A Very Capricorn January

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer The 2013 New Year began with the Moon at 24 degrees Leo exactly squaring its nodes…to the minute! The Moon was also forming a grand trine with Venus in Sagittarius and Eris in Aries. Three feminine orbs aligned in fire! Mars and Jupiter, both in air signs, were also trine. Uranus sat at their midpoint, sextile to both. The Sun and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn. Mercury in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces were also sextile each other, and Mercury was square to Uranus.

Putting all of this together, the New Year chart feels very positive and forward-looking, suggesting a lot being accomplished, both directly and behind the scenes. The Sun/Pluto conjunction indicates big fundamental changes under way in both individuals and in the collective, while the archetypal feminine of the moon facilitates the changes, utilizing the talents of feistiness and charm to rebuild relationships despite tensions, fear and resentments. The mind (Mercury in Capricorn) is in a position to honor the past but is nevertheless tied to the need for change (Pluto) and a stronger push toward the future (square to Uranus). Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception, and their sextile is future-oriented and assertive.

Jump Off the Fiscal Cliff Already!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerThe last full moon of 2012 happens December 28th! What’s coming to light at this Full Moon are unexpected power issues. This could show up in multiple ways. We could literally have major power outages around the country or the world. Or we could see protest movements related to power issues. This may or may not apply to just the USA. It’s certainly interesting timing with the so-called Fiscal Cliff occurring just 4 days after this Full Moon.

For the US, there are major issues to be handled at this time, which are front and center. This is shown by the Sun and Pluto conjunct in the 1st house both opposite the Moon in the 7th house and all of them square to Uranus in the 4th house. From this perspective, the US may be facing another credit rating cut. We’ll see what happens!

The End of the World - Again

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer As we slipped into the final month of 2012, Jupiter, our largest planet and the ruler of Sagittarius, was at its closest point to the earth until December 1 of 2021! (http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earth-and-jupiter-closer-on-december-1-2012-than-until-2021 )

What a great way to start December! Our earth and Jupiter at their most chummy! Sounds much better to me than all the doomsday prophecies about 12/21/12! And who started that nonsense anyway? From what I’ve read about the Mayan long calendar running out, there’s nothing about the literal end of the world. However, if you view it metaphorically, then yes, the old ways of the world have definitely taken their toll, and we’d best be changing our modes of operation on most every level...STAT!

It’s a bit unclear to me that 12/21/12 is the precise date of the end of a 5,125 year cycle. Seems it’s more like a consensus date for celebrating it. That’s okay with me, in that I love the Winter Solstice! The start of a new cycle of seasons, particularly the “seed time” is particularly apt for a turning point in the shift of the collective toward a more heart-centered and socially conscious way of being.

Make the Most of the Year End Cycles

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerWe just had a Lunar Eclipse on November 28th. This eclipse was at 6 degrees Gemini. So if you have a planet or personal point in your chart between 2 – 10 degrees Gemini or Sagittarius, then this eclipse will impact you directly. The primary meaning of this eclipse is that you will happily accept a new responsibility, which generally requires a commitment. This could include, but is not limited to, pregnancy, birth, new job/career, starting a new company or a major project, or purchasing a new home or property. Or perhaps you will decide to take care of someone else.

Lunar eclipses are Full Moon eclipses, and Full Moons are times when we get the full picture. Many decisions are made close to the Full Moon for this reason. Lunar eclipses are also often related to something that’s completing or coming into its fullness. Since lunar eclipses are related to the Moon, they can also be a time when you encounter emotional patterns or issues more intensely. As with all eclipses, related events can occur up to 30 days prior to or after the actual eclipse itself. In this case the eclipse window is from October 28th – December 28th.

November's Cycles and the Full Moon

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer The astrology of November includes a Mercury retrograde period and two eclipses in addition to the ongoing drama we’ve had for months. The starting aspects were multiple: there was a T-square, with Venus opposed to Uranus and square to Pluto; an opposition between Jupiter and Mars; a waning conjunction between the Sun and Saturn; an opposition between the Moon and Mercury; and a trine between Neptune/Chiron and Saturn.

This odd assortment of aspects set the tone for the month and speaks to complications in relationships, difficulties with sorting out our priorities, deep emotional turmoil based on the need to face our fears, plus a desire to act on impulse, which we may later regret. Many people are feeling overwhelmed. There’s a sense that life is moving too fast to keep up, and for many, there’s a dragged-out experience of exhaustion.

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius and Scorpio

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro Astrologer

While we are in a pretty dire time, with the news of the extent of Sandy's wake only just beginning to unfold, I'm going to resist the urge to go into Scorpio-mode just yet and begin with some lighter fare. I know that I, for one, have needed some comic relief. I got just that last night.

It was then that I knew Mercury's shadow was truly afoot. I locked myself out of my house in the pitch dark in my bathrobe . While my robe is at least warm, it is somewhat embarrassing-looking -- pink and fuzzy with a yellow duck on it (!) How did I find myself in this position, you may ask? After getting out of a nice salt bath, I had opened the back door to feed our orange-kitty stray named Odin (synchronistically, the god Odin is another face of Mercury). There were some other cats fighting at the back of the yard, so I stepped away from the door to shoo them, instinctively closing it behind me so "Odie" couldn't get in. CLICK. I realized as soon as I closed it what I had done. Very, very fortunately, I had my cell and my iPod touch in my robe pocket, and was able to find and call a locksmith when I couldn’t get a hold of the neighbor who has our spare key. I had to wait for 90 minutes for someone to show up, however. At the same time as the locksmith finally arrived, my neighbor showed up with my spare, negating my need for a locksmith. Odin kept me company the whole time, although he was mainly waiting for his as-yet-undelivered dinner and was therefore biting my hand. Nice touch. I realized later that Mercury was aspecting four of my planets at the time (Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus). Its placement in Sagittarius always seems to magnify its trickster-ish, humorous qualities.

Saturn in Scorpio: Time to Clean House!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn October 5, 2012, Saturn moves into Scorpio, the sign of transformation, death, sex and taxes (all the sure things in life!). Scorpio is also associated with getting to the bottom of things, digging deep (including sewers), and eliminating those things which don't serve us. It's also masterful at finding the true motivations and agendas behind what's occurring. Saturn in Scorpio is a manager who is comfortable with power, suspicious of motivations, and determined to get to the bottom of what's happening. It's worth noting that Saturn is now moving into Pluto's sign (Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio), and Pluto is already in Saturn's sign of Capricorn. So this manager is in alignment with the guys in power, and vice-versa. They help each other to make necessary changes.

September 2012 T Square: Time to Shift

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerHeads up everyone! If you're into the status quo, then it’s time to buckle up! If you want a lot of changes, then you're in the right place. Tomorrow we have our Fall Equinox and this one is a doozy. That’s a technical term, of course. It means we have lots of action and plenty of likely changes afoot. The Fall Equinox is when the Sun enters the sign of Libra and this is commonly known as the first day of autumn. This year it occurs at 7:50 AM PST on September 22nd. The chart for this moment gives us an excellent look at the energies for the entire fall, and they’ll unfold throughout the coming 3 months. The chart I’m using applies to the entire USA.  

This looks like a highly volatile season. Entrenched, explosive energies are prominent during this fall quarter. This is shown by the cycles of Mars conjunct the ASC and sesquiquadrate Uranus. These energies can be very warlike. They can also be used to create breakthroughs, but they may not do so until they explode. Be watchful for safety concerns and take immediate action to correct them if you find them. 
  
Note that on a personal level, we may all need more physical exercise than usual to deal with excess energies that are bombarding us from the Sun and the Galactic Center. If we don’t get this, we may be the ones who are exploding. 

September 2012 Cycles and the Jolt of the Full Moon in Aries

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerThough temperatures may have us doubting the fact that summer is coming to an end, the shortening of days and the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox, faithfully initiates us into the Fall season.

Astrologically, on September 1st we were coming off a Pisces Full Blue Moon, and the Sun in Virgo was still opposing Chiron in Pisces. Mercury was new in its own sign of Virgo, but in a fit of discomfort while opposing Neptune (unless dreaminess in detail is your forte). Mars was expressing through some fresh new energy in its own sign of Scorpio, trine Neptune and Chiron. By September 4th, both the Sun and Mercury were feeling more solidly Virgo, and plotting details for tidying up the loose ends of summer. Mercury was trine Pluto, the Moon opposed Saturn, and Mars was sextile Pluto. The early Fall work began in earnest!

Interesting also that Mercury, Mars, Uranus, Pluto and Chiron were all at 7 degrees of their respective signs. There is a lot of symbolism around the number 7, and it implies a creative, almost magical quality of energy on that day. Note the seven stages of consciousness, the seven veils of the Goddess Isis, the seven chakras or vortices of power, the seven stages of alchemy. Implied here is a connection, a harmony, between all of the particular planets that day, something creative and oriented to change.

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