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

Starcodes Aug 5 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


Word for the week: Obnubilate: to make unclear, clouded or blurry; ex. “I’m confused, your words obnubilated the facts” Welcome to the height of retrograde season, not a bad place to be when we can wander without a schedule and listen to our inner imperatives, but a hard time to clearly understand the road ahead. Or truly get what another person is saying. Although thinking is fuzzy, conditions are confusing, electrical equipment sprouts poltergeist, and tempers develop heat rash if we push this week, that won’t bother us if we’re meditating in the garden or meandering through a nice unstructured vacation. While we cannot see the future too clearly right now, we can see the road behind us; it’s time to rethink our life. We are sent back to learn from, evaluate and repair elements from the past as Mercury, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron and a few extra asteroids retrograde, Read More

Starcodes July 29 2011


“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk. We walk between the acts this week, not quite here or there as Mercury appears to slow down and retrograde August 2 through August 27 *(see below for an explanation of the retrograde cycle.)  Doubling the effects this retrograde cycle, Mercury also opposes confusing, intuitive and dreamy Neptune as it turns the corner. The world drifts. Our thinking gets fuzzy, information feels incomplete so our imagination can work overtime and invent stories to fill in the gaps. While this is a great time to write fiction or dream the day away, it is a truly difficult time to hammer out a national budget plan. Over the weekend we walk through a dreamy haze as Mercury in Virgo appears to hold still opposed Neptune. It’s a great opportunity to Read More

Starcodes July 22 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


We head into high summer as the Sun joins Mercury in Leo today and Venus enters Leo on Thursday. Leo, at its best, encourages us to be a campfire, imbuing us with generosity and warmth so we can gather people together. It encourages us to let our light shine and add bravado and dramatic flair to everything from political wrangling to arts festivals, from summer romances to summer storms. If it also encourages shallow self-indulgence, maybe that’s just natural in the summer heat. Leo is a fixed sign, it likes to stay centered and shine from there, like the campfire, so the rate of change slows down around us even as the pressure to change ramps up inside us. The Sun in Leo brings our attention back to ourselves, and as it trines transformative Uranus this week, we can get antsy and ripen for change within. Over the next month Read More

Starcodes July 15 2011


“In summer, the song sings itself. “ ~William Carlos Williams. This week our job is to sing along. And in doing so, we can rest, renew, replenish and rejoice. Life has not been business as usual these last few weeks; we’ve had many astrological challenges and much life karma-slogging to go through. We may have been doing some great soul but it’s been hard to kick back and enjoy the summer. We get a break in the wild transits this week and it will feel good. Even with the recent firestorms, floods and our personal versions of such rough weather, Mars in Gemini has helped us grab a moment of sweetness and let go of our concerns long enough to laugh with a comrade or watch a smoky sunset and appreciate the wild beauty of an incoming storm. But before this rest we need to stay alert and involved all Friday, Read More

Starcodes July 8 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Let this quote from the Dalai Lama be the key to the week, which starts off rough and ends in calmer waters as Venus, the planet that talk about what we love, what we value and what we find beautiful sets off this year’s biggest astrological configuration. The general mood for the week is a real mixed bag but we can choose which thread of the astrological tapestry we tune into. Mercury in outgoing Leo sextiles energizing Mars and keeps our mind active; we tell stories and socialize, reach out to new people and grasp new information quickly, though we tend to express in hyperbole and can get huffy if ignore. While this loans us a quick, if not always accurate, response, watch for mistakes made when hurrying. On the other side, Venus and Read More

Starcodes July 1 2011 Heather Roan Robbins


This July 4th weekend let’s take advantage of some lovely camaraderie-filled moments. We need the break, because underneath we may feel old, discouraged, or just realize how much work we have to do as the Sun squares Saturn leaning in our on responsibilities as Venus enters Cancer, squares Uranus, and makes us restless. Some recent life-tests can leave us tired or doubt-filled. It’s definitely time for a long, if subdued, holiday weekend. If we rest up Friday, the rest of the weekend can be more festive. But all this month the year’s big changes come home to roost, and we continue to get a lesson in how the big era-changing aspects and the ensuing global changes, impact us in a personal way. Friday begins with an eclipse in Cancer. We need to clear up some confusing circumstance after a confusing or diffused morning. We may have a new understanding as Read More

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