Category: 2017

Celestial Season Planner for December

Campfire with tree stump, Courtesy of Wallup.net

Dear Friends,

It’s the holiday season!

Social interactions have been feeling on the intense side of late. And there’s been a fair share of frustration when trying to complete tasks. From December 1st things will lighten up considerably to get us into the festive mood. The energy builds throughout the month as we come increasingly under influences which ask us to kick back, relax, and let things flow.

Try to stop treating time as if it’s linear – it isn’t – and this is the best month to experiment with this concept yourself. Be open to several possible outcomes as you move through your day. Use December 9th as your seasonal “reset” – an opportune time for bodywork/healing/nature.

You might be feeling a little concerned about your budget right now. It’s indeed wise to consider (from the Latin ‘considerare’, ‘to examine the stars’) before you spend. Current planetary aspects make spending easy because everything appears to have a rose-tinted hue to it. Take note, dear readers! This feeling of expansive generosity will not last into the New Year so pause before you shop, shop, shop.

And it’s a good time to recall that this season is not about shopping. It’s the time to gather the clans during the darkest time of the year and give thanks that from this day forward the light of the Sun will increase. The winter solstice takes place in the northern hemisphere on December 21. This is a wonderful week for sharing joy, laughter, and warmth. Allow some time for serious reflection and a walk in the woods – planetary patterns from late December suggest the ability to work with ambitious plans for structuring the year ahead.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

Cropped campfire with tree stump.

ASTRO-PLANNER DECEMBER 2017

December 1: Venus leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius helping us to lighten up

December 3: Full Moon at 11 degrees of Gemini; your best party night is December 2 as the Moon waxes full

December 5: Mercury turns retrograde conjunct Saturn; avoid taxing thoughts and emotional heaviness – retreat under a cozy blanket if you can!

December 9: Mars leaves Libra for Scorpio – channel the increasingly strong energies for action into exercise and healing, avoid self-flagellation or physical burnout

December 16: Another good holiday party day with the Moon in Sagittarius

December 18: New Moon at 26 degrees of Sagittarius – plant your fresh intentions for the month

December 20: Saturn leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn

December 21: Winter solstice; Sun leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn

 

Solar Once-over: Astrology Update for November

"Starry night". Astrophotography courtesy of Wallup.net

With all of us seeking some guidance right now, let’s check in this month with our Sun sign!

CARDINAL SIGNS

Aries, if there ever was a time to pull back a little with your warrior style energy, it’s now. Keep working quietly on your projects while exercising sensitivity when dealing with others, especially those who can assist you in reaching your goals. Cancer, this is the month to extend yourself beyond your comfort zone. Make the effort to go out when you’d rather be cozily ensconced at home. You’ll find useful information on your travels! Libra, things have improved in your major relationships lately and that’s a relief. Take care of the details at work even though it feels as if there’s no time for the small stuff. All the activity of the previous 12 months needs to be integrated now. Capricorn, many of you have been through profound inner changes lately. Don’t worry if you feel socially withdrawn; this is part of the cycle you need to experience. Your hard work is a necessary blessing at this time.

FIXED SIGNS

Taurus, it seems as if you’re on everyone’s invitation list this month! Say yes to everything as social engagements are profitable. Leo, once again your energy is taken up with your work this month – and once again, the call is to make the time to relax when you can. You can keep it all together… now is not the time for uncharacteristic self-doubt. Welcome support arriving in unusual forms! Scorpio, happy birthday! It’s a charmed birthday month in general with things appearing to manifest for you. Try not to spread yourself too thin. Aquarius, you’re coming to the end of a time of introspection. Use November to clear the air and set things to rest. December looks busy for you!

MUTABLE SIGNS

Gemini, life feels a little surreal at the moment and you need to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. Think carefully before you commit to things, and take charge of your wallet. Your goal is achievable but it’s up to you to create some structure for your dreams. Virgo, put your energy where it’s most productive this month. There’s less need to please others by doing the “right” thing. Fulfillment and confidence comes when you discern correctly who needs your time. Sagittarius, you thought it would never end… the uncertainty, the changes, and the hard work that seemed to go unnoticed. That’s over now as you enter into a time of greater financial stability. Look around for future investments – it’s a good time to plan ahead. Pisces, this is a month for you to create opportunities for yourself. Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen – this way, you’ll feel more in control of the situation.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER NOVEMBER 2017

Nov 4: Full Moon at 11 Taurus – a good evening to put your troubles aside and invite friends over for warm-hearted cheer. Give thanks for the abundant produce we receive from Mother Earth

Nov 8 – Dec 2: Venus and Mars are in each other’s signs. A fine time for choreography, design, work-shopping emotional blockages, and journaling

Nov 18: New Moon at 26 Scorpio – intentions for healing will take root at this time; light candles to symbolize a fresh beginning

Nov 19: Mars squares Pluto – channel your energy into physical activities to avoid confrontational encounters or negative emotional expression

Nov 22: Neptune moves direct at 11 Pisces – those born between Feb 29 and March 3 will be most affected, possibly feeling sluggish. Take it easy for a few days; avoid intemperate behavior and get creative!

Nov 23: Sun moves into Sagittarius – Happy birthday, Sagittarius! For all of us, let’s get holiday shopping done between now and December 3 for a glitch-free experience

Starry night pic edited.

Astrology Update for October

Space, Universe. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Dear Friends,

As an astrologer, I get asked the strangest questions, as if everything on earth could be attributed to astrology!! It cannot – we are under too many influences – but I thought I’d take a moment to share a few thoughts on the nature of the beast, so to speak.

Astrology is the study of consciousness as light, and how consciousness descends to earth. The planets themselves do not physically emit light, so the light we are talking about is a metaphor for consciousness. This light emanates from the center of our solar system in the form of our Sun.

If we were living in another galaxy, we would not have or need the same Astrology. Think about that. It is the light from our Sun which enables us to see all the other bodies in the sky, from the Moon to Saturn. Take away the Sun and we’re left in the dark with floating lumps of rock all around.

We’ve been given the miracle of astrology as a way to understand our lives here on earth. Astrology helps us to see how different kinds of consciousness are expressed in each of us. For example, how much light is your Venus receiving? Is your Mars so close to the Sun that it’s blinded by it? What does this mean for you? How can you work with it?

Each one of us is here for a reason and our natal chart is the map which shows us the things that cannot be changed and the things that can. What is our “karma” or “fate” or “Saturn”? What is our “dharma” or “right way of living”?

Enjoy October – find the Astro-Planner below!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER OCTOBER 2017

October 5: Full Moon at 12 degrees of Aries: stay out of the combat zone; practice small acts of kindness at home

October 11: Jupiter exits Libra where it’s been sitting comfortably since September 2016 and moves into Scorpio where its energies are more unpredictable. However, fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) can expect their share of bounty, if deserved, in the upcoming year. Hooray!!

October 15: Venus moves into Libra until November 7. Thank heavens, as we need some social grace and diplomacy around here!

October 19: New Moon at 26 Libra: Great day to set your intentions for a new self-care routine or to implement positive change in your relationships.

Entire October: Pluto continues to hang around at 16-17 degrees of Capricorn: I know this is hard for many of you as you’ve been reaching out, especially those born in the second half of 1974 and the first half of 1975, near the end of 1981 and during most of 1982, and the 1990 crew. Hang in there! You’re learning about true grit.

Space, Universe. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Happy Birthday,  Libra!

Astrology Update for September

Dream sunset. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

Dear Friends,

How are you faring as we approach the changing of the seasons?

This month is all about Virgo energy. Happy birthday to those of you with Sun in Virgo – this is certainly the month to activate your plans! All of us, however, can benefit from the abundant Mercury-ruled energy coming in now.

On September 6, after Virgo’s ruler Mercury has moved direct, Mars will enter into the sign of Virgo. Then, on September 10, Mercury itself will move into Virgo, appearing to leave the dramatic Leo energy of the eclipse behind. Venus will follow ten days later – so watch out for a surprise kickback of some sort around September 18.

Virgo energy is Mercury driven. When Mercury is in the sign of Virgo, it feels comfortable, and likes to use its energy helping others. Virgo energy is not only efficient and practical, but discerning and logical.

Mars can also function quite comfortably in Virgo, allowing us to get a practical handle on things. Commit to tasks you know you can accomplish. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by relationships. Stay grounded (Virgo is an earth sign) and plan ahead. Much can be cleared out on both a physical and an emotional level before the equinox on September 22.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

September 5: Mercury stations direct at 28 Leo (at the same degree as the August 21 eclipse)

September 6: Full Moon at 13 Pisces conjunct Neptune – avoid over-sensitivity. Mars moves into Virgo

September 10: Mercury moves into Virgo, where it has honor of domicile and exaltation

September 16: Mercury joins up with Mars – the mutable energy is building

September 20: Venus moves into Virgo – Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all in Virgo

September 22: Autumnal Equinox (Spring Equinox for the Southern hemisphere) – Sun moves into Libra

Astrology Update for August

 

Dream this August at the Lake. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017.

Dear Friends,

The crackling and explosive energy of July is behind us. Dare we allow our hearts to open to our dreams for a better future?

There’s a good dose of motivational energy around this month focused in the fire signs. Promote, lead, and follow through. At the same time, don’t be afraid to take calculated risks at work during early August – the time is ripe for them to pay off.

Mercury is stationing retrograde mid-month in its home, Virgo, where it’s most comfortable. There’ll be plenty of time to get to those tasks you placed on the back burner for the last few months. Whether you’re reorganizing your computer files or clearing out your clutter, tackle the work with imagination. Why not listen to your favorite opera or jazz band while you work? Experience the non-linear flow of time which visits us when we are concentrated yet relaxed.

In this way, we’ll make space for the finer things in life, courtesy of Venus in voluptuous Cancer. Be sure to pace yourself with social activities as there is a hint of caution against over-indulgence of one kind or another.

While eclipses can act as emotional bottlenecks – and we have two this August – these special new and full moons are only potent on a personal level if they contact a point in your unique chart. Keep calm, and carry on lovin’.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

Eclipse. Courtesy of feelgrafix.com

August 7: Full Moon, partial lunar eclipse, at 15 degrees of Aquarius.

August 13 – September 5: Mercury retrogrades in Virgo – reorder your cupboards and/or computer files, or reupholster the furniture. You’ll accomplish plenty!

August 21: New Moon – but don’t use this one to initiate something new. It’s a total solar eclipse at 28 degrees of Leo. Perhaps you’d like to think back to what you were doing in August 1998, the last time there was an eclipse at this degree. How have you changed since then? What’s the next step on your path?

 

Hot Spotlight on July!

Hot Sun in July. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

Dear Friends

As the energies begin to build here for the summer, the challenge is to institute a change in your daily routine. With the New Moon just past in Cancer and the Full Moon approaching in Capricorn (July 9), we are asked to find the balance between nurturing our home selves and our work selves.

No-one said it would be easy! Ancient astrologers understood the special relationship between the Moon (ruler of Cancer) and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn). While the Moon (moist, receptive, emotional) and Saturn (dry, authoritative, indifferent) appear to have nothing in common, nevertheless, they are both the markers of Time in the zodiac. How do you balance time in your life?

This July, you might find yourself making extra time in the morning for quiet reflection – without your cell phone for company. Or you may feel compelled to stand outside in the evenings and look at the starry skies – pondering on your place in the cosmos. Emboldened, you may make a crucial decision to change your attitude toward the irritations that seem to plague your life right now. One small change can start a revolution.

There’s a tremendous amount of energy around this month just waiting for somewhere to go. Try to use it well by taking stock of your current situation and then planning your time wisely.

July 9: Full Moon at 17 degrees of Capricorn. The Moon is conjunct Pluto and in opposition to the applying Sun-Mars conjunction in Cancer. Potentially explosive or ground-breaking physical and emotional feats – you decide. Avoid political debate or family arguments and take a hike!

Mid-July: Uranus, planet of break-through and radical change squares off with war-veteran Mars – avoid conflict, practice random acts of loving kindness, and find constructive ways to let off steam

July 23: Sun moves into Leo and joins Mars there with a potent New Moon – time to shine and lead by active example

July 26: Mercury moves into Virgo – prepare to clean out those closets!

May the Sun shine upon you, always,
Catherine

Glimpse of the Sun. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

 

 

Astrology Update for June 2017

Sunlight through the trees in summer. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

Dear Friends

June looks to bring some cosmic relief! For those of us who feel like we’ve been going over the same ground since November last year (especially those born in early October, or who have personal planets around 13 degrees of the cardinal signs), things will at last move forward and we’ll be in a position to receive the rewards and abundance we’ve all been hoping for.

You’ve been toying with the idea of having a party to celebrate life – June 9 and 10 are the perfect days! Mercury, planet of communication, will be smiling on this weekend and your guests will be in their chattiest outfits. Venus, planet of social harmony and beauty, will be at ease and the earthy joys of good food & wine will flow. Bountiful Jupiter will at last be moving forward into his final stretch through the sign of Libra and optimism will be back in fashion. And with the full moon in Sagittarius (June 9), we might find ourselves philosophizing the night away…

At this full moon we are also asked to pause and give thanks for all the learning and inspiration that we’ve received from our spiritual teachers, past and present.

June 21 marks the summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere. This is the traditional time of honoring the Sun, our Source of light and life. It is harvest time, a time of fertility and heat, when the Sun appears to stand still in the sky and the day seems to last forever. A great day for a wedding!

Petals like confetti - the solstice is a traditional time for weddings. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

The chart drawn for the Sun’s Ingress into the sign of Cancer is often used by astrologers to see ahead for the next few months. In the above chart, note the alignment of Venus in her rulership with the Moon exalted in Taurus, and the Sun’s contact with dignified Mercury in Gemini, all of which create a favorable climate. However Neptune on the Ascendant in New York State suggests that nothing is as it seems, so don’t believe everything you read in the news. Jupiter’s square with Mars in Cancer reminds us to look for solutions to obstacles using a “glass-half-full” mindset.

Sun's Ingress into Cancer, June 2017, Chart set for New York. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

Happy Solstice! Happy Summer!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

Astrology Update for April: Transforming Ideas into Actions

New Growth in Spring

Dear Friends,

There’s so much to look forward to!

The Aries New Moon on Monday night (10:57pm, March 27, New York time) will set the tone for the month of April. Make time to write down your intentions and plans for the month. Wake up early on Tuesday morning with everything in place. How will you begin?

Allow new impressions of yourself to filter in as the week goes by – can you embrace the courage of your convictions and act on them? New thoughts and bold actions so often require a leap of faith. Ask yourself honestly when last you stretched beyond your comfort zone. Then translate the answer into an action plan and follow it through.

Planetary influences this month support focusing on your own needs, on seminal ideas, and on creative projects. And it won’t hurt to spend some time alone nurturing these.

May the Sun shine upon you,

Catherine

 

March 27: New Moon at 7 Aries

April 6: Saturn stations retrograde at 27 degrees Sagittarius

April 9: Mercury stations retrograde at 4 Taurus

April 11: Full Moon at 21 Libra

April 15: Venus stations direct at 26 Pisces

April 20: Pluto stations retrograde at 19 Capricorn

 

Astrology Update for March: Through the Looking Glass

 

 

Dear Friends,

March seems the very best month to let your mad hatter out to play. There is a contrary blend of planetary energies which favors an upside down perspective and the ability to laugh at your own quirks.

This is not the month for a beauty make-over, for finally decorating the kids’ room, or for introducing those two people who you just know will get along. Neither is it the month for finally jumping out of an airplane to conquer your fears. Rather, take this water-fire blend of soulfully explosive energies and allow yourself to jump through your own looking glass – only you know where it is.

The secret this March is not to be too attached to the results of your labors. Take yourself less seriously. And think twice before you text it; some things are better left unsaid.

There is an indication that everything will work out fine in the end. ‘All’s well that ends well’, as the Bard reminds us.

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

 

March 4: Venus stations retrograde at 13 Aries

March 11 – April 20: Venus and Mars will dance in each other’s signs

March 12: Full Moon at 22 Virgo; Daylight Saving Time begins at 02h00 on the East Coast. Spring ahead!

March 20: Spring Equinox (Northern hemisphere): Sun moves into 0 Aries

March 27: New Moon at 7 Aries

April 15: Venus stations direct at 26 Pisces

Astrology Update for February: Activating Mars

Red Berries on Grey, Copyright Catherine Goshen

Dear Friends,

How are you faring?

February 2017 is an auspicious time to initiate action in the areas of your chart ruled by Mars. Shrug off fear as you stride forward with courage to accomplish your goals. Work with Mars while he travels through Aries, one of the signs he rules and is most comfortable in.

Mars is the natural significator of our energy levels. Some early associations linked to this planet are malevolent strife, courage, and the sheer joy of battle. Those of you with a strong Mars will understand the need for continuous striving and ongoing challenges in order to feel alive. Those of you with a challenged Mars might fear strife and be unable to express negativity, causing it to fester.

Mars from Abu Maʿshar’s treatise on Astrology, British library

Mars rules Aries (by day) and Scorpio (by night). Mars is exalted in the sign of Capricorn, in detriment in Libra and Taurus, and in fall in Cancer. Here we see Mars with the Ram (Aries) and the Scorpion (Scorpio) from a 14th century manuscript (Abu Maʿshar’s treatise on Astrology, British library)

We associate Mars with the root chakra and grounding, and a Mars under pressure in a chart often shows where we lacked grounding in the early home. A lack of roots, sometimes manifesting as a literal lack of a secure home or a childhood characterized by many moves, often leads to a lack of energy in life as an adult. Unconscious fears leave their trace and the adult finds him or herself suffering physical illnesses or security concerns (such as those surrounding a lack of money).

You immediately recognize those who have a healthy Mars: they live without fear, seem to radiate energy, and are always on a mission, excited by what life has to offer.

This month is the perfect time to energize your Mars through setting and fulfilling personal goals. As Mars will be dancing with his consort, Venus, for most of the month, we can focus on aligning our actions with our hearts. But be cautious with what your heart desires, as Venus is not happy in the sign that Mars rules.

Týr, the Norse god of heroic glory and the law. With thanks to Pinterest.

Týr is the Norse god of heroic glory and the law, who gave his right hand in battling the wolf Fenir. Týr represents courage and self-sacrifice and is associated with Mars in the interpretatio germanica. Tuesday (“Týr’s Day”) is named after him.

At the end of February there will be a very strong energetic push forward as Mars meets up with Uranus, Jupiter and Pluto (see last month’s post). Avoid rebellion and rivalry while using these planetary forces to accomplish great things. You can do it – and you will!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

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Full Moon, lunar eclipse: February 11 at 22 Leo;
New Moon, solar eclipse: February 26 at 8 Pisces

There is a lot written on the Internet at this time about the eclipse season that is now upon us. Please note that all eclipses are only truly note-worthy if you have a planet or angle in your natal chart that is directly contacted by an eclipse.