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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).

Grounding Into Changes: Astrology of August 21 – August 27, 2018

These waning days of August means the Sun enters Virgo (Aug. 22) and is almost immediately opposed by the Moon when they both reach 3° Virgo/Pisces, respectively. The entire planet is within a long-term general potential to effect CHANGE and no matter how fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) or Saturnian you may feel in wanting to resist or deny change its rightful and prominent place—cosmic forces are enabling us to make some extraordinary changes to our karmic patterns, both individually and collectively. This particular Full Moon in Pisces on August 26, 2018 at 4:56am US/Pacific points towards grounding into effective means of upending your whole life. Well, maybe not your WHOLE life, but for some of us, it will indeed involve the whole enchilada.

The Pisces Full Moon invites us into divine connection, especially through attention to the body, through which we can summon the courage—and the vulnerability—to conquer the basest survival fears which hold us prisoner. A key to this process is agreeing to commit only to what is ours to do. Locating our true responsibilities to self and to other and seeing the way to let go of all the accumulations of pride or co-dependence or martyrdom or whatever is burdening us with too great a weight to carry. Action-oriented Mars will resume direct motion beginning the next day (Aug. 27) and for this entire week will function more like incendiary Pluto, as it grinds to a halt in the sky before moving forward. For some, a sudden change of heart could materialize, while for others a sudden change of course which has happened some time since June 27 will solidify under the guidance of new directions, new courses you are now free to set. Be vigilant against falling back into old survival patterns that you have outgrown; you are free to choose a different path now, even if it takes time to become accustomed to a brand new pair of legs! Like a baby, it can take time—and some falling down—to learn to walk in new ways.

Pisces Full Moon 2018

The planet of harmony, balance and friendship, Venus squares our dark lord of the underworld, Pluto (exact Aug. 26) during the Full Moon, which could put the finishing touches on a romantic or more platonic strife. Whether it signals a break up or the chance to make up, emotions will be riding extra high with this Full Moon and it is wise to take the space you need in order to make honest connections with others. Hiding your vulnerability with emotionally manipulative or evasive tactics is a waste of this influence, which could instead help us to develop greater empathy for ourselves and for others. Venus’ square to Pluto also supports a continued meditation on the nature of our generosity towards others, which was indicated by the previous New Moon in Leo. In fact, this Full Moon may yield some greater insight into if not some resolutions around that inquiry. Especially for those who tend to offer their most tender, sensitive parts up to those who do not know how to properly care for them, harness the discernment within this Full Moon to your best interests, which includes self-protection.

You might try a lovingkindness meditation this week to help ease pain or any undue fear surrounding transitions. For example, you could sit in a quiet place with your feet on the floor, or in a meditative posture, eyes closed or half closed and allow yourself to concentrate on your breath for a few minutes. This preliminary practice can help generate inner quiet and calm before bringing to mind someone you love or care for, and wishing with your whole heart that they know love, kindness, happiness and joy—wishing with your whole heart that they be free from suffering and the causes of suffering—wishing with your whole heart that they be happy, safe and free. You could then move to picturing those who you find difficult or challenging; or a particular situation which is troubling; or a particular part of you which you find difficult or challenging; or even the entire world of 7.6 billion people. Be specific and concrete, detailed in what you bring forth to offer lovingkindness to, and you may find that your own heart lightens considerably in the process.

Key dates for Mars retrograde:
May 10, 2018 – Mars enters shadow 28° Capricorn
June 26, 2018 – Mars at 9° Aquarius stations retrograde
August 27, 2018 – Mars at 28° Capricorn stations direct
November 12, 2018 – Mars exist shadow at 9° Aquarius


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).