TRANSITING ENERGY 2024: THE OUTER PLANETS

Uranus: The Disruptor

The personal unconscious holds the whole store of our life memories & is directly connected to the Akashic record where we can find the threads that take us into our soul journey back to Source. Often, the energy of Uranus will appear to disrupt but actually, it is what Rumi referred to when he penned the line, “the wound is where the light enters you…” Later on, Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the words, “There is a crack in everything god has made…” and in modern times, Leonard Cohen reworked this concept when he sang, “the crack is where the light gets in…”

My fellow astrologer, Sharon Wisemyn, refers to Uranus as “freedom disguised as loss…” In all cases, we see that the bridge into the light must traverse a potential peril, a chasm, a crack, a loss, or a deficit. It truly is a condition of this human existence.

The vast store of experience that Uranus can unlock within our psyches is the bridge between us, as finite individuals and infinite spirit. It is through the individuation process that Uranus transits trigger that we might suddenly glimpse our true potential and that to which we are all aspiring, something far beyond anything that is contained in three-dimensional time.

The orbit of Uranus is 84 years & he spends 7 years in each of the 12 signs. We live our life within one full orbit of Uranus, more or less.

We have all been experiencing the rumbles and cracks as Uranus has been transiting Taurus. The Earth herself is groaning under the weight of accumulated errors that our species has been making on an organic level. Nature, ultimately, will not be mocked. There is a difference between ‘working with’ and ‘working against’ Natural Law. This 7-year-long transit will continue through 2024.

 

January 1, 2024:                               Uranus Rx @19*TAU 23”

January 27, 2024:                            Uranus SD @ 19*TAU 5”

September 2, 2024:                          Uranus SRx @ 27*TAU 15”

December 31, 2024:                        Uranus Rx @ 23*TAU 39”

Locate where Taurus is in your own chart & monitor what sort of disruptions & eruptions occur and whether they lead you into the light of freedom. As with all energetic processes, we, the individuals, are the variable in the equation of life.

Neptune: The Divine Connection

The place where we are connected collectively is demonstrated by Neptune. What is this spiritual presence that some feel, that some refuse to feel, that some are searching for, that some have lost? Are we merely ‘dust’? Is there a consciousness that supersedes this current one? Is there a God and if so, what is the nature of this God? If God is dead, is there a way to resurrect this God? Can we live without God? All of these types of questions are in the realm of Neptune. Neptune is the place where we first stop after crossing the Uranian bridge between the finite and the infinite.

Neptune’s orbit is 165 years long and he transits each sign for about 14 years. He defines, along with Pluto and to some degree, Uranus the generational groups of humanity. We are currently at the end of what has felt like a VERY long period of Neptune in Pisces. The confusion & lack of direction that many feel is simply because, while Neptune has been transiting Pisces, we have all, in our ways, been searching for the DIVINE and that presence in our lives has been unclear, shadowed, hidden from a clear-eyed view. It takes hard work to solidify and hold firm to a spiritual certainty and in many cases, we have lost the will to do the work.

January 1, 2024:                                Neptune @ 25* PIS 4”

July 2, 2024:                                        Neptune SRx @ 29*PIS 55”

December 7, 2024:                          Neptune SD @ 27* PIS 7”

December 31, 2024:                        Neptune @ 27*PIS 17”

As with all of the transits, personalize it.  Locate Pisces in your chart and then become still & consider his presence in that part of your life. If Neptune is touching one of your personals, this is a time of deep surrender for you. As the saying goes…”resistance is futile…”

 

Pluto: The Transformer

Pluto is now completing his transit of Capricorn and ready to get to work via Aquarian Energy. What will be transformed, uncovered, revealed, destroyed, or even transmuted over the next 2 decades? Will humanity get back on track? Find a new path? Create LOVE? Alter the way we are connected? For better? For worse? All valid and pressing questions all of us must explore.

January 1, 2024:                                Pluto @ 29* CAP 21”

January 22, 2024:                              Pluto enters Aquarius

May 2, 2024:                                       Pluto SRx @ 2* AQ 6”

September 2, 2024:                          Pluto back into Capricorn

October 12, 2024:                             Pluto SD @ 29* CAP 28”

November 20, 2024:                        Pluto re-enters Aquarius

December 31, 2024:                        Pluto @ 1* AQ 1”

The 2-decade transit of Pluto in Aquarius is now fully launched. No more excuses. Either we meet the challenge of our times or…

I discuss the transits of the outers in greater detail in prior posts. Just keep scrolling down…

 

There are 4 eclipses in 2024 as follows:

March 25, 2024, at 3:00 AM, at 5° Libra 07′                    (LUNAR)

April 8, 2024, at 2:21 PM, at 19° Aries 24′                       (SOLAR/TOTAL)

Sept. 17, 2024, at 10:34 PM, at 25° Pisces 41′                (LUNAR)

October 2, 2024, at 2:49 PM, at 10° Libra 04′                (SOLAR)

Eclipses can co-relate to inflection points where something is irrevocably changed. This could lead to greater awareness or an experience of adjustment that ultimately results in growth. Something may suddenly enter into one’s reality or something may suddenly disappear from one’s reality. To work with this powerful energetic shift, analyze where in your chart any of the above eclipses fall and then create a list of possible keywords that represent the area of life that is involved in the eclipse event. As Neptune finishes the Pisces transit we must all learn the true meaning of SURRENDER. This is not surrendering in a victimized and vanquished fashion but rather a surrender to a greater force, surrender to a cosmic order, surrender to the divine, trusting that the power of good will ultimately prevail over the forces of evil.

This concludes the 2024 overview. As you live the year & the energy of life surrounds you, move with it. Take the time to pause & consider whether you are ready to act or ready to pause; move forward or retreat; respond or stay silent. There will always be stumbles but the way to grow is to take the time and reflect on the situations as they unfold. You are the variable in the equation of life and learning.

 

 

 

Say a prayer for the suffering children. they are under our care, these innocents, and we are responsible for the world they are inheriting. Pray that we leave them an inheritance of peace and security, not of war and chaos.

 

 

TRANSITING ENERGY FOR 2024: PART 3; JUPITER & SATURN

Jupiter is the archetype for opportunity, growth & general well-being. Everyone wants a Jupiter transit. Over the course of 2024, he will complete his transit of Taurus & shift into Gemini so the blessed ‘sun’ signs are both of these as Jupiter will align by transit with them. In addition, if you have Taurus or Gemini at your angles (particularly the Ascendant & MC), any of your personals like the Moon, Venus, or Mars in these signs, and finally any of the other planets there, then you will experience the effervescent bubbles of Jupiter as he touches any of these. The conjunction is, of course, the most intense contact but if you are astrologically inclined, examine the other transit aspects as well. For instance, the oppositional transit is very interesting is it can signify opportunity coming from sources outside yourself. If this is a transit you are experiencing, then watch your environment like a hawk for opportunity coming your way. The Jupiter orbit is 11.86 years (round it up to 12). Tracking Jupiter around our charts can reveal patterns of growth, opportunity, or, reactively, excess & waste. Decade by decade we can look back & search for patterns of growth & opportunity & even more importantly, the pattern of our responses to these times in our lives. Did we maximize the energy or waste it? Where to start the cycle? Locate your natal Jupiter and then track the spiraling cycle when transiting Jupiter is in the sign that he occupied at your birth.

Jan. 1, 2024:      5*TAU34”            Jupiter has just Stationed Direct.

May 26, 2024:                                  Jupiter enters Gemini

August 14-16, 2024: This marks the peak period of the Jupiter/Mars conjunction. Using a 10 * orb, this period extends from July 26, 2024-September 4, 2024. This union of ‘action’ energy & the energy of ‘opportunity’ in the sign of Gemini could indicate an increase in information, an increase in communications & connections, and an exploration of a diversity of options in these areas. Expect lots of ideas popping up, along with potentially making many new connections both intellectually & even on a personal level.

October 9, 2024:                 Jupiter SRx @ 21*GEM 20”

Winter Solstice:                  Jupiter Rx @ 14*GEM 23”

Dec: 31, 2024:                       Jupiter Rx @ 13*GEM19”

 

SATURN

The orbit of Saturn is 29.4 years, rounded up to 30. Life can be loosely divided into 3 main ‘acts’, through which our life story plays out. Act One is ‘the set-up’; Act Two is ‘the main event’ and Act Three is ‘the reveal’. Saturn energy stabilizes us if we work with it. Reality checks are a necessity. To properly construct the reality that defines us, we need to understand our limits & our boundaries. When we know how far we are willing to go and beyond which points we cannot venture, that is the time that we can be strategic, reasoned & proactive. Success comes from well-formed plans based on solid and reasonable expectations. Look to the part of your chart that is ‘Pisces’. This is where you will be dealing with the reality of your situation, where you might have to face up to circumstances that are beyond your control & where you will benefit from discipline & singlemindedness.

January 1, 2024:                               Saturn @ 3*PISCES 14”

June 29, 2024:                                    SRx @ 19*PISCES 25”

November 15. 2024:                       SD @ 12*PISCES 41”

December 31, 2024:                        Saturn @ 14*PIS26*

Coming up…the transits of the Outers…stay tuned…

There is POWER in prayer…

pray for the broken ones of our community

May they find relief and comfort and love…

let us all do what we can

to help the broken-hearted

each to our ability and capacity…

TRANSITING ENERGY FOR 2024: PART TWO; VENUS & MARS

Venus remains direct over the course of 2024. As a fast-moving object, the transits of Venus last days rather than weeks, months, or years. Watch for Venus contacts to your personals or angles. These could be positive days for you re: personal interaction, public recognition, emotional activities, return on investments, and so forth. When will Venus interact with you?

 

January 1, 2024:        2* Sagittarius 36″

January 24, 2024:      into Capricorn

February 17, 2024:    into Aquarius

March 12, 2024:         into Pisces

April 6, 2024:              into Aries

April 30, 2024:            into Taurus

May 24, 2024:             into Gemini

June 18, 2024:             into Cancer

July 12, 2024:               into Leo

August 6, 2024:           into Virgo

August 30, 2024:         into Libra

Sept. 24, 2024:             into Scorpio

October 18, 2024:       into Sagittarius

Nov. 12, 2024:              into Capricorn

Dec. 8, 2024:                 into Aquarius

December 31, 2024:   26* Aquarius 38″

 

Mars: THE WARRIOR WITHIN

As the archetype for active energy, Mars has an orbit of about 22 months.

His irregular retrograde pattern sometimes finds him spending up to 6-8 months in a single sign & then speeding through subsequent signs to make up the difference. 2024 ends with Mars retrograde in LEO.

Jan. 1, 2024:  @ 27* SAG 18″/keyword/EXPLORE

Jan. 5, 2024:  enters Capricorn/keyword/MANAGE

Feb. 14, 2024:  enters Aquarius/keyword/IMAGINE 

Feb. 21-23, 2024:  Venus/Mars exact conjunct @ 5*-7* Aquarius

The energy of this conjunction is present from the end of January and lasts until around mid-March using a wide 10* orb. The peak is during the 3 days noted above. Venus/Mars combines the inner sense of core value with the impulse to act. In Capricorn & Aquarius this is the mark of the leader as activist/idealist, the revolutionary organizer who battles for his principles. The babies born during this period could grow up to be forces for change. In the attached chart, this potential soul has the Moon in Leo (The Expressive Leader) in opposition to the Aquarian triple conjunction of Pluto, Venus & Mars over houses 4/10. Will this person have a strong sense of responsibility to reform? to act on principle? to revolutionize? Jupiter in exact alignment to the Taurus ascendant & square to the triple conjunction lends a strong impetus to concretize a vision, to bring it into form, a sense of hope based on solid ground. Will that ideal be a positive one? The Sun in the 11th house in Pisces, ( The Saviour), is strengthened by Saturn while Mercury in Aquarius provides clarity of expression & potentially great intellect to the psyche. Will this individual have the capacity to become a leader within the community? And what kind of leader will that be? Look at Chiron exactly aligned to the North Node in the 12th. A motivation to HEAL will be deeply rooted in this soul and the path into that healing will be anything but ordinary as demonstrated by Uranus in Taurus in the 1st house & sextile Neptune in Pisces in the 11th. This is potentially someone who will step away from conventional expressions of spirituality and usher in ideals that could possibly reinfuse his community with new forms of spirituality. Will this person be able to inspire others to relocate the power of the DIVINE within themselves? We can hope!

Of course, it is vital that all action is based on ‘RIGHT’ principle and that the fight is for the common good and not some badly thought-out ideal that only leads to even greater division.

March 23, 2024:      enters Pisces/keyword/SURRENDER

May 1, 2024:   enters Aries/keyword/ACT

June 10, 2024:  enters Taurus/keyword/CONSOLIDATE

July 21, 2024:  enters Gemini/keyword/EXPLORE

Sept. 5, 2024:  enters Cancer/keyword/NURTURE

Nov. 5, 2024: enters Leo/keyword/CREATE

 Dec. 6, 2024:    Mars SRx @ 6*LEO 9”

Mars will be retrograde at Winter Solstice 2024 & into 2025. At the highest level, this provides an opportunity for a creative reboot. Wherever Leo is in your chart, consider what actions you can take & then refine them. Take the time to re-form any projects that you may have underway. Re-think your plan of creative action and the nature of your interactions. Here is a brief list of keywords to describe the areas of life:

House 1                personal actions

House 2                resources & values

House 3                communications & connections

House 4                family matters & private issues

House 5                children & creative expression

House 6                work & habits

House 7                relationships & contracts

House 8                debts & karma

House 9                travel & aspiration

House 10             public image & career

House 11             community & ideals

House 12             inner self & the subconscious

 

December 31, 2024:          Mars Rx @2*LEO14”

If you missed Part One & the retrogrades of Mercury, scroll to locate it…Stay tuned for more overview of 2024 in the coming weeks…

Take a moment of your personal time…

meditate on the

PRINCIPLE OF PEACE & UNITY.

Pray for the children of this world

who are suffering at the hands of evil persons.

Pray that they find shelter in the storm

& that the evildoers meet their just deserts…

 

 

TRANSITING ENERGY FOR 2024: PART ONE

Where will the celestial objects that we see in our night sky be for the next year? It’s always fun to track the ‘transits’ of the planets through the coming months.

Get out your day-timers, if you still use them, or enter the following dates into your virtual assistant to remind yourself as the weeks go by…

I am not going to list every single New & Full Moon but there are tons of reliable calendars out there that note the days of the Moon cycle. It is useful to keep track of where in her cycle the Moon is & to monitor how you feel at each phase. Everyone reacts to the lunar cycle uniquely but I have noticed that most folks have some kind of reaction when the Moon changes phase, particularly at the New & Full phase. Each phase only lasts a few days so it is pretty easy to track an ongoing pattern.

If you know what your own personal Moon sign is, that’s another thing to track. Watch for when the Moon is in the sign that she occupied at your birth. This will occur on a regular monthly basis. In Astrology, this is referred to as the LUNAR RETURN. We calculate a chart to the moment when the Moon re-enters the degree it was in at your birth. A series of prognostications can then be explored based on the chart that springs from that moment in time.  If you are facing challenges, making decisions, and debating choices, this is a great little device for you. Even just knowing that you are at the point in the month when the Moon is moving through your own lunar energy is helpful. Take a moment & just connect to how you are feeling during the 2 ½ days that this occurs on a monthly basis.

Also, track when the Sun shifts from one sign to another. There will be 12 of these shifts over the course of the year. The most significant one for each individual is when the Sun begins his transit of the sign that he was in at your birth. This is your ‘SOLAR RETURN’ time and marks a new yearly cycle about to start for you.  If you know your own natal chart, take note of this time, and the times of the year when the Sun crosses your Ascendant energy/Descendant energy, (a time of renewal & initiation), as well as your MC/IC energy, (a time for introspection & projection). These are particularly sensitive points within your psyche but really, wherever the transiting Sun can be found is the area of life that is under the spotlight. Concerns connected with that part of the life experience that is being illuminated by the transiting Sun are often brought into focus or take center stage in your considerations. If you begin to see a pattern developing after tracking these transits, then you can be more mindful about planning and employing strategies. Things go much more smoothly if we choose the optimum times to implement initiatives.

Mercury is a fairly fast-moving planet and the big thing to track in this case are the very regular retrograde periods, around 3-4 each year that last around 2-3 weeks with buffer periods at each end. Each retrograde will have its own flavour and each individual will interact with retrograde energy uniquely so again, the key here is to monitor how you behave as the retrograde unfolds. Once you get a sense of your own ebb and flow at these times, you can take the necessary steps to adjust accordingly.

Generally speaking, the fire & air retrogrades can feel a bit frenetic & nervy while the earth & water retrogrades can feel sludgy & arduous. But, again, how you work your way through these periods truly does depend on your own natal energy. As an example, someone with a ton of retrogrades, particularly in the personals, Mercury, Venus & Mars, is better equipped to deal with readjustment, re-thinking, re-grouping, and so forth since that is their natural process and one they have been using since birth. As another example, someone with a lot of fire and air in their chart might find the retrograde energy more frustrating since their natural MO might be inclined to action & immediate response. This is why it is vital that, if you use astrology, you must PERSONALIZE it. You are the variable in the cosmic equation.`

 

#1:          Mercury begins 2024 at the end of the last retrograde of 2023.

Dec 13, 2023:        SRx @ 8*CAP28”

Jan 2, 2024:           SD @ 22*SAG10”

Jan 21, 2024:      Mercury passes the retrograde degree of 8*CAP 28”; the post-shadow period ends.

Any initiatives that are underway during this retrograde may take a pause & you may well have some re-imaginings developed in the Sagittarius phase of the retrograde, specifically in regard to whatever you are attempting to make happen.

#2:          April 1, 2024      SRx @ 27*AR10”

                April 25, 2024    SD @ 15*AR59”

Give yourself time to re-group in the area of life that is governed by Aries in your chart. Wherever it is, this is a part of your psyche that is often impatient & impulsive, wanting immediate gratification. The retrograde urges you to pause, reflect & consider if you actually want to move in the direction indicated. Once the retrograde concludes mid-May (post-shadow), your direction will be more clearly defined.

#3:          August 5, 2024  SRx @ 4*VIR6”

                August 28, 2024 SD @ 21*LEO27”

Another potential readjustment in terms of creative enterprise. A new approach to projects you have on the go could well arise during this time period. Change in the area of daily ‘habitual ritual’ could prove to be useful.

 

#4:          Nov 26, 2024        SRx @ 22*SAG 40”

                Dec 15, 2024        SD @ 6*SAG 27”

A great time to retreat, re-vision your hopes & dreams & rejuvenate your spirit. Use this time to map out 2025 for yourself.

 

That concludes Part One of the transit overview for 2024. Grab your calendar and enter all of the above Mercury Retrograde dates into it. Forewarned is forearmed and that is how appropriate action can be undertaken.

Stay tuned for Part Two…

P.S.: Keep the suffering children of our world in your hearts and minds. They are the innocent victims we must never forget. PRAY…

 

THE OTHER OUTER PLANETS…THE REST OF THE STORY

Some of you have contacted me and asked for dates for the various ingresses & info on the other outer planets. I am glad to hear your questions! Here goes…

 

The way that Pluto moves, ingress is a sort of two-step affair, back and forth. Remember, we are still processing through the last degrees of Capricorn energy.

The Sabian symbol for the last critical degree of Capricorn (30) is:

A SECRET BUSINESS CONFERENCE. Pluto will move through this degree several times before finally shifting into Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol suggests that there is a lot going on behind the scenes. The elitest groups are concerned that the rumble of discontent from the common people is getting louder & more agitated. What do these elites discuss in their ongoing conferences when they meet at remote & exclusive sites?

On the other hand, groups that are now rising up out of the common collective are gathering steam, organizing & forming alliances that span across partisan barriers. Folks from both the so-called left & right are beginning to recognize that it is time to focus on the one thing that unites us all—the survival of the species—rather than the myriad of differences that divide and destroy. Let’s hope and pray that these secret conferences of the masses result in proactive & ultimately successful group action that leads to peace and security & provides a clear-voiced response to whatever it is that elite interests are attempting to establish. And here is a novel thought…what if groups from all sectors, elite, common, left, right, and any other you care to name, found a common cause & began to work together to create a stable & productive society? Novel thought, indeed…Fasten your seatbelts…there is still a way to go…

The dates:

March 2023:  Pluto first stuck his toe into the sizzling energy of Aquarius.

May 2023: Station Retrograde @ 0*AQ21’.

June 2023: Re-enters Capricorn.

January 2024:  Pluto begins his move into Aquarius for a second time.

May 2024: Station Retrograde @ 2AQ06*.

September 2024:  Pluto retrogrades into Capricorn for the last time.

October 12, 2024:  Station Direct @ 29CAP38*.

November 20, 2024: Pluto re-enters Aquarius for the duration until 2044 ish.

So, as you can see, we still have about a year before we are finished with Capricorn.

The Sabian Symbol for the first degree of Aquarius is ‘AN OLD ADOBE MISSION’.  This is a hopeful symbol suggesting a return to a kind of simple faith. These missions were often built by the common folk of the village or area, not from surplus but rather despite scarcity. Their purpose was not for a showy display but rather for a deep and fundamental reverence of the divine. It was often a community project and all who participated gave what they could, each to his ability. As the collective regroups after the shock and trauma of, specifically the last century, there could well be a revival on a number of levels, emotional, mental/intellectual/ spiritual, and even physical. We could see the establishment of small acre farms that use organically sound methods of food production. We might experience a wholesale healing of collective trauma. Common sense may well be regained and applied to social structures. Nihilism, (the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless)  may, once and for all be relegated to the trash can of outworn concepts and the idea of an intelligent spiritual presence may be re-articulated and made palatable for the majority again. Living without the divine has not proven to be a successful enterprise over the past few hundred years.  Of course, as I have said in the past, energy is basically neutral. We, as the variable interactive force make it either proactive, positive, and regenerative or reactive, negative & degenerative. We, the common folk must choose to focus on positive return on the investment of our energy into creating a reality that is peaceful and healing. If we do not set the intention, this peaceful healthful future will not be reached.

The outer planets’ slow-moving transits allow for lots of adjustment time as the planet fully enters into each new energy. We are given the opportunity to acclimatize to the new dynamic. That is truly a gift from the universe.

When Pluto last moved through this section of the zodiac momentous events occurred in our Western world (see my last blog).  But where were the other two outer planets during that time period & where are they now?

Neptune is another slow-moving celestial object with an orbit lasting about 165 years. When Pluto was last at this degree of Capricorn/Aquarius, Neptune moved from 23* Virgo in 1776 to 21 * Libra in 1789.

Today, as Pluto moves from the last degrees of Capricorn and through the 30 degrees of Aquarius, Neptune will leave the last few degrees of Pisces, ingress into Aries, and then 14 years later, ingress into Taurus.

The addition of the nebulous and often impenetrable energy of Pisces mixed with the austere & autocratic energy of Capricorn is very different in flavour from the mix of Capricorn & Virgo back in 1776. Then there was an appetite for applied reconstruction that led to the formulation of a declaration of independence that was something more than just a philosophical concept as evidenced by the birth and then ascendancy of a mighty nation that attempted to form itself according to ideals never before fully realized by any other nation. Despite the bloody history, and the ongoing struggles, it became a beacon of hope for people from all corners of the earth as evidenced, again, by the fact that even today, millions flood across its borders in the hope of finding a ‘better’ life for themselves. Today, on the other hand, there is a sense that we have lost our way ( the fog & confusion of Pisces) while back then, it may have felt that with hard work and persistence (Virgo) something more excellent might be achieved.

By 1789, Neptune had moved into Libra and was in a trine relationship with Pluto in Aquarius. The motto that was shouted by the revolutionaries in France was ‘Liberty, Equality & Fraternity, a fitting articulation of the air trine symbolized by Libra/Aquarius. The common people took it into their own hands to completely transform the nature of their relationship with the so-called elite and they did it, at first, in compliance with each other lending an incredible force to their actions and later, as Neptune shifted into Scorpio, the mood of the collective, now assuming the role that once was played by the elite, turned reactive & autocratic in its own administration. The years following the overturning of the aristocracy in France were designated as ‘The Reign of Terror’ for good reason.

Thirteen years from today Neptune will be in the last few degrees of Aries & will ingress into Taurus in 2039. As Neptune moves through Aries, the best case scenario we can hope for is that a fresh, new initiative will arise from the collective consciousness; that this new spiritual direction will be based on an impulse for healing & growth; that a new collective philosophy will form and that it will infuse us all with a totally new, a different way to understand & interface with each other and with the reality that we, together, are creating via collective dreaming. Will the fire of Aries burn away the trash of the past? Will we use the inspirational force that Aries can provide to recreate our world vision? Will it lead, finally, to a concretization of ‘right principle’ resulting in ‘right action’ in accordance with Natural Law rather than imperfect man-made laws? We shall see…

And what about Uranus? On November 20, 2024, as Pluto makes his final shift into Aquarius & Neptune is in the last degrees of Pisces, Uranus is @ 25*TAU7”. Over the course of the Pluto Transit through Aquarius Uranus will transit the last degrees of Taurus, and ingress into Gemini, Cancer & Leo. Uranus is the fastest moving of the outer planets with an orbital passage of 84 years. It is symbolic of the individual interface between the finite & the infinite. We, as unique beings, can mark any one lifetime as falling somewhat around this piece of time. We are, as individuals the Uranian eruption/disruption within the cosmic order of things. Think of the energy of Uranus through the signs mentioned above as the spark that ignites a process, a process that is inevitable but not determined. The determination is the variable. How will we express our intentions as Pluto transforms the greater collective? How will we support or resist the inevitability of the change that must occur? Uranus in Taurus has shown us that we cannot ignore Natural Law and that we must find ways to work with nature and not against her.

Uranus in Gemini may well trigger new ideas that could lead to better more effective ways to work with the earth, advances in science that are positive, and eventually lead to a healing (Cancer) of both the natural world & we, the inhabitants of it.

Uranus in Leo could well auger a renaissance of creative expression that arises out of these previous transits from now until very near the end of the Pluto in Aquarius period. Will we learn to understand (Gemini) ourselves in a better more upbuilding way? Will our new intellectual realizations be positive & proactive? Will we find illumination? Will we heal our collective trauma? (Cancer) Will we develop more lasting methods to nurture each other, to care for our bloodline, the human one? Will we create a sense of family that finally binds us all together? Will we create the reality that we all dream of? (Leo)…Will we finally be able to find our unique place within the greater collective? Is this the inflection point for the human species?

If you watch even a little of the news of the world, you are aware of the chaos we are in. It does not need to be this way. If we follow the path of the energy as we move through the next 20 years, we do have the potential to recreate our reality to better reflect who we might actually become, a good & productive species that follows ‘right’ principle, LOVE, & seeks to build, not destroy, nurture, not attack, embrace, not reject. You add your own intentions to the list.

As a species, we MUST redevelop a relationship with that which is divine as we, each one of us understand it. We must reject the notion that there is nothing but the material and that life has no meaning. Rather, we must be determined to rediscover our collective & individual purpose, find the meaning in the moment, & infuse our reality with magic & mystery all over again. It is time to get back to the faith of our fathers and make it more excellent, more vibrant, more life-giving than it ever was. Can we do it? We must.

Take a moment and pray with a whole heart & mind for the children of this world. From the North to the South & the East to the West, wherever a child is found, there is the future of our species. Let them be safe.

Pluto into Aquarius: HUMANITY IN SEARCH OF ITS SOUL…

We live in momentous times…

There is a shifting of energies underway & we, the ‘little people’ are bearing witness to it.

Through the lens of the astrological system, we are able to track the ebb and flow of the currents of thought & feeling throughout the ages of man. Since the ‘discovery’ of the outer planets, this tracking has deepened considerably due to the long periods of time that these ‘outers’ spend in each energy. Astrology has widened to more accurately assess societal trends due to this fairly new discovery of the outer planets. Now it is possible to define what may rise to the surface as each energy gains momentum, becomes entrenched & then begins to wane. By looking ahead and postulating what may, indeed, transpire as each energy steps to the forefront, we can create a record for ourselves that is then tested out and crystalized as actual history takes place. Astrologers have, of course, been doing this for centuries, sometimes with incredibly accurate forecasts & sometimes, not so much. Today, however, with that much more collected ‘data’ to draw upon, we can be even more precise in our forecasts. We hope! LOL.

There are several ‘big’ events in play over the next few years, all involving the outer planets. Each planet, in turn, makes ingress into new energies over the next few years. As mentioned, the main element here is that these representatives of collective forces are SLOW moving from our earthly perspective and necessarily so in terms of manifestation. It takes time to shift focus in the areas of life that these archetypical forces represent. If you are feeling uncertain, confused & apprehensive, then you are ‘tuned in’ to the shifting energies around you. These are the coherent emotional responses to the nature of our current times. As Mr. Dylan once warned, ‘the times they are a changin…’

So, for now, let’s take a look at the planet that has the longest orbit, PLUTO.

Pluto has just spent about 2 decades in the structural, administrative energy of Capricorn. We have faced up to the sham of government, law & order, and economic security. Our Western world is more or less in a state of trauma as we have come to realize that government is, at worst, corrupt or, at the very least, ineffective,  law & order is tenuous at best, and economic security is a nebulous, almost mythic ideal. The ‘heartlands’ of North America are in a struggle for survival while the populous, mostly coastal, cities are reeling under the weight of disorder. It is at times like these—what the Chinese call ‘interesting times’—that the most extraordinary events can occur. It is NOT a time for FEAR. It is a time for HOPE. It is a time when we, the people, can gather all of the broken bits of our current reality and, like the Japanese craftsmen who perfected the art of KINTSUGI, repair it and infuse it with the golden energies of love & compassion, thus making it more perfect, more valuable than it ever was in its unbroken form.

The last time Pluto occupied this place on the ‘wheel’, the world saw the birth of a new nation that was founded on ideals that can only be described as transcendent. How did those flawed historical individuals come up with the concept that ‘ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL’? Today, we are used to this idea but we must remember that the collective society that gave birth to that seemingly obvious viewpoint was in no way structured according to it. The principles contained within the Declaration of Independence were far ahead of their times, written by young men who were, let us not forget, rebels against a mighty authority. And, the most remarkable part of this story is that their rebellion was not only successful but led to the establishment of a superpower that rivaled all previous superpowers! I am certain that the days before, during & immediately post the American Revolution were challenging & terrifying to all who lived through it, and yet, the heart & soul of humankind are not to be defeated and it prevails over adversity even when the road appears to be leading into destruction. If you are a history enthusiast, take the time to read about the trials of those early Americans & put yourself in their shoes. How would you have behaved under those circumstances? Would you have gone the distance? Whatever any of us may think about the United States as it is today, its founding was based on an aspiration to a higher and more excellent way for people to live together. Equality and Justice for all is not something to be rejected. It is what we, as an enlightened people, must always aspire towards.

Another extraordinary event that occurred when Pluto was at this point within the ‘wheel’, was the French Revolution. While the American Revolution began in 1776, the French Revolution started in 1789. Pluto was well into the energy of Aquarius, (around 19*) by that time. Today we are just now entering into it. In the decade or so between the two events, the soul of the collective had been agitated to the point of extreme violence, not the violence of simple war, (if there is such a thing!), but violence towards individual persons as demonstrated by the brutal killings of the aristocrats at the blade of Madame, La Guillotine.  A hatred of oppression so intense had crept into the psyche of the collective that only extreme and unspeakable acts could quench its bloody thirst. Were those rebels right? Were they wrong? Evaluations such as these are overly simplistic. Whatever your own conclusion might be, the fact remains that those last few decades of the 1700s were a time of incredible transformation on a social level. I would venture to say that both France & America are still in the process of adjusting to the cataclysmic shift that occurred back then.

So, here we are, today, with the alignment of energies reflecting a similar dynamic arising from deep within the collective consciousness. It is sufficient, for this little blog, to just focus on Pluto with the attempt to understand the deeper significance of this sort of societal transformation. As we move up the spiral of consciousness, we must manifest these powerful energies in a better & more spiritual fashion. Dare I say, no more bloodshed…no more guillotines…

Pluto represents the deepest part of the human psyche. We can designate it as being the SOUL of the self, that part of us that is most aligned to SOURCE, that part of us that most yearns for SOURCE. As Pluto enters into the remarkable, inventive, disruptive, and unique energy of Aquarius, the collective psyche finds itself poised on the brink of a crucial & defining mission…THE SEARCH FOR THE SOUL.

1:  Who are we, as a species?

2:  What are the values that govern our aspirational lives?

3:  What is the nature of the connections that we form with each other?

4:  Who, really is our ‘blood’ kin?

5:  What is the singular nature of our heart expressions; is it upbuilding or destructive?

6:  What do we seek to heal within our extended family?

7:  What is the nature of the partnerships that we seek to create?

8:  What is the mystery that will lead us into a more secure future?

9:  Can we secure our faith in something that will protect us from self-destruction?

10:  How will we prove ourselves as a species? Will our words be followed by actions or will they be like cymbals clashing dissonantly in the wind?

11:  Can we create a future based on the highest of ideals, love and altruism?

12:  Will we find our souls, finally, after the chaos & violence of our history?

In short, we, as a species are in desperate search for our soul, for that which will lift us out of darkness and show us the hope that is the LIGHT from SOURCE. Everything that has come before has brought us to this most critical moment in time. Yes, folks, we are in a struggle between GOOD & EVIL. It is the struggle for survival, for the right path, for the ‘seven generations’ that will follow from this day. Each one of us must look deeply into ourselves & ponder the questions above. Each one of us must answer those questions and then ACT accordingly. If we want to create a harmonious & productive world that will continue long after we are gone, we must seek all that is good, upbuilding, and above all TRUE. We must not be deceived by the lies that create division & hatred. There is but ONE HUMAN KIND. Even as we cherish & revere our national identities, we MUST NOT lose sight of the fact that globally, we are of one blood. We are all of one family and what we do to others, we do to ourselves.

If you are a student of history, you will immediately recognize that ALL religions preach LOVE and a reverence for the divine. We must focus on this uniting principle rather than focusing on any irrelevant differences in terms of expression.

TRUTH IS UNIVERSAL & ABSOLUTE

THE EXPRESSION OF TRUTH IS INDIVIDUAL & VARIABLE

Let us all focus on the universality of truth while celebrating the individuality of its expression.

Aquarius energy is the most brilliant energy of the wheel. It sparkles with possibility and promise & infuses our collective consciousness with the electric fire that lifts us out of the box of limited thinking. Aquarius points the way, like a thunderbolt, into a limitless future where, through the use of simple human ingenuity, we can absolutely solve any and all problems that we face as a species. A so-called ‘crisis’ is merely an opportunity to create a solution. Just as the Promethean fire released the world from struggle, so can the Promethean fire of Aquarian vision & invention lead us into a better, more equitable, more just future, if we just allow it to be so. In the end, it is up to us, as a species to make the choice.

Let it be so.

Silhouette of human hand with open palm praying to god at sunset background

I would ask you all to pray for all of the suffering children in the Land of Judea. From the banks of the Jordan River to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

RULING PLANETS: HOW THEY WORK

In these strange & confusing days, the ‘science’ of astrology has become popularized to the point that even folks who know nothing about the actual mechanics of this process, are able to reference it in their day-to-day lives. The most obvious example of this is the use of the so-called ‘sun sign’. If you know your day of birth, you might well conclude that you know something about yourself from that astrological level. There is a well-known phrase that suggests that ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing…’ & it is never truer than when it is applied to those folks who talk about their ‘sun signs’!

I have an admission to make; it sets my teeth on edge when someone says, “I am an Aries; what are you?”

However, I bite my tongue with those edgy teeth because I understand that this question is an enthusiastic demonstration of a love for a breadth of tools that facilitate self-understanding. And, the more self-understanding that we can garner, the better. If we can peek into the depths of ourselves, into the shadows of others’ selves, it has to be preferable to stumbling around in the dark, not knowing why we are, who we are & what the heck we are attempting to accomplish. So, all you astrology lovers, go ahead and talk about your sun sign. I can always leave the room…lol.

The key to getting the greatest return on astrological analysis is to understand that what really counts is not so much the individual energies as represented by the ‘planets in the signs’, but rather, the interaction that occurs between all of the various planets & points. This speaks to the intricate dimensionality of the astrological toolkit. You are not your sun sign. You are SO MUCH MORE than this flat one-dimensional projection. (In fact, there are schools of astrology that do not even reference the zodiac sign but rather, focus on the geometric connections that the various planetary archetypes make spatially. You’ve heard about ‘sacred geometry’? Well, this is one of its applications. To really get to the heart of the complexity of the persona, the soul & the potential of the individual, we must explore the ‘grid’, the crystalline structure of the self. More about this fascinating approach later…)

For now, though, a deeper analysis of the flat one-dimensional zodiac sign that any given planet is found in begins with the understanding that each of these 12 signs (energies) is linked to a specific planet and this planet will also be found within the grid of the horoscope and often, in yet another sign of the zodiac. The interaction between the two planets is of critical importance. Think of your own self as a musical composition, a song of sorts. How do the various ‘notes’ of your song sound? Are they harmonic? Are they dissonant? This is the interactive part of the play of energy that exists in each of us.  We want to get a handle on our own individual ‘songs’ & refine as much as we can the flow of that song so that it is as harmonic as it possibly can be. (By the way, I’m all for a bit of dissonance appropriately administered…lol)

So, that can be a starting point for a deeper understanding of your own so-called ‘sun-sign’. Whatever sign the Sun was transiting when you were born is modified by the energy of whatever sign the RULING PLANET was also transiting at the time you were born. Here’s a list of the signs along with the planet that ‘rules’ that sign.

ARIES ruled by MARS

TAURUS ruled by VENUS

GEMINI ruled by MERCURY

CANCER ruled by THE MOON

LEO ruled by THE SUN

VIRGO ruled by MERCURY

LIBRA ruled by VENUS

SCORPIO co-ruled by MARS & PLUTO

SAGITTARIUS ruled by JUPITER

CAPRICORN ruled by SATURN

AQUARIUS co-ruled by SAURN & URANUS

PISCES co-ruled by JUPITER & NEPTUNE

You can see that there are quite a few signs linked to only one planet & some that are linked to two planets. This stems from the fact that until the outer planets were ‘discovered’ with the use of powerful telescopes, only the ‘visible’ celestial objects factored into the mix. SATURN was once considered to be the outermost planet in our sky. It ‘limited’ the scope of our perception. Sound familiar?

Each zodiac energy has its own built-in characteristics. If you have a list of keywords, you can get a sense of those overt characteristics. Each planet also has built-in characteristics. Just knowing which planet co-relates to which sign gives us more insight into both of them. Use the graphic above to also consider the element & modality of each archetypal placement. think about how fire works with earth or air or water. What is produced by the combination of any two elements? What about the modality? How does Cardinal energy interact with Fixed or Mutable energy? If it’s too much to consider all of this, then just begin with one thing and once you are conversant with that one thing, add in the next consideration.  It’s sort of like making a soup from a variety of vegetables. It’s all about the blending.

Example:

Why is Aries known to be fiery, impulsive, fierce & often dominant? Look at which planet is linked to it. MARS is the planet that represents that part of the personal psyche that ‘does’ things. It represents the overt active energy of the individual, the MO (modus operandi). So, both Aries & Mars are potentially little go-getters, always on the move. Now consider what happens when the Sun is in Aries, a Cardinal Fire Sign, but ruled by a Mars in Pisces, a Mutable Water Sign. Will the watery energy douse the fiery energy? Or will the fiery energy steam up the watery energy? Now we are starting to cook!

Turn, once again to your keyword list & review the characteristics linked to Pisces. You will see words like dreamy, soft, and mystical. How do you think an impulsive, self-determined Mars might operate when it has to navigate the dreamy, mystical waters of PISCES? Once you can synthesize these two diametrically opposed forces, you have stepped into the world of subtle & deeper understanding of the way the psyche works.

The best way to proceed with this deeper analysis of each planetary archetype is to tackle it ONE PLANET AT A TIME. Be methodical. Do not rush ahead or jump around. Try to extract as much as you can from each planet before proceeding on to the next. Be willing to sit with any unexpected realizations you might suddenly have as you begin to synthesize the data. It does not matter how long you have been dissecting your own chart. There will always be insights to be had.

Each planet has one or two places where the rulership stops right where it is. That is something called ‘dignity’. Theoretically, whatever planet is being considered, is thought to be the purest representation of that particular energy.

Here is a list of ‘singular’ planets:

The SUN is in his ‘dignity in LEO. Generally speaking, then, anyone born when the Sun was transiting Leo will have a distinct sense of their ‘ego’ self; they will most probably be expressive & even creative; they will be fun-loving & childlike in many ways.

The MOON is in her ‘dignity’ in Cancer. Moody, sensitive, sometimes fearful, nurturing & protective, and always emotionally motivated.

 

MERCURY is dignified in two signs, Gemini & Virgo. Data-oriented, inquisitive, intellectually adroit, analytical, detail-oriented, interested in practical solutions & research-minded.

Venus is dignified in two signs, Taurus & Libra. Lusty, earthy, gentle, cooperative, ethical, persuasive & conciliatory.

Mars is dignified in two signs, Aries & Scorpio. Impulsive, intense, fierce, powerful, driven, self-directed & sometimes scary.

Jupiter is at home in Sagittarius & Pisces. Hopeful, optimistic, inspirational, full of ideas, somewhat mystical at times & enterprisingly unrestrained.

Saturn is at home in two signs, Capricorn & Aquarius. Commanding, severe, determined, organized, dispassionate, practical & sometimes dictatorial.

Uranus is at home in Aquarius. Futuristic, innovative, inventive, surprising, one-of-a-kind & sometimes chaotic.

 

Neptune is at home in Pisces. Dreamy, nebulous, intuitive, spiritual, sensitive & often confused.

Pluto, (yes, we still regard this puppy as a significant presence within the psyche), is linked to Scorpio. Transformative, fearless, willing to cross boundaries, power-oriented, hidden, secretive & iconoclastic. (This was the generation that opened the door to all sorts of ‘taboos’ & let them in. Full Frontal Nudity!)

Ever met anyone, while having one of these planets in their so-called ‘home signs’, who did not fit comfortably into the above? There’s a reason for it which involves the ‘sacred geometry’ aspect & the ‘location’ aspect of how the energy works. Future blogs will dip into that.

In the meantime, drag out your own chart & determine if any one of your planets is operating within the scope of their home sign in your own psyche. How does that translate into your real day-to-day life? Do you fit into any of the descriptions given above? Get out your more extensive keywords & see if any of them describe how you operate in the particular area of personality expression. Do you recall what each planet signifies with the whole of the persona? Look it up & get to work. Summer is drawing to a close…

LIBRA FULL MOON: APRIL 5, 2023 @ 11:37 PM CDT

Full Moons are periods of illumination & usually, these times can coincide with some sort of emotional awareness. We may suddenly realize what we have been ‘feeling’ & not entirely understanding. It can seem sudden but not always. In this entitled ‘western’ world, most of us have the time to immerse ourselves in self-analysis. We do not need to struggle to survive, for the most part, so our energy can be directed into the small indulgences of self-study. How pleasant & how privileged it is to be able to sit under the light of a luminescent Moon & meditate on ‘ME’…

This is the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox, highlighting both FIRE & AIR; inspiration & cooperation; the individual impulse & the collective impulse. What we do, we do from the deepest part of our desires (Aries) & we do it to impact those around us who share our reality (Libra).  As the Sun exalts in Aries, the Moon relaxes in Libra. It’s a time to think about how our actions impact our companions. We want to find ways to create harmony & peace. The Psalmist wrote:

“How good and pleasant it is when people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head…It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.”

I think it is safe to say that at this most fractious & chaotic time in history, we would all like to savor some ‘pleasantness’.

The energy is all still in forward motion. The focus is on action & movement. We have an appetite for discovery, for invention, for the ongoing quest for understanding. We want to explore the hidden places & subjects. We want to KNOW. Whether it is on a global scale or in our personal lives, we are ready to cast off muddled thinking & take action on the basis of an illuminated understanding (Full Moon). What, in your life, have you come to understand? Can you alter or refine your actions as a result? That’s the key for all of us…

Mercury is moving into his pre-retrograde shadow period & will enter it just a few days after this Full Moon. Close to the nodal axis, the focus is on finding the facts before passing the verdict. In Taurus, the intellectual process is methodical, logical & down to earth. We follow the breadcrumbs assiduously, inspecting each item as we carefully move along. No rushing here! This is made all the more so as Mercury stations retrograde on April 21, 2023, moving from 15’ TAURUS 37” back to 5’ TAURUS 51”. Be willing to slow down, analyze with care, exercise caution as you think through any dynamics & DO NOT jump to any hasty conclusions. Locate where Taurus is in your own natal chart to better monitor the areas of life that are involved.

Venus in her ‘home’ sign of Taurus lends an air of pleasure. We are all ready for the WARM after a long & unpredictable winter. We want to see green things growing, birds flying, and creatures scurrying. With Venus & Uranus in close alignment at the Full Moon, we want to feel something that we have not felt before, experience an unexpected surge of pleasure after a long period of slumber. We want to wake up (Uranus) & savor the moment (Venus)!

Mars shifted into Cancer on March 28, 2023. Nurturing energy is now in high focus. What sort of ‘actions’ can we take to better care for ourselves & those around us? Do we have a ‘plan of action’ in this regard? In Cancer, Mars fights ferociously for those who require assistance. What do you do to support those in need? Heart energy always finds a way.

Jupiter takes about 12 years to travel the wheel of the zodiac and now, in Aries, it is like a fresh start to an old project. We can take the time to reinvent the way we go about doing our lives and chasing after our dreams. What new things have emerged in your life to spur you into activity, inspire your creativity, and to fuel your passions? Seize these things if only by the tail & take a risk. Opportunity can only be realized if it is acted upon.

Pluto’s toe dip into Aquarius is upon us. It is true that we will be dealing with the last vestiges of the Capricorn transit for quite some time, but now the spark of a solution is beginning to emerge. Now that the corruption & deceit has been revealed for all to see, what will we do about it? What can we do about it? That remains to be seen but it is true that if one does nothing then nothing will change. The message is: if you want to see change then be change, whatever that might look like in your own personal life. Grassroots movements have, in the past, affected tremendous changes in society as a whole. History teaches us that Tyrants always fall and that the common people can only be oppressed for so long. Over the next few decades, this lesson will be learned again. What role will YOU play in this unfolding drama?

 

 

Happy Full Moon to all…

May the spring warm your bones

and fill your heart with the sweetness of the season…

 

PISCES NEW MOON: FEBRUARY 20, 2023 @ 1:09 AM CST

Pisces New Moon

February 20, 2023 @ 1:09 am CST

To get the most out of working with Astrology, you have to get to know the rhythm of the cycles because, bottom line, it’s the patterns of these cycles that give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of self-understanding or the forecasting of the energetic temperatures of the times. Patterns have always fascinated me whether it is the sudden discovery of seemingly random patterns that take on meaning in their repetition or the obvious concrete patterns that are self-evident to even those who are resistant to spotting them. The universe is just one big tapestry, a pattern of complex & profound proportions that is waiting for us to discover its secrets.

The most accessible of cycles are the ones that involve the movement of the celestial spheres, both visible to the naked & enhanced eye.  Obviously, the LUNAR CYCLE is a perfect example of this. Not only is it fast-moving with the MOON completing its natural wax & wan within the 30ish-day monthly period, but it is also clearly visible to anyone who lifts their eyes to the night sky. With the MOON CYCLE, a pattern is established. Now it’s up to us to figure out what that pattern is, what it means & how we can work within its parameters if we choose to do so. Be aware, that we will find this same cyclical motion in ALL of the planets of our immediate solar system & if we have the impulse to search further, far beyond that into the mysterious universal space around us. Even if you know nothing about the zodiacal symbology of signs, elements & houses of the horoscope, you can be plugged into the cyclical movement of the Moon & other planets just by becoming conscious of these cycles. And the MOON cycle is, truly, the easiest of all the cycles we can investigate. There is always a NEW MOON & there is always a FULL MOON & they are always 2 weeks apart, come winter, spring, summer, or fall…LOL. So, don’t worry if you can’t remember the signs of the zodiac. As long as you track the LUNAR CYCLE, you have in hand a pattern that you can begin to work with. NEW MOONS can always be viewed as the beginning of something while FULL MOONS can be regarded as the culmination of that original process. Literal example: you can begin an investigation into something on the NEW MOON & reflect on what you have so far discovered on the FULL MOON. It really can be as simple as that.

This coming NEW MOON is in the dreamy energy of PISCES & occurs just days after the Sun shifts into that energy. In fact, NEW MOONs are ALWAYS in the same zodiac sign as the SUN. That is because a new moon, any new moon, is physically, literally ‘aligned’, (conjunct in astro terms) to the sun in the sky as seen from our vantage point here on the earth. NEW MOONS are invisible at the exact moment of this close alignment so the sky at the NEW MOON is inky black & flecked with stars. It is only after a few days that we can begin to make out the crescent rim of the MOON as she begins her waxing journey to fullness. That’s why it is like a beginning, a birth…

This PISCES New Moon is going to reach her FULLNESS when she gets to the zodiac sign of Virgo in about 2 weeks. Another pattern in the making. Each sign has a partner sign which is exactly opposite it within the 360 * wheel of the horoscope. The partner Sign to PISCES is…VIRGO!! So, no matter how many cycles go by, a PISCES NEW MOON will ALWAYS reach her fullness in the sign of VIRGO. I find that extremely comforting & satisfying…dependable universal law in action.

Pisces is a mysterious energy, full of all that is mystical & marvelous. In Pisces, we find the dream that can become the reality (VIRGO), the sublime self-sacrifice of unconditional love, and the undeserved kindness (grace) of the divine. Oh yes, it can also be muddled, confused & deceptive but, if we are seekers of the light, we will take those misguided impulses & shift them into proactive ones. Muddle? Allow your creative right brain to take you to the outer limits. Confused? Pause & meditate until the chaos settles. Deception? Investigate thoroughly until you feel you have sufficient data on which to base some kind of conclusion.

This New MOON promises continued movement, a fresh start & the resolution to set intentions & follow through. Though there is still a lot of data to sort through, we can begin to imagine that we just might start to find some definitive answers to ongoing perplexing questions. Notably, Mars will finally pass beyond the post-shadow period of his recent retrograde through Gemini. Did you lose your mind over the past 6 ish months? Well, you may now find it once again! And for those of you who were born with Mars in Gemini (direct or retrograde), your initiation into the next 2-year cycle of implementation is now culminating & you can get down to the business of making things happen according to whatever plan you may have come up with for the next 2 years.

An aside to those of you who have significant Gemini energy wired into your psyches…,(Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, or any of the angles & particularly the ascendant in this sign). This now culminating transit of Mars through Gemini with a built-in retrograde through almost the entire 30 degrees has probably triggered a lot of responses in you. You guys have probably felt just a little bit crazier than the rest of us, maybe more frustrated at times, a tad more muddled & confused possibly. Your ‘get up & go’ may have got up & gone for a while & then suddenly returned in a sizzle of short circuitry. Take a breath & force yourselves to relax. The cuckoo days are almost behind us as Mars will pass his Retrograde Station of 25*36′ Gemini on March 16. That is, technically, the final day of the post-shadow period. So, mark that week down in your calendar—March 13-19 & pay attention to how you feel once we get to that time period. It will give you clues as to how retrogrades affect you specifically. That, of course, is true for all of us but as I have mentioned before, not all transits affect all individuals in the same way. Each person’s journey is unique.

Another notable transit for this Lunar cycle is the entry of Saturn into Pisces according to the Tropical Zodiac most commonly used by Western Astrologers. In fact, at the New Moon, Saturn is closely aligned to the Sun/Moon conjunction from the Aquarius side @ 28*10’. When Saturn supports the Moon in this fashion, we are given an added boost of resolve & commitment as we set our intentions & start out on new projects. Saturn strengthens & grounds the somewhat ethereal energy of Luna. Emotions rise & fall, after all, but intestinal fortitude (Saturn) is something we can depend on once we cultivate it. As Saturn transit Pisces for the next 2 ½ years we will all get the opportunity to face our fears, firm up our connection to the divine & generally, sort through the more nebulous & hidden parts of our reality construct. For those of you who were born with Saturn in Pisces, it’s your return period, that once in 30ish (technically, 29.4 years), where you get to come to terms with the reality that you have so far manifested. Karma time! Enjoy…lol.

And finally, we are on the brink of Pluto’s first toe dip into Aquarius. This is exciting stuff! Over the last decade & a half, many of us have been shocked into ‘awakeness’ by what has been revealed in terms of the structures that we thought were providing us with security & safety. The scales have fallen from our eyes & we may no longer view our governments in the same way that we once did. We no longer believe that we will always have what we need to sustain our physical reality as we have been shocked to realize that the entire monetary system is merely a shell game Ponzi scheme of grand proportion. We have had to face the fact that all is not what it appeared to be… So, where do we go from here? Possibly, just possibly, we might start getting some clues as Pluto jolts his way through Aquarius. Will the collective consciousness reframe the dream or will we slide further into oppression & tyranny? We will see just how many of us actually did wake up in the years ahead. It’s all about the ‘tipping point’!

 

The Sabian Symbols for this New Moon are :

A SQUIRREL HIDING FROM HUNTERS

A LARGE WHITE CROSS UPRAISED

 

We must always find ways to preserve ourselves. Squirrels are everywhere because they are quick on the mark when they perceive danger in the air. Have you ever watched a squirrel skitter here and there, always one step ahead of you if you are attempting to catch him? Self-preservation supreme! That is how we should be as we pick our way through these chaotic & troubling times, uber aware of our surroundings, always on our guard for any clear or present danger & ensuring that we have sufficient nuts stored away in case of disaster. Prepper mentality, anybody? And yet, the polarity symbol reinforces the idea that we must continue to have faith. This should be our intention. Find a way to overcome our doubts and yet remain realistic about what is really going on. One way we can do this is if we are clear within ourselves as to what we believe in, what we would fight for, even die for and, in knowing this, stick to it no matter what forces may oppose us. And sometimes this will be a challenge. It may even seem impossible at times. But, somehow, some way, we must, at the very least, TRY to stay true to who we are, even if it is only in private when we are alone with ourselves…HAPPY NEW MOON EVERYONE!

Winter Solstice & a Look Ahead @ 2023

Winter Solstice is the true New Year for the metaphysically minded. Symbolically, it is the time in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun is reborn & the days begin to get longer once again. This year, that moment occurs @ 3:47 pm CST on December 21. (Adjust if you are in a different time zone.) If you are able, take a moment that day & allow the shift to flow through you. With mindfulness, you may be able to sense the turn of the energy as Solstice is initiated. It’s a fun exercise to try out!

This year the Solstice chart suggests cautious optimism. Though we are still dealing with a Geminian kerfuffle with Mars retrograding through that energy, for the most part, the energy of the celestial orbs is moving along nicely. All of the outers except for Uranus are in direct motion & by mid-January, just a few weeks after the solstice, both Mars & Uranus will also station direct. Imagine that fierce little creature, Mars, shaking himself off, doing a turn or two to get his bearings & then, in true Gemini fashion, taking off without a glance back! To get a sense of how you might interact with this energy individually, locate 9* Gemini in your own chart. That is the area of life where you might, indeed, be experiencing a bit of a muddle, a stop/start sort of impulse & where you might begin to experience more clarity in understanding, intentional action & general direction.

Another indicator of optimism is the Sagittarius Moon that is closing in on the Sun in the balsamic phase. Two messages here. This balsamic phase is always meditative, reflective & thoughtful. It lends itself to insight, visions & increased intuitive activity. Nevertheless, Sag is such an exuberant energy, full of courage, zeal & buoyancy. With the ruler, Jupiter, newly entered into Aries & in full Direct Motion, there is a sense of growth, a rekindling of initiative, and a feeling of hope. Fire fuels the soul to aspire to new heights & with the Moon in Sag ruled by a feisty Jupiter in Aries, we are filled with FIRE. Of course, there is that hesitant Mars (ruling Jupiter in Aries) still circling around & around but we can use the hint of restraint as we get ourselves into gear. It has been a horrendous few years and the general mood of the collective, whether compliant or contrarian in regard to the C#$%D narrative, is one of exhaustion. We are all DONE with whatever this is that has been going on. The Solstice chart promises us that we are nearing the end of the confusion and that we still have the capacity to hope & aspire for something that better reflects true humanity, natural goodness & spiritual connection. Let’s all make it happen, shake the dust off our feet, lift up our heads & BELIEVE that LOVE truly will conquer evil.

Another useful practice is to take a peek ahead at the year that is being born & get our bearings for the various shifts of energy. It’s useful to mark the retrogrades & the ingresses on our calendars as little reminders of the flow of the celestial orbs. A list will follow!

Naturally, the Sun will transit all 12 signs between Winter Solstice 2022 & Winter Solstice 2023. We can track this methodical movement around our natal charts. Remember, the SUN ILLUMINATES whatever house it finds itself in, whether in the natal chart or by transit. Pay close attention, especially to each angle, ASC, IC, DES & MC. The dynamics of each of these quadrants are intensified as the Sun shines his light on them. As an example, if you have Cancer on the MC, you might feel a sense of enterprise throughout June & July or you might find yourself pondering your focus in life, and the direction you are taking. Similarly, if you have Gemini on the ascendant, May & June could suddenly be very busy for you & you might start thinking about strategies & new directions. And, of course, we all have that very special moment when the Sun re-connects to the exact degree of the Zodiac that he occupied at our birth—the SOLAR RETURN moment. Each person will interact with these SOLAR TRANSITS uniquely so the best way to understand your own process is to keep a record of what actually occurs in your life at each significant ingress. The LAB Method—observation & co-relation! And, if you are so inclined, go see a competent Astrologer! If you are not sure about who to consult, drop me a line. I have a list of names that will give you some options.

The MOON also is worth tracking as this celestial object transits the entire zodiac once every month. In this context, the MOON is moods so you can better understand your own biorhythm by keeping an eye on where the MOON happens to be on any given day. Like Moods, the texture of the day can change rapidly as the Moon only spends 2.5 days in each sign on a monthly basis. A Moon Calendar that indicates where the Moon is each day is very useful for recording moods & impulses. After about 3-6 months of faithful record keeping, you will have a pretty firm sense of your own biorhythm. This is extremely useful when it comes to planning activities. If you know that a certain time is usually one when you like to cocoon, what’s the point of planning a party? And, of course, the collective FULL MOON three-day period can be fraught with drama for all of us so at the very least, track the FULL MOON!

I am not going to list each lunation here but I do send out a blog on a monthly basis about the collective New & Full Moon. Watch your inbox & then mark the dates on your calendar. The very first New Moon after the Solstice occurs on December 23, 2022, in the energy of Capricorn. This is yet another indication of a fresh start, a hopeful initiation point.

And now, to the planetary movements for 2023!

As always, there will be several Mercury Retrogrades. You cannot just stop during these periods but you can be extra mindful as you go about your activities. Earth energy is under the retrograde lens for 2023.

There is a shadow period attached to each retrograde, one before the actual retrograde station & one that follows the Station Direct. Ripples of the retrograde will start to appear prior to the actual Station & there can be a lingering effect after the energy shifts Direct. Again, forewarned is forearmed. These are immutable occurrences. We either work with the flow & ebb of the energy or we work against it. That is the essential meaning of the phrase—‘go with the flow’…It’s not always about being in full forward motion. Sometimes we have to pause, turn around, reflect & realign. If we know in advance that we are moving into this sort of period of time, then we can adjust accordingly. This principle applies to the slower-moving outers also.

(Note: I ‘round up’ the degrees. To get the degree with minutes, consult an ephemeris. Also, be aware that the so-called shadow periods extend each period 2-3 weeks prior to RX station & 2-3 weeks post-Direct Station. Think of these weeks being somewhat like waves, energy flowing in & then ebbing.)

MERCURY:

December 29, 2022                                          SRX 25* CAPRICORN

January 18, 2023                                               SD  9* CAPRICORN

In Capricorn, the structural systems are under review. How are the systems that are currently in place working? Can we rely on the infrastructure of our social systems to sustain us? Expect to experience revisions in this area.

 

April 21, 2023                                                  SRX        16* TAURUS

May 15, 2023                                                 SD           5* TAURUS

 

In Taurus, our survival systems experience a reboot. What are the values that fuel our souls? Are we connected to Natural Law & the goodness of the earth itself? Is there a place for us within this current system of things or do we need to re-organize the way that we live?

 

August 23, 2023                                                SRX        22* VIRGO

September 15 2023                                           SD           9* VIRGO

 

In Virgo, it’s all about process. Are the strategies that are in place contributing to smooth operation? Are our habitual rituals helping & healing or hindering? Is our reality making sense? What can we do to amend things if needed?

December 13, 2023                              SRX        9* CAPRICORN

January 2, 2024                                    SD           23* SAGITTARIUS

2023 began with a retrograde in earth energy (Capricorn), & ends with Mercury in retrograde motion from Earth (Capricorn) into Fire (Sagittarius).

Could this be an indication of an incoming shift in relation to the structural nature of our current reality? Earth is what is solid & stable, set in stone, so to speak. Fire is the disrupter, the initiator, that which transforms from one state into another. We shall see…???

 

VENUS                 

July 23, 2023                                         SRX        29* LEO

September 4, 2023                                SD           13* LEO

This regular 18-month cycle last occurred at the beginning of 2022 with the retrograde in Capricorn. This year the retrograde shifts into Leo, the energy of self-love, self-expression & self-awareness. What have we learned about ourselves? How do we express ourselves? Do we hold ourselves in high esteem, never abusing ourselves, always addressing our basic fundamental needs? Find Leo in your chart. This is where you will re-evaluate what is meaningful in your life. If you have Venus in Leo in your natal chart or by progression, this retrograde will touch you most personally, giving you ample opportunity to re-align to that which is truly of value in your life, to discard the superficial & stay real.

 

MARS

The next Mars Retrograde will not occur until 2024 when this celestial orb transits the signs of Leo & Cancer. Be prepared to turn your attention to deep inner work (Cancer) resulting in increased self-awareness. More next year…LOL

Here are the significant Mars transits for 2023:

(Reminder: I am rounding up the degrees. If you are a stickler for detail, consult an ephemeris to get the degree & minute of each placement.)

December 21, 2022          12* Gemini RX

January 1, 2023                 10* Gemini RX  

(Mars is almost at a     standstill now)

January 12, 2023         9* Gemini STATION DIRECT

(We now enter the post-retrograde shadow phase. The next 2+ month period is all about INTEGRATING the convoluted experiences that we may have had during the actual RX period.)

March 15-18. 2023           26* Gemini (Mars reaches the degree where he first Stationed Retrograde…so long, Gemini, see you again in about 2 years…lol)

March 28, 2023                 Mars enters CANCER

May 21, 2023                      Mars enters LEO

July 11, 2023                       Mars enters VIRGO

August 28, 2023                Mars enters LIBRA

October 13, 2023              Mars enters SCORPIO

November 25, 2023         Mars enters SAGITTARIUS

December 21, 2023          20* SAGITTARIUS

This last date is the Solstice which brings us to the conclusion of the yearly transits & the initiation of a whole new yearly cycle.

Mars has traveled 180*+ around the zodiacal wheel.

At each ingress date, locate where in your own natal chart Mars is located by transit. Ponder what is being activated, stirred up, or initiated. Use all of the Mars keywords to consider this. Think of Mars as a trigger (along with the MOON). The trigger could be proactive or reactive. It all depends on how YOU choose to integrate into the energetic environment around you. If you are a Mars RULED or influenced individual, (ARIES SUN, MOON, RISING; SCORPIO SUN, MOON, RISING; Any of the PERSONALS in the FIRST HOUSE; MARS in ARIES or SCORPIO), these Mars transits will be of special interest to you. You are an action-oriented person who has strong willpower & prefers to be in charge of your own reality. Keep an eye on this moderately rapid moving energy to regulate both your initiatives & your responses.

(Do you have your date book at hand? Are you marking the dates of the planetary movements into it?)

 

 

The mid & outer planets regularly go retrograde each year for months at a time. These are slow-moving orbs providing us with plenty of time to reconsider & review. Because the energy moves relatively slowly, we are better able to adjust to the flow & integrate it into our psyches. These retrograde periods give us the much-needed space to establish & refine our reality.

JUPITER :

December 21, 2022                          1* Aries

January 1, 2023                                 2* Aries

May 16, 2023                                      Jupiter enters Taurus

September 4, 2023                           SRX        16* TAURUS

December 21, 2023                                          6* TAURUS RX

December 31, 2023                          SD           6* TAURUS

This is the JUPITER RETURN period for those who have Jupiter in ARIES or the first half of TAURUS. This 11+ year cycle gives a sense of aspirational progress throughout our lives. We reach for the prize through our Jupiterian selves. He monitors our hopes & dreams. He connects us to our higher, more intuitive selves. If you are in the midst of a ‘return period’, use it to imagine your future. And, because this is Jupiterian energy, no holds barred! Reach for the stars in your heart of hearts! Be bold & fearless in mapping out your future. You will only reach that which you aspire to so aspire hugely!!!

As with all transiting planets, locate the degrees of the transit in your own chart to determine where you will experience opportunity, serendipity & renewed optimism. If you happen to have Aries/Taurus on one of your angles, watch closely how Jupiter ushers abundance into your reality. Jupiter augments & expands whatever he touches so the reactive side of this transit is that if you are in the midst of restructure or chaos, it may feel a bit out of control for the duration of the specific transit. This same principle applies to proactive energy so watch that you do not bite off more than you can chew at any one given time! LOL…

Jupiter at the Ascendant or first house can cause even the hardiest of souls to waver in the face of the tidal wave of expansion…

 

SATURN

December 21,2022                           22* AQUARIUS

January 1, 2023                                 23* AQUARIUS

March 8, 2023                                    ENTERS PISCES

JUNE 17, 2023                                    SRX 7* PISCES

NOVEMBER 4, 2023                         SD 1* PISCES

December 21, 2023                          2* PISCES

Saturn is our REGULATOR, our TEACHER, our INNER CRITIC; basically, the REALITY CHECK mechanism within our psyches. Once we have mastered how to work with the energy of SATURN, we are the post-graduates of the zodiac, able, efficient, controlled, and masterful. Saturn sets the boundaries of our reality and once we understand these boundaries, we can attain much success in our routines & personal ambitions.

If you experience challenges with the transit of Saturn, view it as a ‘call to action’, an opportunity to improve whatever area of life is under stress. Meditate on what kinds of strategies could help you to refine, repair & rearrange yourself so that you function more effectively & without undue hardship. Not saying it will be easy but definitely suggesting it will be worthwhile.

Tips to interact with Saturn energy:

The REGULATOR:            

When glitches occur, locate what in your psyche is

OFF-BALANCE.                                              

Brainstorm methods to get back into gear

Take some time off to reboot yourself

Deep breathing to get centered

Water to hydrate (make sure it is living water)

Monitor diet

The TEACHER:                   

Pause & consider what your reality is attempting to ‘tell’ you

Control your anger when blocked; look for strategies to clear the blockage

Pay attention EVERY MOMENT to the signals you are getting as you take action

The INNER CRITIC:          

Cut that critic down to size with BRUTAL efficiency

Do not wallow in your victimhood

                                               

Recognize who that INNER CRITIC is…(hint–YOU)

Love yourself

If the INNER CRITIC keeps persisting, do an ‘exiting ritual’. Create a sacred space & ask the INNER CRITIC to ‘please leave’. Be sympathetic but firm & get across to your INNER CRITIC that there is no longer any room in your home (YOU) for him/her. Thank your INNER CRITIC & usher him/her out the door.

The above can be done by visualization but you can also play-act it if that is in your wheelhouse. At the very least, write down INNER CRITIC & any specific descriptions of what those criticisms are on a piece of paper & at the end of the meditative ritual, burn the paper to symbolize the EXIT.

Above all, EMBRACE the parameters of your own individual reality & accept that they have been created to support & protect you.

 

 

URANUS

December 21, 2022                          16* RX TAURUS

January 1, 2023                                 16*RX TAURUS

Uranus is now moving ever so slowly as he nears his STATION. Folks with FIXED energy at & around this degree will feel the volatility most intensely. (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)

January 22, 2023                               SD15* TAURUS                 (STATION DIRECT)

August 29, 2023                                SRX24* TAURUS               (STATION RETROGRADE)

December 21, 2023                          20*RX TAURUS

The next Station Direct for this planet is JANUARY 27, 2024 @ the above degree (19* 5.3”). After this, he will remain in the last decanate of Taurus, the Capricorn Decanate, for the remainder of his duration in this energy. This is the integrative decanate of this transit. From now until the shift into Gemini is fully realized in 2026, we have the opportunity to concretize any & all changes that have occurred in our lives. Capricorn is the ‘systems manager’ of the zodiac & by being realistic, methodical, practical & determined, we can fully ‘crystalize’ that which is now attempting to be born in our psyches. It will take nerve & grit on our part but if we work with the energy & not against it, we can get to the other side of this.       

NEPTUNE

December 21, 2023                          23* PISCES

January 1, 2023                                 23* PISCES

(Neptune Stationed Direct in December, 2022 at this degree.

As with all outers, it takes a bit of time for the celestial orb to pick up steam)

June 30, 2023                                     SRX 28* PISCES

December 6, 2023                            SD 25* PISCES

December 21, 2023                          25* PISCES

The principle function of CONFUSION is to impel the one who is confused to search for clarity. There has been much confusion about so many & varied topics over the past decade. Many of these topics refer directly back to our own individual connection to the source of our spiritual self, whatever that may be. Humans need to feel connected to something greater than what they can experience with the mere so-called ‘5 senses’. Each person has his own methodology & frame of reference. It is imperative that no one person deny the validity of any other person’s spiritual understanding. We have lived through a time of hatred, vilification, zealotry & sheer evil. True, positive, proactive Neptunian energy is about COMPASSION, LOVE, FORGIVENESS, ACCEPTANCE, TOLERANCE & THE RECOGNITION OF THE DIVINE IN THE OTHER. We must all pray (in our own unique way) that we are learning this most important (perhaps THE most important) lesson of living. Peace & Harmony must become the INTENTION for all of us.

PLUTO

December 21, 2022                          28* CAPRICORN

January 1, 2023                                 28* CAPRICORN

March 24, 2023                                 PLUTO DIPS INTO AQUARIUS…

May 2, 2023                                        SRX 1* AQUARIUS

June 12, 2023                                    

PLUTO SHIFTS BACK INTO CAPRICORN—30*

October 11, 2023                              SD 28* CAPRICORN

December 21, 2023                          30* CAPRICORN

Pluto is completing his transit of Capricorn & in 2024 he will dip back one more time but again STATION DIRECT at this most critical degree of 30* CAPRICORN.

The past two decades or so we have seen the utter collapse of our current ‘system of things’ (CAPRICORN rules structure). That which was corrupt & HIDDEN is now out in the open for all to see. Most of us have lost faith in our so-called ‘leaders’, in the institutions that appear to keep this reality moving & even in the basic infrastructure that supports the lifestyles that we have. Who do we trust? Who can we depend upon? Who is telling the truth? What is the truth, really? The answer is simple. Pluto into Aquarius is about taking the power over our reality into our own hands. We can trust US. We can depend on US. We are the TRUTH. Only WE can decide what the truth is. The collective must rise. And it will, once that most critical tipping point is reached. As a wise man once said…

You can fool all the people some of the time,

and some of the people all the time,

but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

 

I pray that this wise man, freer of slaves, fighter for equality was RIGHT.

It’s worth meditating on 30* CAPRICORN since it features so strongly at the end of the PLUTO transit.

The Sabian Symbols for 30* Capricorn/Cancer are:

 

A SECRET BUSINESS CONFERENCE

 

A DAUGHTER OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

 

The suggestion here is that there are, indeed, hidden power structures that may or not have the interests of the masses in mind. What is the tolerance level of the people of any given nation in the face of these hidden forces? Can anything be done to create a more inclusive, more equitable system where many can benefit, not just a few?

The American Revolution can be seen as symbolic of a struggle for freedom, the initiation of a grand experiment to rule by collective agreement rather than by singular power & might. It was, one could argue, the beginning of the end of the era of the ‘KINGS’.

Interestingly, America was born when Pluto was last in Capricorn & at the end of that transit. Back in 1776, the ‘people’ seized power & assumed authority (Capricorn) for self-government. It could be argued that the cycle that began back then has now come, in a sense, to a culmination. How has that experiment turned out so far? Have the fighters for freedom become the secret oppressors? The polarity symbol seems to suggest that more revision (revolution) is necessary. The struggle for freedom is never done. It can always be refined, Sometimes, we have to go back in order to go forward. The admonition is to continue to fight for that which is YOUR right. Do not give up hope. If you fall, get up & try again. If you falter, hang on, help is on the way. Trust, trust, trust! Believe that this is a fight that we can ALL, together, win. Is freedom worth it? Is the truth worth fighting for? The answer should be obvious to all. Let’s make it a better 2023…let’s stand for truth, for justice & above all for love. Blessings to all…