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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.

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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!

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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! ( )

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Uranus-Pluto, and "Enter the Dragon" in Scorpio

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro AstrologerWe've just come through the first 8 months of 2012 laden with astrological events. First, there was the string of retrogrades – Mars, then Venus, punctuated by Mercury retrograde in Leo. The retrograde energy only just lifted around August 22nd, as Mercury emerged from its post-retro shadow. We also had a summer rife with some rather momentous events – the first exact Uranus-Pluto square in June, the eclipses of late May and early June, the Venus-transit-across-the-Sun in June, AND the "Cardinal Cross" lineup of Mars in Libra, Uranus in Aries, the Sun in Cancer, and the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn in early July.

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Blue Moon Farewell

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick AstrologerOn August 31, 2012 we have the second Full Moon in a month, sometimes known as a Blue Moon. Is it really a Blue Moon? That's the $64,000 question of the day! The original definition of a Blue Moon was that it was the third of four Full Moons within a season. Typically a season (calculated from equinox to solstice or vice versa) has three Full Moons and several religous holidays or other festivals were based on the timing of Full Moons. So when a season had four Full Moons, this threw off the count and interferred with the correct timing for a holiday. The third Full Moon of the Season was considered to be the "extra" one or the Blue Moon, because there are names for the first, second and last Full Moon of each season. So the extra one was known as the Blue Moon.

Today's Full Moon is an odd one. It's the second Full Moon in a month, but it's NOT the third of four Full Moons in a season. The next Full Moon is on September 29th, after the Fall Equinox on September 22nd. So according to the original definition of a Blue Moon, this is NOT one! In fact the next REAL Blue Moon will be on August 21, 2013, but keep reading, and you'll be vindicated.

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Cycles of Power at the End of August 2012

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer The first cycle I want to mention is one that’s associated with confused or deceptive leaders. This cycle, which is Sun opposite Neptune, first came into range on August 19th and it peaks on August 24th. It will stay in range through August 30th. In general, leaders may experience having a vision that they cannot articulate well enough to others, so that others will get on board with it. It can also be a period when we don’t know what the right strategy is for moving forward to solve a challenge. Our leaders may be in the limelight at this time, and if so, they may be misleading or confusing us. So be careful what you believe! Also notice that this cycle occurs during the Republican National Convention, which is August 27 – 30th.

This cycle is mediated by Mars sextile to the Sun and trine Neptune. So there is help available from others to take important actions to move forward with your vision of what you want to accomplish. This assistance is here now through August 30th and it first came into range on August 18th. Sun sextile Mars is energizing and can give us the extra energy needed to accomplish a task. Mars trine Neptune though really prefers to relax, meditate, go for a swim, watch a movie, or get a massage. So if you get that task done that you need to accomplish, give yourself some time to relax as well.

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What About Me? August and the Sun in Leo

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley AstrologerAugust already? Weren’t we just in June? Oh, that’s right! Mercury’s retrograde. No wonder my mind feels a bit disconnected with the present! I’m busy figuring out why I haven’t had the attention I feel I need when the Sun is in Leo. And then, mere hours into the month, the Moon comes full in Aquarius, first in opposition to Mercury and then the Sun in Leo at 8:27 PM PDT August 1. There’s all this conflict about needing to do for others (Moon in Aquarius) when what I really want is to take care of MY needs (Sun/Mercury in Leo)!

Okay, maybe we’re not feeling quite that immature about things, but again, maybe we are. It is summer. We’re supposed to be relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking it easy. But all is not calm. Part of ourselves is probing, going deep into places in our psyche we’ve never been, and it’s like cleaning a wound. There’s a lot of ouch! Stop! Be gentle there! Yet the cleaning must be done. Intuitively, we know we must take this time to see the future in a new way.

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The Explosive and Positive Potential in the July and August Cycles

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer As of today, July 18th, 2012, we’re well into the Mercury retrograde, when Mercury appears to move backwards in the heavens. Are you noticing problems with your computer? Slower traffic? Get your car fixed right away if it’s making funny noises. Get your computers backed up with a full-system back-up if you haven't already. And for heaven’s sake, double or triple check everything before you send it out.During this time we’re more likely to make mistakes than usual.

Mercury retrograde started July 15th and lasts through August 7th. All Mercury retrogrades are excellent for fixing or repairing things. This is especially a great time to do home repairs, while we have good weather. These periods are great for looking back, reconsidering our needs, and for reconnecting with past customers, friends and family. It’s also the ideal time to catch up, clean up and recycle things you no longer want. You can donate things, sell items on Craig’s List or eBay, or have a garage sale. It doesn’t matter how you recycle items you no longer want or need. You get your energy back when you pass them on, and that allows you to bring in more money.

This particular retrograde seems to be better than most of them. Mercury moves back into good cycles with a trine with Uranus, plus a sextile to both Mars and Jupiter. These cycles can help us keep some sanity while we have some volatile energies at the same time. This particular Mercury retrograde gives us ample opportunities to research some great, new ideas, and explore different implementation possibilities. It would also be a good time to redo a web site or blog.

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The Long Hot Summer of 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.

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Snow White and the Huntsman: Dark Venus Rising

by Tony Howard

Tony Howard Astrologer

The new film Snow White and the Huntsman presents a wonderful opportunity to explore both the darker shades of the Venus archetype as well as the Venus retrograde cycle. The 2012 Venus retrograde cycle (which includes the heliacal rising on June 12) is an exceptional one in that it occurs simultaneously with several other important astrological events, including the rare transit of Venus, Neptune stationing in Pisces, several eclipses (or occultations), and later in the month, the station of Saturn in Libra, plus the first exact square of Uranus and Pluto, just to name a few! You can read more about these events in my blog post, A Perfect Storm.

Snow White and the Huntsman astrologyOn the weekend just before the transit of Venus (which occurred on a Tuesday), the film Snow White and the Huntsman made its debut in the number one spot at the box office. Composed of a rich tapestry of symbolic imagery, the film was released in concert with some of the strongest planetary alignments in June 2012. In the following article published exclusively in the Digital Edition of The Mountain Astrologer, we'll explore these transits and some of the symbolism in the film in detail. Follow the link below to sign up for the Digital Edition of TMA to read on.

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All Eyes on Gemini in June

by Dena DeCastro

Dena DeCastro AstrologerMuch has been written about the current Venus Retrograde (May 15th – June 27th) and its transit across the Sun (June 5th), a rare event that happens in pairs 8 years apart; the pair only happens once a century. For an in-depth look at the transit of Venus and its retrograde, check out Steven Forrest's May newsletter on the Transit of Venus Tony Howard's article on Venus Retrograde. Both provide an insightful look at the technical features of the Venus cycle and also its astrological symbolism. Rather than re-invent that particular wheel, I'd like to investigate the sign wherein the Venus retrograde, its transit -- and so much other activity -- takes place throughout June: Gemini.

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The Dominoes Are Starting to Fall

Five "Eclipses" in 13 Days!

by Madeline Gerwick

Madeline Gerwick Astrologer

There's no doubt about it. June 2012 is probably the most intense month of changes we'll have had to date. Beginning Monday, June 4th, this month is set up astrologically as though dominoes are falling over, one by one, and gaining speed as they go. We have the equivalent of five "eclipses" in just 13 days (beween June 4 - 16th). Just the latest news includes the following:

  1. The Chinese gave the signal to their banks that it's OK to dump their US dollars. This should result in a fairly rapid decline in the value of the US dollar. Get some gold coins if you don't already have some. Do it soon though, as gold is already starting to shoot upward. If the dominoes really are falling, gold could be substantially higher by the end of June. If you're unfamiliar with buying gold coins, there's an article on my web site, How to Buy Gold. Silver is also an excellent investment.
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