Astrological Musings

A Bountiful Sagittarius Full Moon on June 9 2017


The next Full Moon on June 9th brings with it an explosion of expansiveness and confidence.  The Moon will have reached its fullness in the sign of Sagittarius, urging us to reach for the stars and beyond what we imagine to be possible.  And Jupiter, the planetary ruler of Sagittarius, harmonizes with both the Sun and Moon, amplifying the expansive energies of this lunar experience.

Astrology teaches that there is darkness and light in all things.  The expansion and confidence of Jupiter’s influence lead us to unparalleled positivity and achievement, but if you have ever filled a balloon with too much air you will know what can happen when we expand beyond a reasonable amount.  Economists are well aware that too much expansive growth can lead to undesirable results, and we have seen this time after time with stock market bubbles, real estate bubbles, etc.

Fortunately this Full Moon contains a strong Saturn influence to help keep us tethered to the ground as we allow our spirits to soar to new lunar heights.  Saturn can be restrictive; its influence can feel discouraging and even sometimes depressing when it is connected to the Moon.  This could lead to feelings of despair or failure, but if you utilize Saturn’s practicality and mindfulness at this time it can be a wonderful ally, ensuring that your dreams and ideals hatched and fertilized at the Sagittarius Full Moon are grounded in the real world with lasting permanence.

When Henry David Thoreau said “Go forth confidently in the direction of your dreams” he must have been under the Sagittarius Full Moon!

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By | 2017-06-07T08:47:18+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Moon|0 Comments

Kim Kardashian and the Saturn Return

Kim Kardashian Saturn returnEvery one of us experiences the first Saturn return at the age of 28-30 when Saturn in the sky returns to its place in our birthchart.  Saturn insists on discipline and order, and this is the time when we face the necessity of growing up and for some of us this is easier than others.  Some of us will rebel and run from responsibility, and others of us will embrace it.

Kim Kardashian recently admitted that she married second husband Kris Humphries because she was 30.  She told Bravo’s Andy Cohen: “At the time…I just thought, ‘Holy s–t, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married.'” (reported by Fox News)  As reality TV fans know, her marriage to Humphries lasted 72 days.

Kardashian’s Saturn Return began in December 2009.  During 2010 she had a series of relationships before she started dating Kris Humphries in October 2010, shortly after the final passage of transiting Saturn over her natal Saturn, and they became engaged in May 2011.

Many people marry during the first Saturn Return (including me!) and these marriages often fail because the motivation was more about being ready to move on to the next phase of our lives, and less about finding the right person to make a life with.

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By | 2017-05-31T15:32:44+00:00 May 31st, 2017|People|0 Comments

Memorial day musings 2017

Memorial Day originated as a special day to honor those killed in any kind of military action. But times have changed.

Suicide now kills more soldiers in the middle east than die in combat.  Veterans returning from war are dying as the result of a failure to provide adequate treatment.  Whereas 6,886 soldiers have died since 2003 in various US military operations, the US Department of Justice reported that 4,813 people were killed by police in the US between 2003 and 2009, and the Washington Posts reports that over 900 people have been killed by police each year since they started tracking in 2015.

As is well known, gun violence and medical errors kill far more Americans than terrorism, yet the proposed US budget includes a $54 billion hike in defense spending which includes more Navy ships and Air Force planes, neither of which are effective in the current battle against religious extremism.

Over the past few years Pluto, planet of death and rebirth, has been opposing the Sun in the US astrological chart which has intensified the eruption of murder and violence in the country.  This will likely only increase as we get closer to the time of the US Pluto Return in 2020-2023.

I propose that on this Memorial Day we honor not only the fallen heroes, but also the fallen citizens whose only crime was to be nonwhite; the veterans who returned from war to find their lives decimated and with no hope of a bright future; the innocent victims of the mentally ill who are freely able to purchase assault weapons.

And let’s also remember that freedom goes beyond sending young boys to be cannon fodder for billionaires to enrich their pockets through sales of arms and oil, or to enable individual prejudices against certain groups or religions.

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By | 2017-05-28T09:03:15+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|17 Comments

Gemini New Super Moon May 25th: Sparkly magic and wonder

May Super New Moon

Photo by Joseph Brimacomb

The Sun has just entered the brilliant sign of Gemini, and now the Moon aligns with the Sun, fusing the solar consciousness with lunar magic at a time when the Moon is closest to Earth – a Super Moon (™ Richard Nolle) and one of a trio of Super New Moons (April, May and June).

Super Moons can exert a more powerful influence than ordinary lunations – on a personal level we may feel this as a burst of emotional energy and intensity.  Globally, Super Moons are associated with an increase in tidal intensity and seismic forces.  Richard calls the Super New Moons “stealth Super Moons” because we don’t see the huge Super Moon in all its glory.

Gemini season tends to speed up time – a firehose of information, thoughts and ideas can be somewhat overwhelming but also exciting and enlightening. Under the influence of Gemini we are more open to new experiences and recreating ourselves by trying on new personas and ways of thinking.  Here we have not only the Sun and Moon in Gemini, but also Mars, the planet of action and initiation.  There are so many choices now – so many attractive options it can be somewhat dizzying.  But an opposition from Saturn, planet of form and structure, will help to ground and contain us.

This New Moon is opposed by the Black Moon Lilith, suggesting that a deep and ancient voice from our past may emerge and demand to be heard.  In addition, a challenging square from Pluto (intensity and transformation) to Venus (relationships) could create some stress in our interpersonal connections or at the very least, intensify these contacts and facilitate their evolution.

Light and airy energies such as Gemini operate more effectively when combined with more intense planetary factors, so this New Moon offers a wonderful balance to help us to generate a new direction in our lives.  New Moons of any kind, Super or not, are times of initiation and a new beginning.  This New Moon is a time to consider options and perhaps travel new roads.

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By | 2017-05-24T19:28:27+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

Sunday poetry: What to remember when waking


The Sun has just moved into Gemini – we can shift into new shapes now and adjust to find new ways of living that better fit our souls.

What to Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment
in which you wake,
coming back to this life
from the othermore secret, movable
and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.


What you can plan
is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly
will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.


To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden
as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.


You are not a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.


Now, looking through the slanting light
of the morning window
toward the mountain presence
of everything that can be,
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?
Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk?


~ David Whyte

Image from Deviant Art

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By | 2017-05-22T21:04:16+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Inspiration|4 Comments
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