Real Time Astrology: October 2016


October is not without its rough patches, of course, but by and large the space weather this month allows everyone to cool their engines and breathe easy. Mercury retrograde is over, eclipse season is over, the Saturn-Neptune square still around but waning. Cardinal T-square ahead for November and December, but not tight enough this month to create major problems yet. Mars is in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. Jupiter now getting some mojo back being in Libra.

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Real Time Astrology: New Moon In Libra September 30th-October 1st, 2016


The New Moon at 8 degrees Libra takes place on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 7:11 PM Central Standard Time. For those of you in later time zones, this of course means it will take place in the wee hours of Saturday, October 1st. Since it is the second New Moon of September, you’ll see it referred to as a “Black Moon”. The Libra Black New Moon will conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Libra. It will also sextile Saturn at 11 degrees Sagittarius and inconjunct/quincunx Neptune retrograde at 9 degrees Pisces, thus triggering the waning Saturn-Neptune squares. It will also square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn (2 and 14 degrees, respectively.)

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Real Time Astrology: September 2016


Imagine driving in the dark on a bad stretch of washed-out road and drunk drivers swerving around you. That’s a literal possibility this month, but also an apt description of the astrological weather. We’ll come out the other side of things just like we always do, but not without turbulence.

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Wanna Seduce Aries? Seduce Their Mars Sign First!

Vintage Laverda motorcycle postcard

Vintage Laverda motorcycle postcard


The question of how to appeal to Aries – the sign of high vitality and low attention span – was brought up recently in a consultation with a client. I felt it was worthy of its own explanation in a post. A lot of people read those by-the-numbers formulaic astrology instructions on how to seduce this or that Sun or rising sign, with mixed results. Probably the very last sign you’d want to try such an approach with is Aries. It’s a common mistake to think that Aquarius is the most individualistic sign of the zodiac; that title actually belongs to Aries. Arise is the first sign of the zodiac and as such identifies closely with its ego and desires much the same way as a child does: purely and instinctively and immediately. Aries likes to think of itself as being as unique as a single snowflake (regardless of how true that might actually be), so approaching them as if they can be neatly summarized, as if you already know something about them, is the very last thing any of them want.


A better attempt of understanding how the Aries ego and energy is expressed, and how to pique their curiosity enough to want to pursue/be pursued, is to look at their Mars sign. You may think that passion for everyone is shown by their Mars; that’s true, but more true for Aries. As the ruling planet of individualistic, independent Aries, Mars colors each Aries persons approach to romance and seduction. Looking at the sign and house that Mars is in as well as the aspects it makes in the Aries persons birth chart will provide you with a lot of information about what gets them excited. Not all Aries want to pursue or be pursued in aggressive, Mars-y ways; their love style may not be obvious and it’s better to find out what they really want than to assume.


A small basic sampling of Aries through their Mars sign:

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Quickie Observations Of Election Day – November 8th, 2016


With communication planet Mercury currently in its home sign Gemini, and as we are nearing my country’s Independence Day/birthday/solar return, I thought it a good idea to mull over what will be in the sky for Election Day, November 8th. Since the beginning of the mutable Grand Cross, none of the Presidential candidates have been come out unscathed, with Trump being continually disowned by members of his own party following the Gemini New Moon hitting him hard as I said it would, and Clinton and the DNC being named in the hacker leak that came out after Mercury went into Gemini, puporting a smear campaign against Trump. Dishonest politicians?! I know, I know, try not to faint from the shock.

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Put on your red shoes and dance the blues!

Friday and Saturday nights -November 28 & 29- were made for dancers. The Moon will be in Pisces both nights conjunct Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, with Pisces ruler Neptune strongly aspected by Sun, Venus and Mercury. This is also the last weekend energetic Mars will be in earthy Capricorn. (In a natal chart, any personal planets in water or earth signs is an indication of a love of dance, but more so if it is Mars.) There is also tremendous fire, with a Sagittarius stellium, Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Shake off whatever doldrums are still clinging on from the beginning of this month! This is a terrible weekend for practical undertakings, so go with the natural flow and lose yourself to beauty and inspiration when and where you can. If at all possible, find a dance floor to allow this magic to take place.

Real Time Astrology: November 6-14

We are currently in the midst of Scorpio season, moving into the Taurus Full Moon on Thursday and we are faced with tricky issues concerning values, money, resources, the relationships involving these, the bridges we’ve freshly burned and the foundations we are trying to build. After a relatively calm and restorative Taurus Full Moon, the tension will be  mounting as we head into potentially make-or-break transits this first half of November.

Currently we have the Sun, Venus and Saturn in Scorpio. Mercury will move into the sign Saturday, November 8th, two days after the Taurus Full Moon and scorching hot from travelling the Via Combusta. Our mental processes and communications will be geared towards processing the lessons we have learned from the new/full moons that took place along the Taurus/Scorpio axis. Mercury in Scorpio can handle the job. It approaches critical issues with a single minded focus on getting to the root. To do this, it is necessary to rid oneself of excessive mental chatter and overstimulation. Go with this flow, and turn off/tune out television, internet or any media bombarding you with dubious information and images that is not serving an important purpose in your life now. Mercury in Scorpio is a time to purge your intellect of the junk food quality conversations and hyped-up media debates. It is likely people will be more selective in who they talk to and what they divulge on an everyday basis, too; be careful of throwing your precious pearls to swine, as the quote goes. The more negative expression of Mercury in Scorpio is snarkiness; point out flaws in others to distract from a person’s own shortcomings and fears. Exchanging ideas at this time may be a one-way street and ultimately draining. But, Scorpio here has incredible bullshit detection abilities; listen to what it is telling you. Just walk away from any dialogue that isn’t completely healthy.

And, conserving your energy is a must. Mars is in the sign of its exaltation, Capricorn, the entire month of November. Our most vital and raw energies are being put into obtaining our long term goals, getting us where we want and need to be and steering us away from things that will hold us back. Capricorn is an ambitious, goal oriented sign that gets ahead by its own work ethic and hard earned authority. With action and drive planet Mars transiting this sign, we are not afraid to fight for what we’ve earned. We are aware of our own personal authority and, with the lessons we are learning from the Taurus/Scorpio themes of value, stepping on others ambitions and goals will be met with resistance.

Mars in Capricorn will conjunct Pluto in Capricorn Monday, November 10 and will square Uranus in Aries Wednesday, November 12, the same day money, value and relationship planet Venus will conjunct sober reality planet Saturn in Scorpio. The tough lessons we are facing and have been since the Scorpio New Moon eclipse will be laid bare and seen for what they are, for good or ill. (In Scorpio, likely an intense serving of both.) With Mars in Capricorn approaching a powerful conjunction with Pluto and a square to Uranus, tensions will be running very high as certain realities are driven home. If it is in your realm of possibilities to change this narrative, now would be the time to act. Mars-Pluto conjunct is a source of tremendous power. It is no exaggeration to call it a force to be reckoned with. As we approach its conjunction in Capricorn, there is potential to considerably harden our resolve and drive, or burn out in dramatic ways. The square to Uranus in Aries will bring a raw, erratic edge to the proceedings. Mars square Uranus fights hard for its freedom; with Capricorn and Aries involved, we are not afraid to show our own hard earned authority and question it in others. There is also an impetus with this that will create a strong reckless streak in people you wouldn’t necessarily expect it from. I personally have witnessed this, as within the course of a couple hours two different people and from two different jobs up and quit without giving notice. Their work was not valued and was not sustainable over a long term; once that truth was accepted in both cases there was swift action to transform where they invest their energies. It seems sudden and surprising on the surface, though really these issues had been going on for some time but were only now brought to a head. It is likely you will start seeing similar, if you haven’t already and it may very well be you who is shaking up the scene. I would expect more of this to come, though some will simply be acting out to release agitation they can’t name the cause of. If you’re a mild tempered person, you may surprise yourself at this time with how aggressive you feel, and how hard it may be to control. The assholes of the world certainly won’t be quiet… Both Mars-Pluto and Mars-Uranus have a reputation for violence and unexpected accidents, so considerable safety precautions should be taken until this energy wears off.