January 2015 Planetary Illuminations astrological forecast

January 2015 astrologyHappy New Year to my dear readers!  I’ve posted the January report a day early and you can read the report in its entirety here at this link.

If you are on my mailing list you will receive your monthly newsletter with a translation from the complex astrologese into a more simplified version that is easy to understand.  If you are not yet on my mailing list please sign up in the sidebar.  Meanwhile, here are the main astrological events for January:Please, continue reading »

Saturn in Sagittarius: 2014-2017

Saturn in Sagittarius
Sagittarius by phantoms siren

Saturn entered Sagittarius on December 23rd and will remain in that sign until June 14, 2015 when it will retrograde back into Scorpio until September 17, 2015 when it will move back into Sagittarius until it leaves on December 19, 2017.

The planet Saturn serves as the teacher and the mentor and he is often feared because his lessons can be quite strict.  He is known for creating delays and disappointments, for applying the brakes when all we want to do is move forward, and for manifesting as back problems, car problems and financial troubles if we fail to heed his warnings.

In medieval astrology Saturn was known as the “greater malefic” (with Mars as the “lesser malefic”) – his presence in the birth chart was thought to bring ruin and misery.  Saturn is considered malefic in Vedic astrology as well, representing the principle of karma that is inescapable and unchangeable.Please, continue reading »

Capricorn New Moon at the Solstice: The dark point of stillness

Capricorn New Moon Winter Solstice
Art by Sherri Conley

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come.  At the darkest moment comes the light.” – Joseph Campbell


The Capricorn New Moon will occur just six minutes after the moment of the Winter Solstice – the point at which the Sun moves into Capricorn in the tropical system.  The three days before the Winter Solstice are the darkest days of the year in the northern hemisphere.  Not only are the days shorter, but the Sun is lower in the sky, causing shadows to lengthen and its motion appears to stand still.

The Winter Solstice marks the return to the light – after the Solstice the days start growing longer and the Sun stronger.  As humans we are naturally drawn to light and tend to shun the darkness, but it is in the quiet stillness of the dark, when we are not distracted by the flickering images that pass through our life, that we can go deeply within into the core of our Selves and discover who we are beneath the superficial comings and goings of our experiences.Please, continue reading »

Planetary Illuminations – December 2014 astrological forecast is posted

December astrological forecast 2014Dear friends, sorry for the light posting!  Here is a link to the December forecast.  If you are on my mailing list you will soon receive your report of the planetary influences of the month written in plain language that is easy to understand.  If you aren’t yet on this list please sign up in the sidebar!

Meanwhile here is an introduction for the beginning of December:

MAJOR EVENTS

The biggest single planetary event in December is the resurgence of the challenging square aspect between Uranus and Pluto.  This is the sixth of seven exact phases of this cycle that has brought about cataclysmic change across the globe as well as in our personal lives (read more in the sidebar if this is new to you).   Uranus and Pluto destabilize the structures of our life so that they can be replaced with a new and improved foundation that better fits the modern era.  For example, around the world repressive governmental regimes have been broken up and ideally these would be replaced by more democratic institutions.  However, after the breakdown (Pluto) and revolution (Uranus) phases there is a period of uncertainty and chaos as the dust settles and the new reality begins to emerge.  We are seeing that in the world political situation, and perhaps you are seeing this in your own life.Please, continue reading »

Light a fire with the Sagittarius New Moon November 22!

Sagittarius Full MoonEvery New Moon brings a new beginning with the new lunar cycle.  The Sun and the Moon come together in an alchemical conjunctio – the reunification of the masculine conscious force (Sun) with the instinctive lunar feminine (Moon).  When this new beginning occurs in Sagittarius, the sign of adventure and ideas and meaning and just plain fun, we have the opportunity to bring in more zest and gusto.  Suddenly we are aware of unlimited possibilities, and our view across the future is longer and more encouraging.

The symbolism of the New Moon is even more powerful since the both the Sun and Moon are at the very first degree of Sagittarius.  A New Moon at the first degree of a sign is very symbolic of a fresh new energy coming into our lives and sweeping away the old. Under the influence of Scorpio the dead and dying aspects of our lives were immolated in fire, and now under Sagittarius the old is swept away and a new expansive way of looking at the world emerges.Please, continue reading »