Saturn Changes Signs But Not Houses (In Your Chart): What Does It Mean?

"saturn square moon" It’s kind of a technical topic but an important one!

What happens when a planet changes SIGN but doesn’t change HOUSE — in your chart?

And let’s say you use PLACIDUS (or some other house system) and NOT the Whole Sign system (which would give you a new house position when the planet changes signs).

What does it feel like?
What can you expect?

I recommend to use the house system that you believe in, the one you are comfortable with, the one you believe to be true for you.

But I also think it’s worthwhile to do double-duty.

Do Placidus AND Whole.
Do Koch AND Whole.
Do Equal AND Whole.

Or whatever combination you prefer.

I’ll tell you what I’m noticing – about my own chart. I think it may help you too.

Saturn in Sagittarius was my 4th House.

And I also had Saturn square my Moon so there were big time lessons and messages and revelations about HOME and family and BELONGING and a move and a big rental house and etc etc and my beloved Cleo went from body to pure energy, pure spirit (very Saturn 4th, also Pluto 4th in my Solar Return)…

Using Placidus, Saturn is STILL in my 4th House.

I call it “finishing up” in my 4th House and won’t enter my 5th until… late this year or early 2019 (have to check the degree).

OR is Saturn already in my 5th? Is Whole Signs more TRUE but that cusp line is still a high vibrational point? 

We know one thing for sure: SATURN CHANGED SIGNS. Saturn went from Sagittarius to Capricorn. And Saturn is no longer squaring any of my Virgo and will TRINE my Virgo.

I am still in the house but honestly I have felt: I can move now if I want. And I have felt: I can stay. And I have felt: it’s okay. I love you, house, no matter what challenges arise. I feel more “settled” even though it’s not *my* house. After all this time, I’m finally there. It’s mine and not mine.

I think it’s an interesting set of questions and they don’t need ONE definitive answer.

Your LIFE will tell you what the answer is. Pay attention. You’ll know. 

FOR SURE the squares to my Virgo stuff are over. For sure Saturn is in Capricorn which is harmonious and “at home.”

And for sure I am suddenly literally suddenly thinking about: home and where do I belong and roots MORE than before. Where do I live? What kind of place? How does a self-employed astrologer purchase property? Do I want to? What to do? ALL such questions.

Saturn through my 4th… was TOO HARD to face those questions. I was too busy SURVIVING.

And now? It’s just not as painful. Not perfect, but not as painful.

As for what Saturn in my 5th might feel like, well, I don’t have kids (5th) but I am a creator and so maybe I’ve got one foot in one world and one foot in the next (4th and 5th) and it may be a similar situation for you. My book comes out this year. 2019 could bring new interesting 5th House stuff!

Where’s your transiting Saturn these days?

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Finishing Up Jupiter In Libra + New Tarot Class + EMOTIONAL WALLS

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The High Priestess in the house

It’s only through relationship that we find out who we are and where we’re at — at any given moment.

I have a new post on Patheos Pagan that speaks to this somewhat. It’s about Leo Season coming up and also a reminder about the Eclipses this August. Yes, they are on the way.

But what’s on my mind today is Jupiter in Libra.

Jupiter won’t be in Libra that much longer, just a few months. Venus rules Libra and Venus is a mirror. We see ourselves in it.

Over the last few days I’ve been getting the same message. That I’m closed or closed off.
Not my words but found it interesting. WALLS.

On the one hand it’s an introvert thing. I go into public spaces (like church or shul or wherever) and absorb energy. I’m not there to small talk. And a friendly acquaintance noted my wall. I feel I AM friendly to her. I like her a lot.

And I thought to myself: yes, Pluto in the First House. We have a wall. Cancer Stellium in the 11th. Plenty more walls. Virgo Rising. Also can be a wall of reserve.

And then it happened again today. No one commented on my behavior or social style but THROUGH an interaction with another human I saw myself. And it shocked me.

An occupational hazard of the work I do and maybe you can relate:
I get out of my way so that I can SEE YOU. But then where am I?

We all need feedback so that we know WE EXIST. Jupiter in Libra can help. Jupiter in Libra, for the rest of this transit, should fill your life with PEOPLE. Let it. Don’t be a monk, please. Not now. Save it for Jupiter in Scorpio perhaps but not now.

So this class is coming up! Here is the link (and the course description isn’t all up yet, still some tweaking but these are the basics – there will be weekly videos as well).  And it’s relevant to this discussion here. And I hope you will check it out and see if it is right for you and visit the other classes being offered. It’s a Tarot class that I’m doing, shortly after Labor Day (early September) – six weeks – a make your own Tarot deck class but it’s so much more than that.

I mean it’s about exploration and creativity AND Tarot. It’s about all the choices the creation of a deck present. It’s about imagery and story and your life. Imagine that. That your deck shows your life. Would you? Could you?

And through the process of talking with my collaborator today I made this stark discovery about WALLS – which also came through all the CUPS cards I kept drawing. Cup after Cup after Cup. Relationships. Emotions. Walls or no walls. Emotional free-flow or Four of Cups NO. 

People who live in community vs. the monks among us… it’s so different. A good friend was shocked to hear that I often have my phone set to ringer OFF. I have no parents, no children. I don’t have a parter. I have clients and friends but I check my phone often enough. Still she was surprised. For the monks among us, there’s a different kind of emergency. It’s not usually a phone call.

I wasn’t meaning to make this blog post a commercial. I was just going to mention the class at the end but I realize now, through writing this, that the class will be a journey for me too and that in order to connect – to anyone AND to ourselves – we need each other. 

This pre-Eclipse revelation hits me straight in my monk-like heart.

Are you watching Jupiter in Libra at the mid-degrees?
Is it aspecting your chart?

When I think about my heart right now, I see it, I feel it. So much pouring out of it, like a waterfall. The image is of water but I’m not sure it’s tears. I don’t know what these waves are made of, but they pour and pour and pour.

Just message me if you have any questions about anything, about the class, about Jupiter in Libra, about how I can help you xoxo much love my darlings the Eclipses are almost here and they come to change the course of our lives. Truth!

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Hanged Man – 2015. Pastel. Staten Island.

Feelings: Do You Have Them? Do You Want Them? Do You Listen To The Same Song Over & Over Too Because It Gives You Feelings?

"south node in virgo" We’re supposed to have feelings this week. How do you feel about feelings? About having feelings. I’m kinda less into them these days. I think perhaps I’ve had enough for a lifetime. I could use a decade’s break.

BUT, my friends, tomorrow the Moon enters Cancer and you know what that means: feelings. 

Was looking at someone’s chart yesterday and the birth time was uncertain. Her Moon was on the edge. Late Gemini or early Cancer. I described each to her and she felt pretty sure Cancer Moon fit. She was surprised and interested to learn as well about her Mars in Sagittarius (explaining her traveling loving, adventurous side) which didn’t quite fit the rest of her rather reserved chart.

As a Virgo Sun and possibly a Virgo Rising as well, Pisces Season, which starts this Thursday, will oppose her, square her, trine her. Isn’t astrology grand? It’s never just one thing. Pisces Season will oppose me too (my Virgo South Node, Rising, Vesta, Moon and Pluto). Should be… interesting.

Cancer Moon will inconjunct both Venus and Mercury tomorrow which totally proves my point. No one wants to feel this much, not with this much Aquarius in the skies.

Just do your best.

Are you Water? Or a Water-Bearer? 


“The Sun Is Why We Are Here. The Ascendent Is How We Get There”

I’m told this is a common issue. The one I’m about to talk about. And I’m learning so much these days.

See, I got married a little more than a month ago and suddenly (or not so suddenly) I find myself without ambition.

That may sound stark, but hear me out. What concerns me now, primarily, is my husband, my marriage, his well-being (my well being), domestic life, but it’s more a FEELING than a behavior. After all, he’s the cook of the family. I am head putterer :) I’M A CANCER SUN MERCURY MARS.

And what I’ve noticed in him is increased motivation to go out and support the family. Slay that mastodon. He’s got a lot going on: his personal blog, his stuff, other projects in the works, other writing, doing Readings.

And here I am. Knitting. Darning socks. Warming milk. Taking care of the babies. WTF.

Okay okay okay we have three cats and no babies. But the cats were mine before, already here. And I can’t sew, much less knit and I don’t even know what “darning” is.

HAS YOURS TRULY MOONPLUTO BECOME A CANCER SUN AT LAST? After all these years of Virgo Rising-herself to death?

Which reminds me of the difference between the Rising sign and the Sun sign and something I read in Howard Sasportas and I think he was quoting Liz Greene: that the Rising is the way we GET to our Sun.

“The Ascendent flowers into our Sun. The Sun is the kind of hero we are. But the Ascendent is the QUEST on which we must embark. The Sun is why we are here. The Ascendent is how we get there.” 

Everything is different now. I need different support groups. Single lady in the Big City no longer. And he is my Whole World. The way my mother was. I know that sounds strange. But when my mother died, my life got cut in two, before and after.

Now is not the time to slack — is what I hear in my head, whenever I experience Wife Anxiety. What happened to all your dreams, your goals, your plays, the poems, all of it!

And then the counter-voice: but I’ve spent YEARS (lifetimes) striving, making art, building, falling, building, falling, and now there’s this new role. And it’s REAL. And (gasp, sob, revelation!) I LIKE it.

Goodbye Old Me. Goodbye goodbye. I remember reading a letter of my mother’s, it was a diary entry, her talking about the peaceful early years of her marriage, when the children were small, playing with playdoh, making macaroni and cheese…

What phase are you in? Are you living your Sun? 

Love, MP


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Chiron Retrograde June 16th: You Missed A Spot

I’m sitting in a Brooklyn diner killing time. I have a doctor’s appointment this morning. I’m a Virgo Rising and always early for appointments.

Chiron goes retrograde this Sunday in my 6th house so this could be a health matter that I finally solve or simply revisit. Gain new insight or healing. Find 13 degrees Pisces in YOUR chart.

Judging from how things went this morning, a new recommended specialist could be quite helpful to me.

Where the slow movers are in our charts (the houses they are transiting) is where we are chronic.

We keep having to confront some version of that energy/reality in our life in combination with….whatever else it is doing in our natal and in the sky.

Where’s your Chiron, natal and transiting? 

Happy rainy Thursday from the Big City

Love, MP


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The Stars Today: Venus Conjunct Mars

I’m a little under the weather today, but got out of my sick bed to write to you :)

Just a cold but my head was fuzzy. I took some Tylenol and cancelled my scheduled peeps. Tomorrow for sure I’ll be up and running. Virgo Rising :)

This morning though I got up early and was happy with my new headphones and my journal with me, all in black, as always, working on one of my new poems on the train (on my way to the necessary errands) and I was reminded, once again, how being in transit (walking, subway, plane!) makes me write, makes it come out. Even editing goes better while in transit. I don’t know what it is, what it does to my brain, the movement, but… now my poem is farther along, inspired. And I had a wonderful breakfast in the theatre district.

I was wondering about you though – what do YOU need to get going. What creative projects are you working on and do you remember what you need to do when you get stuck. What works for you?


“Insatiable” is what I think of when I think of Venus conjunct Mars. In Aries? How much passion can you stand? Or does it fade as fast as it flames? What do you think? Aries comes on strong and then… is done? Or does it again? ;)

Another view is that this conjunction (in general) doesn’t need anyone. That the yin and yang together create a kind of self-sufficiency.

Moon in Pisces all day today and the folks on my message board are feeling extra sensitive, talking about crying spells :) The Moon is conjunct Neptune and trine Saturn so you *can* do something (structure!) with all that creativity and emotion, just like I did.

Tomorrow the Moon continues through Pisces, aspecting Pluto, Chiron, Jupiter and Mercury, before going void of course.

Hmm. I think it’s a good day for just about anything visionary, imaginative, beautiful. Write a poem. Save a life.

Love, MP


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Virgo Risings Find Love (Chiron Stories)

I miss the desert.

And yet I liked the way my skin was suddenly softer when I came home :) And less red. We’d been chain-smoking indoors. I finally unpacked my suitcase this morning. Even clothes I didn’t wear smelled like smoke. I do not know where I belong.

I was trying to make a Moon in Aquarius understand FEELINGS, Cancerian feelings. Because my friend seemed to not “get it” when I would… feel. And he would relentlessly ask questions. How do you explain to an alien, to an Aquarian Moon that these tears come out like rain or piss. It flows :) Nature.

On the other hand, as he told me later, it was also that he saw himself in me. The emotional intensity, depth of feeling. That we were the same. And he didn’t like it. He had tried to be free of it.

This “vacation” made me stronger. I say that it refined me. But also showed me how withdrawn I still am. I walked into someone else’s life, family, where calling someone “a pain in the ass” is the same as saying “I love you.”

The question becomes how to keep it going in the coming days. To take what I learned and not forget. To stay strong. Know the feeling? You go through something life changing and then you go home and you fear (I fear) that I’ll just fall asleep again. That terrifies me more than anything.

The birds are always singing outside my window here, even in winter. Now that the seasons are changing, they sing more, sing louder. They have so much to say.


Yesterday I was talking to another astrologer who was trying to convince me that Chiron not only feels wounded but also wounds. I disagree. I don’t see Chiron as all that active, except possibly towards healing. I don’t see him as hurtful. He was a healer. He was in pain and a healer. He’s not Pluto or Saturn. He doesn’t go around armed, looking for trouble. He goes around… hiding, protecting. Not wounding.

Many of us Virgo Risings are in Chironland these days, which will become these YEARS. Chiron is on my descendent, my 7th House cusp. It’s now or never, I am fond of saying. I will get this relationship thing (7th House) right or not at all.

Now of course it depends on the degree of your Virgo Rising but if Chiron is anywhere near your 7th House, pay attention. Think about it. What it could mean. How are your relationships changing? Are you healing? Are you hurting? Are you wounding?

Before I left on my trip I examined the transits and my experiences definitely matched up. It was an intensely 8th House (probing, taboo, intense, discussion/experience of uncomfortable topics for both of us) experience. Compounding this was my friend’s natal Mars opposing my natal Chiron.

When we are together, we will *always* go there. We will always go to Chiron. His Mars will always push me there. Makes me wonder though what affect I have on him. His Mars (and Uranus) also opposes his Chiron so we’re talking double Chiron ;)

I asked him what he wanted. To feel at peace, he said.

How do you feel when you come back from vacation? 

Love, MP


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Does Mercury Retrograde Bother You?

"mercury in sagittarius"Did the Gemini eclipse wake you up?  Eclipses bring heightened energy, intense feelings, whether or not anything happens. Life goes from black and white to technicolor for a few days. At least that’s how I experience it.

And now with Mercury direct, I feel like writing again. I was talking to an astrologer friend on Facebook who has a hard time with the retrogrades, and I was all blasé, saying “On no, not me, no big deal…” Despite Gemini on my MidHeaven and Virgo Rising.

But suddenly I feel like writing, just a few days after Mercury’s station. Mercury had been retrograde through my 3rd House, Gemini’s natural house, the house of writing, thinking, communications.


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Sun In Virgo: Illuminating WHAT?

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An awesome chica in MoonPlutoLand (and wow tomorrow is the LAST day of our 30-day class whew!) started a thread about how she feels right before Virgo Season. She has Virgo Rising so during the summer, her Sun is in the hidden, secretive, isolated, sometimes spooky, often mysterious 12th House!

And then when the Sun crosses her ascendent, she noted, she feels alive again.

Yup. I get that. I feel it too. I am also Virgo Rising and all of y’all out there should ALWAYS notice where the transiting Sun is. What house. What aspects. What feelings. What changes. All of it!

Because where the Sun is… is LIT UP for you.  You are on fire there :) 

I keep getting sick. I get run down, feel better, go back to normal life, and then get run down again. Sun in Virgo for me is 1st House. It’s a body and health house. So what is being illuminated for me, among other things, is how I treat my body, how I rest, what I eat…

All our habits are under review when the Sun is in maintenance-minded Virgo.

WHICH REMINDS ME, goddess asteroid Vesta is associated with Virgo (and Scorpio) and with maintaining the hearth-fire of ancient days: the fire in the center of town as well as in every home — she’s the Goddess of the Torch. Passion and commitment to keep it going. Sublimate all other needs to keep it going.

Thus, my question: what are you sustaining? Preserving? Maintaining? Nurturing? Prolonging? Surely there is SOMETHING you don’t want to let go of. Let Virgo Season point you there. To what matters. And let Virgo Season point you to what you’re letting go…

Love, MP

Saturn In Scorpio Will Help You With Your Venus Problem

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Many interesting comments to my Saturn in Scorpio posts and I’m not fully awake yet :) so I’ll have to tend to the comments later today when my head is back on.

Was up in the middle of the night with a blog idea and decided to go back to sleep instead of get up but this is what I remember about it now and the topic was not about Saturn in Scorpio but more about Venus and Venus in Gemini confusion and falling for invisible men (or women) i.e. people who can’t deliver to your life.

Suddenly the image of a milkman came to mind, delivering milk i.e. sustenance, nurturance, comfort, health.

And that if a person CAN’T truly be in relationship with you — because they are too broken or already taken, for example, then… that milk is sour and will make you sick.

(Yes I too am wondering for how long I will extend this metaphor.)

But you know what? This is Saturn in Scorpio (intimacy/sex) too. Not just Saturn in Libra (relationships). Because Scorpio/8th House are the deepest places we go with others. “How we get our needs met” which began in childhood but doesn’t stop.

And I was up in the middle of the night, not trying to find answers but thinking about how I do this: fall for a broken milk bottle ;)

And a question came to me: who is it that you hope will show up? Who is it that you hope will get well? 

Saturn in Scorpio: spooky-good psychoanalysis.

You *can* learn the lesson if you do the work of learning it and living it. But not just that… you’ll finally realize what the problem is because you’ve been solving in the wrong direction.

Saturn in Scorpio can be real healing.

Your thoughts? 

Love, MP

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The Stars Today: Gemini Square Virgo, Mercury Square Mercury

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Good morning Fellow Stargazers,

I am writing to  you from my new computer and I am overjoyed! For years I’ve been suffering under an inferior takes-30-minutes-to-warm-up PC (name of brand withheld, there were other problems too, many!) and this thing is a revelation.

What do the Stars say? Well when the Moon was in Leo I kinda had a fight with a friend about it. Not a fight- fight but he was giving me some advice, not bad advice, very practical advice but what he doesn’t understand is that my life is ruled by the practical. Virgo Rising! Also this computer issue wasn’t just about need and necessity, it was about the Moon in Leo: I DESERVE a decent computer. I DESERVE the BEST computer is what I told him. I made it emotional. I made it dramatic. The Moon was in Leo. And I don’t think I was wrong.

Uranus is in Aries. We want our technology (Uranus) fast (Aries). We want our Astrology (Uranus) fast (Aries). I can blog faster, literally, with this beautiful silver-winged machine. Now the Moon is in Virgo and I’m working, blogging. Later today need to install some software (oy) and I should probably do it before the Moon enters Libra and opposes Uranus because those could be some off the rails (Uranus) emotions (Moon). Or at least frazzled.

On the other hand though, Libra is “other people” and I’ll be needing “an other person” to help me with the technology. The opposition could be peaceful and balancing. This evening Mercury in Gemini squares Mars in Virgo –what you say vs. what you do. Where will you put your energy? Want to fly away? Or stay home and catalog the the post-its?

Which reminds me, I bought my computer from a gal, EXPERT sales assistant who… I started giving her an impromptu astrology reading. I couldn’t help it. When it came time to play around with the machine, what better than to visit an astrology website? And I just get curious if I talk to anyone for any length of time. I guessed her Gemini Rising (she looked the part) and actually she looked typically Virgo too (which I would not have guessed). And, dear reader, I trusted her, trusted her skills, her knowledge, even more once I knew she was a Virgo. So let that be a lesson to anyone out there who own a business,okay? Hire a Virgo. They ooze integrity and smarts.

The skies these days mirror her chart. There is always tension between Gemini and Virgo even though they are both Mercury ruled. Gemini to me feels more about quickly selecting among the pretty options and counting the chickens long long LONG after they’ve hatched whereas Virgo will worry if the chickens’ feathers are good enough. You won’t necessarily be able to balance these. You’ll feel them both. And keeping busy is the wisdom here… because then you’ll notice it less perhaps ;)

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Love, MP

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Full Moon In Scorpio: Ta-Da!

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So I had another revelation today about a situation I want to leave behind.

Yes, Full Moon in Scorpio is still on my mind and yes I’m obsessed.

And these words came to me which I put on a Post-It on the wall behind my desk. A light blue Post-It, by the way:

The solution you require now is NEPTUNE not SATURN. Transcend.”

I have these two guys in opposition in my chart. They fight with each other. The container (Saturn) and the contained (Neptune).

But easier said than done, okay? Easier fucking said than DONE. Transcend THIS, Saturn!


Neptune rules my North Node and the South Node, let me tell you, the South Node is a pull on you like a box of baby kittens mewing.

You’re gonna sit there and you’re gonna nurture and be sweet and love on those kittens. You can’t help it. It’s what you have to do and what must be done. It’s your instinct. But if you don’t find homes, good homes, the best homes, for those kittens, you’ll have… a lot of kittens.

I have three kittens who became cats and I’m not complaining but the South Node is a point that is hard to do well and yet we must do our South Node well while leaving it to join forces with the North!

My North Node? Pisces. And what’s more is that my Virgo South Node is conjunct my Ascendent and my Moon is in Virgo conjunct Pluto. I have trouble thought-stopping.

So there I was, am, feeling trapped by my mind, working it over and over and over, all the details, the story, the scenario of this situation that I want to leave behind SO BADLY and I’m not obsessing over how to do it or being practical (which would be the high side of Virgo) instead I’ve got the monkey mind and it won’t stop. Monkey monkey monkey.

And then I decided to have a beer. Hello Pisces North Node. I rarely drink. It makes me sleepy. Or depressed the next day. But right now this Corona is ME.


Does the Full Moon in Scorpio aspect your Nodes? It doesn’t aspect mine by degree but an interesting thing that I discovered yesterday in my own chart is that my Progressed MC is conjunct my Sun in Cancer. The Full Moon trines them both. Take a look at your chart. Find 16 degrees Scorpio.

And do find your Progressed angles. They matter.


This morning I put a note at the end of my blog post that I was going on Partial Vacation next week which means I am not going to do any Email Astrology Readings however I am happy to schedule for the week after.

(I will be doing Tarot Email all week though. That will continue as normal. And some Astrology Phone Readings, case-by-case basis though. Happy to discuss current Transits (by phone) if you feel snowed under).

But decided to set this boundary for the week to give some parts of my 3rd eye/brain a rest. But then I came up with this caveat, if you REALLY want an Email Astrology Reading next week, the week of May 7th, I’ll do it, but for double. ;)


An interesting aspect in today’s sky that perfects on Saturday: Mercury in Aries opposing Saturn in Libra. Mercury is talk. Saturn is “talk later.” Mercury is light. Saturn is heavy. Mercury is fast. Saturn slows us down. Mercury gesticulates. Saturn plods. Aries is ME. Libra is We.

And these two in opposition are showing up somewhere in your chart and oppositions have a tug-of-war energy to them, a balancing that is needed. You could get a slap for speaking out of turn under such an aspect. Or you yourself could be too harsh when a cleaner quicker approach is needed.

It’s like… the cute boy sitting behind you in class vs. the mustached old timey teacher lecturing at the front of the class. You need to pay attention to both ;) They both have something to tell you. Mercury is the Messenger and Saturn is the rules and the wisdom.

So there’s this harshy energy that culminates just a couple hours before the Full Moon. A one-two punch. I have a feeling that this Mercury Saturn opposition will tell you exactly what needs to be jettisoned.



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Keywords For The 3rd House

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Travel agents, airmail, atlases…

Okay. I’m biased. I *rarely* if ever think about the 3rd House.

Bicycles, boat trips, bookkeepers!

It just doesn’t interest me. We all have our favorites. Do we have to love everything equally?

Clever people, cars, calculations…

It’s not dark or mysterious or spooky or gloomy or flashy.

Contracts, conversation, one’s everyday environment. Fingernails. Gossip. 

It’s GEMINI’s natural house. Chatty, social, restless, writing Gemini. Gemini’s fun. Okay. That’s cool.

Communication of all kinds. Delivery men! 

It *should* interest me. I’m a writer.

Memory, mailboxes, literature!

And yet… There it sits. On the wheel. Big deal.

Hobbies! Highways! Hands! Ideas! Ideas are cool. 

Tonight I’ve headed back to Rex Bills in the hopes that my perusal of his keywords lists will inspire something in me!

Short journeys, librarians, short librarians on journeys that are short, like… to the mailbox! 

Maybe, just maybe, there is some magic and/or drama in the 3rd House and… we just need to find it.

Messages, messengers, motion pictures! Novels, news, nervous energy! 

And with Mercury retrograde on the way, the time is now!

Walking, writers, visitors! Traffic, transit, trucks! Teachers, telephones, telegrams.

The 3rd House takes us SOMEWHERE. The 3rd House makes us move. The 3rd House? On the road!

Running, runners, THOUGHT.

Are you thinking now? About the 3rd House?

What’s in your 3rd? 


Note to self: Mercury rules worry

Writing Your Own Horoscope

"virgo rising"
what's your sign?

You are the sky. Do you ever think about that? That your chart is the sky from that moment. Everyone born at that moment has your chart. It was a general thing, up there, but then it became you.

You could have been born early or late or not at all. So think about that in regards to… loving yourself. The sky was neutral. Like a tan sofa.

In 1970, the year I was born, there were no astrology bloggers. There were no blogs. But I wonder what some daily newspaper horoscope writer would have written that day for a Virgo Rising/Cancer Sun…

“Your emotions may feel uncontrollably intense today while you go about your daily routines. Try not to snap at loved ones or jump to conclusions. However slighted you feel, it’s probably of your own mind and making and not reality. Giving the cold shoulder would be a mistake under these conditions. Despite the fluctuations of your mood, your energy will be high. Don’t over do it. Choose projects  and activities wisely.”

Or something like that ;)

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Love Advice For Virgos And Other Worriers!

"mars in virgo 2011"
mars in virgo 2011

(From the Archives… in Honor of Mars in Virgo. And pssst once I have a moment I am planning to write about Libra! I’m having thoughts about Libra!)

The sign of Capricorn rules my 5th House. I am not the Life of the Party (according to Isabel Hickey).  I am Saturnian in Love.

So what happens when the Life of the Party falls in love with… Not the Life of the Party?

Dear Fellow Star Gazers, I have Virgo Moon conjunct Pluto, Virgo Rising, and Virgo South Node. Give me my corner, a diet Dr. Browns, and someone smart and nice to talk to, and I’m fine. I’m also exaggerating to make a point.

But to answer my own question: Respect the Differences. When Death of the Party meets Life of the Party and love ensues… each needs to do their own thing sometimes. And then compare notes later, of course.

Dear Sweet Caring Virgo: do not nag the Party Animal especially during the party. In this solid and sound love-ship, you know the Animal comes home to you. Fear Not The Party.

Some severe Virgo types tend to condemn others, especially those who have fun well. I think this is simple jealousy, which isn’t so simple. These Virgos long for a life they have no clue how to approach.

O Virgo Moon, if only you could stop thinking for the night. Yes, a beer could help, but briefly. Is it worth it? Probably. 

Virgos need to yes more, to love more, to give more. And I don’t mean they need to give more advice or their two cents or what they think is best. Try praise instead of fix-its. Encouragement instead of details. Leave it open.

But I’m a Virgo! says Virgo. That’s what I DO! Okay okay okay, I know. But still. Can’t we meet in the middle? Pisces opposes you but has something to teach you. Learn it. Swim! Just a little? Please? Dear Virgo? You know I love you :)

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An 8th House Story For The Sun In Scorpio

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walk through it

A few months ago, an old friend sent me a coffee maker. I’d never had a grown-up coffee maker before although I did have one of those little silvery colored espresso makers for Cuban coffee.

Well I realize that I love taking the old, used coffee filter out of the coffee maker because it reminds me of my mother. I think she used to put the wet grounds in her plants (why did she do that?).  Her energy is here now, stronger now.  Her birthday is this week.

And today when I was in Koreatown with my friend, having lunch, my friend asked me if my parents encouraged me. I couldn’t remember if my father had. He was kind of out of the picture by a certain point. And my mother… well… I told my friend that I have Virgo Rising which can indicate a critical mother but I also very much remember her encouraging my creativity, my writing, and how proud she was of me when I got my MFA and started publishing poems. She never told me I was pretty, far as I can remember. Damn, childhood was filled with such deep pain and confusion. I really don’t know how I survived it as intact as I am.

And then my friend told a story of how his father told him that he would never amount to anything and that that WAS encouragement. Because it pushed him to prove his father wrong. True story.

My friend has Sun and Moon in Aries in the 8th House.

Can you take shit and… make flowers grow from it?

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Venus Is In Sagittarius: Look Up!

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I sent an email to a friend this evening: I fall in love with my own love.  

And I project this onto the other. I fantasize without realizing it. So then when I do actually see them? Reality. The veil drops. Wait. It’s not that I fall in love with it. It’s that I FEEL IT.

What I feel is my own love shooting across the skies. Moon and Pluto in the 1st House opposing an empty 7th House.

My details: Venus in Leo in the 12th House, Venus square Neptune, Pisces on the descendent, Neptune in the 3rd House. 

Pluto in the 1st House has a lone wolf reputation and people do find me… self-possessed, but my North Node is conjunct my 7th House cusp and I will die trying to get this partnership thing right.

Do you think about your life? All the mysteries? How you got from point A to point B and you can recall it all but… how much of it did you choose and how much of it was just reacting and lousy transits. I wound up living with my current roommate, an old friend, because of a lousy transit and some good luck. I had a Tarot reading not long after moving here and the guy said it was fate, meant to be, supposed to happen. I felt that. And that it was a crazy crazy crazy whirlwind and unfortunate cluster of transits that brought us here.

I pray for easy lessons.

Venus (and Mercury) are in Sagittarius now which says one thing to me:  OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!!!!

Open your eyes even about that one thing which you think is fixed. Sagittarius is not fixed. It changes! Things change! Your love, your Venus, is being Jupiterized now! It’s growing, it’s growing, it’s growing, getting bigger and bigger and bigger AND BIGGER!

Biggest. Venus in Sagittarius wants to teach you a lesson. Are you ready?

What are you seeing? 

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Simple Advice For Thinky Types Who Do Readings Of Any Kind

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So, like, you have to leave your brain behind. Turn it off. I look at charts but I’m also doing more Tarot these days, and what I do, what I have to do is turn off my Virgo Moon, my Virgo Rising, my Virgo South Node and run like hell towards my Pisces North Node, towards my Moon Pluto conjunction, towards my Mercury trine Neptune: F L O W. “Running” is probably the wrong metaphor. Swim, right?

This is how it works for me. It may be something else that you need to turn off. May be something else that you need to turn on, tune in to. But no doubt there is SOMETHING.

It is not easy to stop thinking. It’s not hard the way LIFE is hard, but it’s a challenge to have any degree of faith AT ALL when your North Node is in the sign of faith, Pisces!

So this is what you do: look, gather, and then tell them what you see. And have faith that what you see is what you need to tell them.  They may not recognize it. Sometimes they don’t. But sometimes they do. And you both go ahhhhhh validation. For them, for you. It is, yeah, a kind of magic.

Is it channeling? Is it psychic? I don’t know what the hell it is and honestly I don’t want to THINK ABOUT IT BECAUSE THAT WOULD ACTIVATE ALL MY VIRGO AGAIN ;)

Now, does this same lesson apply towards… other parts of life? YES IT DOES. Stop your clinging and your grasping and your…. WHATEVER. You can’t hold onto this shit. What you can do is… you move in a direction and either they meet you there or they go the other way. Can’t Control Nobody. Let it go. Make up YOUR mind and then let it go.

I had an amazing therapist, years ago, when I lived in Iowa. I was going to start teaching for the first time and I was terrified and she gave me this short list of things to remember and the last one was, “Don’t get attached to results.”  Show up. Find your truth. Don’t get attached to results.

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What’s Your Rising Sign?

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Virgo Rising

By the time I wanted to have a baby, it was too late. Although I couldn’t imagine a life of… playgroups and school conferences and… whatever.

And maybe it’s not TOO LATE but how soon is NOW?

And it wasn’t even until my 30s that a truthtelling Sagittarius Sun with a load of Scorpio told me that she saw me as a mother, that I should be a mother, no question about it. No one else had ever said this to me or thought of me this way, far as I knew. Not my own mother and surely not myself. This friend saw me differently, deeper. Or maybe she was just your average Sag: optimistic.

The Rising Sign, among other things, is a reflection of how we were treated when we were young, what was expected of us. I have Virgo Rising: my mother didn’t give compliments and neither do I. I can only say “I love you” when I mean it. When I was a kid I instigated the I Love You thing with my mother. I needed to hear it. I got her to say it. It became our habit. (She was a Scorpio.)

To this day I find compliments embarrassing, insincere. Then again it depends who is giving it and why, and whether I already have a kernel of faith in whatever it is they’re complimenting. Again, the Virgo-Pisces axis: faith, no faith.

Cancer Rising: who were you expected to take care of? Who didn’t take care of you?

Leo Rising: who made you perform?

Taurus Rising: who competed with you in the beauty contest?

Libra Rising: be fair no matter what

And so on.

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Do You Know Your Birth Time?

"Sophie's Choice"
Meryl Streep has Leo Rising

Do you ever wonder about the accuracy of your birth time? I have a birth certificate birth time but once upon a time had a face-to-face reading with an astrologer who wondered if I were Leo Rising and not Virgo Rising (she based this on my presence/appearance) and then last night I read a detailed description of Leo Rising and you know what? Sounded like me, exactly like me.

Another confusing detail: with Equal Houses, a late Leo birth time is no different than my Virgo Rising house placements. BUT with Placidus, a late Leo birth time changes some things, some very important things. For example, my Jupiter moves from the 2nd to the 3rd. My Pluto moves from the 1st to the 2nd. WTF?

Identify Crisis.

I never identified with the apparent self-confidence and bossiness of the Leo Rising but besides appearance, I seem to have… the roar? The drama? The offense when slighted by a friend? Hell, I don’t know. But I want to know. I wish there were a way to know. Guess it’s time to get that chart rectified!

And if I were Leo Rising my Venus would then be conjunct my Ascendent and THAT can’t possibly be TRUE. Can it?

I mean, wouldn’t I have men following me down the street every day? Or would that Equal Houses first House Pluto keep them away anyway. People do notice me. But I am never clear what it’s about, although most likely the hair, the Leo Mane (which could easily be a Venus in Leo mane).

See, I have natal planets in Virgo and Leo and… I know fire people, I know happy-dappy-do fire people and I just don’t relate. There’s a drive for attention that I just don’t have. And they smile. A LOT. A sunshine that I don’t have. I’m a quiet Cancer Sun :) with Venus in the 12th :)

One of eerie things though, with a switch to Leo Rising is that my 4th House cusp becomes my mother’s sign and my 10th House cusp becomes my father’s.

Guess it’s time to get the chart done.

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Boobies Boobies Boobies: Yes, The Sun Is Still In Cancer

"courtney love and frances bean as a baby"
Courtney Love: Sun in Cancer

And in case you forgot, or never knew, the sign of Cancer rules the breasts.  And in your own life you can probably recall a Cancer Sun or Cancer Rising who would boobify their outfits every now and then. Or regularly.

I am a short triple Cancer woman so shirts that dip downward make me look longer which is my motivation for displaying this asset on occasion. My Virgo Rising NEVER wants to appear vulgar or undignified so a balance must be met through sextile, and it is.

You can probably imagine my joy last weekend when I used some of my birthday money to buy new and excellent support for my Cancer part, which is no doubt something men can never understand, and lucky them: the expense, the search, the sizing, the relief at finding THE ONE. It’s like a marriage. And a divorce. After you wear one out? You get a new one ;)

What’s your sign? What body part(s) does it rule? And do you show it off? 

Note to self: keep asking questions on the blog; maybe more folks will comment :)

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How Does Love Make You Feel? Got Venus?

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Edgar Cayce: Venus in Pisces

Love makes me feel weak. And I’m not saying this is good or bad. Yet. I guess it’s neither. Or either. I just know it makes me feel weak. Vulnerable? That too. Like a fight with my boyfriend renders me dumb, voiceless. Because I realize in those moments after the fight that… we are.  We are a we. Doing this. And it stops me. And then I shut-up. My body shuts-up. Which is different than shutting down. I go quiet. Like a church. Hello 12th house :)

And then it dawns on me that this is how I feel and that I LIKE it, and try to describe it. I’ve got a very Venus Neptune chart. Venus in the 12th, Venus square Neptune, Neptune on my descedent, Neptune in my 3rd giving me dreamy thoughts, and I almost forgot: North Node in Pisces conjunct the descendent.

But these feelings are no less real than my Venus Saturn neuroses. Two sides of the same. And, yes, I do have a Neptune Saturn opposition in my chart. Dream. Crash. Dream. Crash. Dream. But then sometimes? The dream stays a little longer, it spends the night, you wake up with it. Still there? Yes, still here.

And it IS good. There is a deep pleasure for me in these feelings. It’s a humbling feeling but different than the way Saturn humbles. It has an of awe to it. It’s bigger than me. And I feel it deep deep down, in my chest, that very quiet feeling, calm, but deep. I’m sorry I can’t think of a better, more interesting word than deep but by this deep I don’t just mean profound, I mean location: deep IN.

How does love feel to you? Please tell us about your Venus. Don’t be shy :)

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Help For The 12th House Venus Who Sang In Her Chains Like The Sea

"sun in scorpio"
Dylan Thomas: Cancer Rising, Scorpio Sun

Yes, I did paraphrase a famous poem in the title of this blog post, but the line occured to me as I was looking for another “jail” metaphor to describe how it feels to be Venus in the 12th House.

I never felt the way Dylan Thomas describes in the first stanza of Fern Hill, and maybe he didn’t either. But I suspect he did, despite the overwhelming nostalgia, which can be deceiving, Neptunian style.

I used to read and write poetry all the time. I got my MFA from a famous Writers’ Workshop, but never made a career of it. Not for lack of trying though. My point though is that, lately, poems, the desire for poems has been coming back to me and I find them as my blog posts lead me to them: today, a line from Fern Hill. Tomorrow? Who knows!

But back to Venus in the 12th House: the house of self-undoing, jail, prison, mental illness, drugs, escapism. Just a short list of the negative keywords but with Venus in the 12th, not all hope is lost. It just means that you, as a soul, have your work cut out for you. You want to float and merge and love freely but… better not. Better temper that Piscean Neptunian la-la-land with reality, with Saturn, with earth. So by all means, sing in your chains like the sea, but then get to work :) And by work I mean, examine what you love, how you love, and what you want, and what you are willing to do to get there. This goes for Venus square Neptune as well, and Neptune on the descendent, Venus in Pisces

Once, in poetry class, when I was an undergraduate, my teacher said to us “Murder your darlings,” which meant that that really hot line you think is so effective and moving and makes your poem a POEM… well… cross it out. It’s probably leading you astray. It may merely be ego, attachment and not what the poem demands.

Now, I’m not suggesting you destroy anything except your denial, your refusal to see how you hurt yourself and Venus in the 12th House or Venus square Neptune often has more than a side of masochism, which has its time and place but, please, Venus, don’t make a lifetime of it. There’s MORE to be experienced than the pain of love! 

A story: married (or otherwise taken) men have always been interested in me and I see this as a manifestation of my Venus locked up in the 12th House. These men came to me. I didn’t ask for them. And I mean, they came to me at young ages: my mother’s boyfriend, my sister’s boyfriend. They each tried. Imagine a child going about her life, as children do, and a grown-up comes, or an almost-grown-up comes, to disrupt this innocence. Yes, I know, shades of Pluto impossible to ignore

As I grew up, the pattern continued: married (or otherwise taken) men seemed to find me and at times I was all too happy to be found. Venus in the 12th House feels invisible, IS invisible. Hidden. This isn’t the entire story of my romantic history, but the pattern was there.

Venus in the 12th House People, know this: it is not a compliment. It is not something to be devoured. It is pathetic and you need to look away. Opportunistic types feed on Venus 12th House types because they feel the famous Venus 12 understanding, compassion, love, depth, boundlessness, tears, willingness to suffer for love.

Know that you were born into this energy to reckon with this energy and that you are not a victim. Pisces/Neptune/12th House can easily stay the victim and NEVER LOOK UP but look up you must.

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