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

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

Starcodes Oct 28 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


“You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.” Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice. Halloween or Samhain and All Soul’s Day is the heart of Scorpio season, when we dive in and look at our shadow, make fun of our fears, and, in our own way, honor the departed formally or in fun. Traditionally Halloween helped us look at death square in the face before we headed into a long, cold winter when death was a real and tangible possibility. This Scorpio holiday gave us a chance to dance with the fear and take stock of our lives and ask what we needed to do to meet the winter fulfilled, well-stocked and with a clean conscience. Though modern implements make winter safer for most of us, this yearly morbid moment when children eat candied skulls and we dress up as Read More

Starcodes Oct 21 2011-


“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between the stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose.” ― Rollo May, The Courage to Create We can be twitchy this week, Winds pick up in the heart-realm and our emotions can feel like swirling in these late October winds, and, paradoxically at the same time, want to bury deep and quiet like a badger going in for the winter as the Sun joins Venus and Mercury in Scorpio. Conflicting feelings can breed mixed signals and then easily ignite old emotional patterns if we’re not centered. New political solutions can start to look like old messes. If we start to get triggered, we’ll tend to set each other off like falling dominoes. But we can change that pattern with a moment’s pause, a moment of quiet consideration. For example, one person’s fear can lead them to withdraw, which sets off another person’s abandonment Read More

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