May Astrology Highlights

A few days late with this, but get your month of May Astrology highlights video report here!  I recorded this with a fantastic local group called the Thrive Tribe, with more of these videos planned.

They also run some great workshops, classes, and other events at their space, so if you’re in the Providence, RI area, you should get yourself acquainted with them and start showing up at a few!

 

Astro-Watch, May 3: Mercury Meanderings

First of all, for those of you who fear it when Mercury goes retrograde, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Today, Mercury stations direct. In regular-speak, that means our quick little neighbor stops its latest retrograde activities, and starts marching in forward-looking fashion again.

Today’s station is interesting even beyond what it might usually represent, because Mercury is almost on top of Uranus’ position in fiery Aries as it’s making this apparent reversal in its course. If you have any significant placements in your birth-chart in the same vicinity of Aries, or if you have anything in the corresponding late degrees of the other Cardinal Signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), then you may really feel this event.

And then the presence of Uranus adds an extra dimension of newness and possible eccentricity to the proceedings. Uranus is the Planet of the Rebel, the Genius, the Exile, the Non-Conformist – so look for these energies to wash over your Mercury business at this time, lending your communications and thought processes an air of uniqueness, possible suddenness, and even some outright strangeness.

This might be an excellent opportunity for the cracking of codes, the solving of riddles, the running of mazes, and the dazzling of others with your inspired wordplay. You may also be on the receiving end of some important messages. Some astrologers like to say that Uranus is simply the “higher octave of Mercury” – the idea is that the former is sort of a more modern, more sophisticated updating of the latter, like a huge, oddball “Mercury 2.0.”

Whether you subscribe to this view or not, though, this combination of Mercury’s direct station and its conjunction with Uranus does feel like an indicator that our communications may be primed to experience noticeable surges forward in the categories of progress, passion, and maybe overall weirdness for a minute. Brace yourself for the oddity, but don’t shy away from it – instead, lean right into it, speak your truths as needed, and allow others to do the same. Your word is your wand…what spells do you want to be casting with yours today?

A Window into Karma…

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Evolutionary astrologers believe that until we deal with our karma, remnants of structures from our past lives can intrude upon this present one…

Do you believe in the concepts of karma, past lives, and reincarnation? In Astrology, you can learn about your own karmic profile by studying the placements of the Nodes of the Moon in your birth-chart.

You can also get a sense as to what types of karma-related bursts of energy might be heading our way at any given moment by tracking the movements of various Planets and Points in the sky. For instance, today sees the Sun and the South Lunar Node flirting with the formation of an almost exact Quintile relationship (which will then hit perfect precision in the wee hours of the morning).

A Quintile is a relationship between Planets or Points (such as the Nodes) that many astrologers believe carries a rather mystical sort of air about it. Quintiles can bestow gifts, and they can defy odds and expectations.

So what happens when the blazing Sun connects in tight Quintile-fashion with the past life-centric South Node?

In a nutshell, the connection formed here may allow for the bright metaphorical light of the Sun to illuminate the murky depths of our past life karma. Do you sometimes want more information about who you may have been in an earlier incarnation, and what may have happened to you during that particular Earth-walk? Ask now during this Quintile’s window of opportunity, and you may well receive some helpful revelations.

Trying your luck at a past life regression with a live practitioner, or even via a good YouTube recording, may yield up extra-satisfying results at this time. Studying your dreams could be worthwhile, and seeking input during meditation may also offer meaningful data and impressions.

You may also find that even without actively pursuing such info, it lands in your lap anyway during this Quintile period. Pay attention to signs and synchronicities today, and be on watch especially for anything that feels like a new manifestation of some pattern that you recognize as a recurring phenomenon in your current lifetime. Often the karma symbolized by the South Node can continue to appear in this life as patterns that replay themselves periodically, even though you don’t put any effort into causing this. The idea is that until we transmute or clear away and release our persistent karma, we sometimes continue to attract toward us many of its core components. 

During the next two to three days, we have an excellent opportunity for working on issues that may relate to our past lives. Don’t let what happened to a prior version of you continue to hamper your efforts at forward evolution now. Take advantage of this Sun/South Node Quintile to gain more knowledge about your accumulated karma, and see if you can’t make some headway in releasing it.

Astro-Watch, April 28th: Venus Enters Aries

Today, our often-demure relationship Planet, Venus, steps across a Zodiac threshold. The Goddess of Love returns from the watery realm of Pisces to cross back over into the fiery terrain of Aries.

She made this particular crossing once already this year, back on February 3rd…but then she turned retrograde a month after that, and retreated back into Pisces on April 2nd, presumably to revisit some of the structures of the relationships we maintain with whatever we consider “Divine.” Pisces does, after all, lend a rather mystical and transcendental flow to anything that might happen to come splashing through its liquid gates.

Today, though, Venus emerges again from that Piscean seascape, and strides with purpose on into the blazing arena of Aries. Since Venus symbolizes the human drive to have relationships, this clearly puts a new spin on our interpersonal dynamics.

Where our relationships down here on Earth may have been backburnered behind our more cosmic connections with the Universe itself for the last month, we’re now at the start of a whole new Zodiac cycle. Brash Venus in Aries is far less dreamy and celestial-minded than Venus in Pisces. It can be helpful sometimes to think of the Planets as people, and the Signs as suits of clothing that those people wear. Using that analogy, it’s like lovely Venus had been outfitted in a portable sensory-deprivation tank and a pair of 5-D glasses, but is today trading those in for combat gear.

Aries is the Sign of the Warrior, so our relationships may reflect this big shift at this time. We may be quicker to anger than usual in our exchanges with others for a while, and more impatient. We might grow more competitive, and more attracted to debating, arguing, or even outright fighting (and then making up afterwards). Relationships may serve as trigger-points for testing our courage in some fashion, and they may be pathways to adventure.

This could also be a time of new relationships appearing – keep in mind, though, that Aries-energy is terrific at starting things, but not so across-the-board excellent at finishing them, so maybe remind yourself that there’s value in seeing things through to their later stages. And Aries can also at times lend a decided air of lust to the proceedings when it can sift its energies into a set of circumstances, so this could be a period of increased desire for you and those around you. Try to keep accurate track of what will stand as legitimate and possibly enduring passion, versus what’s just heat of the moment.

Venus will be fire-walking through Aries until June 6th, when she wanders over the next border into Taurus, which will be yet another very different type of vibe. We’ll get there in a month or so…but until then, see if you can wring some enjoyment out of the bold, direct, forceful frequency of the Sign of the Ram!

Saturn/Chiron Square: April 30th

Astrology Update: Just as one tough square fades, another steps up to take its place… You may have felt the effects of the Venus/Saturn square that’s been testing our relationship structures since around the time April Fools’ Day was applying pies to faces all across the land. Thankfully, that square is fading now, and likely has only a few more days of fight left in it.

What’s probably of more pressing importance now is the fact that Saturn has found a new partner to square-dance with in the form of Chiron. This already powerful square is building toward peak effect this coming Sunday, April 30th.

So what does all that mean…? First of all, as always, you really need to plot this activity against what’s going on in your own birth-chart. Do you have anything around the 27th degree of Sagittarius (where Saturn is right now) or the 27th degree of Pisces (where Chiron is kicking it for the time being)…? Or do you have anything in the corresponding degrees of the other Mutable Signs, Gemini and Virgo? If so, this square may pack an extra bit of wallop in your world. The same may hold true if Saturn or Chiron are highly influential in your chart in general.

But outside of putting thumbtacks in maps, it may help to ponder the symbols involved here in broad terms, too. Saturn symbolizes a rather chilly, impersonal force in the Universe. It wants us to be excellent in all things, but its preferred methods are not of the warm and cuddly variety. Saturn plants foot in posterior when it wants to motivate. Saturn is a drill instructor, a merciless personal trainer, a constipated auditor doing a full and scathing review of your financial records.

When Saturn shows up with sickle in hand, the question is always: How much preparation have you done leading up to this visit…? If you’ve been diligent in your work, putting in the time, attending to details, and not cutting corners, then you’ll probably pass Saturn’s tests with flying colors. If you’ve been careless, lazy, or prideful in your approach, though, Saturn is likely to dash your shabbier efforts apart like trembling little houses of cards. These types of Saturn visits can lead to periods of rebuilding, damage control, and even razing everything down to the soil and starting over from scratch.

And what about Chiron? This “Planetoid” is named for a mythological character dubbed “the Wounded Healer.” In darker times, Chiron is more about the soul-wounds that we carry around with us. These are the traumas that seem built right into us, and that may even to some extent define us. In more positive periods, though, Chiron emphasizes the healing and the healer parts of that “wounds/healing” spectrum. During Chironic passages, we may find ourselves more able to heal others, and maybe even more able to heal ourselves. Epiphanies and rejuvenation may be on the menu.

So is this square period more about the wounds or the healing…? It’s important to think about the nature of the square relationship. Any Aspect that links two Planets together represents an occasion of those Planetary energies trying to work together. Some Aspects are easier and more user-friendly to experience, though. The square is one of the more friction-heavy varieties. Squares can feel uncomfortable and abrasive to the spirit when they exert themselves, and they can signify instances of Planetary energies merging badly, misfiring, or even working against each other. Planets in square can bring out the worst in each other.

In this case, just as Saturn has been taking harsh and critical stock of our relationships lately (that now fading Venus/Saturn square), and shaking them vigorously to see if they’ll come apart or not, with this new square, the same sort of attentions will be turned upon our wounds and our health. This isn’t to say we’re all doomed or anything – squares aren’t necessarily deadly, and we’ve all lived through thousands of them in our lives, and we’re still here. But the point is that this may be a time during which old hurts are brought to the surface, and loneliness and depression come easily. Saturn might dig a few fingers repeatedly into your tenderest bruises just to verify that those bruises still cause you pain. Recurring hot-button issues may be triggered, and it’s possible that actual physical health woes could surface alongside any mental, emotional, or spiritual ones.

The best thing to do is to work with Saturn’s demands rather than against them. Take extra-good care of yourself for the next two months or so until this square has had time to fizzle out. Make some positive changes to your diet, be a bit more devoted to some sort of exercise regimen, meditate with some regularity, and be very realistic with yourself about what your own strengths and weaknesses truly are (as opposed to what you’d really, really like them to be).

And it’s not all bad news. While squares can be tricky to weather, they’re still very powerful connections between Planets. And as mentioned, Chiron can bring about sudden revelations, and fairly sweeping upgrades in a person’s worldview, especially regarding those aforementioned soul-wounds. Maybe study your wounds: what are they, how have you approached them in your life, and how might you either view them differently, or try to deal with them in ways you haven’t yet tried? Even when Chiron is being squared, opportunities for great healing can still manifest – just don’t let Saturn’s heavy presence get you so down and depressed that you fail to make use of them!

Mosh-Pit in Aries Today!

The Sign of Aries serves as host for several travelers today, as the Moon, Mercury, and Uranus all congregate there. The Moon is especially quick, and Mercury is no foot-dragger, either, so this configuration won’t last for very long. But what does this particular set of celestial circumstances mean for you?

For one thing, it will most likely mean a lot more if you have anything situated in that stretch of Aries in your own birth-chart. Check also for placements around the 25-degree mark of any of the other Cardinal Signs (Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

But even in the absence of any such placements, we all might feel certain thematic winds blowing today in general. First, you need to look at what the Planets involved are all about. The Moon has to do with our emotional core, and our instinctual selves. Mercury is our communication function, and the more logical/rational parts of our consciousness. And then there’s Uranus: the urge toward newness and individuality. Uranus is a tricky one to predict, because by its very nature, it’s often about the unpredictable. It fires up without warning, spits out a lightning bolt or three when activated, and then settles back down into apparent slumber, always ready to deliver a jolt of change just as we’re focusing on something else.

And remember that this meeting is happening in the passionate, impulsive, conflict-ready Sign of Aries. It’s not a coincidence that this Sign is associated with the Ram, an animal designed by millions of years of evolution to run head-on into shit as its favored means of progress in the world. And when Planets wander through Aries, they tend to do their work in decidedly Aries-flavored ways.

Mix all of those notions together into a sort of conceptual smoothie, and what do you get…? There are plenty of possibilities, but but here are a few… We may all be called to face some intimidating and possibly unusual issues around communication right about now. Simply facing up to the challenge may be more important than whatever the eventual outcome might turn out to be. The only real failure is in refusing to take the test.

We might also find our linear left-brain and our chaotic right-brain working together in a rare show of synergy, delivering up profound insights and epiphanies that can pay dividends for days, weeks, or even months to come.

Be on guard, though, against impatience and quick tempers. Bullying might rear its ugly head for a minute or two, and reversals of fortune might be on the menu for some.

Mainly, since Uranus is involved, this could be a fantastic time for working on your own process of individuation. How can you become even more the unique being that you came here to be? What makes you so spectacularly…you? Uranus wants to help you to be that, but even more than you have been. Strip away the homogenizing layers of Papier mâché that the world has mummified you in during the course of your life, and access that fabulous weirdo underneath. Be brave about it – be Aries about it! – and the Universe may lend you its support…

New Moon in Taurus (Wednesday – April 26)

The New Moon looms, in the Sign of Taurus, the Bull…

This Wednesday, the 26th of April, marks the occasion of our next New Moon. In sharp contrast to Full Moon moments – when the Moon is as large and bright and majestic in the nighttime sky as she ever gets – New Moon occurrences are remarkable for the total absence of a visible Moon. The sky can’t really get much darker than it does during these intervals.

And it’s for this very reason that people often find it as useful and empowering to perform rituals to mark the New Moon as it is to commemorate a Full Moon. One approach is to make use of that yawning black abyss up there above us by releasing things into it that are no longer serving us. The operating theory is that if we can hold forth those thoughts, emotions, unhelpful behavior patterns, and self-defeating bits of programming that we carry around with us, then that staggering void up there may snatch them from our trembling fingers, and disperse them across those light years of vacuum, effectively nullifying them for us. In essence, the result is like somebody deleted some unsatisfying text from the documents of our lives…

This particular New Moon takes place at about 6 degrees into the Sign of Taurus. Take a look at your chart to see if you have anything located there. Check also to see if you have anything situated at or near the same degree of any of the other Fixed Signs: Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. For example, my own natal Sun lies in the 4th degree of Scorpio, which qualifies as being opposite this particular New Moon. This set of circumstances says that I might be likely to feel this New Moon to much greater extent than somebody with no such placement in their chart might feel it.

But even if you have no Planets making direct relationships with this New Moon, that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be completely immune to its effects. It can still be worthwhile to address an event like this with ritual and meditation.

So what does a New Moon mean when it happens specifically in the Sign of the Bull…? Taurus is an Earth Sign, and in particular, it has associations with concepts such as the body, sensual pleasures, simplicity, material belongings, and a love of beauty and serenity.

Are there things in these areas that you could let go of at this time to your benefit? Such things might include poor dietary and exercise habits, self-recriminating body images, a need to place too much or too little emphasis on money or possessions, bursts of laziness and procrastination, and maybe plunging too deeply into hedonism (or not plunging deeply enough?). If you can perceive any of these issues within yourself right about now, then this New Moon could be the perfect opportunity to release them into the Universe to be repurposed as more helpful energy elsewhere. Reclaim some of your bandwidth this Wednesday evening under the blackest of skies, and start fresh on the things that really do matter to you…