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The New Moon was 15 degrees of Pisces this morning (March 6th PST). A conjunction to Pisces’ ruling planet Neptune has been greatly intensified the energy surrounding this week and day. Neptune is the planet of higher aspirations, visions and sometimes confusion and deception. Pisces can be wise and compassionate or a martyr and one who avoids facing reality.

In addition, Mercury just went Retrograde at the last degree of Pisces on March 5th and Uranus has made it’s re-entry into the earth sign of Taurus where it will transit until April of 2026. Shocks, reversals and changes of plans have been occurring and may still be expected during the next few days.

This New Moon is a rather intense one. It squares it’s original planetary ruler Jupiter which is currently transiting Sagittarius. Some of the themes that may be widely experienced and may need to be dealt with immediately are a trespassing of boundaries, extreme narcissism, thievery, manipulation, emotional blackmail. Some may be drawn more toward tending of those who are sick, homeless or otherwise destitute.

Whatever is happening during this time requires some major adjustments and probably a few upgrades. Positive manifestations could include creative inspiration, generosity, fertility, prosperity, emotional release and spiritual attunement. Things should mellow out a bit this weekend when the Moon enters Taurus, especially Sunday and Monday.


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Chiron’s final sweep through the last degree of Pisces accentuates all the qualities of this sign, both positive and negative. It makes everything pertaining to the Piscean themes of sacrifice, addiction, escapism, transcendence, loss, and alternate realities seem more intense and awesome. Whatever is going on now and has been since the beginning of the month seems more consuming, painful, magical, or nebulous than usual. Some people are blissfully carrying on while for others everything just…hurts. Really bad.

The good news is that this too shall pass. Hang in there. Every day is a new day. Remember that failure is sometimes what ultimately leads to success and greater understanding. Good fortune could be just around the corner. When one door closes another one opens.

Pisces is a water sign, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter pertains to travel, the higher mind, education, expansion and opportunities. Neptune relates to water, illusions, mirrors, tears. Weather and water related disasters have been extreme and emotions have been running high. Dreams are vivid and strange.

There may be many completions that you’ve been struggling to make with people, places, things, habits, feelings or ideas. It’s time to let go and move on. Trust the inner voice of wisdom that speaks to you from within your heart. Your place in the universe is unique and you may not realize how it helps those around you.

The Wounded Healer comet has been transiting Pisces since April of 2010. It briefly entered Aries last year, in April 2018 but then went Retrograde moving back into Pisces on September 26. It will reenter Aries on February 18th and transit this sign until 2027. More on this transit later.

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Lunar Eclipse in Leo!

A Lunar Eclipse at the first degree of Leo is fast approaching this Sunday the 20th. There is lots of change and lots of anxiety in the air, and no wonder with all of the current planetary squares! Uranus in Aries squares the eclipse and Mercury in Capricorn just opposite of it. Mars is also forming a square to Saturn. People and animals may seem edgy, argumentative or irritable, or they may be saying something that is difficult to decipher. There may be strange occurrences, surprising news, or misunderstandings over the next few days so breathe deep and perhaps move more mindfully than you normally would. There is a touch of good luck from Venus and Jupiter in Sagittarius but they form a square to Neptune in Pisces. Don’t jump to conclusions right now because there are lots of crossed wires and other things confusing certain matters. It is a great time to express your uniqueness or your love for someone special. You might just roll with your inner muse, enjoy spontaneous flights of fancy or some long overdue adventure in your life. This is the state of being “poised between this world and the next”…between one state of consciousness or conditions and another. Anything can happen!

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Erte print 1982

2019 is a number 3 year in numerology. The number three highlights abundance, creativity and fertility. This year is going to be full of opportunities that may have seemed missing in the year 2018 which was a number 2 year and focused more on collaboration, relying on intuition and facing old fears. Many felt as though their plans were stalled and their energy was low during this past #2 year as the two is very much absorbed in the process of trying to find balance between being in action and rest, social life vs solitude.

The three is a dynamic, forward moving number and favors many aspects of life including business, spirituality, the arts and the family unit. There are strong manifesting qualities associated with this number. Some of the challenges that are experienced under the three’s influence are anxiety, over-stimulation, and indecision from having too many options. Over-indulgence may also be a problem.

The Tarot cards of the Empress, the Hanged Man and the World all correspond with the number three, and the archetypal influences of these cards will be present throughout 2019. These influences include a focus on the feminine, mothering, beauty, creativity, surrender to the unknown, gaining new perspectives, and initiation into new realms or new ways of life. These cards also alert us to expect the unexpected, which could mean just about anything that we wouldn’t expect!

Current astrological factors such as Jupiter in Sagittarius add to the lively nature of a three year, bringing optimism and good fortune. Just watch out for Jupiter’s square to Neptune in Pisces, which can create a bit of fog around certain issues. Beginning February 5 we will also be entering the Chinese New Year of a Pig, which is a great year for money and business endeavors. However the Pig is known to be gullible and too trusting so stay on guard with your valuables.

Overall, this three year presents us with many unique challenges and opportunities that help us to grow and expand. If there there is something you have been wanting to do for a long time but haven’t had the time, energy or resources to make it happen, you may have better luck in 2019. This is the time to use the best of your abilities in some way or ways, and to try things you have not tried before. Three favors exploring various modes of self expression through speaking, writing, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and so much more. This number also enhances body movement in general, including martial arts, running, swimming and casual sports.

Stay focused on whatever it is you’re doing for best results and enjoy the sometimes bumpy yet ultimately rewarding road to success. You just may experience the adventure of a lifetime!

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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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Tune in this afternoon, 12:00 p.m. PST to a discussion I share with Jon Darkly on Alter Mind podcast:


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