2016 Scorpio Soul Forecast

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Scorpio’s emotional energy is deep and intense. Elementally, they are fixed water, and like the stagnant water of a murky swamp or the frozen blocks of an icy glacier, their powerful emotions can become blocked and toxic. When we are overwhelmed and unable to fully process our feelings they can build up. If we don’t allow that emotional energy to flow, those feelings can harden and darken into resentments. Scorpio has a dual planetary rulership which gives it its complicated, multi-layered energy. On the lower octave, Scorpio is ruled by the strong, confrontational planet Mars which is represented by the poison stinger of the Scorpion. On a higher octave, it is ruled by the transformative planet Pluto. This gift for transformation and resurrection is represented by its other animal totem, the Phoenix.

Our big cultural ritual at the beginning of Scorpio is of course, Halloween. Scorpio gives us permission to go deep,  embracing our Shadow sides and allow ourselves to play around with the suppressed and repressed energies that we normally keep secret. Two big energies that get more free expression during Scorpio are sex and death, and the most popular costumes generally revolve around those two powerful themes. Pluto was the lord of the underworld in mythology, and this is a time when veil is thinnest between this world and the world of spirit. So this is also a metaphysical time when we can contact the other side and have insight into the great spiritual mystery that lies beyond the physical.

October 25th – Learning discernment at a fantasy carnival: There is a tense T-square aspect today where the Moon in Virgo is conjoining to the collective North Node and opposing Neptune in Pisces and squaring Venus and Saturn in Sagittarius. The collective North Node indicates the spiritual lessons we are currently learning en masse, as well as the spiritual orientation and incarnation history of the babies that are being born.  As it has been passing through Virgo, we have been challenged to learn to be more rational and practical and analytical. We are learning to replace faith based magical thinking with more empirically based, factually supported approaches. But of course, we are in the middle of our semi-annual political carnival, where everything is exaggerated through emotionally driven propaganda and lies into a funhouse mirror horror show. It isn’t easy to see things clearly with all the manipulative political energies currently running amuck. Pisces, where Neptune is, can be a masterful illusionist and actor, diving into its phony role so deeply it even starts to believe its own lies. Hillary has a Pisces Moon and is particularly prone to this kind of phony show. She laughs and smiles and pretends everything is fine when she is confronted with her shadows, instead of owning those mistakes and working to correct them. Likewise, Sagittarius is great at believing its own baloney with unshakable faith, ignoring all the salient facts that fly in the face of its haughty proclamations. Trump’s Sagittarian energies are a great example of this, causing him to lie on and on about what he’s said and done, even as the recordings play on a loop, showing him saying and doing exactly what he so vehemently denies. These two overblown energies are both fueled by the fat gassy planet Jupiter, which rules Sagittarius and Pisces. We are being called to call out these hucksters and pop their bubbles of overconfidence and denial and bring them down to Virgoan earth. We are being invited to challenge the facts given to us by these used car salesmen and kick their tires hard. Virgo’s mercurial energy is needed now, to temper the dark, over the top emotional storms. We should be avoiding the emotional quicksand of phony divisions, and focusing our energy instead on ticking through our to do lists of things which we are able to fix.

Nov 2nd -  November Surprise: The Moon and Venus in feisty Sagittarius are conjoined today and making an exciting trine with Uranus in Aries. On the lower octave, all this unstable wildfire energy can manifest as explosive outbursts of anger and violence. On a deeper level, this energy holds the potential for great progressive breakthroughs. As Uranus has been traveling through Aries, it has been activating a new cycle of collective change. Aries is about new beginnings and Uranus is sowing the seeds for a New Age of harmony and equality. The first stage of any expansion of equality is standing up defiantly against the old tyrannical order. Trump’s shadow channeling has magnetized a lot of the worst aspects of humanity and churned them to the surface. He is the prefect representative of the good old boy network of clueless rich white privilege that has perpetuated our stratified, Medieval system. He embodies the energies of fear and blame and shame that need to be transformed for us to move towards a more integrated whole. A great electoral repudiation of the ugly currents of racicsm, mysogany, and classism that still course through America’s wounded heart may be just the medicine we need to heal. And ironically, the extremity of the movement he has been leading has also inspired the silent majority of oppressed minorities to stand up more stridently and unify into a larger whole. No longer will minority voices be able to be bullied into silent submission, because we are passing that tipping point where the old majority is becoming the minority. Our votes all count equally, even if our choices are limited by the system we are in. And I think we will see that the American people are much more radical and progressive than the system they are stuck in allows them to express.

Nov 9th – Peak Emotional Extremism: The moon has traveled full circle from its position on the 25th and is now conjoined with Neptune in Pisces on the collective south node. This will most likely indicate a howl of anguish over the outcome of the election from all those who don’t get their way. Our collective mission is still to embrace Enlightenment philosophy and celebrate the dawning of rational thought, but it is harder than usual for people to get out of the political fun house. Look for lots of histrionic meltdowns and all sorts of doubts and conspiracies. The illusionists will be up to their usual tricks and spinning their webs of deceit. Pisces in shadow is great at denying reality and retreating into elaborate fantasy world. Just know that people need a lot of love and compassion right now. Empathy is needed to help unravel this great emotional knot. It is just like dealing with someone who is mentally ill and stuck in their own alternate reality. If you try to keep trying to convince them it’s not as bad as they think and explain things rationally, you will just create more distance and get them arguing for their experience, which just further entrenches them. But if you can honor that their experience is real for them, and listen to them share, you can start to have an emotional connection and slowly bring them back to a place of greater consensus and shared reality. Rational emotive therapy is needed here, and lots of far out ideas need to be gently challenged and deconstructed, but it will happen most easily if we can all honor each other’s feelings first. All the apocalyptic feelings are just an outgrowth of some scary ideas that have taken hold in our collective imagination. We have to calm those terrified inner children and show them that there is no monster in the closet or under the bed, and we can start to move out of the shadows and towards the enlightenment that is our ultimate destiny.

2016 Libra Soul Forecast

The Sun shifted into the constellation of Libra on the autumnal equinox. Libra’s symbol is the balancing scales of justice, and it is fitting that it begins on this day of perfect balance between light and dark. Libra is an air sign ruled by the planet Venus. In the chakras, Venus is associated with the heart chakra, the green, glowing center of our energetic system. The goddesses Aphrodite and Kwan Yin are archetypes of this beautiful, heart centered energy, encouraging us to appreciate and nurture the world, and luxuriate in its beauty. The symbol for Libra’s ruling planet Venus derives from the Egyptian Ankh, the feminine source of life wielded by another cosmic Goddess, Isis.  

Libras are sweet and gentle, and their greatest motivation creating peace and harmony. Love and beauty and art are hallmarks of Libra, so this is a great time for all kinds of creative activity. During the critical and divided mental energy of Virgo, conflicts and tensions tend to escalate. Virgo’s judgements can be hard to take constructively, and feelings can easily be hurt, especially when it’s mental energy is confused by the Mercury retrograde we had last month. Now, the big open heart of Libra is here to offer some sweet relief and bridge rebuilding opportunities.

All air signs have to do with relationships, and Libra’s specialty is intimate love relationships. We often associate love with the element of water, because of the powerful emotional bonding that takes place in intimate relationships. But Libra’s unconditional love is more open and airy. It involves a depth of acceptance that is as boundless and omnipresent as the air we breathe. We often take air for granted because it is so light and transparent, just as the power of Libra’s unconditional love may go unnoticed because of its sweet subtlety.

Love is definitely in the air right now, making this is a great time to focus on sharing your heart with your loved ones and healing any difficulties in your relationships. This is also a great time to stretch the boundaries of your heart and embrace people who are hard for you to love. We all share the same air and when there is conflict, Libra is a master at balancing the scales and making a fair compromise that benefits everyone a little bit. So let that vibrant breath of life fill your lungs and give your heart the mindfulness and courage to speak out only the peace and harmony that you would like to receive when you breathe back in.

It’s significantly more difficult to be peaceful right now in the midst of this political fray, with two of the most unfavorable candidates in history locked in a death match of intensely negative campaigning. Astrologically, both of the major party nominees this year are challenged in following their soul paths, which is likely the ultimate source of much of the ugliness we have witnessed. Hillary Clinton’s soul path is toward the peaceful Venusian cow pastures of Taurus, but she has the Sun Venus and Mercury firmly planted in the opposite direction, festering in the dark waters of Scorpio. Her Scorpionic personality makes it very difficult for her to give up her old power games and let go of her tendencies towards secrecy and deception. Her Venus is also square to Mars, making a soulful integration and balance of masculine and feminine energy even more challenging. And her slippery Pisces moon further reinforces her Scorpionic tendencies and undermines her soul quest towards Taurus’ dry land. Without any Earth in her chart, it is very important then that she be surrounded by relaxed and down to earth people who can keep her on her soul path. But the hectic, high pressure world of politics is the opposite of an ideal environment for her soul growth. She would be better off retiring to an organic farm like Jon Stewart where she can relax and be herself. But she has chosen instead to work herself mercilessly to the point of exhaustion and health crisis. She needs an environment that encourages her to slow down and smell the roses and adopt a more sustainable pace. And the frenetic 24-7 world of politics is the opposite of that.

Interestingly, Trump has very similar astrological handicaps. In his case, his nodal path is toward Gemini, but his Moon is situated right opposite to that in Sagittarius. He is supposed to be learning to let go of his unfounded dogma and opinions and become an open minded journalist, gathering new information and increasing his knowledge base. But his natural emotional reaction when challenged is to fall back into Sagittarian insistence that he is right, even if the facts obviously contradict him.  This willful ignorance is the root of his bigotry and intolerance. His Mercury, the ruler of his soul path, is also weakened by being in emotional and reactive Cancer. Cancer is more inward and tribal in identification, making him more of an intellectual hermit, reluctant to indulge Mercury’s free roaming curiosity. Cancer can be very traditional, and his longing to return to an imagined past of greatness that never existed keeps his mind from embracing all of the amazing social progress we’ve made. His limited, tribal consciousness makes it difficult for him to reach out and understand people with other cultures and beliefs. He does have the benefit of having his Gemini sun conjoined to Uranus on his north node. So there is the potential for him to expand his understanding, but only through a dramatic and oppositional process. Those born under a full moon like he was are generally very dramatic. The oppositional nature of the full moon tends to lead to a lot of interpersonal conflict, and is very prone to games of projection. So it’s not surprising that he is very divisive and controversial, tending toward extremist views. For the extreme of oppositional characters, take a look at the life of Friedrich Nietzsche, who had a whopping four oppositions in his chart. Again, Trump’s soul path makes politics a poor fit for him. His character is much better suited for the world of reality television where his exaggerations and over dramatizations caused him to excel. In that arena, his oppositional conflicts can give him many opportunities to evolve, keeping us entertained and not causing much real harm. But in a position of true power and authority like the office of president, the collateral damage from his battle filled soul learning process could be catastrophic.  

Thich Nhat Hanh said in his book Being Peace, “without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, then we cannot contribute to the peace movement.” So with that wisdom in mind, let sweet Libra lead your heart towards peace. Focus on building those bridges of love. Use art and beauty and loving kindness to help remind yourself and everyone else of the unifying truth that we all share the same air and we are all in this together.

Sept 26th – Big Love – Jupiter and the Sun are conjoined in Libra today bringing a big softening of the hard edges of Virgo. The confusion and frustration of Mercury retrograde is over and the way forward to open our hearts is clear. It is like a big ahh of relief as all the love and beauty seduces us into a state of ecstatic relaxation. Do something to honor your heart today. Give lots of hugs and do the things that make your heart sing. This is a great time to connect with your loved ones give them the appreciation they need. Share your hopes and dreams and you can co-create great things right now.  

Oct 3rd- Healing the Swamp – Venus and the Moon in Scorpio are lined up on top of Hillary Clinton’s Venus today very close to her south node. This is a time when secrets and lies and old power games can be brought to the light of day and cleansed in the Libran energy of love and forgiveness. The south node is associated with our past lives and this is a gentle healing energy ought to help her let go of her old warrior mode and shift into a softer consciousness. If there are October surprises and scandalous revelations, perhaps they are arising to help her free her heart from the violent world of old school politics. Perhaps she can turn over a new leaf and try a more heart centered approach that inspires people with love instead of stoking fears and resentments. Scorpio can be a dark and scary energy, but it’s even darker and scarier if we avoid it. Then it will grow unconsciously in the shadows and come out and surprise us somewhere down the line. So this is a great day to clean out our own closets and face our demons and release anything dark emotions that may be festering inside us. If we can do that, we will be ready for the higher octave of Scorpionic transformation that is coming next month.   

Oct 13th – October Surprise Moon- This Full Moon is taking place with the Moon conjoined to Uranus in Aries, making this the most surprising moment of the month. So if there are surprise revelations and sudden changes in the presidential race, it would not be surprising for them to take place now. The ongoing T-square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces has created a real climate of disinformation and deception. With the north node in Virgo, we are trying to learn to get the facts and be more rational and see through all the theatrical displays designed to play on our emotions and manipulate our beliefs. Today, with its Aries edge, is a good time when we can see people clearly for who they really are, based on how they act and react. If you have been struggling to get a clear answer on something, today is a day where you may have a moment of clarity. Use Virgo’s power of discernment to see the cold hard facts, and when you do see the path forward, act decisively!    

2016 Virgo Soul Forecast

The sun is now shining its light on the stars of Virgo, highlighting this earth sign ruled by Mercury. The sunshine fun of Leo is over, and it is time to leave our creative vacations and get back to more productive routines of school and work. Virgo is harvest time, a time when we can enjoy the fruits of our summer labors. It is also the time when we analyze and evaluate the seeds that we planted in the spring, determining which were the most fruitful. This seasonal process of sorting and evaluation is one way the divided, mental energy of Mercury expresses itself in the physical world. Other common manifestations of Mercury coming down to Earth are Virgo’s desire to clean, order, and organize. Virgo likes things to be thoughtfully and consciously arranged, and the extreme of Virgo energy can be that kind of OCD that can’t tolerate the messiness and chaos of existence, constantly battling to control it by shifting a picture frame or washing their hands obsessively. 

The symbol of Virgo is the Virgin, which is not about literal virginity, but more about a kind of ideal purity that Virgo strives to realize. Virgo is associated with health and diet, and Virgo’s are usually very conscious and careful about what they put in their bodies. They may be very picky about food and they may suffer from allergies and intolerances. Health and dietary supplements are definitely popular with Virgos. They love trying to create optimum conditions, and they enjoy working in health care, where they can fix and tweak the physical to their heart’s content. Virgo’s passion for tinkering makes them great mechanics or technicians. When they come upon methods that are effective, they will then try to get everybody to see the benefits of their systems and wisdom, which can get them in trouble with those who see their efforts as critical and meddling.

Virgos have an authentic desire to serve and can find their highest expression in the service industry, especially in positions that involve communication, something that is a priority for them with their strong mental energies. A job well done is something that makes a Virgo happy. And they are always looking for ways to do things more effectively, which can be frustrating for those who don’t share their idealism and see their desire to constantly tinker with things as judgmental and controlling. Virgo is mutable earth, so it is capable of shifting its opinion if it sees strong evidence and practical results coming from another approach. But it does have a hard time letting go of its way of doing things if it thinks its way is better.

Virgo’s energy of constant questioning causes it to be one of the least confident astrological energies. They are often plagued by feelings of doubt and inadequacy. So it is not surprising that historically there have been many financial crises that originated under Virgo’s critical eye. Our economy has become more and more of a confidence game divorced from reality. This also makes it more subject to the ever shifting influences of mass psychology, and the depressive thinking of Virgo may cause further erosion in the confidence required to maintain our financial stability.

September 1stNew Moon Illusions: This New Moon in Virgo is full of tense and uncomfortable energy. There is a hard aspect pattern called a T-square today between the Sun and Moon in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces and Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. We can expect intensification in conflicts between opposing ideologies. These conflicts will be particularly virulent and extreme in the religious and political dimensions.  Virgo’s overactive mind is being stimulated to peak worrying by its opposition to Neptune. And while the fear and hysteria stirred up by this opposition might normally be False Evidence Appearing Real, confined to the internal world of our imaginations, the square to Mars and Saturn makes the likelihood of actual concrete manifestations of this negative energy much higher. In this case, it can easily be a self-fulfilling prophecy where our fears create the negative reality that we are seeking to avoid. The key to breaking this cycle of violence and suffering, is to learn how to step back and detach and expand our consciousness. When we can see the big picture, we can see how our fears our being projected and reflected in the world. When we can shift our energy into that of peace and harmony, when can reverse the process and calm and soften this hyperventilating energy instead.

This New moon is very close to the collective north node in Virgo, making this energy particularly rich with evolutionary soul opportunity. We are learning how to let go of focusing on ideological differences so we can be more practical and analytical. If we can strip ourselves of our attachment to belief systems and approach our problems with a state of Zen simplicity, we can see through surface contradictions and find the skillful means to resolve many seemingly intractable problems. Virgo is teaching us the ways of the world, and how to engage it as it is, with all its imperfections and contradictions. Instead of trying to change everything and everyone to fit into a certain idealistic concept of what we believe should be, we are learning to love and respect each other as is. When we can communicate from this place of basic respect, we can often find creative and thoughtful solutions that can honor the needs of both parties in conflict.  

September 8th- Bursting the Bubbles: The Moon has moved to be conjoined with Mars and Saturn in the waning T-square that still exists from the 1st. So this is an echo of the energies of the 1st, with an emotional shift that emphasizes our ideological stuck points. Sagittarius in shadow can be fanatical and dogmatic, and when we attach our emotional energy to our righteously held beliefs, it can be very hard to have those kind of deep engaging conversations where everyone grows in understanding of each other. Our conversations become more like a cable news shouting match between true believers in opposing causes than an actually conversation and debate that leads to greater awareness. Think of the insistence of your garden variety street preacher and their resistance to critical feedback and questioning and you will see the difficulty of working through these entrenched energies. We should try to avoid taking sides in these emotionally driven exercises. If we can be persistent in applying Virgo’s rational analysis to the situation, we may be able to burst some bubbles of fantasy and make some small progress towards clearer thinking. If we can put basic effectiveness and functionality above our concepts of what we think is right and wrong, we can make good progress at bursting some troubling bubbles. We all have blind spots created by our personal ideologies, and now is a time when our dialogs with others can enlighten those dark spots.     

September 18th – Lightning Progress – The moon has moved forward to conjoin with Venus in Libra and both stand in opposition to Uranus in Aries. There is also a trine to Mars in Sagittarius that softens this opposition making it into a useful aspect pattern called a wedge. Uranus rules this burgeoning Age of Aquarius and has been bringing us kicking and screaming into a New Age of equality and unity. Specifically, this wedge is a time when we can make breakthroughs in the balance between Martian and Venusian energies. The spotlight that has been shined on gender inequality by having a woman in the running to become President is leading to moments like these where lightning progress is possible. Uranus is here to shatter glass ceilings, break up old historical structures of oppression, and liberate us from antiquated ways of relating and being. We are learning to let go of gender stereotypes and identities and be less confined by biology and more free to be souls in bodies, expressing our full, multidimensional selves. We all have Martian and Venusian qualities, and though it is smaller progress to have a strongly Martian woman like Scorpionic Hillary break the glass ceiling, it is still progress nonetheless. But the top positions in our hierarchies are still dominated by hard charging Martians, and the fact that we still have crusty hierarchies is part of the problem. When we have new, more egalitarian structures of power, and when there is an equal balance in those power structures between soft spoken and harmonious Venusian people and hard edged Martians, we will have really arrived at the full flowering of this New Age. But for now it is significant to celebrate small victories!  Recognize and appreciate your own evolutionary journey towards greater wholeness and integration, and let your soul flow freely!

2016 Leo Soul Forecast

The sun is now travelling through the starry backdrop of Leo. The Sun rules Leo, and it shines most brightly when it is here in its happy zodiac home. The long, hot days of August are a peak of solar energy here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun is our star, and its light and warmth are the source of all life in our solar system, giving the Sun paramount astrological importance. The power and centrality of the Sun is why simple Sun Sign astrology can be so accurate in delineating our basic personality. We are all star seeds, made of the same light stuff, but each of us is radiating from a slightly different angle. You can think of our Sun as a lens or filter channeling the divine light that makes us up into this dimension. Each of the different star clusters that are aligned with the Sun when we are born provide a different twist to the cosmic energy that the Sun funnels into existence, giving us all our unique personalities.
            In the chakras, the Sun is associated with the 3rd chakra, which is centered on the big bundle of nerves known as the solar plexus. The 3rd chakra is associated with our mental body and ego identity. So the placement of the Sun shows what we identify with, the personal preferences that form the basic elements of our personality. The Sun is fire energy, making Leo primarily a spiritual energy. Fire is the element that can transform most rapidly. It blazes brightly, and excites all the other elements to accelerate their own processes and pick up the pace of changing their states.
          The Sun and Leo are associated with creativity and play, and if you look around, you will see great displays of creative brilliance during this time. Summer Festivals like Burning Man exemplify this outpouring of creative intensity. Leo brings us summer fun and summer love. It is the last gasp of play and vacation before the serious and practical back to school energy of Virgo takes hold.
          Like the Sun, Leo’s like to share their light with the world, and they have no trouble being in the spotlight. So this is a great time for all of us to reach for the stars and increase our creative self-expression. We can look to our Leo friends for inspiration on how to do that. Their fire can lead us into a healthier state of ego fulfillment, that joyful state of universal co-creation the human potential movement dubbed “self-actualization”.
          Not surprisingly, the astrological Age of Leo, which took place between 10,500 and 8500 BC was actually a peak of human creativity and technological achievement. Cosmic author Graham Hancock, makes a very compelling case that the height of Atlantean culture took place around this time. Many megalithic structures mirror the skies of that specific time period.

The greatest evidence we have for some ancient, technologically advanced civilization are the megalithic wonders of the Giza Plateau, the main pyramids of which are aligned to the belt stars of the constellation Orion. The entry to the whole Giza complex is aligned with the star Regulus. It is the brightest star in Leo, and the one that forms the heart of the Lion. In 10,500 BC, the beginning of the Age of Leo, the Giza Sphinx was looking out at the stars of Leo at sunrise on the Spring Equinox. Geologist Robert Schoch has argued that because of the extensive water weathering patterns on the Sphinx, the Sphinx must be at least as old as 10,500BC. And if you study the incredible precision of the Giza Pyramid, as mechanical engineer Christopher Dunn has, you will quickly come to the conclusion that it could only have been constructed by a much more technologically advanced culture than mainstream historians claim. Christopher has spent many years meticulously documenting all of the evidence for advanced granite machining in the construction of the Giza plateau and I would encourage you to check out his books and theories. 

It seems as though the wheels have been coming off with a lot of emotionally driven reactive conflicts breaking out during Cancer. These situations are likely to intensify in the fires of Leo, as its individualistic consciousness doesn’t lend itself well to compromise or surrender. Leo is a fixed fire, and it can be relentless in the pursuit of its personal agenda. In the legend of Atlantis, the fall of their great civilization was precipitated by pride, which fits well with egotistical shadow side of Leo. Let your creative energy shine, but keep an eye on the wily power games of your ego. Let yourself shine bright, but know that the creative force that flows through you is above and beyond your ego and don’t get attached to it or try to control it.

July 31st  – Wild Ride –  There are two competing astrological influences right now creating some wild tension in the fire signs. The Sun in Leo is trine to Saturn in Sagittarius and Venus in Leo is Trine to Uranus in Aries. Because both of these trines involve fire energy there may be a lot more flare ups of anger and frustration. here is also a lot of energy and motivation to make changes happen. The core energies are diametrically opposed, Saturn wants things to stay the same, while Uranus desperately wants things to change. This tension is easily seen between political movements that want to shake up the status quo are clashing with movements that want to protect and preserve it.  Because Leo is fixed fire, the resentments and anger this tension generates may make it difficult for the parties involved to change their positions and come to some sort of unified understanding. Leo is not the most likely time for people to surrender their egos or come together in unity. So try to find ways to cool down when things get too overheated. Collectively, we are learning the lessons of Virgo right now, which involve lots of communication.  If we can set Piscean hyperbole aside, we can use our mental energy creatively to figure out practical and rational solutions to our common problems.

Aug 4th -  Suffering is Optional – There is a tense T-square pattern going on right now that is inviting us to give up our fantasies and come down to reality. Mercury and the Moon are in Virgo are conjoined to the collective north node, opposing Neptune in Pisces, and squaring Saturn in Sagittarius. This is a classic clash between faith and facts, between ideology and practical realities. We are all learning how to be more rational and analytical and to engage in critical thinking when it comes to our beliefs. Virgo is a pinprick of clear thinking that can burst bubbles of irrational exuberance and hubris.  If we can embrace the wisdom of Virgo and be willing to adjust our ideas when presented with new information, we will figure out how to fix our problems and avoid lots of needless suffering. If we cling irrationally to faith and ideology, even when it is diametrically opposed to basic concrete realities and clearly not accomplishing what we want to achieve, we will endure much suffering and become martyrs for our causes. This energy is inviting us to cultivate a detached curiosity, to challenge and examine some of our entrenched ideas and revise them as needed. The Buddhists have a term “skillful means” that fits with the kind of Virgo tinkering we are being asked to engage in. Ask yourself if your current approaches to ideological and religious conflict are really skillful means towards unification and resolution. If not, now is a chance to change course and try a different approach.  

Aug 21st – Fighting it out – Mars in Sagittarius has moved up to join Saturn in squaring off with Neptune in Pisces, intensifying the ideological divides that opened up during the T-square. Mars is the god of war, so we will likely see a rise in ideological violence and religious extremism during this time. Saturn loves to be in control, and Neptune often has irrational and extreme beliefs. Their square involves the two most religious and ideological signs, Sagittarius and Pisces. Adding Mars to that dangerous mix could certainly result in more bullying and violence motivated by fringe ideas. So be extra careful to avoid the topics of politics or religion if you want to avoid getting in a fight. If you do choose to wade into these fiery waters, and engage in debate with others on those topics, know that you are dealing with energies that are irrational and emotional at their core. This is old stuff that we are learning to move away from, the core energies of the astrological age of Pisces that drove us into Inquisitions and Crusades.  It is impossible for these hateful ideologies to persist when they are examined in the clear light of conscious awareness, but sometimes it takes a lot of patience and kindness to coax that enlightenment into unfolding. If you have Virgo energies, now is a time when you can share your mental clarity and help us banish these dark old demons. Try not to act rashly on assumptions. Try to stay open minded, and have authentic dialog and practice deep empathetic listening. If we can do that, we can relax the fists and avoid some of the potential negative manifestations of this transit. 

2016 Cancer Soul Forecast

The sun is now traveling against the astrological backdrop of Cancer.

A cardinal water sign, Cancer is ruled by the Moon. The Moon and the element water are both associated with our emotional nature, our ever-shifting moods and feelings. In the chakra system, the Moon is tied to the second chakra, which creates the constantly changing rainbow colors of the second layer of our energy field.

Cancer has perfected nurturing and comforting, and is associated with the Mother, or the more physically present and intimately involved parent. It rules the fourth house of home and family and has mastered all of the domestic tasks that keep a family happy. Cancers love to take care of people. They are intuitively aware of everyone’s emotional needs, and they are happiest when they are actively engaged in meeting those needs.

The symbol for Cancer looks like the number 69 on its side, showing that intimate yin/yang pair bonding that is at the heart of Cancer energy. When Cancer is operating from its abundance of compassion, there is nothing more healing and nourishing than its loving Motherly care. But when Cancer is operating out of the dark waters of fear and worry, we can see its shadow side. It can take that acute awareness of others’ emotions and use it to become manipulative and controlling. It can take that great ability to bond and merge and push it too far into clingy codependency. Its natural desire to help others can become overbearing, and its mothering can turn to smothering.

The Astrological Age of Cancer was around 8,400-6,400 BC. Interestingly, this was a time when goddess worship was prevalent, and where society was tribal and primarily matriarchal. This was also around the time of catastrophic flooding from the rapid melting of Ice Age glaciers which could explain many ancient cultures with stories of a cataclysmic global deluge in their distant past.

The emotions of Cancer when they get flowing can be overwhelming. The religion of Cancer is definitely the religion of the Divine Mother. I have long been a follower of the Hindu teacher Amma, who is known in the West as the Hugging Saint. She embodies the energy of the Divine Mother and gives Darshan by hugging and kissing people which is much more intimate and Cancerian than the usual Shaktipat transmission from a distant guru. She also embodies the Cancerian spirit of nurture and mothering by raising gigantic sums of money for charities. She has orphanages and schools and hospitals for the poor and housing projects all over India. Cancer is also the sign of our inner child and being around the Divine Mother brings out the child in us that just wants to be loved. Amma sees all of us as her children and she asks that we worship her with that same openness and simplicity.

You can do charts for groups and larger entities, including nation states, using their moment of inception. America was born on the Fourth of July, and we have a tendency as a nation to go with our emotions more than our minds. And of course during our birthday month we make quite an over-the-top emotional show of our patriotism on July 4.

Interestingly, the United Kingdom began in Capricorn, the opposite sign to Cancer, and the British character definitely fits into that archetype with its stiff upper lips, its traditionalism and reserve, and its rigid class structures. And then of course its Cancer colony went and opposed it and rebelled against its controlling behavior. And now at the beginning of Cancer, it appears that Brexit has happened and they voted to leave the European Union. Capricorn has a hard time merging and being a part of a union. It is self-protective and likes things to be orderly and controlled. If it feels threatened and overwhelmed by the needs of endless refugees, it is not surprising to see it retreat back into its solitary castle.

Cancer is most comfortable in small intimate groups, and this tribal consciousness makes this month a perfect time to learn to better support and nurture the various tribes we belong to. This is a great time to be with family and friends and nurture your emotional needs. It is an ideal time to a vacation and rest and recharge. If you use this time to focus on you will make the most of this trip through Cancer.

June 30– Gender Wars: Today, there is a strong T-square aspect that is the remnants of last month’s Grand Crosses. Jupiter in Virgo is opposite to Neptune in Pisces and Square to Saturn in Sagittarius. With all the Piscean energies, there are extreme religious overtones here and lots of emotionally driven irrationality and exaggeration.

That Grand Cross manifested in the tragedy in Orlando with all its fanaticism and insanity. People are retreating to their dogmas, but collectively we are all supposed to be learning Virgo lessons here. Rational, practical, common sense solutions like banning assault weapons and doing more universal and stringent background checks should be gaining momentum now. If the hard-headed macho blokes in Australia can do it and not have a mass shooting in 20 years, after previously having them annually, surely we can come to our collective senses about this problem and do some things to stem the tide of senseless violence. Virgo knows how fix things and craft policies that can bring some order to this chaos, and it is ridiculous that our nation’s gun policies are still so hopelessly irrational.

There are also two momentary oppositions today that are adding to the tension in the air. Both oppositions have to do with classic divisions between masculine and feminine approaches. Warm nurturing Venus in Cancer wants to disarm everyone and nurse us back to health, but cold calculated Pluto in Capricorn claims it is not possible saying “You’ll pry my gun from my cold dead hands.”

The Moon in Taurus also wants peace and calm but Mars in Scorpio is opposite to it, poking and prodding in a desire to instigate anger and fighting. It is no surprise that all of our gender issues are coming to the forefront as the first female nominee for president is imminent. Look for divisive rhetoric to intensify at this time.

The hidden gift of opposition is the promise of greater integration. When we can withdraw our projections and stop playing blame games, oppositions can give us great insight into others who are very different from us. If we can engage in dialog and learn more about each other, especially the way they are reflecting repressed parts of our own psyche, we can raise our awareness and become more whole. If you find that your relationships are strained and full of misunderstanding and tension, hang in there and try to communicate clearly and listen deeply. If you do, you just might receive the gift of opposition and come to a deeper unity.

July 4Happy Interdependence Day! There is a softening of the hard edges today as Mercury, the Sun, Venus and the Moon all gang up in Cancer to overcome the hard hearted people in the world and foster empathetic connections. Cancer is here to remind us that we all need each other. No one can do this alone, and we are all dependent on each other in countless ways. Ironically, we celebrate independence in the midst of this most interdependent of energies. This holiday is all about coming together as one family and learning how to form those deep bonded relationships that can bridge vast ideological and philosophical differences. How many of you have family members you vehemently disagree with, but who you would still help out in a pinch without a moments hesitation?  That is the kind of awareness we have today, the awareness of our common humanity and our need for emotional bonding. Chimpanzees actually die without nurturing love and touch, and we have similar needs. So give someone you have been arguing with a hug today and feel the power of emotions to melt away difference. The energy of the Divine Mother is here to help us all learn how to love, and what is love, but a radical acceptance of what is. There is a bumper sticker I saw that read, “God loves us just the way we are, but too much to let us stay that way.” This is a good summary of the energy today. Let unconditional love lead the way to healing. Free yourself and make peace with your demons, and you will make the most of this Cancer moment.

July 15 – Talking Yourself up Onto a Ledge: The moon is conjoining Saturn today and enhancing the tension relief point of the ongoing standoff between Neptune, Saturn and Jupiter. Saturn in Sagittarius can manifest as pious moralizing. Watch out for the holier than thou energies and righteous crusades.  Right now, a lot of people want to impose their moral codes on others. They are not open minded or inclined to listen to others or study the facts, but are instead operating from a rigid internalized dogma. Mercury and Venus have moved out of Cancer and into Leo, and are trining Saturn and the Moon, adding to the fierce individualistic energy in the air. When there is a lot of chaos and uncertainty, people generally retreat to what is familiar. This energy is a reaction to the unraveling and panic that Brexit initiated, causing an increase in fight or flight survival behavior. The merging energies of Cancer are dissipating, and people are getting ready to go their own ways into Leo.

2016 Gemini Soul Forecast

Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, the planet that represents mental activity and communication. Its symbol is the pair of twins, which represents the mind’s dueling duality. It’s also often associated with the fifth chakra, the throat chakra, where our verbal communication emanates from.

In mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the gods. He could bridge the gap between the world of the gods and the world of mortals. So Mercury can be a bridge between our practical rational mind and our higher intuitive mind. It is also the planet that builds those bridges of social connection between us and others. Air signs, and in particular the Mercurial air sign Gemini, are the social butterflies of the zodiac. They generally flit from flower to flower at parties and events, mixing and mingling without necessarily going too deep into any particular conversation. Their free-roaming curiosity sometimes gets Geminis the reputation of being shallow. And their contemplative and analytical approaches to problems can make them seem indecisive. They are always weighing all options, and their decisional balance can shift easily when they receive new information.

Geminis can be hard to pin down. It is difficult for them to commit to anything, as they are more in tune than other signs with the Buddhist concept of impermanence. How can they commit to anything when the world is ever-changing? They are at their best in wild dynamic environments, typing up stories in chaotic cacophonous newsrooms, bouncing improvisations around on stage, or brainstorming in a crowded writer’s room.

They are happiest living the life the mind, and will always be game for a discussion or debate. They are witty and clever, and they love mysteries and puzzles and anything that exercises their grey matter.

The biggest challenge for a Gemini is the sitting still in the silence of meditation. They are restless by nature, and they crave external stimulation and information. It can be excruciating for them to sit through the quiet vacuum of a meditation retreat. So get off that zafu and get engaged with your fellow humans! This is a great time to get to know your neighbors and to gather facts and information for big decisions you are facing.

This particular month of Gemini is especially two-sided, with some strong harmonious aspect patterns juxtaposed against some very tense and dissonant energies:

May 27– Earth things are Easy: Mercury, Pluto and Jupiter are making what is called a Grand Trine in the earth signs today. The Grand Trine is the most harmonious alignment of planetary bodies, making this a great time to conquer projects that require a lot of sustained brain power. Mercury is getting a big boost in power and depth from Pluto and Jupiter, and that extra intellectual oomph can help us buckle down to solve complex problems. The grounding from the earth signs involved is also giving a practicality to the energy, increasing the likelihood of coming to effective and doable solutions.  If you’ve been putting off a big or complex project, now is a good day to dig in and take it head on. It may go much better than you expected under today’s benevolent influences.

June 3– Crossed Wires: The Sun and Venus in Gemini are opposite to Saturn in Sagittarius today. That opposition is exactly square to yet another opposition between Jupiter and Neptune. Together they are making the most tension-filled aspect pattern in astrology, the Grand Cross. The opposition is one of the most difficult aspects in astrology, and when you have two oppositions that are square to each other, there is a strong possibility of tense standoffs where none of the parties are quite understanding or appreciating the other’s position. Think of the stare-down at the end of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” for a sense of the dramatic tension built up in this aspect pattern. If we are ever going to resolve an opposition though, Gemini is the prime time to do it. Gemini’s divided nature makes it more capable of understanding and balancing opposing viewpoints. With a lot of communication and facilitation, compromises can be made and differences can be resolved under this influence. Gemini can foster the exploratory back and forth dialog that can lead people with opposite philosophies to expanded understanding and common ground. The biggest trap to avoid during oppositions is the tendency to project things onto others based on assumptions and judgments. The gift of oppositions come when we can see others as sacred mirrors, showing us the parts of ourselves we have judged and disowned

All this opposition will probably make the political mudslinging especially thick and intense now. With everyone stirred up and in fight or flight mode it may be harder to access that rational cerebral cortex that can short-circuit these conflicts. But if we can maintain an open dialog, and own our own issues without projecting them onto our rivals, we can grow more whole and integrated as a result of this process. Interestingly, the political spotlight has recently been shining on both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and believe it or not, they both happen to have something in common astrologically. They both share the same nodal soul path from Sagittarius to Gemini. And they both can be dogmatic and self–righteous when caught up in their diametrically opposed belief systems. But this month is a time when both of them can learn how to see another side of things. They will have opportunities to stop trying to convert those with different ideologies over to their way of thinking. If they can learn to understand, honor, and even celebrate differences, they can both make great soul growth this month. As the cool air of Gemini sweeps across the land, we are being given opportunities to rebuild some of the bridges that have been burned. Gemini’s expanded awareness is reminding us that the divisions that create suffering in the world ultimately originate from within us. We are learning how to resolve our own internal oppositions so we can begin to create unity externally.

June 20 – Solstice Crossroads: Happy Solstice! Mercury has moved into the position that the Sun and Venus were in on June 3, giving us another experience of the Grand Cross. This is a great time to continue the process of integrating opposites and expanding your awareness and understanding of those who have opposite philosophies to your own. Look back at the events of June 3 and how you handled that energy, and do some Gemini analysis. Try to learn from past mistakes so you can navigate this crossroads even more masterfully! On this longest day of the year, the Sun is shining brighter and triggering our consciousness to expand and awaken. Let the sun shine in and raise your awareness, so you can be the brilliant light being you were born to be!

2016 Taurus Soul Forecast

This month, the Sun is moving through the sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is associated with the heart chakra, and with love, beauty, art and music.

In the earthy sign of Taurus, Venus focuses its loving energy on nurturing and sustaining the physical plane. Earth Day, the day we honor our Mother Earth and express our love for her, is an appropriate way to mark the beginning of Taurus.

Taurus is also associated with money, and with our physical possessions, as what we spend our money on shows what we love and value.

Venus is a sensual energy, and in the sign of Taurus it revels in the pleasures of the physical senses, delighting in the simple joys of seeing, hearing, touching and tasting.

When out of balance, Taurus’ fixed energy can go too far and get caught up and lost in the material world, descending into a kind of selfish materialism.

On a deeper level, Taurus is about how we value ourselves and others, which is why self-esteem is an often mentioned quality of Taurus. Those born under the sign, generally think highly of themselves, and their positive, life affirming energy can be a great help to those who are struggling with low self-worth. Because Taurus is a fixed earth sign, it also has a reputation for being stubborn. When the bull charges, it is very hard to change its course. This is related to the heavy inertia of its earth energy, and the fact that it is ruled by the heart chakra. When our hearts are set on something, it can be very difficult to give it up and surrender it.

The astrological Age of Taurus can also give us a big picture sense of the energy of Taurus. It took place from 4,400 B.C. to 2,000 B.C. This was Old Kingdom Egypt, which was marked by a peak of physical building activity that included great pyramids, very appropriate to the energy of a fixed earth sign. Hathor, a cow-headed goddess, was popular, as was Mithras, a bull god. This time period also corresponded to the Harappan civilization in India, where the sacred cow was the most frequently featured beast on their hand-made clay seals. Compared to the bloody Old Testament Greco-Roman age of Aries that followed, this was a time of relative peace and prosperity. The earth element is considered feminine and yin, receptive and nurturing. So Taurus is associated with patience and gentleness, and these qualities seem to pervade the civilizations of that age. The astrological symbol for Venus is very similar to the Egyptian Ankh, which has a feminine form and represents the source of all life.

Taurus is also esoterically connected to the throat chakra, that blue ray of communication. Creative and artistic expression is favored in Taurus, and the high vibration of singing is a great way to honor this month’s energy. If you have wanted to open your throat and let your heart sing, now is the time when the earth mother Venus will be there to support you. Sound healing is something that comes naturally to Taurus’. If you look at the work of Swiss physician and scientist Hans Jenny andcymaticsyou will see in beautiful graphic ways how sound and vibration and their interference patterns can create physical forms. The Biblical story of Genesis may in fact be right on when it says that the “word” created the World. Of course it was a very complicated word! This idea that all of existence is created by overlapping patterns of vibration is expressed in Hinduism as Nada Brahma, which means that “everything is sound.” Two key principles of sound healing are to use resonance to help break up dissonant frequencies and entrainment to bring things back into harmony. Your body is like a song, and healing it is about learning to change your tune and be more harmonious.

April 27- May 21 – Mercury Retrograde: When Mercury is retrograde it is more of an inward time when meditation and personal reflection are favored. Because our attention is drawn inward, those bridges of communication and connection between us and others are more tenuous. It takes more effort to get through to each other right now, so take some extra time to be sure that others comprehending you if there is important communication you need to do. Be careful, as it is easy to go on auto pilot when your attention is drawn inward, and this can cause all manner of misunderstanding and accidents!

May 3 – Go fly a high vibration kite: Today there is a special planetary alignment called a kite, which is a combination of a grand trine (triangle) and an opposition (the spine of the kite). The Sun in Taurus is trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo, making a grand trine in the Earth signs. The Grand Trine is the most harmonious aspect pattern, just as the tetrahedron in sacred geometry is the building block of life and unity. So this is a wonderful time to nurture the earth element and work on improving the practical aspects of your existence. If you have been meaning to take on a project that requires grounded, steady energy, now is a great time to get underway. Under this energy, we can work smarter and in greater harmony with others, which can make it easier to accomplish great things. The outlet point of the kite is the planet that stands in opposition to the grand trine, providing dynamic tension and an outlet and focus for the trine’s harmonious energy. Neptune in Pisces is making the opposition to Jupiter in Virgo that forms the spine of this kite. So while some Earthy grand trines could be more mundane in focus, this one is about doing big concrete things for a lofty spiritual purpose. All that smart, harmonious work may be focused on charitable activity, bettering the collective and helping those in need.  Now is also a good time to lay down the practical foundations for your biggest, wildest personal dreams. This is a time when you can find powerful and concrete ways to honor the spiritual longings that tug at your heartstrings. The Earth signs know how to manifest. And right now, we can make dreams real and bring a bit of heaven down here to earth. Like a wild soaring kite, the great flights of imagination we may take at this time are not divorced from reality as they often can be. This time they are connected and tethered to the solid ground. All that wild freedom can be channeled and harnessed a directed into wonderful creations. So let your magical child go fly a kite today and manifest something dreamy!

May 6 – Hathor New Moon: The Sun, Moon, Venus and Mercury are all in the peaceful, slow-moving sign of Taurus during this New Moon. Listen to the wisdom of the cow-eared goddess Hathor today and slow down and appreciate the world of your senses. Like those happy Tillamook cows, give yourself the time and space to chew and digest. Get off the hamster wheel and take a break from the hectic pace of modern living. Find a peaceful place in nature to rest and meditate.  Listen to your inner wisdom and love and nurture your physical vehicle today. If you plant seeds of peace and serenity today, in two weeks they will flower in beauty. If you ignore the quiet promptings to slow down and take it easy you could run yourself ragged in two weeks. Don’t miss out on the simple bliss that is available today! Your needs are important, and you are worth taking care of.

May 10 – Earth Kite revisited: Mercury and Venus have moved up to join the Sun in Taurus and reinforce the grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto that started on May 3. And today, the moon in Cancer is briefly adding a second opposition to the mix, making for a moment of even greater astrological harmony where there are two kites flying side by side. This is a great time to further flesh out any divine ideas that came to you around the third. The Moon in Cancer is here to give you the nurturing and encouragement your need to keep stewarding your fledgling creations into the world. The divine mother feeds our dreams and looks at us with eyes of unconditional love. If your initial inspirations and manifestations encountered resistance, now is a time when you can get the gentle reassurance you need to keep moving in the right direction. Keep making those dreams real and higher forces will continue to reinforce and support you!

2016 Aries Soul Forecast

On March 20, the spring equinox, the sun moved in Aries, which is ruled by the red planet Mars and associated with the deep red energy of first chakra. The first chakra is the root chakra, and its raw lava can be quite overpowering, as it is tied to our basic survival instincts, and our most intense and visceral physical desires and attachments.

Elementally, Aries is Cardinal fire, making it the most explosive and raw of the fire signs. Ideally, Aries’ wildfire outbursts are reserved for protecting us when we are truly threatened and need to fight for our survival. But sometimes in our modern civilized society, the Warrior archetype can be out of place and cause more chaos and destruction than enlightened protection.

Aries tends to be self-centered and competitive. Mars sees life in terms of winning and losing, and it wants to win at any cost. This relentless drive to get ahead can be great in certain areas, and many champion athletes carry this Aries energy or have a strong Mars. Aries definitely needs a healthy outlet for its intense energy, or it will become toxic. If Aries fire is restrained too long, it can come out sideways in sudden bursts of uncontrollable rage.

It is in the realm of intimate relationships where Aries is most challenged, as relationships require the attractive and balancing love energy of its polar opposite sign, Venus ruled Libra. When Aries’ warrior energy ventures into the interpersonal world, it can create a lot of pain and suffering in relationships. Aries is much more comfortable with fighting for and defending its positions than with listening to others and trying to find a compromise. It tends to be divisive and aggressive, trying to dominate or control the conversation, and knocking out bridges of relationship in the process. It is also a hard energy to sustain, as it tends to burn so bright that it uses up all the oxygen and snuffs itself out.

So Aries tend to go through cycles, alternating between intense activity and burnout. But an Aries would definitely agree with the statement that “It’s better to burn out than fade away!” Aries has a restless questing energy that is best channeled into the archetype of the Explorer. Their iron willed determination can propel them to the tops of mountains and to the ends of the earth. But along the way, their lack of gentleness and sensitivity may cause them to lose touch with any intimate relationships that can’t keep pace with their rough wanderlust.

Aries is a youthful energy that brings renewal and new beginnings. This is a time when we can start to break free from the doldrums of winter and start taking better care of our bodies, getting more fresh air and exercise. Our big cultural ritual in Aries of course is Easter, which is all about the higher octave of Aries, that resurrecting energy of new beginnings. This is a time where new shoots push powerfully up through the ground to initiate the next cycle of life. Aries is there, prepared to fight for that new life, to protect and defend it against all threats.

This trip through Aries we are in the midst of intensifying political divisions. Look for the fighting to intensify as direct action becomes the dominant mode of protest. Aries is fierce and uncompromising, and tends to be on the front lines, tying and chaining itself to things and getting arrested. Aries likes to turn up the volume and get in people’s faces and pick fights. Like Donald Trump, and the activists and followers inciting violence at his rallies, Aries has a gift for escalating conflicts.

We have also seen an increase in terror activity with the horror in Brussels showing the most barbaric form of Aries. The kind of pure animalistic rage that drives acts of terror strikes us all in our root and creates great waves of fear and panic. It is what we do with this raw intensity that will define our character. It may take great feats of self-control to rise above our urges to retaliate. It may take all our energy to stop the cycle of violence and keep ourselves from being dragged down and lashing out. But we are ultimately spiritual beings with cerebral cortexes that can save us from acting out our ancient savage impulses.  .

March 27 – Teaching T-square: Jupiter Venus and Saturn are locked in a tense T-square aspect today. The Jupiter Venus opposition from Virgo to Pisces lines up closely with the current nodal axis, so this is great time to learn the spiritual lesson of discernment that we are collectively working on. With Venus in Pisces, we are all feeling that divine dissatisfaction with the world as it is, wishing for a more unified utopian world with less division and suffering. But Pisces can be a hot mess of exaggeration, addiction, and delusion too. It can be full of wishful thinking with little follow through. Pisces would like to wave a magic wand and make changes instantaneously, but with this aspect pattern we’re going to have to get down in the trenches and pull up our sleeves and do some dirty work. Jupiter is there in Virgo showing us how to take that urge to serve and channel it into practical concrete actions that can bring those big Pisces dreams into reality, one tiny bite sized piece at a time. Saturn in Sagittarius is the outlet point of this aspect pattern, so hard work is being called for if we are going to bring a more utopian world into being. So make time to work on your big dreams and ideas today. Make a plan with steps and stages and start making your heart happier, one practical task at a time. This is a time when you can expand your awareness of what your soul intensions were for this incarnation.  Study those soul blueprints and start building your dreams into being!

April 7th – New Fire Moon: The New Moon in Aries is very close to Uranus in Aries, which has been revolutionizing and empowering us for some time now, locked in a transformational square dance with Pluto in Capricorn since 2010. Look for this Sun/Moon combo to shine some light on new technologies and innovations that are changing the foundations of our reality and empowering us as individuals to be free. One of the biggest limits on our freedom is the limits of our current energy technology, but we are poised at the precipice of great breakthroughs. The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project set out several years ago to reclaim the reputations of cold fusion pioneers Fleischmann and Ponn by pushing the burgeoning science of low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) forward in a crowdfunded process they call “live open science”. They lovingly call the clean and abundant energy that is about to be unleashed into the world the “New Fire”. They recently had a breakthrough in their experiments where excess heat was exactly correlated with gamma activity, and they published their recipe. There are many replication attempts currently underway. But we shouldn’t have to wait long to be amazed as they are still several years behind Andrea Rossi and his E-cat, who will be releasing a third party validation of a commercial 1 megawatt E-cat installation that ran continuously for a year this month. The leaked rumors from the copy of the report that has circulated to investors is that it maintained a COP of 20 which means it produced 20 times more energy that was input into it, all from tiny amounts of nickel, lithium, and hydrogen. We are truly at the dawn of a new energy revolution that will make things that were once impossible quite possible!

2016 Pisces Soul Forecast

The Sun moved into Pisces on Feb. 19. Pisces is a mutable water sign ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter is the largest planet, and so Pisces is associated with massive expanses of water, especially Neptune’s home, the oceans. Water is the element of our emotions, so with Pisces there is always an ocean of emotion. And being mutable in nature, the tides of Piscean feeling are constantly ebbing and flowing.

Emotional energy can be particularly intense and extreme during this time, and those with limited emotional fluency could easily feel overwhelmed this month. The symbol of Pisces, the two fish swimming in different directions, represents the yin and yang poles of our emotions. Pisces can lift us up to the heights of bliss and ecstasy and bring us down to the depths of despair and depression. Because Pisces is about unity consciousness, it necessarily stretches like a great yogi to include these extremes. The glyph for the planet Neptune looks like Neptune’s trident, but it can also be seen as a divine tuning fork, which is why the soul activating vibrations of music and poetry are associated with Pisces.

In the chakra system, Pisces fits best with the energy of the crown chakra, the thousand petal lotus of enlightened consciousness. At its highest vibration, Pisces can embody this Christ Consciousness. It can experience unity with everything and create astonishing beauty. It can dissolve the ego and fuse into oneness with everyone, showing boundless compassion for the poor and suffering and channeling the music of the spheres. At the lowest vibration though, Pisces can surrender its will to anything and everything and become a hopeless addict, a hungry ghost trapped in the shadows of self-delusion.

Pisces rules the 12th house, which has been called the house of “self-undoing.” It is associated with prisons, hospitals and institutions, and the sick and helpless people who live at the margins. The 12th house is a place where we can let go of our egos and dissolve our karma through selfless service.  As we surrender our old identities we make space for our divinity. We move toward the wholeness of our souls by embracing the “other,” and realizing our unity with all beings. In the ever spinning zodiac wheel of change, Pisces is the final resting place where we die to our former lives and prepare for the next cycle of identity that will be born when we spring forward again into Aries.

One cultural ritual that occurs in Pisces is the Academy Awards. Acting is definitely a Neptunian art. Actors learn to surrender their identites and merge with their characters, creating for us the illusion that they are someone else. They draw upon unity consciousness to understand and inhabit a completely different personality. Like the empathic metamorph in Star Trek, Pisces are able to shapeshift and become whatever we want them to become. Acting is a great metaphor for the spiritual realities of this incarnation game. We are all souls taking on different bodies and roles and playing them to the hilt on this world stage. But in doing so, we tend to get caught up in our self-made dramas. We start to identify with our egos and bodies, and we forget our spiritual nature.  We may get lost and cut off and wander through some dark places, but eventually we always wake back up into the glory of our soul consciousness.

One of the best aspects of Pisces is the way its faith awakens in us the magical and the miraculous. It’s no accident that the lead-up to Easter is in Pisces.  The advanced yogic mastery that Jesus demonstrated when he left a selfie of his higher self in the Shroud of Turin has been achieved by relatively few enlightened souls in recent history. But as we continue to evolve and open our crown chakras, such miraculous events will become more common.

As Arthur C. Clark’s Third Law states, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” There is a grand method behind the curtain of Piscean miracles, but it requires an advanced and expanded  level of consciousness to comprehend and embody. Currently, there are a number of scientific breakthroughs taking place, such as the discovery of gravity waves that are bringing us closer to the kind of unified understanding that will allow us all to do things that would seem miraculous to us now.

One favorite site I follow that is focused on the breakthroughs in low energy nuclear reactions (LENR) that will soon bring us massive amounts of clean energy is E-cat World. My favorite theorist who gives an elegant explanatory framework for many of these phenomena is Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project. Part of his solution to Einstein’s field equations has to do with using a 64 tetrahedron vector equilibrium for the structure of the vacuum which is composed of eight smaller star tetrahedrons.

There is virtually limitless energy contained in the quantum fluctuations of the vacuum and if they are not random, but predisposed to follow these particular geometric patterns as Nassim suggests, then things that have structures that are resonant with the structure of the vacuum would be able to tap into this energy. Interestingly, all organic life is based on tetrahedral carbon bonds. Organic life interacting with the vacuum and accessing this energy would help explain how evolution has gone against the flow of entropy. And those LENR reactions I spoke of all involve metal hydrides that have geometric structures that are resonant with the structure of the vacuum too.

My favorite astrological birth chart for Jesus is during an alignment that occurred with the sun in Pisces where all the planets were arranged in the most harmonious astrological pattern there is, the Grand Sextile. This is basically a Star of David, or in three dimensions, a star tetrahedron. This energy signature would certainly fit with someone who could more easily access the miraculous energy of the vacuum that surrounds us all!

Feb. 28 – A light through the fog: The Sun is conjoined to Neptune in Pisces today. The Sun always illuminates and clarifies whatever it shines its spotlight on, and in this case some of the dreamy fog that Neptune fosters can be briefly burned away. Since 2011, Neptune has been travelling through its ruling sign of Pisces, intensifying the spiritual energies and calling us all to evolve into our highest selves. And it’s energy will be strengthened in its home sign until 2024. This is a great period for spiritual growth and development and a time when we can stop talking about unity consciousness and instead directly experience and embody it.

Dreams and visions will come more easily and frequently while this window into the spirit world is open. During this period, we will be granted many chances to lose our egos and dissolve into that higher consciousness where we are one with all beings. That is when we are not getting lost in fantasy and distraction or caught up in delusion and addiction. Today, the Sun’s laser focus can burn away any of those possible negative manifestations of Neptune and gives us the best shot at experiencing the highest octave of Pisces.

There is tension today as well as Saturn in Sagittarius is square to this aspect. It will be actively trying to discount our unifying visions, challenging us to get real and be practical and give up our foolish dreams. But Saturn’s stern pessimism is softened in Sagittarius, so don’t let the haters discourage you! Hang onto your dreams, and follow your visions and intuitions and you can manifest some magic that will turn even crusty old Saturn into a true believer.

March 8 – New Moon disillusion Tsunami: The new moon in Pisces is taking place exactly opposite to Jupiter in Virgo and Square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This tense aspect pattern is called a T-square. The tension of the opposition can be relived through the outlet point of the T, but it is not easily done. Jupiter and Saturn are the two teaching planets of the zodiac and when they are in hard aspect like this we are all going to learn some big lessons. Saturn is the outlet point of this energy, which means that old structures will be falling apart.

Ultimately, that which is not real will be falling away and dissolving as the flood of spiritual Pisces energy overwhelms our ability to stop or control it. This aspect could coincide with a significant event in our ongoing financial collapse where all the imaginary machinations that have been done to create the illusion of a solution can no longer hold up. The emotions of fear and worry could easily drive a downward spiral right now that collapses the confidence and trust that people have put in the system.

Virgo’s critical bubble popping analysis combined with Pisces’ over the top emotional reaction to losses could finally overwhelm the fragile house of cards that is our current economic reality. Don’t be surprised if the tide of stock market and banking failures that has been slowly sweeping across the globe finally crashes on our shores. Just know that out of the chaos of restructuring, something wonderful will be born that is more unified and holistic and sustainable.

Einstein was a Pisces and his quote that you can’t solve a problem with the level of thinking that created it is especially appropriate today. If we can open our higher minds we will see this moment as a golden opportunity to create a better way of sharing this planet with each other.

March 14 – Grand Cross: The Moon in Gemini is briefly making a Grand Cross out of the waning T-square between the Sun Jupiter and Saturn. The Grand Cross is the most tension filled astrological aspect pattern as it is two oppositions that are square to each other. This is the kind of energy behind political gridlock and the situation in Syria, a kind of complicated standoff that doesn’t seem to have any hope for solutions.

Again, it would be a good day to call on the big picture thinking of Einstein to try to see things from a more holistic perspective, beyond this apparent Gordian knot. What is needed today is that cosmic Christ Consciousness that just breaks free from all these limitations and resurrects itself on a higher level. Pisces, like our ethereal spiritual essence, is always flowing and growing, and it can’t be nailed down for long. It can show us the way out of this mess if we can surrender our ego and let ourselves die into its bigness.

What needs to be crucified today is our small mind, our limited brain that is trapped and raging in its skull cage maze. When we can shift our perspective and fly on the wings of our spirit, we can see the big picture today, a beautiful and terrible painting that manages to capture the Piscean extremes. This is not a day for the faint of heart, but mastery of the art of life is possible if we can let this all in with unconditional love.

2016 Aquarius Soul Forecast

On January 19th, the Sun moved into Aquarius, a fixed air sign. The element of Air is associated with mental activity, so fixed air means that Aquarius is especially attuned to the deeply held ideas and ideals that bond groups and societies together. Aquarians are groupies, and collective co-creation is the kind of thing that gets them excited.  They are happiest when they are sharing their progressive ideas as an integral part of team. You will often find them facilitating a meeting, organizing a co-op, or starting a humanitarian movement. Aquarius is co-ruled by two planets, Saturn and Uranus. We got a feel for Saturn’s structured energy last month during Capricorn, but Uranus’ influence takes Aquarius to another level.  Uranus blasts off from Saturn’s boxy platform and rockets toward the stars powered by lightning bolts of inspired insight. One of the archetypes of Aquarius is the Mad Scientist. On the one hand, Aquarians have a respect for Saturn’s rules and regulations. They are willing to follow a structure and submit to the data driven rigors of the scientific method. But when they encounter outliers and anomalies, they are also willing to throw out their working theory and start a quest to find a better fitting explanation that can integrate the new data. A purely Saturnian type would put more weight on the history and tradition supporting the existing theory, and they would assume the new data was bad and try to explain it away or ignore it all together. Uranus’ influence gives Aquarians that restless spirit of eternal experimentation and innovation that is at the core of pure science. Their fixed mental persistence drives them to get to the bottom of cosmic mysteries. Their dogged tenacity allows them to break down walls and cross boundaries, pushing the envelope until they make the new discoveries that will catapult us into the future.  

The astrological symbol of Aquarius is the human being, and humanitarianism is likely to become the dominant philosophy of the Age Aquarius. Aquarians are very concerned about the good of the collective and they believe in the equality of all beings. In the last century, we’ve already seen a dramatic expansion of freedom, democracy, and equality in the world. The character of the eras when the outer planets were discovered have interesting correlations with the observed energies of those planets. It’s almost as if when the student is ready, the teaching planet arrives. The planet Uranus was discovered right before the French and American revolutions and it carries that same revolutionary spirit of “Liberty, Egalite, Fraternity”. My favorite book about Uranus is “Prometheus the Awakener” by Rick Tarnas. He argues that the mythological figure Prometheus is the best fit for the Uranus’ observed energy. Prometheus rebelled against the hierarchal orders of Zeus and stole fire and brought it to the mortals, an act of defiance for which he suffered greatly. This democratizing and decentralizing of power is a key aspect of Aquarius and we can expect more power to be brought to the people as this New Age moves forward.
              We are just at the tail end of a long square between Uranus and Pluto that is a critical part of ushering in a New Age of freedom and peace. This grand 140 year cycle began when Uranus and Pluto were conjoined from 1964 to 1968. During that period, there was a great expansion of human rights andfreedoms. And this square has taken those gains to another level, bringing a 2nd phase of extreme planetary makeover. We have gone from African Americans not being able to vote to being able to be president. Gay people have gone from being mostly closeted and marginalized to being out and proud and having their marriages officially recognized. Technology has made quantum leaps, bringing us from tiny tube tv’s to giant flat screens with organic diodes. The cell phones in everyone’s pocket today are more powerful than the most powerful super computers of 50 years ago. We have gone from relative isolation to ubiquitous interconnection, limitless information, nanomaterials, cold fusion, stem cells, genetic engineering, and on and on. This grand cycle doesn’t complete until the year 2105, and if you think about the profound changes that have already taken place, it’s easy to imagine a fully flowering New Age taking hold. The pace of change is exponential and we are on the cusp of what futurists call a moment of singularity, where change accelerates to infinity.  If you think about the number of highly trained Mad Scientists on the earth now and the awesome power of the resources supporting them compared to 50 years ago, you can imagine how the breakthroughs will be coming in ever accelerating waves. We are just beginning to understand the true nature of the universe, and when we learn to work in harmony with those deep currents, what would seem miraculous to us now will quickly become commonplace. It is truly an exciting time to be alive!

Feb 5thChange and Resistance: The current placement of the north node indicates the spiritual lessons we are collectively learning, and right now it is in Virgo with Jupiter perched right on top of it. So we are getting some big teachings right now on how to move toward clean living Virgo. We are learning to move away from being driven by religious and emotional energy, to being more practical and rational and balanced. We are learning how to move away from abusing substances and living in illusions and fantasies to being more present and mindful and aware.  This is the backdrop to today’s tension filled planetary alignments. Pluto Venus and the Moon are all conjoined in Capricorn and squaring off with Uranus in Aries. The Sun in Aquarius is also making a square with Mars in Scorpio. So though a New Age of Aquarius is something we are rolling inevitably toward, there are those who want to stand in the road and protest, making for some bumpy moments. You may find yourself locked in fruitless conversations with curmudgeons who lament the changes that are taking place in the world and just keep recycling and repeating their negative mantras. Think of this as a necessary purging and just imagine all the darkness they are puking out turning into beautiful rainbows like the Instagram meme. Those who are attached to the status quo and clinging to the past will find themselves grumpier than usual as it is becoming clearer that a great change is coming. Resistance to this next wave will only create suffering, so let go and let your 3rd eye open and Uranus will give you a vision of the positive futures that are possible.

Feb 8thMystic Crystal Revelations:  The New Moon in Aquarius today is helping to expose the silver lining to the tension of the 5th. Overall right now, there is a divine half of a grand trine to envelop and embrace all of the tense squares going on. This is one of those special moments in the long grinding square between Pluto and Uranus, when all the other planets line up to give it a big loving hug. This New Moon is a time to plant those crystal star seeds that will begin to initiate a New Age of Aquarius within your psyche. These crystalline alignments are making for rarified air that can make it easier to access the hidden realms of dreams and visions. There is a unitive consciousness available now to those who seek it. Take time for meditation and prayer and pay attention to your inner senses. If you are silent and still, you are more likely to experience the higher octave of this visionary energy. The air is electrified today, crackling with the fire of empowerment that Prometheus stole from the gods. Let that Aquarian sun shine into your soul and align you with a new way of being!

Feb 14thValentine’s Day Magic Rectangle: There is a special alignment today called a magic rectangle where two oppositions are sextile to each other. Mars is opposite to the Moon and Jupiter is opposite to Chiron. This alignment offers a release from the pressures of these oppositions. The spiritual understanding and clarity that is coming from Jupiter in Virgo can help us get over the great divide between Masculine Mars and the Feminine Moon. Jupiter is offering an opportunity for to mediate at truce in the war between the sexes today. If you have been having trouble loving the “other”, today is a day when you can see through the game of polarization and glimpse the unity and oneness beneath all the movie projections on this hall of mirrors. Remember, it is the same light shining through all of these forms! Those hard charging Martians are more likely to get in touch with their soft Moony side today. Likewise, the moody moon types may find themselves taking a more constructive approach to their feelings of frustration and standing up and getting stuff done! Try to see both your partners and your adversaries as sacred mirrors of all your lost and disowned soul energies. Use the reflections you see today as an opportunity to call in all of your orphaned soul parts, and you will make the most of this moment of wholeness. 

2015 Capricorn Soul Forecast

After the solstice, the sun moved in Capricorn, which is a Cardinal earth sign. The cardinal signs are the most representative of their element, which means that Capricorn is the most deeply rooted and earthy of the Zodiac signs. It is ruled by practical Saturn, making this a great time to focus on getting all the concrete details in order. Saturn’s energy is opposite to that of Jupiter, the happy go lucky Sagittarius energy that we are shifting out of from last month. Jupiter rules expansion and Saturn rules contraction. Jupiter is jolly and Saturn is serious. Both are considered teacher planets, and both can teach us a lot, but their methods are very different. Jupiter tends to teach by adding things, by offering opportunities. Saturn tends to teach us by subtracting things, taking away the things that no longer serve us. Interestingly, the forms of the actual planets mirror these astrological concepts. Jupiter is big and gassy and expansive, while Saturn is much smaller and ordered with its crystalline rings.

Saturn’s astrological symbol has a cross in it, which symbolizes the dense challenges of earthly incarnation. Where falls in your chart tends to be where you’ll have to go to the school of hard knocks. Saturn deepens and matures us, forcing us to find hidden strength to overcome the obstacles that it places in our path. If you look at the first round of Saturn transits through the chart, you can see how intimately its path is tied to the process of maturation. The first major Saturn aspect we experience is the square to our natal Saturn, which happens around 7 years old. Playtime is over and we have to go to school and learn how to fit into society and follow rules. The next major Saturn aspect is the opposition, which happens around age 14. This is the aspect that fuels our adolescence rebellion. We fight passionately against external restrictions and limitations. Saturn is associated with the archetype of Father, so we often focus this rebellious energy against the rules and structures imposed by our fathers and other authority figures. After that comes the second square, which is around 21. Here we see more rites of passage, often coinciding with completion of college and taking career and relationships much more seriously. Finally somewhere around 28 or 29 is the Saturn return which means that Saturn has gone all the way around your chart and come back to where it was when you were born. This is considered astrological adulthood, a point when your personality is fully mature from having withstood all of Saturn’s testing and initiation.

The transition from the giddy festivity of Sagittarius to the grim realities of Capricorn can be depressing. Fun filled gatherings are over, and there are big bills to pay off. The days are short and dark, and we start to feel the restriction of being cooped up indoors. We hit New Year’s and we start looking back at the past year and making resolutions to improve ourselves focusing all too often on our disappointments and how we’ve fallen short of our goals. Saturn asks us for discipline and commitment to loving structures that can bring our big ideas and dreams down to reality. It is the spirit of hard work and determination that dominates these days. Saturn can help us get down to business and get serious about our dreams. It can give us the strength to make the sacrifices we need to make to accomplish our long term goals.  Try to make friends with Saturn, and work with its energy and you will be become a much more stable and grounded Earthling.  

December 27thHeart Surgery: There is an interesting alignment today where Jupiter in Virgo is trine to Mercury in Capricorn and sextile to Venus in Scorpio. The outlet point of this pattern, Venus in Scorpio is about transformation of the heart. It is not always pretty when Scorpio is involved, so there may be some painful surgical procedures involved. This is a time to let go of old habits in relationships that are causing suffering. It is a time to be willing to go outside of your comfort zone and talk about difficult issues. If you can bring your shadows into the light and talk about what is going on underneath the surface manifestations, there is a great opportunity for healing and soul growth right now. With Jupiter in communicative Virgo making a harmonious trine to Mercury, the lines of communication are wide open. With all of this supportive earth energy, it is possible to talk things through and find solutions for whatever difficulties are uncovered. Let yourself go deep and clean out your psychic closets and any grinchy energy in your heart will grow three sizes today!

January 6-23rd- Mercury Retrograde: Mercury Retrogrades are the periods when Mercury appears to be moving backward in the sky, and as Mercury rules communication, they are generally times when direct communication is more difficult. Mercury Retrograde periods are associated with all kinds of communications snafus, and it is generally recommended to avoid making big contracts and commitments under this influence as there can easily be misunderstandings and erroneous assumptions. These are great times for mediation and reflection and inward journeys though, so focus on self-exploration and discovery if you want to make the most of this time. Make extra effort to be clear and detailed in your communications with others if you need to get a message across. Check and double check and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Understanding and comprehension is less likely to happen naturally right now, so taking those extra steps can save a lot of trouble and confusion down the road.

January 7th- Winter Fire: The Moon, Venus, and Saturn are all conjoined today in fiery Sagittarius making a trine with Uranus in Aries, which itself is still square to the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn. We may have  to face some dark and disturbing challenges in the world, but there is a fire of hope and optimism today that can help us focus on finding solutions and keep us from giving in to cynicism and despair. Let yourself be inspired to do something to support a New Age of peace and prosperity today. Let the fire of your spirit shine and your passion will ignite the same flame in the hearts of others. When we are aligned with that fire of spirit, we can take down the old oppressive structures and start fresh, building a more perfect union. This is a critical growth period for humanity, and today is a great day to focus on what we do want to create. Forget terrorism, and think of the historic Paris accord on climate change. Forget the violence and suffering in the world and be inspired that Michael Moore’s new documentary is turning away from picking on problems to focus completely on solutions. As the new Star Wars movie has given us fans new hope for the franchise, use your imagination and water your baby dream seeds so you can make your contribution to a more positive future where dark and light are kept in perfect balance and wholeness.

Jan 9thNew Moon Resolution: This new moon in Capricorn is taking place right on top of Pluto. If you didn’t participate in the collective resolution making tradition of New Year’s, you may want to rethink things today, as Pluto is here to add a little more forcefulness to the necessity for change. If you did make some resolutions, you may find your commitment severely tested today. This is a powerful energy of discipline. Ghandi had a really strong Pluto energy and you may want to call on him to accomplish your own goals today. It may feel like you are taking a beating but if you can find the soul power to stick it out and stick to your plan you will be richly rewarded in two weeks when the full moon comes to reap the seed you sew today. If you give in and go back to old habits you may find the results to be even more destructive and disappointing than usual. So make those changes and support those loving structures! Now is a time when deep and lasting change is possible. 

2015 Sagittarius Soul Forecast

On Nov 21st the Sun moved into Sagittarius. Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, which means it burns inconsistently, flickering on and off like a candle flame in a breeze. It is ruled by the planet Jupiter, a gas giant that is 10 times the diameter of Earth and the largest planet in our solar system, which fits with Sagittarius’ associations with expansion and abundance. We kick off Sagittarius with Thanksgiving, a feast of abundance and excess that captures the magnitude of Jupiter and overwhelms our bellies. But the essence of the holiday is recognition of the bright fire of our limitless spirit and a collective expression of deep gratitude. These are the core values of faith and generosity that Jupiter is here to teach us.

In 12 step recovery, the roots of addiction lie in holding on to toxic feelings of resentment. The way to let go of this tendency is to learn to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. It’s amazing how simply focusing on gratitude can magnetize and bring forward the best in a situation. This is the magic of the planet Jupiter and Sagittarius. In Dr. Masura Emoto’s work studying how different vibrations created different water crystals, the words “Love” and “Gratitude” made some the most beautiful crystals. Even the essence of our mass shopping spree on “Black Friday” is really about putting our gratitude into manifestation on the earth plane by showering our loved ones with generosity and abundance. Ho-Ti, the laughing Buddha is a great example of this happy go lucky Sagittarian energy, as is our jolly Santa Claus, with his rosy cheeks and his big sack brimming with goodies. Faith is a hallmark of Sagittarius, and the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a classic of this Sagittarian season that exemplifies the mountain moving power of faith. When we can look at our lives through Jupiter’s eyes, we can find the silver linings and the bright side of whatever we are struggling with. In the chakras, Jupiter is the 3rd eye, which is where we can penetrate through the disturbing surface of things to the shimmering beautiful essence, the flickering flame of our spiritual nature.

Magical synchronicity is how this Jupitarian 3rd eye consciousness works in the world. When we follow the visions of our 3rd eye and let Jupiter run the show, things tend to fall into place with more grace and less effort. In one of Robert Moss’ many excellent books about dreamwork, the 3 Only Things, he delineates three critical 3rd eye guidance functions of our higher selves that are typically dismissed in Western culture to our detriment. We say it’s “only” a dream and “only a coincidence” and “only your imagination”. But when we pay attention to these 3 “only” things and follow their guidance system, our lives can glide to success on a Jupiterian magic carpet. In the midst of earthly challenges, surrounded by the energy of fear and limitation, we need to be reminded of our spiritual connection. We need to be shaken out of the old school materialist notions that we have been indoctrinated into so we can see that the space we were told was empty is actually brimming with limitless energy. We are swimming in a sea of benevolent, life giving energy, a cosmic soup that feeds us all and makes anything possible. Sagittarius is here to help us free ourselves from the shackles of materialism so we can tap into that limitless sea of spiritual energy.

November 29thGoing Deep: The Sun and Saturn are conjoined today in Sagittarius, giving a depth and seriousness to an otherwise lighthearted energy. Normally, Sagittarius’ weak point can be that it lacks the discipline and focus to follow through on all its great ideas. But Saturn is here today to turn Sagittarius’ fickle flame into a focused laser beam today. You can achieve great insight and awareness today by being still and meditating on your intuitive hits. Make time and space to go deep and connect with your spiritual center and you will make the most of this energy. We may feel more somber and serious than usual at this point in the holiday season. Tough practical challenges may cause us to feel less jovial and celebratory.  Saturn and Jupiter are opposite energies and they are difficult to combine, but when they do come together like this, there is great wisdom and teaching that can emerge. Saturn often represents father figures and authority figures, so the key opportunity here is to find a way to bring love and gratitude to those figures. Those in power that are reacting to their fear and anger and trying to forcefully control things are in need of Sagittarius’ great faith right now. If they can get that spiritual message, there can be a positive shift away from old modes of conflict towards the institution of more loving structures.   

December 5th- Emotional Conflict: There is an aspect pattern going on this month called a T-square, which is a tension filled pattern consisting of an opposition and a square. The opposition is between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries, which is an explosive and sometimes violent combination. When you add the square to Pluto in Capricorn it lends this a much darker and more sinister tone. This is most likely the energy behind the heightened threat of terrorism and escalating conflicts between governments and militaries. The square between Pluto and Uranus that is getting this boost from Mars this month has been going on since 2010. So the core energies at play are nothing new, this is just another moment of intensification in a long drawn out process of collective transformation. Uranus has been expanding the rights of individuals and bringing them greater freedom and equality while regressive and repressive elements like fundamentalists Christians and Islamists have been fighting tooth and nail to take away that human freedom and hold onto old, oppressive structures.  But as the saying goes that Theodore Parker created and Martin Luther King Jr immortalized:  “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” As we plant and nurture these first Uranian seeds of the coming Age of Aquarius, there is no doubt that they will eventually grow to be the foundational values of the next 2000 years. But during this transition they are still under threat by those who are still invested in the repression and inequality of the last 2000 years.

Dec 11stNew Hope: The New Moon in Sagittarius is softening that T-square energy that has been going on, making a trine to Mars in Libra and a sextile to Uranus in Aries. This positive ball of hope and optimism can help relax some of the tensions that have been going on in the world. The new moon is the beginning of a new cycle and the energies that we nurture now will come to fruition in two weeks at the next full moon. Focus on peace and love and spiritual unity and help dissolve the fear and anger and tension in to world. Share your intuition and vision with those who are struggling to connect with their souls and you will make the most out of this moment in the Sun.

Dec 21st- Black Whole Solstice- We are still in the midst of an approximately 20 year window when the Solstice Sun is aligned with the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. This alignment was part of the excitement behind the 2012 solstice, but it is really marking a period where we are in more intimate connection with the great mystery at the center of our galaxy. If we see the Sun as a focusing point for our consciousness, it has been enlightening us to the great universal cycles of death and rebirth and raising our awareness of the laws governing those cosmic processes. Physicist Nassim Haramein of the Resonance Project in Hawaii has an excellent documentary called Back Whole that summarizes his work on a unified field theory. In his theory, which is being more and more borne out by new discoveries, black holes are like great cosmic recycling centers and are present on every level of scale from galactic to atomic. They not only take in and compact energy, but they also emit and create energy as well, hence the term Black Whole. Venus in transformative Scorpio and the Moon in Taurus are making harmonious aspects to Pluto during this Solstice. So there is a possibility that the destruction and suffering of the T-square this month can transform now and feed a new positive radiation. Black holes create stars, and tragedies can lead to greater unification. Stay open and you may get a little glimpse into the mysteries of creation this solstice! 

2015 Libra Soul Forecast

The Sun shifted into the constellation of Libra on the fall equinox, September 22nd. The balance of the equinox, with its equal periods of night and day, fits well with the energy of Libra, which is often symbolized by a pair of balancing scales. It is an air sign ruled and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus was one of the ancient goddesses of love. Aphrodite and Kwan Yin are also among her many names, and she brings a refined relationship energy that brings sweetness and light to whatever she touches. Venus is associated with the heart chakra, and love and beauty and art are all hallmark preoccupations of Libra. This is a great time for all kinds of creative heart centered activity. Follow your heart and do what you love! During the critical and divided mental energy of Virgo, you may have taken some knocks and lost some confidence. Now the big open heart of Libra is here to give you some sweet relief, ushering in a softer energy of peace and acceptance.

Air signs all have to do with relationships, and Libra is most focused on intimate love relationships. Interestingly, there are statistically more weddings in October than average, so love is definitely in the air right now. This is a great time to share your heart with your loved ones and heal any wounds that are blocking your ability to love fully and deeply. This is also a great time to stretch the boundaries of your heart so you can better embrace those people who are hard for you to love. Libra is capable of great empathy. It has the ability to truly put itself in another’s place and understand and respect their perspective. We all share the same air, and when there is conflict, Libra is a master at balancing the scales and making a fair compromise that benefits everyone equally. So let this vibrant breath of shared air fill your lungs and give your heart the courage and understanding to connect empathetically and create harmony.

Venus works through magnetic attraction and resonance. Once it forms that empathetic connection, its sweet loving energy starts calming others and bringing out the best in them. When you express what you love in a heartfelt way, it is the most effective way to draw others to whatever cause is dear to your heart.  Thich Nhat Hanh said in his book Being Peace, “In the peace movement there is a lot of anger, frustration, and misunderstanding. The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love letter. We need to learn to write a letter to the congress or to the President of the United States that they will want to read, and not just throw away. The way you speak, the kind of understanding, the kind of language you use would not turn people off. The President is a person like any of us. Can the peace movement talk in loving speech, showing the way for peace? I think that will depend on whether the people in the peace movement can be peace. Because without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, then we cannot contribute to the peace movement.”

So with that wisdom in mind, try to let the energy of Libra teach you how to be peace this month. Focus on building bridges of empathetic connection. Use art and beauty and the love in your heart to help remind yourself and everyone else that we are all in this together.

Some remarkable moments this month:

Sept 27th – Relationship Supermoon: Tonight’s full moon is taking place at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, and that makes it what has come to known as a Supermoon!  This means that it will be 14 percent larger and 33 percent brighter than when it is at its furthest point from Earth. There is also a lunar eclipse happening tonight, making this a rare display of Lunar magic. The Moon is associated with emotional energy and with the Moon in Aries and the Sun in Libra we will be feeling the our emotional tides rising as the Moon tugs a little harder than usual at our heart strings. The full moon is fundamentally a time of opposition and in this case it is shining its moonbeams on the age old misunderstandings between Mars ruled Aries and Venus ruled Libra. So this is a perfect time to hash out any conflict you may be engaged in between Martian and Venusian energy. Mars is about doing, while Venus is about being. Mars is caught up in pursuing its personal desires, while Venus is focused on satisfying other’s desires and building relationships. Mars is direct and forceful while Venus is indirect and diplomatic. Mars is raw and rough, while Venus is refined and soft. So you may notice yourself in caught up in some relationship drama today due to the amplification of these conflicting energies. Be careful to avoid projection! That is the one trap that can make oppositions impossible to resolve. If you use this moment instead to see those you are in conflict with as sacred mirrors reflecting your own disowned energies, you will be able to better understand and love both them and yourself. . As you integrate those lost aspects of your own personality, you will become more whole and balanced, and better able to love and understand everyone.

Oct 4th – Grand Crossroads – The Moon in Cancer today, square to the Sun in Libra, is briefly making a grand cross out of the ongoing square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries. The square between Pluto and Uranus has been giving the world and extreme makeover, but the intensity of their epic saga has been waning from its peak which took place between 2010 and 2014. But these big societal shifts take a long time to integrate, and our personalities can be slow to accept the new realities. Look for a lot of emotional and mental resistance to the great strides that have been made in the last several years. The regressive and reactionary personalities will be throwing bigger fits than usual wanting to turn back the clock to a idyllic time that never really existed outside of their imagination. Now that deal maker John Boehner is out of the way, we may see another rerun of dysfunctional Republican obstructionists trying to shut down the government for ideological reasons. It is much like a kid losing at a game who chooses to knock the board over and make it impossible to finish, instead of letting go and accepting defeat. Progress occurs in fits and starts, and features significant moments of resistance from entrenched interests. Pluto in Capricorn represents the status quo that tends to bitterly resist the reforms that will allow us to grow towards a greater unfolding. Uranus in Aries represents a new age of individual empowerment that can come from the democratization of power and the overthrow of Plutocracy.  The Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Cancer though, so even though this is atense arrangement of energies, there is the possibility for harmonious compromise that can keep our dysfunctional American family hobbling along together.

Oct 12th – New Moon Mindfulness– The New Moon in Libra is taking place opposite to Uranus in Aries. Mercury is conjoined to the collective north node in Libra and Mars and Jupiter conjoined in Virgo making a harmonious trine to Pluto in Capricorn. This aspect pattern offers more hope of thoughtful solutions to whatever logjam happens on Oct 4th. Mercury has finally gone direct again, helping to improve the lines of communication and lessen misunderstanding. And there is a lot of harmonious relationship and service energy that can help overcome whatever ideological differences blocked progress and understanding. Collectively, we are learning how to disagree without being disagreeable. A basic level of respect is present now that makes the ground fertile for the growth of empathy and understanding. There is a desire to sit down and talk out whatever differences we have and problem solve solutions which can respect and honor everyone involved. If you need to make peace with someone, now is a good time to reach out and clear the air.

2015 Virgo Soul Forecast

The stark contrast between sunny, fun loving Leo and serious, thoughtful Virgo makes this astrological transition stand out. The last gasps of summer fun are over and we all are being called in from the wild excesses of recess and asked to go back into a quiet, inward work and school mode.  Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet that represents the mind. So thinking, organizing, and analyzing are the modes of activity that now shake us awake from the creative reveries of playful Leo. The license to freely follow our Leonine desires to whatever glorious vacation they take us on has expired. Virgo is an earth sign, so its mental activity tends to manifest through the practical, material world. This focus on fixing and tweaking the material world is the reason Virgo’s have a reputation for wanting the things around them to be clean and organized. They like to maximize and optimize, and efficiency and sustainability are principles that make them happy. Their task is to tidy up and tie up the loose ends we left when we went footloose and fancy free for Leo. The mind is inherently divided and two-sided, and the confidence and self-assuredness of Leo is now being replaced by endless questioning and testing. Virgo is happiest when you can keep it busy with tasks, so now is a great time to finish any projects you have that involve lots of devilish details. Just try not to go obsessive compulsive perfectionist extremes!

There is a lot of evidence right now that we are at the beginning of a global financial collapse, and historically these things tend to gain momentum under Virgo’s critical and questioning energy. The trigger for these events is ultimately psychological, as our economic system is fundamentally based on faith and trust. And sometimes, when the powers that be have been secretly cheating and manipulating, that faith is overinflated and misplaced. The artificial bubbles blown up by all the money and debt creation of the last 7 years are bound to pop eventually. And Virgo’s detailed and practical mind has just the kind of incisive rationality to pierce those bubbles and put a stop to irrational exuberance and monetary folly.  Virgo is a sobering energy and is the sign most likely to take away the punch bowl when drunken revelry has taken over. Virgo has a level of skill and mastery at working with concrete realities, and there are a lot financial shenanigans that have become untethered from reality. The corrective energy of Virgo is here to perform a reality check, and provide some much needed grounding. If you want to best weather the coming global challenges, it would be good to listen to Virgo’s wisdom and be cautious of things that seem too good to be true!

August 29th Disillusion Moon-  The Sun and Jupiter are conjoined in Virgo today, opposite to the Moon and Neptune in Pisces. This could lead to events that dramatize the oppositional tension between Pisces and Virgo. Look out for combative interactions where faith is pitted against reason, and fantasy is challenged by grim reality. This aspect definitely fits with a confidence popping economic death spiral.  But this full moon is also focused on relationships, as Mars and Venus are conjoined in Leo, and Mercury is atop the collective north node in heart centered Libra. A great use of this energy then would be to set aside some quality time to communicate your needs in your relationships. There is a window into each other’s worlds right now that can bring understanding and compassion. When we can raise our awareness of what each other really needs, we can use Virgo’s clever mind to figure out how to better meet those needs. The core unifying energy that underlies and informs both Pisces and Virgo is service. So don’t be surprised if you are called to serve in some way at this time. Virgo prefers to take care of the concrete details while Pisces prefers to serve more abstractly, contributing motivation or inspiration. Both signs desire in their hearts to make the world a better place, they just employ very different strategies to achieve their dream. If you can learn to better meet your partner’s needs and make peace in your relationships, and you can turn around and serve the world proud!

Sept 6th Turnaround of the Heart: Venus has been retrograde (appearing to move backwards through the signs) since July 25th. These periods of Venus retrograde are times when our hearts are more introspective. It is a time for reflection, for processing all that has gone on in recent years in our love lives. Since this one has been taking place in the sign of Leo, the big question on everyone’s minds may be how is this relationship working for ME? Does your relationship bring out the best in you? Does it inspire you to greater heights? If it does, you may have been feeling a building joy inside you. Now is a great time to share that fullness and shower your loved ones with love and appreciation. If your relationship has fallen short in your estimation, now is a great time to communicate that awareness and make some changes. Some communication and work may be all that is needed to increase your fulfillment.

Sept 12th New Moon Communication – The New Moon in Virgo brings an abundance of opportunities to communicate. It is taking place opposite to Chiron in Pisces which represents our wounds, so this is a good time to share about things that others have done that we felt hurt by. Healing and reconciliation are possible if the problem can be clearly expressed and identified.  In this case, the amends are likely to be more concrete than a simple apology. Words are important, but deeds are what are really being called for today.  If you have wronged someone, now is a time you can do something to make it right, that’s right DO something. Show that person you are serious about making it up to them and forgiveness can’t be too far behind. If you have been wronged, now is a time you can speak up and be heard. Mercury in Libra is square to Pluto in Capricorn as well, so now is a time when you can heal the deeper wounds in your relationships. If you can go deep and share about the serious issues, especially those involving power struggles, you can get the most relief and healing at this time.

2015 Leo Soul Forecast

The sun is now travelling through the starry backdrop of Leo. The Sun rules Leo, and it shines most brightly when it is here in its happy zodiac home. Literally, August often has some of the hottest days here in the Northern Hemisphere. Leo is traditionally a time for vacation and play, and Leo excels at both of these activities. Just watch a cat relaxing on a sunny day and you will have a good picture of how Leo loves to luxuriate.

Leo is a fixed fire sign, so it is generally optimistic and positive even in the face of great challenges. The lion is courageous and it is very difficult to get the King of the jungle to back off when it picks up a scent and starts stalking its prey. When cornered, the cat can be fearsome enemy, as anyone who has tried to give one a pill knows. They prefer to avoid conflict, but when protecting themselves or others they can be intensely fierce.

In the chakra system, the Sun and Leo are associated with the bright yellow light of the 3rd chakra, which is the center of will, identity and creativity. So it is not a surprise that Leo’s are drawn to the spotlight to share their abundant creative energy. They like being the life of the party and filling their kingdom with smiles. They know who they are, and they are supremely confident in their gifts and abilities.

In shadow though, they can take this high self-esteem to extremes, and can become selfish or narcissistic. They can lack empathy and be insensitive and cruel to others if they are not in a healthy state. When cats get sick they tend to take it out on everyone else, and Leo’s in pain tend to lash out in a similar fashion.         

Interestingly, the astrological Age of Leo, which took place between 10,500 and 8500 BC was most likely a peak of human creativity and technological achievement. Cosmic author Graham Hancock, makes a very compelling case that the height of Atlantean culture took place around this time. If you would like to have your mind blown about human history you should check out his many books on the topic. The greatest evidence we have for this are the great mysteries of the Giza Plateau. The entry to the whole Giza complex is aligned with the star Regulus, the brightest star in Leo that forms its heart. In 10,500 BC, the beginning of the Age of Leo, the Giza Sphinx would have looked right out at the stars of Leo at sunrise on the Spring Equinox. Other researchers such as geologist Robert Schoch have pointed out that because of the extensive water weathering patterns on the Sphinx and it’s enclosure, it must be at least as old as 10,500BC.

And if you study the intricacies of the Great Pyramid, you will quickly come to the conclusion that it could only have been constructed by a much more technologically advanced culture than mainstream historians claim. Christopher Dunn is an engineer who has meticulously documented all of the evidence for advanced granite machining in the Giza pyramid and surrounding complexes. His research flies in the face of mainstream archeological explanations. In the story of Atlantis, their fall came as a result of their arrogance, taking technology too far and using it for control and for the satisfaction of selfish desires. Their fall came about during the glacial ice age flooding of the Age of Cancer, where Mother Earth gave us a big dose of humility. So be careful during this time to not get so caught up in your own brilliance that you lose sight of all of the other stars around you.

July 26th– Power of Positive Thinking- Mercury and the Sun are conjoined in Leo and trine to the moon in Sagittarius today. This is a day when we can dry out from the emotional super soaking of Cancer and really feel the Leo sunbeams shining in. Let your heart lighten and do something fun this Sun day. Fire is best honored by activity, so if you have been itchy to go adventuring, now is the time to break out and follow your Joy. Optimism and positivity can magnetically attract the experiences you want right now. Stay focused on what you want to manifest and let your excitement and desire create it into being. Cancel any Cancer pity parties by throwing a Big Leo festival!   

July 31stTransformational Full Moon: This full moon is taking place with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius. Also, today Mars in Cancer is close to being square with Uranus in Aries, and Mercury in Leo is close to being trine to it. So with the Aquarius Moon, and the aspects to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, there is a lot of electricity in the air today. Uranus strikes like lightning, and can bring sudden and unexpected changes. Its intent is always to help us grow and change in a more holistic direction. And as it has been going through Aries, it has been sparking off a lot of revolutionary energy and inspiring people to become more personally empowered. The Age of Aquarius that we are moving towards is based on the principle of equality. Slowly but surely, over the next 2000 years, all of the institutions and power structures that stand in the way of this equality will fall and be replaced with more egalitarian and humanitarian frameworks. Look for lots of little victories for the little guys and gals today. If you are called to stand up and demand equality today, take heart in the knowledge that the stars are in your corner today.

Aug 6th  - Accentuate the Positive and Drain the Swamp – Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are all ganged up in Leo and squaring off with Saturn in Scorpio today. All that positive Leo energy has the upper hand here, and should be able to steamroll over the depressive and negative tendencies of Saturn and Scorpio. Give a happy blast to the dark swamp of your fears and resentments and you can steam off some of your deeply held negativities today. If you find yourself in conflict with a Debbie downer who is raining on your parade, go watch the movie Inside Out and remember how to integrate that sadness and keep it from draining your Joy. These are both fixed and intense energies that are squaring off so it may take a lot of work to get them to harmonize, but the payoff is great. We are learning how to have a light and happy heart without sacrificing our emotional depth. All the water we steam off today will come raining down again some other day, but the key thing we are learning here is how to keep it moving. It is when our emotions get stuck and stagnate that rotten things can grow and cause suffering. So use this ball of Joy today to challenge those negative thoughts and drain your swamps and keep the cycles of your emotional life moving! 

2015 Cancer Soul Forecast

The sun is now travelling through the astrological backdrop of Cancer. Cancer is a Cardinal water sign, ruled by the Moon. Both the Moon and water are associated with the ever shifting tide of our moods and feelings. The Moon is all about what we find comforting, and Cancer is the master at providing that comfort.

It is associated with the parent who is more present and involved in the nitty gritty activities of daily nurturing, the parent who is doing the bulk of the mothering. It rules the 4th house of home and family and is passionate about managing all the domestic tasks that keep a family happy, from cooking and cleaning, to hugging and snuggling. Cancer is intuitively aware of everyone’s emotional needs, and is happiest when it is busy meeting those needs!

The symbol for Cancer looks like the number 69 on its side, which represents the deep spooning intimacy and bonding that is so central to Cancer. In medical astrology, Cancer is associated with the breasts, and their incredible power to nurture growth and life. When Cancer is operating from a balanced and abundant place, there is nothing more healing and nourishing than its loving, motherly care. But because the nurturing tasks that Cancer does are often taken for granted and because they are prone to sacrificing their own needs to provide for others, they also have a tendency to become enmeshed in patterns of codependency and resentment.

What is the last thing a codependent sees before they die? Someone else’s life passing before their eyes! When Cancer is operating out of these dark waters, they will show their shadow side of fear and control. They can use their acute awareness of other’s emotions to try to manipulate and control them. Their natural desire to help others can become overbearing and their mothering can turn to smothering.

The Astrological Age of Cancer was back around 64000-8400 BC. Interestingly, this was a time when goddess worship was prevalent and where society was tribal and matriarchic. This was also around the time of catastrophic flooding from the rapid melting of Ice Age Glaciers which correspond to countless stories of global deluge. The emotions of Cancer when they get flowing can be overwhelming. The religion of Cancer is definitely the religion of the Divine Mother.

A great example of the highest octave of Cancer energy is the Hindu teacher Ammachi, who is known in the West as the Hugging Saint. She embodies the energy of the Divine Mother and gives Darshan by hugging and kissing people which is much more intimate and Cancerian than the usual energetic Shaktipat transmission from a distant guru. She also embodies the Cancerian spirit of nurturance and mothering by raising gigantic sums of money for charities. She has orphanages and schools and hospitals for the poor and housing projects all over India.

You can do charts for groups and larger entities, including nation states, using their moment of inception. America was born on the 4th of July, giving our whole nation a Cancerian flavor. Culturally, we have a tendency to go with our emotional reactions more than what might be rational or reasonable. It will be interesting to see how the global markets react right now to the implosion of Greece. The lower octave of Cancer can be an over reactive, panicked mob consciousness.  At the root, our financial system is based on confidence, and if fear and hysteria start to ripple out they can easily create a positive feedback loop, knocking over more and more dominoes and feeding an accelerating downward spiral. On the positive side, a sense of shared crisis can also reignite our tribal consciousness and cause us to get back to first principles of community and learn to better support and nurture each other outside of abstract financial structures. In general, this is a great time to spend time with family and tribe and nuture your emotional needs. Take a vacations and give yourself a break to rest and recharge!

July 1stFull Pluto Moon: This full moon is taking place with the Moon very close to Pluto in Capricorn. The full moon is an opposition, and this one is happening with the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Capricorn. Oppositions are generally tense, bringing out lots of antagonistic us against them energy, and potentially feeding cycles of projection and blame. It is not surprising then, that there is an uptick in police calls and emergency room visits during this monthly standoff between the Sun and Moon. Both Cancer and Capricorn are parental, caregiving energies, but their modes of operation are as different as night and day. Cancer wants to let you stay at home forever and take care of you while Capricorn wants to push you to work harder and make the sacrifices it believes are required for you to achieve independence. Look for today to highlight those stark differences. For the last 7 years, Pluto has been travelling through Capricorn and bringing out its dark side, with the ultimate goal of overhauling our global systems. Its entry into Capricorn coincided with the beginning of the global financial collapse, exposing the unsustainability and corruption in the current financial scheme and precipitating its long, slow-motion implosion. Today marks another important moment in that process, as Greece finally takes an emotional Cancerian stand and gives the finger to the crippling austerity regime that was imposed by its rigid and controlling Capricornian creditors. If this leads to Grexit, it could be the catalyst for the next round of financial unravelling, creating a chain of events that will pop the artificial asset bubble that was blown up by the unprecedented central bank money printing of the last 7 years. A system that relies on ever expanding debt to keep from collapsing is inherently unsustainable and there are many signs now that another crisis is imminent. Global indebtedness has doubled since the last crisis, and there is no more room to manipulate interest rates to try to get out of this worldwide downward spiral. The old system has to die for a new one to be born, so try to look at the bright side of this mostly imaginary collapse. If we can create a more sustainable system based tied to more organic principles of growth and utilizing decentralizing technologies like the block chain of Bitcoin we will all be so much better off!

July 4th – Freedom to the People!: Venus and Jupiter are conjoined in Leo and making a harmonious trine to Uranus in Aires, making for a big fireball of excitement and enthusiasm. The Moon is also in freedom loving Aquarius, intensifying the wild and exciting energy. The fireworks will definitely be flying tonight! All this is giving Uranus the upper hand this month in its ongoing square with Pluto. The Uranian ideals of equality and democracy are currently triumphing over fear and Plutocracy, and we have recently seen both a historic marriage equality ruling and a successful defense of our recently expanded health care. Individual freedoms and rights are expanding, and we are making progress towards a more perfect union. Today is a great day to celebrate the triumph of love and unity over prejudice and separation. As the hash tag has been proclaiming: “Love wins!”

July 15th – Super Soak our Overlords- The Sun, Moon, Mars and Mercury are all ganging up in Cancer in opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. Thought it may be emotionally intense, this is a gentle, evolutionary energy. The sensitive people of the world have had enough and they are going to come and love us all into submission. So don’t fight the love….it is futile right now! There is no standing in the path of this upwelling of the Divine Mother. If you try to stop the flow of compassion and kindness you may find yourself the target of a 4 billion mom march armed with buckets of tears, dousing your insensitivity with their emotional outpouring until you can’t help but expand your emotional awareness.  Look for whatever is happening in Greece to strike a chord with others who have put up with a lot of suffering at the hand of austerity policies. The emotions of compassion and kindness are flowing, and threaten to super soak all the crusty old power structures that have been perpetuating suffering. This is also a great time to huddle close to family and tribe and enjoy the intimacy and emotional bonding that is now available.

2015 Gemini Soul Forecast

On May 21st, the Sun moved into the Gemini. Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, the planet that represents the mind and communication. Its’ astrological glyph is the twins which represents the mind’s dualistic, divided consciousness. It’s also often associated with the fifth chakra, the throat chakra, as it is where our communication emanates from. In mythology, Mercury was the messenger of the gods, bridging the gap between the world of the gods and the world of mortals.

So Mercury can act as that bridge of connection between our practical mind and our higher mind. It is also the bridge of connection between us and others, as we all share the same air. Air signs, and in particular Gemini, are the social butterflies of the zodiac. They generally flit from flower to flower at parties and events, mixing and mingling without necessarily going too deep into any particular conversation. Their constant curiosity and mental shifting sometimes gets Gemini the reputation of being shallow and indecisive. They are always weighing all options, and their decisional balance can shift easily when the winds change and alter any of the variables in their equations. They are hard to pin down or commit to anything, as they are most in touch with the Buddhist concept of impermanence. How can they commit to anything when the world is ever changing?

Gemini’s are at their best in the world of the mind: reading, writing, analyzing, discussing, and debating. They are witty and clever and they love mysteries and puzzles and anything that exercises their grey matter. The biggest challenge for a Gemini is the inward quiet of meditation. They are restless by nature and they crave external stimulation and information, so it can be excruciating for them to sit through the silent vacuum of a meditation retreat. So, in general, this month is a great time to share the air with your fellow humans and enjoy lots of socializing. It is also a prime time to gather any facts and information you may need to make big decisions you are weighing.

This particular month of Gemini is especially powerful as it is mostly spent with Mercury in Gemini and in Retrograde:

May 20thMercury Retrograde: Mercury is strong in its home sign of Gemini, but it is going to be travelling backwards from its usual path in the sky for the next 3 weeks. This generally has the effect of turning everyone’s consciousness in a more inward direction. This is great for things like meditation or self-reflection, but it can wreak havoc on things that require interaction and external focus. This inward focus is at the root of Mercury Retrograde’s reputation for communication breakdowns, accidents, and all manner of misunderstandings. People are more lost in their own worlds, and just not paying as close of attention to each other during this time. So it may be wise to avoid making contracts and business deals right now. Anything with lots of devilish details that require crystal clear communication could be easily sabotaged by this confusing influence.

May 31st- Neptune Confusion: The Sun, Mars, and Mercury in Gemini are making a tense square aspect to Neptune in Pisces today, all right in the middle of this Mercury retrograde period. This aspect pattern will make clear and concrete communication even more difficult than it has already been. There is a great chance for us to fall prey to all manner of fantastic magical thinking under this energy. Be wary of being deceived by fraudulent schemes or people right now. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is! We may also convince ourselves now that things are better than they seem by wishful thinking and willful ignorance. Keeping as conscious as possible is highly recommended today. Avoid anything like drugs or alcohol that could further add to the confusion as the negative consequences of unconsciousness could be multiplied by this energetic pattern. The best use of this energy is for creative inspiration or meditative self-exploration. Take some time to daydream and let your imagination guide you in a new direction. Take a vacation from reality, and enjoy a fantasy or two, just make sure to maintain some grip on reality so you can come back when needed. Or take some time to go deep into your own psyche and discover the magical mysteries hiding in your dreams. If you focus on these activities you will be happier than if you try to create a legal contract or plan a big event.

June 13th – Mercury Direct- Mercury goes direct today after a couple of weeks of communication snafus and challenges, Mars and the Sun are conjoined in Gemini as Mercury goes direct today. This alignment makes this a good day to release the pent up frustration of a couple of accident prone weeks jam packed with communication snafus and challenges. Be direct today and clear up any misunderstandings that festered beneath the obfuscating fog of the last 3 weeks. Talk it out and take the time to soothe the raw nerves and you will make the most of this energy.

2015 Taurus Soul Forecast

This month the Sun is moving through the sign of Taurus. Taurus is a fixed earth sign, which means it is slow and steady. You may have noticed a relaxation in pace from the fiery spring mania that Aries brings. Taurus prefers a slow and sustainable pace, and it takes plenty of breaks to smell the roses and enjoy the journey. Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which is associated with the heart chakra, and with all of the things that tug most intently at our heart strings: love, beauty, art and music. In the earthy garb of Taurus, Venus generates great love and nurturing for the physical plane. So it’s no accident that Earth day, the day we honor our Mother Earth and express our love for her, falls at the beginning of Taurus. Taurus is also associated with money and with our physical possessions, as how we spend our hard earned money gives a glimpse into the things we love and value. Venus has a sensual energy, and in earthy, Taurus it tends to luxuriate in the physical senses, indulging heavily in the pleasures of the flesh. In shadow, Taurus can go too far in this direction, exhibiting a kind of selfish materialism and getting lost in hedonistic pleasure seeking. On a deeper level, Taurus is about what we value, including how we value ourselves. This is why self-esteem is an often mentioned quality of Taurus. Because Taurus is a fixed earth sign, it also has a reputation for being stubborn. When the bull fixes on a target and prepares to charge, it is very hard to get it to change its course. Of course, this is connected to the fact that it is ruled by the heart chakra. When our hearts are set on something, it can be very difficult to let go. It is very hard to part a Taurus from their dreams!

The astrological age of Taurus can also give us a big picture sense of the energy of Taurus. It took place from 4400BC to 2000BC. This was Old Kingdom Egypt, which was marked by a peak of physical building activity that included great pyramids, very appropriate to a fixed earth sign. Hathor, a cow headed goddess was dominant, as was Mithras, a bull god. This time period also corresponded to the Harappan civilization in India where the sacred Cow was the most frequently featured beast on their hand made clay seals. As Venus was the predominant energy, sacred relationship was at the center of religious activity with sacred pairings like Isis and Osiris or Krisna and Rhada occupying the heart of our imaginations. Compared to the bloody Old Testament Greco-Roman age of Aries that followed, this was a time of relative peace and prosperity. The earth element is considered feminine and yin, receptive and nurturing. So Taurus is associated with patience and gentleness, and these qualities seem to pervade the civilizations of that age.

Taurus is also esoterically connected to the throat chakra, that blue ray of communication. Creative and artistic expression is favored in Taurus and the high vibration of singing is a great way to honor the its energy. If you have wanted to open your throat and let your heart sing, now is the time when the earth mother Venus will be there to support you. Sound healing is also associated with Taurus and the throat chakra. If you look at the work of Hans Jenny and Cymatics you will see in beautiful graphic ways how sound and vibration and their interference patterns can create physical forms. The Biblical story of Genesis may in fact be right on when it says that the “word” created the World. Of course it was a very complicated word! This idea that all of existence is created by vibration patterns is expressed in Hinduism as Nada Brahma, which means that “everything is sound”. So the principle of sound healing is to use resonance and entrainment to help break up dissonant frequencies and bring harmony back to our bodies. Your body is your song, and healing it is about learning to change your tune to be more harmonious.

April 22ndTransforming the Earth Day: Taurus kicks off this year with a strong alignment of planetary energies. Like a bull in full charge, Mars and the Sun in Taurus are making a harmonious trine aspect with Pluto in Capricorn. With all this earth energy aspecting transformative Pluto, this is a great time to change the Earth, particularly your own personal plot. If you have been meaning to start new routines and change to healthier habits, now is a time when you have the astrological backing to make good headway. Taurus is about self-love, and when we can all nurture and care for ourselves, our abundance of love will naturally overflow and contribute to the healing and balancing of the Earth.

May 3rd- Full Wesak Moon: In New Age circles, the first full moon in Taurus is celebrated in a festival called Wesak. It is about the energies of the Christ and the Buddha coming together and creating a New Age of peace. Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs, so when the bull and the phoenix face off it can get dramatic. This is the axis of the great mysteries of life (Taurus) and death (Scorpio) and when these two signs face off we can be in for a real metaphysical education. This full moon is a bridge linking heaven and earth, making is possible to bring the purest energy of spirit all the way into physical manifestation. So this is a great time for any kind of spiritual activity, particularly those that involve transformation. It is a good time to do a ritual of letting go or of bringing something new into being.  

May 17th – New Moon Blooming- The Sun and Moon are conjoined at the end of the fertile pasture of Taurus, making for a time of maximum manifestation. Seeds that you planted at the beginning of Aries should be bursting forth into full growth now. If this is the case, enjoy the fruits of your labors! If not, now is a time when any new projects or ventures that you start can be afforded maximum growth potential. If you’ve been waiting for the stars to align before you undertake a new adventure, now is the time to get started. Go forth and watch your creations multiply!

2015 Aries Soul Forecast

On March 21st, the Spring Equinox, the Sun has moved out of into the sign of Aries. Aries is ruled by the red planet Mars and is associated with the fight or flight survival energy of the 1st chakra. It is a Cardinal fire sign, making it the brightest burning of all the fire signs. It can be intense, but its energy is not as sustainable as some of the other fire signs. It tends to alternate between periods of burning passion and enthusiasm, and periods of burnout and recovery. Aries would definitely resonate with the motto “it’s better to burn out than fade away!” Aries is the beginning point of the zodiac and as such it is associated with youth and new beginnings. Mars and the first chakra govern the physical body and its vitality. Aries is attuned with our basic animal nature, our red pulsing blood and the needs and desires of our physical body. Like the Ram, its animal totem, Aries can be hard headed and single minded in the pursuit of their desires, battering anything that stands in their way. So Aries is a great time to spring forward and break free from the doldrums of winter. It is a perfect time to initiate new routines and start taking better care of our bodies, getting them out and about and working them out. Our big cultural ritual in Aries of course is Easter, which is all about the higher octave of Aries, the rebirth and resurrecting energy of new beginnings. It is about new shoots pushing their way up through the ground and initiating a new cycle of life.

This is an especially intense month of Aries, as the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn is still quite close and will be highlighted and intensified several times during the month. This world changing square is in the final phase of its long transformative arc which began in 2010, so it is likely that this summer and fall we may see some dramatic conclusions to long running conflicts. The cycles of the European debt crisis have been closely tied to this ongoing Pluto Uranus square, and it is heating up again with the latest round of negotiations with Greece. The Syrzia party recently won a popular mandate based on its promise to renegotiate the brutal terms of its austerity agreements with its European creditors. If Greece defaults or end up leaving the Eurozone it could be the catalyst that starts to unravel the unsustainable web of global debt and topple the whole house of economic cards. People are beginning to trace their suffering to the corrupt banking and political systems that have been enacting policies that make the problem worse for the many while benefiting themselves. The global explosion of money printing and debt creation that was the institutional response to the financial crisis of 2008 has created great wealth for the asset class while doing nothing for those struggling in the real economy. In fact, those warped policies have created and even more fragile and unsustainable reality. If Aries starts to go rogue and the run on banks in Greece starts a panic where great numbers of Europeans begin to lose faith in the state and start to act independently, it could trigger another dramatic financial collapse.

Looking at the character of the Astrological age of Aries (around 1800 BC-360 AD) can give us an insight into the energy of Aries writ large. Think of the fire and brimstone of the Old Testament Bible, and its judgmental, combative, and jealous God Yaweh. Moses is a very Arian figure, embodying the Magician archetype as he leads his people to freedom though his many tricks. But just like an Aries he gets denied entry to the promised land because his ego gets the best of him and he takes credit for some of his magic. Interestingly, he also leads his people on a symbolic journey away from worshiping the Golden Calf (Age of Taurus) to a practice based on the sacrifice of rams. Just think of the rise of self-serving, hedonistic, war mongering Greco-Roman Empire, and you will see the bloody shadow of Aries. But we also see a dramatic increase in the empowerment of the individual through the birth of democratic ideals during this time, as well as an adventurous trend toward monotheistic unification that pushed the envelope of our spiritual understanding.

March 29th– Fire and hearthstone- There are interesting alignments today that will both intensify and stabilize the ongoing tension between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter and the Moon in Leo are making a harmonious trine to the Sun and Uranus in Aries, inflaming that Aries desire to make changes and create a brave new world. Uranus in Aries is Prometheus, bringing that flame of empowerment to the people. And right now the people are riled up and calling for all changes that increase freedom and equality. Normally during this ongoing square, Pluto in Capricorn would not tolerate that kind of insolence and would be doing its best to shut down and oppress that revolutionary flame. But right now, Venus is in its home sign of Taurus, making a harmonious trine to Pluto, bringing a heartfelt gentleness to that sometimes cold hard energy. So the powers that be may find themselves without the heart to do their usual reactionary dance, and we may see key concessions made by institutions to nurture the needs of the people. There is the chance right now for the powers that be to display a greater level of patience and generosity. This is around the time that Greece should be running out of cash to keep up with their onerous schedule of debt repayment, so it will be interesting to see if they are giving some greater degree of forgiveness or assistance under this energy.

April 4thFull Moon Standoff: On this anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, The full moon is taking place with the Sun in Aries and the moon in Libra right on top of Uranus in Aries. With all of the harsh reminders in the last year of the persistence of racist oppression and brutality, look for a strong burst of Aries fire today highlighting the need to keep fighting for freedom and equality. The Ferguson report shined some light on Pluto in Capricorn and the institutionalized structures of racial oppression that create the frustration and anger that bursts into flame in periodic flashes of Arian violence. Look for a more strident call to reform our dysfunctional institutions and enhance our individual rights against the power abuses of the military industrial state today.

April 8th – Reify the Dream- The Sun and Mercury are in Aries conjoined to Uranus today, calling for collective change and transformation. The Moon and Saturn are conjoined in Sagittarius and square to Neptune in Pisces adding to the tension of this moment. Saturn and Neptune are very opposite energies and it is a challenge now to blend dreams and reality. Great art is possible when the two can be brought together, but it is not an easy process. There is a longing today for a more idyllic world, but also a sense of great forces that are trying to blockade that progress. With Saturn in Sagittarius, religious fundamentalism and orthodoxy are the primary obstacles to the peace and harmony that Neptune is seeking. Watch out for high pitched religious fervor and intolerance. Try to find a peaceful retreat where you can be an artist and figure out how to make your creative dreams a reality.

April 11h – Shining a moonbeam in the dark- The moon in Capricorn is making a brief transit over the Pluto end of the Uranus Pluto square today. The Uranus end of the square has been strongest this month, making positive change and loving destruction of oppressive structures the most likely outcome of this round of cosmic squaring off. But today, Uranus may lose the battle, and we may feel like depressing and regressive energies have prevailed for the moment. Pluto is cold and dark and controlling,  and with this burst of moonshine amplifying its energy, we can all feel its creepy presence today. Because it is a moonbeam, we won’t necessarily see what Pluto has been up to behind the scenes to try to maintain its dark empire, but we will be able to feel it.

2015 Pisces Soul Forecast

The Sun has moved into Pisces now, which is a water sign ruled by both Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter is the largest planet, and so Pisces is associated with big expanses of water, like the ocean. Water is the element of our emotions, so with Pisces there is always an ocean of emotion. Feelings can be particularly intense and extreme at this time. The symbol of Pisces, the two fish swimming in different directions, represents the yin and yang flow of our emotions from the height of bliss to the depths of despair.

Because Pisces is about unity consciousness, it necessarily includes these extremes. The glyph for the planet Neptune looks like Neptune’s trident, but it can also be seen as a tuning fork, which is why the high vibrations of music and poetry are also tied to Pisces. In the chakra system, Pisces fits best with the energy of the crown chakra. At its highest vibration, Pisces can embody the Christ Consciousness that experiences unity with everything and creates astonishing beauty. It can dissolve the ego and fuse into oneness with everyone, showing boundless compassion for the poor and suffering, and channeling the music of the spheres.

Pisces rules the 12th house, which has been called the house of “self-undoing," a place where we can dissolve our karma through selfless service and return to wholeness. In the great wheel of change, Pisces is that final resting place where we shed our old selves and prepare for the next cycle of identity that will be born when the wheel turns to Aries again.

Pisces can be great and saintly but it can also be hard for our humanity to reach its lofty ideals. The shadow of Pisces is hopeless suffering, martyrdom, and clinging to fantasy and illusion.  One of our cultural rituals that takes place in Pisces is the Academy Awards. Acting is definitely a Neptunian art. Actors merge with their characters and create for us the illusion that they are someone else. They draw upon unity consciousness to understand and inhabit a completely different person. Acting is a great metaphor for the spiritual realities of this incarnation game. We take on all these different bodies and roles and play them to the hilt on this very convincing world stage until we start to wake up to the illusion of it and free ourselves from identifying so narrowly with one ego and one personality and develop soul consciousness.

The astrological age of Pisces started with Jesus and Christianity and covered the last 2000 years. Think of all the fishiness in the Christian tradition. The fish in the sand, the fisher of men, the loaves and the fishes, the fish on Fridays. And if you look at the last two thousand years, you can certainly see an era that encompasses the extremes of Pisces. There is the sublime beauty of cathedrals and the boundless compassion of the saints and then there is the ugliness and brutality of the crusades and the Inquisition. There is Jesus, providing a shining example of selflessness and forgiveness, and then there is the egomania, self-righteousness and violence of so many of his supposed followers.

March 5 – Full Moon Healing the Roots. This is a powerful full moon with Venus and Uranus and Mars all lining up together in Aries close to the collective south node in Aries. The collective south node shows the spiritual lessons we are currently learning en masse. As the south node has been traveling through Aries, we have been learning to put aside self-centeredness and anger and move towards the peace and harmony of Libra. Whenever Mars and Venus come together, there is an opportunity to end divided consciousness and experience sacred union. In this case, we may be able to untangle some of the gnarled roots of hatred that foster so much violence in the world. Specifically, we may be able to temporarily mend the perennial rift of misunderstanding and enmity between the masculine and feminine principles. See this time as a cease fire in the classic battle between Mars and Venus, a time when we can bring them together and make love instead of war. Seeing through Pisces unifying googles can help us dissolve our sense of separation and difference and get us to expand our consciousness so we can see our self in the Other and embrace instead of hate. The moon is in Virgo and the Sun is in Pisces during this full moon, and the underlying energy that both of those signs share is service to the world. The best service we can perform right now for the world is to root out the seeds of anger and violence in our own souls so that we can contribute to the flowering of peace and harmony.   

March 7 – Brief Peace Realized. If you’ve done your due diligence and dug up some of the roots of your personal dysfunctions over the last week, you should get a good feeling of peace today. As the moon makes a brief pass over the north node in Libra, we can get a little taste of what living in a new age of harmony could be like. Libra is all heart, so give your head a rest today and do something you love. Sharing and caring are the order of the day. Create or appreciate art and beauty. Take the time to express your heart and practice loving kindness and you will make the most of this energy.

March 11 – Dig Deeper. Today Mars and Venus have moved out of their unifying embrace, and Mars is now exactly conjoined to Uranus in Aries. Both Mars and Uranus are closely square to Pluto in Capricorn as well. The ongoing tense square aspect between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn has been the driving energy behind much of the conflict and transformation of the last four years. So look for an intensification of the core conflicts of the last four years this week. Mars and Uranus combined can have an explosive quality, and in the sign of Aries it can lead to sudden outbursts of violence. We may have an increase in terrorizing activity by jihadists, or a further deterioration in the situations in the Ukraine or Middle East. Today marks the anniversary of the 2004 Madrid bombings and this date seems to hold significance similar to 9/11 to terrorist groups. Other issues which may come to the fore include the ongoing struggle towards a more universal health coverage in this country. The Supreme Court will be considering a case that may have a profound influence in setting back the progress that has been made towards expanding individual health care by potentially taking away federal subsidies for states without a state exchange. The key tension right now is between the expansion of individual freedom and rights (Uranus in Aries) and the desires of corporations and governments to maintain power and control (Pluto in Capricorn). Uranus in Aries represents the pioneers who stand up and speak truth to power and fight for the empowerment of the average citizen. Pluto in Capricorn represents the centralized forces that work in the shadows using fear and intimidation to squash dissent and maintain their vice grip on power. A good illustration of this tension is the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov in Russia. He was a voice for freedom and change (Uranus in Aries) and railed passionately against the brutal old school power abuses of Putin (Pluto in Capricorn). In this case, Pluto has won a momentary victory, but many other brave critics will surely step up in his place, as the idea of freedom is a compelling one in the face of an oppressive state.