Real Time Astrology: October 2015

October gets off to a rather gnarly start, but unlike September the situation will not last. It is still a spicy month, for sure, but there are some truly lovely and beneficial aspects shaping up that the savvy and keen amongst you would be wise to take full advantage of.

First things first, we’re all a bit whiplashed [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…

 

Real Time Astrology: August 2015

Relatively speaking, August is a fairly benign month in contrast to the first half of the year and the final three months of 2015. I’ll just say it now, I do not like how September and October look. No one likes reading that we’re still in for some astrological intensity, and I don’t especially like writing it either, but that is the way it is for the rest of this year and for the next two years, actually. Growing pains. While not everything is peaches and cream this month, it does offer up many bright spots to be used to our advantage, and to restore and rejuvenate our beleaguered spirits.

First things first, Saturn turned direct in Scorpio on Sunday, August 2. It was not a comfortable feeling, but more and more we will be able to accurately take stock of where we currently stand, and of any gains or losses we may not have previously understood the scope of. Even if the news isn’t good, or as good as what we hoped for, clarity is always a beneficial thing to have.

Jupiter in late Leo moves into a sweet, sweet conjunction to Venus retrograde in Leo and both benefic bodies harshly square Saturn in Scorpio exact from August 3-5, though the orb will continue for some time after. This is quite a big deal; very weird and conflicting, with lots of potential yet with varying outcomes. A Jupiter-Venus conjunction is as sweet an astrological aspect as there is, more so this one in sunny, fun Leo. And yet, both Venus and Jupiter in square aspect to Saturn is austere, cold. People will feel good and want to live it up or celebrate in some way, yet Saturn in Scorpio will challenge us to keep it in check, to not let our fun and games get too much in the way of the hard work necessary now. Jupiter-Saturn is famous for not knowing where to push full steam ahead and where to cut back. Venus-Saturn is famous for creating financial upsets and losses, as well as cooling personal relationships. I wrote previously that I think on an individual level self-confidence will be an issue the first week of August. I also think keeping a close eye both on your personal finances and the global markets is a good idea. Overconfidence in such issues may abound as much as lack of confidence. Not the time for risks or gambles, though it will certainly be appealing! Money matters will be glitchy, yet are only hints of bigger shockwaves to come once August is over. I think we will be looking back at this Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo square Saturn in Scorpio for some time. It is rather complicated.

Still, its Leo season, and even the most curmudgeonly of us can find something to smile at.  In addition to the lovely Venus-Jupiter conjunction, Mars enters Leo on Saturday, August 8 at 6:32 P.M. CST. Mars was very stressed and crabby in Cancer in July. It is much happier when in fire signs, and will bring some needed rock and roll pizzazz. Venus retrograde in Leo makes a buzzing, dazzling trine to Uranus in Aries at 20 degrees on Wednesday, August 19, exact at 11:44 A.M. Expect random spontaneity of the good kind with this. Look especially for sudden money opportunities (probably small, OK?) and for opportunities to flirt. Feel free to hit on strangers if the fancy takes you. Also joining the party is the New Moon at 21 degrees Leo on Friday, August 14 (covered in depth here.), followed by a buoyant Sun-Jupiter conjunction at 22 degrees the next day. Even though Jupiter leaves Leo for Virgo on Tuesday, August 11 (read about it here) there is still enough Leo to go around. Fun, shiny, child like and a little silly, the Leo energy this first half of August will bring badly needed humor and remind us that there are still some good times to be had even when the going gets rough. And that’s when we need humor and fun the most. While confidence can be rocky the first week of August, we can find stronger self assurance and confidence boosters mid month.

Mercury will leave Leo and enter Virgo  on Friday, August 7 at 2:15 P.M. Central Standard Time. This shouldn’t dampen the party, though. Mercury has essential dignity in Virgo, the sign it rules. While it has a tendency to be a little nervous and high strung, Mercury in Virgo brings crisp efficiency to communication and thought processes. Mercury will only be in Virgo a short time, entering Libra on Thursday, August 27 at 10:44 A.M., so make the most of Mercury in Virgo while you can. Get your paperwork in order. Send the emails and make the phone calls you’ve been putting off until a better time. Mercury in Virgo is thoroughly analytical, and words and thoughts are better able to accomplish their goals with this influence. Mercury will conjunct Jupiter exact the day Mercury enters Virgo, blending big ideas with the smaller details necessary to pull it off. Mercury moves into an exact opposition to Neptune in Pisces at 8 degrees on Thursday, August 13. For a few days before and after communication go from smooth to very tricky and unclear. The Mercury in Virgo-Neptune in Pisces opposition will also heighten the nervous, anxious side of this Mercury placement. Conversations will not only be foggy but also agitated and nitpicking.

That should straighten out by the time Mercury trines Pluto in Capricorn on Saturday, August 15 at 2:55 P.M. This is a fantastic time to talk about serious matters without dropping too deep or getting too heavy. Whatever is stressing and worrying you can be aired and find useful feedback. Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces at 20 degrees on Thursday, August 20, exact at 4:44 A.M. CST. This time period may very well find the soulful sore spots that Mercury trine Pluto handled with care. Conversations and private inner dialogue alternates between sad and soothing. Mercury in Virgo opposing Chiron in Pisces will noticeably affect health and overall constitution, making people more prone to stress and immune related problems. Be gentle with yourself here! On Wednesday, August 26 Mercury in Virgo makes a nice sextile to Saturn in Scorpio at 28 degrees, exact at 11:07 A.M. I like this. Opportune time to assimilate the last minute Saturn in Scorpio themes, finding those final missing puzzle pieces needed to wrap up Saturn in Scorpio. The tension at the beginning of the month from Saturn stationing direct in Scorpio loses its grip with the sextile to Mercury. Easier to dissect and discuss and plan.

The Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo on Sunday, August 23 at 5:37 A.M. CST, joining Mercury and Jupiter in the sign. Great time to fix up your home or business affairs, and get your health, diet and body in better shape. Tie up as many loose ends as possible. The turbulence we’re in for again in September will offer less time and energy to get our acts together in our day to day lives. The month ends with an odd, eery Full Moon/Supermoon at 6 Pisces on Saturday, August 29 at 1:35 P.M. CST (covered here.) This Pisces Full Moon marks a shift into the choppy astrological happenings for the rest of the year. As much as you can in August, enjoy some sunlight, get outdoors, mingle and find laughter where you can.

UPDATE: I had quite a few people asking me today about breakups and divorces in their personal circles, and noticed that it coincided with several big-name celebrity (Leo theme) couples (so far: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale, Reba McEntire & Narvel Black stock, who were married for 26 years, the Nicki Minaj thing…) also calling it quits on their relationships. Even the search terms in my Stats included words like “divorce”, “marriage ending”,  etc. I did tell y’all way back in this article that not every relationship would survive this Venus retrograde period squaring Saturn in Scorpio, and that breakdowns, if there were to be any, would be happening about now. Saturn in Scorpio turning direct is getting the ball rolling, for better or worse. Only strong, healthy love can survive these transits!

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.

Real Time Astrology: Full Moon in Capricorn July 1, 2015

A funky, emotionally soupy mix this one will be… The Full Moon at 9 degrees Capricorn -the sign of the Moon’s fall- takes place on Wednesday, July 1 at 9:20 P.M. CST. There is nothing light or frivolous about a Capricorn Moon; less so with this one opposing Mars which is also in the sign of its fall in moody Cancer, squaring the Moon’s Nodes along the Aries/Libra axis, and closing in on a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn (the exact Moon-Pluto conjunction is exact in the wee hours the following morning.) There will also be a sextile to Neptune in Pisces that would ordinarily soften the effect, but the other aspects will dominate. This is a Full Moon that would hit like a blunt instrument yet the same day we reach the truly beautiful exact conjunction of Venus and Jupiter at 21 degrees Leo, as well as a magical watery trine between the Sun in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces. The witty, perceptive and razor sharp sextile between Mercury in Gemini and Uranus in Aries is also almost nearly exact (it will be exact the following day.)

The deep, sober Full Moon in Capricorn will feel at odds with the far more buoyant, excitable activity occurring at the same time; like threatening storm clouds gathering on a sunny, halcyon day. I don’t think any two people can experience this Full Moon the same way. Some will be hit as if by a ton of bricks with this one; others will only feel the focused energy as providing more fuel to their fire and drive. People prone to depression and/or anxiety may have to be careful and take precautions to safeguard their wellbeing. Yet, this is hardly an antisocial Moon, so even if it is not a party for everyone (though it definitely still will be for some!) it can still be pretty damn funny and bulk up the fluffier moments with rich sustenance.

The keyword for this Full Moon in Capricorn is consequences. That is really quite an individualized keyword, too. The ruling planet of Capricorn is celestial taskmaster/timekeeper/hardass Saturn, which is currently dragging us back through psychic Scorpio sludge. Saturn retrograde reentered Scorpio June 14, and the Full Moon in Capricorn July 1 will be bringing recent Saturn Rx in Scorpio themes to a head. From an article at the beginning of the year about Capricorn:

“The symbol for Capricorn is usually seen as the Mountain Goat, forever climbing up the difficult steep grade. For what purpose does the goat do this, though? It is usually more accurate to remember that the image for Capricorn was initially the Sea-Goat, not the Mountain Goat. The Sea-Goat had the body of a goat with a tail attached that was a strange mix of serpent and fish. It was a subterranean sea creature that was evolving into a land creature. It swam in deep, murky waters but became able to place its hooves on solid ground and climb upwards and onwards, without losing the psychic memory of where it came from. Everyone has heard that to know where you are going, you have to know where you have been, and this personal evolution is the message of  Capricorn. We take what we have learned with us while we begin forging out a new path in the wilderness.”

This Full Moon in Capricorn illuminates how we have evolved since the first go round of Saturn in Scorpio (October 5, 2012-December 23, 2014), then the brief period of Saturn in Sagittarius (December 23, 2014-June 14, 2015), and now this final home stretch of Saturn retrograde in Scorpio (June 14, 2015-September 17, 2015). If we have not used the lessons set forth for us by Saturn to grow out of old harmful and hurtful patterns (whether to ourselves or others or both), the consequences will be drawn out by this Full Moon. One final swift kick in the ass to set us back on the right path or else. However, many people did receive the signals loud and clear and have been trying their best to do the hard, right thing to the best of their ability. The consequences for hard work and responsibility will be felt here too. In those cases, this Full Moon can show affirmation of being on the right track. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo, exact early the same day, can bring some long overdue and well deserved recognition of efforts.

Realistically, everyone is a mixture of great and not so great qualities, and we all have things in our past and in our behavior that we are proud of and ashamed of equally. We all need to grow up in some areas of our lives. This Full Moon in Capricorn will highlight the parts of ourselves that still need to mature. It will also highlight the ways in which we have personal authority that deserve respect and recognition. Pay attention to the messages sent out during this Full Moon (overt messages are more likely than subliminal ones) that will let you know how you currently stand.

A need to re-prioritize goals will be strong for many. This is really quite a good time to initiate the change, even if you know it will be a slow going one. The changes in our goals will likely be tied into the ways Saturn (as ruler of Capricorn) retrograde in Scorpio is playing out for you. With Mars, Pluto and the North Node aspecting the Full Moon, the support is there to grab the wheel and steer life in another direction. Happening as it is on the same day as the lovely and lucky Venus-Jupiter conjunction in Leo, change can be a lot less painful now than at other times. Not that it will be easy per se -this is a Moon that will be stressing over every possible “what if?”- but there are definitely opportunities to seize or seek out, and parlay them into something that will pay off later.

The strong aspects coupled with the other astrological activity at the beginning of July will make this Full Moon in Capricorn one of those Moons that affects sleep patterns. It is also definitely going to be manifesting itself in dreams, occurring as it is at nightfall. Dreams will be vivid and may contain snippets of information or clues related to shifts in ambitions.

Real Time Astrology: March 17 – 31, 2015

The end of March will be no less active astrologically than the beginning was, yet the activity swiftly takes on an altogether different flavor. Even amidst the nervous tension and unrest brought about by the final Uranus-Pluto square and the mega New Moon/Supermoon solar eclipse in Pisces (here), the moments and spaces in between begin to cool and crystallize. Chances to restore hope, sanity and equilibrium emerge yet may go unnoticed, drowned out. The chances still exist nonetheless, and it would be a shame for them to pass by unnoticed and unappreciated.

The first tiny wave of relief came late on Thursday the 12th as Mercury left its extended transit of cool, intellectual Aquarius for Pisces. Mercury is considered in detriment in Pisces; however it does bring with it unmatched emotional intelligence as well as greater feeling and sensitivity of thought and communication. A welcome change of pace, despite some of the logistical issues that can sometimes occur with Mercury in Pisces. Getting in touch with and expressing our feelings, dreams, and emotions seems much less of a daunting task. Opportunities for healthy and necessary psychic release present throughout the end of March. Mercury in Pisces will conjunct Neptune in Pisces Wednesday, March 18; sextile Pluto Sunday, March 22; and conjunct Chiron in Pisces on Tuesday, March 24 before Mercury leaves Pisces for Aries late on Monday, March 30.  Recent worries, pains and failures can cause acute sensitivity around these days, but discussing them with anyone around you that you sense might be on the same page can bring healing and closure.

Mercury in Pisces now can be wonderfully stimulating to the imagination, and restore inspiration that may be running dry. These images and feelings can potentially find physical shape once Venus enters the sign of its rulership, Taurus, on Tuesday, March 17 at 5:15 A.M. Venus is just so at home and at its sweetest in the sign of the garden of earthly delights. Venus in Taurus appreciates whatever it has on hand; it always wants more, the best there is, but will enjoy more modest pleasures equally. Art, beauty, glamour, music, dance, cuisine and other physical, sensual joys will be a little easier to come by with this transit. Venus in Taurus makes a yummy, dreamy sextile to Neptune in Pisces Tuesday, March 24; squares dramatic, playful Jupiter retrograde in Leo Friday, March 27; and trines Pluto in Capricorn Monday, March 30. Good times for a good time! These will be accompanied by a sense of lazy self indulgence, but that isn’t always a bad thing. Moments of beauty do not last forever, and with so many other difficult energies at work, it would be a shame to let the pleasures of the season pass you by.

Venus in Taurus is also a good time to look for financial opportunities of all sizes, particularly when in aspect to Jupiter and Pluto. A chance to make improvements to your earnings is also something you do not want to pass you by! Things may feel a little too comfortable with Venus matters at the last half of March, especially with Mercury in Pisces distorting our thought processes, making things seem a little fuzzy, foggy and out of focus. The benefits of Venus in Taurus will end like every transit does, so resist the urge to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Issues surrounding money, compensation, value and security really come to the forefront as we end March. Mars enters Taurus Tuesday, March 31 at 11:26 A.M. CST. While Venus is at home in Taurus, Mars is in detriment here. Rougher, hungrier, frustrated; not as gentle or sweet. The day before Mars enters Taurus, Mercury will enter Aries and we start April off with tension and strains all over again before we even hit the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra on Saturday, April 4th that will strongly reactivate the Uranus-Pluto square…. and, just like that, we’re right back at a fever pitch. Appreciate the beauty and magic unfolding at the last half of March as much as you can.

Real Time Astrology: January 11-19, 2015

You’re not alone if you currently feel washed out, faded. We hit some flat notes at the start of 2015 and the winter/Capricorn season doldrums are in full swing. January has some out-of-synch cosmic energy and, while we will still be faced with tense trigger points, the middle-to-end of the month will provide a healthy, inspiring dash of romance and glamour to break up the foul mood and remind us that the magic in life surrounds us every day.

The good times start off with a conjunction between Mercury and Venus in Aquarius (at 9 and 10 degrees, respectively) exact on Sunday, January 11 at 11:33 p.m. Central Standard Time. Our hearts and our minds will be working in tandem around this time, allowing us to better verbalize and process the wants and needs of our hearts. We can freely give and more gracefully receive love; romantic love, of course, but also love of people in the world around us. Social graces are highlighted here, so strive to be the bigger person in conflicts if any arise. Snarkiness or underhanded behavior will be much less tolerable. Venus will sextile Uranus in Aries Tuesday the 13th at 2:12 p.m. followed by Mercury’s sextile to Uranus the next day at 4:25 a.m. I wouldn’t be surprised to see unexpected love statements around this time. If you’ve been contemplating speaking out about something in your love life, you may be the one surprising people. Even if romance isn’t on your agenda, making an effort to be more pleasant, sociable and emotionally demonstrative will be personally satisfying.

Underscoring this light pleasantness will be an opposition between Venus in Aquarius and Jupiter in Leo, exact at 19 degrees on Monday, January 19 at 7:44 a.m. There is a considerable warmth, optimism and infectious good mood with this one. Our ideals in love and relationships can be seen in a larger vision. A bit of attention seeking behavior may come with this, but not necessarily in a bad way. It can be wonderful for those who are usually shy or reserved in matters of the heart, or for those who feel they’ve been overlooked in the recent past. This is a nice time to put your personality on display; your quirks may seem more charming than off putting, and you may notice more- and become attracted to- the charming quirks of others. Venus-Jupiter may represent financial changes for some; if you experience this negatively, you may be able to turn it around if you’re savvy enough to look for opportunity.

The true romance and glamour begin Monday, January 12, as action/energy planet  Mars and sex/passion asteroid Eros both move into watery, emotional Pisces. Mars and Eros will be conjunct for the entire transit of Mars in Pisces ( Mars leaves Pisces and enters Aries February 19; Eros does the same February 27.)  Mars expresses itself in abstract ways in Pisces, and prefers to express itself through the arts, music, dance, spirituality, and sex. With Mars conjunct Eros, especially sex. Pisces is a sign acutely sensitive to pain and suffering and always looks to heal or let go of the pain. It also tries to merge itself with others, with beauty, with Love, with the universe. As the Mars-Eros conjunction reinvigorates our sexuality, our lust for life and love, the deep connections between love and spirituality,  we may be reminded of our shortcomings and sufferings in the more intimate areas of our life. Let it happen; its part of the process. There may be equal doses of bitter with the sweet but the bitter will not dominate. Merging everything together can be a richly rewarding spiritual experience. It goes without saying that this is an important influence for couples, but you do not need to be partnered to gain something from this. Your passions and your soul desires are yours, whether coupled or single. You can enjoy the experience of losing yourself to something higher regardless of your relationship status.

Feel good escapism of every kind will appeal with this transit; it can be very healthy in reasonable doses but obviously unhealthy if not kept in check and allowed to interfere with daily life.

Daily life may lose some of its appeal with this transit. A rude awakening may be the square between Mars in  Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius at 2 degrees on Thursday, January 15, exact at 1:10 a.m. Reality may slap us in the face, leaving us feeling frustrated, as if we’re spinning our tires in the mud. Outer progress in general may feel stymied by Mars in Pisces, as direct action usually becomes thwarted. Our frustrations at our perceived lack of advancement around the Mars-Saturn square may leave us feeling unable to cope with harsh realities. This may be a dark, depressing moment in spite of the magic from the other transits. Mars in Pisces sometimes has a funny way of not standing up for itself, or passively accepting defeat too easily. Fight the urge to throw your hands up in despair if the Mars-Saturn square throws challenges your way. If you can’t move the obstacles, and you can’t give up… try to flow around it. It may take abstract courses of actions to move ahead.