The Ongoing Process of Settling In – Disorientation

Now that I have adapted to waking each morning in my new home, it is easy to pretend that the process of settling in is winding down. If only it were that simple. I still have not registered my car or found a doctor, dentist, car mechanic, or veterinarian. So many things still need to be considered, decided upon, and acted on.

If I am to be totally honest, I’d say I am still quite disoriented by this move! Disorientation is an interesting state. I am doing my best to embrace it and find that things simply seem out of focus!

The most pressing thing is the issue of what was left behind in Vermont. That is what I must do next. Once everything is here I will have a clear view of the workability of this small space. So far it has been fun finding creative solutions to ‘small space living!

For some years now, I have spent each Saturday writing this blog. Patterns of work and life must all be renegotiated as I develop this new chapter on the coast with my small friend Kairos (meow). Incidentally, little kitten Kairos is sometimes more than a handful! Indeed his impact on my life is reflected in both the Saturn and Uranus transits to my chart.

This weekend I need to make a trip back to Vermont to pick up a load of my possessions that didn’t fit in the caravan that made the move happen nearly three weeks ago. I am grateful that my dear partner Dave has agreed to stay with Kairos in my absence. While in Vermont I will harvest some of the kale and chard in the garden I planted before knowing I wouldn’t be there to deal with it. The tomatoes are not likely to be ripe yet.

I hope to gather a few friends for a bonfire while in Vermont.



Monday, August 1, 2022

At 7:53 PM ET, Mars, Uranus, and the North Node join together at 18 degrees Taurus. This is a very dynamic and challenging transit that can bring a huge shift in the fabric of the summer of 2022.

If you have planets between 16 – 19 degrees of any Fixed sign this may be very personal for you. If not, you can watch it unfold in the current news cycle.

The past few years have shown us that we can’t count on things that we thought were steadfast and solid. Our understanding of environmental and governmental realities has been upended. This transit may be personal for you but it is certainly a collective story.

Conjunctions bring us to the end of one story and the beginning of another. This transit brings together the North Node, representing forward growth, Uranus representing shocking revelations, and Mars representing assertiveness, and action. Will something occur to finally wake us up? How many mass shootings have there been? Are we awake yet? How many major heat waves, fires, and deadly storms must occur? What will it take? I could go on and on in this vein. You get the idea.

What is the wake-up call that comes this week? Will we take it seriously?  Will we finally pay attention? This is the start of a new cycle, there is the possibility of doing things differently. Keep in mind that things can often get much messier before we find our way forward. Will shock lead to liberation? Will waking up bring us to a place of freedom?

Individually you can take a small action or a large one today. Plant a seed that represents your willingness to do something, anything for the good of humanity, cultures, and communities.

With the Moon in Virgo, you should be able to remain emotionally practical and steady in the face of whatever occurs.




Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Today begins with the Moon in the cardinal Air sign of Libra. This turns our attention toward pleasing others in order to find our own satisfaction. We seek intellectually diplomatic solutions over practical earth-based ones. Libra pleases with a firm understanding of what others need. When the Moon is in Libra we are able to put our critical nature aside and focus on connections and social pleasantries.

Yesterday’s tough Mars, Uranus connnection is sextiled by Venus today (60-degree aspect). This opens our awareness to the positive potential of the emerging shift we talked about yesterday. We are in rough waters.

Today we understand that great possibilities come as a result of these rough waters. In times of great crisis, great possibilities arise. Sextile aspects offer potential, opportunities, and possibilities. Because Venus is forming this sextile, the opportunities come from women or from the more feminine part of the human experience.

Venus is the planet that shows us how to please others, be diplomatic, make connections, and create balance, Turn to your women friends. It is through women that we can save the future. It is time to reach for how we can change the future for our daughters and granddaughters.


I am larger, better than I thought, I did not know I held so much goodness. – Walt Whitman, from Song of the Open Road



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

With the Moon in Libra today, your emotional needs are supported by the pleasure of your connection to others and the beauty of your environment. Make those two things the focus of your day. Create beauty around you, place flowers in your sightline. If you are working at a desk put flowers there. If you are at home put flowers on the dining room table and by the bedside. Surround your visual sphere with a beauty that makes your heart sing. This will soften and open your heart.

Bring flowers to a friend or partner for no reason other than love. Make an unexpected middle-of-the-week date with someone special. Today is a more straightforward and less complicated day than we have had in recent days. Focus on showing up, being present, listening to, and fully connecting with the person or persons by your side.




Thursday, August 4, 2022

Mercury, the planet that represents our thought processes and communications enters Virgo in the wee hours of the morning. While Mercury was in Leo (since July 19th), our minds leaned toward the dramatic and expressive. With Mercury now in Virgo your thinking and communications will become more skillful, efficient, productive, and analytical.

Mercury is moving quite rapidly and will only remain in Virgo until August 25th. Mercury is in its domicile here which means that Mercury ‘rules’ Virgo and functions very well in this sign. During this time we will be more precise in our communications but will not sugar coat what needs to be said. It helps to think about the difference between the two signs that Mercury rules. In Gemini, Mercury gathers information, in Virgo, it analyzes, discerns, and categorizes. Use this time for conversations and projects that require organization, practicality, and discernment.

Be aware that the downside of this is becoming hyper-critical of yourself and others. Don’t become overly focused on finding fault and demanding perfectionism. Always remember that good enough is good enough.

AT 7:47  AM ET The Moon leaves pleasure-seeking Libra behind to enter the Fixed Water sign of Scorpio. With the Moon in Scorpio, emotions are deep and yet we tend to go underground and keep those emotions to ourselves. A need for privacy and solitude may predominate.



Friday, August 5, 2022

The Scorpio Moon reaches her First Quarter Square phase at 7:07 AM ET. This brings us to the midpoint of the cycle between the Leo New Moon on July 28th and the Aquarius Full Moon on August 11th. If you pay close attention you will find that some issues arise today that will require you to take action in order to support the growth of the metaphorical seed you planted at the New Moon. The Sun and Moon are in the Fixed signs of Leo and Scorpio when they form this difficult square aspect. A step must be taken that expresses steadfast determination. What you do today matters as it will move you directly toward your future. As Dane Rudhyar says we are “caught in the wheel of change at these times”.

The Scorpio Moon forms challenging aspects today, squaring Saturn and opposing both Mars and Uranus. This activity could leave you feeling a powerful need to defend your right to privacy or solitude. Your emotions are deep and your preference is to go underground and keep those emotions private. You may be pushed against a wall, having to reveal something very personal which may leave you feeling very vulnerable. Learning to welcome vulnerability is an important skill to develop. Be respectful of others, allow vulnerability, and maintain your boundaries. The depth of your emotions requires you to be brutally honest with yourself. Clarify your deepest desires.




Saturday, August 6, 2022

With the Moon in Scorpio at the start of the day, you may feel that you want to be left alone to contemplate, brood, or self-reflect. However, you will feel very different this afternoon. You may find that what you want is to gather with others. You might even want to go dancing! Don’t turn down any invitations on the strength of how you feel at the start of the day.

At 12:38 PM ET, the Moon enters Sagittarius, lightening your outlook and expectations for the rest of the weekend. Sagittarius is the mutable Fire sign that looks for inspiration, growth, and adventure. When the Moon is in Sagittarius your focus turns to higher goals such as desired travels and philosophical growth. Your outlook is optimistic and adaptable, and you are able to shift directions easily.

The Moon’s movement through Sagittarius provides a sense of humor and desire for adventure. You may feel restless as you search for answers to the big life questions of meaning, implications, and significance. The meaning of life is a Sagittarius concern. You are likely to feel more philosophically optimistic under this influence. Humor and an expansive vision help us to see the silver lining in even the most difficult situations. Freely share your visions and insights.



Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Moon remains in Sagittarius as we come to the end of the week.  Humor and an expansive vision help us to see the silver lining and look on the bright side in all things and all situations.

At 12:42 PM ET Venus, the planet of love and money forms a smooth flowing trine aspect to Neptune the planet of dreams and loosened boundaries. You may find yourself setting aside all your worries and concerns as you enjoy feeling a gentle connection to life itself. You may experience great empathy and compassion for others. Kindness swells within your heart easily. Welcome it and hold it closely as it is much needed. Creative projects, romance, and empathy are highlighted.

A more pressing and difficult aspect is formed at 3:56 PM ET when Mars forms a challenging square aspect to Saturn. On a personal level, you may feel restricted or held back in some action you want to take. Consider what happened early in the week when Mars and Uranus had an explosive union. Today, Saturn steps in, attempting to steady the waters by holding Mars accountable in some way.  As Mars squares Satun you may find yourself in a difficult situation, possibly of your own making, that now must be grappled with. It is important that you keep your personal integrity clear, face reality, and accept responsibility. Take yourself and others seriously.


In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. The aspects under consideration are conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.