The Darkness: Christmas Eve, Capricorn Season, & Mercury Direct *ADVICE*

"saturn in capricorn"
I got the most extraordinary Christmas card this morning

a client thanking me for my help in 2017.

She suffered a loss. I spoke to her before the loss. I spoke to her after the loss. And now it’s Christmas and she sent me this email which reminded me, once again, why I do this work. It’s a struggle though. I don’t mean the work itself – I love the work and am suited for it. I mean EARTH SCHOOL. Even now I am back on YouTube and I am posting videos to expand my reach but it all feels… it all feels like a tight squeeze, a tight fit, this survival. I am watching the Spanish moss twist in the slight wind.

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Mercury is newly direct in Sagittarius so if any areas of your life had slowed down in the last few weeks, they will pick up again. It’s Capricorn Season now INCLUDING SATURN and this will help if you can keep yourself from falling into anxiety-mind which Capricorn is awfully good at. Fear and doubt. PLAN. YOU NEED A PLAN. Saturn is in the sign it’s “supposed” to be in so we are “supposed” to be rejoicing at this.

Is your chart hospitable to Capricorn? THIS MATTERS. Yes Saturn in Sagittarius was difficult. Saturn is the rules and Sag doesn’t want any. And now we have rules within rules within rules within rules. It will feel suffocating to some, indeed. Don’t let yourself be swallowed by fear. What is Capricorn good at? ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION? I’ll tell you one thing. Work. 

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I drew a card for you. Advice. I tried to ask this question last night and make a video for my Patrons but wasn’t able to finish it. Different deck. Same question. SAME CARD. THE HERMIT.

Take a moment alone. Whether you are with family or not. Whether you are alone or not. Take a moment to STOP. In your solitude, touch your life. Connect with your experience right now – no matter how painful, no matter how joyful. Sanity is found in accepting reality (and accepting reality is not the same as judging it good (to paraphrase Marsha Linehan)).

This is the best of Saturn. Grounded. Earth. Work.

(Oh Mercury just gone direct I cannot seem to rotate this image and just want to get this post up – I’m on a different machine than my old Mac! but it’s Crowley’s Hermit.)

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Much love,

So I Drew The Knight Of Swords For Your Week

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My blogging seems to have gone sporadic again. If you miss my updates you can always Friend or Follow me on Facebook. I’m there a lot.

I was telling my folks on Facebook that this week is full of changes. Mars enters Aquarius. Venus enters Capricorn. Mercury enters Sagittarius. Not bad for ONE week. Sun still in Scorpio, until the 21st.

What I want you to do is think about where you are–

because all of this is NEW, new energy in three consecutive signs. Mercury, Venus, Mars. Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius.

So you’ll be in talks about your Sag House. You’ll be the Goddess of Love in your Cap House. And trying something new, forcefully, in your Aqua House.

Do you know what this is about for you? Can you predict?


Full Moon In Leo + Venus Enters Capricorn (Jan 23rd)

"mars in scorpio retrograde"How do we lose so much — we lose and we bear the loss — without the reflex of trying to hold on to the past. This is not easy. It is so human.

Do not beat yourself up if you are engaged in this “trying to get back” or “trying to go back.”

I am happy Venus is in Capricorn. Think of it as a stabilizing influence. YES it will conjoin Pluto and square Uranus but we are used to that intensity by now. Climb the mountain. When you get scared, take a break. Resume climbing. Pause if you need. Resume climbing.

The Full Moon in Leo shall roar from my 12th House, from the waters of Neptune. Grief work. Release all the losses.

The 12th House = no boundaries. All ye Virgo Risings can do THIS. Let it all go.

I am **trying** to stay with the rawness, as Pema Chodron says.

And then a friend of mine posted this on Facebook:

“There are moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment-when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: what ever you come across – go beyond.”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj from the book, I Am That.

I have nothing to add. For the moment!



A Story For Venus In Capricorn

"venus square jupiter" I was talking to a friend.

“I lost everything. Again,” she said.

“Yeah.” I said. “You did.”

She told me later that this acknowledgement of her pain was the perfect thing.
It didn’t erase her pain or deny it. I knew what she meant.

So often, SO OFTEN, people (well meaning or not) won’t even let us have that. They rush to fix, to platitude, to invalidate, to tell us NOT to feel.

“Oh you don’t need to feel that.” There’s no NEED.

Um okay but I AM feeling it, so………….

I lived with someone once — oh man — I lived with someone once and I remember when I was upset at having been evicted and it was a couple months into the new place and I was crying and I was saying I JUST moved. It JUST happened. (In other words, I hurt and this is partly why.)

His response? You didn’t JUST move.

Unable to sympathize or empathize, he focused on the timeframe. Oh I didn’t JUST move. Some time had passed.

People like this leave me speechless. Why they choose to miss the point is none of my business. The only choice I/we have is who we keep in our lives. If you are stuck around people who destroy you on a daily basis, I hope you have support and someday will be free (if you choose) but that’s another story. I got free. I continually get free. And it is one of the hardest things in the world – to be that free and to dismiss abusive people from our lives. But I digress.

The reason I’m telling you this story is because Venus enters Capricorn today. Venus in Capricorn, at her best, takes herself seriously. Takes her values seriously. Takes her DESIRE seriously. What she wants MATTERS to her.

And how if we do not do this, if we do not listen to our Venus, we die a little more and a little more and a little more each day.

If you are struggling right now, I send you strength and love through the ether. That you find your way, safely.

You are so brave.

Venus in Capricorn, at her best, is similarly brave. We usually say Mars is brave etc etc etc the solider etc etc etc but when you dare to love yourself, as Venus MUST, everything changes.


Venus Enters Capricorn (Part Two)

"venus square saturn" Capricorn tends to be frugal or stingy (depending on your perspective).

This is a stereotype of course but I have seen it in action.
And I have also seen generous Capricorn!!!

We always have to consider the entire chart of course! (Which is usually impossible in a Tweet or brief Facebook post.)

I have seen the Mars in Capricorn people eat food that wasn’t so fresh anymore (understatement) due to this “frugality.” Why buy new cheese when the old can still be consumed?

And sometimes they will say: I am stingy with myself but not with YOU (or others). And sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s not.

Thinking about Capricorn because VENUS enters the sign tomorrow and our collective Venus (our LOVE NATURE) becomes more serious i.e. FRUGAL.

Not gonna just dole it out to ANYONE.
Saturn restricts flow.

Will Venus in Capricorn feel restrictive to you? Maybe.

Perhaps you should wear a corset then. Match the energy.


Venus Enters Capricorn (Jan 23rd)

"venus square saturn" Thinking about Venus entering Capricorn (tomorrow).
Integrity. Dignity. Luxury.

You may or may not have any of those but you want them.

Which is making me think about the Venus Saturn square.
How squares take things to extremes.

Venus square Saturn is like Venus in Capricorn or one of the “nicer” Venus Saturn aspects but TAKEN TO EXTREMES.

Really serious. Really needs alone time. Really feels inadequate. Really worries about money.

But Venus square Saturn IS dignity and IS integrity and IS luxury.
Key is… to OWN IT. And show it. And be it. And not be AFRAID.

Fear = low vibration Saturn/Capricorn. Fear is the one thing we don’t need more of, and less fear = less seeking of what you want or need from others. Because you realize you have it already.


The Stars This Week: The Water Bearer

"venus trine uranus"This week we head into Aquarius Season but that’s not all.

Venus enters Capricorn.
Mercury retrograde in Capricorn squares Uranus and conjoins Pluto.

It’s intense yes. Heavy energy still. Affecting your mind, thought processes, logic, mood. You may feel feverish or paranoid. Electric. Psychic. Blankets in winter making sparks. Hard to sleep. Flashes of insight that amuse or alarm.

Your Capricorn House is laden with story and repair and your Aquarius House begins to get lit up with your liberation.

Are you free? Do you want to be? 

In plain English: there is confusion yes. Wait for Mercury direct — although Venus in Capricorn has clues and keys for you.

Let me draw a card for these transitions:

Oooh! The Nine of Cups. I am surprised to see this one. It’s not all gloomy grey, my friends. There are pineapples and pumpkins and baked apples with almond butter and Nine Cups of… what?
What shall they be filled with, my loves?

Your Tarot cards *may* be a bit wonky this week in your readings. I’ll be curious to hear about this. Feel free to share :)


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"saturn in sagittarius" We are in the middle of the Tarot Court Class — which I am loving, which is deepening my readings — but I want to introduce to you the next course offering on ****SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS. Date to be ANNOUNCED. But thinking Mid-December, lasting a month. Cost $100. Payment plans okay for people I know and trust. Message me to find out if you are one of them :)

Saturn enters Sag on Christmas Eve!!! And in 2015 it ONLY gets to 4 degrees Sag and then retrogrades back thus 28 Scorpio – 4 Sag = HOT SPOTS!!! How will this affect YOUR chart???? I can help you find out! 

The format will be similar to previous courses.

We will be talking about Saturn.
We will be talking about Jupiter (Jupiter rules Sagittarius — that’s the connection).
We will be talking about Saturn in Sag!
We will be talking about important outer planet transits/configurations that Saturn in Sag will make in 2015.
We will talk about the dip back into Scorpio.
How this transit will affect YOUR chart.
And I almost always add Tarot for those who want.

I run my courses in “secret” groups on Facebook. You show up and participate when you want — talk or lurk! It’s a reading and a class all in one, plus the company of myself and cool peeps :) 

I’m excited about this transit even though it will square my Ascendent/First House ::::sigh:::: 

Something I was blogging about or added to Facebook (can’t remember which): about how Saturn doesn’t have to curtail or limit our JUPITER, our hope, our optimism. Instead it can SUPPORT our Jupiter. 

What is Jupiter? What is Saturn? How can this be true??? Take the class with me and find out… 


"new moon in sagittarius"A SMATTERING OF ASTRO: 

Jupiter goes RETROGRADE tomorrow, December 8th
Sun Mercury conjunction in Sagittarius
So, fire moves back. Fire moves forward. For thoughts on INNER FIRE see my previous blogpost here.

Venus enters Capricorn on December 10th.

Saturn and Venus together make serious love. Slowly. Can you be patient? Serious substantial love under such a transit. And this can also be Love of Self. Love of the Divine. It doesn’t have to be the cute girl/guy down the hall. But it can be that too!

And there’s also a chance for transformation here. How do I know this? I just KNOW THIS. A sweet apple spark.

I’m gonna draw a card for this Venus in Cap transit:

KNIGHT OF PENTACLES.  Slowly but surely, my friends. This Knight wants to rescue you but… what about YOUR quest? Where are YOU going. Cuz this dude takes his own sweet time. Does he show up with something substantial? Actually, yes. I believe so. Venus transits are also money transits. Pentacles are money cards. Something — or someone — is on the way but PLEASE do not chain yourself (The Devil card) to expectations or results. Do your thing. And maybe this Knight is you. The direction YOU are going.

Friday brings us a Mercury Jupiter trine (Sagittarius/Leo) AND THEN ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 14th:

-Sun in Sag trine Jupiter in Leo
-Venus in Cap sextile Neptune
-URANUS SQUARE PLUTO (exact) which warrants its own post so, I’ll get to that soon-ish. Suffice to say, for the moment, that IT is coming to a head AGAIN. 

And IT has been driving you crazy, all manner of crazy since the square started. This is a VERY IMPORTANT WEEK as we approach this square AGAIN.

My advice, similar to advice I gave someone earlier today:

Soften. Stay open.

I know I know I know you want to rage and tear shit up and wallow but… try something else. As an experiment. Stay busy too, if it helps, but above all… be open. Be open to your own feelings. Be open to OBSERVING to your feelings. Less reactive. Be open to what the transits are showing you. Be open to other people. Listen to other people. Don’t interrupt :)

And by open I mean: soften. Less defensive. Less… willingness to go to worst-case-scenario-hurt-feeling-my-life-is-doomed-land. You don’t have to get on that plane. Get on a different plane. I’ll tell you where to: drawing a card for the URANUS PLUTO SQUARE: ha! I had shuffled for the previous cards but decided to look on the bottom of the deck for this one AND I got the Knight of Cups – which is what I got for that gal earlier today when I was suggesting she breathe into her heart chakra… This is something you can really feel. How tight it has become. How there’s no room in there. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out…

Happy almost 2015 OMG.


Works Of Love: Venus Retrograde In Capricorn (Still!)

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only sane one at the inn. That no one is reliable. No one is solid. And then I realize this isn’t true. In my moments of lucidity I realize this isn’t true. For the sane among us (and even the insane), there are moments of fear and doubt and moments of mountain courage. And sometimes these moments are the exact same thing. I like, I crave, I NEED people I can rely on. And maybe that’s too much to ask (is what I ponder). That perhaps what I seek is… Gods and not men (or women). The unflawed! Or maybe it’s just earth signs :) I think of my Taurus friends — no matter how unhinged they get (and oh lordy they do!), there is this foundation of THOU SHALT ROOT HERE.


This is not Taurus Season, MoonPluto! Why are you mentioning Taurus?

Because Venus is retrograde and goes direct on the 31st and until that time we are DEEP DEEP DEEP into asking ourselves what we truly VALUE, what is important – and this discussion of what is okay or not okay (values!) what is SANE OR NOT SANE to us — is very Venus, whether you go the Libra route or the Taurus route. Both are social signs but Libra is more into the place settings and Taurus prefers the meal.

Venus is in Capricorn now and Venus Saturn combinations… hmm how to put it? For Venus Saturn combinations, love is CONDITIONAL. I am a Venus Saturn girl myself. Venus square Saturn. Saturn ruling my 5th House. Saturn is the topmost planet in my chart, in my 9th House AND my Saturn is in THOU SHALT ROOT HERE AND NOT MOVE AN INCH Taurus (another Taurus connection!). We be the tree. Is this always a good thing? Perhaps not. TOUCH THE HEM OF MY BOUNDARY, says Venus in Leo square Saturn ;)

But I digress…. :) this blog post is to REMIND YOU that this mind and heart activity you are engaging in (Mercury sextile Saturn today! Mercury conjunct Venus tomorrow so think about love and TALK ABOUT LOVE please!) is MORE THANK OKAY. It’s expected. It’s recommended.

Also: ASSERT YOURSELF – Mars is square Jupiter on Wednesday. I have this in my natal. Assert your optimism. Assert your belief. Assert your Jupiter Joy Joy Joy! Mars is in Libra (relationships again!) and Jupiter is in (FEED ME) Cancer. Are you relationships feeding you?????


And speaking of feeding:

I was talking about joy on my Facebook today — because I suggested to someone (in an email reading) to cut just a little peephole into the cloth of dark times (Saturn transit!) so she could peer out. Like… buying a little (or big!) piece of chocolate cake. Not sharing it (no way says Taurus lol) Buying a piece of chocolate cake and smuggling it home, not letting anyone know, lighting your altar candles, sit in the peaceful candle-dark  ALONE IN GLORIOUS SOLITUDE and sending that chocolate cake home where it belongs :)

Are you doing the work of love? 

Love, MP

P.S. Homework for you, my pretties: whatever you do most of, do it LESS. If you give too much? Give less. If you give not enough? Give more. Do both sides. And really think about this. Because this probably plays out differently depending on the context and the relationship. See what changes! An experiment I created just for *you*


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What Is Your X Factor? (Venus/Values/Venus Rx in Capricorn)

So I told the psychic reader about my (then) boyfriend’s chart.  Sagittarius Sun.

What does Sagittarius have to do with your chart? the psychic reader asked me.

True in a way. I am nearly fire-free. Venus in Leo matters, yes, but in the 12th House (makes a difference!) — otherwise I’m all water and earth. Emotional, deep, grounded, strong. I’m not some breezy clever chatterbox :)

And then I mentioned our pile-up in Cancer, his Ascendent and Moon; my Sun, Mercury Mars. (The Sun Moon conjunction, in particular, is worth noting — a strong synastric aspect to have.)

But *really* what he has to do with my chart is that he committed to me. That was the x factor. That was the revolution.

My other obsession (after Mars in Libra) is Venus going retrograde in Capricorn this month.

Questions for you:

What makes your relationship tick? Or how/why did it stop? What is important to you? To your partner? Do you have the same goal? All these questions (and more!) require your attention this month and into 2014. Is your relationship making you happy? Are relationships *supposed* to make you happy? What would make you happy and how does relationship fit in? Did you marry a fantasy husband (or wife) or an actual person. And so on :)

Love, MP

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Venus Talk: Do You Know What You Value?

So I’m back in therapy.

Today was my second session and our discussion was VERY Venus and it made me think about how Venus, now in Capricorn, will go retrograde and how Mars in Libra’s retrograde will find all of us… introspective. Turning inwards. IF WE DARE. Defining what we value. Fighting(Mars) for what we value. Fighting for ourselves. Fighting for our relationships. Or will we just give up and give in? Not if we know what we want, what we hope to INCREASE. Courage for your journey!

This woman is brilliant, a Sagittarius (I had to ask) and I’ve worked with her before. So many years since then. And today I stopped to ponder it – the years. And how I sought her out PRECISELY because “conventional” help or clinics couldn’t help me. Every time I tried, it didn’t work, for one reason or another. And so I googled her and found her and I asked my husband about the timing and he told me it matched up with my last Saturn opposition, which is in orb for me now. Saturn in Scorpio vs Saturn in Taurus. Third House to 9th House. The daily mind, the higher mind. The Cage vs perspective.

You are not your anxiety she told me. Anxiety “hangs on you” but it’s not you. She said many other sharp sharp things and I don’t mean sharp as in “mean” but sharp as in: I see you, I hear you, why don’t you try this, how does this sound. So many therapists are afraid to speak. Know what I mean? Too much of a certain kind of training has neutered them I think, but not this gal. As if anyone could shut up a Sagittarius ;)

I’m telling this long story because I want you to think what you value. If you don’t know what you value, it becomes impossible to make decisions. What are they based on then? Chaos? Fear? The flip-flop mind? Your anxiety? Your rage?

So take these transits in hand. Venus retrograde is the shorter one. Mars in Libra retrograde the longer one. Venture inwards. Acquire for yourself a notebook. And make a list of your priorities. Make a tree. Many trees. I just did a little one. What you want. What you have. What you know for sure. Branches, roots. You are worth it. What is worth fighting for. What is worth releasing. You are worth it. Define it all. Without shame. You are worth it. Just write it down. And if you don’t know yet, that’s okay too.

Something else she said to me today: if something lessens, then there is room for something else. What gets bigger?

What do you value? 

Love, MP


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Advice For Newlyweds (And Other Marrieds) From My Venus In The 12th House

Once you get married (to another person, to yourself, to God) you must begin to understand that your husband (or wife) fits no preconceived notion. No fantasy. Stop trying to put them in a box. That pretty jewel blue and green box of your most treasured so-called wants, dreams, and desires. Stop trying to stuff them in there! They won’t fit. Not the box you wanted. Not the box you thought you wanted. Not the box you’re holding in your hands. He/she will not fit. Not the box of the culture you are from. Let it go.

You must let your partner breathe and become. You must let your marriage breathe and become. Too many preconceived notions will suffocate what the relationship MUST become, which cannot be contained in any container. This is true even when you have married yourself, committed to yourself, or to God.

Are you nodding your head? Know what I’m saying? Are you stuck in an 8 of Swords? Ropes you tied yourself?

I got married last month and every week (sometimes every day) I am faced with (astounded by) my preconceived notions of wife, husband, marriage, partnership, man, woman, passive, aggressive, masculine, feminine, fire, water, union. (Binary oppositions. The TWOs of the Tarot.) And also my notion of WHO AM I. Who am I really. After all these years.

AND THAT IS WHEN YOU DECIDE. THEN AND ONLY THEN. Once you have abandoned, trashed and slashed, your most precious notions.

Take all your little boxes okay? The image I’m getting in my mind is to set fire to them. Perhaps because the Sun enters Sagittarius tomorrow.

If fire is not your thing or feels too final or even too bright for your mood then… come up with your own ritual or visualization and share it here.

Venus goes retrograde December 21st (at 28 degrees). She turns back around direct on January 31st at 13 degrees. Right now you see straight ahead. Maybe. But soon you will be looking back, taking stock, reevaluating what is most important to you and what you hope to increase. Spotlight of course on love and relationships, self-esteem, and money.

Capricorn is ambitious, oh yes, but CAUTIOUS and brittle, fragile when you hold her.

I wouldn’t attempt to fence in your own Venus nature or your Beloved’s during this transit at all despite the circumspect feeling you’re feeling. Instead, I’d toss out the dung and OPEN WIDE THE GATES.

Love, MP


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Venus Is a VERY Busy Girl This Week!

Venus conjunct Pluto is a beautiful orgasm and Venus square Uranus is electric :)

(this Venus Pluto Uranus action feels INSATIABLE to me)

AND Venus is sextile Chiron this week as well (14 November): sex/love/intimacy THAT CAN HEAL YOU, lick your wounds ;)

Yes, Venus Uranus can bring a surprise, welcome or unwelcome (a revelation, an intuition, a reversal! which could be good news actually) and Venus Pluto is PASSION (visit your Capricorn house for Passion about WHAT/who).

Capricorn/Saturn though suggests it’s something you have to work at, takes effort and WISDOM for it all to fall into place, but Pisces/Chiron suggests the work has a higher purpose still (not all fallen into place yet). IT IS WORTH IT. (Do you believe it? I’m not sure.)

Two cards and very interesting cards at that: Queen of Pentacles and the Empress.

Girl, it’s up to you. It’s not going to happen on its own. Don’t beg though. Be strategic. The Empress is VENUS and she’s got mad skills, she’s creative, and the Earth Queen can bring desire down to earth.

So what’s the problem? One more card: she wants it NOW, 8 of Wands. So much for Venusian/Taurean/Empressian patience. VENUS PLUTO URANUS IS NOT PATIENT NOOOOO.

What’s the solution? Oh dear. 9 of Swords. No obvious solution, no easy answers, except for you to take care of yourself (says the Queen and the Empress). Be fine. Be luxury. But that’s not all. The Empress = EMPIRE EMPOWER POWER. No tears please. Plant seeds for new growth. PLEASING ones. For yourself.

And, basically, if Venus Pluto Uranus has you hungering for what you are not receiving then stop trying to make it happen. It doesn’t work that way anyway. But Pluto often FORCES the issue!!

My advice: master the impulse i.e. give yourself an orgasm (so to speak) or satisfy that craving/hunger ANOTHER WAY. And, yes, there are other ways although I am sorry that you aren’t getting what you want right now. Please don’t feel defeated. You are the Queen. You are the Empress. NOT THE END OF STORY HERE. More to come :)

Love, MP


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Don’t Sleep With Him (Yet!): Advice For Scorpio Season & Venus in Capricorn

This post may be annoying or controversial for some but it is SCORPIO SEASON and this is my truth, what I believe.

And it’s not about repression or prudishness which is what naysayers would have you believe. It’s not about abstinence because of someone else’s religious or moral DOGMA.

It’s about… GETTING WHAT YOU WANT (Do you know what you want?)

Venus is entering Capricorn this week and will RETROGRADE in this sign (and Capricorn is SMART, savvy, shrewd) and you know what? VENUS IS ALWAYS STRATEGIC (hello Libra!) no matter the sign although some Venus signs are more… self-sabotaging than others but think of it as a train, it will just keep going according to its forward moving nature until…..

Fact: a certain type of man will sleep with ANYONE. It’s not personal to you. It’s not because you’re so good or so hot or so pretty. Or your karmic connection or your North Node or your etchings are really awesome. It’s because a certain type of man will sleep with ANYONE.

Yes yes I know you are full of desire and lust and love and sexual imagination, and women are SHAMED for this. Out and out shamed for having a sex drive, but GIRL, give it away to someone who VALUES it, values you and wants the same thing and you discover what they want OVER TIME. BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTH IT. Your elbows are priceless. Your toes, your eyelashes. Your scent is priceless. Your lips, your thoughts, your heart. ALL OF IT. VAGINA VAGINA VAGINA VAGINA!

Venus is what you value but if you don’t value yourself, no one else will.

AND if you want to have sex with some guy or girl without any thought of the future, or meaning to it beyond sex itself, that is fine! No judgement from me. Just be AWARE of it. Aware of what you want.  Aware of who you are. Aware of your behavior. Aware of what you are doing. Emotional and physical risks.

And honestly… the women I’ve known (clients and in my personal life) have had VERY strong sex drives (many time stronger than their partners). And they all have a SEXUAL STORY too. They think about it, dream, fantasize, hope, expect, and I’d say most (if not all) have had some sexual trauma as well (but that’s a blog post for another day).

AND men’s sexuality is far more complex (and EMOTIONAL) than we give them credit for, plus men are born into this crappy culture which encourages and rewards moronic and hurtful behavior.

We teach people how to treat us.

Many issues, so little time…

Your thoughts?

Love, MP

PS If you are chomping at the bit and dying to get laid but don’t have a relationship and don’t want NSA, GO EXERCISE! Mars is energy. You can channel it any which way. Box, learn self defense, run, do yoga, and learn the fine art of self-satisfaction :)

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Venus In Capricorn (Part Two): Love & Fear

I like the upcoming VENUS IN CAPRICORN transit.

I feel it is “just enough” for her to get her message across.

She dances through almost the entire sign and then goes back to the mid-degrees, 13 degrees Capricorn.

How clear the message comes across is UP TO YOU.


Do the work. Pay attention. Be mindful. These are not just WORDS on my part. This is something you must DO. It’s very Virgo and Mars is in Virgo so you have extra POWER here to pay attention to the details, take nothing for granted. Practice, not perfection.

So Venus moves through Capricorn the rest of November and then it’s not until December 21st (at 28 degrees) that she goes retrograde. Then moving forward at the very bottom of January and we only get ONE exact pass of her tangling with the Pluto/Uranus square. She’ll also sextile Chiron at that time. I think this is VERY big news for you (and you and you).

Primary instructions: dig around your room for 7/8/9/10 degrees: check your angles, check your earth and water, check the cardinal signs in your chart.

Venus in Capricorn is tender (even FRAGILE) on the inside. Seemingly calculating on the outside. Definitely cautious. Your lust for the material world (think the DEVIL card in the Tarot) is only part of your life-path. Beneath the surface you are easily hurt and FEAR being easily hurt so you hide behind a wall of achievement, and “certainty.” But helllllloooooooo in there little goat! We seeeeeeeeee yooooouuuuuuuuu ;)

Venus will adorn bitchy Pluto. Venus will quarrel with Uranus the Great AWAKENER and LIBERATOR and SHEEEEEET DEEEEESTUUUUUUURBERRRRRRRR.

What to do?

Locate 9 degres Capricorn and 9 degrees Aries in your chart.

This is your little wing, your PORTAL. Your way in.

Way in to WHAT, MoonPluto?

TRUE LOVE :) And define that however you want.

Venus in Capricorn is a Venus Saturn (LESSONS, tests)  interchange and suddenly what I’m feeling is a game of outer planet TWISTER. Ever hug a Capricorn? They feel about to break. During this transit you’ll see, feel, how bendy they really are. STRETCH ARMSTRONG!

Or think of it this way. All the ways you HOLD YOURSELF BACK, all the ways you let FEAR (Saturn) run your life? Will be challenged by wrecking-ball Pluto and I-AM-SOOOOO-GONE Uranus.

Even if this influence (like the transit) is temporary, it is meaningful and, because it is VENUS, more fun (yes, even in CAPRICORN).

Love, MP

Venus In Capricorn: What Is Worth Working For?

Verity in the comments mentioned liking the imagery at the end of my previous blog post, and there’s a story attached.

I have two long windows, trees in the backyard, and insufficient curtainage (yes I made up that word) and blinds, and the sun was so bright shining in, I was getting irritable from it. It was a scramble to get some relief and we did some makeshift tinkering and blocking and relief was found, and then later on was sitting at my mini-desk and noticed, for the first time, this fall, that the leaves on one of the backyard trees had changed to pumpkin orange.


Brief look at the week ahead, highlights:

Venus enters Capricorn on the 5th and this is extra interesting because Venus will RETROGRADE here! But NOT until late December! VENUS DOES NOT LEAVE CAPRICORN UNTIL early MARCH.

Sun conjoins Saturn on the 6th

Jupiter goes retrograde on the 7th

Mercury goes direct on the 10th!

So it’s very… back and forth. And back. And forth. And BACK AND FORTH and you know what? I remember Sun conjunct Saturn from LAST YEAR! Do you? How you felt? What you were willing to work for?

But back to Venus in Capricorn.

Okay! Quiz-questionaire:

What is Venus? What is Capricorn? What do you tend to feel during a retrograde? What house will this be for you?

PAY ATTENTION to November, December, January, February (and the beginning of March!).

This is your love story, your money story. Your WEALTH.

What are you rich in? What is money to you? Stuff? Security? Paper?

Venus Saturn can commit, yes, but Venus Saturn often doesn’t feel good enough, that she is WORTH the commitment.

Venus always tells a story. Maybe it’s in her eyes. In her wrists. The song she keeps humming, replaying. Venus in Capricorn is still Venus but she’s pleasure AND business. She’s savvy. Why marry poor when she can marry rich. Why?

Venus in Capricorn is your money, honey! How do you want to earn it? Is it aligned with YOUR values? Are you making the EFFORT?

I asked my husband about this transit for me and he said it was about HAVING FUN. Venus through my 5th. I’ll take it!

The potentially vexing thing is that Venus wants to have a good time and Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and Saturn is, well, not fun. Saturn is work. Saturn is effort. Saturn is PATIENCE. What is it you are waiting for???

Retrogrades, to me, usually feel like questioning, discovery, buried treasure. Such feelings will be particularly potent when Venus conjoins gangster and freelance bully Pluto ;)

Now we only get one chance at this passionate Venus Pluto (exact) conjunction this time around because she doesn’t retrograde back to 9 degrees. Close but still a few feet away. She may find Pluto VERY interesting. And she doth look back at him, from a distance, but that’s all it is, just one look.


Love, MP


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Aquarius Season Your Emotional Rescue

Sometimes there are no words. And sometimes there are.

Some transits can really knock you out.

I was thinking of Uranus as a hammer the other day. That your life is a puzzle made of fragile pieces and Uranus comes to smash it. Ruckus, chaos, change.

Again, the image of the Tower card. Or is it the Fool card. Which will you choose and do you have a choice.

Are you under the hammer these days? 

On my personal Facebook page, I’m friends with a lady I knew more than 10 years ago. She worked the front desk. I was an editor. A lousy editor :) I loved her. I was in the process of becoming religious then (Orthodox Jewish) and she already was (Baptist, I think). And her status updates are these little poem-prayers to her Savior, straight from the heart. Pure. A little bit of 12th House, a little bit of 9th is how I would describe her style :)

This is part of what she posted on my Timeline this morning:

“… just enjoy the beauty that is in it. Here we are about to get rain, and wind, and then the cold will come. But you know I am so blessed to feel the rain and the wind and the cold, and enjoy the peace of renewing my thoughts for today. Change of the weather often brings new ideas, new mediations for the day, blessings…” 

As I was saying this morning, all this Venus in Capricorn business has been knocking people around. Moon was in Aquarius too and that was cold, rough and tough, and then Moon in Pisces brought the tide in, the tears, and then Moon in Aries sped up the pain but can also speed up the healing. I think the mega-Capricorn energy too was/is bringing home more truth and more consequences than we care to deal with.

It WILL get better.

Aquarius Season… dare I say it… will SAVE us.  A little more detached. A little more hopeful. A little more friendly.

You who believe you are nothing, you are wrong.

That is all :)

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Venus In Capricorn: Money Honey

I took the day off today because today was acupuncture day and I was also trying out a new practitioner. I’m still a bit dreamy-feeling and it’s been… about 5 hours. That’s how I felt the first time I saw Mr. Lee.

While I was on the train I remembered a story that I wanted to tell and this is a Capricorn Season story because Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and Saturn = honor. Morals. And there is a moral to my story :)

The other morning I went out for a walk with a neighborhood friend. I had to push him. He’s also a Cancer Sun. He had all kinds of excuses, most of them revolving around “all the work I have to do,” but I convinced him that a walk would lower his stress and be a good start to the day. He forgot his cigars. I forgot my cigarettes :)

We were about half a block down when I noticed an envelope on the sidewalk. Actually, three checks in an envelope on the sidewalk, all made out to the same person. These checks could EASILY have been deposited by anyone. My friend knew one of the people who had written one of the checks (he’s lived in the neighborhood for that long) and we found the apartment building and returned them.

The woman (and her daughter) were in shock. This was $1000 in checks. She had given them to her son to deposit. Ooops!

My friend had  been joking about a reward but I didn’t think that far ahead. I didn’t even want to knock on the door. Wanted him to do it. But he insisted that they knew it was me, and the woman blessed me. And when someone blesses you, you say “Amen.”

That way the blessing won’t get stuck ;)

(As I type this here I’m thinking that I told this story before. Or maybe on Facebook I did.)

Was it the Baal Shem Tov? I can’t remember. The one who said that the purpose of a life could be to do a simple favor for another, like returning money. And I thought about other times I’ve done this. Finding money or wallets. And I thought about the money (resources) I owe, or think I owe. Debts.

And I thought about Venus Saturn. I have the square (a bit wide according to some) and was told once that Venus Saturn needs to ask for the money. See, I had to return that money myself in order to receive the bracha (the blessing).

Sometimes young people write to me, feeling badly that their parents (or other entities) help them out. I think for some people, their path IS to get off the parental payroll and that for others, it really doesn’t matter. Depends on the soul/karma of the person. Not all of us are made to have money tests.

I was looking at someone’s chart the other day and I told her as much. This shame you feel? You don’t need to feel it. This is your money. You think it’s theirs because they give it to you. The deeper purpose, for them, is to help you. They need the mitzvah. Get it? The recipient actually does the giver a favor!

Some people work hard all their lives, very hard, and never have any money, not the money we love to hold in our hands. No reason then to continue thinking that anyone but Source/Spirit is in charge of the bank ;)

But back to the astrology:

Venus is money and Venus is love and Capricorn needs to know if you’re worth it.

What are your thoughts on this? 



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The Goat Goddess: Venus Enters Capricorn

Sunday evening in the Big City.

I had to leave the house just now… to buy chocolate. It’s like that sometimes :)

Today in the comments, one of my readers said I’m reminding her of a late night talk radio host, which I take as a compliment :)

I’ve thought off and on about doing a Blog Talk Radio Show but I don’t know what I’d talk about. Astrology? Eh. There seem to be zillions of these shows. They’re kind of lonely. What would make mine different or special or worth doing? Hmm… 


Venus enters Capricorn this week. Venus in Capricorn gets a baaaad rap sometimes. Calculating. Cold. Gold digging.

I guess the ” hot in the sack” part is the higher vibration ;)  Passionate earthy lovers who will take care of you, whether or not they married you for your money. Reliable, dependable, faithful. Not so bad, right?

I have sympathy for Venus in Capricorn because Saturn (Capricorn’s ruler) rules my 5th House, the house of fun and games and romance. “My 5th House of ‘Do Me Baby’” is what I called it the other day :)

But with Saturn ruling this house, fun is hard to find. It takes effort to find. Finding it becomes a calculated mission! We shall do this and it shall be fun! Or else! says Saturn. Saturn tends to expect the worst.

Venus and Saturn together in the same bed, in the same body = less carefree and more careful than Venus’ other costumes.  Love is work! Love is responsibility! Love (Venus) hurts (Saturn). Lovelessness will make you wise so you can give your good spinster advice to all the other spinsters in training.

I couldn’t possibly let you know that I like you because I know what happens when I do that… is the Venus Saturn thought-cloud. Fearful of rejection. Ouch ouch ouch.

After all, Venus is the goddess of beauty, not the goddess of… Dow Jones. Or the goddess of fear but she becomes the goddess of fear when she’s getting screwed (or squared) by Saturn.

My advice for Venus in Capricorn and the rest of Capricorn Season is to notice how you withhold. How you withhold love, you withhold money, you withhold praise or support. Resources. You withhold you. You wait for others to show up instead of believing in yourself, believing that you’re wanted, too.

Maria McKee – Life Is Sweet


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The Stars Today And A Meditation For All Festivals Of Light This Season

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and your message for the world is?

What’s on my mind this morning: the question of “what’s next” and not asking “So Now What!” so continually: hello Mr. Fix-It-Mars-in-Virgo looking for the next problem to solve and fix it before the fear gets out of hand, the fear of your wooly life so tremendous.

Sit still instead, like a tree, be the tree today: plenty of earth in the sky to support this, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. It is possible to move and be still.

And it’s that feeling of all the cars moving, you are walking against traffic, but where are they, you, going and sitting still inside that too despite all melancholy urge — so resist this urge to provoke response and reaction — do the high art of Pluto living which is surrender, not intensity, wherever Pluto is in your life, your chart.

It’s a lot to consider, I know. It is for me too.

Hold your peace is what I’m thinking under this sky. Hold it in your hands, in your arms — it’s physical.

Sun in Sagittarius (expansion) says go. Venus in Capricorn (Saturn = delay) says wait. Mercury now direct redirects our energy from slowed to go-go-go but wobbly still so hold it (again). The Moon in Leo so it’s fitting to shine and there’s a grand trine to this fire: Moon/Mercury/Uranus: Leo/Sagittarius/Aries. Your feelings, your thinking, your inspiration. You may suddenly figure it ALL out by big picture thinking: Sagittarius Sun vs details and side effects i.e. Mars in Virgo.

My final anwer: it’s not just the still small voice inside you (as the Psalmist wrote about) the one you must learn to hear — it’s also a flickering flame of candle or inspiration or fireplace or cooking gas or lightening. Don’t fan it but don’t blow it out either.

The Sun in Sagittarius (the worldly traveler) wants to know: what’s your message for the world today? 

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a sun for the moon in leo!

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Find Yourself In The Cards!

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Who are you now?

Are you the Fool? Setting off on a journey. Are you the Magician? Skillfull. Maybe you are fertile, pregnant with creativity and new life like the Empress. Or the Strength card: a brick wall and I mean that in a good way. Formidable. 

Or maybe you are the Hermit and you need to hide and search and search and hide.

Whoever you are, find it. Find your card NOW. Have a deck for this purpose. Not for reading, but for ritual. I use the Connolly deck for this and I feel like the Magician lately, that I need to be the Magician and make miracles.

It’s still Sagittarius Season. We must not give up. Horses (Sagittarius ruled creatures) don’t give up (do they, Kim?). What happens when a horse gives up?

Crazy faith: Sagittarius. Determination: Capricorn (Venus in Capricorn, Saturn in Libra). I like this sky.

And today I bought some milagros for someone. I didn’t know their purpose, I didn’t know the word miracle in Spanish, but now I know.

What’s your definition of a miracle? Do you believe in magic? 

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Milagros Sanches, Peruvian bullfighter, aged 19

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The Full Moon Eclipse, Uranus Direct, And The Gospel Of Better

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full moon lunar eclipse in gemini!

Prepare for the ride as Uranus stations direct. Oh. Wait. You can’t prepare for Uranus.

One thing you can do is pull up your meditation techniques! You have those, right? And ways to clear your energy, right? Sweep your body from head to toe. Sweep it. Use your imaginative forces as Edgar Cayce says.

I’ll tell you how I eased my monkey mind this week, my wack monkey mind going round and round and round…

The Full Moon in Gemini squares my natal Moon in Virgo and it also does for a client I read for yesterday morning but think it means different things for her than for me but a Moon square is a challenge to emotional stability, a challenge to the home, the core foundation. Remember the leaky faucet I was writing about the other day…

But remember: Sun in Sagittarius: keep the faith; don’t torch the faith. Mars in Virgo: it’s productive to fuss over the details. Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius: it’s okay to be mostly confused.

The time for defeat is not now.

I think it’s funny (not funny, but you know what I mean) when people say I give them hope because I spent so much of my life, since childhood, feeling hopeless. I was one of those people who would say “I have no bootstraps!” when others would tell me to “pull myself up by them.”

I have a lot of cardinal in my chart, yes, but even you fixed signs, even YOU fixed signs can slowly slowly slowly slowly slowly… ya know… find your peace.

Not perfect but better.

Thing is you have to find YOUR way and I tend to believe the Nodal Axis is one of the keys, along with Saturn and Uranus: Saturn building and Uranus breaking… your life.

Imagine that: breaking your life could be a good thing.

I feel like we’re on the ledge, the edge, the precipice, the Eve of something… important and new and… you just don’t know what’s gonna happen. And that’s kinda cool and kinda scary and kinda alright and kinda… hey. Can you feel that? I felt it. Just now.

But back to the meditation stuff: this week I really did keep returning to my breath. Every time thoughts came up that I didn’t want to entertain because they got me nowhere — I said to myself “thinking” each time a thought arose. Tried not to attach, tried not to push away hard — And I returned my attention to my outbreath and I did this pretty much for two day straight and life changed and the situations that were disturbing me got better in the meantime and I credit Pema Chodron among others with teaching people how to do this–

The Buddhists are fucking livesavers and I don’t mean that roll of round shiny candy.

I’ll leave you with this thought for the evening: all the folks who read here, the ones who comment, the ones who write to me for readings. Thank you for trusting me with your stuff.

The New Year is right around the corner and it’s like… tomorrow is the beginning of your New Life. Tomorrow.

So when the morning comes… be humble (for Mars in Virgo). Lively! (for the Sun in Sagittarius). Steady (for Venus in Capricorn). Curious (for the Moon in Gemini). Be really REALLY curious.

And let us know how you’re doing :)

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The Stars Today: Marry It, Marry It, Marry It

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as above, so below

Be free: Sun in Sagittarius. Love the work: Venus in Capricorn trine Mars in Virgo. Think twice: Moon in Gemini heading to Full and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. Hold steady: Uranus stations direct.

And the Moon opposing Mercury Retrograde as I type this: what you feel, what you think: balance it. Swap it. Marry it. Marry it? Yes. Venus in Capricorn: it’s hard but it’s worth it. 

There’s a line from a Donald Justice poem that goes, “I will die in Miami in the sun” which was actually a take on a line from Vallejo that goes “I will die in Paris on a rainy day.” And me? “I will die on this treadmill in the Big City.”


Pre-Eclipse feelings at the gym this morning as the Gemini Moon prepares to square my Virgo Moon. You mutables are really feeling this one.

Mars in Virgo, working on my fitness (sings Fergie) but… I feel like my heart will burst these days like a bomb.

But it’s not a heart of terror–

Can’t hear exactly what it’s saying, what the heart is saying, because Donna Summer is now singing I Love You in my headphones while I’m on the treadmill and the incline soothes my three-of-swords heart.

There is bliss in the blood, the pumping of it. It’s like a city too – pathways, routes, all leading to that One Place: heart. Heart-town!

Sagittarius runs. Capricorn waits. Sagittarius flees. Capricorn commits. Sagittarius is fast. Capricorn is slow.

So… you must wed both of these energies that are active in the sky now as we prepare as we prepare as we prepare for the shaking up and the over-turning: Uranus direct, the Moon in its Fullness, Mercury stationing direct a few days later, Jupiter direct later this month… And the Eclipse which will eclipse…

You WILL feel emotional these pre-Eclipse hours. You MAY have felt like a maniac this week already.

And I am telling you to marry this energy because this energy wants your commitment, wants you to see it through, wants you to lie beneath it like a strong board that can’t be broken, not even by the greatest Kung Fu master or Magician. 

Strong strong strong.


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Feeling Fragile? Touch The Earth! The Stars Today

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It’s been raining all day in the Big City. ALL DAY. Yesterday too. And today — actually last night — in the middle of the night, I noticed a leak in the kitchen, coming from upstairs. Dirty water. Today I called the landlord and he came to take a look and of course it originates from the floor above us but it got me thinking about foundations. About leaks. About dirty water. About fragile. About the sky. Is it falling?

And that’s how the sky feels to me right now: fragile — because of all the change coming up. Change change change.

Mercury still retrograde, Uranus stationing direct, the Full Moon eclipse, events in my own life: relationships ending and beginning.

And I’m such an astro-freak, I just checked the transits for the day next week that I’m scheduled to have some body work done and I’m glad transiting Saturn sextile my natal Venus and transiting Venus trine my natal Saturn will still be active.


The Moon in Taurus today offers some stability despite inconjuncting the Sun and Mercury. Find your comfort in comfort: food, warmth, lazy.

And not only that but there’s this yummy earth Grand Trine of this Moon, Venus, and Mars: good money, good love, good feeling.

So if you, too, are watching the leaks and feeling fragile and foundations shifting… then touch them. Get a hand massage. Eat the cheesecake. Walk the city, block after block after block.

Your body IS your foundation.

And you? Stable or fragile or both? 

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