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

Starcodes March 8, 2019


Our brains can feel a muddy as a spring landslide this month, but we can still be productive. Two opposing astrological patterns affect us: Mercury retrograde in Pisces slows us down as Mars in earthy Taurus encourages us to make progress. On the flooded side, Mercury, the planet that symbolizes how we think, communicate, and move through the world, now retrogrades (appears to back up against the zodiac) until March 28 in intuitive Pisces. This one will feel like a super-retrograde as Mercury conjunct Neptune, the brain fog-producing planet of imagination, spirit, and escapism, first on February 19, now backs up and conjuncts Neptune again on March 24, then turns direct and conjunct it for the third time on April 2, a flood that gets us coming and going. Through this long unusually foggy and muddy Mercury retrograde we can feel wildly creative but easily overwhelmed, like the world is Read More

Starcodes March 1, 2019 Heather Roan Robbins


The planets suggest our feelings may be as soggy as snowmelt in early spring weather this week. As the weekend begins some familiar problem raises its head as the Capricorn Moon conjuncts dour Saturn and Pluto.  Whether we have a headache from the headlines or find that an old physical scar aches in the cold, or just itch with cabin fever after a long snowy winter, some repeating pattern can either give us an opportunity to do it right this time, or make uncomfortable with the status quo. Next week the conditions inside and out can get even sloppier as Mercury retrogrades (appears to back up) in sensitive swampy Pisces. Art and good conversation help. Beauty-loving Venus can help us find a temporary cure for our tough moods if we start and unusual conversation with people outside our normal framework or engage our hearts in an act of compassion or Read More

Starcodes February 22, 2019


The stars ask us to acknowledge our deepest feelings as Venus conjuncts Pluto this weekend. Venus symbolizes our heart, what we care about and what we find beautiful, while Pluto speaks of depth, loss, the use and abuse of power, and of rebirth. This conjunction usually occurs once a year and can help us catch up with a backlog of emotion. It can also expose hidden stories, headlines can bring up questions around spousal abuse or sexual exploitation, breach of trust, and what we want to do about This conjunction turns up the volume on all our feelings, but can start with a poignant grief or existential loneliness. Or a love of solitude. A personal event or memory can trigger this wealth of feeling. But even if no event occurs, we may feel a spike of existential grief over the world’s conditions, with the loss of wildlife or the wasted Read More

Starcodes February 15, 2019


The astrological weather has shifted for the moment, the planets may irritate us less but leave us more sensitized and stubborn with motivating Mars now in Taurus and mental Mercury in subtle Pisces. Tempers cold when Mars left flammable Aries yesterday, but are replaced with more determination as Taurus now travels through stubborn if even-keeled Taurus. We’re less likely to argue, and more likely just to follow through on our plans. This new sensitivity has its pros and cons. Late winter depression can drift around the edges. We may feel we need one another now more than we have in the last few months.  We may be more open to an emotionally intimate connection, more open to our spirit and the quiet of spiritual practice. The Sun joins Mercury in watery Pisces on Sunday, and help us become more aware of the interconnectedness of our lives and our ecosystem, more Read More

Starcodes Feb 8, 2019


Ready for change? The stars call for revolution. They create a high point of tension which can precipitate a change, and sparks planted this week will tend to catch fire, though they may smolder for a while first. Then the mood shift gears, takes the heat off, add stubbornness and loans endurance to shepherd those changes forward. It will help if we know what we’d like to change, and how we’d like to change it. Also, while the energy is this Sparky, enjoy it, but be cautious around explosive people and substance; think safe and powerful. Some people will just want the situation different, they take this existential discomfort and project it on any pre-existing condition. But we can throw out a lot of wisdom in that process. There are plenty of problems in the world that really do need change, plenty of situations in our groups and organizations that Read More

Starcodes Feb 1, 2019


Act as if there is a pool of high-octane astrological fuel sitting around in the open for the next two weeks.  If we casually toss a spark, it could blow up. If it sits around unused, we waste its potential or let it pollute the environment. But if we can figure out how to contain and harness it for good, we have healthy fuel to drive our engines and actually get somewhere. Some challenge, frustration, concern, paranoia, or possibly even outrage at a bona- fide misuse of power can put demands on us as this weekend begins. Dangerous situations may become more dangerous, but so can our anxiety that situation is dangerous when it’s not. It will be tricky to parse those two apart. So let’s keep our eyes open, our senses aware, and stay as calm and interested as possible. Good changes may be afoot, but just bring up Read More

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