June 23, 2017 (Julian 174) New Moon in Cancer; Solstice “begins” in earnest

June 23, 2017 (Julian 174) New Moon in Cancer; Solstice “begins” in earnest

We have mentioned the key idea before, but we will state it again here.  “The New Moon is this evening, 9:30 PM CDT (and after dark in U.S. time zones except PDT, and early tomorrow morning for UK / EU).  Until then, you have a final window for cleanup or prep before the big shift comes.  And, it is coming.”

While the Summer Solstice was officially either June 20th or June 21st (depending upon your time zone), we have been in a needed “house cleaning” mode the past few days.

Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars are all in Cancer, and Venus is in Taurus.  This combination tends to “activate” Earth and Water signs, though the Mercury / Mars pairing tend to bring harsh words and sometimes violence.  Avoid those, and you might have the energy to channel into “getting things done.”  Mars squares Jupiter on June 25th, two days from now, leading people to “blow things out of proportion.”  A week later, Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn.  This is notoriously dangerous.  And July 17th, Mars squares Uranus in Aries, also dangerous.  The entire period, from New Moon on the 23rd (now) until July 17th is a period that is either risky or in which you can “get things done,” sometimes both

Mars specifically perfects oppositions to Juno (the angry wife) and Astraea (among other things, divorce lawyers) today.  This more Mars activity in a period we have described as dangerous repeatedly, a number of times now.

Beyond that, we cannot add much beyond the various other forecasts that have been written.  You can see those on “New Moons Only.”

June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

June 22, 2017 (Julian 173) Dark of the Moon

Beyond our other commentary, consider this: the Moon is in Gemini (ruled by Mercury) and Mercury is in Cancer (ruled by the Moon).  This kind of exchange is called a “mutual reception,” and, unless it contains malefics (particularly Mars or Saturn or both), this is a powerful and beneficial situation that permits both planets to speak for each other or “trade places.”  That means, for the moment, both the Moon and Mercury are very powerful.

With a Dark of the Moon period, as we have now, the “veil is thin” as others have said, and we can tap into our intuitive side or, depending on your beliefs, connect with those who have gone before us and sometimes other entities.  This is the kind of period where people can “daydream” and let the mind spin free and then write down what comes to them and produce a powerful result.  Think of it as a portal that opens today, especially after dark, but does not last long and ones like this do not occur often.

With a Moon this old, eliminating unwanted people, places, and things becomes possible.  Just make sure that is what you really want.  Chances are good that once you have eliminated “it” or “them,” you will not get a do-over.  Old traditionalists would also say this is a good time to wean children (or anyone else) or eliminate bad habits (which works best if you have something to replace it, like chewing Nicorette gum instead of smoking, and then later eliminating the gum habit when the time comes).

Particularly at this time, “cleaning house” will help you find lost objects (literal cleaning) or uncover hidden resources (metaphorical cleaning).

We have written about the outers before, and most important is the semi-square that Mars makes to the North Node (karma).  This can, and likely will, manifest as violence somewhere (given our current conditions, which are starting to look like an undeclared war), but if you avoid dangerous people, places, and things, you might can harness “it” to help you finish some messy job that you detest but need done to make life better.  We are talking about the bitter medicine that cures he condition.

Mars also makes a biseptile to Chiron, and this is about as “karmic” as one can imagine.  This is about karma in the most fundamental way, and it can give you an important glimpse of the future, especially since we are in DOTM.  Ceres quadrinovile Astraea amplifies this, maybe giving us some kind of glimpse into how to obtain justice for an old wrong.

You can count on some bit of weirdness, a bit like Halloween in June.  (We have Christmas in July, so why not?)

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.

June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

June 9, 2017 (Julian 160) Full Moon + Jupiter Direct Station

What can we add?  Much, if not all, of our most important comments were for yesterday, with the Moon in (early) Sagittarius and waxing.  Today’s FM perfects in the morning hours for the Western Hemisphere, and mid afternoon hours for UK / EU.  Much has been written about it, and we have reblogged the many opinions of others on our other blog, Full Moons Only.

The same kind of thing is true for today’s Jupiter Direct station, reblogged on Retrogrades Only.  You will notice less content there.  That is because most commentary about the Jupiter shift has been integrated into the full moon posts.

So what remains to be said?  Outside of my usual analytic self, I feel a profound sense of sadness.  To be certain, this is a happy FM and is happening in the spring of the year.  But something has had an effect on me, maybe the many terrorists acts and atrocities.  Maybe it is this piece by OneAnna (Cancer Killing Recipe).  Her blog lacks the sophisticated trickery that many of us use, but she was here when I started blogging in 2008, and she has managed to survive despite the diagnosis she claims.  If it is her time, then that leaves me sad.

What else to say?  Sun forms one of two annual quincunx aspects with Pluto.  (Pluto is in Capricorn; one quincunx is in Aries and the other is in Gemini.  This is the latter.  These will continue to happen in similar configurations for a few more years.  And do keep in mind that sesquiquadrates, and the potential for Thor’s Hammer (God’s Fist) aspects always accompanies those.)  With Sun / Pluto at 17 and Neptune at 14, I think we can argue that a Yod exists (major decisions) with Pluto at the apex.  This is a particularly uncomfortable decision no matter which choice you make.  (No matter which “leg” you choose, you end up with Pluto: death, taxes, poisons, assassinations, police, and intelligence agencies.)

Venus (Taurus, favorable) sextiles Mars (Cancer, unfavorable), and this means peace on one hand (“good”) but a profound lack of incentive to “get things done” (“bad”) on the other hand.  Whether this works for you, or against, depends on who you are and what situation characterizes your life.  For some, this is “good,” and for others it is “bad.”  Here is what is important to remember: you CAN “get things done” if you are willing to make the effort.  Anything involving long distance travel, higher education (universities), or law & legal will tend to fizzle, so you might focus your efforts in other areas if you find no progress in those.

Outers are busy today, and three aspects capture our attention.  Chiron (Pisces) sesquiquadrate Vesta (Leo) will affect some, and you will have a sense of urgency to deal with issues involving healthcare, higher education, mentors and the traditions associated with those.  Do what you can, keeping in mind the considerations of the previous paragraph.  Pallas biseptiles Hygeia, amplifying any issues involving health or healthcare issues.  Saturn triseptiles the White Moon, and we are not quite sure what that means EXCEPT that this is an important time to closely scrutinize the choices you have been making and your habits.  A change may be needed in a subtle area that may look insignificant but is not.  (Example: buying an expensive coffee each day instead of placing those funds in savings.)

The message of OneAnna has us thinking, and we offer it to anyone willing to receive it:

June 8, 2017 (Julian 159) Waxing Moon in Sagittarius + more….

June 8, 2017 (Julian 159) Waxing Moon in Sagittarius + more….

Today, and tomorrow, are complex.  Moon has entered Sagittarius and is waxing, building to the Full Moon (Moon in Sadge / Sun in Gemini) tomorrow at 8:09 AM CDT.  The Moon does NOT go void after perfecting the FM (which sometimes happens) but goes on to make other aspects.  AND on this same day, Jupiter stations direct.

Also, this is as “full” as this FM can be at night.  Friday night it is shrinking, and much (not all) of the show is over.  If you are celebrating the waxing full moon, you need to do it tonight.

Outer planet stations can be tricky to interpret because the following shadow period lasts, literally, months.  So, what does it mean?  We can only guess that it deals with topics where Jupiter (ambassadors, “foreigners,” foreign travel, higher education, law, legal, courts of law, and similar topics) and Libra (art in general but particularly art forms such as writing (prose more than poetry, Pisces “owns” poetry), “relationships,” law and the legal system (and questions of “fairness,” sometimes synonymous with the term “equity” or “equitable”) and almost any other question of “balance”).  Since the Moon is in Sadge (a survivable but not particularly favorable place for it) and Jupiter is “standing still” (from our Earth bound vantage point), “things” can become a bit messy.  (The Moon “could” be strong, except it is in the sign ruled by Jupiter and Jupiter is at a standstill, further debilitating the Moon.)

Mercury (now in its home of Gemini) also forms a sesquiquadrate (get it done NOW because it is overdue) aspect with Pluto (in Capricorn, strong but not at home), and we feel a strong sense of urgency.  Since Mercury CAN rule accounting or bookkeeping, Capricorn is about finances and (especially large) corporations, and Pluto is about digging into the deeper aspects of everything, we bet that something “interesting” will happen with regard to the financial markets (on a large scale) and maybe your personal finances or budgeting (or a personal scale).  If it does not happen today, then it will happen tomorrow or already happened yesterday.

Outers continues to be complex, and both Mars and Black Moon Lilith continue to be active.  Many of the higher order aspects are difficult to read, but a few are clear.  Jupiter (Libra) perfects a sextile to Vesta (Leo), and we find that traditions are emphasized, particularly regarding courts and higher education but also in personal relationships.  We are purposely understating the case here because we suspect that the Jupiter station makes these issues HUGE “punctuation marks” in the lives of many of us.

Neptune (poetry, photography, videography, sometimes alcohol or drug abuse or criminality) perfects a novile (high order insights that are glimpses of the future, PAY ATTENTION!) with Pallas (genius and insight, but particularly of a military or athletic nature more than the more general Uranian variety).

You will have an important hint given to you today, and it may be very difficult to understand, maybe extra strange (a UFO will land in your yard and steal your pink flamingos).  You do not believe in UFOs, don’t have any pink flamingos (and detest them), and you write the idea that this is important off as stupid.

But the next day, or maybe this weekend, or next week, or “soon,” your elderly auntie stops by your house and gives you, much to your surprise, her cherished pink flamingos, a pair of them.  She goes on to see the doctor, is immediately hospitalized, and dies an hour later.  You put the flamingos out front for trash collection.  Some guys in a moving van, who are actually “aliens” from Mexico, employed by “UFO Movers” of Roswell, New Mexico, see the flamingos and take them.

And then they are gone, headed out of state to a destination over 1,000 miles away.  They are transient labor, and you will NEVER track them down.  Gone forever.

You find out next week that one of those flamingos was worth $10,000.  A pair is extra rare, and they were worth $25,000.  The technical explanation for this situation is this: You are one STUPID f-cker.  You did NOT pay attention to the gift of insight the universe gave you.

Moral of the story: PAY ATTENTION!  Noviles work like this….

Sun is in Gemini.  “Reaction time is a factor in this, so please pay attention.”

And Mars is still quite active.


June 5, 2017 (Julian 156) Moon in Libra moves to Scorpio; Mercury, Venus Void

June 5, 2017 (Julian 156) Moon in Libra moves to Scorpio; Mercury, Venus Void

Moon is quite active today, starting in Libra but turning void by 3:55 AM CDT and then moving into Scorpio at 5:45 AM CDT.  Oppositions to Venus then Uranus overnight leave many of us restless with sleep difficulties or strange dreams.  UK / EU make likely have some strange events or surprises this morning.  (Let us hope they are not dangerous ones.)

Moon forms sesquiquadrates to Neptune and the Sun, forming a Thor’s Hammer (God’s Fist), a notoriously dangerous pattern.  The danger tends to affect again (you guessed it) EU / UK but COULD occur elsewhere.  Venus is void after the previously mentioned opposition until the early morning hours of June 6th (Western Hemisphere) and Mercury turns void about 10 PM and remains void until about 5 PM CDT on June 6th.  The 9/11 terrorists acts in 2001 occurred during a Moon v/c, so voids CAN be dangerous.

We have previously discussed outers (yesterday), but will mention that we think they still look dangerous.  Mars biseptile Jupiter tends to be “karmic” (sometimes payback or revenge) and Mars / Jupiter anything tends to produce disputes amplified far beyond what would normally be expected.  Be careful today.

Summary: Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) have a SLIGHT advantage today, but people in general tend to enter into unreasonable disputes.  Work alone if you can, and send out your results after the Moon moves into Sagittarius (unless you are a water sign; water signs can risk sending out results today).


June 4, 2017 (Julian 155) Sun Square Neptune; Mars enters Cancer

June 4, 2017 (Julian 155) Sun Square Neptune; Mars enters Cancer

First, let us address the Moon.  Moon remains in Libra all day in the Western Hemisphere, but turns void at 3:55 AM until about 5:45 AM CDT.  In EU / UK, this void, marked by Moon square Mars, starts 9:55 AM until 11:45 AM (adjust for DST as necessary).  Mostly this is benevolent, but the square to Mars confirms much of what we will be discussing the remainder of this post.  You can read detailed analyses of the current lunar transits here.  (Please do note that those are CURRENT lunar transits if you are reading this post in hindsight, days, weeks, months, or years from the date of posting.)

Annual Event: Sun Square Neptune

Sun square Neptune, regardless of placements, almost always affects me, regardless of placements.  (This is an annual event, occurring in two different versions over the course of the year.  The other will be in Sagittarius, later in autumn.)  How and why that is true is a bit too personal, but I have publicly admitted that I am a Solar Leo, and the Sun is always extra important to you if you are one of those.

Many of you feel it, also.  For some people this is illness, and for others it is a brilliant insight into poetry or song or maybe religious faith or other spirituality.  I usually get sick, and this year it was smart enough to sneak up on me a few days early (preventing me from preparing for the ambush).

Mars Enters Cancer

Mars enters Cancer today, also.  Only people who actually have Mars in Cancer ordinarily benefit from this.  Mars in Scorpio or Mars in Pisces, in a natal chart, might do “OK” also.  The rest of us tend to not like it.  Either ugly family quarrels break out (an affliction to Cancer) or we feel our energy sapped, drained.  Again, not EVERYone gets zapped, but many of us do feel drained.  Cancer is one of the worst placements for Mars, said by the ancients (and traditionalists) to be in “fall.”  (You can still “get things done,” but martians of all kinds have difficulty now, and athletes tend to suffer misfortune if they “push too hard.”)


Outers perplex me.  Since I have been out of commission a few days, I could not write my forecasts.  I am not 100% “back,” yet, either.  But, I stick to my methods, and it looked to me like Friday was dangerous, and Sunday (today, June 4th) was dangerous but Saturday OK.  Not sure why I keep getting this “one off” error with the terrorists (and other bad guys).

Here is the summary:

(1) Friday: Mars forms an undecile with Sedna.  Undeciiles are still a bit unclear to me, but they tell me SOMEthing is happening.  Mars is martians: police, soldiers, intelligence agencies (and sometimes terrorists).  Sedna is about victims, among other things.  With a 10,500 year orbit, Sedna operates more like a Fixed Star, but clearly a potent one!  Martians? Victims?  What could possibly go wrong?

But the big terrorist act was in the UK on SATURDAY, not Friday.  Maybe it is what my old mentor taught me: an activating lunar event is needed.  Metaphorically, the outer planets load the gun and take aim, but a lunar or inner planet aspect is needed to “pull the trigger.”

The rest of Friday Outer Planet Perfections were all squares, and one was Mars Square Chiron, just in case anyone did not “get the memo” that Mars/Sedna sent.  Very ugly.

(2) Saturday looked more benvolent, and we even had a quintile (but, it was Chiron the wounded healer and Juno of Trust / Betrayal issues).  I can see how Saturday COULD turn ugly with Mars BiUndecil.  e Eris.  From that page, we have this passage: “Eris was not invited to a wedding so she chucked an apple marked ‘To the fairest’ into party for the vainest goddesses to fight over. Her rage at rejection and the need for vindication is what is blamed for the Trojan war. The side of her that is like Lilith is the fact that she was the uninvited guest, the disowned and exiled, the 13th fairy that cursed sleeping beauty. Finally Eris, like Lilith in the garden of Eden caused a hell of a lot of trouble with just one apple!”

(3) Sunday June 4th (today), looks ugly again like Friday. Vesta (traditions, “how we have always done it”) perfects a (karmic) triseptile with Astraea (law and legal).  Ceres (food, prosperity) forms a septile (karmic, again) with Eris (there is the goddess of discord, again).

Mars perfects hex-undeciles with Astraea then Juno, entering Cancer between the aspects.  So, again, I think today is dangerous.  But, then again, given my recent “one off” errors, you better lump in Monday and Tuesday as risky days, too.  Better safe than sorry.

Later This Week: Full Moon + Jupiter Stations Direct

Full Moon is June 9th, and Jupiter stations direct at that time also.  As long was we are in the “shadow” of the Jupiter retrograde, strife in foreign affairs (e.g. the controversy over the Paris agreement) will likely continue.  Ditto for problems in higher ed and the legal system.

June 1, 2017 (Julian 152) Venus Trine Saturn

June 1, 2017 (Julian 152) Venus Trine Saturn

Moon in Virgo forms sesquiquadrates to Venus then Uranus in the morning in the Western hemisphere and afternoon / early evening in UK / EU.  We feel a sense of urgency, and this is amplified by Moon (Virgo) square Sun (Gemini) as the second quarter begins, indicating that the Full Moon is a week away.  You should be “getting things done” this week.  Some people, places, and things continue to be dangerous, so certainly be careful, but do not hide your head in the sand.  This is a time when you need to push to “get things done,” and this is especially true if you are Virgo or Aries and maybe for Earth (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo) and Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) in general.

Venus in Aries trines Saturn in Sagittarius.  If you count the North Node in Leo, and many do, this gives a Grand Fire Trine.  Tara Green has discussed this at length.  Pluto in Capricorn, Mercury in Taurus, and Moon in Virgo form a Grand Earth Trine, also strong for accomplishment even though Taurus is not a great placement for Mercury and Moon in Virgo not particularly strong either.  Even so, chances are good some people can make significant accomplishments or breakthroughs today.

Mars continues to be active all week; today is no exception.  A sextile to the North Node is “karmic” and that might be dangerous for people who do not “pay it forward.”  Mars also perfects a semi-sextile to the “White Moon,”  But, what does that mean?

One source says this: “Astrologers still argue about the nature of this astrological point, which should express a man’s possibility to leave the time circle of karma and enter the eternity, the eternal world of the spirit.”  What does that mean in a “practical” sense?  Maybe nothing.  But, again, we think today could be very significant, maybe dangerous, for some people.  After all, leaving the ‘time circle of karma” sounds a bit like what other people call “death.”

Summary: this is a great day for productivity, but the weeklong risk of danger continues.  Be careful to avoid dangerous people, places, and things.

May 30, 2017 (Julian 150) A Decision Awaits You

May 30, 2017 (Julian 150) A Decision Awaits You

Outers are very busy today, but we will come back to that.  Moon is in Leo and effectively completes a Grand Fire Trine with Uranus / Venus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius.  This tends to be good for fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and usually good for air signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini).  Water and Earth can benefit, also, but not as much.

Moon in Leo forms a loose Yod with Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn.  This is a monthly recurring event for the next few years.  Each month, when the Moon is in Leo, you face some kind of important decision.  Today is no exception.  For most people this is not life and death, but it can be important.  Choose wisely.

Outers continue to be a bit disturbing.  In particular, Mars forms three aspects today, a relatively benign sextile to Uranus, a quadrinovile to Astraea (law and lawyers), and an aspect we will call a “hexaundecile” to Hygeia.  This last aspect is particularly difficult to interpret.  Just know that some of you will encounter something unusual or different regarding the healthcare system today.

Mars opposite Saturn, which perfected on May 29th, continues to dominate affairs all week long.  Let us be clear: this is difficult.  Gemini and Sagittarius will be, at least, stirred to action.  Chances are good, though, that the changes will not be lasting ones.  This has a bit of an odd feel similar to a Moon v/c.

The next big Outer Planet shift will be Jupiter moving direct on June 9th.  As Jupiter slows, some of us will have a chance to “jump ship.”  That means leaving college, starting college, closing out a lawsuit, starting a lawsuit, traveling abroad or coming home if you are already traveling abroad.  You are not required to do this, but you will have the opportunity.

May 25, 2017 (Julian 145) Gemini New Moon + Venus Square Pluto

May 25, 2017 (Julian 145) Gemini New Moon + Venus Square Pluto

This new moon has been discussed extensively, and you can read those many posts here.  The other aspect today is Venus (Aries) square Pluto (Capricorn).  Aries is not a good position for Venus, and she entered the “Second Gate” on Monday (possibly a predictor of an event like the bombing in London).  Pluto is metaphorically the god of the underworld, akin to other variants such as Osiris (Egyptian), and is associated with death, taxes, police, intelligence agencies, drugs, poisons, and especially assassination by poisoning.

How Venus square Pluto, as well as the New Moon, manifests is a function of the individuals (and groups) that are “processing” it.  Given other aspects this week, we think this period continues to have a potential for danger.  Tuesday and Wednesday have proven relatively safe (other than routine events that pepper the timeline of our lives), but Thursday still requires care.

As others have mentioned, Mars opposite Saturn is only a few days away on May 29th.  Mars moves slowly enough that you feel it today, and Mars / Saturn is a classic topic that was discussed extensively by Grant Lewi.  (Specifically, Hitler’s birth chart had Mars square Saturn.)  We have written about this before in detail.

Today (May 25th) Mars perfects a Triseptile to Pluto.  We consider that to be a karmic (and sometimes rather dangerous) aspect.  Therefore, both Venus AND Mars perfect aspects to Pluto today.  The same kind of thing was true in Hitler’s chart (Venus and Mars were in a tight conjunction in Taurus and both square to Saturn in Leo.)

And, as bad as all this is, after the New Moon perfects, the Sun forms a sesquiquadrate to Pluto.  A stressful aspect, the sesquiquadrate tend to provoke people and events.  The dominate planet today is Pluto, and that can lead to violence and dangerous situations.

So, how to use this day?  The New Moon perfects at 2:44 PM CDT (12:44 PM PDT / 3:44 PM EDT / 8:44 PM London).  Until then, we recommend house cleaning.  Curiously, sometimes this CAN be a good time to find lost objects (in the process of cleaning).

Others have recommended fasting or modified fasts (one teacher of min liked a so-called “rice fast” in which you could only have cooked brown rice and water but as much as you wanted of either).  Exercise such as Yoga or Pilates can go well, but best done alone or with only your closest of relations.  Given that this is a Gemini New Moon, writing and especially journaling might prove beneficial.  All of these can be combined.

Since Pluto can be about purging (it rules both sex organs and lower bowels and sometimes sewers (along with Neptune)), the above techniques can be extraordinarily powerful and transformative today.  If you combine the fast with yoga, keeping a journal and observing your process and insights gained can be very powerful today.

Outers are very active today, and we are omitting others.  However, Vesta quadrinovile Juno is worthy of note as it rules traditions and rituals that women follow.  This can be as simple as the sometimes elaborate ritual of “putting on makeup” in the morning or something far more elaborate.  We are not Wiccan, but we think this might be a very good day for ritual for those that follow that path.  (Even though we are not Wiccan, I have invariably had Wiccans interested in my work as far back as 1993, before I was putting anything on the Internet.  I am not adverse to their chosen path.)

Whether you are male or female, the quadrinovile will provide some people with powerful insights into these rituals.  (Do not be surprised to see something important released by the cosmetic or fashion industries today.)  Along these lines, keep in mind that you can INVENT new and transformative rituals with this particular energy.  Whatever insight comes to you, make certain you record it.  At the moment it seems like you will never forget it and then it is gone.

Capture the moment.  Seize the day.  And, above all, stay safe.



May 23, 2017 (Julian 143) Venus as Innana at the Second Gate

May 23, 2017 (Julian 143) Venus as Innana at the Second Gate

While I would like to characterize myself as an unblemished perfect oracle, that just ain’t so.  I make mistakes, and I do not claim otherwise.  That said, I think that I had another near miss with my forecast for yesterday, May 22, 2017 (Julian 142) The Quiet Before the Storm.  In that forecast, I offered that I thought Monday would be “quiet” and that Tuesday would be dangerous; indeed, the rest of the week looked (looks) dangerous.

But, I got it wrong.  An explosion at a concert in the UK proved me wrong in a spectacle of falsifiability in action that I think that Karl Popper might have liked.  Monday was not safe at all.  If the rest of the week is quiet, I will be even “more wrong.”  (But, I would rather be wrong than see more loss of life.)

In passing, while reblogging, I came across this article: Venus as Innana at the Second Gate.  It is a bit abstract though maybe not too much so.  In summary, when Venus precedes the Sun as a “Morning Star,” it was called “Lucifer” (light bringer, or bringer of the dawn) by the Romans.  (Sound familiar?  A bit like “Lucifer Morningstar“?  See, also: Temptation is the Philospher’s Stone)

Here is what I find interesting: during the current cycle, beginning when Venus stationed direct earlier this spring (something that happens about every eighteen months as part of a larger cycle), when Venus “reached” the “first gate” (Moon conjunct Venus caused the “light bringer” to be temporarily eclipsed and, therefore, invisible), the first part of the French election occurred that heralds major changes in France and maybe in Europe.  That “gate” occurred with Moon / Venus in Pisces.

The second gate occurred on Monday (yesterday) in Aries (a sign associated with many things but particularly war).  Aries is ruled by Mars (very active with the Outers this week, and the Outers herald generational level change as opposed to individual changes), and Uranus (explosions and revolutions and major changes typically unforeseeable by most, even including astrologers) is in Aries.  One more time: Uranus is in Aries (and has been for a few years and will continue for a bit longer).

I think this Second Gate (I am now using it as a proper noun rather than simply an enumeration) signaled an event like the explosion.  Six more gates remain (if I am calculating correctly, but I am doing this in my head without the benefit of software), and that puts us into November (i.e. Scorpio) when the sequence shifts to something different (Venus conjunct Sun).  (If I have done the math wrong, somebody let me know, and I will adjust.)  This particular pattern of “gates” will end with a Sun / Venus conjunction in early January of 2018: “On January 9, 2018, Venus has a superior conjunction with the Sun at 18 Capricorn 57.”  (Someone remind me not to write these forecasts when I am this sleepy / “out of sorts.”)

Going a bit further out on the limb (and sawing behind me?):  Maybe, just maybe, this series of gates associated with the final Uranus / Pluto square a few years ago might be called “The Tortured Path to Redemption.”  (OK, I stole that idea.  Click on the link and you will see where it came from.  But I think that maybe it applies to us all collectively at this moment as we ask each other, and ourselves, “who are you?”  And we know that how we answer that question is an integrity test.)

I think that this series of gates is a useful tool to tie together short term events (i.e. Moon / Sun / Mercury / Venus) to Mars (the “gateway” in my opinion) to the “Outers” (asteroid belt and everything past that).  (Even though Mars is technically an outer, sometimes it acts a bit more like an Inner, or personal, planet due to the relatively short two year cycle.  Mars is a bit of both, a hybrid or gateway.)

I also think that this Venus sequence (an eighteen month cycle that, over a period of years, carves a pentagram in the sky and probably the true source of all metaphysical pentagrams) ALSO ties the Inners (personal) to the Outers (Generational).  Said differently, it is the key (along with Mars) to understanding our “place” in the larger universe (or at least the Solar System).

I am left wondering what this particular sequence will bring us, especially given the “punctuation mark” of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st.  My guess is that, among other things, we will see a stock market (or bonds) upset in October or November of this year.  (Again, I hope I am wrong.)  But that is only a piece of a much larger puzzle.

People do not understand this, yet, but Donald Trump will prove to be a very important teacher.  I am not saying that everything he does will be “right.”  But even what he does “wrong” will bring VERY important lessons to anyone who is paying very close attention (and shutting out all the BS rhetoric floating around both sides of the political chasm).  Trump is a critically important channel to the future.

For those looking for today’s forecast, here is what I have to say: the danger is NOT over.   Moon joins Uranus (unstable), semisquares Neptune (agitation with lack of clarity), semisquares Mars (agitation and anger) and joins Mercury (also unstable).  Much of this occurs with Moon in Taurus, and when Taurus becomes unhinged all hell breaks loose (Hitler is the textbook example of an unhinged Taurus).

The security forces MAY be able to contain whatever is cooking “out there,” and we all hope for that.  Mars is VERY active this week, squared Neptune on May 11th and will oppose Saturn on May 29th a few days after the Gemini New Moon on May 25th.  Tuesday, Mars forms TWO biseptiles (karma and a glimpse of the future): (1) Juno (trust, wives, sisters, daughters, mothers and similar female roles, but especially TRUST) and (2) Astraea (law, lawyers, legal system, and any similar forms of formal disputes).

We talked about Pluto square Pallas (which perfects today) and how dangerous that is.  Pallas is a warrior goddess who was born fully formed and covered in armor.  Pluto is the God of the Underworld (and death).  I bet you can do the math about what happens when those two get in a fight!  (Squares, and related aspects, are a type of fight.)  The best you can hope for is an insight that is nearly blinding and so transformative that you might feel as if you have somehow been reborn.  (Oddly, this sounds almost Uranian / Promethean.)

We think that Mars / Pluto triseptiles (or the other Mars / Pluto Seventh Harmonic aspects: septile and biseptile) can be particularly dangerous.  The Pulse Club Shootings by Omar Mateen (Astrodatabank and Astrology in Crime) coincided with a Mars / Pluto Septile that we forecast thus:  “Today [June 11, 2016] has Mars Septile Pluto, the aspect of karma for both warrior planets. A very smart thing to do with this is to do something for a disabled veteran you know (or for disabled veterans in general). This will benefit you in important ways that you cannot see yet.”  Mateen was a person (Scorpio Sun / Taurus Moon!) who was angry and disenfranchised by those around him.  Many have said he had a mental health disability.  He was also an experienced security guard (warrior) who was licensed and skilled with firearms.  (“Gun control” would have been utterly useless in this case.  He had the proper training and licensure that we would expect of police or security guards!)

Little has been made of an important point: a kind word by the right person that night might have foreclosed the horrific events of June 11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

We think a similar kind of thing is driving events his week.  The kind word to someone you know who “is not doing well” may not only be the decent and “right thing to do,” it just might save lives.

We know, also, that some people cannot be reached.  What matters is that you try to make a difference by being helpful instead of damning someone, maybe unintentionally including yourself.

Last comment(s): clean house and avoid dangerous people, places, and things!  (And if the GPS in your Mercedes Benz starts flickering, take some time to stop and smell the roses or maybe visit with the horses.)