Astrology, Herbs and Essences for July 2019

Mercury Retrograde is here! Eclipse season is on! Here are some suggestions for moving through July with grace and ease…


Solar Eclipse in Cancer

Greetings All! I’ve had some incredible traveling adventures recently ~ too many to name at the moment. For now I just wanted to wish you well at the beginning of this month of July, as there are many potent astrological line-ups and five Retrogrades in store. It begins with a Solar Eclipse 10 degrees of watery Cancer on July 2nd. This marks a significant heightening of emotions and personal outlook in some way, depending on where it falls in your chart. It forms a conjunction to the North Node and opposition to Saturn, so there may be a focus on the integration of past experiences, lessons, and teachings that are meant to make us stronger and more secure. It could also indicate emotional shifts around authority figures. A soft trine to Retrograde Neptune supports our dreams and aspirations for the future. Many things including the underlying causes of certain problems that were previously obscured are beginning to come into view but the confusing square from Jupiter is still active. The knowledge that is gained this month will make moving forward much easier than before, especially in August when Mercury is Direct again.

a recent view of the Ionian sea from the shore of Albania

More info and a new creation relevant to the Solar Eclipse in Cancer soon to come. Please stay tuned…thank you for your support!


Mercury in Cancer – Speak from the Heart

Mercury enters Cancer today, shifting random thoughts and conversations into emotional musings and guarded responses until the 26th of June. Mercury, the planet associated with mental processing and communication becomes somehow less concerned with hard facts and more aligned with moods, needs and longings in the watery domain of Cancer. This is the sign of the child, mystic, poet and dreamer and it can inspire us to dream a bit more about what we would like to experience rather than to obsess over what we fear.

Mercury moves into conjunction with the North Node and trines Neptune mid-month, stirring the creative imagination and the impulse to put ideas into action. The tricky part is that Mercury also moves into conjunction with Mars while also opposing Saturn and Pluto. This combination could bring up some heavy memories, elicit worry or trigger strong reactions from unexpected sources. Then again it all depends on circumstances and the attitude taken overall.

It may be easy to blurt out senseless words and accusations during a period such as this. It is important to remember that when others do this to us, they are usually not operating with full awareness. They could be just projecting instead of reflecting. It’s a common human flaw.

We’re moving into the next season which is Summer in the Northern hemisphere. There is a much change in the air. There is a lot of coming and going home, maybe we have family visitors or are visiting others. Although many uncertainties and irrationality in general may seem predominant during this time, authenticity is the magic key to dissolving the hooks and snares that others shoot out. Intuition is suggesting something or perhaps several things through symbols, hunches, and synchronicities and it’s impossible to ignore. Rehearsed words and strict logic will not yield the desired results now. Speak from the heart.



Full Moon in Scorpio 2019 – Enjoy the Swamp

The Full Moon is 27 degrees of Scorpio on the 18th. I’m not going to doctor this post up with roses and hearts because this is one of those jaw-dropping, shock-rocking mind-blowing astro transits even if things are going relatively well for you. Happy campers, enjoy the swamp! Obviously it hasn’t been drained yet. It’s all kinds of wet and wild right now, however anyone wants to take that statement.

Venus is conjunct Uranus in Taurus on this day, bringing unexpected encounters and conversations to the table, for a feast of freakiness. Are you ready for this?

On the serious side, it’s worth mentioning that the current influence is a full-tilt, no-nonsense one that doesn’t take well to meddling, prying and betrayal. Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by the planets Mars and Pluto, which relates to war, aggression, power and hidden depths. This sign is about secrets, seduction and slime. It’s also about exposing snake-oil shamans and shills. It’s about time the TRUTH be told.

Everyone has a different set of circumstances to deal with, so how this influence manifests will be unique to each person or entity. Again, please forgive my forwardness if none of this pertains to you whatsoever (then, take it with a grain of salt). If it does, what kinds of things are you discovering about people or situations that are taking you by surprise? Have you recently been lied to? Met face-to-face with a gatekeeper of evil? Been hijacked by whining, bitching, hypocrites who take pleasure in mocking those who are less fortunate than themselves? Well…

Mercury is opposite the Full Moon so it’s important recognize or at least check out more closely what’s going on even if that’s not an easy or PC thing to do. Sometimes people are very skilled at masking their true intentions. The strange sensation that you cannot trust someone but don’t know why should not be ignored but investigated. Sure, giving the benefit of the doubt has its usefulness but only up until a certain point and you know the point I’m getting at. There is a fine line between intuition and paranoia and it’s up to the individual to decipher this by close examination of the facts that they have been able to gather as those facts relate to them or to the subject matter at hand.

Another “dark” side to the pit of Scorpio is that some people under its influence can dish out the dirt with ferocity but they can’t just can’t seem to take it. We’ve all met with these types in life. This is another danger to look out for but not necessarily anticipate, especially for those who are finding that the stuck has finally become unstuck and they can move forward again with ease.

Healing of body, mind and spirit is a huge highlight this weekend, and not just on the surface levels. There is a push toward getting to the root of some long-standing issue with hopes of bringing greater clarity and functionality to the area. There are many methods and tools of doing this, which may continue to make themselves known over the next couple of weeks.

For others this is a time of grief, or even of intense joy. Whatever is happening we can be sure that something is changing in a big way. Something,or someone, has left or morphed into something else. There are many emotions around this event or situation. It is no small thing but one to be acknowledged in full, and perhaps even to honor with a rite of passage into another chapter of life.

The #3 year in Review 2019

This year is less than halfway over and already so many manifestations of the 3 vibration have appeared. Outward, masculine and Martian in nature, the number three seems paradoxical in that it is represented by the third Major Arcana card of the Tarot, the Venus-ruled Empress.

I recently shared a thought-provoking conversation with the Tarot reader Jillian Malone, in which we reviewed some of these manifestations of the number 3 and the Empress. Just to briefly recap and add to what was said. These are some of the highlights of this year coming more sharply into focus now:

  • The female in all her phases – Maiden, Mother, Crone
  • Relationships to women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, friends, etc.
  • Female authority figures, female politicians, female figureheads
  • An emphasis on over-feminization in fashion and culture
  • Domestic issues related to females
  • Environmental issues, a focus on agriculture, permaculture, gardening, etc.
  • Religious leaders, religious creations (like churches) and figureheads, saints, angels
  • Multiplicity, abundance, excess
  • Ambition and versatility
  • Enthusiasm and inspiration
  • Music and the arts










There are 3 Major Arcana cards with the number 3 vibration. These are The Empress – the female, love relationships made, strengthened or broken, The Hanged Man – surrender, shift of perception and transition into the unknown, and The World – the culmination of a major cycle and beginning of another, or returning to a point of origin which could mean one’s original home, the afterlife, or merged with Divinity.

Astrological influences that coincide with the themes above are the transit of the North Node in Cancer. This implies being in transition, from one home to another, one long-standing state of being to another, or in some cases one gender to another. One of the lesser known attributes of the three is the symbolic death of the ego, which is reborn in some other form. Since Cancer is ruled by the Moon it can mean being caught up in a lunar-induced trance, unsure of the difference between what is real and unreal. Uranus, the planet of shock and change is now transiting Venus-ruled and earthy Taurus. Venus is Direct all year which is a relief but does not necessarily mean smooth sailing the whole time. It just means all is moving forward with regard to the archetypes and energies that this planet represents, for better or worse.

Astrologer Adam Gainsburg has written a book called Light of Venus with an interesting take on this planet’s cycles and significance in relation to feminine expression.

The number 3 is like a launching pad into something else, whatever that thing, person or situation may be. It is not settled and secure, but restlessly seeking, enterprising and eager for new experiences. There may be a lot of free-floating anxiety but there is also great potential for creative expression and self actualization.

Jupiter Retrograde 2019

Jupiter goes Retrograde in fiery Sagittarius on April 10th until August 11th. This planet may have milder effects than most of the other planets when viewed in Retrograde motion. It stations Retrograde at 24 degrees Sagittarius, a couple degrees from the Galactic Center, kicked off with an opposition to the Moon in Gemini. Messages from many sources are profuse and important signs and guideposts are streaming in strongly now. These are signals of what things may need to be worked on, enhanced, healed or given greater structure while Jupiter is Retrograde. This upcoming period will offer the chance to review many of the great adventures, learning experiences and opportunities gained since over the past several months and to make sure that optimal use is being made of the tools and resources at our disposal.

Saturn will also be turning Retrograde from April 29th to September 18th, adding to the vibe of review this summer. Since Jupiter entered Sagittarius on November 8th of 2018 things have been moving way too fast and furious for some. For others things have been amazingly expansive, bringing much needed change in stagnant situations. It will soon become easier to assimilate what has been learned and experienced in recent months, and to make any desired corrections or updates in the overall direction that life appears to be taking. Travel may be less frantic and more focused. Real or metaphorical puzzles and pressing questions may finally be solved and answered. It probably won’t be time to full steam ahead with all the information acquired until Jupiter goes Direct in August, or perhaps later in September when Saturn is also Direct.

Jupiter stations Direct at 14 degrees Sagittarius on August 11. Those who have planets at or very close to this degree will likely feel especially relieved to move forward with renewed energy and optimism in some way. In general it will be time to put new plans into action and take healthy risks again for the sake of growth, learning, honor and prosperity.