The March 2011 Counterpunch

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

We floated into March on Tuesday, with five planets plus Chiron in a Pisces stellium, giving us the energy of increased sensitivity, heightened intuition, and the feeling that we are seeing below surface appearances. On Thursday March 3, the Moon moves into Pisces as well, and the “life as a dream” experience intensifies. The Pluto/Mars sextile, plus Chiron in Pisces, will give energy to the ideals of introspection, compassionate service, and forgiveness. When the New Moon in Pisces arrives on Friday, March 4 at 12:45 PM PST, we can take full advantage of this mystical energy by spending a few moments that day in meditation, and by visioning positive affirmations for ourselves and the planet. Our capacity for sensing the connectedness of all beings is greatly enhanced at that time.

All this dreaminess, however, has a powerful counterpunch via the action-oriented Jupiter in Aries square to Pluto in Capricorn plus a waxing opposition between Jupiter and Saturn in Libra, which is forcing us to seek balance amid uproar. Our impulse to take action, to bring about massive change, is in full force. This will take many forms. Look at the number of governors trying to change nearly a century’s worth of history by breaking up worker unions. Consider the huge number of people across the nation expressing their resistance to that change by publicly rallying against the oppressive action. The people of Libya are in a full state of revolution while their corrupt dictator of the last 40 years states, “There are no demonstrations against me. All my people love me.” Know that this phenomenon of extremes is not only playing out on the world stage, but within each of us as well.

Fresh Starts on the New Moon with Amber

by Amber Flynn

Amber Flynn Astrologer

Today is the day to start a new project or begin the exciting process of implementing a new idea or vision. Today is the beginning of a New Moon Cycle!

Join me in understanding this timeless cycle by looking at the best activities to focus on as the New Moon cycle starts in each of the 12 houses.

What is a New Moon Cycle? 

In Astrology the term "moon cycle" (or "lunar cycle") refers to the 28 day cycle of the moon's continuous orbit around the earth. As the moon orbits the earth, its appearance and/or phase changes and thus gives us an indication of the moon's progress in the cycle.

When the Moon is in this cycle it brings a sense of renewed energy and calm.  This is because we are in the initial planning stages of the next 28 day cycle.  In the planning stage there is always more hope and anticipation of what life could bring. But we must plan intentionally and act wisely to insure our full participation in this wonderful cycle. Why?  Because in 2 weeks we will have a Full Moon Cycle which will bring our goals and visions to fruition.

What should I do on a New Moon Cycle?

Today you might start by making a list of the things you want to accomplish within these next 2 weeks.  Start with "seeing" yourself doing the thing you want to accomplish by the Full Moon on Saturday March 19th and ask yourself what you need to "do" between now and then to accomplish your vision. Make a clear action list of “Next Action Steps.” Then get to work on your list.

Joan's February Update

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

February arrives with an abundance of the air element, perfect for any work related to communication, wisdom or the power of the mind.  At the New Moon in Aquarius at 6:30 PM PST on February 2, the Sun, Moon and Mars were in mid-Aquarius in a trine with Saturn in Libra. This New Moon, ushering in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, is primed for new ideas, with the passion and energy of Mars joined with the discipline of Saturn to help carry them out! Don’t expect these new ideas to be run of the mill—Aquarius, with its emphasis on individualism and innovation, will see to it they step up and stand out!

With this kind of exciting New Moon energy in tech-savvy Aquarius, plus exuberant Jupiter in Aries, and Uranus on the brink of Aries (the fiery sign of new beginnings and warrior energy enters Aries in March), it shouldn’t surprise us that we’ve got several nations (Tunisia and Egypt) in the middle of huge anti-government uprisings and several more (Jordan and Yemen) simmering on the back burner.

Do You Really Believe in Astrology?

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

“My husband doesn’t believe in this stuff, but I’d like to come in for a Couple’s Reading anyway.”

“My parents are Christians and would really disapprove of me being here, so I’m not telling them I’m getting this reading.”

“Do you really believe in astrology, or is this an act you’re putting on to get business? C’mon, you can tell me the truth.”

Do you really believe in astrology?

My purpose in offering the above quotes is not to ridicule them; I understand where they are coming from. After all, astrology has commonly been viewed in the modern era as A) the worst kind of superstitious nonsense and/or B) a threat to fundamental Christianity. As an astrologer, I’ve sometimes felt the need to be “in the closet” due to my career in academia and when speaking with Christian family members and family friends. I’m very aware that as soon as I mention that I’m an astrologer in mixed company, I may face a wide range of judgment and criticism, from being branded a practitioner of the Dark Arts (unfortunately, this is not an exaggeration), to pitiful dismissal (academics sometimes assume my IQ to be far less than theirs).

For a long time, I believed that the religious right and scientists were the two groups that held the most enmity toward my chosen profession. However, following a short radio appearance on NPR’s Marketplace in 2008, I found that the (supposedly) liberal and open-minded secular humanists were another group I could add to the list (read the comments on this NPR episode for hours of entertainment). These are generalizations, of course. I’ve met many individuals within each of these groups who are open to the possibility of astrology’s validity as a discipline. But unfortunately I have encountered more opposition than acceptance within these groups.

Relax, Astrology Hasn't Changed!

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

Does the 13th Sign and The Earth's Wobble Disprove Astrology?

Um, no.

“Am I still a Taurus? Or am I a Gemini now?” This is the phone message I received from my 81-year-old grandmother today in response to all the buzz around the “13th Sign” article published in the Star Tribune and circulated widely, about the "discovery" that the earth’s wobble now supposedly changes everything for astrologers.

I reassured her: “Yes, Grandma, you are still a Taurus.” She seemed a bit disappointed; perhaps she was hoping for a new Sun sign. But even if it were discovered today that in fact, the zodiac has always been “wrong” and that my Grandma was really a Gemini, I would have to argue that, well, Geminis must act like Tauruses then, because my Grandma is one of the most Taurus-ey Tauruses I know.

Several good astrologers have stepped forward to set the story straight. Astrologer Eric Francis eloquently deconstructed the silly argument with aplomb. And to my surprise, CNN allowed an astrologer to get in several intelligent good sentences in response to the story (the task was in good hands with Jeff Jawer).

Many other astrologers have already been out there talking about this, but here’s a short summary of the facts you need to know:

Astrology Predictions 2011

by Laura Waldman

Laura Waldman Astrologer

Astrology Predictions 2011

In 2011 expect a burst of energy, enthusiasm, and courage starting the third week of January and really escalating in the middle of March. This movement of two planets - Jupiter and Uranus - into the sign of Aries is exciting news. Since the year 2005 we have weathered many tests and experienced resistance of the sort that caused us to hone our motives and develop our strengths. Now it is time to “Just Do It”!

The way forward is more clear in 2011 so notice your desires and hop out there to make them happen. Express yourself, experiment and go to the next level. The planets will give you the confidence you require. Historically, this coming 7-year period mirrors the late 1920's and early 1930's, when pioneers of aviation and media were pushing known boundaries in solo flights and with technologies such as film and television that appeared at that time like miracles. Aries is an energy of great strength and the athletes who broke records then became popular heroes. Now it’s time to be your own champion!

Faith Hope and Reinvention in January 2011

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

The new year has arrived, but some of us don't feel particularly different, renewed or transformed. If you're in that boat, I'd like to point out that we’re still in transition. The nightmares of 2010 are still facing us, and despite some strong and earthy Capricorn energy - with the Sun, Mars, and Pluto hanging out in that solid sign - it’s still a bit difficult to feel grounded. This is due to several configurations in the global horoscope for January.

  1. Jupiter and Uranus are still conjunct in dreamy Pisces (Neptune ruled), and they’re now moving direct.
  2. Venus is squaring Neptune, the god of the sea, putting tension, plus strong desire, on our capacity to feel connected to our loved ones as well as humanity as a whole.
  3. Venus is ruler of Libra, which was on the Ascendent here on the West Coast when the New Year arrived, and is also the sign Saturn is in. We know there is love and concern, but it seems to keep slipping out of reach, in terms of our being able to actually embody it.

Looking Back on 2010 - Looking Ahead 2011

by Maurice Fernandez

Maurice Fernandez2010 is almost over leaving most of us marked quite deeply by its tempestuous passage. Astrologically speaking, it was no surprise as it seems that whoever is behind the organization of planetary positions ensured that the blend of intensity would hurl everything into the mix including the kitchen sink and in high doses. Some of us managed to harness the strong forces at play in order to crack open patterns and access completely new ground while others were essentially ravaged by the elements; the majority of us ended up somewhere in the middle, having fluctuated  between breakthroughs and breakdowns.

Looking back, 2010 was a year that propelled people forward whether by choice or by circumstance…the urge to “take the plunge” was compelling…some made the leap consciously, while others felt pushed into it. And yet, with this strong calling for change, many felt they were simultaneously held back and not able to go forward all the way; the future was calling, but the past—often unyielding and asking for its dues—left many in the twilight zone, sometimes trapped in frustration.

Lunar Eclipse December 2010

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer If you have a clear sky, you should be able to view the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse in its entirety, beginning at about 10 PM PST on the 20th, with its peak at 12:13 AM on the 21st. We begin a new cycle with this eclipse on the polarity of Gemini/Sagittarius. The last six out of seven eclipses have resided in the Cancer/Capricorn polarity, but this month’s Lunar Eclipse takes us into a new pair of signs. Lunar Eclipses occur on the Full Moon, and for this eclipse, the Sun is in the last degree of Sagittarius, while the Moon is in the last degree of Gemini. This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse also occurs on the Winter Solstice, as the Sun is just about to enter 0 degrees Capricorn. The eclipse energy can be building for several days before the Full Moon.

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