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Mercury Direct!

Mercury at station in Aries, getting ready to turn direct, has been in a long opposition with Saturn in airy Libra. It has been in a 3 degrees or less range that started Apr 14, continues until Apr 29! It comes very close, less than ½ a degree of being in exact opposition, when it turns Direct! Mars made its opposition to Saturn on the 18th, tugging reluctant old Saturn along to new adventures. April 19, Mercury conjuncted fiery Mars, ideas in action, and now is chatting them both up, wondering how the new things can be done. Keep the practical working partnerships, add independent new projects and people. Oppositions can stretch things to the limit, sometimes breaking connections that are fragile, spent, not meant, not able. That can be best, a great relief. There may be sadness, and happiness that the dance was tried yet failed. Other times oppositions act practically like a sling shot, propelling us to the furthest amazing reaches, far beyond our ‘normal’ sphere! Life is NEVER the same again, and, perhaps, happily so!!! Let go the too old, and let the new juice up your circuits!

As reality has struck close to home, this opposition has been sobering for some. It is also in a fading formation, a T Square with Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto is now 5 degrees behind, but still within range to remind us, have a hangover effect. The two Saturn square Plutos of recent times, Jan 31, 2010 and Aug 21, 2010, were part of the hard economic aspects we have had, for some us quite personal, even indelible in our memory. If it’s broken and can’t be fixed, be wise, put it behind you, move on. If restructuring is called for, get reeducated, get an expert to help you mend matters in a very good way. Make a difference and don’t delay.

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Mar 28   Jupiter Opposite Saturn  This is it’s 3rd and last one!  Not only is it the last of the three, but the very last of all the 2009, 2010 difficult aspects that brought our economy down.  Hooray and hallelujah!  And in the grand scale of difficult aspects, this is not considered high on the list.

Jupiter is the big planet with the Great Red Spot, to me the Third Eye, the Seer – see-er, who looks to the future, far in the distance.  It can afford to be joyful because it knows this too will pass, and if it really is unhappy, can educate people to a different way to improve its chances, or travel on where its offerings will be appreciated, often sharing stories along the way.  In Aries, it thunders along, seven-league boots like never before!

Very different from the usually polite Libra Saturn animal who commits and won’t leave, ever.  It said it would do it, and it will.  Saturn is serious about making it work right here, pruning where needed, tucking in, using what’s at hand.  It sets priorities, and knocks them off the list with great focus, not really minding the hard work.  Great endurance and fortitude, righting and restoring balances, both in personal relationships and community wide.  But don’t be too soft.  Saturn will use its scythe, whether a look, a few to-the-point words, or simply turning its back on you.  You know you need to step up to the plate for real.  It commands respect.

Combining those strategies, or calling on them as you can, is a great skill, that makes a lot of sense, kinda the know ‘when to hold, when to fold’ principle.  Are you running away, or have you over stayed your welcome?  Is the work burdensome with little return, do you need to let go, find a better fit?  Good.  Work the balance, reach out to opposites to improve your style, extend your capacity, enjoy life more.      

Mercury - Fleet Feet, Nimble Mind!

March 30 to April 23, Mercury Retrograde, 24 to 12 Degrees Aries!  In firey spirited Aries it is truly fleet of feet, nimble of mind!  The messenger of the Gods can’t wait this time! It tries out whatever presents itself in the moment, not a moment to lose!  But, as you can, be especially careful not to have your car serviced during retrograde – do it well beforehand or after.  Anticipate any mechanical or motion device needs.  Not a time to buy a car, take up a new sport or dance, make art related to fire, start a new business, print a lot of cards.  If you must do an installation or a seminar, expect delays and a ton of questions, a lot of follow up.  New friendships may fizzle, the new place may lose its sparkle.  As with all Mercury retrograde purchases, get exchangeable or returnable items, large warranties; don’t do anything you can’t afford to make a mistake about.  Not a good time to repaint that wild new color.  After the retrograde, and the Aries stellium is over, you will wonder what got into you!  But, hey, it was spiffy while it lasted!  Who would have ever thought you would do that?!  Maybe it was worth it for that alone!  Next!

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Mercury, then Sun sextile Pluto Feb 25 while the Moon is in Sagittarius, suggesting major financial success. However, the same day, Jupiter squares Pluto the 3rd and last time! This is the 2nd to the last of all the difficult 2010 aspects. They will all finish with Mar 28 Jupiter opposite Saturn. Hallelujah!

Major success is possible, but there has been a price, and cleaning up the mess is part of the game! Since this is the 3rd time, hopefully, our previous experience will prevent a further foolhardy plunge or misbegotten trust. Trust is great as long as it is coupled with eyes wide open and the lights on. This time, if it doesn’t feel quite right, pay attention to that. This isn’t a time to be nice. Find out exactly what’s going on so the terms can be realistically renegotiated or you can wisely withdraw. Find someone professional without an ax to grind, to coach you or be your advocate. Jupiter in Aries tends to be quick about things, independent, but tends not to follow up the tangly details. In this case, if you can’t do the follow up, be sure someone in your court does that for you, and lets you know right away what’s happening. Jupiter connects strongly with Pluto every 3+ years, so these matters are not insurmountable. You just need to get the current education, do the business, whether it is relationships or financial. 

Twelve years ago Jupiter squared Pluto before, but it was in different signs.  This time it is firey Aries, Jupiter is moving faster, to earthy Capricorn, Pluto moving slowly.  Jupiter is happy in Aries, Pluto goes well in Capricorn.  Jupiter in Aries is bright and glorious, shouting and laughing, leaping and leading quickly, the arrow flies to the point, the tip on fire!  In contrast, Pluto in Cap is the archetype of quiet, behind the scenes contained corporate power, secrets.  Jupiter may never fully realize all that’s at stake, and Pluto may feel naked indeed, with Jupiter  flinging itself about, ever believing all will be well.  Sometimes it is well, sometimes it isn’t though.  Clearly, both have good principles.  Some revelations may occur in spite of our best efforts to hide.  Some things need to die, be let go of, their time is up.  Healing is not always easy.  Jupiter will help Aries look further ahead, both for positive results and negative consequences.  Pluto may ‘clean up’ its own, the laboring old structures falling from their own weight.  All in all, a new order is called for.

Waiting is so frustrating.  Not knowing drives you crazy.  I wish you luck.  Because of the square you will need to be proactive even though you probably feel like you’ve had it and would just like to go to sleep, eat chocolate, forget it.  But don’t.  Now is the time to pay attention, be sure you are presenting everywhere you can, especially to people who are upbeat and would likely pass the good word along.  Stay conscious best you can, every step of the way, to take care of any lapses, make any needed corrections, updates, seek new possibilities.  I know, I know.  Do what you can.

Everything taken care of now, cleared, pays off as it opens the way for major opportunities during the soon arriving 56 Day Super Jupiter Charged Aries Stellium!

Most of us have a lot more power than we realize.  Good power.  Jupiter in Aries looks to the future.  Pluto in Capricorn guards the spiritual reserve of the past, our Father’s place in our life.  Aries/Capricorn represents authority struggles – ones of ourself to ourself, and with external power figures.  Wise release must occur to allow a measure of progress, to assure evolution without revolution!

Feb 26 to Mar 6, TEN of our ‘11’ planets will be in a concentrated 90 degree arc!

The arc will be defined, perhaps cloaked, by the Jupiter Pluto square!  Jupiter is leading the way, Pluto is following, holding anchor, at the tail.  Saturn is traveling by itself in Libra. Ambitions may fizzle or be constrained. Bonds may be finally broken, one may feel bitterly cheated. Exaggerations may help us see the whole of it, emphasized where adjustment and replanning are needed. There may be relief as burdens fall away, freeing you to break away from a necessary but overwhelmingly hypnotic past. Balance can be restored, respect re-earned. Get the facts best you can. Visualize your new possibilities. Set out to connect with experienced people who will help. Determine to not harm or be harmed by setting preemptive boundaries so they never get close to your inmost tender areas, by keeping your own behavior clean.   You can do this.  Being free is so worth it.  Jupiter travels, sometimes above it all.  Pluto is sometimes painful acknowledgement, but always healing and liberation, the Phoenix from its own ashes, follows.  You can do this, and will be glad you did.

Stand strong in your Spirit.

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2011 Starts with the Solar Eclipse/New Moon, Jan 4 AND the Jupiter/Uranus Conjunction at 27 Pisces, 4:52 AM Pacific!

Every 14 years we get this Jupiter/Uranus conjunction – 1969, 1983, 1997 and now, 2010-11. Jan 4 is the last of the 2010-11 set of three. The first was June 8, 2010, the second Sep 18, 2010 Jupiter and Uranus alone are explosive, wanting to be free, but with Pluto in Capricorn soberly and relentlessly cleaning house – we are clearing any unused, not likely to ever use again stuff, having freecycle giveaway fever – we are literally seeing our way clearly, making room for new things to come, and doing it!  Many people are feeling lighter, freer, bigger spirited, proud they let go, and are finally off on new ventures they can hardly believe were possible!  This extraordinary aspect brings far reaching opportunities, major multiplying of connections, magical technological breakthroughs, surprises, spiritual limitlessness!  Teaching, promotions, travel, publishing are magical!  Truth becomes more complete.  Pisces gives us what Eugene Gendlin calls a ‘felt-sense’ of things, what is known to be truest for us personally right now.  From that authentic place, comfortable because it is true and is our current potent position, we are on point!  Talk about internal combustion!  Yet, there will be challenges for people born in the late days of Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius or with planets in those degrees.  They may be pushed out of their comfort zone, both in mind and Spirit.  And that may go better than expected, as new explorations are made, opportunities perceived, potentials expanded!  Even the challenges of this aspect are more likely lucky than not!

The last two times this conjunction occurred in PISCES was in 1251, the first Shepherd’s Crusade, an unsuccessful campaign to rescue a popular French king, and 1334, no recorded events near the time of the conjunction.  That was 677 and 760 years ago!  Not so common a combo, our conjunction in Pisces.  On the previous conjunction in Pisces, Sep 18, 2010, there was no extraordinary news.  We will see what Jan 4 brings.

2010 Events during Jupiter in Pisces? Yes, some quite unique.
• Two world record art at auction sales, the topper Picasso’s Nude at $106 million!
• Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill
• Copiapo Chile 33 miners return to surface after record 69 days!
• International Space Station record time for continuously inhabited since Nov 2, 2000
• WikiLeaks releases diplomatic cables

Jupiter rules the biggest, massive, travel, long distance, Truth vs diplomacy!
Water sign Pisces rules art, oceans, places of solitude, miracles!

Not only is this conjunction a major aspect bringing in our NEW YEAR, but it is sweetened by an exact trine, that’s the best, from VENUS in Scorpio!  That means love, beauty, art, power, healing, money, and if well done, a potential more than you can imagine!  We like that, a lot!

Jan 4 Solar Eclipse/New Moon at 1:03 AM Pacific, 13 Capricorn!

This eclipse Moon squares Capricorn’s ruler Saturn 7 AM, then conjuncts Mars 3:49 PM!  The square could bring things to a standstill or there be delays.  With Mars, things can be hot – sexy, angry, on fire getting things done!  Ask how can we do it to move things along.  Career matters and reputation may figure strongly, fathers, your spiritual commitments, a mission.  Have a Plan B, and maybe a C!  Rather than dwell, have a planned distraction in mind.  Could be a related topic. 

The eclipse Sun squares Saturn right away on Jan 7.  But, it doesn’t conjunct Mars until it enters a close 5 degree conjunction with Mars starting Jan 14.   Still in conjunction though in different signs, Mars enters Aquarius Jan 15, then Sun Jan 20, now in a same sign again, Aquarius.  Traveling closely together, Mars moving fast, keeping ahead of the Sun, the exact conjunction is finally made a month after our eclipse on FEB 4th!!!!

New ventures started at this time will have mixed results.  Sun square Saturn is generally not a good launch combo – a lot of uphill work, too tired, blocked, broken, tedious, not enough money to do it justice, late, finally gives up.  I know for some the challenge is the glory, and some succeed against all odds, but it’s not for all of us.  Used well, Master Saturn puts the brakes on, waits for it, puts the finishing touches on the launching pad.  Capricorn is very careful, the instinctive goat, skirting danger, but sure footed!  The Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is incredibly lucky, and we don’t want to miss it!  It will depend on how your personal chart combines with these aspects whether you go ahead or wait.  The expression of the eclipse energy may not get going until the Sun carries it to Mars!  Once there, Mars surges forward, leading the race, doesn’t miss a step!  The exact conjunction, or very close to it, may be the culmination. 

Plus Two Perihelions!

Jupiter Perihelion May 17/18  Another reason this Jupiter/Uranus conjunction is super charged is because this is Jupiter’s Perihelion year!  It is closest to the Sun in its 12 year cycle, moving its fastest This is why it sweeps through Aries so quickly!  

Specific spice to our conjunction is that  Jan 3 at 10 AM Pacific, the day before the Eclipse, Earth will be PerihelionAnd our days are literally shorter!  In spite of winter’s slower pace, there is still survival’s urgency, the need to make our actions count.  Some believe the Perihelion moment is the true New Year chart!  Here is the chart for Santa Barbara CA:

Earth Perihelion, True New Year?

Happy Eclipse, Conjunction, and Perihelion! 
Happy NEW YEAR!

 

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Wishing you a Magical Yule, Winter Solstice!

Magic is afoot!  This Winter Solstice moment, 3:39 PM Pacific, is preceded by the Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon at 0:13 AM! 

TOTAL Lunar Eclipse VISIBLE just after midnight on the US westcoast – are you going to stay up to see it and wish the new year in?!  Many Earth Religion peoples will be doing just that!  Rain is forecast for some areas, but celebrate as you will – meditation, hot chocolate and a fire….  The Eclipse will be at 29 Gemini 21 with the Sun opposite in Sagittarius, an axis of mind and purpose.  How we think, what we think, what we pay attention to, how we gather information, how we express it, all affect outcome!  How we are able to learn limits or expands our range of effectiveness and sharing with others.  Without enough information and exchange of ideas, right on down the line, everyone loses.  If our attention wanders, we lose connection.  People feel that loss and wonder about your or their self esteem.  Our style of idea gathering taints or tantalizes, making people not or want to share with us again.  Our sharing style chokes the network, or invites joy and excitement of exchange!  You see?  And this is only the Gemini side of the Eclipse!

Sagittarius needs to know, so much, to have a fully informed, broad perspective, to choose the Living Truth, that changes as we grow!  Faith can be a fickle feature, because she too is a living thing!  Faith doesn’t just happen.  Faith is experienced, a product of a history of good choices, some your own, some of the people you trust.  Good choices may not make you wealthy, but they are true to you and your heart and Soul.  How you stand with you matters.  Without all the information, one makes choices that are short of the mark, never quite satisfying because something always feels awry, can’t quite put your finger on it.  So put those Geminis, or the Gemini part of yourself, to work.  Listen to them intently, help them focus where you need the info.  If it doesn’t feel like you have enough yet to make your decisions, send them out to bird dog more!  Then make wise choices for the Path you are traveling, the message you choose to publish.  Be continually wise, change when the input changes.  Expansion and growth are a powerful postures of a fully living Sagittarian!  It seems like luck, but forever the scanning observer in their far reaching adventures, it’s their kind of brilliance that saves them!

Yule, Winter Solstice is a grand time to snuggle, but keep your eyes wide open for the possibilities that grow from the root dark in Winter’s Night.  Many a profound insight springs from the eternal internal, a mere candle flicker only glimpsed, sometimes during a whimper.  We might be sad, we might feel like steel, but it comes.  The underworld has always been well respected, often feared, a testing place of Spirit, yet we come back more powerful, even if only quietly.  Power may be barking or whispering, yet it works.  This year, as since 2008, Pluto is near the 0 Capricorn Winter Solstice degree.  Pluto is the God of the Underworld, so this life and death, sharing and healing planet makes it all the more meaningful.  As many are suffering from financial losses, a time of sharing and creative healing springs, as the serpents on the Physician’s staff of Life, raising the Phoenix from its own ashes!   The Sun is always there, it’s just short days.  It may seem thinner, the light laid low across our skies, but still, it is there.  Never been anything wrong with slowing down, resting, noticing more of what is between the molecules.

The last degrees of a sign are always endings and beginnings.  The Eclipse is at 29 degrees, the last, and Solstice is 0 degrees, the first.  May your endings end well and beginnings be even better!  I wish you peaceful days.  I pray you take time to tell your love, appreciate the special in others, what’s good in you.  Happy Yule, Winter Solstice – Mama Earth’s New Year, and Eclipse!

Winter Solstice Day, Dec 21, I will post an overview of 2011!  There is much to come!

Sneak Preview! On April 29th through May 1st, 2011, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, 6 planets, will all be ON FIRE in Aries!  Unbelievable passion, magic of Spirit!  Your Mother is impatient, your pen is pissed and potent, your Lover is sweet HOT, careful not to run the red light, exercise is a no-brainer, the mighty Truth stands on its hind legs and bites, change is electrifying and defying, a challenge to be alone together!!!!

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Sagittarius - Bowl of Life! From Here to There!

This image may be a still life, but your life isn’t!  Sherrie Wolf knows how to capture perspectives of a Sagittaritan – abundance, distance, views of high places, a sense of joyous upwelling wellbeing! 

Did you join me in gathering things in your Sagittarius Bowl Nov 30 until today, Dec 13?! 

I find a wide array of items in my bowl today!
  1.  A now falling apart red rose
  2.  A randomly torn page from a book I threw away, too many personal notes it, that encourages one not to look to others for approval….
  3.  Pointy Acorns, one big, one little
  4.  Dried seed pods from a seaside mesa Neighborhood Garden Exchange
  5.  A small ceramic bowl with kitty drawn in it, gift from a garden friend
  6.  Shiny liberty $1, gift from an elder gentleman recovering from cancer
  7.  Some soil
  8.  Mary Wessely’s tarot counselor’s business card, The Sun
  9.  Package of Livingston parsley seeds (seeds again)
10.  Mini package of rice (hmm….more seeds)
11.  Persimmon leaf
12.  Liquid Amber leaf
13.  A sprig of brilliant flame colored fall leaves

I have enjoyed this fall season.  Great hiking weather.  Winter Solstice only a few days away now.  My bowl does tell some of my journey these last few days, has many stories in it.  The gathering bowl I used is an Italian bowl my dear step-daughter Ellen brought back with her.  It is painted gently with pink flowers, about 2″ high, 8″ diameter.  Please, tell me about your bowl and what you put in it!  What happened?!

Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn has brought two people back into my life, both returning to Santa Barbara after long absences, 20 years, and 30 years!  It is not uncommon in these retrogrades for items and people to return.  In Capricorn it brings matters of long standing, often related with one’s Father, matters of the rules.

Today is also the day of the 5 conjunctions!  Use it well.  Our next Bowl, in Capricorn, the Third Bowl of 4, will be Dec 28 to Jan 10, 2011.  Subscribe to stay tuned!

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NEWS!  I am now on twitter at SB_Astrology!  I would love it if you would like to follow me there! 

Mars is freshly into Sagittarius!  Take a longer walk, from one end of the rainbow to the other!  Mars in Sag is a truth seeker who likes to play along the Path and is willing to leap tall buildings!  It is the hero of cowboy poetry, hair streaming behind you explorer of fine adventures, mapmaker of new territories!  Time for vitamins with more verve, exercise with more vigor!   Maybe that grass really is greener! 

Until a little more practice, truth may be a blunt force.  A good leader can take  you beyond your fears, whether it is a gentle shove or looking you straight in the eye and saying it out loud.  Finally, let’s get all your cards on the table.  

Excellence in education!  Go for the right things to learn, things that will serve you well for the fit in your life, for the long term value.  Choose a potent first step that points to your intention.  As one of my friends says, 1, 2, 6!  That means, skip all the steps in the middle, make the leap.  When you are hot on spot, it works like that!  Focus is part of the power!

You have until Dec 7 to launch, to achieve a learning segment, to get where you are going.  Make your steps count.  Get to a vantage point, top of the mountain, chin up, take in the wide view.  Check all four directions, above and below, then focus, focus, focus!  There’s a lot of power in that horse with blinders!  Don’t let those blinders fool you; they aren’t for being blind!

Nov 1, Mars is at the Venus/Pluto midpoint, 3 degrees Sagittarius, with Venus at 3 degrees Scorpio, Pluto at 3 degrees Capricorn.

At 12:16 PM PDT, the Moon in Virgo exactly sextiles the Sun as the midpoint is also exact!  This midpoint is a passionate, creative combination, able to make very beautiful things.  Mars in Sag is frisky, ready to go!  It’s willing to stand up for the course it takes!  That could be a new relationship, new business!  Venus and Pluto can make a LOT of money!  Moon in Virgo is production oriented.  It is in harmony with the Sun in Scorpio, who can acquire the equipment and materials needed at a great price!  Even with Venus retrograde, ideas at this time may pan out with excellent returns given some adjustments through Dec 20th!

BOWL from Nov 2 to Nov 17, because of the way the planets are situated, all the planets are on one side of the Zodiac in the signs Virgo through Pisces, gradually shifting along into Libra through Aries!  That’s Virgo/Libra, Scorpio, Sag, Cap, Aquarius, Pisces/Aries.  This means there is a ‘Bowl’ effect, an ingathering, or a holding, nurturing.  Sometimes It may get a bit stuffy in there, but that can feel very comfy and safe.  If most of your planets are in those signs, you may feel vindicated, things are going your way.  You may feel energized, more aware than usual, focused on what you were meant to be!  These signs are primarily ones of being out in the world, so you may find yourself more out there than ever, or out there for the first time, or thinking about doing that.  Paradoxically, the ingathering effect may be just what you need to feel safe to come out to play!  Those of you with most of your planets in the signs on the other side of the Zodiac may feel a pull to go forth, to stretch, to extend your hands, to reach further, to explore!  Retain your true self, but try on the new.  Let your world get bigger!  Since you are not used to it, temporarily it may not feel so comfortable, but may be well worth the effort for the treasures you bring home!  We will get to know you better and there is a world to share!

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