The Stars Next Week: A Very Quick Heads Up

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I was just letting my Patrons know about THIS WEEKEND (to become a Patron look here) when I realized EVERYTHING that is going on next week. 

This weekend though is the New Moon in Aries conjunct Uranus AND Mercury going direct and I told them it may be MESSAGES MESSAGES MESSAGES all weekend long – like all the Pages from the Tarot REVERSED!

You may feel frazzled. Confused. Busy. TOO MANY MESSAGES!!

But about next week. Listen to this y’all: 

Venus in Taurus opposes Jupiter and trines Pluto.
CHIRON ENTERS ARIES
SATURN GOES RETROGRADE
Sun conjunct Uranus (and remember Uranus enters Taurus in May)
Sun enters Taurus
Pluto goes retrograde

Is that enough for you? It’s enough for me. I think what I’m going to do is break it down EACH DAY on my YouTube channel. Visit me there. I’m uploading frequently including new astro/tarot videos each morning (although I didn’t today – I probably will in the afternoon).

Each day I’ll have something to say about each of these aspects…

Stay tuned my friends. Love you. And as always, if you want to reach out for a Reading, look here. I’m ready when you are. 
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Announcing Changes to TAROT PRACTICE GROUP

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ANNOUNCING CHANGES to the new Tarot Group I was advertising.

In part I wanted to do this new Tarot Group for me.

Because I love Tarot, I love to teach Tarot. It’s part of my income yes but it’s also my deep love for these topics, devotion to these topics.

But now I’ve decided to scrap my original idea. The one I’ve been advertising.

I’m not liking some of the responses that I’m getting and it’s making me think – that I’m going about it the wrong way.

So I am REVISING my plan and the cost.

It’s Mercury retrograde after all. Was bound to happen.

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What To Wear To A Fire: Sun Square Pluto April 10th

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I didn’t get much sleep last night so I figured may as well write. I’ve got a lot on my mind. Let me explain. 

I decided to go to sleep early last night. Daylight Saving time has been kicking my ass. Up too late and sleeping too late. Napping in the day.

So last night at 10:30 pm sharp I turned off Survivor and went to bed. I was awakened at midnight by a sound – wasn’t sure what it was. Different, louder, more persistent than the usual ambulance or cop or firetruck that make routine visits next door to the two elderly lady roomates. What it was was a fire.

On my block, about four houses down, a house was burning.

Eventually happily we found out that the owner of the old stone house was at work overnight and perfectly fine –

except now his house was badly burned and everything he owned irretrievable. It was devastating to see and I did see — I stayed a while because the immediate neighbor couldn’t go back inside his house.  He was clearly in shock. He thought it was HIS place on fire as the huge hoses had to douse the side of his place so that the fire wouldn’t spread and could have as the paint was bubbling. It took hours to put it out. It was reaching the trees and we have TALL TREES here. He didn’t even have shoes on. He must have run out.

There’s a big used booksale a couple times a year where I live and the last couple times I’ve scooped up as much astrology and tarot as I could and yesterday finally dipped into Celeste Teal who I’ve never read but had one of her books sitting on my porch for over a year.

Astrological keywords and themes are familiar to us all by now, if we read this material, and I don’t mind when the same stuff repeats as it often does. Some say it better than others and Teal is one of those someones. I loved the way she talked about Pluto which of course was the first chapter I turned to (First House Moon conjunct Pluto here). 

Paraphrasing Teal:
Pluto roots out, exposes what is HIDDEN so that it can be cleansed, cleaned, healed.

Okay I am not so tacky as to say this is a metaphor for the man’s house burning.  It’s a major trauma. His experience shouldn’t be reduced to a blog post and it’s not–

but these three things happened at the same time – my thinking about Pluto, collaborating on a spiritual project with my sister, the burning house.

Pluto destroys in order to rebuild. It HAS TO. 

This week (tomorrow, in fact) we have that Sun square Pluto and it’s an opportunity, your opportunity to go deeper, even deeper down than you’re used to and with a holy holy purpose.

Something in your life needs to be dredged up, exposed… so that it can be re-seen and, yes, healed, transmuted.

Reconnecting with my sister over the last few days has been a bandage for me. Staunching the bleeding. Before it happened, I was bleeding out, homeless in spirit. And believe me I have no idea how to “deal with” family. So we reconnect and we are collaborating on an ancestral healing but life with family isn’t all light work. It’s earth work. The other day my editor said working with a publisher is like a family. You won’t bug us when you reach out. I realized I had no idea what she meant. Family? Huh?

I remember from another book about Pluto, how Pluto rules mines, hidden treasure beneath the earth.

How do you know when you’re healing?

When the magick or exorcism or process is working? When you don’t have to TRY to feel better meaning more open or connected LESS IN PAIN or it may be a different word for you. There’s a groundedness to it. Reality. Much more to say but have to go for now…

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The Stars This Week: Sun Square Pluto Is Your Exorcism

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So I already wrote about Sun square Pluto here
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Could be dark at times BUT Sun Pluto has power AND there are good aspects too. Let’s explore a bit.

What is Sun square Pluto good for? WORKING WITH THE DEAD.

But this isn’t the Rated G version. More like a messy exorcism (aren’t they all?) than a love and light “energy clearing” but it’s ALL energy clearing as I wrote on my Twitter today.

All these magical and spiritual techniques exist to adjust OUR energy. That money spell you did is drawing money to you because you wipe away the schmutz from your own spirit. Easier said than done? Probably. Yes.

But Sun Pluto can help you with this. Because it’s compulsive. You’ll want to look for the monster in the closet. Talk to the monster. Love the monster. Just bring a bib or a broom or something for the clean up crew.

Last night after having a certain spiritual conversation with someone (I’m being vague on purpose) I had to lay down. I got a physical reaction. I was fine but affected. We are being detectives and we have a job to do. But first we are figuring out the way and then we will do it. And then she said to me: first for us and then for others.

OTHERWISE: 

Venus trine Mars and both sextile Neptune. Consider this a light touch, a comforting touch. Venus is in croissant-loving Taurus and making good aspects to both Mars and Neptune. This is a good news for our collective mood and appetites. We can take breaks without feeling guilty. We look good, we feel good.

And then on Sunday Mercury goes direct and we have a New Moon at 26 Aries. I’ll address these in a separate blog post.

Until then I wish you good stars and good cards xoxo

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I prefer if folks can pay 4 months in advance – but I’m happy to consider month by month. Here’s what’s on my mind:

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Sharing favorite spreads, techniques, intuition skills. Anything and everything Tarot. I want there to be FLOW. Ideas for daily practice.

I view this group as ongoing not as a class-class from A to Z but immersion and learning by doing and living with the cards. REALLY getting to know the cards.

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Sun Square Pluto This One’s For You (April 10th)

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Although the weekend is more cheerful
(if you can call *any* Venus Saturn combo cheerful) than the past few days, next week we go dark again.

Why do I say this? Sun square Pluto. Does it even matter what sign? Sun square Pluto is Sun square Pluto is Sun square Pluto. Or is it? Don’t signs matter? OF COURSE THEY DO. Pluto in Capricorn is not Pluto in Libra or Pluto in Virgo. Not concerned with the same stuff of life.

If Pluto is a destroyer (one of her many incarnations) and Capricorn is associated with Saturn the Builder, then what? Then what you are building is constantly dying on you.

And here comes Aries Season, here comes the Sun in Aries, and one esoteric Sun in Aries meaning is the near death experience and walking away from that experience into life. Alive. Redeemed. Let me explain. I grew up Jewish, traditionally so. My family left it in certain key ways and I returned to it intensely in my 20s and 30s and I had a Jewish education so it’s no surprise that I will give you a story from the Torah.

The Aries glyph is the ram and in the book of Genesis, Abraham is told by God to sacrifice his beloved son Issac. In the nick of time, God calls to Abraham and tells him to substitute a ram in place of his son. Scapegoat.

Can you imagine how Issac must have felt? I wrote a poem about it once. But what I want you to take away from this Torah story and astrology story is this:

We are always having a near death experience. We are always on the altar. And we are always being called to by God. It’s just that sometimes the astrology makes it more clear, makes us SEE.

The Sun enters Aries and says to Pluto in Capricorn:

Don’t die that way. Die this way.

Our job is to find out what that means (for each of us individually) and how to do it. How to do it right. How to change right. How to sacrifice right. How to surrender right. How to be a servant of what is holy right (whatever holy means to you).

Think of the Death card in the Tarot. Not always a literal death, right? No. Not always.

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Saturn Goes Retrograde April 17th

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Are you thinking about Saturn going retrograde? It’s on my mind.

What have you been building? Ready to reassess?

I know a thing or two about Saturn y’all. This triple Cancer knows a thing or two, yes.

But I’ll tell you this. Saturn isn’t enough. Ever.

If you’ve had a very Saturn life – lots of lessons, HARD lessons, pain, then you know what I’m talking about. I’ve had a Saturn life. It’s how I know so much. How I can help people.

This is Saturn talk, real talk. One of the most difficult sides to Saturn is deprivation. Feeling that hunger, emptiness, loss. That life is only hard. You got no money, no love, no sense of purpose. What else God take away now? What else is there to take? Your last tooth maybe. Sanity. Peace of mind.

Here’s my question for you – Saturn is going retrograde soon and you get a break. WE get a break

So the question is: what will you do with that time, those months, so that you can come back to Saturn with a PLAN. A plan that will last a while. A plan that is worthy of your soul’s purpose.

Hey you know me. We can talk about this. We can talk about your Saturn. It’s why I’m here. I’m just a phone call away. But in the meantime, I want you to think about it. Think.

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Commit Or Quit: MARS CONJUNCT SATURN

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Commit or quit. This is on my mind today.

So I started to write a new book. Actually a book proposal. For a book.

And I sent it to one agent and I think she didn’t really feeeeeeeeeel the material and this happened yesterday under THIS SKY and I really wanted to quit. Maybe. Maybe. I was on the ledge. How long have I been writing? Forever. Writing, striving, writing, striving. I’m tired. Give me some ease please. Let me send my proposal to ONE person and get a YES. Is that too much to ask. Apparently it is.

And this morning I started thinking thinking thinking. Yesterday too. What to do. Ideas started to come about the outline and how to write the rest of it, or more of it, and just now looked at the chapters I submitted wondering what I needed to change to make them “better” and I thought NO. I have to write this… THIS WAY. 

I want to write a BEAUTIFUL book. But it’s also a story. A memoir.

It takes courage to not give up, to stay true to a vision, especially when no one can see you. But that’s what Mars Saturn energy is to me. Mars Saturn does not give up. 

I wanted to quit my Saturn book too. I had to do a HUGE rewrite in a short amount of time. I wanted to quit. I didn’t quit. And now the book can be purchased (soon). 

Quit if you want. It’s up to you.
Commit if you want. It’s up to you. But under this sky? Make it matter.

That You May Hate Everyone: Mars Saturn square Mercury

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That you may hate everyone under this sky. I just made a video about this. Not the hate but the difficulty of this square-sky.

Mercury square Mars today.
Mercury square Saturn tomorrow.

Frustration. Delay. Depression.
HOWEVER Mars Saturn doesn’t give up. Ever. Yes, I would say EVER.
Ever.

How are you feeling?

Mercury retrograde in ARIES: your perceptions are skewed. You are too fast, making snap decisions. Slow down. DO YOU HEAR ME? Slow down.
There.

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So I Got On A Plane: The Healing Power of Chiron in Aries

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Chiron in Aries: no time to waste

Chiron in Aries: crush the disease
Chiron in Aries: what do we want? HEALING! When do we want it? NOW. 

It’s like a television show wrap-up, after the finale. We have to talk about Chiron in Pisces. What did it mean? What did we learn? How do we say goodbye?

A gal in one of my chat rooms mentioned this – that some of my Chiron in Aries writing so far (look here) was helping her gain perspective.
She is Chiron in Pisces generation. I am Chiron in Aries.

I’m a very HOUSE oriented astrologer when there are houses available (when we have a birth time) so I am thinking about what will change when Chiron leaves my 7th House. You may want to do the same. What part of your chart is Chiron leaving? 

The sign Chiron is in describes HOW we try to get well, when healing ourselves or others — and I do identify Chiron as healing activity: medicine, magick, help, treatment — as well as our areas of focus. Chiron in Aries: HEAD CHAKRA. CROWN.

I wrote on my Facebook yesterday that Chiron in Aries will bring us medical breakthroughs. Will there be new treatments for burn victims or a cure for migraines? Aries and Mars rule fire and headaches.

Chiron in Pisces brought us spiritual and metaphysical “cures” and courses of study, such as the trendiness of everything tarot and astrology and occult these days. Shamans shamans everywhere! This was Chiron in Pisces for sure – the spirit as healing agent but with Chiron in Aries it won’t be as soft. It won’t be as compassionate. Aries is more hurry, more ego, more SELF.

Pisces is anti-self, anti-ego. See where I’m going here? Pisces is ALL ARE ONE. Aries is I AM ONE! The individual!

We are shifting from Jesus the lover to Jesus the fighter. Turn the other cheek was Chiron in Pisces. Throwing out the money changers from the temple is Chiron in Aries.

This Chiron in Pisces tarot and magick trend will cease to matter or be way less everywhere than it is now – and replaced by what? Car parts? What does Aries healing look like? Here’s one idea:

The holy masculine. And the holy masculine is more than car parts.

Chiron in Pisces was soggy. At worst, self pitying energy. Wet gushy attempts at healing trauma but ineffective inadequate platitudes. WHY ME type of energy.  I HURT. But Chiron in Aries is angry. I HURT AND I AM ANGRY. Winning at healing. Self-care. Self-cure

Why I believe Chiron in Aries will bring us modern medical breakthroughs may be my own intuition more than anything, but I feel the Aries wave coming and I feel like those of us Chiron in Aries generation will finally truly understand what Chiron in Aries wants from us because we will feel the CONTRAST (between Pisces and Aries). We will feel the compulsion to BURN WHAT NO LONGER SERVES US. BURN BURN BURN BURN BURN.

This is not to say that the entire Chiron in Pisces generation did nothing but wallow. The opposite is true for Chiron in Pisces brought and still brings true healing for many and Chiron in Pisces people are HEALERS. MORE GOD.

But there just won’t be much patience anymore for wimpy escapist inspiration. You may notice FEWER sunset yoga memes on Instagram. Not totally eradicated but less and less and to be replaced by a more MASCULINE style and imagery of helping, fixing, healing. Resurgence of men’s movement, men’s groups. HURRY UP AND HEAL.

Mars is anger. Mars is brute force. Join the army. Use anger as therapeutic tool. Leeches come into fashion again. Bloodetting. Cutting and self-harm in the news again. More tattoos.  More talk about women’s menstrual cycles as innate healing wisdom. Mars rules blood. Mars rules boxing. Sports and fitness on social media expand even more. More strength training, especially for women (this trend has already started but not peaked yet).

Here’s an example of Aries and Mars energy from Grey’s Anatomy (I am their biggest fan).

Owen and Teddy have a complicated past. They were together in Iraq, both doctors. Teddy was in love with Owen. Owen was engaged. Back in Seattle Owen falls in love with Cristina, but Teddy was in love with Owen. Then she fell in love with someone else…

OKAY LONG STORY SHORT this week on Grey’s Anatomy: both Teddy and Owen are single but Teddy lives in Germany and Owen impulsively hops on a plane to go see her and pledge his love and desire.

I’m not gonna tell you how it ends but THAT IS MARS, THAT IS ARIES. One discussion with his ex and he’s on a plane to Germany to tell Teddy let’s do this!!! HELLO MARS!

Chiron in Pisces would HOLD SPACE or meditate. Should I visit Teddy? Maybe I’ll think about it, draw a couple Tarot cards, not follow their advice, ask my guides.

Chiron in Aries gets on the plane. Chiron in Aries flies the plane. Chiron in Aries IS THE PLANE.

And because Chiron in Aries is obvious, lays it all on the table, you may miss the opportunity if you don’t jump when Aries says jump because before you know it they are long gone.

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Chiron Enters Aries (April 17th)

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Chiron is controversial.
Some astrologers don’t include him.
I do.

But when I realize that I’m avoiding the topic of Chiron changing signs in April — yes, next month — I know I need to pay attention.

Chiron matters and Chiron is not an easy energy.
If you’ve spent time in astrology circles at all then you know we call Chiron the “Wounded Healer.”

Chiron, a centaur, could heal others but not himself.  Astrologer Howard Sasportas wrote that our Saturn problems could be healed, but not Chiron, that we carry these issues with us until the end.

There’s always a risk of that old wound getting ripped open.
No salve. Vulnerable there.
And maybe we need this Chiron. Do we? 

And this:
Is all hope lost? Due to Chiron’s presence in our psyches?

No, but it will be helpful if you can make room for Chiron.
Make room for your wound, your vulnerability.
This is not easily said or done. Feels better just to hide it away.

Chiron in Aries ain’t gonna hide it away.
Chiron in Aries: LOOK AT MY DAMN WOUND SEE IT???? 

Ideally, Chiron in Aries = NO SHAME.
But if YOU have Chiron in Aries and your Chiron takes some hard aspects, it won’t be so easy to be honest and open with yourself/others about your Chiron problems!

So what do we do?

We check our charts. We see where the new transit will be, how long it will last, the aspects it will make.

Chiron in Aries may be the most important healing transit of all.

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, associated with spring, is ruled by fast and furious Mars.

It’s an initiating energy. It begins. It moves forward. It’s not roundabout. It’s direct. Direct route to healing, to a cure.
Expedited healing as I wrote on Facebook earlier today.

Sexual healing.
Passionate healing.
Healing WHO YOU ARE i.e. Aries and Mars are associated with First House of the zodiac which describes YOU.

Aries/Mars is warrior energy, pioneering, independent.

And Mars rules blood.
Chiron in Aries = blood healing, blood medicine, blood magick.
Magick of LIFE.

We are leaving the floating sea mystical realm of Chiron in Pisces for a more direct approach.

If the medicine of choice does not work? We will move on.
Chiron in Aries will be obsessed with its own healing and finding a CURE for pain.

We’ve only just begun to talk about this but I hope I’ve got you thinking… 


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Uranus In Taurus (Part Two Of Many): What Does Uranus In Taurus Mean For Taurus Sun/Rising?

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A few thoughts, dear Taurus: 

1
Talk to an Aries.

Uranus is leaving their sign. They can tell you better than anyone at this time what it might feel like, but do remember they had a URANUS PLUTO square in their life for years and Taurus folks will have a Uranus Pluto TRINE. Big difference! Better! Squares cause problems and thus solutions, but trines make life easier. Also, Saturn is in Capricorn for the first part of Uranus in Taurus. Think about that. Saturn, Uranus, Pluto ALL in earth signs! Grand trine in earth (by sign).

2
Uranus energy is disruptive. It’s not nice. It’s not pretty. You know how I’m always saying that Saturn is not Venus? Uranus is not Venus either. Uranus is not about MAKING NICE. Uranus is about, well, making messes. And these can be creative messes or messy messes or a little of both. One silver lining is that we usually have more than one transit going on at a time so if you are heading towards a challenging Uranus transit you are bound to be under something easier as well. If Uranus is about to enter your First House, you know change is coming to your town, to your life. Shake ups and break ups.

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Once Uranus enters your sign and starts to move around a little, you may not recognize yourself, dear Taurus. You may not recognize how you think, how you feel, what you do, what you want. It’s that big. It’s that important. Uranus on your Sun or Ascendent in particular will change you. So the question is: what do you want to change?

Now I’m not saying that you go to the Uranus restaurant and sit down and order something off the Uranus menu. That’s not how it works but I recommend you have your own plan going (Saturn in Capricorn supports that) to counterbalance, even in a small way, the liberation themes of Uranus in your life.

More to come, my friends
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Uranus In Taurus: What Does It Mean (Part One of Many)

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A friend of mine asked me this. She wanted to hear my take on it. Uranus in Taurus: what does it mean?

And I told her the truth: first and foremost, transits for me are PERSONAL (a transit = where the planets are now and how they affect us).

I’m not a global astrologer. I have built my practice around working one on one with folks, helping them with their dark, and light, nights of the soul. I don’t tend to predict economic or political or even cultural trends. And I’m definitely not the weather psychic. (Unless people ask and we do get into some of this stuff on my Patreon.)

But then I mentioned the earthquakes. I’m sure everyone is mentioning the earthquakes (I honestly don’t know).

Uranus (crazy) in Taurus (earth). 

But that’s not all it is right? Of course not. We have to think: okay what is Uranus about. We have to think: okay what is Taurus about?

The least you need to know: 

Uranus: not stable. 
Taurus: STABLE (supposedly, ideally, intractable stubborn earth energy, the seasons come like clockwork right? but global warming right? Uranus in Taurus)

Uranus in Taurus is Taurus gone haywire. Taurus gone “different.”

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW “BASIC” ASTROLOGY NOTHING I SAY WILL MAKE SENSE TO YOU.

(And of course I can help you with this. You can book a Reading. You can get astro tutoring. We can talk.)

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I LIKE Uranus in Taurus.

And not just because I have a lot of earth in my chart (planets in Virgo in particular and these will harmonize with Uranus in an earth sign) but because Uranus is frightening. I’m not a fan generally.

Yes I know some folks like Uranus energy a lot but they are often the ones with a pretty substantial safety net and enjoy a good joy ride and I’ve never been one of those. I don’t like those wild surprises unless they are good ones and with Uranus we cannot choose. We cannot predict how it will play out (to paraphrase Isabel Hickey who probably would have sucked at Twitter).

See, it’s hard to love Uranus unless we know we have somewhere to land (or someone to land with) after everything’s blown up — that we still have love and safety and bottom line is:  not everyone does. But I digress.

SO I like Uranus in Taurus because it slows Uranus down.

Uranus is fast, my friends. Very fast, direct, aggressive, neutral. The changes that Uranus brings to your life show up in an instant. A phone call. A flash of insight. An earthquake. Everything was one way and then… it was gone.

Taurus will slow Uranus down. That’s Point Number One that I want to make. So that fast and furious unpredictable crazy train Uranus may be less likely to leave you there bleeding.

You *may* be able to see it coming a leeeeetle better than in some of the other signs.

Yes it’s still Uranus but if you know a Taurus then you KNOW you cannot make them do anything. Not even Uranus?

We shall see…
Many more points to make. Stay tuned.
Uranus enters Taurus May 15th

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The High Priestess As Advice: The Answer Will Come

I met with a friend in our second-choice restaurant.

We love restaurants. A meal, a snack, a drink. And Tarot!

And we have a first choice restaurant, especially for our Tarot draws, but it was a Sunday and the in between hours. I live in a small town now, no longer in NYC where there are no in between hours for any place I’d be likely to go.

So we were at Second Choice, drawing cards for each other as we often do. She’s my student, if I dare say that about a Leo, but becoming a good reader of cards in her own right. Amazing how that happens with a little practice and consistency. It can happen to you too.

And I know now, more than ever, that she’s tuned in. She’s THERE. How do I know this? Because it was a full on session with lots of shuffling by both of us and I asked THE SAME question twice, at different points during the time we spent together, and she got THE SAME card each time.

The High Priestess. Same question, same card.

My friend had her own valuable ideas about what this could mean for me as advice (it was advice I was seeking for something in particular) and I did take her ideas to heart and it caused me to fire up my altar which I had not done in a while but I kept thinking about her, the High Priestess, and was remembering various keys to her mysteries, everything I knew or thought I knew and then this morning I remembered one of the most common ones:

Intuition. Trust it. Use it. But don’t push. It’s the Magician who pushes. You don’t have to.

The High Priestess was describing a METHOD. A way.  Then came my aha moment. The answer arrived.

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Maybe Painful: New Moon In Pisces – March 17th

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The New Moon this weekend is at 26 degrees Pisces so it’s time to check your chart and think about what this could mean for you. Something new?

Ordinary New Moons are ordinary New Moons. Sometimes they fit a pattern that’s easy to see and sometimes… who knows? Nevertheless, it’s never a bad idea to find that New Moon in your chart and see what she’s up to. Yes I can help you with this. 

What I don’t like: 
It’s a Sun Moon CHIRON conjunction. Chiron hurts. Your pain becomes painfully clear to you. It’s not necessarily what you’re in the mood for.

Mars enters Capricorn this same day which wouldn’t be a bad thing in and of itself but we all know that SATURN is in Capricorn so Mars jumps head first into a Mars Saturn conjunction (exact April 2nd)

and then Mars will square whatever planets are moving through Aries including Uranus when it gets to the later degrees.

Mars Saturn: driving with the brakes on.

Dear Cardinal Signs:
You may feel a little frustrated.

Yesterday I was trying to explain the concept of the CARDINAL CROSS to a client who doesn’t know any astrology, other than her Sun Sign (and no shame in that, we all start somewhere) and I told her how the Cardinal signs are each aligned with the Equinoxes, the Seasons, and thus they are BEGINNERS i.e. they start stuff! They begin!

These four signs (four points of the cross) are Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. Spring Fall Summer Winter. When these signs interact in your chart or in the sky, there is tension, frustration AND drive and compulsion (squares and oppositions). I tried to leave out the jargon and just explain the bigger picture and how it feels and I think she got it. She said she did. It’s a Cardinal CROSS folks. We can feel mighty stuck.

This is why I give you the “frustration warning” now. Fast moving planets in Aries, including the SUN soon enough. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. Folks with planets in any of the cardinal signs will really feel this I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN”T GET UP feeling.

You may feel stuck or hopeless or hopelessly stuck.

What to do when/if the going gets tough:

Breakthrough energy is here, my friends. Ace of Swords. This is you. Keep your weapon handy.

What do you use to cut through, break through, when you feel you just can’t?

In the words of the great Scorpio Neil Young: don’t let it bring you down. Easier said than done I know, but your Ace is sharp sharp truth.

Wise mind, my friends. Use your wise mind to cut through. Be wiser than your problems. The truth is that you are. No lie.

xoxo

PS I had an Ace of Swords picture up but I’m having weird tech issues with pictures going sideways even when they seem fine — no matter what I try it’s not working! so I had a pic up but then had to take it down.

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Jupiter Retrograde & The Writer’s Way

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I have a little homework for you.

A notebook. Any notebook. It doesn’t have to be fancy but some folks like fancy. Sometimes I like fancy.

I had times where I bought fancy notebooks and journals and all kinds, but these days it’s cheap spiral or composition notebook from Publix and usually these are for my “to do” lists but now I have an idea for Jupiter retrograde.

Keep track.

Until July 10th when Jupiter goes Direct.

Will you do it?
xo

Slow Down For Jupiter Retrograde (In Scorpio)

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I invite you to watch my trilogy, three videos for Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio. Here is the link. And for videos and writing that aren’t available anyplace else, become a Patron here. 

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I haven’t looked at next week’s stars yet.

I’m still thinking about Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio and how we are supposed to examine the direction we’ve been heading in ever since Jupiter hit Scorpio.

There are details we’ve missed. There is a story there.
You had no idea you needed to pause and now the pause is here.

What to make of it? Is this something we should put effort into? Make our lists or just vaguely keep it in the backs of our minds?

My vote is a vote for effort. Conscious activity and exploration of what you have been growing in your life in your Scorpio House(s).

Because something magnificent is starting or continuing and don’t you want to comb through it?

You may have missed a clue.

xo

ARE YOU ON A QUEST? Jupiter Goes Retrograde LET THE BALLOON POPPING COMMENCE (A Cautionary Tale)

"jupiter retrograde" Last night I was talking to a friend (name redacted to protect the possibly innocent) and she told me a story. 

Some background:

she’s searching for the PERFECT JOB. The perfect job for her. She’s the breadwinner of the family. The burden’s on her. Her field is a money making field BUT… she has not been happy in it for years and has bounced around a bit (still in her field) trying to find this PERFECT JOB, including job counselors and healers and shamans to help “solve” this “problem.”

She’s on a quest.
It’s not just a job she’s after and not just a perfect job. 
QUEST!

If you are on a quest, let me give you a little advice:

BE VERY CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO YOU about your dreams, plans, any of it!

Why? Because they gonna pop your bubble. Your well meaning friends and family who have some REALITY for you and are looking after your own good with their warnings and practical advices.

If you decide to share, take it all with a grain of salt because you may suffer what my poor friend did:

her balloon got popped!!!

She was SO excited, feeling her groove, her mojo, NEW PATH and the signs were coming fast and furious YES YES YES and then… just like that… the “friends” started showing up with their naysaying and by the time she spoke to me she wanted an energy read on the situation because of her deflated balloon of excitement. Gone.

Moral of story astrologically? Jupiter goes retrograde this week. You may encounter more of these balloon popping folks although actually many of us are surrounded by these “well meaning” types ALL THE TIME. 

Now I’m NOT saying to live in la-la land but there is a time and place for Neptune and there is a time and place for Saturn AND for Jupiter too. It’s okay to reach for the stars. It’s okay to be unrealistic.

Who can you trust? Find out. Have friends (maybe) that you tell your precious fledgling ideas to. It’s not gonna be everyone. Tell your astrologer/tarot reader (such as myself, yes!) who will hold your dream in her hands without crushing it.

So. Jupiter retrograde. People are not gonna be so rah rah rah but this may be true for Jupiter in Scorpio overall to be honest. It’s just a more… SKEPTICAL Jupiter.

And skepticism is the LAST thing we need when we are ON A QUEST!!!

ARE YOU ON A QUEST???

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The Stars This Week: Jupiter Retrograde & ARIES ALREADY?

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I sent out a newsletter this morning with a few thoughts about JUPITER GOING RETROGRADE. Click here! You can also subscribe at this link!

But you know what? I want to talk about integrity. Even though I plan to talk about Jupiter retro and the week ahead, I want to talk about integrity too.

This is on my mind ALL THE DAMN TIME, no doubt in part because Saturn is in Capricorn.

Part of integrity for me is that I live according to my standard. What I think is right or true or good.

Doing the right thing. Am I who I say I am. No two-faced duplicity.

Do you have thoughts on this topic of integrity? 

I mentioned earlier that I STOPPED allowing comments on this blog because the spam got out of hand. If you have thoughts on this topic, visit my Facebook. I’m going to start a thread there RIGHT NOW (It’s Sunday 4:30 pm Eastern time March 4th).

I often think about integrity in regards to my YouTube. I’m still figuring out how best to show up there. Not that I’m there without integrity but… I want to do more/better.

But about Jupiter going retrograde…

That happens this week. In Scorpio of course. It happens on Thursday, March 8th. It goes direct July 10th (and I just realized now I think I put the wrong end date in my newsletter!).

What does it mean for us? I like what I said in that email about reviewing our expansion and I’m not just throwing around some obvious Jupiter keyword. I mean it honestly and sincerely, with integrity. With Jupiter we GROW. It’s time to review the pathway thus far.

Are we growing in the right direction? In the right ways? Towards the right places and people? Right track? Are we reaching towards the right future?

Is it time to move on?
What parts of our path and story need revising?

Jupiter in Scorpio likes the deep realms. How can you go even deeper?

I’m thinking about my “career.” The things I am interested in expanding. Are they correct and true? And what about personally? Time to review what has grown.

And what about the house that Jupiter is transiting for you? And in what areas of life have *you* been expanding or growing?

Take a step back. What is there?

Remember that Jupiter and Saturn currently sextile – no matter the degree. Scorpio and Capricorn sextile. Faith and planning.

Also this week:
Mercury enters Aries
Venus enters Aries

This is huge, y’all. The start of the astrological new year. Almost. We need the Sun to enter Aries for that and that’s this month as well.

The gloomy news:

the week brings us an unpleasant Mercury Saturn square (depression, mean people, negative thinking, inertia, writer’s block) and NO WONDER THE CARDS I DREW FOR MY PATRONS …

but we also two marvelous aspects –

Mars trine Uranus and Sun sextile Pluto. This is dynamic and creative and I’m so sick of the word “power” or “powerful” but how else to describe Sun sextile Pluto. Power without domination. Thing after thing, you get it all done!

So no wonder this week is a little wonky. Any week that has a Mercury Saturn square is going to have its gloomy moments. We have an intense Moon Pluto conjunction on Sunday too but Mars Uranus? Mars Uranus is exciting. And Sun Pluto? Sun Pluto in good aspect is CONFIDENT.

Hold tight. That’s my advice. Weather the Mercury Saturn storm and by Sunday you’ll be inventing a whole new world. Best case scenario, right? Right!

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Writers Are Never Done: A Very Pisces Weekend

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Sometimes I’d think:

I’m done with Moon Pluto. Done with Moon Pluto Astrology.

Not done with writing or helping people or being an astrologer but done with *this* blog.

My Tree City Witch blog on Patheos Pagan is going to get a new name and it will be a blog proper and not just a “column,” as part of their Agora section.

Although I do want to make that blog more my blog home, I started to realize today that maybe I wasn’t done yet – not done *here* yet.

Writers are never done. A writer is always writing. Even when they aren’t writing. Every moment is an opportunity for new ideas to come. This is how I’ve always lived and it’s what has always happened. Go for a walk and the poems come.

And now on the verge of having my first book published – not of poems but of astrology – I feel like I am a writer again. Even though I never stopped writing.

What are YOU? Have you ever stopped being you? 

When I saw all the planets in Pisces this weekend CONJUNCT I thought okay. I’m gonna flow with it. I’m gonna write and I’m gonna reach my Pisces North Node ONCE AND FOR ALL (ha).  Can’t fight the Pisces, y’all! It won’t work!

I made a video for my Patrons with some advice and drew cards about this weekend and no surprise to see the Seven of Cups right? Of course Seven of Cups.

Got weekend plans for the Piscean flow? What are you working on?

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Video Round Up! Links Links Links

"lunar eclipse in leo"New blog post is up on my Patheos Pagan column, Tree City Witch
The topic? DONALD TRUMP AND THE LUNAR ECLIPSE IN LEO

And then on YouTube just now I uploaded a couple of videos. "lunar eclipse in leo"

1) a Patron at the $25 monthly level got herself a personal video
2) three cards for the Eclipse
3) three cards for LEOS and LEO RISINGS and the Eclipse (still uploading but there shortly)

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