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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The North Node in Virgo Manifesto

The North Node is everyone’s manifesto. It is the point astrologers look to in a chart for greatest realization of potential and fulfillment. It is always opposite the South Node, that area of life that we are old pros at and do not need to further develop; in fact lingering too long around the South Node is always to our detriment. We are not static; we are meant to move and grow. The North Node is our mission statement, our declaration of intention; the path not yet travelled but a journey we need to undertake anyway. Think of it as a tree or vine: the South Node forms the roots, the soil and terrain we are confortable in, yet if the plant never leaves its roots it dies. It is meant to grow, push forward; even when lacking all the needed energy and nutrients to pull it off easily does not alter the intended purpose. Growth is necessary to sustain life itself, and the North Node is the manifesto outlining the steps.


The North Node enters Virgo on November 12, 2015 where it will remain until May 9, 2017. Along with it, the South Node will be in Pisces. (Disclaimer: I am using the True Node, which is sensitive to the inherent “wobbles” in the motion of the Moon’s Nodes. Other astrologers prefer to use the Mean Node, which averages out the rate of motion. Those astrologers use an earlier start date.) For roughly the next one and a half years, our collective mission statement will play out along the Virgo/Pisces axis, with the themes and keywords most commonly associated with Virgo as the goal we are striving for.


Discernment. Discretion. Sensitivity, but not too sensitive. Charitable, giving of our services, but not without using good judgement concerning who we help. Separating wheat from chaff, the useful from impractical or nonsensical. Separating the info wars from the disinfo wars. Seeing the interplay between the parts and the whole, focusing and honing in on the critical parts. Attention to detail. Exacting standards. Efficient, effective, streamlined.


If you think about it, a lot of what is wrong on the planet now can be traced back to simple sloppiness, carelessness, lowering of standards in some form or other. The North Node in Virgo will look to tighten up the reins. Time to pick up the slack!  Get our personal and collective shit together, or else.


Virgo is the sign most closely associated with health, but with the broad, far reaching goals of the North Node we are not only looking at health from a personal, individual place (although it will play a pivotal role.) We are looking for holistic health. All parts must be healthy. The South Node along with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces knows intuitively that if one person, place, current model, status quo is sick, then the whole is sick. One hurt, one hunger, one despair, one raw anger affects us all. Pisces makes no such distinctions. Virgo is the pro troubleshooter needed to find the fixes and solutions.


Really ask yourself and others (especially our “leaders”): What is the reason for so much unhealthy dis-ease at this point in time? Many, many solutions have already been found, many questions answered; even more in the works. We could all have a very different quality of life right now across the board if these fixes had been put in place along the way. As it is, so many great ideas remain completely, woefully underutilized, if they’re even utilized at all.


Most people are aware of a least a certain amount of the reasons why holistic health -physical, mental, spiritual, enviromental, political; you name it, it all matters- is being attacked. Not many have the excuse of ignorance anymore, not in the dawning of the Age of Aquarius when many  millenia worth of information is available to anyone with Internet access. Not everyone is as up to speed on the current status of the collective as they should be, but that is changing as conditions continue to deteriorate and people see the culmination of the end-of-Piscean-era wisdom: if it affects one, it affects all, eventually. Dominoes. Along with the sloppiness and slacking off, many issues can be attributed to things like apathy, turning a blind eye, shirking our responsibility, even feeling overwhelmed or like nothing we do matters. These things are the negative side of Pisces energy (the South Node enhances the negative traits of each sign) and unfortunately this will be on the rise as the South Node enters Pisces for the next year and a half.


Remember,  the South Node -whether in a natal chart or a mundane transit such as outlined here- forms a solid base but gets us into a lot of trouble if we spend more time than necessary there. The temptation to stay in the drifting, unfocused waters of the Pisces South Node will be quite strong, as Neptune and Chiron already in Pisces will tip the scales in the South Nodes favor. You will see this play out on the smaller, everyday, individual level but also just as much in global arenas. The temptation will be to avoid issues rather than face them head on, hoping that kicking the can down the road will allow problems to resolve on their own. Or, even worse, in the hopes that someone will step in and do the job. Waiting for a hero or guru or shiny leader to step in at the last moment and save the day. Avoiding issues can be the result of general apathy and/or fatigue, worldweariness, but also good old escapism in all its various forms.


Most think of escapism in hedonistic terms: sex, drugs, booze, gambling, and so on. But anything really can be used in their place. Escapism can take the form of over sleeping and, alternately, overworking. The North Node in Virgo will place a heavy emphasis on work and getting things done, but ironically with the South Node in Pisces work can become an excuse to ignore other priorities that need our attention just as much, if not more. Daydreaming is harmless in small doses and can, of course, be very relaxing and refreshing but can also be a big time waste if left unchecked. More intimately, limerence can be an issue. In the Aquarian Age technology and the Internet are also potential escapism routes. Nothing wrong with a little silly fun online now and then, but know when to turn it off. Are you really enriching your life and the lives of others by watching cat videos or posting memes and reading petty gossip on Facebook, or are you avoiding reality? Even though the Internet is best utilized as an educational tool, here too it is necessary to be careful of where you are getting the information from, as the Pisces South Node can leave us vulnerable to taking on other people’s confusions and even outright lies.


The positive qualities of the South Node in Pisces are not to be completely ignored: the deep empathy, the psychic sensitivity, the ability to dream and envision better worlds, better ways. But, these are nothing more than jumping off points. Things will need to be tested for efficacy in the real world, and discarded without fanfare or emotion if they do not live up to their promise. In everything we do, on every level, things must work, plain and simple. They must be healthy and produce results.


Virgo is a sign that can be quite critical, overly analytical, picky, even downright persnickety. With the North Node here, however, not only are these traits beneficial, they’re crucial. Our food and water, our agriculture isn’t clean. Our politicians and leaders and top businessmans hands aren’t clean. (Ok, not that they ever really are, but some things are just out of control at the moment.) The health care and pharmaceutical industries are only making us sicker, outright trampling on the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. Animals are dying en masse from “mysterious” causes that do not seem to be a high priority to investigate.


There has never been a time in human history when things were really all that great, but that’s still no reason to accept how bad things are now, especially when we’ve never before had so much at our disposal to turn things around. Many things need and deserve to be harshly judged, criticized, and picked apart.


The North Node in Virgo gets considerable boosts from the lunar cycles and the personal planets as they pass through the sign over the course of this transit; a noticeably positive boost will be during January and June of 2016, when the North Node will be in close conjunction to Jupiter in Virgo. Those of you who have personal placements in Virgo will see a conjunction from the North Node at some point along the way (look at the degree of Virgo the placement is to time it.) Everyone has Virgo somewhere in their chart and will feel the effects of the transiting North Node wherever Virgo falls in your chart. This will be a source to write your own personal manifesto from for the next year and a half.


Jupiter in Virgo August 11, 2015-September 9, 2016: Good Things Come To Those Who Hustle

The time to make hay while the sun is shining (or, is it make haste while the sun is shining? I can never keep it straight) arrives as the greater benefic Jupiter leaves the sign of flamboyant self-expression, Leo, and enters Virgo, the sign charged with refining our self-expression to give it form and everyday practicality. Jupiter enters Virgo the morning of Tuesday, August 11, 2015 and will remain in the sign of the Virgin until Friday, September 9, 2016.


The shift from the more forceful sign of Leo to the more subtle sign of Virgo won’t seem all that major at first. For a while, it may even feel as though something was lost. Jupiter likes to do things in a big way, looking for opportunities for growth in whatever it touches. It liked the sunny weather of Leo, opening hearts, minds and turning on the creative flow. The move into Virgo might at first seem lackluster by comparison. Not nearly as much sparkle and shine, certainly not as much drama. (Yeah, the drama was wearing at times, but you can’t say it was boring…) As we begin to watch Jupiter in Virgo in action, however, we will begin to notice that what is actually happening is that the appreciation for who we are and for our individual unique talents that was brought to us by Jupiter in Leo finds translation into something we can make useful with Jupiter in Virgo. Seeds planted over the past 12 months or so will begin to bear fruit. The big ideas we dreamed up in creative bursts can be tested out in real time and put to work. Individual talents become skills that we can hustle and market. With so many other astrological influences creating disruption in our daily lives, Jupiter in Virgo will not only help to bring some order out of the chaos but make it seem easier than it has been. Our day-to-day lives may not be ideal, but opportunities to improve and build steps into something better will be there for the taking.


Especially, look for opportunities to improve your work environment and demands from your job. Jupiter is not the fairy godmother waving a magic wand that it is sometimes made to look like; there are never any promises or guarantees of anything with Jupiter. But Jupiter does pave a smoother path, and in Virgo there should be less friction when looking to improve job related issues than at other times. If you have skill sets that are not being employed, recognized or fairly compensated, you can find ways to change that. Jupiter in Virgo is the right time to pursue certifications related to your employment field and/or enroll in on the job training. Master something. Increasing your understanding of your field will pay off. Virgo understands well the expression “God is in the details”, and with Jupiter in Virgo it is those details that will set you apart and give you an extra advantage.


Generally speaking, Jupiter in Virgo might be the right time to ask for a promotion or change in job routine or duties, but you will still have to prove you are capable. Even if you do not like or enjoy your current job or your boss/coworkers, you can still find some small nuggets of useful, pertinent information through your work environment. Keep a sharp lookout, your lucky breaks in moving ahead may come via the people and places you’re trying to move away from.


People in flexible or creative fields shouldn’t lose the steam they found with Jupiter in Leo; rather, Jupiter in Virgo is the time to edit those creative ideas and give them shape. Creative endeavors will likely have to be reworked (and then reworked some more) before they can take off. The upside to Jupiter in Virgo here is that inspiration will less likely to come in passionate bursts and instead come regularly from everyday life and regular exchanges. Look no further than your own life for fresh ideas.


Virgo is the sign most closely linked to health, and especially the link between our health and our jobs and environment. More freedom and flexibility in your job can improve your health if it is suffering. A lot of people are forced into soul-sucking jobs out of basic necessity, and of course with the current job climate there is less “wiggle room” to change career paths altogether. You can still find opportunity to make the daily grind less toxic to your mind and body. Details again are crucial, so little steps taken to reduce stress will go a long way. Jupiter doesn’t do moderation, so while Jupiter in Virgo presents opportunities to improve your hustle on the job front, too much will take its toll physically. Burning the candle at both ends will burn you out, eventually.


Probably the best use of Jupiter in Virgo is to become educated on health matters. Unfortunately, the benefits of this transit will not help the health insurance fiasco here in the U.S. and may actually exacerbate it (very brief synopsis here). But, Jupiter always finds a silver lining somewhere. One upswing to the healthcare clusterfuck (sorry, no other word for it!)  is the growing and renewed interest in alternative, natural, and non-mainstream/non-prescription medicine, as well as growing concern about the effects of mass produced and mostly artificial foods. Contrary to what Big Pharma would like you to believe, and what mainstream medicine teaches, not every health condition is incurable and/or requires presciption pills to manage. Finding alternatives to treat illness is not only healthier more often than not, but in the long run is also cheaper. (Yes, you pay more out of pocket, but compared to the doctor bills, deductibles etc…)


Not everything marketed as  natural, healthy, organic, or alternative really is either, or is as effective as claimed, and that goes for mainstream and non-mainstream practices alike. Dietary fads from all disciplines are especially rife with incorrect and detrimental information. People can be easily misled into eating habits that our bodies would not naturally choose, and genuinely healthy habits are made to seem radical.  (Really, what is “organic” food? Its food grown and consumed the way it always has been, as it was meant to be, sold as something that is now somehow special and that comes with an unaffordable price tag…) Education (Jupiter) on health issues should be used to discern (Virgo) the best approach. Less is more with Virgo, and many are finding that simply eliminating certain controllable health triggers is all that is needed. Try going GMO- free, soy-free, corn and HFCS free, preservatives and additives free, and watch a little magic happen. Jupiter will again make the process a little easier and cheaper than you’d think. Expanding your knowledge of current mainstream healthcare issues, political issues involving food and water (make no mistake, food and water are hugely political), Big Pharma/Big Agra (often working in tandem), and advances in our understanding of how our bodies respond to our diets and environments can only lead to beneficial changes in habits and behavior.


While Virgo says less is more, Jupiter says more is more, so pay attention to whether what you think you are doing to improve your health really is. There’s danger here in going overboard with diet and/or exercise changes. There is also a susceptibility to being gullible and falling for bad health advice. If it seems too good to be true, it might very well be.


Jupiter is always a kind of “ace in the hole”. This has always been the case, but it is probably more important to remember that part when the more brutal cosmic forces dominate. Look to where Jupiter is transiting in your chart to see where you can milk any potential for all its worth. The part of your chart being touched by Jupiter in Virgo will give you an idea of how you can benefit (Jupiter) from organization and refinement of your services and energy (Virgo).


People who have planets in Virgo in their natal charts (birth charts) will definitely get a big boost and should be on the lookout for beneficial- though still subtle -changes. Many Virgo Sun folks will experience a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in their solar returns (a predictive chart cast every birthday, lasting until the next birthday.) People with Virgo risings/ascendants should watch out for the time period when Jupiter crosses over the ascendant and into the first house; new opportunities will be more obvious and will probably be a result of receiving or seeking out attention from others. People with natal Jupiter in Virgo will of course experience their Jupiter Return; completing one major cycle of expansion and growth and beginning a new one afresh. People with other Virgo placements should look to the planet and house involved to determine when and where extra luck and good times will present itself.


The North Node-the point astrologers look to to determine ultimate goals and ideals and highest potential- leaves Libra and enters Virgo on the anaretic 29th degree November 12th, and will be in conjunction with Jupiter for much of January and June 2016. This will not only bring some extra relief for Virgo types, but will strengthen Jupiter’s effectiveness wherever it is traveling in everyone’s chart. If Jupiter in Virgo suggests a change in paths in your life, the Jupiter-NN conjunctions should make the path clearer.


Jupiter in Virgo will make three exact trines (harmonious aspect) to power player Pluto in Capricorn; in October 2015, March 2016 and June 2016. If bigger changes in your day-to-day life are needed, the Jupiter-Pluto trines are the times to pull them off. Jupiter in Virgo also makes three exact oppositions to “Wounded Healer” Chiron in sensitive Pisces; in November 2015, February 2016 and August 2016. Emotional and physical health glitches will be more apt to come to a head around these times while simultaneously showing better ways of handling them. Not particularly comfortable, but definitely improvable.


The times when Jupiter aspects Mercury will be ripe with useful information; when aspecting Venus look for chances to change love and money issues. The Venus-Jupiter aspects are also signs of a good time happening somewhere! Jupiter aspecting Mars will require action is taken to grow and build on the themes highlighted by Jupiter in Virgo; we need to walk the walk, not just talk and nitpick and over think and over criticize… Jupiter in Virgo aspecting the Saturn in Sagittarius-Neptune in Pisces square can get weird and tricky to navigate; decisions will be harder to make, clear thinking not at its best. It will be hard to decide if the best course of action is to expand or cut back, whether to do things your own way or follow the status quo. The more negative realities of our work and income will also be more likely to manifest during Jupiter-Saturn aspects, though in typical Jupiter fashion even bottoming out can be a breakthrough.


So, here are the dates most critical to the transit of Jupiter through Virgo. Dates given are the dates when the aspects are exact (the energy at its peak); the influence will be felt roughly several days before and after it reaches the exact point, however. All times are given in Central Standard Time:


– Wednesday August 11, 2015 Jupiter enters Virgo at 6:11 A.M.

– Wednesday August 26, 2015 Sun conjuncts Jupiter at 3 degrees Virgo 5:02 P.M.

– Saturday August 29, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Full Moon in Pisces

– Thursday September 17, 2015 Jupiter at 7 degrees Virgo opposes Neptune at 7 degrees Pisces, 1:54 A.M.

– Sunday October 11, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn at 13 degrees, 6:50 P.M.

– Saturday October 17, 2015 Mars conjuncts Jupiter at 14 degrees Virgo, 5:40 P.M.

– Sunday October 25, 2015 Venus conjuncts Jupiter at 15 degrees Virgo, 3:03 P.M.

– Tuesday November 3, 2015 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 17 degrees, 3:57 P.M.

– Friday November 13, 2015 Mercury in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 18 degrees, 12:18 P.M.

– Friday December 4, 2015 Mercury in Sagittarius squares Jupiter in Virgo at 21 degrees, 6:53 A.M.

– Monday December 14, 2015 Sun in Sagittarius squares Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 9:02 A.M.

– Thursday December 24, 2015 Venus in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 4:03 A.M.

– Friday December 25, 2015 Mercury in Capricorn trines Jupiter in Virgo at 22 degrees, 2:19 P.M.

– Thursday January 7, 2016 Jupiter stations retrograde at 23 degrees Virgo, 10:40 P.M.

– Wednesday January 13, 2016 Sun in Capricorn trines Jupiter retrograde in Virgo at 23 degrees, 4:49 P.M.

– Sunday January 17, 2016 Venus in Sagittarius squares Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 23 degrees, 11:10 P.M.

– Saturday January 23, 2016 Jupiter Rx conjuncts the North Node at 22 degrees Virgo (this conjunction is in orb from January 8-February 14, 2016), exact at 4:49 A.M.

– Saturday February 6, 2016 Mercury in Capricorn trines Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 12:45 P.M.

– Wednesday February 10, 2016 Venus in Capricorn trines Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 1:54 A.M.

– Saturday February 13, 2016 Mars in Scorpio sextiles Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 21 degrees, 4:59 P.M.

– Tuesday March 8, 2016 Jupiter Rx at 18 degrees Virgo opposes the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces

– Tuesday March 15, 2016 Mercury in Pisces opposes Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 17 degrees, 4:42 A.M.

– Wednesday March 23, 2016 Jupiter Rx in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius at 16 degrees, 5:15 A.M.

– Friday March 25, 2016 Venus in Pisces opposes Jupiter Rx in Virgo at 16 degrees, 6:58 A.M.

– Monday May 9, 2016 Jupiter stations direct at 13 degrees Virgo, 7:14 A.M.

– Thursday May 26, 2016 Jupiter direct in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius at 13 degrees, 7:28 A.M.

– Saturday June 4, 2016 Sun/Venus conjunction in Gemini squares Jupiter in Virgo at 14 degrees, 7:49 P.M.

– Wednesday June 22, 2016 Mercury in Gemini squares Jupiter in Virgo at 16 degrees, 5:59 P.M.

– Friday June 24, 2016 Jupiter again conjuncts the North Node exact in Virgo (in orb from June 17-30), 0:40 A.M.

– Sunday June 26, 2016 Jupiter in Virgo trines Pluto retrograde in Capricorn at 16 degrees, 7:30 A.M.

– Friday July 8, 2016 Mercury in Cancer sextiles Jupiter in Virgo at 18 degrees, 4:05 A.M.

– Friday August 12, 2016 Jupiter in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 24 degrees, 7:00 P.M.

– Monday August 22, 2016 Mercury conjuncts Jupiter at 26 Virgo, 4:05 A.M.

– Saturday August 27, 2016 Venus conjuncts Jupiter at 27 Virgo, 5:29 P.M.

– Friday September 2, 2016 Mercury conjuncts Jupiter at 26 Virgo, 12:18 P.M.

– Friday September 9, 2016 Jupiter leaves Virgo and enters Libra 6:18 A.M.


Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Sagittarius June 2, 2015

Go ahead and get excited for the shiny happy Full Moon at 11 degrees Sagittarius on Tuesday, June 2 at 11:19 A.M. CST. The Full Moon (also known as the Strawberry Moon) will oppose Mercury retrograde at 7 degrees Gemini and Mars at 15 Gemini; square Neptune at 9 Pisces and Chiron at 21 Pisces; and form magnificent trines to Jupiter at 16 Leo and Uranus at 19 Aries. Shame this happens in the middle of a Tuesday, rather than on a Saturday night… but, who couldn’t use a bit of a party atmosphere during the work week as well?

The strong aspects make this particular Full Moon a rather quirky and vague one, but Sagittarius Full Moons are always an emotional adventure. Emotions can become a complicated mix of contradictory feelings and responses. Emotional growth happens here via the process of eliminating barriers of expression, experience and fulfillment. As Sagittarius is the sign most closely associated with beliefs, this Full Moon is a great time to examine your personal philosophies and see how they are serving you in actuality. Ideas and practices that are hurting you in daily situations will come to light. Other personal principles will be tested in ways to ensure they are still right for you. The need to reevaluate beliefs now is really quite crucial with Saturn currently retrograde on the very first degree of Sagittarius (and conjunct the Moon in Sagittarius on Monday, June 1, ahead of the Full Moon), soon to be returning to the final degrees of Scorpio for much of the remainder of the summer. Throwing away things you’re clinging to but that aren’t working effectively will be much easier now than when we’re back in Saturn in Scorpio territory, when changes will be less within our control.  The oppositions to the Sun, Mercury retrograde and Mars in Gemini means these issues can be brought up by talking it out with other people.

And people are certainly gonna blab under this Sagittarius Full Moon! There are stories to be told and experiences to be shared. Some will be tall tales or even outright bullshit, but even liars have their own truth sometimes and its truth that we’re ultimately looking for now. Seemingly far-fetched tales can be parables that nuggets of knowledge can be gleaned from. Even well intentioned and honest communications can take on a life all their own. Once people’s mouths get going, it will be hard to rein in the inherent chattiness. Just go ahead and say whatever is on your mind, and allow others to do the same. Keep in mind that perspective and factuality will be distorted, though.

Distortion is really one of the only problems in an otherwise upbeat day. There is a real possibility of overextending yourself or overdoing something in some way. Making promises or commitments you can’t keep at a later time is likely. People can get so caught up in a certain mood and not anticipate the consequences of what will happen once the infectious mood has passed. On the other hand, with enough caution this optimism can turn into some lucky breaks. Sagittarius and its ruling planet Jupiter are associated with luck, speculation and gambling. Seeing as the Full Moon in Sagittarius trines Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries, calculated risks can definitely pay off. Not major life changing lottery-winning type lucky breaks, but more reasonable ones that improve your current life situation in some way. The opposition to the three bodies in Gemini suggests again that communication and information searching will be a necessary component.

Travel of any and all kinds can be beneficial and exciting, even if it is just mental travel. (Actual physical travel will be much more rewarding, though! Especially if it gets you out of enclosed spaces for a while.) If you get the urge to say “to hell with it all!” and go off routine and off the beaten path, by all means do it and don’t feel guilty. Life needs random excitement if it is to keep from stagnating. Going places you don’t usually go, around people outside of your usual clique, is a natural and fun way to test your old beliefs and ideas and try some new ones on for size. So maybe there’s a purpose to having this dynamic Full Moon in Sagittarius fall on a typically dull workday after all? Roll the dice!

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Scorpio May 3, 2015

A darkly sexy, noir Full Moon at the 13th degree of Scorpio- near the end of the Via Combusta or “burning path”-  takes place Sunday, May 3 at 10:42 P.M. CST. (For some, it will take place in the wee hours of May 4, depending on your time zone.) This is the second Full Moon since the equinox of March 20, sometimes referred to as a Flower Moon or Milk Moon. A Scorpio Moon is a subtly intense energy that people tend to either love or loathe; I personally look forward to Scorpio Moon phases -and Scorpio Full and New Moons in particular- and know a contingent of readers of this site do as well. Regardless of how well this vibe meshes with you, lots of important processes will be at work and it would be wise to pay attention.

Scorpio Full Moons always have a “big” energy to them, even more so for this one. It will be squaring a Juno-Jupiter conjunction at 11 and 13 degrees Leo, respectively; trine to Neptune at 9 Pisces and Chiron at 20 Pisces; and sextile Scorpio’s natural ruler Pluto at 15 Capricorn. So yeah, this isn’t going unnoticed. A lot of focus will be on our own psychology: the healthy or unhealthy ways we emotionally process love and hurt, how well we can control our emotional responses to external stimuli and crises. A lot of changes- whether internal, external, or both- have occurred so far this year; the Full Moon in Scorpio seeks to examine if we are responding in ways that are helping or hurting us.

Skeletons in the closet and ghosts from the past -metaphoric or literal- will be coming out to play. Things you thought had been buried will resurface. Some will experience heightened anxiety, phobias, and paranoia; be very careful not to read something into a situation that isn’t there. Others will feel a heightening instead of their Scorpy spidey senses and can read people and situations for what they truly are without giving their own power away. Cutting through layers to get to the underlying source is a Scorpio specialty.

Regardless of how this affects people individually, ultimately the goal of this Full Moon in Scorpio is soul cleansing and healing, catharsis, and the giving or receiving of counseling through emotional intimacy. It is telling that this Full Moon squares Juno, an asteroid generally associated with soul mates. The purging process isn’t always one we can achieve on our own; Scorpio knows this and is the reason it so often seeks the energetic connection of others operating on the same level. People will be looking for soulful connections at the time of this Full Moon, even when they cannot articulate their motive for doing so: seeking out the frictional alchemy required for personal growth. Intimacy of some fashion is a must, even if it is out of familiar comfort zones.

Since Juno and Jupiter are conjunct in Leo, the dark, hard square from the Scorpio Full Moon suggests the soul purging process can be incredibly creative, even inspiring. Artists of all stripes will certainly feel inspiration; even those who lack artistic skill can find incredible release through the arts and music. There is something perversely funny about all of this, so no reason not to throw a party in spite of the heavy mood…

Nocturnal life will be bursting with this energy, so here again is a Moon that will create sleep disturbances, insomnia in particular. Those lucky enough to fall asleep will experience intense and strange cinematic dreams that linger for some time after.

The house of your natal chart that this Full Moon Scorpio falls in will, as always, receive the most focus. You may also receive clues as to how Saturn’s retrograde through Scorpio this summer will treat you. You may see or know more than you want during this Full Moon, but it is important not to look away. Trust that you are better off knowing than not knowing.

Real Time Astrology: April 1 – 11, 2015

A whole lot of snap, crackle and pop will be in the air at the first half of April. Whether you find this influence exciting and energizing or nerve straining depends on your individual personality. Either way, this brief time emphasizes specific key elements that hold very specific potential, whether we find utilizing this energy fun or not.

The turning point arrived Monday, March 30 as Mercury entered Aries at 8:44 P.M. CST, where it will remain until April 14. Mercury has had a rough ride so far this year; it contributed to the mental and emotional heaviness at the turn of the new year, suffered through a more unpleasant than usual retrograde in January and February, spend a little too long in cool, cerebral Aquarius, and messed with our sensitivity, our sleep/dreams and our everyday effectiveness in Pisces. With Mercury in Aries, we finally get our minds back to firing on all cylinders. All forms of communications will pick up speed with this transit, and we will feel for once we can cope with it. Aries is cardinal fire, excelling at taking initiative and control as well as providing the extra guts to keep us from shying away. This is a great time to start the conversations you have been mulling over but never got around to. Mercury in Aries will receive a lot of support in this endeavor, from a trine to Saturn Rx in Sagittarius April 2, a trine to Jupiter stationing direct in Leo April 6, a conjunction to Uranus in Aries- still in square to Pluto in Capricorn – April 8, and a conjunction to the Sun in Aries April 9. Even the square between Mercury in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on April 7 can be used effectively to obtain knowledge that may have been latent recently.

Another boost will be jolly lucky giant Jupiter turning direct in the shiny happy sign Leo at 12 degrees on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:57 A.M. Jupiter has been retrograde in the sign since December 8, 2014, and has kept in check – to a certain degree- our personalities, our ability to make big strides and even our good humor. We will feel much more free to express our creativity and dreams again as Jupiter turns direct. The house of your natal chart that Jupiter stations direct in is where you can look to take calculated risks or seek out opportunity.

Venus will stay in earthy, stable Taurus until Saturday, April 11, continuing the feel-good focus on love, money and sensual delights and will underscore the good vibes brought on by Jupiter turning direct in flashy and fun Leo. Mars joined Venus by moving into  Taurus on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:26 A.M. CST where it will stay until May 11. Mars loves love, money and the good life as much as Venus in Taurus does, but Mars isn’t content to sit back and enjoy the show. Mars is the planet of energy, drive and fight; in Taurus, we fight for what we feel we’re entitled to. We fight for what we’ve worked hard and long to achieve and don’t take kindly to others reaping our profits. Taurus isn’t only about money, but about the personal value relationship to money. Mars in Taurus is a time to assert your worth: at work, at home, in love or in the world at large. Mars in Taurus needs to see a return on its investments. Anything less than what you deserve-assuming you really, truly deserve it!- is no longer worth investing yourself in.

Making sure that we are valued for our contributions and for being exactly who we are, and being unafraid to initiate change if our value isn’t appreciated or reciprocated, is the essence of the first half of April. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in cardinal air, Venus ruled Libra (read it here) will dominate, doing the unpleasant but incredibly necessary job of bringing into full view just how fairly we are being treated. If you’re in denial about your standing in any relationship as being anything less than equal and respected (or, if you’re the source of these problems) the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Libra, and the first half of April in general, may be a rough ride. However, if you’ve been aware that your worth hasn’t been given the credit it deserves then this brief period may provide the information and gumption to write a new narrative.

With Mars in Taurus, the sign of its detriment, it is unlikely that success will happen as quickly as Sun/Mercury/Uranus in Aries and Jupiter direct in Leo would like. Mars in Taurus moves along at its own pace, no faster or slower. This will no doubt be exasperating and tiring for the people who suddenly feel like moving mountains. Taurus is a sign that is very much in tune to the organic timing of nature; it marches along happily to the beat of the seasons and the life cycle but will not cooperate smoothly with anything it feels to be unnatural or out of step. Frustrations can arise from this but are not necessary. It is better to sync with this rhythm than try to go against the grain.

Regardless of how this affects you, energy well spent now will bear fruit, if for no other reason than the seeds were planted.

Real Time Astrology: March 1 – 16, 2015

Feeling the tremors of barely contained seismic activity yet? March packs a whole hell of a lot of heat into such a small time frame. Nearly every day of the month brings to a head the frictional power of one transit or another. All four elements- fire, earth, air and water- are under intense pressure to perform at their highest potential. Not the time to expect to relax, OK? Even if you feel nothing but optimism, a lot will still be asked of all of us.

First off, the dates and transits (times given are Central Standard Time):

– Sunday, March 1: Mercury @ 14 Aquarius sextiles Uranus @ 14 Aries, exact at 9:55 A.M. and opposes Jupiter Rx @ 14 Leo, exact at 3:15 P.M. Venus @ 10 Aries opposes the North Node in Libra/South Node in Aries @ 10 degrees

-Tuesday March 3 Jupiter Rx in Leo trines Uranus in Aries @ 10 degrees, exact at 6:25 A.M.

-Wednesday March 4 Venus @ 14 Aries will trine Jupiter @ 14 Leo, exact at 9:14 A.M.; conjuncts Uranus @ 14 Aries, exact at 12:46 P.M.; and square Pluto @ 15 Capricorn, exact at 9:17 P.M.

-Thursday March 5 Full Moon @ 14 Virgo, exact at 12:05 P.M.

– Saturday March 7 Moon in Libra conjunct Libra NN/Aries SN; Sun in Pisces conjuncts Chiron in Pisces @ 17 degrees, exact at 10:21 P.M.

– Sunday March 8 Moon in Libra opposes Uranus-Pluto square

– Tuesday March 10 Mars in Aries trines Jupiter in Leo @ 15 degrees, exact at 1:04 A.M.

– Wednesday March 11 Mars conjuncts Uranus @ 15 Aries, exact at 11:06 A.M.; squares Pluto @ 15 Capricorn exact at 5:41 P.M.

– Thursday March 12 Mercury enters Pisces at 10:52 P.M.

– Saturday March 14 Saturn retrogrades @ 4 Sagittarius at 9:02 A.M.

– Sunday March 15 Moon in Capricorn squares the Uranus-Pluto square exact at 4:21 A.M.; squares Mars in Aries at 8:56 A.M.

– Monday March 16 Mercury @ 5 Pisces squares Saturn Rx @ 4 Sagittarius. The final square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is exact @ 15 degrees at 9:53 P.M.

Hot damn!! That’s not even the rest of the month…

The last in the series of seven exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto Capricorn will, without a doubt, be the most dominating factor. The psychosphere will be drenched in this. A feeling of a vice tightening that will only increase the closer we get to the exact square. The series of squares has been engaging in epic cosmic warfare these past few years – since June 2012- to reshape life as we know it, on personal and global levels alike, so you can bet your ass that this series will not end on a whimper. You cannot fight this energy. The best you can do is look for the path it is trying to forge for you, your family and community, your fellow human beings the world over, and use this energy to fight for you instead.

March is not without its pitfalls, but it isn’t without its opportunities, either. There is a Grand Fire Trine in effect from the final week in February until about the third week of March; consisting of Venus, Mars and Uranus in Aries, Jupiter retrograde in Leo, and Saturn in Sagittarius. Zoom zoom! There is certain optimism and warmth from this Grand Fire Trine, which will peak around the Jupiter-Uranus trine March 3. Creative potential abounds with this, provided you take advantage of it and do not allow the good times to make you feel too good and pass you by. Some “lucky” unexpected breaks may come from this, both large and small, but don’t expect this to happen without effort. More likely, the “luck” won’t be luck as much as it will be the ability to seize any opportunity that comes knocking.

The emphasis on Venus and Mars will keep the pot stirring in our personal lives, especially regarding money, love, sex, relationships, values, and new directions taken in these areas. Venus and Mars in Aries aspecting Jupiter in Leo and the Uranus-Pluto square represents a fresh breeze blowing through our lives, revitalizing our most vital energies and providing the vim and vigor to make the changes we want to see happen now in the aforementioned areas. Venus aspecting Jupiter and Uranus can bring unexpected news and developments in our romantic lives. Squaring off with Pluto, though, may also dredge up lovers or heartbreak from the past that we’d prefer to forget. New relationships and partnerships of every kind can form from this and will most likely be transformative in some way (though, not necessarily stable or long lived.)

Once Mars in Aries begins its aspects to Jupiter and the Uranus-Pluto square, optimism and warmth will overlap with sudden changes of direction, impatience, and arguments, and not necessarily for bad reasons. We will all be feeling excited and stimulated in the best and worst of ways, and there may be less time and energy to devote to tact and diplomacy. The theme here is breaking new ground, fighting for freedom and independence, throwing off shackles and being released from control via gaining our own control. As life speeds up it may be inevitable that some toes are stepped on in the process. Caution should be used as these energies heat up, as there is very real potential for danger and accidents.

A wrench gets thrown in our plans mid month as the Grand Fire Trine begins to break up; Mercury enters the sign of its detriment, Pisces;  and especially as Saturn slows to station retrograde. Saturn is the buzzkill of the party. As it begins its retrograde period at 4 degrees Sagittarius (until August 1, with a brief dip back into Scorpio mud and muck), our outlook may suddenly feel less sunny, more pessimistic as we are faced with the bare bone reality of our lives. As I’ve said in my previous articles, Saturn in Sagittarius wants to know better so that it can do better. As Saturn retrogrades, the “knowing better” part involves retracing the steps we’ve taken since Saturn first entered Sagittarius late December 2014 and seeing whether we really got off to the right start. We have to know that we have been building on solid ground. After so much distinct forward-looking energy, the Saturn retrograde can be a heavy crash for some. Especially after Mercury enters Pisces, and our mental and verbal functions and communications become a little fuzzy, a little murky and frustrating. It is important to remember that plans formulated with passion at the beginning of the month may lose steam or change shape at the middle of the month. This only means a second look, more sober and restrained, needs to be taken.

Expect the unexpected, and expect anything and everything. Plan for change as best you can, and be ready to shift gears if necessary.