Saturday, May 30, 2009
May 30 9:21pm EDT-----
Thank god THAT is almost over. Oh, I am personally counting the minutes. Never has the energy been so cuckoo. I found myself in a whole host of weird places and positions as Mercury retrograded from Gemini to Taurus and now today it is going to stop and turn direct.
Since May 7th, when Mercury began its backward journey things have gone to hell in a handbasket. And yes, as always we know that the retrograde motion appears to be going backwards (from Earth) but if you actually lived in a nice little Condo on Mercury your planet would not stop spinning and turn the other direction. It just looks like that from our position here...Of course if you lived on Mercury you would not know what anything was doing outside your condo because the average temperature would be 1000 (f) degrees and you would probably be burned up.... so let's forget all about that...
Anyway, since Mercury retrograded -- communication has been wacked. How many things broke in your life in the last three weeks? How many emails did you send to the wrong person? What is going on with your relationships? Have people been freaking out on you? How are all your neighbors? (gemini) and your siblings (gemini)? And how are your resources (taurus)? And your money (taurus) and your properties (taurus)? Well, expect the energy to lighten up as everything unwinds again.
As I indicated somewhere, I intend to throw my keyboard (why does it stick?) and my phone off (why can't it dial?) off a pier---after I set it on fire. I have had this shitty phone for so many years and it actually was kind of expensive and it does not work well --at all-- and it truly sucked during the retrograde---If anyone has suggestions for a good phone please post. I am buying it tomorrow.
Once Mercury turns direct you are free to sign contracts, make big purchases, finally have clarifying conversations with people. YOu can even call the CRAZY people and talk to them.
The next Mercury retrograde will be in September so do all you can this summer that is sensible and then prepare for the crazimaking fireworks again in September.
Carry on, troops!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sabian symbol: An ancient pottery bowl
filled with violets. The keyword is: Tradition. When positive, the
degree is a high realization of values a real gift for using them and when
negative, a loss of self in conventionality and its meaningless
There is one other part to this whole business between Jupiter and Neptune and also neighbor Uranus (in Pisces) that involves Mutual receptivity. I won’t get too bogged down on the explanation but think of it this way--- Jupiter is a landlord and Neptune is in his apartment. Neptune is a landlord and Jupiter is in his office building. Uranus is a landlord and both Jupiter and Neptune are in his wearhouse. The bottom line is they are all like one big Menage---messing with each others. Creepy? Kinda. But more importantly they trust one another and it is adds of a bit of “aren’t we swell?” to all the aspects.
And on the greater landscape they will be doing a job to our economy. Not just the US economy, the world economies will be up everyone’s grill.
I have seen a lot of astrologers write about some of the astrological challenges and curiosities that we are all experiencing at this time but I must say Ray Merriman is a cut above the group. He is one of my favorite astrologers. To me he always has the ring of the real nickel (interesting metaphor for this aspect). In the current issue of Mountain Astrologer (June/July) Ray’s article “The Economy & The cardinal Climax of 2008-2015: Camelot or Financial Armageddon” is spot on. He discusses many aspects we will be experiencing and he writes:
“It is interesting that 1
843 was the year following another Great Depression in the U.S. that lasted from
1835 through 1842. It was set off when President Andrew Jackson abolished
the Second US National Bank, which at the time was the central bank of the U.S.
much like the Federal Reserve Board is today.”
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Gemini New Moon-- May 24 8:11am
3 Gemini 28
In about 5 hours the Moon will be new in the sign Gemini. This is always a fun and lively time of the year. So many possibilities so many fun encounters. A lot of talking. It is like everyday is a cocktail party conversation. And we are all Holly GoLightly. The only problem is that not everything will be as it seems this cycle and we have got Jupiter getting ready to get on top of Neptune this week and coloring this whole 28 cycle. Get ready for some ups and downs. Perhaps it is a good thing it is starting in Gemini, it might not sting as much since Gemini likes things 'light."
You can read my article here:
By the way---some of the problems with logging in and finally been resolved. I think it will be easier to get to my articles now.
In the meantime here is a snippet:
Added to the mix is the fact that Mercury is still retrograde on this lunar cycle so that puts an additional cuckooness to the situation. Stuff you hear just simply might not be accurate. Gossip will be high. Snoopiness is everywhere. When you are talking on your cell phone to someone who you can’t stand you better make sure you really clicked “Off” before you say what you really think. And periodically in certain lunar cycles I have to remind everyone to check their emails. Your brain and hands could be moving so fast (perfectly Gemini) that you could send the wrong email to the wrong person. “What a biatch Diane is!” …whoops, “Sorry Dianne, but you know I meant Biatch in that friendly cool way.” During this cycle, before you send the email, double check everything!
Globally, I expect we will have a flurry of activity during this lunar cycle. Things will be moving fast. Data will be coming to us from all angles. We will laugh about a lot of stuff. Some of it will be true and some of it will be false. Since Venus is getting a tiny bit of a slapping I expect our currencies will take some hits. Perhaps not huge but something will just be ‘off’. There may be some weird alliances this month. Even strange couplings. “Huh, he left his wife for her?” “She left him for that guy?”
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
On May 16, 10:06pm --Saturn is going to turn direct and it is finally going to make some real head way in Virgo. It has been going back and forth in the early and mid degrees for about a year and a half driving most of nuts. (Especially Sag and Gemini ---sigh). It has also been partly responsible for all the job losses everyone has been experiencing since last fall. I say partly because Uranus in Pisces which has been opposing it also has a hand in cutting the jobs. But let’s take a minute and talk about it. Saturn in Virgo has been asking people to look at their lives and how they run them.
A little snippet:
New stimulus packages are being initiated that will push the US budget
deficit to over $1.2 trillion, up from the $500 billion projected a few months
ago. All of these efforts to boost the economy could result in a sudden
swing from deflation to inflation by the autum of 2009, according to my
understanding of of the principles of financial astrology. And once
begun, that trend will be hard to stop while the Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune
mutual reception is in force. Jupiter and Npetune alone are
inflationary. The presence of Uranus means that movements exceed the
forcasted range of limits. Herin lies the danger.
The "Good Times" feeling of the mutual reception could end abruptly
especially after November 2009, when Saturn will make its first of three
passages in a waning square to Pluto. This will be the next step of the
developing cardinal climax that threatens what I have called and Economic
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
I am sure this can be blamed on my Moon in Cancer about to get a nice trine from the Full Moon in Scorpio but I feel like reaching out of astrology for a second and talk like a mom to all of you as I remind you of something.
A number of you are parents and a lot of you live in the Northern Hemisphere about to experience summer. Our days are longer, the air is warmer , we can feel the season in our bones. But what we feel in our old tired bones (tired mom speak) is also happening to our children. The only difference is that their bones are growing!
At my son's school I volunteer a lot and I have seen the kids squirm more, it is harder to get them to focus and sure, there have been some impulsivity issues. But at the same time I know my own son is eating like a horse and his clothes are getting so tight. Clearly he is in a growth spurt.
What I have experienced during growth spurts is-- kids emotions get stretched, they can cry and whine more, they can be a bit more agitated, they push back on us. You know, the old 'talk back' stuff. But once the spurt settles down and they are on the other side there is usually a developmental growth. Suddenly they ask you a question they never asked before. They bring up a subject with a bit more maturity. They just seem to be 'bigger'.
Researchers have found that children do their biggest growing during summer. So, we should expect more little bumpy behavior now. Naturally, feeding them more, curbing junk products (especially the artificial dyes--they are the worst) and trying (I know this is hard) to get them to bed early will help during the spurt. And lots and lots of hugs.
I also am a huge fan of Cod Liver Oil. I use Carlson's which I get at my local Whole Foods Market but you can get it all over the place. Certainly on Amazon. I also have seen the benefits of aromatheraphy (lavendar to help sooth sleep) and cranial sacrel therapy is always good at least a couple times a year. Anyway, pardon my moon in cancer in the 4th house. But I just wanted to share some of my mommy stuff with you.
May 9, 2009
On this fixed sign full moon (Taurus Sun/Scorpio Moon) there can be a streak of stubbornness. Holding your ground on something or not budging. I can already find it influencing me and the moon is not even full yet---let’s just say I am about one minute from writing a letter to my neighborhood complaining about one vile neighbor! Anyway, the point is that this is energy where we can hold our ground on stuff. At the same time we could have a tendency to go overboard since the Moon is making a square to Jupiter. Moon in Scorpio is so black and white.. “everyone is doing it” “no one is doing it” “I hate it” “I love it”. There is no gray when the Moon is in Scorpio. And with Jupiter in Aquarius which is asking all of us to get out of ruts, it is bringing out our inner rebel, it is asking us to expand our world and be different. That sounds good but when the moon is feeling all emotional it might not want to expand, it just wants to stay in its world and emote, ah, that is the rub. See if you feel the two conflicting energies this weekend “leave me alone” “I want to do something different”.
At the same time with a moon square Jupiter there could be emotional eating. Did someone say salted cashews?
But at the same time we have a beautiful trine from Moon to Uranus which can bring in some needed changes. Perhaps we will be pushed so much to hold our ground that we will ask ourselves what changes can we make so we don’t have to go through this again? Perhaps that could be a gift of this full moon.
Additionally the Sun is still making a Trine with Saturn so we continue to experience a nice influence of building structures and stepping stones to our needs. Perhaps this weekend we will find the emotions to come up with a plan so that where previously there might not have appeared a way—and now suddenly there is a way.
Either way, if you are really worked up, hit a steam room or take a long bath. Because when it is all said and done, Scorpio is a water sign afterall!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Last week when The Treasury Department said they would push the results from the Stress Department to……drum roll, May 7. I (and I’m sure many other astrologers) almost fell over. May 7 is when Mercury turns retrograde. I am not sure when the announcement will be made but my best guess is it will be in the morning while Moon is still in Libra. Perhaps when the data is in the hands of experts it will be soft and fuzzy hard to decipher in a Mercury retrograde way----but by the time the Moon moves into Scorpio (12:48pm EDT) it will have been sliced, diced and the cold hard facts will be in.
There is already rumors that BofA needs 34 billion dollars. And I’m sure others will be in similar shape. But having this hit while Mercury is retrograde in Gemini it might just be a case of “tell me some bad news I don’t already know.”
Same goes with the job reports due on Friday.
I mentioned back in February during the Aquarius retrograde that I think the Mercury Retrogrades in Air signs are not nearly as painful as the retrogrades in the other elements. Yes, it is wacky that everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Yes, that most important piece of paper that you drive across the city to give to someone will be left on your dining room table. And yes, your computer that has been a bit slow lately will implode when you turn it on one morning. Yes, our technological issues will be stretched like tight jeans on Thanksgiving. But it is technical. How we respond will be a test on our emotions but it is not that the retrograde itself is about emotions. It is not. It is about our minds and mental abilities. Especially given this retrograde is in Gemini which is ruled by Mercury.
When double checking the Sabian symbol for 01 Gemini 44 ---it is “Santa Claus filling stockings furtively.” In the Edmund Jones book it reads: “The key word is prodigality. When positive, the degree is an unusual capacity for bringing man’s possessions into a wide acceptance and for heightening every proper joy in worldly goods and when negative, a childish or clandestine futility in seeking any normal richness of living.”
The text for the Sabian symbols is a bit ethereal but in my mind when I think about a Mercury retrograde in Gemini in a powerful Taurus lunar cycle that has a pronounced Pluto aspect, I gotta tell you ---if it breaks, really ask yourself if you really need to replace it. Sure if it is really necessary go ahead and get a new one. But if you are on the fence, “Maybe I need it, maybe I don’t?” Then consider letting it go.
Also, if you find your schedule going bonkers-- work with it. Perhaps you always meet someone for tea on Monday but for some reason during the retrograde everyone’s schedule goes cuckoo—well don’t fight to fit that routine in. Let it go. See how your life fares without that ritual. Perhaps a new routine is supposed to come. Heaven forbid if you skip the tea and replace it with meeting with a trainer at the gym!
Remember we are coming up with skills and disciplines during this lunar cycle that will help support our dreams and goals of Treasure Map or even if we didn’t make a map, we are learning how to polish ourselves so that our inner diamonds finally come out. Use this cuckoo Mercury retrograde to serve you in a bigger way. That doesn’t mean you should be sloppy. You should copy your hard drive before the retrograde, do all your big business stuff before it. Try to avoid signing contracts during the period. That is part and parcel of a Mercury Retrograde. But when all the craziness hits, don’t have a huge break down, consider that it came up to help you. I can’t say how only you know that. After the retrograde it will be more clear.
BY THE WAY--- A BIT MORE ABOUT MERCURY RETROGRADE.
It has been awhile since I reminded everyone how a retrograde works. Take a moment to read this:
How long is the influence of the retrograde?
The best way to understand the influence is by setting up a visual.
Imagine Mercury is a car and this car is leaving Seattle and heading for NYC. So, the car leaves Seattle and heads East… this is called MERCURY DIRECT. The car continues on its trip and it goes by Chicago continues on the road but as it gets close to Indianapolis it starts to slow down…and just as it hits Indianapolis it stops and turns around. The Slow down is called MERCURY STATION and the Turn around of course is called MERCURY RETROGRADE. Now the retrograde car is heading west again and heading back to Chicago. When it finally gets back to Chicago it slows down and turns around and now heads east again returning back on its journey to NYC this is MERCURY DIRECT. The car will continue on its journey and this time when it goes by Indianapolis it doesn’t stop it just continues on its merry way to NYC.
What is significant is that the road between Chicago and Indianapolis will be seen once, then twice (going backwards) and then a third time (when it goes direct again). This road between Chicago and Indianapolis is the SHADOW PERIOD. This means the very first time we see Chicago we are put on alert that there is a Retrograde ahead and so be prepared we may see this landscape again.
23 April - 01:53:32 UT - Mercury shadow begins (22 ta 52' 6")7 May - 05:00:26 UT - Mercury stations retrograde (1 ge 44'32")31 May - 01:21:54 UT - Mercury stations direct (22 ta 52' 6")15 June - 19:25:02 UT - Mercury shadow ends (1 ge 44'33")
To continue the analogy: On April 23 we drove by Chicago. We will be turning retrograde on May 7 (reaching Indianapolis) and then going all the way back to Chicago until May 31 where it will turn around and head again for Indianapolis and finally passing it on June 15th. As you can see from shadow point April 23 to shadow point June 15 is about 2 months. That doesn’t mean it will be all rocky during that time. No, not at all. The rockiest times will probably be during the actual retrograde (June 15th – July 9th) but we will most likely revisit topics that come up in the time between the two month shadow dates.
Monday, May 4, 2009
(A little help, please.)
On Tuesday May 5 5:34am (EDT) The Sun in Taurus will be making a glorious trine to Saturn in Virgo. This aspect happens twice a year and the last time we had it was January 11. Saturn is a taskmaster but when it is in a harmonious aspect (and yes, Trines are harmonious) the work it asks of us is usually rewarding. Saturn is our fathers and advisors it is the planet of the elders. Getting a little help from someone older than us is very likely on a day when Sun trines Saturn. If you have any difficult task you might come to a solution more readily on May 5. Or if you need to reach out to someone for help they may actually say “yes” and be very helpful. Don't we hate when people say 'yes' and not mean it? Well, that is not the case today. There will be follow through.
Taurus loves things that are concrete and it loves to build solid foundations. Getting a perk right now from Saturn in Virgo would put the emphasis on daily foundations. Saturn in Virgo is also about serving others. Great day to start a diet and mean it and actually have the diet serve you rather than feeling like some ardous task or routine. Hey a diet that works is always good.
It should be interesting what we see in the news on this day. Perhaps someone really stepping up and helping someone significantly will make the news. Or, perhaps a big huge messy problem will show improvement on the 5th. I don't usually talk about stocks but perhaps it will be a good day for blue chips. Note: 'perhaps'.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Back on Friday April 3, Venus Squared Pluto, this was in the middle of the G20 where basically all the leaders of the free world agreed to print money. You can read what I wrote then HERE, since it will apply again for this Venus Square Pluto (Venus still in Aries).
Normally in a year there are two squares between these two planets but this year we get an extra hit because Venus spent April going backwards and now that she is going straight again she has met her lethal lover again in Aries.
The Aries energy being the first fire sign is naturally impulsive, rash and prefers things hot. It can take everything personally. Let me say that again. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G is personal (As one who has many friends and family with Moon in Aries I know from what I speak.)
The nice thing about taking things personally is that it invests a person in something. The bad thing is people get hot headed. Of course Venus is the planet of values and money and love so investing in those is not too hard. But Pluto in Capricorn is not personal, it is way too cautious and conservative to let rash energies steal the day. But at the same time like a dog protecting its favorite bone---it is passionate about its GOALS and responsibilities. God, help anyone who gets in the way of either. But all in all, Capricorn prefers things cold. And Pluto is ruthless.
Now, what happens when a hot front meets a cold front? Well, like Dorothy and Toto we should head for a storm shelter because a twister is coming! Our money could get bitch slapped again today (Friday) as we build towards the aspect and of course on Thursday Chrysler declared bankruptcy. No surprise to anyone I am sure since the time Pluto went into Capricorn (November) Chrysler has been hooked up to life support. I guess it needed Venus and Pluto to give it the final lethal injection. And what was a perfectly Venus (in Aries) square Pluto (in Cap) energy to me took place this week on the royal family’s front lawn. Imagine doing the deed there, yikes! And surprise, surprise... it was announced that the wife of a world leader (Carla Bruni) had a sex tape stolen (ie: sold to the highest bidder I'm sure) from her former boyfriend. Will that hit the internet this weekend? Que sara sara.
What does this all mean to you? As always, watch your money, watch your business. Which could also mean family business. At the same time what is the rash side of you wanting to do? Who will it piss off or disrupt? I’m not saying don’t do it, but don’t expect to get away with doing it without a little flack.
The next time we will see Pluto and Venus squaring will be in October and December and in August we’ll see an opposition so don’t be surprised if some action from this weekend returns back at those times.