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Good Planning Times Available in October 2015

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerThis month we’re blessed with two weeks to make clear, logical decisions or plan important projects. These dates begin October 2nd and this cycle (Mercury sextile Saturn) stays in range through October 15th. This is excellent for getting a plan together for your fortunate actions. Make good use of this! This cycle peaks on October 6th and 13th.

On October 9th, Mercury stops and turns around to move forward again, marking the end of its retrograde. Notice that word “stops”. This means the planet in charge of movement and communications is NOT moving at all. It takes time for Mercury to get its momentum going enough to move forward again. So don’t expect Mercurial delays to end right away. Mercury won't be moving close to its normal speed until October 16th. And it won't be moving into new territory, fully marking the end of this Mercury retrograde cycle, until October 24th. So you have until then to finish redoing your tasks.

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September 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerSeptember arrived, amid smokey wildfires, dramatic heat, and lots of folks of all ages back in school! At the moment it burst on the scene, the Sun in Virgo was conjunct Jupiter and exactly opposed Neptune in Pisces. The Moon in Aries was conjunct Uranus, square Pluto in Capricorn, and exactly trine the conjunction of Venus and Mars in Leo. Saturn was entering its last two weeks in Scorpio before transiting into Sagittarius. Most of us were probably asleep at midnight and gave no notice of all this; nevertheless, those complicated energies will continue to unfold during the whole month.

The parched earth of the western U.S. was on fire, creating a hazy film in the air, and difficulty seeing clearly. That is definitely one way to describe the configuration that began the month. Another way to view it, however, is to remember that a mere few days before the month started we had a Full Moon in Pisces, Neptune’s sign, and then at the start, the Sun was exactly opposing Neptune. Later in the month, Jupiter also will form an opposition with Neptune. The mysterious, boundaryless, and dreamy energy of Neptune remains in the background of our awareness all month. We could feel confused, unsure of our memory of events, receive information via dreams, of the day or nighttime variety, and feel more in tune with our intuition.

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Preparing for the September 2015 Solar Eclipse

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer This month we have two eclipses: a Solar Eclipse on September 12 (11:42 pm Pacific Time) and a Total Lunar Eclipse on September 27. Both eclipses could be associated with a high level of stress. Those impacted by these eclipses may experience a taxing of their strength. Events can occur that require expending large amounts of effort. Illnesses or accidents can also occur. Worry and obsessive thinking are also potential negative expressions. Let's look at the Solar Eclipse in more detail.

The Solar Eclipse on September 12 occurs at 20° Virgo. If you or your company have a planet or personal point between 16 and 24 degrees of Virgo or Pisces, this eclipse will impact you the strongest. Those with planets between 18 and 22 degrees of Gemini or Sagittarius will experience the square aspect, and could also notice the effects of this eclipse. This eclipse links up wtih several interesting sets of planetary energies. First, a cycle associated with revealing secrets or gossip is strong. Surprising news is also highlighted. Second, unexpected money or relationships are likely (an influence which peaks for the last of three times on September 22nd).

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August 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerAugust 2015—Journey to Authenticity

We know to expect the Sun in Leo when August arrives, but this year we also had Mercury, Jupiter and Venus there as well! Venus retrograde was conjunct Jupiter, and both were square a slowing Saturn retrograde in Scorpio. We were only a day past the Full Moon in Aquarius, so the Moon in Aquarius was still opposing all those planets in later degrees of Leo. In fact, the Moon was forming a T-square with those planets, inclusive of the squares to Saturn. Saturn was slowing, and stationed direct at 10:53 PM PDT August 1. Whatever starts the month is important. Despite lots of things changing during the ensuing four weeks, that beginning moment fields an undercurrent for the whole period.

A lot of fixed energy at the beginning of August, but lots of fire as well, with the four planets in Leo plus Uranus retrograde in trine from Aries. This tells me there were high levels of energy, but also a great deal of rigidity. The retrogrades were giving a compelling need for making changes regarding our own values, showing us that some of the ways we’ve been viewing the world are outdated. Many of our conditioned beliefs about ourselves, our relationships, even our approach to life itself, have revealed themselves to be outdated, no longer useful in this 21st century global society.

Read more: August 2015 Astrocycles

Venus Retrograde 2015 Starts July 25

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerVenus retrogrades in 2015 from July 25th through September 6th. This cycle is designed to help you rethink relationships and finances. This doesn’t have to be a “bad” cycle, as many people characterize it. It can actually be quite helpful! 

The Venus retrograde cycle occurs roughly every 19 months and it lasts about 6 weeks. This is a time when we rethink relationships, finances and our values. These topics are all tied together via how much we value ourself.

In any personal relationship, what we really have to give is ourself. The more we value ourself, the more we attract loving and appropriate life partners and friends to us. In the same way, the more we value ourself, the more money and prosperity we allow ourself to have and receive easily. So they are all tied together. The key is how much we value ourself.

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New Moon on July 15th Plus Jupiter Square Saturn

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerWhat’s getting started at the New Moon on July 15th looks very transformational for our thinking, our actions and our motivations (Mercury conjunct Mars and both opposite Pluto). Due to some volatile energies before and after the New Moon, this period can be physically dangerous, with a higher chance of accidents than usual. Be extra careful driving and with your words.

The week before this New Moon, and especially the day before, we’re in a cycle associated with relationship and money issues. Scarcity of money (or energy) is a definite challenge at this time, and the stock markets look very challenged. This is not a good time to invest, since stocks could keep going down for awhile.

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July 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerJuly 2015—Much to Accomplish and "It's Complicated"

“Summertime….and the livin’ is easy.” Hmmm, well for some that may be true. It is July, definitely summertime! Powerful aspects reflect the potential for bringing about remarkable innovation! However, for those folks experiencing record droughts and wildfires, it doesn’t feel so “easy,” more like waiting for the other shoe to drop. And for those who have had so much rain that their crops all lay under pools of water? No, that likely felt very un-easy, more like extreme insecurity.

The month began with strong fire as well as strong water energies. The Sun and Mars were conjunct in Cancer. Neptune, of course, was in Pisces, and Saturn, was in its relatively brief return to Scorpio. Thus, all three water signs were present and accounted for. The fire element was represented by Uranus at 20 degrees Aries, Jupiter and Venus conjunct at 21 degrees Leo, and the Moon, in late Sagittarius. All three fire signs were making their energies felt via a Grand Trine.

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June 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerJune entered the stage with an emotional water trine in the chart. The Moon was in Scorpio, Venus in Cancer, and Chiron in Pisces. In contrast to the water trine was the conjunction of the Sun, Mercury and Mars, all in mental Mercury-ruled Gemini! These two formations speak loudly about what much of the month of June is about. It’s about balancing; it’s about bringing into harmony our mental, emotional and intuitive functions, not going all out one way or another, but finding a middle path.

The very second day of the month, at 9:18 AM PDT, gave us a Full Moon at 11 degrees 49 minutes Sagittarius! The opposing Sun in Gemini was bolstered by pals Mars and retrograde Mercury. Neptune in Pisces squared both ends of the opposition. Meanwhile, the Moon was in a fire grand trine with Jupiter in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Yes, a lot to balance. The fire of spirit and intuition, the mental quality of air, and the water of emotions, all searching for expression during this Full Moon, with little of the earth element to ground our efforts.

We’ll find this elemental quality for much of the month, with a critical need to find ways to ground ourselves, get into our bodies, breathe, and calm ourselves. It may feel like there’s too much swirling around us, too many ideas, and too much activity that doesn’t make “sense.” We may want to rush out and change things, get frustrated with ourselves for an inability to decipher reality, just run away and hide from it altogether, or some of each.

Read more: June 2015 Astrocycles

Full Moon or Fool's Moon on June 2?

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerWhat’s coming to light at the Full Moon on June 2nd in Sagittarius could very well entail confusion or deception (Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars are all square to Neptune). If we know what direction we want to go, we may have no idea how to start. However, it’s more likely that we have no idea which direction to go in the first place. Uncertainty is rampant at this time.

It’s even possible that we’ve been recently hoodwinked and now we’re discovering this mistake (Mars square Neptune peaked on May 25th and now it’s the Full Moon). We might see this reflected in world events or it might be something more personal. In either case, this is the time to be alert for cover-ups and more deceptions as it unfolds.

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May 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerWe were all awaiting the month of May! Not only were we exhausted by the demands of previous months of upheaval and drama, we were also longing for the beauty of spring blooms, green leaves, and warm weather! However, when May dawned, there was little rest. The Moon in Libra was conjunct the North Node, and later in the day opposed Uranus and squared Pluto, just as a reminder that though the Uranus/Pluto square was waning, it was, in fact, still with us. That internal push for change was still active, and not to be silenced.

Just three days into the month, we had a very powerful Full Moon in Scorpio. At the time, 8:42 PM PDT on May 3, both the Sun and Moon were exactly square to Jupiter in Leo. We either dove into our Scorpion emotional depths, or we stubbornly resisted. The Saturn/Mercury opposition at the time of the Full Moon was a powerful mental component, occupying the mind with oftentimes-unhealthy information, like fears of our unworthiness, or just unnecessary trivia, when the big important emotional component was being ignored or denied. Neptune was widely squaring both Mercury and Saturn, and the influence could have added either a spiritual or a fantasy component.

Read more: May 2015 Astrocycles

New Moon in Aries April 18

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAt the New Moon in Aries on April 18th, we finally have a tiny bit of room on our plates for new starts. This one occurs at 28 degrees and 25 minutes of Aries. So we’re close to the end of the sign, but our plates are not completely full - just 94% full.

What’s getting started at this New Moon is could have a negative impact on money (Venus opposite Saturn and both square Neptune). This theme appears to start right before this New Moon, but continues with it. There’s likely to be something unexpected or revolutionary about this situation. Perhaps we’re seeing monetary system changes? Or taxes were worse this year? This also impacts the stock markets.

This set of cycles can indicate deception or confusion related to money and/or relationships, partnerships or deals. It’s not usually the best time to invest, because you don’t know what you don’t know (high uncertainty).

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April 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerAs the fool ushered in April this year, Mars had just left its own sign of Aries and entered Taurus, a much slower-paced energy sign. Venus, the ruler of Taurus, was already there. The Moon was in Virgo, opposing Neptune and squaring Saturn. Thus, despite the Sun, Mercury and Uranus still in Aries, there was a dominance of slower, more cautious energy to start April. Our emotions were sensitive to this change and less inclined to prompt self-oriented actions. There was the urge to check on the needs of others, and to take their interests into consideration.

We were grateful for the calming influence of Taurus several days later on April 4. At 5:05 AM PDT on April 4 we had the Full Moon in Libra, forming a Cardinal T-square with Pluto in Capricorn, and the Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries! To top it off there was a total eclipse of the Moon, or “Blood Moon,” visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia! What a powerful and beautiful phenomenon of our solar system! The partial phases spanned some 3 ½ hours but the full phase lasted less than 5 minutes. It was called a “Blood Moon” because the whitish globe of the Moon turned red during the full phase.

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March 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerMarch strode in with 3 planets in fiery Aries: Mars, Venus and Uranus. Venus was exactly conjunct the South Node of the Moon, while the Moon herself was in her own sign of Cancer.  The Moon was forming a T-square with Uranus and Pluto, who were just weeks shy of their final exact square of the 7 making up this historical and tumultuous era! Jupiter at 14 degrees Leo was opposed Mercury at 14 degrees Aquarius, and both were in strong aspect to the 14 degree Uranus in Aries, by trine and sextile respectively. The Sun was conjunct Neptune in Pisces.

The first moment of a cycle can tell us a lot about what may unfold, and this initiation of March was no exception. There will be dynamic tension, transformative energies, and potential for creative change during this month. There could be confusion, impulsive actions and reactions we either celebrate or regret. But know that you, and the world you live in, is definitely changing.

On March 2, the Moon moved into Leo and formed a Grand Trine in Fire with Saturn in Sagittarius and Mars in Aries. There is much enthusiasm in this aspect, and perhaps a feeling that you are much more than you ever imagined. A bit later in the day, the Moon joined Jupiter in Leo in opposing Mercury in Aquarius. Despite the fixed signs, this aspect created an opening for experiencing new visions of what is possible, and expanding the status quo paradigm, both in the collective and in your own mind.

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Saturn Retrograde 2015 - Restructuring Ahead!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn March 14, 2015 the planet Saturn, which represents all forms of structures, processes, organizations, responsibilities and limitations, begins moving backwards (retrograde). It continues to move backwards until August 1st or 2nd, depending on your time zone. This gives us plenty of time to reorganize areas and processes that need our attention.

While Saturn is still in Sagittarius through June 13th, many of us will need to restructure our marketing and sales approaches. This is a good time to test the landing pages on your web site for effectiveness, restructure pages or offers to gain a bigger email list, and re-evaluate which markets have the low-hanging fruit.

Once Saturn moves back into Scorpio on June 14th, we may be reorganizing or restructuring financial, power, or environmental issues. Saturn moves forward again on August 1st or 2nd, while it’s in Scorpio. It stays in this sign until September 17th, when it moves back into Sagittarius. Then the focus will return to marketing and sales.

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March Snapshot: Full Moon in Virgo and Volatile Energies

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerTwo completely different paths are highlighted at the Full Moon in Virgo on March 5th. The positive path is marked by opportunities to take fortunate actions which yield unexpected growth and money (Mars, Uranus and Venus conjunct and all trine to Jupiter). The challenging path is marked by debt issues and explosive, volatile energies.

At the same time, the long-term revolutionary energies we had for the last few years (Uranus square Pluto) peak in another 11 days, so they’re quite intense throughout March.

This month, there’s also an intense push to transform our past motivations (Mars square Pluto). When we transform our motivations, we change the actions we take, which are always based on our motivations. Often these energies bring up intense anger, rage, and the potential for accidents if we're not careful.

These energies (both the positive and challenging paths) are very strong in New York city. This could suggest that either Wall Street or New York city is the focus of some intense changes. New York, and the areas around it, could experience intense weather, power outages, or earth changes. If you live in this area, make sure you're as prepared as you can be for the unexpected.

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New Moon on February 18th

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

What’s getting started at this New Moon on February 18th is essentially nothing. Our plates are already so full, we cannot take on anything more. This New Moon is at 29 degrees 59 minutes of Aquarius, the last minute of the last degree of that sign. We’re full to the brim with tasks, and we may have agreed to take these on during Mercury retrograde, when we were under pressure to fix crises. In fact this New Moon shows a lot of responsibilities weighing on us (Sun and Moon square Saturn), as though we have more to do than we know how to tackle. This cycle peaks on February 23rd and stays in range through March 1st.

As if that’s not enough, we’re also in a cycle associated with an entrenched mode of doing too much with too little time, money and energy (Mars sesquiquadrate Jupiter). So we get this message in three completely different ways. We’re just not ready for new starts! We need to eat what’s on our plates first.

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February 2015 Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerFebruary arrived with the Aquarius Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde. A Cancer Moon formed a dynamic T-square with the Pluto/Uranus square. Saturn in Sagittarius was square to the Venus/Neptune conjunction in Pisces, and Mars was exactly conjunct Chiron. Not that most of us were awake at midnight. It was, nevertheless, the beginning moment of February. Therefore, that chart is a symbol of what could unfold during the month, just as our own birth charts speak volumes about our purpose and the life we may lead.

What might a Cancer Moon, symbol of the mother, nurturing and sensitivity, plus our early conditioning, be saying when in an intimate connection to the powerful Pluto/Uranus square? Possibly that we each have a need to look deeply into our own early conditioned belief systems and the behaviors that emerged from them, sense what might need to be broken down and released. Pluto wants us to give up control and change the old into something new and more evolved. Cancer Moon wants safety and familiarity. Uranus wants to break away from the routine and birth what’s new. That’s a lot to integrate, but we need to step up to the plate.

What from our past, and our need to control, might be keeping us from our true power, and the greater contribution we could bring to the world? “It’s complicated,” yes, and frustrating. When the Pluto/Uranus/Moon configuration is combined with the Mars/Chiron conjunction, there may be old wounds from early life that are also being stirred up, increasing the feeling of frustration and confusion, but perhaps also helping us to recognize that something has got to change.

The resonance of the need to let go, and feeling reluctant to do so, is also fed by Saturn squaring the Venus/Neptune conjunction. On the one hand, our sense of duty and responsibility may put us at odds with our loving nature. On the other hand, our capacity for forgiveness, of self and others, may have been increased. We could have created distance or built bridges, or both.

Read more: February 2015 Astrocycles

Full Moon on February 3rd

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

It looks like we’re back to work full tilt at the Full Moon on February 3rd. What’s being seen then are some unexpected growth opportunities, which are worth reconsidering. Are they gold or fool’s gold? (Sun opposite Jupiter, Moon conjunct Jupiter, Moon and Jupiter trine Uranus, Sun sextile Uranus) Now is a good time to review those possibilities and research options. These growth possibilities work best via the internet, social media, or using technology.

The one issue to really research is whether the growth possibilities that pop up now are real, or just look good on the surface (Sun opposite Jupiter). It looks like these opportunities could work out well if there’s technology or a new approach that will make it work. Otherwise, it’s likely to be pie in the sky. This cycle stays in range from January 31st – February 11th.

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