August’s Astrological Activity — 2017

Although August doesn’t seem to have the panache of July with all the fireworks displays, parades and celebrations, this year August has a few plans for itself — containing several Retrograde Planets, Jupiter and Pluto are sparring, Mercury goes Retrograde, and there are two potent Eclipses during this month. What are the Heavens trying to impart to us? Are we in turmoil, confused, frustrated? It seems that all of the above is true to some degree for all of us. This month may supply us with enough Cosmic bang for us to cut through the mindless chatter, and begin to separate our idealism and naivete for what is actually true and happening now! We can find our way to clarity of purpose, respect for ourselves and others, and at the end of the month, we may have found our own pathway to truth.

August starts off with Lady Venus just entering the sign Cancer bringing family to the fore, and a Sagittarius Moon inviting us to seek adventure — however, the Planet Uranus in the later degrees of Aries begins its Retrograde motion on the 2nd, perhaps putting a spanner in the works for any of our new and/or unusual plans. Also beginning its Retrograde action will be Mercury in Virgo beginning on the 12th and lasting through September 5th having moved into late Leo — Mercury often disrupts our day-to-day activity, interfering with our communications, transportation and our technology (UGH — please don’t mess with my computer!). Along with Saturn in Rx until the 25th of the month causing delays, and Neptune and Pluto remaining Rx through the month — we can use this time to reflect upon our actions and perhaps our plans that haven’t quite come to fruition. Also, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 7th in Aquarius, and the New Moon Solar Eclipse on the 21st in Leo will be activating our emotions, altering our perspectives, and generally fine-tuning what it is we really want, and how to go about realizing our intentions!

With so much activity between the Heavenly Lights, and some powerful Planets, it might feel as if we are in a free-fall, and we can’t seem to find anything to hold on to. However, we human-beings are made of stern stuff (the right stuff), and we can and will prevail — it is our birthright to find our own pathway throughout this lifetime. We can employ those positive lessons we learned as a child — respect, honesty, loyalty, love, kindness, and those other foundations that keep us one step above the fray — our family and friendships that have been honed by many years of commitment and love. We are not merely entities of flesh and blood, but entities of Light, Spirit, Soul, Consciousness and that transcendent and divine spark of celestial energy that cannot be destroyed. We are human BE-ings — evolving ever higher to raise our rational mind to more profound, esoteric and sacred levels. Be in the moment every second of your life — it is your life — live it, bring your A-game, never underestimate your influence in this World!

OK — I shall get off of my soap box now and get on with this month’s activity — the Eclipses are encouraging us to open our mind and hearts to new experiences, and allowing us a moment in time to adjust to what may be unexpected and/or bewildering activity in our lives. Any new experience is an opportunity for us to grow as a person, to expand our knowledge and to learn how we can cope with those things that weren’t in our daily planner. We all will have some influence from the energy of both Eclipses. However, if your birth degree is at or near 15 degrees of Aquarius (or opposite at 15 degrees of Leo) you may find you have to deal with a more dramatic change in plans or even find yourself with an opportunity you never saw coming  — this is the work of the Full Moon Eclipse on the 7th — embrace any changes and make them your own. Also, the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo, will bring more energy to you if your birth degree is on or near 28 degrees of Leo (or opposite at 28 degrees of Aquarius) there may be an adjustment that will stimulate your creativity — breathe deeply and recognize that the Universe is leading  you to your true destiny! Both Eclipses will be stimulating our consciousness, and will help us to believe in our own innate worthiness.

Jupiter and Pluto are squaring off although the aspect will lessen as the month progresses, and they are trying to allow us to create our own ideas of personal identity, our ability to choose our options in life, and to let go of any undesirable habits, people or conduct we have allowed into our realm. Saturn in Sagittarius will turn Direct on the 25th enabling us to once again receive the positive messages and lessons that Saturn insists upon imparting to us. Having been in Rx motion since early April, Saturn has allowed us to absorb those truths we are so prone to ignore! I hope that Saturn’s karmic teachings and truths have been embedded into your psyche as you progress along on your own personal journey.

Mars in Leo will hear our Leonine growl — as we feel like the king of our realm — of course, a wise and judicious leader knows how to treat His loyal subjects properly. Mars in Leo is all about generosity and grandiloquence (perhaps in equal measure)! Still our Mars in Leo persona is a true romantic, loves to be surrounded by family and friends, and knows how to throw a successful party! Enjoy the energy and elan of this aspect — for tomorrow is probably another work day!

The 4th of August may find us having to stay late at work — TGIF may have to wait until your project is finished. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, on the 7th at 1:11 PM EST (add one hour for DST), may see us explaining our reason for some action we had taken. Be sure you know just what happened and why your actions were appropriate. Don’t try to wield your power on the 9th as you could find yourself on the defensive. The late afternoon of the 10th finds us capable and able to find solutions and to promote our own agenda.Be wary on the 11th during the evening rush hour — everyone is trying to get away — expect the unexpected. Sunday the 13th brings a wonderful Sun/Saturn trine in the late afternoon, that can help us get organized and prepared for the week ahead. The 15th at breakfast time might not be the best time to try to discuss any issues with a mate or partner, as Venus and Pluto aren’t feeling friendly. Venus also has a dust-up with Saturn on the 18th — it’s not worth the effort to squabble. On the 20th around lunchtime, we can expect a jolly time with family or friends — perhaps a backyard barbecue, don’t forget to play some games. The Sun and Uranus connect on the 21st making us feel invincible and heady — and it’s the day of the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo, remember to write out your affirmations, and enjoy the effervescent energy! On the 22nd when you are just getting into work, Mars and Saturn will help you to push your agenda forward, be confident and approachable. You may want to take a long lunch hour on the 24th as several issues at work or home are being raised that aren’t ready to be resolved.The afternoon of the 26th might bring a spark of an idea that will produce results — be optimistic and try to explain things simply and with patience. Since the Moon is void-of-course until almost 3 O’clock in the afternoon of the 28th — your best bet may be to hide out in the office until the dust has settled.With the Moon in Capricorn on the 31st our month ends on a stable and practical note — you might want to take this Friday off (if you can) to extend the long Labor day weekend and connect with family and friends in a happy and celebratory atmosphere. Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday!







February’s Astrological Activity — 2017

February will be an active month with a Lunar Eclipse on the 10th in the sign Leo at 22 degrees at 7:33 PM EST– this dramatic sign will bring us some over-the-top activity that will keep us on edge for a while, yet after this phase of the Moon has passed we will be able to take a deep breath and realize it wasn’t that onerous and perhaps some clarity came through to help solve an ongoing issue. The Solar Eclipse is on the 26th in the sign Pisces  at 8 degrees at 9:58 AM EST — conjunct Neptune at 11 degrees, will spur our  imaginations and we will find ourselves seeking more creativity and spirituality in order to solve the issues we are facing now, the downside might be that a dream we’ve been holding on to might be shown to be totally impractical. However, the New Moon also fires up Mars-Uranus-Jupiter energies for the better. Use the energies of both these magnificent aspects to enhance the meaning of your life. If your birthday is near either of these dates you will be starting a new Lunar or Solar cycle — this revitalization will help you find answers to old issues and will bring you new opportunities. There are many sides to Eclipses, and what will manifest in your chart will depend on which Zodiac House position it will be cresting within, also whether or not it will be connecting to other Planets in your chart.

It will be advantageous through February 3rd to get your message across — on the 3rd, Venus enters Aries bringing a new energy into the mix. On the 6th Jupiter in Libra will turn Retrograde in the early hours of the day until turning direct on June 9th, making us think carefully about what it is we want to share. Don’t be too trusting or open with new acquaintances — bide your time in getting to know them better. We can however begin to realize that we are more able to develop more of our own personality, we will begin to know our own belief system better in order to create our own moral compass. It is usually better to make any big decisions the week after a Lunar Eclipse (February 10th in Leo) as you may find new information that will alter your ideas. The Solar Eclipse degree of 22 Pisces, on the 26th will be energized for 9 to 12 months — on the 28th Mars triggers the degree of the Eclipse, so be careful driving, in any sport, and put off surgery if you can until a later date.

February to March will witness a stellium (a cluster of Planets in both Pisces and Aries) — this area of your chart will be the focus of much activity. Having the first and last signs of the Zodiac in such close connection brings much activity to those Zodiac Houses in which they appear! Also, if you have a Planet or Planets in those Houses there will be more intense ongoings. These stelliums will impact us in different ways — Aries is all about energy, starting projects, and moving quickly (sometimes without proper planning). Pisces is more laid-back — enhancing our spiritual side — making us dig deep into our psyches in order to clarify our goals. Together there will be a push/pull of activity that may make life a bit intense — the answer to using these differing powerhouses effectively is to breathe — look at any opportunity, situation, goal — and carefully judge your next move — no knee-jerk decisions until all the facts have been explored. Use your intuition and inner spirit to find those deepest desires you wish to come to fruition — and try to blend the divine with the mundane. In other words — use the spiritual and the pragmatic sides of your persona in order to allow the Universe to bestow it’s magic upon you with the down-home practicality and common-sense with which you were born. Also impacted will be those Zodiac Houses that hold Virgo and Libra (the opposite side of the chart) — any Houses with Planets will be opposite the Aries/Pisces stellium! Be sure to look at your chart to see if you have a Planet that will come into opposition with the stellium as there will be an effect for some time. Knowing what your chart shows can help you prepare for any opportunity or happenstance that comes along.

Mars in Aries will meet up with Uranus near the end of the month creating a heady amount of energy being expelled into the ether, along with the Uranus/Saturn trine we should be able to use this blast of power to revitalize our objectives and realize that there are wonderful opportunities if we look for them. Be aware of the inspiring messages you get from those around you and be ready to take advantage of any positive activity that will spur you on your way to achieving your highest goals. You can use the inventive mind-set of Mercury after it enters Aquarius on the 7th to enhance your creative thinking and writing.  You will be able to think outside-the-box in order to come up with new and original ideas that will bring a welcome ability to further your success.

On the 9th the Sun in good aspect to Uranus in the early evening may bring an interesting dinner companion, conversation will be stimulating and full of vitality! Enjoy this enchanting time span and you may be making a new best friend. The morning of the 11th finds the Sun in excellent aspect to Jupiter, this could be just the lucky break you’ve wanted. Use your intuition in order to fulfill a long dreamed of goal. Around lunch time on the 16th you seem to have the answers that everyone wants — your mind is sharp and you can express yourself with ease. The Sun enters Pisces on the 18th bringing our compassionate and creative side to the fore and allowing us to share our talents with others of like mind. This theme continues into the 21st when you feel optimistic and may lunch with a friend who has some interesting ideas for you to follow. Mercury enters Pisces on the 25th enhancing our dreams and bringing us unusual and perhaps spiritual messages from otherworldly realms. It enhances the New Moon in Pisces on the 26th with poetic thoughts and perhaps communication from a friend we haven’t heard from in some time. During the morning rush hours of the 27th Mars in conflict with Jupiter might make for a long commute — stay calm — breathe and know you will be a winner! A Moon/Venus/Neptune connection ends our month with good feelings and the intuitive imagination to know you are on the right pathway.

March should prove to be another interesting month with the Aries/Pisces stellium  still in play — as Confucius said “May you live in interesting times” — it seems to me that we are indeed!