our wounded children and wounded inner child - the astrology of where we are now and its connections to this summer's fated chaos/changes



Let's take a QUICK big picture look around.


We are coming off a complicated Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio that promised, and delivered, intense "life and death" situations. The Moon's energies, being an Eclipse, will be felt for at least 6 months, but begin to unwind a bit after next week's New Moon. We have Mars (ancient ruler of Scorpio) sandwiched between Neptune and Jupiter back in his home sign of Aries. We have a retrograde Pluto (modern ruler of Scorpio) in trine with Mercury until mid-June.

Venus is almost out of Aries, home to Taurus tomorrow. But first is her challenging square to Pluto. 


Venus met Pluto back on March 3rd, so maybe something that started then is transforming (if we can avoid holding on too tightly) or ending (if we can't). Keep in mind Pluto rules the South Node of the past/where we are now - it is a Scorpian spell that keeps us stuck here through fear, an addiction to complication/to 'more', compulsion, jealousy, manipulation. Venus rules the North Node of where we are needing to go - this is Taurus, something more simple, sustaining, nurturing, healthy. On June 21st, they will form a smooth trine (with Venus in her home sign), keep this date in mind, if you have something challenging now. We talked about this square in the weekly HERE.

The Mercury/Pluto trine - in play now with both planets retrograde - continues through the middle of June. Digging into the details. Big financial information. Complicated conversations. Secrets coming out. Truth. News with Plutonian themes - merged monies, complicated third party situations, death. Mercury rules Gemini and the Sun is in Gemini now and the Gemini New Moon is happening in just a couple days. Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, will station to go direct on June 3rd at the degree where we had the Sun during that Full Moon Lunar Eclipse (on fixed star Algol, this was also the degree of the Moon at last fall's Full Moon in Taurus, also an Eclipse).


For now, Mercury is moving backward, going back to the Eclipse energies (May 16th) to show us a MISSED MESSAGE. Maybe a conversation that needs to be had again. Maybe some information that needs another look or some truth that needs to come out.

Black Moon Lilith is in Cancer along with Ceres. June's voice, too, speaks of wounded children/families. Our wounded inner child. Maybe the wound the child carries when they can't please the parent. Maybe what the child had to do or be or accept to be true (that wasn't) in order to survive. Maybe this is a generational wound. Wounded parents (especially mothers) wounding their children. Hurt people hurting people. We started this conversation HERE.

At the end of July, Uranus is going to meet the North Node at 18 degrees Taurus (A FATED DISRUPTION). Mars, the trigger, will be there, too. 


RIGHT NOW, the end of May/beginning of June, we are very near the mid-point of that MAJOR conjunction at the end of July. That conjunction will be speaking to Black Moon Lilith in Cancer (she will be conjunct Venus and squaring Chiron) - our wounded child/family/tribe, Chiron in Aries - our wounded masculine. Ceres will be with the Leo Sun. The Sun will be trining Jupiter. Mercury will be opposing Saturn and squaring the conjunction, so we'll have a T-Square pointed at the Uranus/North Node. THIS IS A BIG DEAL.

And, right now, as Mars meets Jupiter (in an EXACT square to Black Moon Lilith in Cancer) and we move toward that Gemini New Moon (conjunct the U.S. natal Uranus and Biden's natal Saturn (!) and where Mars will station retrograde later this year during the next Eclipse cycle and where Mars will station direct in January 2023 - 2022 being all about 2023) and through the Gemini New Moon two week cycle, this is all ACTIVATED. 

Mars meeting Jupiter this weekend, concludes a cycle that started in March 2020 when Mars triggered the Saturn/Pluto story (time runs out). Saturn ruled that conjunction and was at the final degree of Capricorn. That cycle, ending now, was all about responsibility, working within limits, working with rules, growing up. 

Their meeting this week at 4 degrees Aries starts a VERY DIFFERENT two year cycle. This one is all about new beginnings, approaching things with a beginner's mind, independence, an almost foolish courage, NOT having alot of responsibilities, not having all the answers. So, wherever 4 degrees Aries is in our natal charts we will find GROWTH/expansion/luck over the next two years through something fresh and new. 


(and here in the United States, again we are dealing with another horrific mass shooting of children. The killer's birthday fell on that 'life and death' Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio, the day he legally, in Texas, bought himself an assault rifle. If we run an Aries Ingress chart (setting up the astro year) for the town devastated by the events, we find 25 Taurus on the Ascendant, so tightly conjunct the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Sun, malevolent fixed star Algol and the previous Full Moon Lunar Eclipse's Moon plus Mars on the mid-heaven. Transiting Mars is now on the ingress Sun - was at the dangerous final degree of the zodiac at the time of the shooting - Mercury on their ascendant. The transiting Nodes of Fate are on the NRA's powerful Sun/Pluto opposition and transiting Chiron (wound) exactly squaring their Mars/Saturn conjunction. Those Eclipses both could have devastating financial implications/secrets coming out for them. How does a group with 5 million members in a country with more than 250 million adults have this kind of power? We will have to look at their chart's transits/progressions. We could get universal background checks, required national gun safety training and the assault weapons ban back, but we won't beat an organization with Sun/Pluto and Mars/Saturn energy by talking about 'gun control'. Maybe 'gun responsibility'. Whatever happens, the astrology is clear this story won't end here.)


Anyhoo, not sure where I am going with this post today and it feels a bit choppy, so I will wrap it here. 


The New Moon in Gemini post this weekend will make things clearer. 


xo all 

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weekly astrology forecast | May 23 - 29th, 2022 - opportunities to go big, changes of direction and focus, obsessive wants, needing to stay flexible and keep going



This is another important week!


Lots of opportunities as whatever got held up back at the end of April, or maybe just a couple weeks ago, starts moving (it's still not forward ho with Mercury retrograde, but there is movement). 


THREE inner planets change signs, one backing out of his/her home sign and the other two coming home. Expect CHANGES of conversation, activity level, changes around what we want/need. STAY FLEXIBLE. The energy is ripe for BIG MOVES. 

For asserting our right to be here/to be noticed. 


The biggest challenge this week is probably the Venus/Pluto obsessions/power play toward the end of the work week - at its best we really, really want something and will do whatever it takes to get it. The 'whatever it takes' is where things might take a wrong turn. Relationships and money can get intense/complicated. Jealousy can rear its ugly head. The wrong things could be very hard to resist. Stay frosty.


MONDAY - Sun sextile Jupiter, Mercury sextile Mars

TUESDAY - Venus sextile Saturn, Mars enters Aries, Vesta enters Pisces

WEDNESDAY - Mercury trine Pluto

FRIDAY - Venus square Pluto 

SATURDAY - Venus enters Taurus

SUNDAY - Mars conjunct Jupiter

On MONDAY, the Sun, at 2 degrees Gemini, sextiles Jupiter in Aries AND Mercury, retrograde at 29 Taurus sextiles Mars in Pisces

The Sun/Jupiter is confidence. GOOD TIMING. GOING FOR IT. We are emboldened/ready to WIN. Sextiles are smooth aspects, air and fire mean things can TAKE OFF/expand in productive ways. Jupiter in Aries encourages independence/big STARTS. 


At the same time Mercury, has backed into Taurus and sextiles Mars at the end of Pisces. Another smooth aspect - our words/the information/the tech/transportation, sibling or local community issue (Mercury is retrograde so this could be a repeat conversation, situation that was postponed, etc) and our actions are WORKING TOGETHER. Mars is still in Pisces at this time, so we are trusting our intuition, taking inspired action. Making the dream real/practical. 

Mercury's retrograde season switches gears as he moves from air to earth - we are still prompted to re-think, re-view, re-vise, etc, but our attention might turn to more solid/practical matters - our material situation/how we got to where we are. This should get a bit smoother this weekend when Venus, Mercury is answering to her now, comes home to Taurus.

On TUESDAY, Venus, at 25 degrees Aries, sextiles Saturn, while both Vesta and Mars change signs. 

Venus/Saturn is STABILIZING. What we want/what we are attracting is smoothly anchored in REALITY. Limits are helpful. Responsibilities grounding. We are focused on getting what we want. Interactions with authority can go well. 

This is also the day, Vesta moves over to ethereal Pisces and Mars comes home to Aries. Vesta in Pisces will bring a focus/intensity to our natal Pisces house theme or the collective themes of - spirituality, the past, mental health, medication, meditation, art, music, healing. We will talk about this as we move through it.

Mars into Aries is good news for all of us. This is Mars home sign and after all these weeks floating through Pisces, he (as we) will be very happy for the increased momentum/energy/passion. Mars hasn't been home to Aries since 2020 when he retrograded there for 6 months - yes, even Mars was sent to his room in 2020 - so this is going to be very helpful.

Aries is the energy we incarnate through - it is us being born. Pushing our way into our very existence. Starting out all alone. It is our hero's journey. Our "I am". In Aries, Mars is strong, willful, passionate, impulsive - and at his most Mars-y

(which is something like ballsy only more like BALLSY - I am talking bowling and not tennis here),


Mars is the first planet outside our Earth's orbit. Our other inner/personal planets, Mercury and Venus are closer to the center, and, so, visually they travel with the Sun - they never get too far away - but Mars is a fellow who likes his independence.

He isn't constrained by the Sun in the same way Mercury and Venus are. Ruler of brave and independent Aries he mostly does what he wants. In Roman mythology, Mars was the son of Juno and Jupiter (in Greek mythology he was the God Ares). We think of Mars as the God of War, because he is, but his ancient role - as a fertility God and protector of crops and animals (herds), might be something for us to keep in mind now, too, as he moves back to his home turf.

In our natal chart Mars rules our Aries house and also is influenced by/and influences the sign and house he calls home. Mars is about our will, our ambition, our action, our passion, our physical self, our selfishness, our rage. His house placement and rulership lets us know what battles we are going to face in this lifetime - the spaces where, if we are not assertive and active (without being a self-centered, irritable, impulsive, angry assholes), we will find ourselves steamrolled or in continued stress until we take action/stand up for ourselves/have COURAGE.

On WEDNESDAY, Mercury, retrograding at 28 degrees Taurus, trines Pluto (also retrograde)

So, here is the Mercury/Pluto trine - a repeating aspect - with BOTH planets retrograde. Powerful conversations/ideas are possible now. Words are our super-power. Some will be thinking about revenge - especially in regards to finances/relationships/resources or competitive situations/power plays. If you are looking to persuade - a softer style of manipulation, and be careful with this - someone of something, particularly something with its roots in the PAST, well, today's your day. Secrets can come out, and remember words are powerful now, so think before speaking. Double check communications before hitting that send button.

When we have an Earth trine, it is always a good time to "ground" ourselves. Things like - hands in the actual dirt, bare feet on grass tend to be helpful. Even handling money - with care, of course - is grounding. 


On FRIDAY, Venus, at 28 degrees, makes her final aspect in Aries, the sign of her detriment - a square to powerful Pluto (retrograde in Cappy). 


This energy, especially with Venus, so out of sorts, could make it easy, for us and others, to RAGE if we are not getting what we want/if something seems unfair. We can be driven by COMPULSIONS now. There can be POWER-STRUGGLES. Pluto squares are intended to be destructive/dredge up old fears. Bridges get burned. Babies tossed out with dirty bath water. This is powered up in negative ways by both planets not being at their best right now and in the no-man's land of the hail-mary plays tossed out in final degrees of signs. Know if you are feeling this POWERLESSNESS, this, too, will pass and we will be better off if we manage ourselves well in spite of it. Keep in mind, too, that by tomorrow Venus will be home in Taurus and on her way to a nice smooth trine with Pluto on June 21st. Every dog gets his day. 


On SATURDAY, Venus comes home to Taurus. Venus loves (and rules) Taurus. After her weeks in Aries trying to be a lover and a fighter, she is quite content to settle into herself again. Taurus suns and rising signs get more attractive (both physically attractive and more able to attract).

For everyone, this transit, particularly when coupled with Mercury's retrograde mud, can help us really appreciate what is right in front of us.

Taurus is a fertile earth sign. She is the earth in a sense. Taurus rules our 2nd house of love, money and values. Where is Taurus in your natal chart? This space is about to receive its annual visit from Venus (beauty, love, self-esteem, values, women). 

How can we make her feel more welcome?

Taurus is the sign of comfort. She values simplicity - fancy or complicated embellishments just get in the way of true comfort. It gets easier to see (and feel) that now. With Venus here until June 22nd what we want and what we need are fused into the same thing. The power and real beauty of Venus in Taurus is a deep seeded belief that everything we need is available to us. Either we have it, or we can attract it, if we believe we are worth it.


Now, two of our three inner planets are in their home signs!


On SUNDAY, Mars at 3 degrees Aries meets up with Jupiter. You will be able to see them together just before sunrise and although they will only be about a planet's length from each other from our view on Earth, they are actually millions of miles apart.


Maybe NOW is where we begin to feel Jupiter in Aries. Mars comes along and lights a fire under him. Here is what I want to do. Here is what I am going to do. Here is what I am doing. Our actions get BIGGER. There is courage here. We can face whatever it is we are facing HEAD ON. Good energy to travel/step outside comfortable spaces. 

Mars - the way we get what we want, our action and initiative, our passion, our anger, our young fiery male energy - meets expansive and lucky Jupiter (think Santa Claus here).

What did you want for Christmas? This is very good energy to work with something that will require physical strength, energy and initiative.

This is confidence (Jupiter) meeting courage (Mars). This is fighting (Mars) for what we believe in (Jupiter). This is making (Mars) our own luck (Jupiter). 

And, yes, this could be might (Mars) makes right (Jupiter) and leaping (Mars) before we look (Jupiter) and more (Jupiter) anger/violence (Mars) - there are always flies dear reader.  

This is a brave (Mars) journey (Jupiter). This is our brave journey. All of us on Planet Earth.

As always with Jupiter, the fly in the ointment is taking things too far or taking on too much. With Mars the fly would be us/or someone else flying off the handle - then the handle is broken and we have to shovel the snow with our bare hands (yes, I am back to thinking about Christmas and it's 90 degrees as I type this, so go figure). We could also overdo it and actually get physically hurt.

I hope something here is helpful. 

xo all

artwork by the talented Doringota

weekend's astrology forecast | May 21st - 22nd, 2022 - our life catches up with our mind


On SATURDAY, Mercury retrograde meets the Sun at 0 degrees Gemini. This is the halfway point of the Mercury retrograde cycle, also Mercury's last day in his/her home sign of Gemini. 


By tomorrow Mercury will be back in Taurus.

The mid-way point is called the Inferior Conjunction (when this repeats with Mercury direct we have the Superior conjunction). The Inferior Conjunction is an important point in time and allows us to see/interpret how our life (Sun) and mind (Mercury) are interlacing the past and the present to empower and shape the future. 


Notice what story you are telling yourself now.

A LIGHT is tossed on our Mercury retrograde journey- what this has been and is about for us. Any planet meeting the Sun is like a New Moon/fresh start. With Mercury in dualistic Gemini, maybe one choice/way forward is highlighted now. This could be because something else isn't working or a conversation/information comes in now that brings CLARITY. New/more facts. Notice what shows up now. Notice what you are saying/hearing.thinking. With the Sun and Mercury together - the normal SPACE/filter/time between our life and our mind is gone. With our mind moving backward, our life catches up with it BRIEFLY. 


We can see SOMETHING more clearly. Keep in mind seeds are going into the ground now - so stay conscious about what you are planting/watering/tending to with your time and attention.

Now, Mercury is STILL retrograde, so this isn't a straight line forward kind of thing. We are still doing the "re's" - re-viewing, re-thinking, re-vising, etc. And, by tomorrow, Mercury will be back in Taurus, where things tend to get stuck anyway - think: fixed earth - so this is a PROCESS. Right now, we are back to April 29th - when Mercury first crossed 0 degrees Gemini - except now we are/should be older and wiser. 

On SUNDAY, Mercury will back into Taurus. We are re-turning to a conversation/idea/plan from the end of April. Our thinking can be more focused. We know what is more important/what we really value this time through. Collectively we are talking about finances, resources, values, self-esteem. If we have been plowing through the Mercury retrograde season without taking time to re-view/re-think, etc - here is where we might meet an unmovable object. If we have done the work of the retrograde season, we are older and wiser now and making better decisions. Our focus will narrow here.

The Moon in dreamy Pisces now, squares the Gemini Sun. This month's Third Quarter Square. Pisces/Gemini. The Pisces Moon will fog up the Gemini facts and FORCE us to use our intuition. 

This is also the day, Mars, at 28 degrees Pisces makes a sextile to Pluto, retrograde in Capricorn. Pluto retrograde is 'the death that is postponed' and now here is the Martian cleaning crew coming through to dissolve what is no longer needed. With Mars in Pisces and a soft sextile we are going to want to move with the flow of this. Maybe a sacrifice is required - we give us this to get that. We won't be able to control everything that is happening, but REAL POWER is being offered up here if we are able to use this Pisces energy productively - maybe via our imagination, our intuition, meditation, art, music. This is Neptune/Saturn - MAKING THE DREAM REAL. A good time to make a commitment to a new goal, which with Pluto retrograde, might not be totally new.  


We could feel a renewed sense of purpose/passion


Something should fall into place here when we make some practical EFFORT, we won't need to push/force a square peg into a round hole. 


Hope something here is helpful. 

xo all

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Today's astrology forecast | Thursday, May 19th, 2022 - empowering ourselves, noticing the gold we missed the first time through, the things that are about to change



The Moon is in sober and winter-ruled Capricorn now - we are nurtured by rules and boundaries and how many cans of peas we have lined up in our cupboard. She trines Uranus (change is good) at 9:16AM EDT and squares Venus (in Aries) at 4:01PM EDT. The Venus square is uncomfortable, might make us feel our losses/what we don't have/who we don't have.

This is also the day the Sun, on his way out of Taurus trines powerful Pluto. This is us getting control of ourselves. An earth trine enables stability/fertility. We are empowered by simplicity/by what we ALREADY HAVE. Time to take stock. At the same time the Sun is squaring Vesta in Aquarius. At odds with the Aquarius energy/groups/tech/maybe a teenager. The way through the square is that trine to Cappy - it's smooth, not about us beating our head against the wall. 


On a practical level this might speak of focusing on work/our goals. That solar trine to Pluto is a PERSONAL activation- focus on your own life/your own stuff - shoring that up.

At the same time, Mercury, still backing through his home sign of Gemini, moves into a creative opportunity (sextile) with expansive/beneficial Jupiter (in Aries). Good news. Something could be WORTH ANOTHER LOOK. Maybe there are some gold nuggets we missed the first time through here. Say it again. Listen again. Information/ideas can increase our confidence, offers us faith/HOPE.

The intense Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio followed by Mars meeting with Neptune has drained alot of batteries/bank accounts/immune systems. An entire age, the Age of Pisces/age of deception, is ending!


Take care of yourself. Let's be gentle/loving with each other. Know we are supported. Gemini season is about to start - our perspective will change. The conversation will change. Things will lighten up.

xo all

artwork by the talented Karentenita

weekly astrology forecast | May 16th - 22nd, 2022 - Scorpio total lunar eclipse, intensity, necessary dis-entanglements, recuperation, getting control of ourselves, renewed optimism, a light on a not-so-new idea, conversation or plan


Another important week as the STORY of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio plays itself out in real time - the necessary dis-entanglements, the limits, the focus, the recuperation, the 'getting control of ourselves' empowerment, the renewed enthusiasm, the new/old ideas and conversations. 

Let's unpack the week and I will get the Eclipse post up today.


Keep in mind, Eclipse energies pull us 'out-of-time', so alot of this week may feel like it has already happened, but it is still happening ... and will continue to PLAY OUT over the course of the next six months.


MONDAY - Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio

WEDNESDAY - Mars conjunct Neptune

THURSDAY - Sun trine Pluto, Mercury sextile Jupiter

SATURDAY - Sun conjunct Mercury (retrograde)

On MONDAY (Sunday night) - the Scorpio Moon opposes the Taurus Sun giving us this month's Full Moon - our annual Full Moon in Scorpio, conjunct the Nodes of Fate makes this one a powerful Total Lunar Eclipse designed to drive home this year's Nodal lessons - we talked about them first HERE


The Eclipse post is HERE.


On WEDNESDAY - Mars, finishing up in Pisces on his way home to Aries, the ancient ruler of Scorpio and modern ruler of Aries (so Venus and Jupiter are answering to Mars now) meets up with Pisces ruler Neptune. Wet weather. Actions that miss their mark. Catching a cold/virus/bad mood.


The best use of Mars/Neptune - using our intuition. Using our imagination. Offering compassion or forgiveness. Using music/art. Praying. Meditating. Releasing our compulsion/obsession/need for control. Maybe taking a rest - something here looks freaking exhausting. This speaks of both inaction - a need for rest or sleep/lack of motivation, etc - AND unlimited action/limits removed. Just keep in mind Neptune/Pisces makes it easy to deceive ourselves/be deceived by others. Also this aspect can make unhealthy actions extremely intoxicating - one drink leading to three, etc, so be aware of this, too. Stay SOBER.


Mars/Neptune is extremely well-timed to follow the BIG Scorpio Eclipse. 


After the deep Scorpionic purging within the collective and within our personal lives - secrets, obsessions, compulsions, manipulations, intimacies, shared resources (debt, inheritances, other people's money), sex, life/death scenarios, reproduction, past-life entanglements, ancestral IOUs being marked paid-in-full - now the ground is being cleared. Weeds are being pulled. Diets are being cleaned up and lightened.

This Eclipse cycle might be the perfect time for surgery to have something removed. And this could, of course, and most likely WILL BE a metaphoric extraction - which would also leave us tired and needing to recuperate.  

And, so, well, Mars/Neptune. 

On THURSDAY we get two powerful/positive aspects. 


The Sun, at 28 degrees Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury (retrograde in Gemini) sextiles Jupiter at 1 degree Aries. 

Earth trines are excellent energy to BUILD something practical. This is Taurus/Cappy, so we are taking our time with this, building something to last. One brick at a time. 


Sun/Pluto is an excellent time to get control (Pluto) of ourselves (Sun). Where do we need more integrity? How can we act with greater integrity?


Retrograde Mercury's sextile - creative opportunity - with expansive Jupiter speaks of greater optimism/faith. GOOD NEWS. With Mercury retrograde, maybe an old opportunity comes back around. This won't be the 'final' word on anything because Mercury is still retrograde, but could spark a new idea/conversation/forward movement. 

On SATURDAY, the Sun, at 0 degrees Gemini now, meets up with a retrograde Mercury. 


Here is the mid-point of Mercury's retrograde journey. The Sun brings illumination. CLARITY. Mercury's delays/re-thinking should make some sense now. This is a good aspect to receive an answer/make a choice. New options can open up. Keep in mind, Mercury is STILL retrograde, so again, there isn't a "final" anything here, but there should be new (but not totally new) information/conversations now.

xo all

artwork by the talented Pili Gagliardi

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio | May 16th, 2022 - serious situations, permanent endings, choosing our response, deciding what gets built when the dust settles

On Monday, May 16th, 2022 at 12:11AM EDT the Scorpio Moon opposes the Taurus Sun giving us this month's Full Moon - our annual Full Moon in Scorpio. Happening very near the Moon's nodes makes this one a Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.

(NASA will feature the Eclipse live on youtube HERE)

Tonight's Scorpio Eclipse is the final chapter of a very POWERFUL Spring Eclipse cycle. This is a very challenging and emotional Full Moon. Almost everyone has had some kind of intense 'life and death' experience over the past couple weeks (or is about to). No one is standing in the same shoes they were wearing one month ago. 

Eclipse events are karmic cosmic resets. 

I am still sick today - take care of yourselves Scorpio risings (!), this Eclipse is happening in your first house of your physical body (also Virgo risings with that Saturn 6th house and Taurus/Libra risings with the Venus/Chiron - actually everyone take care of yourself!). My brain/focus isn't up to snuff, so this will be shorter than usual. 


Let's unpack the chart!

The Moon, at 25 degrees Scorpio is opposing the Sun at 25 Taurus. The Moon is conjunct asteroid karma. The Moon sextiles Pluto in Capricorn (applying/in the future) and squares the Saturn/Vesta conjunction in Aquarius (unwinding/in the past). Mars is conjunct Neptune - to be exact within days. The Moon is conjunct the South Node of what is ripe for RELEASE, the Sun is conjunct the North Node of our best path forward. 


The Moon conjunct karma speaks of a 'cause and effect' playing out through Full Moon events. With Mars, the ancient ruler of Scorpio, nearing the end of Pisces (the end of the end) this feels like the completion of a karmic cycle. 

What have we learned?


The Sun/Moon's opposition via the Scorpio/Taurus energies pulls in our nodal axis story-line we first talked about HERE


Full Moons bring things to light/to a culmination, but with Lunar Eclipse Full Moons some things remain hidden. With Scorpio maybe - affairs stay under wraps, financial shenanigans get missed, secrets are taken to THE GRAVE.

As the modern ruler of Scorpio, Pluto rules this lunation and is in a sextile - opportunity - with the Moon. This is good news and is also the Moon's closing aspect promising a positive and EMPOWERING outcome to Eclipse events. 

The Sun's trine to Pluto - exact later this week - gives us a dynamic and potent Earth trine. Once the rot underneath has been exposed by the Full Moon events we will eventually start to focus on what is next. As long as we are building something practical, focusing on long-term stability, growth over time, taking it SLOW, keeping things SIMPLE - we will shine/prosper. We can count on this. Events may require us to step into our own authority or get control of ourselves - Sun/Pluto. 

The square to Saturn/Vesta is more challenging. 


This is tension/frustration, this is in the recent past, but in play with Full Moon events. The square to Saturn speaks of limits/responsibilities - a REALITY CHECK. Maybe involving our responsibilities to a group or our Aquarius house theme. With Vesta nearby, something here has kept us up at night/had our focus/devotion. Saturn in Aquarius speaks of what we can't do/can't have and Vesta in Aquarius points us to something that must be done/attended to/the fire that can't be allowed to go out. 


This is all in the recent past and is somehow at odds with the Eclipse event itself (the serious Scorpio situation, the necessary dis-entanglement, the ending).

Maybe the way through the Saturn square ROADBLOCK/REALITY CHECK is that Mars/Neptune in Pisces which is trining the Moon. 


Using our intuition. Using our imagination. Offering compassion or forgiveness. Using music/art. Praying. Meditating. Chasing the dream/the ghost/the mirage (note - disappointments will come from not seeing situations realistically). Maybe the way through is taking a breather/rest. Some could choose unhealthy escapes here and we want to watch our addictive tendencies and understand how easily one drink can lead to three to thirty.


The best way through this, because with Mars in Pisces everything is certainly NOT within our control - going with the flow - GOING WITH WHAT IS ALREADY SET IN MOTION because something here is out of our hands anyway.


When there are obstacles/blockages/problems it doesn't mean it is always our job to grapple with them. Keep in mind, life is seeking, through us and through Eclipse events, a simpler path forward - THAT TAURUS NORTH NODE. To get to this 'simpler path' - complications, obsessions, drama (and our need for such things) might be removed. During a time of DIS-ENTANGLEMENT maybe when we go in search of solutions/remedies we might extend/prolong the problem. A better way - with that Mars/Neptune - is something more intuitive, more loving. Allowing things to flow/dissolve. Allowing things to move at a more gentle pace. Think about the way water solves problems/makes changes.

The more we can release the Scorpio complicated drama. The endless analysis. The third party situations. The debt. The inappropriate intimacies. The need to look under the hood again and again and again. The more we can make things more simple. Save more/make more (spend less). Take things slower. Value ourselves and our existing resources. Use what we already have. The better the next few months, and probably years, will be for us. 

Once we are through this Full Moon cycle (the next two weeks) and get to the end of May 2022, the big events of 2022 will have mostly played out. There will still be big things ahead this year, but they will connect to the things that have ALREADY happened. 

If we can let go of the Scorpio and embrace the Taurus NOW - the events themselves are somewhat out of our hands, but our response isn't - when Uranus meets the North Node at the end of July we will have some good surprises in store for us instead of the chaos we will be dealing with if we continue to remain mired in the Scorpio drama.

xo all

Note - with a 25 degree Eclipse it could pay to look at the iChing Hexagram 25 which is called DIS-ENTANGLEMENT. It teaches that although we expect what we value to stay where we put it (and keep in mind Vesta - what we value - is in unusual and liberating Aquarius, so not so much staying put!), this 'expecting' is a kind of 'imaginary' security. The important stuff/valuables in life are free-roaming/changeable, can't be 'tethered'. 

Mars in Pisces is like trying to hold onto water anyway, the tighter our grip, the less water we will be left with. The iChing teaches that to be 'entangled' is to get caught up in futile/groundless things - deluded beliefs, reckless actions or a compulsion to rewrite the past or control the future. 

When we are 'without entanglement' and this feels very much like a theme of this Moon, we recognize what is NOT OURS and we do not take it on. Other people's problems are most often not ours to solve and sometimes bad things happen to us that we didn't cause. 

I hope something here is helpful/healthful to your current circumstances.

the astrology of jupiter into Aries | may 2022 to may 2023 - waking up from the dream, greater passion, greater initiative, greater anger, having faith in ourselves, starting something big

On May 10, 2022, Jupiter leaves his old stomping ground of watery Pisces for fiery Aries. He will be in Aries until May 2023, but will dip back into Pisces for several weeks at the end of this year during his retrograde.

Jupiter's role is expansion - to create the BIG PICTURE. 


Jupiter is huge, but not solid. He grows whatever he comes in contact with, then, through contact with the other planets, this unchecked growth gets form/structure/limits. 


Considered the greater benefic (as Zeus he was king of the Gods), he promotes abundance, wisdom, our ability to stretch outside our comfort zone.

Now Jupiter brings OPPORTUNITIES to our Aries house and to the collective themes of - men, the masculine, initiative, new ventures,  new actions, independent actions. Jupiter rules fiery Sagittarius, so is perfectly comfortable in fiery Aries. 

Jupiter brings LUCK and we get lucky in a couple different ways with this energy. One way is by ACTING lucky. Having confidence/courage. Knowing things are going to work out and so things work out. The whole king of the Gods thing and all. The other way is by taking something FURTHER. Going out on a limb. This can be through a reckless/adventurous spirit or through the wisdom gained by putting the time/energy into learning something really, really well and/or by taking a wider view. Think about the guy who is climbing the mountain and also the guy he meets in the cave on the way up, contemplating the BIG PICTURE. 

On the downside, having the planet of expansion in the sign of the youthful masculine - we might collectively be more extremely angered, more prone to arguments, more impulsive, more war-like. 

(Brene Brown wrote a timely article yesterday - she's always very timely/keyed into the collective consciousness, 12th house Sun/Neptune in Scorpio - on the space between stimulus and our response to the stimulus, this is certainly something to think about with Jupiter in Aries)

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom" - Viktor Frankl

Allowing ourselves this "space" is going to matter. We are going to need to have faith (Jupiter) in ourselves (Aries), to trust ourselves and know when we respond and not react it will be ok, better than ok ...

because there are a couple good indicators it would be best to not run off too far and too fast with whatever we have going on now. 

One is the ingress chart (chart for the time Jupiter ingresses into Aries) has a very still/recently retrograde Mercury backing up in Gemini - time to re-think something, re-look at facts and figures. Also, Jupiter, due to his upcoming retrograde, is going to be back in Pisces AGAIN, which means he will be entering Aries TWO MORE TIMES. Once, moving backward on October 22, 2022 and then finally, moving direct again, on December 20, 2022. 

The Jupiter Aries ingress is NOT a "one-and-done"/full-steam-ahead kind of thing. 

When Jupiter gets back into Pisces on October 23, 2022 (thru December 19, 2022) we will be back in dreamland/back to the "end" and incorporating what we have started with that. There is the chance what we have started will be DISSOLVING because that's a Pisces kind of ending and Pisces rules endings.

This won't be something where we start something new and then charge ahead and never look back.

This possible start/stop/adjustment thing ISN'T an excuse to not start. 

We sit out a forward motion Jupiter in Aries to our own detriment. But it IS something to pay attention to. 

And after saying that, I should reiterate this whole thing is tricky because Jupiter gets lucky by stretching/going big and Aries gets lucky by not being afraid to start, sometimes even when we don't really know what we are doing. So, hanging back or playing small isn't going to work. "Go big or go home" or "leaping and the net will appear" probably won't either. 

We will need to be smart. Also, with Jupiter in Aries, we are going to have to pay more attention to what Mars (ruler of Aries) is doing and what sign he is in. 

We begin the Jupiter ingress into Aries with Mars in Pisces, so we are rather EXHAUSTED/not seeing things clearly. Maybe it won't be until Mars gets into Aries, too - May 24th - when we are really feeling this PUSH. With Mars in Pisces, pushing isn't so effective, but once Mars gets into Aries THERE WILL BE PUSHING. 

Let's take a quick look by sign. 

Check your ascendant and your Sun - any questions shoot me an email.

For the house/theme Jupiter is LEAVING, check the sign AFTER your sign. You will surely be able to see the gifts/benefits his time in Pisces has brought you and this isn't over. Jupiter will be back in Pisces in October for the BIG finish, so October - December will probably be the best time for the benefits/results of Jupiter in Pisces to be visible. We can count on this - Jupiter always does his job. 

ARIES | Aries Rising - this is YOUR TRANSIT Aries and is happening in your 1st house of yourself. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. You can physically take up more space during this transit/stand taller/get noticed (just watch that one donut doesn't turn into the whole dozen). Arian qualities - a passionate nature, impulsivity, anger, initiative can grow. Just keep the more, more, more thing in balance and know this is a sneak peak of what you can expand during the first half of 2023. 

TAURUS | Taurus Rising - this is happening in your 12th house of what is hidden or put away or done behind the scenes, art, music, relaxation, meditation, water, compassion, forgiveness, secrets, the ethereal realms, the past, imagination, hospitals, spirituality, addiction, healing. Something here EXPANDS. Your intuition increases. Your dreams/imagination gets bigger. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE.

GEMINI | Gemini Rising- this is happening in your 11th house of the collective - your friendships, your tribe, groups, causes, the internet, the public, the goals that bring you into relationship with other people, your advancement, technology. Something here EXPANDS. Your confidence/optimism in social situations grows. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE.

CANCER | Cancer Rising - this is happening in your 10th house of your career, your calling, your achievements, goals, your father/paternal story, business, authority, responsibility. Something here EXPANDS. This could be about a change of career, recognition or the confidence to explore something in a bigger way. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE.

LEO | Leo Rising - this is happening in your 9th house of travel, higher education, weddings, politics, legal issues, the media, publishing, foreigners, everything outside your comfort zone, exploration, your beliefs and higher thinking. Something here EXPANDS. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. This is Jupiter's natural house, so should be a good thing!


VIRGO | Virgo Rising - this is happening 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, death, rebirth, sex, reproduction. Something here EXPANDS. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. 

LIBRA | Libra Rising - this is happening in your 7th house of partners and partnerships. Something here EXPANDS. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. A new/idealistic person could enter your life or a partner could become more fiery/passionate. You will experience Jupiter in Aries through your relationships/other people. There might be fast changes/expansion. One or both partners might desire more freedom. Worst case a partner takes this Jupiter/Aries energy too far/blows something up. Best case, and this is probably way more likely, the relationship grows in optimism/faith/passion.

SCORPIO | Scorpio Rising - this is happening in your 6th house of your day-to-day activities, your routine, work, co-workers, pets and your health. Something here EXPANDS. Take care of your health. This house can get tricky, so you want to keep things in balance/avoid burnout/growing the wrong things. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. 

SAGITTARIUS | Sagittarius Rising - this is happening in your 5th house of creative projects, your self-expression, what you give birth to, children, romance and recreation. Something here EXPANDS. Faith. Luck. Confidence. The desire for MORE. Jupiter is your ruler, so you will feel his move from mutable water to cardinal fire more than most. 

CAPRICORN | Capricorn Rising - this is happening in your 4th house of home, family, your roots, mother, mothering, your ancestry, real estate, renovation or a home business. Something here EXPANDS/becomes bigger or a bigger focus. Have faith. Here is luck/confidence. The desire for MORE. 

AQUARIUS | Aquarius Rising - this is happening in your 3rd house of communication, information, writing, siblings, transportation or your local neighborhood. Something here EXPANDS. Jupiter's move from watery Pisces into fiery Aries can help you reboot your tired mind by expanding your optimism/faith. Your mental health or communication could become a top priority under this transit and you will find ways to improve it. A good transit to learn something new, write, talk, grow in your local environment.

PISCES | Pisces Rising - this is happening in your 2nd house of your money, your values, your resources and self-esteem. Something here EXPANDS. This transit can increase your income/expenses which can be a good thing or maybe not, so keep an eye on the bottom line Pisces and focus on increasing what you really value/need/want to keep.


Jupiter is going to get to 8 degrees Aries when he will station retrograde on July 28th (the same day we have a New Moon in Leo at 5 degrees), so people with planets and points between 0 and 8 degrees Aries - and the other cardinal signs, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn - will probably feel this first leg the strongest. Also people with late degree Pisces/water signs as he takes his first exit.

So, from now until July 28th we get a preview of this energy/a chance to learn how to work with it. 

If things expand we are not so happy with, we will have a chance to re-structure/re-vise before things are 'full steam ahead' with whatever is GROWING starting at the end of 2022 and continuing into May 2023 - as long as we don't get too far ahead of ourselves now

Besides the retrograde "re-working's/looking for the missed opportunities" starting in late July, also pencil in October 2022 when Jupiter backs back into Pisces as a kind of 'cooling off' period before things push forward at the end of December.

If things expand nicely - greater optimism, faith, initiative, passion, courage, independence - just know we have a few weeks of Jupiter in Pisces (that October to December 2022 period) to finish up later in the year. 

Don't count those chickens just yet. DO allow yourself to feel/explore this new area of growth/hope. 

We'll talk more about this transit as we move through it.

Heads up our next post, unless I toss up a daily, will be about our Scorpio Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Monday which is BIG. BIGGITY BIG. 

xo all

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weekly astrology forecast | May 9th to 15th, 2022 - Jupiter into Aries, Mercury stations retrograde, huge energetic shifts, starting something big, changing our minds



Another week in the Eclipse spin cycle! 

With Jupiter's jump into fiery Aries the same day Mercury stations retrograde - we've got this HUGE push into something new or expansive - GO BIG OR GO HOME - at the same time we need to double-check information/are advised to BE CAUTIOUS.

WTH! Talk about mixed messages.


Cautious won't get us anywhere with Jupiter in Aries, but big leaps with Mercury retrograde usually end up with us having to do something all over again or stuck in a mess of our own creation. We are going to have to work both ends of this somehow with one eye on that game-changer Scorpio Lunar Eclipse Full Moon at the end of the week.


We have to be SMART. 


Luckily we've got both the Sun and Mars interacting with the North Node this week, so we should have some CLUES to work with. 

Let's scope out the week!

TUESDAY - Mercury stations retrograde, Jupiter enters Aries!

FRIDAY - Sun conjunct North Node

SATURDAY - Mars sextile North Node

SUNDAY - Venus conjuncts Chiron, Sun squares Saturn, Sun sextiles Neptune, Ceres enters Cancer


TUESDAY, MAY 10TH - Mercury stations retrograde, Jupiter enters Aries


Mercury, at 7:47AM EDT, at 4 degrees Gemini, turns around. Hold up. We missed something. Time to re-think, re-examine, re-visit, re-vise. In Gemini, we will be re-evaluating ideas, conversations, facts. Communications/information/situations from the past can come back around.


We know the Mercury retrograde drill. PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS. The details are what will trip us up with Mercury retrograde in Gemini. We lose the thread, things unravel. We keep an eye on the thread we make a nice pillow for Grandma - you get the idea. Also have a back-up plan/plan B and give people multiple options.


Now, Mercury retrograde in Gemini, his/her own sign isn't such a bad thing. He is only answering to himself, so there is no looking at what the ruler of the sign he is in is doing. We know what Mercury is doing. He is retrograde. 


Also, he doesn't have any repeating squares or oppositions, so mostly the stuff we are going back over, to re-vise, re-think, re-view, etc, are things like plans, information, ideas, OPPORTUNITIES. 

Just know that things can get a bit wonky with Mercury retrograde, especially the stuff he rules - communication, information, tech, siblings, transportation, local community, commerce, travel - BECAUSE there is no additional dispositor to kind of smooth things over. 


So, yes, the positive that we only have Mercury/Gemini to deal with (for the first couple weeks) is also the negative, because it will be all Mercury/Gemini for the first couple weeks.


We MUST re-check those emails before hitting send. We MUST take a breath before saying something we might regret. We MUST measure twice and cut once. If we can make the most of this 'change of direction' and do the "re's" as they apply to us then by the time he backs into Taurus on May 22nd and our re-vised ideas/information/communications gets more sticky/solid we will be ready for that.


On the other hand if we just continue to plow full steam ahead right now, we might get stuck in the mud THEN. Keep this in mind. It's not the time to make any big decisions that can't be FLEXIBLE. 

This is all kind of tricky with Jupiter's entry into fiery Aries on the same day, because this can make us want to jump into something new or expand something into something BIGGER and Mercury is saying - hold on, let's REVIEW THIS. There could be more/better options - let's think about this. New can be a good thing, bigger can be a good thing, but let's get our ducks in a row, let's not totally commit to something JUST QUITE YET.

BIG post on Jupiter in Aries coming early this week. 


Jupiter last crossed from the last degree of Pisces to the first degree of Aries on June 6, 2010 - started totally over again, you might say - so, there could be some connections from then to what we have going on now. Jupiter in Aries speaks of STARTING SOMETHING BIG. Being BRAVER. Being FASTER. Being more MASCULINE. Being BOLDER. Taking more ACTION. Being more NEW.


Once Jupiter gets into Aries THINGS CAN HAPPEN FAST!


This will be about our Aries house theme (and the placement of our natal Mars) - the space where we have always had to fight/stand up for ourselves, always had to walk through that door alone, always had to initiate, be brave, be motivated in order to get things done. 


Now here, for the first time since 2010-2011 is a BIG gulp of 'go big or go home' confident/optimistic Jupiter OOMPH!


The caveat here, and we'll talk all about this in its own post, is Jupiter can be over-the-top at times and that Mercury retrograde on the same day is advising we allow ourselves some time to RE-VIEW the FACTS. Yes, this requires our mind be sort of split in two, but with Mercury in Gemini, this is pretty much what is happening (and how it is anyway, hemispherically speaking), so there's THAT. 

Also keep in mind, Jupiter will be in Aries WAY LONGER than Mercury will be retrograde.


FRIDAY, MAY 13TH - Sun conjunct North Node


The Sun, at powerful 22 degrees Taurus meets the North Node. Here is a light on our best path forward. Pay attention. Significant developments - maybe regarding resources, money, our values or self-esteem can be spotlighted. 

Note the Sun is applying to Sunday's square to Saturn and sextile to Neptune, so we are encouraged to use our imagination/intuition and know there will be some limits/responsibilities/hard work required with whatever path is potentially opening up now.


SATURDAY, MAY 14TH - Mars sextile North Node


Here is where we are taking action, and Mars is still in Pisces, so the action might be more of a dreamy/imaginative nature - toward our best path forward. Sextiles are creative opportunities and require some effort, but things can fall right into place. Smooth flow to something more simple/stable/comfortable/satisfying. Note - Mars is trining the South Node at the same time, so something we are needing to release can slip right through our fingers/drift away.

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH - Venus conjuncts Chiron, Sun squares Saturn, Sun sextiles Neptune, Ceres enters Cancer


A complicated sky as we make our way toward Monday's BIG Eclipse.


Venus/Chiron can be about attracting something HEALING. This might speak of being brave enough to love or brave enough to be vulnerable and the healing that can come through that. IN AN INSTANT. The Sun's square to Saturn brings a reality check/limit (maybe regarding our finances/resources/self-esteem and groups or authority) while the sextile to Neptune reinforces the Venus/Chiron's healing/forgiving/compassionate/creative vibe. Ceres move into Cancer will start to make traditional nurturing feel more more nurturing. We'll talk about her/this in a follow-up Goddess post. 


MONDAY, MAY 16TH - Full Moon Lunar Eclipse


On Monday, May 16th the Scorpio Moon will oppose the Taurus Sun at 25 degrees giving us this month's Full Moon, happening close enough to the Moon's Nodes makes this one a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. This is the bookend to the Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse two weeks ago. 


We will start feeling the Eclipse as we get to the end of this week and will talk about it in its own post in a few days.

xo all  

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Today's astrology forecast | Friday & Saturday, may 6th-7th, 2022 - good news, new choices, socializing, allowing one practical action to flow into the next, using our intuition, focusing on what matters



The Moon is home in Cancer now - we are nourished/nurtured by home, family, mom and apple-pie. 

On FRIDAY, she will sextile Uranus and the Sun then trine Mars and Neptune. All smooth flow.

The sextile between the Moon and the Sun is this month's Waxing Sextile. Cancer/Taurus. Growth/stability through something nourishing and safe. 

At the same time Mercury, at 4 degrees Gemini is sextiling Venus in Aries. GOOD NEWS. Conversations flow. New choices/decisions/ideas. Social activity/commerce. Remember we talked in the weekly about all the sextiles - creative opportunities - this week. 




On SATURDAY, the Moon opposes Pluto (in Capricorn) then goes void off a trine to Jupiter, nearing the end of Pisces. Yes, the Moon in Cancer is still having her monthly face-off with powerful Pluto, BUT now she has a smooth interaction with Jupiter to finish things off. Things started during this Cancer Moon will end well, lead to growth/expansion, confidence, LUCK.

This is also the day the Sun, at 16 degrees Taurus, sextiles Mars in Pisces AND Vesta meets up with Saturn at 24 degrees Aquarius. 

The Sun/Mars energy through stable Taurus and dreamy Pisces - one action flows into the next. Taurus won't be hurried and that's just fine with Mars in Pisces, who really wants a nap, and, it is SATURDAY after all. 

Saturn/Vesta could bring our personal and collective focus/attention to something that MUST be taken care of. In Aquarius this might be about causes, groups, tech, friendships, liberty. Vesta might pull in home/tribal situations and it is Mother's Day here in the U.S. Conjunctions with Saturn can feel restrictive and bring pressure/deadlines/responsibilities. We might be feeling what we are missing/losing/don't have. 


The way through this and the Moon/Pluto power struggle which might be all the same thing - will be that magical Sun/Mars sextile. The Taurus/Pisces. Practical actions that flow. Using our intuition. Exercising compassion and forgiveness. No pushing. No wildly extravagant moves. The Sun/Mars will make things more personal, but also provide us with the strength/spirit to do what needs to be done now. To keep that sacred flame/what's most important - ALIVE.

xo all

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