Mars enters Capricorn, September 27th, 2016: Focused & Cautious Ambition

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The Tarot of Cat People

Victim hood and feeling as though we’ve been treated unfairly is what drives us to accomplish and achieve. We certainly have something to prove, and if any sign can get the job done its, Capricorn.

This is a spread that symbolizes achieving the impossible dream, believing in yourself and new plans (7 of Swords) Mars in Capricorn expresses itself in cautious, yet ambitious ways; The Ace of Swords, while associated with Air/Mercury, functions in a very Mars-like way (especially within this spread) being assertive (Mars) and initiating (swords) ideas and solid plans (Capricorn) is what’s being asked of us. Mars in Capricorn is telling us to get to the heart of the issue, maintain self-discipline and make things happen. This isn’t a pie in the sky scenario. Capricorn requires tangible/earthy results.

In your chart, see what house is ruled by Capricorn (and any Capricorn planets…

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Full Moon Eclipse in Pisces – September 16th, 2016: Emotional Triggers & Practical Reasoning

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The Full Moon Eclipse at 24 degrees Pisces [September 16th, 3:05PM EST] is overly sensitive (are we surprised?) with some major emotional triggers; the Pisces/Virgo axis is one of practical reasoning verses emotional responses. We have to be particularly careful how we handle this energy. Those with planets in Pisces/Virgo anywhere between 21-24 degrees will be especially sensitive to this energy, as well as those with planets in mutable signs (Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini)

The Moon’s conjunction to Chiron, Square to Mars, and opposition to Mercury may put us on the defensive and we have to be especially careful in how we communicate with others. The Moon is an emotional vehicle that may be difficult to steer when Chiron is involved, this is due to painful experiences linked to bonding with those around us and the past, yet with all aspects, both good and “bad,” there are opportunities that allow us to grow and evolve (if we’re willing to do the work)

The Sun’s opposition to Chiron creates the painful process of ego healing. The question, “Am I good enough?” may pop up with stressful Sun/Chiron aspects. This eclipse is pushing us,  some of us kicking and screaming, towards transmutation/transformation; we’re at the first stage of the alchemical process during this eclipse, where the soul (Pisces) is dealing with latent forces (Neptune, South Node also in Pisces) vivid dreams and intuitiveness are at an all time high.

Mars in Sagittarius is at the apex of a T-square involving the eclipse. Here we have the action-orientated philosopher bumping heads with Virgo Sun’s desire for order and Pisces Moon’s habit of expressing itself in nebulous ways. There is inner tension in terms of how we assert ourselves.

Venus in Libra opposes unpredictable and impulsive Uranus in Aries. It may be a challenge to remain diplomatic with so many emotional buttons being pushed. There’s a tug-of-war between playing nice (which Libra is known for) rebellion, and establishing ourselves as a distinct individual. There’s nothing wrong with being ourselves, but we need to have a gentle approach when doing so. This could also be a much needed lesson in obtaining a certain level of freedom within our relationships.

 

Mythology in Synastry: Prince & Vanity [Part 1]

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Very rarely do celebrity couples intrigue me, or should I say the current crop of famous duos that grace the covers of glossy magazines and social media, yet Prince and Vanity’s coupling was always a fascinating one and even more so since they died within 2 months of each other. The both of them were approaching their second Saturn returns when they transitioned.

In terms of mythology they remind me of Jupiter (Zeus) and his consort/wife/sister Juno (Hera). As we know, Zeus was a notorious shapeshifter with a roving eye. Jupiter and Juno’s union played out like a literal Greek soap opera steeped in power struggles and betrayal. Juno was known for seeking revenge on Jupiter’s lovers, unleashing her fury and wrath; yet Vanity and Prince’s union played out in different ways. The myth also speaks of Juno/Hera bathing in the streams of Argos, cleansing herself of Jupiter/Zeus’ influence and regaining her virginity. This aligns with Denise eventually leaving Prince, finding Christ, and abandoning the persona of Vanity for good.

The definition on Juno in Astrology

Juno is often labeled the asteroid of marriage even though her meaning goes beyond that. While she can certainly point to what we want in a marriage partner and how we commit to those in our intimate lives, she also can trigger jealousy and give us insight into the ultimate relationship: our relationship with ourselves.

The beauty of astrology is in how mythological archetypes often play out literally in the natal chart. This is very much the case when I looked at the charts of these two. While

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“Jupiter & Juno on Mount Ida”, James Barry, 1741-1806

there is no birth time available for Vanity (Born Denise Katrina Matthews, January 4th 1959, Niagara Falls, ON) there is a time of birth for Prince (Born Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7th 1958 at 6:17PM, Minneapolis, MN)

While Prince had a plethora of muses, girlfriends (and two ex-wives under his belt) Vanity was the first “official” Prince girl in terms of visibility and public notoriety. I suppose she is the construct or blueprint (Prince’s Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, in Cancer, opposes her natal Venus in Capricorn,making her the ideal canvas for him to project his creative/sensual fantasies onto, hence the name, “Vanity.”) that spawned those who came after her.

Juno in Synastry

Prince followed me, he took off his jacket and asked me to take off mine. I asked, “Why?” He said, “So I can try yours on and you can try on mine.” So we tried on each other’s clothes and realized that we fit each other’s clothes. I thought that was wonderful. – Vanity, JET magazine, May 1986

One of the first aspects that jumped out is Prince’s Jupiter in Libra at 21’59 degrees conjunct Vanity’s Juno in Libra at 21’32 degrees. Here we have the myth played out strongly in the Synastry chart! Vanity’s Juno falls in Prince’s 11th house, the house of hopes, friends, ambition and goals. Vanity certainly benefited from her association with Prince at that time and the 11th house functions as a benefactor of sorts. Juno in Libra often attracts a partner that is quite beautiful and artistically inclined and Prince was both. There’s a strong sense of attachment, support and loyalty between Prince and Vanity’s Juno/Jupiter aspect and it’s obvious that Vanity wanted a stronger commitment. Unfortunately, Prince’s Jupiter is Rx, and the Venusian influence has him on the look out for beauty at all times, even outside of “commitment.” Libra is also quite diplomatic and even though the two parted ways ages ago there wasn’t much mud slinging (Vanity often spoke fondly of him) Peace and balance are strong virtues for Libra and during that time period Vanity confessed to writing a manuscript for a tell-all book yet changed her mind. This is the loyalty aspect that I often see from Juno in synastry charts.

The Dark Goddess: Lilith

Black Moon Lilith is a major player when it comes to these two. In synastry she can unleash obsession, lust and issues surrounding power. Black Moon Lilith is the feminine archetype of dark primal energy. She’s the seductress and the mystical side of sexuality. These themes are quite strong in the charts of both Prince and Vanity individually and in synastry.

In part II I’ll explore Lilith in depth and how their union triggered both the good and bad in each other.

 

 

 

 

Venus enters Libra, August 29th, 2016 & The Virgo New Moon, September 1st, 2016: Spiritual Actualization

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Maat/Libra: Goddess of Truth & Justice.

Venus enters charming Libra on August 29th at 10:06 PM EST ushering in the kind of balanced and cooperative love we know we need and deserve. By no means is this a one-way street: Venus in Libra is about give and take; the ever poised peacemaker who is constantly giving life to beautiful ideas and expression.

Venus in Libra’s constant search for perfection/balance and idealistic beauty can often create unrealistic expectations that lead to disappointment.

On August 30th, Mercury stations Rx at 29’05 degrees Virgo. Retrograde phases are ideal for revisiting issues associated with the house Mercury is transiting in your natal chart. Confusion and difficulties may arise when it comes to receiving and interpreting information but the energy can still be used in a productive manner.

 

New Moon Eclipse in Virgo @ 9 Degrees – September 1st, 2016

This particular eclipse is intense, emotionally heavy, and steeped in mystical manifestation. With that being said, it’s an eclipse that needs to be handled with a certain level of caution.

The eclipse forms a stressful square to Saturn and this may create feelings of fear, negativity and defensiveness. Stressful Sun/Saturn aspects in particular can trigger insecurity and inferiority complexes causing us to become painfully aware of our shortcomings. Everyone may feel as though they’re a potential threat to us and conflict with authority figures (or those we perceive as authorative) may rear its ugly head. The flip side to this energy is a disciplined approach when it comes to responsibilities and bringing about results through hard work. Squares can be blessings in disguise; they force us to buckle down, work hard and not give up.

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The Moon’s square to Saturn can create creative blocks and threaten our desire for emotional security and stability. I feel as though this new moon is forcing us to take a long hard look at ourselves. Handling responsibilities may feel like a major drag right about now and there’s an overwhelming feeling of being—well—overwhelmed! Domestic (Moon) responsibilities (Saturn) can trigger emotional heaviness. This is the time of the year where parents (Sun/Moon) are preparing their children for the coming school year and summer fun is long behind us. As stressful as this aspect feels, there’s some symbolic nest building going on as well. Our houses need to be put in order and loose ends need tying up (Mercury Rx)

The new moon also opposes Neptune in Pisces. This energy can manifest in two ways: we may find ourselves wanting to “check-out” from some of the responsibilities we have and this can lead to escapist tendencies. The physical (Virgo) world can be extremely difficult to deal with when faced with the kinds of rigid (Saturn) energy. Or we can use these cosmic forces to bring some magic into our lives. There’s a seesaw effect with this new moon; swinging back and forth between the idealistic (Neptune in Pisces) and the practical/dependable nature of the new moon (Sun/Moon)

Balance is the key here: The new moons opposition to Neptune can be quite magical and mystical. We can use this energy to channel spiritual dimensions that can accelerate healing, growth and grounding.

Healing stones for the Virgo New Moon

These are stones that are associated with the astrological sign, Virgo.

  • Holly Blue Agate – Spiritual/Psychic (Neptune/Pisces) actualization (Virgo) assists in communication skills and encourages one to verbalize feelings.
  • Moss Agate – Emotional balancing and self-esteem
  • Purple Obsidian – Triggers crown energy, stimulates clairvoyance and grounding.

Saturn stations direct, August 13th, 2016: XIII Abbess of Stars

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The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus

In The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus, the Abbess of Stars in the Queen of Swords. The image is Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) she was an expert herbalist during her time and a gifted visionary. At the tender age of fourteen she was given to the church and became a nun. Her visions at a young age gave her fame.

Like Saturn, the Queen of Swords can be a harsh critic and like most concerned “parents,” Saturn, only wants what’s best for us. The Queen of Swords often serves up the truth with a painful sting and is more concerned with the head than the heart. She’s self-reliant and encourages us to be realistic (Saturn) when it comes to our expectations. How Saturnian is that? There’s also a feeling of sadness and repressed emotions. Saturn’s current square to Venus gives us a strong sense of…

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Pisces Season/Solar Return 2016

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The Sun entered Pisces on February 19th (12:34AM EST) this is a general 2016 reading for Pisces Sun and those with Pisces rising.

Jupiter’s expansive energies bring with it more prospects for love with its position in the solar seventh house of relationships and one-on-one partnerships. This is an instance where you need to be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it. Jupiter is often affectionately called, “The Cosmic Santa Claus,” because of the gifts and rewards that often come when Jupiter transits a particular house in the natal chart. But sometimes Jupiter can increase problems; something that was once a small issue can quickly morph into something much bigger.

With Jupiter’s conjunction to the North Node in the seventh house a relationship that feels karmic in some way could be on the horizon for 2016. There could also be the possibility of more than one partner to choose from (remember, I said be careful what you ask for!) Pisces will certainly be exploring their options and finding it a bit easier to open themselves to the possibilities of love and romance. The seventh house can also be business partnerships. There will be those who are more than willing to extend an olive branch to you in 2016. This is further supported by Jupiter being the ruler of your career sector.

Sun enters PiscesSaturn, everyone’s favorite cosmic taskmaster, sits in the solar tenth house of career/vocation. The tenth house/Midheaven also represents the world at large and the kind of image we project. Those around you may be taking notice at how serious their little fish has become. Taking stock of your career and creating a solid foundation for yourself in terms of your vocational path will be of great importance to you. This may even come as a shock to you, Pisces! There will be some tough lessons and lots of hard work in this area of your life. Saturn’s trine to Uranus in your financial sector gives you the discipline and focus to find creative and unconventional ways to earn a living and tap into some extra cash. While there may be some ups and downs when it comes to your resources, the Part of Fortune in Aries is also in your financial house. The financial slump that many Pisces may have been feeling seems to be finally easing up a bit in 2016. Don’t sit back and wait for opportunities Pisces. Use your creative gifts, and Pisces has many, to bring your financial goals to fruition.

Pluto in your solar eleventh house may bring about a deepening of friendships or possibly some powerful transformation in terms of whom you socialize and align yourself with. The eleventh house is the house of social groups/organizations. You’ll be seeking out like-minded souls who share your beliefs and dreams. This isn’t about you think you’re better than anyone else; this is simply and instance where your needs are changing. The superficial just doesn’t cut it anymore and you would prefer to associate yourself with those on the same path.

Venus and Mercury in Aquarius in the twelfth house give off a clandestine vibe this year. Pisces, your thoughts will be more introspective this year. Ideas will be kept under wraps; you simply want to keep to yourself. This is the perfect placement for spiritual and occult studies. Pisces is very much in-tune with these frequencies naturally, so explore until your heart is content. A relationship (Venus) may also be going on behind closed doors. Keep your eyes and ears open for lovers/partners who may be keeping a secret.

Neptune and Chiron in Pisces in the first house may put wounds on display and it’s difficult to hide. You may not be seeing yourself clearly, Pisces. This can also cause some confusion when it comes to those you interact with on an intimate level. “Who am I?” is the major question for you in 2016. You’re on a major journey of self-discovery. Partners may also project these issues onto us. Creative/healing outlets such as color therapy can do wonders.

Planetary Trends – February 13th – February 21st, 2016

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Triumph of Neptune (Pisces ruler) standing on a chariot pulled by two sea horses (Latin: hippocampes). Mosaïque d’Hadrumète (Sousse) the mid-third century AD. Musée archéologique de Sousse.

Mercury entered Aquarius on February 13th (5:34PM EST) giving our thought process an abstract influence. The way we communicate and express ourselves will be more objective, detached and individualistic. Being mentally flexible and future-oriented (which is Aquarius’ gift) is the best approach. Look to the house Aquarius rules in the natal chart to see where these energies will be expressing themselves.

Venus has a rendezvous with Aquarius when it entered the sign on February 16th (11:17PM EST) building alliances with like-minded souls and unconventional pairings are just a few ways that Venus in Aquarius expresses itself. We may find ourselves desiring independence within our relationships taking on love with a more intellectualized approach. Dealing with rebellious partners? (Perhaps you’re the rebel) playing around with the thought of an open-marriage or communal living? Venus in Aquarius is very much open to various forms of love and non-traditional arrangements. There is no room, or patience, for gender-roles with this Venus sign either. Romance may possibly take a backseat to friendship. Either way, Venus in Aquarius can sometimes have a somewhat impersonal approach when it comes to the love department.

The Sun enters Pisces on February 19th (12:34AM EST) Compassion, sensitivity and deep soul-yearning are all Pisces traits. Deep emotions and hidden depths always come into play during Pisces season.

Mercury at 9 degrees Aquarius Semi-Sextile Neptune at 9 degrees Pisces on February 20th (3:13PM EST) Eccentric ideas coupled with idealism; our mystical/spiritual antennas may be more receptive than usual. Creative, perceptive and altruistic, metaphysical studies and exploration is ideal during this time.

February 20th (4:38PM EST) Sun at 1 degrees Pisces Semi-Square Pluto at 16 degrees Capricorn: Issues surrounding control and personal power may arise. Focus on your own willpower and transformation. Try not to project some of the more “darker” aspects of the ego onto others. Identity issues that are deeply buried may come to the surface. If something needs to be addressed, now is the time to do it.

Venus at 4 degrees Aquarius Semi-Square Chiron in Pisces at 19 degrees on February 20th (10:05PM EST) There may be some internal conflict between the need to be seen as a unique individual separate from the status-quo and wanting to merge and connect. Perhaps a difficult decision needs to be made when it comes to love or there’s some fear of rejection. Draw from past experiences. Chiron is also a great source of healing and learning.

Sun at 2 degrees Pisces Semi-Square Uranus in Aries at 17 degrees on February 21st (10:20PM EST) Feeling like an outsider isn’t always a bad thing. Celebrate your uniqueness without being a brat about it! Outbursts and temperamental behavior can create some tension during an already nervous/jittery day energy-wise. Pisces’ sensitivity coupled with Aries’ compulsiveness may backfire. Take a deep breath and look before you leap.