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Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

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June 10, 2011

Venus square Neptune true love, soul-mates -- or a mirage?

 

 

Venus ♀ square Neptune ♆ true love, soul-mates or a mirage? When Venus, the planet of love, is in a challenging relationship with Neptune, the planet of divine union but also illusions/fantasy it’s not a bad idea to ask this question... Indeed we can do so without becoming jaded or losing faith in inspired possibilities...


June 8, 2011

Chiron (the wounded healer/teacher) goes retrograde...

 

 

Inevitably through life we suffer wounds along the way. We strive to heal the best we can and acquire wisdom from each experience. As Chiron (the wounded healer/teacher archetype) goes retrograde, reflections upon this process could arise. If we become aware of an old scar or a current hurt, we also can see how far we have come and how much we have learned. The myth of Chiron suggests we all help to “heal” others through our own work to heal ourselves.


June 4, 2011

Jupiter ♃ enters Taurus ♉...

 

 

Jupiter ♃ enters Taurus ♉ to stay for 1 year. The projects and ideas, which were born during Jupiter’s year in Aries, have the opportunity to be stabilized and grounded now. Taurus persists and brings into manifestation the inspired beginnings of Aries. Also, hopefully this will be good for our economy, since Taurus rules resources and Jupiter expands everything it touches.


June 3, 2011

Neptune goes retrograde today for 5 months

 

 

Neptune ♆, the planet of union with the Divine, subtle perceptions of the inner realms, and also paradoxically delusion and glamour - went retrograde today. The retrograde phase (now through mid Nov) reveals the process of discerning truth from deception and reality from illusion. This is the time to listen carefully to your intuition, review what you believe to be true, and align with your spiritual path.

I read this headline today, which deepened my understanding of Neptune retrograde:
“A federal grand jury charged two-time presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday with soliciting and covering up the secret spending of more than $925,000 to hide his mistress and their baby during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.”

Spiritual alignment will happen sooner or later, with our conscious intention or not, but it’s more pleasant to go willingly toward Truth, instead of being caught and imprisoned by that which we would prefer to deny.


June 2, 2011

The open-minded, sharp-witted, and quick-footed spirit of Gemini...

 

 

What a wonderful time to connect with others to share and discuss ideas. The open-minded, sharp-witted, and quick-footed spirit of Gemini is in the air (Mercury enters Gemini today, joining the Sun & Moon. And Venus will follow in a week). The symbol for Gemini is the twins ♊, symbolic of the flexibility to embrace duality (Gemini can go this way or that way, see this perspective and that one, etc.).

Also, Gemini and it’s ruling planet, Mercury, preside over day-to-day business, commerce, interactions, communication, and transportation - so there could be an extra emphasis (and speediness) in these activities, in general.


June 1, 2011

A New Moon Solar Eclipse today

 

 

There is a New Moon Solar Eclipse at 12º Gemini ♊ today at 5:03pm EST. Solar eclipses magnify the effects of the New Moon by eclipsing something in our lives that has become static or is holding us back, and inspires us to change or move forward into a new cycle. At times this process involves stirring up content buried in the unconscious. This eclipse is trine Saturn, which will help us stay strong and steady on our growth path.

In Hindu cosmology and astrology, eclipses are associated with a myth about churning the Ocean of Milk (the Milky Way, and a symbol for the vastness of consciousness, much of which is in the dark, i.e. not known to us), hence the notion that elements in the unconscious might get stirred up during eclipses.

With this New Moon being in Gemini (joining the Sun) it favors making connections, communication of all forms, and the processes for learning and integrating new material...

My favorite note about eclipses: “There is no denying the fact that a few prayers and ordeals undergone with keen concentration, concurrently with the eclipse of the sun or moon, do result in great spiritual benefit to the individual concerned.” ~Meher Baba (Treasures pp. 191-192)


May 30, 2011

The Dark Moon

 

 

We are in the Dark Moon phase (Balsamic/Waning Crescent) at the end of the lunar cycle. You may feel more quiet or low energy than usual. It is a natural time to go inward into the depths for reflection and stillness... However, with the Sun in Gemini ♊, there will likely still be plenty of talking, listening, reading, and typing.


May 23, 2011

Venus ♀ and Mars ♂ unite today...

 

 

Venus ♀ and Mars ♂ unite at 10º Taurus ♉ today. Venus is the epitome of harmony and beauty. She is passive, receptive, but gets what she wants through the power of attraction, whereas Mars actively initiates and will fight for and conquer whatever he desires. They are opposites, but have an irresistible need for one another, because together they achieve balance...

Venus is in her home sign in Taurus so she may have the upper hand right now to coax Mars into submission to her wishes for peace and affection...

Wherever 10º Taurus ♉ is in your chart is where you will experience these two archetypes during this influence, which could last a few days on either side of 5/23.

At the same time, I’m still feeling the feisty energy in the realm of communication from the Mercury Mars conjunction of a couple days ago... Especially yesterday and today while the Moon is in Aquarius ♒ inspiring us to be true to ourselves, even if that means not pleasing others. 


May 21, 2011

Today the Sun enters airy, curious, and quick-witted Gemini ♊

 

 

Today the Sun moved from steady, deliberate, and earth-centered Taurus ♉ into airy, curious, and quick-witted Gemini ♊. People with strong Gemini playing through them seem to be able to relate to everything and everyone. So, talking and sharing with them is lively and interesting, and oftentimes a feeling of connection arises with ease.


May 20, 2011

Mercury ☿ the Messenger, and Mars ♂ the Warrior, merge energies in Taurus ♉...

 

 

Mercury ☿ the Messenger, and Mars ♂ the Warrior, merge energies (at 7º Taurus ♉). Communication and transportation could be furiously determined. Razor blade mouths and road rage -OR- the willingness to integrate and communicate a new positive impulse in alignment with your true values... This influence may be felt for a day or two on either side of 5/20.


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