Celestial dancer, Devata. Sculpture. Central India, mid-11th century

Please check out a gift I am offering every other week!

An online event called: Guiding You Through the Real Imaginal, where we will spend 20 – 25 minutes in a meditative exploration. The first (available as a video here) was with Venus in Capricorn. I’ve been guiding group explorations of the imaginal realm for about five years . . . and I am thrilled to now be hosting them online! AND as a BONUS, I am offering a FREE 15-minute mini-reading to one person drawn at random from all live attendees!

Aquarius New Moon: Talk is cheap

We’ve just passed this year’s New Moon in Aquarius, which together with war god Mars squaring compulsive Pluto and also conjoining defiant Uranus, could have brought a flaring forth of self-righteousness. And not that we wouldn’t have a very important point to make, it’s just that…talk is cheap. Aquarius can tune us into our ideals, but can also tune us out to the fact that we’re actually a part of the world we wish to improve. We’re all participating in the mess, for better AND for worse. It’s always a work in progress. That’s not an excuse to avoid confronting social ills—whether those are up close or farther away from us—but it’s worthwhile to take a second look at tactics if championing our ideals and beliefs requires stomping other people down. Exchanging one set of victims for another set of perpetrators keeps us all spinning in never-ending circles of trauma.

Sun sextile Jupiter: Looking for the Good

Fresh from his coniunctio with the Moon, that great integrator of energies the Sun completes a soothing sextile to expansive Jupiter (exact Feb. 7). This aspect lends a helping hand to assimilating whatever emerged from the Feb. 4 meeting of the unconscious—Moon—with the conscious sense of self—Sun. Sun sextile Jupiter looks for the good in people and situations, and if allied to the strong drive of Mars described above, can provide support for our creative projects and endeavors. It’s not only supportive for smoothing out the rough edges, but imagining a different way forward.

Mercury sextile Mars-Uranus: Many paths

Because the mischief maker and chief communicator Mercury is making a supportive sextile with Mars (exact Feb. 7) and Uranus (exact Feb. 9)! We might take stock of our prospects and plans for the next couple of months and inventory our goals in search of flexibility. How many paths could we take to reach our destinations? It’s a good idea to do that while the inspiration is more accessible and before Mercury hits Pisces (Feb. 10) where they will make a retrograde (Mar. 15 – 28) that could challenge our attempts at linear thinking.

Moon in Aries: Wakey, wakey!

The Moon is passing through fiery Aries (Feb. 8 – 10) and conjoining Mars and Uranus just as Mercury makes their sextile, bringing even more attention to this spicy final conjunction of Mars and Uranus in Aries, where they won’t conjoin again until Jan. 2096. This may provide a bit of a trigger for significant events related to: asserting one’s will as never before; our creative pursuits; fighting in the streets (however we may enact that metaphor, literally or not); disentangling ourselves from outdated power structures and institutions; and recognizing that originality in art is non-existent but authenticity is what will strike the motherlode.

Skyline in the Berkeley Oakland Hills Feb. 2019 :: image by Joshua Halpern
image by Joshua Halpern ::: ecocourageous.com

Mercury in Pisces: We protect what we love

And this week we enter a long stretch of watery Piscean mind as Mercury enters Pisces on Feb. 10 and doesn’t leave Pisces until Apr. 16 after completing their upcoming retrograde. This bodes well for summoning the Muse, the genius, the daimon—that odd inner self who is at once “ours” and yet not ours. We could take advantage of this by going out early mornings in search of beauty and making some offering to what draws us to it. The daffodil or the crocus flower, the undying rosemary bush or the bird in the bower. Rise before the sun breaks fully into day and give voice to gratitude, to appreciation and connect with the beauty that reaches out to you, asking for your attention. Notice what—if anything—may happen in response…in the inner world or the outer world. Who awakens when you praise the Sacred Other for its own sake?

The Irish poet John O’Donohue offers us the following perspective on the role of beauty in our times:

“As we are speaking…there are individuals holding out on frontlines, holding the humane tissue alive in areas of ultimate barbarity, where things are visible that the human eye should never see. And they’re able to sustain it because there is, in them, some kind of sense of beauty that knows the horizon that we are really called to in some way. I love Pascal’s phrase, that you should always keep something beautiful in your mind. And…if you can keep some kind of little contour that you can glimpse sideways at, now and again, you can endure great bleakness.”

Erica Jones profile photo, Hot Springs Creek at Esalen

This is just a general outlook on the week. To learn more about how the planets are affecting you personally, book an astrological consultation! And step into the realms of Soul to enlarge the conversation you are having with the worldWith 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. You can also get in touch at erica at realimaginal dot com!

2019 RETREATS  :::  SAVE THE DATE! I am excited to share that astrologer Renn Butler and I are offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat July 28 – August 4, 2019!  Watch this space for more details coming soon!

Our lady of Venus in Aquarius gets one more affirmation of freedom, independence and originality as she makes a sextile to Uranus on Tuesday, Feb. 6. While this can bring an extra twinkle to the eye and favors dancing in which you allow your body to spontaneously move you, the Moon’s journey through Scorpio from Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 8 hints at deeper currents coursing through the emotional realm. Your body may have some interesting moves to make as things which are drawing to a close intensify, and new horizons beckon. Towards the middle of the week our desire to gamble may peak and draw us into staking bold claims, as the Aquarian Sun makes a square aspect to Jupiter in Scorpio on Saturday, Feb. 10. Use Aquarian objectivity of the Sun to your advantage and consider various perspectives and options carefully. The exploration of pleasure could shed light on your dilemma, though not simply pleasure for pleasure’s sake nor pleasure as a panacea, for some pain will often accompany growth. Pleasure in service of healing is more indicated, and again, can sometimes be accompanied or preceded by difficulty, loss or adjustment.

image by Joshua Halpern  ecocourageous.com

Sun squaring Jupiter warns us to beware of excess—perhaps an excessive sense of self-importance which can bring so much unnecessary pain. Placing oneself (particularly one’s wounds) at the absolute center of every narrative constructs a fragile reality that requires so much management. It’s exhausting to maintain that perspective, either for you or for everyone around you or both!

Venus enters Pisces on Saturday, Feb. 10 for her nearly month-long stay in the sign of spiritual aspiration, dreamy reverie and imagination. This can bring both a heart-opening and a heart-rending, as sensitive sentiments and feelings well up to the surface. The Moon enters Capricorn at nearly the same time and recommends not so much emotional detachment as an examination of sentiments, values, and their structures, which can help make sense of the waves of feelings. If it’s a time for release in your life, let the tears flow as they will for they will wash the heart and bring healing. Find compassionate, nonjudgmental friends to listen and offer their support and comfort (but be wary of those who may be drawn to “fix” you or think that they can “heal” you). If it’s a time for dedication to loving compassion, seek out practices that support heart opening. Venus in Pisces evokes something like the lovingkindness meditation of Buddhism, a mantra of “May all beings know love. May all beings know happiness. May all beings know kindness. May all beings know joy.” Don’t forget, however, that you are one of those “all beings!” Martyrdom and poor boundaries can also be a feature of Venus in Pisces, and finding your center in relationship could be part of the journey with the Venusian elements of your life.


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 here!

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