Happy Gratitude Amplified Weekend! ♥

I am grateful for so many things in my life. Mostly for my family and loved ones and for my ability to connect with many other humans. I am deeply grateful for astrology as a vehicle which has enabled me to understand and work to support the struggles of others.

Today is the NEW MOON (in Sagittarius) and a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. The NEW MOON follows on the heels of the DARK OF THE MOON.

Much of this week we have been in a silent time, our minds and hearts needing a rest before this new cycle began. Today we feel the stirring of the new seed, the new cycle (within other cycles) begins.  We will not yet know what form this seed will take, but we will now be entrusted with the job of nurturing that deep inner spark.  Because it is in Sagittarius there is the indication that this seed will grow into full flower as an expansion toward our ideal future.

Anyone with open eyes can see how dramatically the world and our culture is changing. These changes are happening quickly. We may be feeling a deep sense of enthusiasm, hope and confidence.  At first glance we may miss the reasons for this new found faith in the future.  As we open our eyes we are able to see that there are actually many new signs of hope in the world! People everywhere are finding new ways to encounter old problems, we are discovering ways to live our lives that we had not encountered before.

During this eclipse, and the Lunar Eclipse that follows on December 10 (eclipse always occur in pairs) we are ecouraged to   truly seek out and live our deepest truth. Eclipses bring a deep shift in the fabric of our lives and our perspectives bringing the possibility of innovation intended to break up old habits and patterns.

Each one of us plays a critical part in the existence of the whole of humanity.  It is time to take responsibility for our actions, our beliefs and our ways of living.  Now as never before, we must find a way to live which will resonate with our deepest beliefs. We must each step forward to support and uplift the whole.

Open to Relief & Wisdom – Sagittarius & More!

We are only a few days away from another episode of MERCURY RETROGRADE! Today I really felt it, in myself and everyone I encountered. I experienced  it as a slight panic, things not moving smoothly, everything seeming to bump into everything else. As each issue arises as we see the solution and grasp for it, there is another issue that arises to prevent that solution from working; they arise and bump, arise and bump…. ugh.

It is time to remember all the wonderful things about Mercury retrograde!

It is time to slow down and not take on another extra… Anything! There is nothing that needs to be started right now… no new projects, no new study, no new relationship!


What have we left undone, what have we not completed during the past few months? Mercury turned direct from its last retrograde period on August 26th. Think about where we were then. What have we moved forward on since that time?  Now we must go back and complete those projects, those situations. We must make sure nothing has been left undone on any projects, situations or any relationships since that time.

With Mercury in Sagittarius we will be wise to re-think our position on freedom, on our beliefs, our idealisms and cultural understandings. Make sure you are clear on your positions on philosophical, cultural or political issues.

My last post on Mercury Retrograde from last August, is well worth re-reading!  Remember: keep the prefix ‘re’ closely at hand! “The prefix ‘re’ is a synonym for again, indicating a return to a previous condition, or repetition of a previous action.” The next few weeks are all about returning and completing.

The weekend seems far away already but the energy of SUN SQUARE NEPTUNE lingers. We probably encountered our fair share of missed opportunities, misunderstandings or just personal confused thinking. Something in our environment just feels unclear. We don’t really know where we stand or what is the right direction to turn. The best thing is to let it rest. Do not demand an answer from yourself or others. Nothing is solid or clear. Allow for impressibility and imagination. Don’t worry about the answer right now. There is time for that ahead.

Now for today: Tuesday!  Important News!


This is generally felt as a relief! Yes, I know it is hard to recognize a relief when we are just starting to see the need to make the Mercury retrograde adjustment. But think about the dark time we are coming out off. The SCORPIO Season is such an intense time! I hope we were all able to work well with that energy and dig deeply for our own inner enrichment and empowerment during the past month.

Now, as the Sun enters Sagittarius we are ready to look to the higher mountain tops. Until Mercury turns direct on December 13th, don’t try to move to any of those mountains (unless, of course, you have already been inhabiting them for the past several months). But do enjoy the expansive vision, open your mind to the wisdom of the great perspective from that arrow shot from the bow of the archer.

It is that perspective, that vision that Sagittarius brings. We are able to open our minds to a wider view of ourselves and how we fit into the world.  Embody the wisdom available here, understand that to receive respect it is necessary to give respect. To do so requires that we do not hold our own opinions so tightly that we can not understand the position of those who may oppose us. There is freedom in understanding that we are all in this situation together. Hope is in the bringing together of many minds, many opinions. Open your heart. Open your mind!

Distilling the Essence

On October 26th, at the Scorpio New Moon, a seed was planted, on November 2nd the First Quarter Moon in Aquarius found us working hard to discover new ways to support the growth of those seeds. On November 10th we saw the illumination of that seed at the Taurus Full Moon.

Today with the THIRD QUARTER MOON IN LEO, we come to a crossroads. There are serious choices and decisions to be made. We must be ready to let go of what is no longer necessary, to willingly release what has served its purpose.

We must hold on to the core, distill the essence of what we have learned throughout the earlier parts of the cycle.

This distilled essence will become the seed for the next cycle, at the next New Moon. We must have the necessary discrimination to know what to release and what to hold. Our powerful sense of purpose is activated and we feel an intense pressure as we face these important decisions.

This is a time of re-orientation. We have a LEO MOON (encouraging generosity and an open heart) at the exact Quarter,  then enters VIRGO (suggesting discrimination and service to others) while still in this phase.

During the next few days it will be of benefit to spend time reflecting on what you are releasing, what in your life has served its purpose and is now ready to move on.  Reflect, as well, on what is worthy of holding onto as we prepare for the upcoming Sagittarius New Moon on November 25th. What are we holding onto and what are we releasing?

This is the last phase of the moon that will support accomplishment or a lot of activity. Make the adaptation that must be made before the Moon enters the Balsamic Phase (early next week). At that time we will require time for quiet and reflection.  Now we must strive to complete what has been left undone.

Push Forward, Our Future Awaits!

Take a good strong look at what we can accomplish today! PLUTO, JUPITER AND MARS are currently forming A GRAND TRINE IN EARTH. This can manifest as a free flow of energy in the most practical areas of our lives. Doors may open more easily today; doors that support the smooth functioning of the nitty-gritty realities of our lives.

MARS TRINE JUPITER accentuates the focus on VENUS, MERCURY AND THE NORTH NODE IN SAGITTARIUS. We feel, even more strongly, the pull toward the future. This is very idealistic expansive energy. There is the sense that if we are able to direct our courage, the power of our will and our strength toward our vision we will truly have the opportunity to renew our faith in life and move into our future.

MOON ENTERS LEO AND TRINE URANUS: After the past few days of wanting to be nurtured and secure we now open to more dramatic and expressive energies. We are ready to tap into vitality and an extroverted drive for significance. With the involvement of Uranus expect eccentric non-conformity to rule the day!

To me, this day looks like a gem!

We will be wise to make the most of it.  Think about what we are trying to accomplish.  Push ourselves forward to see which doors are ready to be opened. Watch how the future opens and the past is very simply left behind. Something innovative, inventive or amazing could emerge from the doors we open today. It is a great day to push ourselves to be adventurous. If we don’t make the attempt we will lose the opportunity.

Ways to Nurture the Cancer Moon

Today is Tuesday and I have been too busy to post for several days. There is not much to say about today so lets take a look at where we’ve been since we last spoke!

Very early Monday morning, while we slept, the MOON ENTERED the deep waters of CANCER. LUNA remains in CANCER throughout today as well. Waking up to the CANCER MOON on a Monday morning explains our sense that we really, really needed one more day to stay home!  Ahh, we needed more time to be close with our loved ones, close to the comfort of our warm bed!

Having to go to work on Monday morning, for many of us, was a rough way to start the week. All we wanted was to be home, preferably with a good book and our favorite comfort food!

One difficulty during each month at the CANCER MOON is that our need to be nurtured is very strong. Many of us don’t have a clear handle on knowing how to provide that for ourselves in a healthy way.  We often try to soothe and nurture ourselves with food. This would be fine if the food we most often turned to was good healthy fruits and vegetables. However, for most of us, comfort food is more likely to be not such healthy foods!

We tend to crave things like macaroni and cheese, potatoes with butter and sour cream, or we just go straight for the chocolate cake or  Apple Pie! Yum. Rather than beating ourselves up about it, I hope we can allow ourselves to indulge in a very small piece of that chocolate cake… or better yet, perhaps we can find a healthy way to nurture ourselves!

Every month when the Moon moves through Cancer it would be great if we could plan ahead of time to take care of these deep emotional needs for comfort. A hot bath can help; giving or receiving a massage can also be of benefit.  Cuddling with our feline friends or a loved one can soothe those, all too sensitive, emotions!

The week certainly started with a mixed bag of feelings, emotions and thoughts. Our personal experiences could have included everything from, but not limited to, the healing of old wounds, emotional intensification, eccentric individuality and/or the transformation of our deepest needs.

For today we have no exact major aspects.This is a day of rest. Watch the sky, empty the mind, take a rest from the activity that surrounds us. Keep a low profile. Find quiet unassuming ways to help from the sidelines.

Are you at a crossroad in your life? Are your circumstances other than what you expected?

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