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October 1 2021

imagesMercury is retrograde til the 18th…. The Sun and Mars pair up in Libra for most of the month… Uranus on the earth axis, still kicking the crap out of our wee blue planet… Saturn and Neptune make an angle of stuckness

October is an interesting month, with a lot of Libra energy: the Sun, Mars, Mercury retrograde, Libra new moon on the 6th.  While I have your attention, let’s get clear about Libra.  People always think Libra is about balance.  It is, but not in the way we might think, and by that I mean that Librans are not necessarily even-keeled! 

Libra Librastarts at the Fall Equinox, when day and night are equal. The balance that Libra has concerns a balance between day and night, light and dark, conscious and unconscious.  You gotta have both to have perspective. 

Libra is an air sign, and the air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius speak to the human condition of belonging, or, who are my peeps?   In Gemini, the relationships are with siblings and peers, in Libra, the relationship is with the “Other,” and in Aquarius, it is with the collective, with society itself.  The air signs want to know how they fit in, where they fit in, and because they are air, the main mode is thinking, considering, evaluating.

Libra is ruled by Venus—which also rules Taurus–  and in the Libran context, Venus is about the ideal.  So Libra looks for the ideal relationship, partnership, constantly evaluating who they are in relation to whatever the” Other” is — an ideal situation, action, person, thing, place.  That’s what makes Librans so thoughtful.  But they can idealize too much, by not looking at the “night” and only staying in the daylight.   Libra’s opposite is Aries, an instinctual fire sign that has to do with the Self –as you can see, the mirror opposite of Libra’s concern about the ”Other.”

So here we are, on October 1st, with the Libra Sun moving in tandem with Mars for nearly three weeks this month, Mercury retrograde in Libra, etc.  The Sun and Mars moving together makes us all want to be productive, to do unnamed-1do do, feeling like we should be busy.  Mercury retro is messing with that a bit. This is a set up for feeling disappointed in ourselves!  We need to all go with the flow, and if stuff doesn’t get done, it’s okay. When Mercury retrograde crosses paths with the Sun and Mars on the 9th for a few days, we have to be very careful to not judge ourselves and others for what we are doing or not doing.  We all need to watch out for the mean creature of perfectionism this month.

Speaking of that lineup—when Mercury retro crosses  paths with the Sun and Mars—I expect some big revelations or surprises on the political front.  Jeez, maybe Joe Manchin will stop being an idiot.  (Hope springs eternal for this Sagittarian…) We are already seeing the revelations roll in under this Mercury retrograde. 

As for the overall atmosphere of craziness….  Uranus is still on the earth axis, moving very slowly retrograde.  Volcanoes, earthquakes, deadly hurricanes, fires, droughts: yup. Surprising and shocking political events on a daily basis:  yup.  Saturn is retrograding away from Uranus but turns direct on October 10th, to head very slowly mfortuner-tellerback towards Uranus.   It’s like a rubber band being pulled, and the release probably won’t happen til December, when the two planets get near each other again.  What this bodes for any kind of action in the US Congress is beyond my powers of comprehension at the moment. 

But here is the thing—Saturn is in a tight angle to Neptune, so people feel overwhelmed and stuck, not knowing what’s what or how to move forward.  My metaphor for Saturn and Neptune is that it is like being in a river in a canoe, raft or kayak, and being stuck behind an eddy.   We feel trapped behind the eddy fence and don’t know how to get back into the current.  We have to paddle like hell to get out.   That means engaging with Neptune  spiritually and

These kayakers are paddling around an eddy. 

creatively by using strength and discipline to transcend the barriers, to get through those eddy fences.

And it goes with saying that we are in a time of incredibly intense polarization.   We have many planets in fixed signs:  Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius, and Uranus in Taurus.  Those signs have a great capacity to dig their heels in, and by its very nature, Aquarius and its ruling planet have to do with polarities.   We will get through this, and Neptune in its home sign of Pisces has a lot to teach us about connection and oneness. 

We get a whoppingly powerful transit of the Sun, Mars and Pluto this month, starting about on the 18th, carrying us through the Aries full moon on the 20th and beyond. Oh boy.  I expect some global upsets, perhaps military ones… But keep in mind that the power of Mars and Pluto are the dream of every community organizer: Moving a group of people around a shared purpose. 

There’s always a positive side to these planets!

October’s Important dates (Eastern time)          halloween

October 6        7:07 am     New Moon at 13’25 Libra     Plan, plan, plan

October 10      Sun, Mars, Mercury retrograde conjunction    Avoid arguments! 

October 18      Mercury and Jupiter turn direct!            Yay!

October 20  10:58 am        Full Moon at 27’26 Aries      Stay calm and grounded, no fighting!

October 23 12:52 am         Sun enters Scorpio

October 31   Halloween!    Honor your ancestors! 

September 2 2021

September is wild: we are buffeted about by Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  And then Mercury retrograde!

This is a very intense month, I am afraid.  Hurricane Ida just ripped up the Gulf Coast and the Northeast, the perfect and awful metaphor for the Mars-Neptune aspect in place for the first


week of September. Mars is in Virgo and it is exactly opposite Neptune in Pisces, amplifying all that watery energy.  So there is a lot of Neptunian energy being moved around right now – and people are overwhelmed by uncertainty and on tenterhooks about what unimaginable event could come next. 


Meanwhile Uranus is sitting at 14 degrees Taurus all month, right on top of the “earth axis” or Cardinal axis, as we call the trigger points for the world itself in Uranian astrology.   The sudden events of July and August – a devastating earthquake in Haiti, severe storms and worsening fires, the shocking events in Afghanistan, Hurricanes Henri and Ida, spiralling Delta virus cases—all of these events are what we can expect while Uranus is on the earth axis.  And, it remains on this axis through October

distractableThis month, we get a succession of wallops from Neptune and Uranus, as Mars and then the Sun in Virgo aspect Neptune, emphasizing uncertainty, and when Mars and then the Sun enter Libra they both trigger Uranus.  Bam, bam, bam.  It will be a month of whiplash, I am afraid, from climate -related catastrophic events and political events, and god know what else. Expect the unexpected—seriously.

Mercury, the fastest planet, spends an uncharacteristically long stretch this month in an angle to Pluto, the slowest planet.  Weird. The angle begins on the full moon on the 20th and remains in the angle through the month, including after it turns retrograde on the 27th.  Mercury and Pluto are about very deep knowledge, deep study, access to the unconscious.This aspect is also about secrets, and Mercury retrograde is often about revelation.   It will be a helluva retrograde!  

The dramatic changes of the month are counterbalanced by strong aspectsimages-3 of emotional and relational commitment, so keep track of your people.

Things are way too unpredictable right now, and we should be ready for anything.  Here is my advice:

Have an emergency/ disaster kit ready, no matter where you live, and a make a disaster plan with your loved ones. Get a solar-powered weather radio.  Pay attention especially on the new and full moons, when tides can be extreme and a lot of water gets moved around the planet.chaos-greek

Figure out how you will keep track of your people if anything happens.    

Mars and Neptune are about movement:  Dance!  Go swimming!  Mars and Neptune are also about contagion, so take precautions about Covid.  Be smart, people!

Work your spiritual practice, whatever it is. Meditate. Pray.  Honor the ancestors.

Reduce your carbon footprint.  Support grassroots environmental justice organizing. 

September’s important dates:

imagesSeptember 6          852 pm          New moon @ 14’38 Virgo                   Make sound plans!

September 14        815 pm          Mars enters Libra, aspects Uranus      Expect the unexpected

September 20       756 pm           Full Moon @ 28’14 Pisces        Don’t hide important information

September 22       322 pm           Fall Equinox – Sun enters Libra, aspects Uranus       

               Expect the unexpected – again, still      People-Skills-ShockLGE_TomSimpson21849729454_407c84409d_b-e1446517502546

September 27      12:11 am        Mercury turns retrograde @ 25’28 Libra in aspect to Pluto   Expect revelation!







August 1 2021

Uranus is on the earth axis: Don’t take off your seatbelts! Saturn pulls away from Uranus this month and they don’t come back together til late December. Another Aquarius full moon, the second in two months.

August begins with Saturn exactly opposite the Leo Sun, making it very visible in the night imagessky.  Go out there and see it!  Both Jupiter and Saturn are quite visible, and right now both are in the sign Aquarius.  Even though Saturn is pulling away from Uranus, perhaps lessening the utter polarization we have been seeing in our political bodies (Congress) and in the body politic (us).  Everywhere we look it appears that people are in opposition to each other, at loggerheads.  That may wane a bit as Saturn separates from Uranus.  Let’s hope so. 

Uranus is sitting almost exactly at the 15-degree mark of Taurus, a significant point on the earth axis (Uranus is at 14 -degrees -and -change).   This means that events occur of great global significance.  Uranus is the principle of the unexpected, chaos, revolution, reversal,download-2 and it is in Taurus, the earthiest of earth signs.   It will be a difficult month in terms of climate crisis and extreme weather, and perhaps also earthquakes. The Ring of Fire is rockin’ and rollin’ right now.  It is clear that things have taken a turn and that climate crisis is upon us. 


Of course Uranus is not just manifesting as ecological events.  The August 8th Leo new moon happens to make an exact angle to Uranus, so it will trigger a lot of surprising events of all kinds, including the whiplash of what to expect from the ever-changing Coronoavirus.  Expect the unexpected, and expect the predictable.  Sorry, folks, but I am expecting an attack from white supremacists in mid August somehow, somewhere.  (I hope I’m wrong, and keep in mind that I often am!)   Donald Trump has apparently said that he “will be reinstated“ in August, and some of his supporters have also 8 balltalked about August as some kind of watershed.  Trump devotee Michael Lindell (of My Pillow fame) has been promoting August 13 as the day of Trump’s “reinstatement”, which happens to be a big day in Nazi history  when Hitler refused to serve as Franz Von Papen’s vice chancellor. And in 1862 Confederate General  Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated the Union army at Murfreesboro, TN on August 13.  And of course, August 11 is the anniversary of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville VA in 2017.  Just sayin’ 


I hope the FBI is reading this.

And now for something much more fun than my grim predictions… Mercury, Venus and Mars all spend some time in Virgo this month, and they all make a transit in opposition to Neptune at some point.  That will be fun and weird, inspiring and confusing. Neptune—so mysterious,download-3 so confounding, so enticing and transcendent.  Its symbol is the ocean, and like the ocean it can be beautiful and clear and welcoming, or it can be terrifying.  In any case, we can often not see what’s under the surface – a lot like astrological Neptune. 

So speaking of Neptune’s influence, I took a look at renowned gymnast Simone Biles’ birth chart. 

I totally commend her for making a difficult decision to honor her own health and well-being.  She is a March 14th Pisces, with a Gemini moon, and Mercury and Venus in Pisces. Mars is retrograde in the 10th house, in late Virgo, exactly opposite her Mercury.   Her personal planets are all in the mutable signs of Pisces, Virgo and Gemini.  Mutable signs are future oriented, leading the way into a new way of being. Mars retrograde in a birth chart always indicates a person who doesn’t lead a conventional life, someone  who defies expectations, either positively or negatively. 

Neptune is in Pisces currently, and it has been parked on top of Biles’ Sun for the past year or more.  It is also very close to her Mercury-Mars retrograde opposition, a configuration which clearly helps her have amazing physical skill. Neptune, which has everything to do with image and the media, has brought an inconceivable amount of media attention to her in the last few years, and that attention has reached a crescendo in the approach to the Olympics and ofdownload-9 course during these Olympics.  Even her experiencing the ungroundedness of the ”twisties” is a Neptunian phenomena.  Neptunian reality is hard to hold onto; now you see it, now you don’t.  It’s elusive, ephemeral.  Her Mars retrograde gave her the centeredness and strength to make a decision that went counter to everyone’s Neptunian image of who she is and what she should do.  Meanwhile last week Jupiter and transiting  Mars, which entered Virgo late last week, were exactly squaring her Gemini moon.   Jupiter brings change, often both success and loss at the same time. The moon is Simone herself, as a woman and public figure, and it is also how she feels.  Can’t ignore one’s gut while Jupiter is moving across one’s moon!  Mars entering Virgo is a big transit for Biles in light of all her natal mutable planets. Virgo, after all, is about integrity.

August’s important dates

August  1        Happy Lughnasadh, the ancient Celtic harvest holiday.

August 8                851 am                   New Moon at 16’14 Leo – in aspect to Uranus

 Put on your seatbelts  and keep ‘em on!

August 22              703 am                    Full moon at 29’37 Aquarius  — second full moon in Aquarius in two months!

   Have a party!

August 22               436 pm                   Sun enters Virgo           


July 3 2021

Mars and Venus in Leo get mixed up in the Saturn Uranus square at the top of July; Saturn and Uranus start pulling apart this month; Venus and Mars move in tandem in a beautiful conjunction

Wow.  What a time we are in.  As I have said in prior columns, with Saturn and Uranus on thedownload-1-1 earth axis, climate catastrophe is upon us.  Although Saturn is retrograde and pulling away from Uranus, its effect is still strong. In any case, Uranus will sit right on the earth axis through September, so it will be a helluva summer.  Raging heat in the Pacific Northwest, severe drought in the West and Southwest. Wild fires. And hurricane season has barely begun. Batten down the hatches, people.

Saturn and Uranus are also about infrastructure, and we see that this is a huge issue for the US and a subject of great debate in Congress. The tragic collapse of the condo in Surfside, Florida is just one more example of an infrastructure crisis that Saturn and Uranus are bringing to light. 

Right now, at the beginning of July, Mars in Leo opposes Saturn and squares Uranus.  That is a woman-tearing-hair-outpowerful set of angles, with Mars bringing an incendiary energy to an already dramatic influence. (Let’s hope a July 4th firecracker doesn’t ignite a fire in the parched west…).  This July 4th holiday—occurring as it does in the middle of the Pluto return of the United States when the public’s different notions of democracy are very evident–   could be tumultuous.  The US Supreme Court just issued a decision that further guts the Voting Rights Act. This, in combination with the 14 states that have enacted 22 voter suppression laws, really does call the integrity of this so-called democracy into question.

So this is a weird month.  It gets better after the Sun enters Leo on the 22nd , when we have a pretty Venus Jupiter angle and a fun Aquarius full moon.  

tea-leaves-in-cup-question-markOn another and I trust more hopeful note here  is what my astrologer’s mind is thinking about:  the astrology of the Mayoral election for New York City. I love making political projections although it is very difficult since we often don’t have birth times of candidates. download-1 Take my prediction with a grain of salt between the lack of birth times and my own biases, which are impossible to hide.   I do live here after all, and after looking at the birth chart for NYC I now understand why –  the city has four planets in Sagittarius, for god’s sake!  There are two charts for New York, one cast for the 1600s and the one cast for the political consolidation of the boroughs into the City, cast for January 1, 1898.  The second one is the one I refer to.

Yes, New York City has its Sun in Capricorn, no surprise there, its Moon is in Aries, and as I Screen Shot 2021-07-03 at 8.44.27 PMsay, 4 planets in Sag.   Jupiter is right on the Libra Ascendant, which makes exact angles to the Sun and Midheaven.  We are talking excess, and excitement, expansion and expansiveness, money, and a ton of intellectual superiority with  4 planets in the 3rd house.  All that fire adds up to a lot of arrogance, that sense of being the center of the universe.


The top candidates for Mayor—Eric Adams (Virgo, Capricorn Moon), Kathryn Garcia (Pisces, Capricorn Moon), and Maya Wiley (Capricorn, Leo Moon) – all have a significant Capricorn placement.  Maya Wiley’s birthday is January 2, so her Capricorn Sun falls right on top of the Capricorn Sun of NYC.  Saturn and Uranus are on top of her Venus right now, indicating the potential for an upset.  Kathryn Garcia has Pluto on her Mars right now, also aligned with the Moon of the City, a combination potentially indicating a rise to power.    

unnamedI think Maya Wiley could win, after the mess which is  the NYC Board of Elections counts the absentee ballots and does the ranked voting arithmetic.  If not her, then Kathryn Garcia.  

You heard it here!


July’s Important dates

July 9   818 pm    New Moon @ 18’02 Cancer    Feel those feelings!  Get free!

July 22   1128 am   Sun enters Leo  Express yourself fully and passionately!      unnamed-1

July 23     9:38 pm   Full moon @ 1’26 Aquarius   Have fun and celebrate!



June 7 2021

distractableSaturn and Uranus are exact this month;  Mercury retrograde squares  Neptune for days—whaaaat?;  Gemini new moon and eclipse June 10;  Mars and Pluto give us some headaches

My apologies to my readers for posting late.  Sigh—Mercury retrograde. Speaking of Mercury retrograde, it is in a square to Neptune for the first 10 days of June. Yowza.  That just adds to the spaciness and squishiness, but Mercury retro is certainly delivering on revealing hidden information, as in the news of Trump’s Justice Department going after NY Times sources.  Expect more revelations especially as we get closer to the June 10 Gemini new moon and eclipse on the 10th. On that day Mercury retrograde crosses paths with the Sun and Moon, bringing insights and closure to things and maybe some surprises. Back to Mercury and Neptune, an influence that can have to do with delusion and fantasy: it was reported that Trump is saying he will be “reinstated” in August. Really?

The 90-degree angle between Saturn and Uranus gets very exact this month during the week of the 13th, before Saturn retrogrades past Uranus. Nonetheless they remain very close to each other til  August, so we will still feel their influence.  Most importantly they are nearly on top of the so-called “earth axis”, the plane created by the solstice and equinox points which indicates the world. The fifteen-degree mark of all the fixed signs of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and imagesAquarius are key points on this axis, and this month Saturn and Uranus are at 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, respectively. By August Uranus will be at 14 degrees and change, almost exactly on top of the earth axis. 

So–  as these planets hang out on the earth axis we see tension, polarization, and a certain amount of crisis intensify.   Saturn and Uranus in fixed signs are certainly manifesting in dramatic polarization of public opinion and political discourse. The fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius have the capacity to dig their heels in.  We are certainly in the midst of a crisis  between the old guard and progressive vision, not only in the US but in many places around the world.  Infor and against Israel, for instance, Saturn and Uranus are tweaking a major aspect in Israel’s natal chart. Will it double down on repression and right-wing reactionary actions, or move forward with a new and strange coalition ?  Hard to say….   In any case, this Saturn Uranus combination is dramatic, brings the unexpected, and can bring us a whole new way of doing things. By the end of June Mars in Leo makes an angle to both planets, so expect some big global changes and events. 

As Saturn and Uranus close in on the earth axis there will undoubtedly be earth changes and


climate catastrophe affecting large portions of this wee blue planet. There has been a lot of volcanic activity over the past few months, and I expect more severe storms, fires ,and possibly earthquakes to occur over the next few months.  Put on your seatbelts.


And what’s up with Joe Manchin?  I had to look at his natal chart.  He is an August 24th Virgo with that Fundamentalismdifficult Saturn-Pluto conjunction that many people born in 1947 have.  He has a taste for power.  Right now Jupiter in Pisces is exactly opposite his Sun, so he feels on top of the world.  (As my good friend and Leo, the wise Dr Riesman said this morning, he’s enjoying “smelling himself and thinking about the 2024 Presidential primary.” ) Yes indeed—but not for long, since Jupiter starts retrograding this month and moves back into Aquarius in August.  

Have fun with this new moon this week – it’s a good one for making transitions.  And—Mercury retrograde will end, on June 22 as a matter of fact.

June’s Important Dates (times are EDT) 

June 10   654 am      New moon and annular solar eclipse at 19’47 Gemini    Let go and move on

June 13 -17   Saturn Uranus square is exact                           Expect the unexpected!    partial-solar-eclipse-clouds

June 20          1133 pm             Sun enters Cancer. Summer Solstice!                         Happy Summer  

June 22            601 pm            Mercury turns direct at 16’09 Gemini                  Enjoy clearer communication and restore your hard drive                

June 24           221 pm                Full moon at 3’28 Capricorn                Set some priorities and make some plans!



May 2 2021

May continues the Saturn-Uranus push-and-pull of change vs retrenchment, interesting Jupiter action… and Mercury retrograde!

This pesky Saturn-Uranus square — which continues to be dominant this month– is very interesting, to say the least!  As The New Yorker wrote this week after Pres. Biden’s speech to Congress, he was channelling Elizabeth Warren in his proposals to re-shape the economic and social contract in the US.   Who woulda thunk it?  distractable

As I wrote last month, whatever one thinks of Joe Biden, his actions are quite the manifestation of this Saturn-Uranus angle.  Study him, and we get a sense of the visionary, progressive potential that these planets are offering us. Study the Republicans, and we can understand the other side of this aspect — the polarizing, dig -your-heels into preserving the past, in this case, the Confederacy and Jim Crow.  It is head-spinning. 

For the first few days of this month, the Sun meets up with Uranus in Taurus and they both square Saturn. This makes the Saturn-Uranus effect very strong.  Are we getting through this pandemic? Maybe, just maybe…. and then India and Brazil’s numbers skyrocket.  The Uranus effect makes for a kind of whiplash.  George Floyd’s murderer is convicted, but not a day goes by it seems when another Black or Brown person is shot dead by police.  We flip between poles of.. are things getting better, or….?  Climate change is being taken more seriously…. ah yes,  wildfires have already started in New Mexico and Arizona. 

This Sagittarian maintains hope.  There is always effective organizing going on, and the organizing of the last number of years has had an impact on everything from the Biden74 Administration’s plans to the jury’s decision to bring justice for George Floyd. 

The good news is that Jupiter gets into the mix this month in some interesting ways.  Jupiter Jupiterenters Pisces on the 13th for a few months before it heads back into Aquarius in July. Jupiter is a complex symbol, having to do with expansion and a sense of trust in the universe (As the ruling planet of Sagittarius, it is what makes us Sagittarians so damn optimistic.) It is not just about “luck” but about the turning of the wheel of fate, with life cycle changes  that can be good or bad.  It is an expansive energy, and its entry into Pisces will augment that. By May 18th the Sun in late Taurus begins a few days of a 90-degree angle to Jupiter.  This should mellow out the dramatics of Saturn and Uranus a bit, and highlight issues of completion and fulfillment for us all. 

Once the Sun enters Gemini on the 20th, this angle is exact, so it will be very powerful for a few days.  And as it happens, it occurs in the run-up to the Sagittarius full moon and lunar eclipse on the 26th.  Full moons intensify and illuminate, and the eclipse gives it an extra punch, and this will be a particularly powerful one because of Jupiter’s position and because Venus and Mercury in Gemini make an angle to Neptune.  Expect drama, big feelings, big desires, big opinions. The key word here is big. (The eclipse is only partially visible on the East Coast but is visible in parts of western US and westward to Australia and parts of Asia. )

And on May 29th Mercury goes retrograde until June 22nd. It is retrograding in its own sign of Gemini, making Gemini’s linear process go belly up.  You know what that means — expecimagest technology problems, appointment and time mixups, travel issues. On the positive note, trust your intuition and what information bubbles up from your unconscious…  Have fun with that! 

 May’s important dates (times EDT)

May 11         3:01 pm    New moon at 21’18 Taurus 

Get out in the garden!  Plant something! Make something!

May 20       3:36 pm   Sun enters Gemini

May 26       7:15 am   Full moon at  5’26 Sagittarius. Eclipse totality at 7:20 am.

Be excessive!  Go big or go home!

May 29       6:35 pm     Mercury goes retrograde at 24’41 Pisces

Go with the flow, but try to keep track of your stuff since things may go missing!



April 1 2021

April brings a long Mars-Neptune aspect and Saturn and Uranus continue to do their terrifying and beautiful thing…. The Pluto return of the US is in full swing…

And why aren’t things better if the Sun and Venus are moving in tandem?

I have a lot to say this month.  I have been analyzing the planets to see what is up with these mass shootings, with the terrible uptick in anti-Asian violence, Georgia’s passage of Jim Crow voting restrictions, etc, especially against the backdrop of the Sun -Venus conjunction whichcurious_dog is in its 2nd week.  I think of Sun-Venus aspects as being very positive and indicating a strong sense of connection and interrelatedness, and so it has been hard to figure out.  Is all the violence a manifestation of the bellicose side of Aries? That feels too simplistic.  

Taking a step back, here is what I found:  the Saturn-Uranus square—although visionary in many ways—can be a violent clash of ideas and structures.  Keep in mind that right now, there are volcanoes erupting all over the world – from Italy (Mt Etna, no less!) to Japan to Iceland to Peru, and in many more places.  Volcanic eruptions are fiery and violent. Uranus is in Taurus, and as it approaches the earth axis in the next few months and continues its square to Saturn, we are likely to see more earth and climate events. 

That so many people are acting so badly right now is nothing new.  And of course, Pluto, at 26 degrees Capricorn, is just a degree away from where it is located in the birth chart of the US. I have been talking about this Pluto return for a while, because it is letting the demons out of our collective psyche.  We should not be surprised by new and awful expressions of racistdownload-9 violence occurring, in light of the US’s long history of oppression of Asian immigrants (remember the internment camps during World War II? —  to name just one way anti-Asian sentiment has long been imbedded in the structures and attitudes of our society…) Similarly we should not be surprised by the brazen attack on the US Capitol on January 6th by white supremacists.   This is our shadow side as a nation, and Pluto is making it obvious.  Things in this regard will get worse before they get better, and I believe they will get better and that we will face our shadow.  


What is new – and this is the Sun-Venus part–  is the response to all these things.  Venus, after all, does have to do with women, and with relatedness.  In regard to the terrible Atlanta shooting, our response forced us to look at the intersections between 10795ad90166ef2008cb53178ee80dd8racism and misogyny.  Those two things were actually named and discussed in the mainstream media.  In England, after the abduction and murder of a young woman walking home at night, women all over England rose up in protest.  Women are on the frontlines of the resistance in Myanmar. 

So the Sun and Venus are bringing a different consciousness and response to the normal litany of awful events.  The response to the repressive voter suppression enacted by the Georgia legislature has sparked a cascade of criticism – over 70 African American corporate leaders joined together to condemn the bill, and what do you know, Delta Airlines and Coca Cola had to step up. 

Joe Biden and the Saturn-Uranus square

Then there is Joe Biden, who is moving forward with plans that are much more progressive than many expected.  The Saturn Uranus square falls exactly on his Mars.  He’s just doing it, taking action after action, rolling out plans to address child poverty, racial justice, climatedownload-10 change—whether the Republican senators are on board or not. Yesterday his presentation of an infrastructure plan reflected values of people over profit. He talked about workers and workers rights – not only Amazon workers but women of color who work in home care.

Damn! What’s up with this guy? I’m not saying he is perfect but the  Sun-Venus conjunction in his chart grounds him strongly in his values. 

If you want to understand the Saturn and Uranus square, look at what he and his administration are trying to do.  It is  is one manifestation of this square, especially the Uranus in Taurus part, which has everything to do with money and economics.  He is trying to dismantle the Trump tax cuts and attempt to hold corporations accountable, as well as create union jobs.  Clearly there is some serious vision behind this plan, which is exactly what we can get from Saturn and Uranus: big progressive vision and restructuring.   In his rollout yesterday, he said – and I paraphrase– that 50 years from now, people will look back at this moment and say this is when America’s future began.  That is Uranus talking—looking ahead, not back!


The US Senate?

The other side of the square is Saturn, of course, which does look back and often wants to hang onto the structures of the past.  Although there is plenty of Saturnian concreteness in

Biden’s proposals – and plenty of lessons learned from the Obama administration —  the way Republicans are digging their heels in to obstruct the Democratic agenda reeks of Saturn -Uranus polarization.  The Republicans are also aligning themselves with the most overtly racist parts of their so-called base, in quite a squaring off against moderates in their own party.  They are reaching way back, to Saturnian structures from the Confederacy.

The month ahead:  Mars squares Neptune for 10 days!

What a powerful and weird aspect. It is like having a fire hose that spreads Neptunian energy around with a lot of force. Mars is in Gemini, and so its mode is ideas and communication.  download-12This will be a time of Biden and the democrats needing to convince as many people as possible about the values of the infrastructure plan.  Mars and Neptune can also have to do with deception, so the disinformation campaign run by corporations and others will be intense.  Jupiter in Aquarius will make a nice angle to Biden’s Sun-Venus during the second half of April.  Hopefully it signifies fulfillment.

Unfortunately the Mars-Neptune angle could also portend a surge in Covid infections. Mars and Neptune sounds like a superspreader event to me…Let’s hope I’m wrong. 

April’s important  astrological dates (all times EDT)

April 4         Mars square to Neptune begins           Recommit to yoga or another healing physical practice!

April 11   1032 pm    New moon at 22’25 Aries        Reevaluate your commitments of time, emotion, and resourcescover-gardening

April 19   4:35 pm      Sun enters Taurus

April 22     Happy Earth Day!       Venus is conjunct Uranus and squares Saturn!   Restructure your life!

April 26    11:33 pm      Full moon at  7’06 Scorpio       Hang out, conversate, be convivial.



March 4 2021

March begins and ends with juicy aspects – ideas and communication at the start, and a gorgeous Sun Venus conjunction at the end. Bring on the love. 


March is an interesting month.   It begins with Mercury and Jupiter paired up in Aquarius. That’s all about conviviality and the exchange of ideas with some Aquarian dogmatism thrown in…

But Saturn and Uranus still have us rockin and rollin…

And the Saturn-Uranus square continues to be the dominant influence this month. Now that we are two months into it, it is easier to see its complexity. 

Remember that it is fundamentally about a struggle between old and new, and it has the potential for visionary change, for breakdown, and for rebuilding and restructuring with Aquarian humanitarian values.  It is a very structural aspect, having to do with the structures of society and of the earth itself.  It has an edgy, dramatic quality, and we don’t know whether to feel good or bad about the state of the world.  Saturn and Uranus also has a polarizing, dogmatic, and repressive side (to wit, the Republican Party’s  allegiance to white supremacists, and the state repression in Myanmar.)  Uranus is in Taurus, the quintessential earth sign, and Saturn is in Aquarius, a fixed air sign, as I have written about over the past couple of months.

Our most recent poster child for Saturn and Uranus ….

…would be the events in Texas.   I had long expected that Saturn and Uranus would bring dramatic climate events, but what we have seen in Texas is climate change in combination with a collapsed infrastructure as a result of  petrocapitalism.   As Saturn and Uranus approach the earth axis this spring and summer, there will be more of this – more climate events with dramatic and drastic structural consequences, and confrontations with the sheer inhumanity of our economic arrangement.  

Sorry, folks. And just today, two huge earthquakes (8-pointers!) occurred off of the New Zealand coast, with threats of tsunamis in the Pacific.   This, too, is a reflection of Saturn and Uranus.

But the last 10 days of March bring a beautiful Sun-Venus conjunction.  The Sun and Venus are close together on the Equinox (happy spring!) when they cross over the earth axis, the axis created by the equinox and solstice points.  Jeez—maybe world peace breaks out!   The Sun and Venus move together throughout the rest of the month, putting the focus on opening our hearts.

Important dates in March

March 13   5 22 am        New moon @ 23’04  Pisces.   Invite in Neptune’s inspiration!

March 14    Daylight savings time begins 

March 19    Sun -Venus conjunction begins @ 28’00  Pisces         

March  20    539 am       Spring Equinox!   Sun enters Aries!     Happy Spring!

March 21    10 17 am    Venus enters Aries      Sun and Venus cross the earth axis!  Celebrate world peace and justice!

March 28   10 49 am   Full moon @ 8’18 Libra        Tell your peeps you love them!


February 1 2021

Mercury is retrograde, and the Saturn-Uranus square is upon us!  And so many planets in Aquarius!

February is interesting, with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn all in Aquarius.  Uranus, Aquarius’ ruling planet is a big actor right now, so chefs, we have prepared the Aquarian effect two ways for you this month.   What does that mean?  It puts the focus on vision, on the future, on concern for the collective– and on ideology.  As I have written before, Aquarius has to do with a sense of belonging to the largest collective possible, or isolation from it.  It makes sense astrologically that the pandemic restrictions are forcing a kind of isolation and also facilitating creative ways for people to be in relationship with each other. 

Uranus, the ultimate change agent, can also be a force of polarization. It is the planet of reversal, and we can see this playing out in the public sphere.  The Saturn-Uranus square, which will be in effect throughout the spring, is tight this month, and is already positing the forces of innovation against those of the status quo. It can feel like three steps forward and two steps back, but it is really a wrestling match between visionary progressive change and holding onto the old ways.  In the case of the US, the old ways are white supremacy, and with a particularly Aquarian twist the white supremacists see themselves as the revolutionaries.  President Biden, the ultimate old guard politician, is putting forth holistic plans that integrate racial justice and climate justice. Uranus has certainly turned things on their heads.

We need to get used to this creative tension between old and new. It is a process! 


But let’s talk about Mitch McConnell!  He is a February 20th Pisces, with many planets in fixed signs of Aquarius and Taurus, which means he’s getting buffeted by the Saturn Uranus changes.  In his birth chart, he has a Mars-Saturn conjunction in Taurus, the ultimate hardball combination. The Mars Saturn conjunction gives him his terrifyingly Machiavellian strategic ability.  He also has Venus retrograde in Aquarius opposite Pluto – he maneuvers and protects his values in a stealthy way. Right now, Saturn and Uranus are on top of his Venus-Pluto angle.  He’s in a pitched battle about values, about  the direction of the republican party, and trying to figure out how to hold onto his power.  By the fall, Saturn alone—without Uranus—will move across his Mercury and Venus in Aquarius. He will have a tough time this year.


Mercury is retrograde til the 20th, so you know what to do.  Be guided by your intuition and go with the flow.  On February 8th it crosses paths with the Sun for a couple of days, coinciding with the start of the impeachment trial in the Senate.  There will be manipulations and revelations.  The other day to watch for unexpected information coming to light is the 14th when Mercury retrograde meets up with Jupiter.   

Today and tomorrow mark an important celebration in the pre-Christian old European calendar.  It is the celebration of fire, poetry, and healing, Feile Bride, named for the fire goddess Brigid in Ireland. 

Bring on the healing and inspiration!   


February’s important dates (EST):

February  1       907 am         Venus enters Aquarius             

Have some fun!

February 8 -9                          Mercury retrograde conjunct the Sun @ 20 degrees Aquarius           

Let the surprises unfold !            

February 11     207 pm         New moon @ 23’17 Aquarius      

Envision a new world and celebrate relationships!

February 14                            Mercury retrograde lines up with Jupiter     It will be a very retrograde day!

February 18    645 am          Sun enters Pisces  

February  20   853 pm         Mercury goes direct @ 11’05 Aquarius  

February 27  318 am            Full moon @ 8’57 Virgo    Make some art, redecorate. 


January 3 2021

Happy New Year!  2021 is a year of Saturn-Uranus reform and revolution.  January brings the first taste of it… and Mercury turns retrograde on January 30th!

Here we are—we got through 2020, somehow.  The weight and angst of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction is truly behind us.  Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius are very future-oriented, and suddenly we can look ahead.  So let’s take a sneak peek at 2021.  No major retrogrades, except for the usual Mercury retrograde stretches, this year starting on January 30th, May 29th, and  September 27th.   Venus turns retrograde in Capricorn on December 19, 2021, but that’s a long ways away.


The dominant aspect of 2021 is an important 90-degree angle between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. We get the first taste of it this month, in late January, and the two planets pretty much spend the next 6 or 7 months in a very close angle until they separate in August and don’t come back into aspect til December.  Keep in mind that Saturn and Uranus have a relationship of their own, and that before Uranus was discovered, Saturn was said to rule Aquarius.  Saturn represents the structures we create in our lives and in society.  Uranus is a “transpersonal” planet that rules Aquarius, and its energy is in our unconscious as well as out there in the universe.

Uranus has to do with innovation, with busting through boundaries, transcending structures.   Uranus is the lightning bolt of insight and vision, and it is also the unexpected, the surprise.  Uranus shakes things up; Saturn conserves and protects.  Together, they have to do with a tension between conventionality and more radical expressions.   They can connote taking the best of the past and moving into the future with that sensibility.  They can also signify a conflict between those positions.  Uranus is in Taurus, making it more grounded. Saturn in Aquarius is more visionary, and believe it or not, a bit more able to take risks than it has been in Capricorn.   Saturn and Uranus feel a call of responsibility to the collective, to society at large.  This aspect will certainly bring significant technological and ecological advances.

We are obviously in a world that has been devastated by the pandemic, by climate collapse,  and also by right wing leaders and their social/economic policies.  It is time to rebuild.  The Saturn Uranus aspect promotes re-building, re-forming, re-envisioning.  We will all be pushed by events that appear out of our control—especially as Saturn and Uranus approach the earth axis in June and July.   I suspect with Uranus in Taurus that those unexpected events will have to do with climate catastrophe and also with economic crisis.  Events will push us collectively to embrace new ways of doing things.  We will have no choice. 


As for January—we will have to weather some more shenanigans.  Mercury transiting Pluto on January 6th will bring out the bad boys of Congress trying to challenge the certification of the US Election.  The week of the Inauguration there very well could be organized white supremacist violence – Mars is conjunct Uranus that week, and the US still is in its Pluto return, after all, during which the core wounds of racism and settler colonialism must be dealt with.  And we are far from being done with that.  But the Jupiter Saturn aspects will still deliver us a new government.  You can see how the Biden-Harris Administration is the very embodiment of Saturn and Uranus!

This Aquarian energy – both Saturn and Jupiter this month and the Saturn-Uranus square of the spring – is very forward looking. It is about the future, shaking us out of our attachments to structures of the past.  It will play out personally as well collectively.  Speaking of the personal:  it has been a long time since we have had major planets moving though fixed signs.   For all of you out there who are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius – or for that matter, any of us with significant planets in those signs—we will experience transits by Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus this year. That is a lot of change, so heads up!

January’s significant dates

January 13    12:01 am         New moon at 23’13 Capricorn—conjunct Pluto     Plan, plan, plan

January 19      3:41 pm         Sun enters Aquarius  —                                              Have a virtual party!

January 28     2:17 pm         Full moon @9’06 Leo  — with Jupiter!              Embrace the new !

January 30    10:53 am        Mercury goes retrograde @ 26’27 Aquarius     Back up that hard drive!




December 2 2020

 Saturn and Jupiter join together and enter Aquarius, ushering in an era of social responsibility. They make a once -in- 800 -year appearance doubled up in the sky!

Yes!  Finally some good news.  Can you feel it?  Jupiter is moving closer to Saturn and away from Pluto.  There is more of a sense of certainty, stability.  We are still in a massive crisis, but now we know, among other things, that soon grown-ups will be in charge.

So Saturn and Jupiter.  Saturn is material reality, structure, form—literally, our bones. Jupiter is our belief systems, how and if we perceive  a fabric of purpose and meaning in our lives and in the universe.  Saturn and Jupiter are mid-distance planets, planets that aren’t the “personal” expressions of individual personality the way that Mercury, Venus and Mars are; nor are they transpersonal unconscious forces like Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.  Jupiter and Saturn are in the middle, in between the personal planets and the transpersonal ones, and besides representing our individual relationship to structure and form, and faith and fate, they also manifest in the structures that we humans create in  our society: institutions, government, economy, religion, the law.

They come together (in a conjunction) once every 20 years.  When they join up there are always impacts on the societal structures and institutions.  There are very close right now and are at the tail end of Capricorn, where they have been along with Pluto  for a good few years.  Capricorn is an earth sign, and as such, it involves the material plane. Capricorn, like all the earth signs, has to do with our bodies, with this planet Earth we live on, with what we do in our work, what we build with our hands, what we create as a society. Of all the earth signs, Capricorn’s realm is how we manifest ourselves and our destiny in the world around us, usually through work and career.  So you can see that with all the planetary movement in Capricorn over the past few years by planets that are structural and societal  in nature (Jupiter and Saturn) and transformational (Pluto), it has been an incredibly stressful period in which these planetary energies have played themselves out through the structures of government, politics, social institutions, and  on the earth itself.

Saturn and Jupiter always signify profound changes in systems, and in Capricorn right now, it is about governing, the presidential transition, the economy, leadership and planning.  Saturn and Jupiter have very different energies astrologically, and together, they form an interesting balance , with Saturn moderating Jupiter’s excess, and Jupiter softening Saturn’s hard edges.  I like it as a combination – it can bring really seasoned leadership. long range vision, and the positive wisdom one gains from age and experience.

The move into Aquarius is significant, because it marks the start of a 200 year period of the Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions occurring in air signs.  We are leaving the earth cycle and moving into the air cycle. It takes 800 years for Saturn and Jupiter conjunctions to move through all four elements of the zodiac.   It means that we are moving from a focus on the material to potentially a focus on consciousness,  vision, ideals, and connections. Some astrologers think this portends the end of capitalism, the end of an era that began with the industrial revolution.

Aquarius is the “water bearer” constellation – confusing, I know. Didn’t I just say it was an air sign? It is an air sign, communicating, transmitting, and  carrying the water principle to humanity. The water principle is interrelationship and connection, “substance of we feeling”.   Aquarius is the second to last sign, and the last three signs (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) all have to do with the collective.  Aquarius is the most oriented to the larger collective of the three air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.  The air signs also have to do with belonging – where are my people?  It is interesting that these two planets enter Aquarius in a time of great social isolation because of the pandemic.

Saturn moves into Aquarius on the 17th  and Jupiter on the 19th.  By the 21st they are so astronomically close that they appear to be one single bright planet in the sky before sunset!  People speculate that this same phenomenon was the star of Bethlehem that drew the Magi. Better go outside and look at the night sky!  The entry of Saturn and Jupiter into Aquarius signifies a new age, an age of infusing Aquarian humanitarian values into structures and systems.  Could it be the famed Age of Aquarius? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSr9BbhoJQ  What a thought!

Not to get all religious on you – and those of you that know me know I am no fan of organized religion—but if we look back 800 years, Francis of Assisi was reforming the corrupt Catholic church. He was devoted to the poor and he talked to birds.  You gotta love a guy in a dress who talks to animals!   And speaking of Francis, the current Pope Francis just published an op-ed in the New York Times  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/26/opinion/pope-francis-covid.html?searchResultPosition=1  in which he wrote:

“We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging and labor. We need a politics that can integrate and dialogue with the poor, the excluded and the vulnerable, that gives people a say in the decisions that affect their lives. We need to slow down, take stock and design better ways of living together on this earth… To come out of this crisis better, we have to recover the knowledge that as a people we have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future. “

This is the opportunity that Saturn and Jupiter entering Aquarius offers us, to build social structures that reflect these values, to “be bound by bonds of reciprocity.”   The Winter Solstice is  December 21st, when the Sun enters Capricorn.  This is the New Year in the indigenous pre- Catholic old European calendar, celebrating the Return of the Sun, the Return of the light.

I plan on celebrating the longest night of the year with light and song and noise—what about you?

And what about this Sagittarian new moon and eclipse on December 14th, the day of the Electoral College vote?!

It is very interesting!   First of all, it is the day that Mars makes a particular angle to the Sun after its retrograde, signifying resolution of what went on during the recent  Mars retrograde from September through mid-November.  Hmm…

Secondly, it is a new moon, signifying potentiality and new beginnings, and the eclipse factor makes it very intense.  It falls exactly opposite Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun, and in the same spot as his Sagittarian moon. It falls at the same degree of the Full moon and lunar eclipse he was born under, in fact, in some strange bit of astrological karma…

He’s done.   That’s’s all I have to say.  He’ll spin a bunch of lies on December 14th with the help of Mercury and Neptune, but so what.

The more important thing about this new moon and eclipse is that it is really powerful for healing. Healing all of our souls, hearts,  bodies, and the planet itself. 

December’s Important Dates (EST)

December 14th        118 pm          New moon and eclipse at 23’08 Sagittarius       Pray for peace, for healing!

December 17th         105 am          Saturn enters Aquarius                                          Sigh of relief!

December 19th          805 am        Jupiter enters Aquarius                                          woo hoo! Have a party!

December 21            503 am         Winter Solstice – Sun enters  Capricorn                  Celebrate the return of the light!                                                                                       Go outside and honor Saturn and Jupiter

December 29          1029 pm       Full moon @ 8’53 Cancer                                         have a good cry; grieve our losses, and celebrate life

  Stay healthy and safe and enjoy the holiday season!

November 1 2020

Change is coming, I swear. In fact, pluto-heart-enhanced1change has been happening.  Pluto has showed its heart center and people have been rising up .. .for months! 

In November Mars and Mercury go direct. Saturn and Jupiter start their conjunction and usher in grounded leadership.

Let me cut to the chase. This is a rough time and we are Fortune Teller Miracle Fishall crazed in the run up to the election.  The question isn’t so much who will win the election but what will 45 do when he loses?

I am being unusually succinct this month – in part because I’m doing voter protection work in Ohio and that is my focus.

Here is the deal: 

We will remain anxious and wigged out through election day, despite the signs pointing to Biden’s win, because we know we are still living through multiple  disasters.  Mercury turns direct on November 3rd, bringing some exploding-head-by-keith-haring1-300x300-300x300clarity.  Saturn and Mercury will clarify and hopefully speed the ballot counting. Mars turns direct November 13th. Although it remains almost stationary for the rest of the month, but at least it aint moving backwards. With Mercury and Mars moving direct, there will be less uncertainty, less unpredictability.  Will there be crap happening? Yes. Might there be violence?  Yes, very likely.  Will it backfire?  Yes.  First Mars retrograde and then Mars direct are parked in an angle to Trump’s Neptune—people are just done with him and his compulsive mendaciousness and narcissism.

The Sun in Sagittarius and Mars in Aries make a nice angle on December 14th, the day of the Electoral College vote.  This is a a significant day in the Mars cycle that brings resolution to what occurred during Mars retrograde:  the disasters of self-aggrandizement on display from September through Nov 13.

Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn dominate the first three weeks of November and Jupiter and Saturn start their interdependenceconjunction  at the end.  Jupiter and Pluto make the reality of the pandemic unavoidable, and they help us plan for sustainability. Venus is also in the mix, lifting up a sense of community responsibility.  Jupiter and Saturn bring sensible leadership and a feeling of groundedness and stability. And dare I say It?  Maybe even wisdom.

The most interesting part of the month is that towards images-1the end of November we get an emphasis of  future-oriented transits.  Venus opposes Uranus; Jupiter conjuncts Saturn, a Gemini full moon.

Another world is possible.  Bring it on!


November’s Important Dates:

November 1         Honor the ancestors! They are working double time on our behalf!

November 3rd        Election day!   Mercury turns direct    1251 pm EST   @25’57 Libra    VOTE! 

November 13th  Mars turns direct   737 pm  EST   @15’14 Aries   …      Woo hoo!  I think we will want to celebrate

November 15    New moon      12 08 pm    EST    @23’18 Scorpio …   Meditate, plan for sustainability and community mutual aid!

November 21   Sun enters Sagittarius    341 pm EST

November 30   Full moon and annular eclipse     431 am       @ 8’38 Gemini …  Talk and envision the future!

October 2 2020

October: two full moons, Mercury retrograde, Mars retrograde, and lots of dramatic dynamics.

Sigh.  This is the kind of month that makes me dislike being an astrologer… The pressure!  How the hell am I supposed to interpret woman-tearing-hair-outwhat is going on?!   Let me just say that I am walking a fine line between Sagittarian optimism and Scorpionic doom on a daily basis. So I am going to try to thread the needle here between both of those states.  Here goes.

I wrote in my last post that this fall was going to be rough, between Mars retrograde and the last blast of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction.  Over the past couple of weeks we have been feeling increasing angst – the fires, hurricanes, and increasingly despotic and racist behavior from Trump and his cronies.   Many of us are on edge – scared of white supremacist violence, scared of unparalleled interference with the elections, scared that Trump won’t leave office.  It is all terrifying.  This really is the final swipe of the Saturn -Pluto conjunction, which is all about repression and breakdown of systems, and also about revealing the best and the worst of human behavior. 

The Mars retrograde effect surfaces a kind of helplessness. I had this image images-7the other day:  we are all in a river being pulled along by the current.  We can all hear the waterfall ahead and can’t do a damn thing but keep heading for it.  We don’t know if that waterfall brings liberation or disaster, or perhaps both. I’m banking on liberation. 

So—October.  Mercury turns retrograde  on the 13th . Mercury is in Scorpio, and Scorpio is conducive to the non-linear intuition of Merc retrograde. There is a lot that is usually hidden in Scorpio, so the retrograde is going to reveal a lot of dirt.   With Mars also retrograde, the two planets retrograde will bring more Rider-Waite_The_Tower_largeuncertainty, more unexpected events.

Then it gets very interesting – and trigger warning—  somewhat scary.  On the 14th the Sun in Libra opposes Mars retrograde, which is a pivotal point in the Mars cycle. There is typically a release of energy. Things that have been stuck or just under the surface since the start of Mars retrograde tend to come out.  This time, I hate to say it, they will come out explosively – Jupiter and Uranus are in this aspect, as is a planet we use in the Uranian system called Zeus.  Zeus has to do with fire and explosions. So not only will we see a how-to-draw-lightning_1_000000001091_5release of energy but a massive release of fiery explosive energy.  Hmm.  People who live in the fire zone, pay attention! My other thought is …umm.. you know… white supremacists…Proud Boys… etc —I really hope I am wrong about this.  But the other side of this turning point is that people speak truth to power, and quite simply reach a breaking point of No, we are not going to take this anymore.

So whatever happens, there will be massive resistance for the rest of the Mars retrograde.  After all, Mars retrograde can bring revolution.

Other Mars retrograde dynamics in play in the body politic:

I mentioned last month that Trump is having a difficult run of Mars retrograde.  It is moving through the 8th house of his birth chart, and in traditional astrology that is the house of life and death crises, and, _114669104_7ebf00ec-fced-49a1-8459-f22540ad7f90quite amazingly, of taxes. It is about things coming due, legacy, what we inherit.  Things are catching up with him. 

Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings begin in the Senate on October 15.  If we read these planetary angles as a “bombshell” of information rather than an armed insurrection, then it’s very possible that something comes out about her that causes her nomination curveballsto fail (I know, hope springs eternal!). Since she has Mars in Aries in her chart and Mars retrograde in the sky will be exactly on top of her Mars that week, perhaps she will decide to throw in the towel in some Mars retrograde realization that she doesn’t really want this job….  Perhaps she will decide it’s not for her, and she’d rather be a stay at home mom.

In addition, October 16 brings a Libra new moon with Saturn and Pluto influences.  It is download-2going to be a tough week in a tough month.  Sorry, folks.

Yet— we cannot lose hope. There is so much happening that is so unexpected, and not every reversal is a bad thing.  Mars retrograde, Mercury retrograde, Jupiter and Uranus all bring lots of change. So even while we are feeling put through the meat grinder of Saturn and Pluto, as Leonard Cohen wrote in his song Anthem: 

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offeringimages-3
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in

That is how the light gets in.  Saturn and Pluto are showing us exactly how broken we are, and yes, it’s scary and awful—and yet necessary. We need those cracks!!   Stay strong, stay calm, pray a lot, don’t mourn but organize, and vote vote vote. 

October’s important dates and how to deal with them! 

October 1        5:06 pm EDT     Full moon @ 9’08 Aries   This full moon is exposing arrogance and self-aggrandizing behavior. Mars retrograde is allowing us to be horrified by it. We are not numb!

imagesOctober 13      9:06 pm EDT    Mercury turns retrograde @ 11’40 Scorpio   Work your intuition and pay attention to dreams.  Expect revelations.

October 14      Sun opposes Mars retrograde @ 21’ Libra       Put on your seatbelt and pray for peace with justice!

October 16      3:32 pm   New moon @  23’53 Libra     You know what you have to do!  Stay calm, make plans to support free and fair elections, vote early if you can, stand up for racial justice!

October 22      7:01 pm   Sun enters Scorpio 

October 31    10:50 am   Full Moon @ 8’38 Taurus         Happy Halloween!  Make sure to give food to your ancestors. They are working overtime halloweenfor us! 


Stay healthy, safe, strong and sane!

Change is coming…more on that in my November column.


September 2 2020

Just when we thought things couldn’t be crazier….  We get Mars retrograde and Saturn-Pluto redux this month! 


Oh yes, September is a fun one, the kind of month that I have been nervous to write about. How can a girl possibly make sense of these dynamics?!

So, first, Mars.    curveballs


Mars turns retrograde on September 9th – and stays that way til November 15th, for god’s sake.  (Yes, that means it will be retrograde for the US election…) This is a long transit that only occurs every 2 years or so, and therefore we are really not used to it.  Mars has a large sphere of action – the primary one being action itself: movement forward, the will, plans, goals, work, and yes, there can be some aggressiveness thrown in.  Mars is the planet that rules Aries, and it happens to be in Aries right now, and will spend its retrograde period in Aries.  Mars in Aries really embodies all that Mars is about –fiery impulsive action, leadership, decisiveness, inspiration, directness, forthrightness.

When Mars is retrograde, all that direct forward action gets a bit wonky, goes sideways.  Things that were moving full steam ahead take a detour or stop entirely.  Energy gets pulled away from externals and towards our internal state, draining right out of what we were focused on.  The key with Mars retrograde is to absolutely go with the flow of it, with where the energy is, as opposed to where it isn’t. No forcing things!   As with any retrograde personal planet, self- reflection is required. 

With Mars retrograde in Aries, the reflection will be about the ethics of self-aggrandizement and the meaning of leadership, the obligation of the self to be in relationship to the collective. 

Mars retrograde can also surface struggles that have been brewing under the surface.  Mid way through Mars’ retrograde cycle (mid-October) – when the Sun opposes Mars retrograde — there can be a feeling of frustration, of I can’t take this download-2anymore, I can’t bear the injustice.  The sense of being “in reaction to” people and to external forces for the first half of Mars retrograde shifts to more strategic action on the part of conscious people. For those ruled by impulse and chaos – that would be Donald Trump—the pull of chaos grows stronger and creates more turmoil.  Sigh. 

At this point in the cycle—and I will have more to say about this in my October column—there can be a deep challenge to the status quo.

Mars retrograde can bring surprises, shocks, upsets. This particular stretch of Mars retrograde is complicated by its triggering angles to the major planets retrograding in Capricorn right now: Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto.  Oy veh.  Mars spends the last half of September squaring Saturn and this aspect continues into October.

We chaos-greekare also getting the last taste of Saturn and Pluto being 3 degrees away from each other during September and October – so everyone’s sense of impending apocalypse is very heightened right now. 

But Mars retrograde in a 90 degree to angle to Saturn for 3 weeks?  I saw that coming and assumed it was another series of intense quarantines.  Given who has guns in this country and the increasing threat from armed white supremacist militias, it could be a rough few weeks of violence and repression.  I also think that Mars retrograde can be highly creative and open some new possibilities …and we never know what can happen. (Who would have thought professional ball players would strike and demand arenas be used for voting?)

So expect the unexpected!

Here are my projections – or fantasies – about what Mars retrograde could mean for our nation that is already in turmoil. 

Mars retrograde Fantasy #1—the military has to escort Trump out of office.

Mars retrograde Fantasy #2:  Trump gets too tired of his job because Mars retrograde is wreaking havoc in his chart, and he gives it up.download-3

Mars retrograde Fantasy #3:  Massive strikes occur in the US for housing, income, food, racial justice.  Teacher strikes, sports strikes, general strikes.

Mars retrograde Necessity #4:  We all drop everything and do get out the vote.

By the time of my October column Mars retrograde’s impact will be a bit clearer than it is now.  And then there is November.  You don’t need an astrologer to know the US elections will be a mess. Mercury will be turning from retrograde to direct on Election Day.  The last time Mercury and Mars were retrograde on Election Day was the year 2000—recounts, hanging chads, and the Supreme Court decided the election.

10795ad90166ef2008cb53178ee80dd8This year we will be in the streets!! 

I am heartened by the fact that Mars retrograde does rip through Trump’s chart like a velociraptor, while its transit through Biden’s is more consonant with Mars’ action in the US’s chart. The US — with its July 4th Cancer birthday– wants a Good Dad – in that Cancerian kinda way. And Kamala Harris gets the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of November/December moving right across her Libra Sun.  I think that’s a good sign…. Just sayin. 

Stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane, stay hopeful.

September’s important Dates—and how to cope

September 2       1:23 am       Full moon @ 10’12 Pisces             Keep the Kleenex handy!

September 9       6:24 pm        Mars goes retrograde @ 28’06 Aries         Seriously:  go with the flow!

September 17       7:01 am    New moon @ 25’01  Virgo

      Can some tomato sauce; make a quilt; make food deliveries to your neighbors!!

September 22       9:32 am    Fall Equinox – Sun enters Libra!

       Mercury Mars and Saturn sure  can make us cranky; take a cooling rejuvenating bath with basil and mint!

12 responses to “Featured Column

    • Dear Ms Trout —

      Not sure what you’re asking but you need to click on January Forecast on the left side. If you’re asking how to get the column each month, you can click on the “follow” button at top of site. I’ll also send out my usual email notification that the column is up. I wont make any comments here about Geminis and technology……

  1. Thank-you for your up dates! It was a pleasure meeting you and teaching my husband and I the moon phasing .It was very enlightening. Beckons Waickman

  2. Hi, I was referred to you by Nancy. Sorry I haven’t contacted you sooner. Could you give me a call sometime this week? Id like to talk to you about an astrology presentation to our Enlightened Beings on Sunday. My phone is 330-844-4991. I have a class Monday’s from 1:30-4:00 and another on Saturdays from 8-noon. Any other times are usually OK even early evenings. Looking forward to talking with you, Kathy Jevec, Merging Hearts, Events Committee

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  4. Awesome vision & forecast!
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