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The Obscured Comes to Light: Astrology of September 25 – October 1, 2018

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The equinox is just behind us and our week opens with the vibrant Sun squaring somber Saturn (exact Sept. 25) while underworldly Pluto comes rumbling to a halt (stationing direct Sept. 30). Some of us will be feeling the strain of work or responsibility or just a general sobering of our exuberance as Saturn reminds us of the details we overlooked or the mistakes and problems yet to be resolved. Pluto’s slowing intensifies his presence wherever he is transiting our personal chart—it’s hard to forget the time I once found a half-decomposed mouse in my recycling bin, swimming with Pluto’s regenerative if repulsive lifeforms, just as Pluto was stationing. We may be catching a greater whiff of the stench of needed if unwanted decay in personal, professional and civic spheres and it will be helpful to alternate between disgust and reverence for the whole process. There is a good reason we tend to prefer to steer clear of death and decay, and yet its presence is vital to the continuance of life. How can your repulsion guide you towards life-affirming actions, decisions and affiliations with others? Can you remain humble to the fact that you, too, have a “sinister side?”

With communicative Mercury in the sky approaching their square to regenerative Pluto, our thoughts might quite naturally drift down into the broody depths. And while we may be confronted with important information we have failed to notice until now, there may be little we can do about it, at least in the immediate term. And yet the desire to act will be spurred by the Sun’s trine to energetic Mars (exact Sept. 27) and so we may try to plough ahead with renewed, optimistic intensity. Will this work? Maybe.

Because the planet of harmony Venus is also slowing down to make her retrograde station (Oct. 5) and may also bring some unexpected twists to normally functional social relations. Our attempts to assert ourselves could be ill-received or just go nowhere, as needed connections or supports remain elusive, or require more of us than we expected. On the other hand, your assertion could lead in an unexpected direction and it would be wise to take it slowly and use the incoming Mercury-Pluto influence to gather good intel—listen carefully, peer beneath surfaces, don’t settle for the superficial perspective. Just be careful of bumping into a hornet’s nest or stepping into a yellowjacket hive as you go!  Tender situations are easily provoked and it’s possible that your investigations will reveal more than you ever actually wanted to know. But stick with a low and slow tempo for most of this week—patience can pay greater dividends than charging at windmills or banging your head against a door that’s not ready to open.

Note, too, that the trickster Mercury is now scouting out ahead of the Sun and aspecting Pluto before the Sun does, perhaps bringing you hints, clues and tidbits that will prepare you for the meaning of upcoming Venus retrograde (in Pluto’s sign of Scorpio, also backing into her home sign of Libra) as well as the upcoming square of the Sun to Pluto (exact Oct. 11). Listen in to the end of this week and the beginning of the next for clues about your mid-October plans. Not only could secrets, betrayals and “shady” types of information surface, but word could come from powerful allies, shapeshifting peers or even siblings, as well as powerful inner figures. If you’ve been playing around with malevolent or unwholesome forces without any real understanding of what it is you’re dabbling in—take notice. Some kind of fallout from those associations is imminent. The Aries Full Moon we’ve just experienced (on Sept. 24) will have likely triggered or confirmed these developments.


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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).

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.

 

 

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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
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Let Her Gently In: Astrology of May 1 – May 7, 2018

Aaaaannnndddd exhale slowly…. Congratulations on arriving in the month of May 2018. Mars in Capricorn is slowly separating from his fierce conjunction with the lord of the underworld, Pluto, offering a small break from the frantic pace of the past few weeks. Meanwhile the Sun is plowing through slow, steady Taurus, calling attention to our material circumstances and as the pressure eases (or continues to build, depending on your situation), the body might be crying out to you for comfort, nursing and rejuvenating attention. It is wise to heed that call and to stop to breathe deep, snatch cat naps, take some time to do nothing wherever possible. Observe the changing seasons of the Earth, see what is opening and closing, beginning and ending in this part of her journey around the Sun and rest up, friends. You will need your energy for the surprises of times soon to come.

If you take that Taurean turn towards slowing down and sensing, the Sun’s gentle sextile to the planet of enchantment, Neptune (exact May 6) will sigh with your Soul’s greater dreams, like a breeze fluttering against your skin. Can you sense these murmurings? These breezes of deep, mysterious truth? You might slow down and drop into reverie, so that something forgotten or momentarily overlooked in the crush of the recent Mercury retrograde and Mars-Saturn-Pluto conjunction can bubble up into awareness. Is there something catching at the edges of your ordinary life, tickling you just under your nose, and vanishing like a sneeze uncompleted—painful and poignant in its retraction—when you try to grab it? And alas, dissolving into mist again? These imaginal beings flitting about your edges are real, they have body, but to draw them into conversation you must dance around their matter…you must let them come to you as they will, as they are. Try daydreaming with wild abandon, or automatic writing, or randomly opening a book and reading whatever passage your eyes fall upon, or drawing without noticing what is taking shape under your hand, or walking through last night’s dream again and again without trying to figure out what it means. Sit with wonder and awe at the strangeness or queer familiarity of whatever emerges. Don’t try to contain the experience with your words or your ideas about it. Let these misty beings tell you their stories on their own terms and you will learn much about the dream that is dreaming you.

For something much older may be lying in wait beneath those gauzy figures, as Mercury squares Pluto (exact May 7), sending the divine messenger to confront whatever has been tying you in knots over the last two months. Has a negative fantasy polluted your lifestream for long enough? Maybe your true greatness has been overshadowed by someone else real or imagined, and proof of it comes now. Mercury will be eager to set things aright, regardless of resistances. Your own mind, bewitched or not, will seek to unburden itself, to be free to seek the truth, to blaze a new path with a sword sharpened by awareness. At last, you may recognize a source of sabotage. But be prepared for continuing to work it out, because revolutions will not be organized, most especially not in the year of 2018. The revolution will break over us, again and again, in frustrating loops of karmic burdens working themselves out through bodies constrained by time and limited perspective. Love these parts of you, make space for what takes its own time to work out, because this may offer you the wisdom and insight to do something new, something different, as gears begin to shift later in mid-May.

The goddess of love, Venus squares Neptune (exact May 7) adding to the confrontation of negative fantasy and distorted realities. For many, it will be an illusion of romance or the perfect partner or the perfect divine. What truly fits and serves the present and future? What is ready to be blessed, thanked and released? What can now take up residence in a different hallway, sacred chamber or alcove of the Soul, safe from doing further harm? Whatever disturbing thing may emerge now—whether more desirable or absolutely revolting—know that it will ultimately make a better future possible.

 

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