Astrological 2017

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Photo-montage from A Hong Kong Memoir series. 1973, 2002

Photo-montage from A Hong Kong Memoir series. 1973, 2002

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Are we lobsters in a pot?

How can we be with such a frequency of periodic jolts to the system?

but…. are we?

and with Astrology affecting the entirety of our existence on earth, if we could crawl out of the pot, where would we go?


How to use the Energy?

…but, honestly, it is getting warm in here.

A disembodied song, drifting over the intercom in an abandoned airport corridor, such as the one I found myself walking down, in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, on the last day before the airlines were moved across the city to a brand new airport.

I was walking, listening to otherworldly pop music under flickering fluorescents, and signs for vacant concessions, wandering aimless with an ultimate goal and hours to kill, heading toward what was perhaps the last fight before they closed the doors… 2016 anyone?anyone?

In 2016 the genuine seemed more than ever to be receding. Even as partnerships (Jupiter in Libra) magnified for good or ill, the disillusionment and surreality of the Saturn/Neptune square seemed to erode what I think of as ordinary contact.

How far away we have all become, and how tiny, or perhaps outsize, and we handle our world with the grace of a giant who fumbles with what must be a toy house when he holds it in his hand.

2017 certainly has a trickle of those Saturn/Neptune feelings, but the riverbed is drying up and we are about to find our boats don’t float. Pull your boots on. Let’s walk from here.


As we near the New Moon in Aquarius on January 27th, there is a sense of having finally hit the ground, or at least the mud.
As Venus squares Saturn, after Mars has recently done so, we find out the bottom line.

The last two years stretched plastic, like an extended version of the moment a Magician has promised a trick, but you don’t know what in the world you are about to see. It seems obvious, it MUST be obvious, but what? What is it?

He makes a flourish and covers his hand, himself, with a scarf, a cloth, a cloak, and now -Behold- the cloth is gone, the smoke clears and I do believe something more has vanished. We will look around now to find out what.

2017 allows us to get a grip.
Our security blanket has been removed. Reality comes back, and as the shape of the world becomes evident, we can begin to make our mark.

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This year:

Jupiter in Libra in a Cardinal T-Square aspect to Pluto and Uranus will give us massive changes.
Surprise!!! lol! What is the point of reading this forecast anyway?!

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Libra is the sign of compromise. Balance. In everything he seeks a win/win.

Libra controls with favors, rewards, and an iron grip on decorum. He will try to win by establishing what is and is not done. If Libra wants something from you, the first step is to offer a compliment, an appeasement or some type of remuneration. One hand washes the other, and no one calls the police. Don’t count on that now, as it is exactly Jupiter who is currently under pressure.

With Jupiter wishing to expand relationships along perceived ethical lines, in hard aspect to Aries Uranus (violent radical change) and Capricorn Pluto (corporate control), you can see that there will be conflict, and it will be big. Remember though, wherever Libra goes, negotiation follows. Keep your cool. Of course the problem here maybe lip service and no one actually addressing the issues. Uranus in Aries is sure to make a much needed fuss.

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CONFLICT

So many fault lines are now clearly visible.
Which ones will crack?

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The Cardinal T-Square upheavals, particularly in March, August, and September, will be global, but people with planets in Aries, Libra, Capricorn and Crab, can expect massive, deeply personal developments.*

October 10th Jupiter moves to Scorpio, and possession becomes nine tenths of the law. lol I mean, by December 2017, Saturn will return to his home, Capricorn, and with all parts of the sky corresponding to deep elemental aspects of consciousness we may as well be Titans!
Jupiter in Scorpio, Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, and Pluto (yes still!) in Capricorn, With the North Node in f*cking LEO? Oh my gawd?!!

Power, Fear, Dreams
2018 will be hewn out of a mountain, the energetics are those of Norse or Greek Gods, Old Testament indeed!
We will see heroism then, and the need for it.

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But that is for then, now we are here, in the transition.

On April 27th 2017, the Nodes of the Moon move from being North Node Virgo/South Pisces, a situation which has given
Neptune and Chiron extra influence, as well as a certain self-sacrificing seductive charm, to Leo/Aquarius. This move places our True North in LEO.

I think this is kind of amazing!!!
It completely backs up, reinforces, and takes the Saturn/Uranus trine we have had to another level.

Radiance, brilliance, luminosity will begin to guide us, and do we SO do need the heat!!!
We will get rewards for being unafraid to shine! For being who we are! Trust me, there will be BLING!

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The North Node in Leo will be part of a Grand Fire Trine that begins as early as May 10 and runs through November 15th. For five months in 2017 we will have Saturn, Uranus, and the North Node lining up to guide us, and honestly I haven’t been as happy about any Astrological configuration in years as I am about that.
That is a full 6 months, and by Gods we are going to use it!

There IS a way to arrive at our goals, and after the last two years which focused on dismantling and refining the old, we will at last be in a position and of a mind set, to build some new structures, and achieve new objectives! *

I ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!

This is brilliant astrology, and I dare say we f*cking deserve it.

Especially when you consider the mindf*ck that we are about to enter with Venus and Jupiter retrograde.
(sigh)

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Both Venus and Jupiter take a retrograde:
Venus spends hers in Aries/Pisces, from 13 Aries to 23 Pisces.
Jupiter all in Libra travels from 23 back to 14 Libra.

The positions of Venus take on extra importance this year as we are involved in a chain of command that goes as follows:
Jupiter in Libra is ruled by Venus.
Saturn in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, who in turn in ruled by Venus.

Are you noticing a THEME?!

Our opportunities (Jupiter) and the rules/structure/authority that allow us to access them, or not (Saturn) are both heavily influenced by the position of Venus. Until October when she turns Jupiter over to the influence of Mars, (and even then, Mars is in Libra until December.) For 2017 Venus holds both the rules to follow, and the way out of the maze.

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The Retrograde Mechanics:

Venus stops moving at 13 degrees Aries on March 1, 2017, with the Moon Uranus and Mars also in Aries.
BOOM

She begins in Aries moving backward on the 3rd of March while the Sun, Mercury, and Neptune are conjunct in Pisces.

Whatever you thought was a ‘go’ in love or money may seem to suddenly dry up, and something or someone you had written off, may yet reappear.

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It’s a dance that begins in ~ I must have it my way ~ Aries, and moves to ~ take a look at the big picture ~ Pisces on the 3 of April. And then of course back again to define what you want, or will get, with renewed perspective.

Is there something, someone, from the past Venus will help you with?
And ‘help’ with Venus in Pisces may be enacted by blurring the lines, adding confusion, or even fear, or sacrifice. What is real? Who is trustworthy, is it as valuable as it appears? Do you dare to believe?

Venus in her Exaltation is miracle territory. Spiritual connection, is possible, bliss, deep selfless love, and near impossible dreams that actually can come true, but wait for direct motion, because they also, can not!
Altruism, with Venus direct in Pisces is a distinct possibility, but as the song says, ‘compared to what’?

On April 14th, Venus Stations Direct, conjuncts Chiron and squares Saturn for a true hit of painful reality and potential healing, with the Sun conjunct Uranus and the last kicks of the Virgo/Pisces axis version of Saturn/Uranus/North Node in action.

Mercury is retrograde then, and the whole story may not be as brutal as it initially appears, but it’s a f*cking doozy of a moment.
Circle the date.

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Jupiter arrives at his station of 23 degrees Libra, just in time for the New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th of January.

Let’s remember that Jupiter rules the truth, and Libra rules relationships.
His backward motion begins on February 5th, and lasts until June 9th 2017.

Whatever you have begun before February 5th, and whatever you have long been trying to get off the ground, to this, Jupiter lends a hand. After all, the extra time moving backward, is extra time in Libra, and this is deeply needed.

He underlines a moment of very significant change with a cautionary note.
If you are uneasy about your choices he seems to say, look deeper, think again, he positions himself to support the idea that there WILL be change. In that, you have no choice.

But here, as he moves backward, Jupiter seems to ask that you deal urgently with what is already on your plate.
Chew what you have bitten off, it may be harder to swallow than you think.

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For these two retrogrades,

It’s not only about who we pin our hopes on, or how we invest our love and money.
It is about the meaning and VALUE of Dependence and Independence.
(YES dependence has a value)
Does it make it easier if I say Interdependence?
Because that’s what partnership is, it’s Interdependence.

While this happens, Uranus keeps pace by opposing Jupiter in Libra, and trining Saturn in Sagittarius.
This year we will be asked to put our money where our mouth is.
And more than that, with Pluto in the mix, to change our lives because of our beliefs. Only you know that with Pluto, we won’t be asked, we will be forced. The winch that began to tighten at the end of 2007 and gained momentum in 2008/9, is back.

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DO YOU HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS?

No, wait, DO YOU?

Haunting is not too strong a word for what happens in the first half of 2017, every cage will be rattled, just to make sure you not supposed to be on the OTHER side of the bars.

Which prison is yours?
Which freedom?
Which partnership?
Which ambitions?

What is it you can NOT do without?

Is it like a check up from the doctor, will you be able to look at your development and say ‘All Good’ ?
Perhaps.
But others will climb over your wall and into your garden, just to ask ‘Are you sure?’

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~ Are you sure? ~

You will have the opportunity to find out if what you are attempting to do next belongs to you.
If yes, you will have help. Strength and power will arrive to buoy you up, and if not, it’s overboard, a long way to the bottom, and again, a long way back to where there is air to breathe.

All the usual caveats and provisos apply for Venus retro Do not start a biz under any circumstances. Do not get elective body altering surgery unless you are correcting a past surgical mistake. No new tattoos.

For Jupiter retro, take heart, this is planning time. Don’t wait, figure it out.

LEARN SOMETHING.

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Your life IS changing.

Jupiter is going to help you to get it right.
Jupiter in Libra is about the intersection of Justice, Equality and Harmony.
Shadow side?
err yes that too…
self-destructive competition, lazy expectations of happiness/harmony without the hard work of making it so.


Still, Above all in 2017 we can be grateful for increased clarity of vision.
Once we make it through the early retrogrades, perception is enhanced.

PERSPECTIVE

Last year’s ~ Am I being lied to? ~
is now replaced with the notion,

~ Of course it’s likely that whatever I’m told may be untrue ~

The advantage of 2016’s tutelage is that you are likely to be able to parse whatever information arrives.
By trusting in yourself and in your closest alliances.

In 2017 we explore more deeply not only who is worthy of our investment, who helps us move toward our goals, our vision for the future, and who does not, but what we truly believe about our religion, our values and our world view.


So when are the Eclipses that structure the year, accelerating change and breaking with the past?

February 10th is a Leo Lunar (Full Moon) Eclipse,
The Solar (New Moon) Eclipse is in Pisces on February 26th

August 7th is an Aquarius Lunar (Full Moon) Eclipse
The Leo Solar (New Moon) Eclipse is August 21, and it does look massive with the North Node and Mars in attendance.

I’ll be writing about these individually as we get close.

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With the emphasis on the Leo/Aquarius axis, Drama, Creativity, Individuality, Revolution, and Healthy Ego will play a part in our 2017 choices, sudden shifts and reinventions, just as in 2016, Sacrifice, Disillusionment, and Humility played their parts.

Some themes from the old year continue. The Pisces New Moon Eclipse near the South Node has the ring of a painful beginning, like a bell tolling that is somehow hard to hear.

The mercenary corporate crackdown of Pluto in Capricorn at odds with the rebellion, violent revolution and individual idealism of Uranus in Aries, continues.

The boundaryless global movements of compassion, human rights, and workers’ solidarity and the oceanic natural disasters of Neptune in Pisces go on.

Libra Jupiter continues negotiating until October when He goes goth as Jupiter in Scorpio. We have our Sun/Jupiter conjunction then at 3 degrees Scorpio on October 26th.

Change will arrive, in part because we will bring it.

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The shocks of in 2017 will be real. That’s a part of the Saturn/Jupiter/Uranus/North Node promise.
Our ability to adapt increases, and what seems shockingly harsh in 2017 we may be nostalgic for in 2018.

Consider December as Saturn moves to his home in Capricorn and he, Jupiter, and Pluto begin to work together. Deep Harsh Magic for the end of the year and one of the major themes of 2018. At least we will all have fun in bed!

By the time Uranus moves to Taurus mid-2018, our revolution will be well established, with new forms of prosperity and new ways to approaches value and wealth.

It’s quite an honor to live in a time when heroism is so desperately needed. Whether for your family, your friends, yourself, or the ideals you uphold. And it’s taxing, we all know that heroes are frequently exhausted, that they make due with insufficient resources, and against terrible odds.

As ever, I dedicate this post to you, my readers. Whoever you are, and whoever you may become, I am with you. May you face 2017 bravely and with good heart.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

* if you would like a consult about your life give me a shout.

** Yes, within the larger Uranus/Pluto dismantling societal construct AND as my son pointed out, it’s as good for our enemies as it is for us! 😉

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Venus/Mars/Chiron in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius, January 2017

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Justice.

Justice.

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lonnie *

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Don’t expect it not to hurt.

This week and the next, ~ the cost of love ~ makes an appearance.
Infinity
The price of intangibles.

Venus just past Neptune, heading toward the Mars/Chiron conjunction which is square Sagittarius Saturn and inconjunct Libra Jupiter.

What will the ethical structure allow?
What does your belief bring to life?
What love? What sacrifice? What power?

Venus, Mars, Chiron, Neptune, South Node, Pisces, all Pisces.
Are you learning something so personal, so unique to you and your choices, but all the same, it’s a universal story?
A confession, or with Mercury in Capricorn, a parable.

What do the Baudelaire Orphans gain through their travails?

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Jupiter rules in this difficult scenario, so we can expect even our limitations to be broadening.


Are your losses gains in equal measure?

Especially material losses, what does it take to do the right thing,
to be correct?
Don’t overthink it.

Most ethical conflicts have imperfect solutions that are inescapable.
As the saying goes, ~ Do the next right thing. ~

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It does take this to get where we are going.
Mercury trines the North Node, it’s not an accident, not really a mistake, though it may present as one.

A pleasant face will take you farther than an unpleasant face, for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The Moon in Libra would like you to control your emotions, even the ugly ones.
Especially the hideous ones. :)

Which we all have, as we all have Fear.
Fear and Frustration can do a lot with such a little.
Don’t expect it not to touch you now. In fact, make room.

When you feel demons pressing on all sides of you, open the door, and find out what they came for.
Have some compassion for yourself and your predicament. It will shorten every internal argument and let you get straight to work. Being a demon is really hard.

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The DETAILS!
Take care of the details this week. They will NOT take care of themselves.
When in doubt, be systematic, ordinary, kind.

It’s these elements that will let you know, at least you have done what you can. Fulfill your responsibilities. Check it all off the list.

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And for goodness sake, pay what you owe!

Now, you may not be allowed to accomplish everything or even anything much…
It depends on how your chart is impacted.

By contrast, this may be the week you wrap up some extremely necessary biz.
Again, without this step you can’t progress. Do it. Do everything you can.

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Let it become what it is going to, allow the shape to emerge.
This Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus biz is for real!

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~ It was true; she wanted something—something that gave a fillip, a finish—what she scarcely knew. But not the past—not memories. The present; the future; that was what she wanted.-
Virginia Woolf ~

By the end of the week, on Saturday January 21, we have a Venus/Chiron/Mars Sandwich supported by the Moon in Scorpio.
Let’s say it all gets very deep. Commitments you make may be binding.

And what would life be without that?

We need promises, however long or short they are kept, they remind us of our ambition to be eternal, unblinking, as fixed as the twinkling stars in their orbits, as the breath in your lungs, a flexible constant, while we endure and survive.

Love YOU!!!

XoX

*Lonnie Holley

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January 13, 2017

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The after effects of the Full Moon linger. Uneasy as we watch the fog dissipate, to reveal… what?

The Leo Moon allows sunshine to penetrate. Warmth, friendship, or family feeling comes through. We may be cast adrift, but a smile lingers on our lips, as we know that creativity has solved every unsolvable problem yet, or um, at least the ones that have been solved. Errrr… I mean…

A spark will get you farther than no spark.

The shape is unfinished, our assembly is still in motion. The puzzle doesn’t snap together that easily, but we certainly are aware now of some sharp edged pieces.

Saturn trines Uranus = the Structure of the Revolution?
The New Shape of Reality?

We have through November 2017 to work with this energy.
And right now, Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus, which is messier, but undoubtedly good.

The desperation that we feel is somewhat cloaked by Neptune, and for that we can be grateful.

I hate to bring up the Saturn/Neptune square again, but it may truly have been some of the most potent Astrology of our lifetimes, and sneaky too!

Reality Bends
Time bends
The rules, the structure, the foundation? YES they bend.
Or they seem to, and you find out, they do not.

Try to forgive yourself if you find out you have been looking at the rainbow.
What else could you do?
Lava, after all, is very hot.

The disassembly and the assembly are simultaneous… a new structure is in the works!

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

p.s….

Still working on the overview… this year is a doozy!

Kisses!!!

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Mercury Direct, Cancer Full Moon

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~ The hungry person dreams.
The starving person acts.

-Jonathan Carroll ~


~ Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end…

– Franz Kafka ~

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If home is a state of mind, where is it?

Astrologically, Crab consists of our core,
that which can not be taken from us, who we are at midnight alone in the dark.

The determination we draw from a near biologic imperative.
Protective. Lineage, our survival, and the survival of our offspring or creations.

Crab, who is always giving birth to herself, and helping to midwife others.

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Outgrow your shell ?

Not only places and personalities, but interests and identities, all the while maintaining a diaphanous thread to the past, near infinite memories, safeguarding not only your own, a collective protection.

In this act of ethereal preservation, it’s less precision, more reverberation. An emotional imprint, a watercolor that makes a near immovable spreading stain. Within, all within, containment is the essence of Crab. When the door shuts tight, not even a whisper slips under.

For this Lunation expect unusual leaks, seepage.
Unhealed bitterness, unloving thoughts, regret, remorse, abandonment, whatever you’ve got.

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Mercury is direct, at the moment, the Moon is in Gemini, we are heading toward a Cardinal Grand Cross involving Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto, the Sun and naturally the Full Moon in Crab. It’s all systems GO.

A crisis point? It could certainly play that way. The land animal routine will not work now. At least think Mermaid, Crab, Fish, or Capricorn, Yemoja, if you don’t flow, if you can’t float, you will drown.

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Expect to be busy, pulled in multiple directions.

Expect to be emotional, the news that comes in now may have you in tears.

Water dissolves, and in this case, water dissolves what was, to make room for what is to be. A culmination. I don’t think that the news that comes in this week will be a true surprise. That does not mean it won’t be a shock.

All the planets in our sky are in close proximity to 22 degrees of their respective signs. Only a Neptune/Venus conjunction stands slightly apart and lends support from nearby 9/10 Pisces.

That is to say, we have EVERY PLANET within 17 and 29 degrees.
AND listen to this: there is nothing in a fixed sign. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are empty.

Things do not stay the same. In fact, they change.

For your Full Moon at 22 degrees in Crab, you arrive at results, and these results change your life.
Your responses to these results determine the types of changes.
Sounds easy, right?

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With Mars applying to Chiron, there is no way around the particularly personal hurt of this Lunation, but you will not suffer without an anesthetic. The hurt and the healing come together, as one lances a boil (ewww!) Or pulls a splinter. The loss allows for our progress. Pisces promises a door, and Jupiter a window to look out, beyond.

In truth, you have been waiting for this day for a year or longer, not because you wanted it to arrive, but because it was written in the stars, and we will not now move ahead without it.

In the chart of the Full Moon that arrives on January 12, 2016 in early morning, though there may be violence, sacrifice, or trauma, the emphasis is on the revelation, it’s a pivotal moment.

Who controls the ocean?

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Release.

Release whatever you have gathered under the name of tension.
Release what you have gathered under the name of fear.
Release into the freedom of necessity.

As you release yourself into an astrological ocean that carries you, surrounded by fluid that may as well be blood, as it wets your hair and seeps into your thirsty body, remember that you carry your own safety within you.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

* James Jean!

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p.s
We will have days to process the changes. Our New Moon is in Aquarius, and the next day, with Mars in Aries, it’s the Chinese New Year! We will be establishing our new normal then…

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January 5, 2017 Aries Moon conjunct Uranus

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Dynamic Aries Moon conjunct Uranus,
The Moon squares Sun/Pluto in Capricorn and opposes Jupiter.

Definitive action, & strong feelings are possible, yet with Mars in Pisces and Merc. retro how can you be sure you are making the right choice?
You can’t be sure. You can’t even kind of be sure. Avoidance talks a good game and makes a solid play for your attention, but that too has consequences, and you will FEEL the urgency. It’s visceral. The need to jettison to the next level.

Cardinal signs around 20 degrees are in a pressured time sensitive position, a deadline appears. Power struggles and or questions of security/home/family come to you. A key word: Ramifications.
More will come forward with the Full Moon in Crab overnight on the 11th/12th.

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Some Mutable Signs are pinned like collected bettles: Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius, at 20-ish degrees are weighted and held in place by Saturn. Slow down, ask permission. You are not in charge.
AND yet!
This very structure, the resistance you face is somehow changing your paradigm, bringing new experiences that increase in value over time, courtesy of Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus. Let’s just acknowledge that that doesn’t necessarily make them fun.
Ok.

January 5th is a tipping point kind of day.
Be generous, and as patient with yourself and others as you can manage.

Love YOU!!!!!

XoX

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p.s. a 2017 overview is in the works! Soon Soon Soon!!

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January 1, 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

The Sun moves toward Pluto. Venus and the Moon prepare to slip into something more Pisces, fish kisses, intoxicated dreamers, by Tuesday the sky is wet.

Mercury thinks back to Sagittarius, where have you stashed your true beliefs?
You can let them fuel your goals now. Saturn trine Uranus makes changes unusually possible. It’s ethics. But not only ethics, it’s freedom, opportunity, chance. A hardship that becomes an asset, necessity becoming the mother of Chiron, (or something like that…) Irrepressible joy that you need to experience in order to remember why you breathe!

In Sagittarius you find the reasons behind the bottom lines that you are currently wrestling with in Capricorn. Mercury reminds us that if we are to live, we must grow. Your life must have, must BE an adventure.


What do you think about the type of security provided by an open door, rather than a closed one?

Pisces tells us to dream it.
The Capricorn Sun will keep us in check, and on task, but we need the sweet release, the devotion, the pleasure.

~ How to Glow

Either that or the police blotter.
Someone steals a bicycle because he wants
to fly. Wants a new heart. A hive on the porch.
There’s someone suspicious in the graveyard
with a torch. What the librarian needs
she cannot say but she’s listening
to Bulgarian language tapes in her car anyway.
Sure beats eating your own pancreas.
The difference between surrealism and dada
like the difference between first- and second-degree
manslaughter hardly matters to most of us.
What you get is a chalk outline of dust,
bells for no reason, mouthfuls of starlight
rusty as blood, gra gra gra gra grape stems
stammering of summer and lots of dreams
on paper like in analysis and graduate school.
The difference between graduate school and analysis
is approximately $20,000 although both
occur mainly lying down. The white coats
in the lab peer at the microscope slides
and think it’s bad news that the blood
is a wolf’s blood. Dear Oblivion, I love
your old song. Let a spinning wheel be
my fireplace, the lit-up nerves of jellyfish
my universe. The greatest indication of truth
is laughter and maybe now I’m ready
to talk to my mother and father. This morning
I have the distinct impression my house
is about to crumble so let rubble be my crown.
Release the hound! What a joke, she’s about
a hundred years old and when you look into
her almost-no-one-home eyes, you come to a river
and when you come to that river, float.

-Dean Young ~

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Just because of you, New Year.

I hope you did some of this:

and it’s never too late for the Avalanches


Love YOU!!!

XoX

P.S.

I’ll be back a.s.a.p. with a look at 2017!
I know!!!!

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Capricorn New Moon December 29/30th ~ Uranus Direct ~

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The New Moon in Capricorn arrives at 7 degrees around midnight on the 29th of December, with retrograde Mercury at 6 degrees, Pluto at 16 Capricorn, Saturn at 21 Sag. and Neptune at 9 Pisces, embracing an ever closer Mars at 7 Pisces.

The sky is currently so rich with potential and consequence, Saturn IS the lord of karma. We will see examples of the power of history, lineage. (Capricorn). Saturn defines this lunation, both directly and by a circuitous string of rulerships, that lead us through the importance of Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and back to Saturn.

Our Sun, Moon and Mercury conjunction trines the North Node in Virgo and sextiles Mars/Neptune by the South Node. We take it slow, don’t push too hard, seeds of acceptance are planted in the subconscious. To get where you would like to go, be open minded, practical, pragmatic, humble, and unafraid of the conversation.

Uranus direct is another large story,
inseparable, intertwined with this moment, a surprise element that has a lasting impact.

The sky god trines Saturn, opposes Jupiter and squares Pluto, while he begins his forward motion. A scene change, an accident, (beneficial or harmful), a very large plot twist, Uranus provides an unforeseen circumstance that with Saturn and Jupiter creates a new reality. You may already feel it, some shocks arrive early. As ever, with Uranus Direct read THIS

The placements of Jupiter and Mercury here indicates that this is a very long story we are living. A tale rich with meaning, and like all tales worth living, we are called upon to accept the impact of the unexpected, keep an open mind, and breathe life into something new.

There is something a bit impersonal about the sky right now, which is fortunate, because if we had to feel it all we would drown. The distance allows us to act freely, to jostle a myriad of possible solutions and allow the right ones to emerge.

Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, all of them at 20/21 degrees indicates a New Structure emerging, while Mercury’s retrograde position makes it clear that our research is active, still taking place. We know we are changing the shape of the picture, but to just what exactly, the colors, the details, specifics, ramifications, tone, and even on some of the bottom line financials, the jury is out.

Here too, Saturn squares Chiron, and Jupiter inconjuncts it. Yes that means it hurts. We don’t have an easy way ahead, we do have a way ahead.

Relationships are key here, use a light touch, and make the contact. Opportunities come through other people, we are not lone wolves in this, however uncomfortable or ugly, we are rewarded for our connection.

Saturn also sextiles Venus. Aquarius Venus is widely approved of in this chart, there is a lot charm/poise/grace and innovation can accomplish here, and money/love may flow where it is most needed, or even most wanted. Lack may be an issue in the long term, but in the short term there is a cool otherworldly support.

Is our New Moon bad news with a structural rainbow? The proverbial dark cloud with the silver lining? Or something more positive?

A kick in the pants to help you grow? Capricorn is the story of a tenacious climb to the top using resources and relationships to further your goals. Looking at the bottom line with an idea to advance your future, the long road trying to secure a bit of the mountaintop in order to build your fortress upon it.

A way forward will emerge from whatever fog you experience. Perhaps more than one, and it may take a bit of time (Mercury is direct on the 8th of January) before we know which way/and actually begin to fully move ahead.

Do set an intention. Do align yourself with your long term, structural, that is to say, Capricorn goals.

Clear your head. Security via achievement is the direction. Look to the house where Capricorn fall for both the direct impact you want to make in your life (New Moon) News, (Mercury) and impact (Pluto). Look to Uranus for the Surprise, to Saturn for the shape of it, and to Jupiter the direction.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

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Christmas 2016

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I am reminded lately, of when you take a photo of you and a friend, and you think, ~ Oh, well that really isn’t very good of me.~ but you keep it, on account of the friendship, and years later you look back and think, how beautiful we were then, how young.

How was your Thursday/Friday? The sky threw down some heavy hits, especially for people with Cardinal Signs. For Mutable signs, Saturn gave a sharp ‘look here’ at the 20 degree mark. Whatever you felt/are dealing with, it will be back, in July and August of 2017.

I don’t think many will have trouble saying goodbye to 2016, the Saturn/Neptune square was beyond anything I imagined. But now, the corner we turn is not to be the moment when the color comes on in the Wizard of Oz. Things we found menacing may actually turn out to be menacing.

By next October Jupiter will be in Scorpio, and as much as dark sexual humor will expand it’s territory, as lucky Scorpions will rejoice, and medical advances will become possible, we will also see some Big Death with that placement.

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There is no holding your breath in life. You either continue to breathe or you stop. Whatever challenges make themselves evident at the moment, we must remember that it is our capacity to accept reality that engages our life forces, which in turn yield the deepest rewards. Everything is not alright, and not everything is ruined. At every turn we have the opportunity to become a hero of a story, no matter how small. To give joy.

Thank you all for coming with me on this astrological journey.
I wish you and everyone in your life the happiest and best.
My gratitude for your readership is immense.

As the old year turns into the new, I am sending you love.

Cycling Santa

~ “Christmas,” said Doctor Drinkwater as his red-cheeked face sped smoothly toward Smoky’s, “is a kind of day, like no other in the year, that doesn’t seem to succeed the days it follows, if you see what I mean.” . . .

“I mean,” Doctor Drinkwater said, reappearing beside him, “that every Christmas seems to follow immediately after the last one; all the months that came between don’t figure in. Christmases succeed each other, not the falls they follow.”. . .

It was true what Doc had said, that Christmas succeeds Christmas rather than the days it follows. That had become apparent to Smoky in the last few days. . .

. . . Smoky charged with rum-tea sat down in the imaginary study to begin his letter. He spoiled one sheet because the rickety writing-table there rocked beneath his careful pen; he shimmed the leg with a matchbook and began again.

“My dear Santa, First of all it’s only right that I explain about last year’s wish. I won’t excuse myself by saying I was a little drunk, though I was, and I am (it’s getting to be a Christmas habit, as everything about Christmas gets to be a habit, but you know all about that). Anyway, if I shocked you or strained your powers by such a request I’m sorry; I meant only to be flip and let off a little steam. I know (I mean I assume) it’s not in your power to give one person to another, but the fact is my wish was granted. Maybe only because I wanted it then more than anything, and what you want so much you’re just likely to get. So I don’t know whether to thank you or not. I mean I don’t know whether you’re responsible; and I don’t know whether I’m grateful.”

“Anyway,” he began again, “my desires this year are a little clouded. I would like one of those instruments you use to sharpen the blades of an old-fashioned lawn mower. I would like the missing volume of Gibbon (Vol. II) which somebody’s apparently taken out to use as a doorstop or something and lost.” He thought of listing publisher and date, but a feeling of futility and silence came over him, drifting deep. “Santa,” he wrote, “I would like to be one person only, not a whole crowd of them, half of them always trying to turn their backs and run whenever somebody”–Sophie, he meant, Alice, Cloud, Doc, Mother; Alice most of all–”looks at me. I want to be brave and honest and shoulder my burdens. I don’t want to leave myself out while a bunch of slyboots figments do my living for me.” He stopped, seeing he was growing unintelligible. He hesitated over the complimentary close; he thought of using “Yours as ever,” but thought that might sound ironic or sneering, and at last wrote only “Yours &c.,” as his father always had, which then seemed ambiguous and cool; what the hell anyway; and he signed it: Evan S. Barnable. . .

When he received these communications, Santa drew the claws of his spectacles from behind his ears and pressed the sore place on the bridge of his nose with thumb and finger. What was it they expected him to do with these? A shotgun, a bear, snowshoes, some pretty things and some useful: well, all right. But for the rest of it…He just didn’t know what people were thinking anymore. But it was growing late; if they, or anyone else, were disappointed in him tomorrow, it wouldn’t be the first time. He took his furred hat from its peg and drew on his gloves. He went out, already unaccountably weary though the journey had not even begun, into the multicolored arctic waste beneath a decillion stars, whose near brilliance seemed to chime, even as the harness of his reindeer chimed when they raised their shaggy heads at his approach, and as the eternal snow chimed too when he trod it with his booted feet.
-John Crowley, Little, Big~


As Ever,

Love YOU!!!!!

XoX

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Mars in Pisces, Merc Retro in Cap. and a Capricorn New Moon

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~ From a third-story window above the Parc du Portugal,
I’ve watched the snow come down all day.
As usual, there’s no one here. There never is.
Mercifully, the inner conversation is canceled by the white noise of winter.
I am neither the mind, the intellect nor the silent voice within.
That’s also canceled.
And now, gentle reader, in what name – in whose name –
do you come to idle with me
in this luxurious and dwindling realms of aimless privacy?
– Leonard Cohen ~

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Mercury in Capricorn has gone back to look behind. The message will go missing. The search is real, practical, for your status, your place in the world, your job even. Internal indecision, assessing a part, or a puzzle piece? Work ethic? Missing, muddled, we are all on vacation, whether we are or not. Abandon ship. Now too, Mars has entered Pisces. Pisces, where what we do is a poem, a Zen koan, a riddle. How we fight is not like gunslingers, not as Samurai, instead, Magicians. Shamanic. Subterfuge and shadow, the right hand may actually know what the left is doing, but he’s not telling you. Escape, distract, destroy, weaken. Is it poison, a gas leak, an extra drink, a movie binge, a tendency to to go beyond?

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A beautiful place, beyond. How can you learn if you don’t go? Who are Gods and Heroes now? Who shows and maps the edges? Where is possibility defined? In the absences? In the openings?

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If you are curious about the energy, it shares something of the ambiance and atmosphere of Mars/Neptune:
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Visionary, Sacrifice, Artifice, Impotence, Delusion? Intuitive Action.
All this, undeniably this, and yet, some of our inspirations will not be passing fads or fancies. The aspects support genuine growth. Within this time frame Uranus will turn direct, Saturn/Jupiter/Uranus will bring actual choices and chances to alter our lives for the better. Strange as it may seem, while the sky grows dark with threat, colorful flowers bloom at our feet, and potions arrive as in Wonderland, we grow and shrink to our advantage and succeed because of it. Go ahead, walk through the door that opens to you… a road to the future that arrives as you turn back, you find it in the thicket of where you once were, who you were supposed to be. ‘Shedding our skins, to become lighter’, or ‘only what I have lost is what I posses forever’? One and the same?

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Who is going back to receive a family inheritance of one sort or another? A valuable transfer or transmission. Lineage and all that comes with it, family poverty or riches. What do you think you are worth?

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Virgo Moon on the North Node offers modesty, and better still, compartmentalization. So needed now. Which drawer to sort the magic powder in? Which band of rainbow light to deflect northward? That one? The violet? Done.

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We plant seeds in their season, and this winter season now asks for time and temperance. Plan your next move. Some larger steps are still a month off, or even further. We will have a New Moon in Capricorn on the 29th of December but look further out to the New Moon in Aquarius on the 27th of January, for a fuller story. A story that features Mercury direct and about to revisit Pluto. Mars will finally be just tipping over to Aries. Venus is then strong in Pisces, but conjunct Chiron and squared by Saturn.

That’s a measure is taken, and I dare say it may be accurate, rather than comfortable. You have outgrown these pants, and yes it’s been decades since you were grew taller. A year wider and a year wiser, or worse. Too little too late, in love or $$$, imaginary schemes fall flat, and it’s the grown ups who succeed, just don’t ask them to say that they have won. Not comfortable, but potent. Jupiter in Libra boosts Pluto and Venus, for a decisive and commanding start.

Not yet tho, not yet.

First something different, our New Moon in Capricorn on December 28th at 8 degrees.
Uranus direct opposite Jupiter both at 20, Aries/Libra, trine Saturn at 21.

The Sabian Symbol for 8 degrees Capricorn is: Birds in the home singing happily, as Blain Bovee points out, this may refer to a nearly enforced domesticity, or somewhat trapped situation, perhaps not bad exactly… as he says ~ “In Capricorn 8, we can ask questions of how the caged confinement is working out. It does not have to be negative. There are positive dimensions to confinement such as safety and secure need fulfillment.

We can also ask about communicating… whether there may be a great deal of chirping , or long silences… both may be possible. We can ask about forcing oneself into a situation , trying too hard to make it fit, make it work. For example, some birds of the wild cannot survive in captivity. Perhaps Capricorn 8 individuals have to be alert to trying to make a losing situation work at the expense of their own independence and growth.” – Blain Bovee ~

If we have that recognition, here is a multi-step push toward real change.

Mercury Direct will arrive on the 8th of January, with Mercury having traveled all the way back to 28 Sagittarius. We are having to go back to our belief system. It’s not enough to look at the balance sheet, and asses the costs, the wins and losses. Our success is going to depend on our commitment, which in turn depends on how we really feel.

The answer to our Merc retro queries will arrive based in ethics, in a concept that looks toward the future, and acknowledges the role that the concept of ‘fair play’ has in the proceedings.


Love YOU!!!!

XoX

* that particular recording of James Booker has to be one of the best ever made, capturing the sound of a magician at the height of his powers

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This one goes out to Mars in Pisces:

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Kisses!!!

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December 16, 2016

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LEO MOON,
Do what you can when you can all day, because nothing lasts forever.

Generous, Brave, Positive, go ahead and cultivate that warmth that you want to feel.
This is where you smile first, and open the door to receiving a smile back.

The Leo Moon is opposite Venus in Aquarius, yes to quirks, yes to not taking ‘it’ personal.

Saturn makes a strong trine to Uranus, notice how rather than a typical chill post Full Moon vibe, we are still amping up.
New unusual precedents are being established, and there WILL be ramifications.

Watch for the Mercury Retrograde Station conjunct Pluto on the 18th.
A hidden agenda? You bet your life!

Control, Power, Money, in regard to new messages on these topics, odd patterns will emerge.
Who is owed for what, becomes a question as these new relationships are established.
Steps that have been taken, things that have been done already, will now be UNDONE.
Unraveled.

It comes apart, and as Merc is direct on January 8th, our world will be put back together differently.
That’s a promise. These matters are not trivial. For those with heavy Cardinal placements, or beaucoup Earth and Water, they will be personal, but for everyone, we will watch them play out nationally, and globally, with a depth that only Pluto, (god of death, deep healing, and the underworld) can provide.

On the 19th, Mars tips into Pisces, where anything becomes possible.
Aggression morphs, taking unusual pathways.

Highlight the 26th of of December as particularly slippery.
Mars will be on the South Node conjunct Neptune and square the Sagittarius Moon.
By the 27th the Moon hits Saturn trining Uranus and we feel the results.
Is someone leaving? Is there a a brand new paradigm emerging from and old swamp, covered in slime, but about to be cleaned up and put to use?

The New Moon on the 28th spells it out.
Now matter what strange relationships and alliances begin, there is something to be gained.
Jupiter trines Venus for the whole proceeding and it really doesn’t get any better, and in this case, more bizarre, than that!

For today enjoy the energy, the release, breath deep.

Love YOU!!!!

XoX

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