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The Greater Part of Loving: Astrology of Dec. 11 – Dec. 17, 2018

NB: All dates are US/Pacific time or UTC -8h. This week, messenger Mercury returns to the sign of Sagittarius (Dec. 12 to Jan. 4) post-retrograde, adding to the exaggeration, overestimation of capacity and glossing over of important details that the self-centered Sun plus jolly Jupiter in Sagittarius can represent. While these placements can be great for big picture visioning, some of us will need to be extra tidy with details and mindful to stop talk-talk-talking and actually take in other people’s information and experience. Good intentions can actually interfere with desirable outcomes. At the same time, the lightness, optimism and hopefulness offered by the next two weeks of Sagittarian emphasis is a welcome counterpoint to all the heaviness and intensity of the strengthening Saturn-Pluto conjunction, which will come within three degrees of exact next April. The closer planets are in aspect to each other, the more vivid their correlations become and the grim reaper energy of Saturn meeting the irresistible inevitability of Pluto is about as dramatic as it gets in terms of depth and …

Tree stump in the smoke-filled East SF Bay Hills during the Camp Fire; Fall 2018

Growing with Saturn-Pluto

Saturn-Pluto: The Birth Contraction of 2018—2021 Saturn-Pluto periods of time, such as the present alignment from 2018 through 2021, can represent a transformation of the status quo or the existing state of affairs. However, it’s crucial to remember that archetypes display many different and even contradictory meanings all at once. History shows that Saturn and Pluto coming together can also represent the empowerment (Pluto) of that which would either regress or hold back changes (Saturn). Reactionary and regressive cultural and social developments form a strong correlation throughout history because of the intense fear that can accompany these two planets in combination. Pluto expresses that everything wants to live. Pluto at its best is totally alive! There is a vibrancy and courage and vitality that a well-integrated Pluto can express like nothing else. When Pluto meets Saturn, it meets its limits. The question will come up: how can this striving to “survive” or to “persist” orient to Saturn’s demands? Saturn’s rules, its problem-making, its demand that we go at the “right” pace and not too fast…but …

Labyrinth in Tilden Park overlooking San Francisco Bay : image by Matthew T. Segall : footnotes2plato.com

Healing Our Relationship to Belief: Astrology of December 4 – December 10, 2018

We welcome in the first full week of December with the Sagittarius New Moon on Dec. 6 at 11:20pm US/Pacific, highlighting our ambitions to adventure, explore, learn and believe in something greater than ourselves. Sagittarius is considered the home sign of the royal planet Jupiter, whose significations are getting a signal boost since Jupiter entered Sagg about a month ago. As harsh as many realities are, Jupiter in Sagg can encourage us to seek out grounds for optimism or to (re-)establish our relationship with hope, meaning and our purpose in this lifetime. The quest for meaning is a primary quality of the sign of Sagittarius and those who have strong Sagg emphases will often find meaning in even the most challenging of circumstances, when all others would despair. Our relationship to the planet Jupiter reflects our sense of optimism, faith and hope for the future, as Jupiter correlates to good fortune and favor, the ability to grow, opportunities, and philosophy as “a love (philos) of wisdom (sophia).” This week’s New Moon in Sagg features storyteller …

Image of Mt. Diablo from the Moraga Hills, San Francisco Bay Area

The Quest for Accountability: Astrology of November 27 – December 3, 2018

We begin the week with Mercury’s retrograde backing over the Sun and Jupiter (exact Nov. 27 US/Pacific) in Sagittarius, signaling the halfway point of Mercury’s current retrograde period. Right around this time, we may receive information relevant to the substance of this retrograde, especially that material it would be helpful to review, rework, reconsider or revisit. This information may very well pertain to works you will write and perhaps publish, new philosophical insights, material you find worthy of teaching to others, and what of yourself will come to be shared with others as Jupiter makes his way into the interior of Sagittarius (through Dec. 2019). There could be a little bit of impatience or difficulty concentrating or focusing on what we should be investigating but we could try to incorporate our wanderings into our days. Jot down your stray thoughts in the moment and short reminders to later attend to the distractions that would threaten your focus. You may also find your sleep and your daytime concentration improved if, before going to bed, you take …

Double-headed axe of the Goddess of the Minoan civilization

Within the Opposites: Gemini Full Moon of Nov. 2018

***Check out Real Imaginal Daily Divinations on Instagram!*** Following is an ode to the potentials within the Gemini Full Moon of 2018 (Nov. 22 at 9:39pm US/Pacific). I write you as I return from a journey to the underworld catacombs to retrieve the lost ancestors, forgotten and excluded ancestors, the neglected ancestors…a journey of giving thanks to both the destructive and the creative aspects of those who gave me this existence. For how hard it is to fully appreciate the gifts our ancestors have given us. So many of those gifts can appear to be curses, ugly and unwanted. But held with care, under a sustained gaze and a willingness to suffer the deformities of time, even the unwanted offers strength to the kind of life we aspire to live. The 2018 Full Moon in Gemini speaks to us of the delusions of force and the pitfalls of overconfidence. The sword of the mind and its desire to create sharp distinctions and to banish shadows becomes dangerous within the flux of kairos—the melting away of …

A picture of Saturn that is labeled "Jupiter"

New Wrinkles: Astrology of November 13 – November 19, 2018

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary blog. All about Jupiter’s grand transition into Sagittarius, Venus going direct, and the Soul of the World. Click here for astrology of the week of Nov. 13 – Nov 19, 2018 And for those affected by the California wildfires or poor air quality, please see Anima Mundi’s latest newsletter featuring 6 LUNG HERBS for the body and mind, supporting healing for lungs, grief and trauma. And sign up for this valuable weekly newsletter to receive useful info on herbs along with DIY tips for health and wellness every Monday!   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! 2019 RETREATS   I am excited to share that astrologer Renn Butler and I will be …

The Big Push: Astrology of November 6 – November 12, 2018

***Check out Real Imaginal Daily Divinations on Instagram!*** After a year of traversing deep, dark Scorpio, the royal blood of Jupiter flows into his sparkly home sign of Sagittarius (Nov. 8), strengthening his power and lending favor to his activities. Jupiter’s positive nature is sometimes overemphasized and perhaps this is in keeping with his archetypal nature. And while he can correlate to unqualified success, good fortune, generosities, happiness and freedom, Jupiter’s general character simply describes expansion. Jupiter is the great magnifier, enlarging whatever he touches, hence his reputation for exaggeration, egoic grandiosity, excess, overdoing and overestimating things. Jupiter can therefore just as easily magnify misfortune as grant great benefits. In client work, I have even noticed a correlation between Jupiter square Moon natal aspects and the pattern of orphaned children along the mother line, whether mothers were physically or extremely emotionally absent to their children. That said, we can expect Jupiter’s time in Sagittarius (until Dec. 2019) to usher in some needed hope, optimism and belief in a higher power or higher good with which …

Recovering Legacies: Astrology of October 30 – November 5, 2018

***Check out Real Imaginal Daily Divinations on Instagram!*** All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, Samhain, Ilgės…these are some of the celebrations around the world marking this week of the thinning of the veil between this world of appearances and the other, more mysterious world of our origin/destination. Such remembrances of the ancestors serve as a reminder of the impermanence of our lives and circumstances, an awareness which is highlighted by the Sun’s annual trip through the regenerative depths of Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22). Peacemaking Venus has also amplified the presence of the Scorpionic lately due to her retrograde motion through that sign. Yet she will pierce the veil between Scorpio and Libra this week (Oct. 31), just after making her second opposition to upsetting Uranus (exact Oct. 31). Venus is far more at home in the conciliatory and other-oriented sign of Libra but her extended opposition to Uranus could have her acting a little strangely and less predictably. The consideration of distance, freedom and experimentation within our intimate …

Thar She Blows! : Astrology of October 23 – October 30, 2018

***Check out NEW Real Imaginal Daily Divinations on Instagram!*** I’ve missed writing the weekly astrological outlook for you these past two weeks due to illness. Here’s to better health! The week begins with the Sun’s entry into the sign of Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22, 2018). The Sun symbolizes our sense of self or conscious identity and how we want to be seen, and Scorpio beckons us to engage the more murky territory in our psyche. What has been hidden from you? What have you hidden from yourself? Seeing through the murk requires a special kind of vision, a night vision attuned to symbolism and fired by a sacred curiosity. Scorpio digs down for the truth, which can lead into sensitive territory. Thinking symbolically rather than literally can move you beyond fears, taboos and similar restrictions on seeing clearly. Because when we dig down underneath the niceties and surface appearances, it’s important to be open to what is, rather than consumed by desires for or fears of what might be—and hence the need for …

Too Close or Too Distant: Astrology of October 2 – October 9, 2018

***Check out NEW Real Imaginal Daily Divinations on Instagram!*** Venus carries the big news in the sky this week as she stations retrograde on Oct. 5 at 10° Scorpio and backs up to 25° Libra where she will turn direct on Nov. 16. Though these dates demarcate Venus’ time in retrograde, there is a “shoulder season” of retrogrades known as the shadow period that contains precursors as well as culminations of events which carry the significance of Venus’ initiatory descent into the underworld. The shadow period started on Sept. 3, when Venus first passed 25° Libra. And though she returns to direct motion on Nov. 16, she remains in the shadow of her retrograde until Dec. 16, when she moves through 10° Scorpio. In other words, her influence spans more than three months. The planet Venus represents many seductions we can spend a lifetime pursuing: money, sex, love, community and the sweeter things of life. Venus in our individual birth charts will describe what we value and how we give and receive in various relationships, as …