Astrology News

The Timing of Edward Snowden's Charges

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAccording to the Wall Street Journal, the US government filed charges against Edward Snowden, now known in the media as the Leaker, on June 14th. In the Eastern time zone, June 14th had a Time-Out until 12:27 PM that day. Of course they could also have filed the charges in the afternoon, during a Yellow Final Result. That would yield some results, but not meet their expectations.

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Get Ready for the July Mercury Retrograde

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerMercury retrograde (Red Communications) begins next Wednesday, June 26th and lasts through July 20th. Notice that the first day (June 26th) is also a Time-Out for most of the day, (depending on your time zone), making that day high risk for lots of activities. If you haven't already done so, get your computer system fully backed up (yes software too). Also if your car is making funny noises, get it fixed right away, before it breaks.

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Take a Breather: Enjoy This Summer!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerEver since 2008, every equinox and solstice we've had has been full of transformation (ie permanent changes) and/or unexpected, even radical changes. This process reminded me of walking across a river on slippery, wet rocks. You never knew if your next step would be a stable one or if you would land in the river. In some cases, it even felt like various forms of wildlife might be hot on your heels as you contemplated your next move.

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June Astrocycles 2013

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days” —from The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell. So, is that what we have to look forward to? “Perfect days” to bask in, during this lovely month of June? Well, yes…and no.

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A Meditation on the Sign of Cancer

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

A Meditation on the Sign of Cancer

by Dena DeCastro

My natal Sun Sign is Cancer, and it has taken me many years to warm up to this fact. I blame the old astrology books from the mid-20th century, the ones I was always perusing as a kid in the 70's. Their descriptions of my sign didn't appeal to me at all. In many of these books, each sign was shortly described and then followed by a short list of "Positive Traits" and "Negative Traits." The "Positive" traits were mainly about how good Cancers are at taking care of others, and what great parents we are. Some of the unflattering keywords listed in the "Negative" section have never left my mind – "whiny, clingy, needy, moody, and sensitive." Ouch! Ironically, the fact that I still remember every word, and am still holding on to the hurt, is itself a Cancerian trait.

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Gemini New Moon

by Mary Pat Lynch

Mary Pat Lynch AstrologerAhhh, Gemini time. Inboxes full. Messages coming in from left, right and center. Are they all what we wanted to hear? No, they are not. Do they all agree? No, they do not. But here they are!

Back at the Full Moon, we were offered a look at certainty––the Sagittarius Full Moon eclipse emphasized all the things we were sure of, suggesting maybe we look again.

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May Astrocycles 2013

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerThere’s no avoiding the Pluto/Uranus square during any part of the month of May! Even the Sun is trine Pluto at the start. We might want to live with a bit of denial and think oh yeah, Venusian earthy Taurus Sun conjunct Mars. We’ll feel good, enjoy ourselves, get a lot of work done. Step into the garden, plant some veggies.

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The Eclipses of May

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

The Eclipses of May

by Dena DeCastro

This month features two eclipses: A Solar Eclipse in Taurus on May 9th, and a Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on May 24th. Eclipses usually happen in pairs – one on the New Moon and one on the Full Moon – 6 months apart. Once in a while, we have 3 eclipses in a row, each separated by two weeks. That is the case for this current eclipse season, as we just had the Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on April 25th.

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Lunar Eclipse on April 25th

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn April 25th we have the first of three eclipses. This is the first of two Full Moon eclipses (the second one will be on May 24th). At Full Moons, things come to light. We see the full picture and many decisions are often made during these periods, precisely for this reason. We get all the facts and can finally decide. However, when we have a lunar eclipse, something is not seen, or something may be prevented or delayed.

This eclipse is at 5 degrees Scorpio and 46 minutes. If you have a planet or personal point between 1 – 9 degrees of Scorpio or 1- 9 degrees of Taurus, then you will definitely feel an impact from this eclipse. The primary meaning of this eclipse is related to releasing tension, particularly of a longstanding issue.

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April Astrocycles 2013

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerApril entered the scene with Jupiter in Gemini in aspect to everything in the chart! Looked like a ringing endorsement of inner faith! Jupiter was sextile all the planets in Aries, square everything in Pisces, opposed the Moon, and remained in quincunx to both Saturn and Pluto in the Yod formation that re-formed last month. That does not mean that we were all feeling swell, or all was “peachy keen.” What it does signify is that we are a work in progress, and keeping our nose to the proverbial grindstone without losing faith, without giving in to old default patterns, allows us to continue our positive evolution toward an improved life and lifestyle this month. AND, for those who have yet to start your spring rebirthing process, get at it! It’s never too late to begin.

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Aries: Sparking the Uranus-Pluto Square

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Aries: Sparking the Uranus-Pluto Square

by Dena DeCastro

The current focus of planetary energies in Aries has had me revisiting the nature of the long, ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This square began its effects in 2010, and will be ongoing through 2015 (but reverberating long after that). Uranus, a planet associated with revolution, rebellion, and shocking events, crossed zero degrees of Aries -- the beginning degree of the zodiac -- on March 11, 2011, day of the tsunami in Japan. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, the year that the world economy seemed to begin its slow crumble. The recent cluster of faster moving planets (the Sun, Venus, and Mars) in Aries moved across Uranus and squared Pluto over the past 2-3 weeks, a spark re-igniting the energy of the Uranus-Pluto square.

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Aries New Moon 2013

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerAries New Moon on April 10th, 2013. What’s getting started at the New Moon on April 10th is apparently not something for our eyes, or at least not yet. Whatever it is, it’s being kept hidden from view (Uranus, Sun, Moon, Mars and Venus, all in Aries and intercepted). It has the potential for some quick actions and changes, which may feel like they’re out of the blue, since we most likely won’t see them coming. It looks like this impacts all of us, whatever it is.

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New Desires, Relationships or Money Issues?

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerNew Desires, Relationships or Money Issues? Beginning March 22nd, a cycle associated with new desires, relationships (including business partnerships), love, or opportunities to make more money comes into range. This cycle (Venus conjunct Mars) is associated with knowing what you want and how to get it. However, be prepared to suddenly change your mind as we go through this process and also realize you may not see something very important. It will take time to gain real clarity as we go through this process.

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Pisces to Aries: The Ending is the Beginning

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Pisces to Aries: The Ending is the Beginning

by Dena DeCastro

I went to visit a close friend of mine last week in honor of the Full Moon in Virgo (Feb. 25th). We sometimes get together to honor the Full or New Moons, using this powerful time to clear unwanted energies and to set our intentions appropriately according to the sign and phase the Moon is in. She and I are both Cancers (ruled by the Moon); it's no wonder that Moon and lunar rituals have indeed figured very prominently in our 15 years of friendship.

When I arrived at her home, she was teary-eyed, and shared with me that she had been experiencing feelings of deep grief and sadness welling up in her for some days' time. She couldn't point toward any particular cause in her present life; things are actually quite good. We talked about the possibility that unprocessed emotions from the past may be coming up for review. Emotions can sit within us until we are able to release them through tears, or perhaps through verbal acknowledgement to a trusted friend. We spent our time that day revisiting some events from her past, and from mine, that we had experienced as intensely emotionally charged. And we realized that in some cases, we had not even begun to process the more difficult aspects of the emotional terrain associated with these events: namely grief, loss, and helplessness.

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March Astrocycles 2013

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerWe slipped into March rather quietly, with the Sun, 4 planets plus Chiron swimming in Pisces, and the Moon in Libra. The Sun was trine Saturn in Scorpio and sextile Pluto in Capricorn. Uranus in Aries was sextile Jupiter in Gemini. There’s a lot of flowing energy. With so much of the water element, plus Mercury retrograde, it’s clearly a time for introversion, a need for an awareness of one’s own consciousness.

The first 10 days of the month, in the waning phases of the moon, we have the opportunity for releasing, observing, letting go of behaviors, communications, and resentments that have held us back. We can do this with compassion, forgiveness and healing OR we can live in a dreamy fantasyland, hoping someone/something else will do it for us. Either way, we do need to be preparing for a new start.

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Get Ready for Mercury Retrograde

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerHave you encountered car problems? How about issues with your computer, phone or tablet? These are common precursors to Mercury retrograde and a sign that you need to do some prep. If your car is acting funny, NOW is the time to get it diagnosed and repaired. By the end of next week, when Mercury retrograde begins on February 23rd, the repair shops will start filling up and it will be harder to do this.

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February Astrocycles

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerThe stillness of winter lay over the land, but beyond, and ‘neath, the surface of earth, there was much afoot, as we entered the month of February! Jupiter, newly stationed direct in Gemini, was slowly building up speed for its direct run. Meanwhile the Sun in Aquarius and Saturn in Scorpio were square. Venus and Mars were about to change signs.

The first days of February were an important gateway of energy, one of the “cross-quarter days” halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, called Imbolc or Candlemas. Time to light the candles, find what illuminates us, from the inside out, and celebrate new birth/new earth!

“This is the time after the Great Dark but before the Bursting Forth. This is the time for dreaming and for knowing our dreams. This is the time for illumination. The light grows. Shadows take form as the darkness recedes. Resting still in the cauldron of birth, we close two eyes and open our third.” (Thanks to Marian Spadone of Mother Tongue Ink for that amazing quote)

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Mars in Pisces: Finding Peace

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Mars in Pisces: Finding Peace

Mars enters Pisces today, February 1st, at about 6 PM PT, and will reside there through March 11th. Wherever Mars is, we are invited to confront, move forward, and take action in the areas indicated by that sign. Pisces is a water sign, the last sign of the zodiac. Surrender and trust are required as we move into Pisces territory, as is the release of the ego's need for control and certainty. At first glance, the forward thrust of Mars seems at odds with the Piscean anthem, "go with the flow." Mars is the planet of war, action, assertion, and the "survival drive." But when Mars is in Pisces, we are invited to direct these energies in more selfless ways.

Pisces is often described as a "spiritual" sign, but I've increasingly found that word to be inadequate. Not only is it a very abstract word, but it also means very different things to different people. I recently heard a description of "spiritual" that I resonated with: To be 'spiritual' means to find structures of meaning beyond the concerns of your own immediate physical comfort.* I love this definition, because it does not require belief in a deity. We need not only to meditate or pray, although these activities help. But we must find that which gives our lives a sense of meaning, beyond just the acts necessary to get through the day and to survive physically. Mars in Pisces is very much about the opportunity to reflect on what provides meaning for us – and to take action toward it.

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