Sunday, 20 August 2017

Solar Eclipse in Leo: Light and Shadows

Are you ready for the Great American Eclipse? Is this the event that will make America great again?   

I know – so much hype gets wearisome. But the fact that this is the first Solar eclipse to be seen in full totality across America since the country's inception in 1776, and the USA is the only country the full eclipse can be seen in, plus the fact that it is exactly on the Rising sign of the current POTUS - adds to the significance of this eclipse for Americans in particular.  

As many around the world watch the spectacle of current American politics with a mix of fascination and horror – it seems every day brings another shock another tweet another conspiracy theory - we may wonder how/where it will all end. Could this eclipse mark a turning point for that country or for their infamous leader (!)? We shall have to wait and see. Changes that begin now will continue for up to two years, though we can mark this as the spot something began to change.

The message for all of us :  ‘Shift or get off the pot!’ 

Mars' closeness to the eclipse means sparks are already flying. Mars is planet of action and aggression and in Leo is full of vim and vigour and a good deal of pride and posturing. We are currently  seeing increased volatility in global  events.  Let's all hold a space for peaceful solutions.

Eclipses mark major turning points – the Universe telling us its time to move forward. With all eclipses, something ends and something else begins. There will be a change, subtle or obvious, that indicates we can never go back to the ‘good old days’ - the only way to go now is fast forward.  Have you noticed how time seems to be speeding up?

 As we moved through the eclipse corridor  (between two eclipses)  time seems to warp and accelerate.  A lot of people I've spoken to this week have been feeling rather testy. There has also been an opposition between Venus (love) and Pluto (power/control/crisis) combining with both Jupiter and Uranus - amping up feelings of emotional insecurity, and obsession. Mars adds volatility and aggression to the mix, leaving some of us  feeling like we’ve been punched in the stomach – holding our breath - waiting to exhale. Global events are part of it, yet its bigger than that.  This is a deep reckoning and shift within ourselves that opens the door to a brighter new reality. But first, as the Sun is eclipsed, shadows abound.

Deep emotional issues (Venus/Pluto) around our need for love and security are being brought to the surface and it's not been comfortable. Venus/Pluto reveals an intense, obsessive , addictive  need for love  – for some  it’s been high drama - do or die. Sudden breakups, confrontations or control dramas bring us face to face with our greatest fear – that we are unlovable. Or are we? 

Leo begs to differ.

The energy of Leo is magnanimous, joyous, heartfelt, playful – offering an alternative to those old programs.  Time to let go of those sad stories and embrace a new,  more positive version of ourselves. Be the real you! Once the  shadows are faced, the light can begin to shine.

When the Moon comes between the earth and the Sun, our more left brain ego needs will be eclipsed by the more unconscious feeling oriented Moon energies.
“Sabian symbol for the Sun and Moon at 29* Leo is: A Mermaid Emerges From The Ocean Waves Ready For Rebirth In Human Form. Mermaids are magical beings who can navigate the great realm of the Collective Unconscious. Psychologically, they represent a new feeling and energy that arises out of our collective longing for a different life." quote from Mystic Mama

We may go through a period of readjustment as we integrate these new energies. Some  are old patterns that no longer resonate with the new energy field being released – or parts emerging that have been hidden or suppressed for a long long time. What falls away is what is meant to - all of this emotional cleansing is  so we can move forward with greater joy and freedom (Jupiter/Uranus). What remains will be our more authentic self.

Pluto's presence right now feels heavy and uncomfortable.  I sat today working through some of my own  ‘stuff’’’ and I noticed the more I resisted, the worse it felt. The more I just leaned into it – felt into the 'uncomfortableness' - asked it what it was trying to tell me - I got in touch with core issues. The more I felt into it - the more centred I became. Conscious breathing helped to stay still in the midst of some pretty squirmy energy.   The instinct with Pluto is to run as fast as you can in the other direction - yet instead – if you can bear with it – and breath through it  - those big old (internal) meanies can be vanquished once and for all.  

The Sun right now is illuminating our ‘cosmic destiny’ and elevating our future potential.  As it crosses the North Lunar Node in Leo (Collective Destiny Point), we take another step toward claiming our personal 'truth', and uncover what  gives our life meaning (North Node).

Many of the emotional factors we are releasing now are rooted in our  childhood (Venus Cancer)- and are about the abuse of power (Pluto). The fears and resentments that have been  holding us back can shift when we learn to stand up for ourselves. That is how we begin to usher in the next phase of our awakening (for awaken we must). It  is important now  to claim our right to be here- our right to shine in this world.

Leo is about being the best we can be. It represents our personal sovereignty,  our empowerment, as well as our most playful, heartfelt self.
This eclipse occurs on one of the four ancient ‘royal’ stars – Regulus, the King. It is the star at the heart of the constellation of Leo.
Leo is the 'good king' or the 'good queen' in all of us.  A Solar Eclipse is also a New Moon -  the merger of masculine and feminine energies - known as the 'conjunctio' or sacred marriage. This highly creative merger can give birth to countless ideas and visions and possibilities. Two plus two doesn't equal four - it equals twenty two!!

Leo brings out our personal best. Now is the time to stand up for yourself in some way, perhaps by claiming a spot onstage instead of always giving others the limelight. Or it might mean asking for what you deserve, or claiming your talents, or creating that masterpiece you've been dreaming about. Aquarius opposite reminds us that we can shine our light  without needing to push others off stage. There's room for us all t o shine - and the world certainly needs our light.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Marianne Williamson

 The shadow side of Leo is arrogant, full of pride and the need to dominate others. It is a megalomaniac that wants constant attention and admiration and resents when others try to share the limelight (hmmm).

This event can bring out the best or the worst in a person; set your intention now that this eclipse will open the door to a bigger, better you.   

Intentions are very powerful now. You get to choose who you want to be when you grow up!! As we  take responsibility for what we are creating in our life (Saturn), things really start to happen. If we don't - some of us might encounter a shock or sudden event that throws us back on ourself. If that happens, it will be for your greater good in the long run.  We need to be  operating from our own higher selfto truly claim this moment.

Don't worry - it's not all so  serious. This is a time to celebrate who we are. Leo is playful and full of fun – even a bit of a party animal. Generous to a fault, Leo brings out the best in everyone. So let your light shine. Claim your magnificence. Lets make this world a better place. 

You know you want to.

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson,

Saturday, 12 August 2017

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Mercury retrograde is already in full force. Formatting issues continue!!
Mind the gap...

The big event of August is the Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st. This total eclipse crosses over the middle of America and just happens to be exactly on Donald Trumps Rising sign of Leo (dramatic, arrogant, magnanimous, self centered) -  as well as the fixed star 'Regular' that marks his chart. I mostly avoid politics in this blog - if you want excellent political astrology go to Planet Waves with Eric Francis.   That said, this is too interesting not to mention. Regulus is the mark of a 'powerful leader and also of a precipitous fall.' 

"One of the strange things about the fixed stars is that the forecast, although promising great success, is that success will be taken away or that you will be disgraced somehow. It seems the more the star contributed the more is taken away, or the more dishonest the person."

I'll let you make of that what you will. More on the leo Solar Eclipse next week.

 Today's news is  that Mercury - planet of communication and thinking processes - is now in retrograde motion - moving from the sign of Virgo (which it rules) back into the sign of Leo. Interestingly, it will turn around to go direct (Sept 5th)  on the exact degree of the eclipse (and Regulus). 

I have some thoughts on what that means, and the implications of the coming eclipse - especially for those of us with Pluto in late Leo - the 50's (the Me generation). Looks like big lessons on personal power and our relationship to both groups we interact with (Aquarius) as well as authority. The last two posts are about both Leo and Aquarius - more to come.

As far as Mercury retrograde: besides the usual crazy mix-ups and communication mayhem - Mercury retrogrades  turn our thought inward and ask us to reflect on what is going on in the house in which is passes through in our chart. (as always- see houses in tab above for descriptions of meanings of each house). Because Mercury is currently opposite Neptune, planet of drams and illusions - there is an even greater chance over the next three weeks for strange miscommunications, lost info and/or the passing of dubious information (more fake news!!)

 Be extra careful re signing documents or making long term commitments at this time. Virgo is a sign of detail and discernment- use it well.  As Mercury reenters Leo at the end of August, we will be reflecting on the issues re Leo and Aquarius, as well as whatever fallout may be occurring from the eclipse.

 Interestingly, someone I am very close to was considering a new job early in 2017 when a similar  Mercury/Neptune retrograde was going on. Although he is somewhat interested in Astrology, I would never dream of saying anything, but I was worried of some kind of dishonesty or misinformation screwing up his prospects. Several factors that occurred totally fit the profile - such as his having to keep the new job secret (from his current job because it was not for sure and he didn't want to make any announcements prematurely) . Although not entirely dishonest (Mercury Neptune can represent dishonesty) , it did involve an element of secrecy.  And after 7-8 months of hedging and back and forthing - nothing concrete has manifested (another Neptune trait) . Neptune dissolves and obfuscates and even more so when it is in Pisces as it is now. A good example of what can happen under these energies.
So do pay attention and don't let the current fiery and impatient energies of Mars/Sun/Leo push you to make decisions you would be best to delay-  or at least examine in great detail.

Mars is also moving toward a tense angle with Saturn, which also directs us toward greater caution in our actions and our day to day affairs. Frustration is a common side effect of Mars Saturn. Patience required. 
Today -fiery Moon in Aries plus Mars (aggression/action) with Sun (vitality/ego) in Leo (pride/drama) may  be stirring up interpersonal strife.

  Use the LEAP technique:
Listen - (nonjudgementally. Including nonverbal cues.)
Agree (agree - with what is valid, ie their feelings about the subject)
Partner - "what can/should we do?"
Don't panic, just talk it out. 

If that doesn't work - Retreat. Walk away. Let it go.

You know you want to... 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius - We're All in this Together

I found a way to reformat the last post- so here it is again in readable format.

Today's Full Moon and 'partial' eclipse is in the sign of Aquarius. Because we are now entering the Age of Aquarius, eclipses in this sign are especially important and tell us something about what we need to do to be in sinc with the new energies coming in. 

Eclipse's- similar to New Moons - bring in new energy - and  set in motion something that will manifest over many months. Don't expect a sudden change, but watch what happens over the rest of the year.

This lunar eclipse in Aquarius is also the next step leading us to the coming powerful total Solar Eclipse  in Leo on August 21. It’s all very exciting.  I will write more about the Solar Eclipse next week, but in the meantime, there are some interesting aspects occurring now that link the two eclipses and point to this being a very significant time.

We have been under the influence of a Grand Trine in fire signs for a while now, which will be directly aspected by the August 21st eclipse.  A Grand Trine is a fluid movement of energy between three equidistant planets - which in fire signs creates a very dynamic energy signature. Links between Saturn (structure), Uranus (innovation) and the North Node of Moon in Leo are awakening us to our Collective Destiny (North Node).

The Fire Trine represents  Heart energy. This is a powerful call to open your heart – and to know who you  are and why you are here. Leo, ruled by the Sun, is asking us all to ‘Shine our light out into the world'. Leo also gives us the courage  to make the changes needed to shift to a new level. (Leo rules the heart - Cour  = heart)

To do that, we must first seek, and find  - our own inner light.  That was the message of the New Moon in Leo (first of Two in August).  Now, the Aquarius Full Moon on Monday asks us to share that light and direct our passion (Mars) toward making this world a better place (Aquarius). 

Saturn in trine to the Collective Destiny Point (North Node) is pushing us to align with our TRUE PURPOSE.  I know I probably sound like a broken record, but this has been a key theme for some time now, as various planetary elements try to get us to wake the f*%# up!  As Saturn  zig-zags over the Galactic Core in Sagittarius (centre of our galaxy) it calls to us again and again to step-up to the plate,  live our truth and be who we are meant to be.

“Our inner Saturn gives us the power to take command of our lives and destiny. Saturn shows us those things we must master to become spiritual adults and fulfill our purpose for being alive on Earth. By knowing our Saturnian strengths, we can overcome fear and any sense of victimization or powerlessness.”  Robert Wilkenson, Aquarius Papers

The Full Moon in Aquarius asks us to hold a vision that is radically different from what has gone before. To do this we need to step outside the box and tap into our deepest hopes and ideals, then work with each other to correct what is out of balance. The Aquarian Age  is not about division and difference, it is about the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humankind.  It's not just about you and me -  it's about 'us' . 

This Full Moon  can help us get in touch with a collective vision that serves all of humanity (Aquarius), as well as help us find our own personal expression (Leo). This is playful stuff - through which we can access our  creativity,  and our own  uniqueness and personal freedom, while also  committing to serve the greater good. Aquarius - an air sign - also helps us detach from emotional drama.

As we enter a process of elimination - associated with eclipses  – some aspect of our life may  shut down for a while, or leave altogether. We go through this each year, as part of the cyclical growth and pruning nature requires, with the emphasis  on the sign (and house if you know it) that the eclipse falls in.  If you look to see where 15 degrees Aquarius is on your chart, you will see what you might need to let go of, and where new energies are flooding in. (see tab at top of web-page for house info). 

Perhaps the time has come to  time to stop compromising your individuality (Leo) in your need to fit into the group (Aquarius) Or, conversely, maybe your need for attention, and to be special (Leo), is getting in the way of listening to, and seeing, the value of those around you.  Finding a balance between our need to shine and our need to work with others is a key aspect of this eclipse.  


Mars (action, aggression),  still travelling close to the Sun, is amping up the ego side of things. Mars in Leo can be high drama - demanding attention - and getting it. This can make us arrogant and argumentative as we seeks to get our own way (stomps feet). Mars in Leo  can also be very generous  -  deeply/passionately committed to a goal. Remember, without compromising yourself, a little humility goes a long way to getting along with others. Patience required.

 As we enter this particular corridor of change there is a powerful sense of possibility. We may have to let go of  parts of our past to create space for the future - you know how it goes  - one door closes -  another one opens.  Now is the time to hold a vision of what you want to see and be in the world. 

You know you want to!

Full Moon 15-16 degrees Aquarius Monday, Aug. 7, at 2:10 pm EDT
Partial eclipse peaks ten minutes after

Sunday, 23 July 2017

New Moon in Leo: Let yer Light Shine!

  • I'm having formatting issues again - using new app on phone due to being away for a few weeks. Please bear with me!   (for example - why are these bullet points on here lol ???) Uranus is currently at a 90 degree angle to my Sun Metcury Uranus combo - and Neptune is also aspecting my chart -  so  it's  kind of like being in an ongoing Mercury retrograde! 
  • Anyway - sigh -  today (Sunday)  the Sun - who  just moved in Leo   - is joined by the Moon in a  fiery and creative merger that includes Mars - planet of desire- action - and will. 
  • When a New Moon has this much fire - it means a lot of creative energy. All New Moons contain initiating energy. This one says it's time to get moving! 
  • It also wants us to have fun. Leo activates the child in us and encourages creativity and play.        
  • Leo is generous- playful - high drama. Its ruler - the Sun - is the center of the universe after all!                                 
  • Sun / Moon / Mars : Actions speak louder than words.  In Leo : Let your light shine. Step onto centre stage. Open your heart (Leo rules the heart)

    This is an excellent time to start something new and dynamic that brings these energies into your life. 

    All the world's  a stage - and you the actor in it!   'Do your best'  is the key to fulfilling the Leo mandate. Just watch out for the shadow side of Sun/Mars in Leo : Pride. Arrogance. Impatience. Overweaning ambition. Try to  be expansive without being over the top.

    On the other hand - Venus opp Saturn might try to convince you of scarce resources -  the cup half empty etc.  Although there may be some truth to this - so don't spend money you haven't got - don't forget -  perception is everything!

    Despite our  trepidation, this is not the time for self-limiting beliefs. Sky's the limit! 


    Do  take a peek outside your current reality - expand your view - learn to spell 'magnificence!'

    This  very expansive and enthusiastic energy comes at a perfect time for sowing seeds of intention - with an aim toward manifesting in a concrete way- those hopes and dreams just waiting to become reality. 

    It's  a time to be  magnanimous - the more you give - the more you will get. Not via  martyrdom- or self sacrifice (that's Neptune's territory) but through sheer freedom and exuberance ! 


     Fill your cup and it will overflow automatically onto others. Give from a place of gratitude and your cup will overflow. Shine your light and brighten up someone's day. 

    You know you want to!!


Monday, 10 July 2017

Putting up with imperfection

Quick Note: I am working with a new blogger app that seems to have a few glitches. The last few posts have been posted prematurely and contain various typos etc. Please bear with me.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Full Moon Madness

It's been called an old wives tale - that people go mad on a Full Moon. Yet the word lunacy comes from the word Luna - meaning moon. Late Saturday/early Sunday - the Full Moon in Capricorn could put test to this concept. It's a doozy. 

The key planets involved - along  with the opposing Sun and Moon - are Mars , Pluto,Uranus (and Eris - dwarf planet) - the same shit disturbers responsible for so much of our current crazy upheaval - and - recently Mars (anger, aggression) has been triggering Pluto (power/control)  -  the build up has been palpable. 

If you have been having trouble sleeping or relaxing - its probably due to Uranus (the Awakener) - and if you're getting caught up in power struggles or control dramas - that'll be Pluto. Then Mars (already mentioned) - links with Eris (goddess of discord) then Pluto ( the destroyer ) then the Moon (emotions) and Sun (ego). Yikes! Watch out for serious violence or accidents. Keep your head down.


Today I was babysitting my adorable - as well as exhausting - granddaughters (ages 3&4 1/2) . Having just arrived home from several hours at a splash park in the blistering heat - I tripped and fell in my son's garage - while chasing the dog that never comes when you call him - got tangled in a stroller that the dog dodged around - hit my head and shoulder on concrete floor ( not too severe - luckily). Damn dog! Good things he's so cute. Amazing thing is, he picked up on my distress and came back (believe me - he normally NEVER comes when you call him) - so at least - on top of everything else - I didn't have to go chasing the dog for blocks and blocks with two tired kids in tow! 

Funny-  I started writing this yesterday - I knew about this stuff - need to take my own advice! 

Anyway - do check twice when you cross the street. And do let that asshole cut in - so what!? It's not worth it! Don't let yourself be goaded. 

With all this volatility in the air - there's enough voltage to blast us through obstacles that are standing in our own way.  Just be sure that's really what you need to be doing. Perhaps you could walk around it just as easily. Many people are trigger happy right now, and discernment is more difficult under these intense conditions . The trouble with planets like Pluto, Mars, Uranus - is the tendency to go to extremes - to overdo - overreact - over -compensate. 

Remember the serenity prayer:

"Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change - the courage to change the things I can - and the wisdom to know the difference. "

In the bigger picture - this Full Moon is the next step in an ongoing process of breakdown/breakthrough/break free.  We are shifting through a LOT and it's not over yet. Next up is an extremely powerful and significant eclipse on August 21st - everything leading up to it is clearing the way for another turning point - another moment of significant change. Mars will be involved again so more volatility to come.

Till then - keep in mind- (i. e. be mindful) Shift Happens - Whether  we want it to or not. 

Last week a beautiful GRAND TRINE IN WATER offered a hint as to how we can dissolve conflict and resolve issues peacefully.  Venus Neptune and Jupiter all link to this Full Moon - bringing a message of love and peace.


"The best way to get rid of evil is to make energetic progress in the good. " I Ching 

Keep your ego in check - Practice Wu Wei : When everything is YANG - BECOME YIN 
(Go with the flow)

You know you want to :)


"Wu Wei (chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life."

Monday, 26 June 2017

Push comes to Shove

Watch what you say - and be careful what you believe.

This week - simple misunderstandings can trigger volatile reactions. 

Mercury in Cancer makes us very sensitive to what others are thinking and saying (or not saying).  Mercury  (thinking/ communicating) in tension with Jupiter(expansion/ exaggeration) ~ with the added influence of Neptune (creativity/ deception) is stirring up and confusing our emotions with our thinking. 

This is an excellent mix for stimulating creativity and self expresso - unleashing a multitude of ideas and images to be harnessed and expressed. So get out your journal m, your camera, your paints  and have at er!  

If you haven't been paying enough attention to your creative side - nows a great time to start!  
(see link above for Art n Soul Collage - an excellent method  anyone can use  to get in touch with the creative part of themselves. You know you want to! There's online resources and gatherings all over the world that anyone can do ir attend. 

Meanwhile -  things can get a bit  tricky  in our interpersonal dynamics (Jupiter in Libra)

Mercury - when added to Jupiter - tends to exaggerate. Bigly!  Add Mars - highly reactive - and Neptune (deception/ denial) and things can easily get out of hand. 

Always double check facts and be willing to admit you could be wrong- no matter how right you think you are!

Thankfully - Jupiter's benevolent  presence also bestows good luck and protection - just don't push your luck - lol!  A sense of humour can get us out of those right spots we may find ourselves in.


As we  head toward a somewhat volatile Full Moon on July 8/9 (Mars opposite Pluto) we need to be extra conscious of what we put out there in the next days/weeks leading up to it. 

Both the Summer Solstice  and the New Moon in Cancer brought an emphasis to emotional integration and healing. Many (most?) of our triggers and reactions tend to be rooted in the past - patterns laid down in childhood underlay many if the core beliefs that are still with us today. 

Who told you you weren't  good enough - smart enough - attractive enough - strong enough? 

The recent New Moon in Cancer reoresents a chance to press the reset button.  It's time to let go of all that negative programming and undertsand our intrinsic value as human beings. We don't have to remain victims of our past.

Yet to move forward consciously - there may be inner work to be done so we can be more aware of how those triggers effect and control us in those subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

It's very easy to self sabatoge or get sideswiped by others emotional baggage right now - and we'll never know what hit us! (You know like those people on the train or subway with a huge backpack and they turn around and knock you off your feet!) 

Yet there is tremendous potential for big shifts and breakthroughs if we can use this energy rather than let it use us!

According to Evolutionary Astrology - Pluto represents the souls evolutionary  journey - showing where we've been - and where we are going. It's polarity point (opposite) points to where we need to focus. Right now that point is in the sign of Cancer (opposite Pluto in Capricorn).

The sign of Cancer is about home, family and nurturing, and is ultimately about getting in touch with our feelings. Emotional intelligence requires we and heal those wounded parts, so we can be whole and healthy human beings. Self love is the message of the day - which may sound narcissistic - and could be if it's merely self aggrandizatiin (to cover up feeling small)- but ultimately it's about knowing our own worth.

As Pluto, also known as 'The Destroyer', breaks down and shakes down old structures, authority systems , governments etc. (Capricorn) - we may be left feeling vulnerable, insecure, and uncertain. And that mix - when stirred up by Mars as it is currently - can make us extremely reactive and defensive. 

Mars in Cancer will help us to stand up to defend our family, and our loved ones, si can be useful when facing any adversity or challenge in our home life. 

As our survival instincts get triggered (Mars/Omuto) we must choose between love or fear. Ever hear that saying that fear is the opposite of love?

True self love is our natural state. Every child reflects so much innocence and purity and beauty - and that's who we all are inside.

So - as always these days- the call is to stand up - wake up know who we are - honour who we are - and therefore - honour each other.

Cause we are all in this together! 

P.s. A majour solar eclipse in Leo - is crossing the US on August 21st. Between now and then the focus will continue to be  emotional healing and release.