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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Housekeeping + Reading Special + Virgo Moon Today

"nicole moudaber"Work work work, work work work, work work work under today’s Virgo Moon!

The Virgo Moon square to Saturn has just passed (you may have felt a heavy sadness) so we’re pretty much home free in terms of how life will FEEL today.

Yes we do have a Moon Neptune opposition but that may feel pretty good to many of you, as long as you don’t mind being WOKEN UP to the facts, which Moon in Virgo tends to do (yes another reality check).

Sun sextile Pluto today as well and a Jupiter Uranus inconjunct. Sun sextile energy supports the Virgo Moon (water/earth) but this Jupiter Uranus thing is unstable for sure. Think about it. Virgo and ARIES? HUH? You want to go go go but ONLY IF the neat rows are very VERY neat first. And even then. It feels ADD to me. Checking checking checking, on fire for checking. Did you lock the door? Are you sure? DID YOU LOCK THE DOOR? Don’t remember? Uh oh gotta go back to check check check. Feels compulsive, feels nervous – but, as I so often quote, it’s JUST THE MOTION (quoting Richard Thompson), the motion of the MIND.

Tomorrow, Mercury in Scorpio will trine Neptune (it will be exact). Under the Scorpio sky, we’re getting all this Neptune practice. Like or Dislike?


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The Stars Today: Moon In Libra Sweet Surprise

The smell of coffee first thing in the morning. I stick my nose in the bag.

I know coffee snobs grind their own but I’m not a coffee snob. Although I do know what’s good so I went to the best place, got a ceramic filter (and paper filters), and a recommended coffee, after telling them what I wanted.

Although I have my Sun, Mercury, and Mars in Cancer, I cannot cook. For me, coffee is “cooking.”

I have my North Node in the 6th House of daily routines but in Pisces. Paying attention to the details is necessary but a Neptune attitude (don’t sweat the small stuff) is also advised.


Some lovely discussions on the blog lately and the question of what happens when the South Node is conjunct the Sun or some other marker of WHO. YOU. ARE. It’s a paradox, isn’t it?

You have to become less you (the Sun) to become more you, better you (North Node). I admit I see this fairly frequently in client charts.

And there is no one-size fits all answer. But I remember recently dealing with a 7th House/ARIES/South Node and trying to explain to this sweet soldier soul that he could and needed to be more himself (1st House) but through Libra (relationship/partnership/other people).

I use those phrases “lower vibration” and “higher vibration” all the time. My teacher spoke that way. And I believe it. I am always searching for the best way to express, live, the energy.

For example, Pisces needs to escape. It’s not an option NOT to. But there are higher and lower forms of it.

Last night I was not in the best mood. I even left my meditation class (Pisces!) early. I got home. Didn’t turn on the lights. Had some conversation with a friend by email but mostly tuned-out the world. Didn’t blog. Didn’t Facebook. No music. Mostly me in the dark with the light of a friend. I don’t even think I watched a movie. This was my Pisces escape. And a 6th House Pisces North Node means I need to schedule this in. Schedule in the disappearance. 


Today’s Tarot:

Thank you Tarot for a more cheerful card :) 6 of Cups.

I always get a sweet feeling when I see this card. Friendship. Possible romance Could be someone from the past showing up (hello Mercury retrograde!).

You may also be feeling nostalgic. A perfect card for Pisces Season, especially Venus in Pisces who is always long for the past, present, or future! My wish for you though is that this sweetness is real.

Think about the Tarot sixes. They are all “good” cards (of varying complexity). I even love the Six of Swords. It’s one of my favorites. The six pointed star is the Star of David, a shield of heavenly protection. The sixes know this.

And not only is the little guy in this card offering up a huge cup to the little girl, almost the length of his body, but notice all the other cups and the white flowers, cheerful village behind them. This is THE card of zero sorrow. These are cups of hope but it’s not a far away dream like The Star or smeared with bodily fluid like the Devil ;)

This card, although possibly referring to the past is squarely in the present. Those flowers are alive and that little guy is making an effort, he’s bending down to see her, to meet her, to meet her eyes, to give of himself. Oy. I almost made myself cry there, creating such a sweet scene, but I feel it. A card of sharing, a card of blessing, a card of love. It may also signify having a baby.


Today’s Stars:

The Moon is in Libra now. Seek peace inside yourself and with others.

The Sun is conjunct Chiron in Pisces. Let it be healing and not hurting. Make amends.

Tomorrow Venus will conjunct Neptune (by degree) but we are under the influence now and… spooky isn’t it? How perfect the 6 of Cups is for this day? Love.

Enjoy this sweetness because Friday afternoon the Moon enters Scorpio and we go underground again, we writhe and roil in intense emotion. For the moment though, we’re above the waves.

Other noteworthy aspects this week: Sun sextile Pluto and Sun trine Saturn. Who you are, who you want, what you want is that much more defined and deep. I especially like Sun trine Saturn here because we need something to push against. Sun trine Saturn is a dam. It keeps us safe.

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Love, MP


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Hurricane Sandy And The Stars Today: Sun Sextile Pluto

"neptune direct"I got lucky, real lucky. Never lost power. Lights flickered numerous times. Lost internet for about a minute. And I was prepared with water, food, supplies for the cats, flashlight, candles, etc but in my Brooklyn nabe, nowhere near any body of water, we got real lucky.

I was worried about the huge beautiful tree in the backyard (worried about it falling on the house) but yesterday a Facebook friend mentioned that a “flexible” tree will not break and it did not break. I went out this morning to the  yard and she’s lost a lot of little branches but she’s fine, still standing. We’re fine.

There’s a tree at the front of the house though. That’s the one I “should” have worried about. Huge branch fell onto a car, a couple feet away.

So that’s my update. I spent most of yesterday on Twitter, the best source for news if you know who to follow and taking it easy — I’d been fighting a cold which got worse as the storm approached.

It is a disaster though, in much of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey… so let’s talk Stars. Get our (my) mind off the crazy. And YES I am doing Readings, whether you live in a disaster area or not, although I may take the day off :)


Tuesday, October 30th: the Moon is void of course in Taurus which means she’s no longer making any major aspects to the planets. This is your signal not to push or overdo or work too hard. It’s “rest” energy. Don’t make promises. Don’t break up with your boyfriend. Psychic or intuitive work is supported though. You are more connected to the ether than usual. And in Taurus, even Void of Course, the energy inside you and around you is reliable, strong.

The Sun in Scorpio sextiled Pluto in Capricorn this morning. The sextile is one of the “good” aspects, pleasant. They say you have to “work it” unlike a “trine,” which is a luck stream that flows to you. In this way, the sextile is even better because you may appreciate the result more. With a trine, you may not even know how fucking lucky you are.

The Sun is who you are, your ego  vitality essence personality and Pluto is power, power struggle, crisis, depth, the bottomless well or the bottomless pit. These two in sextile in a natal chart give a person strength, ego-strength, determination and desire and unless otherwise poorly aspected, is probably not ruthless or afraid. “Never lost power” – that’s a good way to explain Sun sextile Pluto.

Homework question: How is Pluto aspected in your chart? How is your Sun aspected? Is it a mix of aspects? 

Later this week, Venus in Libra does a devlish dance with Uranus and Pluto but I’ll talk more about that later today or tomorrow. In the meantime though, find Venus in Libra in your chart. Venus is love and Venus is money. Beauty, your social life, ruler of Libra and Taurus and will trine Jupiter in Gemini. Nice placement for the fire/air peeps or for anyone who  needs at little grace at this time :)


Difficult times, shocking times, change a person. What’s happened in the city is shocking to me. And I saw who I want around me in a crisis. And I saw who was flimsy and foolish or who didn’t show up. Priorities change. And the difference between love and fear is as big as the difference between my neighborhood and Lower Manhattan at this time. My prayers are with all those affected.


PS Neptune stations direct November 11th. That part of your life gets moving again but remember, it’s Neptune: confusion forward is better than confusion backwards, but use caution. If you are offered a deal that seems too good to be true, discover it closely, from all angles. Discern and examine. Neptune needs Saturn to make it real. Wise mind, my friends, use your wise mind.

Who Put The Sex In Sextile?

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It’s a leap year this year. Tomorrow is February 29th. We usually have only 28 days in February.

My mother died in a leap year but that was using the Jewish calendar. Her yartzeit (anniversary of a death) is in early March. In the Jewish tradition, a 24-hour-burning candle is lit the night before. The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar.

I didn’t wake up thinking of this but it came to mind when I looked at my astro-calendar for something to blog about, some aspect happening today.

Well, the Sun already sextiled Pluto. The Moon will sextile Mercury this afternoon.

Sun and Pluto together: you turn crisis into gold.

Moon and Mercury together: you get along with yourself.

What do you make of the sextile?

I used to think they were overrated and sometimes I still say that. That they make you a “pleasant” person and not much else. My chart is full of them though so I took them for granted.

Not a sexy aspect.

I’ve changed my mind though. New appreciation for the sextile.

I knew someone years ago with a very “hard chart” — very VERY few soft aspects. All intensity and challenge. And her fixed planets made it hard to move forward.

Sextiles do help. Consider them to be a working aspect. You don’t get the famous automatic flow and ease like with a trine. They say with a sextile that you have to do something to activate it. And I was just about to say that sextiles make people like you and then I decided to turn again to the lovely March and McEvers to read their little list about sextiles and you know what they say?



self expression


Yup. Sounds about right to me!

Got sextiles? What else?


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P.S. Marilyn Monroe had Venus in Aries