Happy Holiday to You!

We welcome the Sun at the Winter Solstice


This time of year is always a bit hectic and wild with celebrations! There are so many ways to celebrate! Perhaps you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Solstice or Kwanzaa, Soyal or Las Posadas. There are many ways to celebrate as we come to the turning point of the season. Being an astrologer it is intuitive to celebrate Solstice and I did so in style this year.

Dave and I drove to Vermont under sunny skies on Tuesday. The fields, mountains, villages, pine trees, holiday decorations, and homes were covered in a very thick blanket of snow. We certainly needed our sunglasses with the sun’s reflection on brilliant whiteness.

I visited a dear astrology friend while Dave and Martina prepared for an epic celebration of the returning Sun.  It took the help of seven wheelbarrows full of wood to burn the massive Yule Log we had for the occasion. We eat a feast, danced around the fire, played loud instruments, drank tea heated in a traditional samovar, told stories, released sky lanterns into the sky, and generally had a lovely somewhat ruckus time.

The following day we spent with my daughter and granddaughter making gingerbread houses. This has been a tradition with my kids for the past 30+ years and is something we all look forward to.

Now, I am home. Kairos was well cared for in my absence, was delighted at my return, and has completely returned to full health. The next few days will be quiet as I work to catch up on emails and recorded readings that are in my queue! Order your Recorded Reading and get your name in the queue! Recorded readings are available in Full Readings and more affordable focused natal readings or focused transit readings.


The Solstice Fire with Yule Log


Monday, December 26, 2022

The week begins with the Moon in Aquarius while most of you are still enjoying your winter holiday. The day following Christmas, the second day of Christmastide is called Boxing Day.

Boxing Day was traditionally a day when servants were given the day off from duties and the rich folks who employed them would box up gifts as gratitude. This is why Boxing Day was long considered a day to give gifts to the poor. Rather than using it as another day to shop, Consider going back to the tradition of giving to those less fortunate. Giving to others is good for the soul.

Aquarius is a cool, friendly sign that loves to explore big ideas and humanitarian issues. Pay attention to unexpected flashes of unusual thoughts and ideas. This is a great time to engage others, ask big philosophical questions, share ideas, and listen.

Very early this morning the Moon forms a square aspect to Uranus, offering a morning of unexpected news or surprising shifts of emotions. Remain open and available for unusual developments throughout the day. At 1:20 PM ET, the Moon conjunct Saturn settles us into a more stable emotional state and ushers in a quieter evening.



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Dave’s Samovar – Tea to welcome the return of the Sun – Winter Solstice


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

At 2:33 AM ET the Moon entered Pisces as we slept. When the Moon is in this mutable water sign we encounter levels of deep emotional sensitivity. This may feel delightful and you may find yourself floating on gentle waves, feeling powerful emotional connections, and connecting with a powerful muse. On the other hand, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you absorb the deep emotional pain of others. You may find that you are deeply susceptible to taking on the feeling nature of those around you at this time. Maintain clarity on what feelings belong to you and what feelings you are absorbing from others.

Take the time to work with your imagination in a positive manner. Poetry, art, and music are all great outlets for the type of sensitivity that Pisces brings. In relationships with others turn your attention to compassion and allow yourself to model the power of vulnerability.  

If you find yourself frustrated as evening approaches, get outdoors or take some time alone. The square aspect formed between the Moon and Mars at 6:54 PM ET could result in feelings of frustration and impatience. Managed with awareness it will pass without incident.


Gingerbread house made with Love


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Today’s Pisces Moon supports a day of rest. Sleep as much as you are able. Allow your imagination and intuition to guide you.

Because the emotional state of others can impact us so strongly when the Moon is in Pisces, be conscious of who you spend time with. There is little in the way of boundaries between ourselves and others when the Moon is in this super sensitive sign.

In thinking about any sign, consider both the element and modality of that sign. In the case of Pisces, the Element is water. This gives Pisces its sensitivity. Water signs are emotional, tender, receptive, responsive, and susceptible. The modality of Pisces is mutable. This gives Pisces its elusive quality and its ability to shift, change and flow. This is a sign of adaptable changing emotions.

In the wee hours of the morning, Venus forms a sextile aspect to Neptune. This suggests that along with the Pisces Moon there is the addition of even more sensitivity.  You may find yourself finely in tune with others, communicating with hardly the need to speak.

Don’t set logic aside altogether but you can trust your gut on most things. Sympathy and compassion are highlighted in all your interactions.

The gingerbread house of 2022


Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Moon enters Aries early this morning shifting us from a state of compassion and sensitivity to a state of self-focused dynamic action. The best action to take today may not be what you have in mind but do pay attention.

At 8:21 PM ET, the Aries Moon reaches the First Quarter Square phase of this Lunar Cycle. The cycle began at the Capricorn New Moon last week (December 23).  What is being activated today is related to the metaphorical seed you planted at that New Moon. The first Quarter Phase always asks something of us. Consider the steps required to reach the goal you were planning at the New Moon. What you do today will move you toward or away from that goal. There are likely to be a variety of possibilities presented. It is unlikely that the slow and steady approach will bring you where you want to go. The action required will take clear assertive action.

At 4:32 AM ET, Mercury stationed retrograde. You have probably noticed the symptoms of its slowing down over the past few days. Mercury retrograde is one of those things that you hear about from your friends and in social media memes. Pop astrology loves to use Mercury retrograde as a scapegoat for all kinds of problems, glitches, difficulties, and delays. It is true that those difficulties are often a part of Mercury’s retrograde cycle but they are not inevitable.  As you learn to work with these cycles you will find that, with proper planning, the gift of accomplishment can just as well be a result of this time.

When a planet is retrograde it does not mean that the planet reverses its direction. It means that from our perspective on earth, it looks as if the planet is moving backward. It is a matter of perspective, not actuality. When a planet looks to be moving in reverse our experience of the things the planet represents behaves differently than normal.

Mercury represents thinking, communicating, timing, schedules, and projects. When Mercury is retrograde communications may go wonky, you may be misunderstood, and there may be delays and setbacks in projects. If you anticipate and prepare for these issues you can gain great value from the time of Mercury’s retrograde.

Mercury retrograde offers time to catch up on all that has been left incomplete since the last Mercury Retrograde (September 9 – October 2). This is a powerful opportunity to slow down, review, recheck, reassess, and revisit what can now be completed.

This entire retrograde occurs in the house of your chart that holds Capricorn. Retracing its steps between 24 degrees Capricorn and 8 degrees Capricorn. Look to the house that holds Capricorn to understand where this reassessment of projects and plans will occur for you.

Working with mercury retrograde is rather simple. If possible, service your car and computer ahead of the retrograde. Sit down and make an extensive list of everything you have started and have not completed since October 2nd. This is a powerful time to get things done. Focus on checking things off this list! This is not the time to start new projects or communications, but to clean up what is undone from the past. While Mercury is retrograde you may find that your intuition functions more than your intellect.

Mercury retrograde is a good time to:

  • Learn patience, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Communicate clearly
  • Make sure what you have said understood
  • Be hyper-aware of your own schedule and be patient with others
  • Prepare for delays
  • Pay close attention to details
  • Slow down
  • Be realistic with all timelines
  • Take some time off from social media (listen to music instead)
  • Seek simplicity

Mercury retrograde is a common phenomenon that occurs 3 times per year. This is the first Mercury retrograde of 2023 and will end on January 18th. The second Mercury retrograde of 2023 occurs between April 21 – May 14, the next between August 23 – September 15, and the final one between December 13 – January 1, 2024.

Never underestimate the gift of completion that Mercury retrograde offers. By focusing on completing the projects and tasks left behind since the last Mercury retrograde you will accomplish a great deal.

At 8:50 PM ET Mercury, now retrograde conjunct Venus. Contemplate new ways to think about your values, your connection to others, and your relationship with money and resources.


The Samovar with shooting flames!


Friday, December 30, 2022

As we move toward the weekend and the end of 2022, the Moon is in dynamic Aries. This supports an emotional need to take determined solitary action or encounter hot frustration. Aries is a very dynamic action-oriented sign that can easily turn toward anger.

When the Moon is in Aries we need a personal challenge that will hold our attention without input from others. Aries is a very personal sign that doesn’t necessarily play well with others. Aries is focused on developing personal courage through facing stress and anxiety. Have you noticed that your friends with strong Aries components have more stress in their lives than most? Remember this: a crucial job of Aries is to learn courage, without facing stress head-on, courage can not be developed.

With the Moon in Aries, your emotions are stirred up and you are bursting to do something with all that energy. Individual courageous action is called for. It is best to use this energy with your physical body. Stretch and test the strength of your abilities. Get out on the ski slopes or get to the gym and push yourself to go further than you have in the past. Compete with yourself today. It is better to fall on your face taking an action than to hold back out of fear or too much caution.


Gingerbread house


Saturday, December 31, 2022

The day begins with the Moon still in Aries. You and those around you may act without subtlety or forethought this morning. Everyone may be in a hurry and less sensitive than usual. Spending time on your own and doing your own thing is the best way to get anything done this morning.

The afternoon brings a very different story. At 12:09 PM ET, the Moon leaves Aries behind and enters Taurus. When the Moon is in Taurus we want to settle into calm normalcy and enjoy pleasure, stability, and beauty. This is the fixed earth sign and its focus is on simplicity.

If you already made plans for a ruckus celebration of the New Year, consider how you can turn down the flame of prior expectations. A quiet celebration with good food, and friends, in beautiful surroundings, is what will work best. A wild party or the Times Square celebration is not the way to begin 2023.

Plan a pleasurable meal and a quiet evening. Over the next few days focus on stabilizing your emotions through connections to your bodily senses. Schedule a massage and a date for a deep physical connection with an intimate partner.


Honestly! Best slippers ever!


Sunday, January 1, 2023

At 12:24 AM ET, Venus conjunct Pluto at 27degrees Capricorn. Although you will only feel the impact of this transit for a day or two, it sets a year-long cycle into motion. 

Venus is the planet of love and resources and Pluto is the planet of empowerment. This begins a one-year cycle of empowering what is of value. This can represent love, money, resources, or beauty. You may notice a powerful increase in your desires and passions today. Plant a metaphorical seed for the growth of powerful love or resources. Because this conjunction occurs in Capricorn make sure the seed you plant has been imbued with a high level of integrity.

Intensity is apt to be deep and compelling today. You can expect yourself and those around you to be rather uncompromising in your opinions and values. Passion is stimulated and your interactions will be powerful. Although it will not be an easy stance to take, do your very best to hold a neutral position if backed into a corner.

The Moon continues its path through the stable calm realm of Taurus. On an emotional level, you will be looking for pleasure and the security that comes with stability and beauty. Taurus asks that we slow down and set all hurry aside. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Always remember that the tortoise wins the race as the hare is so terribly distracted. Beginning the year in this emotional state seems like a wonderful idea. 


Kairos has returned to full health

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.