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Crunch Time: Astrology of Feb. 26 – Mar. 4, 2019

I’m pleased to introduce Healing Earth in the Real Imaginal, a series of conversations with Kirsten Love Lauzon from Healing Earth. Using the work of international facilitator and neuroscience educator Sarah Peyton as a launch pad, we explore the topic of relational neuroscience—which is essentially the study of the impact and effect of other people’s presence on our nervous systems, well-being, development and so on. In this first conversation we especially focus in on what these studies reveal about prevention of and healing from personal and collective trauma. We also explore the interconnection of the topics of astrology, modern consciousness studies and systemic/family constellations. Please have a listen and let us know what you think!

Triggering transit: Venus-Saturn-Pluto

It has been an emotional week for so many of us, with the identity of the Sun and the mind of Mercury floating through empathic Pisces and highlighting the depths of feeling. Together with relational Venus’ interactions with clarifying Saturn and pulverizing Pluto, our intimate lives may have been put through the washing machine. For others of us this influence may have brought a measure of clarity to what must be released or otherwise changed in order for a constructive way forward to emerge. Relationship-maker Venus’ passage through structure-seeking Capricorn has also provided a trigger for the destabilizing and restructuring world transit of Saturn-Uranus-Pluto, which will continue to test the foundations of societies for the next two years. For example, the conflict in Kashmir between Pakistan and India has just escalated with each country launching airstrikes against the other for the first time since 1971. Michael Cohen is testifying to the US Congress against US President Donald Trump while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump meet in Viet Nam for discussion of nuclear armaments. In a hopefully lighter example, news broke over the last few days of a failed 1970s Soviet probe meant to explore Venus that may crash to Earth in the next year or two—it is an eerie evocation of the breakdown associated with Saturn-Pluto via a literal failed attempt to connect with the planet Venus.

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Venus-Uranus: Do we abandon ourselves or are we being abandoned by others?

And if we’re still resisting needed ch-ch-ch-changes, Venus making a square to liberator Uranus (exact Mar. 1) may give us another push. Venus-Uranus likes freedom to experience, with its love (Venus) of the novel and the unusual (Uranus). And all the practicality and prudence of Capricorn will likely slough off quickly once Venus enters the sign of forward-thinking Aquarius (Mar. 1). Abandonment fears may also surface in these conditions and we’ll need to call in our resources—external and internal—to ensure the Orphan of us doesn’t hijack our life’s storyline. While Venus makes a supportive sextile aspect to achy-breaky Chiron newly in Aries (exact Mar. 1) our connection to moments of being abandoned or cut out of the group or being left behind can bubble up. Particularly if there was bullying involved—whether we were giving or receiving—or if the perception that our expressions of independence or defiance would not be tolerated.

Another call to action with Sun sextile Mars

The Sun’s beacon of self-awareness makes a smooth sextile to warrior Mars (exact Feb. 27), perhaps adding a little more oomph and energy to the Sun’s Piscean dreams which can drift and swirl like quiet pools in a river. We could get a needed confidence boost or a reminder of some of our larger desires. As this sextile continues strong through Mar. 11 and pulls Neptune into the conversation, what began as an inkling of a plan or a direction this week may blossom into something more substantial. Note that we may also experience this influence as a bit irritating if we are indeed chafing under the harness of something we no longer desire to pull along in our lives. And confusion that is coming along for the ride with this irritation could represent a sign of learning how to do something differently, or just needing to surrender a bit to the process. Karmic patterns are simply magnified over the next few years, for better and for worse.

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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!

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The Quest for Accountability: Astrology of November 27 – December 3, 2018

We begin the week with Mercury’s retrograde backing over the Sun and Jupiter (exact Nov. 27 US/Pacific) in Sagittarius, signaling the halfway point of Mercury’s current retrograde period. Right around this time, we may receive information relevant to the substance of this retrograde, especially that material it would be helpful to review, rework, reconsider or revisit. This information may very well pertain to works you will write and perhaps publish, new philosophical insights, material you find worthy of teaching to others, and what of yourself will come to be shared with others as Jupiter makes his way into the interior of Sagittarius (through Dec. 2019). There could be a little bit of impatience or difficulty concentrating or focusing on what we should be investigating but we could try to incorporate our wanderings into our days. Jot down your stray thoughts in the moment and short reminders to later attend to the distractions that would threaten your focus. You may also find your sleep and your daytime concentration improved if, before going to bed, you take time to write down everything you intended but did not accomplish that day. Don’t reflect on it or make your notes neat and organized; let it all flow out in a stream of consciousness. Tell yourself before closing your eyes: I have it written down, so I can remember to get to it tomorrow.

Quote: "People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead." -James BaldwinThe Moon will enter Virgo on Nov. 29 until Dec. 1 US/Pacific, squaring the Sun in Sagittarius in her Last Quarter phase. During this part of the week, we may find ourselves in a more critical, fault-finding mode. Virgo in its unintegrated aspect can be fairly obsessed with “whose fault it is” and while the quest for accountability is necessary for justice making, beware of blowing things out of proportion or seeking a too simple answer. The strong Sagittarian currents can fuel arrogance and overconfidence, and as Mercury backs into Scorpio on Dec. 1, the desire to uncover deeper truths will rise. The danger here is descending into paranoia and scapegoating attitudes, especially as Venus makes her final opposition to Uranus (exact Nov. 30) and moves forward into Scorpio herself (Dec. 2). During her retrograde this year, Venus opposed Uranus on Oct. 31 and Sept. 12 and this final opposition of Venus retrograde may call forth the many upsets and unsettling shifts of 2018. Why did that happen? Who did this? Indeed, whose fault was that? Whatever disturbing or unwanted events remain unmetabolized may boil to the surface and seek out your care and attention. For those who have worked diligently with the twists of fate of 2018, Venus opposite Uranus this week may feel more like a test of hard-won stability and present an opportunity to solidify insight, new ways of relating and identifying oneself.

Set within the larger Saturn-Pluto cycle (2018-2021), the overlapping Mars and Venus retrogrades of 2018 carried with them the onset of “birth contractions” which will culminate in 2020 to 2021. If we think of Pluto as the base desire to persist, to exist, to be alive and Saturn as endings and death, historical circumstances and the necessities of being in a body—when the two come together, the desire to live meets the limits of that living. In response, new things wish to emerge, perhaps even a new version of yourself, your sense of family, reciprocity, belonging, community, sexuality, passion and guiding values. Unfortunately, this planetary archetypal collision between instinctive survival (Pluto) and real limitations (Saturn) can produce so much fear, paranoia and obsession with control—hence the rise of dictatorships and all manner of authoritarian institutions. This trend will intensify through 2019 and 2020, and taking a moment here near the end of 2018 to breathe, assess and re-assess the way we are living, how we direct our finite energy, the communities we serve and our deepest commitments can give us the grounds to be responsive rather than reactive to destructive/creative pressures of the anima mundi, or Soul of the World.

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


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New Wrinkles: Astrology of November 13 – November 19, 2018

This week’s astrological forecast is written for the plant-wise Anima Mundi Apothecary blog. All about Jupiter’s grand transition into Sagittarius, Venus going direct, and the Soul of the World.

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Recovering Legacies: Astrology of October 30 – November 5, 2018

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All Souls Day, Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, Samhain, Ilg?s…these are some of the celebrations around the world marking this week of the thinning of the veil between this world of appearances and the other, more mysterious world of our origin/destination. Such remembrances of the ancestors serve as a reminder of the impermanence of our lives and circumstances, an awareness which is highlighted by the Sun’s annual trip through the regenerative depths of Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22).

Peacemaking Venus has also amplified the presence of the Scorpionic lately due to her retrograde motion through that sign. Yet she will pierce the veil between Scorpio and Libra this week (Oct. 31), just after making her second opposition to upsetting Uranus (exact Oct. 31). Venus is far more at home in the conciliatory and other-oriented sign of Libra but her extended opposition to Uranus could have her acting a little strangely and less predictably. The consideration of distance, freedom and experimentation within our intimate relations will continue, and some parties may become a little more open to such conversations than during Venus’ time in Scorpio.

Openness to new ideas is aided by the messenger Mercury’s entry into Sagittarius (Oct. 30), which tends to enjoy a broad, expansive view of things. The down side to expansiveness is glossing over or failing to notice important details, and being overly optimistic in assessing situations, including a tendency to exaggerate. Mercury is also in the shadow of its upcoming retrograde, which may correlate to events that are later disputed or result in misunderstanding or perhaps lead us to make overestimations. Patience is advised in navigating any communication snags. Recall that it is perfectly possible for you or anyone else to overlook something important without any malice intended. Beware of assuming the worst and spoiling an otherwise good opportunity…don’t pretend that problems aren’t happening but also let someone clearly demonstrate incompetence, ill will or negligence before assuming that and/or just walking away.

Luckbringing Jupiter’s trine to achy breaky Chiron (exact Nov. 1) suggests that what seems to be just bad luck has another very positive side to it, but that will require a fair amount of patience given the total astrological picture. This particular trine of Jupiter to Chiron is also supportive of using unusual (to you) art-based therapies to honor and release persistent pains related to Venusian areas of life—such as love, belonging, the sweet things of life, income, gifting and receiving, how you like to be received and so on. Music therapies, Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, psychodrama, using modeling clay to create representations of brokenness and wholeness, making a mandala, SoulCollage®, Five Rhythms dance or simply cutting loose in an ecstatic dance space or any kind of dance/movement therapy—any intentional art-based exploration, especially those highly unusual or unexpected to you, could facilitate some positive reconfigurations of psyche.

 

Forge a connection to your ancestors during this special time

The astrology of this week – plus a divination on the topic – suggests the following…

Consider constructing a substantial altar to your ancestors in your home. There you could place offerings of incense, food, flowers, prayer, poetry and/or remembrance. Consider displaying images of your ancestors, whether you knew them or not, and especially those more distant and far flung from you—whether that distance is in imagination or in terms of physical location.

You could make prayers for your ancestors to have a beautiful home in your heart, in this present time. This is not always an easy or joyful task but one which can encourage those of us in the present time to serve the healing and repair of our world. The past continues to live through us today and the quality of our connection with the past is absolutely critical while Saturn conjoins Pluto (2018-2021). Particularly relevant questions for exploration are: Who among your ancestors migrated from their homeland, if anyone did? Where did they come from? Why did they leave their home? How can you offer them comfort and welcome here and now? One idea suggested by the divination is to make a ritual gesture for their healing, one which would also support your own health.

You could also spend time in a prayerful or sacred manner with your ancestral altar or remembrance shrine, letting your heart-mind search for the things you are concerned about, the people you would like to help, any personal soul wounds you would like to heal, relationships you would like to create and relationships you would like to heal, whatever guidance you feel you need, the people who are the most important to you, opportunities you have, decisions you want/need to make…and intentionally offer these up as prayers.

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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


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Thar She Blows! : Astrology of October 23 – October 30, 2018

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I’ve missed writing the weekly astrological outlook for you these past two weeks due to illness. Here’s to better health!

The week begins with the Sun’s entry into the sign of Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 22, 2018). The Sun symbolizes our sense of self or conscious identity and how we want to be seen, and Scorpio beckons us to engage the more murky territory in our psyche. What has been hidden from you? What have you hidden from yourself? Seeing through the murk requires a special kind of vision, a night vision attuned to symbolism and fired by a sacred curiosity. Scorpio digs down for the truth, which can lead into sensitive territory. Thinking symbolically rather than literally can move you beyond fears, taboos and similar restrictions on seeing clearly. Because when we dig down underneath the niceties and surface appearances, it’s important to be open to what is, rather than consumed by desires for or fears of what might be—and hence the need for a true curiosity. Incorporating a sacred dimension to the search for truth can help you not only respect what you find but help you hold the shock of whatever is waiting to be found.

For every planet which enters Scorpio over the next couple of years immediately opposes Uranus, the planet of shock, surprise and awakening (Sun opposite Uranus exact Oct. 23.) There is an electric excitement which can accompany Sun-Uranus, supercharging our courage to try something new or bizarre or risky. When we’re holding Uranus within, it will fuel confidence and feeling secure in our beliefs and our motives, even to the point of excluding the views and feelings of others. That is why Uranus symbolizes breaks with the past and with the prevailing ideas of what is good, true and beautiful—the Uranian impulse must firmly believe its ways are just as good, true and beautiful as the contradictory beliefs of mainstream societies, family traditions or personal karmic patterns. But this is Sun opposite Uranus in the sky, so we might notice Uranus being held by someone or something outside of us. Such as the unexpected and perhaps unpleasant wake up call concerning our self-image, or a challenge to newly won self-confidence, or the call to present a more genuine and perhaps more vulnerable persona.

 

Chart for Taurus Full Moon 2018

It could all just be extremely irritating, as well, for the Taurus Full Moon on Oct. 24 at 9:46am US/Pacific will be sitting right on top of Uranus. The Full Moon is very energetic all on its own and emotional tensions may be too much to suppress under this influence. Freedom versus loyalty or bonding is highlighted and it will be helpful to know what exactly you want. If you want relationships which give you both, it’s a great time to sort through how to make that happen but don’t expect everyone you’re currently involved with to be in the same exploratory space. Hearing out insecurities—whether from your own psyche or from those who depend or rely on you in some way—will be far more helpful to you than flipping everyone the finger and singing “my way or the highway.” In fact, listening to others’ responses (including if those “others” are your own inner conflicts) can help you in the process of finding your paradoxical way forward. Remember: sacred curiosity. Offer that to yourself under this unsettled and potentially surprising Full Moon.

The Taurus Full Moon also exactly squares the Moon’s nodal axis in the sky making a tense conversation between past and future, karma and dharma, and what enables us versus what hinders us. It looks quite like something long hidden or very surprising will be revealed—like the recent national news coverage in the US of a 14-year ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which is well on its way to becoming one of the worst offshore ecological disasters in US history. The oil company that owns the rig has tried to conceal the fact so that an estimated 300 to 700 barrels of oil per day have been quietly spewing into the Gulf. For 14 years. That’s between 1.5 and 3.6 million barrels of toxic crude oil. While our own personal revelation may not be on such a scope or scale, indeed this week could witness a substantial change in our sense of security and what we thought was real or true or trustworthy. For some, it will be a new sense of confidence, a release from limiting stories and entanglements and a bold, exciting new relationship to vulnerability. For others, it could be more like finding out someone has hidden something very toxic from you, and perhaps right in your own home.

 

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!

Too Close or Too Distant: Astrology of October 2 – October 9, 2018

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Venus carries the big news in the sky this week as she stations retrograde on Oct. 5 at 10° Scorpio and backs up to 25° Libra where she will turn direct on Nov. 16. Though these dates demarcate Venus’ time in retrograde, there is a “shoulder season” of retrogrades known as the shadow period that contains precursors as well as culminations of events which carry the significance of Venus’ initiatory descent into the underworld. The shadow period started on Sept. 3, when Venus first passed 25° Libra. And though she returns to direct motion on Nov. 16, she remains in the shadow of her retrograde until Dec. 16, when she moves through 10° Scorpio. In other words, her influence spans more than three months.

The planet Venus represents many seductions we can spend a lifetime pursuing: money, sex, love, community and the sweeter things of life. Venus in our individual birth charts will describe what we value and how we give and receive in various relationships, as well as our pursuit of pleasure. When Venus in the sky turns retrograde, our particular interests in these areas and qualities of life can intensify or take a sudden turn as hidden or suppressed aspects emerge and demand to be dealt with. The 2018 retrograde could bring up especially tender feelings around issues of fidelity or loyalty, fairness or equality in commitments with others, feelings of or revelations of actual betrayals, our vulnerabilities concerning income and livelihood, and especially any imbalances in exchanges of our time and energy with others. Venus does signify romantic partners, but also holds sway over friendships, work relationships and basically any relationship that is not family, as family is more governed by the Moon.

Chart for Libra New Moon 2018
Chart for 2018 Libra New Moon

This Venus retrograde is a good influence for our inner work around questions of intimacy and distance. How close is too close for us (or not close enough)? Why is that our boundary? Is it a good or a functional boundary? How do we negotiate others’ requests to come closer or to back away? It’s more possible at this time to see both the causes and effects of our patterns of negotiating proximity—whether that is physical, emotional or spiritual closeness or distance. It can also be a very tense and perhaps reactive period of time, as Scorpio may lend a tendency to be quick to anger and to defend (as does Venus’ square aspect to aggressive Mars at the front end of this period). The desire to control others could emerge for your inspection—whether you are the one who wants control or the one who is being dominated. Since Venus retrogrades through roughly the same part of the zodiac every eight years, we can look back at the years 2010, 2002 and so on to see what areas or topics of life were activated around October/November for a preview of what 2018’s retrograde could center on.

However, throughout this particular retrograde Venus opposes Uranus, the planet of liberation and unexpected change which suggests breaking free of outgrown habits and perhaps an unpleasant surprise or two in Venusian areas of life. An exciting new relationship—love, business, friendship or income-related—could form but look closely at its prospects for longevity and don’t form an emotional attachment too quickly. The true nature of this relationship could take time to unfold and that doesn’t mean you won’t get something quite lovely in the end—in fact, you may get more than you ever dreamed was possible but only if you let a healthy curiosity and openness lead the way, rather than fear or habits of relating that no longer serve you.

Venus does back up into her home sign of Libra (entering Libra on Nov. 2) which strengthens any intentions we would like to set on this week’s New Moon in Libra at 8:46pm US/Pacific on Oct. 8, particularly in the areas of fairness or equality in our relations (who gives, who receives, and how); how you try to promote harmony (is it a superficial playing nice, or engaging in honest if uncomfortable conversations); your judgmental versus your discerning nature; and your tactics and strategies for getting what you want. Use this Libra New Moon to plant seeds of justice and reciprocity and hold yourself accountable to your own higher standards. It’s okay if your own shortcomings come to light over the retrograde—it will provide a golden opportunity to further develop and honor the beauty of the truth at the center of your being.

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!

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).