“My evenings are taken up very largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you.”
~Carl Jung in a letter to Sigmund Freud (June 12, 1911)
I offer astrological counseling for psycho-spiritual exploration, understanding, and transformation. Astrology utilized in this way can be a missing key for deep inner work and can shed light on the path towards greater harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of one’s life journey. My approach to astrology is to share the potentials and opportunities I see while exploring how the symbols and archetypes are manifesting uniquely for each individual. Astrology is a wonderful tool for self-knowledge and a help in times of challenge or transition. It can facilitate tremendous insight and peace, as well as provide timelines for certain archetypal or energetic influences reflected in our lives and inner states of being. Consultations available for birth chart exploration, current influences, relationship dynamics, and timing for important events.
Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ (today, 5/17/2011 at 7:09am EDT at 26 ♏13). The Full Moon is the crescendo of the lunar cycle and represents things coming to fruition. The waxing Moon (from new to full) is the ideal time to initiate beginnings. It has been known since ancient times to be the best time to plant above ground crops, as the energy is building and supportive of growth. The waning moon (from full to new) is the best time to make adjustments and release.
To inquire deeper into what this Full Moon in Scorpio means for you, look to see where you have Scorpio ♏ in your chart and think back to the beginning of November 2010, when we had the New Moon in Scorpio. Perhaps there was a new beginning of some sort in the area of life represented in your chart where you have Scorpio, and now you can see clearly what has come to light and grown forth in that same area.Read more...
Wonderfully written excerpt by Gary P. Caton and Eric Francis about this Full Moon: “By definition, the Sun and Moon are in opposition at Full Moon, with the Earth between. This is what allows the lunar surface to be fully illumined. Psychologically, its something like staring into a celestial mirror, whereby big chunks of our psyche can also be lit up. This provides opportunities for moments of clarity and holistic self-understanding to those who are aware that life is really just a waking dream, and we are constantly gazing into ourselves, even as our eyes are open... The Moon is in Scorpio, a sign where shes not always so comfortable; the Scorpio Moon can be a bit tense in her skin, and requires special care... The best way to engage with this Full Moon energy is a kind of slow burn, which allows energy to be released but doesnt invite or go looking for conflict. Due to the Moons placement in Scorpio, your intuition may be off; make sure you back it up with facts. Due to Mars presence in Taurus, you may be exaggerating the degree of external conflict, because you feel something burning inside.”
4 planets have moved from fiery fast acting Aries ♈ to calm slow but steady Taurus ♉. How to align with all this Taurus energy in the ether? By tuning into the now experience of the body, the mind begins to quiet, and we take notice more profoundly the warmth of the sun, taste of the food, magical sound of the voice... By giving ourselves the time to fully know the world through our senses, we enter the peace of Taurus.
There is a potential for love, beauty, abundance, and joy to vibrantly flow - everywhere. Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter gather at 25º Aries. The Sabian Symbol for this special meeting: “A double promise is revealed by some suggestive event of both immediate or literal and sentimental significance.” ...The word ‘promise is associated with divine assurance of ones ultimate wholeness.
How I love Jane Eyre. The recent film is the best screen version ever! Ive been imagining Janes chart. Clearly a prominent Saturn ♄: hard work, struggle, but also great inner strength and incredible integrity. And Pluto ♇: death and the underworld - as a child she lost her parents, uncle, good friend, and suffered other peoples shadow projections and abuse; yet she possesses power, intensity, and depth.
There are many possibilities for her chart, but heres a good guess: Aries ♈ Sun - at her core Jane is independent, impulsive, passionate, courageous, and has a compelling need for freedom. Scorpio ♏ Moon - she is strong-willed, has a private nature, penetrating glance, and intense emotions smoldering beneath the surface. Virgo ♍ rising - Jane developed her persona to be of service and is abundantly clever, diligent, and skillful. An emphasized 12th house - she is described as ‘obscure and ‘otherworldly. She experiences tremendous denial in the outward world; yet she is also talented with inspired artistic ability. These are a few of the archetypes that Jane Eyre seems to strongly embody. Thoughts?
*By the way, this activity of analyzing literature is very in line with the current transit of Mercury ☿ (analysis) conjunct ☌ Venus ♀ (art)
Think, speak, remember, share and connect with love. For a couple weeks light-footed Mercury ☿ (Hermes), the Messenger god, and beautiful Venus ♀ (Aphrodite), goddess of love, are extra close and twice they merge. First on 5/9 in Aries ♈ - encouraging new, bold, and spirited expressions. Then on 5/16 in Taurus ♉ - inspiring us to maintain serenity, grounded-ness, and beauty in relationships.
The Moon, always strongly affecting our mood, and symbolic of the inner Feminine, is in intimate Cancer ♋, archetype of the Great Mother. It is a joy for the Mother goddess to channel new life, nurture, & protect. She knows instinctively how to care for & grow the small & vulnerable. Even in our inevitable human-ness the mother in each of us embodies selfless service & unconditional love.
The glyph for Cancer ♋ used to be a spiral, a major archetypal symbol of the womb-center that expands with new life developing, and a symbol for development in general. It is seen in nature.
The Sabian symbol for todays New Moon in Taurus ♉: “A man very cheerful in his working clothes is handling a mountain of baggage the best he can.”. The baggage we have may be heavy, or the mountain ahead daunting, but the New Moon is a great time to start with a fresh intention, energy, and inspiration to handle it - the best we can, and even with cheerfulness.
“Among the many things which the aspirant needs to cultivate there are few which are as important as cheerfulness, enthusiasm and equipoise, and these are rendered impossible unless he succeeds in cutting out worry from his life.” ~Meher Baba
Excitement, boldness, and strong gut feelings abound!
The potential for dynamism and liveliness is high today. Mars ♂, the archetype of going after what you want with zeal and confidence, is amplified by Jupiters ♃ expansiveness and the Moons ☽ sensitive emotional receptors. Excitement, boldness, and strong gut feelings abound as the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter join in 23º Aries.
Faithfully persisting towards goals, learning step-by-step, and overcoming challenges or perceived blockages may yield especially fruitful results today as Venus opposes Saturn (♀☍♄). By consciously honoring Saturn with a realistic, responsible attitude, we lay foundations to support the important relationships or creative projects that are of true value to us, thereby creating opportunities for love & beauty to blossom.
During Mercury Retrograde, Mercury appears to move backwards. It also fades out of visibility in the night sky. As Mercury stations direct, it reappears in the morning sky.
“The Egyptians saw the appearance of a Morning Star as a God rising from the UnderWorld - the realm of the Dead, and thus being re-born... As Mercury Stations direct [in Aries], we are receiving personal messages about how we need to be re-born into the Warrior archetype and how to communicate, move and problem solve like a Warrior... It is not so much about conquering anything or anyone else as much as conquering your own fears or feelings of inadequacy or inability.” ~Gary Caton