The Stars This Week: Jupiter Retrograde & ARIES ALREADY?

"jupiter goes retrograde"
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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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Redemption Comes + Next Week Squares Chiron

"full moon eclipse in pisces" Redemption comes. I know this more than anymore. Or, I should say, as much as anyone who has survived hard transits to the Ascendent and/or Sun from all the outer planets at the same time. Major aspects. Squares and oppositions. Hard transits.

See, I know what it is to have lost everything or almost everything. More than once. And I know what it is to NOT believe that good feelings are possible or to feel anything but fear or horror or grief or obligation.

And I’m not talking about forever or happily ever after or expectations but about this redemption moment, the present moment. It’s here and then it’s gone. Because another moment comes but that another moment can be ripe and juicy and pickable.

Let me make myself perfectly clear: this post is not about “look at how awesome I am!”

This post is about YOU TOO can come back from the dead, which is a theme I’ve been blogging about for years, if you’ve been with me that long.

Every client I talked to today is going through it. Seemingly intractable situations and in every situation we try to find a little light.

Hours ago I wrote about Saturn square Neptune and Venus square Pluto (that link is here) so let’s look ahead to next week already. Why not!

OH. One more thing. Show me. Teach me. Show me. Teach me. Show me. That’s what you say. That’s what you can say. A mantra of sorts. That’s what you can say to your God, your Goddess, your Higher Power, your Higher Self, when you feel lost, confused, beaten down, hopeless, sick, afraid.

Show me.

And then wait. It’ll come. Word will come. The way will come. This is the way the universe works.

A little about next week: 

Early in the week:
Sun conjoins Mercury (who is retrograde) and squares Mars in Sagittarius. Fine with me. Bring it. So what if we are torn between the job and the road trip. Do half the job and drive half as far. That’s one solution.

Later in the week we get hard aspects to Chiron. This is more difficult because Chiron tends to make us feel exposed and both Sun and Mars bully this painful point AND the Moon is in Pisces leading up to…

Friday’s Full Moon ECLIPSE at 24 Pisces but then the weekend brings us a Mars Uranus trine AND a Venus Uranus opposition. Whatever happens happens so damn fast.

How you fare this week, I think, depends upon what’s already going on in your chart. If you feel you’re on the upswing? I think the bulk of that stays. If you already feel down and out, it could be good to lay low.


No Cyclone, No Tempest: The Stars This Week (+ Libra Season: How To Have A Relationship W/O Losing Yourself Pt 4)

"full moon eclipse in aries" The more you love, the greater the fear of death.
And maybe yours.
But more theirs!
So you choose not to love.

Is this you? Is this you in love?
And then what happens?

(Yes if you want to read all my blog posts of the continuing series for Libra Season: How to Have a Relationship without Losing Yourself, you must subscribe, but in the meantime please enjoy this post!!)

Tip no. 5:
Go and return.
Leave so you can come back again.
Hide and Seek.

To quote poet Jack Gilbert:
Love is apart from all things.
Desire and excitement are nothing beside it.

Do you agree? 


A few highlights of the week:

Some of us need more Venus. Some of us need less. I could use a bit more smart Venus strategy. I admit it! I am not strategic. I’m emotional. Reactive. Passionate. Angsty. (So I write. And then I write more.)

To quote Jack Gilbert again: Passion is clearly the path but does not bring us to love.

For those of you who want (or need) EVEN MORE VENUS, the Goddess enters Libra tomorrow. She is here to teach you. Follow her lead if you are like me, if you need her. She attracts what she needs. She doesn’t need to bark or bite. Or yell. Oh no. Heaven forfend. Not that. No yelling, please :) But she’s a button pusher nonetheless. Oh yes she is.

"mars trine uranus" The calm before the storm. That’s how this week feels to me. Storm isn’t the word I want though. There may be no storm. It may be sunny skies all the way for you. No cyclone, no tempest.

My point is that… there are a number of juicy aspects this weekend (thus they are building now and we feel that pressure) and next week is a Total Lunar Eclipse (at 15 degrees Aries – which partnerships will die? Which partnerships will live? ) so… we walk across the rooftops this week.

The Moon is in Capricorn mid-week which will conjoin Pluto of course and make a tsquare with Uranus and the transiting planets in Libra. You want tense? You got tense. Sorry Cancers :( You are the “empty leg” here but please do not hide. Instead: observe.

Weekend Fun Ahead ;)
Sun in Libra square Pluto (someone is jealous of your pretty dress)
Mars square Chiron (the bandaid isn’t holding, the bandaid is leaking, you are bleeding)
Mercury goes Retrograde (extra wobbly scheduling, double check everything)
Mars trine Uranus (and Jupiter) YESSSSS!!!!!!

Keep doing your thing. Keep driving. Suddenly that’s the image that came to mind. You in your car. Singing to the radio. Driving along. And you are passing this billboard and that billboard and this landmark and that landmark and this strip mall and that monument to AMERICAN LIFE (I am writing to you from America) and sundry consumer outpost. Keep going. DO NOT STOP TO SHOP. YOU DO NOT WANT WHAT THEY ARE SELLING. They are selling Sun Pluto dramarama. They are selling Mars Chiron salt on a wound and Mercury Retorgrade fuck with your plans. JUST. SAY. NO. Because next week…

What I’m suggesting is not avoidance although Mars square Chiron (and Neptune) could present denial as a good time (Mars in Sag). What I am suggesting is that you GO PAST IT. Observe and go past it. Into the wild. Into next week. Because next week is the game changer (the Eclipse) the start of a run of energy that has change in mind for you.

AND we’ve got the Fire Trine of Faith and Courage and Creativity on our side here.

My only other request is that you look good for Libra Season. Spend some time on your look. Some time, some money. It never hurt anyone to make a little effort. Even I’m wearing some lip color while I type this :) EVEN ME, BITCHES!

Love is one of many great fires, writes Jack Gilbert.

Which fire will you tend to this week? 


News From The Tarot Clinic Plus THE SKY THE SKY THE SKY

"jupiter trine uranus" I just gave my students in the TAROT CLINIC the most amazing assignment. Well, I think it’s amazing… :)

Yesterday I transcribed a mentoring talk I had with Tarot author/master Rachel Pollack about the Celtic Cross. And today I talked more about Yoav Ben-Dov’s Open Reading and I tasked them with creating a brand new Tarot spread, using a traditional Tarot deck and embodying principles of BOTH.

This is tricky because at first glance these two methods of reading Tarot are quite different.

And I realized that all my classes wind up being classes in opening up creativity…

Think about it: how do you create something structured and yet open and free? How do you make room for Saturn AND Neptune? What would that look like? What kind of poem?

I am excited to see what my little kittens put together :) And the truth is.. the Open Reading is more a way of “interpreting” the cards. I believe it is possible and will be super fun to create, perhaps, a spread of STRUCTURE but then read in an OPEN way. That’s just one option.


Listen, anyone who reads here knows I’ve gone mostly private. And you can Subscribe to the blog easy. Just click on the link for info. However I’ll still be posting once or twice a week for all to read if they want to read :)

We have so much going on in THE SKY the rest of the September and the beginning of October it’s just…
Well, here is a short list… 

-Sun enters Libra
-Pluto goes Direct
-Jupiter inconjunct Chiron
-Jupiter trine Uranus
-Mercury enters Scorpio (Mercury is currently in its shadow)
-Sun inconjunct neptune
-Venus enters Libra
-Venus inconjunct Neptune
-Sun square Pluto
-Mars square Chiron
-Mercury goes RX
-Mars trine Uranus (and Jupiter)

What do think? Mercury Retrograde beckoning us to redo/renew/review. Pluto issues moving forward into LESS POWER STRUGGLE WITH OTHERS THANK GOD. And a Grand Trine in Fire? BRING IT! We need to be lit up.

I know people are annoyed we have to deal with more Libra. We all have Mars in Libra PTSD ;) but I’m feeling this retrograde actually has answers. But you have to pay attention :)

Have you had any breakthroughs lately? Or feeling like you will? 

Love, MP

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The Stars This Weekend: Up All Night! September 14th/15th

I felt a little overwhelmed when looking at this weekend’s transits. Let’s break it down a little. I want to talk about what’s jumping out at me.

Today, September 13th: Venus is trine Neptune. LOVE IS IN THE AIR but Love (Venus) is in Scorpio.

As I wrote on Facebook: the Sun is still in Virgo but it’s already DO OR DIE season around here. Scorpio is NOT a sugar cookie. Repeat after me: Scorpio is NOT a sugar cookie (more like belladonna).

Venus + Neptune in harmonious aspect: something IS going right in your world (with your resources and define that however you want) if only you would tune-in and notice it. Not let it pass you by. There is an undercurrent though, thanks to this Scorpio, which feels like… you can’t quite shake how it was, despite whatever is shaping up for you now. Reminds me of the Jewish wedding ceremony. A glass is broken. We interrupt the joy. But then we return to it. Our lives begin.


September 14th and 15th:  we’re still under the influence of the Venus Neptune trine but we also have a mighty mighty YOD between Chiron in Pisces, Mars in Leo and Mercury in Libra. There are other aspects as well but I want to tackle this one first.

What I want you to do is KEEP YOUR EYE ON CHIRON.

Keep your eye on transiting Chiron (in your chart) AND your natal Chiron (because those issues, of your natal Chiron, will echo). That’s the key here. There IS forward movement. FINALLY. And by forward movement I mean a deal is being sealed. It could be a decision. A decision that you need not share with anyone BUT YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW NOW that…

-you really do deserve that job and you are perfect for it

-this really is THE love of your life

-that dream really was prophetic and that voice you heard inside you really is Divine guidance  (For the people facing unbearable tests at this time, my heart is with you.)

What will it take? COURAGE. Stepping up. Mars is in LEO. What will it take? OTHER PEOPLE. Mercury in Libra. Don’t go it alone.

Chiron always involves pain. The embarrassing kind. Not a broken ankle but a broken heart, broken spirit.

But with this Mars/Mercury sextile in the signs of heroic Leo and righteous Libra? You realize the solution has been there all along, or at least for a while now, right in front of you.

Here’s the problem: Mercury is also square Pluto.

You can still fall into tactic-land: manipulation, paranoia, drama.

But then in rides a solution: Mars is trine Uranus! This energy is so… it’s yang but yin. Let me try to explain. Mars is yang. Uranus is yang. Leo and Aries: both yang. Forceful, proud, “masculine” energy. Like Clark Gable in the Misfits.

But the trine? Trines flow like rivers, yin. It’s such a high vibration, it’s so fast, so fleeting, so RECEPTIVE, so soprano (know what I’m saying?) you will miss it if you blink.

So pay attention and don’t worry about sleep this weekend. A gal in the Moon Lodge already commented that she hasn’t been sleeping well and honestly I think that’s perfect for this sky.

Sleep when it comes. Dream when it comes. And, again, think about Chiron and the number 10. Completion. Chiron and Mars at 10 degrees and Mercury not far behind. That’s what is changing now for you. That degree in your chart and where Chiron is for you.

Love, MP

P.S. And I didn’t even mention yet (at least not in this post) Saturn in Scorpio trine Chiron or Pluto in Capricorn sextile Chiron. But basically if you’ve got stuff at 8,9,10 degrees, you are in direct conversation with the Divine.


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Waking Up With The Divine: New Moon In Libra

"new moon in libra"In the Creativity class, we were talking about New Moon rituals and someone came up with a great idea and I did it and it changed.

What I mean is that I thought it meant one thing but it meant another. The result was different than I had imagined. Already. I was skipping to my lou in Neptuneland, sprinkling fairy dust all around me AND THEN without even trying? Reality. Reality came back. Everything that I had forgotten. Everything that I had put sparkly blue eyeshadow on.

I have a Neptune Saturn opposition in my chart. It works like this. I cruise along on the dream and then my boat crashes. Iceberg!

So I recommend setting an intention and doing a ritual for the New Moon if only because you don’t know what will happen. It could be a straight shot to truth.

Mars trines Uranus as well so expect the unexpected in a good way. There could be a reversal of an issue that you’ve grown tired of dealing with and the reversal is a TRINE.

And for those dealing with relationship (Libra) woes? Pray.

Spend the entire day in prayer and meditation or as much of it as you can. Wake up your relationship with the Divine. It matters more than you realize. This is wisdom that has less to do with Libra and more to do with my 12th House Venus. The quieter you can get inside = more revelation (Uranus) and more guidance.




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The Stars Today: Of Dreams And Limbs

"new moon in libra"A Twitter friend is taking a poll this morning.

Many of us had weird dreams last night. I did too.

The Moon was void of course in Virgo and still is. Her theory is that Saturn trine Neptune also had a part. Makes sense to me :)

I want to blog again though about love. I think I’ll be doing a series. A series with no organization other than that I’m doing it  :) and Venus is in Virgo so something needs fixing.

Here is what I got up to scribble on a piece of paper in the wee early morning hours:

When you love someone and you can’t be with them, for whatever reason, they become  a part of you like another limb. You live with it. You can think of it as an arm or a leg. Or a tree limb. I love tree of life imagery so I’m thinking of it that way. As an emanation, a sefira. It can’t be removed, only expressed.

And I tend to write about your love-feelings as being yours. Inspired by the other person but YOURS. And lately I’m thinking that the persistence of certain love-feelings inside me has more than one meaning.

You have a job to do while Venus is in Virgo. So do I. To fix this love. And the fixing can be either–

1. releasing it

2. holding it close (i.e. intense longing as an exorcism, could be for release or relief)

3. doing nothing, sitting still

You may even groom (Venus) your tree limb. Make sure it’s comfortable and looks nice. Treat it with respect. Don’t be critical of it. Build an altar to it. 

Side issue: 

Clients routinely come to me with internet love problems. It’s the world we live in. And I know of what they speak. I was involved in one of these too. In many cases, the love is real. It’s not your imagination. The connection is real. But it’s built on the un-real, fantasy. Not knowing what  the person smells like or the expressions they make, despite Skype calls ;)

My advice is this: don’t let it go on for too long without making it real because you are worth a real life and a real love. Go back to the library. Return the book. And be on your merry way. It may not make either of you bad people but the longer you prolong the fantasy cycle, the longer you… avoid a deeper connection. Saturn in Scorpio will not allow this. There is a limit, a formidable limit, to what you can do without a body close-by. Save the spirit interaction for you and your ancestors. And if it’s meant to be, then it will be. But not because you waited by your phone/text/email/Skype.

Of course this is just me. There are folks out there who may be totally satisfied with overly Neptune love. But I’ve got Saturn transiting my 3rd House and the 3rd House speaks. I will be preaching Saturn.

About the Stars Today: no exact aspects. Moon enters Libra in the evening. Tomorrow the Moon makes aspects to the usual suspects including opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto and trining Jupiter!

Best of all is Monday: Mars trines Uranus and the New Moon will be at 22 degrees Libra.

Did you have weird dreams last night? Do you have an extra limb? 



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Mars Trine Uranus: Instant Courage

"mars trine uranus"The Uranus-Pluto square IS active even if it’s not exact these days.

No matter what else is going on transit-wise for you, don’t forget this. You don’t need to look for what the semi-sextiles are doing in your chart ;) There’s an ongoing story here.

Pluto is what you don’t want to face. Uranus is what happens when you make a habit out of not looking. Surprise. Shock.

So what do you do? When your’e stuck and don’t know which way to go? The Pluto option is squaring the Uranus option. Feels like no way out. The Big Squeeze.

Your chart provides clues even if the solution isn’t easy, simple, or around the corner. But dig deep into the houses where those guys are transiting. Pluto wants you below the surface but then Uranus will kick you up right at the moment you think you’re under the water forever.

Because *I* don’t know what to do for the Pluto-Uranus problem in *my* chart, I’m going to pray. And I didn’t grow up with the Lord’s Prayer; it’s not a Jewish thing. But in my meditation class, we say it, and today I thought that I will use that prayer as a mantra and say it until I either 1. fall asleep ;) or 2. hear God’s voice speaking to me with some answers.

And then sometimes you just have to sit there, without a way out, not-knowing. It takes courage to do this. And honestly? I’m not in the mood ;)

Hey, I have an idea! Three Tarot cards, okay? Three cards for ADVICE for this on-going square-problem…

One thing I’m keeping in mind though is Mars in Sagittarius coming to trine Uranus in Aries. A bolt from the blue could save you. Makes me wish Jupiter could retrograde faster so as to meet this lovely trine with a sextile.

Mars and Uranus together even in trine (ease, flow) is some fierce energy. Brace yourself. You may just figure it out this week.


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Moon Alert! Moon (almost) In Sagittarius!

"moon in sagittarius"
Gary Oldman as Beethoven who had Moon in Sagittarius

I’m under the weather :(  just in time for friendly, fun-loving, flirtatious Moon in Sagittarius!

Well, almost. The Moon in Scorpio is at 27 degrees and it won’t be long now.

This Moon transition is the one I ALWAYS feel: from the bottom to the top, eh? From introverted Scorpio to extroverted Sag. From the 8th to the 9th! From the bedroom to the world! They say that each sign improves upon the one that came before. What do you think about that, hmm? 

Best news for this Moon: it will trine Mars in Leo and trine Uranus in Aries = a Grand Trine! In fire!

You may feel very inspired. And creative. And energetic. And HOT. This may not be the time for follow-through or plan-making. Lots of fire in the sky or in the chart can make us excited to be alive but… also make us forget to buy the half and half, and we all know that coffee is very VERY important ;)

Oh, and while the Moon is in Sagittarius, be careful not to piss off your sensitive Virgo friends. Or your sensitive Pisces friends. Now your Gemini friends may not even notice you trying to piss them off so… no worries there :) (Right, Gems?)

I’m keeping this short tonight because I need to rest my brain. Wishing y’all a good night. Talk to me in the comments; tell me how you’re doing.

Which do you prefer? Moon in Scorpio? Or Moon in Sagittarius? 

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