July 10, 2017 (Julian 191) Mars square Eris

July 10, 2017 (Julian 191) Mars square Eris

First, let us dispense with the more ordinary aspects of the day.  The Moon is past full and now waning.  Some still count it as full, but it is void of course in Capricorn (possibly the most useless void imaginable), but moves into Aquarius slightly past midnight CDT.  Frankly, we would declare the lunation as “over” by the time this sign change occurs.

What dominates?  Others have discussed the Sun opposite Pluto.  That will have perfected by the time you read this, but it does have an influence and can provide energy to accomplish useful work IF power struggles and spats and altercations and such (oh, my!) can be avoided.  Mercury sesquiquadrate Saturn COULD also be viewed as “annoying,” but we agree with others who interpret it as giving many of us the focus to pay attention to important details that might be overlooked.

We have become increasingly interested in higher order (fifth harmonic (quintiles) and seventh harmonic (septiles)) aspects and also interactions of outer planet (or “generational”) bodies.  This includes asteroids and distant objects such as Sedna.

Mars squares Eris today.  Similar to Sedna, Eris is a distant object, but it is typically associated with chaos, sometimes massive chaos.  With Mars square Eris today, and likely creating a T-Square with Pluto, we think today, and maybe this week, could be another dangerous one.  We urge you to be careful.

But, again, beyond the danger (if you can stay safe), chances are good that you might can accomplish things today beyond your ordinary abilities.  And if you do not accomplish, then you will make definitive discoveries as to exactly what the roadblocks are.

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June 13, 2017 (Julian 164) Moon in Aquarius + A Storm Begins

June 13, 2017 (Julian 164) Moon in Aquarius + A Storm Begins

Chances are good you have felt the Jupiter (station direct) and Neptune (station retrograde) weirdness for the past few weeks.  In traditional astrology, ALL of the matters ruled by Neptune (in modern astrology) are ruled by Jupiter.  So, no matter which system you follow, the message remains the same: “things” that are “ruled” by Jupiter / Neptune are, at a minimum, “shifting” now and for many they are simply a mess.

What are we talking about?  Quite a bit.  In modern astrology terms, (1) Jupiter is associated with higher education (typically colleges and universities), foreign travel and “foreigners,” law, courts, and legal matters, and sometimes extra-marital affairs (or other “infidelity”); (2) Neptune is associated with health and healthcare (particularly illness and hospitalization), poetry, lyrics, songs, photography, videography, alcohol & drug addiction, and sometimes criminality (usually petty crime) and deceit.

Mercury trines Jupiter (usually favorable) and forms, along with the Moon, a Grand Air Trine.  For writers, this should be a great aspect, but the issues mentioned (“slow” movement from our Earth bound perspective) might turn it all on the ear.  The same goes with anyone involved in communications or transportation or typical “air sign” activities.  Add Uranus in the mix and you have a “kite,” a pattern of special opportunity.

We think that clear cut “winners” and “losers” will emerge today.  We also think you will be able to tell which category you are in quickly.  “Things” will either go your way, fluidly, or you will encounter roadblocks, stop signs, and caution lights.  Keep your eyes open, and adjust accordingly.

Mercury also forms a square to Neptune, and this is notorious for problems for people who have addictions of any kind but especially alcohol or drugs.  If you are in recovery, you will need to be extra vigilant to avoid slippery “people, places, and things” and practice the HALT principle (do not get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired).  If you attend support group meetings, this is a good time to avail yourself of those.

If you are NOT in recovery but maybe should be, this is a good week to take the plunge.

If you have mental health issues then you might need a “med adjustment” or some other help.  Do that this week.

This is an extraordinary day for anybody who is a poet or songwriter or interested in pursuit of those.  Take advantage of this special window if that applies to you.

Mars quintiles Eris, and that is bad for most people.  If you are the kind of person who creates chaos and maybe engages in violence, then the day might favor you.  For the rest of us, perfection of this aspect can favor those who we call “bad guys.”

Hygeia (health and healthcare) also perfects a sesquiquadrate (urgency) to Sedna (victims), yet another sign that today (or maybe this week) is dangerous.

Summary: avoid dangerous people, places, and things, do not abuse drugs or alcohol (or engage in other addictions), and consider spending some quiet time writing poetry or taking photographs.

Today is a mixed bag: some dangerous people might cause harm, and some brilliant and talented people will produce important gifts for the rest of us.

April 15, 2017 (Julian 105)

April 15, 2017 (Julian 105)

No doubt you already know that the big news today, and really for the past few days leading up to today (and maybe a week or two after) is that Venus moves Direct.  Venus Retrograde is relatively rare (about every 18 months) and carves out, over time, a pentagram in the sky that gradually moves and shifts over the year.  Among other things, this pattern was featured as an important factoid in the bestseller “The Da Vinci Code.”

What is the message, and who does it affect?  Directly or indirectly, it affects all of us.  It particularly affects the water signs and anyone with water sign planets.  Additionally, anyone with a birthday in a late mutable sign (March 15th to the 21st, June 15th to the 21st, September 15th to the 21st, and December 15th to the 21st).  Please do note that your individual chart is necessary for a more precise forecast.  But, if your birthday is in one of these ranges, you probably need to take a hard look at Venusian topics: relationships (particularly the Virgo / Pisces birthdays), finances (investments in general and savings), and anything related to “beauty” whether your own personal physical appearance, your home, or maybe helping someone close to you in these matters.

Beyond that, we suggest you look at our posts on our new blog devoted to retrogrades: “Retrogrades Only.”  Here are some of the posts we have collected there via the reblog process:

Moon is busy with multiple aspects but we think the sesquiquadrates are most important given that Venus is stationary.  Three of these occur on April 15th: Moon to Uranus, Sun, and Mercury.  Focus yourself to take care of business related to transportation or communication (or computer) issues..

Outer Planets: Mars forms an undecile with Eris, and we think this is nearly impossible to interpret because (1) undeciles are a particularly abstract aspect (very subtle) and (2) Eris is new and not much work has been done in interpretation of Eris,  Our best interpretation is that a subtle idea will appear on how to deal with the chaos in your life, and the Moon says you really must get on top of things.  You must take action today.

‘Saturn makes a tri-undecile to Pallas, a little more easy to interpret but not much.  Our read is that practical ideas about how to handle the issues at hand will come to us, but we must choose to seize the moment today.  Missing the window will not destroy your life, but life will be much better if you do what it takes to clear up the stuck issues in your life today

Finally, Uranus perfects a semi-sextile to Ceres.  Again, we encounter surprises and unexpected events, and they either deal more overtly with food and diet or more abstractly with out abundance, in correspondence with the issue of finances and investments that we mentioned before.  Make the spreadsheets, use budget software, and do whatever it takes to get a handle of finances today.  Get your house in order as much as possible.

If you have not done your taxes, do them today and wrap that up.  “Things” are about to become very busy when Pluto stations retrograde in five days.