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A Case of You… Emotional Intensity Anyone?

ImageYour favorite(I hope) astrologer chimes in with “this weekend Mercury retrograde then stationing and turning direct makes its’ strongest and most sustained challenging aspect to Uranus. Other notables at 12-13 degrees include Chiron and the Lunar nodes. It is very likely that issues of miscommunication and misunderstanding that have carried on through the last 3 months are beginning to come to the light of consciousness. The Moon, having just entered Capricorn will help to focus and ground energy into the body and as it opposes first Mars and then Jupiter at 4 and 5 Cancer respectively there will be activated and magnified emotional energy readily available.”

As the weekend progresses the Moon makes conjunction to Pluto at 9 Cap, and then opposition to Mercury at 13 Cancer. All this adds up to a weekend brimming full of opportunities to understand where you or others have gone off track in communication and perception, feel very strongly about it, and then take action.

If you have significant personal planets(Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and then Jupiter or Saturn if either is the “ruler” of your Ascendant sign) at 12 or 13 degrees, especially of the cardinal signs, it will be felt quite strongly and perhaps disruptively in the areas those planets signify and are house rulers of in your natal astrological chart.

ImageA wonderful Human Design teacher I work with, Zeno of Zen Human Design, was speaking this morning about the combination of two trigrams of the I-Ching. Fire on the bottom which every gate in the emotional center but one, has, and thunder on top. With this energy one can get fired up and then discharge the energy in a bolt of lightning or use the thunder to help to awaken one’s own awareness.

This astrologer would add his own caution and advice. “While it might feel good in the moment to discharge the building emotions by firing off at a family member, someone close, or figure in authority describing the ways they have miscommunicated, mislead, or misread you, the most productive course would be to spend the weekend observing your internal process, contain it inwardly so that it can build and ripen rather than merely dissipate in a display of anger. Then when feeling feet back firmly on the ground, take a deep breath and
make the inward changes you need to make.”



What you leave behind is not what is engraved upon stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others”


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Proliferation of Void of Course Moons, the beginning of a new era and a couple Mercury rx stories

ImageToday an astrologer/Tarot colleague of mine asked me what I thought the significance was of all the Void of Course Moon periods we are experiencing now. For those of you who don’t know the Moon goes Void of Course after it makes it’s last Ptolemaic aspect(conjunction, sextile, square, trine or opposition) to another planet until it enters a new sign. Void of Course Moon periods are generally agreed to be times that you don’t want to begin a new project or make an important decision as it will “come to nothing” though it is a fine time to finish off old business or do research and gather facts. The last couple years we’ve had several of the slow outer planets occupying the final degrees of signs so there have been fewer and shorter VOC Moon periods. Then one by one each of the outers, Pluto, Uranus, Neptune all entered into new signs leaving only Saturn  occupying a late degree. In early October Saturn entered Scorpio so right now we have all the outer planets in early degrees of signs and all the planets but Mars in the first half of signs. Mars is currently around 23 degrees of Sag so it means at this point we are having many VOC Moon periods and some of them are lasting more than 24 hours. After reading my response to my friend I decided it was worthwhile sharing with my readers too. Here it is.

The first thing that strikes me is not the VOC moon periods but rather the acknowledgement that all the planets representing the great gods of change are in early degrees of signs signalling a new era of sorts and pointing to new places and themes we must revolutionize(this has been going on/building up for some time but Saturn finishing up in Libra has been acting as a braking mechanism). There is a greater and greater push to do tangible things that provoke change. All the VOC moon periods speak to me of what can happen when we use that youthful energy(youthful folly – I-Ching) to initiate things without taking the timing into consideration. Many initiatives come to naught if they were not launched with attention to detail, practicality, and timing. On the other hand I find VOC moon periods to be excellent times to dream, vision, and employ non-linear techniques to problem-solving and to going deeply within to discover creative ways of changing ourselves and coming into alignment with the energy of the times.

Finally we are in the beginning of a Mercury retrograde period so back up your computer and pay special attention to the electronics in your life. Give careful scrutiny to any legal documents demanding attention as this retrograde begins in Sag which has a relationship to all things legal. A great time to reconsider, review, rethink your current philosophy and since this retrograde is in the Sacral gate 34 of Great Power in the HD chart a very good time to consider where your power is, where you are giving it away, and what you are using it for.

My own early Merc Rx story is that the electronic brain in my 2012 Chevy Equinox(what other car would an astrologer drive? lol) had been acting up for some time deciding I lived in Washington DC, arbitrarily resetting the time to 4 hours earlier, forgetting gps destinations whenever I would stop en route for gas or food. So I took it in 2 days ago to be reprogrammed but it didn’t take so I had to return it the next day, yesterday, for another reboot. I got it back and it was still downloading info. The repairman told me to keep it on for at least 30 minutes so it could finish the job. I drove around for over an hour while it continued downloading and never finished. I got home and decided to leave the key in the ignition so it could keep grinding away and then went into the house, forgot all about it and ended up taking a nap. When I woke up later I rushed out to my car to find that the battery had been drained and I couldn’t start the car. Who wants to bet that when I go out there today the brain will still have issues and I’ll have to bring it in again? On second thought don’t answer that. . .

My second Mercury rx story(it hasn’t even been retrograde for 24 hours and I already have two stories. This portends a very active rx period for me. wahooo!) is about re-writing and updating the current transit/sky story of my website After spending a couple hours re-writing and updating I pushed the publish button and got the first error message I’ve ever gotten while working on my site. Turns out all my work was lost, no update got done and I was forced to re-write what I had posted. I had done it all stream-of-thought without any external back up so it all had to be completely recomposed! I took the whole thing as a suggestion from the gods of communication that there was something that needed more thought and a different take so I spent the time redoing it and got a successful update accomplished. May your own Mercury rx period go smoother than mine and may you find the things that do have to be redone in your life are actually blessed opportunities to get things done more accurately, more clearly and much more successfully.


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Election 2012 and Mercury Retrograde

Election 2012 and Mercury Retrograde

Well here we are. Election day is tomorrow and there will be a blessed silence on many people’s phones and front door bells. Much has been written by astrologers about the fact that Mercury, planet of cognition, communication, counting, and things local will be turning retrograde at 6pm Eastern time tomorrow(Nov 6, 2012). There have been many predictions of doom and gloom, confusion and deception, and general chaos for finding out the actual outcome. Many of those writers have the thought that it may not be truly clear who won and who lost till Mercury again turns direct on Nov 26th or perhaps even later when it comes out of the retrograde “shadow”(where it began it’s retrograde) on Dec 14th.

A few weeks ago I was asked about this and had my own perspective on it. Today I got the internal push to share it with others. Before I do so though I’ll put this disclaimer out about my own personal bias and internal setting. In my own astrological chart I have Venus, North Node, Neptune, Jupiter, and Mercury all making a closer or slightly looser conjunction to my 0 degree Scorpio Sun so I have a certain kind of innate optimism that rarely relates to the mutually-agreed-upon reality of circumstances surrounding any given issue. What I got a few weeks ago was that with Mercury still direct for most of election day and in fact relatively motionless from the Earth’s perspective and so exerting the most powerful influence(or reflecting the collective’s intense attention and the idea of everything coming to a halt for this moment) the message delivered would actually be one that is surprisingly clear and powerful. The winners in this election will be clear winners without ambiguity and a clear direction results(even if that direction is one of going backwards or the undoing of what was accomplished during the last 4 years).

Certainly there will be much attention to what led up to this result and what resources, techniques and devices were employed with the idea of re-evaluation and improvement for next time. The fact that the tabulation of votes will be done completely under the very start of a Mercury retrograde does certainly imply that the final results aren’t clear for a time, get mis-stated, or that some adjustment ends up being made before things are clear so it behooves everyone to not get too wound up about the initial results and to refrain from losing your mind at any time in the process.

Beyond the details of this election I have some other thoughts and musings which again play out of my own internal setting. No matter who gets elected president(a largely ceremonial position at this time in our history) and takes over control of the house and senate there are a few indisputable winners. The black-ops cabal of corporate, military industrial and financial powers-that-be continue to gain more power and influence while the common individual loses autonomy, prosperity and civil rights. This will continue to be the case as long as so-called Republican presidents and congress pass and sign laws that diminish the rights of the individual and so-called Democratic presidents and legislatures continue to endorse and make permanent these same changes. This will continue as long as the highest court in the land makes rulings that declare inanimate corporations to be “people” and awards them the same rights of “freedom of speech” resulting in unregulated wealth going into political action groups that have no oversight, accountability or any attachment to truth or the betterment of society. This will continue as long as politicians are not subject to term limits and there are no regulations on the money a political race can spend thus pressuring them into the bias of what gets them re-elected and who pays for the next campaign. This will continue until we as people band together in non-partisan nondenominational groups that provide the social pressure and education that gets a different idea elected to power.

It is interesting to me that this Mercury retrograde that is nearly upon us happens in the Human Design chart in the Sacral(life-force energy) center and specifically in gate 34 which is the gate of Great Power the only non-sexual gate in the Sacral center. Will we as individuals take the time to re-examine where our power lies, where we give it over to others and what we are using it for? With Saturn having just arrived in Scorpio there is great energy for us to recognize what is real and see who has their hands on the hidden wheels of power, what needs to be changed and putting the work into the transformation of that power and authority. There is also an equal amount of energy that is going into the the effort to retain, stabilize and increase this power by those already holding it. By next year Pluto will have moved into gate 38 in the Root center. 38 is the gate of Opposition and is part of a channel of human rights.

No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s election we all have a great deal of work to do over the next 2 1/2 years both in our public and private lives. That work will be more about paying attention to our own truths and banding together with others who share our perspectives rather than depending on someone else in a place of power to do the work for us. We will have to identify and actively oppose those principals that from our own perspective do not bring us or our society forward into greater health and vitality regardless of party affiliation, racial or economic background or religion. Will we do it? My internal setting is always set on yes we will. That’s where I’m casting my real vote and I’m looking around for people/groups/places to put my energy that are on that same trajectory. Who are you voting for and what are you going to do about it?


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