Category: 2016

Astrology Update for December 2016


Mandala ISAR 2016. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


Dear Friends,

December is a special month astrologically and many of the holiday festivals we celebrate at this time of year are deeply rooted in our ancestors’ worship of the Sun’s light.

Wednesday, December 21, heralds our winter solstice, when we mark the end of the longest night and give thanks for the Sun’s return. Our southern hemisphere cousins celebrate their summer solstice on this day, marking the end of their longest day. For all of us, north and south, the Sun will be at zero degrees of the sign of Capricorn on this day. Make time for quiet morning reflection, watching the Sun rise over mountain, ocean or skyline.

Winter Solstice Chart December 2016 New York. Copyright Catherine Goshen

Note the powerful cardinal energy at the solstice with Pluto-Mercury (serious thought) squared by Jupiter (gains) and Uranus (sudden change).

But before this turning point of our solar year, we have three weeks of exuberant Sagittarian energy to enjoy! Have fun celebrating the season. Make an effort to listen to other’s opinions and to tolerate different points of view.

The Full Moon on December 14 falls on a Wednesday – even so, it’s a perfect day for an office party or friends’ get-together as the talk will surely flow! On Monday, December 19, Mars moves into Pisces, the same day that Mercury stations retrograde. All that this means is that you might be less productive after this date so try to do your holiday shopping early this year. You might also try to keep your schedule pretty clear after December 20 and use this time for genuine relaxation.

The Moon is void most of the day on December 25. Throw structure to the winds! Relax (there’s that word again) and let go!

Thursday, December 29, heralds in the New Moon at 7 degrees of Capricorn so set your intentions before the New Year begins.

Wishing you all peace over the holidays. And thank you for your wonderful support this year.

May the Sun shine upon you,

Mandale fragment. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


Mercury: from Casual Conversation to Cogitation

 Mercury Statue next to Metlife in New York City. Copyright Catherine Goshen, March 2016

The planet Mercury shows us how we think best. The ancients understood Mercury to be ‘the thinking soul’ while 17th century master astrologer William Lilly saw it to represent thought as ‘awareness’. Thought, perception, communication… Mercury reflects our mindset and entire thinking apparatus including our nervous system, which binds the brain to the body.

Traditionally neuter (neither male nor female), Mercury takes on the characteristics of the planet to which it is closest. In fact, Mercury can never be found more than one sign (or 28 degrees) from the Sun. Check your own chart! You either have Mercury in the same sign as your Sun, or in one of the signs adjacent to it. Your core identity (Sun) is linked to how you perceive the world (Mercury). Just think about that! If you change the way you perceive the world, profound identity changes may result…

If you have Mercury in either of the signs it rules, Gemini or Virgo, you’re more often than not a logical thinker. The sign of Gemini brings out the communicative and rational side of Mercury (think of the winged messenger of the gods in Greek myth), while Virgo brings Mercury’s discriminative and knowledge gathering qualities to the fore. Mercury not only rules but is also exalted (“honored”) in Virgo. This makes it strong but may cause it to operate inconsistently (and nervous tension often results).

Mercury placed in a sign opposite one of the signs it rules, in Sagittarius and Pisces, feels as if it’s in a foreign land and is said to be detrimented. In Sagittarius Mercury can be inspirational and quick – too quick sometimes! In watery Pisces Mercury may wander, struggling with an A to Z linear approach. People with these Mercury placements do well in vocations which require thinking outside of the box.

Where’s your Mercury? Is it in an earth, air, fire or water sign? Does it lend you to be subtle, elegant and discrete, or a boaster, a prattler and a tale-carrier (Lilly)? Does it serve your core identity, helping you to perceive the world and align it with your will? Or is it in a different sign to your Sun, giving you a multi-dimensional approach to your awareness?

Let’s talk!

July’s Astrology 2016

Dear Friends,

As Britain votes to exit the EU and David Cameron resigns, we may feel a similar dissolution in our own lives. Everything is in flux; routine is hard to hold on to, or has recently changed. What routine, you might ask?

All this upheaval is happening for a reason. Light is being shone on the areas of your life that are not working or may need adjustment. While resigning from your own life is not an option, you can be willing to review your path and yield a little more.

Career ambitions and public concerns should clarify next week after a distinct period of lack of focus. Use July to reboot – and best of luck with your new endeavor!

May the Sun shine upon you,

 New Moon Chart July 4 2016, © Catherine Goshen 2016

Power dates this month:

July 4: New Moon at 12 degrees of Cancer. Happy Birthday to the United States! Connect lovingly with family while pacing yourself. The intensity of the day sets a pattern for the next two weeks, so allow some breathing space amidst the festivities.

July 19: Full Moon at 27 degrees of Capricorn. Enjoy this evening out with friends if you can! Then use the next two weeks to balance home and work with grace.