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Planetary Positions

Current Moon Phase

First Quarter Moon
First Quarter Moon

The moon is currently in Virgo


First, a little cosmic zing from the universe:

The Sabian symbol for the eclipse Moon at 22 degrees Leo is:  “A bareback rider in a circus displays her dangerous skill.”

The Sabian symbol for the Sun in Aquarius is:  A big bear sitting down and waving all its paws.

I interpret this to mean lots of risk taking and pushing the envelope in an assertive way with a large dose of showmanship and applause-seeking in the mix.  Risk taking carries a certain amount of fear with it.  But when all is said and done and the air clears, the thing we fear (the bear) may not be such a threat after all.

The chart to the left is the lunar eclipse chart for February 10, 2017 at 7:32:48 pm in New York City, NY.

The February 10 lunar eclipse features an unusual chart configuration called a “mystic rectangle” (clearly shown by the solid blue lines and the dotted blue lines).  A mystic rectangle occurs when four or more planets are connected by oppositions, sextiles and trines in such a way that they form a rectangular shape.  Because there is a balance of challenging and easy energy a mystic rectangle is considered to be a helpful aspect that allows us to use our gifts in a beneficial way.

You can see that the Leo Moon, Aries Uranus, Aquarius Sun and Libra Jupiter form the mystic rectangle.  This is a strong combination of air and fire energies making this is a very active eclipse.  It prompts us to get moving and to make something happen.  However, there is a danger of over optimism (Jupiter), chaos (Uranus) and over stimulation inherent in this eclipse configuration.  Saturn does mitigate that danger somewhat.

Note also the squares (red lines with the square symbol) between Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. This is an ongoing signature that we have been feeling for quite some time.  Issues around control and issues of “us versus them” will be part of the energy thrust during the eclipse season.  That scenario is intensified by Jupiter in Libra. The Moon/Sun opposition (and, of course, of the North and South Nodes) also bring in a certain relationship dynamic.  Relationship shifts and realignment are part of this eclipse energy.

Finally, notice the grand trine (blue lines with a triangle symbol) connecting the Moon in Leo, Uranus in Aries, and Saturn in Sagittarius.  The key to understanding planetary aspects is to view the planets as having a dialog with each other.  The planets in this fiery trine all want action.

  • Moon in Leo wants to lead and it wants to be noticed and applauded. This means that you should not be afraid to let others see how magnificent you are!
  • Uranus in Aries wants to be free and to boldly move forward. It enjoys shaking things up and even shocking others.  This means that you can easily take chances and try new things.  You will not be as concerned with other’s opinion about the changes you wish to make.
  • Saturn in Sagittarius wants action, but it also wants to apply limitations and it doesn’t like the idea of marching off unprepared without good plans in place. This is a protective aspect that urges you to make careful plans before you embark on your exciting new venture(s).

Uranus trine Saturn facilitates making bold changes (Uranus) that will be made in a responsible, careful manner (Saturn).  Jupiter sextile Saturn brings optimism (Jupiter) tempered by a certain amount of caution.

An eclipse is not necessarily felt the strongest at the time of the eclipse.  You could notice its energy any time between now and September 17, 2017.  In fact, you may feel it most around that date.

Those of you with your Sun, Moon, ascendant or planets near 22 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio or Taurus will feel this eclipse the most.

If you would like to know how this eclipse affects you and what to expect in your year ahead, consider signing up for a mini eclipse reading.  I am offering a special 30 minute astrology reading for the discounted price of only $55 throughout February.    You will be amazed at how much can be learned in 30 minutes!  Contact me to sign up for your eclipse reading.

January 2017 Astrology Transits



May you live  in interesting times. – Chinese proverb.


The true meaning of the quote “May you live in interesting times” will be clear in year 2017 when numerous opportunities will present themselves along with uncertainty and possible chaotic manifestations.  Year 2017 promises to be a year of intense geocosmic activity bringing startling and unexpected breakthroughs, advancement and progress counterbalanced by upsets, chaos and explosive actions and outcomes.  The year opens with a dynamic opposition between Jupiter and Uranus.  Uranus, the wild-card planet, has just turned direct in Aries. These two planets will be in contact with each other at varying levels of intensity until fall of 2017, when they finally begin to lose contact with each other. In 2017 we are combining the planet of expansion (Jupiter) in Libra with the planet of sudden change and revolution (Uranus) in the sign of Aries (ruled by Mars) with the planet of transformation (Pluto) in Capricorn; look for:

  • A lot of business startups.
  • Lots of movement in the job market. Old jobs will fall away to make room for new opportunities.
  • Scientific and technological breakthroughs on an unprecedented level.
  • Fires, lightning strikes, earthquakes, unusual weather and explosions in the news.
  • Wide ranging political skirmishes and social upheavals with unknown outcomes.
  • A spirit of revolution everywhere you look.

We can also expect to see:

  • Groundbreaking new ideas.
  • Renewed hope for a better future despite the disquieting elements.
  • Polarization or struggling to find common ground between your beliefs and the beliefs of your friends and loved ones.
  • Reinvention in all of its many guises and faces and on both a personal and cosmic level.
  • Focus upon liberty, freedom and independence and, hopefully, finding your voice to speak up when necessary.
  • Renewed visions for the universe, our planets and for ourselves.
  • Radical or sudden changes in how you view the world.
  • Brilliant, innovative new ideas unexpectedly popping up to solve old problems.

While these energies will be with us through most of the year, we will feel them most strongly through January 12.  We then have a partial resting period before they strongly resurface from February 22 to April 21.

While the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto manifestations are taking place we are also experiencing a helpful trine from Saturn in Sagittarius to Chiron in Pisces. Saturn trine Chiron can be consciously used to bring healing and a higher vibration to the planet.  Saturn warns us to stop and think before acting.  Though Saturn gets a bad rap in many astrology circles, it can bring a much needed “cool down” and “think” energy to the overheated configurations just discussed.  Chiron urges us to not keep repeating old detrimental ways of being and thinking. Chiron in Pisces reminds us to consider whether we, as an individual, are hurting or helping the planet, ourselves and our fellow sojourners here on planet earth.

In tune with the “change” theme of 2017 we will experience four eclipses in 2017. The first eclipse will be a lunar eclipse on February 10 at 22 degrees Leo/Aquarius, a solar eclipse on February 26 at 8 degrees Pisces, a lunar eclipse on August 7 at 15 degrees Aquarius/Leo and (drum roll please!) a total solar eclipse on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo. The August 21 total solar eclipse will be visible in most of the continental United Sates.  It will fall on the Moon of the US natal chart.  It will also fall on president-elect Trump’s Mars/Ascendant and will be square his midheaven.

If the current forecast sounds scary or just too disruptive, take comfort in the fact that we are experiencing a necessary part of a long-term cycle of change.  This period of unknowing and disruption is part of a greater Saturn/Uranus/Pluto transit configuration that is ushering in a whole new paradigm that we will start to see in 2020.  Disruption is usually necessary to foster change.  Above all, remember that this is a year when you can see fabulous breakthroughs in your work and personal life.  It is a year to be fearless and pioneering. Pay off your debts so you are free to seize opportunities quickly when they arise.  Most importantly, learn to go with the flow, see life as an adventure and know that year 2017 is a break-through year.  If you have had a log jam in your life where nothing has been happening, year 2017 can dramatically change that pattern.

Enjoy the ride and have a wonderful New Year!

P.S.  Thank you to everyone who reads my newsletters, likes my posts, calls me for astrology readings or in any way interacts with me.  I appreciate each of you. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question about anything you don’t understand.

New Moon Solar Eclipse September 1, 2016 – Separating Illusion from Reality

Solar Eclipse

This solar eclipse falls at 9 degrees Virgo. It will have the greatest effect on those with planets or points between 4 and 15 degrees of any of the mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces, and Gemini).

This September 1, 2016 solar eclipse is part of the 19 North Saros Series which began at the North Pole on July 5, 1331. The last time we experienced an eclipse in this series was on August 22, 1998 when it occurred at 29 degrees Leo. Try to remember what was going on in your life at that time. It will help you understand how this eclipse will affect you.

The general interpretation of this eclipse series is about getting real about a person or situation and facing what is. The eclipse will help you see an old situation in a new light. That is, you will see it for what it is, not how you wish it to be. This illumination can be temporarily painful. But to see the truth (Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius) is much less painful than to continue with your illusions (Neptune in Pisces).

This September 1, 2016 solar eclipse is nudging you to give up old self-limiting beliefs (Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius) and to move forward in your life with more clarity and purpose. The Sun, Moon and North Node in Virgo form a T‑square with Neptune in Pisces and Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius. Squares represent challenges. Look to the houses where the eclipse T-square falls in your natal chart to understand how the eclipse will affect you. The apex of the T‑square is in Gemini. You will need to also consider the natal chart house that has Gemini on the cusp. Pluto is trine the North Node and sextile Neptune.

Because of the Pluto connection, this solar eclipse is also about transformation. Look at what has not been working in your life. That is where you need to do the clearing out, letting go and transforming. Of course, this can also relate to every day, mundane things such as cleaning out that sticky mess in your cabinet and putting down new shelf paper. Indeed, with Mercury retrograde at the time of the eclipse, organization and tidying up are especially favored.

Here is the chart for the September 1 eclipse set for New York City, NY:

Sept 1 2016 Eclipse

Let’s pretend that we can hear the key planets dialogue with one another. This is what they are saying:

Sun and Moon in Virgo: Our feeling nature and our personality have combined to let you know that it is time to take stock, get organized and come down to earth. Whenever you combine strong emotional energy with your intention it is much easier to manifest your desires.

North Node in Virgo: I am a point of fate in the heavens. I am the point where the paths of the Sun and Moon on the ecliptic intersect north of the equator so I combine the essence of both the Sun and the Moon.

Neptune in Pisces: I’m opposed to the idea of being totally organized and grounded. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important, but I think it is much better to just blissfully flow along. Some people would say that I am confused, but really, when you tune into your higher self you will see that you can be both grounded and in the flow. The best way to use my essence is to meditate, to sit by water in contemplation or to just feel the essence of “all that is.” I will give you heightened intuition during the eclipse season from September 1 through the end of September. Pay attention to your intuition and to any synchronicities that come your way.

Mars in Sagittarius: I like action and when I become frustrated, I can get very angry. Sitting here next to Saturn, the planet of limitation, is taxing my tolerance. And what is all of this Virgo stuff about being organized and down to earth? I just want to move and explore and find new horizons and projects. By the way, why are all those people driving so slow when they could be speeding along. Saturn likes traffic laws, but I like speed, action and daring pursuits.

Saturn in Sagittarius: Now, now Mr. Mars, cool your heals a little bit. I am not glamorous and people don’t like it that I hold them back. But it is beneficial for people to have a well thought out plan with right timing. Mr. Mars, have you ever heard the story about the tortoise and the hare?

Pluto in Capricorn: I will help you transform yourself. Sometimes I will cause you to feel the deep, dark, yucky side of yourself and I may bring about hidden emotions that you would rather keep hidden. But, oh, you will feel so much better when you deal with the garbage in your life and get rid of it.

The Planets All Speak: It is time to be real about what is possible and what is not.  Dust off your dreams and wishes, rework them where necessary and take action to make them a reality.

The planets have spoken.

Take time during this mysterious September eclipse season to set your life in a new direction or to clarify your current direction. Finally, you might want to wait until after Mercury turns direct to begin to implement the new action plan. Better yet, put your plan into place in September and then act on it beginning the first week in Octer.



TMy Way road signhere is no doubt about it; the Libra Lunar Eclipse of March 23, 2016 is all about relationships.  Any relationship issues that have been simmering along since the lunar eclipse on September 27, 2015 suddenly appear again—front and center.  Look back to that eclipse to understand the dynamics of the present eclipse.

The Libra/Aries axis targeted by the lunar eclipse brings out questions and problems around Me versus You–You versus Me.

In a way, this eclipse is a crossroads.  Little irritating habits of your partner or best friend may suddenly loom large.

How could you have put up with them all this time?

How do you combine the need to compromise and the need to be true to yourself?

The lunar eclipse presents some key relationship dynamics.  All lunar eclipses illuminate the dark side of a situation that needs to be pulled into the light and reworked.  It is fitting that this lunar eclipse should fall immediately after the spring equinox, the beginning of the astrological year.

The spring equinox on March 21 occurs at zero degrees Aries.  It further highlights the theme of me, (Aries) versus others (Libra) and other’s needs.  The zero degree point of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) is a dynamic action point.  Whenever the zero point of a chart is targeted it sets off all of the forward moving aspects of the chart.  A person’s life or situation simply cannot stay dormant and unmoving when the zero point is being activated.

The 4 degree Libra Lunar Eclipse is within orb of that zero point.  It is also in close opposition to Mercury at 2 degrees Aries.  Many of the issues raised by this lunar eclipse can be solved through truthful and compassionate conversation.

Chiron is conjunct the South Node in Pisces lending a healing and compassionate overlay to the lunar eclipse energy.  The Sabian symbol for 4 degrees Libra is:

“A group of young people sit in spiritual communion around a campfire.”

The message of this eclipse is to compassionately resolve your differences through loving communication in a spirit of togetherness.