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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 …

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 …

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 …

Saturn Return Survey for Saturn-Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn (1988-89)

Roughly every seven years, transiting Saturn makes an aspect to the natal position of Saturn, signaling a test of the inner and outer structures which govern our lives. The Saturn return, occurring every 27 – 30 years, is a culmination point in the Saturn cycle. When Saturn returns to its natal position, we are brought into especially close contact with our destiny, such as a sense of how we are to act in service to the community of life, or simply finding ourselves in circumstances which help us to actualize our greatest belonging. Whether that calling or destiny is consciously recognized, accepted or rejected depends on a great many other factors, but in general, the Saturn cycle correlates to a process of maturation. This involves parting with or changing elements of our lives in order to create the space to embrace an evolution of our way of belonging to society and to the world. The year 2017 brings the generation born with Saturn-Uranus-Neptune in Capricorn—those born during various months of 1988 through 1990—into proximity of …

Out of Orbit ::: September 11: Saturn-Pluto and the birth of hope

The column Out of Orbit features articles which range outside of direct discussion of the archetype of Neptune. When the planets Saturn and Pluto come together in the sky in hard aspect (0° conjunction, 90° square or 180° opposition), feelings of hardship, danger and mortality are heightened within human collectives as well as within individual lives. Although this archetypal complex can produce an exaggerated internal experience of oppression, repression and gloomy prospects for the future, often world events will occur to bring about such conditions and experiences, or draw pre-existing problems out into greater public awareness and debate. One such period of time was from June 2000 to April 2004 when Saturn formed an opposition (180° angle) to Pluto in the sky. During this time the World Trade Center in New York City as well as the Pentagon in Washington, DC, suffered terrorist attacks on the now-infamous day of September 11, 2001. A militaristic and violent response spiraled out of those events with all the iron-fisted certainty, unforgiving moral posturing and vindictiveness that Saturn-Pluto at its …