Bowl with Central Fish Motif , 13th century China

Please check out a gift I am offering every other week! This Wed., Feb. 20 at 6pm, live via Zoom!

An online event called Guiding You Through the Real Imaginal, where we will spend 25 – 30 minutes in a meditative exploration to restore and replenish ourselves under the Virgo Full Moon! You may register by following this link.
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!

Virgo Full Moon 2019

The Virgo Full Moon presides over this week, shining a light on our hopes, dreams, aspirations…and their many, many shortcomings. Within the context of dicey Uranus square Saturn-Pluto, attempts at improving social conditions are not doomed to fail but rather beset by problems. While we may witness serious in-fighting and dissension around whether a reform or a proposal is “good enough” in the outer world, there could be quite the inner dialog along similar lines. The radiant Sun’s entry into the dreamland of Pisces (Feb. 18) with the “bring it to Earth” conjunction of Venus-Saturn-Pluto is emphasizing strategy, maturity and realistic goal-setting to make our dreams a reality. Many things may be wearing thin at this time and taking time to inventory our assets in terms of what is working well and all the positives in our lives will do more to create realistic plans than focusing only on what’s breaking down.

Find good counsel

The planet of communication Mercury also joins nebulous Neptune in a helpful sextile to Venus-Saturn-Pluto under the Virgo Full Moon, offering a softer perspective on the pressure we may be experiencing in our love life, money life and/or social life. It suggests that we may get helpful guidance from those who are not directly entangled in whatever is transitioning into or out of our lives—so seek out that wise counsel! Not the merely practical, those friends and advisors who are all too happy to tell you what they think you “should do,” but those who can guide you to your own true knowing by asking the right questions. And in solidarity with you and whatever hard or difficult choices you may be faced with. This time period in particular could reveal where we are trying to ride two horses at once, how we are working against ourselves in some way.

Mercury retrograde incoming

Tricky Mercury is now gearing up for their retrograde phase, though. They will station retrograde on March 5 at 29° Pisces and back up to 16° Pisces which means that they’ve just entered the path of their retrograde during the Virgo Full Moon. This time in the path of their retrograde is referred to as the “shadow period,” and we can expect some of Mercury’s mischief and merriment to be afoot. Neptune is heavily involved which suggests a fair amount of confusion, getting bogged down in thoughts or losing track of items. At its worst, it could indicate outright deception or lies of omission (failing to disclose information). With such an emphasis on Neptune in this retrograde, it doesn’t have to be intentional deception, but be a very innocent if painful case of two people having completely different understandings of the same conversation, agreement or discussion. It is worthwhile to take the precaution of getting things in writing so they can be reviewed. For example, after a conversation, you could carefully write out your understanding in an email and request a response of agreement or any clarifications.

Bernard Palissy,  Platter, last quarter 16th century, France

Connect to the divine mind and heal our own

And there are some very positive aspects of the combination of Mercury and Neptune! All of you artists, visionaries, writers, poets, musicians—catch the wave! From now until mid-April will be an excellent time for re-working your compositions or allowing the Muse to flow in freely and freshly. Don’t expect a completely finished product to arrive—though it could happen—it’s better to just be open to what comes, capture it in some way and allow it to evolve. (AND make backups my friends, make a religion of pressing “Save,” it is impossible to kneel too often at that altar in these conditions.) Whatever has a life of its own will take shape over time if you continue to feed and care for it and remain curious about what is waiting within that seed.

It is also an excellent time for creating a different relationship with the inner critic and judge, by tapping into the right hemisphere of the brain and bringing warmth and caring presence to ourselves and whatever may be frustrating for us. Relational neuroscience offers us quite a few insights into practical, accessible ways of doing just that, for example in Sarah Peyton’s groundbreaking work Your Resonant Self.

Mercury-Jupiter-Neptune: Words should be weighed and not counted

To establish a new relationship with our habitual mind and begin to turn towards ourselves and our shortcomings with warmth, caring and love would be a grand expression of Mercury’s mind together with wholing Jupiter and healing Neptune in the retrograde. And this combination also calls to mind the Yiddish proverb, “Words should be weighed and not counted.” Look out for logorrhea—compulsive, repetitive, excessive wordiness—throughout Mercury’s retrograde period. It is advisable to stop to consider the impact of words we may choose rather than trying to connect through an overabundance of words. As hard as it can be—especially with communicative Mercury feeling so unbridled and free—I try to practice the orientation of one of my Buddhist teachers, Rina Sircar: “Does what I have to say improve upon the silence?”

Erica Jones profile photo, Mount Diablo

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!

This last week of February 2018 brings a little fiery kick to an otherwise emotional or even weepy Piscean mood, as Mercury squares Mars and sextiles Pluto (exact Feb. 28), resulting in plans and communications appearing to work at cross purposes. For example, one person’s romantic dreams may be upset by another’s adventuresome spirit, and it may be difficult to bridge the two differing impulses. The different parties involved may be very clear about what they each are doing—but it will be a tricky matter trying to align those various plans!

The high emotional tide of the Full Moon in Virgo, which is exact at 4:51pm US/Pacific on March 1, is unlikely to bring calm or clarity to any such conflicts concerning direction, plans of action or the like. Virgo is very particular about its likes and dislikes, and with Neptune in a close conjunction with the Pisces Sun, sorting through disillusionment or unattainable ideals or dreams could be a theme for many under this Full Moon. Uranus makes an exact semisquare (45° angle) to the Sun, and an exact sesquisquare (135° angle) to the Moon, bringing in an erratic or unexpected quality. Uranus is often upsetting as a herald of the trickster, who delights in upending our expectations. Can you adjust? What—realistically—will that adjustment entail?

Virgo Full Moon 2018

On another level, the Virgo Full Moon of March 1, 2018 could offer up spiritual breakthrough, freeing your voice or your mind from old habits of expression. The devil will be in the details of Virgo’s discerning ways, and getting beyond cheap and feel-good dualities—such as unreflective notions of right or wrong, good or bad, pleasurable or painful—will be necessary to fully reap the harvest. Not everything worth having comes easily, but neither is pain and suffering a good indicator of the worthiness of one’s cause, ideals or pursuits. The nature of the full moon is to bring one’s emotional and inherited or instinctual self into greater contact with the conscious sense of a separate self, that part of us which says, “I am.” Neptune’s influence on this particular full moon demands self-reflection, and with such a tool, we have a chance to pierce a veil of unconsciousness. Under a full moon, it is rather common to experience the instinctual self (Moon) engulfing or overwhelming the “I am” (Sun), but it’s worth harnessing an intention to play an active role in coming to consciousness, however bumpy the ride may be.

For those who believe in reincarnation, this lunation could offer a great deal of healing in terms of releasing attachment to suffering which continues to echo through your lifetimes. A heightened experience of that suffering may well be the catalyst for release, as those patterns make themselves more clear by ceasing to operate in the background, hidden and undetectable.

On March 4, Mercury, Venus and Chiron form a triple conjunction at the end of Pisces, the last conjunction of those three planets in the sign of Pisces since Chiron entered the sign of the fishes back in April 2010. Chiron leaves Pisces and heads into pioneering Aries on April 17, and this loving send off from Venus and Mercury can offer some insight into how you have evolved your relationship to the fact of being a sensitive, vulnerable creature. The human being is innately vulnerable, from the time of birth into utter helplessness and dependency that lasts many years of early life, to the adult recognition of the relational nature of our existence…the fact of relationship means there will be wounds, hurts and wrongs which happen.

Chiron’s eight years in Pisces has provided a portal of insight into those very tender areas of our relationship to the divine—a relationship which is reflected in our relationship to the entire Earth Community, with its interdependence and demands for our presence as embodied Soul. The triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus and Chiron this Sunday would be well honored by journaling—particularly in poetic, metaphorical or beautiful language—concerning the last eight years’ evolution or transformation around the theme of vulnerability, dependence and interdependence, and the profound emotional pain or wounding we can encounter in the process of trying to access and offer our greatest gifts. Celebrate the successes and honor the rough-going parts or setbacks of this time—Chiron asks us to take in the whole picture, for the setbacks can become our greater teachers. Experiment with turning off the inner critic and allowing the poet of you step forward, because we each contain a poetic mode. You may be surprised by the voice or voices which announce themselves, adding a recognition of your resilience and your fragility to the harvest of the Virgo Full Moon.


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