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,


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.

Astrology Update for January 2017

Dear Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

January looks off to a good start: a slow first week to get us into the groove of 2017, with the pace gradually quickening as Mercury moves direct and exits its post-shadow phase by the end of the month.

We have lots of exciting Jupiter-Uranus activity this year, which will impact all of us. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be especially reactive. For those of you with birthdays around the 8th to 14th of April, July, October and January, things are really happening in your life! The positive side of Jupiter-Uranus is quick and unexpected ideas and (often travel) plans, while the challenge is to avoid exaggeration and over-reactive responses. And with Pluto in the mix, all of us, but in particular those with planets or angles in the 16 to 20 degree Cardinal sign range, will experience the need to let go in order to grow.

The Mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces might be feeling the regulatory effects of Saturn at this time (especially those of you born in the latter half of your sign), as well as the idealistic dreams of Neptune (in particular those born around the turn of the month). How much you have all accomplished in 2016! Remember this as you focus on what you want for 2017. And use January to set these dreams in place. There will be lots of support from friends old and new – don’t hesitate to reach out to them!

The Fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, keep doing whatever you’re doing as it seems to be working out for you. Taurus, move forward with your plans this month and work hard until March, when a break will be in order. Leo, there’s a lot of opportunities out there for you this month but you need to grab them with your own two hands. Scorpio and Aquarius, bide your time until February.

For all of us, whatever our birth date and time, the key is on staying grounded and using the energies of early 2017 in a practical and non-extravagant way. Think twice before you spend; planning now will reap rewards later in the year.

On a different note, I’d like to encourage all of you, my readers, to make some kind of commitment this year to setting aside time to read and think deeply. We are living in the Instagram and Facebook age, where most Internet users can hardly sustain their attention to ingest an email longer than a few lines. As Richard Tarnas in ‘Cosmos and Psyche’ so aptly describes the gestalt of our times:

“Whether in politics, business, or the media, the lowest common denominator of the culture increasingly governs discourse and prescribes the values of the whole.”

Create an intellectual, innovative or spiritual reading list which you actively pursue this year.

With love and light for a positive 2017!!

May the Sun shine upon you,


Astrology Update for December 2016


Mandala ISAR 2016. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


Dear Friends,

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

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

Winter Solstice Chart December 2016 New York. Copyright Catherine Goshen

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

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

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

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

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

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

May the Sun shine upon you,

Mandale fragment. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


Mercury: from Casual Conversation to Cogitation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s talk!

November Election Forecast Report

November Void of Course Mystery. Copyright 2016 Catherine Goshen

Dear Friends,


I recently returned from Costa Mesa, California where I attended the ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research) Conference. One of the highlights was the presidential panel hosted at the Opening where international astrologers presented their predictions for the upcoming United States election to be held on November 8. I’d like to share the spirit of this evening with you.

Internationally respected author, teacher and consultant Edith Hathaway used Vedic techniques to look at the past, present and future of the US elections and the potential of the candidates. Her forecast: Hillary will take the Whitehouse.

Aleksandar Imsiragic, director of the Johannes Kepler Institute for Astrological Research and Education in Belgrade, used some exciting techniques including progressing the chart of George Washington to the day of the upcoming US election. His forecast: Hillary is the favorite to win.

Ema Kurent, respected Slovenian astrologer and author, marshalled traditional predictive techniques to make her forecast. Eclipse, new and full moon charts with tight (1 degree) orbs were her focus. Her forecast: Hillary looks set for victory.

Christeen Skinner, well-known English astrologer and author of ‘The Financial Universe’, used among her techniques the Aries Ingress chart and the chart for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. Her forecast: Hillary is the favorite to win the popular vote.

Turkish astrologer Hakan Kirkoglu and Montreal astrologer Nick Dagan Best also used their unique tool boxes to look into the future of the United States. Their forecasts? Hillary trumps Trump.

I found it fascinating that six such divergent astrologers, each using different forecasting tools, came up with the same result: it is highly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next US president. However, there was warning about a possible recount and confusion over some very closely contested areas. Will you vote?

May the Sun shine upon you,


Keep it Light this October

Sunrise on the Equinox, October 2016, Copyright Catherine Goshen

Dear All

Something light-hearted for October…

Cardinal Signs:
The scales are finally tipping Libra’s way again and while you’re still extremely busy, rewards are to follow – hooray! Aries, allow your partner some space (a trip, perhaps?) while you continue to lavish attention on him/her. Roger that? Cancer, you’re even more happy than usual at home this month – focus on a new project here and steer clear of potential battles with your true love. Capricorn, use the first part of the month to work hard (you’ll get a lot done) but seek out lucrative friendships at October’s end.

Fixed Signs:
Taurus, it’s all about health this month – schedule a well visit or make a seasonal diet adjustment. Scorpio, you’re feeling the need for the mystical to enter your life – explore this now – and be patient with your financial situation. Leo, you’ll be doing a tremendous amount of driving and talking on the phone this month… and you’re finally able to schedule the dentist…roar! Aquarius, don’t worry if your friends are uncharacteristically unavailable in October – use the time to study, read and figure out what you’re going to do in November when things get really busy for you.

Mutable Signs:
Gemini, I’m happy to say it, romance is in the air! If you’re looking for someone special, it’s a great time to be out and about. Sagittarius, things feel a little heavy at the moment as responsibilities pile up and the bills keep arriving; turn to good friends for cheer and cognac. Things will ease up at the end of the month. Virgo, you’re committed to becoming more independent this October. While lovers and partners may feel restrictive, find solace in material comforts and a good book. Pisces, there’s something bothering you and you’re hiding away more than usual. Be patient as November will bring it all to light.

FULL MOON: October 16, at 23 Aries

NEW MOONS: October 1, at 8 Libra; October 30, at 7 Scorpio

May the Sun shine upon you,

September’s New Moon

A flat river reflects our thoughts. Copyright: Catherine Goshen 2016

Dear Friends

It’s New Moon on September 1 (and an annular solar eclipse, which looks like a ring of fire) at 9 degrees of Virgo. You’ll feel this eclipse most strongly if you have planets or angles at 8 to 10 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces, or if you’re born between May 29 and June 3, August 28 and September 3, November 29 and December 3 or February 29 and March 3.

This is because Saturn and Mars are together in the sky at the moment at 10 and 14 degrees of Sagittarius, and Neptune is at 10 Pisces. The New Moon (together with the Nodes) therefore creates a strong T-square pattern with Mars, Saturn and Neptune, which is not to be underestimated! Stay quiet and focused while you go about your business. The second part of the week will bring much to light for all of us.

(And for those of you who don’t know your placements yet, please email me!)

Full Moon is on Friday, September 16, at 24 Pisces.

May the Sun shine upon you,

New Moon Chart with T-Square. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


August’s Astrology Update

Leo Light, August 2016. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016

Dear Friends

I hear many of us sighing with relief as July finally ends and we can get our thoughts in order and pay attention to the details of loved ones once again. We’re the wiser for having seen our shadow side and wonder, “Where to next?”

Find opportunities this month for stabilization. Tie up loose ends from the beginning of the year. Make an effort to extend yourself beyond your usual circle, especially around the 17th.

That challenging test or task you need to tackle won’t go away, so get it done before August 29 – you’ll be surprised at the force you can muster, especially during the third week of the month!

May the Sun shine upon you,

Power dates this month:

New Moon is soon! It begins a new cycle on August 2 at 10 58′ Leo (4:45pm EST). Use its energy to donate old clothes and gadgets, making room for the new. Let it go, let it go…

Full Moon is on August 18 at 25 52′ Aquarius (5:27am EST). You’ll feel its power on August 17 so plan accordingly.


July’s Astrology 2016

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

May the Sun shine upon you,

 New Moon Chart July 4 2016, © Catherine Goshen 2016

Power dates this month:

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

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


Life Force – how’s yours this June?

Welcome to Astrology Update!


Flowers reverberate with Life Force. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2010

Dear All,

Recently I came upon a passage about the symbolic meaning of the slave collar in pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon times. The metal band signified that the slave’s life force no longer flowed freely in his body; once he was enslaved his vitality was controlled by his owner.

It made me ponder on how many of us are still enslaved by our own thinking, not even realizing that there is another way of seeing things. There is a supportive life force all around us, waiting to flow through us at every moment.

Feeling separate and stressed reminds us that we’ve shackled ourselves to a one-dimensional way of perceiving things. Through the study of astrology we begin to understand that we are part of an extensive web of connectivity which wishes to reverberate at the highest octave of consciousness at every given moment.

Follow your Path. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016

With Mars retrograde until the end of June, we have a powerful opportunity to observe our actions and to see where our energies go. This month we can expect to revisit whatever we were dealing with between February 19 and March 3. It’s our opportunity to reflect on it and to adjust our mindset. By July we’ll be completing this cycle, having gained in wisdom.

Power periods this month: June 4-5 and 17-20:

New Moon at 14 degrees of Gemini (on June 4-5, depending on your time zone): Avoid being pulled in more than one direction as you set your intentions for the month. Being flexible will enable your dreams to take shape.

The build-up to the Full Moon at 29 degrees of Sagittarius on June 20 could be intense. Take challenges in your stride. Allow yourself to engage with others during this time in a way that you can agree to disagree. The world is large enough for everyone’s opinions!

For those of you born March 1-6, June 1-6, September 1-7, and December 1-7, there is so much going on in your lives right now! Please don’t hesitate to call me to set up an appointment in person or over the phone.

May the Sun shine upon you,