Category: Sun Signs

Astrology Update for June 2019

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The Sun has moved into airy Gemini ruled by changeable Mercury;
enjoy reading your Sun, Moon and Rising signs for June!

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

For the time period beginning May 21, 2019 until June 21, 2019

Gemini, it’s your solar return… happy birthday to you! The end of May sees you wrapping up a long cycle and spending some days alone, which is exactly what’s called for right now. There’s artistically sensitive and spiritually creative energy flowing in for you this month – time spent accessing your inner god/goddess prepares the space for this. Your special New Moon, the time to set your intentions for your year, is on June 3 at 6:01 am EDT, so plan accordingly.

Cancer, this is the month when you work out the finances between you and your spouse/permanent partner. If you’re single, you’re still going to be dealing with managing your resources. For those of you investing your money, make sure it’s a legitimate venture and that you’re not giving your power away. Your self-worth and/or physical body may feel a little fragile right now; pay attention to this and rest when you can. Just lying horizontal for 10-15 minutes in the middle of each day will help your stars align! Your energy returns after the solstice on June 21.

Leo, you’ve been thinking lately about learning a new skill and now is a great time to set this plan in motion. Your creative juices are flowing and your energy levels are good to go. Don’t be surprised if there’s some local travel to boot; you love your car and have been known to spend days living in it! Relaxation time is essential in between the heavy stuff, so take it while you can.

Virgo, family roots come into focus this month as you find yourself either spending more time with your extended family or exploring your heritage through other means. Allow that which is subterranean – hidden deep within your subconscious – to emerge into the light of day, perhaps through a meaningful conversation with a parent or counselor surrounding your early years. Your home is an extension of who you are and where you come from; open the windows and let the breeze blow through.

Libra, spending time with children is high on the agenda as May comes to an end. If there are no children in sight, you finally find time for your favorite sideline enthusiasm. You’re feeling more private than usual so give yourself permission to say “no” to social gatherings, even if this is contrary to your usual response. Your adjustment day this month is at the first quarter moon on June 10 when your ruling planet switches signs; a good day to keep your calendar clear and be open to the flow.

Scorpio, this is the month to channel your energy into athletic pursuits – do whatever you do to keep fit but amp up the volume a little! Self-care for you so often involves the maintenance of a healthy body; when you are in good physical health, your mental health follows. Try out vibrant new summer recipes in the kitchen, bursting with the flavors of seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs and toasted nuts. The June 17 full moon is your signal to rest and relax for a couple of days.

Sagittarius, partnership comes alive this month for you. A new business partner comes on board, an old partner returns, or your spouse “comes back” to you after a period of a physical break or an emotional withdrawal. If there’s no chance of reconciliation, the separation is ultimately a positive one, and your focus now shifts easily to your future. You find yourself receptive to new ideas and open to travel plans. Let your arrow fly!

Capricorn, with Saturn travelling through your sign for a long while yet, structural changes and life milestones continue to occur. At times you feel pulverized by the forces at play, while at other times the sense of real growth lifts you up – it’s all about the gaining of wisdom through experience. This month sees you involved with your partner’s money and visiting your friends in their work space. Don’t be surprised if you meet up with acquaintances from your distant past.

Aquarius, the universe likes to get its point across clearly and this month we see a repeated emphasis on engaging with foreigners, extended travel plans, and/or higher education. Continue reading your philosophical books and keep an open mind while you deal with whatever mini crisis is currently pending. It’s a great month to tie up loose ends from April and pay down debt.

Pisces, your work plans are in the spotlight this month and you find yourself having to put your idea out there or present to the public. You’re feeling more expansive than last month but things are not developing as quickly as you’d like. You’ll have to wait until mid-August for genuine forward movement. Planetary patterns favor nonprofit ventures, and some form of volunteer work is worth the effort if you’re currently not working. Just remember to remove your rose-tinted spectacles before you step out!

Aries, this month sees you forming new alliances and spending time with friends. While this is a good thing, avoid over-emotionalism in groups, or bonding with those who wish to vent their emotions publicly. In your own back yard, ditch any resentment you may be nursing – it’s passé. Your best option is to keep it simple in June. Enjoy organizing your resources as you lay your plans for the future.

Taurus, you have stellar permission to retreat this month. Go on, hide under the covers, or take a nature hike; get out the paintbrushes and put the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door. Withdrawal is a necessary part of life. Even when things are going well for you, you feel an inner calling to step out of the picture once in a while. With all the changes going on right now, some quiet contemplation is called for. Enjoy it.

‘When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.’
–John F Kennedy, Gemini

Mandala by Catherine Goshen, copyright 2019

 

Astrology Update for May 2019

Photo by Andres Medecigo on Unsplash

The Sun has moved into earthy Taurus ruled by lady Venus;
enjoy reading your Sun, Moon and Rising signs for May!

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

For the time period beginning April 21, 2019 until May 22, 2019

Taurus, I’m delighted to wish you many happy returns! While your birthday is always a time to usher in the new, this month is super-charged with the potential for unexpected changes and alternative perspectives. As a fixed, earth sign you’re usually comfortable maintaining the status quo; now is your time to embrace serendipity and allow yourself an adventure!

Gemini, it’s time to pay attention to your finances. Have you considered putting some money away for the future? This is the month to make that idea into a reality. You’ve just come out of period of feeling unsure about a lot of things; clarity is now dawning. Take action: by valuing your resources you value yourself.

Cancer, siblings are highlighted now, as well as connections from the past. Ever met someone for the first time and felt like you knew them already? Trust that feeling. It’s a great idea this month to take a day to recalibrate around the full moon on May 18. Mars is moving into your sign a couple of days before and you’ll certainly feel an energetic adjustment. Work in the yard, prepare a slow-cooking meal with care, or simply lie in the hammock and take nephograms.

Leo, it’s a good time to call up or to spend time with your dad. If this relationship needs healing, what are you waiting for? Unexpected breakthroughs in connection with your childhood roots are favored. This does not necessarily mean a happy reunion but rather that something fundamental can take place within you that changes everything.

Virgo, it’s a propitious time to focus on activities with your children and loved ones. Relax a little and plan something just for the fun of it! If you don’t have children, allow romance to blossom. When last did you enjoy dinner by candlelight? Your mind is finally clearing after months of living in a fog. Make the most of the opportunities offered to you!

Libra, you find yourself in the position of helper and server this month, having to put your own concerns aside for a while. The rewards are high, however, and include environments which favor the arts. Those of you born October 13-18 also have the opportunity to make superhuman efforts and achievements at work. Set your ambitions high and reach for the stars!

Scorpio, take a hard look at your closest relationships. It might be time to struggle against your secretive nature and tell your partner what you actually think of life, the universe, and… them, of course. Whether you’re brave enough to speak your mind or not, this month favors frank talk. If you’re single, take stock of your need for a partner. Are you prepared to risk revealing your soul and put yourself out there?

Sagittarius, it’s debt consolidation time! Timing suggests it’s better to look at what you owe now, rather than leave it for a few months down the line. You’re in a strong position to deal with things if you can just motivate yourself to care enough. If money comes your way, you know what to do with it.

Capricorn, finally you’re making time to study those alternative healing books next to your bed! Some of you may travel far, or to go on a meditative retreat. It’s not as though all the other things at work have stopped pulling at you, it’s just that you’ve realized some things are more important than what your boss thinks of your performance. Enjoy your new perspective!

Aquarius, your career is getting a lot of attention right now and it’s all positive. Act with confidence and cement your position. Sometimes the best way to help the greatest number of people is to get into a position of power. Overseas colleagues, foreign work environments and the law demand your focus.

Pisces, there’s a lot happening internally this month as you allow yourself to hope and plan for the future. Be careful, though, as things may not be what they seem. Ask an old and trusted friend for their opinion on matters of the heart, especially with regards to financial affairs. You’re too trusting to make decisions without sound advice.

Aries, you’re preoccupied with money and resources this month. That aside, your spiritual life is also demanding attention. It is said that suffering leads to awakening, and you’ve ever been a courageous one. So step out of your comfort zone by making time for your inner life: embrace the challenge!

‘I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.’
–Mark Zuckerberg, Taurus

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Astrology Update for April 2019

Red tulips: Photo by Aaron Burden

Enjoy reading your Sun, Moon and Rising signs for April. If you still don’t know your Moon or Ascendant sign, email me and I’ll send you your information.

Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs

For the time period beginning March 20, 2019 until April 20, 2019

Aries, happy birthday to you!! You’re stepping out of the house this month, feeling energized and strong, with plenty of grounding energy at your disposal. Earth energy enables your projects to get done in a slow but steady way – a little different to your usual style. Continue managing your budget with foresight. Days to take note of are April 18-19: be mindful of your thoughts and social interactions; your sensitivity is heightened and there’s an energy shift taking place for you. After the 20th, there’s no stopping you: your year has officially begun!

Taurus, you have every possibility of experiencing an unexpected break-through in how you value yourself. Be open to new perspectives and friendships. Your personal resources are also under the spotlight this month as you evaluate what belongs to you and what you share with others. Trust the impulse that wishes to share with those who are less fortunate than you. Give, then let go!

Gemini, you managed to take some time off work recently to reboot your engine – it really did the trick! But now you find yourself back in the thick of it, going over the same old stuff you thought you’d left behind – with a lot of commuting to boot. You’re also busy with writing, studies, and calling people up this month. Avoid your tendency to “embroider the tale” as it may come back to bite you. By the New Moon on April 5 you’ve got your energy back courtesy of Mars moving into your sign. Continue to double-check all details and appointments until April 19!

Cancer, this month sees you focusing on both home and health. Set some time aside to get the house cleaned and organized; there are several jobs that need doing and now is the time. You feel divided because there are other, more personal, tasks that are vying for your attention. This month let the house win! Your plans for April may also include an increased emphasis on healthy eating – and walking – to lessen any stress build-up.

Leo, spring is in the air and with it you’re feeling more optimistic than you have in a long while. Roar! This feeling allows you to make time for good deeds as you reflect on how much you really have in your life. Along with sharing your good fortune, simple earthy pleasures and a touch of romance may come your way. Enjoy, and don’t try to hold on. Vivi il momento!

Virgo, you’re in your element this month as you focus on getting and staying healthy. Taking care of old injuries, recurring conditions, or small bodily irritations are worth your while right now. It’s also a great time to shift up your regular routine by adding in something creative to the mix. Love art? Take a class! Love music? Find a new favorite channel and let your soul soar!

Libra, defining your relationship with your significant other becomes important to you this month. If you’re single, you’re trying to find your groove with your business partner or ex. You may find yourself drawn to new types of friendships and a wish for greater freedom in your existing ones. Explore this, but bear in mind you’ll feel quite different as the month progresses, with a wish for greater stability. If you work in the arts, mid-month is an exceptionally fertile time – schedule creative work and tune in!

Scorpio, while the chances of you receiving an inheritance this month are slim (but higher than usual!), there is nevertheless the indication that money is coming your way – is this your tax return? Around the full moon on April 19, there’s an exchange of money and resources which is significant. Finances aside, reflect on just how much you’ve achieved in the last three to four months. You know your inner goals and how hard you’ve worked to live your dream – well done!

Sagittarius, mystical matters are close to your heart this month as you make time for your inner life. If you’ve been searching for spiritual guidance and feeling called to explore new avenues, such as a daily meditation practice, now is the time. What are you waiting for? Foreign travel is also favored and it promises to be successful. Book that trip and fly! And if you’re too busy to get off the ground, then reading a good philosophical tract is your next best bet; try Edith Hall’s ‘Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life’.

Capricorn, there have been recent changes at work that have altered your job description, and this month sees you very much focused on your new role. Things seem to be falling into place for you and advancement is highly possible. When things shift at work, they usually impact on your relationship and home too, and you may find yourself having to triple check that everything is running smoothly in all departments. Luckily, this requires very little energy, and parents or old friends step in to help out. Set aside time for power naps!

Aquarius, last month involved a lot of introspection and April shows the benefits of that time well spent. You’re stepping out more, visiting groups and friends, and allowing your hopes to blossom. There’s also the chance of advancement – for yourself or your organization – if this is where your heart lies. Continue to keep your finger on the pulse at work – next month will be busy – so enjoy this respite while you can!

Pisces, you still need to hold off a while on those big decisions – hidden information may be revealed this month – and will shine a light on your next step. In the bigger scheme of things, you’re approaching a much-needed period of taking stock which lasts until mid-August. Use this time to really figure out what you want to do with all the opportunities now presented to you. Foreigners and white sandy beaches beckon!

 

‘I’ve always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.’
–Eddie Murphy, Aries

Astrology Update for March

Pisces adventurer. Courtesy of Wallup.net

Welcome to Astrology Update for March 2019!

Dear Friends,

Everything feels a little dreamy or foggy since February 19. Do you feel as if you’re living moment to moment, or as if it’s hard to find clarity on big decisions? Planetary symbols for March suggest it’s a good time to hold off on big decisions and to use this month instead to create, envision and rejuvenate.

Trying to push forward too determinedly now will likely have the opposite result. So sit back, relax and enjoy the March Astro-Planner, as well as the Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for the month.

A big thank you to those of you who shared your grandparents’ weather lore stories; there’s so much hidden wisdom there!

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May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

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Your Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for the month

Active from February 19, 2019

Aries, money is the over-riding theme for you this month. It looks like your hard-earned cash is going to pay for travel and learning opportunities. By nature you’re inclined to avoid over-deliberation when it comes to financial decisions (read: hasty) so your bank balance is most likely showing the strain. Slow down the pace and reflect on both your resources and your values. What do you really need right now?

Taurus, the pace slacks off a bit during the first week of March for you to catch up on community, sisterhood, and all that jazz. By the 7th you’re back on your roller-coaster ride with unexpected perspectives coming in thick and fast. Remember how you were feeling last May and October? This cycle is back – to shake you out of your complacency and encourage you to make the decisions you know you must. Caught between two difficult choices? Honor your nature and follow the most practical route for now

Gemini, it’s all about roots, dad, and home this month, and you may find yourself feeling reflective, idealistic and confused. Do you really want a permanent commitment and a settled home? Does your partner share your values enough to settle down? If you’re married, why do you feel as if your priorities are so different from your partner’s? The New Moon on March 6 can offer deep emotional insight.

Cancer, creative projects and pleasures enliven March for you. Whoever said romance was dead was dead-wrong! And it’s you who must make the effort to bring it back through small, practical acts of care. So schedule a balance of relaxing activities and creative endeavors (work included), and, if you have children, invite them into the mix.

Leo, your lifestyle choices are in the spotlight this month! Book your dental and doctor’s appointments, return to doing some home cooking (which you love), and add a Zen touch to your space. Once these things are accomplished, no doubt you’ll feel like inviting friends for dinner. The health issue that you’ve been having most likely has an emotional cause. Let go! A healthy body requires that you call your energy back.

Virgo, relationships are your focus right now and things may feel less than ideal. In fact, it’s your quest for the ideal that is affecting your relationship and/or business partnership. Try to shake up stale thought forms and embrace a non-conventional approach. Is it really “them” or is it all about how you perceive reality? Last month’s Full Moon brought you great insight; keep this with you throughout March! By mid-April, with some work on your part, you’ll be cementing a new way of relating to others.

Libra, you’re caught between two strong people or forces at present through your wish to please them both. Remember, all parties involved have the same interests at heart. There’s no need for serious concern as you’ll be able to bargain on your own terms. It seems your lot is to be heavily involved with other people’s money this month. Take note of the full moon in your sign on March 20 (9:42 pm in New York) when things you began on March 6 will come to fruition.

Scorpio, you have a passion for the mystical which seems to hum just below the surface of your being. This month sees you letting it have some breathing space. Read that esoteric book that’s next to your bed or listen to your favorite inspirational speaker. If you’re thinking about taking a course to broaden your skill set, or a scenic day trip to escape the confines of the house, now is a great time. The New Moon on March 6 requires that you make a plan for this day – otherwise it’s going to slip by in passivity. Creativity is easily available for you this March – all it needs is for you to begin.

Sagittarius, once again your career is in the spotlight. Work looks very healthy for you right now; the only caveat is that there may be almost too much work coming in! Your best attitude is to embrace this flow and put in the extra hours now. If you don’t have a job, and want one, now is the time to put your feelers out. And if you’re lucky enough not to have to work, this month will offer opportunities for you to stand up and be counted in your community. Avoid gossip and exaggeration as they’re prone to run wild this March.

Capricorn, it’s good to know that your friends are there when you need support. And you do need it because there’s a tremendous amount going on for you right now, especially if you’re born January 6 -13. While you’re by nature prone to despondency at times, there is absolutely no room for this in your life now. It’s the time to keep moving forward, even if it feels like you’re pushing through stone or metal at times, and all you want to do is stop climbing the mountain. The full moon on March 20 would be well spent taking the day off to rest. No-one need know!

Aquarius, this month sees you occupied with probing for the truth of hidden matters. So what’s new? Well, there’s the added twist that you may finally become aware of exactly where you are your own worst enemy – and be able to do something about it. Enough procrastination! You’re in a strong enough position now to get rid of your most destructive habit. With Venus in your sign this month, be open to receiving love and support from female friends.

Pisces, happy, happy birthday to you! Did you feel the energetic shift around February 19? Of course you did! While you’re sensitive and contemplative by nature, this month sees a real deepening of your soulful side. Focus on growing your inner world and avoid making major decisions as they’ll be bound to be revised after mid-April. Those who live close to you are used to your indecision and secrecy, so hopefully they’ll understand as you swim first in one direction and then the other. Enjoy the rays of Sun on your face and be thankful for where you find yourself now. The big decisions can wait a while.

“Try to realize it’s all within yourself, no one else can make you change, and to see you’re only very small and life flows on within you and without you.” –George Harrison, Pisces

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ASTRO-PLANNER FOR MARCH 2019

March 2: Venus enters Aquarius where she’ll be until March 26 encouraging freedom of expression in our closest relationships.

March 6: Uranus enters the sign of Taurus where it will now remain until 2025. Life is about to become even more interesting over the next six years for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, and for those who have their Moon or Ascendant in one of these fixed signs! Uranus is by nature a maverick, bringing sudden change and personal growth when it contacts a personal planet or point in your chart.

On a global note, with Uranus squaring Venus in Aquarius in the ingress chart, we are bound to see an intensification of the quest for equal pay and social liberation by marginalized groups. How will we meet these needs?

The oceans and waters of the world are also coming increasingly into the spotlight – will we step up to protect this resource which is the blood of our mother earth? Mercury is stationing retrograde in the ingress chart, asking for deliberation and reflection before we proceed with any major legislation. Saturn is approaching Pluto in Capricorn, symbolizing our wish to legislate and control the rampant technology and political upheaval that swept us off our feet during Uranus’s cycle through Aries.

About 7 hours after Uranus enters Taurus, we have a New Moon at 15 degrees of Pisces. The Sun and Moon are closely conjunct Neptune and square Jupiter, with Mercury (appearing to stand still) in Pisces also in the mix. This speaks of idealism and the outpouring of feeling, as well as a warning against exaggeration, murky tales getting out of hand, and too much alcohol. There is a call to pause, to stay clear-headed, and to align your intentions with your creative self. With the Moon also applying to a sextile with earthy Capricorn, dreams can begin to be made concrete

March 20, 5:58 pm EDT: The Vernal Equinox, marking the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere (and the first day of autumn in the southern hemisphere). Day and night are nearly equal so we have an opportunity to re-calibrate that which is out of balance in our lives. This is symbolically made manifest by the Sun rising due east and setting precisely due west, as well as the equal periods of dark and light. The equinox is further marked by the Sun entering Aries – Happy birthday, Aries! And it’s one of the rare years when there’s also a full moon on the day of the equinox. The full moon will be in gracious Libra (0 degrees) at 9:43 pm EDT so the balance we seek may well be in the sphere of our relationships. Things tend to come to the fore and be heard on a day like today so be certain of the message you wish to share with your loves ones and your community

March 28: Mercury stations direct. As the mental fog begins to clear, take your time. Wait until Mercury moves out of Pisces and into Aries on April 18 before charging ahead with your plans

Uranus Ingress Chart, March 6 2019. Copyright Catherine Goshen @ GoshenAstrology.com

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.

Astrology Update for December 2018

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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

 

Sun, Moon and Rising Signs for October 2018

Leaves pattern courtesy of Wallup.net

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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Astrology Update 2018

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Dear Friends,

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,
Catherine

Cropped mountain view, courtesy of WallUp.net

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)

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