The North Node In Leo Manifesto

 

The sign of big hearts, big mouths and big hair emits a steady warmth from May 9th, 2017 through November 6th, 2018 as the North Node travels through the sign of Leo. Leo is a fixed sign, ruled by the Sun; the North Node shows where to travel to find our bliss. While in Virgo, the North Node taught us the importance of using discernment, discretion, critical thinking and attention to finer details in the face of doubt and uncertainty. Now, we’ve got some finely honed skills, we know how to use them and we’re not afraid to show it! [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: March 2017

 

March marches along (sorry) at a fairly ho-hum pace at first, picking up the tempo by months end. This is, of course, Pisces season, with Mercury in Pisces until March 13th and the Sun in Pisces until March 20th. The most notable of the events in March has already occurred by the time of this post (sorry!): Venus stationing retrograde at 13 degrees Aries on Saturday, March 4th. Venus will remain retrograde until April 15th and will remain retrograde in Aries for the rest of March. (Venus will retrograde into Pisces in April). Venus is in detriment in Aries, meaning it has to work harder here than in any other sign to express it’s true nature. This goes double when Venus is retrograde. The focus is the turning of values inwards and away from the values of society, our values as sovereign individuals becomes more important. Venus retrograde in Aries often shows the need to stand up, defend, or fight for the right to express individualistic values. This retrograde could very well be the end of many relationships and partnerships this month; of those that remain intact, there will have to be a newfound respect for the rights of the other to have their own values that may or may not match yours. The ability or lack thereof to allow differences can be the make or break of alliances. [Read more…]

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon In Cancer January 12th, 2017

 

The first lunation of 2017 starts with the Full Moon at 22 degrees Cancer on Thursday, January 12th (5:34 AM). As this is a Full Moon that occurs during the night for a majority of readers, please keep in mind we’ll feel the effects leading up to it the evening before. And we’ll definitely feel this one, with the Moon in the sign she resides. The Full Moon trines Mars at 18 degrees Pisces and Chiron at 21 degrees Pisces; harmonious watery aspects that emphasize the healing sensitivity potential. Mostly, though, the story here is the cardinal Grand Cross the Cancer Full Moon makes: squaring exact Jupiter at 22 degrees Libra, square Uranus at 20 degrees Aries and opposing Pluto at 17 degrees Capricorn.

 

The cardinal Grand Cross has multiple ways of playing out. Whether you find this stressful or exhilarating depends on how you handle the cardinal signs in general. For sure, it can be pushy, bossy, brash. Emotional turmoil and mood swings. It can also push people out of the dredge of the Pisces stellium active in January and get them moving in the right direction again. Cardinal signs initiate, and all four are bound up in this Full Moon. Many will feel emboldened to take on things they’d normally shy away from. If you find this Full Moon too much to handle, don’t assume everyone feels the way you do. Some will find it exciting in the best sense and won’t have much patience for people not moving at their speed.

 

Considering much of 2016 was dominated by a long lasting mutable T-square and on/off mutable Grand Cross, starting the 2017 lunar cycle with the Moon in domicile forming a cardinal Grand Cross shows an early rebalancing of energies to be played out in the year to come. We’re leaving behind the process of slowly adapting to new realities and now must act on them.

 

The aspects to Mars and Chiron in Pisces will definitely be lighting up our dream life, those of you who connect your dreams to the lunar cycles should pay attention here. Overall, while this Full Moon screams “go big or go home!” it’s actually one that most will find productive. Not necessarily easy, but fruitful. Protecting our emotional needs (Full Moon in Cancer) from the death grind of politics and business (Pluto in Capricorn); forming new and/or better alliances (Jupiter in Libra) while protecting and asserting our individuality (Uranus in Aries). The lunar cycles sensitize us to the larger transits affecting Earth as a whole and I fully expect this Cancer Full Moon to bring home movement from the big picture. Watch out for world events and especially financial/money news.

 

 

As always, look to the house of your natal chart that this Full Moon in Cancer and cardinal Grand Cross falls in for further information about how it will affect you personally. Read here for easy instructions if you don’t know how to find it.

 

 

Where Are We Going, America?

 

During times of uncertainty, clarity and perspective are the most crucial ingredients to a successful outcome, and yet typically those things are the most difficult to come by in those moments. Such is the case in America post Presidential election 2016. Regardless of how you view the outcome of it, we’re unmistakably in unknown territory; clarity and perspective regarding the bigger picture beyond a handful of recognizable names in the news is needed.

 

In the very short term, we have a Full Moon in Taurus opposing the Sun in Scorpio on November 14th asking us to balance roiling dramatic emotions with pragmatism and level headed thinking. Soon after, on November 19th Neptune stations direct at 9 degrees Pisces, conjunct the South Node in Pisces, and at the degree of the September 1st Virgo Solar Eclipse as well as the final of the three Saturn-Neptune squares. The Moon was in Pisces the night of the election, crossing over the South Node, Neptune, and Chiron in Pisces. Psychic overload was the result. (Well, one of many results.) Mars entered Aquarius on election night, moving into a mutual reception with Uranus retrograde in Aries which is tightly conjunct Eris. Piscean confusion competing with anarchic rage.

 

With these things in mind, during a time of shaky astrological weather it’s probably a good time to stop and recalibrate, reclaim our senses and point our compasses back in the right direction. To help with the clarification and recalibration process, let’s just run through where we are now, at this moment in time, taking things on one at a time. I’ve written before about everything that is happening now; not everything below is necessarily new but aggregating it into one narrative will hopefully provide focus. I’ve been asked if I’ll do a post-election writeup; my answer for the time being is no, because I’ve been writing about it in advance for a while now: [Read more…]

Update On The Nearing U.S. Presidential Election Day 2016

 

Well, fellow Americans, here we are bracing for what most people are calling the most important and simultaneously the most insane Presidential election of our lifetimes. The “October surprise” cliché turned into an entire month of surprises; too many in quick succession to fully assess any of them. However, there’s more than enough information available to understand that this election will also be the dirtiest we’ve seen so far, and based on how’s it’s gone so far there’s no doubt that there’s still plenty more dirt to come. Thank you Mercury in Scorpio for calling out bullshit wherever you see it; thank you Jupiter in Libra for justice coming from a higher court that says no one is above the law (okay, maybe above man-made laws, but not above laws of nature. Everyone’s judged the same in the end.)

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Real Time Astrology: November 2016

 

2016 has seen each month bring a different flavor, alternating between the sublime to the out of control. November rides the middle ground; not as upsetting as earlier in the year but definitely bumpier than the relative calm of October.  [Read more…]

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…]

Weirdo Book Reviews: The Book Of Retrogrades by John McCormick

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L: Cover of “The Book Of Retrogrades” by John McCormick. R: Photo by Nom Pourflickr.

 

“What does it mean if I have Mercury/Venus/Mars retrograde in my birth chart?” is a fairly common question among people trying to learn astrology. I’ve been asked to answer this question by several readers in the past, and since I aim to please I will oblige. Since Mercury is still retrograde in Virgo, I’ll stick with last month’s theme of killing two birds with one stone and also do a book review/recommendation: this time it’s John McCormick’s The Book Of Retrogrades.

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