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Stardate: July, 2018

Stardate: July, 2018. All times PDT.

I haven’t received a lot of comments about my regular Sun sign column on this site, and I’m trying something different this month. Let me know what you think, please, and what sorts of astrological analysis you’d find helpful or would like to see here month to month.

The remarks below apply to everyone. They are particularly relevant for you if you have natal planets or angles at or near the degrees of the signs that I mention below, or if you have planets or angles that aspect those degrees.

Here’s a brief review of aspects and orbs:

Each sign contains 30 degrees.
The circle of all 12 signs, a.k.a. the zodiac or the ecliptic, contains 360 degrees.
The major aspects, a.k.a the Ptolemaic aspects, are:
0 degrees: Conjunctions are an angular separation of about 0-8 degrees between two planets.
60 degrees: Sextiles are an angular separation of about 52-68 degrees between two planets.
90 degrees: Squares are an angular separation of about 82-98 degrees between two planets.
120 degrees: Trines are an angular separation of about 112-128 degrees between two planets.
180 degrees: Oppositions are an angular separation of about 172-188 degrees between two planets.
An orb is how many degrees we allow for “wiggle room” when identifying aspects.
In birth charts, I use about 8 degree orbs—except for the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and the Nodes of the Moon, for which I’ll use up to 12 degree orbs, because they are more powerful than the other planets or points in a birth chart.
For stations, I use one full degree on either side of the exact station. If a planet stations at precisely 10 degrees Libra, then the orb of that station is from precisely 9 to 11 degrees Libra.

Note that astrologers disagree on what orbs to use. I suggest observing your chart and those of people you know well for a while, then deciding what orbs make the most sense to you.

The lunar cycle:

4th quarter Moon, July 6, 12:51 am, at 15 degrees Aries.
New Moon, solar eclipse, July 12, 7:48 pm, Moon and Sun both at 21 degrees Cancer
Note: this new Moon opposes Pluto at 20 Capricorn, with a 1 degree orb. Maintain a balance between expressing your more problematic feelings versus holding them in.
1st quarter Moon, 12:52 pm, at 28 degrees Libra
Full Moon, lunar eclipse, July 27, 1:20 pm, Moon 5 degrees Aquarius, Sun 5 degrees Leo.
Note: the full Moon is in a 2 degree orb of a conjunction to Mars at 3 Aquarius, while Mars is applying to a partile (exact) square to stationary Uranus on Aug. 1st at 3 degrees Taurus. Uranus squares the Sun-Moon opposition. If you have planets in the early degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, the fixed signs, you may have something to work out or compromise about concerning those planets. If you don’t have planets in the early degrees of the fixed signs, you may need to do a balancing act in the houses of your birth chart where those degrees are located.

Planetary Ingresses:

Venus enters Virgo, July 9, 7:32 pm,
The Sun enters Leo, July 22, 2:00 pm. It’s in the orbs of an opposition to Mars and a square to Uranus the rest of the month. It opposes Mars on the 25th and squares Uranus the 26th.

Stations: I use a 1 degree orb on either side of the exact station.
Jupiter Stationary Direct, July 10, 10:02 am, 14 degrees Scorpio. Jupiter is in the orbs of a station all month.
Mercury S Retrograde, July 25, 10:02 pm, 23 degrees Leo. Mercury is in the orbs of its station July 21-31.
Mars is in the orbs of its latest retrograde station through July 10.
Uranus is in the orbs of its next retrograde station all month.
Neptune is in the orbs of its last retrograde station all month.
Summary of stations:
Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are stationary through July 10.
Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are stationary from July 21-31.
Stationary planets are more powerful than non-stationary planets, and we feel their energies more strongly then, particularly on the date of the station itself.

Other aspects to note:

July 5, Mercury opposes Mars retrograde, 9 degrees Leo-Aquarius. Lots of mental energy or nervousness today. You may need to assert yourself, but count to at least 20 before you do. Avoid unnecessary stress; try to reschedule extremely charged conversations if possible. Find something fascinating to learn!

July 9, Mercury squares stationary-direct Jupiter, 13 degrees Leo and Scorpio. Don’t promise more than you can deliver. Double-check anything that seems too good to be true—it may be a scam. Proofread important documents. On the other hand, it’s a good day for improvisational theatre, cosplay, or games that involve wild-eyed schemes, eloquence, or tall tales.

July 11, Venus trines stationary Uranus, 2 degrees Virgo and Taurus. It’s Befriend an Aquarian Day! No? How about Be Nice to Nerds Day? Seriously, make peace with your inner (or outer) black sheep, rebel or non-conformist. Want to relax? Try an activity you find appealing and that you’ve never done before.

July 13, Venus trines Saturn, 5 degrees Virgo and Capricorn. A good day to organize, assemble, fix, or plan something you’ve been putting off until another time. Filing cabinets, Ikea finds, upcycled furniture, receipts, class notes, genealogical data, old family photographs, junk drawers—you get the idea. Also good for visiting flea markets and antique stores.

July 22, Venus sextiles stationary Jupiter, 14 degrees Virgo and Scorpio. Spend time with your friends or family members whose company you most enjoy. Throw a party. Make people laugh. Flirt. Are you a shopaholic? Then it might be best to stay out of the mall. Exception: art supply and hobby supply stores, where you may find just what you need. Enjoy your creativity.

July 24, Venus opposes stationary Neptune, 16 degrees Virgo & Pisces. There’s a jazz standard called, “I Fall in Love Too Easily.” Use it as a cautionary tale today. Spending time with people whose spirituality resonates with yours can be refreshing and inspiring. Synchronicities may abound. Heed your intuitions. You don’t have to act on them, but do notice them.

July 27, Venus trines Pluto, 20 degrees Virgo and Capricorn. Make peace with the parts of yourself that you most dislike. Sit with your wounded side for a while; don’t try to shut it up or push it away. Be mindful of it throughout the day, and reassure it if it winces. Be kind to it, and you may learn something valuable about yourself. A good day for revealing psychotherapy or other epiphanies.

Moon-Mercury aspect can indicate an imaginative thinker

Any Moon-Mercury aspect can indicate an imaginative thinker, or someone who may experience thoughts and feelings in similar ways. Mercury can help the Moon verbalize her feelings; the Moon can add warmth and gentleness to Mercury's communications.

Jodie Forrest

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest

Mercury, planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo

Mercury, planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo, is perhaps the most fluid of the planets. It symbolizes how we think, how we perceive, what we notice, how we communicate, learn and teach.

Jodie Forrest

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest

Boredom is poisonous to your Gemini planets

"Boredom is poisonous to your Gemini planets. 
Not the waiting-in-line sort of boredom we can all experience in our daily routine, rather, a fundamental lack of interest in your own life. You can banish boredom by always having something to wonder about and explore."

Jodie Forrest

Astrology Thoughts with Jodie Forrest

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus day four

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus day four

The sign Taurus is connected to simplifying our lives, to living as close to the rhythms of Nature and the needs of the body as possible. With Uranus there, we may react against the crazy pace and overloaded schedules that Westerners, at least, are expected to maintain. Downsizing our living arrangements, cleaning up our diets, and making sleep more restful may become popular.

More opposition to genetically modified foods, preservatives and additives may arise, and we may want to forbid or restrict use of some medicines and chemicals. I hope that the practice of truly integrative medicine becomes widespread. The Internet horse is long since out of the barn, but we may pay more attention to how our online lives are affecting our health and well-being. How could you simplify your life?

Jodie Forrest

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day three

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day three

The sign Taurus is connected to acquiring the resources and the security that you need in order to thrive—and that may not always mean money. Our collective (Uranus is an outer planet) instinctual side (Taurus) is being stimulated by Uranus’s entering Taurus, and our strongest instinct is self-preservation.

Over the next seven years, therefore, we may see people trying to get and keep, by any means possible, massive amounts of money, land, material goods, natural resources, or power. We may also see more reactions against conspicuous consumption and unequal access to wealth, food, land, water, other natural resources, birth control, and health care. Global economics and banking (Taurus) will likely face revelations (Uranus) and challenges, as well. Our monetary systems (cash, credit, “digital money,” etc.) may change.

The less safe (Taurus) that people feel, the more unpredictably (Uranus) they may react. Grounding the galvanizing, electrifying energy of Uranus on the Earth and in your body is one good response to this influence. Back to basics: what do we need to survive? Food, water, clothing, shelter, health, and the resources to maintain them.

I think one of those resources is calm, the ability to stay centered, to monitor and stabilize our reactions to stress, to other people, and to our immediate environment. When you’re upset, you may start unconsciously holding your breath. One of the best ways to become calmer is to breathe, deeply. More oxygen means more calm and clearer thinking. You might try exercise, yoga, meditation, or biofeedback to encourage deep breathing.

What does the Earth need to survive? Open-mindedness,  honesty, education, compromise, sharing of resources, and action. All easier to attain if we’re calm.
Tomorrow: Taurus and simplifying our lives.

Jodie Forrest

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day two

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus. day two

As promised yesterday, we'll spend a couple of days reviewing what Taurus rules, and what might accompany the Uranian transit of Taurus in each case.

* Establishing and maintaining a healthy, easy connection to your body, your senses, your instinctual side, your human primate nature, and Nature herself.

We may see discoveries and innovations (Uranus) about the senses and the body. Perhaps we’ll question the wisdom of sitting in front of a monitor all day, or discover more about the human body’s natural cycles and systems, and how interfering with them may affect our health. We may rebel against the current beauty ideals of extreme thinness and the kind of muscle tone attainable only by hours of daily exercise. On the other hand, some people may resist the Uranian call to change and become very indulgent of their senses, attached to comfort or luxury, pleasure-seeking, and hedonistic. Others may try to decorate the body as if it were an art form, such as darkening the entire iris of the eye or splitting the tongue. Some people may wear more devices: smart watches, smart goggles, Fitbits, VR visors, or even cybernetic or bionic implants.

We may see increased activism about saving the Earth from the effects of global warming, pollution, and overpopulation—there is no Planet B, and our need to save this one may become shockingly apparent. Innovations could occur in agriculture, animal husbandry, geology, human and veterinary medicine, forestry, horticulture, meteorology, seismology, or volcanology. Gardening or cooking may become more experimental or wholistic.
We may see more efforts to move to other sources of energy besides fossil fuels, more “back to the Earth” movements, and experimentation or discoveries about the optimal human diet, including the “Paleo” diet.

 We may learn more about the instincts, DNA analysis, the anatomy and physiology of the senses, or human sexuality. We may rebel against organizations or cultures who are extremely repressive about the body, the senses, or sexuality, and since that touches on our reproductive instinct and religious or social constructs at the same time, there may be a conservative backlash against greater freedom or transparency in these areas.

It wouldn’t surprise me if some of our relationships to animals changed, as we discover more about them. People are not the only tool-users, which suggests more intelligence than we’ve attributed to animals in the past. Birds and chimps use tools, and they’ve recently discovered a sea creature using a stick to help it reach some food. Dolphins have been known to help human divers who are in trouble. Octopi kept in labs will sometimes reach out of their tanks to break glassware or otherwise behave mischievously.

Jodie Forrest

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018

Transiting Uranus entered Taurus on May 15, 2018, at 8:16 am PDT, where it remains until July 7, 2025.

It spends about seven years in a sign, minus some brief retrogradations into the previous sign, such as its return to the late degrees of Aries between November and March. Astrologers call Uranus one of the “generational marker” planets; it demarcates a mini-generation of seven years per sign. We rebel and innovate against and through the energies of the sign that Uranus occupies, which is now Taurus, either naturally or by transit. The new and unusual often provoke a backlash, so some people may cling fiercely to the Taurean status quo as long as they can.

Here’s a quick example: the Uranus in Cancer mini-generation seriously questioned the construct of the nuclear family, often describing it as dysfunctional. They created communal or non-traditional living arrangements, had children much later in life than their mothers did, or had them out of wedlock. They also became involved in alternative (Uranus) health (Cancer, healing), and women’s issues (Cancer as archetypal Yin energy).

For the next seven years, we can grow impatient with what may seem like unnecessary restrictions, overly conservative attitudes, and empty conformity related to what Taurus rules. We’ll see a great need for change, increased freedom, and social progress in areas related to Taurus, and a questioning of the status quo in those departments. It’s also possible that we’ll see more extreme manifestations of greed and selfishness, since Uranus rules non-conformists, reformers—and sociopaths.
Tune in tomorrow and the next couple of days for more about what areas of life Taurus rules, and what innovations or resistance to them we might observe over the next seven years.

Jodie Forrest

New Signs Feature

Stardate, February 2018, and a new Sun signs feature coming soon.

First, did you miss the lunar eclipse on January 31st?
Here’s a link to’s live stream of the event:
It takes a while to prepare to play, and music starts near the end of the preparation, but if you don’t like it, you can mute it with the screen’s volume control. is is a very helpful site for astrology students, astrologers and travelers. They cover three hundred years of eclipses world-wide:

On our eclipse pages we supply times, dates, and loads of information about 300 years of eclipses worldwide. Don't forget to check out our picture gallery and tune in again on July 27/28 for the second total lunar eclipse of 2018.

You can also look up time zone changes anywhere in the world on this site, see what time it is anywhere, and a lot more, including a downloadable calendar.

Ingresses in February:  PST zone
Venus enters Pisces, Feb. 10 at 3:19 pm
Mercury enters Pisces, Feb. 17 at 8:27 pm
Sun enters Pisces, Feb. 18, 9:17 am

The Moon in February:

Feb. 7, waning quarter, 19 Scorpio
Feb. 15, new Moon, 28 degrees Aquarius (Sun and Moon both there),  1:05 pm.
Partial solar eclipse, 12:52 pm.
Feb. 23, waxing quarter, 5 Gemini

The Moon rules the tides on Earth, and our emotions. When it’s full or new, people’s emotional “tides” in general are running high.
* This is particularly true for you if, in your birth chart, you have Cancer rising, or the Moon in the first house, or a Sun-Moon conjunction or opposition in any sign. Any of those natal configurations tends to turn up the volume on that person’s emotions.
* Wherever 12 degrees of Leo or Aquarius lies in your chart, you’ll be feeling the effects of Jan. 31’st full Moon on those degrees for approximately another month, and you felt them starting about a month before Jan. 31, too.

This month I’m not listing the Moon’s void of course (VOC) times, but I highly recommend for them, and lots more about the Queen of the Night.

The main reason I’m not working with the VOC Moon this month is that
I wanted to write some Sun sign forecasts, to be posted soon.

Good to know before you read yours:
* Sun sign forecasts are superficial, in that they are written as if everyone was born at sunrise and therefore has the same Sun and Ascendant (rising) sign.

* They are superficial, in that I assume whole-sign houses for everyone, as well as everyone’s having been born at sunrise.

What are whole-sign houses? If you have Aries rising, for example, I assume that all 30 degrees of Aries are your first house, all 30 degrees of Taurus are your second house, all 30 degrees of Gemini are your third house, etc.

What are the houses themselves? They’re the 12 divisions that astrologers make in a chart, like a pie sliced into 12 portions. Each has an interpretive meaning, usually more than one. Astrologers disagree about which method of division to use. There are many.

Unless the writer is completely inventing his or her forecasts and doesn’t base them on astrology at all, newspaper horoscopes also make these assumptions. Next they consider what house the Moon is currently transiting if you were born at sunrise and if all your houses are whole-sign houses. They may not look at much besides the Moon that day, too.

The Moon is important! Besides its rulership of emotions, it’s said to rule events on the Earth, our daily routines, and our bodies, especially its functions that happen automatically, like digestion. Plus our imagination, how we nurture or were nurtured, and the subjective side of our natures. But there are many more planets and factors besides the Moon to consider in a birth chart.

That’s why newspaper Sun sign horoscopes are superficial!
1. One person in 360 was born exactly at sunrise.
2. Of that one person in 360, only 1 in 30 had the first degree of their Sun sign rising.
3. It’s complicated! Again, a birthchart has many, many more factors than your Sun and its position in your houses. There are 12 signs of 30 degrees, 12 houses usually of a varying number of degrees, and anywhere from seven planets on up to however many asteroids or deep space objects the astrologer wants to include. Also, there are the angular relationships or aspects formed by those 7+ planets and the nodes of the Moon (where the plane of the Moon’s orbit crossed the plane of the zodiac). Astrologers don’t all use the same aspects, and we disagree about how close an aspect has to be to exact before we start feeling it.

Then why do Sun-sign-only forecasts persist?
The Sun is a powerful, powerful force in your birth chart and your nature. Never underestimate its influence in your psyche. It’s the normal, healthy, psychological ego, the part that’s in the driver’s seat most of the time that we’re awake. Its sign shows what sorts of processes we need to go through to have a healthy ego, a healthy Sun. To be sane, and not merely sane, but also flourishing. It’s like a big battery that powers up the rest of the chart. Sun sign astrology has been around and popular for a long time because the Sun is, arguably, the strongest and most potent part of a birthchart. Or it should be . . .

If you have a weak Sun, you don’t know who you are, what you want, where your energy naturally wants to go—making it difficult to access, and possibly interfering with your immune system and your mood—where your boundaries should be, and the difference between you and other people, particularly your significant others.

Feed your Sun with the experiences and attitudes (sign) and circumstances (house) it needs, and you’ll thrive. Optimal sanity makes it easier for all the rest of the chart—all the rest of you and your life—to function well, to create, to be generous, to “shine” on others and the world.

Okay, the Sun sign forecasts that I’ll post for February are superfical, as described above. However, I’m looking at the other planets’ actions, too, not just the Moon’s.
And the Sun itself is such a vast and potentially empowering force in our natures that it doesn’t hurt to examine where its vitality and influence may be felt in our lives, regardless of the generalities in Sun sign forecasts.

One more thing. I love to write, and I want to make these forecasts fun to write and read, and therefore easier to remember than if they were just dry prose and jargon. We learn best when our emotions (Moon) are engaged, and the Moon (with Mercury) at least co-rules memory.

The Moon

Stardate:  January 2018. All times Pacific Standard Time.
Copyright, January 2018, Jodie Forrest. All rights reserved.


Full: Jan 1, 6:24 pm, 12 degrees Cancer (Sun 12 Capricorn)
New: Jan 16, 6:18 pm, 27 degrees Capricorn (Moon and Sun)
Full: Jan 31, 5:27 am, 12 degrees Leo (Sun 12 degrees Aquarius). Also a lunar eclipse, and this full Moon is a Blue Moon! It’s rare to have two full Moons in a calendar month, and the second one is called a Blue Moon.)

Times to begin something that you want to finish well;
 also, when not to begin something that you want to finish well:
Jan 7, 4:14 am until Jan 9, 8:13 am
Not from Jan 9, 8:13 am until 12:06 pm the same day
Jan 9, 12:06 pm until Jan 11, 6:54 am
Not from Jan 11, 6:54 am until 11:04 pm the same day
Jan 11, 11:04 pm until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Not from Jan 14, 12:48 am until Jan 14, 11:43 am
Jan 14, 11:43 am until Jan 16, 10:30 pm
Not from Jan 16, 10:30 pm until Jan 19, 12:27 pm
Jan 19, 12:27 pm until Jan 21, 5:13 pm
Not from Jan 21, 5:13 pm until Jan 21, 10:28 pm
Jan 21, 10:28 pm until Jan 23, 8:15 pm
Not from Jan 23, 8:15 pm until Jan 24, 5:40 am
Jan 24, 5:40 am until Jan 25, 7:17 pm
Not from Jan 25, 7:17 pm until Jan 26, 9:40 am
Jan 26, 9:40 am until Jan 28, 2:39 am
Not from Jan 28, 2:39 am until Jan 30, 10:53 am

Uranus turned stationary direct on Jan 2 at 6:11 a.m at 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries. That means from the Earth’s point of view, Uranus stopped “traveling backwards” through the zodiac, held still, and started moving forward again.
It’s stationary all this month. That means the energy of Uranus is extremely powerful all month, and will be extremely powerful until Uranus moves to one full degree past 24 degrees and 34 minutes of Aries, the exact degreee and minute where it  became stationary.
A quick review: Remember that there are 360 degrees in a circle? There are 30 degrees in each of the 12 signs of the zodiac; their “circle” totals 360 degrees, or 30 times 12. There are 60 minutes in each degree.
If your Sun, Moon or Ascendant is in Aquarius, or if Uranus conjoins your Sun, Moon or Ascendant, then you are exceptionally responsive to anything Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is doing.
If you have natal planets in the late degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then those parts of your psyche (those natal planets), and those circumstances in your life (the houses that contain those natal planets) are going through a growth experience that involves becoming your true self. You won’t take kindly to being told what to do in those areas of your life. You’ll need to think for yourself there, and you’ll need a great deal of personal freedom, too, and possibly need to make some serious changes. These feelings can be particularly intense all month, since Uranus is stationary all month.

However, since Saturn moved into Capricorn last month and will be there for approximately two and half years, any changes you want to make should be grounded in clear-eyed realism and self-reliance, and will probably involve hard work, persistence, organization, and maturity. The reward? You’ll have accomplished something meaningful and you’ll be proud of yourself. But what if you’re a slacker? Well, you may wind up feeling that you’ve outgrown the circumstances of your life where Saturn is transiting, instead of feeling pleased that you used your brains, moxie and effort to change those circumstances to better suit your adult self.

Sun, Moon or Ascendant in Capricorn natally, or does your natal Saturn conjoin any of those placements? Give some thought to what you want to manifest in your life over the next two or three years, and work towards those goals.

Born with Saturn in Capricorn? Then you’re in your first, second or third Saturn return, and are moving into a new phase of your life and a new relationship with time, which Saturn rules. If you’re about 29, it’s your first Saturn return, and you’ve reached astrological adulthood. Neuroscience would support that statement, since studies have shown that the brain actually doesn’t finish maturing until our late twenties. It’s time to take yourself more seriously, to do some hard work in the area of your life that Saturn affects natally, and to move into the adult community and what are probably the most productive years of your life.

If you’re between about 58 and 60, it’s your second Saturn return, and the beginning of “elderhood.” You’ve probably learned a lot over the course of your life. It will be good for both you and for those younger than yourself if you could find a way to pass on some of what you’ve learned—to those who want to learn it! Grandchildren, apprentices, protegées, younger people who are traveling down some of the same general roads that you yourself took. You yourself don’t know everything, by the way, which is a wonderful attitude to maintain and will draw younger people to you rather than push them away, as knowitalls tend to do. The Spanish artist Goya, at about age 80, scribbled in the margin of one of his superb drawings: I am still learning. So are we all.

If you’re in your late eighties, you’re experiencing your third Saturn return. I haven’t lived long enough to have much insight about that one yet, but I look forward to learning about it, too.


Mercury enters Capricorn on the 10th at 9:09 pm. Think carefully. Make outlines, draw schema, be as logical and organized as possible in any mental work. Try some “reverse engineering:” Start with the objectives and think through all the steps necessary to attain them.

Venus precedes the Sun into Aquarius on the 17th at 5:43 pm. Interpersonally, be yourself—nobody else can. In creative work, try something new. Break some rules, or at least bend them a bit, and see what happens. And get some “down” time—creativity thrives on it, and absence can indeed make the heart grow fonder.

The Sun enters Aquarius on the 19th at 7:09 pm. For the next month, trust yourself first about what and whom you do and don’t need in your life. Think before you conform; think before you say “yes.” Question the status quo. Get everyone’s opinion and then make up your own mind what to do. Get a bit more “space” so you can hear yourself think more easily.

Mars leaves the intensity of Scorpio to seek the perspective of Sagittarius on the 26th at 4:56 am. Mars is our energy, and the sign it’s transiting is something like the socket or the station where we’re all plugging in for a couple of months. (Its natal sign tells you what feeds your energy, how it functions, how you assert yourself, what you think is worth standing up for.) A change of scene and a change of pace will work wonders for your élan vital.

Mercury moves into Aquarius on the 31st at 5:39 am. Time to put away all your Mercury-in-Capricorn diagrams and, although I hate to use what’s become a cliché, think outside the box for the next few weeks. Ask yourself “What if?” a lot. What if I didn’t have this obstacle or this guideline? What if I forgot about tradition here? Are there any shortcuts between point A and point B that I just haven’t seen yet? Try some thought experiments.

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Planetary Ingresses

STARDATE:  December, 2017
All times Pacific Standard Time, USA. (For EST, add three hours.)

Planetary Ingresses (when planets move to a new sign)

Dec 1, 1:14 am, Venus to Sagittarius.
What is Sagittarius’s advice to Venus about relationships, creativity and aesthetics?
Keep relationships interesting; have new experiences together; see what’s funny about each other’s differences. Creativity: don’t be afraid to experiment, and remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What is Venus’s gift to Sagittarius?
Tact, tolerance, fairness, acceptance of people as they are.

Dec 9, 12:59 am, Mars to Scorpio
What is Scorpio’s advice to Mars about courage, assertion, and physical sexuality?
Be direct. What do you truly want most, right now and long term? Keeping desire alive means relating to the whole person, including his or her shadow or wounded side. Help each other with your “baggage” and unresolved conflicts.
What is Mars’s gift to Scorpio?
Passion. Strength of will. Acting on your feelings once they’re understood.

Dec 19, 8:48 pm, Saturn to Capricorn
What is Capricorn’s advice to Saturn about maturity, realism and priorities?
Saturn doesn’t need much advice, since it rules Capricorn, but Capricorn offers it nonetheless: Think and plan ahead, but remember that you can’t protect yourself from every single mishap in the world. Don’t let fear or caution stop you from living a full life.
What is Saturn’s gift to Capricorn?
Self-sufficiency. Patience. Planning. Adulthood.

Dec 21, 8:28 am, Sun to Capricorn: the winter solstice
What is Capricorn’s advice to the Sun about sanity, identity, leadership, and how to nourish your life force?
Don’t neglect your “executive function” (being sufficiently organized, keeping your locus of control within, managing your own life). Sometimes you have to delay gratification. Be yourself, don’t try to impress others with a façade.
What is the Sun’s gift to Capricorn?
Energy, vitality, self-confidence, willingness to shine, not making yourself small to avoid others’ reactions to you or your gifts, being yourself rather than a false self

Dec 24, 9:26 pm, Venus to Capricorn
What is Capricorn’s advice to Venus about relating, aesthetics and creativity?
Reserve, and a couple’s differing needs for time alone, aren’t good or bad; they just are, the way brown eyes are neither good nor bad. You need to respect one another. Take your time getting to know someone or learning an art form. Don’t cling.
What is Venus’s gift to Capricorn?
A desire to connect with others, rather than staying isolated all the time. The instinct to share. The ability to consider others’ feelings about a situation, as well as its practical side. Helping others save face without lying or patronizing them. Speaking  softly even when you have to carry a big stick.

Moon Void of Course (VOC) times:
During the VOC times listed below, don’t start something you want to finish well.

12-1, VOC in Taurus, 5:53 pm to 12-2 at 1:21 pm, Moon enters Gemini
12-4, VOC in Gemini, 11:12 am to 12:36 pm, Moon enters Cancer
12-6, VOC in Cancer, 9:55 am, to 12:37 pm, Moon enters Leo
12-8, VOC in Leo, to 3:08 pm, Moon enters Virgo
12-10, VOC in Virgo, 7:02 pm, to 9:01 pm, Moon enters Libra
12-13, VOC in Libra, 4:27 am, to 5:58 am, Moon enters Scorpio
12-14, VOC in Scorpio, 5:42 pm, to 12-15 at 5:07 pm, Moon enters Sagittarius
12-18, VOC in Sagittarius, 5:09 am, to 5:33 am, Moon enters Capricorn
12-20, VOC in Capricorn, 7:37 am, to 6:29 pm Moon enters Aquarius
12-23, VOC in Aquarius, 2:12 am, to 6:41 am, Moon enters Pisces
12-24, VOC in Pisces, 6:48 pm, to 12-25 at 4:26 pm, Moon enters Aries
12-27, VOC in Aries, 12:57 pm, to 10:23 pm, Moon enters Taurus
12-29, VOC in Taurus, 6:01 am, to 12-31 am, Moon enters Gemini
12-31, VOC in Gemini at 3:38 pm


12-3, full Moon ,11 degrees Gemini (opposing Sun in 11 degrees Sag.) 7:47 am
A full Moon that pumps up your curiosity, your ability to learn, listen, teach, and communicate—and your awareness that communication means dialogue, not a one-way street. Mental energy and activity can run high. Investigate something you’ve always wanted to experience.
A waning Moon until the 17th:
Finish what you want to finish.
If you want to break a bad habit, set that intention and break this habit during a waning Moon, because you want the habit to diminish.

12-17, new Moon, 26 degrees Sagittarius
(with Sun conjunct Moon in Sagittarius), 10:30 pm
A new Moon that inclines us toward tolerance, good will, and generosity, and we may feel philosophical. Find someone with whom you enjoy discussing the world’s issues and the human condition, or write yourself a journal entry about those topics. What makes your life most meaningful? Think of it as a pre-New-Year’s-Resolutions assessment.
A waxing Moon until Jan. 2nd.
Start what you want to start and to go well, to “wax” and grow.
If you want to begin a good habit or a new phase of your life, your career, your relationship, etc., set that intention and begin it during a waxing Moon, because you want the new habit or phase to increase and grow.

1-2, full Moon, 11 degrees Cancer (opposing Sun in 11 degrees Capricorn),
10:26 am

Stardate, November 2017

Stardate, November 2017.
All times Pacific.

Scorpio, All Hallows’ Eve and the Day of the Dead: Happy Ghost-hunting!

As a genre, horror films, shows, or novels seem more popular than ever these days. At Halloween, a.k.a. All Hallows’ Eve, people who would never watch a terrifying movie are often happy to escort their children for trick or treating, or to wear costumes themselves, go to parties or parades, and enjoy some sweets.
On All Saints’ Day, November 1st, which is a holy day in Roman Catholicism and which Mexico calls the Day of the Dead, many people remember and honor their departed friends and relatives. With or without a ritual, some of us make personal altars for our dead, while others visit them and have a family picnic in the cemetery.

Halloween comes down to us from the millenia when it was Samhain, one of the eight festivals of the pagan year. The veils between the worlds are said to open at Samhain, which is why the living and the dead supposedly draw closer to one another then, and why spirits and Powers are reputed to walk the Earth. In the Northern hemisphere, crops have been harvested, leaving empty fields and aimless scarecrows. The darkest weeks of the year begin; the days grow colder, and the nights lengthen.
Do we enjoy being scared? I’m not sure. Fear of the unknown, the dead and the dark seems fairly instinctive in homo sapiens. I think we like recovering from being scared. We like knowing that night terrors aren’t really there after all, that there’s no monster under the bed, that there’s no such thing as ghosts.

Is there?

Halloween is a Scorpionic and Plutonian festival—skeletons are on parade. Unless you’re on a special effects TV or film crew, however, the skeletons you see on Main Street then aren’t walking collections of articulated bones animated by some unseen force. They’re merely people in costume. In that sense, those skeletons aren’t real.

But death is. So were the loved ones who’ve left us for the unknown.
If the last two sentences made you uncomfortable, welcome to Scorpio.
Scorpio rules metamorphosis, whose literal meaning is “a change of form.” A caterpillar changes into a butterfly. A child becomes an adult, at least physically.
The deaths associated with this sign are not only those of living beings. They are also metaphorical. In other words, some of the skeletons are in our psyches.

The active phase of some of our relationships “die;” as do some of the lives we could have led or the roads we could have taken. If we work on ourselves and persist, some of our bad habits or clouded perceptions can “die,” as well. Epochs of our lives “die,” too, such as our childhood or our twenties—or at least those eras  pass, and the older selves we have become move on, or should.
Since the 1980s, the phrase “inner child” has made me wince. I didn’t want it to become a cliché, but it basically has . . .  I forget who said: “An adult isn’t a dead child. An adult is a child who survived.” (If you know the origin of that quote, please let me know, and thank you.) The phrase “childhood survivor” is more complex but perhaps more accurate than “inner child.” The children whom we used to be changed. They didn’t literally die. Instead, the ageing process transformed us and is still doing so.

Scorpio and one of its rulers, Pluto, are related to the process of transformation, which involves both disintegration and dissolution, and coalescence or some type of rebirth. Some of us find the emotional metamorphoses of our ongoing maturation more difficult than others do.
In psychotherapy, a Scorpio-ruled process, the ego’s defenses from reality and its assumptions about itself are slowly and gently (we hope) dissolved, leaving the person with new insights and, perhaps, some increased vulnerability. What happens next should be a supportive procedure of rebuilding that person’s self-image and developing better coping mechanisms, so that he or she is both more self-aware and stronger than before, as well as better adapted to his or her present-day  circumstances.
I don’t mean that we all need therapy during the Sun’s passage through Scorpio! But it is a good time for some soul-searching. Would you like to get to know yourself much better? (Warts and all?) Are you ready to let go of a habit or an attitude that no longer serves you? Is it time to address a relationship issue or reconsider that stultifying job? But . . .  What would you and your life be like afterward?

The answer to that question is at least partly unknown. Much of the future is hidden from us, “occulted” by our linear perception of time. Scorpio rules the unknown, the depths of the human psyche, and the occult. It rules what scares us. The dead are spooky because we don’t know everything that the dying process entails, or what comes after it. The dead are also frightening because their human forms have disintegrated but haven’t been rebuilt, as far as we can tell, nor do we know if they ever will be. Ghosts, monsters and zombies are usually portrayed in some state of decay or incompletion.

This condition can exist in the psyche, too. A fifty-year-old who’s one hundred percent as furious at Mom and Dad now as he was at age fifteen may not frighten us, but somehow we can sense that he’s emotionally stuck, that some part of his growth that should have happened by now did not come to fruition, as if something is missing, frozen, or unresolved in his psyche. Even the most unobservant people may feel a bit uncomfortable around such a person.
Little wonder: Metaphorically, his emotional state is like a ghost of himself at age fifteen, a ghost that still haunts his life at age fifty.

In my opinion, the presence of dissolution, the first process of transformation, when not followed by the second process of new growth or integration, and/or when followed by the unknown, can frighten even the bravest among us. Remember that the cultural images of ghosts, zombies and monsters usually involve some unnerving form of disintegration or decay? Feeling fear—Mars co-rules Scorpio—is human. Not letting your fears stop you from claiming a more integrated Self, no matter how disturbing the journey toward a more fulfilling life may sometimes be, is transformative.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends in the U.S. on 2:00 a.m., Nov. 5, 2017, which then becomes 1:00 a.m. Enjoy an extra hour’s sleep! (Note: in most European countries, DST ends at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 29, the last Sunday in October.)

Pick a time when the Moon is well-aspected to start something that you want to finish well. All times Pacific:
Nov. 1, ending Nov. 2 at 8:03 pm PST
Nov. 5 from 2:26 am to Nov. 7 at 2:40 am
Nov. 9 from 4:29 am to Nov. 11 at 12:55 am
Nov. 13 from 3:26 pm to Nov. 15 at 4:50 pm
Nov. 16 from 12:19 am to Nov. 18 at 3:42 am
Nov. 18 from 10:59 am to Nov. 20 at 4:26 pm
Nov. 23 from 12:14 pm to Nov. 26 at 6:37 pm
Nov. 28 from 8:30 am to Nov. 30 at 10:37 am

Planetary Ingresses (planets entering a new sign):
Nov. 5, Mercury enters Sagittarius, 11:19 am. Try to be open to opinions and world views that are different from yours. You don’t have to agree, but it would be wise to listen.
Nov. 7, Venus enters Scorpio, 3:38 am. Start making room for more passion and intensity in your important relationships. How? Begin with some gentle honesty to address any unresolved issues.

Nov. 21, Sun enters Sagittarius, 7:05 pm.
The American Thanksgiving is an appropriate holiday to arrive near the Sun’s ingress into this Jupiter-ruled sign. Find the “horns of plenty” and the “groaning boards” (full dinner tables) in your life, be grateful for them, and think about how they could be improved or expanded. Generosity, tolerance, and a desire for broader perspectives are the calling cards of this expansive sign, and hope is its gift.

Full Moon, Nov. 3, 10:23 pm, 13 degrees Scorpio (Sun)-Taurus (Moon).
If you have natal planets within 3 degrees of the 13th degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius, you’ll need to work out an understanding, a compromise or an agreement to disagree with someone else, in situations concerning that planet(s), the house where it lies, and the opposite house.
Also, this situation may span the month before and/or the month after this full Moon, from Oct. 3 through Dec. 3.

A full Moon marks the beginning of the waning half of the lunar cycle.
Some people feel that it’s better to make new beginnings during the approximately two weeks that fall between the new Moon and the full Moon, and to be more concerned with wrapping up events or discarding what’s no longer needed between the full Moon and the new Moon.

New Moon, Nov. 18, 3:42 am, 27 degrees Scorpio. “The dark of the Moon.”
If you have natal planets within 3 degrees of the 27th degree of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius, then from Oct. 18 to Dec. 18, peaking on Nov. 18 at the new Moon, you’ll be focused on that planet and house. It’s possible to understand some issues or to take some new steps here that don’t necessarily involve another person.

A new Moon marks the beginning of the waxing half of the lunar cycle.
Some people feel that it’s better to make new beginnings during the approximately two weeks that fall between the new Moon and the full Moon, and to be more concerned with wrapping up events or discarding what’s no longer needed between the full Moon and the new Moon.

Stardate, September 2017

Stardate, September 2017

This month, I’m focusing on the recent eclipse, which occurred on August 21st. Much has been written about it, online and off. Why am I talking about it now?

1. We feel the effects of an eclipse from about a month before until about a month after the day of the eclipse.
2. An eclipse’s effects are most felt along its path of totality, which in this case swept across the United States from approximately Bend, OR, to Charleston, SC.
3. The eclipse was at least partially visible throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the northern portion of South America, and parts of northern or western Europe.

4. To illustrate #3, see the map above, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and NASA.
A. The narrow area between the two very dark blue lines crossing the U.S. is the path of totality.
B. Look at the lighter blue lines crossing the U.S. above and below the path of totality. See the number .80 labeling those lines? They’re the lines along which the eclipse was 80%, or .80, total.
c. The area between the 80% totality line and the full totality path ranged from 99% total closest to the full totality path, down to 81% total closest to the 80% totality line.
D. You can use this logic to find the 60% line, the 40% line, etc., and to “eyeball” between lines to guesstimate where the eclipse was, say, 70% total.
5. However, an eclipse is felt on the entire Earth, not just in the regions within the eclipse’s total or partial path.

What do eclipses mean? First, explore this fascinating website about solar eclipse myths from around the world!
In the meantime, here’s a quote from that site:

"If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it's always a disruption of the established order," said E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. That's true of both solar and lunar eclipses.

Last month’s eclipse occurred at 28 degrees and 53 minutes of the sign Leo, conjunct (very close to) the fixed star Regulus. What are fixed stars? For the long version, please see the work of Bernadette Brady and Diana Rosenberg. Here’s the short version:  First, remember that the word “planet” means “wanderer?” The ancients called them wanderers because planets change their position against the backdrop of the stars and constellations. They “wander” through the zodiac, in other words.

In contrast, during a human lifetime, the stars appear to be fixed in place and not to wander. (They do move, but only very, very slowly. Why? Because the Earth’s axis takes 26,000 years to wobble in a circle, during which the axis points to one sign of the zodiac after another. That circular motion very gradually appears to change the backdrop of the stars in relation to the Earth. It also changes the North Star: Before it was Polaris as it is today, for example, the North Star was Thuban. By the way, the axis points at each of the twelve signs for  2,167 years, which astrologers call an “Age:” an Age of Pisces, an Age of Aquarius, etc.)

Back to the fixed stars. For millennia, in an attempt to interpret the meanings of the stars lined up with different degrees of the zodiac, astrologers have made notes of events or traits that seemed to be associated with a particular star. As astrologer Jeff Green says, astrology evolved from a process of observations and correlations.

What’s associated with Regulus, then? It’s said to be of the nature of both Jupiter (hope, faith, benevolence, our belief system, abundance, “luck,” or an inflated ego and a sense of entitlement) and Mars (the “inner warrior,” courage, our fright, flight or freeze mechanism, boundaries, assertiveness, or fear, aggression, rage and belligerence). It’s said to be a “royal” star, and if it’s prominent in someone’s chart, that person often seems to have more than his or her share of good fortune. Sometimes it’s said to bring honor, riches, military power—and sometimes if excess pride is involved, it’s also said to bring a fall, typically a big one. Jupiter does nothing in a small way.

Why would we care that the eclipse conjoined Regulus? Because Regulus is conjunct Donald Trump’s natal Ascendant, his persona, his external self, how he presents himself. It’s therefore opposed to his Descendant: how he interacts with others, particularly but not only with his intimates. The Descendant refers to The Other, to That Which Is Not The Self.

It’s interesting that the rambling, defensive speech that Trump made on August 22, in which he attacked the media and the senators from AZ and defended his “perfect” responses to the Charlottesville, VA, demonstration, in which the alt-right waved Nazi flags, chanted anti-Semitic slogans, and deliberately rammed a car into counter-protestors and killed one of them, happened the day after the eclipse. It’s also interesting that on the following day, Trump pardoned a sheriff convicted of racial profiling, which consisted in part of stopping anyone he thought might be an illegal immigrant, without any evidence, despite our Constitutional protection against unreasonable search or seizure.

We’ve certainly been seeing “disruptions of the established order” for some time, but they can come to a head around an eclipse. Prominent Republicans, and the heads of all the branches of the armed services, are distancing themselves from Trump and speaking out against his views. We’ll see what happens next.

What if you have a natal planet conjunct Regulus? Well, you’d be wise not to get conceited about whatever’s ruled by that planet. (For everyone, it’s wise not to become egotistical about what’s ruled by the house in your chart that contains the late degrees of the sign Leo.) You might want to examine that planet’s and/or house’s role in your life. Does it need changing? What’s been disrupted there? What perhaps should be “disrupted”?

All food for thought, this September.

Stardate: July, 2017

Stardate: July, 2017. All times PDT. (Add 3 hours for EDT.)

The Moon:
Full, 7/8th, 18 Capricorn, 9:07 pm PDT (Sun: 18 Cancer) If you have planets here, you may need to make compromises related to that planet or related to the house that holds 18 degrees Cancer or Capricorn, and to a lesser extent, 18 degrees of Aries or Libra.
New, 7/23rd, 1 Leo, 2:45 am PDT. If you have planets at 1 Leo, there will be a lot of focus on that planet or in that house.
No eclipses

Good times to start an action or event that you want to finish well, based on both:
1. when the Moon is not void of course (VOC), and
2. when the last major aspect the Moon will make before it goes VOC is a traditionally “good” one: sextiles, trines, and most conjunctions.
Assume that if a date and time does not fall within the ones given below, it would be better to wait for a time that is within the dates and times below.
Much depends on how important the action or event is to you. I’d buy shoes or a book without paying attention to whether the Moon is good or not, but I would adopt a kitten, buy a computer or a car, book a flight, get married, or apply for a job, etc., only when the Moon is good.

7/2nd at 9:59 am to 7/4th at 6:34 pm
7/4th at 10:08 pm to 7/7th at 7:12 am
7/9th at 10:35 pm to 7/12th at 5:41 am
7/12th at 8:51 am to 7/14th at 10:01 am
7/14th at 4:52 pm to 7/16th at 7:19 pm
7/16th at 10:04 pm to 7/18th at 10:12 pm
7/19th at 12:31 am to 7/20th 10:41 pm
7/23rd at 1:34 am to 7/25th at 2:22 am. Note new Moon the 23rd at 1 Leo, 2:45 am.
7/29th at 5:23 pm to Jul 31st at 4:10 am

What does VOC mean? When the Moon will not make any more major aspects (conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition) to another planet before it leaves the sign it’s in and enters the next sign, it’s said to be void of course. The Moon rules events on  the Earth, as well as the tides and our emotions. Traditionally, in electional, horary and mundane astrology, actions begun during a VOC Moon tend not to finish the way you’d like them to, or to fail regardless of striving, and items bought may not be used much.

Planets’ ingresses (entrances) into a new sign:
Venus enters Gemini, 7/4th at 5:11 pm
Mercury enters Leo, 7/5th at 5:19 pm
Mars enters Leo, 7/20th at 5:19 am
Sun enters Leo, 7/22nd at 8:15 am
Mercury enters Virgo, 7/25th at 4:40 pm
Venus enters Cancer, 7/31st at 7:53 am

Planets within one degree orbs of being stationary (and therefore more powerful):
Orbs: up to 12 degrees if an outer planet is involved (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)
Jupiter in mid-Libra, still stationary direct through 7/5th, while opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto & Mars
Saturn in the last third of Sagittarius, begins the orbs of a direct station 7/20th at 23 Sagittarius, while squaring Neptune and trining Uranus
Uranus in late Aries, still stationary retrograde through 8/4th,  while widely squaring Pluto
Neptune in mid-Pisces, still stationary retrograde through 8/20th, while squaring Saturn and sextiling Pluto

If you have natal planets in Libra, Jupiter’s benevolent influence can help renew, expand and bring hope to whatever part of your psyche that planet represents. Jupiter can also inflate that Libran planet and give it a temporary tendency to be over-confident. Ask for what you really want, but don’t demand it or assume you’re entitled to it. No planets in Libra? Our largest planet is influencing the circumstances ruled by whatever natal house or houses of yours contain the sign Libra.
Jupiter stays in Libra until Oct. 11th, when it enters Scorpio.

If you have natal planets in mid to late Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces: Transiting Saturn, the Elder, the Lord of Maturity, of experience, realism, and responsibility, of self-sufficiency and the psyche’s “executive function,” is asking the part of your psyche represented by that natal planet, and how you operate in the circumstances of the house containing that planet, to “grow up” a bit. How?
1. Face reality around whatever that natal planet and house rule, no matter how hard that is to do or how much you want two and two to make five. Confused about that reality? Get second and third opinions from knowledgeable people whose opinions you respect.
2. If something needs to change in order for you to remain a self-respecting adult in this part of your life, then change it, one step at a time, working alone if necessary.
3. Practice your Saturn virtues and strengths—patience, realism, responsibility, self-sufficiency, organization, being pro-active, setting priorities wisely, and seeing things through—and apply them to analyzing your situation and changing it if necessary.

Also, those planets and/or houses in your chart are in a dialog with transiting Neptune, Lord of the Transpersonal Realms, Lord of Mysticism. Neptune is asking that planet and/or house to move one step away from a totally materialistic and atheistic view of life, and one step closer to a spiritual, empathic, compassionate, imaginative point of view. Neptune reduces the grip of the human ego and its illusions on whatever planet or house it’s affecting. How does that feel? It probably depends on how often you were approaching that part of your life with a selfish, venal or opportunistic attitude, and how attached you were to that approach. Sometimes we trip over our illusions before we let them go. You’re not losing yourself. You’re losing some things that obscured your vision of your true Self as part and parcel of this mysterious universe. Meditation always helps during Neptune transits. So does creativity. So does inner work of all kinds. Any psychic awareness you have may increase. If you ignore the Neptunian need to put the outer world on hold while you look within on a regular basis, you may feel foggy, confused or overwhelmed. Resist the urge to escape in less than healthy ways. Look for positive or harmless time-outs: a movie, a retreat, a Renaissance Fair, a novel you can’t put down, a painting group, etc.

If you have natal planets in the latter two-thirds of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn,
you’re feeling the Uranus-Pluto transiting square as a tense Grand Cross until about the 20th and/or the 22nd, when Mars (20th) and the Sun (22nd) enter Leo. When Mars and the Sun leave Cancer (to enter Leo), the Grand Cross becomes a T-square: Uranus in Aries opposes Jupiter in Libra, and the opposition is squared by Pluto in Capricorn. See my article “The Revolution Will Be Televised Tonight: The Uranus-Pluto Square on Prime Time TV,” elsewhere on this site (link) for more about the Uranus-Pluto square from May, 2007, through March, 2020.
Basically, whatever natal planet you have in the affected signs and degrees listed above is challenged by transiting Mars, your Inner Warrior and Protector, through the 20th. That natal planet or house needs to respond to the challenge courageously, energetically, and while maintaining good boundaries. Stand your ground. Turn fear into energy and firmness. Schedule an extra workout. Take the next steps to get what you want, without bullying anyone or letting yourself be bullied.
Whatever natal planet you have in the relevant degrees of Capricorn is in a Plutonian process of revelation and transformation. Revelation: You may experience “the dark side of the Force” of whatever natal planet or house lies within those degrees of Capricorn, something you might have been blind to before now. It may not be pretty. Cooperate with your healing, be gentle and patient with the newly glimpsed wounded parts of your psyche, and move forward.
Whatever natal planet you have in the relevant degrees of Aries, or where they lie in your house structure, is in an energized (Aries)  Uranian process of liberation and progress, of radical change into a more authentic form, of questioning authority (Capricorn rules authorities), striving for self-actualization, and perhaps longing for some sort of Utopian ideal. Be as completely yourself as you can . Resist oppression and unfairness. As Charles Bukowski wrote, “Your life is your life. Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.” On the other hand, not every authority is stupid, cruel or unjust. Some are helpful. Some are more informed, experienced or wise than you are. Find out the true nature of the authority or rule before you automatically resist it.

Stardate, Jun 21-30

 Stardate, Jun 21-30.

Time to work out, or go see a new movie!

Please see the first and second writeups for June. In addition:
The Moon: All times PDT

These time periods are good for beginning important things that you want to end well, because:
1. the Moon isn’t void of course (VOC),
2. AND the Moon’s last aspect before it will next go VOC is a traditionally “good” aspect.

If a day and time falls outside the ones below, it’s better to wait for a good time period if you can. Also, it depends on how important the action is to you. Not all actions have specific or important outcomes, either. I wouldn’t adopt a kitten, buy a car, or send out the office party invitations when the Moon isn’t good, but I’d certainly go grocery shopping, work out, or see a new movie with friends.

The Moon’s good:
After 3:44 pm June 21 through June 23 at 11:45 am After 3:06 pm June 25 through June 27 at 2:12 pm After 5:41 pm June 27 through Jun 29 at 1:35 pm
New Moon on June 23 at 7:31 pm at 3 degrees Cancer. (Note that this degree is rounded up from 2 Cancer 44 to 3 degrees, the way we say this is the 21st century although its years start with 20, as in 2017. They don’t start with 21.)

This new Moon is also:
* conjunct Mercury in about 4 Cancer,
* very widely conjunct Mars at 13 Cancer.
* just outside the orb of squaring a stationary Jupiter at 14 Libra
If you have planets or points in the early degrees of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, then you’ll feel this new Moon more intensely than the rest of us will.

Look at your chart to see what house 3 degrees Cancer occupies. That’s where in your life you’ll experience the new Moon’s energy: at work, at home, in a relationship, in your finances, etc. If you have a planet or a point there, be prepared to pay attention to this house and feel (Moon) whether there’s anything you’d like to change. You’re ready for some new beginnings or insights in that area.
If you have a planet or point at or near 3 degrees of Aries, Libra or Capricorn, you’ll still experience the new Moon in whatever house holds 3 degrees Cancer in your chart. However, the planet or point affected by the new Moon will also have a chance for self- analysis and making some new starts, although they may be rockier than for the 3 degree Cancer people.

 The Sun entered Cancer (the summer solstice), June 20 at 9:24 pm. It enters Leo at 8:15 am on July 22. Mercury entered Cancer, June 21 at 2:57 am. It enters Leo July 5 at 5:20 pm.

The Sun moves into the first and most sensitive of the water signs, Cancer, on the 20th at 9:24 a.m. Cancer the Mother, the Healer, the Nurturer, the Sensitive, the Rememberer. Cancer is the pinnacle of yin energy. We can relate it to the Great ort Divine Mother or the Goddess, but Cancer is an archetype, not a person, and about half the people born with this Sun sign are men. We all have yin energy somewhere, regardless of our plumbing or inclinations.

Natives of this sign or those strongly influenced by it—a Cancer Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, and to a lesser degree those born with the Moon conjunct the Sun (a new Moon) or in the first house, need to develop an even richer inner life than they had as children.

To explore their sensitivity, their feelings, their vulnerability, and the influence of their childhood and family, without being overwhelmed by them or by other people and retreating or shutting down. To use their imagination. To feel their way through life as much as possible. To open their hearts as much as they can, consistent with their own emotional health. Much as mild summer weather does, Cancer needs to encourage and support growth in itself and others, but not smother-mother to the point of self-neglect or allowing others to take advantage.

(Some chickies really are ready to leave the nest.) That nurturing energy needs a harmless outlet somewhere: a kitten, a garden, a room to redo. Speaking of rooms, Cancer needs to be content with its home, and to have an equal say in what happens there: how it’s decorated, who’s invited and when, where the pets are allowed, etc. That home is a kind of shell for Cancer the Crab, a place to protect its sensitivities, to daydream, to think things through without interruption, to journal, to create.

During this solar passage through Cancer, slow down a bit. Plant something. Aim for more and better self-care. If you need a day off, take one. Give yourself time to feel as well as think.

Listen for the hurt behind someone’s sharp words. Don’t knuckle under, and count to ten before you answer.
Everyone’s emotions are running a bit higher now. The weather may be calling us outdoors, but this solar month is a good time to look within.
Don’t take a book to the beach. Turn off your phone.

Look at the water or swim. Delve for your earliest memory, then the one after that.
Imagine all the homes you’ve ever lived in, beginning with the first you can remember.

Watch for whatever feelings may accompany the memories.

Or build a sand castle of your ideal home. What rooms are biggest? Which did you build first? What might that say about what you’d like your life to include?

It’s time for some introspection. Explore some of the many symbol systems or theories people use to understand themselves better: astrology, Tarot, the I-Ching, the Enneagram, the Myers-Briggs, Jungian psychology, dreamwork, guided journaling, intuitive painting, etc.

And if you’ve been wanting a pet, now’s a good time to adopt one and give it its forever home.

Friday, June 9-18 is good for a new starts up

Void of course (VOC) Moon, Jun 9-18, 2017: All times PDT. When, and when not, to begin an important action. “See explanation of VOC Moon” link

Friday, June 9th is good for new starts up until 11:20 PM when the Moon goes VOC. 

From the 9th at 11:20 pm until the 10th at 4:36 am is not good for new starts; the
Moon is VOC then.

From the 10th at 4:36 am until the 12th at 4:45 pm is not good for new starts.

The Moon’s not always VOC, but its last aspect before it goes VOC during this time is not a good one.
From the 12th at 4:45 pm until the 14th at 10:40 pm is good for new starts.

From the 14
th at 10:40 pm until the 17th at 10:55 am is not good for new starts. 
The Moon is either VOC or its last aspect before going VOC is not good during this time.

From the 17th at 10:55 am until the 19th at 12:42 pm is good for new starts. 

How can I find the Moon’s last aspect before it goes VOC, and when it enters the next sign?

* Consult an astrological calendar, datebook, or ephemeris. The one I’ll walk you through is Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide.

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses.

Stardate, June, 4th 2017, lunation's and planetary ingresses. Times given in Eastern. For Pacific, subtract three hours. See also the earlier post for Stardate, June 1st 2017.

On the 4th, Mars enters the sign Cancer at 12:15 pm Eastern. By the 17th, it will be in the orbs of opposing Pluto and turning the transiting T-square into a transiting grand cross (or grand square) until July 3rd. Grand crosses are formed of two oppositions whose planets all square or oppose one another, making four squares and two oppositions. That’s a more tense complex aspect pattern than the T-square, with Pluto in Capricorn feeling invigorated, stressed or challenged by, or fearful of, Mars in Cancer. The grand cross is in cardinal signs, which correlate with taking initiative or taking action, with starting things. Remember that Mars asserts, acts, and defends, as well as attacks, challenges, or pursues. We may see more energy, fear, anger or violence in international and/or intra-national relationships and politics. Some party or parties may feel an urgency to Do Something, which may be out of proportion to the situation. With Jupiter still in the diplomatic sign Libra, cooler heads may prevail.

On the 6th, Venus enters Taurus, 3:26 am EDT. Deep breaths, people. Let art and nature soothe your soul’s ruffled feathers. As a collective, we need grounding, calming and common sense. We need to simplify, to listen to others. I don’t recall who said, “Intelligence speaks; wisdom listens.”
The 9th’s full Moon occurs at 19 degrees Sagittarius (Moon) / Gemini (Sun), 9:10 am Eastern. The Moon conjoins transiting Saturn in Sagittarius; the Sun and Moon both square transiting Neptune in Pisces, making it the fulcrum of a T-square to the full Moon. If you have planets or angles in about 9 to 29 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), questions, conflicts or dilemmas involving those planets and their houses may come to a head. The houses of your chart that hold 19 degrees Gemini/Sagittarius may experience a conflict that requires compromise for resolution. Try to take both a spiritual (Neptune) and a practical (Saturn) view of the conflict; neither planet should “win.”

Also on the 9th, Jupiter turns stationary direct at 10:02 am, 14 d. Libra, sextiling and trining the full Moon. Imagine what the most positive outcome (Jupiter) of a conflict (full Moon) could be for all involved (Libra), and try for it. You’ll feel this very powerfully if you have planets between about 4-24 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), or if you have a Sagittarian or Piscean Sun, Moon, or Ascendant.

On the 16th, Neptune turns stationary retrograde at 7:09 am Eastern at 15 degrees Pisces, the sign it rules. If you have planets or angles from about 5-25 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), you’ll feel this station very strongly, and also if you have a Pisces Sun, Moon or Ascendant.

On the 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the Sun moves into Cancer at 12:23 am Eastern. Mercury moves into Cancer too on this day, at 5:57 am Eastern. It’s interesting that although the Sun rules Leo, its longest-lasting light occurs on the first day of Cancer. What to do on this day of maximal sunlight? In Cancer, first of the water signs, the Sun as a sort of traveling spotlight illuminates our feelings. Let yourself feel yours. With Mercury also entering Cancer today, take some quiet time to explore them, or to think, write, or talk about them. Cancer rules everything that is archetypally Yin: receptive, fertile, gentle, homey, feeling-oriented, introspective, subjective, nurturing, cyclical, changing, and non-linear. Aim for good, healthy, self-care all month. Take some time off if you can. Make sure that you’re not over-nurturing others who could stand on their own two feet. Your dreams may be more active than usual; write them down, and find a good dream dictionary such as Cirlot’s.

On the 23rd, the new Moon occurs at 3 degrees Cancer at 10:30 pm Eastern. This degree is within the orbs of triggering the transiting T-square and turning it into a grand cross. Wherever this degree falls in your chart, you’ll experience a lot of focus in that house or on that planet, and feel its effects on the rest of the grand cross. Remember that the Moon rules the tides, and at the new and full Moons, everyone’s emotional tides are running high, and yours particularly if you have a Cancer Sun, Moon or Ascendant. Let yourself feel whatever you’re feeling. You don’t have to act on it or even talk about it, but you do need to feel it. Then try to figure out how realistic those feelings are, whether they need a behavioral response, and if so, what kind. Traditionally, new Moons begin a new lunar cycle, once the Moon has started to wax again, and new Moons are said to be good for new beginnings. Remember that Cancer energy is drawn to security, to protect both its extreme sensitivity and what and whom it loves. Try not to err on the side of too much caution, or of sacrificing too much for what you perceive as providing safety. 

Stardate, June, 1st 2017

Stardate, June, 1st 2017 
The second half of this month contains major peaks of the currently transiting square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we feel from 2007 to 2020. What does that mean? See my article, The Revolution Will Be Televised Tonight, about the transiting square’s themes reflected in prime-time TV, in the May/June, 2017, issue of The Mountain Astrologer, 
In the meantime:
1. Think of Uranus in Aries as a warlike and heroic, or angry and violent (Aries) rebel, innovator or loose cannon (Uranus).
2. Think of Pluto in Capricorn as a traditional and patriarchal, or controlling and greedy (Capricorn) elder, institution, or tyrant. 
These astrological energies are of course far more complex than the two- 
dimensional, cartoon-character summaries here, but they’ll do for a memory aid. 
3. Think of Uranus-in-Aries, angry, or innovative rebellion (Uranus) against rigidly patriarchal, profit-hungry Capricorn people, governments or corporations. 
Sound familiar? It should, given recent and current events... 
Meanwhile, the planet Jupiter’s 2016-17 transit through Libra moves it opposite Uranus in Aries and square Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter in Libra temporarily turns the transiting square into a transiting T-square
4. Who’s our third, Jupiter-in-Libra character in this mix? Think of it as a mediating and empathic (Libra), or as a charismatic and conflict-avoidant (Libra) rich man, philanthropist or inflated fool (Jupiter). 
6. A T-square is like a see-saw balanced on a fulcrum. Here, Pluto in Capricorn is the fulcrum on which balances the Jupiter-in-Libra opposition to Uranus-in-Aries. A T- square, a complex aspect pattern, is more tense than either a square or an opposition alone. Since Pluto supports the weight of the “see-saw,” it feels more tension from the T- square than the other two planets do. The fulcrum, Pluto, needs to stay grounded and stable, or the see-saw could dump one of its two “seated” planets to earth, traumatizing it, and toss the other one up in the air, unmooring it. Or they might both crash—atop the fulcrum. Which planet falls? Which flies? There’s no way to know for sure. 
7. From June 14-29, all three planets in the transiting T-square are in the orbs of making a station (apparently slowing down, holding still and then reversing their direction of travel through in the zodiac). Stationary planets are stronger than usual, as if by “holding still,” they temporarily acquire acquire extra bandwidth and a more powerful transmitter. 
8. We’ll feel some additional tension in the transiting T-square during these 15 days. Look for attempts to mediate, explain, compromise, and whitewash (Libra) problematic world events that have already occurred or that will evolve in the transiting T-square. Certainly we’ll see more manifestations of the Capricorn shadow, as Pluto in Capricorn may try to dig in and hold its ground, and it will be driven home to us that not all governments have their citizens’ best interests at heart, and that the unhealthy side of patriarchal societies can crush the people lowest in their hierarchies. Uranus in Aries may try to rebel even harder against “the dark side (Pluto) of the Capricorn force,” may suddenly do something completely unexpected (the unpredictable loose cannon), or may insist on promoting its Utopian fantasies regardless of the human cost. 
9. Meanwhile, cooler heads are trying to smooth ruffled feathers (Libra), but may be too optimistic, idealistic or over-confident (Jupiter), and may take too many chances (Jupiter). Jupiter rules the law, the courts, organized churches, the international community and higher education; we may see attempts by some or all of these entities to improve the situation. Another possibility is too much hesitation (Libra) on the part of potential mediators (Libra); perhaps because there probably won’t be solutions that are fair to everyone involved. 
10. Neptune is transiting through its own sign, Pisces, which increases its impact even when it isn’t stationary—but these fifteen days include a Neptune stationary period, too. What does Neptune rule? Consciousness, mysticism, spirituality (not organized religion; that’s Jupiter), and altered states of awareness, particularly about where “the two worlds touch,” as the poet Rumi says. It also rules meditation, a technique through which we temporarily cease acting as our personalities, try to become aware of the nature of our minds and souls, and try to feel like part of some vast, transpersonal, mysterious whole. Finally, Neptune rules escapism, which is what overwhelmed or traumatized people may seek. On a global level, it rules social work, social justice, aid to those in need, humanitarian workers, refugees, gasoline, liquids, chemicals, the pharmaceutical industry, delusion, “fake news,” “alternative facts,” epidemics, fashion, and trends. 
Because Neptune is stationary, too, our ability to see reality clearly and to think logically and strategically during the already triple-stationed T-square may be less than usual, or harder to access. People may be in denial or flight; humanitarian or political crises may be prominent in the news, and there may be a still more pervasive sense of not knowing what’s actually happening in the world, the country, the government, or perhaps our personal lives. 
What to do? 
1. Verify rumors and news stories. Get the facts from reliable sources before you make up your mind.
2. You may need to deal with an unpleasant situation. 
Angry? Count to 10, 20, 30, 40, whatever it takes to remain calm. Then protest, firmly and succinctly.
Scared? Consider if you have good, concrete and measurable reasons to be frightened. Can you do something to improve the situation? Then count to 100, and do it. Can’t do anything? Then let go of worrying about it. Confine your worrying to things that you CAN do something about. 
3. Resist all or nothing thinking. Ask yourself if you’re being realistic and on what evidence. Look for the middle ground rather than leaping to judgment.
4. Try not to take long shots without thinking through the possible outcomes.
5. Try to avoid arbitrary displays of authority that are way out of proportion to the situation. 
6. Listen to others’ points of view. You don’t have to act and you don’t have to agree. Experience talks; wisdom listens.
7. Pace yourself! It’s okay to take a “mental health” day off. It’s okay to take an evening off, to amuse yourself. We all need to relax sometimes, especially when we’re stressed. You’re not being shallow, in denial or escapist, unless you decide to spend all 15 days writing down what your life would have been like if you were a movie star, or seeing how many Comic-Cons you can possibly attend during that time, or hunkering down with Netflix and not answering your phone, doorbell or email. 

That’s the major event in June, the coinciding planetary stations in the latter half of the month. Next, we’ll bring in the month’s lunar activity (full and new moons). Stay tuned!