End of Year Eclipse Season 2018

Sorry to have been so AWOL…this year has been really something else. And that something just keeps growing bigger every day! Perhaps you’ve noticed it too…

Eclipse season has begun! Radical change is underway. Here are the highlights:

The Solstice on June 21st brought us into a new chapter of life according to Earth cycles. It kicked off with an opposition from Venus to Mars and Mercury in opposition to Pluto. Mars has been slowing down all month to go Retrograde in Aquarius on the 26th until August 27th, which causing a few things to deepen and slow down with it as it moves back toward and into Capricorn. This is a “look before you leap” kind of Retrograde, which shows us what has wrongly been pushed and pursued, and what truly brings excitement, inspiration and purpose in life.

These in-your-face transits are further amplified by the three eclipses this summer as well as the upcoming Full Moon in Capricorn conjunct Saturn on June 27th. Since the Sun at 6 degrees of Cancer will be opposite of both the Moon and Saturn, there is a fated quality to the things happening around this time. Something of significance that has long been in the works or that will be for the long haul is becoming cemented, reinforced or solidified.

The first eclipse is a Partial Solar one at 20 degrees Cancer on July 12th, and will be the least visible of the three, mainly seen from South Australia and Antarctica. It will be in an opposition to Pluto, bringing much intensity to emotional interactions with family and loved ones, particularly regarding contracts being made or broken. Issues of trust and safety are highlights, as are issues and relationships with women and especially matriarchal figures.

The second eclipse is a Total Lunar eclipse at 4 degrees Aquarius on July 27th, visible from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This occurs a day after Mercury goes Retrograde in Leo so the political scene is bound to be extra volatile during this week. The Moon forms a conjunction with Mars and the South Node bringing attention to group dynamics in general versus individual ones. Questions may arise as to what causes one most feels aligned to or how ready and willing to join forces with others, and in what manner or measure.

The Partial Solar eclipse on August 11th is 18 degrees of Leo and will be the grand finale of eclipses, visible again from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This is the one that reveals all the junk/patterns/beliefs carried over from past lives, relationships, or situations that just don’t serve a purpose anymore other than to hold one back from expressing the fullness of oneself. Something has to go and when it goes, it will be a huge relief and allow the moving forward to become more joyful.

The effects of these eclipses will be most strongly felt between the first week of July and the last week of September, but their impact will reach much farther into the future – up to several months or even years. Interesting times! It could be that many of you do not even recognize yourself or others by Christmas this year.

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Dark Moon Podcast

Presenting Dark Moon Podcast:

This is Episode #1 of an upcoming series of talks between astrologer Willow and me. The highlights of this talk include Uranus ingresses, timed war attacks, trends relating to the transit of Uranus through Taurus, food innovations, global currency shifts and more!

My voice was a bit weak due to a recent flu and we also had a few technical difficulties so please bear with us. This is just the beginning. We have much material to share in the near future!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCkCBQ1j9uE&t=119s

Wishing you a happy New Moon in Taurus!

Saturn Retrograde 2018

Saturn was the Roman god of wealth, agriculture and of time. Often depicted with a scythe or sickle, he is identified with the Grim Reaper and the Greek god Cronus. The sickle was used to castrate and depose his father, the sky god Uranus. These details give a glimpse into the nature of the planet Saturn’s astrological influences. Some of Saturn’s nicknames are Father Time, Lord of Karma, and Cosmic Taskmaster.

Saturn turns Retrograde on April 17th until September 6th in the sign of Capricorn. Saturn does this for five months out of every year so although it’s not a huge deal, it’s a noticeable one on mundane levels. Since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn there is sometimes an extra serious, Saturnian force here.

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This is a no b.s. transit sure to cut out all that is extraneous and useless (December 2017-December 2020) in several departments of life. This is especially so while Saturn is Retrograde, causing review in areas where there are questions or instability around commitments, foundations and projects. Some of the weeding out that is taking place has been or may be painful and some of it is a huge relief. Much of the comfort or discomfort will depend on how true one has been to his/herself.

Saturn Retrograde supports the overall restructuring of health, career, home and business. It can help establish firmer boundaries where they have been lacking. If past compromises have brought disappointment, grief or turmoil, it could be time to say No, walk away and cut some cords. Saturn Retrograde is not playing games. It will be important to recognize when and where enough is enough.

The idea that Saturn dishes out “karma” is a very old one but not necessarily accurate. Awareness of the law of cause of effect may certainly be enhanced. Past actions, both negative and positive will show results. When Retrograde, Saturn gives an extra push to make corrections, to review and revoke agreements that no longer match the values of any particular person, group or organization. Someone that has acted in a dishonest way may be exposed and discarded or discredited by someone else. Government agencies are given no exception to Saturn’s rules.

As the so-called Keeper of Time, Saturn can even help to recover or make up for certain areas of lost time by bringing opportunities to replace and redo things previously failed. It could help to make more efficient use of the current illusion of “time”. When it comes to getting things done, that’s not a bad thing at all.

New Moon in Aries – “Power vs Force”

“Power serves others, whereas force is self-serving. True statesmen serve the people; 10 politicians exploit people to serve their own ambitions. Statesmen sacrifice themselves to serve others; politicians sacrifice others to serve themselves.”
― David R. Hawkins, Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, author’s Official Revised Edition

The New Moon falls at 26 degrees of Aries on April 15th, in a conjunction with Uranus at 28 degrees, just hours after Mercury stations Direct at 4 degrees in this same powerhouse of a sign, triggering shock wave effects. The Sun and Moon are squared to Pluto in Capricorn while Mercury moves into a third square to Saturn in Capricorn this year, exact on the 25th. This New Moon carries blatant tones of aggression, bringing up uncomfortably heated situations and a need to clear up miscommunications. Much that is occurring now and that is to come over the next few days may seem sudden and unbidden. Not all of these things are bad but let’s first look at the obvious…

Within the matrix of the current power structure, there is senseless violence masked as self-defense, such as the continued attack and devastation of Syria. Fewer people on this planet trust in government anymore. There is talk of “black hats” attacking us and “white hats” coming to our rescue, all the while at war with each other. Real motives are concealed out of necessity, and it’s hard for anyone to know what’s really going on behind the scenes. On some level these invisible powers represent aspects of our own consciousness – the devil and the angel – the good and evil within, with each thought and action contributing to the duality and ongoing drama of our earthly lives.

Meanwhile the Wounded Healer, comet Chiron is preparing to exit his 8 year transit through Pisces and to enter Aries on April 18th. Aries is the Greek god of war, and in the Zodiac the sign named after him is ruled by Mars, the planet named after the Roman god of war. You get the idea. It doesn’t mean that’s all there is to this fire sign but it’s very masculine nature means this transit is  not going to encourage taking a back seat, turning the other cheek or waiting for something to come along. It means that if something is desired it will be sought after, whether with good or ill intent. There may also be sharp lessons occurring about what is under our/or one’s own control and what is not. How do you cope when you realize  you can’t fix anyone but yourself?

Aries’ ruling planet Mars is currently in Capricorn nearing a conjunction with the Black Moon Lilith. The Black Moon Lilith often highlights sexuality but also sometimes other taboos subjects such as death and destruction. Um…not to mention their closeness to Pluto. This is definitely an unpredictable and potentially dangerous combination, perhaps eased by a separating trine from Venus in Taurus which could symbolically mean the difference between rape and a passionate but fully consensual sexual encounter. When it comes to mundane affairs, everything may have more force or urgency behind it over the next few days. This energy could be so used to accomplish a great deal if properly directed.

Uranus is also nearing the end of a long transit through Aries since March 2011 and enters Taurus on May 16th. Together with Chiron’s passage into Aries there will be many new opportunities for deeper healing or inflictions than known before. This is an incredible time to be alive on planet Earth. More to say on that later. Right now there are enough Mars/Uranus upsets to deal with.

Sabian Symbol for the New Moon between 26-27 deg Aries:

“Through Imagination A Lost Opportunity Is Regained”

The keynote of this symbol is inner revaluation – a shift of attitude brings a shift of reality. For the one who is willing to learn from past mistakes and loss without further regret and self-condemnation, there is hope for long-lost dreams to blossom into manifestation.

New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, New Year of the Dog

The New Moon, Solar Eclipse falls at 27 degrees of Aquarius on February 15th. This day is a major turning point of this year, and when the new year truly begins. One reason for this is that a solar eclipse brings much change to our overall lives and rhythms. These changes that have been building over a period of several weeks can be so radical or unexpected that the results are very difficult to predict. Since the moon is becoming New again there is much being released in order to make way for the new in our lives to grow and blossom. This will the last day of the Chinese year of the Rooster – the Year of the Dog begins on the 16th.

The dreams, visions, wishes and plans for the future have suddenly become heightened. After so much disorientation and loss over the past six months, a new life awaits for many on the planet. The storms may not be over but there is hope for improvement. There is a great focus around friendships, circles of friends, community and those whom would be considered kindred spirits and soul family. True to Aquarian expression, there is also a sense of cooperation among friends and allies, working together toward mutual goals.

The Karmic Ripening that Saturn Brings

Before the discovery of Uranus, the original ruling planet of Aquarius was Saturn, the Cosmic Taskmaster. The prominence of Saturn’s influence at this time cannot be ignored. Saturn is also the ruler of Capricorn where it now transits again since 1988-1991. Because Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma, we have entered a cycle of “karmic” ripening (December 2017-March 2020), for better or worse depending on good deeds or misdeeds over a vast stretch of time. Those who have been to hell and back for the past several months or years, please take heart: Things are likely to get better. Just hold on. Don’t give up before your solution appears and know that something you have worked hard on in your life or lives is bound to bear fruit.

Morality in general and around sexual behavior is a topic of increasing interest. This is partly due to Jupiter’s transit through Scorpio, bringing secrets and evidence of trespassings out into the open. This exposure of hidden corruption such as the Pizzagate scandals began to intensify in 2016-2017 as we experienced the aftermath of Uranus’s square to Pluto and Jupiter in opposition to Uranus. I agree with much of what Steven Forrest had to say about Saturn in Capricorn’s latest transit. What is even “normal” or perverse anymore is up for debate. In today’s world it seems acceptable to a large portion of the human population that several varieties of sexual wantonness and even pedophilia is something that can now be classified as inherent and natural in certain individuals. Saturn in Capricorn stimulates us to question and stomp on those ideas and bring back a sense of ethics, at least for serious consideration. Matters of aging, working with elders or learning from them in some way is another possible highlight now and throughout the next couple of years.

In addition, 2018 is an #11 year in numerology, further reduced to a #2 vibration. The 11 is aligned with the Tarot card Justice, also very much about karmic payback. The #2 is connected with the Tarot card The High Priestess which puts us very much in touch with our intuition and deepest emotions.

Aquarius and “Alternative Relationships”

The planet Mercury and asteroid Juno make a close conjunction to the New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius. Aquarius is known as the Bohemian of the Zodiac, both for exhibiting unusual traits and ways of relating to the opposite sex and for attracting to themselves very unusual personalities. If any sign is here to show us how to relate to each other “outside the box” of tradition or socially accepted norms, it is Aquarius.

Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Juno is one of the major goddess asteroids representing committed partnership or what is sought in an ideal mate. There is much conversation now between friends, lovers or people in general about the significance of their romantic or committed relationships. Juno in Aquarius seeks for personal freedom and individual expression within and apart from a relationship. Whether this means going their own way or doing their own thing and then coming back home to talk about it at the end of the day, there is a lot of alternative relating going on or discussions about it now.

Dog Year 2018

I make no claims about Chinese astrology as it is not something I have spent a great deal of time studying, however I can see the patterns that come and go with each passing Chinese animal year. The Year of the Fire Rooster was one that emphasized hard work, lots of drama and lots of activity, almost nonstop. It was dizzying for many people. In the Year of the Earth Dog, Feb 2018-Feb 2019, there is likely to be more focus on stability, family togetherness, and loyalty. Dog is considered an auspicious animal in many cultures, as man’s best friend. A Dog year brings better opportunities than before in business and love.

Massive Upgrades – pre and post eclipse

Massive upgrades! Up to you. Downgrades are also possible. That’s what’s happening now, pre-Lunar Eclipse in Leo (January 31st) and post-Solar Eclipse in Aquarius (February 15th). Some of these upgrades may feel painful as hell and others may seem blissful. Some are just looong overdue…

Ideas for ushering in upgrades with ease:

Accept contradictions, paradoxes and ironies because they’re like Time – you can’t beat them. Keep an eye out for synchronicities.  Have some fun. Go ahead and break your own outmoded rules like a boss.

 

New Moon in Sagittarius – Embracing Life’s Battles

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”  – Albert Einstein

The New Moon is at 7 degrees of Sagittarius on November 29th. It forms an exact conjunction with asteroid Juno, and a square with Neptune and the Lunar Nodes. In Sagittarius, the combined influence of the luminaries with Juno highlights partnerships and unions based on higher values, nurturing of the intellect, respect for each other’s differences and a passionate search for truth. Its dark side, especially in stressful aspects involving Neptune entails self-righteousness, religious and/or political fanaticism, inappropriate or misguided self-sacrifice, deception and victimization.

Neptune has been a year-long influence due to a square by Saturn in Sagittarius since August 2015, now fading in effect. The Neptunian themes of delusion, confusion, psychic pain and past life review are not over however, as Saturn and Chiron, the Wounded Healer in Pisces move into a square to be fully activated in the new year of 2017. The wounds that were not healed, the debris that was not discarded, the lies that were only partially uncovered and the memories that were stirred this past year are drawn up yet again with this New Moon and in the weeks ahead.

Venus in Capricorn forms a square with Uranus and Ceres in Aries. This and along with the four planets (Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury) in Sagittarius calls for radical honesty and a heavy price to pay for deceit. Much of this has already been going down in the political arena and the dominoes will continue to fall over the next few months. Intense conflicts and opposing views can cause separations and loss on a grand scale.

Sagittarius favors culture and expanded education. Like all fire signs, this one does not shrink away from challenge but embraces it wholeheartedly. Whenever this sign is emphasized, more of us dare to think and do things that were previously not known or comfortable. What is something you have long wanted to do that you’ve been afraid of initiating?

Every now and then the words of one of my great-grandmothers resounds in my memory:

“Life is constant battle!” she would exclaim after telling a story, particularly in relation to surviving the Armenian genocide…

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…but I remember her as a happy little lady, ever-so-loving and grateful for all that life had blessed her with. As I grew older, I began to truly understand her words more clearly and adopted them as a sort of mantra, especially in situations that seemed extremely bad or good. This mantra reminds me that things can always be a lot worse, not to rest on my laurels, never to settle for less than what I deem as worthy and just, and that if life’s not a “bitch” in some way, shape or form I must be overlooking or doing something wrong.

Contrary to New Age belief, people don’t automatically change their reality by ignoring what’s ugly and only reciting positive happy affirmations to themselves (as if they are trying super hard to drill them into their thick skulls). Believe me, I tried all that as a teen and it didn’t work. It began to feel like a form of denial and it eventually became evident that denial only leads to escapism, addiction and self-pity. What did work was accepting this life as battle, putting on my armor, picking up my spear and going forward full tilt.

I’m not sharing any of this as gospel, but just as my own personal philosophy and experience. It also seems relevant to the Times. When one acknowledges life’s battles for what they are, there is no more room for complaining. There is only choice in how to engage or give up. Accepting the reality of battle, of hardship and of hell on Earth was actually liberating for me. It meant that I no longer held onto false promises or waited for approval and rewards from others. I gave up hope for “lollipops”, pats on the back, gold stars and Nirvana. Suddenly, so much came into focus.

Whatever principles one adheres to ultimately shape life’s experiences for better or worse. These principles can be positive or negative, religious or not, inclusive or exclusive. What really matters is what results they produce both internally and externally. Do these results weigh on the side of healing or destruction? Enlightenment or ignorance? Dishonor or valour?

“Stand for something or you will fall for anything.”

Some more questions to ask during this Sagittarius New Moon (there are no Right or Wrong answers – just food for thought):

What are you seeking for and why?

What are you fighting for and why?

What are you holding on to and why?

Whose thoughts are you thinking? Why?