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Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map.

01 December 2018

Stardate: Astrology Reading for December 2018

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, December 2018 Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month

 Aries: March 20 – April 20  Welcome to the Month of Itchy Feet ! Or an itchy brain, accompanied by a strong distaste for Shoulds, Oughts and S’posed Tos, and the sound of breaking rules . . . That’s all well and good, Aries. You need some adventures and some room to stretch your wings and do something that’s out of the ordinary for you, or out of the ordinary for everybody. Trust those impulses. At the same time, be aware that you have two possible pitfalls. One, keep your temper; sometimes the extra energy of such a time can make us prone to irritability, particularly if we’re not sending and following that energy where it wants to do. Two, pace yourself. If you dive so deeply into a project that you forget to eat, sleep or commune with your significant other, sooner or later your treating yourself like a machine will catch up with you. Also on the table for you this month are opportunities for heartfelt, meaningful and transformative dialog with your mate. Don’t miss those chances because of spending too many hours charging full speed ahead. The closer your S.O. feels to you, the more secure he or she will feel about the hours you want to spend absorbed in something besides the relationship. Demi Lovato, Confident.

"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."
 Jodie Forrest / text copyright Jodie Forrest, 2019
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Taurus: April 21 until May 21 You have a temporary reprieve in the urgency of your recent need to be completely yourself, but that doesn’t mean that the imperative has disappeared; it will be around approximately another seven years. Maybe you could use the current reprieve to look carefully at what, psychologically speaking, may have been making your independence difficult or complicated to declare. Perhaps it’s fear of isolation or even abandonment, or of being misunderstood in some fundamental way. Well, benevolent Jupiter’s presence in the sector of your chart related to the deepest forms of intimacy, and to psychological self-awareness, can help you assuage those fears. So can Mercury, Lord of communication, and Venus, Lady of relationships, heading into your sector of friends and partners. Explaining yourself should be easier than usual this month and into early January. So can receiving and processing important information from your S.O., particularly if you speak one-on-one--dealing with groups may need more clarity, directness and maintenance of boundaries than usual. Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway.

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Gemini: May 21 – June 21  First, you need to spend as much time this month as possible imagining that you're someone else, specifically, one of your most significant others. What's your lover's or your friend's or your partner's point of view, and how thoroughly can you understand it? The deeper the comprehension that you have of your friend's feelings and motivations, the easier it will be to reach a compromise. Fortunately, you're more than usually curious about and tolerant of other people just now, and you'll enjoy learning about them. However, you, too, Gemini, are only human, and sometimes the more subjective we are about someone, the more complicated it can be to communicate with him or her. If you don't feel as if you have a useful set of mediation skills in this particular instance, then you might look for a positive, upbeat person who does, and ask for feedback from him or her about how to conduct this important conversation, by the 22nd if possible. Don't let an authority figure who's either stressed, has control issues, or has no actual authority over you talk you out of settling whatever you need to settle. Sonic Youth, Disconnection Notice.

Cancer: June 21 – July 23  Permit me to enact, sort of, two of the voices in your inner conversations. The first one, who may be related to your past, says "I could have dealt with a certain situation more skillfully. I didn't do it well enough. Therefore I am completely incompetent." The second voice, who may be related to you today, says "I wish I could have done better with X, but there could be some relevant factors that weren't under my control." Such as? you might ask. "I'd had no training for it yet," says the second voice; or "other people's incompetence got in the way," or "no one could have done it with the kind of equipment I had." The second voice might add, "I think you could use this event to teach you what you need to learn next. In fact, you might even run that question past some knowledgeable people you can trust." Listen to the second voice, Cancer, no matter what. Anyone, friend, lover or new flame, who tries to shout it down in favor of the first voice is not someone you need or want in your life. I know you're a gentle soul, but it's fine to stand up to someone who, consciously or unconsciously, might not have your best interests at heart. Rascal Flatts, Stand.

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Leo: July 23 – August 23  Hey, Leo, you could have an intensively creative month, a romantic one, one chockful of appreciating the arts in whatever form appeals to you, or a month that's just plain fun.

Whichever kind or kinds you choose, remember that deciding to acquire skills you may not have is a better choice beating yourself up for lacking them. Sail through December while allowing as little as possible to get under your skin, and take as much time off over the holiday as you can. Yours is not to win or lose, it's to have a stellar, heart-satisfying month, whether you spend it lost in some new music by your favorite band, telling ghost stories at your tweens' slumber party, dancing with your main squeeze or on the road somewhere. Avoid people who are passive-aggressive, overly needy, or drama queens / kings, and I suspect you'll have a pleasant month. Happy, Pharrell Williams.

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Virgo: August 23 – September 23  Some quiet, unstructured time or some time spent alone in December would be good for you, on the one hand, although some time with relatives whom you would have chosen to be your relatives, regardless of bloodlines, would be good for you, too.

How about a bit of both? Look at old photos, eat until you’re comfortably full, go on an excursion together, whatever makes you feel close to your “roots” in a pleasant way. Meanwhile, a significant other may be irritable or stressed, possibly because he or she doesn’t have all the facts about an annoying situation. No one has the right to run your life, even for only a few days. Enlighten this person without either letting him or her run the show or claim to be more helpless than is actually the case. You may get grumbling if you put your foot down now, but you’ll avoid a stickier situation later. Mercury, Lord of Communication, and Venus, Lady of Relationships (and Tact) can help you be as silver-tongued a devil as you need to be. Some compromise between what’s fun at the moment and what’s more practical in the long run is at hand. Heart, Even It Up

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Libra: September 23 – October 23 What you could use, my dear, is a long, rambling, solve-the-world’s-problems sort of conversation. Your brain needs a treat once in a while; you’re an Air sign. You haven't had enough interesting dialogs lately, nor have you learned or done enough that's new to you. I know you probably have responsibilities at home and some possibly ill-defined challenges at work. Your partner may be acting contrary and as if he or she needs a bit of space. That’s actually a great time to go have one of those philosophical conversations, when you both need a small break. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic. How about a girls’ night out followed by a breakfast out, too?
A camping trip? Visiting a museum that you and your best friend have been wanting to see, or taking in a lecture? I’m not talking about avoidance or escapism, just a refreshing change of scene complete with something to wonder about. Think of it as an intellectual mini-adventure. Junior Senior, Move Your Feet.

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Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 The good news: this December, you're primed for pleasant times with friends or with family, or in pursuit of your art, or maybe even all three. The bad news: you could still have a crisis of confidence about whether you deserve it, your finances, or your competence. Here’s the short version of the remainder of your December forecast: you do deserve it, so go enjoy yourself and see what might evolve from your having fun. The long version starts with a question: what part of you is feeling down on yourself? Consider that for a while. When you think you might know where that insecurity is coming from, ask yourself: how old do I feel when I'm doubting myself? Wait for the answer to surface. If none appears, try asking yourself again tomorrow, and add When have I felt inadequate, underinformed, or as if I might have overshot my mark? When have fear, anger or mixed messages accompanied those feelings? If you could talk it over with someone who knew you when you were younger, then you might gain some helpful perspective. Or, again, you could just relax and restore yourself over the break. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

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Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 It’s a month of overlapping new beginnings for you, Sadge.

Your birthday marks the personal start of another year. Jupiter’s ingress into Sagittarius last month began about a year of your ruling planet’s inspiring and invigorating visit to your Sun sign, an event that happens every 12 years, so it’s an important year for personal renewal. Chances for it will arise, some of them legitimate, others the real-world version of vaporware: empty, at least for you. As the song says, don’t underestimate yourself. Still, investigate those offers before you decide to say Yes or No. Mercury enters Sagittarius on December 12th, marking both the full end of its current retrogradation, and a chance to exercise your smarts for a little over the next three weeks from that date—learn or teach something, write or read something. What? Follow your curiosity! And there’s a new Moon in your sign on the 15th, triggering the other beginnings and helping you figure out how you feel about them. That’s a great day for a small personal ritual: letting go of what’s come to an end for you, and inviting in what’s new and beneficial, both for the upcoming year and the next 12 of them. Some people do an annual life-review and ritual on the Solstice; if you’re one of them, you might make your list on the 15th regardless. Dr. John, You Might Be Surprised

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Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 Communicate clearly, my friend, and ask others to do so as well. That applies to your family, your significant other, your colleagues, or in a group context. Leaving things at all fuzzy could lead to disagreements that might have been avoided if you and others had spoken their minds. However, the first person with whom you need to communicate clearly is yourself. Be sure you’re not mistaking wishful thinking, magical thinking, or your assumptions for what’s actually happening in and around you. It’s complicated, because you’re capable of writing some uplifting and enchanting poetry, prose, non-fiction or lesson plans at the moment—and you will be for about seven more years, so there’s no need to feel rushed. I suspect you may also be feeling stressed, apprehensive, challenged or annoyed about something at the moment.
Pay attention to what’s going on whenever you feel irritated or anxious, and to any dreams with that theme.  Maybe you need an apology. Maybe somebody else needs one. Again, aim for clarity, and don’t hesitate to ask for feedback while you’re assessing what could be rubbing you the wrong way. Matt and Kim, Let’s Go.

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Aquarius: January 20 – February 18  Yes, you can! Some recent events may have been a bit hard on your self-esteem. You’ll be  unusually sensitized in that area for a few more years, so you may not be taking all the relevant circumstances into account. Now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to keep going, to make your own voice heard. It’s also a good time to remember that you don’t have to do everything alone. People quite willing to help you may be in a career or public setting, in groups to which you more or less belong, or both. Keep your eyes peeled. They might be visionaries. They could be smart, detail-oriented, or have useful information. They may be perceptive enough to call you on your own self-doubt—gently, we hope. Even if you get some tough love, listen. It’s another perspective, not an order. U2, Walk On.

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Pisces: February 18 – March 20  Opportunity is likely knocking, Pisces. In your career, perhaps, or in chances to travel or learn, or even to reinvent yourself. That’s the good news. At least before the 12th, however, you’d do well to get specific information about these opportunities before you commit to anything. There are two things to avoid this month: one, remaining underinformed; and two, chickening out. Tip: the more clear you are about what you passionately want in your future, the easier it will be to sort through whatever the Fates may send your way. Remember, too, that you don’t need anyone else’s approval of your plans. You’re also overdue for some fun, my friend, so make the holidays as relaxing or romantic as possible. And break out your art supplies, your guitar, or that poem you haven’t finished, okay? Creativity flourishes when we have more “down” time or a change of pace. Yes, Future Times Rejoice

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01 November 2018

JFA: Libra November 2018


Thirty-eight Special, Hold On Loosely. Repeat after me, Libra: “I like my depth. I like the ways I want to love and be loved. I like the ways I want to see and create beauty.” Repeat it again. And again, as often as you need to. Why? Because the 7th’s new Moon may relate to your questioning yourself about those traits, wondering why you have them, wondering if they’re okay the way they are. Well, you were born that way, and we are what we is, my friend. There’s nothing wrong with that. You’re not being weak and needy; you’re being yourself. Relating to a special person and to close friends in a caring, balanced way is an essential part of your personal growth and your work on yourself. Relating, not surrendering or controlling or hiding. Other people’s work on themselves is different, and theirs, and none of your business, any more than your growing through the alchemical alembic of relationships is any of their business. With that in mind, every relationship contains two people who occasionally need a break from each other, and/or to experience something besides The Relationship. That’s normal. Let go a little during the first half of the month. Find some new idea or subject or activity that fascinates you, whether or not it also fascinates your S.O., or get more involved with an interest you already have. Or find two such activities: one you like solo, and one he or she likes too. Take your mind for a stroll. You could use something interesting to think and talk about and to experience, especially if responsibilities and routines have been weighing on you. They won’t run away. You’re not moving to Mars, so they’ll still be there when you get back. We’re all renewed by experiencing a sense of wonder, by marveling at something, and since you’re an Air sign, the same goes double for you. You may have to be strong about clearing your schedule a bit—start with what should be other people’s responsibilities—in order to make room for that breath of fresh air. It will be worth it.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Virgo November 2018


Truth and Honesty, Aretha Franklin. A frank talk with a significant other may be part of your November, given the Scorpio new Moon affecting how and what you communicate this month. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s anything wrong, but it could mean that he or she may not be seeing things clearly. Sometimes that occurs because we don’t have enough information. Sometimes it’s because we aren’t paying enough attention, or something is interfering with our perceptions, or we’re being evasive or co-dependent. On the other hand, it’s just possible that you’re the one who isn’t seeing things or the other person as clearly as you need to. If The Talk arises, go for the truth, and the truth behind that one, and the truth behind that one, too. In other words, you probably won’t arrive at what you both need to know without being brave enough to spend some time on probing questions and complete answers. If you feel uneasy about the outcome, you could always talk some more, or run the conversation past the most grounded, perceptive, and forthright person you know and ask for his or her opinion. You deserve to have an honest relationship—and you’d like to have one that includes tenderness and whimsy, too. By the way, if you have some kind of spiritual or psychological advisor, it’s time for frankness there, too. The full Moon on the 22nd indicates that you need to re-evaluate the balance between your career or public life and your personal life. You have a tendency to work very hard no matter what you’re doing, and finding the right work is extremely important for you. If you feel as if a drone could be trained to do what you’re doing, you are probably not in the right job. Yet even if you adore your work and it means the world to you, you can still spend more time at it than is good for your health or your relationships . . . Slow down over the holiday and reflect on how we all function better when well-rested.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Leo November 2018


Sonny Landreth, Levee Town. Although your overall work routines and skills are still in a state of transformation, some of the immediate changes or pressure at work have slowed down for a while.

That’s a good thing, because it lets you focus more on your inner life and personal growth, and/or on your family life and home this month—the new Moon on the 7th affects those areas for you.

If you have siblings or friends who feel like siblings, November is a good time to reconnect with them, especially if you have anything that needs sorting out or if there’s something you’ve wanted to enjoy doing together. Or both! Fun will probably be easier to arrange after Thanksgiving than before; so will planning for more fun. If anyone’s traveling, double-check the reservations or the traffic. Meanwhile, your intuition’s strong right now, perhaps even slightly unnerving. Pay attention to it. (Remember how many times you didn’t listen to your gut feeling and later wished that you had?) Another plus this month is that you may find yourself more eloquent and disarming than usual (although your usual is probably pretty good!). Enjoy that: write a love poem or a song, or play some games that draw on verbal ability, or sweet-talk the family grouch into lightening up a bit.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Gemini November 2018


Kate Bush, Rubber Band Girl. Since you’re an Air sign, “the feels” may not be where you’re most comfortable, unless there are other types of influence in your natal chart.

However, you have some feels arriving this month. The 7th’s new Moon is in Scorpio, a sign whose native language is feeling. It affects your skills, competencies and responsibilities. Do you have enough of the former (skills and competence) to carry out the latter (responsibilities)?

The new Moon also affects how you interact with your co-workers, employees, boss or mentor. November’s a good month to think about how those relationships are working for you and how they, ahem, feel to you. If you want to make some changes at work or in your various roles in the community, get clear about what those changes are, then be confident and iron-fist-in-velvet-glove assertive. The full Moon on the 24th is in your own sign, Gemini, and may flood you with emotions, particularly about other people and the balance of energy between them and you. Take it easy in a new relationship or friendship or in a creative project. Let people back away and return when and if they’re ready. Make sure you’re communicating clearly, especially at mid-month. Let something percolate in the studio while you review something else, or just relax with the sort of old friends who make you laugh or lure you off into interesting adventures. Or both!

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Cancer November 2018


Randy Newman, Falling in Love (let me add, or “in like”!). It’s a betwixt and between sort of month for you Moon-ruled humans. The 7th’s Scorpio new Moon affects your relationships or friendships that are in the early stages. Make sure that they’re heartfelt for you, or that they could be. You need intimacy with your fellow feeling-oriented people: sensitive, gentle, caring lovers of depth. You also need some passion, which can alternate between feeling scary and wonderful, but nothing crass. This new Moon can also affect your relationship with your kids, your creativity, and how you relax. A new Moon is a sort of birth: the birth of the next lunar cycle, which in your case means a focus on falling in love with something, discovering or rediscovering what gives you pleasure, and creating. For the latter, it’s better to edit or revise existing work for the first half of the month and leave new material for the second half. The full Moon on the 22nd affects the balance between Responsibility and Reflection in your life. Too much of one can short-change the other, but because the new Moon sets the tone for the next lunar cycle, if you have to pick one of those polarities more than the other, I’d go for Reflection. As for Responsibility, its focus is probably on making sure that you manage the important details of yours—the day of that major appointment, the correct address for the important papers, etc. Not all details are important, so don’t overdo it. A family member or roommate may be going through a temporary need to retreat or for time alone. It’s probably nothing serious, and you can use the time for yourself.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Taurus November 2018


Jessie J, Who You Are. You’ve embarked on an approximately seven-year process of becoming more completely yourself, Taurus, that began last May.

Right now, you’re starting a breather from that process for the next several months. But don’t ignore that individuation process, because these several months are both an excellent time to consider and integrate how you’ve felt about yourself since May, and to consider what you want in the future. Specifically, pay attention to anywhere you’ve felt like an imposter, and to areas in your life where it’s seemed hard to have a say in who you are, what you’re doing, and what you plan to do.

If an important relationship has felt out of balance or different in a challenging way, November’s a good month to figure out why. It may not be the best month to talk about it with that person, however, both because you’re still gathering and processing information, and because communication can be more difficult until Mercury’s fully direct on Dec. 10th. Also, Venus, your ruling planet and that of relating, isn’t fully direct until Nov. 24th, so let yourself just think instead of talk for a while. Above all, maintain your self-esteem. You deserve to breathe freely and be yourself; you deserve to be happy and fulfilled. What sort of person do you want to be, now and in the future? What would an authentic, meaningful life for you look like? Let your imagination play with these questions!

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Aries November 2018


Peter Gabriel, Come Talk to Me. Re-la-tion-ships are the focus in November. Be respectful and open-minded in dialog. If your partner wants a time out because he or she needs more time before resuming a conversation, accept it with grace. Communicate carefully, make sure you’re understood, and that you understand what your partner means. It’s well worth taking the time and attention to do this, particularly since you’re apt to be more subjective than usual this month. Be mindful that you and your partner stay in the here and now while you’re talking. As novelist Stephen King says, “The past is a ghost which haunts our present lives constantly.” See and react to each other as you are today, not as your parents or your exes may have been. If any “ghosts” from your past show up, Aries, they may have to do with old anger, fear, confusion, or circumstances where you felt constricted or controlled. Keep your temper and make sure you have all the relevant facts. The mood should be lighter later in the month, so enjoy some storytelling around the Thanksgiving table. (Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart once compared learning to play the drums to learning to dance sitting down—watch Gabriel’s loose-limbed drummer, Manu Katché, in this video from Gabriel’s “Secret World” tour, and you’ll see what Hart meant.)

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Pisces November 2018


What Matters Most, by Wes King, performed by Paul Colman. You need some brand-new ideas, and a change of scene wouldn’t hurt you either. Perspective is what it’s all about in November, Pisces. Yours. On life, on other cultures, on how and what people choose to learn, and on how they arrive at what they think is Right and Wrong. Expect to do some reassessing of your beliefs and those of others, perhaps some long-cherished ones, perhaps some you’d never encountered before. Ask lots of questions; they’re more important than answers. You have a couple of tasks this month, too. One: Be courageous. Stand up for yourself. Set boundaries with anyone trying to make decisions for you rather than with you, particularly about your health. You’re unusually sensitive to your environment and any substances it contains in November, so think about making your surroundings as non-toxic and nurturing as possible. If you’ve been thinking about getting an air cleaner, ionizer, salt lamp or candles, now is a good time. Open the windows. You might even do some fall cleaning, but avoid harsh chemicals if possible. Two: Above all, be pro-active. Take initiative. Don’t drift and let things happen to you; steer your own boat. Three: Strive for clarity in your communication at work or with the public, and with the people closest to you. Said people may need to take a bit of space in November. If that happens, don’t take it personally: it’s likely more about their own issues than about you. If you’re concerned, your intuition’s running high this month, so try to tune into it rather than into your fears. Around Thanksgiving, you may need to reflect on the balance of the time you spend in your public or outer life versus your personal or inner life, guided by what you learned when reassessing your beliefs.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Aquarius November 2018


Oasis, Roll With It. Periodically, you have a performance review at work, and it’s your turn in November. But this time you’re the person doing the evaluation, not receiving it. How do you like your job? Does it suit you? Is it a good fit? If so, wonderful! How could it suit you even better? You may be able to initiate some changes in the latter half of the month. However, if your job consistently makes you feel bored, stuck or underemployed, and especially if something about it is against your values and there’s nothing you can change, then you might start looking elsewhere. Use your contacts and your network, and assess your finances so you know how much cushion you have and how much you want to earn. Keep your temper if you quit. Relax and socialize with people this Thanksgiving and bring any new friends along. By now you may be thinking, “But I’m self-employed!” Go through the same performance review, Aquarius. Do you like your work? Could it suit you better? By the way, everything I’ve written about your job here also applies to your role in your community, your reputation, and what people may have heard about you before they meet you. What do you want them to have heard about you? Another way to put this question might be, “How do you self-identify, apart from work?” Are you a mom? Are you in a band? In the local food co-op? How about a hiking club or a painting group or an antique car owners’ association? It’s a good month to shed a public role that no longer fits you, and to take on one that does.

Jodie Forrest
Scorpio | SagittariusCapricornAquariusPiscesAriesTaurusGeminiCancerLeoVirgoLibra |

JFA: Sagittarius November 2018


The Who: The Seeker. (Performance from the British show Top of the Pops, 1970—Full of energy!) You’re embarking on a Journey, although we don’t know yet whether the path leads out in the world, somewhere within yourself, or both. Life itself is a journey, of course, particularly for you. Know that an inspiring, renewing and reinvigorating stretch of your trail lies ahead for approximately the next year and recurs every twelve years, too. First, you need a fact-finding mission. Spend some time alone early on in this upcoming year to think about your map and where any (scary) Dragons might lie, before you get others’ opinions about your itinerary. They may differ from yours, and although you may well have traveling companions, you’d do better to follow your own inspiration and your own North Star as much as possible. Hint: one Dragon may involve some anxiety about setting off on your particular road or about leaving a possibly idealized nest. Remember that this Journey can affirm and uplift you and fill you with energy, Sadge. Nests are re-creatable, but an opportunity for this kind of Journey doesn’t come around every day. Rush, covering The Seeker by The Who. (2004. Full of a different kind of energy! They were brave to cover The Who, and I loved what they did with this song.)

Jodie Forrest

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JFA: Capricorn November 2018


Breathe, by Rhodes. Take a deep breath and accept it, friend: You’re not thinking quite as clearly as usual this month. In the last three weeks of November, Mercury retrograde can add some extra confusion to the mix, even for people who are usually good with details. Don’t micro-manage them, or yourself, either. I know it’s annoying, but you have no real control over what your S.O. does, nor over what your friends, partners, colleagues, or group members do.

However, because a Season of Hard Work is still upon you for about a year and a half, you can and should control what you do to stay focused and responsible. Onward through the fog, as the saying goes. Nevertheless, don’t obsess or overwork, because to remain as clear-headed as possible, you should take some moments of purely quiet, contemplative time every day. I mean that, so sit up straight, pay attention and stop arguing, Cap. It doesn’t have to be hours at a stretch! Why take that time alone to breathe and collect yourself? Because your guardian angel, intuition or deep Self, call it what you will, wants to have a private conversation with you, and it’s almost impossible for you to participate in one when you’re working at your usual Warp Ten.

Jodie Forrest
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JFA: Scorpio November 2018

Scorpio: November 2018 

The Police: Rehumanize Yourself. Figuring out what you most want to say, and how and when to say it, remains a subject in long-term processing for you, Scorpio.

This month, its pop quiz probably has to do with needing to be a bit more selfish with a friend, a lover, or even one of your kids, if they become overly capricious or demanding.

Be direct but not brutal, which you’d regret later. Yet if you handle your request well, you’ll probably feel great about it and proud of yourself. It can also pave the way for more calm communication in the future. How to handle this (or any other) possibly sticky conversation? Once upon a time, Buddha advised his listeners, “Before you say anything, ask yourself: ‘Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?’” Your first natural inclination is toward Truth. (That’s neither a good trait nor a bad one. It just is what it is.) As for Necessity, perhaps part of the Buddha’s meaning included asking yourself, “Is it necessary to say this now? Is it necessary for me or for someone else to say it?” Steer toward putting more Kindness or, in other words, diplomacy, into your conversations with people close to you this month.

Jodie Forrest
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14 October 2018

Welcome! Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map

Astrology isn't a religion or even a belief system; it's a tool, something like a very sophisticated personality theory that's rooted in the archetypes of the collective unconscious. You can interpret a chart like a dream or a poem. Dreams and poems aren't "real," but they can contain illuminating wisdom.

For example, after a very busy holiday season with many rotating shifts of guests and dinners, one woman dreamed that she was locked in a small closet with the most obnoxious of her in-laws, and the in-law wanted to put a grand piano in the closet with them. Did that really happen? No. Do you think one meaning of the dream was that this woman had been feeling crowded by her lengthy procession of visitors?

I think so, too.
By the same token, your birth chart is not astronomically "real," because it's drawn as if the Sun, Moon, and planets all revolved around the Earth. We know better nowadays. But we can still interpret that drawing of your birth chart in ways that are just as meaningful to you as our besieged woman's dream is to her.

Each chart is so complex that it's virtually a universe in itself. Your universe. Come explore it with me.

Jodie Forrest
"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

Jodie Forrest Astrology: Stardate, mid-October, 2018

Welcome: Stardate, mid-October, 2018

The Sun enters Scorpio on the 23rd of October, 2018, at 4:23 am PDT. (For a handy time zone converter and much more, please go to .) The next day, the 24th of October, the Moon will be full at 2 degrees Taurus (Moon) while the Sun is at 2 degrees Scorpio. This full Moon conjoins the planet Uranus, also in 2 degrees Taurus.

Full Moons typically mean that we, as a planet, have something to work out between the energies of the two opposing signs in the full Moon, in this case Taurus and Scorpio. The presence of Uranus with the Moon indicates that a new, reform-centered, groundbreaking, liberating approach to what Taurus rules is needed.

What does Taurus rule? The Earth: its land, its core, its poles and ice caps, its oceans, its seasons, its climate, its flora and fauna, including human beings. Taurus rules Nature, and our lives as primate inhabitants of this planet. It rules our connection to the Earth and to our instincts. It rules farmers and ecologists. It rules the environment.
What does Scorpio rule? It rules how we, as intelligent primates, choose to deal with our Taurean instincts. It rules how the foreknowledge of our death interacts with our survival instinct. It rules our unconscious minds, which have a common anatomy that we can glimpse in the archetypes of the collective unconscious, cross-cultural mythology and fairy tales. It rules how we interact with our collective and individual unconscious minds. It rules our shadow, and how we deal with it as a culture and as an individual: contain it, deny it, repress it, suppress it, project it (by scapegoating someone else), or attempt to integrate it? It rules how we deal with our sexuality. It has a lot to do with our real or perceived power versus powerlessness, and of control versus the lack of it.

Hint: where there’s a cultural taboo, there’s probably a Scorpionic attempt to deal with our instinctual life somewhere close by. What topics do we avoid at Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family? Sex, death, religion (or how we deal with the knowledge of our death), and politics (power and control). What do stand-up comics talk about? Why do we laugh so hard, but rather uneasily? They talk about sexuality, death, religion, politics, and our various shadows . . .

If you agree with astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson that “science is not a liberal conspiracy,” and if you haven’t been cut off from the world for the past fifty years or so, then you know that our relationship with the Earth, and our life as we know it on the Earth, are both threatened. If you were alive in the sixties, you’ve been hearing about it since then. So have I.

It isn’t new. It is extremely urgent. Please read this article from the BBC. It’s their report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was just held in South Korea. After three years of research and a week-long conference, they released a 33-page report, “Summary for Policy Makers.” You may not have time to read the report, but you have time to read the article. It’s from the BBC, folks, not a wild-eyed fringe element. Here’s what they say about it:

The critical 33-page Summary for Policymakers certainly bears the hallmarks of difficult negotiations between climate researchers determined to stick to what their studies have shown and political representatives more concerned with economies and living standards. Despite the inevitable compromises, there are some key messages that come through loud and clear.

"The first is that limiting warming to 1.5C brings a lot of benefits compared with limiting it to two degrees. It really reduces the impacts of climate change in very important ways," said Prof Jim Skea, who co-chairs the IPCC.

Here’s a link to the article that summarizes the report:

I thought about writing something lighter-hearted for this mid-month Stardate.

I have a lot of fun picking your Theme Songs of the Month for the first of the month Stardates. They’re seriously based on how the current astrological energies affect your Sun sign, particularly if you were born at sunrise. I enjoy finding the music for you very much.

However, after another major hurricane—Michael, the fourth most powerful to strike the U.S. since records have been kept—hit Florida and tracked through the Southeast, only weeks after Hurricane Florence, and after a hard look at the Uranian signature of this full Moon, I felt I needed to post what I’ve written here.

We can save the Earth, our Taurean home, if enough of us stop being in denial (one Scorpionic reaction to a threat that bothers our survival instinct) and act to change our behavior (Uranian reforms). How? Check out the link above.

This is THE major issue of our day, and THE major threat to us all. Please act. And please vote for people who are not in denial about our collective danger, and who are motivated to take the difficult actions that we need to take.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map"

copyright 2018, Jodie Forrest

10 October 2018

Nov 27th: Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings

Beginning in November: "Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings".
(class course study: 4 weeks at 90 minutes per class).

Class 1: The Ascendant, its meaning and significance in a birth chart, and its ruler(s)
Class 2: Natal aspects to the Ascendant
Class 3: Transits to the natal Ascendant
Class 4: Progressions and directions of or to the natal Ascendant

Course Description:
Instead of rote definitions or jargon, Jodie focuses on creative, accessible interpretive strategies that will help your readings come alive, engage your clients, and leave them well-informed and smiling.

You’ll learn some practical techniques, developed over Jodie’s 35 years of doing readings, for analyzing the significance of the Ascendant, its ruler and natal aspects, and the dynamic events involving this crucial part of a birth chart.

There is a difference between the depth of an astrologer’s knowledge of an astrological configuration, and how that configuration is best presented in order to maximize a client’s understanding and retention, while minimizing the chance that he or she will leave the reading feeling confused or overwhelmed. In other words, there’s a difference between what you know versus what you say and how you say it.

All too often, the Ascendant, our entry vehicle and “spaceship” for navigating the outside world, is given short shrift in readings.

Since the Ascendant is the primary interface between your client and his or her life in the outside world, astrologers should give it just as much time and attention in their interpretations as they give the Sun or the Moon.

Without a healthy response to his or her Ascendant, it’s as if your client is locked into low Earth orbit but has neither fully landed nor has much clarity about what to do after touching down here.

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of natal astrology, and the general significance of transits and progressions/directions

Sign up today for your first class beginning November 27th, 2018 at: International Academy of Astrology

Audience: beginners to practitioners

Handouts: will be provided for students to download

Interpreting the Ascendant in Readings is a four weeks, 90 mins per class course. (Pacific time zone.)

Bio: For the past 35 years, Jodie Forrest has maintained a busy practice as an astrological consultant, writer, teacher and editor (Seven Paws Press).

She’s a frequent contributor to The Mountain Astrologer and other astrological journals, and travels widely to speak on astrological topics.

Her solo books include The Ascendant and a Nordic-Celtic historical fantasy trilogy beginning with The Rhymer and the Ravens, and she’s currently working on a book about solar arc directions.

She co-authored Skymates One and Skymates Two (with Steven Forrest) The Composite Chart, and the text for three synastry report writers.

She humbly serves her Feline Masters at one of her southern CA home, where an uppity cast of her fictional characters and her painting studio compete for her spare time.

Jodie Forrest
"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."
PO Box 1311
Ramona, CA 92065
Phone inquires: 919-270-7749

30 September 2018

Stardate: Libra: October 2018: Sun Signs

Welcome Libra, to October 2018

Libra: A spiritual teacher who shall remain nameless once said that many people divide humanity into three groups: The Sexually Desirable, The Competition, and The Irrelevant. Take time to reflect upon which group you’d put yourself in and why, how much time and energy you’ve spent in that mindset, and how it’s affected your self-esteem and your treatment of others. No fault and no blame, Libra, just a thought experiment.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Libra:
You Tube: Jefferson Airplane, Pretty As You Feel.
Amazon: Jefferson Airplane, Pretty As You Feel.

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!

Stardate, Scorpio October 2018, Sun Signs

Welcome Scorpio, to October 2018

Scorpio: You need time to daydream, meditate, and use your imagination. To do lots of “looking” before a leap later in the month. A leap where? First, work something out at home, with a relative or housemate, that’s connected to your right to privacy and personal space. Next, you have something to work out with a friend or partner, too, that’s connected to your rights to be yourselves. Frank, respectful communication is key. Some gentle humor wouldn’t hurt, but choose its moment carefully.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Scorpio:
You Tube: Enrique Iglesias, Be Yourself.
Amazon: Enrique Iglesias, Be Yourself.

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!

Stardate, Sagittarius October 2018, Sun Signs.

Welcome Sagittarius, to October 2018

Sagittarius: No one is an island, to paraphrase John Donne. Explore your favorite communities or some interesting new ones this month, Sadge, especially if they’re gracious, curious, upbeat, and forthright (so you don’t have to be Appropriate all the time). Who inspires you? What sort of Elder do you want to become? Who can help you with your bucket list? Go forth and cultivate those peeps. They can be a balm for unexpected compromises you may need to make at work, and they might have good ideas about where you’re living, too.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Sagittarius:
You Tube:  We Are Family--Nile Rogers, Sister Sledge, & VIP guest stars for Niles’s weare (CHIC).
Amazon: We Are Family, Sister Sledge

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!

Stardate, Aquarius October 2018, Sun Signs.

Welcome Aquarius, to October 2018

Aquarius: The writer Anaïs Nin once said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s not letting fear stop you. Sometimes it’s the courage to insist on having a thorny but necessary conversation. Other times it’s physical bravery, or not staying mired in the same old same old, or believing in yourself without much outside evidence or support. Sometimes it’s a commitment to your creativity no matter what. Whatever it is for you, Aquarius, Iet your life expand this month.
Courage Is, The Strange Familiar. 

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Aquarius:

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!

Stardate, Capricorn October 2018, Sun Signs.

Welcome Capricorn, to October 2018

Capricorn: What seems to be a reversal, an about-face or a kerfuffle, in public, in your career or about your reputation—may or may not be one after all. It’s wise to review your own part in any misunderstanding; you may not have told the entire story, or you may have been unnecessarily defensive. If so, coming clean about that could win you some allies. Let the facts speak for themselves, and don’t hide behind a crammed schedule. If you can laugh at yourself, there could be a pleasant breakthrough by the end of the month. 

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Capricorn:
You Tube:  Word of Mouth, The Kinks

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!

Stardate, Pisces October 2018, Sun Signs.

Welcome Pisces, to October 2018

Pisces: You can go deeper. Into your consciousness, into your psyche, into your passion, into figuring out what you believe. You don’t need an outer guide for this journey, although you may have offers of company. Ask yourself: do I want to walk with this person, one step at a time? Feel your way into your answer, but here’s a tip: not unless it’s a path with heart for you both. Expect to see and speak more of your truths along the way. Facing your fears will make your road clearer.

Jodie Forrest
" Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

This months song for Pisces:
You Tube:  Swim by Stuart Davis. (I usually like to post live performances, but I wanted you to see the lyrics to this astonishing and utterly original song.)
Amazon: Swim by Stuart Davis.

note: I mention these songs for two reasons: (astrological) educational purposes, and so that we can enjoy them together. Have fun listening!