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Separating to Unite: Astrology of the week of Mar. 18 – Mar. 25, 2019

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary newsletter!

Welcome to the equinox and the Libra Full Moon at 6:42pm US/Pacific on March 20, 2019! This week centers on the experience of being an individual involved in creating and maintaining relationship, and all the ways we find it hard to be an individual with our own will, needs and desires. Any recent readjustments to the Venusian parts of life—finances, intimacy, friendship, energy exchange—may reach a crescendo or finale point as we consider what it means to be “selfish.” Mercury’s continuing retrograde motion invites us to connect on emotional levels as logical understanding could be hard to achieve during negotiations with important relationships. But the understanding that relationships happen between separate entities—and are impossible when we are merged with others—could come in waves of revelation over the next two weeks.

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

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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 humanity can cooperate.

The retrograding planet of love and harmony, Venus will make a trine aspect to the god of war, Mars (exact Nov. 9) and if we have understood and started to embody the significance of Mars’ summer retrograde, we could very well receive some fruits of that work. The recent Mars retrograde (Jun. 2018 – Aug. 2018) featured some serious contemplation of our life’s direction, our motivations and our ability to follow through on commitments—as well as clearly discerning what commitments are ours to keep. And if all that was churned up by Mars retrograde has yet to really settle, this week might bring some further insight into making peace with our path through life.

2018 Scorpio New Moon

Along those lines, the Scorpio New Moon on Nov. 7, 2018 at 8:02am US/Pacific looks favorable for affirming a life of greater authenticity and imagination. It seems particularly helpful to invoke its support of your total health and help you sustain your power over the long-term. You might use this lunation to quietly plan a new or refresh an existing self-care routine as it’s an excellent time to assess what supports you and cut out whatever’s not working. You might prefer a more engaged exploration of your community-level support systems, both those you contribute to and those which you tap into. Who has your back and in what ways? Do you need to invest more in various communities of support or are you perhaps giving too much energy to your community-level support systems? Examples of such systems of support include peer groups, affinity groups, professional associations, cultural or community centers, schoolmates and school groups or your extended family.

Scoping further out to a broader view, the planetary herald of impermanence, Uranus returns to the fire sign of Aries (Nov. 6) for a final encore showing in Mars’ sign as we approach the end of a tumultuous 2018. The outer planets do carry significance for individual lives, but can also be interpreted as signifiers of the collective zeitgeist and movements within the collective human psyche. Uranus generally signifies revolution and the brash or confident attitude required to assert a new pattern or order of being, and the 13-year world transit of Uranus square Pluto (2007 – 2020) has ushered in all the instability, uncertainty and power struggles that accompany revolutions. It is ending on the extremely sobering note of Saturn conjunct Pluto (2018 – 2021), a planetary pair which conjoins every 34 – 35 years and can heighten the perceptions of mortality, fear and limitations but which could also be thought of as a birth contraction. Pluto corresponds to a fundamental and unreflective evolutionary drive to survive and persist, whereas Saturn represents the reality principle of material conditions and the experience of the “other” or of duality. Saturn-Pluto periods of time test the hopes and dreams of cultures and societies and asks how those dreams interact with or merely re-enact the past. Where 2018 was very much like the beginning of regular contractions in the birth process, 2019 represents hard laboring towards some new world which wants to be born. Take the time now to gather your supports and your communities and (re-)commit to the flourishing of Earth Community.

 

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

Key dates for Mercury retrograde:
Oct. 28, 2018 – Mercury enters shadow 27° Scorpio
Nov. 16, 2018 – Mercury stations retrograde 13° Sagittarius
Dec. 6, 2018 – Mercury stations direct 27° Scorpio
Dec. 24, 2018 – Mercury exits shadow 13° Sagittarius


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!

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).

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).

Caring to Love: Astrology of June 19 – June 25, 2018

With apologies for missing last week’s forecast due to continued illness.

The week of the Solstice opens with a harmonious grand trine between Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, offering us an imaginative window into our intuition and deeper emotional currents. This particular configuration is in no hurry to get to the bottom of any great mystery and is quite content to float along in dreamy wonder. You might use this influence to communicate to or with the empathic imagination so necessary for human ethical orientation. Also a lovely influence for making offerings to sweet and sassy Oshun, the African orisha of the sweet waters of rivers who enchants whatever she lays her honeyed hands upon, we might ask her to help awaken hardened hearts and rationalizing minds to injustice and wrongdoing everywhere. The beautiful one, Oshun protects the neglected and the impoverished child, acting as the mother of all orphans, such as those forcibly separated from their parents at the United States border—pray to her, speak with her, ask her to please watch over those who are in harm’s way and to open the hearts of those who can help bring healing to that situation and others like it.

The Sun enters the sign of the mother and the child, Cancer on June 21, not long before Venus in generous Leo opposes Mars in the more reserved sign of Aquarius (exact June 21). This bodes well for an examination and cross-examination of the quality of your caregiving. Is your caregiving rooted in love? In abundance? In a state of overflow? Or are you in more of a caretaking mode? Is your care rather rooted in reactions to the needs and thoughts of others? Mired in a loss of your own direction, your own sense of self? The line between “responsive” and “reactive” may seem blurry and there are definitely relationships—such as parenthood—which demand setting oneself aside at times. But maintaining a solid connection to your own deep needs and desires is necessary to make the most of your offerings to the world and to those who need your care. Any inner or interpersonal conflicts between “giving” and “taking” can begin to work themselves out during this opposition, which in some ways opens up the long, dynamic dance between Mars and Venus over the next four months or so as each undertakes their retrograde, starting with Mars next week. The question of self-identity in community, self-identity as one who cares and exactly how that identity radiates into the world can turn up some interesting answers this week!

Image of California’s river systems
from Obi Kaufmann’s book California Field Atlas

The nature of mind will move from the watery grand trine beginning the week to a more powerful, driven quality when Mercury opposes insatiable Pluto (exact June 23). While there is a potential for forceful communication, revelation or release of secrets and powerful advocacy, it could also break down into a screaming match or simple, rogue manipulation. Taking a moment to stop and remember yourself, your true nature, which is an inexhaustible source of love, compassion and wisdom, can help turn this influence towards the type of ferocity required for the occasion. You might recall Oshun’s grace and capacity to calm even the wildest human with her sweet honey, or the Buddhist deity Kuan Yin’s attentiveness to the cries of the world’s need, or figures of whatever tradition or lineage you may follow—express your need for help under pressure, whether that pressure is the pull of old habits or the push of an external provocation—know that you can receive support from realms less visible but no less a part of our reality.

 

 

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