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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monday, July 1st 2013

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Monday, July 1st: The Moon in Aries is VOID until 5:44 p.m. EDT when she ingresses earthy and sensual Taurus. Venus moves into square with Saturn suggesting a time of fear, limitation or frustration around money, affection or authority. The Sun moves into opposition with Pluto highlighting the Uranus Pluto square (the Sun will square Uranus on July 4th) making the global unrest and upheaval personal. Power struggles are possible today but so is a level of awareness regarding our own need for control or win/lose scenarios. This can also be time for connecting with our inner resources in order to overcome and breakthrough limiting circumstances.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday, June 28th 2013

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Friday, June 28th: The Moon is in sensitive and artistic Pisces but goes VOID at 8:17 p.m. EDT until Saturday morning when she ingresses self-initiating Aries bringing an active emotional energy to the weekend. Mars is in hard aspect to Saturn supporting a patient and persevering quality to the day. Eros, the God of Love ingresses Gemini today where he will transit until the 1st week in August. With Mars transiting Gemini through mid-July the Gemini born (and Rising) may be feeling extra energized and passionate about life, self-expression and romance.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wednesday, June 26th - Mercury retrogrades as we go deeper...

Photo by Tisch Perry ~

Wednesday, June 26th: Mercury turns retrograde this morning at 9:04 a.m. EDT until July 20th - he won't leave his shadow (the degree in which he retrograded) until August 4th. Which means, we are in a time of being extra diligent in our communication process - double checking, cc'ing, asking if we heard things correctly and qualifying the communication process in a way that we typically take for granted. Now, this IS a time to turn a bit inward and check in. How do you "feel" on various matters and with the people who populate your world? Take your time knowing that the Universe creates these gestation phases for a reason.

The Moon shows her support by also going VOID in detached and humanitarian minded Aquarius at 9:09 a.m. EDT until the following day THURSDAY at 4:33 a.m. EDT when she ingresses emotional Pisces. Keep your expectations at a minimum as far as results, decisions and next steps. Go with the flow and enjoy the stillness.

The Sun in Cancer makes a Grand Trine to both Saturn and Neptune bringing a stable energy to our conscious awareness, goals, commitments, creativity, dreams and escapism.

Venus sextiles Eros combining values with passion as Eros moves into square with Nessus. Where are our pleasures/passions still steeped in shadows of the past (imprints involving the wrong use of energy sexually and otherwise).

On THURSDAY Venus exits Cancer in order to alleviate the emotional waters and allow for some drama, extravagance and affectionate demonstrativeness - through July 22nd. Sappho, the asteroid representing sex, same sex unions and the poetic muse enters equality minded Libra until September 25th. Interesting, as the Supreme Court will be ruling on same sex unions this week....

Monday, June 24, 2013

Jupiter into Cancer

Jupiter, photo by NASA

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Jupiter ingresses the sign of Cancer on June 25th where he will reside until July 2014.  In Cancer, the US sun sign we might expect an expansion in women’s issues, real estate, the restaurant industry, and childbirth.  Home and hearth is important and a feeling of “family,” safety and nurturing.  Jupiter represents the desire for knowledge, education, belief systems, religion, exaggeration, expansion and opportunity.  Mercury and the Sun are transiting through Cancer bringing conscious awareness and information gathering.  What do we want?  What “feels” comforting to us?  Mercury turns retrograde just one day after Jupiter enters Cancer supporting a time for gathering information on the instinctual and feeling levels.  Mercury retrograde supports us in taking our time to gather information and to get in touch with our instinctual sentient self before externalizing binding agreements, plans and purchases.

Black Moon Lilith has also entered the sign of Cancer for the remainder of the year supporting awareness regarding our female archetypes and shadow areas.  Some dark and powerful feelings/instincts regarding the desire to control the female energy can be prevalent from both genders surrounding feelings/views of motherhood, female sexuality and power. 

I feel (hopefully) this may be a strengthening against Saturn/Scorpio energy regarding the conservative quarters of our government seeking to control women’s health and reproductive rights.  More anti-abortion bills have been written this year than in any recent years in history.  We have a faction seeking to control access to birth control pills and Planned Parenthood facilities that provide women’s health services such as cervical and breast exams (not just abortions folks).  With Jupiter in the sign of “motherhood” hopefully we will see the strengthening of “laws” that support when and how we “choose” to interact in the areas of family and when we choose to become mothers. 

ARIES:  Jupiter ingressing your 4th house of home and family suggests a time to seek inner peace and security.  Jupiter will help you to improve your family relationships, living situations and personal security.  The coming year can be a fertile time to clean up domestic issues through something new coming to light.  Generosity at home opens the pathway for family to be generous with you as well.  Concentrating on your personal life can make your foundations strong allowing you to go forth in your career and public life.  Your relationships with your parents may strengthen and can be a source of support and benefit.  This transit can help you to increase your sense of personal security and inner confidence.  You are able to handle some truths about yourself and integrate this knowledge into your life in a positive manner. 

TAURUS:  Jupiter’s transit through your 3rd house over the coming year seeks to strengthen your contacts with others.  Expansion of perception is the experience now as your view of your personal everyday surroundings is meant to increase in a positive way.  Advanced training in an area of study that interests you can be in the offing.  More travel on a regular basis can bring a sense of growth as can a new automobile and communication equipment.  Relationships with relatives – brothers, sisters, cousins etc., can be very good and supportive now too.  If you have been suffering from depression or limiting patterns of thought you may find that Jupiter’s influence helps you to break out of and above your internal landscape.  Communications with others are better than usual as your attitude strengthens and supports you, you will attract more positive influences into your life.

GEMINI:  Actualizing through material acquisition and financial abundance can be the meaning of Jupiter through your 2nd house of values, earnings and self-esteem.  The need to handle your resources and to find “meaning” within this task is at hand.  Spiritual values may increase with the planet of growth and expansion as you connect with more resources that validate and increase your view of the world around you.  An increase in earnings and acknowledgement for your talents can also manifest. 

CANCER:  You are entering a new cycle of growth urging you to discover who you are and what you are capable of accomplishing.  You will feel increasingly more self-assured and confident as Jupiter transits through your sign.  Any discouragements or perceived failures should fade stage right as you connect with more opportunities for personal growth.  For some, this can bring an inflated sense of self-importance in a world where narcissism is fed and nurtured (reality tv shows) and a sense of increased entitlement presides.  People and resources will increase as you raise your personal vibration and reach out for more experiences and opportunities.  The spiritual dimensions of life may deepen and expand helping you create a “center” and foundation that supports and sustains you. 

LEO:  You have the capacity to learn a great deal about the spiritual dimensions of life.  Meditation, yoga, dreams, and reflective time can benefit your greatly.  Your ego needs may tend to soften over the coming 12 month period as you connect more deeply with life affirming truths regarding the human experience of living on earth.  You can look more compassionately at those around you as well as yourself and forgive more deeply.  Prayer is also a powerful influence as you realize that everything is energy including your thoughts and emotions.  Understanding the manifestation process – “what you focus on expands,” can be a habit that you develop and apply in your daily living.  Non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals and volunteering may become areas of importance and focus for you.  You seek knowledge that will give you support and comfort.

VIRGO:  It is quite possible that a personal dream may be actualized as Jupiter transits your 11th house of hopes, ideals and wishes.  Meeting people of “like mind” and optimism is more pronounced as you seek to reach out to others in mutually beneficial ways.  This is not a time when you should go it alone.  Working with groups and teams is supported as you are meant to grow from being a part of something larger than yourself.  Idealism and altruism is increased with Jupiter’s transit.  Friendships and social contacts are positive as people will help you out and provide information and support in an effort to help you reach your goals.  Technology projects and expansion through social media is also supported.

LIBRA:  Profession, career, social status and reputation are the areas that Jupiter’s transit through your 10th house is seeking to expand and nurture.  For many people this will be a time of increased opportunity in avocation and life direction.  Increased feelings of self-confidence and your abilities are the conduits for success.  You are more visible now in a public way.  It may also be possible that you connect with Jupitarian areas of work including:  teaching, healing, publishing as well as increased interaction with foreign entities.  As always Jupiter can indicate overbearing or arrogant behavior – an inflated sense of self-importance which will be much more evident to others.  You need an increased sense of family and nurturing in your profession and life to have meaning.

SCORPIO:  The 9th house is Jupiter’s natural home and suggests that over the next 12 month period life perspective can expand tremendously.  You may have opportunities for travel, learning and also teaching others in either a formal or informal setting.  Your desire to learn is expanded – spirituality, religious and philosophical subjects are typical interests during this transit.  Publishing and other communication media are also well supported now for writers and educators.  Foreign contacts and companies may become more prevalent in your life.  Outgrowing prejudices and conditioned (inherited) beliefs through expanding your knowledge can be areas of growth and expanded consciousness.  Generally legal situations may improve if there have been difficulties or barriers.

SAGITTARIUS:  Jupiter ingresses your 8th house suggesting a time of psychological healing, support from others and financial protection.  Whatever your circumstance you may find that what you need appears in whatever way it needs to.  Pooling your resources with another can be a beneficial experience through which you may feel an increased sense of trust and support.  Bank loans, investments and long term financial planning should work in your favor.  This can also be a time of religious and spiritual regeneration creating influences that help you to heal and release those influences that have created psychological stress and depression.  Identifying old patterns that no longer serve your health and healing is probable.

CAPRICORN:  During Jupiter’s transit of your 7th house you should encounter people who are more willing to help you out in various ways.  You need other people’s assistance and support as they also provide a mirror in which to see yourself more clearly.  Client development is supported as are intimate partnerships.  The 7th house also includes professionals and experts who are hired to assist us in various ways and this is a year to connect in positive ways to others expertise and experience.  Jupiter in the 7th can also suggest closer relationships with those of foreign birth or with someone who’s background and life experience is “foreign” to your frame of reference.  Any intimate relationship at this time can expand your views and your understanding of the world simply by dealing with him or her.

AQUARIUS:  The 6th house of duty, responsibility and service is the area of Jupiter’s expansive quality over the next 12 month period.  Work can be very fulfilling and enjoyable to you now, giving you an increased sense of purpose and structure for your life.  You desire a personal and family “feel” to your daily life and schedule as you seek to be of service to others.  This desire in turn, can lead to better employment opportunities and an improved job situation.  You may find others in your work environment to be more upbeat and supportive leading to an increased self-esteem in the services that you offer.  More work may be on offer and although you probably will not be promoted this can lead to plenty of validation from superiors and clients.  Positive developments in health and with pets can occur too!

PISCES:  Creative self-expression is the area of benefit and growth due to Jupiter’s transit of your 5th house.  Finding the courage to be you and to express yourself to others without fear or apology leads to personal growth and creativity.  Your relationship with others can improve tremendously.  Children’s affairs and your relationship with them is another area of expansion as the parenting energy of Cancer expands.  Providing what they need in their personal development is easier now.  Producing more creative work is supported which may lead to more money than usual.  Love relationships should expand and teach you more about yourself and your world.  You want to show more of yourself over the next 12 months resulting in increased personal growth and self-esteem.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Friday, June 23rd and the Summer Solstice..

Friday, June 21st: Happy Summer Solstice as the Sun ingresses Cancer at 1:04 a.m. EDT shifting our inquisitive and communicative focus into the familiar, emotional and family oriented. And, preparing the way for Jupiter's entrance into Cancer this Tuesday - expanding our desire for family connections, good food, comfort and safety. The Moon ingressed expansive Sagittarius early this a.m. denoting a few days of adventure seeking and growth promoting activities.

On Sunday we have the Full Moon in Capricorn at 2 degrees making stable sextiles to both Saturn and Neptune - making the "ideal real." A culmination and awareness is at hand as far as our ambitions and goals - perhaps a chapter is ending preparing us to begin climbing the next mountain/goal.

Remember, Mercury is turning stationary Retrograde on Wednesday...the storm period begins on Tuesday and lasts through Friday. Take your time, be extra diligent in communications and travel knowing that the need to connect internally and be more open for input is at hand.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Photo by Scott Franson ~

Wednesday, June 19th: A buoyant energy combines today urgiing us on to new heights while bolstering our confidence. An opportunity may appear as the Sun makes his annual conjunction to Jupiter the planet of expansion and opportunity. Take a chance, reach out for the highest and the best and seek to grow. We feel more generous and optimistic now. The Moon is transiting emotionally intense Scorpio seeking a transformation in our instinctual realities. Mars squares Chiron adding an element of uncertainty or vulnerability to our desires.

On THURSDAY evening Mercury moves into conjunction with Venus bringing a level of lightheartedness and the desire to pleasantly connect with others. Playful self-expression is encouraged as is commercial activities. The Moon goes VOID at 3:17 p.m. for the remainder of the day ~

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Week Beginning Friday, June 14th 2013

Photo courtesy of Judy Anderson

 Sessions are available this month ~

ARIES:  This is a special week in the area of communications, agreements, contracts, and educational pursuits as the potential for unusually satisfying developments are at hand.  Mars sextiles Uranus, signaling positive movement in your goals and discussions.  On the 19th a Sun Jupiter conjunction presents further opportunities in writing, publishing, commercial activity, and academic projects.  This is a once-a-year configuration and it places an important opportunity squarely in your path.  The 20th highlights a Mercury Venus conjunction and portends personal satisfaction at the core of your being and in your personal life.  Chiron retrogrades in your house of spirit and the subconscious mind until mid-November, supporting the ability to connect more deeply with your innate intuition and instincts.  The moxie to heal and become more whole is your birthright.

TAURUS:  Venus is on the move. She first makes a highly supportive connection with the teacher and healer Chiron and then with the communication planet Mercury.  This brings supportive developments in your goals, friendships, and team efforts and may involve teaching and energy work.  Agreements, writing deals, and speaking and educational activities are divinely bolstered, validating your beliefs.  Opportunities to increase finances and affirm your talents shine brightly on the 19th when the Sun makes a special conjunction to Jupiter.  Chiron turns retrograde until mid-November and allows you to be more available within your important friendships and with team members.  Challenges with technology and social networking slow as you process and integrate another level of learning.

GEMINI:  Understanding and opportunity are due to you before Jupiter exits your sign and are made possible by the Sun Jupiter conjunction.  Your consciousness expands to incorporate the past year’s intensification of personal faith and self expression.  A rare opportunity is on tap on the 19th when the Sun Jupiter conjunction delivers opportunity, personal validation, and perhaps the actualization of a dream.  Mercury picks up on this when he conjuncts Venus in the slice of life ruling money, commerce, and the application of your talents and abilities.  A shot of good fortune is on the way.  Chiron turns retrograde until mid-November in your career house, allowing you the space to perfect a work in progress regarding healing, teaching, alternative medicine or mentoring.

CANCER:  Synchronicity is an event tied to a feeling, thought, or instinct.  Many feel it proves there is a higher connection within our Universe and that energy attracts energy like a magnet.  The Sun Jupiter connection occurs on the 19th in your 12 house of spirit, subconscious mind, dreams, talents, and abilities.  Expect an element of magic this week that ties together your instincts with external developments.  This is a highly positive day designed to prove that you are much more than simply a body walking the earth.  The following day brings more positive manifestations when Mercury conjuncts Venus in your sign and delivers agreements, words of love, and affection.  Trust this.  Chiron turns stationary retrograde until mid-November and brings the breathing space to hone and develop your media, educational, teaching, publishing, and travel plans. The time for fresh action commences this fall.

LEO:  A special dream or connection arrives on your doorstep with the Sun Jupiter conjunction on the 19th.  The expanding influence occurs in the area of dreams, goals, friendships, and those who support you.  This week an adventurous opportunity may be on tap which connects you with positive influences and people.  Travel, publishing, media, education, or legal developments may be in the frame.  Chiron turns stationary retrograde in the area of psychological healing, trust, shared resources, alimony, inheritances, and long-term financial management.  Time is on your side since you have until mid-November to untangle and incorporate the changes and sensitive situations that have arisen over the past several months. 

VIRGO:  Career developments peak this week with the Sun Jupiter conjunction in your 10th house of public life, relationship status, and life mission.  Positive developments can be expected and at least one opportunity is set to see your star rise in a public way.  Mercury follows up your good fortune with a conjunction to affirming Venus in the area of hopes, dreams, and wishes.  Your social circle also supports you.  Chiron turns stationary retrograde this week in your house of partnership, allowing the changes, coaching, mentoring, clientele, and competitor energy to abate while you go deeper to incorporate your life experiences and healing energies.

LIBRA:  Venus trines Chiron on the 14th and connects your reputation and conscientious work habits, suggesting a time of recognition in your career and public life.  Chiron seeks a deepening of your skills and incorporates the teacher, healer, and championing of others. Chiron retrogrades in your 6th house of service, employees, health, and pets, allowing for more integration and assimilation in your daily schedule and responsibilities.  High minded goals, aspirations, and spiritual events unfold with important others and clientele.  This energy builds to a positive crescendo at the Sun Jupiter conjunction on the 19th.  An opportunity for getting your message out to a broader audience is possible, as are opportunities for travel, education, and publishing. 

SCORPIO:  Before Jupiter, the planet of abundance, moves out of your 8th house of financial investment and intimacy he is contacted by the energizing Sun and brings opportunities involving others’ resources — financial, emotional, and intellectual.  Accept the gift horse without too much discernment as it appears to be the real deal.  Messages from afar in publishing, media, or travel are sweet and supportive this week.  Words spoken towards the end of this forecast period will bolster your belief system and adventurous spirit.  Chiron turns retrograde this week in the heart-centered 5th house, allowing for reflection through mid-November on what fortifies, heals, and supports your creative life. 

SAGITTARIUS:  The Sun makes his annual conjunction to your ruler Jupiter – bearer of gifts, knowledge, good will, and expansion.  Before Jupiter heads out of your 7th house of others and into the deeper realms of psychology, trust, healing, and sharing, he brings opportunities and support in the most beneficial way possible.  Teaming up with another in the spirit of growth is hugely supported this week.  Work life will provide affectionate correspondence and experiences this week as well.  Your day-to-day environment is supportive and for some, romantic.  Chiron turns retrograde in your 4th house of personal life, home, family, and real estate.  The sometimes sensitive lessons you’ve experienced over the past several months in your personal life ease up as you commit to a more compassionate and healthier lifestyle on behalf of self and those you love.

CAPRICORN:  Work, health, to-do lists, co-workers, and situations with pets are positively highlighted at the Sun Jupiter conjunction in your 6th house of daily schedule and mind-body connection.  Opportunity for advancement at work is possible. This is not a promotion but rather acknowledgement for a job well done.  Appreciation comes through your partnerships on the 20th as Mercury conjuncts loving and financially savvy Venus in your 7th house of partnership.  The Chiron retrograde indicates a time for integration in your teaching, coaching, mentoring, educational skills, and communications.  This can include wounding or hurtful situations with siblings and within your local environment.  The confusion and pain abate, allowing time for recuperation and mental processing.

AQUARIUS:  Any limiting (even hurtful) experiences you’ve suffered regarding your talents, resources, and money begin to soften as the centaur planet Chiron turns retrograde in your 2nd house.  Through mid-November you have time to connect with your value system and, more importantly, how to go about feeling more valued in the marketplace.  Mars reaches out to Uranus this week, striking a high note of confidence and action in your creative endeavors, love life, and relationships.  The Sun Jupiter connection helps you broaden your horizons through love, romance, children, and the pleasures of life.  Grab on with both hands and appreciate life to its fullest.  Work and the daily routine offer up sweet compliments and appreciation as Mercury conjuncts Venus on the 20th to make you feel supported in the services you offer and with the folks at work.

PISCES:  Chiron is retrograde this week in your sun sign and brings a softening influence. This centaur planet is intent on committing to a path of healing and knowledge building. But because planets are most powerful when in station, a personal circumstance may feel more pronounced.  Trust that through mid-November you will have the opportunity to work through (in a more private way) the lessons surrounding your healing journey.  The Sun Jupiter conjunction brings healing and support to the core of your being as they connect in your 4th house of home, security, and personal life on the 19th.  The following day words of love and support can be found as Mercury connects with affectionate Venus in your 5th house of self-expression, love, children, and pleasure.

Monday, June 10, 2013

On the heels of the 3rd Uranus Pluto square we introduce Mr. Edward Snowden

Incidentally, he grew up in Elizabeth City, NC 30 miles away from my home ~

This is not particularly my forte nor area of expertise - studying global events in an astrological context but the transits and energy patterns are too compelling.  In the US Sibley chart Uranus is transiting the 4th house of home (land), who one "really" is and privacy.  Uranus in Aries speaks to the individual and is a particularly autonomous sign.  Pluto is transiting the US 1st house of identity and how one present's oneself to the outside world (power and control).

Mercury has today entered his shadow phase and will be retrograding on the 26th in the sign of Cancer - the US sun sign.  Mercury rules information, data and communication.  Mercury is currently conjuncting the US Sun.

Ok, on Thursday when the story broke Neptune the planet of lies, deception, highest ideals and altruism (for the good of the whole) was stationary retrograde in the sign that Mercury rules - the 3rd house of communication, email, texting and telephones - our daily contacts.  Mars was moving into conjunction with Pallas the warrior and fighter of truth.  Pallas is the persuasive force for Mars and Jupiter - she gives them a brain and has the intellectual influence to debate and persuade (legal systems).

The Sun had just ingressed the 7th house of others, the public, open enemies, and was conjuncting the asteroid Chaos.

On Saturday the New Moon occurred in the US 7th house squaring Chiron (the wounded healer) in the 3rd house of communication and made an exact trine to Juno (fairness) in the 11th house of the collective and technology.

As Mercury slows down and turns retrograde we can predictably expect plenty of misinformation surrounding this jaw dropping event.  He will not move out of his shadow until July 20th when he again exactly conjuncts the US Sun in the 8th house of shared resources, seeking to understand the motivations of others, issues of trust, budgets and inherited situations (Obama has expanded what Bush started).

We have a Full Moon at 2 degrees of Capricorn in the 1st house of "appearances" in the US chart on the 23rd.  An element of culmination and awareness but the facts are not yet in with Mercury in retrograde.

On a personal note I was stunned when Snowden came forward and pleasantly surprised to see what appears to be an act of altruisim in what is increasingly a surreal and insane global landscape.  In my early years I worked for an R&D company that specialized in high speed encryption products - software and hardware.  Within a year of my arrival I was absorbed into a spin out, for profit company that worked closely with the NSA (they had funded the research) and interfaced with them on a semi-regular basis.  These were products to secure large amounts of data over the internet - 10 bit key lengths (for you techies) developed for clients such as hospitals, oil companies and of course, the government.

Interesting times....