Author: Erica Jones

Stepping into the Weird: Astrology of Feb. 13 – Feb. 19, 2018

We open this week with Mercury in the final degrees of Aquarius, where it will snuggle up with the chilly, cerebral Aquarius New Moon on Thurs., Feb. 15 after forming an exact square on Tues., Feb. 13 with the reigning king of the underworld, Jupiter in Scorpio. Your mouth may get you in some trouble if you are unaware that you’re motivated to simply shock or upset others with your clever (you thought) perspective. Even if you know you are trying to upset some apple carts, you still might want to check in on where your intentions are placed. Mercury square Jupiter suggests exaggerating or stretching the truth, or perhaps having an honesty deficiency, so make sure that any of your tall tales will have some entertainment value. We have an Aquarius New Moon on Thurs., Feb. 15, 2018 at 1:05pm US/Pacific, which also ushers in the Chinese Year of the Dog and the 4,715 year of the Chinese calendar. When the Moon conjoins the Sun in the sky, it is a time of dayworld …

Cycles of growth: Astrology of Feb. 6 – Feb. 12, 2018

Our lady of Venus in Aquarius gets one more affirmation of freedom, independence and originality as she makes a sextile to Uranus on Tuesday, Feb. 6. While this can bring an extra twinkle to the eye and favors dancing in which you allow your body to spontaneously move you, the Moon’s journey through Scorpio from Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 8 hints at deeper currents coursing through the emotional realm. Your body may have some interesting moves to make as things which are drawing to a close intensify, and new horizons beckon. Towards the middle of the week our desire to gamble may peak and draw us into staking bold claims, as the Aquarian Sun makes a square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio on Saturday, Feb. 10. Use Aquarian objectivity of the Sun to your advantage and consider various perspectives and options carefully. The exploration of pleasure could shed light on your dilemma, though not simply pleasure for pleasure’s sake nor pleasure as a panacea, for some pain will often accompany growth. Pleasure in service of …

To thine own Self be True: Astrology of Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2018

This week features a total lunar eclipse, or “blood moon,” which is also a blue moon, meaning a second full moon in a calendar month. It is also a supermoon, which happens when the moon comes closer to the Earth than usual (14% closer), making it 30% brighter. The extra special features of the Full Moon converge on 11° Leo, which is exact at 5:26AM US/Pacific time on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018. Mercury will enter Aquarius just shortly thereafter, moving us from a more strategic, rational mindset to one of cool detachment and a willingness to entertain different ideas. It offers a chance to open up to new perspectives and perhaps take a step back from entanglement in problematic emotions—though beware of becoming so detached that you become impersonal and unfeeling and lost in conceptual reality. Trying to escape an unpleasant reality is a far cry from gaining fresh perspective on it to move things in a better direction. The Full Moon in Leo Venus at 16°Aquarius is caught up in this total lunar eclipse, …

Uncovering Hidden Resources: Astrology of Jan. 23 – Jan. 29, 2018

This week follows on a hyper-Capricornian Capricorn New Moon (Jan. 16), which featured six planets in Capricorn and suggested a consideration of long-term planning and sober calculation that honors the need for balance in one’s life, such that work and external focus doesn’t crowd out everything else. Mercury has now moved from early Capricorn to conjoin Pluto in the middle of Capricorn on Wed., Jan. 24, while both planets sextile Jupiter. The mind may be clicking over  various ways of achieving your personal or professional goals, and you may find your arguments are more persuasive at this time. While the sextile between Jupiter and Pluto is not typically prone to the arrogance which the hard aspects between Jupiter and Pluto can display, it is still advisable to be wary of ambitions or unconscious motivations. Otherwise, they may bounce back at you from an environment which resists your attempt to be too controlling, too clever, too self-centered or too righteous. It is otherwise a good time for studying and communicating visions of self- or social improvements, …

Venus in the Key of Change: Astrology of Jan. 9 – Jan. 15, 2018

This week may find us broody, moody or absorbed in processes which want to penetrate our defenses and give us an opportunity to release ourselves from old stories, old wounds, old ways of maintaining a too-superficial peace. The Sun, Venus and Pluto are in an exact triple conjunction at 19° Capricorn on Jan. 9, and will color the landscape through at least Jan. 13. (See Venus-Pluto: Love’s transformation for an exploration of some of its archetypal potentials.) Since this triple connection coincides with Mercury’s entry into Capricorn on Jan. 10, after Mercury’s incredibly long two-month trip retrograding through Sagittarius—usually only a three-week affair—we might turn this tendency to transform towards tending the seeds of our destiny. Perhaps you partook in a ritual to harness the reflective potential contained in the Dec. 17 New Moon in Sagittarius (detailed suggestions provided here). Or perhaps you spent some time during the Mercury retrograde (Nov. 14 – Jan. 10) pondering the last couple of years of your life and where your aspirations have carried you—or led you astray. Taking …

Venus-Pluto: Love’s transformations

In the Sky: January 9, 2018 features a triple conjunction of Sun-Venus-Pluto. These three will be in intimate conversation from Jan. 6 to Jan. 13. Read on for a discussion of the Venus-Pluto archetype, which will be illuminated by the Sun over this next week. When the planet of love and attraction, Venus, meets the planet of raw elemental power, Pluto, the notion of peace and harmony can deviate a bit from the norm. In a natal chart, Pluto’s intensity can drive Venus into places she otherwise wouldn’t consider, and expand her capacity for perceiving beauty far beyond what is considered to be “pretty” or “nice.” As a world transit, this brief influence can provide a few days of discomfort, tension or even a catharsis, as low-key or hidden conflict pierces through a veneer of stability or avoidance and seeks resolution. We will now consider natal placements of Venus-Pluto, which can appear in many different and even contradictory forms. This archetypal complex can correlate to the nature (Pluto) mystic or nature lover (Venus) who venerates …

Coming To Life: Astrology of Jan. 2 – Jan. 9, 2018

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter! Once a month, the week’s astrological forecast will go out in Anima Mundi’s newsletter along with their herbal tips, DIY preparations and information.  In the meantime, be sure to check out all that Anima Mundi Apothecary has concocted in conspiracy with the plants’ desire to heal us! Wishing everyone a powerful 2018 illuminated by mutual aid and supported by the contemplation: “Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.”   Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of January 2 – January 9, 2018  

Soulful Community Circle at Cunning Crow Apothecary, Seattle

I am pleased to invite those of you in Seattle to join me every other Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm for the Soulful Community Circle: An Intentional Gathering to Build Community. This past September, I received the honor of holding the center pole for the Circle from its founder, my dear friend Stef Frenzl. The Soulful Community Circle offers a chance to join in community to deepen your cunning craft and awaken to the calling of Soul in community. In this Circle, we explore our connection with Soul, those unique qualities and attributes that align us with our inner calling, through the use of storytelling, communication with plants and the wider natural world, council sharing, shamanic drum journeys, guided meditation, systemic constellations, the Work That Reconnects and more! I delight in weaving astrological vision into our evenings together and the Circle is also open to all participants to lead practices, whether sharing herbal knowledge or exploring the tarot or any of the many ways to connect to Soul.   Registration: $10-$20 (pay what you can – absolutely no one turned …

Awaken in the New Year: Astrology of Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018

The last week of December 2017 begins with a Sun-Venus-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn that may have brought a bit of a reserved, somber or even contentious mood to holiday gatherings or other social events. Perhaps a less festive mood and more reflective, introspective and even an enjoyable (Venus) solitary (Saturn) experience (Sun) prevailed, and this tenor will largely continue up through New Year’s Eve of the Gregorian calendar. However, moving into mid-week, we see Mars trining Neptune, which along with Mars’ conjunction with Jupiter in Scorpio, could light more of a fire under our ideals and spur us to correct imbalances in our social, intimate or employment spheres. Beware of any zealous delusion, since Mercury in Sagittarius squaring Neptune in Pisces could be susceptible to making broad generalizations or simply selfish, short-sighted appraisals which may be great for heated arguments but fall short of making a convincing case. Particularly on Dec. 28 and 29, as the Moon sweeps through Taurus, we could find ourselves caught between making a more conciliatory gesture that retains a cool …

Saturn enters Capricorn: Astrology of Dec. 18 – Dec. 25, 2017

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter! Once a month, the week’s astrological forecast will go out in Anima Mundi’s newsletter along with their herbal tips, DIY preparations and information.  In the meantime, be sure to check out all that Anima Mundi Apothecary has concocted in conspiracy with the plants’ desire to heal us! Wishing everyone a blessed Summer or Winter Solstice, and whether the light be increasing or decreasing in your part of the world, may your heart be energized by its generous, life-giving luminosity! Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of December 18 – December 25, 2017