Earthquakes and Lightning Bolts in June 2012

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer Yes, friends, it’s going to be a long hot summer! Change is non-stop! And I’m not just talking about climate change, although that’s certainly in our face, as we wipe sweat from the brow!

June was wild, a constant stream of powerful, yes, even historical events. Will July provide respite? Yes, but it will be more like a few deep breaths amid a series of quick gasps than a real vacation.

July began with several potent configurations. There was the T-square with Pluto, Uranus and the Sun, blasting Sun-level light on the Uranus/Pluto square, still in close aspect, telling me that our awareness of the extreme tension in the world and in our own souls remains in high gear. There was a slightly mellower, but no less fiery Grand Trine with Uranus in Aries, Moon in Sagittarius, and Mercury in Leo, revealing a nervousness, or we could say even a giddiness created by all that is new, what is changing, and our anticipation of it.

The May 2012 Supermoon and Venus Retrograde

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerIt's May! Month of special events: Magical Beltane, Scorpio Full Moon “Supermoon,” Venus Retrograde, Annular Solar Eclipse with New Moon in Gemini!

The astrology of May begins with a strong kite formation. This includes an earthy Grand trine featuring the Moon hugging Mars in early Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn, and Sun in Taurus. Moon/Mars opposes the Neptune/Chiron grouping in Pisces, which in turn, sextiles the other planets in the trine. (We highlighted the kite formation in April at the Taurus New Moon, a cycle still operating, if you wish to check last month’s astrocycles). Starting May with the Moon in Virgo emphasizes our capacity to seek improvement in behavior, health, and work while gathering inspiration from Neptune in Pisces.

Time for New Starts on May Day

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer First of all, I want to let you know that NOW is the time for all types of new starts, especially through May 1st. This is critical that you understand this. We have a VERY short window to get new starts going now. The best times are April 27 through May 1st, May 3rd, part of May 4th and May 8th, which are the only good days we have for new starts until the very end of June or early July. So it’s very important that you use this time to start new projects. I especially want to encourage you to make good use of May 1st. If you have a Good Timing Guide, you can see that this date is all green and it has a Green $. This indicates a VERY good day! We don’t get any dates as good as that again until October. After May 8th, we get too close to Venus retrograde to make any more new starts. So get your new projects going right away, before anything else happens that could delay them.

Dramatic Changes in April

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer April! Lots of complex energy! Mercury and Mars going direct! Time to make choices and initiate change! Let the Fool’s willingness to jump into the unknown set the tone for a month of surprises.

April 2012 will be dramatic—from beginning to end, so make your choice as to how to frame it for yourself. As a child, the “Sweet April showers do spring May flowers” of Thomas Tusser rang true for me. But growing up on a farm, with the melting snow, more often than not Katherine Whitehorn’s "Spring makes everything look filthy" seemed like the real story. Later, I began reading T.S. Eliot and “April is the cruelest month…” settled into my consciousness. Suit yourself! You may try them all before the month is out!

Mercury & Mars Go Direct in April

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro AstrologerAfter the overlapping retrogrades of Mars and Mercury over the past few weeks, we'll have a month-long period from mid-April through mid-May wherein all the inner planets will be moving forward for the first time since January. Mercury went retrograde on March 12th and turns direct on April 4th; Mars went retrograde in Virgo on January 23rd and makes its direct turn on April 13th. This upcoming "direct" period is a fertile time to move forward with the plans you've been itching to get going during the retrogrades. Don't worry, you're not behind schedule -- it hasn't been an ideal time to make bold new starts or major commitments during the past few weeks. However, the period between mid-April and mid-May (before the Venus retrograde begins on May 15th) marks a brief green-light period amidst the overriding retrograde energy which embodies the first half of 2012.

Mars is Still Retrograde!

by Amber Flynn

Amber Flynn Astrologer Mars, our planet of desire, energy, vitality and passion went retrograde Monday, January 23rd, 2012 (Retrograde dates: January 23, 2012 - April 13, 2012).  What does this mean for you? Lets explore the energy of Mars.

Mars is our planet of power, strength, courage and aggression.  Mars measures our ability to project force, passion and personal will into our lives.  A strong Mars is necessary to give us the independence, self-confidence and motivation we need to carry out our unique ideas into the world.  On the negative side, Mars can bring out agression, competition, arguments and conflict. On this note, Mars has always been known as the God of War.  

Mars is the planetary energy connected to action.  Yet, it is not just action for actions sake, it is goal-oriented action.  Without Mars, we would just never get anything done.

February Cycles and Mars Retrograde Check In

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer Two cycles related to leadership and responsibilities peak the weekend of February 18th. One of these two cycles, which is Sun trine Saturn, is excellent for getting support for major projects and new responsibilities from people in charge. The other cycle, which is Sun conjunct Neptune, can be terrific for envisioning new solutions. The new cycles together can bring inspirational and responsible leaders to the forefront. This set of cycles is great for having a vision and putting a foundation under it. Both cycles stay in range through February 25th. Watch for these inspirational and pragmatic leaders during this time. Maybe you will be one of them?

In addition, we have another cycle occurring now, which is a good opportunity for communicating with either the masses or people in power. This cycle is Mercury sextile Pluto and it will peak on February 18th. It stays in range through Sunday, February 19th. This cycle can also provide penetrating insights into the motives of others or hidden agendas.

My Mars Retrograde Experience

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Mars stationed retrograde on Monday, January 23rd, 2012. I was very aware of the Mars station as I headed out on a trip to visit to my family. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I scheduled my flight for the date of a Mars station. I probably should have asked my astrologer if this was a good idea. Ahem.

When a planet "stations," it appears to stop as it changes direction from forward to backward, or the reverse. Astrologers interpret the station of a planet as a time when that planet's energies are more powerfully felt, infusing the themes of the day. Mars is related to our will, our instinct to act, and our impulses. Mars is the warrior within us, our ability to channel anger and even to commit violence. Mars stationed retrograde in the sign of Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is associated with communication, travel, and speed. The Mars station happened right on my natal Pluto, South Node, and Jupiter. This was potentially a time wherein my fears, and even nightmares (Pluto), could be more easily made manifest.

February Astrology: Neptune in Pisces, and Shadow Work for Valentine's Day

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerThe month of February arrived in the midst of one of the most dramatic planetary transitions of our lifetime! Neptune was in the last minute of the last degree of Aquarius, about to move home into its own sign of Pisces, on February 3 at 11:04 AM PST. Neptune remains in Pisces until 2025. Neptune rules the sign of Pisces. The two are similar archetypes. Thus the god of the sea will be much more comfortable and much more powerful in watery Pisces than in the previous two Saturn-ruled earth and air signs it has moved through in the past quarter century.

We’re coming out of a period (1998-2011) where the inspired side of Neptune in Aquarius has given us electronics as artform, theatre in cyberspace (youtube), and the “Internet” as our primary social interchange. The shadow side has brought us the dissolution of rational political discourse, an acceptance of lies as truth (Fox “news” is the most listened to network for news while receiving the worst ratings for factual reporting), and extremist forms of religion as “normal.”

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