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?

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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,


May I Delay? Yes!

The Astrology for May 2016

Dear Readers, how are you faring?

The month of May begins with both Mercury and Mars retrograde, calling on us to take time off from our usual forward-moving, technologically-enabled lives. If you’re experiencing delays, car or computer set-backs, or simply feel like relaxing at home, this is normal! Mental doubts and communication/travel glitches will clear up after May 22 when Mercury stations direct.

We’ll have to wait until June 29 for Mars to move forward, so use this time productively for planning. Most importantly, don’t allow delays or blockages to get you down. Everything in life happens for a reason and you don’t always have to know why. Isn’t that a relief?


New Moon Chart, May 6, 2016, Copyright Catherine Goshen 2016


Power periods this month are May 6–10 and May 20–22.

Use the first period to create or refresh practical routines on New Moon (in Taurus, May 6) and watch these new habits grow and gain momentum (around May 9). May 9-10 is a promising period to complete any unfinished business left over from the first half of January.

Use the second period to host a gathering on Full Moon (in Sagittarius, May 21) and then broadcast your ideas to the world (May 22). If you have business contracts or legal agreements to sign this month, try to wait until after May 23. Detest delays? Sometimes a delay can save you a lot of extra work later on!

May the Sun shine upon you,

Mutable Wisdom

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The ancients understood that each element (fire, earth, air and water) could be expressed in the earthly sphere in three different ways: CARDINAL, FIXED and MUTABLE. For instance, think of: water flowing into a mountain pool, water as an icy glacier, and water as vaporous clouds in the sky. In your own life, think of: initiating a project, enduring the length of that project, and then finishing it off as you begin to plan the next one.

Flying into the Light, © Catherine Goshen

The mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are like the clouds (and the in-between phase when you finish off one event and begin the next) – they are associated with changeable action – and they are under the spotlight this year. This affects everyone.

We need to anchor our dreams while watching which way the wind blows. Things in our lives that we might have believed to be permanent and fixed can alter with surprising rapidity. Can we shift-shape like the clouds and welcome endings as well as beginnings?

Yellow Joy

The New Moon on April 7 is at 18 degrees of Aries, a particularly powerful time to set your intentions for the month or begin a new endeavor (such as a business venture or a new exercise routine) as it is in a cardinal (initiating) sign and is super-energized by the outer planets.

The second half of the month (from April 17 onwards) calls us to return home, to pause and take stock. Deal with any recent setbacks, revise your plans and celebrate any achievements. The Full Moon at 2 degrees of Scorpio is on April 21 – a time of fruition, revelation, and release!

May the Sun shine upon you,

March forward with Sensitivity!

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There will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse on March 9 (at 19 degrees of Pisces for those of you who know your charts) and a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on March 23 (at 3 Libra, echoing the eclipse of September 28 last year).

Eclipses mark endings and beginnings; the ancients were able to predict the rise and fall of kings by understanding them thousands of years ago. While emotions run high during and after the eclipse period, so does the possibility of revelation and change – as what is normally hidden is revealed.

Eclipses are particularly powerful when they contact a planet or point in your (or a country’s) chart directly. Hillary Clinton’s Moon is around 22 degrees of Pisces while Donald Trump’s Neptune is at 5 Libra. It will be interesting to watch the political temperature this month in the United States, especially as Hillary’s Moon will be reactivated by another eclipse later this year on September 16 (at 24 Pisces).

In between the two March eclipses the Aries equinox on March 19-20 sounds the gong for the start of the astrological year as the Sun moves out of Pisces and into 0 degrees of the first sign of the tropical zodiac. Yet in spite of this energetic and fiery Mars energy, sensitive energy is still very much available as Mercury, Venus and Neptune remain in watery Pisces. Are you able to watch the Sun rise on the equinox and take a moment to reflect on your place in our solar system?

I’m available for short or long astrology sessions, either over the phone or in person. Astrology is a wonderful tool for gaining clarity and insight into life’s ups and downs. It helps us to see that there is indeed a plan for our lives and that we are here to learn, to grow and to experience.

May the Sun shine upon you,

Forward-moving February

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Dear Friends,

We are all feeling the power push at the moment to take action in our lives and the way appears to have opened in the past week. The job interview finally happened or the move/seminar/visit took place – and we can now jump feet first into the year!

Try to stay centered. Relationships may be experienced as very intense for the next few weeks. Any tensions are coming up in order to be healed so try not to shove them under the carpet with a “business as usual” attitude. It may be helpful to call on friends for support.

Let’s set our intentions for the new lunar cycle on Monday, February 8, at New Moon, which is also the start of the Year of the Monkey (birth years 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980 and 1992).

The Full Moon on February 22 in Virgo promises insight into where we need to adjust our daily routines.

Enjoy the night sky: Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are all visible at certain times until February 20!

May the Sun shine upon you,


A Special Note for those born 1986 to 1989

Remember how old you are! If you’re approaching 29 or 30, your change potential this year is very high. Use this time productively to make mature decisions for your future – in spite of any possible feelings of confusion.

For those of you in the 27 to 28 year old range, now is your time to prepare for major structural change in your life. It is as if you are living out the closing chapter of your first book of life. Seeds planted this year will flower within 20 to 24 months. Awareness of this cycle means you won’t be caught by surprise and have a wakeup call forced upon you.

Happy New Year! January 2016

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I hope you all had the opportunity to experience the Full Moon on December 25 and to take a moment of reflection under its silvery beams. For many who celebrated Christmas, there was a downright non-traditional element to the day, courtesy of Uranus stationing direct.

‘Embrace that which is different while focusing on self-empowerment’ might be a good motto with which to sing in the New Year.

I suggest using the first couple of days of January to plan for the month before Mercury turns retrograde on the 5th, allowing us time to focus on deep thought and reflection. New Moon is on January 10, in determined Capricorn, possibly assisting a new project to get off the ground. Be patient.

January 25 will see us back in the saddle again, with Mercury moving forwards after a regal Full Moon in Leo.

Wishing you all a year of growth and prosperity in 2016!

May the Sun shine upon you,


By Jove, it’s the end of the year!

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View from Hook Mountain

The Sun is travelling through the jovial, fiery and expansive sign of Sagittarius. For those of us born under this sign, especially during the first ten days or so, we are more than likely feeling the ambitious and practical pull of paternalistic Saturn in our lives right now. This might involve plans to restructure our home or business practices over the next 6 to 12 months. It’s also a great time to take up weight-bearing exercise to strengthen our bones and/or to make that long-deferred dental appointment!

The journey of Saturn through Sagittarius also affects those of us born under the signs of Gemini, Virgo and Pisces – and it can be a powerful time for all of us who are working to make major structural changes in our lives. Accept more responsibility with grace; this attitude will light your way.

Let’s set our goals for the coming month on December 11 at the New Moon. This is also a great day to draw up our budget or to work on anything which requires a structured mindset. A plan can help us to avoid rash holiday purchases as well as providing a sense of order in the frenetic energy which sometimes accompanies the year’s end.

It’s Full Moon on December 25!

May the Sun shine upon you,