• Preview of 2019 or Capricorn, Capricorn, Capricorn

    We have the New Year of 2019 upon us and this is a good time to take an astrological peak at what’s coming up for us all. The main astrological trend now is an important grouping of planets in Capricorn that will be there into 2020. At the peak of this Capricorn era, there will be five planets in that sign. That’s fully half of the Solar System in one place. No, that doesn’t happen often, but it does occur. So why is this one so important? It is made up of the slowest planets and therefore is rare and lasts a long time. Right now the intense Pluto, serious Saturn and the karmic South Node are all in the taskmaster sign of Capricorn. Ok, none of that sounds like very much fun to me. It looks like we’re in for some challenges, collectively. I call myself Ms. Positivity, but my Word of the Year for 2019 is Heavy.

    Let’s face it; we’ll all be acting like Capricorns if half of the planets are in that sign. There will be an overwhelming air of serious and business energy in the world. Of course, as with all signs, there are both positive and negative parts of the sign. With such a big party in Capricorn, I want to be candid about all sides of this stern sign.

    I’ve named Capricorn the Executive of the Zodiac because they just innately know how to get things done and done right. Saturn is their planet and my nickname for Saturn is Mr. Responsibility. This sign naturally exudes confidence, determination, organization, discipline and therefore, results. Everything with Capricorn is about what they accomplish, their success and status. This makes them natural managers and business professionals. They are typically sophisticated and enjoy luxury, even if it’s a rustic ranch in the country. Capricorn is the authority figure of all the 12 signs of the Zodiac and needs to be in charge.

    Even though these are admirable traits, their extremes can verge on being a tyrant. Unevolved Capricorn can be rigid, self-righteous, ultra-conservative, controlling, pessimistic and cold. It’s like the mean landlord who only cares about the bottom line of money and not his tenants. Money is God for the low side of Capricorn.

    Now let’s get to know the planets that are transiting through this strong sign. At the peak of this Capricorn era, these are the planets who will be in Capricorn: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and the South Node. Mars will join them all from February – April 2020 to give them a kicker.

    Pluto is the slowest planet and will be in Capricorn the longest (2008 – 2024). Pluto is all about rebirth and transformation, so this is the time the structure of corporate business, government and everything that Capricorn represesnts will be changed. Saturn rules Capricorn and will bring an extra layer of heaviness from December 2017 – December 2020. It will be like having two Saturns, when one is surely enough. Jupiter is the other planet who will join this Capricorn party . . . or rather a meeting,  and will be in Capricorn from December 2019 – December 2020.  Saturn doesn’t know how to party very well and prefers work. The presence of Jupiter will make all this driven energy much, much bigger. Excess is one of the challenges of Jupiter and that will be easily seen this phase.

    Now let’s add the not-very fun South Node. He’s the Karmic point of release from the past. The North Node represents new beginnings and destiny, while the South Node is about letting go of what is obsolete and no longer necessary. I’ve named the South Node the Hero of this Capricorn grouping, since its purpose is to let go of the old.

    Putting all this together, 2019 will be a transition year leading to the culmination of the Capricorn grouping, which will happen early 2020. Since Capricorn is associated with corporations, the elite, big business, conservative thought, authority and capitalism . . . 2019 will be the record peak year for the old to prevail. The year will seem dense, heavy and driven. But remember, we all have access to this strong, accomplished focus of Capricorn and not just the authority figures.

    I know this might all sound pretty intense, which it is, but the planets are luckily always moving forward into new signs. What is the sign after capitalistic Capricorn? The Rebel, Aquarius! In March 2020, both Saturn and Mars enter Aquarius right around the Spring Equinox. That will mark the beginning of an era of Aquarius that will be with us for many years. Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023 and doesn’t leave until 2043! So 2019 is the beginning of the end for Capricorn. I think this phase shows the early labor pains of the birth of the Aquarian Age.

     

    Here are the most important celestial events happening in 2019:

    • The year of 2019 starts off with a bang when Mars enters its own sign of Aries on December 31st, 2018 and will remain there until February 15th. That could make for some wild festivities on New Year’s Eve and will definitely begin the year with a powerful need for moving forward. Mars in Aries is the profile of the hero or the bully. Both will be seen easily with this transit.
    • Uranus will enter Taurus on March 8th, 2019 and will remain there until April 2026. Many will experience sudden changes this year. It might be the time to move, have a new career or new lifestyle with this transit. We will see revolutionary changes with money. Change is the keyword for Uranus.
    • Jupiter will enter Capricorn in December 2019 and will remain there until December 2020. Jupiter will join the grouping of slow planets, bringing a crescendo to the Capricorn phase.
    • Uranus trine Jupiter and the South Node. When the planet of change, Uranus, enters Taurus, it will be have a positive, blue line to both Jupiter and the South Node in Capricorn. Both Taurus and Capricorn are earth signs and are very supportive and compatible with each other. This positive angle happens from December 2019 until May 2020 and will bring a cooperative collaboration between many groups that have previously not gotten along. This will end the year of 2019 on a very positive note.

    Mercury Retrogrades

    Retrogrades are the best time to rethink, release and regroup. The sign Mercury is retrograding in determines the area of letting go. These are great times for serious house cleanings and Feng Shui.

    1. March 5th – March 27th. This retrograde will be in dreamy Pisces. This would be a good time to look at your art and beauty. Maybe paint that wall a colorful color. Organize your clothes closet. Stay grounded.
    2. July 7th – August 1st. This retrograde is what I call a hybrid and starts in Leo and ends up in the sign of Cancer. Change around your living room or family room, ending up in the kitchen. Make plans for a family reunion for early to mid-August.
    3. October 31st – November 21st. This retrograde is solidly in intense Scorpio. Focus on doing changes in your bedroom. Do you need a new comforter or pillows? Or maybe reorganize your finances.

    Eclipses

    There are two eclipse seasons each year with a Solar and Lunar Eclipse two weeks apart each time, which creates four yearly eclipses. This is a special year because we will have five eclipses this year. Why is that . . . because the very first eclipse will land early in the year on January 5th. The very last eclipse will land at the end of the year on December 26th, so one more eclipse got squeezed into 2019. It doesn’t mean anything except how the eclipse seasons synched up with our yearly calendar. 

    1. Partial Solar Eclipse at 15 Capricorn on January 5th
    2. Total Lunar Eclipse at 0 Leo on January 21st.
    3. Total Solar Eclipse at 10 Cancer on July 2nd
    4. Partial Lunar Eclipse at 24 Capricorn on July 16 - 17

    There is a change happening now with our Eclipses. First, the definition of an Eclipse is when the Sun and Moon line up with the Nodes, which are intersecting points and determine the location of an Eclipse. A Lunar Eclipse happens during the Full Moon and a Solar Eclipse can only occur during a New Moon. But both of them need the Nodes there to create an Eclipse. So what is different now? The Nodes have an orbit, just like the planets do. Their orbit is 18.6 years and transits a person’s chart with that orbit or interval. So therefore, the Nodes stay in a sign for about 1 ½ years. On November 7, 2018, the North Node entered Cancer and the corresponding South Node entered Capricorn. They are always the same degree in opposite signs.

    The Eclipses will now be mostly occurring in Cancer and Capricorn until May 2020. (The last Eclipse in Leo will be the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 21st). If the North Node is destiny and it is in the sign of Cancer, it means that community and  people connecting will become more important. If the South Node is releasing the old and it is in Capricorn, it means that corporations and the mean landlord won’t be as important. That’s why I’ve named the South Node the Hero, because he offers a perfect release point for all the end of this Capricorn phase.

    This is a momentous time in history and it is all that astrologers are talking about or researching now. You will undoubtedly be reading other articles about this rare alignment. This is a universal phase that the entire world will experience. Personally, we can use this time to weed out the old in our lives in preparation for a new beginning.

     

    Chinese Year of the Earth Pig

    Each year the Chinese New Year starts on a different date. The very beginning of their New Year is at sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. This is based on the sunset in China. This year that magic date is February 4th. Just like western astrology, the Chinese Zodiac also has 12 signs or they call them animals. Where Chinese astrology differs from western astrology is with the elements. Western astrology has only four elements compared to Chinese astrology that uses five elements. The western elements are fire, earth, air and water. The Chinese elements are metal, fire, wood, water and earth.

    The Chinese astrology system differs from western astrology with their 60-year system. Here is how it works: Each year the sign changes but the element stays the same for two consecutive years. For example, last year was the Earth Dog and this year is the Earth Pig. Next year, 2020, will start a new element and animal and will be the Metal Rat. So 12 x 5 = 60 and then the cycle begins again.

    The Pig or the Boar is considered the nice guy of the animals. He’s friendly, honest, sincere and charitable. He wants everyone to get along with each other and fosters harmony through his leniency and easy ways. The Pig is usually a good fund raiser because of his love of social work and bringing communities together. He is very tolerant and can identify with many types of people. Diplomacy is his strength.

    But the Pig does have weaknesses which revolve around excesses and overindulgence. They live life to the fullest and then a little more for good measure. Weight control is often an issue with this animal. Whims and distractions are also areas that need work. There is often a condescendence and arrogance with the Pig.

    That explains the basic Pig personality and we can overlay that with the element of earth. This element will bring a more peaceful, sensible and stable type of a Pig. The earth element makes him more productive and perseverant than a normally gullible Pig. This type steers clear of problems and instead reaches for harmony.

    The year of an Earth Pig is said to bring goodwill to all. It is a great year for business and prosperity. People will feel more free and tolerant in a year with the relaxed attitude of the Pig. In fact, so free that lavish gifts and extravagance might be part of the norm. This year will find us entertaining much more and being involved with social events. Fundraising is favored this year. Friends will be easier to make with the tolerant and expansive way of this fun-loving Earth Pig. Prudence in financial matters is important. But it looks like this year will bring some wonderful gatherings and parties.

     

    Visible Planets

    Even though there will be five Eclipses this year, not one of them will be visible in the US. So no Eclipse parties easily this year, folks, at least in the US. Also, planetary viewing favors early risers, since many of the planets will only be visible in the predawn sky. Jupiter, Saturn and Venus will all be in visible in the morning sky until June or so when they start emerging in the evening sky. They will remain in the evening sky until the end of the year when they will all get lost in the glow of the Sun, only to return to the morning sky again. Ahh, I love that forever cycle of planets.

    • Venus will be the “Morning Star” from now until July 8th. The she will emerge as the “Evening Star” from September through the end of the year.
    • Mars will be the only visible planet in the evening sky, where he can be seen until July18th. Mars can be seen in the morning sky from October 17 through the end of the year.
    • Jupiter will be in the morning sky with Venus and Saturn from now until June 10th, when he will emerge in the evening sky and remain there until December 15th.
    • Saturn is in the morning sky from now until July 9th when he will emerge in the evening sky and remain there until December 27th.

     

    Summary

    Even though this year will be dominated by the stern Capricorn, it seems like it will be balance out nicely with Chinese astrology. The lenient and easy-going Earth Pig might be the saving grace to offer some kindness and joy to the serious Capricorn goat. It seems that there is a warning of overindulgence and debauchery. Hey, a little might be necessary to mellow out all that Capricorn, but balance is the keyword here. If we can all focus that Capricorn energy on kindness and charity, the year will indeed be favorable.

    A hearty welcome to 2019!


  • Astrology During Capricorn

    The Sun enters the sign of Capricorn on December 21st at 3:24 p.m., Mountain Time. Capricorn is an earthy earth sign and is associated with the taskmaster, Saturn. I’ve named Capricorn the Executive of the Zodiac. If you want a big project done, and on time, ask a Capricorn. Their planet Saturn is Mr. Responsibility and his work ethic transfers to Capricorn very naturally.

    The first day of Capricorn always marks the Winter Solstice. So December 21st will officially be the first day of the new season of winter. For those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is opposite for our friends who live in the Southern Hemisphere. So we now have three month until spring starts. Ahh, I love this yearly cycle that is always dependable.

    Many celebrate this time as the darkness before the light returns. The Sun actually stands still for a few days on the Solstice, almost seeding the dark. Even though this is the greatest time of darkness, it is also the time of the greatest hope with the knowing that the Sun and the light will return. This pause has given humanity the opportunity to delve into the depths of our collective soul. Take some time for you to reflect on this last year.

    The ancients recognized the Winter Solstice as the end and beginning of the year. Hope and patience are part of this season. Since this is a collective human experience, we could all imagine this time as the ending of a cycle, with the promise of new – just like the sunrise. If this season is about honoring the light to come, then this Winter Solstice is a special one because the Full Moon occurs the very next day on December 22nd.  This would be a good year to be involved with Winter Solstice celebrations or meditation to project a collective spirit of light to the world.

    New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will have a Moon in private Scorpio. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t in the mood for wild parties. This might be a more introspective ending and beginning of a New Year. Even though the year ends with quiet Scorpio, the beginning of 2019 begins with a bang. Mars enters his own sign of Aries, on December 31st. When the year starts with such dynamic, forward-moving energy, it just has to set a theme for the year. Be physical on the first day of the year by taking a hike or starting an exercise plan.

    The other dramatic beginning to 2019 will be a Solar Eclipse on January 5th in Capricorn. The corresponding Lunar Eclipse will occur two weeks later on January 20th. An Eclipse season is always a good time to make a change in your life and these Eclipses are strong since so many planets are involved. Make changes now!

    The visible planets are moving to the morning sky, so Mars is the only planet easily visible in the evening sky now. Saturn is pretty much lost to the glow of the Sun. But what a treat this is for early risers. If you wake up about ½ hour before sunrise, you will see Venus and Jupiter just peeping over the horizon now. Start the year out right with looking at them. On January 1st – 4th, the Moon will be joining them above the eastern predawn sky. What a great way to start the New Year of 2019!

    Enjoy your holidays and see you next month for the Aquarius.


  • What's Up for your Sign during Capricorn

    Capricorn

    Happy Birthday, dear Capricorn! You are the center of attention now, Cap, and will be for quite a while. Including the Moon, there will be five planets plus the South Node all in Capricorn on January 4th – 6th.  Plus, there is a Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th. New changes are coming.

    Aquarius

    The South Node has been in Aquarius for the last 18 months and has just left your sign. That point in the sky refers to releasing old patterns, so hopefully you have recently let go of anything that was holding you down. You can take is a bit easier now, Aquarius. Yes!

    Pisces

    Busy Mars has been in Pisces since November 16th and will leave Pisces on the very last day of the year – December 31, 2018. Do a ritual of release on New Year’s Eve to complete this Marsy cycle. Write what you have learned on a piece of paper and burn it. Have the intention of freedom.

    Aries

    You are in for a wild ride, Aries, because Mars will be rushing into Aries on December 31st. This might be a year that you want to go out to a party. Have fun, but be safe. What a great way to start the New Year with your planet. Yes, starting an exercise plan is perfect for a New Year’s intention.

    Taurus

    There is quite a party of planets in Capricorn now that is supporting your earthy Tausus. Start the New Year with an indepth plan for 2019. This will be a good money year for you, dear Taurus. Use it to your benifit. Taurus is the sign of luxury, after all.

    Gemini

    The party of planets in Capricorn is in your Gemini house of other people’s money now. The New Year of 2019 will bring you financial opportunities and pretty early in the year. Now is the time for you to plan what you are going to be doing with all that money. Great homework for you, creative Gemini.

    Cancer

    The Full Moon is in your sign of Cancer this month on December 22nd. This will be a special Full Moon, since the Winter Solstice will happen one day before it on December 21st. Many people around the world celebrate the Winter Solstice and the Full Moon will just bring more light to the winter and also to you!

    Leo

    The Moon will be in your sign of Leo on Christmas Day. So you will feel like shining a bit more this holiday because the Moon is backing you up. Everyone will be more animated and maybe noisier than they were last year. Have big Leo fun!

    Virgo

    The last week of 2018 will have a perfect triangle in earth signs that will support your Virgo Sun. If you can, take some time off that week and focus on you. The Virgo in you will want to make sure this year is completed properly. That earth triangle will help you accomplish just that.

    Libra

    This holiday will bring some friends and family gatherings that don’t happen that often. Bring an old photo album so people can talk about family memories. Make comfort food and give a lot of hugs.

    Scorpio

    The retrograde of Venus in your sign is over, but Venus is still in Scorpio until January 6th. So make sure you pamper yourself this holiday season. Is a spa day in your Christmas stocking? Ask Santa and you’ll get it. Hey, you have to honor Venus.

    Sagittarius

    Venus will enter Sagittarius on January 7th and will be getting close to Jupiter the entire month of January. It is a Very fortunate cycle to have Jupiter and Venus joining in your sign. They bring joy, expansion and lots of fun. This will be a wonderful start to the New Year of 2019!


  • Venus Found Her Voice

    The infamous Venus Retrograde in Scorpio has just ended and it seems she found her voice. In my last article, called “Venus Retrograde Gone Wild”, there was a line explaining that this alignment was like “A scorned woman seeking revenge”. When I wrote that line, it just jumped out of me without thinking about it. At the time it seems pretty extreme, but I can see now that it was precisely accurate. The world has change since that recent Venus Retrograde and I don’t think it will ever be the same.

    With amazing timing, the US Mid-term elections occurred during this strong retrograde. It seems my prophecy was right, because not only did women vote in record numbers, but ran for office and got elected in record numbers too. This election was historic for many reasons and the results correlate perfectly with the current astrology trend. It always works that way, but I do admit that even after all these years as an astrologer, I’m still amazed at the accuracy of this ancient technique of reading the sky.

    Two years ago I wrote an article called,”The Global Civil Rights Movement”, after the last presidential election. I needed to take a look at the big picture astrologically to understand this phase in our history. Now that I look back on it, everything makes total sense. Here is the article to refresh yourself on the important phase we are at in humanity’s journey. http://susiecox.com/blog/global-civil-rights-movement

    The essence of this global movement is that it’s the first hint of the Aquarian Age appearing. This Aquarius isn’t just for women, but for equality in general. People will all be accepted, no matter their race, gender or age. We are ending the phase of the power held by a minority of the elite and will be replaced with equality. So this is the time for us all to find our voices, but particularly women, who have had our words stopped for centuries, if not millennia. Well, that’s all changed now and I think forever, thanks to our recent wild Venus Retrograde in Scorpio. Remember the scorned woman?  Time Magazine awarded the 2017 Person of the Year to Women. Specifically it was given to the The Silence Breakers for the #metoo movement. Then 2018 is politically the Year of the Woman. Here are some statistics:

    • At least 2,019 women will be serving in the upcoming state legislatures.
    • Several states have women in the senate or governors for the first time.
    • Two Muslim women were elected to Congress.
    • Two Native-American women were elected to Congress.
    • Several openly gay, bisexual or LGBT people were elected.
    • Immigrants to this country were elected.
    • A record number of young voters emerged with a strong collective voice.

    This is the very beginning of the Aquarian Age starting, folks. We are just ending the Age of Pisces and are now in what is called the “sub-Aquarian Age”, or the transition from one Age to the next. The entire cycle of precession through the Ages, or the Great Year, lasts about 25,800 years. During that time each Age of the Zodiac will last about 2,150 years. The Age of Pisces started around the birth of Christ, or a little over 2,000 years ago, so that means that the Aquarian Age is about to begin. The exact definition of the change of an Age is when the Sun’s position, at the Spring Equinox, moves to a new Zodiac sign, or constellation. We are now experiencing that transition.

    How can we all welcome this new phase in history? We need to be authentic and true to our real self. If you aren’t happy with your career . . . change it. If you have been shy and not sure how to express yourself, all that will change too. We will all feel like we’re turning into an Aquarian. That sign doesn’t really care what others or the world thinks --- individuality is the most important think to that independent sign. Be yourself and be proud of who you have become. You are just perfect the way you are and now the world will know!


  • Astrology During Sagittarius

    The Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius on November 23rd at 2:03 a.m., Mountain Time. Sagittarius is a fire sign and is associated with the big guy, Jupiter. Sag is the adventurer of the Zodiac and loves to either travel physically or mentally. Some are world travelers and others travel in their minds like they are jetsetters. Expansion is their goal in life and with this sign, bigger is better.

    To make this Sagittarius time even more exciting, its planet, Jupiter, just entered Sag on November 9th and will stay in that sign until December 3, 2019.  Jupiter has a 12-year orbit, so it’s only in Sag one year out of 12 years . . . and this is the year! It’s like having two Jupiters or two Sagittarians at the same time. Oh yes, that’s a lot of energy. People will feel a bit restless with this combination and will want to travel or start something new, especially internationally. If you want to take that trip to Europe – this year is the time. Be adventurous!

    This Sag month will start off with a Mercury retrograde. Mercury will be retrograde from November 18th through December 6th. Make sure to do your holiday shopping early, because it will probably be crazier than usual.  Plus, Mercury will retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius, to make it even a bit more energized.

    One thing that is exciting this month is that the Full Moon will land right on Thanksgiving.  So the Sun will be in Sag with the Full Moon in Gemini. That will be a wonderful energy for people talking around the dinner table as they are enjoying their delicious holiday meal with friends and family. Have fun!

    Recently Venus did a retrograde from October 6th through November 16th. Even though the exact retrograde is over, Venus will be in what is called the Shadow of the retrograde until December 18th. So we will all feel that intense need to be outspoken and strong until almost Christmas. Focus on what you want and see how much you can get during this time. Women will feel especially strong, since it’s Venus. Speak your mind with power.

    Regarding the visible planets, things are changing. We’ve been lucky for the last few months to be able to seen most of the planets right after sunset. Now the only planets visible in the evening are Mars and Saturn. Mars is the strongest one now because Saturn will soon be lost in the glow of the Sun. So where are these planets going? Into the morning sky. Now we have Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in the eastern predawn sky. Wake up about ½ hour before sunrise and look east to see these three planets. Venus and Jupiter are very bright, but Mercury is never bright. You can use binoculars or an app on your phone to make sure you are seeing the planets.

    See you next month for the Winter Solstice and Capricorn!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Sagittarius?

    Sagittarius

    Happy Birthday, lucky Sag! Why are you extra lucky now? Your planet, Jupiter, entered your sign on November 9th and will be there until December 3, 2019. Are you bored with your job….start a business of your own. Take that holiday you’ve always dreamed of -- what are you waiting for?

    Capricorn

    Every astrologer is talking about your sign now and will be until mid-2020. Pluto and Saturn are in Capricorn now and will be joined by Jupiter in December 2019. The next two years in your life is the time for you to make long-range plans. Business deals finalized and accomplished. You will be shining more brightly than ever before.

    Aquarius

    Mars finally left your sign on November 16th after having been there for months. You can take a sign of relief after such a long journey with the warrior. There are no planets going through Aquarius now, so take a little time for yourself to just appreciate your life. You’ve been through a lot and now is your healing time.

    Pisces

    Energizing Mars is now in Pisces from November 17th until January 2, 2019. Usually Mars irritates signs, but it actually wakes up your sleep sign of Pisces. You will have stamina and higher energy than usual during the holiday season. Your creativity will come to a new height.

    Aries

    The exciting and unpredictable planet Uranus is now in Aries. This combo will bring sudden changes and surprises to you. Uranus will be in Aries until March 7th, so use this time to make any changes you want – instead of Uranus doing it for you.

    Taurus

    You've been given a little break while Uranus is visiting Aries. But that planet of surprises will reenter Taurus on March 8th and will bring the new life that has been building over the last few months. Make plans for a new lifestyle starting in the spring of 2019. You will have years of Uranus and excitement. Lucky you!

    Gemini

    You have new financial opportunities that will be materializing during this month. Everything is on the verge for you, dear Gemini. Don’t give into impatience, because your dream is almost here.

    Cancer

    You are just starting a very fortunate phase, dear Cancer. The North Node, or point of destiny, entered your sign of Cancer and will remain there until May 6, 2020. This only happens every 19 years and is your time to stand out in the crowd. Your destiny is calling – are you ready to answer?

    Leo

    There are several planets this month in fire signs that are supporting your Leo Sun. Your creativity will be strong now. Maybe make some Christmas presents instead of buying everything. Your family and friends would love it.

    Virgo

    The month is all about relationships for you, dear Virgo. It’s both personal and family relationships that need attention now. One person will need freedom and the other will feel abandoned. You’ll help them strike their balance.

    Libra

    Venus was retrograde in Scorpio and in Libra and is now going direct. The last month was the time to work out any kinks in relationships, dear Libra. Venus will be in your sign until December 3rd. Clean up any last little remnants from the notorious retrograde.

    Scorpio

    Venus was retrograde in your sign of Scorpio, but she spent the last part of the retrograde in Libra. So you get Venus in Scorpio again from December 3rd until January 8, 2019. Lucky you to have Venus visit your sign twice in a couple of months. Enjoy luxury this holiday season.


  • Venus Retrograde Gone Wild

    Venus is all about love and beauty, right? Well, not all the time. Venus is going to the wild side now because of a combination of factors. This is so unusual, that it warranted an entire article to tell her story. So why is this retrograde so strange?

    The main reason this Venus retrograde is so powerful is where she is doing her backwards dance in the Zodiac. She happens to be triggering off a very revolutionary Grand Square between planets in the sky her entire retrograde. So we’ll have 3 months (September 4th – December 10th) for this collective transformation to occur. Astrology connects with each of our personal charts, but it also sets a theme for society. This alignment screams “Change for the Better . . . and Now!” There isn’t much patience in this configuration. It’s fierce and it seems, because of Venus, that women will be the catalyst.

     Approximately every 1 ½ years, Venus goes retrograde as she makes her revolution around the Sun. This one will be what I call a Hybrid Retrograde. Venus turned retrograde on October 6th at 10 degrees Scorpio and will turn direct on November 16th at 25 degrees Libra. Venus, Libra and Scorpio all deal with relationships. Venus has the idealistic view of romance and soulmates. Libra plays into that theme with the codependent style of that romantic sign. But Scorpio will bring intensity to the mix, with the focused storm connected with that passionate sign of mystery. With Scorpio being the sign of raw sex, secrets will be revealed that will rock even the most hardened of us. Venus retrograding in Scorpio is an example of the scorned woman who wants revenge. This is the time for women to speak their minds in their personal lives as well as on the world stage. Venus in Scorpio usually gets what it wants. Could it get any more exciting than just Scorpio? Oh yes.

    Looking at the big picture, Venus will be in those few degrees for a very long time, so she will bring to life all the other planets involved with her. Ok, who could make Venus wilder . . . Mars! Venus is the feminine principle while Mars is the male. For at least the beginning of this retrograde, Mars in unpredictable Aquarius will form an uneasy square to Venus in suspicious Scorpio. People could feel an awkward distance with each other. If it’s time to end, this will clear out any relationships that are no longer working for you. It doesn’t have to mean just your lover, but you could be replacing your doctor, accountant or handyman, too. Clean out the deadwood. Eliminate energy drains.

    Who is the Real wild man of the planets? It’s chaotic and radical Uranus in Aries, of course. This combo is like a feral wildcat on the loose. One of the main aspects during Venus’ wild retrograde is that she is making a strong opposition to Uranus. Actually, Venus has already started this messy opposition to Uranus. It started on September 4th and won’t end until December 10th.

    Yes, we have two more, very important points that are also part of this bizarre picture. The Venus opposition to Uranus will both square the North and South Nodes, which are called the karmic indicators in the chart. When they enter the geometric picture, it brings a situation that has been occurring for a very long time. The Nodes often involve society and not just individuals. So that means we have a karmic, red, Grand Square in the sky for over 3 months. That’s a very long time to have one challenging pattern dominate the solar system. (I’m attaching a picture of the chart with this article).

    So let’s put this all together. Revengeful retrograding Venus in Scorpio is square to both feverish Mars and the Karmic Nodes and is opposing the feral wildcat, Uranus. Does that sound volatile to you? It sure does to this little astrologer.

    What can we expect? Retrogrades are always the times to rethink, refocus and regroup. Venus relates to art, music, creativity, emotions, and yes, to love. If you are in the mood to change any of those areas in your life, now is the time to do it with enthusiasm. The Mars square will give you a need for immediacy. But since Uranus is such a slow-moving planet, these changes that you are going to make will have a long-term impact on your life.  Be deliberate and thorough with making these big changes. Turn over every stone to see what’s hiding. Clean out your closets, cedar chests and attics. Feng shui what is tucked away and bugging you. Resolve any issues you may have with your female ancestors.

    Women’s groups relating to changing society will become more verbal and visible. If you want to get involved with social change, now is the time. The mood is in the air. This window in time doesn’t happen often, so do it.

    We can all either hold on tight, buckle our seatbelts in fearful anticipation, or, we can take a bold step and use this momentous time and change our lives and the world. I call it reactive astrology vs proactive astrology. We can either, react to the craziness that is happening in the world now and make it worse, or we can use this intense energy for good. Change will result from this rare alignment, so set your intentions and watch them happen.


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Scorpio?

    Scorpio

    Happy Birthday, sexy Scorpio. This will be a power birthday month for you because of Venus doing a retrograde in Scorpio. From October 6th – November 16th, you will have a chance to let go of old patterns that no longer serve you. Do a purge!

    Sagittarius

    Mercury is going to do a retrograde in Sag starting on Halloween and lasting until December 7th. What a great time for you to change your mental beliefs. Just naturally, you will be seeing the same things only with very different eyes. Are you in the mood for a road trip? Now is the time. Go somewhere new!

    Capricorn

    November 11th – 13th are your power dates for this month. You will feel extra Capricorny and will want to get to business. If you want to wrap up the year of paperwork, now is your window to do it. Organization will come easily and is what you will want to do. Hey, it’s about time.

    Aquarius

    Mars is now moving forward in Aquarius, after his months of going backwards. Have you noticed new door opening? Are you walking – no, running through the open door? Put on your running shoes and Ready, Set . . . Go! Do this now, because Mars will leave Aquarius on November 16th.

    Pisces

    Mars will be entering your sign of Pisces on November 16th and will remain there until January 1, 2019. Mars will energize your more laid-back Pisces style. If you have projects on the back burner, now is the time to finish them. Being as physical as you can will make Mars happy.

    Aries

    Uranus, the planet of sudden change, is now retrograding and will move back into Aries on November 7th. That slow-moving planet will be in your sign until March 6th, when it enters Taurus and will remain there. If you want to shake up your life a bit, do it during that window in time. Get a little wild - - you know you want to.

    Taurus

    The Full Moon will be in Taurus this month on October 24th. It's a very powerful Full Moon because retrograding Venus is joining the mix. YOu will feel strong and will want to change patterns that are no longer working in relationships. It might be sudden and shocking . . . but ultimately it will feel good.

    Gemini

    The end of October you will find yourself in front of an audience. It might not be on a stage, but people will be looking at you for advice. What is your target audience? Who do you want to connect with? It will become apparent by November.

    Cancer

    There are a lot of planets in water signs now that are supporting your Sun. Be with people who love you. Reach out and hug people. Tell your loved ones how much you care about them. Volunteer.

    Leo

    The very fortunate North Node has been in Leo for the last ½ years. It’s leaving on November 16th. Do everything you can now to ensure your name, recognition and reputation. Have your picture taken and do new business cards. Advertise yourself.

    Virgo

    There is a group of planets in Pisces, the sign opposite to you. They’ll be rubbing off on you, so this month you will feel more creative and even a bit more sensitive than your usual stoic Virgo style. Hey, softening a bit is a good thing on occasion. Get a massage.

    Libra

    Venus is doing a retrograde now. Even though it will be mostly retrograding in Scorpio, it will dip back into Libra for a bit of the cycle. So from November 1st – 16th you might revisit an old love situation. Great time to release the old bits that might be hanging on. Let it go.


  • Astrology During Scorpio

    The Sun enters the sign of Scorpio on October 23rd at 4:24 a.m., Mountain Time. Scorpio is a water sign and is associated with the planet of intensity, Pluto. The sign of Scorpio is the most misunderstood of all the signs of the Zodiac. It’s also quite feared by most. The privacy of this sign is so important that communication is on a needed basis. This sign won’t be chatty . . . Ever. On their best days, they are quiet. Of course, that allows them to shine in their inner world, which is their domain. They need to focus on their projects, which usually doesn’t involve anyone else. Just leave them alone when they are not in the mood and they will be happy.

    This is an active month astrologically with a couple of juicy retrogrades to experience. Remember that all retrogrades are the best times to regroup, rethink and restructure old patterns that need to be updated. Mercury will be retrograde from November 17th through December 7th. Make sure you do your Holiday shopping and preparations very early this year. The normal busy holiday season will be even crazier with Mercury retrograde. Most of the retrograde is in Sagittarius, which might give people a wild need to escape. Spontaneous travel is highlighted. Be adventurous, even if it seems indulgent.

    Venus is the other planet that is doing a retrograde this month. She turns backwards from October 6th through November 16th. The retrograde of Mercury deals with mental decisions or logistics, while the Venus retrograde is more focused on matters of the heart. Even if it’s not about adjusting routines in a love relationship, it can be a time to redecorate your house or buy new art. Are you up for a new haircut with a more modern style? Maybe take this time to go through your wardrobe and give clothes away that you no longer love. Feng shui your bedroom. Change whatever looks out of place and you will feel free.

    The visible planets have been putting on a show for us every evening for months, which is all changing now. I hope you got a chance to see the planets, because some of them are now only going to be visible in the predawn sky, which is harder to see on a regular basis. With Venus turning retrograde, she has disappeared in the glow of the Sun, and will not be visible in the evening sky. For early risers, Venus will become the “Morning  Star” and will soon be visible above the eastern horizon just before dawn.

    Not only have we had Venus shining in the evening sky, but bright Jupiter has also been part of the show. If you have been noticing, Jupiter is in the western sky now and will also be gobbled up by the Sun, just like Venus. But there is one chance to see Jupiter before he disappears. On November 9th, the Moon and Mercury will both join Jupiter in the evening sky right above the sunset. The following month when the Moon will be there, Jupiter will be gone. So now is the time. Make a little party of the evening. Jupiter loves a party – especially when it’s for him!

    The other two visible planets, Mars and Saturn, will still be visible in the evening sky for a while. During July and August, Mars was so bright and so very red, because it was closest to the Earth. Now, Mars is still fairly bright, but not as red as before. Mars will be getting dimmer as he gets farther from the Earth. But at least there are two visible planets in the evening sky.

    See you next month in Sagittarius!


  • My New AstroMap

    When you move or travel somewhere other than your birth place, your Astro Map changes too. Ok, that’s my nickname for Astro*Carto*Graphy, which is quite a mouthful. The more I get to know my chart as it relates to travel, the more amazed I am. This last year was my biggest year of travel in a long time. I went to India to receive my award in New Delhi. Then I spent the summer in Barcelona, Spain. Being in two new places gave me a good chance to see how different I felt in each location.

    First I want to explain a little bit about Astro*Carto*Graphy. It’s a technique that shows where your planets were around the world when you were born. It’s like your birth chart on a map.  So when I was being born in Tucson, where was the Sun rising in the world and where was it setting? Where was Venus or the Moon rising and setting? The Astro Map easily shows that and much more.

    People typically use Astro*Carto*Graphy to decide where to move, or where to travel for holiday, or where to start a new business. If people are interested in finding love or have an interest in the arts, I look at their Venus line. If they are asking about business, I would look at their Jupiter line. I call the Moon line a home away from home, so your Moon needs to be in a safe place where you are drinking tea in someone’s cozy kitchen. An unprotected Moon would lead to being insecure in that location, especially if it’s a big city and you don’t know anyone there. Depending on your chart, there are places in the world that are good to visit and some places not good to visit.

    So what were the planetary lines was I on in these different locations: Tucson, India and Barcelona? I was born in Tucson with Jupiter rising, so the main line for me here is the international planet, Jupiter. I find it interesting that I worked at Canyon Ranch as an astrologer for 32 years. I stayed here in Tucson and greeted people from all around the world as my clients. It’s a successful planet to have prominent in a location and explains my stay at Canyon Ranch as well as my international presence as a full-time astrologer. But most of my planets are below the horizon here and add to a private lifestyle. My clients are almost all over the phone or the internet, so I don’t see many of them in person.

    Let’s go to India in my chart. Saturn is the planet on my horizon in India. How perfect for this ancient and well-preserved culture. Saturn relates to the past and structured patterns. It’s a male-dominated society, which is also very saturnine. I was one of only two women who received awards with about 50 men receiving awards at the conference. So it was an honor for the both of us. The other woman, by the way, is Sasha Lee, an excellent Korean astrologer. I felt quiet and not very adventurous in such an unusual environment, which was also a Saturn style.

    Barcelona called to me, even before I knew my AstroMap there. Well, the Sun was rising in Barcelona when I was being born in Tucson. I went to my sunrise there. No wonder I felt so alive. Somehow I felt like I have been dreaming my entire life and all of the sudden – I woke up! I was outgoing and met lots of new friends easily. My style changed drastically since I really loved how the Spanish women dress. I even got a new, fun haircut. Hey, I lost 10 pounds too. Since Barcelona is a pedestrian city, I realized I was walking miles each day just getting around the city.

    So when you change your latitude – you do change your attitude. But it depends upon which is your predominant planet as to how you change. Moving to a Saturn line would bring a rooted, serious life. On a Mars line, you would feel very energized or impatient and restless. You would change on your Neptune line, but might not understand the change. So the planetary line you are one makes all the difference.

    Maybe it’s because I spent most of the summer in Barcelona or maybe it’s because I got to know my sunrise line, but I’m different and will never be the same. I want to thank this fabulous technique of Astro*Carto*Graphy in helping me see a new part of myself come to life. I feel like my Sun is rising now.



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