Tuesday, June 23, 2020

This Week In Astrology

This week in astrology has us still being impacted by this weekend’s solar eclipse.   
Matters around emotions and feelings (knowing the difference) have our attention.  Learning when to swim with the emotions, float with them and when to dive under the emotions and feelings so you don’t end up drowning in them.  

On Monday  Neptune turned retrogradefor its annual backward trek where we revisit moments that speak to our soul and humanity.   We are going back to the shadow point of  March 2.   Some themes from then may come up for us to think and ponder.  We may even fine tune our prayers.   Do we pray for one thing one day and then pray for something else the next day?  Is there a way to get some altitude and find the general theme that needs to be addressed by prayer?  Or if not prayer how do you need to fine tune faith?    

On Wednesday (Thursday) at 10:48pm PDT Venus stations direct having been retrograde since May 12.    When one big planet changes direct in a week, we can all feel it.   When two planets change direction it has an even greater impact.  The fact that these two planets are changing direction so close to the Cancer Solar eclipse adds another layer of intensity to the week.    The 29 day cancer cycle we are in speaks to water energy.  Neptune and Venus changing direction is like two big boulders being dropped in a pool---kerplunk for sure but take a look at the waves.    One note about these ‘waves’ is that both Venus and Neptune are ‘love’ planets.   Venus is the love we have in our relationships.   It is very personal.  Neptune is the higher octave of Venus and it is about love for humanity.   Caring about something/someone or a cause greater than your personal world is Neptune.   We have learned a lot since May 12 about our personal loves and now with Neptune turning retrograde we will learn more about our values for humanity.    

On June 27 Mars moves into Aries.   This year it is hard to talk about Mars’ move into its home sign without saying WTF.   To be clear Mars is in its home sign usually once every 15 months or so.  But this year is different since it will be retrograde in the fall.    

On June 29 Jupiter will connect with Pluto.   This is the second of three rounds (final one in fall).   It is no small affair and part and parcel to the drama of 2020.   

It is not a small week

Jupiter Pluto June 29

24 Cap 06

On April 4 Jupiter got on top of Pluto forming a conjunction.   This aspect repeats two more times on June 29 and November 12.   Let’s stop down to make two points.   The last time Jupiter was in Capricorn was 2008 at that same time Pluto had just moved into Capricorn.   They did not form a conjunction because they were too far apart.  But they were close enough to impact the world and when both planets turned direct in September of 2008, within days of each other, the stock market crashed activating The Recession.   Last December Jupiter entered Capricorn for the first time in 12 years and headed for Pluto.  As in 2008 we saw the volatility of the stock market again.   There have been major drops and some rallies tied to big bail outs.   The last time we had those bail outs was again in 2008-2009 when both were in Capricorn.    As the biggest planet of the zodiac tangles with arguably the most powerful planet in the zodiac (Pluto rules power) we should anticipate major economic swings.  Major.  Not itty bitty, big as in BIG.    As to the other point and I have said both of these points before, but they bear repeating.  Historians of astrology will write that the Covid-19 virus is tied to January 10 Solar Eclipse, January 12 Saturn conjunct Pluto and April 4 Jupiter conjunct Pluto.  So here we sit with Jupiter not done with Pluto.   We should anticipate a call back to April as we head towards June 29 and again on November 12.    While we note the dates, the truth is that the two planets never get that far apart so this Jupiter Pluto mash up is an influence all summer and fall.    And not to put too fine a point, the last time Jupiter and Pluto were in conjunction in Capricorn was 1771.   For those of us familiar with American history we will note that was the run up to the Independence War.   Something was happening that would set up the future for USA.     Now the USA future is being formed again in 2020.   ‘What works?’ asks Capricorn.  ‘Who in power and is effective?’  Asks Pluto.   ‘How are people’s beliefs being transformed?’ asks Jupiter conjunct Pluto.   ‘What are the big ideas?’  Asks Jupiter.   Then at the end of the year, Jupiter will finally move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius on Dec 19and on Dec 21 it will conjunct Saturn in Aquarius setting off a new cycle in air signs for the next 200 years.  In Aquarius we will consider humanity and what serves the majority.  What is humane?  Watch for issues in the news and our personal life where we ask: ‘What works?’  ‘Who is in power and are they effective?’  ‘How are people’s beliefs being transformed?’  ‘What are the big ideas?’    There could be some pain and a sober note that something is not working.  Death and rebirth are critical for Pluto including death of an idea or thinking.    As always, breathe through the tension.

Mars enters Aries. Here we go! Ouch Ahead

Mars enters Aries
 June 27, 2020

July 25 Mars enters shadow 15 Aries 14
Sept 9 Mars stations retrograde 28 Aries 08
Nov 13 Mars station direct 15 Aries 14
Jan 2 Mars leaves shadow 
Jan 6 Mars enters Taurus 

We will be talking a lot about Mars this summer and fall.  Mars is normally in a sign for about six weeks.  However, when it retrogrades it is in a sign for many months.  Such is the case with Mars this year who enters Aries on June 27 and does not enter Taurus until next January.   Mars in its fiery home sign will bring more energy and action than any of us can imagine.   Get a seat down front because it is going to be a real time, knock em out, battle between breaking new ground and challenging status quo when Mars bumps into squares with Capricorn planets.   More will be discussed in the next reports but we should all be aware of the energy shifting on June 27 when we enter a fire zone.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Venus Stations Direct June 24

Venus Direct 
June 24, 2020
11:48pm PDT 
5 Gemini 20 

April 9 Venus shadow begins
May 12 Venus station retrograde 21 Gemini 50
June 24 Venus station direct 5 Gemini 20
July 28 Venus shadow ends

We have been on a strange Venus retrograde trip since May 12th
The shadow period began on April 9 and the shadow will end on July 28.   Like all station directs the energy will lighten once Venus straightens out, but we will still have bits and pieces of stuff unfold until the shadow ends on July 28. 

During this Venus retrograde process we should reflect on what we have learned about our values.  Who?  What?  Why?  These questions came up a lot during the retrograde in terms of values.  Perhaps we were asleep on a value and realized, ‘wow, I almost screwed up that one’.   Maybe it was a loved one whom we had taken for granted.  Maybe it was us who had been taken for granted and we woke up.   Maybe it was a situation that came up that we normally had remained muted on but we could not any longer and we stood up and supported someone.   Maybe we backed off on something to let others do their work.  If it died without our help then so be it.   This Venus retrograde took place from beginning to end in Gemini.  Any lessons that came up my have been activated by an emotion or a feeling but the processing of it was very mental and analytical.   Venus stationing direct in Cancer lunar cycle will no doubt touch a watery emotional nerve.  Perhaps it is relief, “Thank goodness I got through _____ “    

Of course, money, beauty, love and creativity matters can straighten out as Venus now stations direct.  Or how we approach them will be more focused with a new awareness. 

Neptune Retrograde June 22

Neptune Retrograde 
June 22, 2020
9:32pm PDT 
20 Pisces 57 
Dates to Note:
March 2 Neptune enters shadow 18 Pisces 10
June 22 Neptune stations retrograde 
Nov 28 Neptune stations direct 
Mar 19, 2021 Neptune leaves shadow 20 Pisces 58 

Neptune spends a little less than half of every year retrograde. So, on one hand Neptune retrograde is ‘ho hum, you again?’   As we know Neptune moved into Pisces in 2011 and will remain in Pisces until 2026.  The Neptune in Pisces era speaks to our humanitarian, faith and artistic natures.  Matters of the greater heart, meaning issues beyond a loved one are pronounced.   Not for profit, charity and health Care are all Neptune in Pisces.   So, is oil and oceans and flooding and gases.   

Around the dates of the stations (June 22 & Nov 28) we may find our psychic and Woo-Woo up.   A thought, a memory, a sense, a feeling could connect us to something unworldly but important .  If your gut is talking to you---Listen.    Let’s see where we all land with our gut radar when Neptune stations direct on November 28 at 18 Pisces.     

Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse June 20, 2020

Ring of Fire eclipse -  Accuweather 

We are in a three eclipse cycle.  Lunar.  Solar. Lunar.   The Cancer New Moon is a solar eclipse.  It is packing a punch due to the fact it is coming in about 12 hours after the Solar Solstice.   Deep inside our genes are our ancestors who looked up at the sky and knew something was going on.  Do you feel it?  Good you are paying attention.   Whoops... my link was broken.  Much better NOW with the LINK.  This upcoming Mercury retrograde will kill me.

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Astrology This Week

Last Quarter Moon Phase
June 12, 2020
 11:23pm PDT 

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 speak to faith?   What actions are you taking that trust your ability to trust?   What actions are you taking that feel unworldly?   How are you taking actions that are nuanced?   Where do you need to pivot?  

Special Focus:

6/13: Mars conjunct Neptune.  Actions that are muted.  Psychological mischief.  Humanity needs could be punctuated, who is showing up?  

Balsamic Moon Phase

June 17, 2020 
1:50am PDT     

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

Focus on How are you releasing control?  How are you releasing stubbornness?  How are you releasing stick-in-the mudness?   Where do you need to pivot?  

Special Focus:
6/17: Mercury retrograde (see above) 9:58pm 14 Cancer 46 (see above). 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Mercury Retrograde June 17/18

Mercury Retrograde 
June 17, 2020 
9:58 pm PDT
14 Cancer 46

6/1: Mercury shadow begins
6/17: Mercury retrograde 14 Cancer 46
7/12: Mercury station direct 5 Cancer 29
7/26: Mercury Shadow ends

This Mercury retrograde takes place in entirety in Cancer.  As we discussed Mercury is the planet of our human computer and during the retrograde we have another opportunity to reboot our thinking.  
With this Mercury retrograde, our thinking and our communication will be about home, feelings, family (both family of birth and family of choice).   Cancer the crab, has a hard shell of protection and strong pinchers.   We should all prepare during this Mercury retrograde for people to be over-sensitive and use those pinchers.  Snappy comments will be in overload.   If anyone on god’s green earth has the ability to hold their tongue during this Mercury retrograde, they will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.    

The last time Mercury was retrograde entirely in Cancer was June/July 2013.  You may want to consider what was going on then, were there any reboots you did that missed something important?  Is there anything that took place regarding home, family and feelings that didn’t get addressed that you would now like to tackle?    You may have an opportunity to address those issues this time around.  
The pre-shadow started on June 1, we should watch what has come up after that point and note we may have revisit some of it. Once Mercury stations direct on July 12 things should soften and certainly any confusion will clear by the shadow end on July 26. 

As always, with any Mercury retrograde, double check paperwork, try to avoid big purchases, if you are traveling confirm any reservations.   Double check every email before you hit send and ask yourself, “Is this too snappy?”  If you are fine with it then be prepared for any repercussions.    If your goal is to set a boundary (Cancer the crab hard shell) talk to a friend or ally and ask them if there is another way to set up the boundary without just a snap. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Lunar Eclipse: Sagittarius Full Moon June 5

A full moon on red high heels 

June 5
12:12pm PDT 
15 Sag 34

This full moon lunar eclipse is the first of three eclipses.  June 5 (lunar) June 20 (solar) July 4 (lunar).  That is a lot of eclipses in four weeks.   Even if a human knows nothing of astrology, I am pretty sure they are feeling the tension of the extraordinary period we are in.   I reminded everyone a couple months ago that some of the cycles we are in have not occurred in decades and hundreds of years.  One of them being the January 12th aspect of Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.   We are still dealing with the aspect that launched 2020.   These two planets only come together once every thirty years.  The last time they were together was 1982 and the last time they were together in the sign of Capricorn was 1518.  During that 1518 aspect, Martin Luther pushed back on the authority which he deemed corrupt.  This was one man, who wrote a note, nailed it on the door of his church and changed the course of religion and world history.   It was the beginning of the Reformation Era.   In addition, in August of 1518, King Charles authorized Spain to ship enslaved people directly from Africa to the Americas.  Slavery rose dramatically.    While we now sit back in our chairs and sigh over the lack of a moral compass to enslave anyone, that was not the case in 1518.   To them, it was simply a business model.   Capricorn is business.  Pluto is power.  Saturn is structure.  A business launched and a country was built on the backs of enslaved humans.    And here we are now with a chance to revisit a cruel system that was based on the color of skin.   What will we do?   What are the ghosts of 1518?   Not just slavery ghosts but industry models built from that era.  For more information on how we are impacted by the ghosts of slavery in modern era go to Pulitzer prize   Project 1619.   During this pandemic (also tied to Saturn Pluto) we are considering who is essential labor?  How are they treated?   For more information on inequities of Covid 19 and workers go to this piece from the non partisan Econofact .

The nation and the world have an opportunity to go into a new gear about race and about the shadow side of big businesses as we consider if, and are, they built on something that does or does not line up with our values?   This is where the power of eclipses comes into play and we ask questions.  We must refrain from going into our hard corners, our know-it-all place where we hold our ground.  It is critical to consider if now is the time to pivot.  Are we learning?   This the important gift of Gemini and Sag solar and lunar eclipses. 

Eclipses come in cycles where they ping pong between two signs every six months for  two years.   The Cancer/Capricorn pattern began November 2018 and will wrap up July 4.    There is always a dove tail of one cycle wrapping after the launch of a new cycle and that is case with today’s eclipse which begins the Gemini – Sagittarius cycle.   An argument can be made that this eclipse is less weighty as the final June 20 Cancer solar eclipse given it is on the solstice but make no mistake this Sag lunar eclipse has a punch.   

On the eclipse chart, Mars, the warrior, is at odds with the Sun and the moon by forming a T square.  If you don’t know astrology visualize the face of a clock.  Visualize Mars on the 12, put the Sun on the 3 and put the Moon on the 9.    The sun and the moon (like the 3 and 9 on the clock) are opposite each other.   They are doing their thing like a teeter totter.  In this case, the Sun in Gemini is looking for facts and looking for data.   The Moon in Sag is forming big picture ideas.  It is forming beliefs.   When Gemini and Sag behave, they elevate each other’s knowledge.   When both signs misbehave, Gemini goes out and gets data but remains shallow, can’t put a big thought together because it is overwhelmed by too much information and can’t lock a coherent thought.    When Sag misbehaves it forms an opinion or sticks to a belief that does not match the facts on the ground.  It can miss an evolution that has occurred.   It holds on to outdated thoughts.   This is going to be our work for the next two years.   Finding data and forming big thoughts and beliefs.  Sometimes the data will indeed match our beliefs but if we do not update with new on the ground facts then we risk obsolete thinking.   All thinking is up for review.  Thoughts up close about family, friends, jobs, neighbors and bigger thoughts about community, industries, government and systems.   Every Gemini- Sag eclipse will have its own chart and flavor by the planets impacting the sun and moon but it will still be centered on our thinking.    Today’s eclipse will have a ripple effect to December 14 when we have the first Solar eclipse in Sag.  

Back to Mars.  Mars is passion and a warrior. Mars is when we put on our red shoes and go to battle.   Rarely does Mars take down his weapon but in the water sign Pisces his fight speaks to compassion and love.  There is justice for the under-dog but it is guided by intuition or something bigger inside than it can’t explain.  It is propelled by something muted as there is an unworldliness to Mars in Pisces.  This fuzzy factor is pushing on Gemini and Sag to find the facts, that inform the beliefs but asks a question: Are you stopping and remembering the human in humanity?   Even the human in the enemy?

Venus who is retrograde is next to the Sun in Gemini and also being informed by Mars.   Venus and Mars are the lovers and with this eclipse they are squabbling.  Venus is getting wound up in her thinking figuring out her values. Mars says, “To hell with thinking let’s act on our values.”   Venus responds, “I don’t know my values right now.”    People may want to act on something but are unsure and frustrated.  Maybe even depressed.     The last time Venus was retrograde in Gemini was spring 2012. What was going on in your life then?  Are you revisiting it now?  How have your values changed since then?   On this eclipse we all get informed about our values.  What does your on-the- ground experience right now say to your values?   Are you being valued?   Was there something you didn’t do then that you should do now?  Are you racing in like a warrior for your values?  Are you stopping down before you race and making sure you are connected to your intuition?   Always with Gemini, are you breathing?  

With Gemini, Sag and Pisces our brains are in overwhelm during the eclipse, we are served if we go back to the face of the clock.   The 12 has the Mars, Sun on the 3, moon on the 9--- the one relief is the empty spot is the opposite of 12 and that is the 6.   For this chart that means the sign Virgo.   We find relief when go down to the studs in our hourly schedule.  Are we fed? Do we need to go for a walk?  Do we need to clean?  Do we need to do our hygiene?  Do we need to pay bills?   Do we have a to-do list?   Do we need to check off an item?  This is where we get our respite.  It is not a refuge to hide from the eclipse.  We must remain dutiful that our opinions and beliefs are not obsolete.   Consider every person you talk to (Gemini) as an opportunity to build a new bridge (Sag) to your own opinions about you and fellow humans (Pisces).  But at the same time take care and nurture self and loved ones.      

These are remarkable astrological times.   We will be dealing with extraordinary matters for the next four years.  But God in his infinite wisdom has given us this two- year cycle of Gemini and Sagittarius so we learn how to pivot on our thinking and assess our beliefs.  We will have a lot to process.   Take the opportunities offered by this full moon and eclipse to figure out what you need to figure out and always remember you don’t know what you don’t know but the ability to pivot is a gift and important skill as we go forward.

God speed to Cancer New Moon and Solar Eclipse