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Chiron Direct 2018

The comet Chiron goes Direct at 27 degrees of Pisces today, December 9, after having been Retrograde since July 4, 2018. This Retrograde period added to the tremendous pain and stress incurred by many while Mars was Retrograde in the summer, followed by Venus and then Mercury, which just recently went Direct in Scorpio.

In Greek mythology, Chiron was the most wise and beloved centaur, skilled in medicine and the arts. As legend has it, during a visit one day, one of the poisoned arrows of Hercules fell upon his lap, inflicting an agonizing wound in his thigh. This was a wound he was unable to heal, and the pain was so intense he wanted to die but as an immortal he was also unable to. Zeus had sympathy for him and turned him into a constellation to be honored as Centaurus.

Chiron and Achilles by James Barry 1772

Chiron has come to represent an area in life that we feel both gifted in and wounded by simultaneously. It is this area that we find ourselves better able to help others than ourselves. We want so badly to escape the pain but are unable to avoid it. At the same time what seems like a personal handicap to ourselves inspires awe and admiration in others.

In Pisces, the sign that Chiron has transited since April 2010, the wound relates to martyrdom, self-sacrifice and being stuck in cycles of pain and suffering. Do you have any planets or major placements in your chart at 27 degrees Pisces? If so, you may feel as though salt is currently being poured onto an old wound. Conversely, you may finally experience healing and breakthrough in some aspect of your life, or a combination of both deep hurt and sweet success at the time.

Chiron was the teacher for many great heros and healers. Among other things, he taught the warrior Achilles how to play the lyre, which indicates Chiron’s musical prowess. This warrior also suffered an ongoing pain in his left heel. As a baby his mother Thetis hung him by this area as she dipped him in the river Styx as an attempt to make him immortal, which only wound up injuring him. Thus the term “Achilles heel” to indicate a personal weakness that we each have.

Chiron reminds us that all of the deepest wounds that we have suffered from have their roots in something that was actually beyond our control. The only way to master these wounds is to reach a bit beyond what we think we are capable of, and continue to better ourselves regardless of our personal stories and disappointments.

“The greater the challenge, the greater the glory”.

Chiron’s stationing Direct is aided by a glorious water trine to Mercury at 27 degrees of Scorpio and the North Node at 27 degrees of Cancer. The pain and suffering has not all been in vain, and there will be victory and celebration.

Chiron entered Aries on April 17, 2018, backtracked into Pisces on September 28. It reenters Aries on February 18, 2019 which is around when relief from many pains of the past may be experienced and solid new beginnings finally coming into view.


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California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850 after the Mexican War and a treaty was signed between Mexico and the United States. Its first capitol was situated in San Jose, so this is the location used for casting an astrological chart for California. The Golden State was birthed during a conjunction between Uranus and Pluto at 29 degrees of Aries, which marked an extremely volatile period in history.

Uranus represents change and Pluto represents the masses. The 29th degree is the final degree of any sign, with the greatest impact, especially when it comes to world events. California came into being in the midst of the Gold Rush, and people came from all across the globe to witness and partake of the radically shifting economy.

When these fires started, Jupiter was at 29 degrees of Libra was making an exact opposition to California’s Uranus and Pluto at 29 degrees of the fire sign Aries. With Jupiter, things happen on a massive scale and magnitude. It was said that 9,133 fires burned 1,381,405 acres of land. The fires raged through several cities, destroying entire neighborhoods in Lake, Napa, Butte, Mendocino, Solano and Sonoma counties. In December of 2017 Southern California was also hit by a series of fires that were exacerbated by unusually powerful Santa Ana winds. These fires forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, as the largest fires burned approximately 307, 900 acres of land.

Uranus’s exact Return occurred in early May of 2018. By this time many Californians had long been dislocated, in search of their new homes, or already living in different states and countries. Some lost everything they had and to this day are struggling to reintegrate back into some sense of normalcy.

Curiously a second series of fires began shortly after Uranus Retrograde moved back into Aries from Taurus at 29 degrees this year on November 6th. 2018, forming a Grand Cardinal square to the nodal axis which just moved into Cancer/Capricorn on November 7th and Venus Retrograde in Libra. This second series of massive fires struck California on November 8th with the Camp Fire in Paradise, Northern California being by far the deadliest fire ever. Over a thousand people are still missing. Beginning that same week there were fires raging throughout Malibu and Ventura county in Southern California, with yet more staggering destruction of buildings and homes in addition to land. It was determined that the Malibu fires were started by humans.

California’s first Uranus return occurred between 1933 – 1934, as the United States slowly began to emerge from the Great Depression. Coinciding with the early inklings of this transit, California experienced the first of its most deadly fires to date on October 3rd of 1933 in Griffith Park, Los Angeles which killed 29 people. On a similar note, earlier that year on March 10th there was a huge earthquake in Long Beach, Los Angeles. Some say the quake was actually caused by early oil drilling methods.

By now most of us have seen images throughout the internet of California’s fire damage, spotting the strange patterns of metals, wood and other constructs burnt to a crisp, leaving rows of trees still standing. It is claimed that DEW, standing for direct energy weapons have been purposely aimed at the land to make way for new railroads as part of the Agenda 21 rollout plan. Many argue that this is just part of a huge conspiracy theory. As a California native I witnessed much of this destruction with my own eyes, and with every fiber of my being know that these fires were not and are not mere “wild fires”.

One has to ask if California was engineered in such a way as to conduct widespread social experiments on people from all races and walks of life, from day one. These experiments may seem harmless in and of themselves but have long been used for nefarious ends by the elite who profit from our ignorance and chaos.

Uranus will make it’s third and final hit to 29 degrees of Aries during late February and early March, before it moves into Taurus on March 6th of 2019. Uranus transitions have seldom been easy but so much damage has already been done…hopefully the North Node in Cancer helps people and animals to regain stability and to find comfortable homes.

I did what little I could to help my community recover from the fires while living in California but now I must simply hope and pray for the safety of all my loved ones and all of the innocent lives in this state being impacted in such huge ways. Even if we don’t have definite answers to what’s going on, we will benefit from exploring the possibilities and acting according to what we find.

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The week (November 19-25) kicks off with the moon in forceful Aries and two mutable squares in the same signs – Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Pisces squaring Jupiter in Sagittarius. Confusion, tension and scatteredness may lead to surprising revelations. Watch for unusual details and synchronistic encounters while everything seems to be “going on all at once”.

A building grand water trine from the Sun in Scorpio to Chiron in Pisces and the North Node in Cancer on Tuesday the 20th could bring up painful memories but also help to mend old wounds or make amends. Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and just let go – let go of old stories, old attachments, old judgements, old expectations and old excuses that bar improvements in some area.

Mercury stationed Retrograde at 13 degrees of Sagittarius on November 16th, in a fuzzy square to Neptune that will become exact on December 24th. Neptune is currently slowing down to go Direct on November 23rd bringing clarity to some of the issues that have been so mind-boggling and confounding since June. That’s when Mercury made it’s first square to Neptune this year, before this planet of smoke and mirrors went Retrograde for a few months. Mars Retrograde in Aquarius/Capricorn from June 26th to August 27th didn’t seem to help matters. Now those things that were so difficult to accomplish or obtain are beginning to make more sense and fall into place.

The Sun enters Sagittarius on Thursday the 22nd and the Full Moon occurs that evening or depending on the time zone, the morning of the 23rd, at zero degrees of Gemini. Mercury is loosely opposite of this Full Moon, stirring up lots of energy, excitement and changeability. During this highly charged and very mentally stimulating week, many dreams, visions, thoughts, ideas, conversations and connections are springing up from the past or just randomly out of the blue. These mental sparks may inspire new solutions to old problems and the impetus to complete what has been started and left hanging for far too long. 

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Mars in Pisces 2018

The fiery red planet Mars exits Aquarius and enters Pisces on November 15th until December 31st of 2018. Throughout these several weeks, the passions are softened and suffused by aqueous nuances. The planet of masculine drive is not easily expressed in the sign of reflectiveness, dreams and sacrifice. Here, he does lend himself to philanthropic pursuits, usually gentle in his approach. Moods may be quite changeable and unexpected tears may flow especially during November.

Venus goes Direct in Libra and Mercury goes Retrograde in Sagittarius on the 16th (until December 6th), without much time in between to adjust to either of these not-so-subtle shifts. If there are things you feel sad, guilty or helpless about, the emotions surrounding these issues may become heightened and in need of outlets.

The Fisherman and the Siren by Frederic Leighton 1858

Mars in Pisces forms a square with Jupiter in Sagittarius on November 19th, which can provoke some rather extreme reactions, also during the days leading up to and a few days following this aspect.

Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune turns Direct on the 24th after being Retrograde since June 18th, bringing a newfound insight into of many of the confusions, illusions and hidden obstacles that have delayed progress during the past few months. With this clarification, what went all wrong may slowly begin to go right. Corrections, healing, and improvements will be made in many areas that have been stuck, but will still require a bit of patience to move through with Mercury being Retrograde.

Mercury will form an agitating square to Mars on the 26th which means it would be wise to exercise restraint in volatile matters. If possible avoid signing any major contracts as there are likely to be a lot of misunderstandings taking place. A helpful sextile from Mars to Saturn on the 27th may eases some of the tension and offer a bit of motivation toward organizing what has become an unmanageable mess.

Mars forms a conjunction to Neptune on December 7th, which can brew up some very strange, if not erotic magic. This magnetic combination is particularly great for artistic endeavors or romantic liaisons – good thing it falls on a Friday!

Mars forms a sextile to Pluto on December 16th/17th which brings some creative problem-solving to the table and gets the week off to an easier start than the one preceding it. We’re just about ready to move out of Mercury’s post-Retrograde shadow with just one more week to go. Merry flippin’ Christmas…what a ruthless year of Retrogrades!

The last major aspect that Mars in Pisces makes is a conjunction to the comet Chiron on December 28th. This highlights the need for emotional repair and letting go in general, as sensitivities and the results of old hurts are more evident than usual. There is an opportunity for healing of deep wounds to the male psyche, or regarding the masculine energy in both genders.


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Today, November 7th, the Nodal Axis moves away from the Leo and Aquarius polarity into that of Cancer and Capricorn until May 5th of 2020. Coinciding with the New Moon in Scorpio, a significant shift in focus is occurring in the collective sea of consciousness, also marked by the lunar axis forming a Grand Cardinal Square between Venus Retrograde in Libra and Uranus Retrograde which has just regressed into Aries.

These highly charged configurations combine in such a way as to raise the bar and propel us forward, despite all odds, prompting a complete overhaul of the things, relationships and dynamics that no longer function in cohesive or sensible ways. The process might hurt like hell but it’s clear that a kind of evolution must occur – the only other option may be death, actual or metaphorical.

Attention turns now to the home and its security, as well as to the soul and it’s depth. Is our home empty or in disarray? Are our souls hungry, impoverished or yearning for connection? What needs tending in the secret gardens or basements of our inner selves – the areas that no one really sees but us when we each are all alone? Perhaps it’s time to embark upon a study of the family tree or to explore ancient buildings, houses, tunnels, monuments and history itself in order to understand how things eventually got to be the way they are now.

The Nodes Explained

For those who are new to this concept, the North and South Nodes are mathematical points in the zodiac, always exactly opposite of each other. The lunar nodes or nodal axis refers to the intersection between the cycles of the Sun and Moon. The North Node is the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic going toward the northern hemisphere, in the path of the Sun. The South Node is the point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic heading south. The Nodes spend approximately 18 months within two polar signs, usually moving backward, or Retrograde in motion, taking around 18 years to return to their same positions in the zodiac.

Seen in the natal chart, the North Node is the direction our souls call us toward as individuals, so that we may thrive on all levels and fulfill our divine missions while incarnated. The South Node indicates habits, karma and abilities that were gained in past lives or early childhood. The qualities of the South need temperance, for only when its intense urges are overcome the positive attributes of this Node may finally be integrated with those of the North Node. In a broad sense, the North Node reveals the overall unfoldment of society and life on earth in general.

With the North Node now in Cancer, the desire for building strong foundations in home, health and relationships is heightened. The tools, resources and energy for doing so shall also become more accessible to many in the year to come. There is also a focus on mothering, female issues and healing feminine dynamics. The South Node in Capricorn means that existing power structures that operate in underhanded ways will either crumble to the ground or will become even more camouflaged and deviant, making them harder to identify. Both are likely to happen. The South Node in this area means that healthy boundaries must be established and maintained but in a way that is nurturing rather than cold and authoritarian.

The North Node in Cancer Calling Us Home

The last transit of the North Node in Cancer was 2000-2002. There will be opportunities during the current transit to resolve much of what was left unresolved at that time, as well as the NN in Cancer transits that came before that such 1981-1983, 1962-1964 and so on. The influence of parents, grandparents and ancestors is coming strongly to bear, so the unfinished business of those who came before us is becoming illuminated, whether we want to deal with it or not.

Some of us came into life with an acute awareness that we were very different than our parents, but somehow felt obligated to internalize or even solve their problems for them. We moved through childhood, teen years and young adulthood carrying an invisible yet extremely burdensome “ancestral weight” upon our shoulders and in our psyches that seemed to affect every facet of our lives. Some of us also came from broken homes, orphaned, victims of sexual, emotional or physical abuse or simply neglected and left to our own devices most of the time. There never seemed to be a steady place of rest, refuge, peace or safety. Life was always an uproar, even if muffled like silent screams behind closed doors. For those who still don’t even know the meaning of “home”, it may become more clear within the next year and a half.

This could also be the time to cut cords with certain family members who lack genuine respect and integrity, and to move beyond manipulations and expectations placed upon us by maternal or paternal figures. None of us are our parents, their mistakes or their projections! Ultimately, we are each our own sovereign being. As we grow and mature, we realize that it is up to ourselves as individuals to support and defend ourselves against evil, including the kind that is self-imposed.

For others with a more fortunate upbringing, the North Node transiting Cancer could indicate a stronger bonding with or reconnection with long-lost family members. Whether fortunate or unfortunate in early life, this period may also indicate the building of a new family (giving birth and parenting).

Building a home and nesting within it obviously means different things to different people. We don’t all have the same desires and enjoy the same things. Some prefer living alone, others with a family unit, significant other or pets. Whatever your perfect home ideal is, now is the time to put energy toward finding, building or enhancing that. This could be your own personal castle, a place of rich beauty, a garden sanctuary or simply bringing more comfort and security into your current abode. Also this doesn’t mean staying home all the time and not going anywhere. To the contrary, when home is actually restful as it should be, operating and moving successfully outward from that place becomes so much easier.

There will be a general focus on gathering food and provisions, perhaps interior design and house remodeling, and striking a balance between inner needs and outer demands.

Saturn-Pluto conjunct the South Node – Corrupt Power Structures Collapse

The Saturn-Pluto conjunction which occurs roughly every 34 years, is a very powerful and reformative aspect building up to 2020 and it will begin to transit the South Node in Capricorn around March of 2019, gaining momentum between July and October of 2019. All of these things increase the potency of the U.S. Pluto Return in 2022, which has already begun to build in effects, even for those who do not reside on U.S. Territory. The massive deconstruction of political structures and schemes has created a global economic crisis similar to the one experienced during the Great Depression. People all around the world have been displaced from their homes, have lost their jobs or families and in some cases have lost everything they had due to so-called natural disasters, a widespread financial collapse, and a relentless attack on every aspect of humanity itself by greedy globalists. The New World Order has been thrust upon us but there are those who stand and fight against it, completely intent on exposing and smashing its very foundations. Some say the Third World War is coming but it’s already on!

Cancer and Capricorn are cardinal signs, known for getting things going. Cancer is represented by the Crab, with a hard, cold exterior hiding its soft interior to crawl into when threatened. The shell may also be symbolized as a coat of armor, as Cancer stands ready for a battle he or she honestly does not want to fight but cannot escape. The battle may be stalled but ultimately must be faced. So when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Cancer has hidden strength to draw upon that comes as a surprise even to himself, especially when defending loved ones. Absolutely nothing will get in the way, and that is the best approach to be taken this year while moving toward goals and building firm foundations. Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of making your heart’s fondest dreams come true or protecting who and what’s valuable. Jupiter in Sagittarius gives us that extra kick to make some real headway in 2019.

Those with prominent house placements and/or planets in Cancer or Capricorn will experience some of the strongest shifts relating to their homes and family life between now and May of 2020. By the way, the United States of America is a “Cancer child”. There will be a dismantling of old structures and ancestral dynamics that no longer support the interests and objectives of the current career, livelihood, family and home life. In some cases this points toward a radical spiritual transformation that simultaneously means leaving the old life behind for what could be a completely new one.

If indeed, “home is where the heart is”, the North Node in Cancer will point the way there for all of us. Many argue about the directive roles between the heart, soul, brain and mind. Experiments performed by the Heart Math Institute have revealed that there more neurons moving from the heart to the brain than vice versa, meaning that the heart has its own innate intelligence that can properly guide us if we truly take heed of its messages. The choice is then ours in whether to follow our hearts or remain stuck in fear-based mental patterns and in the false constructs that have been laid out for us like mouse traps in a maze.

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