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Who will care for the poor in the Aquarian Age?

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No one can really tell when the Age of Aquarius begins.  This is a 2160 year cycle, and it doesn’t begin or end on a particular date.  But I believe that we are in the transition period between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius. The spread of Christianity dominated the Age of Pisces, and while there have been some horrific consequences as a result (think the brutality of the Crusades, the annihilation of Native Americans and other indigenous groups, etc.) it has primarily been Christian and other […]

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Astrology today: Grand Cross update, April 21 2014

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In April, a big lineup of planets in cardinal signs of action have created stress and tension with opportunities for release and transformation.  Transformation is not always easy, and the tension of the grand cross can bring conflict and crisis.  Sometimes the intensity is more than certain individuals can bear, and we see this play out in the news. Mars, planet of aggression, has been traveling retrograde where it is dredging up old resentments and because it is traveling so slowly, its influence is stronger and lasts for a longer […]

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Mars in the news: The Opposition and Blood Moon

Astrological Mars is retrograde right now and moving much more slowly than it normally does (from our perspective on earth).  Consequently, its impact is more intense with a heightened feeling of aggression and inspiration towards action.  Mercury entered Mars’s own sign of Aries yesterday which adds additional fire to the mix and adding excitement and perhaps a few arguments to interpersonal communication everywhere. Mars of course is instrumental in the upcoming Grand Cross of planets in the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, so this barrage of intensity […]

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Introduction to the April Grand Cross

Unlike recent months which have been full of minor planetary aspects that move quickly and don’t create lasting impressions, April’s big news is the Cardinal Grand Cross which will be building throughout the month but will peak in the middle of the month beginning with the lunar eclipse on April 15th and continuing through the following week. Some of you will remember back in 2010 and 2011 when there were similar alignments as Uranus and Pluto began their dance and other faster-moving planets joined in.  At that time many astrologers […]

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Planetary news this week: Mars and Saturn change direction

I am late with the Planetary Illuminations report this week, but you all may be feeling the influence of Mars turning retrograde on March 1st followed immediately by Saturn on the 2nd. Planets don’t travel backwards, but because astrologers view the movement of the planets from our perspective on earth they sometimes appear to travel in reverse direction.  Before a planet changes direction its movement slows down to a crawl and they appear stationary in the sky at the time the change of direction actually occurs. When a planet is stationary […]

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Planetary news this week: a Pisces trip through magic

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The Sun has entered into dreamy Pisces – the “celestial dustbin” of the zodiac.  In Pisces everything that exists in the world comes together in a swirl of magic to be released like fairy dust into the ethers.  The Piscean experience is that of transcendence – it urges us to transcend our ordinary lives of mundane details and find bliss in a joyful dream.  This experience can occur in an infinite number of ways – through losing ourselves in our relationships, an experience of Samadhi in meditation, a walk in […]

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A change of direction: the lunar nodes change signs

The Nodes of the Moon are not planets – they are purely mathematical points that show where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun (called the “ecliptic”).  The North, or ascending, node acts as a signpost to take us into the future – it points the way for our soul’s evolutionary growth.  The South, or descending, node is a signpost from the past.  Through the South Node we release people, places and things which we carry with us that are no longer needed. The North and […]

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February 2014 Planetary Illuminations are posted

The February Planetary Illuminations report is posted and you can read it here in its entirety.   If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your newsletter with a simplified summary in easy to understand language, and if you’re not yet on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar. Meanwhile, here is an overview of the major planetary cycles for February: As we begin the month of February the big astrological news is the opposition between Jupiter and Pluto. You can read more about that here, […]

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The Jupiter/Pluto opposition: this time with Venus

The most recent opposition (180 degree) formation between Jupiter and Pluto began last summer and you can catch up on that earlier article here. Jupiter inspires us to find meaning in our lives by developing faith and belief in an ideal that works for us.  It therefore rules theology and religion, but also travel and exposure to other cultures that expand our minds.  Jupiter also presides over the realm of higher knowledge and the search for a truth that makes sense for us.  However, Jupiter’s need for continual expansion can […]

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Venus retrograde – the significance of 40 days and 40 nights

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Venus turns retrograde only every two years or so which makes it one of the more rare astrological events (the outer planets retrograde every year and Mercury retrogrades four times a year).  When a planet is retrograde, meaning it APPEARS to be moving backwards from our perspective on earth, its influence tends to be more hidden and we generally are urged to look backwards and rectify matters from the past. Astrologer Marina Partridge makes an interesting point – that the 40 days and 40 nights of the Venus retro period […]

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