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

Starcodes Dec 9, 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


So, how’s our Gross National Happiness doing?  King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan coined this term in 1972 to encourage a broader approach to the search for quality of life in his country. This week we’re asked to assess our Gross Personal Happiness and see how that intertwines with our Gross National Happiness, and evaluate how we can improve them both. This week marks a subtle or substantial turning point as Uranus turns direct under a lunar eclipse this weekend and Mercury turning direct on Tuesday. Some personal or external transformation that began last March as Uranus first entered Aries but was delayed in July when Uranus turned retrograde, now needs attention. Ideas flush out of the woodwork, along with some uncomfortable truths and some crazy behavior. We’ll feel the pressure to shift gears and can resist, get angry about it, or choose to steer the change in a good way, Read More

Starcodes Dec 2, 2011


( I will be in Santa Fe Dec 9-15th- seeing clients, and speaking with the Santa Fe Astrology Circle on Saturday Night  at Sanbusco Center. Please see the link above- 2012: The Big Shift for more info) The snow glistens, lights twinkle and Jupiter glows brightly in the night sky as the Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius loan an ambient easing, a cheerful flexibility and goodwill (when we choose to use it) to an otherwise thoughtful and willful time. In this holiday season we can usually diffuse otherwise tense situations with humor spoken with a tender heart. But we need to let people know we’re teasing if they looked confused. We’re in the thick of Mercury retrograde follies, so be a little extra careful and keep that sense of humor nearby; Mercury, patron planet of all communications, transportation, all things lost and found, retrograded (appeared to move backwards) on Thanksgiving Read More

Starcodes November 25, 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


“I feel a very unusual sensation– if it is not indigestion, it must be gratitude.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli. Dwell in the moment; find a place of gratitude and this time can be beautiful, with real potential for healing the past. Try to hurry anywhere else and life can be a real pain this week. The weekend is outspoken and odd, philosophic and restless but hard to get anywhere as Mercury retrogrades in active Sagittarius. We may need to rest more than we think, as Mars in Virgo encourages us to think about work, health, and world improvement these days, but doesn’t loan us much energy to get there. Let’s not take too seriously a desire to make everything (or worse, everybody) perfect, that’s a destructive illusion, instead let’s see if we can activate another facet of Virgo and help our interactions flow in a healing direction. After the leftovers are Read More

Starcodes Nov 18, 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


This is politically challenging, personally busy, tactless and potential-filled week, with probably way too much on our plates, and in confusing or ever-changing circumstances. It’s easy to say way too many these days, but some of it just needs to be said. Tact can get stuffed in a shoebox when Mercury and Venus are in Sagittarius and this will intensify through the New Moon in Sagittarius on Thanksgiving Day just as Mercury retrogrades. We can keep it funny, like renowned political comedian Jon Stewart or as confrontational as conservative commentator Ann Coulter, both Sun and Moon in Sagittarius, or stuff it, and wonder why we can’t sit still. In most circumstances it’s best to let our truth flow, but call up our inner diplomat to speak it for us. Even when the conversation gets tense, let’s keep listening; what we hear is probably not anger, though it may be charged, Read More

Starcodes Nov 11 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.” Science historian Jacob Bronkowski, 1908-74. This is an irreverent week. Irreverence implies a questioning sense of humor which allows penetrating curiosity; it does not require mean disrespect. Shift happens, or so believes Mercury and Venus conjunct with the North Node in restless Sagittarius the mood is basically curious, creative, we want to learn how to learn, and we have little reverence for how things stand now unless we can see the reason why. Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius pull us in the direction of curiosity and movement and lower our impulse control. Suddenly thing may bother us that have been going on for a long time, and we can get really depressed if we don’t see change happening fast enough, but can take Read More

Starcodes Nov 4 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


Before you speak, think: Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it improve on the silence? Sri Sathya Sai Baba Feel the shift from last week’s inward-turning, deeply-introspective Scorpio towards this restless and irreverent, multi-tasking and nervy mood. Truth shall set us free- but what is the truth? It may seem simple and clear, but actually flickers as a multifaceted and many layered thing this week. What is true will be hotly contested and we need to be willing to look deeply in the search for truth rather than look to justify our own opinion as Venus and Mercury conjunct in tactlessly honest Sagittarius and trine radical Uranus in Aries. We want more information. This is not a week to obfuscate or duck around tough questions, better to meet the questions head on with either a firm boundary or more information than they ask for, as a relentless Read More

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