Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aquarius Full Moon

Full Moon
7 Aquarius 55
July 31, 2015
6:42am EDT

We are currently in the Cancer Lunar cycle where we are processing our emotions, our feelings, and looking at how they connect to our roots.    We are currently processing Venus retrograde where we are looking at what we value.    We are in the beginning of Uranus retrograde where we are once again looking at where we need to break free and carve our own path.   And we are in the final days of Saturn retrograde where we are looking at sex, addictions, obsessions, loans, taxes, debt, combined resources and death with rebirth.   

You think that is a long enough list?   Well, now let’s add a full Moon in Aquarius.   
The full moon in Aquarius speaks to us as creative individuals who are apart of our larger group.  Who are your friends?  Who is your tribe?  Does your tribe let you shine?  Does your tribe let you be a star?   How do you access your creativity?  Who in your life sucks up all the stage light?    Is there any place where you should shine but you eclipse yourself?    How do you turn off your own light so that you can be loyal to your family?  How does your tribe keep you small?  What are the values of your tribe?  Are they in alignment with your own values?  How does your tribe speak to your childhood?   How much time do you spend looking out on the world and seeing the things that don’t work?  Who taught you that habit?  How does your tribe do the same?   How would an independent path help take you to a new, perhaps richer approach to life?      How would living a happy life that inspires great pride be a complete betrayal to your tribe?     Perhaps you need to swap out some key players in your tribe?     Or are you the negative member of the tribe?   Rut-ro.

Step up your game this full moon.  Stretch to shine.   Look around your tribe and if they don’t bring out your best then break free and find a way to contribute to society in a meaningful way.    Or go cheer someone on.   Go to a fundraiser for an important cause.   Go online and donate to something important to you.   Go to a lecture of someone your respect.     At the very least go have dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time.     Just get out of your comfort zone.  Don’t spend the weekend doing the same ol’ same ol’ thing—that would be totally missing the point.   And I don’t write these things for you to miss the point.

Have fun, get out of your way and be a part of something bigger than you.   But no matter what---be authentic.     We’re counting on it. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Coming up: This Astro Week

This week starts off with today’s retrograde Uranus.  It is an annual event but it has an extra oomph given Venus turned retrograde yesterday.   Change is in the air based no doubt on what we really value.  Where we are inauthentic will feel off and difficult to keep going.   But living a more authentic life takes courage.    Venus will talk to us forfive weeks and Uranus will push on us for five months.  
We continue the 1st Quarter moon that began on Friday.   All the seeds we planted on Cancer New Moon need to be stoked and tended on the 1st Quarter.  If you started something then now follow up.   Even if you didn’t do anything specific on New Moon there still needs to be a follow up.   For example maybe you happened to have met with friends during the Cancer New Moon and when you left them you really felt appreciated.   On 1st Quarter you can make an effort to expand on that feeling of appreciation, maybe you set up another meeting with someone you miss, or maybe you make an effort to deepen your relationship with your spouse or maybe you call up someone whom you really appreciate.   It is the energy that was planted on New Moon is where you follow up.   And of course if something lame and annoying came up on New Moon, you take the 1st Quarter Moon to remedy it.

You have all day Sunday and most of Monday to follow up on the seeds.   Then in the evening we move into Gibbous Phase. 

Gibbous Moon
July 27
8:29pm  EDT  

We refine our information.  We pick and choose, we discriminate, and we organize to be ‘Virgo’ like.  We sort through details.  Have we missed something?  How are we sifting through the information?  Go back and make sure something hasn’t been neglected.  Refine our actions. 

Focus on:
What have you missed about being optimistic?  What have you missed about shrugging stuff off?  How are you neglecting the value of travel?  How are you neglecting being philosophical?   How are you missing the great outdoors?  How are you missing the value of a good laugh?

Then on Friday, July 31,  we move into Aquarius Full Moon.
That post will follow.  

In the meantime make the most of your week!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Good Morning: Venus Retrograde ..a gift for you

In honor of Venus retrograde I have a gift for you.

First here is the London Symphony performing Gustav Holst's VENUS THE BRINGER OF PEACE.

Many of you will recognize the music.

I, of course, reminded you A few days ago HERE  of some of the information we will be processing through Sept. 6 during Venus trek back.        

I would like to also give you the gift of other astrologer's take on Venus big journey.

Here is DarkStarAstrology take on Venus Retrograde.

Here is OhMyStars, by astrologer Mathew Currie.

Cosmic Intelligence has this Venus write up.

And maybe you want to make this Venus retrograde super personal?  Go to Michael Lutin's site and pick up  your specific directive.

And of course these are the dates you should put on your Venus Radar.

On June 21 Venus went into its shadow (14 Leo 23) – We will revisit some of the stuff that came up after this date.
On July 25 Venus stations RX  (0 Virgo 46) – We are on Value Patrol.  Especially what we value in our daily activities. 
On July 31 Venus returns to Leo (during a full moon no less) More Value patrol especially about unbridled love versus ego. 
On Sept 6 Venus stations direct 14 Leo 23 – Oh, boy what have we learned?  And how do we apply it?
On October 8 Venus returns to Virgo –what is my daily life looking like now? 

On October 9 Venus exits its shadow (0 Virgo 46) –Phew, how is my life different now than it was on June 21st?

Have a beautiful, thoughtful journey!  


Friday, July 24, 2015

Uranus Retrograde

Uranus  retrograde

July 26
6:37am EDT 
20 Aries 30

How interesting that Uranus who is squaring the Sun/Moon in Cancer on New Moon will also be changing direction this cycle.   My goodness, the Universe really wants to get our attention!    A relative few hours after Venus turns retrograde we find ourselves on July 26, with Uranus turning retrograde at 20/21 degrees of Aries.   It will turn direct on December 25 (10:53pm EST).   “Mommy, Santa gave me a direct Uranus for Christmas!”   Uranus spends about five months retrograde every year.  When I was younger and first learned about Uranus and his compulsive need for change and revolution I remember thinking, “Thank God, Uranus spends half the year retrograde, we couldn’t handle if he was always direct.”  

Uranus in Aries has been speaking to the world in noisy and unpredictable ways.   The sudden ‘Arab Spring’ was tied to Uranus turning direct at 0 Aries in December 2011.   How has the world been working since that date?  Yeah, let’s be grateful Uranus goes retrograde half the year.   At this point we are past the halfway mark of Aries transit.  Uranus will move into Taurus in 2018/2019 and that will be a significant different energy, not sure what will happen to the stock market then but we’ll worry about that in 2018.   

In the meantime we focus on the Arian energy.  Are we being bold?  Are we recognizing our individual strength?  Are we using it to better our world?   Who is pushy in our world?  What is it that they want to accomplish?   What are you starting from your own self-motivation?  How flexible are you when weird out of the blue change lands in your lap?     Are you finding opportunities in weird ways?   Where are you being a rebel?   Being rebellious is not necessarily wrong but ask yourself what is your motivation?  Is it for greater good?  Or is it from some unresolved insecurity?     Do you see the importance in looking back at your roots during this Cancer cycle with Uranus squaring the Sun/Moon and then turning retrograde?   Watch between now and December 25 and see what truths come up and how they need your energy.   Independence and new roads will be highlighted.   Can you see them?   We have five months to stay observant.   

Monday, July 20, 2015

Venus Retrograde

On July 25  5:28 am EDT
0 Virgo 46  
Venus Retrograde

Venus like all planets when retrograde appears to be going backwards.   It is of course an optical illusion but in astrology that illusion kicks butts.   Let’s take a moment and remember the three weeks of Mercury retrograde in May and June.  There is not enough vodka in the world to blot out that three-week period in my mind.     Anyway, Venus retrogrades last around five weeks and they only happen about every 18 months.    Our last Venus Rx was December 2013/January 2014 in Capricorn.   Take a moment and think back what was going on with you at that time.  

Venus speaks to what we value.  The reason why Venus is the planet of love, beauty and money is not because it is about love, beauty or money, it is because Venus is about what we VALUE.  For most of the world Beauty, Love and Money are highly valued.   It is very interesting that Venus does not begin her retrograde at 29 degrees Leo but instead it the retrograde kicks off at Zero Virgo.  Virgo, which is a way different energy.   Mega Way different.   Here’s the deal, if you have a daily calendar that is in conflict with what you value, or what you truly love get out of the way and watch what comes up.   Virgo looks at our daily life.  Our vitamins, our exercise, our work, our calendar, our appointments, our daily health and included in that is how we love and are loved daily.    It is all up for assessment.   Not little boy, training wheels assessment but instead big ass ‘I mean business’ assessment.  Why is it big ass?   Because during Venus retrograde there will be interactions with Jupiter, Uranus, Mars and then Venus goes back and hits them a second time.   Yeah, she is getting our attention.   And of course the Saturn Venus square brings out insecurities.  How does your self-esteem vibrate when your money and your love is shaky?   Are you valuable to the world if your love life sucks?  Are you valuable to the world if your money is lame?  Are you valuable to the world if your creativity is stuck?  Are you valuable to the world if your beauty feels off?  If no, why?    What is keeping you from living your inner joy? Take the Venus retrograde to fix the misguidedness you have about your value.  Or maybe it is the value of your partners?   Maybe you are hanging on to someone for all the wrong reasons.    Maybe you are staying out of relationships for all the wrong reason.  Maybe you have put a partner on a pedestal?  Should they be there?    Maybe your love life is directly related to some bump in childhood.   Are you ready to have Saturn help fix those bumps?   Do you see why you need to look back at your roots?

For five weeks we will be pondering:
What do you value?  How do you value it?  How do you value it every day?  How are you being valued?  How are you being valued every day?    Where are you being OCD? (Virgo)  Where are you being dramatic? (Leo)  How are others’ nervousness (Virgo) getting in your way of being valued?   How are others’ drama (Leo) getting in the way of you being valued?  Are you giving more than you are getting?   Or are you taking more than you are giving?

How is pride getting in the way of your daily life (Leo & Virgo)?   How is ego showing up daily?  Is that a good thing?  How is your love brave?   How are you giving away your strength in your daily life (Leo/Virgo)?     There will be some of us who will assess everything and what to immediately jettison someone or somethings.   Sure.  I get it.   And you may also want to wait on some things until after the Venus Rx concludes.  There is a lot to be learned by all of us for the next five weeks.   And watch what comes up in the news about love, money, pride, ego, nervousness and health. 

Put these dates on your radar:
On June 21 Venus went into its shadow (14 Leo 23) – We will revisit some of the stuff that came up after this date.
On July 25 Venus stations RX  (0 Virgo 46) – We are on Value Patrol.  Especially what we value in our daily activities. 
On July 31 Venus returns to Leo (during a full moon no less) More Value patrol especially about unbridled love versus ego. 
On Sept 6 Venus stations direct 14 Leo 23 – Oh, boy what have we learned?  And how do we apply it?
On October 8 Venus returns to Virgo –what is my daily life looking like now? 
On October 9 Venus exits its shadow (0 Virgo 46) –Phew, how is my life different now than it was on June 21st?