Monday, June 19, 2017

This Week in Astrology

This Week in Astrology June 19-June 24

Summer Solstice
June 21 (EDT) 12:24am
June 20 (CDT, MDT, PDT)
11:24pm, 10:24pm, 9:24pm

The Sun moves into Cancer which marks the beginning of Summer in the north and beginning of Winter in the southern hemisphere.

The astrological chart for the summer solstice is a little wonky.  Warrior Mars is near the Sun albeit wide.   That’s a bit unstable.  But Venus is on the Moon which softens some harshness.     Cancer Lunar cycle begins on June 27.   Some people confused with the first day of a sign and the lunar month. They rarely coincide.    That new moon will be generated in the next few days.   In the meantime, we are in the last quarter of Gemini lunar cycle and still have that business on our agenda. 

Last Quarter Moon Phase
June 17 7:32am EDT

Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense.  And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living  “The serenity prayer

God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.

Focus on:
What actions are you taking that support spirituality?   What actions are you taking that support metaphysics?  What actions are you taking that support your own inner mystical nature?  What actions are you taking that support your intuition? 

Special focus:

6/18: Sun sextile Uranus.   Creativity, dynamic, break out independence that activates movement.
6/18: Mercury opposition Saturn.   Thinking about things that are light and silly versus thinking about things that have meaning and support beliefs. 
6/19: Sun semisquare Venus.   Money, love and values seem out of sync with goals. 
6/20: Venus sextile Neptune.  Joy that comes from out of nowhere.   Spirit offers perks that have love and values at the core. 

Balsamic Moon Phase
June 20, 2017
6:12pm  EDT

Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new. 

Focus on We release our stubbornness.  We release our obstinacy.  We release our laziness.  We release our ‘unwillingness’. 

Special Focus:
6/21: Sun enters Cancer
6/21: Mercury enters Cancer
6/21: Sun conjunct Mercury.
6/21: Mercury semisquare Venus: Thoughts that seem disruptive to love, money and values.

Cancer New Moon  June 23, 2017  4:59am EDT

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Neptune Retrograde June 16

One of the earliest photos 1840.  The photographer used his sister as model (source Wikipedia)

Neptune Retrograde. 
June 16
7:09am EDT
14 Pisces 15 

Neptune is our antenna.   It is goes high, high, high up into the cosmos where it receives beeps from the Universe.  It is our intuition it is our mystical it is also our religious nature but not the standing in line to get a wafer or reading the Torah part.  It is that other part of religion that speaks to something greater than us where we see or hear a response from the universe.   Or simply a willingness to ask for an answer from the Universe—that is Neptune.    

Neptune rules film and photography and although the first photographs took place during Neptune in Aquarius, it was during Neptune in Pisces that photography got its mojo.  What a wonderful magical device that captures a human’s expression.  Looking in the eyes of fellow human reminds us we are all the same even if we look different.  Is it our soul that we see in each other.  This tenderness is so Neptune.   And while Neptune traveled through Pisces it became more approachable to the masses.  And now, it is hard not to think about the power of iphone not for the call or the text but the video.   We have barely scratched the surface of this power.

Neptune is of course connected to drugs and booze.  Where to begin?   Highly sensitive people with pronounced Neptune in their chart have an antenna too high up, bringing in too much static, they opt for booze and drugs to self medicate.   Oh, Neptune how we love you but you make life so complicated.   

Neptune spends half of the year in reverse motion and in the sign Pisces, Neptune LOVES going backwards.   “Oh, let me percolate on something mystical for six months.  Let me be unsure of what I am unsure about for half a year.  Let me be fuzzy.   Oh, that feels so good.”  Watch your intuition between now and November 22 when Neptune stations direct.    Sure there could be fuzziness (if Neptune hits a planet) but Neptune’s journey in Pisces also is speaking to our guts.  Our antenna could pick up on something; we may be unsure and then we learn later why our gut rang.   That skill of hearing the gut is what we need to fine tune during Neptune retrograde.  It is a subtle lesson but one to catch if we are open.      

On a global note, the last time Neptune was in Pisces was 1848 and most of the 1850s.  Great time to be born and later wow the world with your art, thank you Impressionist Artists.  Great time to spread new religions,  “Welcome to Utah, Brigham Young” and as one who lives in California, great time to follow gold.
Gold was discovered in California in 1849 and if it had been discovered one year earlier I would be speaking Spanish to you right now because Mexico would never have given up Texas or California in the war with the USA.    There is something about lost opportunities with Neptune in Pisces and at the same time huge opportunities for others.   People from all points of the world came to California looking for gold, thank you, Italy and France because you left us your wine.  And thank you Levi & Strauss for your jeans.  Of course a lot of people died in gold fields.  And the cross continental trains were united during Neptune in Pisces.  But what happened to all the Chinese workers who came to build the tracks over harsh terrain?   Separated from their families, ostracized by white America, opportunities yes, but also at a cost.

Now, here we are in 2017 at the halfway point of Neptune in Pisces and we can all observe where people are moving and being motivated by a new ‘gold’.   Is it an actual precious metal?  Or is it a person with a golden tongue?  Is it something in their heart that leads them to better opportunities whether they are real or not?   And how are others losing status or ground and have no opportunity in front of them? 

During the retrograde for the next six months we can see and experience moments both poignant and painful---and also important.   Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1848 smack in the middle of Neptune in Pisces.   And Harriet Beacher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1851.   Both pieces of work rang a bell for legions of people and would impact the world then and in some ways are still ringing a bell.    It is worth noting that the entire Civil War took place during Neptune in warrior Aries, which started two days after Ft. Sumter (you can’t make this stuff up). The next time Neptune moves into Aries will be 2025.  We have some time before then to really understand others while it Neptune transits Pisces.   Remember neither Marx or Stowe would have had to write their works if the suffering of other humans had been addressed.   See what we all learn about other people and what we learn about our guts between now and November. 

And if you have a planet being aspected by Neptune be aware of the information that is coming to you even if it looks confusing at first.  There is something important in there for you to process.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This Week in Astrology

It might not be hugely bumpy but enough to bug.

Hard to Believe but we are still in Full Moon....

I know I am feeling the full moon even though we are on the backside of the phase.  I am guessing part of this lingering punch is due to the Jupiter’s change of direction.   What should we expect?  Afterall a direct Jupiter on a Full Moon in Sag is like riding a boogie board behind the QE 2.   Big ass waves are in the wake of Jupiter turnabout.     

A reminder of what this full moon is about can be found HERE.

Just before we move into Disseminating phase on the 13th Mercury will be in a small cranky annoying aspect with Uranus.   Do not be surprised by disruptive communication, chaotic talks and your brain feels like it is ADHD.   Then later Mercury gets into it with Neptune.  But at the same time Mercury has a nice aspect with Jupiter.   Honestly, that’s just too many planets pushing on Mercury imo.      I do not expect the 13th to be a normal smooth running day.   Big at times, crazy and probably lots of stupid conversations and sure some misguided thinking. 

On the 15th Sun and Saturn get into their once a year push pull.  Peter Pans will die on the stake.   Don’t look. Just clean up your act and walk your talk. 

And Neptune turns retrograde on the 16th.    Sure, why not.   See separate post.  Also pour wine and find Nino Rota soundtracks. 

June 13
11:09 am EDT

Focus on:  How are you sharing your like mindedness with other groups?   How are you melting into other groups?  How are you sharing your friends and friendships?  Where are you sharing your iconoclastic nature? 

Special focus:
6/13: Mercury trine Jupiter.   Expanded thinking.  International thinking.   Breaking out of  local and going more wordly—in conversation and thinking. 
6/13: Mercury square Neptune.  Dissolved thoughts.   Conversations that don’t line up.  Disillusioned thoughts.
6/15: Sun opposition Saturn.  The value in restriction must be found in the brain first.  Frivolous behaviors versus meaningful beliefs.   Where is the balance?  
6/16: Neptune turns retrograde 7:09am 14 Pisces 15 (see separate post)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sagittarius Full Moon

Sagittarius Full Moon
June 9, 9:09am

18 Sag 53  Moon
18 Gemini 53 Sun

Half way through the Gemini lunar cycle we get the gift of fire with the Sagittarius full moon.    For two weeks we’ve been processing data and expressing versatility.  We’ve been light on our feet, going left, going right, doing whatever we can to get through our days and all the time we are processing information. 

We are processing actions of various people, including how people respond to others and to us.  We are processing how things work & how things don’t work.  It has been an analytical period.  We aren’t particularly emotional, we are just processing.  NOW on the fiery full moon we get a boost of passion.   We take the information we have observed and put it up on a bigger platform.  We get a vision from the stuff we have observed.     Someone said something that now could be helpful for this bigger idea, cause or goal.   Or we saw something that we wondered about and now it makes sense to help a bigger idea, cause or goal.   The fire of Sag full moon elevates our thinking.  We can feel optimistic, fun, excited about something.     And with the Sun/Moon in decent aspects with Jupiter we should get an even extra boost from the Universe.   Especially given Jupiter turns direct within an hour of the full moon.    
Launch booster rockets!     Green lights ahead, right? 

Yes and no…. There is a wet blanket in the mix, Saturn.  For the last two years Saturn has been trudging through Sag.    First order of business with this placement is hypocrisy.   If anyone is saying one thing but doing another –people are noting the hypocrisy.  They may not say anything but they are observing it.   Saturn moves into Capricorn in December so this is our last aspect that Saturn can make to a full moon in Sag for close to 30 years.   So, hypocrisy or let’s water it down to “Walk Your Talk” will be up for everyone to see who is doing it and who is not.   And on this full moon things might get said.    

At the same time Saturn likes to do only one thing “Get Sh** done.”    So, there we are feeling emboldened with Jupiter direct on Sag full moon but Saturn is saying, “Ah, not so fast”.

If you are worked up, great, Sag Moon is doing his thing. But you need to put it through a sensible filter.   If your opinions or ideas are big, great that’s what Jupiter likes but you may need to think your plans through.  Do they walk your own talk?   And rhetoric could be High High High on this full moon.   If you want to run with okay.  But you may want to cool your jets, feel the passion get motivated but be measured.   Watch for zealots in the news btw.    And big ass money stuff. Something over the top. 

At the same time, we’ve got Jupiter and Saturn all over this Full Moon we also have mystical Neptune with all his fuzziness in the mix.  “Oh, for goodness sake, who invited him?”    Again, the only way to keep the confusion ( or lies) at bay is by slowing stuff down and asking questions.  Or getting quiet and go into prayer or meditation.    All may not be what it seems but the connection between you and your maker is real.   Just don’t go crazy big or crazy loud.    Don't say a big YES when maybe it should be a small Yes.   

In short, your intellect has been processing stuff and you have been an observant student.  The full moon kicks you up to teacher.   Take caution to not tell everyone a thing or two. Instead feel the power of ‘ knowing’ stuff.  Meditate on bigger pictures.  Meditate on bigger visions or goals.    And find your sensible side.    Other note, watch the snark.   And --go out in nature.  A hike, trip to the beach, lake, back yard garden.  Get out there and let nature help open a door for you.