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 https://astro.com 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!


Good News For Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn – Jupiter In Libra Will Be Smiling On You!


The cardinal signs have had it rough the past few years, owing largely to the square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. There’s a bit of relief on the horizon, though, as planet of luck and good fortune Jupiter moves into cardinal sign Libra on September 9th. This transit will last until October 2017, and anyone with planets or angles in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn will feel optimism and an urge to grow related to where Jupiter in Libra is transiting in your chart.


Obviously, those who have Libra in their birth charts will get the biggest kiss from Jupiter. Many Libra Sun folks will experience a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in their solar returns (a predictive chart cast every birthday, lasting until the next birthday); early degree Libra Sun’s will experience this conjunction in their solar returns in 2016, later degree Libra Sun’s will have this signature in their 2017 solar returns. People with Libra risings/ascendants -whether natal or progressed- 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 Libra will, of course, experience their Jupiter Return; completing one major cycle of expansion and growth and beginning a new one afresh. People with other Libra placements should look to the house involved to determine when and where extra luck and good times will present itself.


However, the other cardinal signs won’t be left out, either. Jupiter will be opposing Aries and squaring Cancer and Capricorn. I know these are supposedly “difficult” aspects. However, Jupiter is beneficial wherever it is, in whatever aspect. I actually don’t mind hard Jupiter aspects, they’re productive! The easy aspects often feel so easy that one is inclined to do nothing at all with their potential. Jupiter opposing or squaring Aries, Cancer and Capricorn is a transit that can bear fruit, even if it means you get a little kick in the butt to get you going.


Remember, though, that one caveat of Jupiter transits impacting your natal chart in a big way is the tendency to put on weight! This is especially true if Jupiter is hitting the natal ascendant, Sun, Moon, or Venus. Good times can lead to overeating, overdrinking, oversleeping…


Jupiter in Libra will also sextile those with natal planets or angles in Leo and Sagittarius, and trine natal Gemini and Aquarius. The sextile and trine are easy aspects, but aren’t particularly motivating or productive. They do point to either a reduction in stress or a peaceful feeling related to the areas of life in the natal chart that are impacted. The North Node moves into Leo May 10th, 2017, starting an auspicious cycle for Leo; Jupiter in Libra sextile the North Node in Leo late summer and early autumn 2017 is a particularly robust time period for Leo’s (especially those who have Leo in the mid to late degrees).


Even if you aren’t going to be feeling the effects of Jupiter’s transit of Libra in a big way, Jupiter is always our little ace in the hole and especially now that Jupiter is free of the sign of its detriment. You will still want to look to the house of your natal chart that Jupiter will be moving over to see where there’s potential for success that you can take advantage of!


If you need help finding where this transit of Jupiter in Libra will fall in your birth chart, read here for a simple how-to. I do astrology readings across a variety of needs and prices, check them out here!



The 3rd House And Depression (And Other Quirks)


Mental health issues -whether something we were born with a propensity for or aquired through our lives- come in a wide variety of flavors, each with different root causes and paths to healing. Mental health in astrology is equally varied, and can be attributed to many different combinations of planetary aspects, transits, and so on. Astrology is a fairly reliable tool in getting to the source of the problem and pointing out the deeper philosophical and spiritual reasons for why one is going through such an experience. It’s been interesting to me throughout my years of astrological observation that the relationship between the 3rd house and mental health, specifically depression, doesn’t seem to be as common knowledge as some of the other astrological influences. So, I thought I’d make a brief overview of the 3rd house, depression, and some of the different ways this plays out in real life.

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Happy Birthday, America (2016 Edition)


Last year, for my post on America’s solar return  (falling every year on Independence Day/4th of July) I talked a little about how, as a country, America is experiencing birthing pains and death gasps simultaneously. Both grow stronger in this new growth cycle of the 2016/2017 solar return.


This year, the 4th of July coincides with a powerful New Moon in Cancer. This New Moon will feature, of course, in the solar return of the United States:   [Read more…]

Short Snappy Superficial Astrology for Leo & Virgo Season

There is currently an emphasis on the signs of Leo and Virgo, an emphasis that will be sustained for the rest of the month and all of September. At the time of this post, the Sun, Venus, and Mars are in Leo with Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter will remain in Virgo for the next 12 months. The Sun will enter Virgo on Sunday, August 23. Mercury leaves Virgo and enters Libra on Thursday, August 27. Mars will stay in Leo for a while, entering Virgo on Thursday, September 24. Venus will remain in Leo until Thursday, October 8, with its retrograde period ending Sunday, September 6.


Putting the bigger picture of these influences on hold for a second and looking at it on a small, day to day scale, the Leo/Virgo influence is creating some focus on looking and feeling prettier and healthier. I’m sure many of you have noticed the sudden urge to get organized, clean our acts up, whether in yourself or others. Leo finds it important to keep up appearance and put our best foot forward. Yeah, its somewhat superficial, but our appearance is the first thing people notice about us and is part of how we are remembered. Leo wants us to look like we take pride in ourselves. Virgo wants us to look like we care about the details and don’t look like a sloppy mess. It is the sign most closely associated with health, and during this intertwining of Leo and Virgo vibes we see how improving our health and organizing our personal spaces reflects in our outer appearance, and vice versa.


Looks and health have been popping up in the conversations around me, so I thought I’d make a short snappy little list of random astro factoids on the two subjects, as well as some observations about the natal chart and the appearance. It is hardly a comprehensive list; I’m just jotting down stuff off the top of my head that might be useful or interesting right now so I’m sure I’ll add to it later…


  • The best time to start a diet regimen is when the Moon is in Virgo, especially if it is in the 3rd or 4th quarter Moon phase (the time between the Full Moon and the New Moon.) Virgo prefers to remove things rather than add them to improve health.
  • The best time to begin an exercise regimen is when the Moon is in Aries or Sagittarius
  • The worst times to begin diet and exercise regimens is when the Moon is in Taurus or Cancer. Comforts are highlighted by these Moons.
  • Transiting Jupiter aspecting your natal ascendant/rising, Moon, Venus or natal Jupiter makes you more prone to weight gain.
  • Leo season makes hair shed more than usual.
  •  If you want your hair to grow thicker, longer or faster, cut it during the 1st and 2nd quarters (the time between the New Moon and the Full Moon) and in the signs of Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra, and Pisces.
  • If you want your hair to grow slower or thin out a bit, cut it during the 3rd and 4th quarters and in the signs of Aries, Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn, and Aquarius.
  •  Avoid hair chemicals if the Sun, Moon, Mars, or Venus are badly aspected, especially if Saturn is involved.
  • Avoid haircuts, buying clothes, or changing your appearance if Chiron is active in your chart that day. It never goes too well with Chiron.
  • Transiting Venus aspecting your natal ascendant is the best time to change or improve your appearance, especially when Venus crosses over (conjuncts) your ascendant.
  • Very drastic, shocking physical transformations are more often a result of Scorpio or Pluto. This is most noticeable during the year you have Scorpio on the ascendant of the solar return.
  • Virgo, Scorpio and Capricorn are more likely than the other signs to cause health problems when on the ascendant of a solar return. Taurus and Leo on the SR ascendant usually indicates good health, or at least some kind of improvement.
  •  Saturn aspecting the ascendant in the natal chart usually makes a person look older when they are young, and younger than their age as they get older.
  • Neptune aspecting the ascendant is more prone than most for dark under eye circles.
  • Scorpio types often have an Eddie Munster/”widow’s peak” hairline at their forehead. Scorpio and/or Pluto aspecting the ascendant gives the look of shadowy or “hooded” eyes.
  •  When trying to get an accurate health diagnosis, avoid the Moon in the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Also avoid Moon Void-Of-Course (Moon VOC) in any sign.
  • Avoid surgery or dental work (if possible, of course!) when the Moon is Full or in Aries.
  • Venus aspecting Jupiter is equally as good for finding bargains as it is for going broke on splurges.
  • The best time to look for fashion bargains is when the Moon is in Sagittarius.
  •  Venus aspecting Neptune or a Pisces Moon makes personal photographs turn out softer and prettier.


I’ll keep updating this post (unless I just make another.) Also, you people with personal planets in Leo have funny ways of sneezing. Haven’t figured that one out yet…


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.


Happy Birthday America!

I mean that with total love and affection. I love my country and my country men and women. America is a Cancer Sun nation, the sign most closely associated with family, heritage, homeland and patriotism.  Our fundamental values are not by accident. Its a beautiful thing to celebrate, and a beautiful weekend to celebrate on. This is the first time in a few years that Independence Day falls on a Saturday, so that would spell out major party regardless of anything else. The astrology is quite pretty too. The Sun is joined in Cancer by Mars, adding another layer of comfort and excitement brought by the usual backyard barbecues and parties. Mercury in Gemini will be in harmonious trine aspect to the Moon in Aquarius July 3-4 and Moon in Pisces July 5, as well as trine to the wonderful saving grace Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo (breaking up but still in orb) and trine Uranus in Aries. Fire, water and air tied together so smoothly spells magic to me. Good times to be had, for sure.

Tension is percolating under the surface of the sparking water, of course. The Sun in Cancer will be in opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, an aspect that is being paralled in the transits to the birth chart of the United States, known as the Sibley chart. (Disclaimer: I know this isn’t the only chart used for the US and is a point of contention for some, but it is the chart I use and I think it holds up perfectly fine. So there’s that.) Have a look:

Sibley natal chart w/ transits

Sibley natal chart w/ transits

The opposition from transiting Pluto in Capricorn to the US’s natal Sun in Cancer was in effect last year and will be in effect for the rest of this year and takes us ever closer to the first Pluto Return for our country, exact in 2022 but the initial birthing pains and final death gasps associated are obviously in effect. (A “Return” is when a planet has travelled completely around a chart and returns to its original position. Pluto is a slow moving planet and so a Pluto Return takes approx. 248 years to complete and thus do not affect people individually. Yet, anyway…) The mundane Sun-Pluto opposition this first week of July will of course feature in our country’s new solar return July 4:

Sibley solar return chart July 4, 2015/2016

Sibley solar return chart July 4, 2015/2016

Notice the solar return Moon at 0 degrees Pisces. A lot of wishful thinking in this country over the next year, a lot of seeing and believing what we want and none of what we don’t. And at times, it will seem like things really are moving in the right direction. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo features in the solar return chart as well, in the 11th house of social causes. The recent decision by the Supreme Court on gay marriage epitomized this: expanding (Jupiter) the definition of love (Venus) to be more inclusive (11th). The subsequent celebrations were of course done Leo style. No doubt some other social causes will have their day in the sun this solar return cycle as well.

Unfortunately, the good times aren’t exactly how they seem. Yep, the current retrograde of Saturn in Scorpio is in the chart too, and it squares that nice fun Venus-Jupiter conjunction. The saying “For every thing gained, there is something lost” comes to mind with this. A lot of the truly heartbreaking, raw stories will be lost under the momentum of bigger and brighter ones. You better believe that anytime the shiny stories are trotted out in the news that there are some insidious ones being played down and we’re distracted from them. That may read as an overly suspicious thing to say but I stand behind it and believe it will hold up over time.

The news itself will continue to be a focal point, Mercury (communications) conjunct the SR Midheaven as it is. Mercury conjunct the MC is squared by Chiron in Pisces, showing that some rather painful deceptions will be spread via media and soundbites. Per usual, more of the same. Except the Pisces Moon at 0 degrees leaves us a little more vulnerable to buying in to some of the crap, more easily misled. Our ideals (Pisces) played upon.

Both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are in the SR 6th house, with the Pisces Moon right on the cusp; the house of service, everyday work and especially health. Unfortunately Neptune and Chiron here doesnt look great for the supposed “universal” health care quagmire America is in. I think issues over pharmaceuticals and medical marijuana will become more important. These placements are really just a reflection of how hurt and disillusioned so many already are with the job market and the hoops they have to jump through to secure adequate health care, if they can even secure it at all.

An overhaul (Pluto) of the way we view and support our elected leaders (Sun) will become inevitable as a result of this. Remember though that a lot of misleading or factually inaccurate information will be swimming around, so discretion and critical thinking should be used before emotional responses to broader national issues are acted upon. One thing that should be acted upon and responed to, however, is the continual hits to our fiscsal bottom line. We’re not getting off the hook easy with this one, all those fables of “economic recovery” be damned. America is a natal Pluto in Capricorn country, with Pluto residing in the second house of personal earnings and wealth, and of personal values. The broader mundane transit of Pluto in Capricorn will hit America harder as a result, as we draw closer to our Pluto Return in 2022 and Pluto dances right on the second house cusp. We’re also not too far away from Uranus -rebellion, shockwaves, topsy turvy surprises and upsets- entering Taurus for the first time in 2018, the sign of money, markets, banks and tangibles…

This is hardly an in-depth look at either chart, but I’ll leave it right there. I don’t want to dampen too much the spirit of Independence Day, as this July 4th really is a good time to live it up and be proud of who we are. Enjoying the good times when you can goes a long way towards sustaining you in the harder times. I’m really looking forward to this one. With Mercury so well aspected and with such a nice blend of three of the elements, it is also a ripe time to ask questions and start conversations without ruining the positive vibes. If you can, ask people from the older generations -particularly the Pluto in Cancer generation, we are losing them fast and need their insights the most- what they know about where our country has been and where we are headed. Ask people who have lived through bad times what they know about survival.