Forty-one Days to Deadline

The Abide

I have forty-one days until the full manuscript of my book is due to the publisher. I have never worked on a deadline that seems so important. I have never seen days pass so quickly!

I hope that does not sound like a complaint!  I am truly having a wonderful time working on this project that I began in 2019 without any real thought that I would end up with a published book! Now the reality is in motion.

When it gets right down to it the publisher Weiser Books will have control of the title. The title in my mind at the moment (it has changed several times) is Astrological Guideposts: Exploring Natal Charts Beyond the Basics.

So many great beginner books have come out in recent years and so many folks, young and old alike, have begun studying astrology in earnest. This book is for those who know the basics and want more knowledge and understanding of how to work with their own natal chart and those of others.

Wish me luck, clarity, and stamina in the weeks ahead. Thank you all for being here.

Kairos, my wonderful cat

Stability and Beauty

Monday, August 7, 2023

In the wee hours of the morning, the Moon enters Taurus setting a tone of emotional stability and practicality. Taurus, an earth sign known for its grounded and sensual nature, encourages us to focus on sensual and material pursuits. Another gift of the Taurus Moon is patience in dealing with everyday affairs. You are likely to approach what needs to be done with a steady, deliberate determination. One cautionary note: don’t let stubbornness get in your way.

As the Moon forms a sextile with Saturn this morning, discipline and responsibility are further highlighted. This aligns beautifully with Taurus’ practical sensibilities.

This is a day to enjoy the pleasures of living in a human body. Pay attention and you may realize that your physical senses are more alert than usual. Notice what you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. Think of sensual massage, beautiful music, opulent meals, and alluring vistas. This is also a great day for decision making particularly regarding long-term plans.

Woman. Dog. Ocean.

Careful Consideration – Last Quarter Moon

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

With today’s Moon positioned in Taurus, there’s a sense of stability and practicality in the air. This encourages us to focus on grounded pursuits and material matters. At 6:29 AM EDT, we reach the last quarter moon which marks a phase of reflection and reassessment. It is time to evaluate any endeavors you began at the New Moon on July 17th and make necessary adjustments as we move toward the next New Moon on August 16th.

The Moon’s conjunction with Uranus this evening at 7:50 PM EDT brings an element of surprise and innovation. This potentially shakes up your routines and expectations. You could receive unexpected news that brings change to an upcoming plan. Moreover, a square aspect is formed between the Moon and Venus (still retrograde) this evening. This may introduce a bit of tension in relationships or creative plans. Because of Venus’s current retrograde, you may find yourself face-to-face with emotions or issues that require careful consideration. Seek balance and care as you navigate interpersonal dynamics thoughtfully.

Incidentally… today is my birthday!

The Abide

Dynamic and Complex

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Today brings a complex interplay of energies along with a dynamic atmosphere. Venus, still retrograde, forms a challenging square aspect to Uranus at 7:08 AM EDT. This marks a significant point of action regarding an ongoing story. Expect sudden shifts, surprises, and possible shocks to the values you are in the process of reevaluating. Due to Venus’ retrograde, this is the second of three times we receive this transit at this point in the cycle between Venus and Uranus.
The cycle between Venus and Uranus relates to waking us up to something important that we believe, desire, or value. The first of the three occurred on July 2nd and the final will come on September 29th. Each of these dates will deepen our understanding of our values as well as what and who we love and desire. This is playing out personally as well as collectively. The story began at the conjunction of Venus and Uranus on March 30, 2023. Look up the national news from that day and week. This story involved encourages us to embrace change and explore new ways of thinking and relating, even if it feels uncomfortable. This is a time to reconsider your approach to the beliefs and values of others as well as a time to seek personal freedom and authenticity.
At 9:05 AM EDT, the Moon enters Gemini, ushering in a few days of curiosity and communications. The Gemini Moon encourages social interactions, intellectual pursuits, and emotional adaptability. Generally, this is a favorable time for networking, learning, and exploring your perspectives and those of others. The influence of the Venus-Uranus square is likely to add an element of unpredictability to these interactions.
Later in the day, at 8:47 PM EDT, Mercury trines Jupiter, offering positive and expansive energy for communications. After a long and interesting day, you can settle down to conversations that enliven your mind and enhance your ability to grasp and express unfamiliar concepts

He looks like a black shadow with the blue sky behind

Make Love Not War

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Today the Moon remains in Gemini, the mutable air sign known for its curiosity and adaptability. This is likely to be a day marked by heightened mental activity, conversations with others, and a desire for a variety of experiences. No one is interested in sitting idly on the couch when the Moon is in active Gemini.

At 2:02 PM EDT, the Moon square Mercury suggests possible challenges to communications and decision-making. This could lead to potential misunderstandings or conflicting viewpoints. These will pass quickly if you are successful in not engaging them in the first place.

Later in the day, at 7:37 PM, the Moon sextile Sun aspect supports ease of emotions and self-expression. As the day comes to an end the Moon square Mars aspect could introduce a surge of energy and passion. This energy needs to be channeled carefully to avoid impulsive actions or conflicts. As the old saying goes: Make love, not war.

propeller on the Abide

A Powerful Shift as The Weekend Comes into Focus

Friday, August 11, 2023

Today begins with the Moon wrapping up its time in the mutable air sign of Gemini. Communication and intellectual pursuits are at the forefront. Lively conversations and a search for mental stimulation are fostered.

The Moon’s square to Neptune at 1:28 PM may introduce confusion or illusion, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Take some much-needed time alone. Allow yourself to engage in dreamy poetic flights of fancy. You can worry about clear thinking later. For now, listen to music, read or write poetry.

As the end of the day comes into view the Moon enters Cancer (6:52 PM EDT) where she will remain throughout the coming weekend. Shift your focus towards nurturing, introspection, and enhancing your emotional connections with sensitivity. Prepare for supportive interactions as you tend to personal and family matters with empathy and kindness.

Steady Emotions – Practical Responsibilities

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Today, the Moon’s continued movement through Cancer offers an atmosphere of heightened emotional sensitivity and nurturing tendencies. You may find yourself drawn to familiar comforts as you seek deeper connections with your loved ones. The Moon in Cancer may pull you toward nostalgic daydreaming, intuitive insights, and a strong connection to your ancestral roots.

The trine aspect between the Moon and Saturn offers harmony between emotions and responsibilities. This brings a sense of emotional stability and discipline, aiding in the ability to act with practical intent even when emotions are heightened. It’s a favorable time to blend your nurturing inclinations with long-term planning. Do something today to support the solid emotional foundation you are building.

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The Reassessment of Love and Personal Values

Sunday, August 12, 2023

The Moon continues through Cancer today, filling the day with deep sensitivity and strength. Throughout the day, the Moon forms sextile aspects to Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, and Uranus. This offers a sense of ease and connectivity between our feelings and many facets of our lives. Anticipate open conversations, heightened enthusiasm, assertive actions, and innovative breakthroughs, promoting positive interactions, creative solutions, and emotional well-being. What a day!

At 7:15 AM EDT, the Sun and Venus come together in their inferior conjunction, signally the midpoint of Venus’ retrograde period. Since Venus turned retrograde on July 22nd we have had to face many challenges to our relationships and personal values. We have learned about our personal Venus retrograde terrain and will develop more understanding of it in the coming weeks. Venus stations direct on September 3rd. Expect your understanding of the issues at hand and the reevaluation needed to grow deepening over the coming weeks. You may see with clarity the issues still to be resolved. Deep introspection will provide transformative insights into your deepest values and personal relationships


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