Astrology Forecast for Creatives | A New Year and intense January kicks off with a bang - fired up, passions return, report card time, seeing what's real, words that hurt, words that heal, walking our talk, relationships require adjustment, the first eclipse of the year gives us a glimpse of the big 2019/2020 Capricorn energies, buckle up buttercup

The Warrior by Cala-Rossini

This week is HUGE! 

MONDAY  - Mars into Aries
WEDNESDAY - Sun conjunct Saturn
THURSDAY - Mercury square Chiron
FRIDAY - Mercury into Capricorn
SATURDAY - New Moon Solar Eclipse in CAPRICORN (15 degrees)
SUNDAY - Uranus stations direct (all systems GO)

I'll do some dailies where we talk about the Moons and the day-to-day stuff. January's astrology is intense. We have had more than one week lately where Friday's energies were a replay of the entire week, ie Friday morning was like Monday, Friday afternoon like Tuesday, etc.

This is kind of like January and the rest of 2019. This month is kind of a preview.

Like last year we start the year full steam ahead. You will want to get the new stuff started by March (on January 6th all the planets will be full steam ahead and we don't get that often).

I was going to get a 2019 post up this weekend, but Mars came along and punched me in the nose with a sinus infection/head cold thing.

The big story of 2019 is the drum beat/movement of Saturn toward Pluto in Capricorn - exact in January 2020. Five eclipses. The North Node in Cancer (where we are headed) - going home, being vulnerable, nurturing what matters, turning within. The South Node will be in Capricorn (and this is extremely important because we are going to have a big old stellium here in early 2020 and this is going to clobber us over the head if we don't do our 2019 work while that South Node is in Capricorn) - this is what we are releasing - fears, dead stuff we are clinging to, crumbling structure, limits, rules, authority, walls.

The two major planetary aspects that are repeated in 2019 will be Saturn sextile (opportunity) Neptune - this one is about making our dreams come true through hard work, getting a grip on addiction/escapism, making something lasting with our art (and other things, of course). The other is Jupiter square (challenge) Neptune - this one is about big promises that have no legs. We are going to have to be ready to cut our losses in 2019 quickly. You might already be thinking how will I know which dream to work hard on and which dream is made of hot air? Well, that is the process of the year. If this was easy, there would be no point in any of it. And yes, I know, I want it to be easy, too! I'm tired. And I'm out of the soft tissues with the soothing lotion and have moved on to the scratchy bathroom stuff. Winter isn't coming anymore. Winter is here. Hard work is the new black. But you already knew this and you already do this (trust me on that second part dear reader)!

There is nothing to fear here, but fear itself. It's just a long, winding road to figure that out!

Neither Mars nor Venus go retrograde in 2019 - this is good news. We have Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune - all strong and functioning the way they are made to function, in their home signs this year - that is good news, too. Time is on our side. Luck is on our side. This year is going to be intense - and so will the next few years folks, it's what we came here for! We are changing paradigms that are thousands of years old. It's time.

Back to this week -

On MONDAY night, Mars will finally drag his tired ass out of tired Pisces, taking that square to Chiron out-of-sign (thank you Universe!) and charging into his home sign of Aries. This is going to feel energizing. But could be so fast that it feels too energizing. We, and other people, might take this sudden burst of Martian energy too far, so if you plan to be out and about on New Year's Eve just stay alert and safe. No dark alleys looking for kittens. Protect your head. Yes, I said your head. You know the drill.

Aries is the initiator sign - the baby being birthed from the womb of Pisces. Think about how fearless a little baby ventures into life. We all have that power within us. Aries in our chart shows us where, in our journey, we have reached the space where we need to get braver.

This is not the energy of the general who plans the army's every move; not the guy who thinks strategically. This is the energy of the soldier who runs into battle with his sword held high (think Braveheart's Scottish warriors with this one). These guys may have been running to their deaths, but for their Aries energy this was more rapture than suicide.

Aries is the starter. They are the first one to shrug their shoulders and jump into the untested, murky water. If Aries jumps in (now they may or may not come out alive although they probably do more than any other sign) - they have evolved that Aries energy, regardless of the outcome (remember we are not here for outcomes we are here for experiences, Aries energy teaches this, too).

And this jumping in is what Aries is here to do over and over again.

Aries growth is always found after we do "that thing we are afraid to do".

Playing it safe will never work and the space Aries resides in our natal chart is the space where it will not work for us to play it safe either. What house does Aries rule in your natal chart? It is about to WAKE UP.

With this transition into the Aquarian Age we all get the opportunity to learn more about our relationship to fear (aren't we the lucky ducks?).

Mars move home to Aries really kicks off 2019.

Just keep in mind we are still a few days from the New Moon and moving into eclipse season which is going to shift a whole lot of our plans. Saturn isn't about rushing and neither is Capricorn. We can catch our breath, take stock of where we are and what we have (probably more than we think we do) before starting this new chapter. The urge to move is going to be strong though and I don't easily discount our instincts! But check tomorrow's astrology first ....

On WEDNESDAY, we have our annual Sun/Saturn conjunction. Report card time. Once a year these big guys meet up and we get to see clearly what is really happening in our world and in the collective.

A light (the Sun) is thrown on reality (Saturn). Here is where we see the consequences of our actions.

If things are not going well, if stuff is falling apart, if we are beating our head against the wall (it's not a coincidence the wall is playing such a big part in U.S. politics right now)- these are all signs we need to change direction.

If things are going well, if we have achieved something, there will be rewards now for a job well done.

With Saturn (hard work, commitment, time, responsibility) so close to the Sun (our life force) there will be limits to whatever we are dealing with.

The good news, if things are not going well, is that changes made now can smoothly and simply move us toward different timelines. We are at ground zero.

A new semester always starts after report cards are given out. We all get a fresh start. We don't get a do-over though. That report card is on its way home to Dad. Doing the same thing we did before will not work.

Doing something new gives the energies at play something to work with!

Our muses grow tired of seeing us bang our heads against the wall, too. They whisper to us to go outside and shovel the snow (stretched muscles create the space for us to stretch ourselves in other ways, too).

I was born during one of these Saturn/Sun conjunctions (I have these planets within 1 degree) so can't really feel this energy clearly because I am always feeling it - it's background noise and probably a bit like carrying a stern father around in my head. And yes, he sounds like Dumbledore and likes to be called "Albie" ... but only by me.

This is a good time to care for the basic structures of our life - the stuff that supports us.

We are living in a time of disintegrating safety nets, but there are things we can do to give ourselves a steadier ground to walk on. It could be as simple as cleaning our house and putting in place sustainable systems to keep it clean. The same could be said about our money/resources.

On THURSDAY, Mercury is going to square wounded healer Chiron on his/her way out of Sagittarius. This could be about painful conversations. Information that hurts. Painful sibling situations. She is going to move right into a trine to Uranus - and Uranus is sitting very strong and very still now. So something different will be our way through this. We might feel alone. We might need to be brave. Mars is in Aries and Uranus is answering to a strong Mars now. And Mercury will immediately change signs, so whatever this in - we move on in a sober manner.

On FRIDAY, Mercury moves into Capricorn. Capricorn is a serious sign. It rules the dead of winter and that indomitable mountain goat who just puts one foot in front of the other until he reaches the summit.

With Mercury (thoughts, communication, ideas) moving into Capricorn today, our words will want to be taken seriously. Communications will be fact-checked. Sentences will be properly punctuated and spell checkers will be applied. Ideas will be more traditional. Words that are focused and precise are most effective now.

Traditional stories and songs will resonate.

This isn't Mercury's favorite place to hang out. He prefers words be fast and flexible and Capricorn is the opposite of this. Words are solid and stable here. Flowery language isn't welcome. We mean what we say and we say what we mean.

When we take our words and ideas seriously other people will, too. Contracts inked and promises made during this transit (Mercury will be in Capricorn until January 24th) will be long lasting, so let's be certain we want them to be. Write those resolutions. Make that bucket list. Start that book.

Yes, Eclipse season is going to mess with our plans. It is still worth taking the time to get things down on paper now though.

On SATURDAY we have the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn. This is foreshadowing the entire year and January 2020 and needs its own BIG post by sign. Back with that.

xo all

There is a beautiful, and gentle, Grand Water Trine between our Scorpio (Venus), Pisces (Chiron) and Cancer (North Node) houses this week that we will talk about in the dailies, too, when we look at the Moon!

Mars Conjunct Chiron | the wounded masculine, the sacred masculine - healing/hurting/surrender, losing the battle to win the war, healing through right action, healing through righteous anger, healing through acceptance

.ertesi by caspell

Last night Mars (our action, initiative, courage, masculine) met up with Chiron at 28 degrees Pisces. Wounded masculine meet our collective wounding. I have been feeling this building for weeks.

Maybe you have, too.

Contact to Chiron brings a physical/psychological/spiritual pain to our attention. Not with the intention of healing the pain (maybe more around the intention of feeling the pain). Although, yes, we want to heal our pain. We don't want to go around hurting or wallowing (and I hate this word "wallowing" like we are ducks in a pond swimming in circles, and it's not the right word because of course this is mostly an unconscious thing) in suffering.

But, whether Chironic wounds can be healed is uncertain. It's not likely. It is something we just have to learn to live with.

We didn't get what we wanted here and with this Mars contact we have to learn to live with the anger, the frustration, the resentment, the sadness of that.

There is the opportunity now - through Pisces, so that means water, forgiveness, connection, meditation, prayer, spirituality, God, compassion, letting go, endings - to release very old anger stored in our physical bodies. What is happening now is activating other times when we didn't get what we wanted, when we lost, when we had to let go of something/someone we loved, so everything is amplified.

Touching our collective wounding, we heal the collective when we heal ourselves (yes, even you with the runny nose - slow down, take care of yourself, stop pushing).

The key for people not working a major storyline this month, or being touched by someone who is, have likely been found in situations that require us to use the "right" amount of force. Asserting ourselves without pushing. Expressing our anger and frustration in healthy ways. Moving our physical body. Noticing that we are attracting angry people when we can't express our own anger. Yada, yada. You get the idea.

We are going to get past this, but not without feeling it.

At the least it is uncomfortable. At the most it will knock our legs right out from under us.

Keep in mind, we are here, on planet Earth, for the experience. Going through life looking at experiences as "lessons"  is very patriarchal thinking. It requires there be a right and a wrong way. It requires that someone else is grading how we are doing. Forget all that shit for awhile. Try thinking of what is happening as an experience you are having. Just having the experience changes us. All this "what did I learn from this?, what did I learn from this?" questioning, takes us out of the experience. Don't think too far ahead - didn't the last year with the South Node in Aquarius teach us anything? - we might just need to survive the f*cking experience. That might just be enough.

The story doesn't end here. The story never ends, but a new chapter is coming very, very soon and something is desiring a close. If we have reached some kind of "acceptance point" by now that might be a good thing (in the sense that it works in time with the energies). Grief can't be rushed and Chironic wounds can't be healed. But at some point some space of acceptance, some space of re-adjustment needs to be (and I guess will be) reached.

Today we also have the Moon (in Libra) squaring the Sun (in Capricorn) and then moving on to square Saturn - this is all early in the day EST. The Libra/Capricorn square is often balance issues around work or what we do in the world. Libra needs things to balance out. She needs to feel valued.

By 11AM EST the Moon is in better spirits for a couple hours as she sextiles Jupiter in optimistic Sagittarius. It's a good time to have a good time. Here's hoping we are all feeling that one as the 3rd quarter square (Libra/Capricorn) wanes. Avoid overdoing the alcohol now. Notice your triggers and innate escape mechanisms. Take care of yourself.

Next week we have a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (15 degrees) that is going to kick off the next year. Have I said the biggest news of 2019 actually comes in the very beginning of 2020? Well, next week gets that story started - it actually starts on New Year's Eve when Mars finally comes home to Aries. We will all feel the "go, go, go" of that one!

In the meantime figure out what house is ruled by Capricorn and where Saturn (Capricorn's ruler) sits in your natal chart. Or email me or leave a comment and I will figure it out for you. The theme of that house - and its polarity - is about to become major, major for you.

Back tomorrow with the weekly and we'll start to look at 2019.

xo all

Pluto Sextile Venus | the power of love to heal and transform, til death do us part, lucrative encounters, deepening passions, love/money stuff gets intense, someone somewhere is getting what they want out of this and someone else is mad (Mars) at God (Pisces) that they haven't ...

feathers by Dabadus

Our productive Virgo Moon goes void at 11:27AM EST off an opposition to a watered down Mars in Pisces. Bring an umbrella. And a box of tissues. Take an extra Vitamin C. Focus on the details. Another good morning/early afternoon for solitary work.

At 3:23PM EST, she moves into balanced and social Libra for the next couple days.

The Moon's change of signs is followed by Venus's (Libra's ruler) move into sextile (opportunity) with Pluto (power/transformation).

Venus is in Scorpio (Pluto's sign) giving this sextile (sextiles are opportunities, but are sometimes easy to miss) some extra oomph.

Love gets intense. Our likes/dislikes more passionately felt. Relationships can feel overwhelming (in a good way mostly). We are obsessed with whatever it is we are wanting. 

All kinds of encounters are more powerful (potentially lucrative and transformational) under this influence. This afternoon would be a good time to be out and about. Good for deep interactions. Sex. IVF. Making bank with your passion. Other people's money. Gold diggers. Beauty is power. Flirting works.

The power of love to transform.

There are power players working together from your Scorpio and Capricorn houses - what are the themes of those houses for you?

At the same time Venus is opposing Juno (marriage/contracts/commitments) in stable (stable for now, since Uranus has backed into Aries - there will be more rock and roll here in March and then for the next few years!) Taurus and Pluto is squaring Pallas (strategy) in diplomatic Libra.

Relationship transformation? Power struggles? Contract revisions? Passive-aggressive behavior around love or money? A strong urge to spend money? A strong urge to merge ... something?

All too complicated to untangle this rainy Friday morning.

And doesn't the week between holidays always leave us a little bit lost?

And all the while, as we read our Christmas books, drink our leftover Christmas hot cocoa, nurse our colds and fevers, return our unwanted gifts - Mars (in Pisces - our wounded masculine, our spiritual warrior) is making his way toward Chiron ....

xo all

Active Virgo Moon, Mars Trine North Node, Venus Conjunct Ceres - emotional day, easing into our future, pain, sadness, the seasons of our lives, what we can't control, the past, grief, compassion, love

I and you are one soul by Tanja Moss
Today feels very emotional - the Moon in practical and earthy Virgo will help (although she looks pretty stressed for much of the day).

The Moon moved into "everything-in-its-place" Virgo yesterday afternoon - did you feel that New Year urge to get things cleaned up and organized? You haven't taken that tree down already, have you? - where she will reside until tomorrow afternoon creating a focus on organization, paperwork, our health, the day-to-day-stuff, our pets and our work/co-workers.

Our Virgo Moon (as us) will be uber active - squaring Jupiter, trining Saturn, opposing Neptune and squaring Mercury before she can finally rest with a nice sextile to Venus and trine to Pluto in the evening. That square to Jupiter could mean the day starts with tension/stress. The morning is probably best for solitary work. That Neptune opposition at lunchtime could have us going head to head with a Pisces person, a situation involving a Neptunian theme - the past, a hospital, something ending, an addiction situation, maybe we want/need to get something tangible done and someone else is over here tempting us with cookies. Mexican wedding cookies. Mexican wedding cookies with walnuts. The square to Mercury feels like an argument, a clash of beliefs or stress over a Sagittarian situation - maybe travel, education, wedding, politics, religion, media, foreign issues.

We also have Mars (still in Pisces, but just 4 days away from a return to his home sign of Aries - the first time in 3 years) trining (brakes off) the North Node (our collective way forward through the sign of Cancer). We take action - which may feel more like a drift - toward something that feels like home (cue Norman Rockwell here), like family, something authentic and deeply familiar, something that stirs our emotions and likely makes us feel more vulnerable.

Remember the North Node is in Cancer now, our vulnerability is a SUPER POWER this year.

This is followed by Mars meeting Chiron on SATURDAY on his way out of Pisces. This one is going to hurt. Whether the hurt is like a bandaid kind of hurt when it has been applied incorrectly and yanks off part of the scab when removed or like surgery without anesthesia depends on our natal chart and what we have been dealing with the last month and year. Whatever this is for us it will require release, compassion, forgiveness - for ourselves and others - empathy, imagination, spirituality, God. All the tools in our Piscean toolkit will be put to good use. Whatever survives intact will move on to Aries and start a brand new cycle. Not everything can/should go with us. Some things are just too painful to hold onto. Chironic wounds are very old and very deep. We will talk about this more in the next post.

Venus (love, money., resources, our self-esteem and values) meets up with Ceres (nurturing, mothering, cycles of life, loss) today at 19 degrees Scorpio. Take Ceres seriously. This is making me think of a butterfly poster I had on my wall as a kid, "If you love someone set them free. If they return to you, they are yours. If they don't they never were." Ugh.

I am not the right person to see this aspect now clearly. Maybe none of the aspects. I'm not sure. I am grieving the loss of my beloved pup Olive, who died a few days before Christmas, and only seeing/feeling the "loving something we are forced to give up", the seasons of life part, of this Ceres transit through Scorpio. There is surely something in here about nurturing and commitment, and my wish for you is that you are feeling that now. Scorpio is serious business. Whatever this love/money/resources/self-esteem thing is for you this month, take it seriously.

Tomorrow the Moon will be void from 11:27AM EST to 3:23PM EST when she moves into Libra.

xo all

I started this blog when Olive was just a pup with the idea of documenting the growth of Olive and my jewelry business at the same time. It's made a few left turns since that time, but I am not up for continuing it without her. Whether the astrology blog will survive in another form is a decision for another day. In the meantime I have started a 2019 series, so we can all look ahead a bit and that and an Olive post will be the last of things over here ....

Merry Christmas | Mercury square Neptune, Moon in Joyous and Celebratory Leo - fuzzy thinking, big words, reality vs illusion, did a jolly someone really come down our chimney last night and does it really matter, celebrate early, tensions around love and money and control, power struggles in the p.m, focusing on the joy, Merry Christmas ya' filthy animals

Merry Christmas from Sully

Yesterday morning the Moon moved into Sun-ruled fiery Leo - turning our attention to Leo themes - recreation, children, fun, romance, joy, creativity, what we take pride in - for the next couple days.

What more can we ask of a Christmas Moon?

Mercury (still in big-picture Sagittarius) squared Neptune (in dreamy Pisces) yesterday afternoon and its influence continues today. This can make our thinking fuzzy or we might pick up the nuances of what others are really saying when their words and feelings are not really lining up.

We could be gaslighted or we could see/feel the gaslight coming a mile away. I would imagine a great many people had too much to drink last night.

The energy is waning today (EST), but it's still a good idea to drive safely, pay attention to where you put your keys, double check directions, etc. People will be wanting to talk about the things they know and everyone will think they know more than they do. A crisis of faith is possible. Can we believe in the spirit of Christmas and let go of the man in the bright red suit? Or has our eye been on the red suit? Wishful thinking could bring some disappointment.

As for that fiery Leo Moon, she is uber busy today trining Jupiter (10 degrees) and Mercury (14 degrees) - making the morning and early afternoon the best times for social gatherings, communications and our holiday celebrations - squaring Venus (17 degrees) and Ceres (18 degrees) bringing some tension re our money, resources, love, women, beauty, nurturing, things we can't control, cooperation - later in the day. At night our Leo Moon will inconjunct (that rock and hard place) powerful Pluto - maybe we want to play, but there is a need for seriousness for some reason. This feels like a grown-up telling the child to go to bed (and grow up while she's at it!). It seems the time to put away our Christmas toys comes too soon. It may be best to be tucked in our beds early so the only power struggles we are dealing with are over the covers ....

xo all and Merry Christmas!

Building toward the Winter Solstice | Full Moon in Cancer - a spotlight on something painful, the courage to do something new, good news, big, bold words, the emotional stuff that comes up when we push forward with our outer-world goals, coming home to our pack, forgive your ancestors, call your mother

SATURDAY'S Full Moon in Cancer at 0 degrees, this year coming just hours after the Sun's move into Capricorn signals the Winter Solstice (meaning the Sun stands still), means we get a bright night sky on the longest night of the year (north of the equator, switch that around for parts south).

That sounds promising already!

Here's the chart. We have never seen anything like this --->

This chart has been building all week, so let's take a look at the different energies/stories in play.

On WEDNESDAY, the Sagittarius Sun will square wounded healer Chiron (in Pisces) and then moves on to trine Uranus (in Aries) on THURSDAY.

So a spotlight is shining on something painful, a flaw, something that makes us feel vulnerable, something that can't really be "fixed", maybe an ending, maybe something needs to be adjusted, maybe something we have placed "on faith" in - and it is creating tension/stress and the process of putting ourselves back together/moving forward will require we have the courage to do something different. We had the square back in March when Chiron was direct, so it could connect back to last spring.

On FRIDAY, Mercury (in big-picture, bold Sagittarius) conjuncts Jupiter (ruler of Sagittarius) at 9 degrees. This is the big-picture/the forest (Jupiter) and the details/the trees (Mercury) coming together. This could connect back to the end of November when these planets met up during Mercury's retrograde - maybe an idea/conversation/communication from back then gets green-lighted now. An answer/information comes in. Plans are made. There can be clarity/wisdom here BUT keep in mind Jupiter is full of hot air, so things can seem bigger (and better) than they actually are. This energy can bring good news and is in play all week and during the weekend's Solstice and Full Moon.

This could also be about a situation involving a sibling, community issue or transportation situation (all Mercury ruled). A good day for commerce and communication. And with the Moon in multi-tasking and conversational Gemini and answering to Mercury we are likely to be VERY BUSY.

Also on Friday, Venus (in Scorpio) moves into trine (brakes off) with dreamy Neptune (in Pisces) at 13 degrees. This will probably give whatever is happening a touch of magic - a kind of surreal feel. People with planets/points in their natal chart in the middle degrees of the water signs will feel this energy strongest.

On SATURDAY the Sun moves into Capricorn - - as we celebrate the Winter Solstice (Summer Solstice down-under) - kicking off an intense Capricorn season, hold onto your hats for January, folks - which comes crashing in with an eclipse - there are five eclipses in 2019 and SIX in 2020. The Solstice chart (very similar to the chart above) impacts the entire winter. The Winter Solstice carries the energy of Capricorn - traditions, history, our structure, what we need to get us through the winter, our paternal heritage.

At 12:48PM EST the Moon moves into Cancer and opposes that Capricorn Sun giving us the Cancer Full Moon at 0 degrees.

Full Moons are times of culminations and peak energy, of endings and things "coming to light", but with this one at 0 degrees - we have all of Capricorn to plow through AFTER the Full Moon - and impacted by the Winter Solstice (start of a NEW season) there is maybe something starting here, too.

The Cancer Moon is sitting all alone in the Full Moon chart. We, and everyone else, will be feeling very emotional. Although out of sign, an opportunistic sextile to Uranus is again supportive of change and innovation. Opportunities through friends and groups and with the dreams that bring us into connection with other people.

All the energies we talked about this week are in play now.

We have the moon (where we've been, what we know, feminine energy, being) and the sun (where we are trying to go/be, masculine energy, doing) as far apart in the sky as they can be from our earthly perspective during a full moon.

In Cancer/Capricorn - and remember this is where the Nodes of the Moon are now and we will be talking about these energies alot as we move through 2019 - this is the polarity of male/female roles, work and the world vs home and family, how we push ourselves toward meeting new goals vs how we care for ourselves and meet our needs for safety and security, dad vs mom, also money vs love stuff - lots of family patterns and soul group stuff coming to the surface now to be released if we are paying attention.

This release is our gift to ourselves and to the world. It's bigger than anything that jolly, red cloaked fellow can carry in his pack this holiday season.

Cancer rules mothering, motherhood, mothers, vulnerability, nurturing, self-care, home, family, emotions, safety, security, our ancestors, patriotism, country. Cancer energy does not want to be vulnerable - although it almost always benefits from showing its humanity, its vulnerability - it wants to play it safe - there are mother connections to this stuff and how we were mothered and how we mother and nurture ourselves and others. This is about how the sacred mother energy, our matriarchal inheritance, has been erased. This is about home and our roots and the ancestral DNA we get to work with. There are some big energies here. This is the time of the rebalancing of masculine/feminine energies on the planet.

The spaces in our life where we lead (Capricorn) are asking us to be more open-hearted (Cancer) now.

The astrology of these two years (2018-2019) - the bridge years that bring us to the 2020 meet-up of Saturn, Ceres, Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn (patriarchy, government, inequality, banking, business, authority, hierarchy, competition, power) is about us creating/surviving/thriving through the collapse of the structures/limits that are standing in the way of equality (Age of Aquarius).

People are telling me they can't wait for the patriarchy to collapse forgetting that we are the patriarchy!

If we are awake now, the bad news (which isn't totally bad news) is that we are in an AP class, the good news (which isn't totally good news) is we are grading ourselves now ...

If Saturday's Full Moon (point of fullness, like the moment in our breath when our lungs are full) feels heavy - it is a good time to GIVE SOMETHING AWAY. Clean/clear a space. The new stuff is right outside your door, but if your house is too full to welcome it in, there it will sit!

No matter how cold it is outside - be sure to get out and walk in this one even if it is cloud covered - it is still there. If that isn't possible - soak in a hot bath while you release 2018, then maybe imagine all your cares literally flowing down the drain with the water when you are finished.

Back with a look ahead toward 2019 and beyond. Most of us are ending 2018 very differently than we expected. Let's see how we move forward from this somewhat unexpected space ...

xo all

heads up we still have Mars in Pisces and Mars is still on course to meet Chiron - we are working with the pain and vulnerability a while longer ... keep moving, keep feeling, no pushing

Today's Astrology Forecast for Creatives | doing something different, detaching from the problem, money/resources can only be stretched so far, expecting the unexpected, expecting to be BUSY, taking another look at something from last April, thinking before we speak, double checking the paperwork, slowing down for a minute

fairies by sollenafotagraphie

The Moon makes her monthly waxing inconjunct - this month between Taurus (Moon) and Sagittarius (Sun) at 28 degrees - likely offering some "rock and a hard place" energy between our money/values/self-esteem/resources and our beliefs/hopes/plans for whatever we are wanting to expand.

Maybe the money/resources just isn't there for whatever it is we are wanting to do - who is going to invent that money-growing tree anyway? Musk - forget those self-driving cars and get working on that tree, ok?

Working with "what we already have" (Taurus) challenges our hopes/dreams or maybe a literal Sagittarius issue - travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, foreigners, everything outside our comfort zone, exploration, your beliefs and higher thinking.

THE GOOD NEWS - at the same time the Sun is awkwardly aspecting the Taurus Moon (that rock meet hard place thing), the Sun is trining (brakes off) an impulsive and liberating Uranus (retrograde in Aries).

The way through this money/resources/values/self-esteem muddle - do something different. Innovate. Detach a bit from the situation. Give the situation the space to expand in another way. Be yourself. Be independent. With Uranus we can expect the unexpected

This new thing may not be totally new, because Uranus and the Sun had this same meeting last April - so we could be going back over something from that time.

The Moon (after a Void overnight and into the early AM EST) moves into multi-tasking, communicative Gemini at 9:34AM EST. Count on being BUSY for the next couple days even as that waxing inconjunct asks us to slow down and consider our options.

Keep in mind Mercury is in Sagittarius so our Gemini Moon is opposing him/her (Mercury rules Gemini) - think before you speak, double check that email before hitting send, recheck that paperwork you are about to sign off on, double check the address before you set off, call the shop to see if something is in stock before you drive across town, expect difficult sibling situations to be difficult, expect your computer to run slowly, expect your poorly running car to act up, expect your package to show up late, etc. It could be like a mini Mercury retrograde - although I hope not!

Take care driving.

We still have Mars in Pisces (thank God once we get through this he won't be back here for another two years) - losses, endings, nostalgia, regrets. Ceres in Scorpio - loss of beloved pets, distance from beloved daughters/children, grief, despair, loss of control, nostalgia, seasons of life, moving on issues. Chiron finishing up in Pisces. I am going to write a post about all of this before the end of the year, but know if this is hitting your chart it is major, major and Mars still needs to conjunct wounded healer Chiron, which, although possibly bringing things to a pinnacle, will hopefully bring with it some gratitude and understanding and release as we move on from the grief/suffering, if we allow that to happen. As always keep in mind all of life is a transit and all transits are transitory.

Everything changes.

We have a MAJOR new start coming within the first few weeks of the New Year and we are going to need both hands on the wheel in January and our eyes facing forward - we need to be doing whatever it takes NOW (rest, slow down, allow the emotions to come up and out, release, forgive, meditate) to clear some space for that.

xo all

Venus sextile Saturn, Pluto sextile Mars | rewards for hard work, money/love stabilizes, solid commitments, let go, go with the flow, using our imagination/intuition, a Full Moon and the Solstice approaches ...

Freckle flower by thefirebomb

Today's sextiles are in play now and carry us into the beginning of next week.

There are opportunities now (Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn at 9 degrees) to stabilize a financial/partnership/resources situation. Think quality over quantity. Think rewards for hard work. Long term investing is favored. Disciplined spending and savings pays off. Putting the time and effort into a relationship will pay off. This is good energy to pay down/off debt or to start a savings plan. Relationships launched now could be long-lasting, security-focused or between a younger/older person. Think mentor. With Venus in Scorpio - people will be looking for a commitment.

What do you place enough value on to be able to commit to? Scorpian/Capricorn commitments are not easily untangled. Keep this in mind.

We show love through taking care of our responsibilities and honoring our obligations. Excellent energy for business dealings. Excellent energy for women to work with and step into authority now.

Venus rules love, money, our values, women and our self-esteem.

That sextile to Saturn (and sextiles are subtle) tells us the opportunities come through time and wisdom and doing the responsible thing with our resources/our valuables. There is a bigger picture we can be 'efforting' toward instead of bemoaning what we don't have (and I am not making light of what we don't have - Mars in Pisces has conjuncted Neptune and is heading toward Chiron - we are feeling our losses and they are not light).

The Sun is in Sagittarius. Jupiter is in Sagittarius. The blue skies are up there somewhere.

EXAMPLE for Libra/Libra Rising - Venus 2nd house, Saturn 4th house - this is the subtle (or not so subtle depending on your natal chart) stabilization between your money/resources and your home/roots. What you get out of this is going to depend on what you put in. Increased attention toward home/family can stabilize resources or stabilizing your resources (budget, goals, planning) can improve a home/family situation.

The Pluto/Mars sextile (again another opportunity aspect whose strength will depend on your natal chart) coming through 20 degrees Capricorn/Pisces is building today and exact tomorrow. This isn't a typical Mars sextile where we have to push for the opportunity. Mars is still in Pisces. We still aren't pushing (except me, last night, to remove some guy's elbow that was in my space at the movie theater).

The opportunity - and again this one is a stabilizing/sobering/lasting Capricorny thing - comes through letting Mars in Pisces be Mars in Pisces. Think sacred masculine. Think spiritual warrior. We let go. We use our intuition/imagination. We go with the flow.

EXAMPLE for Scorpio/Scorpio Rising - Mars 5th house, Pluto 3rd house - you are creating (5th house) what you are thinking/communicating about (3rd house). Of course, we all do this all the time, but the sextile between these power players - one personal planet and one outer planet - gives this more power now. Or words/communication with children/ a romantic partner are opportunistic. Use your verbal superpower wisely Scorpio.

In case I don't get back to the weekly tonight - heads up the Moon is in fiery Aries on MONDAY morning and combined with that opportunistic sextile between Mars and Pluto we should be feeling more energetic and ready to go. There can be some tension/frustration/maybe a power play/authority situation as the Moon squares Pluto - just keep focused on your long-term goals and the big picture - remember Saturn is in Capricorn and Jupiter is in Sagittarius - both time and luck are on your side now. Mars in Pisces says 'hold on loosely'. The Moon will trine the Sun in the evening - so the day should get better as we move through it. The Moon will go void at 2:21AM EST off a conjunction to a retrograde Uranus.

Get things done early in the week. We are building toward the Solstice which literally means the "sun stands still" and a Full Moon in Cancer. It is rare to have them both at the same time and then the next New Moon in two weeks is going to be an eclipse!

January is going to take off like a rocket.

For now take some time to recharge, get enough rest and extra sleep, get out in the Sun whenever possible. Going to do a big post on the year ahead as soon as I finish shipping holiday orders.

xo all

Astrology Forecast for Creatives, Friday, December 14th | a whole lot of Pisces lunar action - get responsibilities out of the way early, boundaries are thin, letting go, the cycles of life, emotional compromises, healing, creativity, don't drink and drive

Untitled by Ddenisee

Today's Pisces Moon is very active.

She (as we) is going to first sextile Saturn (2:31AM EST) then conjunct Neptune (11:34AM EST), then conjunct Ceres and finally move into a conjunction with fiery Mars at 9:18PM EST.

Now that I think about it, today kind of feels like the whole week's energy repeated and rolled into one day, doesn't it!

That sextile (opportunity) to sober Saturn while we sleep tells us to tackle our toughest tasks early in the day. Buckle down. Get things done. A focus on your responsibilities and doing what you have to do will pay off.

Just before lunch (EST) as the Moon merges with dreamy Neptune we could find ourselves drifting off course - this might be a good day to pack it in early if we can. This is excellent energy for creativity, healing, spirituality, but not so good for practical doings. Boundaries will be thin, stuff is dissolving. It will be hard to know where our emotions end and another person's begin. One drink at lunch could lead to three. One Netflix episode could lead to a marathon. Stay grounded. Meditate. Listen to soothing music. Pray. We could be caring for someone sick now.

With Mars in Pisces this month, for the first time in two years, things that are hanging on by a thread are more likely to let go - this is designed to be a soft, cushiony landing, but will depend on how hard we are hanging onto what is leaving. People, animals, plants who are very ill, jobs and businesses and houses that people are hanging onto by the skin of their teeth - all kinds of endings are possible now. Know there is right timing here. Allow yourself to hurt/grieve as long as you need to.

Today's boundary-less Pisces Moon elevates whatever we have going on to encompass more than what it looks like is actually happening. Grief about your dying ficus isn't really about your dying ficus. It's about all the other times something you cared for died. All the times you blamed yourself for circumstances and reactions that had nothing to do with you. You are actually healing the Redwoods and the Amazon rainforests with your tears. You are healing your relationship with your mother and the mother.

Today's Moon's trine to Ceres (if you have something near 13 degrees Scorpio you might be feeling this strongest) following yesterday's exact Ceres/Neptune trine, still in play, makes me think of the seasonality of life, the ways we move from one stage to the next through pain and joy, about the ways we are forced to compromise.

The Moon's meeting tonight with fiery Mars (a spiritual warrior in Pisces, but still Mars) speaks of a need to merge with the sacred masculine. Something here about being a woman in a man's world. We could be feeling defensive or feeling the need to defend someone. Watch for angry responses. Avoid dark alleys and risky situations. We are still not pushing. Don't fight for that last open space in the mall parking lot, because, even if you get it, you will be ruminating on the other person's actions all night or your own actions and it will spoil your holiday shopping. There might not be a way to actually win. Know this going into something, even if you decide to go in anyway. Channel Ceres - think compromise.

If we need to be assertive or competitive or get things done tonight this energy will help.

xo all

Note the Moon is void all day tomorrow until she moves into Aries at 7:44PM EST. A good day for reflection until that Aries Moon revs everything up. No big purchases or launches during that void. Sunday has some BIG, bold energy - back tomorrow with that.

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of December 10th - forgiving and asking for forgiveness, saying goodbye, uncomfortable and unexpected information, blue skies are beckoning, rewards for a job well-done

Apis Mellifera by zazielona

Let's jump right into it. 

SUNDAY - Chiron stations direct, Mercury trines Chiron
TUESDAY - Mercury inconjunct Uranus
WEDNESDAY - Mercury re-enters Sagittarius
SUNDAY - Venus sextile Saturn

Chiron stations direct on SUNDAY after five months retrograde. A painful situation (a very old and very deep pain) is being put in our rearview mirror and the trine (brakes off) with communicative Mercury speaks of information/communications that are healing and helpful. A time for compassion (remember Mars is still on course to meet Chiron later this month), painful endings, forgiveness, intimate conversations. Remember that North Node in Cancer - our vulnerability is our strength now, it is not our weakness.

We start the week on MONDAY with the Moon in goal oriented and industrious Capricorn. This feels like a Monday morning. Get to work early. Then get to work.

At 3:38PM EST, the Moon sextiles (opportunity) Mercury, at the end of his long journey through deep Scorpio. This is good energy for putting our feelings into words, being able to tell what other people are thinking/feeling, good for chitchat, commerce, conversations with women and the public. With Mercury having just trined hurting/healing Chiron, maybe it is contact with the serious "all-business" Capricorn Moon today that will provide some sage wisdom/inner knowing/stability.

The energy then makes a swift right turn, because about an hour later, at 4:27PM EST, the Moon goes void off a square to unpredictable Uranus. Unexpected situations can be emotional. Things can change in the blink of an eye. Freedom beckons us. We are drawn to innovation. People are moody.

With the Moon's move over the South Node (in Capricorn) just before that square - there can be releases, endings, limits dissolved just before that Uranus energy that urges they be crossed.

The Moon enters Aquarius at 6:39PM EST. Our focus might naturally turn to our natal Aquarian house theme or the Aquarius general themes of - our friends, our causes, our groups, the goals that bring us into connection with other people, the future, the internet, group projects, trying new things, unusual anythings, technology - for the next couple days.

On TUESDAY, Mercury (at 28 degrees Scorpio) inconjuncts Uranus (retrograde at 28 degrees Aries). We had this same aspect on December 2nd when Mercury was still moving retrograde, so it could connect back to then. Inconjuncts are the rock and the hard place. 

This is surprising (maybe revealing) and uncomfortable information.

News we don't want to use. This could also play out with unexpected and uncomfortable situations involving siblings, pets, your local environment, your computer or transportation (all Mercurian subjects). How this plays out for you will depend on the themes of your natal Scorpio/Aries houses.

EXAMPLE for Libra/Libra Rising (Mercury 2nd house - your money, values, resources, self-esteem, Uranus 7th house - partners, partnerships) - maybe news from/through a partner shakes up your bottom line or creates a situation where you have to stand up for your values/self-esteem. Maybe the news hit back around December 2nd and now you are dealing with the fallout, in a more pro-active way, since Mercury is direct this time. Inconjuncts are tough because there aren't any really good answers. We just have to deal with it.

(The 2nd house and the 7th house are not so naturally friendly. We have to get to the 8th house - where we merge more deeply with others before we put our self esteem/money on the line with another person. Lending money to friends - usually not a good idea. You get the picture.)

The Moon is in stubborn, detached Aquarius and squares Venus (6PM EST), no impulsive moves with love/finances please, and then moves into a opportunistic sextile with Jupiter at 9:33PM EST.

That's when we get a significant energetic shift - whatever is weighing on us is moving on and we should, too.

On WEDNESDAY, Mercury re-enters Sagittarius.  Mercury - the ruler of our minds, thinking, communication, the process and physical means of getting things from point A to point B, our local environment, our siblings, our pets, our transportation - comes up, again, from the depths of Scorpio and moves back into the "sky's-the-limit" space of Sagittarius.

The scope of information available to us broadens. All the little details we have been immersed in during Mercury's transit through Scorpio fade from view a bit.

It's like we have applied a wide angle lens to our camera. There is more to see (know) but less to specifically look at. Keep in mind Mercury is walking degrees he/she walked before.

We first hit this degree back on October 31st. Then we dove back into Scorpio - into the details, the nitty gritty, the intimacy of things, the bottom line numbers - and here we are, if we did our work - OLDER AND WISER this time.

Stuff that was delayed back then will begin to pick up steam again.

But this time our cards, and everyone else's, are on the table. We know what we didn't know then. We are full steam ahead (just no pushing!).

People will be thinking and talking BIG. Making BIG plans. Using BIG persuasive, language. It's a good time to sell your "whatever it is", but also a good time to be sold a bill of goods. Words and information could mislead us as our focus moves away from those pesky details and onto the larger landscape.

Sag's mutable energy is rather boundless and stretchy. This can be a good thing. Sometimes a very good thing. But it can also have its drawbacks. The fly in the ointment - always a fly in there even as the weather grows frosty. Damn flies.

The Moon goes void at 5:19PM EST off a sextile to Uranus - here is where that unexpected or unusual whatever it is can pay off. Unusual friends, independent moves, doing something different - can all pay off tonight.

At 8:38PM, the Moon moves into dreamy and imaginative Pisces - allowing our focus to shift to Piscean themes (and the theme of our Pisces natal house) for the next couple days - art, music, our imagination, what is hidden or put away or done behind the scenes, secrets, the ethereal realms, hospitals, spirituality, addiction, healing, dreams, endings, how we end things, what we do last.

The Moon is going to make a gazillion aspects from her Piscean perch and I will write about that - AND THE REST OF THE WEEK - in a later post.

Keep in mind that opportunistic (this is a repeat aspect, too) sextile on SUNDAY - which we can feel anytime late in the week and it will carry us into next week - between Venus (our love, money, relationships, self-esteem, resources, values) and Saturn (structure, our goals, time, yada, yada).

Whatever this is will take work and commitment - it could also provide a nice reward for work/commitment previously accomplished - and will be worth it.

xo all

New Moon in Sagittarius | December 7th - the quest, the kick in the pants that gets us moving, information that points us in a new direction, grounding in reality, our beliefs are shaping our future, the seeds go into the ground

It's cold outside, by Luna Lemon

Sagittarius is a mutable sign. The mutable signs prepare us for the change into the next season and this Moon really has her work cut out for her!

New Moons are the time to set new intentions and working with Sagittarius themes (and the themes of your Sagittarius natal house) NOW allow the natural energies to work with us.

As the Moon naturally waxes (grows) over the next two weeks, and really over the next 6 months, so does whatever our intentions set into motion.

Sagittarius is a fun-loving sign (ruled by Jupiter and ruler of our 9th house) that rules travel, freedom, adventure, legal issues, higher education, politics, the media, good luck, faith, religion, weddings, optimism, truth seekers, boldly going where no man has gone before, THE QUEST  -

it also rules carelessness, taking shortcuts, thinking we are right, making assumptions, throwing pink paint on problems and looking at something else, overconfidence, impatience and superficial fluff.

Besides the monthly lunar energy of "new beginnings" this particular Moon has its own relationship with the other players in the heavens based on its position. That is where the real juice of any particular New Moon can be found. We talked about some of the energies in play as we moved through the week.

Let's recap and see what else is happening.

We have the Moon meeting the Sun at 15 degrees Sagittarius. You can see from this chart the Moon and Sun all snuggled in there between Jupiter, who they have already talked to - the expansion, the quest, the skies the limit, the stuff that might be too much or over the top - and Saturn, who they are approaching - the reality, the foundation, authority, limits.

Mercury is DIRECT in Scorpio, he/she has walked these degrees twice before, and won't be totally out of shadow for a couple weeks, but he is still moving DIRECT. Retrograde over. Thank goodness. So, the New Moon chart has a freshly direct Mercury (he stationed direct just hours before the Moon), still moving slowly, but powerfully and with a focused concentration and ability to get to the bottom of things in Scorpio. He/she is sextile the North Node in Cancer - opportunities come through our ability to focus on what matters most, on our roots, on our home/family/nurturing and to not be afraid to be vulnerable.  

News/information/ideas come in now that can point us in a new direction - the direction of our QUEST.

The biggest energy at the Moon, though is Mars, traveling through Pisces this month, meets up with Neptune (ruler of Pisces) at 13 degrees. And those two planets are squaring - tension, frustration, crisis, the obstacle, the kick in the ass - the New Moon energies.

So, the kick in the ass - the stress that gets us moving is coming from our Pisces house and the fresh start is coming from our Sagittarius house.

EXAMPLES for a couple signs and you would need to check your natal chart to see what is exact for you or email me and I will check your chart for you -

SCORPIO/Scorpio Rising - Mars/Neptune in Pisces 5th house, Moon/Sun in Sagittarius 2nd house - the fresh start is in your 2nd house of your money, your values and what you really value, your resources and self-esteem. The kick/tension is coming from your 5th house of creative projects, your self-expression, what you give birth to, children, romance and recreation - so maybe you want more money for something here or there are expenses that push you to make more money or get more value from what you already own. The 2nd house (Taurus house) also rules food, so it would be a good time to make a fresh start - that sticks - with diet - the square from your 5th could mean poor eating through recreation/parties/eating out pushes the changes. Maybe challenges with a creative project (5th house) are pushing you to find a new source of income (2nd house). With the house of gambling (5th house) squaring your house of money (2nd house) you might be encouraged to spend BIG on something that isn't such a sure bet. Or invest too much of your self-esteem (2nd house) in a romance situation or a situation with children (both 5th house) or a creative project. Use some caution here. We have that Saturnian sextile indicating the opportunity comes through the long game, through the building of  a stable foundation for that financial dream. There is a reset happening with your money/resources/values/self-esteem - that 5th house square is your kick in the ass that gets the party started. With Jupiter in your 2nd house all year this area of life is expanding for you, lucky Scorpio!

TAURUS/Taurus Rising - Mars/Neptune in Pisces 11th house, Moon/Sun in Sagittarius 8th house - the fresh start is in your 8th house of other people's resources, other people's values, intimacy, other people's money, spouse's income, loans, debts, taxes, inheritance, investments, sex, reproduction, power struggles, life/death issues. The kick/tension is coming from your 11th house of your friendships, groups, causes, the internet, the public, the goals that bring you into relationship with other people, your advancement, technology. So maybe something happening within your group/causes/friendships is getting too intimate or invading some intimate space. Maybe it needs to be more clearly defined or needs a boundary - that Saturn sextile. There could be advancements now with that 8th house financial/intimacy situation. Just don't count your chickens before they are hatched and be sure you are reading and understanding the fine print on any contracts or obligations now. Your New Moon reset is happening in the house of powerful, and irreversible transformation, so changes could come at you fast. With Jupiter in your 8th house all year this area of life is expanding for you, lucky Taurus.

If you want to know where this is happening in your chart email me or leave a comment. For example you could be a Scorpio rising but this New Moon is not happening in your 2nd house - check for 15 degrees, etc.

The challenge here for all of us, because Mars - our fire/energy/ambition/passion - is in watery Pisces, is that the New Moon energy could be diluted. Opportunities wasted or we jump the gun on something that looks better than it actually is. We've talked about this Pisces stuff for the last couple weeks and it is in play for the rest of the month (and for the next six months in relationship to this New Moon chart and your Sagittarius house fresh start) - the whole avoid the pushing/rushing thing. Let stuff flow.

This New Moon is squaring that conjunction. So Mars gets to Neptune - our actions meeting the dream - at the same time the Moon is reaching the Sun in the sign of expansion and "luck". On the surface this looks like a good, maybe great, thing. Like the whole 'leap and the net will appear' thing, but with Neptune and Jupiter both energies that are impossible to pin down - it is hard to know just how big the holes in that net actually are and if we will get all tangled up in it.

Pallas is inconjunct the Mars/Neptune conjunction from her space in partnership/balance focused Libra. An inconjunct is a rock and a hard place. Maybe the dream/escape/addiction - whatever we are doing with the Mars/Neptune - isn't so compatible with our relationship strategies, with whatever we need to keep our relationships with other people in balance.

The good news - Saturn is sextile (opportunity) the Mars/Neptune energies - and he is strong and stable in Capricorn - this can keep our New Moon expectations more grounded in reality.  

Which although it can sound/feel like a drag on the Sagittarius blue skies, can actually aid us in getting what we want here!

The New Moon has some challenges, but, honestly nothing happens without some challenges; some friction to create change! 

And we will see in our own lives it is the problem/the friction/the obstacles we face now that is forcing us to make real this New Moon's offerings.

This Moon has a real Christmas-y, miracles, anything-can-happen feel to it. 

We just need to keep our expectations in check to avoid waking up on Christmas morning that disappointed kid with six pairs of socks in a box where a Barbie dream house should have been.

We could get the Barbie dream house - that Sag New Moon, that Saturn sextile to the squaring energies - but it might not be magically tossed down our chimney and under our tree.

We are going to have to believe in the dream (yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus).

And we are going to have to build it. This is going to be work, but that is OK with us, because the building/the work will be part of the quest; part of the fun.

It will be like we look at our watch (if we still wore a watch) and we've put in 8 hours of work, but we didn't notice because the work was fun. 

This energy plays out until the Sagittarius Full Moon next June.

As always, write your New Moon intentions down by hand in script. Use strong ink and a clean sheet of paper. Do this in a quiet, respectful manner in a clean space. Light a candle.

Trust the process. We have cast our spell.

People always say that affirmations "only work if we take action". And this is true, but not in the way some people think because the affirmation is action.

It sets the energy in motion.

Words are not just words.

If done properly, in the right frame of mind, they line us up energetically with the thing we are seeking.

The New Moon is a time of darkness.  

Think seeds in the ground. Our words are our seeds.

We only get 3 fire New Moon a year folks, let's not waste this one! Set your intentions around your Sagittarius house themes and/or general Sagittarius themes. Take action without pushing or rushing. Meditate. Pray. Avoid drugs/alcohol/addictions. Make art. Color.

Seeds go into the ground. Hands get dirty. Muscles get tired. Backs get strengthened.

Mercury is sextile the North Node of Fate so pay attention to news/information that comes in. Conversations can point us in a new direction. Ideas can pop into our head. Books can fall off their shelves and into our laps. Read them.

xo all

Sun Square Neptune | CAUTION, not the time to make a big decision/move, the lifeguard has left the pool area and we are swimming at our own risk, hard to tell what is really real here, excellent energy for prayer, meditation, forgiveness

DSC 4535 by Kallyua

Today's chart is stressing me out just looking at it.

We have the Sun (13 degrees Sagittarius) squaring Neptune (13 degrees Pisces) with Mars moving in for his conjunction. We have Mercury standing very, very still (and powerful) preparing to move direct in Scorpio and the Moon in Scorpio AND Chiron very strong and still and preparing to move direct, too.

This is a giant CAUTION sign blinking at us from the universe.

This is a very strong KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND.

Unless you are going to just dive in - many people are going to have 'awakening' experiences in December and diving in and almost drowning will certainly wake us up - just know you are diving in at your own risk. There is no lifeguard on duty today. Dad isn't home, either.

There could be overwhelming emotion here - the potential for sadness and confusion. There are whirlpools and rip currents.

This is the dream/fantasy/escape/even "deception" thing squaring (tension/stress) our Sagittarian beliefs/truth/expansion. Are we doing the thing because we really want to do the thing or because we really don't want to do the other thing? What are we avoiding? Truth squares illusion but the truth is stretchy, too.

Something here is not quite knowable. Or there is something we are not wanting to face.

We could be enticed/advised into something that is not such a good idea - especially by ourselves. Remember we are playing a long game and Sagittarius loves her shortcuts.

Give yourself a break today. Don't over promise, because I can guarantee you will not be over-delivering! Don't play the victim/martyr. Don't be a sucker. Stay far away from any power plays or manipulative situations. It will be hard to bear the harsh realities of life now, so let's give ourselves and other people a break.

Slow down. Take a breath.

If we leap now expecting the net to appear, it is almost certain the net will have a hole in it big enough for our ass, yes, even the Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie ass, to fall through.

The Moon is waning - it is a time of release, not a time to be taking on anything more. More is not really more, more is too much.

Be careful with drugs/alcohol. Be careful driving and operating machinery. One drink when driving is probably one drink too many with these skies.

The Moon goes void from 4:53PM EST to 9:49PM EST. Things will feel more solid after the Moon gets into grounded Capricorn.

Excellent day for imaginative work, writing, creating, healing, prayer, compassion, forgiveness.

xo all

Today's Astrology Forecast for Creatives | December 4, 2018 - going with the flow, following up, finishing up, words opening old wounds, reaching for solid ground, information that allows us to move on, the cracks are where the light gets in

Water fairy by fly10

We start the day with the Moon in Scorpio sextiling (opportunity) serious Saturn (strong in his home sign of Capricorn). The more disciplined (Saturn) our habits this morning, the better we will be feeling (the Moon). This is good energy for the feminine to be dealing with authority figures or stepping into authority. There is a comfort with established rules/boundaries here.  

The opportunity comes through being responsible and doing what we have to do now. 

By 12:24PM EST, the Moon will be trining (brakes off) Mars (action, initiative, masculine - in Pisces now, so the divine masculine) and then by late afternoon trining Neptune (imagination, illusion, delusion, spirit, escape, addiction, healing).

A good day for all kinds of inspirational projects and activities. Life is flowing.

All the aspects the Moon is making while in Scorpio - through late tomorrow afternoon - are positive aspects, so although there is alot of water in the current chart and our emotions are intense - we can trust our intuition now. We go with the flow (there isn't really a choice anyway). We are in deep emotional waters, but the currents aren't dragging us toward a jagged shipwreck or the open mouth of a whale. This doesn't mean they can't drown us though, so remember to come up for air.

Keep in mind the Moon is in her Balsamic phase, preparing for the New Moon at the end of the week. This is the best time of the lunar month for completing things, following up on stuff we started previously - not so great for launching brand new things (which would be better kicked off after the fiery New Moon and Mercury moving direct, so after the end of this week).

We have Mercury at 27 degrees Scorpio and Chiron at 27 degrees Pisces and the North Node at 27 degrees Cancer - all our water signs occupied at the same degree and forming a Grand Water Trine.

If you are feeling uber emotional right now - this is the reason. The Moon's smooth aspects today should help with his.

What are the themes of your Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces houses? Those energies are working together now. 

Mercury is retrograde, so he/she has already walked 27 degrees Scorpio at the end of October/beginning of November. There is a message here from that timeframe - maybe something we were thinking about/communicating about then.

We could receive some information over the next couple days (and the last couple days) that allows us to finally release something, to begin to move on ...

This energy will be in play for a few days - words/information/ideas can be both painful and healing AND be exactly what is needed to get us moving in a new direction. Speak with compassion now. People will be feeling what they are hearing/reading.

Actually we are all feeling everything right now - and it will be hard to tell our own thoughts and feelings from those of other people!

Words are opening old wounds. Painful issues are being processed.

There is great healing/enlightenment here and the possibility of the physical loss that allows it to come up. The veils are thin - everything is flowing both ways.

And I've said lots of water already, right? Lots and lots of water.

Use that early Saturnian sextile to put some solid ground beneath your feet, before the rest of the day flows the way it wants to go ...

xo all

Remember Jupiter is in Sagittarius and Saturn is in Capricorn - we have both luck and time on our side now - just don't rush anything. Now is the time for finishing up, following up and WAITING. Timing is tricky now, but our intuition is powerful. Rushing and pushing are not such good ideas. We could be more accident prone now. We could be forgetting things and misplacing things. We could agree to things we later regret. Guns could be jumped and we could be tossed out on our asses before we even get started. Can you sense the quiet of the Moon? The things that are unwinding? The lure of Neptune to just go with the flow, to allow, to release? Just breathe.

Today's Astrology Forecast for Creatives | a push away from what is no longer needed, intense emotions, going deeper, intimacy, vulnerability, tears, back into the financial/relationship issues from a new, stronger perch, more SCORPIO

Tender. by Black Proserpine

Some of this week's major aspects are:

SUNDAY - Venus re-enters Scorpio, the Sun squares Mars
MONDAY - Uranus squares the North and South Nodes
TUESDAY - Mercury trines Chiron and North Node
WEDNESDAY - Sun squares Neptune
THURSDAY - Mercury stations direct (!)
FRIDAY - NEW MOON in Sagittarius
SUNDAY - Chiron stations direct

I am going to need to do dailies again, because my Sundays are not my own this month!

On MONDAY morning the Moon (in Libra) is going to oppose Uranus (retrograde in Aries). This speaks of a surprising situation with another person. This could be exciting (good) or shocking (not so good). We could also kind of instinctively (Moon) rebel (Uranus) against anything that has us feeling cornered or restricted.

People's emotions will be unpredictable.

With Uranus squaring the Nodes of Fate now - it might be the best way to deal with a disruptive situation is 1. to do what is most nurturing, especially self-nurturing 2. to allow ourselves to be vulnerable - not in some idiotic way with someone we can't trust, but we don't have to know everything/be solid and perfect - we can let our guard down a little bit and just be ourselves.

It's Uranus's job to force us away from what is no longer needed. Keep that in mind now.

Note - as that South Node moves through Capricorn over the next year, and as Saturn moves through Capricorn and toward Pluto - we are releasing alot of things that used to stabilize us - patriarchy in its own way was stabilizing. This is happening both individually and as a collective. The things we used to count on may not be there and we need to figure out - and this is what the last few years has been about - how to move forward on shifting sands, how to have faith in ourselves and in each other and in life. We will find the people in our lives who we thought were very stable and secure are not as secure/stable as they used to be either.

Mercury is back in Scorpio today and Venus re-entered Scorpio on Sunday. This is alot of water energy and Scorpio water can be stagnant. It's been there for a long time. Intense emotions are likely. Regrets about things we didn't do or the things that didn't go our way. The dark Moon is moving into Scorpio this afternoon, too - after going void from 1:16PM EST to 2:55PM EST.

There is much energy available for healing wounds that are very old and very deep.

Many things are reaching a conclusion now. We are releasing. There are endings. If you need a good cry, have a good cry. Sweating helps, too, if you have access to a sauna or just get some intense exercise. Water is everywhere this week!

Today we have the Moon retracing the steps Venus just made on Friday and then she meets Venus at 0 degrees Scorpio this afternoon. This is excellent energy for real intimacy - relationship/financial.

xo all