Author: Erica Jones

Clearing the Path: Astrology of August 14 – August 20, 2018

The Sun is bolting through Leo following last week’s Leo New Moon (Aug. 11) which gave us an opportunity to ask about the sources and nature of our generosity towards others and why we give what we give. Is your generosity based on a sense of scarcity or lacking? Do you give in order to get? Do you puff yourself up with an image of “Mr/Ms Generosity”? This sort of self-image as well as other reflections on reciprocity could be examined while under the influence of this Leonine New Moon—plus a little Mercury and Mars retrograde to amplify the inquiry and our capacity to reconsider or take a different perspective. Mercury’s current retrograde is wrapping up, when they will station direct at 11° Leo on August 18, right as they are making an easeful sextile aspect to the planet of love and connection, Venus. Disagreements, misunderstandings and frustrations which cropped up around the time of Mercury’s turn to retrograde motion on July 25 may work themselves out or find resolution or some kind of completion. …

Herbs of the planets

Beloved readers, I have to miss a few weekly astrology forecasts and plan to return soon for the week beginning August 14–but until then you can keep your astrology appetite sated by the herbal astrological stylings of Adriana Ayales of Anima Mundi Apothecary, who is treating us to a series on the correspondences of herbs and human physiology to the planets: Herbs of the SUN  Herbs of the MOON Herbs of MERCURY Herbs of VENUS Herbs of MARS I encourage you to sign up for Anima Mundi’s valuable weekly newsletter to receive information on the rest of the planets in their series on astrology+herbs along with educational information and helpful DIY tips to promote your health and wellness. Even better, they offer a 15% discount on your first order when you sign up for the newsletter! I look forward to reconnecting with you and the movements of our heavens next week! with Love, Erica Key dates for the current Mercury retrograde: July 6, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 11° Leo (enters path of retrograde) July 25, 2018 …

The Reflecting Pool: Astrology of July 24 – July 30, 2018

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter!  And this week also features herbal insights into Mercury and a mind tonic recipe helpful for navigating the current Mercury retrograde by herbalist Adriana Ayales. Also check out Anima Mundi’s herbal explorations of the SUN as well as the MOON, and sign up for their valuable weekly newsletter to receive information on the rest of the planets in their series on astrology+herbs along with DIY tips for health and wellness. Click here for a look at the HERBS OF MERCURY and a mind tonic recipe             The full forecast for this week, an abbreviated version appears in the Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter: It’s a busy week here at the midpoint of Mars’ two months in retrograde motion with Mercury stationing retrograde (July 25) just before a very dynamic total lunar eclipse on July 27. However, the week opens with the relational graces of Venus opposing transcendental Neptune (exact July 24), alerting us to be wary of painting …

A Path of Discernment: Astrology of July 17 – July 23, 2018

Whether you are midsummer or midwinter, the Sun is making his way through the last five degrees of the conflict-avoidant sign of Cancer, nuzzling up to an uncomfortable square aspect with Uranus. The First Quarter Moon on July 19 at 12:52pm US/Pacific provides the opportunity to shout about the grievances or griefs, unmet cravings or conflicts going on in your life which may have been boiling over since last week’s Cancer New Moon. Whether it is a good idea or a bad idea to shout it out may not matter much in the heat of the moment, but communications are unlikely to be entirely clear. On July 6, Mercury entered the shadow of the path of their upcoming retrograde, which tends to bring to the surface some of the more typical retrograde hijinks—failing to understand or to be understood, both forgetting and remembering important things or people, receiving new information which completely changes one’s outlook, understanding or opinion, and so on. However deeply you dove (or were dunked) into last week’s New Moon, there is …

What Is Hidden Lives Within: Astrology of July 10 – July 16, 2018

Jupiter is stationing direct (July 10) in the middle of Scorpio, signaling to us that it is time to move forward with our plan to relinquish our attachment to plans and allow growth to emerge from our unawareness, from our disorientation, from our sudden exposure to truths which eclipse our small desires. When Venus sauntered into Virgo on July 9, she met in a Grand Earth Trine with Saturn and Uranus (exact July 11 – 13), and offered up a prayer to wholeness that’s based on our fragmentation and all the gaps between the beauty-drenched potential of humanity and the freighted truth of history. Virgo sees what is missing by virtue of knowing the perfection hidden inside of the labyrinth we must each traverse by some golden mean, some secret formula hidden within our history and our wounding and our imperfection. Turning Venus in Virgo towards a constructive and loving appraisal of the road that carries us towards – or at least circumambulates – wholeness is one way to find the center in the eye …

Naming the Dragon: Astrology of July 3 – July 9, 2018

While the first week of July features a pleasant grand trine between the Sun in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces (exact July 5 – 8), the Mercury opposition to Mars (exact July 5) promises to leave a significant stamp for many of us. Sun-Jupiter-Neptune is less emphatic and a bit more passive than the very energetic duo of Mercury-Mars, which signifies a quickening of the mind and communications, a sense of urgency around communicating and can occasion the verbal spar or argument. We may all find ourselves short-tempered and unwilling to listen carefully in the rush to make our own point heard and understood. It is not the most favorable aspect for traveling, as it indicates interruptions, potential accidents, missed connections or fighting to reach your destination. If you have to travel, do what you can to avoid being in a rush, practice defensive driving and keep your cell phone out of reach when behind the wheel. The latter goes without saying, but it’s doubly true under these skies—concentrate on what you’re …

Slowing Down to Move Ahead: Astrology of Jun. 26 – Jul. 2, 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! May all beings know love ~ May all beings know kindness ~ May all beings know happiness ~ May all beings know joy ~ May all beings everywhere be free   Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of June 26 – July 3, 2018                     Step into the realms of Soul and enlarge the conversation you are having with the world through an astrological consultation. With Erica as your guide, cross the astrological bridge between heaven and Earth to transform liabilities into assets and cooperate with the energies and forces presently shaping your life. Get in touch at erica at realimaginal …

Caring to Love: Astrology of June 19 – June 25, 2018

With apologies for missing last week’s forecast due to continued illness. The week of the Solstice opens with a harmonious grand trine between Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, offering us an imaginative window into our intuition and deeper emotional currents. This particular configuration is in no hurry to get to the bottom of any great mystery and is quite content to float along in dreamy wonder. You might use this influence to communicate to or with the empathic imagination so necessary for human ethical orientation. Also a lovely influence for making offerings to sweet and sassy Oshun, the African orisha of the sweet waters of rivers who enchants whatever she lays her honeyed hands upon, we might ask her to help awaken hardened hearts and rationalizing minds to injustice and wrongdoing everywhere. The beautiful one, Oshun protects the neglected and the impoverished child, acting as the mother of all orphans, such as those forcibly separated from their parents at the United States border—pray to her, speak with her, ask her …

Squaring Off with Duality: Astrology of June 5 – June 12, 2018

With apologies for missing last week’s forecast due to travel and illness. We kick off this week with an incredibly watery, Neptunian sky promising a hazy picture of reality and its possible contents. While Mercury’s superior conjunction to the Sun at 15° Gemini (exact June 5) could ordinarily signify clarity, both the Sun and Mercury are making a square to Neptune in Pisces (exact June 6), which could indicate quite a bit of confusion, miscommunication or misunderstanding. The potential for outright deception is there as well, though it is worth taking a moment to wonder if such deceptions are the product of your own desires or biases. Mercury is at home in Gemini and is less concerned with “truth” than with “information” while in its home sign, so take care to locate your interpretations in a proper context. (Pro tip: Reach out to people and give them a chance to show up as real people, rather than reducing them to bit players in your own self-centered storylines.) Neptune at its best is the quest for …

Breaking the Known: Astrology of May 15 – May 21, 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! May all beings be safe ~ May all beings be happy ~ May all beings everywhere be free   Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of May 15 – May 21, 2018                           Step into the realms of Soul and enlarge the conversation you are having with the world through an astrological consultation. With Erica as your guide, cross the astrological bridge between heaven and Earth to transform liabilities into assets and cooperate with the energies and forces presently shaping your life. Get in touch at erica at realimaginal dot com! SATURN RETURN SPECIAL    In honor of the …