Astrology Readings Aspen, CO

My summer mini reading schedule is:

Wheeler Opera House, 2nd floor, Aspen, CO:  June 6th, 2-5 pm and June 7th, 2–4 pm.

Aspen Saturday Market – every Saturday, June 16 – Oct. 6, 2018

Basalt Sunday Market – every Sunday, June 17 – Sept. 30, 2018

Carbondale Mountain Fair – Fri., Sat. and Sun., July 27-29, 2018

Stop and say “hi.”  I look forward to seeing you this summer.

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The moon is currently in Libra

Astrology Transits June 2018 – Bridge to Quieter Times

 

 

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Photo by Sasha. Stories on Unsplash

 

 

June opens with a waning Sagittarius Full Moon and the Sun and Mercury in Gemini, which act like a bridge between the earthy, yet explosive, energy of last month and the calmer, more cerebral energy of June. The emphasis is now on the mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini).

 

June 5-7, Mercury conjunct Sun in Gemini square Neptune at 16 degrees Pisces.

Something unknown may be revealed in more detail or secrets may be exposed. Be extra careful of fraudsters and flim flam schemes as you are more apt to deceive yourself at this time. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Better to use this energy to tune into your creative side or go to see a fantasy movie. If you are a writer or poet your imagination will be at an all-time high. Use this time to jump start your muse.

Due to the Gemini influence, communication in all matters of expression is favored through June 21st. Take this time to express your feelings and ideas and to make note of them for future use. The Gemini new Moon on the 13th is an especially opportune time to use this excellent communicative energy. For those of you who have a book, article or blog post rattling around in your brain, now is the time to brush those ideas off and actually publish them in some way.

 

June 14, Venus square Uranus at 1 degree Leo/Taurus.

Relationship matters are volatile under this challenging energy. There is an air of unpredictability and stubbornness in the cosmic soup at this time. Better to wait a week before addressing any relationship issues. You may be unsure of what you want in a committed relationship.  One minute you want more freedom and the next minute you want more security.  Snap decisions are discouraged at this time.

 

June 17, Neptune turns retrograde at 16 (nearly 17) degrees Pisces.

Neptune is retrograde until November 25, 2018. During this lengthy stint in retrograde motion, Neptune only moves three degrees backwards, so not much will change other than the Neptunian energy will become more intense. Retrograde Neptune also favors revisiting your inner imagination and muse for helpful stories, dreams and imagination. Your dreams (both daydreams and night dreams) may become more vivid.

Retrograde Neptune in trine to retrograde Jupiter is a superb time to face your fears and to determine the difference between false hopes and wishes and false fears and anxieties. When Jupiter moves forward on July 10, you will then be in a better position to move confidently forward.

 

Summer Solstice on June 21

When the Sun enters the family-oriented sign of Cancer,we officially shift into the summer season in the northern hemisphere. Plan a small celebration to be with family and/or those who are like family to you.

 

June 26, Mars turns Retrograde at 9 degrees Aquarius until the end of August.

When any planet is retrograde, it becomes extra potent and its effects are felt more strongly. The energy of a retrograde planet becomes more intense and matters regarding that planet slow down and are unable to easily be expressed. Retrograde Mars slows the hectic, frazzled pace of last month. Mars retrograde:

  • The emphasis shifts from action to more of a thoughtful mode.
  • This is not the best time to start a dispute or argument or to file a lawsuit. Your bargaining power is less than optimum.
  • Be mindful when starting a new project or when initiating a new action. You may be feeling extra tired or sluggish during Mars’ retrograde motion.
  • You may be more prone to injuries and accidents due to carelessness or inattention. Mars, along with Mercury, rules cars and machinery. Keep your machines tuned and in good shape.
  • This is not the best time for elective surgery. If practical, it would be best to postpone such surgery. Be extra careful with knives, scissors, guns and all other sharp and/or dangerous objects.

Do use this Mars retrograde time to:

  • Make an inventory of your life — where you are, versus where you want to be.
  • Because Mars rules your desires, it is an especially opportune time to reassess your desires versus your reality.

After Mars goes retrograde, five planets will be in retrograde motion, including Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto. This summer is not the best time to initiate new projects or actions. Rather, it is a time to reassess your life, so you can move forward in the fall.

 

June 27, The Capricorn full Moon conjuncts Saturn and opposes the Cancer Sun at 5 degrees Cancer/Capricorn.

This full Moon can be an emotional sink hole due to the emotional Moon trying to combine its energy with Saturn, the planet of limitation and responsibility.  The opposition to the Sun has the effect of stifling your urge to express yourself to those you are close to.  I can almost hear a collective sign of “why me” during this challenging full Moon.

Any emotional confrontations started at this time, can turn into an out-of-proportion power play when the solar eclipse of July 12 opposes Pluto at 20 degrees Cancer/Capricorn.  Choose your battles.

Next month:  A solar eclipse on July 12 at 20 degrees Cancer and a total lunar eclipse on July 27 at 27 degrees Aquarius/Leo. 

 

My summer mini reading series begins on June 6, 2018. I will be doing readings at the Nu.Topia Tour the Mystery event held at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado on:

Wednesday, June 6th – 2pm to 5pm
Thursday, June 7th – 2pm – 4pm
The summer farmers market season begins on June 16.  Here is my schedule:

Aspen Saturday Market – Saturday, June 16 – Oct. 6, 2018

Basalt Sunday Market –Sunday, June 17 – Sept. 30, 2018

Carbondale Mountain Fair –Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27-29, 2018

I would love to see you at any of the events.  Stop and say “hi.” 

I look forward to seeing you this summer.

 

Astrology Transits May 2018 – Major Change

 

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. — Alan Watts

 

We are certainly feeling the profound energy shifts that are happening now. The sheer intensity of these shifts is making many of us feel untethered and like the rug is being pulled out from under us. However, these big changes are all part of the natural order of the universe and the cosmos. We can look at the changes in fear and trepidation or with excitement and anticipation. Each of us must decide from day-to-day how we will react to what is going on around us.

Major shifts come when the old energy has become depleted. For instance, Chiron has been in Pisces since February 2011. Pisces is the sign of sacrifice, spiritual longings and merging with All-That-Is. Chiron points us toward our deepest wound, but also the healing that is all around us if we open our eyes to the possibilities.

Chiron’s movement through Pisces was a five-year journey in understanding your deep spiritual wounding. It asked you to become clear about how you were wounded on a deep spiritual level and how you could heal those wounds. It was not so much a time of action as it was a time of understanding and feeling that wounding.

That all changed on April 17 when Chiron moved out of Pisces into Aries. Chiron will stay (off and on because of going retrograde) in the action-oriented sign of Aries until the year 2026. Aries is the sign of identity and action. It answers to the keyword of “I Am.” Chiron in Aries is about healing the wounded ego. It asks you to consider

  • Your sense of self – Who am I on a primal level when no one else is around and no one else is influencing me?
  • Am I staying true to myself through self-knowledge and action?
  • Where are the dark places in my soul and psyche? How can I heal those dark places to heal my wounded ego?
  • What part of me have I not fully accepted and embraced?
  • How can I express my unexpressed self; the part of me that is so hidden and private that it languishes in the dark from lack of attention?
  • What do I feel ashamed of? Am I ready to let go of that shame?
  • How can I bring my esoteric teachings and understandings down to earth through action?
  • How to understand and accept that I am worthy of what I want and then going after what I want.

Aries brings confidence and courage to help you understand and express those wounded, unexpressed parts of yourself. Chiron in Aries will help you bring those wounded parts of yourself out into the open. It will help you replace fear and apprehension with acceptance and healing, perception and understanding. You must do your part by courageously taking action.

May 5-9:  

Sun sextile Neptune at 14 degrees Taurus/Pisces

Venus square Neptune at 14-15 Gemini/Pisces

Sun opposing Jupiter 20 degrees Taurus/Scorpio Mercury square Pluto at 20 degrees Aries/Capricorn

There is a lot of planetary energy out there during this time period. The Neptunian part of the energy brings a certain sense of idealism, spirituality and a blending of the material and cosmic energies. If you are an artist, musician, dancer or work and/or play in any kind of creative endeavor this time period is a prime time to tune into your inner muse. News stories may revolve around oil, water and delusion with lots of confusion and conflicting views thrown in.

The Mercury square Pluto and Sun opposite Jupiter part of the energy allows you to access and speak your deeper truths. Of course, the flip side is that less scrupulous people may use this energy to expound untruths, propaganda or manipulative actions.

May 15 Uranus enters Taurus and Mars enters Aquarius in square aspect to Uranus. This is a time filled with conflicts, both personal and global, with aggressive actions and words coming from all sides. The new Moon in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn only adds fuel to the fire. Look for expressions of rebellion and civil protests of all kinds on the political front. Drive carefully and avoid confrontations.  This challenging energy will remain in place until the end of May when Mars moves out of aspect to Uranus.

See the chart for May 15, 2018, New York City, NY below.

Uranus in Taurus Beginning May 15, 2018. Uranus will stay in Taurus until July 2025 (though it will retrograde back into Aries in November 2018). Uranus stays in a sign for seven years; it takes it 84 years to go around the Zodiac. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 until 1942. Similar to that time period, Uranus in Taurus from 2018 until 2025 will be concerned with financial and money matters, agriculture and all things related to value, survival and security.

Uranus is the planet of freedom, liberation, revolution and sudden shocks. It rules electricity, lightning, computers, innovation and science. Its effects can never be completely foretold as it is the wild card of the Zodiac. What we can be sure of with Uranus is that it will shake things up, remove what is no longer needed and productive, and push you (and the world) towards new, and sometimes startling, paths.

Taurus, in contrast represents what is tangible, stable, concrete and touchable. Taurus desires security and stability above all else and loathes sudden change.

Uranus in Taurus creates an uneasy alliance where we may see wild swings between the need to hold onto the status quo (Taurus) and the need to bring much needed change (Uranus).

Matters around security, finances, climate change, agricultural practices and protection of Mother Earth will be front and center during the next seven years (Taurus). Similarly, we will see sudden scientific breakthroughs, erratic weather patterns, sudden changes around money and finances and startling advances in technology and space travel (Uranus).

On a more personal level: those with important planets and positions at the end of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) and beginning of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) may see some major life changes during the next couple of years.  If your planets are later in the fixed signs, the changes will happen a few years later.

Sagittarius Full Moon, May 29.  The month ends on a note of optimism and a sense that anything is possible.  Jupiter, Neptune and Venus form a lovely grand water trine blurring the hard edges and letting us relax into the good feelings.

 

Astrology Transits April 2018 – Power, Control and Steady Progress

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal — Ralph Vaull Starr

 

The month opens with Mars, Saturn and Pluto all transiting through Capricorn; and all are square transiting retrograde Mercury. Their message to you is to re‑evaluate (Mercury retrograde), transform (Pluto), structure (Saturn) and then take action (Mars). This careful energy is offset by the Sun, Mercury and Uranus all transiting through Aries square the Capricorn planets. The Sun and Uranus project a very strong, dynamic energy. You may be frustrated and impatient (Sun and Uranus) because nothing seems to be progressing as it should. Saturn square the Sun can bring feelings of tiredness, a slight depression and a general sluggish feeling. From late March through the middle of April is an excellent time to set goals and to make plans on how to accomplish those goals. Once Mercury turns direct on April 15, you will be in a good position to move forward in a less-obstructed way.

Venus was conjunct Uranus during late March and then enters Taurus on March 31. You may have seen some rather erratic relationship actions during late March due to the planet of love and relationship connecting with the planet of sudden and/or strange actions.

March 31: Full Moon at 10 Degrees Libra Square Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. This is a challenging full Moon, especially for all relationship matters. You will be prone to seeing all of the faults and negatives in others. You will also be more than ready to show your anger and to fight about any such flaws. Others will also be feeling this energy and will be noticing and pointing out your flaws. Better to use this time to work hard and to move toward any career or service goals. Wait to address relationship matters until a more auspicious time. This is not the best time to take dare devil actions that could result in broken bones. Be extra kind to your bones and teeth during the several days before and after this full Moon.

April 1, Mars Conjunct Saturn at 8 Degrees Capricorn. While this energy is in force, hard work is the order of the day. There is a distinct breakdown in the communication of these two planets. Mars wants to progress full speed ahead without caution, while Saturn wants to be cautious and to keep its nose to the grindstone. Much progress can be made at this time if you are able to blend the two energies. Otherwise, this push me, pull me, energy can be exhausting. You would be wise to be clear about your purpose, your plans and your desired outcome during this challenging time. Those with Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra natal contacts will be especially impacted by this energy.

April 7: Venus Trine Saturn at 9 Taurus/Capricorn.  Venus, the planet of “blessings received” trine Saturn, the planet of business bodes well for gains through your job or business endeavor(s).  It is an especially good time to make long range plans, especially when those plans involve the significant others in your life.

April 10 to 12: Sun Square Pluto 20-21 Aries/Capricorn.  Everyone wants to be in control, egos are pumped up and crisis and conflicts of all kinds prevail.  You may find that you are dealing with long-buried psychological issues.  Think before you act, as many of your actions will stem from unconscious motivations during this intense time period.  Be forewarned that it takes courage to face your demons.  However, to the extent you can do so, this is an unparalleled time to transform and heal deep wounds.  It is important to be aware of what is really going on in your psyche.

Sun Inconjunct Jupiter at 21 Aries/Scorpio; Pluto Sextile Jupiter at 21 Capricorn/Scorpio.  Power plays and power struggles are likely, both in your own circle and globally.  The inconjunct aspect is like a never-ending irritation that is hard to resolve.

April 11 to 13:  Venus Trine Mars at 14 Degrees Taurus/Capricorn; Venus Sextile Neptune at 14 Degrees Taurus/Pisces; and Mars Sextile Neptune at 14 degrees Capricorn/Pisces.  These transits give us a lovely break from the Saturn energy.  They offer an ease and a flowing energy for getting closer to those you love, writing poetry, planting flowers or taking a dreamy walk in nature.  Enjoy!

April 15: Mercury turns direct at 4 degrees Aries.

April 16: New Moon at 26 Degrees Aries Conjunct Uranus at 28 degrees Aries.  Now is the time to really move forward and to wake up from the doldrums of the first two weeks of April.  Mercury is now moving direct and the Sun and Moon conjunct Uranus is a prime time to develop and implement any innovative or unusual ideas that you have been nurturing.  New directions of all kinds are favored whether you are ready or not.

Sun Conjunct Uranus in Aries.  I liken this energy to that of the sparks that fly when you walk over a nylon carpet or when the air becomes charged before a thunderstorm.  Indeed lightning strikes and unsettled, volatile, extreme weather could be part of this tension-filled aspect.  Keep a low profile, drive defensively and do not invite confrontations with others.  Extreme social upheaval, social justice marches and conflicts, political showdowns, clashes and skirmishes are likely.  Keep a cool head and be the voice of reason in any way that you can.  Instead of conflict, use this super-charged energy to advance humanitarian or social causes in a peaceful way.

April 17:  Chiron Enters Aries.  Chiron, the asteroid known as the wounded healer, begins its 50-year journey through Aries. Aries is the “I am” energy. Chiron in Aries wants you to be aware that you are here for a reason.  You have the right to exist and thrive, even with all of your faults and less-than-perfect actions. Learn to be proud of who you are, even as you strive to better yourself.

April 18:  Saturn Turns Retrograde at 9 Degrees Capricorn.  Saturn retrograde in Capricorn previews the prevailing theme of the summer.  Its message underscores the movement of Uranus into Taurus on May 15, 2018.  Saturn retrograde in Capricorn turns the focus to the need to consolidate, prioritize and plan.  It says, “Do you really need that new thingamajig right now at whatever cost?”  The answer is “No, you probably don’t.”

This is an excellent time to meet with a financial planner to go over your finances.  It may no longer be prudent to have risky stocks in your portfolio.  A plan to pay off your credit cards or to otherwise become debt free is another excellent way you can use Saturn retrograde in Capricorn to its best use.  A trip or two to the recycling center would also be in order.  While this is true for everyone, those with planets from 2 to 10 degrees of the cardinal signs (Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra) will be especially affected.

April 19:  Sun Enters Taurus.

April 22:  Pluto turns Retrograde at 21 Degrees Capricorn.  Pluto will be retrograde until September 30, 2018, giving us a long time to work on our hidden motivations, attitudes, emotions and needs.  Retrograde Pluto forces us to look at our power and control issues. Some of us give away our power too often, while others resort to bullying tactics in order to protect ourselves.  Most of us do both, though we often don’t realize it.  Both types of power issues will come to the forefront during this long backwards transit.

This is also a superb time to regenerate yourself.  This can be through weight loss or gain, a total body cleanse, detoxing and some form of psychological renewal such as meditation, yoga or tai chi.

April 24:  Venus enters Gemini.

April 29:  Full Moon at 9 Degrees Scorpio.  This brings more of the Plutonian stuff.  Deep soul searching and renewal and regeneration activities are favored.

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Please join me for a talk I will be giving on the outer planet transits (Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) and what to expect in the next five years.

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Where: The Spiritual Center, 520 S. 3rd Street, Suite 31, Carbondale, Colorado,

When: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 am. to 11:30 am

Astrology Transits March 2018 – Setting Intentions

Focus on the powerful, euphoric, magical, synchronistic, beautiful parts of life, and the universe will give them to you. — Unknown

 

 

 

 

March 2018 is chock full of significant planetary happenings.  The month begins with a full Moon in Virgo.  Then Mercury and Venus leave Pisces and enter Aries where they stay until the end of March.

 

Jupiter turns retrograde on March 8 and Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd.  Finally, we have another full Moon, this one in Libra on March 31st.

 

 

 

 

The Virgo full Moon on the 1st speaks to issues around work and service, food, diet and health and body care issues.  Because it is in opposition to the Piscean stellium, its particular focus is on mind body issues such as the beneficial effects of meditation, yoga and chi gong on the health of the physical body.  It asks you to be practical and grounded even as you dream and envision bigger horizons.

 

Venus trine Jupiter urges you to put the “Law of Abundance” into practice. Spend some time visualizing what you want, create a vision board and/or perform rituals around abundance and what it means to you.  Abundance is not necessarily material or financial.  It can be abundance in relationships, beauty, and peace and tranquility.  One especially effective practice is to write yourself a check for unlimited abundance and then work with the check during the year.  Each day take the check in your hands, see yourself reaping the rewards and feel your emotions as the abundance manifests.  The more emotion you can put into this ritual the better and the more you believe that your wish is already manifesting, the faster the results. Hint:  It’s best to always say “this or something better” after stating your desire.  Why limit the results, especially under this magical aspect?

 

March 13 when Jupiter trines the Sun is an especially advantageous day for confirming and speaking your intention. This energy will remain extra strong until March 21, but you will want to continue your abundance ritual all year.

 

Mercury and Venus enter Aries on the 6th, where they will stay until the end of the month.  This is a wonderful, forward-moving aspect.  Venus with Mercury adds an ease to all kinds of communication.  In addition, Mercury and Venus in the active sign of Aries lends a certain air of urgency to all matters.  This would be a good time to clear the air around unresolved issues. The only danger is that the Aries influence could cause your words (or someone else’s words) to come across as a little too aggressive or pushy.  Otherwise, it is good for business, personal and romantic communication.

 

Jupiter turns retrograde in Scorpio on the 8th.  While Jupiter marches backward, it will trine the Sun on the 13th and will sextile Pluto on the 23rd.  It will continue its retrograde movement until July 10, 2018.  You may remember that I had discussed Jupiter in Scorpio as having the message of “where have I been underestimating myself?”  Following up on that theme, Jupiter retrograde is a great time to take stock of where you have made progress in loving and appreciating your talents and attributes and where you have fallen short.  Planets become stronger when they are retrograde, so don’t forget to continue your abundance practices during this retrograde period.

 

The Libra new Moon trine Mars on the 17th is another positive Moon that can boost your confidence and make you feel more alive and positive.  It is an excellent time to discuss delicate issues with others because you will be able to assert yourself without stirring up a lot of hostility.  Ask for what you want and do something you were scared to do or were too shy to do. For my single readers, this Moon is custom made for taking the initiative and making contact with that special someone you have been wanting to get to know.  Those of you with a Libra or Aries Sun or Moon will find this Moon to be especially strong.

 

The Sun enters Aries on March 20, heralding the spring equinox and the beginning of spring.  As an astrologer, I think of the Sun’s ingress into Aries as the beginning of the astrological year.  The vernal equinox is more important astrologically than the calendar New Year.  This is another good day to set your intentions around what you want in the coming astrological new year.

 

Mercury turns retrograde on the 22nd until it resumes forward motion on April 16.

 

The old saying is that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  This year is just the opposite, as the end of March is anything but “lamb like.”

 

Sun square Mars on March 22nd is a challenging, testy, angry energy.  Others will be ready for battle over the smallest things and you will be in the mood to engage them.  Best to chill out, as you will tend to take things much too personally and will be overly competitive and overly impulsive.  Be especially careful around knives, weapons, tools and any other sharp or dangerous objects and/or activities.  If anger bubbles up, it would be a good idea to engage in physical activity to release the pent-up energy.

 

The month continues on a super-charged note of intensity when the full Moon at 10 degrees of Libra forms a T-square with the Sun/Mercury conjunction in Aries and the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn on March 31.  This cardinal T-square presents a situation that pits me against you and you against me and “I am darn well going to tell you how you have injured me.”  Avoid confrontations.  Use this over-the-top energy to become unstuck.  It is positive when used to break out of inertia.  Put on your superman/superwoman cape and march forward!

 

As if that weren’t enough, the Sun, Moon, Mercury and the North and South Nodes form a mystic rectangle.  A mystic rectangle aspect pattern is made up of two oppositions (heavy red lines in the following chart), two sextiles (blue dotted lines) and two trines (lines with a triangle). The opposition aspect shows opposing influences, choices or viewpoints.  The sextiles and trines will help you navigate between the opposition polarities.  A mystic rectangle can be helpful in working out choices that seem to be at cross purposes to each other.  Like all challenging aspects, you need to do the work and take the necessary action to use them to their optimum potential.

 

 

In closing consider this quote regarding intention:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ― Margaret Mead

 

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