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What Needs Restoration: Astrology of Apr. 24 – Apr. 30, 2018

This week that fabled trickster Mercury finally completes the challenging square to Saturn that they began way back on Mar. 6 or so in the days leading up to Mercury’s retrograde station in the assertive sign of Aries. On Apr. 25, mind, communication, connection and travel god(dess) Mercury is exactly square to Saturn, whose reality principle, limitations and wisdom will want to penetrate any resistance to knowledge which would re-establish an equilibrium that has gone off kilter. The trouble is, there could be a lot of confusion in the air, with conflicting stories and narratives, and even a bit of unabashed manipulation. If it’s a matter of hassles related to travel or commerce, listen closely to your intuition and get second opinions on proposed solutions.  But if there is a deeper existential issue…I’ve said it for several weeks and it bears repeating for this week: you will find clarity if you look deep within your own heart. NOT in the hearts of others, not even the heart of your beloved teacher, mentor or guide. Beyond …

Coming to terms with wounded instinct: Astrology of Apr. 17 – Apr. 23, 2018

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter!  And this week also features herbal remedies helpful for navigating the current transits by herbalist Adriana Ayales. 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 April 17 – April 23, 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 …

Kickstarting Decisions: Astrology of Apr. 10 – Apr. 16, 2018

Welcome to the second week of April 2018 and the Aries New Moon, which is strongly associated with new beginnings, fresh starts and the renewal of a cycle. The Sun squares Pluto and Venus trines Mars (exact Apr. 10), providing some of us with some insight into a struggle for power in our lives. Venus is sitting pretty in her home sign of sensuous, earthy Taurus and also making an opposition with Jupiter in the depths of Scorpio, but the total astrological picture suggests we may need to consciously call in the juicy, open-heartedness that Venus-Jupiter aspect suggests. It’s juicy in that it’s still complicated. Taurus gets a rap of being “simple,” but in the presence of insecurity it can also exhibit jealousy or possessiveness. While this could relate to relationships between people, it could certainly apply to possessiveness of material or worldly goods, or even jealousy of others’ (apparent) spiritual power, knowledge or higher learning. I define power as the ability to cause or prevent change, which arises from the fact of communion, or …

Remembering to Breathe: Astrology of Apr. 3 – Apr. 10, 2018

We begin this week with retrograde Mercury backing up into the Mars-Saturn conjunction that largely dominates the skies, making a stressful square aspect (exact on Apr. 3). This could portend some “interesting” conversations in which old grievances are aired, disputes are settled (at least in one person’s mind) or communication completely breaks down. The Moon will be cruising through Scorpio from Apr. 1 to Apr. 3, which suggests a rawness to feelings, and the need to grapple with issues of trust and emotional safety as well as negotiating a complicated relationship to intuition. It may be necessary to let go of a dearly treasured object—whether that is a belief, a way of thinking about things, a material item or even a person—as what seemed like a sure win turns into a losing proposition, due to unknown or hidden rules to the game just coming to light. The Moon’s entry into Sagittarius late in the evening of Apr. 3 (US/Pacific time) may lighten the mood somewhat and allow for new horizons to appear as you orient …

A prayer for Mars-Saturn

In the sky this week we have Mars conjunct Saturn. Mars came within 6° of conjoining Saturn on March 21 and as one of my teachers advised, I have observed that correlations to Mars transits will often appear as much as 6° in advance of exact aspect. Perhaps this is reflective of the Mars quality of acting quickly, coming on fast and strong and then fading out fast at about 3° following the exact aspect, having spent its energy in a flash. Mars will leave 3° of conjoining Saturn on April 8. The Mars-Saturn archetypal combination can get a lot of bad press and not without reason. When the principle of GO! (Mars) hits the principle of NO! (Saturn), it can reliably produce frustration, unwanted delays, conflict and clashing wills. Without denying the problematics of Mars-Saturn, we might also offer up a prayer to this combination that features prominently in the Libra Full Moon of 2018 happening March 31, 2018 at 5:36am US/Pacific. Mars-Saturn forms a T-square with the Sun opposite Moon, which means the …

Tripping backwards with Mercury: Astrology of Mar. 27 – Apr. 2, 2018

Though a few days delayed to readers of Real Imaginal – thank you Mercury retrograde – this week’s astrological forecast has been written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter! Check out the section in the newsletter just below the forecast, featuring Anima Mundi’s recommendations of herbs to balance out Mercury and various plant allies to assist with its challenges. 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 investigate all that Anima Mundi Apothecary has concocted in conspiracy with the plants’ desire to heal us!   Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of March 27 – April 2, 2018  

Vulnerageous Equinox: Astrology of Mar. 20 – Mar. 26, 2018

Welcome to the equinox! The equinox marks spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere as the Sun enters the tropical sign of Aries on March 20, offering us a month to consider beginnings, motivations and goals, and locating the energy to make a fresh start or three. Sun square Mars (exact on March 24) and Venus square Pluto (exact on March 23) offers us a meditation on our notion of courage or bravery, and its relationship to vulnerability. For many people, the idea of courage is tangled up with the idea of harming others, or of inflicting one’s will on others. And it seems that we can be most motivated to tell the truth—that is, to be courageous and vulnerable—only if it is accompanied by hurting someone else. The energy of anger (Mars) emerges to pierce social, familial or personal taboos concerning honesty about one’s desires, needs or experience but instead of lending itself to understanding, honesty driven by unmetabolized or unreflective anger tends to lead to warfare, resistance or more …

Make Me a Dream of the Earth: Astrology of Mar. 13 – Mar. 19, 2018

Sorry to miss writing last week’s forecast due to illness. We’re already into the week of the Pisces New Moon, as inner planets begin to drip out of Pisces into Aries, with the last one out being the Sun on March 20. Mercury has scampered ahead of the Sun, diving into the fiery sign of Aries on March 5 with Venus following suit on March 6. This change of mood after a five-planet Piscean pile-up may see the song of compassion of the last two weeks abruptly cut off with a question of “What about me?” Particularly as Venus makes a square aspect to Saturn (exact Mar. 13) some of us may feel less social or wish to associate only with trusted acquaintances. Under this influence others may re-ignite old relationships that have grown aloof, or decide to finally sever contacts. Saturn is an interesting character in this way, for its limits and restrictions can foster that which is of service and benefit to the structures of destiny in our lives both through the action …

Shedding Skins: Astrology of Feb. 27 – Mar. 5, 2018

This last week of February 2018 brings a little fiery kick to an otherwise emotional or even weepy Piscean mood, as Mercury squares Mars and sextiles Pluto (exact Feb. 28), resulting in plans and communications appearing to work at cross purposes. For example, one person’s romantic dreams may be upset by another’s adventuresome spirit, and it may be difficult to bridge the two differing impulses. The different parties involved may be very clear about what they each are doing—but it will be a tricky matter trying to align those various plans! The high emotional tide of the Full Moon in Virgo, which is exact at 4:51pm US/Pacific on March 1, is unlikely to bring calm or clarity to any such conflicts concerning direction, plans of action or the like. Virgo is very particular about its likes and dislikes, and with Neptune in a close conjunction with the Pisces Sun, sorting through disillusionment or unattainable ideals or dreams could be a theme for many under this Full Moon. Uranus makes an exact semisquare (45° angle) to …

Open Your Mind to Your Heart: Astrology of Feb. 20 – Feb. 26, 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 blessed Pisces season, which has started off with a splash! with five planets swimming through the sign of the fishes.   Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of February 20 – February 26, 2018