An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.

Starcodes December 8, 2017 


It may be the season to be jolly, but there are a lot of zingers flying through the air to test our joy. With the Sun, retrograde Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all now in positive outspoken Sagittarius, impatient curiosity and frank directness can help us keep a twinkle in our eyes, but we may sparkle under duress. Under this Sagittarian lineup we can feel a compulsion to speak out and share our truth, whether our friend or senator wants to hear it or not. But truth is a complicated thing, and it can be tempting to oversimplify. Mercury retrograde easily clouds our communication (December 2-22) while a conjunction between Saturn and Mercury brings a new seriousness to our words and weight to our decisions, from the national tax package to far subtler personal choices. Because of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, that Mercury-Saturn conjunction becomes exact three times, November 28, December 6, Read More

Starcodes Dec 1, 2017


Communication is key this week, don’t take it for granted; cherish every moment of understanding. As Mercury turns retrograde (Dec.2-22) and the Sun squares intuitive but confusing Neptune, we step out of ordinary reality and into mythic time. While this can help us create our holiday magic, we may feel like we’re walking through a foggy hall of mirrors and can’t quite see what’s going on.  At the same time, Mars opposes Uranus which increases our ingenuity, but also our pool of irritability and the likelihood of accidents. The planets offer us a few saving graces at the moment as they encourage both a deep and abiding curiosity to help us look past any misinformation until we find a deeper truth, and an opportunity to drop below tension and differences, and drop into an intuitive sense of connection underneath as Jupiter trines Neptune. As Mercury and Venus are both now in Read More

Starcodes Nov 24, 2017 Heather Roan Robbins


We’re done with one holiday and barreling on to the next, all while the world churns. The beginning of December has the astrological potential to be pretty tumultuous, so let’s get on good terms with one another and get organized for the winter holidays as soon as possible. Mercury retrogrades from December 3- December 22. Even now, as Mercury runs through its shadow (the part of the zodiac it is about to back through), transportation and communication already takes more time and attention But we can savor this community-oriented postprandial weekend first. The Moon is in friendly and collective Aquarius through Saturday where it encourages us to work in groups and have family dinners and football games. Bond in camaraderie but don’t expect anyone to get too close and personal. An ambient competitive edge can make televised sports interesting, but could bring a touchy note to family board games as Read More

Starcodes November 17, 2017  Heather Roan Robbins


Right before Thanksgiving, every year, our energy swirls in preparation. Like the last of autumn’s leaves our work and term papers churn in a last-minute reckoning before we dash to organize, travel, or cook while the Sun finishes its tour of Scorpio. The Sun then enters the spacious energy-field of Sagittarius around November 21 and calls us to travel, count our blessings, and be on good behavior with friends and family. This cycle is intensified this year by a focused, deep, soul-searching new Moon in Scorpio over this weekend, which is perfect for divination and exploration. But this New Moon could also bring out a rash of new investigative reports that make our blood boil. This brooding, thoughtful, haunted New Moon is underscored by a tough Mars-Pluto square early in the week which can fuel any ongoing conflicts and also easily set off our holiday control issues. Power struggles, frustration, Read More

Starcodes Nov 10, 2017  Heather Roan Robbins


Karma comes home to roost this week. The catalyst will be a helpful trine between Saturn, the planet of security, structure, and status quo, and Uranus, the planet of change and invention. This is the third and last pass of a series (created as the planets retrograded in and out of exact trine on Dec 24, 2016, May 19, 2017, and now) and can bring resolution to work that began a year ago. Now this aspect can produce some really wonderful changes, but we need to focus on where we’re going and not just on what we resent in the past, which can be too easy to do with the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter all now in broody Scorpio. If we’ve planted seeds of trauma or inequity, they could now turn around and bite us. If we’ve sown work possibilities or seeds of compassion, they can begin to sprout and Read More

Starcodes November 3, 2017


We want to feel safe, secure, and sensual today as the Moon grows full in earthy Taurus and opposes the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter all in intense Scorpio. And we will really notice where we don’t. The mood for this full Moon is stubborn, hungry, determined, possessive, territorial, if also potentially cuddly. We can feel the tension between parts of our self or culture that just want to be comfortable and rest in the moment, or the status quo, even be a couch potato, and the parts of us that operate like hungry ghosts, craving more that we have. Whatever that is. But we are also looking for spiritual or emotional comfort as well as physical comfort because Sun and Mars interact with Neptune this week, the planet of intuition, magic, spirituality, liquids, confusion, or escapism (depending on how we play it). We may find a magical place between the Read More

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