past that stands in the way of our soul’s progress could emerge for the purpose of letting it go and releasing any stuck energy in the process.

Saturn is harmonizing with all of the Virgo planets this week and since Saturn loves a good plan, and Virgo motivates us to make one, this could be an excellent time to focus on what you would like to bring into your life and create a practical strategy to bring your wishes […]

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By |2019-09-09T15:23:42-04:00September 9th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

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