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,
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
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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,
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,
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
Welcome to Astrology Update for June 2018!
There’s a strange combination of stability and volatility in the air this month. June 1st and 2nd have a serious feel, while the next couple of days may find us surprised by unpredictable events or completely caught up in our own emotional reactions. And so the pattern goes for most of the month.
Pay special attention to mid-month, June 12th to 14th, when the personal planets switch signs and make contact with karmic lord Saturn and Uranus the awakener. We are being asked to receive a message at this time about how we treat what we most value in our lives.
If we love and value someone or something, now is the time to show it. How? We’re using current planetary energies wisely when we watch our emotional reactions and avoid confrontations wherever possible (Venus-Pluto opposition). Giving of our time to a friend or organization in need is another wonderful way to focus our energies this June (as Mars in Aquarius hooks up with the Nodes, Jupiter and Uranus).
The opportunity is present for deep transformation in the way we relate to others and to our community. Step up: your hands and hearts are needed.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER JUNE 2018
June 12-14: Keep your calendars as uncluttered as possible and opt for some relaxation time, or take care of routine activities
June 13: New Moon at 22 degrees Gemini – a good time to set a serious intention for the month. Communication projects are favored. Avoid gossip!
June 22: Sun moves into the sign of Cancer – Happy Birthday, Cancerians!
June 26: Mars stations retrograde at 9 degrees of Aquarius. Expect things to slow down as the weekend approaches and plan for delays. If you’re travelling, have a back-up plan and stay patient. Extra time may be needed to move about and technology may be flakey
June 28: Full Moon at 6 degrees of Capricorn. Similar to the New Moon, there’s a heavy-weight energy surrounding this Full Moon. And with Mars moving so slowly, delays are almost inevitable. Stay calm. And may you realize the ambitions you set at the New Moon! At the very least, something needs to be weighed and balanced; at the most, it will be cemented
May marks the start of an important new seven-year cycle for all of us as Uranus, the Awakener, enters the sign of Taurus the Bull mid-month. Uranus brings lightning change and upheaval, while the sign of Taurus is about preserving the status quo through the accumulation of wealth and precious things. Sound incongruent? It is!
The next seven years will give us a chance to ground the enormous changes that have taken place since 2012, when Uranus entered Aries and the Arab Spring took the world by surprise. How will we as global citizens balance our desire for freedom with our wish to preserve the status quo?
Look at your chart and find the house that has Taurus on the cusp; this is the house where you can expect major change as this cycle gets under way. As always, email me if you need help. Those of us with planets and angles in fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – will be particularly affected by change during this period. Remember, without change we cannot grow. It is the role of Uranus to stir up that which has become outdated and needs to shift.
On a personal level, the roller-coaster ride of Uranus contacting a point in one’s chart often brings profound spiritual growth. On a larger scale we can expect major change over the next seven years in the banking industry, and ever-increasing actions to preserve and protect our natural surroundings and landmarks.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER MAY 2018
May 15: New Moon at 24 degrees of Taurus. Something old and something new… the New Moon chart promises new and brilliant seeding ideas as well as great efforts to complete projects hanging on from the winter
May 1-16: Moon waning. A reminder for all garden lovers that the Moon is waning for the first part of the month so if you can wait until May 16 to do your planting, the results will be worth it! If you feel you can’t wait, plant half now, and the rest on May 18, and see the results for yourself!
BEST PLANTING DAYS THIS MONTH:
May 18-19: Moon in fertile Cancer – plant for strength
May 26-27: Moon in fertile Scorpio – plant for length
May 17: Mars moves into Aquarius where it will remain for most of the year. This unusually long stay for Mars in fixed sign Aquarius will activate the awakening energy of Uranus. Watch out for dare-devil feats of bravery, going down untraveled paths and innovative inventions. Those born April 18-22, July 22-24, October 22-25 and January 19-22 will be most affected by this change cycle.
May 21: Sun moves into Gemini
May 29: Full Moon at 8 degrees of Sagittarius – plan a long weekend for Monday-Tuesday if at all possible, a wonderful get-away time!
There’s a feeling of a fresh start in the air!
April begins with a blessing as Venus enters the sign she rules, Taurus. This sets the tone for the month and stirs us to cultivate beautiful, natural surroundings and tables spread with delectable foods.
Simultaneously, we have potent Mars energies around to do what we need to do – but only if we’re prepared to proceed in a calm and courageous way. This month is not your usual “leap before you look” Aries energy; both the Sun and Mars are working closely with Karmic Master Saturn to reign in impulsivity and cool down the pace.
The Aries New Moon on Sunday, April 15, changes all that as the Sun and Moon hook up with Uranus, the Awakener. Watch the night sky and offer up your intentions for your life and for those you love.
The week of April 15 – 21 is a period of adjustment as some planets pick up speed while others slow down. It’s a good time to allow things to take their course.
If you’re looking for a time to execute a project that requires major effort and forceful energy, it’s April 25 – 27. Best of luck!
And bon appétit!
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER APRIL 2018
March 31: Full Moon (Blue Moon) at 10 degrees of Libra. How is the balance of power in your relationship right now? Let the light of the Full Moon shine and show you where you need to adjust – do less, or do more? Only you know!
April 1: Venus moves into Taurus; Mars is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn
April 15: New Moon at 26 degrees of Aries; Mercury begins to move direct at 4 degrees of Aries ending its retrograde period
April 18: Saturn stations retrograde at 9 degrees of Capricorn; the next four months are ideal for attending to outstanding dental procedures or tackling structural issues on the home front
April 21: Sun moves into Taurus: it’s planting time, especially as the Moon is waxing in the fertile sign of Cancer!
April 22: Pluto stations retrograde at 21 degrees of Capricorn; some people may experience a couple of days of sluggish energy in the body
April 29: A sensitive full Moon at 9 degrees of Scorpio heightens feelings; stay close to yourself and review your intentions from April 15
March begins with a lot of mutable energy about, calling us to be open to change. As the sign of Pisces is emphasized, we may be feeling more sensitive than usual. Balance any escapist or addictive tendencies with practical acts of kindness, both to yourself and others. You know your deepest wish for your life – how can you nurture it daily?
The Full Moon on Thursday, March 1, helps us put into perspective the events brewing since January 31. The Moon and Saturn connect harmoniously in earth signs in the Full Moon chart, calling us to ground our energies. We may experience strong tensions during this time between the wish to act decisively and the wish to hold back. Can a fresh perspective help us to resolve these opposing forces?
From March 7, planetary energies shift gears and we’ll feel the pace increasing as the month unfolds. All the personal planets move into the cardinal (“doing”) modality by March 18, allowing us to get day-to-day things accomplished. Jupiter, planet of justice and reward, however, slows down. Look to the house in your chart that contains the mid to late degrees of Scorpio to find out in which part of your life you’ll experience this slow down.
On a national level, the United States Sun remains at the midpoint of Saturn/Pluto for most of the year. This is extremely challenging for our country as we suffer the manifestations of privation and mass violence. At its most positive level, Saturn/Pluto pictures can manifest as “endurance and the capacity to make record efforts of the highest possible order”*. Let’s remember this, and persevere at our own efforts for a better world, however small these efforts may be.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER MARCH 2018
March 1: Full Moon at 11 degrees Virgo. Avoid emotional sentimentality and work in the garden or the kitchen, clearing and organizing
March 7: Mercury and Venus both move into Aries. Be mindful over the next few days of what you wish to project to the world. There’s a lot of fire (action) and water (emotion) about with no air (thought) to balance hasty pronouncements
March 9: Jupiter moves retrograde at 23 degrees of Scorpio. It will turn direct in July at 13 degrees of Scorpio. Watch for more information coming to light over the next few months concerning last year’s numerous sexual misconduct scandals
March 17: New Moon at 26 degrees Pisces. Use this day for creative or soulful pursuits as you set your intentions for the month ahead. On March 18, Mars shifts signs into Capricorn, facilitating getting things done. Plan your weekend ahead!
March 31: Full Moon (Blue Moon) at 10 degrees of Libra
*Ebertin, The Combination of Stellar Influences
How are you faring? Let’s look at the year ahead so that we can plan in sync with the cosmos!
By now we’ve all had a chance to adjust to the overall tone of 2018 which can be likened to the year you had the strictest teacher in the school, Mrs. X. Remember that year? At first you were afraid of her, but as the year went on, your grades improved, and you began to appreciate the fact that you always knew where you stood with Mrs. X. She had no favorites, and was consistent and fair. She punished you when you broke the classroom rules or fooled around. She gave you the marks you deserved, for better or for worse. Why? Because she wanted you to learn. You never forgot the lessons she taught you about life, the universe, and everything.
Saturn in Capricorn is like Mrs. X and will be our most influential teacher until March of 2020. We are therefore encouraged to work hard and follow the rules a little closer than usual, and to set stores by for our future.
January, February and May are the months for all of us to initiate new projects and break new ground. The rest of the months of this year will see one of the personal planets (Mercury, Venus or Mars) retrograde, allowing us time for integration and evaluation of our progress.
Gemini and Virgo, your integration months are late March to mid-April, late July to mid-August and mid-November to early December. Most of the year will be relatively unpressured for you (unless you have a cardinal rising sign) so take some time to enjoy the small joys of daily life. Put off making important decisions when your life path seems cloudy.
Taurus and Libra, your kick-back period is early October on into mid-November. Research or activities which require inward-turning focused intensity are ideal for you during this period. Taurus, prepare for possible changes initiated at work this month. The theme for the year for you is expansion. For those of you born April 19 (late Aries) to April 23 (early Taurus), expect sudden and important shifts in 2018! Why not decide right now on initiating that change you’ve always dreamed of? Libra, there will be a couple of obstacles to overcome this year but you’re prepared for them – you’ve done the spadework. And once overcome, the results will be worthwhile.
Aries and Scorpio, your quieter months are July and August. Use this time to make connections with extended family and friends, or to push your technological learning boundaries. Aries, it’s the year to advance your career; help will be given. Scorpio, abundance is yours, so focus your energies only in areas of your life which you wish to grow.
For all of us, July and August are challenging months to initiate new ventures. Take note, and book your holiday soon! Let’s use the month of May to advance our cause.
Leo and Aquarius (or those with these signs rising in their charts) you continue to be impacted by the eclipse cycle. Take note of the partial solar eclipse on February 15 which echoes last year’s August eclipse; it may stir up recurring themes around partnerships. You’re being shaken up as what you thought was true is revealed as partial truth only. The best way to deal with change is to welcome it in.
Cancer and Capricorn, make use of the growth potential this year offers! Capricorn, you deserve to be rewarded for all the work you’ve already put in of late. Schedule time to treat yourself and a loved one this month. Cancer, you also need to make time to relax. The area for you to watch in February is your partner’s resources; for the year, your focus is on relationships and business partnerships. What is worth consolidating in this area of your life?
Sagittarius and Pisces (and those with these signs rising in their charts), you’re dealing with emotional and/or spiritual growth this year. You may be revisiting events from 2006. Embrace possibilities for a new working environment. Reduce clutter by clearing the decks and donating unwanted goods.
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FEBRUARY 2018
January 31: Full Moon: Total lunar eclipse at 11 degrees Leo. With Mercury just changing signs from Capricorn to Aquarius and Mars in opinionated Sagittarius in the eclipse chart, your best bet is to lay low and avoid saying or doing something brash during the last couple of days of January
February 11: Venus enters Pisces where she’ll remain until March 6. A wonderful time period for volunteer work and/or joining a spiritual group/yoga class/choir/healing modality workshop
February 15: New Moon partial solar eclipse at 27 degrees Aquarius (visible in Antarctica and southern Argentina and Chile). Endings and completions. Surprise communications. Refer back to August 2017. Check your chart to see which house 27 Aquarius falls in (email me if you’re unsure)