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Putting the “I” in “we”: Astrology of September 18 – September 24, 2018

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The Aries Full Moon on Sept. 24 at 7:52pm US/Pacific issues a frank declaration: cut the crap. This Full Moon forms a no-nonsense exact T-square with stern Saturn that looks like business. Whereas Saturn’s influence may inhibit expression, the continued dynamism of fiery Mars squaring surprising Uranus and also squaring relational Venus is stirring things up a little more than usual. We may receive or give a harsh or critical appraisal that may not be completely off base, though any long-repressed unspoken feelings could cloud our perception. It will not be so easy to hide your mistakes or your true feelings—your cover may be blown!

Making the most of the few days leading up to this Full Moon by internally acknowledging how you feel and what you believe could defuse arguments so that stern but stable Saturn’s influence can bring in some calm, calculated communication. It will also be helpful to consider opposing perspectives and to make a sincere effort to represent other people’s beliefs, actions and (apparent) motivations truthfully. Fidelity to other perspectives will steer you clear of accusations and entanglement in unnecessary intrigues, and could also shed new light on an old or troublesome issue through open dialogue.

2018 Aries Full Moon

Chatty Mercury makes their superior conjunction to the Sun in discreet Virgo (exact. Sep. 20), but Mercury is moving fast at this point in their cycle, leaping into Libra on Sep. 21 and immediately opposing the sensitive centaur, Chiron in Aries. You may be challenged to understand what holds you back from taking charge, or you may get a good look at failures to consider your impact on others. This aspect generally speaks to the tug of war between the individual self (Aries) and the relational self (Libra) and it may be necessary to verbalize boundaries as well as point out where your boundaries have been crossed. Experiment with placing yourself first as a way of taking responsibility for your actions and your words. Putting yourself in the driver’s seat here isn’t so much about running over other people as it is about becoming the individual being that is necessary to create real relationship.

We may find ourselves hashing it out particularly with workmates, siblings or peers and again, it’s necessary to take responsibility for our own decisions by daring to be an individual self with thoughts, feelings and experiences. Any tendency to place undue responsibility on others for what you say, do or feel will likely come right back at you with a “WRONG ANSWER” written all over it. Of course, we’re all tied together in a network of mutuality, but the spotlight is now on our capacity to show up for ourselves in a way that acknowledges our real duties, responsibilities and obligations.


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 offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

On Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

Looking for the Center: Astrology of September 11 – September 18, 2018

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The story in the sky this week centers on sweet Venus’ opposition to erratic Uranus (exact Sept. 12), which is sharply punctuated by a T-square formation with the swordsman himself, Mars. We can expect the beginnings (or a deepening) of a re-organization in our social sphere which may impact our friendships, our sources of income, our intimate partnerships and our ideas about how to love and be loved. While the period of Sept. 7 through Sept. 16 may produce a number of shocks or major turns, it is reasonable to expect various consequences and additional wrinkles to the plot to roll into the Venus retrograde this fall. (See bottom for key dates of the 2018 Venus retrograde.)

Since aesthetically attuned Venus makes her retrogrades in a symmetrical fashion, retrograding through the same part of the zodiac every eight years, it is useful to reflect on what was going on for you in fall 2010 in the sphere of love, friendships, money and sex. You might also reflect on what was happening for you around the topic(s) of the house(s) she was retrograding through in your personal chart as these areas of life will similarly be stimulated during the present retrograde. You can also reach back in memory to previous retrogrades for hints and suggestions of what may unfurl this fall, such as 2002, 1994, 1986 and so on. This particular retrograde is notable for its overlap with the Mars retrograde which is winding down (Mars leaves the shadow of his retrograde on Nov. 12) and its opposition to the revolutionary impulses of Uranus. There could be alternating periods of confusion and clarity around key relationships in your life which have anchored your identity up to this point. Re-orienting to a different social self may be unpleasant at times but it will ultimately be liberating, as you tune into the demands of Saturn in Capricorn, who wants solid life support structures. Fortunately, stabilizing Saturn’s harmonious trine aspect to earthquaking Uranus offers a bit of support for a more life-affirming movement.

The planet of mind, Mercury makes their opposition to illogical Neptune (exact Sep. 13), which can make clear thinking a bit challenging. As suggested for last week’s New Moon in discerning Virgo, altering one’s consciousness in various ways could catalyze access to greater spiritual knowledge, particularly as Mercury applies to their trine with the penetrating depths of Pluto (exact Sep. 15). It is not necessary to take powerful mind-altering substances, particularly since the astro-weather already heightens the potential for reaching into more transcendent or inscendent realms of consciousness. In fact, centering practices such as meditation, contemplative practice and mantras as well as yoga asana can be much more useful in bringing some focus to what could otherwise be a blurry or indistinct state of mind. Exploring more artistic and poetic modes of expression is also supported, as Pluto’s influence brings even more of the underworld of the unconscious to the surface. However, this could also translate into messy conversations with a great deal of misunderstanding and suspicion or paranoia mixed in! Slow down and take it easy if you are in a contentious situation as the air may clear of its own accord by the end of the week.

Key dates for Venus retrograde:
Sept. 3, 2018 – Venus enters shadow 25° Libra
Oct. 5, 2018 – Venus stations retrograde 10° Scorpio
Nov. 16, 2018 – Venus stations direct 25° Libra
Dec. 16, 2018 – Venus exits shadow 10° Scorpio


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 offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

I will also be appearing Sept. 15 in Portland, Oregon with the Oregon Astrological Association offering a 3-hour workshop on Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021. Then on Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

Which Way Is Up?: Astrology of September 4 – September 10, 2018

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As many of us orient to all the changes, delays, frustrations or re-directions the outgoing Mars retrograde period has brought in (beginning in early May/ mid-June), the planet of harmony, Venus begins to enter her slightly overlapping retrograde period, entering the shadow of the path of her retrograde at 25° Libra (Sept. 3) and squaring the planet of discord Mars (exact Sept. 8). They are both making a hard aspect to trickster Uranus, alerting us to be on the lookout for mischief in our intimate, social and work environments. Tensions that have been hidden may suddenly spring into the light, or ongoing problems may finally boil over. Patience is running short and this configuration can indicate a desire to completely overhaul existing agreements and arrangements.

Meanwhile, Saturn is moving at his slowest as he prepares to return to direct motion through the zodiac on Sept. 6 at 2° Capricorn. Waves of karma are spinning some of us in great circles, while others of us take bold and decisive steps to break free of ancient restrictions, however problematic the jailbreak may be. Sometimes falling two steps backwards will provide an impetus to take a great leap forward—even if that setback is annoying or baffling at the time. For everyone invested in their healing path to psychospiritual wholeness: we never get rid of our wounding and our karmic tendencies. As these are attended to with care and tenderness, they may become more integrated and less overwhelming, but they’re still there. The path towards wholeness is more of a spiral, so that the next time we encounter a particular wound, we get a different viewpoint of it from along the spiral, but the wound is not simply gone. With each encounter comes the chance to gather more wisdom about ourselves and the human condition.

Which brings us to the Virgo New Moon at 11:01am US/Pacific on Sept. 9, 2018. This New Moon offers a powerful conversation around health and wellness, whether psychological, spiritual, physical or emotional, in large part due to its close opposition aspect with the planet of healing, Neptune in Pisces. Virgo can be health obsessed and perhaps that’s because of the desire to never be in the position of needing help (overly independent). Virgo’s opposite, Pisces, can be too vulnerable to external influences and therefore constantly in need of help (overly dependent). Both Virgo and Pisces are service-oriented, perhaps out of recognition of vulnerability both large (Pisces) and small (Virgo) and this New Moon could represent a melting of old defenses that are no longer needed—or a complete meltdown of epic proportions. The Mars Retrograde of the past few months has highlighted for a great many people any incongruity between their ambitions and their capacities, especially physical limitations. If we’ve listened to the signals to slow down, we are in a better position to rearrange our strategies for self-care. If we’ve ignored those signs…this may represent a breakdown point.

Regardless of your current trajectory, Virgo’s potent powers of discernment can be challenged by such a strong aspect from Neptune, who can create confusion and disorientation. But if we take time to alter our ordinary ego consciousness and enter into other, more Neptunian ways of knowing, we may receive some vital information on: the state of the sacred union of the active and receptive principles within ourselves; how to fortify our boundaries, whether energetic or more material; where or how we should practice more vulnerability; how to open our hearts to ourselves; the nature of freedom and attachment in relationship. Altering our consciousness could look like taking inner journeys with the spirits of plants, including non-entheogenic plants who reach out to us as allies, such as ocotillo, motherwort, cornsilk, black cohosh, hydrangea, devil’s club, hawthorn, and so on.


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 offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

I will also be appearing Sept. 15 in Portland, Oregon with the Oregon Astrological Association offering a 3-hour workshop on Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021. Then on Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

Deep Review of Future Plans: Astrology of August 28 – September 3, 2018

We have finally reached Mars’ turning point in the 2018 retrograde period in which the red planet of desire, rashness and action slowly begins to move forward in the zodiac again (Aug. 27), pausing to carefully consider his next move at the 28th degree of Capricorn. We may have likewise found ourselves in deep review and reconsideration of our plans for action and where we feel our momentum gaining ground and also where we find ourselves faltering. Mars in the sign of Capricorn responds well to planning and organization, but with Mars continuing to square volatile and unpredictable Uranus, you would do well to consider planning things a little differently than usual. Old security blankets may become nooses to hang ourselves in if we don’t open ourselves to new forms of organization, new ways of planning and generally allowing for our goals to be responsive to other environmental factors in our lives. Locking in on a target may be necessary, but the path getting there won’t look the same as it has before.

Because you have changed. Or something has otherwise shifted or made itself available to you, arisen for inspection, remediation and integration during this Mars retrograde period (since June 26, though possibly since May 10). The Sun’s presence in Virgo (through Sep. 23) can help you to pierce your own illusions by seeing the gritty details you might want to overlook or which are just not easily seen. Take advantage of this week to take a realistic stock of the foundations for your projects, goals and aspirations prior to next week’s Virgo New Moon which closely opposes visionary Neptune. Being honest with yourself, you might inquire as follows: what has your body told you over the past few months about your current pace of life? Too fast? Too slow? Too much? Not enough? Are your timelines too short? Are there other factors playing into your aspirations which are simply out of your control, but which you really need to respect? Are you able to trust that some larger movements which are forcing your hand are in fact carrying you—mysteriously—towards your goal? What other facts and information do you need to gather in order to make better decisions about the direction of your (finite) life energy? It could be that you actually have all the information you need…but you need to be willing to let it tell you a more truthful story than the one you have been telling yourself.

The planet Mars as seen from space

Saturn is slowing down in order to make his direct station (Sep. 6), which can bring in some extra pressure around deadlines, decisions and responsibilities for a couple of weeks. Saturn wants us to get off on good footing, and leave behind whatever childishness will undermine our progress and our overall health. Saturn wants us to succeed and is not shy about removing obstacles—as well as placing them in particularly sensitive areas which force us to look more closely and consider more carefully. Since this station of taskmaster Saturn makes a tight square aspect with the rogue comet Chiron, who has recently entered Aries, we may be confronting who we believe to be the author of our lives. (Note: who we BELIEVE to be the author of or authority in our lives.) We may be facing off with issues of sovereignty and leadership within our own lives, and having challenging interactions around who gets the final word, or who plays “the boss.”

This could very well be an internal conversation, as new patterns or habits try to emerge at the same time as older habits try to re-assert themselves. Being deeply loving with those older habits—however frustrating they may be—is critical to effectively releasing their hold over you. You may have to be a little more assertive with external figures though don’t waste much time with fighting. If power truly is “the ability to cause or prevent change which arises from the fact of communion,” recognize the parts of the relationship you are feeding. Alter your stance, gather allies to help you as needed and use your relatedness to an advantage. It may be possible to establish new understandings, new lines of communication, new ways of achieving things together and establish much more enduring and rewarding bonds.

Key dates for Mars retrograde:
May 10, 2018 – Mars enters shadow 28° Capricorn
June 26, 2018 – Mars at 9° Aquarius stations retrograde
August 27, 2018 – Mars at 28° Capricorn stations direct
November 12, 2018 – Mars exist shadow at 9° Aquarius


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 offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

I will also be appearing Sept. 15 in Portland, Oregon with the Oregon Astrological Association offering a 3-hour workshop on Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021. Then on Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

Grounding Into Changes: Astrology of August 21 – August 27, 2018

These waning days of August means the Sun enters Virgo (Aug. 22) and is almost immediately opposed by the Moon when they both reach 3° Virgo/Pisces, respectively. The entire planet is within a long-term general potential to effect CHANGE and no matter how fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) or Saturnian you may feel in wanting to resist or deny change its rightful and prominent place—cosmic forces are enabling us to make some extraordinary changes to our karmic patterns, both individually and collectively. This particular Full Moon in Pisces on August 26, 2018 at 4:56am US/Pacific points towards grounding into effective means of upending your whole life. Well, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for some of us, it will indeed involve the whole enchilada.

The Pisces Full Moon invites us into divine connection, especially through attention to the body, through which we can summon the courage—and the vulnerability—to conquer the basest survival fears which hold us prisoner. A key to this process is agreeing to commit only to what is ours to do. Locating our true responsibilities to self and to other and seeing the way to let go of all the accumulations of pride or co-dependence or martyrdom or whatever is burdening us with too great a weight to carry. Action-oriented Mars will resume direct motion beginning the next day (Aug. 27) and for this entire week will function more like incendiary Pluto, as it grinds to a halt in the sky before moving forward. For some, a sudden change of heart could materialize, while for others a sudden change of course which has happened some time since June 27 will solidify under the guidance of new directions, new courses you are now free to set. Be vigilant against falling back into old survival patterns that you have outgrown; you are free to choose a different path now, even if it takes time to become accustomed to a brand new pair of legs! Like a baby, it can take time—and some falling down—to learn to walk in new ways.

Pisces Full Moon 2018

The planet of harmony, balance and friendship, Venus squares our dark lord of the underworld, Pluto (exact Aug. 26) during the Full Moon, which could put the finishing touches on a romantic or more platonic strife. Whether it signals a break up or the chance to make up, emotions will be riding extra high with this Full Moon and it is wise to take the space you need in order to make honest connections with others. Hiding your vulnerability with emotionally manipulative or evasive tactics is a waste of this influence, which could instead help us to develop greater empathy for ourselves and for others. Venus’ square to Pluto also supports a continued meditation on the nature of our generosity towards others, which was indicated by the previous New Moon in Leo. In fact, this Full Moon may yield some greater insight into if not some resolutions around that inquiry. Especially for those who tend to offer their most tender, sensitive parts up to those who do not know how to properly care for them, harness the discernment within this Full Moon to your best interests, which includes self-protection.

You might try a lovingkindness meditation this week to help ease pain or any undue fear surrounding transitions. For example, you could sit in a quiet place with your feet on the floor, or in a meditative posture, eyes closed or half closed and allow yourself to concentrate on your breath for a few minutes. This preliminary practice can help generate inner quiet and calm before bringing to mind someone you love or care for, and wishing with your whole heart that they know love, kindness, happiness and joy—wishing with your whole heart that they be free from suffering and the causes of suffering—wishing with your whole heart that they be happy, safe and free. You could then move to picturing those who you find difficult or challenging; or a particular situation which is troubling; or a particular part of you which you find difficult or challenging; or even the entire world of 7.6 billion people. Be specific and concrete, detailed in what you bring forth to offer lovingkindness to, and you may find that your own heart lightens considerably in the process.

Key dates for Mars retrograde:
May 10, 2018 – Mars enters shadow 28° Capricorn
June 26, 2018 – Mars at 9° Aquarius stations retrograde
August 27, 2018 – Mars at 28° Capricorn stations direct
November 12, 2018 – Mars exist shadow at 9° Aquarius


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 offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

I will also be appearing Sept. 15 in Portland, Oregon with the Oregon Astrological Association offering a 3-hour workshop on Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021. Then on Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

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. But Mars’ continued retrograde motion will point us towards looking even deeper to confront patterns of self-sabotage, misdirected passions and karmic obstacles. How do your bodily needs, instinctual or survival-based habits and basic predispositions conflict with your desired self-image, your vision of the future and your various goals? Locating these internal incompatibilities may bring frustration at first, but pay close attention! You can gather important information which will help you to take appropriate action once the planet of pursuit, direction and energy, Mars turns direct on Aug. 27.

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Be wary of emotional explosivity on August 16 and 17 while the Moon travels through the churning depths of Scorpio. The Moon describes the unconscious and signifies our somatic self, our emotions and our basic needs—and therefore our vulnerability. Scorpio’s intensely searching nature can leave us feeling a little exposed if not totally raw, when put into contact with what is already typically hidden from view (the Moon’s province). Taking a moment to actually feel your emotions—rather than reacting or lashing out—could actually bring a great gift of insight into some of your basic unmet needs. Don’t waste time trying to analyze other people on the basis of your feelings. What do your feelings say about you, what you value and care for, and what you wish to protect and serve? How can you uphold your values and serve what you love?

Also this week, expansive, optimistic Jupiter makes its final exact trine aspect to the visionary dreamer Neptune (exact Aug. 19), asking us to look closely at our philosophies of life and any need for adjustments. Are our goals too lofty, or perhaps we just need to add a few more measured steps to get from A to Z? Can we engage our shortcomings and wounds with a mature heart, with a steady hand, with faithfulness to our own divine nature? It is an amazing gift to be able to see what needs repair—it is the first step in the process of moving towards greater wholeness. Don’t despair in the recognition of what is yet to be addressed; give thanks that your path is becoming that much more clear!

Key dates for Mercury retrograde:
July 6, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 11° Leo
July 25, 2018 – Mercury stations retrograde 23° Leo
Aug. 18, 2018 – Mercury stations direct 11° Leo
Sept. 1, 2018 – Mercury exits shadow 23° Leo


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 generation born roughly 30 years ago with a Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, I am offering everyone with natal Saturn placed from 25° Sagittarius to 29° Capricorn ~ roughly those born Jan. 1929 – Nov. 1932; Mar. 1958 – Jan. 1962; and Dec. 1987 – Feb. 1991 ~ a special Saturn return reading at the following reduced rates for a limited time only:

Returning clients
$65 for 60 minutes
$35 for 30 minutes

New clients
$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes

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

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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 too rosy or too gloomy a picture of our friends, workmates or romantic partners. While this influence is strong for a short week, it will also place its stamp on the total lunar eclipse so that its meaning will unfold through at least the next six months. With Venus-Neptune comes a strong suggestion to be faithful to the quest for truth—how you come into knowledge of the truth will be just as important as grasping the “simple facts.”

Do you have a tendency to get swept into gossip? Gossip is a tool of the powerless and the powerful alike, and in its more negative form seeks to undermine others rather than support and draw out the best in everyone. Gossip can be mean-spirited or simply come from a wounded place, so that it drains a community’s vitality, damaging some connections while making others more influential than they otherwise would be. We all participate in gossip to some degree, but check in on your motivations for participating in conversations about others which do not include the direct input of those others. And carefully consider the motivations of those who would share or create gossip with you. Your quest for truth and serving divine purposes will be best supported by an attitude of compassion toward whatever pain, wounding or unmet need pushes people to create alliances or a feeling of security through sharing secrets or making a spectacle of human shortcomings.

As we appraise the value and merit of various communications and perspectives, take note: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Not only the “too good” but the “too awful” as well…if you come across the perfect monster to fit your worst nightmares, that may also be too good to be true! All the same, we may be witnessing many hopeful new partnerships forming and then dissolving, as well as existing partnerships breaking up or changing significantly over the next six months. Stability in general is challenged but don’t forget to reach out to your connections to the other-than-human world—plant, animal and mineral allies, the nature spirits you commune with and all types of earthly connection with the divine will help guide you through the confusion that Mars’ and Mercury’s retrograde may be churning up.

The total lunar eclipse happens on July 27 at 1:20pm US/Pacific at 4° Aquarius and involves a close, tense aspect to the summer-long square between Mars and Uranus. If you are drawn to blaze a new path, know that a working through of the past—or being worked over by past actions, or karma—will not be easily avoided. The long-term influences of Saturn trine Uranus and Jupiter trine Neptune can help open your heart to more challenging realizations about yourself as well as others. Ask what practical, grounded ideals of beauty might enable you to work with your karma in a more generative way, while being wary of over-idealizing your own capacities or noble intentions. (It’s okay to be human—really!!) Especially do not mistake a feeling of confident enthusiasm with a well-considered action. You might check the houses of your natal chart that the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius fall in to see which areas of your life are potentiated. While you may not be surprised by the areas of life which are highlighted, there may yet be a surprising new wrinkle, a relief, an unburdening, a blessing—even if that blessing comes in disguise.

Key dates for Mercury retrograde:
July 6, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 11° Leo
July 25, 2018 – Mercury stations retrograde 23° Leo
Aug. 18, 2018 – Mercury stations direct 11° Leo
Sept. 1, 2018 – Mercury exits shadow 23° Leo


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 generation born roughly 30 years ago with a Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, I am offering everyone with natal Saturn placed from 25° Sagittarius to 29° Capricorn ~ roughly those born Jan. 1929 – Nov. 1932; Mar. 1958 – Jan. 1962; and Dec. 1987 – Feb. 1991 ~ a special Saturn return reading at the following reduced rates for a limited time only:

Returning clients
$65 for 60 minutes
$35 for 30 minutes

New clients
$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes

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 more to come because it is not enough to receive new information or a new perspective—how your life must change as a result is an entirely different matter. The Sun in Cancer tends to look backwards in time, and as comforting as sentimentality can be, hanging onto a glaze of idealization over the past will prove increasingly problematic.

Along those lines, Venus begins to oppose the dreamtime of Neptune just as she makes a pleasant sextile to forgiving Jupiter (exact July 22) which might soften the edges of our judgment—both in good and bad ways. Much ink has been spilled over the spiritual dangers of “judging” situations, that is, appraising the value of people, things and events based on our personal notion of ethics (good and bad). In our haste to categorize things within our moral frameworks, we may miss crucial facts and fail to notice significant contradictions which would allow us to better understand why people do the things they do, or why something went down the way it did. On the other hand, absolute moral relativism—the idea that there really is no better or worse way and that all acts are equal—is even less likely to promote understanding and necessary moral reflection. This week, we might instead call upon the possibilities of discernment, which plays well with the spiritual triplets of empathy, humility and compassion. Let us not dehumanize others by either demonizing or lionizing them—saying someone is either completely evil or can do no wrong—or by dismissing them or their actions—failing to take up the hard work of relating to them as a fellow aspect of the divine. We have only begun to witness the potential for polarization (splitting the world into pairs of hostile opposites) in the long-term collective transit of Saturn-Pluto (2018 – 2021) but don’t overlook the power and importance of each gesture of empathy, humility and compassion, however small or however large.

Rounding out this week, the Sun will enter its home sign of Leo on July 22 and turn our attention to the incredibly active fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) of the summer of 2018. The Sun in Leo warms the heart and is much more extroverted than the Sun in Cancer. We can expect correlations to Mercury retrograde to amp up from this date, as we may feel more expressive, but don’t expect it to be all bad! Mercury’s retrograde is a wonderful time to reconnect with old friends and under these skies, that could come about by chance meetings or otherwise quite by surprise. Look back through any unfinished creative projects to see if there is anything you would like to bring back to life as this could bring you much joy. This Leo season (until Aug. 22), be open to new or even whimsical creative urges but take a playful stance towards them—they may be just a practice ground for something completely different, or a fleeting prayer offered up to the beauty of the cosmos.


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 generation born roughly 30 years ago with a Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, I am offering everyone with natal Saturn placed from 25° Sagittarius to 29° Capricorn ~ roughly those born Jan. 1929 – Nov. 1932; Mar. 1958 – Jan. 1962; and Dec. 1987 – Feb. 1991 ~ a special Saturn return reading at the following reduced rates for a limited time only:

Returning clients
$65 for 60 minutes
$35 for 30 minutes

New clients
$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes

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 of the storm, or a guiding principle of balance. Her aesthetic may be sharp and crisp and perhaps strict to some, but it’s a matter of allowing oneself to be undone, unbuttoned and unlaced long enough to truly see into the deeps. The deeps of you. Your relationships. Your past. Your enormous potential.

As Menachem Mendel advises us, “There’s nothing so whole as a broken heart.” It is rigidity and addiction to absolute perfection—a pitfall of the sign of Virgo—perfection of a deadly Saturnian kind that renders life intolerably violent, because it imagines the extinction of the undesirable. The difficult and the ugly and the unwanted don’t seem to exist in spite of wholeness, but rather appear to be a crucial part of wholeness. How shall we hold those things? In ourselves? Our families? Our communities? The entire Earth Community? which thrives on the interplay of life and death, grief and praise, suffering and gratitude.

This month’s New Moon in Cancer on July 12 at 7:46pm US/Pacific asks us if we can let ourselves be broken open. Its exact opposition with Pluto, lord of the Underworld instructs us: Let go of the sentimentality you have about the past! That prison of “fond memories” (whether fond or actually gruesome) whose shapes distort the reality of this present moment, this moment that needs our presence, our vulnerability, our release from the lie of being either guilty or innocent, endangered or secure, whole or fragmented…and begs us to take the courageous plunge into humility.

For this is how the unknown can step forth out of the shadows of our unawareness and take hold of us with a mighty grip. Fear is one response to touching the immensity of our being…and it has been said that we humans should never cross such a threshold unless we are afraid. For a lack fear would mean that we are too naive about what is happening, that we are unprepared for such a revelation. And yet, along with fear, trust is another possible response. This New Moon forms a Grand Water Trine with Jupiter and Neptune, and says it is possible to know how much you truly are loved—just by virtue of being alive, without ever having had to earn it or “deserve” it. It is possible to know that the divine loves you so much that he/she/they/it helped to create you. You. Exactly as you are. Imperfect or perfect.


In honor of this New Moon in Cancer, I share a devastatingly beautiful cinematic meditation on life and death in our particular moment called “Albatross.” Written, directed and edited by internationally acclaimed artist Chris Jordan, it is definitely much more than “just another depressing film about crises on the planet now.” I note how the artist has preserved the dignity of these creatures, and allowed them to be wild, allowed that death is a part of life, that the planet actually doesn’t perform to our expectations. And while Chris reveals the tragedy we humans are creating…he doesn’t center the lives of albatrosses on humans and our needs or our “guilt” or “innocence.” He doesn’t make a spectacle of a very real disaster, but does something so much greater…please, I urge you to see for yourself. Take in this amazing piece of devotional art, a wonderful gesture towards this Plutonic New Moon in Cancer. But viewer, dear viewer, be prepared to touch into The Grief of this being human, these endless days of love that are brought into focus in the most trying ways.

ALBATROSS, streaming free online here.

 

 

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 generation born roughly 30 years ago with a Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, I am offering everyone with natal Saturn placed from 25° Sagittarius to 29° Capricorn ~ roughly those born Jan. 1929 – Nov. 1932; Mar. 1958 – Jan. 1962; and Dec. 1987 – Feb. 1991 ~ a special Saturn return reading at the following reduced rates for a limited time only:

Returning clients
$65 for 60 minutes
$35 for 30 minutes

New clients
$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes

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 doing because the unexpected could leap out in front of you, leaving little time to react.

Beyond travel concerns, we may experience some separations or beginnings of separations during Mercury’s opposition to Mars. The 180° angle of the opposition suggests one-to-one relationships, but can also point to our own inner patterns of attachment to and relationship with others, as well as signifying projects or endeavors which take up significant amounts of time or life energy. It is a wonderful energetic potential to harness to our attempts to change outgrown ways of relating, particularly if we have already invested some efforts and consciousness-building in that area. This aspect will also highlight areas where we may be over-committed or need to hone in on the most important priorities. Mars recently entered retrograde motion on June 26 which gives us all a chance to review and appraise the role of pursuit and being pursued, aggression, boundary protection, personal will, goal orientation and deadlines, and other Mars-related experiences, challenges and opportunities in our lives. This week may present the challenge of truly heeding and respecting the significance of conflicts in one’s life—the urgent need for a relationship or a way of relating to end or change forever, for example—and avoiding the temptation to hang on to a fantasy or some old agreement that no longer supports you and/or others.

image by Joshua Halpern :: ecocourageous.com

Chiron stations retrograde on July 4 as well, in the Mars-ruled sign of Aries, suggesting that we take time to be as thorough as possible in detailing the reasons why we need to change or end a relationship, project or way of being. This can offer a chance to recover one’s willpower and assertion from patterns of being overly dominating or overly submissive, or from some younger version of ourselves who is trapped in an old story and recreating the same conflict again and again in our lives. The cosmos is conspiring to free you from such traps, and it will take some courage and presence of mind and heart to step in a direction which will not only liberate you but others around you. Pull in the grand water trine of Sun-Jupiter-Neptune to envision a new way and a better way for you to step into your responsibilities. What pace of life do you long for? What are you doing to support or complicate that pace or rhythm? What kind of people do you want to be around? Are those who you are intimate with living their own ideals or story of the good, or is something incongruent? It may be difficult to have a healing conversation around differences between ideals and real deeds without being as honest as humanly possible. We might consider author Carol S. Pearson’s perspective: “It is not just honesty…that is important, but the energy that surrounds it.  If honesty comes out of a desire to cut down, it can be very destructive.  However, enveloped in love, it has quite a different effect.  The hero’s goal is not to slay, but to name the dragon—to reinstate community through communication.”

Therefore, don’t forget that asking others to be honest implies asking yourself to be as honest as possible, too. A genuine calling others to account necessarily involves opening oneself up to criticism, and taking responsibility for one’s own role in an equation. It’s possible to use conflict as a precious opportunity to not only release ourselves from the past, but to invite in a future in which you and your community can thrive.

 

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 generation born roughly 30 years ago with a Saturn-Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn, I am offering everyone with natal Saturn placed from 25° Sagittarius to 29° Capricorn ~ roughly those born Jan. 1929 – Nov. 1932; Mar. 1958 – Jan. 1962; and Dec. 1987 – Feb. 1991 ~ a special Saturn return reading at the following reduced rates for a limited time only:

Returning clients
$65 for 60 minutes
$35 for 30 minutes

New clients
$75 for 60 minutes
$40 for 30 minutes