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Accountability to our aspirations: Astrology of Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 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! Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of November 28 – December 4, 2017 with much love and blessings on your wholeness, health and well-being under the Gemini Full Moon, Erica

A change of perspective: Astrology of Nov. 21 – Nov. 27, 2017

We start this week off with the Sun entering Sagittarius—and we do rejoice! Not that we could or should skip over the revelations of this past season of Scorpio (Oct. 22 – Nov. 21), but Sagittarian influences will begin to bring some new perspectives and insights into our situation. A more generous, inclusive and flexible portion of ourselves will be more readily available to get down with the business of living within a changed reality, and using our higher principles to shape the meaning of those changes. There is the possibility of feeling some hope of moving through the heaviness, and noticing that horizons stretch out farther than those which may have previously felt like they were collapsing in on you. This process of integration could be helped by minding any gap between one’s abstract ideals and the messiness that life can bring us. The Moon’s square with the Sun on Sunday, Nov. 26 suggests that solutions to such gaps may appear if we examine where our needs (Moon) conflict with our desires (Sun). For …

Underworld blessings: Astrology of Nov. 14 – Nov. 20, 2017

This week of the Scorpio New Moon can recall us to our wholeness, if we are willing to accept the unknown into our lives, the mystery of our being. On Tuesday, make an offering to the receptive parts of you, that which chooses to receive and that which cannot help but receive. Come Wednesday, you might inquire into the health and well-being of your assertive parts or that portion of you which protects you. How are these working together, or not? Are we trying to force, where we should relax? Are we trying to allow, where we should be exerting more will? What does it mean to cooperate with the greater stream of life in which we are carried? Above all, how can we honor the becoming that we each are, a process that has its own timing, its own motive, its own messy and wonderfully intact aspects. It is a good week to make gifts of abundant love to the mythical Underworld: to all the forgotten ones, the hidden ones, the repressed ones, the …

Prickly truths: Astrology of Nov. 7 – Nov. 13, 2017

While some of us may still be trying to recover from the emotional tides of last week’s full moon, Mercury saunters into happy-go-lucky Sagittarius on November 5, bringing an optimistic outlook. And instead of the usual three-week stay in Sagittarius, Mercury will camp out there for over two months, due to the upcoming December retrograde through Sagittarius. If we take care now to tether this optimistic Mercury to our more sobering realities, we are in a better position to get the most out of the Sagittarian tendency to expand our views, possibilities and horizons. Sagittarius is future-oriented, philosophical and adventurous but both the Sun and the traditional ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, remain in broody and sometimes swampy Scorpio. Scorpio will be asking us about the ways in which we are compromised and where we should be more cautious than carefree in the ways that we portray ourselves, as we grow into and reach for the future. Venus’s entry into the mysterious and spicy realms of Scorpio (Nov. 5 – Dec. 1) suggests we also tread …

Announcing new monthly astrological forecast

Announcing a new monthly astrological forecast written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter! It is an honor to team up with Anima Mundi to share the medicines of cosmos, plants and alchemy with you – and to launch it on the week of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead!  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! with much love and blessings for your wholeness, health and well-being during this week of remembrance of ancestors beneath the Taurus Full Moon, Erica Click here for a look at the astrology of the week of October 30 – November 5, 2017  

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Moon-Mars-Neptune: Fighting a house of mirrors

In The Sky: Mars in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces from Sept. 18  to Sept. 29, 2017.  The Moon joins Mars in Virgo on Sept. 18, and forms a T-square with Mars and Neptune on Sept. 25, 2017, when the Moon passes through Sagittarius.  NOTE: In world transits, the Moon may act more as a trigger of the potential embodied in the slower moving planets, and this article is most relevant to those with these three planets combined in their natal charts. When the Moon forms a dynamic aspect to Neptune, clarity can be a bit challenging. Someone with this aspect once lamented to me that it can be like navigating a house of mirrors. With Mars added to the brew, locating the source of one’s motivation, anger, vitality or sense of direction can be frustrating. The Moon is what we’re unconscious of, and it can take a long-term effort to notice its role in our behaviors and circumstances. The Moon represents those things which simply are, whether inherited or which by their nature …

Mind Meets Body: New Moon in Gemini

“We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future.  We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension.  But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.” -Thomas Berry On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 12:44pm Pacific time, the Moon will conjoin the Sun at 4°47” of Gemini. The New Moon is traditionally conceived of as a time to set intentions for a new cycle of growth, with the following Full Moon (June 9) as a good time to reflect on your intentions and how they have manifested or not. This Gemini New Moon can offer us a potent window into reconciling the apparent opposites in our lives. Are multiple aims and goals which you feel drawn toward actually in opposition to each other, or perhaps in opposition to the expression of your Soul? Perhaps if you look closely, you will see that what feel like conflicting goals aren’t so much in conflict as requiring patience, endurance, sustained attention and the measured expense …

Emotional Truths : Full Moon in Scorpio : May 10

The Scorpio Full Moon is now upon us, drawing into exactitude on May 10 at 2:42pm in the Pacific time zone.  She offers a fantastic opportunity to dive into our unwanted, discarded or so-called negative emotions, whether in an internal process or in working out interpersonal or community difficulties. Scorpio’s depths can be known for “drama,” but it only becomes drama when we refuse to surrender to the problematic and untidy aspects of relationships. In reality, the Scorpio Moon is searching for emotional truth, but it can be a little guarded because it’s so vulnerable, exposed, and a little raw in expecting betrayal…particularly in emotion-phobic societies, a Scorpionic Moon cannot always trust that it will be met in that place of vulnerability by others. Occupying the other side of this lunation, the Sun in Taurus is comfort-seeking, especially creaturely and bodily comforts/habits (“what makes me feel good”) which can serve to avoid changes which require presence to discomfort and messiness. On the one hand, a reaction to the discomfort can be to want to go …

A Prayer For Venus Retrograde 2017

“Love is not the same thing as analysis.” This approach to personal development came to me through Bill Plotkin of Animas Valley Institute, though I don’t know the origins of the sentiment. But the difference in orientation is profound. When we consider our approach to natal charts, whether our own or others’, analysis brings flesh to an entirely different animal than the one animated by love. To analyze something means to pull it apart, to try to separate a phenomenon into different parts in order to understand how it functions. Analysis starts off with value judgments and assumes that the one who is analyzing has an answer to a designated “problem,” or the correct view on matters. It tends to discount the native intelligence of the psyche or soul itself, the intelligence in its functioning just as it is, the inherent value of its activity and existence apart from whether the observer may appreciate it or not. Love offers quite a different approach. Rather than pulling things apart to answer “how” (and therefore bring under …

In The Sky: Shadows Cast by Saturn square Neptune

Welcome to In The Sky, a recurring feature of  Real Imaginal online magazine, dedicated to the re-enchantment of Neptune. In The Sky presents reflections on current world transits. Using the methodology of archetypal astrology which, based on empirical research, allows a 10-degree orb of influence for this particular world transit, the planets Saturn and Neptune began having a difficult conversation in November 1, 2014 which will run through September 2017.  Saturn square Neptune When SATURN is at 24° 48” Scorpio — 22° 11” Sagittarius While NEPTUNE is at 4° 48” Pisces — 11° 15” Pisces Beginning November 2014 First exact square: Nov. 26, 2015 at 7° Sagittarius-Pisces. Second exact square: June 6, 2016 at 12° Sagittarius-Pisces. Third exact square: September 10, 2016 at 10° Sagittarius-Pisces. Ending September 2017 Generally speaking, the closer the aspect is to exact, the greater the intensity of the associated archetypal qualities, whether positive or negative. Of all the many seemingly contradictory significations of the Saturn-Neptune combination—such as the onset of mental illness as well as psychological healing; clarified perception as …