Astro-planner for February 2019

Old vs new: rice paddy next to highway: Uranus in Taurus with Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Dear Friends,

The Sun has moved into Aquarius, a fixed air sign, and we find ourselves in the “fixed” part of the season. This is the heart of winter here on the East Coast of the United States, or sunny mid-summer in the southern hemisphere. Wherever you are now, the weather at this time of year reflects the most solid and consistent (“fixed”) part of the season.

At the same time, the lunar eclipse in Leo which happened within a day of the Sun’s ingress into Aquarius (January 21-22) heralded highly unusual weather patterns. Here we experienced a day of extreme cold, even for midwinter: it was 3 degrees Fahrenheit/-16 degrees Celsius!

Such extreme temperatures, often signaled by eclipses in fixed signs, remind us of the power of nature. Unusual weather patterns also highlight our increasing reliance on weather websites and apps – often valued over our own first-hand experience. It seems as if there’s an app for everything now except one which can download our own experience.

Of all the sign archetypes, Aquarius is the closest to embracing technology and innovation in the quest for better lives for all. We’ll see this peak when Jupiter and Saturn join up in this fixed air sign in 2020/1. While it’s exciting to be living in these times, it also feels as if change could be happening too fast for us as a species. There seems to be an ever-increasing gap between our own physical experience of the world and what we are told is the world on our screens.

Perhaps there’s a way to embrace the new while remaining connected to the older ways?

I’d love to hear your grandparent’s stories about weather prediction. Please email me – no anecdote too small!

Enjoy the February Astro-Planner, as well as the Sun, Moon and Rising Signs post below.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR FEBRUARY 2019

February 4: New Moon at 15 degrees of Aquarius. During the 24-hour period before new moon (at 4:03 pm on 2/4 here in New York) things can feel a little lackluster and listless. Please test this for yourself; it’s usually not a good time to initiate projects or make important commitments. Once the New Moon kicks in, set your intentions for the month, and move forward with grace. I like to wait until at least a day after new moon before beginning something important

February 13: Mars and Uranus draw closer to one another from February 4 until the 13, when they finally meet up at 29 degrees of Aries. This is an intense aspect, the highest expression of which is swift and courageous action, winning the good fight, and the throwing off of fear to embrace lightning change. The lowest expression is strife, accident and upset. Choose your path wisely

February 13-18: These could be tense days politically so cut down on your news intake. With Mars changing signs, watch your energy expenditure and regulation. Are you doing too much physically? Too little? Imbalance is bound to show up at this time. Act on your insights from February 20 onward

February 19: Full Moon at 0 degrees of Virgo as the Sun moves into Pisces. This is a good time for self-care. Try a day-long dietary cleanse or a mental health day of filing and organizing your home office. If you don’t have the energy for either of these, an evening of reading may offer profound insights

Read your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for February here

Astrology Update for February 2019

Welcome to Astrology Update for February 2019!

Rice paddy in the air element of Aquarius. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

For the time period January 20, 2019 – February 19, 2019

Aries, while you’re dreaming about a new car or a new lifestyle, your daily commute seems ever longer. Hang in there because the time you spend on the road won’t last forever. Physically, mentally and emotionally, you’re feeling strong once again and ready for a successful 2019! An excellent time to focus on writing and communications.

Taurus, it looks like things are happening this month on your terms. That’s good news, especially because you are also shown to be supported by a close knit group of friends and/or a supportive counselor. Focus your energies on new beginnings and accept the changes rolling in. Let go of dead wood – it’s really time move on.

Gemini, this is not your month to gamble but it is a favorable time to begin a new romance or increase commitment in a current one! Things can happen very suddenly or unexpectedly so be open to this flow. Children may also be very much on your mind – how can you help to make their dreams a reality? The secret here is to provide a solid structure and firm limits in which they can then explore.

Cancer, finally you’re able to adjust your lifestyle a bit to fit in with all the changes that have been happening over the last few months! It looks like you’ll be paying special attention to your health and diet, and gradually moving away from harsh routines and tiring schedules. If someone close to you is not as supportive as you’d wish, don’t try to change them. Instead, focus on taking care of yourself and making yourself comfortable. Allow this caring energy to flow toward you now.

Leo, the recent eclipse in your sign may have felt like the universe used a can-opener on you. It’s all part of a process that’s been taking place these last two years to open you up emotionally. Thankfully, this will begin to ease up during the spring – so start planning now for what you wish to see bloom in your life this summer. This month will see you deeply engaged in finding the balance between self and other. Finding time for a haircut or facial will do wonders for your spirit!

Virgo, it looks like a relatively quiet month for you with plenty of time for contemplation and inner processing. While you’re working things out behind closed doors, spare a moment to offer financial support to your partner. Your ordered mind sees patterns that s/he doesn’t, so go ahead and share your clear insights. If you’re looking for a home project, freshening up your bedroom linens and decor is favored.

Libra, it’s hard to keep your mind on work when you’re imagining a far-away vacation. Be that as it may, there’s a lot of “stuff” going on at the office and at home that you need to take care of first. Luckily, your friends are encouraging you to relax in their company, providing you with plenty of down time. Avoid shady deals or new romances that feel too good to be true.

Scorpio, this month you may find yourself stepping out into the community in a more public role with many eyes upon you. All will go well because you’ve put the work in – and are at your best. While work and getting organized seems to be the main focus for you right now, you’re also trying to figure out how to exercise more efficiently. If anyone can find a way, you will!

Sagittarius, this looks like a wonderful period for you as you receive love and support from friends, and the chance of recognition at work. Money from a job well done could also make it into your account. Your only caution? Complacency. Move onto the next project now; it’s time to self-motivate not kick back. You’re used to keeping many balls in the air – aim high!

Capricorn, it’s a good month to put your head down and get on with it. Attend to those things that have been shoved under the carpet for a while now. This is an important year for you in every respect so find the energy to confront unfinished business now. Remember to put your feet up and have a cup of tea in between all the paperwork.

Aquarius, it’s your birthday this solar cycle and you find yourself in a contemplative and solitary place. Note that this is not lonely! You’re standing in your own power, feeling close to your god, and getting ready for the next big step. Set your intentions on the day of February 4; it’s your New Moon and your mind will be in top form!

Pisces, there’s a nip and tuck going on with your financial affairs this month; be aware of all monies going in and out of your account. While clarity might be hard to find in almost every area of your life, it looks like luck eventually lands in your lap and good fortune smiles on your bank account. It’s an important time to continue with routine exercise and good sleep habits – without them, you’ll lose your edge.

May your stars align in 2019!

Lady on tree stump looks into the forest light. Courtesy of Wallup.net.

Dear Friends,
Wishing you health and prosperity in 2019,
May the Sun shine upon you, today and always,

Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR JANUARY 2019

December 31/January 1: The New Year begins with a Sun-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn, a Moon-Venus conjunction in Scorpio, and Mars entering Aries! How does this translate? There’s nothing to fear if your life is in relative order and you’re steering with your own inner spiritual compass. You’ll feel ready for just about anything! For those of you running from dealing with a situation, this period will see reality dawn. Expect the cold unadulterated truth, served with a dollop of emotional intensity, and garnished with everything you thought you’d never say/do – right out in the open

January 5: New Moon at 15 degrees Capricorn (partial solar eclipse, 8:28 pm in New York). For those of you who love New Year’s resolutions, this is the New Moon for you! There’s plenty of mental strength and discipline around to make it all happen. So set those goals and aim high. Robust activities and disciplined routines start here. Prediction: the gyms will be full this week!

January 6: Uranus moves direct at 28 degrees of Aries. You have from now until March 7,  2019, to finish off things you began 7 years ago. (What were you doing between March 2011 and January 2012? Did you begin some new venture?) It’s time to make way for Uranus in Taurus! You may find yourself putting down roots and building up your bank account. You’ve got 7 years to do this, from March 2019 until April 2026. Planetary energies are on your side

January 8: Venus leaves Scorpio (at last!) for freedom-loving Sagittarius. While the first week of January may be oh so serious, things start to lighten up after the 8th. We can say goodbye (and thank you) to all the deep emotional processing that’s been taking place since September 10 and move forward into our Joy

January 21: Full Moon at 0 degrees of Leo (total lunar eclipse, 0:15 am in New York). Expect the unexpected and take hold of opportunities offered to you – yes, life can get more intense than it is now! (And you’ve actually been wishing for change since last summer.) There’s also a Venus-Jupiter conjunction at 1 degree of Sagittarius (trine the Moon in Leo, and Mars in Aries!) – please look at the sky and see bright and beautiful Venus-Jupiter! What can we say except, ‘Reach for your highest success and you will achieve it!’. If you can avoid too much of a good thing, this is your time for self-motivation, pulling out all the stops, and triumphing over your fears. If you are prone to mood swings, avoid mind-altering substances between January 20-22. If you’re born around December 4 – 9, this could be the day to propose to your loved one or buy a lottery ticket!

Wishing you self-knowledge and fulfillment this year

Astrology Update for December 2018

Outdoor fire in natural setting. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Dear Friends,

With Jupiter moving forward in Sagittarius, one of the signs it rules, there is a definite upturn in the general atmosphere. With this jovial mood comes much needed relief from the strong saturnine energy we’ve experienced since the year began.

The one caution is not to overspend or be overly optimistic with your financial outlook. If an investment looks too good to be true, it probably is. That said, go ahead – let your hair down and relax into the party season!!

Here’s both the monthly astro-planner and the Sun, Moon and Rising signs for the period November 23 to December 22.

Take a moment to email me about your experiences as they relate to this post.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

May the Sun Shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR DECEMBER 2018

Nov 23: Sun moves into Sagittarius; Full Moon at 0 degrees of Gemini

Dec 2 – 12: Mercury dips back into Scorpio; this is your most focused period for mental activity this month; use it wisely

Dec 7: New Moon at 15 degrees of Sagittarius setting the tone for the month. With the Moon squaring Mars-Neptune, beware of fairy dust. A positive manifestation of this energy could be to plan a culinary or outdoor adventure

Dec 6: Mercury moves direct at 27 Scorpio and will move into Sagittarius on December 13. As Mercury takes a while to pick up speed, plan for some commuter delays, technical frustrations or setbacks at work from Dec 6-14. In this way, they won’t take you by surprise

Dec 21: The Sun moves into Capricorn. This is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and sets the tone for the political climate for the next 6 months. We need to be very aware of government control and the smudged line between fact and opinion in Washington

Dec 22: Full Moon at 0 degrees of Cancer. Avoid holiday traffic and rushing about. This is a wonderful evening to host a home-cooked meal for friends or family. If you live alone, try to reach out to someone else who may value company at this time

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs:

Aries, you’re in good shape this month, feeling comfortable at home. Your focus is on a new and pleasurable hobby – are you redecorating? The children also have a lot going on and need you to ferry them around. If you don’t have kids yet, there’s a strong chance of a holiday fling!

Taurus, fortify your immune system with healthy super foods to ward off germs as the season gets under way. And why not add a morning meditation too to strengthen and calm your mind and heart? Your daily grind continues and you’re beginning to accept what you need to do next year to enable meaningful change in your life. Don’t second-guess yourself.

Gemini, it looks like your long-term relationship is under scrutiny this month. It’s a great time to revise your values surrounding what you expect from your partner. Sometimes all it takes is to look at things from a non-conventional perspective. Once your ruling planet Mercury picks up speed around mid-December you can move forward with other family matters – such as calling your parents.

Cancer, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll be receiving money from someone this month – and it really comes in handy! You’re still feeling somewhat subordinate at work but manage to look good in spite of it. It’s your Full Moon on December 22 so use this date as a guide to bring any outstanding debt or projects to completion at this time.

Leo, travel is on the cards for you this month – if any opportunities for expanding your horizons and escaping the concrete jungle are offered to you, seize them! Ditch the guilt and spend some time and money on yourself. Plot your escape for any time after December 9. Armchair travel and divinatory experiences also count!

Virgo, work is uppermost in your mind this month. You’ve been reassessing things and thinking of ways to optimize your job performance and image. You’ll find this reflection has been well worth it as alternative career moves present themselves. Take time around the New Moon on December 7 to relax and slow down. Sometimes kicking back is the best way to move forward.

Libra, parts of December may feel like a déjà vu. When situations appear to be repeating themselves, sit up and take notice. Make positive changes in your behavioral response (remember the movie Groundhog Day?) and you’ll be amazed at how smoothly things start to flow. Friends love spending time with you this month. There is also a strong chance that you’ll receive what you were hoping for, whether a promotion or pay raise.

Scorpio, this month you need to be careful about self-created problems. Stand up for what you believe in but be careful not to alienate anyone in the process. Remember that some treasures are best kept hidden. You know your own worth. Reach out to siblings around the December 7 New Moon.

Sagittarius, many happy returns! You will not only be another year wiser this cycle but receive the bountiful blessings of your ruling planet, Jupiter! There’s been so much intensity over the last 12 months and now it’s time to lighten up. Work on positive responses to situations that usually trigger you. Hit the yoga mat and find your equilibrium. Avoid over-indulgence the week of December 22.

Capricorn, this is a good time for finances. It looks like money is being consolidated and it’s coming into your account. What a good time to set up an investment plan! You have the energy to move forward now so don’t delay. If for some reason, money is tight, the indication is that there’s very little you can do about it now. Enjoy your new furniture!

Aquarius, it looks like you’re planning a short journey to see siblings and relatives during this cycle. Your family sees you as the eccentric aunt who sprinkles fairy dust when it’s most needed. This year is no exception. However, you may also receive something that glitters yourself this time around. Being able to receive is the key for you this month.

Pisces, are you in the process of a make-over? Or is it the house that’s getting some attention this month? Either way, things are looking more positive for you than they have in a long while. The only thing to watch out for is saying exactly what you feel. Now is the time for diplomacy so smile in response to that awkward question. There’s a wonderful long-distance travel opportunity for you at the month’s end.

Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for November 2018

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Dear Friends,

How are you faring?

As the days shorten here on the East Coast and the leaves begin to fall, it’s the natural time for inner reflection. We’re helped in this process by Venus and Mercury being in their retrograde cycle at different times this month. Set some hours aside now for doing nothing except taking stock of what you have in your life and on where you’re going from here.

The feedback from the Sun, Moon and Rising signs has all been so positive they’re here again this month! Do read all three – email me if you don’t know your moon or rising sign. I’ve also included the monthly Astro-Planner in the post below so there’s lots of helpful information to check back on as the month unfolds.

May the Sun Shine upon you,
Catherine

Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for November 2018

Aries, early November finds you slogging away with lots of chores at home and tons of work. As usual, you don’t shirk your duty but jump right in and roll up your sleeves. That’s great because hard work now means more relaxation later in the month and during December. It’s also a great month to give up junk food or undertake a dietary cleanse. Good luck and go for gold!

Taurus, change is upon you and feels unavoidable. Will you move forward into a new life or remain stuck in memories from the past (especially from eight years ago)? Your partnership seems less than desirable right now but things will lighten up around the New Moon on the 7th. Yet during December you’ll be going back going over the same old territory. The best way to deal with your circumstances right now is to work on yourself.

Gemini, there’s an adjustment of pace for you this November as you take your foot off the gas for a review. Are you on track with your ambitions? Your partner’s money comes in handy early on in the month. Take note of the full Moon in your sign on November 23rd where there could be a revelation or a visit from someone in your past.

Cancer, you’re still dealing with the daily grind this month but there’s a silver lining – the chance of travel for work or interesting new on-the-job training. Colleagues from overseas could enter the work place and bring some excitement. For those of you born June 24 to 30, persevere – and you’ll soon reap your reward.

Leo, November heralds some changes as to how the world sees you. There’s either a shift at work, or, if you’re your own boss, you’re stepping forward into a new role. You may also change your legal status at this time or update your image. Change happens quickly this month so stay alert and be willing to put in extra time. And try to wait until after the 17th to visit the hairdresser!

Virgo, this month sees you cementing new friendships and connecting more closely than usual with groups that are important to you. By the second half of the month you’ll also be connecting with old friends through the Internet. Make some space after the 16th to clear out any accumulated junk. Your best attitude is to think outside the box while practicing a “let’s wait and see” approach.

Libra, the first part of the month finds you dealing with the consequences of your actions. Feeling a bit confined is the result of your own doing so only you know how best to deal with it. The positive side of it is that you have plenty of staying power to see any project through to completion. By mid-month things start to look up as travel plans get under way or you explore a new area of study. This is a great month to reflect on your values and on how others see you.

Scorpio, it’s your month – you’re feeling confident and energized. There’s a personal reassessment going on right now about the role you play at home. You’re more aware than ever of your habitual way of relating to your partner. How can you be yourself, fully and fearlessly, but with less armor? The second half of the month focuses on work. It’s a good time to be more visible than usual here. Happy birthday to you!

Sagittarius, it’s time to get your finances in order and perhaps consolidate outstanding debt. While the first week in November may feel intense, there’s positive financial news arriving after the 9th which will help you get spending under control. Now is also a good time to begin setting money aside for travel plans. That’s something wonderful to look forward to!

Capricorn, this month you receive the news you’ve been waiting for. That’s one less thing on your mind! For so long you’ve been trying to balance work and home, and your spiritual life has felt a little on hold. Finally this November sees you able to make time in your daily schedule for yourself and for whatever you do to bring your spiritual life down to earth. You may even be inspired to have the neighbors over for an easy-going dinner.

Aquarius, there’s some kind of disruptive energy at home this month or else a significant ending. The good news is that you handle it well and you have support. If something has to end, embrace the change as there’s a real gift for you. There’s also nothing wrong with taking the initiative and beginning a new home project yourself! Family property may come under scrutiny so be prepared.

Pisces, this month sees you relaxing with your lover and/or children. Something, however, is not as it seems. Be clear as to what sacrifices you’re willing to make when it comes to these relationships. Other than that, things are looking positive for you after November 9 so dust off your dancing shoes – a party looks on the cards!

Flower as Star. Courtesy of WallUp.Net

 

Astro-Planner for November 2018

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Oct 24: Sun enters Scorpio with the Full Moon

(I heard from so many of you about your experiences on the day of the previous full moon! The Full Moon was conjunct Uranus exacerbating the usually grounded Taurus energy. With Uranus in Taurus for the next 7 years we will now have more unstable Taurus Moon days. As always, my best counsel is not to rush about around the Full Moon. Lower your caffeine intake and make a particular effort to eat well on the day before and day of the Full Moon)

Nov 1: Mercury enters Sagittarius. Double-check your emails before you press send

Nov 7: New Moon at 15 degrees of Scorpio. Emotions can be sensitive today so take care not to over-react. A good day to plan your month ahead

Nov 9: Jupiter moves into Sagittarius after spending 13 months in Scorpio. Watch the news! Is there still a place for justice in this world?

Nov 11: Great day for a yard clean up and cutting back dead wood

Nov 16: Venus stations direct at 25 degrees of Libra. You’ll revisit interactions from the 1st week in September 2018

Nov 17: Mercury stations retrograde at 13 Sagittarius (until the second week in December). Use this period to catch up with old friends and tackle outstanding correspondence. Avoid getting a new smart phone, computer or home appliance during this time, no matter how good the holiday deals appear. The best time for that new device is after January 6

Nov 23: Sun moves into Sagittarius; Full Moon at 0 degrees of Gemini. Think before you speak and check before you press send. Did I write that already? Yes! It’s important.

Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for October 2018

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Dear Friends,

Back by popular demand, your astrology for the month by sign! Remember to read for your Sun, your Moon and your Rising sign (Ascendant). As always, email me if you are unsure of your placements.

Wishing you all a fruitful October!

May the Sun Shine upon you,
Catherine

Aries, this month is about partnerships. You know how much you love doing your own thing but you’ll benefit now from initiating some shared romance and recreational time. If you have children, they’re going through a lot of changes. Exercise patience with them while trying a new approach.

Taurus, you’re concerned with your spouse or business partner’s funds. It looks like it’s time to take a closer look into what’s going on. You might also be considering seeing a therapist or an astrologer – there couldn’t be a better time! Change is unmistakably in the air and you want to be ready for it.

Gemini, it’s a good month to plan or take that trip. You know the one I’m talking about – not the two-hour drive to see the foliage but the one where you decide to use your savings and buy the ticket to Kathmandu. You’re feeling a lot of pressure from work at the moment and this trip is something to look forward to. Go for it!

Cancer, your focus this October is on work. You may be asked to give up your time to help others on the job and end up staying late at the office. Turn this to your advantage; your caring attitude can go a long way in getting you noticed. With all the overtime, try not to let your exercise routine take a back seat.

Leo, the recent eclipses in your sign may have left you reeling. Yet you’re more determined than ever to shine your light and be counted. Turn to friends this month for practical support and comfort. They’ll be there for you. And don’t be surprised if your work receives accolades too!

Virgo, things are feeling a little unsettled right now. There are some things going on behind closed doors and your daily routine seems to be shifting constantly. Focus on getting your body and appearance to its best level yet. All will be revealed when the dust settles.

Libra, it’s all about you this month. Focus on increasing your fitness and reassessing daily habits. It’s those small changes that are going to make all the difference right now. Those of you born between September 27 and October 3 are especially under the spotlight this month for revisiting old issues in order to transform them. For all Libras, this is a great time to review your finances. Happy, happy birthday!

Scorpio, you’re spending money on things and activities you love. Keep an eye on extremes, whether it’s going beyond your budget or a fluctuating self-worth. Those of you born November 13-20 appear to be receiving a payout or reward too this month – celebrate!

Sagittarius, your daily commute has a new pattern to it and you’re finally beginning to adjust. Use this month to take care of everyday things which includes servicing your car and tackling those papers lying about the home office. There’s plenty of time to read and relax too before a busy November comes around. Enjoy!

Capricorn, what’s going on at home this month? If it occasionally feels like a power struggle, that’s because it is. There’s a silver lining here because you’re learning something important about what you need to be happy. Keep showing your mature attitude. A new beginning is within reach!

Aquarius, your focus is on romance, children and creative projects this month. Put a dash of cheerful energy into your home environment by planning a special dinner or adding a new piece of decor to your living space. Avoid confrontations with loved ones by putting your innate listening skills to the test.

Pisces, October is about self-care. Deal with any outstanding physical ailments or old injuries. You’ll feel cheerful once your niggling worries have been put to rest. Make room for a positive lifestyle change or two without forcing a new routine on yourself (or your pet). Keep it fun and you’ll keep it up!

Leaves picture courtesy of Wallup.net

Did you know the word ‘horoscope’ comes from the Greek ‘horoskopos’: ‘hora’ meaning ‘of the hour’, referring the time in which the chart is cast, and ‘skopos’ referring to ‘marker’.

September Astrology: Get Going!

Greek Temple of Poseidon

Dear Friends,

Writing the astro-planner for September (see below), I was reminded of all the love energy given and received during this last Leo cycle where we were called upon to accept ourselves for who we are.

If we wilted under criticism, crumbled because we were without a partner or ally, or floundered because we failed, we were reminded to honor and love ourselves. How can we ever hope to shine our true light and radiate our authentic power unless we find out what keeps us from it?

September energy is terrifically practical. Build it, stew it, dye it, make it. The sky’s the limit!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

September 5-6: there’s a lot going on so mark your calendars! Saturn moves direct at 2 degrees of Capricorn. You will feel a shift in energy Sept 2-5 as things seem to slow down and reorder themselves. Make time for walking bare feet, restocking the pantry, and settling your accounts. You are beginning to prepare for the seasonal shift which happens on the Equinox. These adjustments take time and the focus is on allowing yourself a bit of extra time for everything. Want to break that habit of always arriving five minutes late? Now is the time! As Saturn picks up speed, ambitions will ignite and we’ll feel motivated once again.

Mercury leaves fiery Leo for Virgo at this time; wonderful energy for back to school! Mercury will be in Virgo until Sept 23. Make use of this time period (Sept 5-23) for organizing and planning ahead. Your minds will be sharp and speedy, and you’ll have practical energy at your fingertips to implement your thoughts. A good time to get any derailed projects back on track. Avoid the blues by staying in the present moment as much as you are able

September 8-9: Good pruning days; regrowth will be slow

September 9: New Moon at 17 degrees of Virgo. Set your intentions for the month. Those who are born August 22 to September 23, this is a particularly special New Moon in which the energies may be positively invoked for your year ahead. Set time aside for the simple ritual of writing down or drawing your hopes and goals for the year

September 10: Venus leaves her home in diplomatic Libra and sails into the watery zone of Scorpio, where she prefers her own company to that of others. Watch out for relationship challenges on the days she hooks up with Uranus – together they can intensify the atmosphere: Sept 12-15 and Oct 29-31 are key dates here. What’s your role? To channel this energy into creative expression, artistic daring and exploratory actions which open new horizons!

September 13-14: Best planting days; plant for height

September 18: Mars hooks up with Uranus – forward moving energy – just do it!

September 22: Autumnal Equinox – Sun moves into Libra. Feel the seasons shift and adjust your diet accordingly. Happy birthday Libra!

September 23: good planting day; plant for overall growth

September 24: Full Moon at 2 degrees of Aries. This is an unusual Aries Full Moon in that she connects with old crone Saturn. We are dealing with inhibitions and restrictions here; a warrior who wishes to break free but feels as if there’s nowhere to go. My best bet for Sunday 23 and Monday 24 is a well-planned hike or a serious “work around the house” kind of day. Avoid fast travel and saying yes to things on the spur of the moment – the energy is too volatile right now

Full Moon Chart September 2018 New York, NY

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August Astrology 2018: Sunny Skies

 

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ASTRO-PLANNER FOR AUGUST 2018

August 7: Uranus moves retrograde at 2 degrees of Taurus as it squares slow-moving Mars; plan a technology-free day to avoid frustration directed at your computer/smartphone/printer. In fact, make that a techno-limited week if you can! Messages can reach you the old-fashioned way.

Venus also moves into Libra on this day. While Venus is at her diplomatic best here, she squares Saturn August 7-13 so you could use this period to overcome obstacles surrounding commitments. After August 14, there’s a less serious attitude but more intensity as Pluto joins the party

August 11: New Moon solar eclipse at 18 degrees of Leo. As always, look to your chart and see which house the eclipse will take place in and take special note if you have a planet or angle between 17 and 19 degrees of Leo there. When this special new moon contacts a planet in your chart, its effects can be strong; there are usually endings and beginnings in the area of life where it falls. For example, if you have Leo rising, you might undergo a physical image overhaul (such as a new diet) after serious assessment of your life. The decisions made during this week can have implications for about six months or until the next eclipse

August 14: Mars dips back into Capricorn as it continues its retrograde journey. For the week of August 14 refer back to events in your life from May 14-16

August 19: Mercury moves direct at 11 degrees of Leo; watch out for echoes of the January 31 total lunar eclipse theme from your own life – any parallels between now and then?

August 24: Sun moves into Virgo – Happy Birthday, Virgo!

August 26: Full Moon at 3 degrees of Pisces. Usually a sensitive time – make time for some quiet space

August 28-31: You could get a lot done on these days so don’t procrastinate – plan energetic activities and go for it!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

 

Blood Moon courtesy of Wallup.net

Pack a Picnic: July 2018

Sun casts shadow. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Astrology Update for July 2018!

While going through the ephemeris to write the astro-planner for July and August, I was reminded of Plato’s words, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. In other words, none of us has it easy; everyone is dealing with some challenge or other, and appearances can be deceiving.

The planetary aspects during this time may feel like we are driving in a fast car on a road with lots of sharp twists, turns and tolls. It’s not possible to take a break while behind the wheel as all our attention is needed to stay the course. But can we find the common sense to slow down and enjoy a picnic off the beaten track? Perhaps the hard battle you’ve been fighting is really only inside your own head.

I’ll be travelling in July and will send out the astro-planner for August in a simplified form. I’m taking appointments now for September/October.

Wishing you a truly relaxing and happy summer!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

 

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR JULY 2018

July 9: Jupiter moves direct at 13 degrees of Scorpio. For those of you born November 3 to 7, the area of your life which has felt so emphasized lately will start to feel “normal” once again. This is a good day to swim, steam or sauna. It’s also a good week to plan ahead so that current writing projects and/or legal concerns can be wrapped up by November 10

July 11: Venus leaves party-loving Leo and moves into Virgo, where she has to work harder to socialize and let go. As Venus will be dancing together with asteroid goddess Ceres, use this time until August 7 to focus on nurturing yourself and others

July 12: Partial solar eclipse at 20 degrees of Cancer at the New Moon. Set your intentions for the month while you make your peace with everyone and everything – it’s time to begin again. Pluto’s connection with this eclipse suggests that something may come up to be released, especially in the areas where you hold on to fear or try to control events. Much help will be offered (by two grand trines in earth and water signs) so meet any difficult events with the faith that everything will be alright in the long run. This is a golden opportunity to put something traumatic from your past behind you

July 22: Sun moves into Leo – Happy Birthday Leo!

July 26: Mercury stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Leo. You have 24 days in which to refrain from making computer or appliance purchases. More importantly, use these 3 weeks to reorder filing cabinets, reorganize cupboards, and remove obsolete apps. Disregard rumors and think twice before passing on “news”

July 27: Full Moon at 4 degrees of Aquarius, a total lunar eclipse. Red light from the Sun will be reflected onto the Moon as it passes through the earth’s atmosphere, hence the name Blood Moon. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. What does this mean for us? With Mars retrograde and Uranus strongly in the mix at this special full moon, emotions can run high and you may act rashly before you have time to think. The call is to use this time as an emotional reset period, a time of reflection, rather than one of high activity. However, if intense feelings overwhelm you, channel them into non-violent activities which can bring satisfying results. Avoid mind-altering substances or checking out of reality at this time

Blood Moon courtesy of Wallup.net