The Holidays Have Arrived

The golden eyes of Kairos

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends, or even on your own. Regardless of your particular circumstances, we each have much to be grateful for. Between food in our cupboards, running water, plenty of clothes, and warm bedding, we have a great deal to celebrate.

Being far from my family, and without plans with my partner, I anticipated Thanksgiving to be a day of focused writing. I have never been much for celebrating holidays, so that was fine with me.

However, it was not meant to be. On Tuesday while doing a bit of shopping I bumped into a friend from Vermont. She was visiting her parents who live several blocks from me.  I invited her to my place for a visit on Tuesday evening followed by her family inviting Dave and me to share in their bounty on Thursday. It seemed a foolish opportunity to miss so I happily took them up on the offer and Dave was able to join us as well.

When we arrived for dinner we found three generations of the family preparing a delicious meal. Their home was warm and inviting and their friends kind, interesting, thoughtful, and intelligent. What a joy to meet folks in my new community.

Thank you, Sara, for the inclusion in your family celebration.




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Horse Riders on the beach


Monday, November 28, 2022

With our minds full of holiday plans, excitement, and stress and the Moon in Aquarius, we head back to work after a long weekend. When the Moon is in this fixed air sign we are able to set emotions aside as we focus on considerations beyond our individual lives.

Aquarius is a cool, friendly sign that explores 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, and listen.

At 7:49 PM ET the Moon forms a square aspect to Uranus. This may bring with it some unexpected news or surprising shifts of emotions. Plan to be open to unusual developments throughout the evening.

At 12:55 PM ET, Mars (retrograde in Gemini) forms a lovely trine aspect to Saturn (in Aquarius). Because of Mars’ retrograde path, this is an ongoing story. The cycle between Mars and Saturn is a cycle of stabilizing powerful energies. Think about what began in early April 2022, at the conjunction between Mars and Saturn.

Whatever began at that time is now offering a gift of forward movement to your path. Mars formed this same trine aspect to Saturn in late September, again today, and a final time on March 30, 2023. Tell yourself the story of how stability is supporting a significant forward motion in your life. Step forward with confidence.


Old wooden pilings in the water


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Today begins with the Moon still in the coolly intellectual sign of Aquarius. With the Moon in this fixed Air sign, your emotions are filtered through the mind. This allows your heart a bit of distance and rest from sometimes overwhelming feelings. This aspect will help us manage ourselves in the face of Mercury’s opposition to Mars this afternoon.

At 3:30 PM ET Mercury opposes Mars, suggesting a challenge to your forward motion. Whereas yesterday you felt supported and ready to move forward, today brings with it a challenge. The challenge may come in the form of someone questioning your motives or in you questioning your ability to do what must be done to reach your goals.

Pay particular attention to what you say and how you respond to the words of others. It could be easy to respond with an angry retort when that is not what is needed. Speak your mind with courage while doing your best not to antagonize others by being too forceful. Think ahead with awareness. Take several breaths before responding and you will do fine. Mercury’s impact as a transiting planet is relatively brief. You can expect the influence to last for approximately 24 hours.

At 7:14 PM ET, the Moon enters the mutable water sign of Pisces. Settle in and allow yourself to move into more sensitive emotional places. This is a great evening for a glass of wine, a long slow movie, time on your meditation cushion, or to curl up with a book of poetry.

With Mercury sextile Saturn at 11:17 PM ET, your mind is able to settle down for a good night of solid stabilizing dreams.


Horses on the beach on a very cold sunny day


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Moon remains in Pisces today suggesting the need to slow down and pay attention to your more subtle intangible needs. As the Moon passes through this mutable water sign we encounter deep sensitivity, and are able to connect with our muse and imagination. Allow boundaries between yourself and others to blur. In this way, understanding and compassion flow between self and others.

At 9:37 AM ET, the Pisces Moon reaches the First Quarter Square phase of this Lunar Cycle. The cycle began at the Sagittarius New Moon on November 23rd.  What is being activated today is related to your actions at that New Moon. The first Quarter Phase always asks something of us. Consider the steps required to reach the goal you were thinking about 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 easy option will bring you where you want to go. The action required will take deep sensitive awareness.


An amazing gravestone for Mrs. Eliza E.


Thursday, December 1, 2022

In the wee hours of this morning, Venus opposes Mars, followed by Venus sextile Saturn this evening. This is the same pattern that occurred on Tuesday with Mercury opposing Mars followed by sextile to Saturn. We are being pushed and challenged regarding our beliefs and ideas. This is a significant theme this week. Today the challenge is on deep values rather than your thinking. The challenge may come in the form of someone pushing against your beliefs or perhaps you are questioning your ability to maintain the values you profess to hold. Get clear on your values and share them with kindness and an open mind. Don’t ever expect others to hold the same values that you do. We are all so very different.
The Moon remains in imaginative, illusive, and sometimes confusing Pisces. Take time to engage with music, poetry, or your inner spiritual voice. Allow boundaries to dissolve and your heart to engage in compassion for those who stand in your way. Compassion will certainly help to resolve any issues as it dissolves the problem between you.
At 8:07 PM ET, Mercury square Neptune, energetically well-matched with the Pisces Moon. As the day turns toward evening, your energy is low and your attention wanders. Your thoughts and ideas must contend with imagination, lack of clarity, or sharp edges.
At 11:40 PM ET the Moon enters Aries. Get what sleep you can as tomorrow will be a more energized, dynamic day.

Huge driftwood on the beach



Friday, December 2, 2022

With the Moon now in Aries, your desire to take action pulls away from the overriding vulnerability you have been immersed in over the past few days.

You feel more energized and are looking for a challenge. Not just any challenge will do. This must be something that you can manage and complete on your own without the help of others. Aries is a solitary sign, having little patience for outside input.

The energy of Aries requires that we express courage and assertive direct action. With the Moon here, you may find that you and others react without much forethought and with even less patience. Direct force and vitality push us forward.

At 7:10 PM ET the Aries Moon forms a lovely trine aspect to the Sun in Sagittarius. Energy flows easily and with great dynamic heat. Enjoy.


Driftwood on the beach


Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Moon continues through Aries today. You and those around you may act without subtlety or forethought. You are in a hurry and less sensitive than usual. Watch out for the potentially loose cannon of your own thoughts, words, and actions.  Don’t expect a lot of cooperation from others as we are all rather self-involved when the Moon is in this cardinal fire sign.

When the Moon is in Aries we need a personal challenge that can be managed and completed on its own without outside help. The challenge you are looking for today must be something that takes courage. If you are not a bit fearful of the results, this is not the best challenge.

Doing your own thing, on your own is the best way to get anything done today.

At 8:15 PM ET Neptune stations direct at 22 degrees Pisces. Neptune has been moving retrograde since June 28, 2022. Unless you have personal planets or points near 22 degrees of a mutable sign (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces), you won’t feel the impact. If you do have personal planets here, you may find that you feel dreamy, confused, or deeply compassionate over the next few days.

If you had a Neptunian practice of some sort that has been on hold since late June, you will find that you are ready to move forward in the coming weeks. A Neptunian practice would be something intangible. Perhaps your spirituality, poetry, music, or other dreamy dimensions. If you need to take a break from drugs or alcohol, this would be a good starting point.


Handsome Kairos face


Sunday, December 4, 2022

In the wee hours of the morning, Venus forms a square aspect to Neptune. This may leave you feeling impressionable, insecure, or somehow out of step with the world around you. Keep in mind that these feelings have very little to do with reality. If you feel disconnected from your partner, this also may be a figment of your imagination. It is hard to trust what we see, think, or hear over the next day or two. Trust only that you likely have a distorted image of situations, circumstances, or other people.

This transit can leave you susceptible to a lack of clarity, disillusionment, or disappointment. One thing you can count on is that everyone has a heightened need for affection and tenderness at this time. If you look for that outside an already trusted relationship, it may prove problematic. With a trusted partner, release distrust and give affection freely.

At 6:37 AM ET, the Moon settles into the fixed earth sign of Taurus. When the Moon is in Taurus folks are likely to have more patience than usual and are more interested in comfort and pleasure. You can relax and end the week with connection, beauty, gratification, and contentment.

When thinking of Taurus, the image of the Bull comes to mind. Taurus is not the raging bull, we see in images of bullfights, but the Bull who knows it can rest in its considerable power. Taurus is a very physical sign that can be as immovable as the earth itself. Taurus asks that we slow down and very deliberately set all hurry aside. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. Who wins the race, the tortoise or the hare?



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.