Do You Have “Joyful” Planets In Your Chart?


This has nothing to do with how joyful you are as a person, but brownie points to you if you automatically replied “yes!” before you even read beyond the post title!


“Planetary joy” is something of an older, traditional thing that’s not used as often anymore. It designates each of the seven traditional visible celestial bodies a house that they are/were purported to really express their inherent qualities the best in. A planet in a house it “rejoices” in gives that planet a type of dignity. A lot of people know what essential dignity is: a planet in its domicile, for instance. (Mercury in Gemini -the sign it rules- would have essential dignity.) Planets can also have dignity if they are in a house of their jollies. These things did not come about by guesswork or accidents; there was good reason underlying the matchmaking or it wouldn’t have stuck around for long.


So, what houses do the traditional planets find “joy” in?

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Scorpio October 30th, 2016


The New Moon at 7 degrees Scorpio takes place on Sunday, October 30th at 12:38 PM Central Standard Time. Being at 7 degrees of Scorpio means the New Moon falls inside the via combusta or “burning path”, that rocky stretch of the zodiac. Mercury feels the burn too at 9 degrees Scorpio. The New Moon also trines Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces, putting a heavy focus on the water element. Meaning: heightened and powerful emotional sensitivity and the possibility of psychic phenomena.


I’ve already had people tell me they feel something large looming on the horizon but can’t put their finger on what it is. As one person put it, “a sense of impending doom that makes no logical sense.” Individual results will vary on that level. One thing is sure, though: trust those gut feelings. There’s been many reasons over the past year to not go with your first instinct (that mutable grand cross was one reason), but doubting those instincts here is a mistake. It’s Scorpio’s job to shine a light where there is none, in the darkest depths of hell. You know that saying “sunshine is the best disinfectant”? The saying applies here too. (Though it’s the absence of Moonlight that’s doing the disinfecting here!)


The location within the via combusta means that it can be deceptively explosive, like a quiet current that looks calm on the surface but comes with an undertow to be reckoned with. From a previous post:


“Scorpio often operates best from the shadows, keeping an unreadable poker face and its cards held close to the chest. It isn’t one to give too much of its secrets away before sussing out who it is dealing with, what the real motivations are. This is especially true for this New Moon conjunct Mercury -planet of mental processes, communication, information shared and received- also in Scorpio. Mercury in Scorpio knows when to speak up and speak out, and when to shut it off. It understands the real weight our words carry and doesn’t like to waste them. This Scorpio New Moon conjunct Mercury reminds me of the old proverb of not throwing your pearls (of wisdom) to the swine, lest the swine turns on you. No matter the situation you are in during this New Moon, and no matter who appears to be in charge, there is a lot of power in not offering more information than necessary and playing it cool. Stand back and observe what is happening and who is doing what. Just like plotting a chess move. Spy games can be useful and necessary (even for those of you put off by spy vs spy stuff).


Scorpio is often linked to keywords like power and control but only in the more negative use of Scorpio energy do you really find the power used to control others. With Scorpio, the real power comes from controlling yourself. This Scorpio New Moon is an opportunity to turn the valves on or off and direct the flow of energy in the direction you want it going. Again, with Mercury involved controlling your mouth and the information you give away or allow in will be a theme.


Even with Mercury involved, however, there will still only be so much that can be articulated here. Most of what we will come to know will be sensed and felt through the deeper intuitive faculties, probably more so than logical faculties. The word “psychic” is often overused but this New Moon really is. If something seems off, it is off. If something looks and feels like a sign, it is a sign. Mercury in Scorpio can certainly bring a rational understanding to our shadowy perceptions here, but do not ignore signs or synchronicities if the logic hasn’t quite caught up with your spidey senses yet.”


I wrote in another separate article that this Scorpio New Moon precedes Halloween, Day Of The Dead, and All Souls Day/All Saints Day. It is a great New Moon to set traditions of honoring ancestors or spirits. In Roman mythology, Mercury was known as a psychopomp, or an entity that was responsible for escorting the recently departed souls to the afterlife. Mercury in Scorpio conjunct the New Moon and trine Neptune in Pisces does show mediumship ability around the New Moon, though not in the silly “I see dead people” way most people think of when they hear the word medium. It’s nothing more than acting as a conduit for something to pass through, and more often than not it is incredibly subtle. A synchronicity here, a signal there.


Dreams, too, are sometimes a conduit of powerful information and this New Moon has dreaming written all over it. You might want to keep something handy to record the dreams you have just before and after Sunday.


As always, look at the house of your natal chart that this Scorpio New Moon preceding Halloween/Day Of The Dead and the other ancestral holidays for more information about where you’ll feel your spidey senses tingling the most. Read here for easy instructions if you do not know how to find it.



Halloween/Day Of The Dead/All Soul’s & Saints Day 2016


If you’ve never given thought to celebrating the ancestral holidays of Scorpio season beyond passing out candy to kids, this year you might want to start. There is a Scorpio New Moon that precedes Halloween this year, on Sunday, October 30th. This of course leads to Day Of The Dead/Diá de los Muertos on November 1st-2nd, All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. Last year we had a Cancer Moon that kicked off ancestor/spirit season and I wrote that the Cancer Moon shows our connection to heritage, genealogy, family lineage and roots. This year it’s the Scorpio New Moon that starts ancestor/spirit season, which is perhaps more potent since Scorpio (ruled by Pluto) is the sign of death itself, the legacies that survive from beyond the grave, the transmutation of energy from one state of being to the next.


And, trauma. Scorpio knows trauma perhaps better than any other sign. Not everyone has experienced legitimate trauma in their current lifetime, but even still most of us carry generational trauma whether we recognize it as such or not. Trauma is a legacy, too, and acts from beyond the grave. There’s something about Scorpio season holidays that thin the veil between this human world and whatever you want to call the other worlds, a good use of the time would be investigating family legacy and especially family trauma that has been passed down. The Scorpio New Moon preceding Halloween is a great time to try to sever painful family legacies from your life.


The Scorpio New Moon will trine Neptune in Pisces, which brings a focus on letting go and practicing forgiveness. Unbidden yourself with the weight of what is sometimes referred to as “family karma”. It wasn’t always their fault, this crap some of us have inherited; they were hurt too, much worse than most of us were. Survival was painful for many of our ancestors but they did it, we’re here because of their struggles and we’re able to actually attempt healing that they couldn’t. The ancestor holidays, particularly Day Of The Dead, are a great time to honor and venerate the departed. Even the not so dear ones, which still need to be forgiven and their pain exorcised.


From a previous post:


“What do your ancestors mean to you? What does their legacy mean to you in the here and now? How much do you even know of their struggles to survive, how hard they pushed forward and kept the life cycle in motion? Their traditions, their understanding of God and the spirit world,  the worlds within ourselves?  What will you pass on from beyond the grave once you’ve become an ancestor yourself? Whatever your feelings of your family’s past, you inherit more than physical traits and disease genes through your DNA. What else has genetic memory passed along through the generations?  Where does this “memory” even have its roots? Why does DNA itself look like a language that is meant to be read?” 


This meditation alone is a form of veneration to your ancestors. Add whatever other elements you like. I believe that the lack of honoring your ancestors, on a personal level, does leave a part of the soul unnurtured. Honoring the dead has been with us forever, and dropping veneration traditions because they fell out of social fashion has resulted in many lost connections with where we come from, where our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents come from. That’s a large part of our own identity, these unseen legacies that shape us before we even have consciousness of ourselves. Understanding your family karma is always a form of understanding yourself, eventually.


Ancestral veneration doesn’t actually require that you know your family tree (though, there’s a strong case for actually knowing it). It doesn’t require you even have a family tree, such as in the case of adoption. You do not have to honor the family members who inflicted trauma (again, though, some form of forgiveness and letting go is a powerful tool). Whoever you are, you have in your blood the same blood as the first people walking this earth and that deserves gratitude and honoring.


How Prepared Are You For Uranus In Taurus?


I live in the literal seismic epicenter of fracking territory. At the time my mother was born here -northeastern Oklahoma- it was Indian reservation (though her birthplace is now no longer reservation) which basically means the land was/is so shit that the U.S. government thought it worthless and handed it off to people they tried but failed to wipe off the earth. Red dirt country. In my mother’s lifetime, the land here has transformed from being seen as less than nothing to being one of the most valuable in the country, hence the fracking.


We see the same scenario playing out now with the protests over the North Dakota pipeline, which has brought the largest gathering of North American indigenous peoples together -along with environmentally concerned people of all stripes- to fight to preserve the Badlands, throwaway reservation and ranch land that has also suddenly become valuable. Both the fracking here in Oklahoma and the Dakota Access Pipeline are examples of how people can write off the land -and the people living on and working that land- as having no value one minute and then urgently fighting over the untapped, unrecognized resources the next.


There’s more than environmental issues that lie behind the fight over fracking and pipelines. Fracking has brought jobs in a time when people desperately need them. Fracking has lowered the price of natural gas for consumers in the time of a shaky economy, and created energy independence in the U.S. for the first time and also at a time when foreign relations are unraveling. Fracking has also, of course, has led to an increase in earthquakes by about 600% in areas where the fracturing occurs. So, while it isn’t smart to run head first on a massive scale into damaging the land we live on with unknown consequences, there are economic and geopolitical consequences for not doing so that can’t be ignored, either. What do you do when you’re forced to destroy something to save something else?


The devaluing and sudden re-valuing of resources, the bringing together of people with common-unity in the valuing of the earth, the money and politics and polarizing outrage behind all of it… it’s all very Uranus in Taurus. Which is very concerning, considering we are still approximately a year and a half away from Uranus entering Taurus. If this is the financial/political/environmental/spiritual quagmire we find ourselves in now, what surprises are in store once we’re actually in the Uranus in Taurus era?  [Read more…]

Why You Should Keep Up With Your Progressed Sun


This is the third in a series on progressions. The first looked at the progressed Moon, the second looked at the progressed ascendant. The progressed Sun is not as lengthy a subject, since it does not change as quickly as the Moon and is not as readily apparent as the ascendant. But, the changes it does make when it makes them are substantial.


This is due to the Sun essentially representing the life force of the chart, whether natal or progressed. The progressed Sun only changes signs about three times in a person’s life, which means the change in the direction of the life force remains steady but occasionally gets a full makeover. Here’s some info to keep in mind about the progressed Sun:


  • The progressed Sun will not progress through the entire chart, so your progressed Sun will never return to its original place in the natal chart  (progressed Sun will never conjunct natal Sun).
  • The progressed Sun advances at a steady rate of about one single degree per year.
  • When the progressed Sun aspects a planet or angle in the birth chart, the effect lasts approximately three years: one year approaching the planet or angle, one year in exact aspect and one year separating. During this time, any transit to the natal planet or angle is also a transit to the progressed Sun.
  • While the progressed Sun will never conjunct the natal Sun, it will form three aspects to the natal Sun: a semisquare around age 45, a sextile around age 60, and a square around age 90. The semisquare coincides with the progressed lunar cycle and Saturn cycles to create fleeting midlife crises; the sextile helps a person enter their second Saturn Return with grace if they handle it well.
  • The progressed Moon conjunct, square or opposing the natal Moon can show crises with women, health, family, or the physical home as well as relocation.
  • The year that the progressed Sun spends on the anaretic  (final) degree of a sign before changing signs is usually an intense year, where one feels they are becoming impatient with the need for change and the seeming inability to make it happen. It is frustrating but it behooves a person to slow down and let the process unfold organically. The anaretic 29th degree shows there’s “unfinished business” to be taken care of first, so that there are no loose ends interfering with the new life force brought by the progressed Sun changing signs.


Newbies can easily figure out their progressions. Go to and put in your birth data, including your time of birth. Save to create your birth chart. Now, go to the “Extended Chart Selection” page. Where it says “please select a chart type” you will just select “Progressed Chart” and click to show the chart. All done!


Why You Should Keep Up With Your Progressed Ascendant/Rising Sign

Astrology progressed ascendant rising sign

How colorful is your front door? Painting by Warner Williams 


When doing client readings, I like to compare the ascendant (also known as the rising sign, the two are interchangeable) to the front door of a house. The ascendant is the starting angle of a chart; it forms the foundation that the rest of the chart is built upon. The opposing side of the ascendant is the descendant, which starts the seventh house of relationships with the generalized “other”. So, the ascendant acts as the first meeting point between us and the world: our introduction to “others”, their introduction to us, the filter that initial impressions come through before we learn anything else.


The planet that rules the sign on the ascendant has importance in a chart, as that planet is the chart ruler. For instance, Neptune rules Pisces, so we’d say Neptune is the chart ruler; the traditional ruling planet of Scorpio was Mars until Pluto was discovered in 1930 so those with Scorpio rising will either have Pluto as their chart ruler, or have both Mars and Pluto co-ruling the chart, depending on whether you use the traditional or modern ruler.


The planet that rules the chart impacts the way others see you and the way you experience the world. It also makes you more sensitive to the mundane movement of that planet. For example, those with Gemini or Virgo rising will have Mercury as their chart ruler (since Mercury rules both signs) and will be more sensitive than others to Mercury retrograde periods. A Cancer rising person has the Moon ruling their chart, and are more sensitive to the lunar cycles such as eclipses as well as their progressed Moon.


Which brings me to progressed rising signs. Most people who know their time of birth can submit their data into the various free astrology software programs and see what their rising sign is. This natal ascendant never changes, and your natal chart ruler never changes. However, you do get a sort of secondary ascendant and chart ruler through an astrology technique known as secondary progressions. Your charts “front door” will always open the same way, but the secondary progressed ascendant will color this a bit and it is worthwhile to keep track of both your progressed rising sign and what is happening to your progressed chart ruler. Your progressed ascendant sign will show slow, gradual but tangible changes in your personality.


Newbies to astrology can easily figure out their progressions. Go to and put in your birth data, including your time of birth. Save to create your birth chart. Now, go to the “Extended Chart Selection” page. Where it says “please select a chart type” you will just select “Progressed Chart” and click to show the chart. All done!


Some useful information when looking at your progressed ascendant/rising sign:


  • A natal or progressed ascendant in Cancer will make you highly aware of the rapid changes of your progressed Moon, so while everyone needs to look at their progressed Moon for the reasons listed here as its more crucial to Cancer risings.
  • Ascendant signs are divided into those of long ascension or short ascension, meaning the rate of speed at which they move. Generally speaking, the signs of Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Gemini are of short ascension. The signs of Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius are of long ascension. Those people born with short ascension signs as their natal rising sign undergo much more frequent changes than do those of long ascension.
  • Eclipses on your progressed ascendant, descendant or progressed chart ruler are as important as eclipses to your birth chart ascendant, descendant and chart ruler.As the progressed ascendant continues to affect your personality, so too will it affect your relationship with others, since your descendant is changing and growing too. Let’s say your a natal Gemini rising, with a natal Sagittarius descendant. You like to interact with people on an intellectual level (Gemini) and you prefer to do so with people of interesting background and ideas (Sagittarius). When your progressed ascendant moves into Cancer, you’ll have a Capricorn descendant and it won’t be enough that others are simply interesting and exciting to you. You’ll now want people who’ve learned maturity and responsibility from their exciting background.


Can you feel your persona flavored by your progressed ascendant?


Why You Should Keep Up With Your Progressed Moon


The Moon, more than any other body in our astrological orchestra, gets personal. The Moon’s job is to sensitize us to the larger planetary activities; “bringing it home” you might say. Most people who read here started by reading my regular writeups on the mundane lunar cycles that affect us all. The new and Full Moons help us see in real time how the Moon synthesizes big things and then dumps them into our individual laps. The natural ebb and flow of the perpetual lunar cycle sets the rhythm in our lives that feeds into and off of the long riffs of the slower moving planets.


The progressed Moon is no exception. Most people who know a little about astrology beyond their Sun sign know what sign their Moon is in. This does not change. However, your progressed Moon changes signs quite frequently, at the rate of approximately one sign every 2.5 years. The progression of the Moon acts as a natural unfolding in our lives; while transits may feel like something is “happening” to us (for better or worse), the progressed Moon changing signs on a regular schedule acts Lee’s as something being done to you and more as something growing, ripening. A person can look back at transits as a chunk of life where “something happened”, whereas a person will look back at progressions and say “I’ve changed a lot since then”. Since the progressed Moon gets personal and hits home, the progressed Moon changing signs as frequently as it does means it is worth paying attention to for cycles of growth, maturity and emotional changes.


Newbies to astrology can easily figure out their progressions. Go to and put in your birth data, including your time of birth. Save to create your birth chart. Now, go to the “Extended Chart Selection” page. Where it says “please select a chart type” you will just select “Progressed Chart” and click to show the chart. All done!


Here’s useful information to keep in mind when doing your progressed Moon:


  • The progressed Moon moves at the pace of about one degree per month. When it touches something in your chart, you will feel it for about 3 months: one month moving towards the exact aspect, one month in exact aspect and one month separating.
  • Since it changes signs every 2.5 years, your progressed Moon will return to the place of your birth Moon after it passes through the other 11 signs of the zodiac. You’ll have a progressed Moon conjunct natal Moon somewhere between the ages of 28 and 56. This roughly precedes the Saturn Return cycle at the ages of 30 and 60, which is a major cycle of growth and maturity and realism about the direction of one’s life. The progressed Moon conjunct natal Moon represents a temporary state of either emotional overwhelm or emotional fulfillment, depending on how one is handling their Saturn Return.
  • The progressed Moon will square the natal Moon much more frequently, at the ages of 7, 21, 35, 49, 63, and 77. This too roughly corresponds to the Saturn cycle, though this is the Saturn square Saturn transit at these ages. Progressed Moon square natal Moon around the times of the Saturn squares creates moments of frictional frustration that forces emotional maturity, whether you’re ready for it or not. You can see this as the times we first enter school, leave school and become independent adults, reevaluate our lives as adults, and either hit midlife crisis or midlife satisfaction and reward.
  • The progressed Moon opposes the birth chart Moon at around the ages of 14, 42 and 70. Age 14 is another Saturn cycle we’re being sensitized to, this time it is the opposition and the Moon sensitizes the maturation process here as growth spurts and physical maturation in the form of full fledged puberty (the Moon rules hormones), and the process of moving away from childhood and developing our adult personas.
  • When your progressed Moon changes signs, look to the planet that rules that sign as you’re more sensitive to that planet now. Progressed Moon in Aries? Look for transits to natal Mars or from transiting Mars. Progressed Moon in Sagittarius? Look where Jupiter is transiting in your chart, or what is impacting your natal Jupiter. These transits you’d feel anyway, but you feel them more up front if the planet rules the sign of your progressed Moon.
  • Those with progressed or natal ascendant in Cancer will feel the change of their progressed Moon as strongly as if it were a transit; usually with distinct demarcation points. In other words, they will look back at the periods their progressed Moon was in a sign as distinct “chapters” in their life.
  • A New Moon, Full Moon or eclipse in the sign of your progressed Moon feels similar to these lunations happening in the same sign as your birth Moon.
  • The progressed Moon will also conjunct and oppose the natal and progressed Sun, which effectively creates a progressed New Moon  (at the conjunction) and a progressed Full Moon  (at the opposition).


When my progressed Moon was in Aquarius, I connected for the first time with family I had never met before, and it was quite shocking. Even though I had initiated it, I was still surprised by it. My social circle also fluctuated. When my progressed Moon entered Pisces, my social circle was basically me attracting people using substances I had never used, because even though I’m a sober teetotaler I was spacey enough during this time that I probably seemed stoned on occasion. When my progressed Moon hit Aries, I quite literally nearly worked myself to death, culminating in a physical collapse at the last degree of Aries. When my progressed Moon hit Taurus, I immediately found an easier job and also learned how to cook everything from scratch. It was a quiter, easier time until the end, because I have natal Mars in Taurus conjunct Algol and while I’m not one to lose my temper I did end up in major arguments with people testing my patience, quite out of character for me…


What can you see from looking back at the cycles of the progressed Moon changing signs?



Real Time Astrology: Full Moon Supermoon In Aries October 15th/16th, 2016


Wild, sexy and dangerous, the Full Moon Supermoon at 23 degrees Aries occurs Saturday, October 15th or  Sunday, October 16th, depending on your location. (It is exact at 11:23 PM Central Standard Time on Saturday night.) This Aries Full Moon is also a supermoon, meaning it coincides with lunar perigee, or the point at which the Moon is closest to the Earth. Huge, highly visible Full Moon to match the volatile emotional temperature. The Full Moon will be in very tight conjunction to Uranus retrograde at 22 degrees Aries, and will square Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn. That’s right, it is bringing back the dormant Uranus-Pluto square! The lunation is also in wide opposition to Mercury at 15 degrees Libra. Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn means the orb is wide for Pluto too, but Pluto is a heavy hitter and with the tight conjunction of Uranus, the story of the lunation will be the temporary cardinal T-square which will set the tone for the longer lasting cardinal T-square involving Uranus-Pluto by years end and into 2017.


I’ve said before that the lunar cycles sensitize us to the larger transits; bringing the big issues home. This particular Full Moon in the pioneering sign of Aries will be sensitizing us to the next curveball coming our way. 2016 was a rough go for many people; two steps forward, one step back, constant uncertainty. Much of that peaked in September during the final eclipse season of the year. The Libra New Moon at the end of September, being the first lunation after eclipse season, helped shake off the feeling of getting nowhere. Now, this Aries Full Moon draws our attention to the future, the shape of things to come.

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