Missed the Train? Lost a Wallet? Maybe It Was All Mercury’s Fault by Andy Newman

New York Times, Published: November 11, 2006 available at nytimes.com/archives

Okay, this article scores 10 points for originality and effort. The writer took a poll on the statistical occurences of lost baggage, theft, flight delays and traffic accidents (but couldn’t find a way to quantify other  Mercury-related phenomena “like crossed signals between spouses, botched pizza orders, busted real-estate deals”). In true Mercurial fashion, the evidence is illusory. None of this statistically amounts to much one way or the other. I do think it’s cool that someone is trying to put astrology in the same category as evidence-based science. But it all really comes down to human behavior, doesn’t it? That’s one of the hardest things to predict, though we astrologers do a great job trying! That said, here are the stats:


– a traffic monitoring agency reports 41.9 major traffic events (accidents, traffic light malfunctions etc.) a day in regional NYC during the 2005, 2006 retrograde periods vs. 42.4 during nonretrograde periods. No significant change.

-train times for NJ transit over the past 3 years during retrograde times show trains were .4 percent less likely to arrive late.

-lost baggage claims at La Guardia during the retrograde periods are negligible, there was a .6 percent rise in lost bags.

-during the first week of Merc Rx burglaries and car thefts were down by 20% as compared to non-retrograde periods.


Note: Ms. Anne Massey, vice president of the International Society for Astrological Research, baited that last bit for the writer suggesting the current Mercury period would result in higher thefts, “most of us have to let go of something.” Guess not. (Yep, Mercury was in thieving Scorpio)


Conclusively, Mercury stands accused and vindicated once again. Can’t you see the twinkly-eyed sly devil smiling?

Making the Gods Work For You by Carolyn Casey

Making the Gods Work For You by Carolyn Casey

Beginner to Intermediate Level

This is the one book that lifted my astrology off of the page and into the realm of magic. It does just what the title promises. Let’s get one thing straight about magic: it is not witchcraft, it’s cooperation. Cooperation. Not coercion, manipulation or black magic. What you resist, persists, plain and simple. What you don’t know you’re resisting also persists. You begin cooperating with the Gods, God, Goddess, Angels, Your Destiny when you understand what’s being asked of you. For example, when you want a relationship, what do you want? Sweetness, beauty, a sense of worth, being loved. So why not perpetuate those same qualities in your self and your environment? You put on makeup, you treat everyone as though they’re worthy and wonderful. That’s magic. You do it everyday.

This book is a wonderful primer for the planets. Suggested magic comes in the form of rituals from different cultures and traditions that Carolyn personally occasioned. Fabulous!!!

You say Neptune is hanging around your Venus, what do you do about THAT? Well, you read this book.

Astrology in the News

I love hearing about astrology from the mainstream. I read between the lines to find out what’s changed since the days when Kings used astrologers, Priests were astrologers and now, the 21st century. What do folks think of astrology? Who’s listening? Is the doorway cracking open a little wider or will the next article slam it firmly shut? Hmmm…

London calling

London taxiHaving slept only 3 hours in the past 24, I’m in London, UK. Arrived at Heathrow this afternoon in a swirl of baggage and a whirl of profiling all the cultures I’m seeing (not a multi-national traveler yet, just beginning). This is only my second trans-Atlantic trip, and I have to say, I didn’t expect to love this mercurial city (Sun sign Gemini according to astrologer-colleague). But it’s more about the so-so cities and the cities you love, more than the unbelievably narrow streets and overstuffed city blocks. Travel is about exposure, how much you can observe, and how much new information you might increase your worldview. And how quickly! I’m here for 4 days (3 really, after losing 8 hours due east).

The planet of increase is Jupiter. He’s fat big, lucky, and in his finest…opulent. Yesterday we arrived at SFO, with some time to kill headed for the Red Carpet Room. For those of you who don’t fly around the world in 80 days, the Red Carpet Club is a United airlines member’s only section of the airport. It’s like a secret Universe, really. Enter that discrete plexi-glass frosted door to the side of the security check, you’ve entered the behind-closed-doors meta-reality of jet-setting. I’m imagining 100k club executives, major and minor celebs and wanna-bes are all about the Red Carpet circle. I order a Bloody Mary and sit back in a plush chair that finally has upper back support. There are fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, coffees, TV’s, personal phones for every two seats. Because I come from humble beginnings this a contrast study in luxury (Auntie Em, this isn’t the farmhouse in Fairfax anymore!) Naturally, I assume everyone’s filthy rich, but could be wrong. As a holdover from my art slinging days I know that the very rich don’t usually look rich at all. Yes, they wear flannel shirts, are freshly showered, shaved, keep up on their nails and quietly mind their own business: I smell wealth. I, on the other hand, am an exception – I’m here riding on the coattails of my husband’s intellectual wealth, gratis. Free is the only way I’ve known travel.

We arrived at the hotel a few hours ago, a charming residential property with a handful of rooms. I cannot tell you just how charming and luxurious!! it is, but I shall try. To begin the No. 16 is in Kensington, not far from the likes of Madonna and Guy Ritchie (we’ll have tea with them tomorrow). Our cab driver noted that Madonna has good taste, for choosing an English bloke. It’s a chi-chi part of town, a place we most certainly could not have afforded on our own. (I fantasize the Ritchie’s recommending this discrete gem to visiting friends) We are shown to the library, a sitting room in tasteful playful pinks and greens. Birds and butterflies appear the theme, as paper birds dangle from the ceiling and butterflies are worked into post modern art. Then the you-pay bar in a separate room; help yourself to a mixed drink and sit by the fire, just note your drink, room number and drop it in the bucket. The gardens: an English breakfast nook where full traditional English breakfast is served in the morning (eggs, sausage, tomatoes, toast and jam, tea). Then there’s the room, simply stated: heated towel racks. Now most of you know I’m a Cancer, which means I’m often cold and always needing for comfort, warmth and nourishment. The nourishment came from the porter: “did my colleagues fail to offer you tea, madam?” “Oh, yes, thank you. I will take it in the library.” Fresh mint tea! Of course in London tea is never served alone, this time with two buttery melt-on-your-tongue sugar cookies. Take that, nasty decaf-brewed- fresh acid-in-my-stomach plane coffee (sorry, Starbucks). I take tea and Tatler, a socialite fashion mag of London. I admit, I love the soured, scathing wit of Londoners – it makes for gut-busting fine reading. The first article I open to is about a UK lady (nicknamed PLRG in the article, “poor little rich girl”) who becomes disenchanted with her glamorous socialite US friend when she denounces London as decidedly un-glamorous. Yes, cultural divisiveness infiltrates even the most minor, trivial fluff. Oh, and did I mention the room came with aromatherapy oils, of which I am getting ready to fully appreciate. The pillow sprays and scented candles weigh in at 21-25 British pounds, upwards of 50 USD, each. The corporate card won’t cover candles, nor gratuitous shopping (my weakness); I guess I’ll just have to oil my hands next to the toasty warm towel rack.

So here’s the astrology bit, threaded throughout. As Jupiter prepares to meet Venus in a sweet sextile kiss tomorrow morning 4:44 AM your time (12:44 PM London time) you’d be hard pressed to convince me that the planet of generosity, wealth and luxury doesn’t sweeten life up every time. And when he touches Venus, he sweetens the finest of pleasures – double your luxury, quadruple your love, quintuple your opulence. Of late, these two have been like really, really good to me. Just within the past year, John proposed at Jupiter sextile Venus; we traveled to Mexico together at Venus trine Jupiter, we took our honeymoon and my first trip overseas when Jupiter and Venus joined. (Yes, you’ve got many chances throughout the year to play with Venus and Jupiter) And while in years past this dynamic duo practically passed me by (was I just not looking in the right direction?) this year’s Solar Return placed their majesties in their rightful thrones, thank you very much. Additionally, Venus heads toward Jupiter in my natal chart as I write. I’m currently seriously contemplating assuming my married made-up name (which encompasses that strange amalgam of glamour, compassion and “hop-on-the-jet for a UN mission at a moments notice” I am getting to know as partnered ME) –for now you can just call me Mrs. JackieOGhandiBond. A suitable wish for you: thank your lucky stars for every opportunity to give and receive generously this week, and always. Someday perhaps you could even serendipitously stagger into the lucky arms of…your own good fortune.

Loads of love,

Full Moon Cancer, Saturday, January 14, 2006, 1:48 AM PST

Full Moon Cancer, Saturday, January 14, 2006, 1:48 AM PST

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Capricorn perpetuates the hard (so-called) truth of reality, in the reflective threadbare light of mid-January. New Years promises we did or didn’t make are in their last week as the Sun soon moves from steadfast Capricorn to change maker Aquarius.

Resolve. The New Years resolution has lost its allure in America- maybe the new American dream has tricked us that with enough self-improvement we will be given the glamorous prize. Miracle drugs, eternal, youth, love and beauty have delivered the annual resolutions, empty. Celebrity, America’s Gods and Goddesses have even become jaded. Jennifer Aniston was quoted as saying she has stopped making resolutions. Beware of disenchanting fairytales and their messengers!

Like an expose reporter with her flashlight, full moons are usually snapshots of where we are already headed, the path becoming clearer for the extra light. But this full moon illuminates the beginning of another cycle, the motion of Venus, the Very, Very Good Love Witch.

Venus rising. Just a few days before this full moon, Venus retrograde in Capricorn began a 260-day path of rising just ahead of the Sun each morning. So we are reflecting on our relationships and looking to those for stability, substance and really seeing in them measurements of our worth. We may be sad about what isn’t measuring up, the losses we’ve suffered in the past or frustrated by whatever is blocking us from love, beauty, pleasure and inspiration. Sometimes Venus will undermine us with self-deceptive behavior- undercover love affairs, excessive spending, eating or drug use. This is what happens when the love Goddess isn’t satisfied and this most sensual Goddess must be fed! The ancients knew this was the time to make sacrifices to Venus. We don’t have to make a literal sacrifice but we can use the occasion to strengthen our Venus in healthy ways, because we’re seeding a new cycle of expression in our self-worth, beauty, art, relationship that we carry with us for 584 days. Imagine the painting you paint today will hang on your forehead for at least that long. Whether you consciously do the painting, or do not, it’s happening. This is the power of seeding a cycle, so take advantage of the awareness.

Right now, there’s no denying that you have a heart song and its deepest desires must be sung. Simply, feel into her. This is a romantic love song, full of yearning and perhaps unexpressed passion. These are variations on a theme: unrequited love or a love song looking for a home, yet uncertain of the future, or love’s time having passed. The song may sound hollow or regretful, as though you’re singing down a long, empty hallway. This is Venus singing her plaintive love march, very unhappy that she’s displeased. If you’re suffering, know you have aphrodisiac you seek. Seek the positive intention behind your behavior or sadness and use your urge for love to take the necessary steps to love yourself differently this time. What are those steps? Listen to your heart.

Knowing that the seed is only as good as its soil, Cancer/Capricorn rule the memory and ingrained patterns accumulated over time. What was influenced by our early conditioning, those needs met and unmet, the values and habits we either consciously sorted through or unconsciously run. If we’re in a love relationship right now, the Creator is giving us a birds’ eye view into how successfully we’ve differentiated from our parents, whether or not we’ve left home. Contrary to pop thinking, it takes time, maturity wisdom and reflection, the positive face of Capricorn, to earn freedom from those patterns that block our capacity for joy, love and happiness. The level of freedom, or success of our differentiation may be measured by “an increased capacity to enjoy, take pleasure in company with others; an ability to listen carefully to each other with the intent of understanding; following through on agreements; the ability to clear the air and let go; an increasing ability to maintain one’s identity and be close to one’s partner simultaneously; the ability to make a heartfelt commitment to a relationship…”and so on. *

The Full Moon picture tells a story about finding contentment amidst too many obligations, moving into uncharted waters and the iPod shuffle of breaking new ground in relationship and this brand new life. The expose extra asks you to feed the Goddess, feed her empty belly new relationship values, new forms of art, titillating pleasures and erotic sensuality. This is the heart’s song, and it must be sung.

*from If The Buddha Married, by Charlotte Kasl


New Moon Day, 1/14
Moon in Cancer, then Leo 1:31 PST
Moon Mood:
Cancer, Walk by the water, rearranges your furniture, put together your favorite recipes, eat shellfish soup
Leo, Take a friend to a play, attend an art class, be flamboyant, treat yourself to a small luxury

Moon in Leo; Mars in Taurus oppose Jupiter Scorpio
MA/JU: This has been culminating since the end of November, meeting again around Christmas and finally, now. The mover and shaker Mars, the planet of action, energy meets the planet of expansion and growth. Yes, this has been a wonderful catalyst for many of us, perhaps creating ‘tipping point’ situations where we must Act Now! Likewise, we may feel a classic case of overwhelm, overextension. Mars in Taurus, a simple, straightforward, practical approach is the only way to proceed, even though longstanding, entrenched situation are popping up like little water spouts. Remember that the goal is to expand beyond your reasonable limits, you’ve probably already experienced some of the serendipitous luck this duo has brought since November. http://australiasevereweather.com/techniques/moreadv/funnels.htm

Moon in Leo

Moon in Virgo; Mercury conjunct Venus in Capricorn
Moon mood: start your diet*, order more nutritional supplements, organize your workspace. *Diets- it’s always better to start diets when the moon is waning, as it’s losing light you’re literally losing weight. From new to full, you will gain more weight even if you eat the same number of calories as you do from full to new.
ME/VE: Mercury, planet of communication joins with Venus, love, relationships, pleasure and self-worth. We can easily voice our concerns about our Venus retrograde issues: old relationship injuries, working out the kinks, self-esteem and self-worth issues. If you need help, today’s the day to open your mouth and ask someone for a helping hand. Poets, speakers and writers find the written word at their command. It’s a wonderful day for expressing what’s on your mind and heart. Your frame of mind may be quite stark, practical (anything from finances to depression) but the ears they land on insure they’re well received.

Moon in Virgo; Mars in Taurus square Neptune Aquarius
This is the low point of the week, low energy, perhaps being at loose ends with the overwhelming task before us. Disagreements are possible; tempers may flare by simply being tired, unclear or foggy. Especially prone to feeling undermined because things aren’t going your way, the temptation is to overwork, lash out or do nothing. Don’t push the river. Step back and take some time away from the project or issue that’s driving you bonkers.

Moon in Virgo, then Libra 2:49 PST; Sun moves into Aquarius
Moon mood, Libra: make your lover a cd, paint something creative on your bedroom wall, give yourself a facial, do a kidney cleanse http://www.falconblanco.com/health/cleansing/kidney.html
Sun in Aquarius:
Ah, ode to the sun (see below). After the endurance training of Capricorn, experience the cleansing, purifying power of Aquarius. The sun shifts and so our life force is magnetized by the urge for renewal, after passing the darkest nights of winter’s solitude, our perception has been cleansed. We may experience feelings of being newly connected to friends, ideas, interesting groups. This is a hopeful time of the year and for many, dreams and aspirations take a more central role in day-to-day. And an idealistic time, as though we’re watching the sun rise and deciding, yes, I will live this day to it’s fullest. No longer just a list of resolutions, change is certain and palpable.

Moon in Libra

Moon in Libra

Last Quarter Moon in Scorpio; Mercury moves into Aquarius
Last quarters shift consciousness, so Moon asks that you take the time to dig around in your psyche. Security and intimacy fears may come up, as Attachments (fear, the past, finances) vs. Progress (breakthroughs, future visions, a better you) face off.
Moon mood: psychoanalysis or a good bonding session with a friend, do research for a project, meditate on your attachments by imagining yourself with scissors cutting invisible cords to ties that bind, admit your fears

Moon in Scorpio
Venus in Capricorn trine Mars in Taurus
VE/MA: These are the two lovers who meet with sweet amore. Even in Earth signs (which are less passionate, expressive than others) today we can be very simply, practically sensual. A good bottle of wine, a nice meal with the one we love. Don’t overdo it; make it simple so you’ll both be receptive to the body’s sensual signals. With Earth we think about financial opportunity and tangible resources. Shifting resources or collecting money are possible.

Moon in Sagittarius
Moon mood: hunker down in a good self-help or spirituality book, plan a trip, take a small day trip or adventure, aspire, eat from a different culture’s menu

Moon in Sagittarius

Moon in Sagittarius, Capricorn 2:31 PST; Mercury in Aquarius conjunct Sun
Moon mood, Capricorn: balance your checkbook, read your IRA statement, get energy conserving light bulbs for your lamps, talk business
When the planet of communication travels with the light and energy of the Sun, communication takes center stage. Some minds are ‘heated up’ while some are just mentally preoccupied with thoughts of this and that. Correspondence and busy-ness are common, as are experiences of transitory happenings i.e. packages appearing on your doorstep. If you’ve something on your mind chances are you’ll say it. Which can be risky when the mind takes center stage and doesn’t have much perspective from the self.

Moon in Capricorn; Sun in Aquarius oppose Saturn in Leo; Jupiter in Scorpio square Neptune in Sagittarius
One of the hardest times this month, life is hard and more than a little depressing. Be careful of working too hard, for you may feel your back breaking under an unrelenting burden. Leo and Aquarius sun signs experience pressure right now, sorry! Possibly choices or events appear, although perhaps not unexpected (they’ve been culminating since last summer) that cause you some worry. This too will pass, but until it does some practical decision-making is required. If finances are a problem, create a workable structure for yourself. Don’t expect cush room, you just won’t see it right now. But if you’re reading this ahead of time, do what you can to cushion the loneliness and isolation we all experience around this time. Invite a good friend or lover over with the intention of just being quiet together, perhaps lighting candles and reading silently while in the same room.
JU/NE: This is a longer term, less immediately noticeable yet hopeful aspect that will continue through September 2006. Like the book title My Year of Magical Thinking sums it up. It always helps to have hope, doesn’t it? I picture this aspect as a built in safety valve this year, for when things get too intense we can summon hope, faith and grace. Develop your spirituality. Replenish your soul with transcendent moments. If you’ve experienced timelessness in a sunrise, this is that- an effervescent, abiding hope.

Moon in Capricorn, Aquarius, dark of the moon
Dark of the moon is the night before the dawn. Certainly, it does feel this way. Energy is lower when less moonlight supports going within and getting quiet.
Moon mood, Aquarius: work on the computer or play with electronic gadgets, spend time with friends, find a human rights piece in the newspaper and follow it for awhile

That moody moon:
The moon changes signs every 2 ½ days. Our mood and perceptions subtly change, and if you’re sensitive, you can pick up on her moodiness via your own. Why are you cranky one day, optimistic the next? Many factors influence this, but pay attention to her for some constancy. Because although changeable, by aligning yourself with the activities associated with the sign she’s currently occupying, she will always point you in the right direction. You’ll experience inner flow and contentment by syncopating your daily rhythm with hers. You can easily plan your week by knowing what sign and phase she’s in. Many of us already do this without a calendar (women especially). The best way to feel her resonance is through non-resistance, allowing the sign she’s in to lead you to an intuitive knowing of “what’s right now.”

From new to full moon, she’s waxing. This is a good time to initiate. From full to new, she’s waning, decreasing in light. This is a good time to change your approach.

The Sun
by Mary Oliver

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

New Moon Capricorn, Friday, December 30, 2005 7:13 PM PST

New Moon Capricorn, Friday, December 30, 2005 7:13 PM PST

I am going to tell you something and you’re going to find it difficult to believe- Ready? All astrological indicators predict that 2006 is going to be a marvelous new year. Trust it. Trust it even though its been raining for so many days you forget what day of the week it is. Trust it even though your Christmas was hard, traffic a nightmare and right now things show little sign of improvement. Trust it because spring follows winter, the sun is always shining somewhere and the hardest to learn is the least complicated. Let simplicity be your guide; take heart in that very small patch of sun in your overgrown garden. Go there. Life really is that simple.

Promise. As the year ends, this 13th New Moon ends on a beginning. The number 13 is the Death card in the Tarot, the card that promises rebirth. This is a hopeful promise for this time of resolution, for the promises you make now have tremendous staying power. Capricorn is the sign of commitment, the resolve to continue to honor the teachers in your life, no matter how burdensome the gifts. Capricorn teachers tell us to “chop wood, carry water!” and give us no recognition for keeping the cabin warm and dry. If we’re lucky, we’re thrown a bone every now and again, but we learn not to count on it. What we also learn is endurance; how we can survive on very little and somehow find resource to persist. Isn’t life amazing? This is the part of you who is the solitary journeyer; the monk on a trek through the Himalayas; the mountaineer and her hungry dogs caught in a torrential downpour deep in the canyon; the single parent. This is the voice that yells: “no one knows what it’s like-” into the canyon, and hears its own echo in response.

We do hear you. And since you always require proof, dear Capricorn, this New Moon wants to take your isolationist out for a buffet brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, surround you with abundance (here’s my American Express). Because sometimes you get so deeply mired in chop wood, carry water that it takes a day of carte-blanche behavior to remind you of your true wealth. As you nurture your inner orphan, it dawns on you that your teachers in life actually bring you incredible pleasure. Sometimes the gift comes through the back door, in hindsight. But more often than not, the simple act of worship, of making sacred your solitary path delivers you like the UPS man on Christmas Eve. You melt your lonely pain; you soften to yourself, ask yourself a few questions, and gain new insight. You become heartened. As you hold and nurture those s ame commitments as divine bricks on the road to fulfillment of Your Life Purpose, your ability to respond to your responsibilities- becomes self-evident. At this point in the process, making a new choice requires no more energy than making the same old choice; it’s just a twist of perspective, and a new action replaces the old one. Will I sleep for another hour or will I get up and go for a run instead? And now that you’re sufficiently pleasured and nurtured, forget about excuses. What looks like a limitation to my sunny day hike, rain for example, is exciting to the mountaineer. “Oooh,” she says, “let’s get out my rain gear and my inner child, tromp through the woods and make a mess of myself.” Who said Capricorns were dull?!

Remember simplicity. There’s so much simple goodness in the space between your mind chatter and the rhythm of your breath. Slow down to see the patch of sun or the basic point. The simple phrase “I can’t change my circumstances but I can change my attitude,” tells us that most successful outcomes hinge on changing our ability to respond. Are we hinged on the perspective of the ego ‘this is the way I want it’ as we flap like an old gate, singing our mournful song to the wind? Or are we the hinge itself: a flexible, ligamentous joint on which swinging parts turn*?

New Moon Day 12/30/05 Trust me when I say: it’s easy to believe that you can have it all this year. This is the day of days for resolutions with sticking power. Dig down deep and discover that the big obstacle to your dream is ready for a paradigm shift. As long as you’re using your wisdom mind, your mental powers are en pointe- so trust this new awareness as it bubbles up. Again, trust them! Then put them into action in the days to come. In case you haven’t heard yet, there’s nurturing energy here as New Moon joins with Ceres, the Great Mother. To make your plans sustainable think about the resources required, get the job done. Preparing for the future is a nourishing act right now. Venus will retrograde through Capricorn, reminding you that gratification may be delayed, but well worth your wait.

12/31/05 Moon in Capricorn, waxing. Mercury conjunct Pluto in Sagittarius Moon mood: scheme up a new project, partnership, business plan, ambitiously envision. Merc/Pluto: powerful words, deep thoughts, entrenched beliefs, looking into what we’re afraid to see.

1/01/06 Moon in Aquarius, waxing. Venus retrogrades into Capricorn; Sun in Capricorn trine Mars in Taurus Moon mood: hang with friends, buy a new electric gadget, be an individualist, do something different.

Venus rx (thru 2/03) in Cap (thru 3/05): Ladylove is still moving backwards, time to re-evaluate, (not initiate!) relationships. We’re looking at bottom lines, how to build a future together, negotiating wants and needs. Lovers from the past resurface (don’t go there!). It’s a good time to sort through finances; we’re frugal in love and money. Questions are still flying until 3/05 when she moves forward the degree she changed her mind on 12/24/05. Sun/Mars: Full of energy, this is the initiative and follow-thru both, to power your new moon intentions.

1/02/06 Moon in Aquarius, waxing.

1/03/06 Moon in Pisces, waxing. Mercury moves into Capricorn. Moon mood: Go to meditation center, buy a new book on spirituality, visit your housebound friend, start a new painting, see a ballet. Merc into Cap (thru 1/21): Our thinking becomes more focused, we move from a million possibilities into the single pointed truth. It’s a good time for writers; we can easily concentrate. Anything requiring an extended amount of solitary mental effort is fruitful. Problems of practical application, wrestling with how to make your ideas tangible are experienced.

1/04/06 Moon in Pisces, waxing. Sun in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Scorpio Sun/Jup: A power surge of possibility shifts our awareness from carry water, chop wood to “let the waterfall send the water my way.” Open to new potentials, opportunity for help from authority figures, men in power.

1/05/06 Moon in Aries, waxing. Moon mood: Have great sex; go for a run. Or pioneer an underdog, be someone’s hero, go to the dentist.

1/06/06 First Quarter Moon in Aries, waxing. Sun in Capricorn First Quarter Moon highlights independence vs. well-laid plans. “Are you gonna go my way- ?” Expect a little challenge, feisty Aries, if only to liven things up a bit. Remember to be gentle-(!)

1/07/06 Moon in Taurus, waxing. Moon mood: indulge the senses, spend time in nature, enjoy a good meal, go grocery shopping (beware of buying too much food).

1/08/06 Moon in Taurus, waxing. Mercury in Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces Merc/Uranus: Check your head for your intuition. New thoughts are exciting- hey get some fresh air in there. Fun with friends, groups. Expect the unexpected: sudden, surprising, positive communication.

1/09/06 Moon out of phase till evening then Moon in Gemini, waxing. Moon mood: Chat on the phone, write. Get paperwork and correspondence out. Run errands. Life feels harried.

1/10/06 Moon in Gemini, waxing. 1/11/06 Moon in Gemini, waxing.

1/12/06 Moon in Cancer, waxing. Moon mood: Pull in and re-group. Cook. Have hot tea and healing conversations. Give your inner (and outer) child some time.

1/13/06 Moon in Cancer, Mercury in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Scorpio Moon mood: the day before the full moon, step back for perspective if you can. Likely you’re trying to finish up all you’ve started these past two weeks. Life is demanding around this day of the cycle, especially now as you’re feeling pulled in many directions, too much, too soon. Try not to over commit, it’ll be hard not to! Merc/Jup: “There’s so many thoughts to be thunk,” says Mr. Scarecrow. Correspondence culminates in a nice offer or reward. Contracts deliver. Any communication is bound to bring some positive action, so put it out there.

That moody moon: The moon changes signs every 2½ days. Our mood and perceptions subtly change, and if you’re sensitive, you can pick up on her moodiness via your own. Why are you cranky one day, optimistic the next? Many factors influence this, but pay attention to her for some constancy. Because although changeable, by aligning yourself with the activities associated with the sign she’s currently occupying, she will always point you in the right direction. You’ll experience inner flow and contentment by syncopating your daily rhythm with hers. You can easily plan your week by knowing what sign and phase she’s in. Many of us already do this without a calendar (women especially). The best way to feel her resonance is through non-resistance, allowing the sign she’s in to lead you to an intuitive knowing of “what’s right now.” From new to full moon, she’s waxing. This is a good time to initiate. From full to new, she’s waning, decreasing in light. This is a good time to change your approach.


Full Moon Gemini, Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:15 AM PST

“…I think something is burning.
Now you’ve ruined the whole thing.
Muffle the smoke alarm.
Whoever put on this music
Had better quick, sharp, remove it…
Pour me another.
Oh, don’t wag your finger at me.

It’s that time of year,
Leave all our hopelessness’s aside
(if just for a little while)
tears stop right here
I know we’ve all had a bumpy ride
…I’m secretly on your side”
– Imogene Heap — Just For Now

Full Moon Gemini, Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:15 AM PST

It’s that time of year. The holidays pinch us like a crazy Uncle who has just moved into our 1 bedroom studio. He’s good-hearted family who just needs a roof under his head for the holidays…and yet, his needs, his demands on our space, time and energy, his very existence stretches every part of us. How are we triggered? The seasonality of love, generosity, goodwill toward mankind, peace on earth… we fall into a pattern of pushing our limits in all directions- financially, emotionally, physically. We smile at one another, generating attempts to connect. The twinkle in our eye belies a manic exhaustion. We wonder why we do not feel all the good cheer we are told we should.

This lunation, the Sun is with Pluto, lord of the Underworld. The underworld rules all the dark material, trauma and attachments that hold us from moving forward. What triggers us is where we need to be. Where are we? We are precariously perched on the fire escape of our design. Vagabonds in our own house, we feel pushed out on the ledge. With the intensity of a Marlboro reds smoker, we sit on the cold metal staircase, exhaling ice vapor, our uncle in our favorite chair, steaming up our windows inside, where we should be, warm. Why are we out here on the ledge when everything is exactly how we set it up to be? What is pushing us out? Is it really that person, symptom, need, that extra demand? As we sit on the fire escape to get perspective, our excuses appear as compulsive as the cigarettes we’re smoking, crutches to every other irritant. Underneath the resistance is the stuff we can’t talk about, share or even voice to our self. This is the truer longing for connection, connection to the deeper, abandoned parts. Sometimes we require the right ear for listening; now we are ready to hear what we’ve been saying all along.

If we’re faced with our own or others inflexibility we’re at a crossroads. We could keep going with the way things are or make room for change. Life transitions are happening all around. But change appears as the generous Uncle who comes to roost in our cramped apartment, ‘too close for comfort’. He may bear gifts, but as we invite him in we are pushed against our limits. Where are we “crying Uncle”? We ask for perspective: How can we change our expectations about an uncontrollable situation and still stay in power & control? And how do we take faith in the truism: “accept your less to receive your more?” Ironically, in the constellation of Sagittarius, the sign with an ability to view panoramic vistas from mountaintops, there are several stars with an inclination toward blindness. Nearsightedness, losing the particulars and follow through required for the fulfillment of the sweeping brushstroke Sagitarrian vision can be this sign’s fatal flaw. The grand gesture is lost to the demands of reality. As the truth forces us to look at the details of our predicament, we bequeath to this year a parting gift: at least one less attachment to the tie that blinds us, whatever that may be. Like the Uncle happily perched in your favorite chair, the truth is glaring and the truth is generous. There are gifts around the corner. And the fire escape is a perfect roost amidst the squeeze of the season.

New Moon Day, 12/15 Jupiter the planet of expansion squares Saturn, the planet of contraction. These are not easy astrological times! We feel the limits of growth, like giants in little people clothes, we’re outgrowing modes of being and it’s uncomfortable. Saturn in Leo asks: ‘who’s your daddy?’ How are your authority figures doing? How is your personal authority doing? It’s not time to move, just feel into the pressure and learn from our inner dialogue. Mercury in Sag is moving forward so we’ve made progress pushing the paperwork through the system even if we have not a clue about what it will all mean. Venus has just freshly entered Aquarius…but immediately joins Chiron, the wounded healer. The Goddess of pleasure, love, appreciation, value & worth is shacking up with your favorite Achilles heel. This isn’t a match made in Olympus, is it? Venus in Aquarius will show us the collective wound. Throughout the month, we may find ourselves asking one another: where does it hurt? If we don’t ask, we’ll likely be told by society at large. Venus in Aquarius derives pleasure by giving gifts to humanity: how can I use my position in life to make the world a better place? With Chiron, we look around and see so many ills, so many in need of love.

12/16-17 Moon in Cancer and Jupiter/Saturn exactly square 12/16. This is the first of 3 waxing squares, second on 6/22/06, third on 10/25/06. What is toggled with now, repeats again next June, and then moves forward in October. What’s bugging us now perhaps is with us for the duration. The moon gives gentle help through troubled waters.

12/18-19 Moon in Leo. 12/18 Mercury squares Uranus giving our mind a tendency to stumble over itself. Before we say the wrong thing we can make it right by watching our hurry up foot-in-mouth impulsivity. Leo makes sure we’re maintaining our stance for better or worse by the late evening. 12/19 Mercury quincunx Mars looks for creative ways of tackling our mental ennui. Words come too easy, especially when we’re frustrated…it doesn’t have to turn into an argument.

12/20-22 Moon in Leo through the evening of 12/20, then Virgo, Mercury trines the North Node. Perhaps the mental stimulation of the last few days results in some positive connections. Mercury with the node brings learning through experience, new awareness picked up in the environment, facility with communication, skillful versatility in writing and speech. 12/21 More Mercury…! The winged messenger trines Saturn. A diploma or a contract secured. We’ve learned our lessons, secured our spot via that little bedevilment called Adaptation, thank you very much. Now we’re on solid ground as Sun moves into Capricorn. This is a most realistic time of year, just like the sign. The air is crisp and clear; the shadows fall dark to light. This realism follows the ambitious undertakings of, Christmas and New Years! If Sagittarius rules the Christmas buying season, Capricorn picks up the credit card debt and has been working on her resolutions list since last June. Through the eyes of Capricorn we can see the consequences, limits and obligations we’ve created in the month before. Whereas sparkly Sagittarian ambitions are short on follow through, Capricorn ambitions are more likely to pan out–she won’t use glitter glue, so her plans don’t fall apart. This is a Spartan time of year, so we learn how to work with what we have and to use resources shrewdly. She is the sea-goat, drawing from deep reserves, with the tenacity of the mountain goat we climb… On the surface, this energetic day ends on an optimistic note, in the spirit of the festivities. 12/22 Moon is quietly reflective, catching up, wrapping up the workweek. This evening we’re stirred up, taking things personally or feeling easily slighted.

12/23-24 Last Quarter Moon in Libra. How do our relationships register the consequences of our shifting awareness? New information can be unsettling to the Libra scales; balance is what we’re looking for, but Libra would like to spend most of her time being in balance instead of searching. Moon kisses Venus this afternoon for some sweet moments—perhaps the perfect time for last minute shopping. This Sun/Moon integration point always brings career/purpose issues into focus. 12/24 The day runs smoothly, finishing up business in the early morning leaves time in the afternoon and evening to just enjoy. Sit by the fire. Venus goes retrograde until 2/3/06, not retracing her steps completely until 3/7/06. Venus begins her backward motion with Chiron, again opening the heart to wounding, or more hopefully, healing. For Taurus, Libra Sun and rising signs (and for all of us to some extent) we will find our relationships, finances and emotional sensibilities re-evaluated. Expect the unexpected in the sign of Aquarius. We may make friends with unusual people, be drawn to experiment with our tastes, or look for our mental, not just sexual equivalent in our partner. During Venus Rx, Relationships may cool down. Legal issues, divorce, marriage proceedings all move markedly slow. This is not a good time to get engaged or married. It is a good time to deal with past relationship issues, clear ‘em up for once and all. Venus also rules artistic sensibilities, your personal style, clothes, and hair…so…save your money and go clothes shopping in the spring. What you buy now you may never wear again! Here’s a list of Venus retrograde reflections to share with your partner: Do our friends reflect our sensibilities as a couple? How important are our friends in our live(s)? What are our visions for the future? Do we have a shared purpose? What would that look like?

12/25 Santa hopes the gifts will be to everyone’s liking! Venus fresh retrograde makes us sensitive to disappointments. Evening Moon in Scorpio adds to the grumbling. Why is Moon so unhappy in Scorpio? Something doesn’t turn out the way she wants it to. Maybe we’re remembering better times, someone forgot to buy the pie or the gravy is burnt. Sorry to be the Grinch who stole Christmas but Mars square Saturn is also active (see 12/27) Take the bitter with the sweet. This too will go down in your scrapbook of Christmases past. A Venus/Chiron retrograde song…

It’s that time of year,
Leave all our hopelessness’s aside (if just for a little while)
tears stop right here,
I know we’ve all had a bumpy ride (I’m secretly on your side)

How did you know?
It’s what I always wanted,
Could never have too many of these
Will ya quit kicking me under the table?
I’m trying, will somebody make her shut up about it?
Can we settle down please?

It’s that time of year,
Leave all our hopelessness’s aside (if just for a little while)
tears stop right here,
I know we’ve all had a bumpy ride (I’m secretly on your side)

Bite tongue
Deep breaths
Count to ten
Nod your head

I think something is burning,
Now you’ve ruined the whole thing
Muffle the smoke alarm
Whoever put on this music
Had better quick, sharp, remove it
Pour me another
Oh, don’t wag your finger at me

It’s that time of year,
Leave all our hopelessness’s aside (if just for a little while)
tears stop right here,
I know we’ve all had a bumpy ride (I’m secretly on your side)

Get me outta here, Get me outta here, Get me outta here…

12/26-27 Moon in Scorpio, Mars square Saturn. We have fleeting reprieve on 12/26 as the day goes up, then cranky, then up towards the end of day. A Moon/Jupiter conjunction has us all feeling a bit more optimistic about our presents this evening, but don’t take your big plan to the bank just yet. 12/27 hosts the pressure cooker aspect, Mars Square Saturn. Frustration, fair and square. This combo can cause a host of problems- accidents, injury, problems with cars and authority figures. Saturn’s nature is to hold and restrict; Mars’ is to bust through everything including longstanding obstacles. For some folks, this will appear as a time bomb, when things which have built up over time, culminate in a crescendo. Others may feel it as a more minor frustration, such as delays traveling, broken down cars or another unfortunate unforeseeable. On some level we all experience the unhappiness of these two planets meeting at squares.

12/28-29 Moon in Sagittarius. If we’ve been cautious and aren’t on clean-up duty after the holidays, Sun sextile Uranus is hopeful. This is the breakthrough after the breakdown. This Sag moon will help pull us out of the quicksand as we find the wherewithal to say ‘throw me a rope!’ to the Sky-God of ingenuity & sudden saves. Gosh, we could use a lucky break.

12/29 The dark of the moon, the best time to shed anything you don’t want- habits, patterns (no, re-gifting doesn’t count!) Perfect timing, the New Moon falls tomorrow, the day before New Years Eve. Get your intentions ready. “Out with the old in with the new” is such a powerful cultural myth. You can ride the energy behind this intention to create new life for yourself. Muster whatever courage and strength you have left and… let the breath in.

New Moon Sagittarius, Thursday, December 1, 2005, 7:01 AM PST

Knowledge is the wisdom of experience.
– quote on teabag

What made me think I could start clean-slated?
The hardest to learn is the least complicated.
– Indigo Girls

New Moon Sagittarius, Thursday, December 1, 2005, 7:01 AM PST

What do you believe? Sun in Sagittarius ’tis the season of hide and seek, the season of listening to the stories we tell ourselves, the dreams we have for the coming year, the possibilities we envision, the reality we co-create. Where do we find our options, our treasure, our creative ability to imagine a better life? In Scorpio, the sign Sag’s ruling planet is traveling through for the next year. New dreams are about merging with others, healing wounds, exploring the depths of the psyche, becoming financially viable, uncovering your hidden gifts, your secret power source, your treasures to gift the world. Gift giving Sagittarius/Jupiter is the seeker-elect who proclaims: ‘if the entire world is a story, then we can make up a new one!’

And we aren’t glib about this prospect; for this New Moon reveals an ambitious undertaking. Saturn is sitting across the table, a deadpan dinner guest mirroring to us the world we sit in right now, the sum of what we’ve created with our life so far- messy and beautiful with all of its goodness and limitation. How did we create those limitations? The mythmaker of the zodiac knows every future seed originates with a story. When we’re young, we’re told stories; when we watch TV. stories; when we have a conversation with a friend more stories. Are we conscious of the stories we absorb & perpetuate through our attention we give them, through the words that come out of our mouth? Often, we are not. As we gain experience as mythmakers, we realize that if we are to have any control over our future destiny, we see how easy it is to tell really bad tales -and- really good ones. We are learning to become responsible tale-spinners by separating fact from fiction.

To this end, Sagittarius Sun has us seek wise counsel through spirituality, exploration and higher mind pursuits. In the metaphysical wisdom-hub called the Akashic Library*, a great repository of knowledge in the center of the universe sits, recording everything. This is the seat of all knowledge, the ultimate bookstore, the knower of secrets. The sages and mystics hang out here interpreting tea leaves, and reciting the Gita while librarian-angels spend their days in encyclopedic indexes looking up answers to the big questions. But I’m thinking maybe the wisdom of ordinary folk resides in a different place. I picture a farmhouse with a cozy fire, patchwork quilts and hand me down knowledge. Maybe a crone-scribe notes exactly when your secret yearnings turned into dreams, hard lessons fought and won. ‘A-ha!’ moments are double underlined for effect. But there’s also the possibility that this wisdom is even simpler to get at- maybe it’s contained in your personal story.

Home-grown Sag wisdom: 1) experience is the best teacher & 2) the only way out (or in) is through. The irony is that the doorway through is often so close, that we cannot yet see it. Sag needs perspective to grow bigger. With Sag, the story unfolds when we’re a step removed, so remove your self from the familiar by taking a small journey, a hike, or a walk through an open field. Settle in with an object; say a tree, a rock, a feather. Treat it as though it were your best friend, the best listener in the world who wants to set you free by knowing you more deeply. Go ahead, tell it your story. Start at your beginning, and tell the tree about your pain and love. Where exactly in your soul is your first kiss, your first grief, the happiest moment of your life? What about the moment that you touched the sky, that feeling of being most alive- Where do you hesitate? Where do things get fuzzy, irritating or elicit strong emotion? These are often the most interesting parts. Know the story may not follow logic, and this may be where the healing is. Following my own medicine, I asked my aching lumbar to tell me its story. Immediately a mosquito began buzzing in my ear. Then I said ‘no, really, I’m ready to hear’-the mosquito again. Still not getting it, I said ‘okay, reveal your message to me in a dream.’ The mosquito kept me up all night.

The wisdom of story reveals non-rationally, so engage in non-rational pursuits. Psychology says that your hindsight interpretation of a meaningful life experience is forever subject to the murky emotional overlay of your changeable state of mind. This sounds kind of like a dream. In Sagittarius-land, your story eternally re-creates as you move in the world. When that world is pure possibility it’s so easy to believe that truly anything is possible. And of course, it is.

New Moon day 12/01 where will you plant your new moon intention? Mercury, Saturn and Mars all retrograde make this Sag Sun more ponderous than usual. Yet even moving backwards, Mars opposes Jupiter, striking a balance between deliberate action, optimism and energy. This pair always warns us of taking on too much over the next week. With Sun and Moon quincunx retrograde Mars, re-shuffling priorities on how to best proceed is in order. With a dependable trine to Saturn, this new moon feels secure. Sag is hardly a conservative sign, but ruler Jupiter is facing off with Saturn. How does the dream measure against reality? Mars/Jupiter wants us to deliver big, while Saturn/Jupiter wants us to pare down our dreams to the essentials. Meanwhile, Saturn/Neptune has the potential to completely disenchant us out of the wrong dream, if we’re in one. In plain English: your big dream has some practical limitations to be worked out. Remember that retrograde is still a motion. We are still moving.

12/02-03 Moon wandering in AM, evening into Capricorn. Sun trines Saturn this evening, duty calls, albeit joyfully. Mercury has virtually stopped, so our minds are either completely heightened in anticipation of Mercury direct tomorrow 12/03 (yay!) or we fall asleep at the wheel. The former is likely; Mercury is always a step ahead. During the next few days the mental wheels feel freshly oiled as we find in communication, a joy.

12/04-05 Moon makes no aspects until the evening when it enters Aquarius. However, for the next week (till 12/11) here is the joy of communicating, contract making, and business negotiations. After all the retrograde missed opportunities, computer problems, phone craziness, Mercury makes good with a sextile to Venus. There is plenty of poetry in the air, and now’s the time to begin to clear up those annoying Mars retrograde issues- money owed, car problems, whatever started worrying you around the beginning of October. It’s also a creative period for artists, writers and thinkers. Exquisite thoughts leave the tip of the pen, paintbrush and mind.

12/06-07 Again, the moon wanders through Aquarius until the evening. A wandering moon means she doesn’t aspect another planet until she enters the next constellation, sign. If we lived our lives according to the moon’s movement alone (the planets being the energetic force that act through us, as us) there would be no action of consequence during this period. Of course, other planets can override the moon’s inactivity. In this case, Mercury and Venus are quite active still- tonight when moon moves into Pisces, Sun sextiles Neptune. Really, an inspirational night- a romantic candlelit dinner, some nice classical music, a good bottle of wine brings out the lover in any one. 12/07 begins First Quarter energy, what do we believe is possible?

12/08-09 If we’ve broken new ground, the seeds are ready to burrow themselves deep into the ground. We’re planting fragile stuff here, the stuff of dreams. Are we ready to do what it takes to make it happen? Do we have what is required of us? The serenity prayer: Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen. 12/09 Moon into Aries and we feel our energy again, finally! Mars goes direct, accumulated inertia propels us forward. Even though since Dec. 1 we’ve been fielding Mars/Jupiter’s over-assertion, over-expansion urges we haven’t exactly harnessed the energy we hold for all the big plans. Now, what’s been frustrated releases- as the planet of assertion, competition, aggression, and flare ups of all sorts, course-corrects. The past 2 months have introduced ‘Me vs. You’ questions along with finance, energy and resource re-evaluation. This cycle culminates in new understanding and resolve, with a best foot forward and ‘damn the torpedoes’ kind of feel.

12/10-11 Still enjoying the Venus/Mercury sextile, we’re chatting one another up with poetry & affection, buying gifts for our loved ones, enjoying stimulating, warm conversation in relationship. This is a big shopping weekend no doubt; Moon in Aries kicks it off and continues through Sunday evening. We are lively and ambitious decking the halls and in the malls. 12/11 Moon into Taurus in the evening, kick back and chill out.

12/12-14 Moon in Taurus, but not the usual bull. Mental uplift, Mercury enters Sagittarius. Sag is not the most gifted speaker, preferring bells and whistles, embellishment over fact & details. Our minds are less retrospective than the previous month and a half. We share more freely, sometimes perhaps too freely, in the spirit of giving. Even though we think we’re losing our short-term memory, we feel like we’ve been given a breath of fresh air, there’s new stuff to think about. Optimism helps ease the holiday load. Let your mind roam free this next month, give yourself permission to think about travel, studying a new language or philosophy. Mental breaks involve playfully exploring what is possible.

12/13 Gemini Moon wants to flit about superficially, but as she culminates to full on the 15th, she gets seriously heavy- a really hard thing for Gem. Take this morning to appreciate simple pleasures. Ease your way into the hard stuff. Remember the tool of Sag- perspective. When life starts feeling oppressive: remember to find perspective, ask for a different opinion. If you feel resistance, examine your beliefs. Are they true? ‘Why do I think what I think I think? 12/14 do a little meditation mid-afternoon, ask for guidance and relaxation as you release into the flow of the universe. http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2005/1002.html

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Full Moon Gemini, Friday, November 26, 2005 12:07 PM PST

Full Moon Gemini, Friday, November 26, 2005 12:07 PM PST

The Sun in Sagittarius has moved our focus from our complex inner world into greener pastures. The seeing in the dark quality of Scorpio has given our vision a just sharp enough edge. Sagittarius rushes in like the holidays-despite other intentions you find yourself caught up in a kind of frenzied excitement. People are no longer brooding and reticent but chatty, conversant and full of opinions. Intuition has had time to simmer and distill; now Sagittarius Sun wants to inspire our visionary abilities.

The rollicking enthusiasm of Sag puts wings under our sails. This is the swashbuckling adventurer in all of us, the part of you that knows the secret of life is the journey; the destination changes with the wind, likewise our direction. Mapmakers and map-readers are Sagittarians; the journey needs a guide because the destination changes.

This isn’t a new moon, so we’re not heading out into new terrain-it’s more of a good look to see where we find ourselves. The full moon culminates, brings what is already in motion to fruition. Having only been in the sign of Sagittarius for a few days, we are the fresh-faced explorer finding herself on a mountaintop, a panoramic view. The view is so vast and full, we may find ourselves are overeager at the Thanksgiving buffet of life (Jupiter trine Neptune). We may say something that seems uncharacteristic, make broad generalizations or overlook details. The map is big and the choices are many, we are easily swayed by ideas, opinions and our own hungry vision. We need a trusted companion who is practiced in the areas we lack, a Sacagawea* to our Lewis and Clark. Will the road fork ahead (yes, definitely) and which direction should we take then?

Who better to cover the role of Sacagawea, than our Gemini moon? She knows the lay of the land like the back of her hand, each twist and turn of the river bed, the language of the animals and the stars. Overeager perspective can be balanced by the messages we discern from people, animals, signs, and omens. Omens, angels, spirit guides (Jupiter) are divine providence-they appear when we need them. Whether we find them in the line at the supermarket or on a billboard off the freeway, these are important soul messages. All they require is your studied attention in the least expected of places-the familiar. I’ve had many questions answered from the carpool lane, spying a personalized license plate at the precise moment a question passed through mind.

Sacagawea says: ‘reacquaint yourself with the familiar. Find your way by curiously observing the path you travel each day.’ Turn the familiar on its head. It’s time to notice all you never noticed. When students of art are learning perspective, they make gridlines over their subject. They break the picture down into bite-sized chunks to discover it transforms their vision completely. They discover talent and facility they never knew possessed. Getting up close and personal with your assumptions about reality changes everything. You begin to realize how blind you’ve been.

Here’s an experiment for this Gemini Full Moon-try it after you’ve gorged yourself on turkey and are rolling yourself out the door for the standard walk of shame around the neighborhood. Trot down a street, a street you think you know well. Ready, set, open your senses and allow the sights, sounds, words, people and colors guide you to your next step. Follow your interest, engage your curiosity, laugh at the wind, cry with the willow tree. Do this to prime the pump for the pale excuse of your worn out habitual perception to fall away. Feel the weather around you and then let the familiar show you it’s new game. Ask questions; expect revelations (Sun square Uranus). Watch your world become animated with meaning.

*Thanksgiving to our ancestors. For the real story of the courageous Sacagawea go to http://www.bonniebutterfield.com/NativeAmericans.html

11/28- 12/01 About to go retrograde Mercury trines Saturn retrograde. Mr. Quick on his Feet wears the goat’s hiking boots for an extraordinarily long time. When the versatile intellect meets the eternal authority figure, mental endeavors are weighty and carry high expectations. This is a great time period to be writing or doing some kind of mental calibration-you will find your prose clear-cut, serious and deliberate. Doing the work privately, on your own, best uses this aspect. Don’t expect it to be a final draft. These guys are retrograde or soon to be, meaning that you haven’t seen the last of what you’re working on right now. The party is just starting. The details you seem to be covering so well may come back to bite you. Nonetheless, use the energy. Put communication into form: preparing speeches, presentations, books.

11/29 Mars squares Neptune to break up the reality cling-ons. As a precursor to the soon to slow Mercury, take yourself out of the game before other people do it for you. Other people’s behavior may seem misdirected or passive aggressive. At the same time, your motives may be equally vague and mysterious. Remove thyself. Go to a movie. Let off steam by pondering the mystery of human behavior.

12/01 Mercury goes retrograde, Venus slowly hedges in to join Mars in Scorpio and square Neptune, appropriately announced by a dramatic Moon in Leo day! What a brood we have here! The mind and all the details that we take for granted in the smooth functioning of our day to day decides to go on holiday. Away. Gone on Vacation, be back 12/22. Stereotypical communication and transportation issues ensue. Use these next 3 weeks to do all your ‘re-‘ work. Re-evaluate, re-asses, re-do, re-search etc. If you’re on the verge of a choice/decision now, watch the cosmic trickster blindfold & spin you around three times. Your action plan is completely different by Christmas. Thank you, Santa-Mercury-Trickster.

The dream continues to unfold-Venus and Mars meet in sexy Scorpio, squaring Neptune. This is a dream date where all is not what it seems. If a new love object enters your life right now, it’s of the love ’em and leave ’em variety. Partnerships may be taken to the next level, culminating in some kind of financial or emotional merger. Venus in Scorpio calls to mind a line of poetry by Henry Longfellow: ‘when she was good, she was very, very good. And when she was bad she was horrid.’ Leave the dream where it belongs (in bed with Neptune) and trust in the juicy sensuality and magnetism of the next week (12/01-12/08) to invigorate all your relationships with 32 flavors of temptation. At the end of the love fest, you might find yourself singing with Alana Davis: ‘I’m 32 flavors and then some. I’m taking my chances as they come 32 flavors and then some. Looking for truth and there is none.’

12/04 Sun in Sagittarius trines Neptune and we experience a heightened sensitivity, connectedness to a cause or endeavor. Selflessness is well expressed this day when you find yourself devoted to someone else’s plight. ‘Captain, step out of the Ego’. This is the time to flow. Feel it, know it. You have the potential to effortlessly lift someone’s burden just by your willingness to go there.

12/05 The next day, Sun sextiles Jupiter in Libra– the light of the Sun throws her enthusiasms into expanding partnerships. Contrast this day to the previous-now is the time to take a message to the masses, as the cosmic megaphone wants you to step up to the mike. Fortune smiles on you as you deliver or receive inspiration to/from another. Express benevolence and receive benevolence.

12/07 Mercury conjuncts Pluto for 2 out of 3 pass. Remember when Mercury touched Pluto the weekend of 11/20? What were you thinking, where was your head? Here we are again, for some more clarification. The mind is penetrating and deep; thoughts may be relentless & intense. The tendency is to hold too hard, be pushy, or think negative, obsessive thoughts. The seed potential of this conjunction is clear, ruthless honesty. Use your cutting instrument on only the most essential, precious parts of your life. A diamond-cutting tool is destroyed when used on semi-precious stones.

12/09 The dark of the Moon in Scorpio emphasizes this darkest part of the cycle before the new light. Bridges may’ve been burned, decisions made. There’s both finality and security in this knowledge. This is a great time to get rid of someone/something for once and for all-Scorpio brings permanency. Create a ritual for a symbolic ending. Let it go and watch your self become reborn with the New Moon.

Full Moon Taurus, November 15, 2005 4:57 PM PST

What is to give light must endure burning. — Viktor Frankl

Full Moon Taurus, November 15, 2005 4:57 PM PST

The time of year is autumn, the date is any year. Dropping into the season lifts us from chronological time into kairos time, the truest time. Let nature in-what a relief! Kairos time measures the eternal cycle of death and rebirth in nature & reminds us that in this life, we are ‘off the clock’. Inhale the smell of burning leaves bequeathed to us from our ancestors, those who have breathed the same sweet scent for centuries. We are eternal beings, as the trees shedding their leaves; the daylight concedes more of itself to moonlit darkness, like nature we endlessly recycle. Our recycling nature reminds us that we belong only to each other, and to the earth.

Scorpio is the notorious recycler, capable of shedding many identities in one lifetime. There is no psychological process which brings us closer to death than that of transformation. While we can align our will (choose) to change a habit, a lover, a hairstyle or job, this type of change is light reading for Scorpio. Scorpio transformation is the place we’re taken to- not of our own volition. While there may be an initiatory event, the event doesn’t reflect the soul reverberation, the deep impact. Transformation is a process that occurs largely ‘under wraps’ or ‘beneath the surface’. While we may outwardly resist, dig in our hooves and scream for ice cream like any good Taurus Moon, the Scorpio part of us recognizes our collusion, our secret scheming toward our own abduction. Something has been stirring for awhile and circumstances conspire to bring fruition to our next step in our evolution. This is the event, breakdown or disruption that appears as matter of fact as the morning sun. The journey of our life greets us, sweetly whispering- ‘Hello, dear one, you are not in control’.

This descent into darkness is a global mythology, common to all cultures. Like the myth of Inanna, who descends from the everyday world to her sister down below, the soul moves toward completion by moving downward, into foreign territory. It is the burning desire of the soul to know itself intimately, wholly, which prompts our descent. Moving downward requires relinquishment of something we thought we needed to survive, an idea about our self, the world, the ‘way things are’. What does it feel like to exchange what we thought to be true for something closer to reality, more true? Is it like wearing a blindfold while being led by an unseen hand? Here we experience a potent mixture of fear at what we’ve never known before & find a faith that eventually we will see the light again. The process surrenders light for dark so the world can be experienced more brightly.

Scorpio fears loss of control yet paradoxically possesses tremendous self-control, like a thick iron cauldron. Scorpio says: If you’re in the pot, you can take it. This is the thickness that allows us to thrive even in the thick of things; the burning process we experience in the midst of our inner turmoil, branding us for life. What emerges is a beautiful tattoo, uniquely branded with the hot iron of our own true design. We become tough and shiny in those same places once naïve or incomplete, or raw and bleeding. The scar tissue reminds us of where we are authentic and unafraid. Think back on an event that changed your life. It is inexplicable, the way you now hold your self differently, your life. It just is different. Everything has changed. At that point in time could you control or name what it would become? Transformation, although sensed then, cannot be fully known by our self until its completion, until it is sealed.

As autumn visits and gives way to winter, we become more intimate with the dark. If things feel impactful it’s because these are irrevocable ‘no turning back’ kind of changes. The choices we’re getting ready to make may be tested this autumn as Scorpio energy rids ourselves of what we no longer need. There are twisting passages and secret routes we’ll only discover as we take up the way. We take up the way with the sign that follows, Sagittarius the seeker–who gives us perspective by showing us the big picture through philosophy, religion, seeking universal truth. If Scorpio’s very personal truth-telling brings us closer to what, who and why we love, any transformation we’re experiencing puts us in cahoots with our destiny. Through descent, we remember that what needs to be healed is what separates us from fulfilling our hearts desire. And isn’t that what we’re here for?

Full Moon Day, 11/15. If the most powerful force in the universe is love, the 2nd most powerful must be desire. Only another week- Sun in Scorpio, a fascinating time of year, as we feel deep rumblings of desire, death, the taboo, secret longings long-buried traumas and heartfelt pleas for healing. Our dream figures run hot and cold, low throaty whispers speak to where we’re burning, biting and hissing where we’re ice cold. We crave completion and must do what it takes to get there. A Saturn Venus quincunx may have us feeling rejected or disappointed by others, a little lonely. Uranus changes motion today, stirring up nervous systems, sleep patterns and ritual de habitual. The planet of surprises and sudden changes moves forward only a couple days after Mercury went retrograde. Is this revolutionary thought, or electrical overload? The conversation about what to ‘do differently’ is in full swing. With the number of retrograde planets happening (Mercury, Mars, and soon Saturn) we’re insured plenty of kairos time for revision & re-working, fixing what is broken. Uranus will bring new agendas, new information to what was stuck even as the full moon carries the sense of ‘lockdown’- a grand cross in the sky via Saturn opposing Neptune. We’re impaled on the cross of matter, with many ideas even if we’re not clear how it’s all coming together. It’s a start.

11/16-17 Moon in Gemini, we’re taking in new information, re-evaluating the old. Mercury retrograde is bound to bring repeats, but perfect for having those conversations you’ve been meaning to have. Clear up old business, clear the air. 11/17 Venus and Mars trine, play lovebirds as we find sweet & sexy meeting over lunch, maybe not dinner. This is a practical couple, good for business endeavors and planning the future. Venus in Capricorn takes pleasure in status, money, improving her image, but is Mars broke? Settle for an amuse-bouche. Eich, he’s still moving backwards till December 9 when money matters become clearer. Scorpio sun on Pallas brings hidden information to light.

11/18-19 Moon in Cancer, but she’s not the story. We want nurturing this weekend but Mars square Saturn headlines for the next week. The past few weeks, we’ve been on the slow feed to this aspect known as ‘driving the car with the brakes on’. Is this accurately describing a part of your life? This combo is capable of creating damage only if we push too hard. The impasse is reached between the material, practical limitations of Saturn & Mars’ inclination toward motion. It’s time to practice conscious, responsible action, slow and well-considered. Mars moving backwards (til 12/9) and Saturn’s retrograde (11/22-4/5)-both create a drawn out (8 week) conversation, perfect for re-assessing the feasibility of our long-term goals. This is no time to make a spontaneous decision, but over time we are capable of moving the mountain in measured steps. Meanwhile, Saturn trines the Moon’s nodes favor relationship, partnership commitments. Sign on the dotted line and it just may be for life!

11/20-21 Moon out of phase, then Leo eve of 11/20-21. Retrograde Mercury squares Uranus, again ideas are being batted around. Perceptions are intuitive hits, erratic and inspired or brusque and off-the-cuff. This good idea may not fly, but it’s worth a second look. The Sun moves into Sagittarius 11/21 as the holiday spirit buoys us up for the next month. Festive, fun and restless, Sag is the jolly St. Nick, your favorite cheerleader, the eternal optimist, last one standing at the party. Emotional quicksand of Scorpio has us ready for Sag’s trampoline, where the higher we jump, the more possibilities we envision. Sag’s ruling planet in the sign of Scorpio means we’re still talking about money, merging and catharsis-with more perspective and information now. Expect holiday commercialism to kick in high gear as its Jupiter’s nature to broadcast everything. Don’t overextend on a line of credit, a risk with Jupiter in Scorpio. View all financial exchanges as investments, do they pay dividends?

11/22, 23 Moon in Leo on 11/22, but the fiery energy is upstaged by Saturn gone retrograde til April 2006. The mechanics of our lives slowly grinds to a halt, and then moves backwards. Spiritually, Saturn reminds us of our limits in form, delay time from dream to reality, from prayer to manifestation, from action to consequence. ‘It takes time’-he says. Use the time to examine our foundations, how it will all really work. If you’ve been meaning to renovate the house, do it. If you’re wobbly in an area of your life and need more support, ask for it. Boundaries may need to be set or re-worked, basic physical needs addressed. All this ushered in on the last Quarter Moon in Virgo, 11/23. Possibilities are all measured with an appropriately critical eye.

11/24-25 Thanksgiving on a Moon in Virgo day-watch out for overeating! Moon in Virgo means sensitive tummies, indigestion possible. Sun and retrograde Mercury are together, the mind is a mouthful in itself. When Mercury is heated up by the sun, mental chatter re-ignites old issues & a plethora of opinions. (Mercury under the sunbeams may make objectivity difficult). The gift of Sagittarius brings a storyteller to the table, one who weaves context with enchanting tales of what timelessly connects us all. Re-ignite the spirit of sharing: ask everyone around your table to either share a personal story or make one up. At the end of the day we feel content and loved. 11/25 moon is wandering, as we are on the day after. A good time for catching up with friends, taking it easy as moon makes her way to Libra this evening. Ceres transits Pluto for a sentimental holiday period involving mothers, family, and separations. Whether we’re at home or not, we truly understand: ‘home is where the heart is’.

11/26-27 Moon in Libra wants to balance our equilibrium even as Mercury moves backwards still, a brief dip back into the emotional scrutiny & honesty of the Scorpion. Retrograde reminisces about past hurts, yet joining with Athene and Chiron, healing synthesis is the potential. If it’s broken let’s fix it, but not before a few words are exchanged. 11/27 For the past few days and next, Jupiter and Uranus exact into a swift trine-providing tons of answers, even if they first spew tidal waves of emotion. Possibilities and potential buoy one another up, as something new meets something different. This is optimistic and hopeful energy for everyone to use.

11/28-30 The Scorpio moon is infamous for drawing down and into security, secrecy, protecting the self at all costs. This evening, in rolls Uranus square Sun, like an undercover detective on the beat, turning self-protection into a radical strip tease. Take it all off, change is for the making. Dig around in the dirt tonight for hidden treasure. 11/29 lets us off the hook as we emotionally stabilize for the energy of this next moon cycle. The day before new, moon enters Sag on 11/30 to the tune of Sun quincunx Mars, Mars lining up to oppose Jupiter. Mars is energy, so the risk is overextending energy to the tune of Jupiter who, like a hot air balloon, pumps everything up. Confidence runs high, and may produce errors in judgment. A retrograde Mars in Taurus is stubborn or thwarted energy, especially cranky. Opportunity presents but an old problem flares, or your timing is off. With Mercury, Mars and Saturn all retrograde, it’s hard to create situations that allow forward motion. Be careful not to over commit on time or effort. Re-evaluate, re-negotiate, and re-pair. Take your time as you consider the possibilities ushered in with the New Moon in Sag.