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Dark & Twisty: July 15 & July 20th The Meet Up of Algol, Mars and Uranus

 

Summer Fun Part 2: Dark & Twisty July 15 & July 20th 

A Tangled Web of Emotions,  Ancient Demons, and A Battle for Supremacy  

The Players: 

The god of war, Mars, will collide with the fixed star Algol, also known as the Head of the Ogre, and our galaxy’s rabble-rouser, Uranus all at 26’30 degrees of Taurus! 

Mars is the planet that helps us defend and protect ourselves. Its placement in your natal chart reveals how you approach fulfilling your needs. Mars is how you initiate activity, pursue expressing sexuality, and defend yourself against threats. It’s important to know what sign Mars is transiting because challenging Mars aspects can make us prone to accidents, or cause us to overreact. 

Algol ~ The Demon Star 

According to Astrologer Vivian E Robson’s book “The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology”, the fixed star, Algol is the “most evil star in the heavens.”  Yes, that does sound bad. But, as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy suggests; Don’t Panic..

Algol is one of the best-known variable stars in the sky and the second-brightest star in Perseus’s constellation. It is located at a distance of 90 light-years from Earth. Algol represents the head of Medusa, the only mortal daughter of primordial sea gods Phorcus and Ceto. According to myth, Medusa drew the wrath of the Olympian goddess Athena, who transformed her beautiful hair into hissing snakes making her appearance so frightful that anyone who gazed upon her would turn to stone. The Greek hero Perseus beheaded Medusa with the help of several gods and goddesses.

Uranus, the rebel of our solar system, is associated with independence, unpredictability, unconventionality, and extremism. A significant part of Uranus’ mythology involves his participation in multi-generational succession struggles, in which the younger generation challenges and displaces the established power held by their elders.

Mars, Uranus, and the fixed star Algol meet 

Mars and Uranus align every two years, and this combination is known for its erratic and accident-provoking energy. The pairing can act as a catalyst, unleashing or intensifying conflicts. This aspect is more significant when contacting planets in your Natal, Solar, or Progressed charts or when placed on an angle in your chart. Check your chart, or ask your astrologer if the Mars, Uranus, and Algol conjunction is significant for you. During this meeting of Mars and Uranus, you might experience increased impulsivity and spontaneity, which can lead to creative breakthroughs or disruptive challenges. Mars and Uranus will converge on the morning of July 15 for those in the Pacific time zone, and later that same day Mars will join with the fixed star Algol. This alignment is said to cause accidents encourage violent extremes and result in unforeseen consequences.

Uranus’ conjunction with Algol is a rare event. The last time they met was on February 21, 1942, when the world was at war against fascism. The two will meet again on July 20th. The conjunction is said to cause extreme, unpredictable, and shocking events. 

Continue reading “Dark & Twisty: July 15 & July 20th The Meet Up of Algol, Mars and Uranus “

2024 Summer Mercury Retrograde

A little about Mercury: 

Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun. It is always at most thirty degrees from the Sun and takes 88 days to complete one orbit. In astrology, Mercury is associated with communication style, perceptions, thoughts, ideas, reasoning, logic, technology (phones, computers, mechanical instruments, and the internet), transportation, travel plans, commerce, and trade. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, rules in Gemini and Virgo, and faces challenges when placed in Sagittarius and Pisces.

When we see Mercury, it usually moves in the same direction as the Sun. But, when Mercury is closest to the Earth it “appears” to reverse its direction for about three weeks. Mercury goes retrograde three sometimes four times a year. 

Pre-Retrograde Shadow: 21 Leo 25’ (July 16 @ 11:50 pm EDT; 8:50 pm PDT)

On July 16th, Mercury will enter the pre-retrograde shadow at 21° Leo 25′. During this time, Mercury is slowing down before going retrograde. We may experience frustrations with communication, travel, and technology during the pre-retrograde stage. 

It’s a good idea to use this time to prepare for the upcoming Mercury’s retrograde. We can start taking proactive measures now which can help us mitigate any potential issues that may arise during Mercury’s backward U-Turn dance. 

Remember to use the pre-retrograde shadow before Mercury goes into retrograde to prepare. Take preventive measures. For example: – Back up your computer, tablet, and cell phone. – Perform any necessary car maintenance. – If possible, avoid purchasing big-ticket items that cannot be returned. – Avoid making agreements or signing contracts. – Do not start new projects during this time because the Mercury retrograde will come along and screw up your plans. Wait until the retrograde cycle has finished before taking on new projects. 

Mercury Retrograde starts at  4’ Virgo 06’ (8/5 @ 12:56 am EDT;  8:56 pm PDT) 

On August 5th, Mercury will slow to a halt and officially go “station to retrograde”. During Mercury retrograde, intuition typically works better than logic. It is a time for introspection, re-evaluation, and leaning into heightened creativity and psychic awareness. It is also advised to slow down, take your time, and double-check your work for mistakes while paying attention to details. Mercury retrograde seems to work best when we focus on reorganizing, reviewing, redoing, and finishing projects. Use this time to be patient, reflect, and reassess your plans and strategies. 

Mercury retrograde is known for causing issues involving communication, travel, and technology. Often, it means experiencing travel delays, needing to cancel and reschedule appointments or plans, and encountering technology, car, appliance, and engine breakdowns. During Mercury retrograde, we may face difficulties in expressing ourselves clearly or misinterpreting what others are saying to us. 

Situations that begin under Mercury Retrograde often reappear or resolve themselves under a future Mercury Retrograde.  Trust me on this. 

We can harness the power of Mercury Retrograde by using its “backward” motion to our advantage. When Mercury goes retrograde, we can follow sensible guidelines and work consciously with the retrograde energy to avoid unnecessary difficulties.

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Jupiter Is On The Move ~ Will Jupiter in Gemini be Lucky for You?

Jupiter enters Gemini on May 25 

Jupiter the largest planet in our Solar System is on the move entering the zodiac sign of the twins, Gemini on May 25th. ( 7:14 pm EDT/ 4:14 pm PDT)

We learned about Jupiter during our recent discussion about the Jupiter/ Uranus conjunction that happened in April. 

Jupiter (the mythological Zeus in ancient Greek) is the fifth planet from the Sun, a gas giant, the first planet formed and the largest in our Solar System. It takes Jupiter slightly less than 12 years to complete one trip around the Sun. Jupiter has faint planetary rings and more than 95 moons.

In Greek mythology Zeus is the supreme ruler of the pantheon of gods and goddesses, he is the god of thunder and lightning, and the arbiter of morals and laws. 

Hesiod in his epic, “Theogony” states that Zeus is the youngest child of Kronos and Rhea. Kronos lives in fear that one of his children will usurp his throne so once born he swallows them. Zeus’ mother to save him from being swallowed gives Zeus to Gaia to raise and gives the unsuspecting Kronos a stone wrapped in cloth to swallow. Once Zeus is an adult he works with Gaia to free his siblings and leads them in a war against their father, Kronos. After successfully overthrowing Kronos, Zeus rules from Mount Olympus always watchful that the Olympian gods and goddesses do not rebel against him. 

Jupiter stays in each zodiac sign for a year. Ancient astrologers considered Jupiter to be the “great benefactor.” A well-placed Jupiter is auspicious offering opportunities, success in endeavors, and wealth. Jupiter rules in Sagittarius, is detriment in Gemini, finds its exaltation in Cancer, and fall in the sign of Capricorn. 

Jupiter provides us with opportunities for expansion and growth. Jupiter opens the doorway to an exploration of the “higher mind”,  knowledge through education, spiritual and intellectual quests, long-distance traveling, and multicultural/ religious exchanges. 

The zodiac sign Gemini

Gemini is a masculine, mutable air sign known for its duality, intellectual curiosity, and openness to new ideas and new experiences. Gemini’s natural curiosity can lead to an individual who dabbles in a variety of interests and finds it difficult to focus on just one subject. Geminis are natural communicators, make excellent teachers, and writers, and excel in intellectually stimulating environments. Geminis are known for their quick-wittedness and sociability, but they can be fickle, superficial, and indecisive.

Transiting Jupiter in Gemini

Jupiter is the planet of abundance and expansion. Every 12 years** you will have a Jupiter return, Jupiter will return to the same degree as when you were born. This is considered a fortuitous event helping to expand your horizons and offering new adventures for self-discovery. 

During a favorable Jupiter transit, we can experience auspicious events that can boost our confidence, increase our personal or spiritual growth, or help our careers. How Jupiter’s good luck will manifest depends on the house where Jupiter is transiting and the aspects Jupiter is making. 

Jupiter is in its detriment when traveling in Gemini (opposite the sign Sagittarius which is its ruler). When Jupiter is transiting in Gemini it can feel somewhat scattered, mentally restless, and have broad but superficial interests. 

The transit favors teaching, publishing, writing, and traveling for educational purposes. Transiting Jupiter in Gemini is also helpful in pursuing educational goals and expanding business and commerce, particularly businesses that focus on communication, personal services, imports/exports, and social media/ internet.

This transit is favorable for air signs ( Libra, Aquarius) and fire signs (Aries, Leo).  The Mutable signs ( Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) should expect new changes, and prepare to be Busy. Be willing to say YES, and don’t miss your chance to expand your horizons! Now is a favorable time to grab opportunities to move in new directions.

Caution Advisory 

If this transiting Jupiter is making hard aspects to your natal, solar, or progressed chart it can be tempting to be spontaneous, take unnecessary risks, or gamble on a sure thing … please reconsider.  This is not a good time for you to be making assumptions, jumping to conclusions, or making on-the-fly decisions. To be successful you will need to make sure you have the correct information, be armed with practical knowledge, and have a plan to succeed. In other words, do not “wing it” and hope for the best outcome.

The Difficulty Zone 

Scorpio and Capricorn Quincunx Gemini is an aspect considered minor with a tight 2’ orb but this aspect shouldn’t be ignored. Gemini has a difficult time understanding Scorpio’s intensity and Capricorn’s boring pragmatism, the signs have nothing in common. The Quincunx aspect requires we make adjustments or modifications, there can be frustrations due to misplaced or misdirected energy and the unresolved tension can lead to health issues. Jupiter can be antagonistic and make finding compromise difficult when he is one of the planets involved in the quincunx aspect. 

Will Jupiter in Gemini be lucky for you? Be sure to ask your astrologer ~  

**FYI

Are you having your Jupiter Return? 

If you are 12,24,36,48,60,72,84,96 then yes.

The last time Jupiter was transiting in Gemini was 2012.

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A New Chapter for Jupiter & Uranus April 20,2024

The Jupiter conjunct Uranus on April 20, 2024

Today we are going to look at a major astrological event, every 14 years Jupiter and Uranus make a conjunction and start a new chapter in their relationship. This year the conjunction takes place in earthy Taurus, while Mercury is retrograde, after two very intense eclipses. We are going to look at what each planet signifies, review the characteristics of Taurus, take a look at what happened in the past when these two outer planets met in Taurus, and speculate what the conjunction might bring to world events.

Uranus, the seventh planet from the Sun is a gaseous blue-green ice giant with 27 moons, and 13 known rings and is tipped on its side, rotating the opposite way Earth and most other planets turn. It takes Uranus 84 years to complete one trip around our Sun. Named for the Greek primordial deity Ouranos, ruler of the sky, he was created by the great mother Gaia, he is the father of Titans, Furies, Cyclopes, the fifty-headed Hectoncheires, and the goddess of love, Aphrodite. 

In Greek mythology, Ouranus/Uranus story is part of a multi-generational succession struggle. Uranus mistreats his mother/wife, Gaia, and he is a cruel father to his offspring, eventually, he is castrated by his youngest Titan son, Kronos. According to the Greek poet, Hesiod (700 BC), Kronos threw his father’s genitals into the ocean from this fertilization sprang the goddess, Aphrodite. 

Kronos assumes power and suffers a similar fate as his father when after a decade of war against his children he is overthrown by his youngest son Zeus. 

Uranus is a slow-moving outer planet, spending 7 years in the same zodiac sign. Uranus has generational influence and only takes on personal significance when making aspects to personal planets or angles in an individual’s chart. Uranus rules in Aquarius, is detriment in Leo, finds its exaltation in Scorpio, and fall in the sign Taurus. 

Uranus is the rebel of our solar system associated with independence, unpredictability, unconventionality, and extremism. 

Jupiter (the mythological Zeus in ancient Greek) is the fifth planet from the Sun, a gas giant, the first planet formed and the largest in our Solar System. It takes Jupiter slightly less than 12 years to complete one trip around the Sun. Jupiter has faint planetary rings and more than 95 moons.

In Greek mythology Zeus is the supreme ruler of the pantheon of gods and goddesses, he is the god of thunder and lightning, and the arbiter of morals and laws. 

Hesiod in his epic, “Theogony” states that Zeus is the youngest child of Kronos and Rhea. Kronos lives in fear that one of his children will usurp his throne so once born he swallows them. Zeus’ mother to save him from being swallowed gives Zeus to Gaia to raise and gives the unsuspecting Kronos a stone wrapped in cloth to swallow. Once Zeus is an adult he works with Gaia to free his siblings and leads them in a war against their father, Kronos. After successfully overthrowing Kronos, Zeus rules from Mount Olympus always watchful that the Olympian gods and goddesses do not rebel against him. 

Jupiter stays in each zodiac sign for a year. Ancient astrologers considered Jupiter to be the “great benefactor.” A well-placed Jupiter is auspicious offering opportunities, success in endeavors, and wealth. Jupiter rules in Sagittarius, is detriment in Gemini, finds its exaltation in Cancer, and fall in the sign of Capricorn. 

Jupiter provides us with opportunities for expansion and growth. Jupiter opens the doorway to an exploration of the “higher mind”,  knowledge through education, spiritual and intellectual quests, long-distance traveling, and multicultural/ religious exchanges. 

 

The Zodiac sign of Taurus 

Uranus in Taurus 5/15/2018 to 4/26/2026 

Jupiter in Taurus 5/16/2023 to 5/25/2024

The Jupiter/ Uranus conjunction takes place in the fixed earth sign of Taurus, she is sensible, grounded, and known to be dependable, resourceful, and determined but resistant to change. Taurus seeks to establish a strong foundation and a sense of stability and security are very important to her. 

When Jupiter is transiting in Taurus there is an interest in how to expand economic opportunities in practical and sensible ways. Taurus wants to find a good bargain, make low-risk investments, and stick to a budget. The thrifty Taurus will rummage the thrift stores and garage sales for treasures. Rebellious Uranus is considered to be poorly placed in Taurus and is uncomfortable with the predictability and sensible nature of Taurus. Uranus in Taurus wants to give the material world a good shake and remind us of our human fragility compared to the powers of the natural world. 

The history of Jupiter/ Uranus conjunction in Taurus

The Jupiter /Uranus conjunction happens every 14 years. When we experience a major astrological event and we want to try and understand how the aspect will manifest on the world stage we look to see what happened the last time the aspect occurred. 

We find the Jupiter / Uranus in Taurus conjunctions happening in:

1015, 1098, 1181, 1858, 1941, 2024, and in the future 2107! 

Let’s take a look at the 1858 conjunction that took place at 29’ Taurus. The last degrees of Taurus sits on the shoulder of the bull. This collection of seven fixed stars is called the Pleiades, sometimes called “the weeping sisters.” Planets transiting these fixed stars are said to have something to weep about and the placement is considered ominous. 

Several interesting events transpired leading up to the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction.

“A House Divided Against Itself Can Not Stand” Abraham Lincoln 6/18/1858

In August of 1857, the United States suffered what became known as the Panic of 1857, the economic crisis was fueled by excessive speculation and inflation. Banks liquidated their investments and sold off railroad stocks and bonds causing a rapid decline in stocks and securities. The crisis spread to Europe, especially Britain and France, both countries had substantial investments in the United States. The failure of several banks caused a stock market panic and the public lost faith in the banking system the panic revealed the instability of American capitalism. In 1858, at the height of the economic downturn and with rumblings of an impeding potential civil war, America experienced a surge in evangelistic revivalism, called the Businessman’s Revival. Members of the business community turned to Christian revivalism to cope with the economic crisis and the existential crisis of slavery. The Revival of 1858 started in New York City and eventually, the revivalist movement spread to the South. Revivalism in New England focused on abolitionism and social activism. At the same time, the revivalist movement in the South introduced new forms of religious expression and strengthened established congregations. Once the Civil War broke out each side conducted revivals in their military camps, preaching that god was on their side of the war.  

https://www.emaze.com/@AOOITZWC/The-panic-of-1857-presentation

During this conjunction, another influential event occurred; the discovery of gold in Colorado, known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, over 100,000 people flooded into the Rocky Mountains to mine for gold resulting in environmental consequences and conflict with indigenous tribes. 

When we look at the Jupiter/ Uranus Taurus conjunction in May of 1941 the world is at war with Nazi Germany and fascist Italian dictator Mussolini. Europe is experiencing a horrific genocide targeting millions of Jews, Roma, homosexuals, people with disabilities, as well as Polish and Russians; an estimated 17 million people were murdered from 1933- 1945 by Nazi Germany. All through May, Germany’s Luftwaffe bombards Britain, and Northern Ireland, and the Royal Air Force bombs Hamburg, and Berlin. On May 9th the British Navy captured a German submarine U-boat on board, they found some secret cipher documents, and the “enigma” machine was discovered. This discovery would be instrumental in aiding the Allied war effort. (Interestingly, World War 2 started when Uranus was at 21’ Taurus). Continue reading “A New Chapter for Jupiter & Uranus April 20,2024 “

Now that the April 8, 2024 Eclipse has passed I would like to share some thoughts

Let me provide a little background.  

I started giving reading when I was a teenager, (think Wednesday of the Adam’s family). I don’t give happy horsesh**t readings or tell people what they want to hear. I do have a dumbass tax for people that repeatedly ask for astrological information and then don’t take it. 

I was blessed and am very grateful to have had a community that allowed me to learn with each reading and I am still learning. 

That being said. 

The internet has been both a boon and a curse for Astrology and the metaphysical arts. When I started giving readings there were a few tarot decks and now there are hundreds. Astrology books were hard to come by and I devoured every book I could find. Again, I was blessed with kind individuals who gave me tarot decks that they didn’t use and books they didn’t want. Now there are volumes of astrology books written by world-class astrologers covering every aspect from mundane to esoteric. Project Hindsight has translated the ancient tomes of Hellenistic Astrologers; Vettius Valens (160 CE), Ptolemy (150 CE), Paulus Alexandrines (378 CE), and more. The world of astrology has expanded; you can now attend astrological schools, conferences, and retreats. I could live many more lifetimes and not learn all there is to know.

Standing next to all this brilliant cacophony of astrological scholarly knowledge is someone on TikTok/Facebook/Instagram/Youtube telling people about the magic portal being opened by whatever transit is currently about to happen. 

And my head wants to explode. 

Please don’t give these frauds your time and not your money. Today’s eclipse brought with it a multitude of “predictions.” I understand and sympathize that we live in capitalism and people need a money-making shtick. Both the “hooey phooey” hope opium and the irresponsible fear factor predictions that can be big money makers do not serve people interested in what authentic astrology has to offer. 

I would like to invite you to follow me in my upcoming posts, I am going to walk you through how to delineate and hopefully de-mystify how to do astrological prediction.  

 

The Great American April 8th total Solar Eclipse in Aries

Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024, Sun/Moon 19’ Aries 24 2:20 pm EDT/ 11:20 am PDT 

Another Eclipse???

Yes, eclipses come in pairs. We just had a Lunar eclipse on March 25th and now we are about to have a Solar eclipse. A Solar eclipse happens when the Moon’s shadow crosses the Earth’s surface. This occurs during a New Moon and the Sun and the Moon are almost always astrologically in the same sign. 

The internet has been buzzing for weeks about this total Solar Eclipse. You can visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8 to learn more and view the Path Map. The path of totality will run through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. 

There are several reasons to get excited about this eclipse. The day before the moon will be perigee (closest approach) so during the eclipse the Moon will look much larger than usual. The maximum length of totality anywhere on Earth will be 4 minutes 28 seconds, that’s considered a long time! The sky will darken enough that you will be able to see Venus and Jupiter. ( Venus SW to the right of the Sun. Jupiter SE to the left of the Sun). The other big eclipse news is that the April 8th total eclipse path will cross the 2017 total eclipse path. The paths meet in Paducah, Kentucky! 

The sign Aries dominates both the March 25th & April 8th eclipses. Aries, a masculine action-oriented cardinal fire sign is considered the trailblazer of the zodiac. Ruled by Mars, the god of war Aries is confident, assertive, bold, and impulsive. When an individual with strong Aries placements has not developed a healthy relationship with their ego Aries can become a narcissistic entitled wrecking ball of toxic masculinity. ( regardless of your gender) 

The Solar eclipse chart finds a concentration of Aries energy.  The Sun, Moon, and Chiron are tightly conjoined at 19 degrees, the North Node at 15, Mercury retrograde at 24’, and Venus at 4 degrees. 

Typically, Aries New Moon will initiate change, and offer new beginnings, we feel like we can make anything happen, and are filled with inspired positive “get it done” energy. This New Moon is different. 

First, the Mercury is retrograde and we need to avoid jumping to conclusions, or making any important decisions right now. Instead, we are best served by using this New Moon eclipse to do some introspective soul-searching. The theme of this tightly joined Sun/Moon/Chiron focuses on how to have a healthy relationship with our authentic selves. The Chiron in Aries so close to the Sun/Moon suggests that the solar identity, the ego, and the lunar identity, emotional and instinctual subconscious have unresolved trauma that needs to be addressed before we can own the positive attributes of Aries such as confidence and self-reliance. 

The Solar Eclipse chart is deeply influenced by the Chiron, which is conjunct with both Luminaries (Sun/Moon). Chiron, the mythical wounded healer Centaur leads us to a path of healing or when his lessons are resisted, we continue on the path of suffering. All sentient beings share the commonality of souls in bodies experiencing human frailty of sickness, loss, and death. When Chiron is prominent, we are offered an opportunity to heal and help heal others. If we refuse to do the difficult work of healing, we can continue to wound ourselves and others. 

Have we grown from “Puer Aeternus”; the divine child to a functioning adult balancing animus/anima? Are we brave enough to explore our weaknesses? How can we correct course? Do we take responsibility for our actions, and own our mistakes? Do we have a good balance of personal autonomy/ interdependence? Do we have healthy self-esteem or do we suffer from low self-esteem? After the Mercury has gone direct on April 25th, we can move forward and initiate any insights we discovered during the Solar Eclipse. We can confidently move forward making new plans, starting new projects, and implementing improvements.

Remember: Eclipses are particularly important when they take place at a degree that is exact or near to a planet or on angles in your Natal chart or progressed chart (consult your Astrologer). When eclipse degrees are activated in your chart the effects can last from six months to a year depending on the strength and duration of the eclipse. Eclipses are closely associated with world events. To know if this eclipse will be significant for you check your Natal, Progressed, and Solar charts for planets in cardinal signs. ( Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn) Or ask your astrologer.

  “It is a wise person who rules the stars, a fool who is ruled by them.”

Strike A Balance ~ The Lunar Eclipse March 25, 2024 at 05’ Libra/ 07 Sun 05 Aries 07 ~ 

The March 25th Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 05’ Libra will be visible in most of  Europe, North/East Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, South America, the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, and Antarctica. (See timeanddate.com for Path Map and times) 

What happens during a penumbral eclipse

The Moon will darken but not completely disappear as she travels through the Earth’s shadow. The Moon will pass into the outer part of the Earth’s shadow (called the penumbra) and the Moon will miss the darker, inner part of the Earth’s shadow (called the umbra).

In other words, The Moon traverses Earth’s penumbral shadow but the Moon misses Earth’s umbral shadow.

Eclipses are tracked, each eclipse belongs to a Saros cycle. A Saros period is almost 19 years ( 18 years and 9 to 11 days depending on leap years) after which the Sun, Moon, and Earth return to approximately the same position causing a nearly identical eclipse. The March 25, 2024, eclipse belongs to Saros cycle #113 which last occurred on March 14, 2006, and will occur again on April 5, 2042! (See NASA’s website https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEsaros/LEsaros113.html). Also, this eclipse belongs to a series of six Aries/Libra eclipses focusing on building emotional self-sufficiency and self-confidence.  (The next eclipse in this series happens on 4/8/24) 

Eclipses are significant when they take place at a degree that is exact or near to a planet or on angles in your Natal, Progressed, or Solar charts (consult your Astrologer). When eclipse degrees are activated in your chart the effects can last from six months to a year depending on the strength and duration of the eclipse. Eclipses are closely associated with world events. To know if this eclipse will be significant for you check your chart for planets in Cardinal signs  (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) and check what houses the Sun Aries and Moon Libra will occupy. This eclipse will significantly affect people born with Cardinal signs and angles from 0’- 10’ degrees. If this eclipse affects your Natal, Solar, or Progressed chart, you could experience some lessons around Aries/ Libra hot topics.

To make this Eclipse work we need to Strike A Balance 

Lunar eclipses help ‘illuminate or magnify”  issues that are hidden beneath the surface. This eclipse chart has a bucket formation. This is when a collection of planets huddles together in the bucket and a single planet, the handle is in opposition. This formation can be difficult to manage. The handle usually becomes the focus of the chart. 

In this chart, the Sun Aries is in the bucket and the Libra Moon is isolated as the handle, carrying the bucket. Oppositions provide contrast, the Aries/Libra axis seeks to balance personal needs with the needs of others. This opposition can magnify conflicts and expose challenges regarding balancing the Sun Aries ( Me needs) attributes of assertiveness, confidence, and leadership with the gentler more compromising, friendly, and agreeable influence of the Moon in Libra (Us needs). Can we balance our need for independence and autonomy with the needs of others? Can we meet our own needs and acknowledge, be present, and be accountable for our shared responsibilities with others?

This chart’s bucket formation makes the handle of the Libra Moon the dominant planet. If your chart is making connections to this eclipse, Libra issues will be the focal point. Moon in Libra seeks harmonious relationships, is naturally sociable, and is a skillful diplomate. Moon in Libra dislikes conflict and during this transit, we can find it difficult to set boundaries. Vibrant Sun Aries is part of the bundle formation. The Sun is muted and weak due to being close to divinely inspired but emotionally sensitive Neptune in late degrees of her ruling sign Pisces. This can add up to a lot of pent-up passive-aggressive energy. Find positive ways to use this energy or this eclipse might be too hot to handle. 

What is a Wild Mercury Astrology Reading Like?

“Maire Wahosi of Wild Mercury Astrology shared her extensive knowledge and insight with me with her detailed, care-driven assessment of my 2024 Solar Return including Progressions and Transits.  With information from my Birth Chart, I was provided a detailed written report of important astrological events for the year to come. I had been feeling that the upcoming year would be impactful for me on many personal and spiritual levels. Maire listened to my requests and questions and recommended the Solar Return reading which confirmed what I had been sensing about 2024. She then provided full-color astrological charts and a mapped-out written report of important astrological transits likely to affect me this year. Even more helpful was her two-part live video consultation where she shared extensive and clear messages that helped educate me further on astrology and centered my specific needs for the upcoming year. She generously gave of her time, knowledge, intuition, and insight to fully answer my questions in a personal and uplifting way. I am so very grateful for the attention and care she provides to seekers like myself and wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone who could benefit from her detailed and intentional guidance. Thank you, Maire!” -Rich, Stanley, Virginia

Is A Revolution in Motion Now that Pluto has Moved into Aquarius?

Pluto in Aquarius ~ A Preview
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
On January 20, 2024, Pluto re-entered the zodiac sign of Aquarius. It will be a brief stay, on September 1st Pluto backtracks into Capricorn for one final hurrah. Then on November 19 Pluto will be staying in Aquarius for 20 years, until January 19, 2044!
 
In 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IUA) demoted the ninth planet from the Sun. Pluto now is classified as a Dwarf planet. Planets are defined as celestial objects large enough to have been made rounded by their gravitational orbit and their orbital dominance clears the space surrounding the planet’s orbit. Pluto is not large enough to exert its orbital dominance and is one of five dwarf planets in our Solar System. It takes Pluto 248 years to complete one full cycle around the Sun.
 
For the purpose of astrology, Pluto is very much considered a planet and can exert a powerful influence in our collective experience and is often a profound teacher in natal and progressed charts. Pluto provides transformational experiences at the deepest levels of consciousness. Intense, and destructive, Pluto destroys outdated, decayed, and corrupted governments, institutions, and relationships, and as a Phoenix rises from the ashes to be reborn. Pluto offers opportunities for growth through brutal honesty, reaching inside our psyche and shedding light on our inner demons, exposing our weaknesses, and uncovering our strengths. Pluto cleanses and eliminates allowing renewal, and new beginnings.
The negative aspects of Pluto often play out in the collective as power struggles, the rise of tyrannical and authoritarian governments, wars, pandemics, and the fall of long-standing empires.
 
The last time that Pluto was in Aquarius was from 1778 to 1798. When we want to see how an outer planet such as Pluto will manifest when it enters a new sign, we look to see what happened the last time the planet transited in that zodiac sign. A quick look at The Timetables of History from 1777 to 1798 chronicles several events that would change the destiny of humanity. Both the American and French revolutions would inspire other countries to break free from monarchies. Serfdom was abolished in Bohemia, Hungary, and Denmark. Whereas, Russia and France abolished slavery. In Western Europe and The Americas, enlightened thinkers; Quakers, and evangelical religious groups began an abolition movement to try and dismantle slavery. The zeitgeist of this time period clearly favored the overthrow of monarchies and expanding the dignity of humans. This twenty-year period also saw the invention of the hot air balloon, steam engines, cotton gin, and the smallpox vaccine.  

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How to use an Astrological Calendar

Welcome to 2024 

Are you interested in learning more about astrology? Would you like to understand how to use astrology daily to help you be prepared for astrological events?  I have some suggestions for you. No, do not read your monthly Sun Sign astrology in the newspaper. Instead, you can go ahead and purchase a Daily Planetary Guide. There are so many nowadays! Some of my favorites are: 

  1. The Magic of I Astrological Planner. The design is beautiful and it offers an astrological reference guide, planetary movements, retrogrades, Moon phases, and a planting guide, a planetary ephemeris for the year. And much much more. It’s pricey but if you enjoy using a planner it’s worth it.
  2. Since Jim Maynard retired and no longer publishes his phenomenal astrology calendar I have switched to Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide. It’s reasonably priced and it includes all the information you need to follow the Sun, Moon, and the planets as they move throughout the year. 
  3. If you are a serious student of Astrology I highly recommend the Honeycomb Collective Personal Astrological Almanac. You can add asteroids, Hellenistic Zodiacal Releasing, and Lots, or add your Solar Return. They offer a wall calendar and you can receive both the almanac and calendar digitally.    

4. For our pagan sisters I would recommend the Astro Moon Diary published by Astrocal. Offers a mix of information about astrology, astronomy, and the Pagan Solar and Cross Quarter Festivals. 

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