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Fun and Responsibility as July Wraps Up

by Madeline Gerwick

punchUnexpected Money and/or Love!

Beginning July 26th, a cycle comes in range (Venus trine Uranus) that’s associated with unexpected money and/or love. Although you could also find yourself spending money you didn’t anticipate. This cycle can be great for parties, and having fun in general. In love it’s similar to going to a carnival. You go and have a great time, but then you have to return home and get back to work! Romance during this cycle could be fleeting or unstable, but is usually fun while it lasts.

This cycle peaks on July 31st and stays in range through August 5th. If you’re not planning a party during that time, you can take advantage of this cycle in business with a promotion via the internet, email, or social media. This is an excellent time to make money via radio, television, podcasting, or webinars. Enjoy this cycle!

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June 2016 Astrocycles: Finding Clarity through Chaos

by Joan Kiley

clarity chaosIt’s June! We made it through the slowdowns of May with the five retrograde planets, and now it’s Gemini time! Light, airy and fun, right? Well, not exactly. We did have the Sun and Venus conjunct in Gemini to start the month, which can bring about some interesting and fun conversation. However, that Mutable Grand Cross that occurred at the end of May was not only still with us, it was getting more and more exact.  At the four corners were the Sun and Venus in Gemini, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo, and Neptune in Pisces. The Sun and Venus moved out of the Cross by June 12, but on June 17, Mercury, by then in its own sign of Gemini, will bring the Cross back to life once again.

The fact that this Grand Cross was/is in mutable signs is critical, because it requires lots of flexibility from all of us to get through it. New ideas will be generated, and then just as we think we’ve figured it out, an even newer idea emerges that either puts in doubt the previous one or requires a shift in perspective. Jupiter wants us to think BIG, and Saturn wants us to have a level of caution or doubt. Neptune tells us to trust our intuition, and ideas that come from dreams, of either the daytime or nighttime variety, ideas that people around us may pooh-pooh and declare impossible. Meanwhile we’re spinning in multiple directions at once.

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May 2016 Astrocycles - Working in Slow Motion

by Joan Kiley

SlothWe think of May as the month of beauty, well into spring blooming season, but not yet with the heat of summer. There are many traditional May celebrations, most of them related to the Mother archetype, no doubt due to the obvious fertility of the earth. We have proms and graduations and Mother’s Day, lots of family gatherings, all of which make great use of the abundant floral displays available. This year, we have been going through the motions, participating in the traditions, yet not quite “feeling it.” There’s a kind of exhaustion manifesting, despite the vibrancy of the season.

The astrology of May 2016 is idiosyncratic of the norm. Yes, the Sun is in Taurus, as usual, and this year we have the ruler of Taurus, Venus, there as well, plus Mercury. However, we have five planets retrograde at this time—Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto! With all the Taurus energy, which in itself has a slow vibration, and five retrograde planets, the Universe is saying, “Slow down. Stop the frenzy. Take a good look around and within you. Do not keep speeding down the road in the same way you have been moving.” When planets are retrograde, their influence often appears to intensify. After all, they are closer to the earth than when they are direct. This is especially true of the personal, faster moving planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars. And two of those three are now retrograde.

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Time for Strategic Planning - Mars Retrograde

by Madeline Gerwick

punchMars is retrograde from April 17th through June 29th, 2016. This is our signal from the universe to do our personal and business strategic planning for the next two years. To get started, you don’t need to know every step you will take, but you do need to decide your direction and intention.

If you’re clear about your direction then the universe can show you the way to get there. It’s a good idea to identify your first steps, but you really don’t need to know the all of the steps to get to your intention, since the universe will reveal them as you walk your path. To do that you need to trust yourself and the universe.

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April 2016 Astrocycles - Mars and Pluto Retrograde

by Joan Kiley

Flower by Manu JobstThe Moon was conjunct Pluto and square a Uranus/Mercury conjunction at the onset of April. This was a rather potent signature to begin a month when both Mars and Pluto will station retrograde. In addition to that powerful aspect, Jupiter and Saturn were square to each other, and Mars was square Neptune on the “fool’s day.”

Why is a Moon/Pluto conjunction in square to a Uranus/Mercury conjunction so powerful? We need to look at the symbols and what they represent. The Moon is our feeling nature, our emotional responses and reflections, while Pluto is deep, primal, and associated with life and death issues. Uranus can be sudden, unexpected changes or events, including intuitional insights, while Mercury is our thought processes, communications and ideas. The two planets in conjunction meld together, and the planets in square ignite a crisis. What might happen if a person, or persons, became overwhelmed by deeply held emotions that suddenly emerged and demanded to be spoken or acted upon? It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to bring a number of scenarios to mind that could be quite healing, or quite devastating, in their outcomes.

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Power Struggles and Responsible Leadership

by Madeline Gerwick

punchBy the time April starts, Mars is getting very slow as it gets near retrograde. By April 4th, Mars is within 1 degree of where it will stop on April 17th to start moving backwards. This means it’s already exceedingly hard to start anything new. If you do start anything new between now and April 17th, be prepared for delays. It’s best to start your strategic planning period now so you're ready to roll out your plan after Mars goes direct.

At least one cycle is right on time to assist your strategic planning process. It begins March 29 and peaks on April 5th. This cycle is related to responsible leadership (Sun trine Saturn). Leaders may have more responsibilities, but if so, they also have help with them. Managers, owners and political leaders are also ready to tackle some of the most important responsibilities they have. You can accomplish a lot with these energies.

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Money Challenges in March 2016

by Madeline Gerwick

money problemsBeginning March 14th the first of three cycles comes in range that’s associated with money. You may find that you've overspent, or you may feel like there is not enough money. The first cycle (Venus conjunct Neptune) is related to money seeming to just disappear. Maybe you forgot you spent the money, incorrectly accounted for it, or perhaps some clerical or techincal error led to money being lost or not properly accounted for.

This cycle peaks on March 20th and stays in range through March 25th. You’ll need to pay close attention to your finances during this period in order to get through the next two cycles with your finances intact. Keep in mind that there are also some beautiful gifts associated with this cycle in terms of highly spirtitual love and romantic idealism.

But getting back to finances... The second and third cycles come into range on March 20th, just as the first cycle peaks. These cycles (Venus square Saturn and Venus opposite Jupiter) are associated with the desire to spend more than you have when there just isn’t enough money. When combined with the first cycle, you might be inclined to overspend because you have forgetten what you spent previously, and then you spend it again, spending more than you have!

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March 2016 Astro Cycles - Pisces Eclipse

by Joan Kiley

PiscesMarch is always a transitional month. The weather “usually” shifts out of snowstorms to spring thaw. Spring officially arrives. Time changes to daylight savings. Will this year be the same? With so much in our current news cycle screaming “super craziness has taken over” can we trust anything at all to be “business as usual?” Not really. The universe now has us in a crash course of “don’t take anything for granted” training.

The month begins with the Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Chiron and the South Node are also in Pisces, and we’ve only just begun the Piscean gathering. That’s a lot of Neptunian energy! Despite Jupiter in Virgo opposing the Sun, and Saturn in Sagittarius squaring it, the Uranus/Pluto square still in effect, Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, Mars in Scorpio, etc, we will be unable to ignore the Pisces/Neptune effect on the month of March! The dreaminess, the spaciiness, the drifting of our consciousness into unfocused territory will be present, and even more so, if we attempt to ignore or deny it.

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March 2016 Eclipse Cycles and Opportunities

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAs we start March, we’re in range of an eclipse cycle which begins March 8th. Eclipse events can occur up to 30 days prior to the day of the eclipse or up to 30 days after it occurs.

Our first eclipse on March 8th is a total, Solar Eclipse. It occurs at 8:56 PM Eastern time / 5:56 PM Pacific time. The west coast might get a glimpse of this eclipse, but it’s primarily visible in Indonesia, and from China to Australia. Alaska has a good chance of seeing at least some of it.

The primary meaning of this series of eclipses (March 8th and 23rd) has to do with endings or separations. This can mean everything from minor separations, such as someone leaving on a long trip, to major separations, such as divorce or even a loss. Since it’s a total eclipse, major separations can occur if your chart or business chart is impacted by this.

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February Astro Cycles 2016 - From the Frozen to the Melt!

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerFebruary arrived with much of the Northern Hemisphere experiencing that iced-in feeling. The Sun, at nearly 12 degrees Aquarius, was square the Moon and Mars in Scorpio. The Pluto/Mercury conjunction in Capricorn was square Uranus in Aries. Retrograde Jupiter in Virgo was still conjunct the North Node of the Moon and opposing Chiron. Saturn was squaring both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Hard aspects all, and they felt frozen just typing them.

The fact is, most of us were experiencing a lot of issues that seemed rigidly stuck in old, or possibly new but unfamiliarly scary, patterns. Exhausted with wondering how to find some wiggle room, we told ourselves that perhaps the lesson was patience. After all, there were 3 planets in Capricorn, Saturn was in a square aspect, and the Sun, Moon and Mars were in fixed signs. Sure that’s it, patience. Hmmm, but there was more. Still in shock from hearing about the deaths of so many of our favorite artists in late January, we said, “okay, this is just life. I have to realize that part of life is death, and loss is hard.” Yet even this realization was not enough.

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Take Advantage of Good Cycles in February

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAs we start February, we’re in the midst of potential financial challenges (Venus conjunct Pluto and square Uranus). For major new starts, wait until after the New Moon, either February 9th or 10th. By then we’ll be in a great cycle for bringing in a LOT of money!

We also have three cycles that provide helpful opportunities. One of these cycles helps you handle your responsibilities. You might be more organized, or your boss could give you some extra support. Or you may be more focused, so you can get more done. This cycle (Sun sextile Saturn) is in range January 31st – February 6th and it peaks on February 3rd.

Just as that cycle is peaking, another helpful opportunity comes into range (Sun sextile Uranus). This cycle provides energy to do something new or different. A new process, a new decision, or new leadership styles that promote more autonomy are good examples of how it can be used. This cycle is in range from February 3rd – 9th and peaks February 6th.

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January 2016 Astrocycles - Introspection and Renewal

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerJanuary is often a month many would prefer to ignore, as it involves re-entering ordinary day-to-day reality after a period of holiday-making, a few extra days off, and perhaps, even a bit of revelry. Add to that, the cold and snow of deep winter, plus attempts to adhere to unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, and we’ve often got a bitter pill to swallow. January 2016, however, asks us to stay in the here and now.

We began the month with the Sun at 10 degrees Capricorn approaching a conjunction with Pluto at 15 degrees Capricorn. Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, was slowly moving away from its square to Neptune, and Venus was building to a square with Neptune. Mercury was slowing down, at the end of Capricorn, preparing for another retrograde period, that despite its beginning in Aquarius, would spent almost entirely in Capricorn. In addition, Uranus, direct, was in very close square aspect to Pluto. These configurations, so much Capricorn and Saturnian energies, encourage us to “be real.” Despite the Neptunian aspects, it’s important not to be carried away in fantasy. Despite the Uranus/Pluto square, the Mercury/Mars square, and the Mercury retrograde period approaching, it’s important to stay calm.

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Revise Your 2016 New Year Plans

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerWe started 2016 just a few days prior to the next Mercury retrograde, which occurs January 5 – 25, 2016. Most of this month is for catching up, rethinking, finding our mistakes, redoing, replanning, repairing, reviewing, etc. Contrary to the timing of popular culture with New Year's resolutions, this January is NOT good for new starts. So hold onto your resolutions and start them after this month is over.

This year the GOOD month for new starts is February. Get out your 2016 Good Timing Guide and look at the February calendar. Notice February 10th and February 25th. Both are stellar days, and there are plenty of other good days during the rest of the month. However the first week of February is a 3rd Quarter Moon, so skip new starts for that week.

Also notice that March 2016 has eclipses associated with endings or separations. So new starts could be iffy during March. April, May and June 2016 have Mars retrograde, when new starts are not recommended for many reasons and can be unsuccessful or face challenges. So after February the next really good time for new starts is July. Make very good use of February! Plan it now while you have time.

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End of 2015 Money and Communication

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn December 13th, one of the top money cycles according to the Magi Society comes into range (Venus trine Chiron). This cycle peaks on December 19th and stays in range through December 24th. Current money cycles should keep retail sales strong all the way until Christmas. This cycle can also be great for romance.

Beginning December 14th, a second cycle comes in range that’s associated with opportunities for big money and/or passionate love. This cycle (Venus sextile Pluto) peaks on December 17th and stays in range through December 19th. December 12th – 15th is a very good time for a promotion, as well as December 5th, 6th and 7th.

Right after that second cycle ends, another big money cycle comes in range on December 21st. This cycle is associated with lots of money, but beware that you can also spend lots of money with this cycle (Venus sextile Jupiter). This cycle is also associated with eating lots of sweets, fats, and other fun food. It peaks December 24th and is in range through December 26th.

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November 2015 Astrocycles - Pushing to Create a New Reality

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerA Cancer Moon in direct opposition to Pluto in Capricorn was abloom when November was birthed this year. Another strong opposition at the start was Jupiter in Virgo facing off with Chiron in Pisces. Venus and Mars were exactly conjunct in Virgo, also opposed Chiron but less strongly than Jupiter.

The strong Chiron and Pluto energies were fitting, for November is the month of deepest Scorpio. Scorpio, ruled by Pluto and Mars, is known for keeping feelings and wounds hidden beneath the surface. A higher expression of Scorpio is that part of us that is willing to go deep, find that which needs to be excavated, brought to the surface and faced head-on. Scorpio wants honesty, and is capable of great healing.

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November 2015 Full Moon and the Economy

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerThe Full Moon on November 25th brings to light the difficulties facing leaders who are weighed down by responsibilities and lack of a clear vision on how to handle them. Structures that have been deteriorating for years are finally dissolving, like an old pier that breaks free after years of decay and floats out to sea.

Congress looks like it’s doing battle behind closed doors. The stock markets look rough. Nothing seems to be holding up. Nine out of ten planets are at play (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Saturn all square Neptune; Mars in conjunct Neptune; Venus square Pluto and opposite Uranus). In financial matters, err on the side of prudence and take protective measures when appropriate. 

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October 2015 Full Moon Super Moon

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn October 27th, we have the third consecutive Full Moon – SuperMoon in a row. This is very rare! A SuperMoon is at the closest point to Earth while Full or New. They are associated with severe storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc. It’s best to be prepared in case a storm hits your area.

The storm that hit the Seattle area August 29th (the first of three SuperMoons) left half of Seattle without power. Flashlights, lanterns, batteries, extra blankets, stored water, and food you can eat without cooking are valuable during these periods.

What’s coming to light at this Full Moon is not much! Our leaders look like they are in discussions behind closed doors. There is a potential for delusion, confusion, or deception (Mercury sesquiquadrate Neptune).

The public is dealing with entrenched financial and motivational issues (Moon sesquiquadrate Venus and Mars). Plus, we may still be reeling from unexpected or surprising news, or still receiving it.

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October 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerWe welcomed October’s entrance with an emphasis on Neptune in Pisces. Both Mars and Jupiter in Virgo opposed Neptune, while the Sun and retrograde Mercury, conjunct in Libra, were in quincunx aspect with Neptune. Those aspects remained relatively strong until the New Moon on October 12. And by then, Saturn began building to a square with Neptune, and Venus began building to an opposition with Neptune. Looking at the sum of these aspects tells me that we must all live intimately with Neptune energy the entire month. No surprises if we see actual floods, or tsunamis of the emotional or dream-like variety, during October.

Neptune can also bring indecision if we remain in our heads. Paired with Mars by aspect, it can bring action based on illusion or fantasy. The challenge for many people, especially those in the corporate world, or operating primarily out of the dominant cultural paradigm, is to allow time each day for an infusion of a more heart-felt consciousness. This can be done via meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, prayer, or any spiritual practice that brings one out of the mental loops of head-thinking, competition, comparing ourselves with others, goal-directed action (without due consideration of consequences), resentment, etc.

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