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…and so the sand has run out. O!Lightning Astrology blog is, for this time, and perhaps for all time, over.

I am so truly grateful for the encouraging letters and for the paypal subscriptions. I believe I have canceled all those today, if anyone needs me to address their account, for whatever reason, just let me know.

It has been an unbelievable privilege to write to you all and to be read by you. Thank YOU.

I would like to express my profound appreciation for my clients over the years. The trust you have shown me is immense. I have adored working with each one of you, and on that frontier I will never stop.
Please don’t be shy.

I am still available for classes, for private consultation, for parties, if you would like to contact me, please do! I am happy to hear from you!!!

I do have an idea for a new project, perhaps with collaborators, and video…?
It could happen, and if it does, I’ll make sure to post about it here.

No question, it’s a turning point for many people, and I wish you all the love, joy, sweetness that this earth has to offer. Be Brave, Stay Safe, See you soon, I hope!

Much Love and all the Best,


I’ll leave up the archives as long as I’m able.

Love YOU!!!!!!


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May 22, 2017




Robin Switzman 2008


It’s the twins! Gemini now. So soon, ALREADY!
Two or more perspectives everywhere you look!

What potential do you hold in your hands?
What possibilities?
Some of it is out of your control.


Saturn slows change but does allow avenues for progress.
Mars moves to oppose Saturn, and our Uranus/NN Grand Fire Trine continues.

A sudden break?
A sudden break because you have created the possibility of a new situation?

Fertile soil allows the seed to sprout.
Past performance counts here.

What’s your track record?
What have you done lately?





Venus moves to square Pluto, that’s friction; power plays, people from the past,
Love, Money, Control, Weakness, Desire, Secrets
What you need at odds with how you want to receive it.

Ghosts of past relationships, and the positions you inhabited in order to stay in them.
Transformations you endured or embraced in order to escape.


Potential solutions continue their water faucet drip of possibility.
Are you collecting?
Will you be ready when the spillover arrives?

Talk to people.
Gemini collects, disperses, disseminates, disassembles, reconfigures, connects.
Connections are the framework.
A web of relationships and perspectives neither correct nor incorrect.

All information is valuable.


Change your framework and you change your situations.
What is possible depends on who you ask, and what resources they have:
Emotional, Financial, Knowledgeable.

What do you need?



Still recovering from the Values and Money puzzle of our Venus retrograde.
Our alliances are not at peak performance, we use them anyway, while imagining what ramification that use implies… It’s hard to be certain

What does it mean to be on someone’s side?
How much do you agree, how much do you let it slide?

What do you take as payment?

It’s the dark of the Moon now,
Gemini New Moon is on Thursday.

What house does Gemini occupy for you ?
That’s where will you see a beginning.

What sorts of connections will you make?

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, & don’t be surprised if clarity evades you.
Stay flexible, move fast, expect others will do the same.
Things change. No one will wait.

Guess, investigate, hope, connect, talk, and keep moving.

Choices are so often made in the dark, in the half-light of hope and anticipation,
or is that the half light of fear, of insecurity, and trepidation?

Choices made with a flickering electric current,
by feel, or by what is almost feel, the heat before you actually touch.

Add an extra large bundle of compassion to your backpack full of ambivalence and scrutiny, you might need it for yourself as much as for others.

Love YOU!!!!




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The Power of Gemini Mars/Mercury in Taurus, Grand Fire Trine



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Mercury is about to move to Taurus where he will slow down, think in concrete terms, make lasting choices. Because of the larger set up in the sky he will want to make them quickly,  it’s a rulership thing.

Mercury in Taurus only wants to move once he is sure, that is, once he is sure that he is certain that he is sure. Ruled now by an Aries Venus, who in turn belongs to a Gemini Mars. How fast can it happen?! Oh yeah! But are you certain it’s what you really want?!


Mercury, Venus, and Mars, about to cover new ground now, 7 league boots.

What are you going to do about the money? Or with the money?
What is the long term prognosis?

Which next steps are yours to take?
Beaucoup developments bring opportunities, opportunities bring change.

It’s in your hands, or one end of it is, anyway.
What are they doing to the other end?

Many, many, vantage points which you can use to look at the facts.
But the facts themselves are bald enough for anyone.
Nary a hair was there.

You can’t un-know what you know, so what do you make of it?
What comes after this?


A sense of perspective may be near impossible to generate.

Remember the one you used to have, the one you had to retire as the new generation perspectives came out, growing larger, and larger, until they were unwieldy, holding too much encompassing vast information with a devout abandonment of hierarchies. Too much to hold.

But your still holding it, aren’t you?

And what’s more you can’t put it down. Look away, blink. Does this change everything? Does this? Impossible to say, but you’re a liar if you assert your mind is unaltered.

What is it you know that you are grateful to know, that you are lucky to know, that you don’t want to know, that you are heartbroken from knowing?

What is it that you need to remember? If you close your eyes will you remember it? If you open them? How do things seem to move in strobe lighting?
What’s next?

Love YOU!!!!



This picture is of a resort in Morocco, let’s just imagine a walk in that garden…


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Scorpio Full Moon, May 10, 2017




~ As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.~ *





How’s that Truth Serum going?

How do people react when you play the cards you are holding?
It’s interesting, right?
What a pivot.

Have you had any new ideas?
What on earth are you going to do with them?


Mercury conjunct Uranus rules the day, setting our massive North Node/Mercury/Uranus/Saturn Grand Fire Trine in motion. Mars in Gemini aligns with Jupiter to pit actual reality against fantasy, via a square to Neptune, with excellent results.

You may be more than a little busy running to keep up, but it should be way beyond worth it. This is an a perfect Moon to stand your ground as an adult. Be brave, stay rational, keep your eyes open, take your steps and let reality unfold. Half the battle is knowing where your boundaries are, the other half is recognition.

Recognition. Not only pattern recognition, although that plays a part, it’s also about knowing what’s yours to keep and what is not. What to say, and what to let slide right on by. Time is an element in conversation, as it is in any development. There are developments now. We are on a journey.

Love YOU!!!


*Rumi ~ I know I know, Rumi!!! But Rumi is fantastic!


Saints to Light the Way:


~ Everything in Our World Did Not Seem to Fit

Once they started invading us.
Taking our houses and trees, drawing lines,
pushing us into tiny places.
It wasn’t a bargain or deal or even a real war.
To this day they pretend it was.
But it was something else.
We were sorry what happened to them but
we had nothing to do with it.
You don’t think what a little plot of land means
till someone takes it and you can’t go back.
Your feet still want to walk there.
Now you are drifting worse
than homeless dust, very lost feeling.
I cried even to think of our hallway,
cool stone passage inside the door.
Nothing would fit for years.
They came with guns, uniforms, declarations.
LIFE magazine said,
“It was surprising to find some Arabs still in their houses.”
Surprising? Where else would we be?
Up in the hillsides?
Conversing with mint and sheep, digging in dirt?
Why was someone else’s need for a home
greater than our own need for our own homes
we were already living in? No one has ever been able
to explain this sufficiently. But they find
a lot of other things to talk about.

Naomi Shihab Nye ~ all this via the incredible Wait-what?

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May 8, 2017




So Ummmmm…. how’s it going?

What kind of shock waves have you encountered?
What is taken away now? What security is removed?

A zap jolts you out of your assumptions, and a surprise happenstance or stray conversation sends you in a new direction.

As though from an endless source of wisdom, a thought emerges.
What is it?


Your understanding, your direction, your vision, clearer and clearer?
Gosh I hope so!

Love YOU!!!!


~ Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying . . . or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do what needs doing.” Look inward. Don’t let the true nature of anything elude you.
Only there, delight and stillness . . . when jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of the harmony if you keep going back to it.
– Marcus Aurelius
The Meditations
translation by George Long ~




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What Happens in May 2017 ?

bouquet-36x48-webres James Jean, of course!
Whiterabbit whiterabbit!

I had a dream I lay down in a swamp, and floated away to another city.
As I lay in the current, I drifted off, and when I awoke (within my dream,) my head was itching fiercely. Blood was pouring down my face, stinging my eyes. I climbed out of the swamp, still scratching my scalp to ribbons, only to find I had grown giant bunny ears, and the blood was as a stag growing antlers. My bunny ears had pushed right through. I wadded back in, to rinse my face and hands, then as I stretched out in the silty water, the current began again to carry me off, until at last, sleeping and dreaming for who knows how long, I opened my eyes, ankle deep, by the side of a bridge. The swamp had shrunk to a reedy mud puddle, and I was a bunny girl on the outskirts of a foreign city, far from home.

Venus has moved past Chiron at the tail end of Pisces. Whew! She is at 1 degree Aries, and within a reasonable sextile to Gemini Mars at 6 degrees.

Mercury hovers at 24 Aries, Uranus is at 25, Saturn is at 26 Sagittarius. There’s about to be a Grand Fire Trine next week, along with a Scorpio Full Moon, as the North Node moves to Leo.

Now, it’s all about that Mercury.
Information is the name of the game, AND the game it’s self. Do you suddenly have any good ideas?! The North Node is vibrating the hell out of 0 Virgo. Everything that comes up could have real life impact. No theoretical debate is relevant. It’s all real world implications.

We are within the realm of our Mercury storm, collecting, assembling, and assessing information to be used, and used potently once Merc goes direct on the evening of the May 3rd. You may want to give it a day to shake out, its hard to hit a moving target. Stay FLEXIBLE.

Pluto Strengthens the Sun, Saturn’s influence is beneficial here. What happens is about long term massive structural changes, but don’t count on concrete specifics until Mercury leaves Uranus, well into the middle of the month. In other words: Think on your feet! Roll with it.

Not everyone’s life will alter drastically, after all, how could it? This is Fire biz, so people with late degree Fire and Air signs benefit more than those without, but it will impact society on a collective level as well, make no mistake!

For the changes May brings cliches do it best:

Wildly unpredictable,
Enormous capacity for growth,
Unique and drastic paradigm shifts are yours for the taking!

Does it sound like I’m selling you a pyramid scheme?
I possibly am! kidding!!!
Or will you sell it yourself?!

If you want a change you can have one, provided you do the work
If you don’t want a change you might have one anyway, and because of this, we all need to bring our A-game.

We have finally arrived at the exciting part of 2017!
You can look back here at the overview if you like:Astrological 2017

On May 9 2017, just before the massive Full Moon in Scorpio, the Nodes of the Moon move from being North Node Virgo/South Pisces, to North Node Leo/South Node Aquarius.

How do you use your genius to expand your creative success and sparkle?
How does your individuality fuel your creativity?
Follow your own path.

We have nearly 6 months of a North Node/Saturn/Uranus Fire Trine to tap into.
If you have been longing for a real permanent change, that takes you ahead, you WILL have the chance to make your move. Plan well, work hard, and leap with multiple contingency plans. Here is where your airplane takes more than tiny puddle jumps. You really get it off the ground!


As it turns out, Saturn is beautiful, take a look!

May is where you get unstuck if you were sticking, and get some traction (and some shocks!) while you build your empire if you were already kicking @ss.

With Mercury stationing on Uranus this week, expect all sorts of surprise information. AND what YOU say may be someone else’s surprise! Disconnections, sudden re-connections. It’s ELECTRIC!


We will have this Grand Fire Trine from May 10- November 15.

That’s a long time to be helpfully guided as we work toward our goals. Fire is all about BELIEF. Can you believe in yourself? I know I know, in what capacity??! lol! How about in what you are doing, your ability to focus on and accomplish your goals?

Are these goals, YOUR GOALS something worth believing in?
If they are, use that to find your faith.

Fate lends a hand here, setting up your challenges or delivering the landscape you will labor within. If you have been frustrated with the pace of the last two years, or have felt yourself being squeezed to death, or hung out to dry, by the late degrees of Saturn in Sag, this configuration opens the window.

Not to escape Saturn’s rigors. Oh No.No.NO WAY. Saturn is retrograde, and He will insist you finish what you started. BUT, the window lets in the breeze, the breeze carries in the birdsong. The birdsong reminds you of when you learned to whistle, whistling makes you think to call your uncle who is the best whistler in the family, and your uncle has life changing NEWS for you!

Love YOU!!!!


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After the Taurus New Moon, April 28, 2017

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I should totally know better by now.
There is a crack in the facade of whatever money/love/values situation you had going. More so if you are Venus ruled. The New Moon cracked it, and Uranus/Mercury sure as f*ck didn’t help. Am I here to tell you that’s a good thing? To let the light in, peek under the hood?

After I don’t even know how many years, I have come to the conclusion that the New Moon in Taurus is never fun. Never,*** even when it’s completely worthwhile. Could it be that Taurus doesn’t like changes?! LOL! sigh,

Earth changes are mountain slides and earthquakes, they are cracks that open to real Earth’s molten core.

And that is just what we have here. Structural changes that are essential to our development. Growth. Or Growths. Ewww.

Love YOU!!!!

*Jean Hugo
** photo by Manuel Alvarez Bravo
***at least never with Venus and Uranus in Aries

~ The interior life is often stupid. Its egoism blinds it and deafens it; its imagination spins out ignorant tales, fascinated. It fancies that the western wind blows on the Self, and leaves fall at the feet of the Self for a reason, and people are watching. A mind risks real ignorance for the sometimes paltry prize of an imagination enriched. The trick of reason is to get the imagination to seize the actual world – if only from time to time.
– Annie Dillard ~

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New Moon in Taurus, April 26, 2017


A jolt today as we head through the dark of the Aries Moon, to arrive at the New Moon in Taurus on the 26th of April.

Some Mercury style retrograde surprise information arrives to shape the situation.
What’s next?

Gemini Mars collects and scatters energy.
Plenty to do, but hard to focus.

The New Moon in Taurus gives us a bold beginning, a chance to bring a new concept to life, particularly in regard to finances, possessions, self-care, or material wealth.


What do you value, and where will that take you?

Not all the facts are known, not even close, still, it’s a clean shot at a reboot, AND I do think there is some luck in it!

I know, I know, what if you lose your job, or the opportunity you have been trying to coax to life?!

That’s not impossible, but I really DO think there is quite a bit of good here.

This moment is a doorway, and it comes with a view of where you need to go!

The Sun/Moon/North Node/Mercury/Saturn/Uranus, all working together to tip the scales in a particular direction.

It should be somewhat obvious where you go with it, even if it comes down to a smaller multiple choice question within the larger framework.

Venus sextiles Mars, and both of them send a jolt to the North Node, while the rest of the sky activates it with a more easy energy. Jupiter still retrograde here, but ruled by Venus who is fully in the mix.

Money is a topic. She makes things happen. Influence matters, assistance is possible. If you need someone to vouch for you, to stand up for you, to help you, ASK.

When you set your New Moon intentions, go tangible, BIG, and specific!

Take action.
This is where the year begins to bend into something less amorphous.

The entire month of May is absolutely WILD.
You’ll see!!

Get ready, do your part!
Set yourself in motion.

Love YOU!!!!



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Saturn in Sagittarius squares Venus conjunct Chiron in Pisces


Saturn in Sagittarius squares Venus conjunct Chiron in Pisces, and it does this endlessly and forever. I mean,

The full on hard core square lasts almost a week.

In this week we have our Pluto station, Pluto is retrograde as of today. Heavy heavy Pluto, he adds an underpinning of Lizard Brain compulsion to any proceedings, while the Sun and Mercury move to Taurus, Values, Wealth. Mars moves to Gemini April 21st. A clever work around? One can hope!

While Venus/Chiron puts our specialness at perceived risk, (Who is feeling inadequate?) the question becomes “What do you have, what do you have, what do you have?”
What do you have ~ really~ and what is it worth?

What are you worth?

What can you use to get more?

What have you learned about gathering resources?
What alliances bring you wealth and money?
What kind of wealth do you have, and how can you use it?

Some of these energetics may enact as idealogical issues,
Sagittarius vrs Pisces stlye.

For example exclusion/rejection based on nationality, as in the first Dreamer Deportation

Saturn square Venus is desire and rejection as much as it is anything. Remember that squares are active aspects, which means that the planets themselves are wrestling as combinations. Real love, real value, real money, wrestles lack of money, lack of love, lack of value. Loneliness. They wrestle to express these thoughts.

With Venus/Saturn, it’s got to be classic.

~ The more time you put in, the more beautiful your art. Or perhaps this old favorite: the harder I work the luckier I am. ~

Chiron adds not only the insecurity, but the magnetism, the generosity, a willingness to put yourself out there, to try.

The line up in the rest of the sky indicates you can grow something under this Astrology. Something real, significant and lasting can emerge from the pressure and pain. Particularly as you move toward the New Moon in Taurus, and a highly charged revolutionary Mercury Direct on May 3rd. That day is a massive turnaround, and the start of something totally legit.

Consider the New Moon on the 26th of April as a kick off, in a series of ever more epic kick offs, and between now and then, continue to lay the groundwork.

Consider that both Sagittarius and Pisces find a ruler in Jupiter. In this case Jupiter in Libra, weakened by backward motion, he passes the baton to Venus who accepts, governed by both Jupiter and Neptune: what will be will be. Ask the cosmos to contribute, after all, you’re never really alone.

Love YOU!!!!



In May, the hard work you are doing now begins to pay. A bigger dream is launched. June finds you nearly ready to take flight over uncharted waters. Jupiter WILL turn direct in June, and between now and then it’s all about 15 to 13 degrees Cardinal. Aries, Crab, Capricorn, and Libra especially. Making plans for what to do next. Gathering resources, asking for divine intervention, (yes really!) becoming skilled in your Art.

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The Week of April 16, and a View into May 2017

In which our protagonists move on.

Having found themselves absolutely drowning in the results of former actions, and an inability to jettison the past, our protagonists are finally able to make headway.

Yes, there will be bills to pay.
Aren’t there always?

Time’s up. What you have done, and have not done, are entered into the ledger.

It will be May third before Mercury is direct, but that doesn’t stop us now. A little confusion, or even a lot of it, is preferable to the quagmire of indefinite immersion to which we have grown accustomed. You’ll revise if you have to.


Mercury and the Sun trade places, Mercury back to Aries, the Sun into Taurus. Venus coming forward, off of Pisces Chiron, but taking her time. Mars moves to Gemini by Friday April 21st,

We are still looking to solve puzzles. By the end of the April, Mercury will make it back to conjunct Uranus. Mercury will sit conjunct Uranus Aries 18 days.

During that time the Mercury/Uranus conjunction trines Saturn and the North Node. This is big. If you have planets between 22 and 28 degrees of Fire and Air, watch what becomes, what springs to life during this period.

Pay attention not only to Mercury turning direct on the 3rd of May, but also to the 8th- 12th of May, when Uranus and Mercury jump together from 25 to 26 degrees, and then the Moon conjuncts Saturn to seal the deal on May 13th, with the North Noe at 29 LEO, and Gemini Mars trine Libra Jupiter.

Retrograde Saturn will continue to square a now DIRECT Venus.
You work out the kinks.


By the time we arrive at the end of May, Venus herself will take the place vacated by Mercury. She and Uranus will trine Saturn and the LEO North Node: a life changing idea you have turned into an asset. Long term plans are put into action. By May 31, the Moon conjunct the North Node activates a substantial kite. More on that to come…

Even now, choices become easier to make and a path more definite.

The rubber hits the road. Answers arrive to unavoidable questions. We begin to sketch in the territory of what we needed to know. Yes, our choices are subject to Merc retro fluxuations and revisions, but even when it’s not the ultimate answer, the information we receive now is valuable. Pretty, or ugly, this is what we need to know. There is a push to make something of it, to use what you learn.

Do that.

Over the next two weeks you are promised wake up jolts, and head checks. Multiple lightning zaps of massive multilayered realizations. Contrary, contradictory and overlapping concepts hover close by, but lightly, as though combining floating auras, with x-ray vision. Can you apply what you learn to who you are? Can you see the subtleties of self-implication, without latching on to self disgust?
Our man Chiron wants to know.

I think you can. You know the drill.

Let go, look ahead. Move toward what you desire.
Stay flexible, accept rewards and punishment with a modicum of grace.
The stage is being set.

Love YOU!!!!


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