An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.
This is it, election week. The stars suggest that one chapter ends and a new one begins, but they don’t say in what direction. The world has grown grimmer over the last few years as we work towards a pivotal nexus in 2020 when the two planets we associate with power and control, Saturn and Pluto, conjunct in competent, control-oriented Capricorn. The politics of the United States stay in metamorphosis through 2023 as Pluto returns to its position when our country was born. These are revolutionary aspects, but there are many ways to do a revolution. This growing Saturn-Pluto conjunction really questions how we use power, how we hold boundaries, and how we govern. The last time Saturn and Pluto conjunct was in friendly Libra, in 1982, at the beginning of the Reagan era, when many thought control looked good. Saturn and Pluto last opposed one another in 2001, right… Read More
(all times MDT) It won’t be just Halloween skeletons that come out to dance this week. As the weekend begins, Mercury, the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter are all in stubborn Scorpio, the sign of the private investigator which encourages introspection on one side, and suspicious investigation on the other. Perfect for ferreting out bombers and uncovering hidden skeletons. Verbal Mercury then enters outspoken Sagittarius on Tuesday, which can liberate our mind, relieve some of the mental heaviness and bring hidden material out onto the table for discussion. Mercury in Sagittarius encourages people to say it like it is, and can help us step out of a particularly stubborn month and open minds just in time for the election. But today we begin a new astrological cycle as the Sun conjuncts Venus in Scorpio before the weekend begins and seeds a new cycle of emotions, collaboration, and creative process. From the… Read More
“No one expects the Spanish Inquisition” is a line from an old Monty Python skit, and one that we probably all wish was funnier these days. This week, while the mood is generally sane and serious, if easily hot under the collar, a few tricky Uranus aspects can throw us a wildcard. Next Wednesday we have a full Moon in earthy Taurus conjunct with changemaker Uranus, which can wake us up with surprise, shock, or inspiration. So be ready to catch the fly ball and keep an eye on the headlines. But first, the stars give us an opportunity to rest and renew this weekend. The tough transits of this fall have certainly stirred the political pot and left many people drained, but this weekend the we get to spend some time with intuitive, dreamlike Neptune and refill the wells. Mercury trines Neptune as the Moon conjuncts Neptune under a… Read More
Our challenge is clearly laid out, now it’s time for us to do something about. Recent astrological transits have stirred the coals for many people and clarified what is the next challenge. These planetary positions poked old arguments, brought old friends and exes to mind and inbox, made us walk back over political territory we thought had already been covered, and made clear where minefields, planted long before, still affect our daily life. Venus, now uncomfortably in Scorpio, squared litigious Mars, turned retrograde and squared Mars again. She stays retrograde for another month, so these portals from the past aren’t going away anytime soon. Whether we’re reacting to the recent revisiting of politics of the 1950s or resisting a twist of fate as a family member leaves or chapter closes, or have just recently encountered a body of work we need to tackle, we know what we’re up against. We… Read More
Let’s check off that chore list this weekend as the waning Moon heads into industrious, nervy Virgo on Friday night and makes powerful, productive aspects. Batten down the gardens for winter, canvas for a candidate or dive into a self-improvement project. Our minds stay busy, our ability to process and critique our world heightens. We have so much to critique at the moment, our debate can really churn up ground. But in the more personal arena, let’s go kindly on ourselves and do our own homework rather than suggesting homework for others. Early next week the New Moon in Libra ask us to check our life for balance and look at equity and fairness of all we do. Take a good long look at the political situation. Check in on house chores, relationships, working dynamics and talk through what feels out of bounds. Labor, legal negotiations, love and romance all… Read More
Autumnal beauty strikes that breathtaking balance between golden leaves, glowing red Rowan berries, and that ephemeral ebbing of life from the green world, slowly going to sleep in a blaze of glory, releasing this year to rest up for rebirth. This week the Sun and Mercury in Libra support our perception of that poignant beauty and encourage generally friendly interactions. But underneath that friendliness, Venus in Scorpio reminds us of the certainty of winter, encourages us to get passionately serious, and underlines consequence. Here she invokes payback, karmic response to our best and worst events. Venus is not comfortable in Scorpio because she rules Taurus, the sign opposite. Over the last week Venus in Scorpio stirred up some intense information and primal emotions as it opposed unsettling Uranus and squared militant Mars. Women brought out secrets that complicate the ongoing Supreme Court nomination while hurricane Florence flushed out swamps and… Read More