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Planetary Positions

Current Moon Phase

Waxing Crescent Moon
Waxing Crescent Moon

The moon is currently in Pisces

Astrology Transits September 2017 – Calm after Chaos

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.— Mikhail Lermontov


The aftermath of eclipse “season” has left many of us a little shaken, confused, energized, emotional, worried and antsy — you name it and chances are most of us have felt it. It sometimes felt like a runaway train or a trip down a dark tunnel. Because retrograde Mercury and Mars were in the planetary picture we also had to cope with mixed, missed messages, misplaced anger and a generally fiery atmosphere.

I would like to say that all that has changed, but it hasn’t completely — yet. The first half of September reenacts much of the eclipse energy:

Retrograde Mercury Conjunct Mars Trine Uranus very close to the eclipse degree. The erratic, crazy (Uranus) overheated (Mars) energy that we dealt with all summer continues with a dose of fate thrown in (North Node) along with a smidgen of garbled communication (Retrograde Mercury).

Because Mercury is retrograding (back toward 29 degrees Leo) and Mars is moving forward (toward the eclipse degree), they were conjunct at the eclipse degree of 28 Leo, re-activating the energy of the solar eclipse. Any issues brought about by the eclipse could reappear until after the second week in September.

Be aware of this energy over the next couple of weeks. Angry words over mistaken circumstances are a definite possibility, as are unexplained, unexpected surprises that come from out of the blue possibly causing a crisis situation.

Jupiter in Libra Trine Uranus in Aries. When the planet of truth (Jupiter) meets the planet of freedom (Uranus) we are apt to hear some pretty interesting stories from the news media. As chaotic as this energy can be, its positive side is to bring new openings of all kinds. We are feeling more in the mood to start things and to take a chance. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, this can be beneficial if you exercise a little Saturn caution. The Sun in Virgo will assist you in doing your due diligence around any risky ventures or impetuous decisions.

Mercury Stationed Direct at 28 degrees Leo on September 3. We have just experienced one of the most striking Mercury retrograde periods ever because of Mercury’s retrograde over transiting Mars at the 28 degrees Leo eclipse degree. Mercury retraces its path and enters Virgo once again on September 9.

Mars Enters Virgo on September 5. I expect that we will all feel the energy shift at that time. The calm, earthy Virgo energy tones down the overheated fire emphasis that we felt all summer. The energy becomes calmer and smoother and we are not so prone to making unwise, emotional decisions. Use the month of September to make plans and develop strategies for moving forward with any ideas for new beginnings that were spawned by the solar eclipse.

Venus Conjunct the Eclipse degree of 28 Leo on September 18. Relationship issues are brought to light. We are challenged to repair or replace those relationships that are no longer working. Venus in Leo shouts from the house tops: “What do you want in a relationship.” “Are you getting it?”

The Sun Enters Libra on September 22 at the Autumn Equinox, where it is joined by Mercury on September 30. Take time to be quiet and to fully feel the waves of balance moving around and through you. After the long, hot summer this is an opportune time to center yourself to heal from the storms of life.

On September 30 Pluto Stations Direct at 16 Degrees Capricorn Trine Mars at 16 Degrees Virgo. Watch for news around the government and big business to take center stage. It could get interesting in the US with budget discussions on the table. Lots of control issues and anger accompany this one.

On a personal level, this is a cue to move forward in your quest for transformation. Since Pluto, the planet of transformation went retrograde on April 20, 2016, lots of unseen, unknown ideas, thoughts and plans were taking place in your subconscious. When Pluto turns direct you will begin to see your way forward to manifest some of those ideas in a concrete and visible way. Pluto works underground and hidden so we usually don’t understand the “behind-the scenes” shift it is quietly bringing about it our lives. Pluto is a very slow mover so it is a long-term proposition.

Venus enters Virgo on August 30. With the Sun already in Libra, the sign of relationships, Venus in Virgo is ushering in a time when our closest relationships are in focus. Once again it is all about “What do you want in a relationship.” “Are you getting it?” “How can I make it better?”

Let’s all pat ourselves on the back for making it through the intense summer of 2017!

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Astrology Transits August 2017

“When we look up, it widens our horizons. we see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race.” ― Julia Gregson, East of the Sun

Lunar Eclipse



Two eclipses and the change into retrograde motion of both Mercury and Uranus highlight a month of awe-inspiring heavenly movement.






Uranus stationed retrograde on August 2 at 28 degrees Aries and finishes its retrograde on January 2, 2018 at 24 degrees Aries.  Planetary effects become stronger during their retrograde period because the energy is more concentrated.  It is significant that Uranus begins its retrograde exactly trine to the solar eclipse in Leo on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo.


Look for upsets of all kinds, whether perceived as “good” or “bad.”  Insights and creative ideas are overflowing and abundant.  In a word, “expect the unexpected!”


Jupiter in Libra forms an exact square with Pluto in Capricorn on August 4.  Though the square is exact on August 4th and is extra strong, this aspect will be with us until 2020.  It will be felt more at some times than others.  Both Jupiter and Pluto are big players in reshaping our reality.


When the planet of optimism (Jupiter) forms a challenging aspect to the planet of transformation (Pluto) there is a uptick in our motivations and ambitions, along with a greater chance of running into resistance from others.  You might find that people are in your face much more than usual. This square provides an excellent time to repair, refurbish and rebuild all kinds of things.


Pluto gives you the ability to stand up for what you believe is right, but can also make you too set in your ways when it comes to your beliefs.  Because of this, legal conflicts (Jupiter) can explode and/or escalate.  Think before you act.  Watch for new and expanding social consciousness platforms to manifest during this aspect.  Jupiter likes to see the bright side, while Pluto wants to show the dark underbelly.  It should be interesting!


The Lunar eclipse at 15 degrees Aquarius on August 7 begins the show.  In general, the Moon in Aquarius is a time to allow startling insights and inventive thoughts to enter your mind without censure.  It is a time to lighten the load mentally, physically and spiritually.  Fiery, action-oriented Mars is conjunct the Sun and in opposition to the Moon on the eclipse date.

Mercury retrograde begins on August 12 at 11 degrees Virgo.  It completes its retrograde motion on September 5 when it will station direct at 28 degrees Leo.  Mercury turns direct right on the solar eclipse degree addling a fated, karmic quality that makes this Mercury retrograde uncommonly important.  Your efforts to redo, rework, repair, heal and to let go of outworn/outgrown ideas, objects and people are especially significant during the month of August.



US total solar eclipse on August 21 at 28 degrees Leo.

Use the time between the lunar and solar eclipse to tune into your higher self to take advantage of this special time when the mystic veils are parted. You may find that you are able to contact divine guidance as never before.



The planetary picture for this eclipse is:
  • Sun and Moon conjunct
  • Sun and Moon trine Uranus
  • Sun and Moon conjunct Regulus, the fixed Star of Royalty
  • Ascendant trine the Part of Fortune
  • Mars Sextile Jupiter and Trine Uranus
  • Jupiter trine Saturn
  • Jupiter square Pluto

Some possible influences are:

  • High creativity
  • Important insights
  • Being given leadership roles
  • Being removed from leadership roles
  • High accomplishment, but with opposition from others
  • Unexpected events both “good” and “bad”
  • Forward movement around business, beginning to manifest after September 15.

Events that happened around May 9 and the end of May 2017 may have foreshadowed the events of this solar eclipse. Something that was put in place around that time could manifest around the time of the eclipse though the energy often does not completely manifest until later.

Eclipses act as wild cards so there is always an element of the unknown. The eclipse effect will vary considerably depending on your own birth chart. It will primarily affect those with the Sun, Moon or planets in the signs of Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus. Those with planets or angles in the late degrees of Leo/Aquarius will be affected most strongly.

Saturn turns direct on August 26 trine the North Node. I can almost hear the collective sigh of relief. Saturn retrograde has delayed key projects from moving forward and has brought a feeling of tiredness and even depression.

With the eclipses ushering in a new dynamic and the great task master (Saturn) turning direct, I expect the energy to noticeably change by September 15.

If you need help interpreting this life-changing eclipse, contact me for an astrology reading at a special eclipse reading rate.

Astrology Transits July 2017 – Action and Power

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.  Joel Osteen


The dominant energy throughout the month of July 2017 is power and anger.  How we use our power and how we let others usurp our power and/or control us. Lock step along with the power issue is the question of how we handle the anger that arises from those power issues.

The month opens with Mars in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn.  Mars is activity, anger, aggression, combativeness and “me first” “then you.” Pluto is the planet of power, control, transformation, revealer of secrets and single-minded determination.

Opposition aspects present a tug-of-war dynamic. They set up an either/or scenario.  When one side of the opposition is feeling good and on top of the situation the other side is feeling down and trying to regain dominance (picture a teeter/totter up and down, up and down).

Also prominent this month are dual T-squares in cardinal signs denoting the desire to take action and to get things moving.  All of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will be zapped but Cancer and Capricorn will feel it the most because of the Cancer/Capricorn opposition.

Because the sky is a continuously changing picture, the aspects will shift a little throughout the month and become stronger or weaker, but the overall energy will remain.

July 4 brings Mercury square Uranus.  Lots of volatility here around ideas and communication.  Watch for brilliant ideas or conversations or maybe just far-out crazy, unpredictable, erratic communication that startles and shakes you up. Sound familiar?

Also on July 4th Jupiter quincunx Neptune urges you to use your optimism and faith (Jupiter) to achieve your dreams and aspirations and to attune to your highest self (Neptune).  The quincunx is an aspect of irritation.  It is like a fly buzzing in your face that won’t go away or an alarm clock that just keeps blaring away.  It isn’t in your face like a square, but you must attend to something to make it useful and to make the nagging go away.

On July 5th and 6th the Sun square Jupiter can bring too much of a good thing.  Overload and overwhelm are followed by a tendency to idealize and to ignore warning signs when the Sun trines Neptune. The high spiritual side of these aspects is that there is  no better time to connect with your true self and to get in touch with, and to progress toward your true life path.

The powerful full Moon in Capricorn on July 9 sets off the T-squares and the potent line up of Pluto opposing Sun and Mars.  This formidable energy can bring earthquakes, explosions, fires and other natural upheavals as well as all manner of human-caused calamities. On a positive note, this powerful Moon can shake things loose, get you unstuck and propel you towards making any needed changes in your life.  You will know what those changes are.

On July 17 Mars squares Uranus and then the Sun squares Uranus on July 20.  Danger abounds.  We want
excitement and change and rebellion runs rampant.  This is a signature for accidents, wars (don’t be alarmed even neighborhood conflicts qualify) and upheaval.  It is also a signature for brilliant ideas, stunning breakthroughs, technological advances and breath taking insights.  The key here is to let the energy move you forward without destroying everything that has already been built.  Use Saturn retrograde, which is trine Uranus, to modulate the overly stimulating atmosphere and to set limits.

More of the same is the watchword on July 23 when the Leo new Moon conjuncts Mars (and of course conjuncts the Sun)and fosters emotional (Moon), aggressive (Mars) feelings.  On July 24 when Mercury trines Uranus pay attention to hunches and “crazy” ideas, which might actually be crazy or might be brilliant and of genius level.

You might ask:  “Where is the silver lining in all of these crazy, angry, power hungry planets this month?’  Here are some thoughts to help you use this month’s energy in the most optimum way:

  • The impetus to action is at an all time high – use the energy to move forward on any well-thought-out plans,
  • The push to change the status quo is going through the roof. This is an especially beneficial energy for those who have been stuck in some way. The planets are now giving you a literal “kick in the pants” to act and change and move.
  • The need to take control of your life can be truly life changing in a positive way. The saying that “you are in control of your destiny” now takes on new and important meaning.
  • Listen to your “crazy” Uranus-inspired ideas. Many of them will be truly crazy, but there is most likely a spark of genius in at least one of them that can be useful.
  • At the Leo new moon start something new. Your creativity will be at an all-time high, and your leadership qualities are ready to be tested. Leos, in particular, need to pay attention!
  • Finally, just go with the flow. Take precautions, but don’t become fearful.

When all is said and done you might look back on the month as one of the most exciting times of your life!

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Astrology Transits June 2017
Compassion Vs. Anger

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. — Dalai Lama

June comes out swinging with a strong Martian note combined with a heart centered need to connect and relate to others. As Mars finishes his journey through Gemini he is:

In opposition to Saturn,
Sextile the North Node,
Sextile Venus and Uranus, and
Square Chiron.

If that weren’t enough, he is also out-of bounds by declination. Any planet that is out-of-bounds becomes very strong and asserts itself in no uncertain terms. In a natal chart an out-of-bounds planet can appear to be the most important planet in the chart because of its assertive nature.


Let’s break down this Martian energy:

Mars Opposing Saturn is like stomping on the gas pedal while stepping on the brakes. There is a strong impetus for action, anger and aggression from Mars. At the same time, Saturn tries to reign in this fiery energy by urging us to reconsider, slow down and limit ourselves. The energy is a little (maybe a lot) schizoid. Think before you speak or act and realize that those around you are also feeling this crazy energy. Give others a wide berth and the benefit of the doubt.

Mars Sextile Venus and Uranus is a high energy, sexual vibe. You can get a lot done under this configuration and it is an optimum energy for starting things. However, it also makes you prone to rashness, so think before you act.

Mars Square Chiron urges us to consider how our actions will affect others and, at the same time, to protect ourselves against other’s hurtful actions.

Mars enters Cancer on June 4. Mars in Cancer brings heightened emotions that can trigger emotional overload around old emotional issues issues, especially old family issues, and home and real estate. The concept of patriotism and love for country can reach a flash point due to differing viewpoints. Think feelings and emotions combined with confrontations, anger and aggressiveness. Once again, use restraint when dealing with others, especially around sensitive issues. The Mars flash point is very low.

Mercury and Venus Are in Mutual Reception on June 6 easing the tensions somewhat. A mutual reception occurs when a planet and another planet are in each other’s signs. In this case Mercury is in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, and Venus is in Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. A mutual reception assists the planets involved, because there is an ease and understanding between them. In this case, communication flows easily and we feel more love for others.

Also on June 6, Uranus at 27 Aries is trine the North Node at 27 Aquarius and sextile the South Node at 27 degrees Leo. Lot of action here (Aries). Pay attention to any insights you get during this aspect. You may find the solution to a long-standing problem or gain valuable insight on something that has been vexing you.

June 9 is another day when a lot is happening in the skies. The full moon in Sagittarius is conjunct Saturn and square Neptune. At the same time, Jupiter is awakening from its backward motion as it turns direct at 13 degrees Libra.

The full Moon Conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius can trigger an emotional reaction around anything that you perceive is holding you back. Watch for issues around truth (or lack thereof) both in your personal life and in the news. Something that you have let slide can now take on an amplified emotional investment under this full moon.

Full Moon square Neptune adds a bit of confusion or even double dealing to the mix if you are not acting at your highest spiritual level. On the flip side, this is an outstanding time to tune into your higher consciousness and to withdraw from the mundane chatter around you through yoga, meditation or other spiritual pursuits.

Neptune stations retrograde on June 16 at 14 degrees Pisces. It will be in retrograde motion until November 21, when it will station direct at 11 Pisces. For those of you with strong Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio energy, Neptune’s retrograde period brings a time of enhanced connection to your psychic abilities.

The Sun enters Cancer on June 21, joined by the new moon on the 24th, when there is a square to Chiron. This is another emotional period, especially for water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). Issues around family, home, parents and real estate are front and center. There is high tension around those issues, but also the ability to heal some of the rifts that are present (Chiron).

Though Mars energy never really went away, its energy will dominate once again when it forms a charged t-square with Jupiter and Pluto at the end of the month. Watch out for:

Jupiter square Pluto (joined by the new moon on the 24th) brings over confidence (Jupiter) and the sense that you can do no wrong.  Any tendency to be overly dominant or aggressive (Pluto) is magnified 10 fold.  Watch how you act and stay away from those with such tendencies.  Small tiffs can easily escalate into a roaring inferno (Mars).  Overconfidence can cause rash, ill considered decisions.  Judgmental thoughts and actions will predominate and religious intolerance will be palpable.

Mars opposing Pluto square Jupiter ups the ante considerably.  As stated earlier Mars is very strong in June.  I picture this T-square as a bully with his hands on his hips and his legs firmly planted just daring anyone to confront him.  The slightest confrontation can precipitate unforeseen circumstances.  Be safe and pray for our world leaders during this long hot summer.

Mars trine Neptune on the 26th adds a note of compassion and spiritual caring to the volatile T-square.  This is a clear indication that the best way to counteract the out-of-bounds Mars, Pluto, Jupiter energy is to keep your wits about you, practice compassion toward others, even the bully, and use your intuition to stay centered and safe.

Be aware that this challenging energy has a very positive upside.  It can push us forward to confront our fears, take on new challenges and to burn any bridges that need to be burned.

If you need help navigating this challenging month, contact me at for an astrology reading.

Wishing you forward movement (Mars) without the anger and aggressiveness (Mars) of this exciting but challenging month!