• Keywords for the Signs of the Zodiac

    Astrology can be complicated and I want to make it as easy as possible for everyone. One way to make it more accessible is to make it concise, which is where the keywords come in. Each keyword can only belong to one sign. Beginnings belong to Aries and endings belong to Pisces. Perfectionism is part of Virgo while the big picture goes to Sagittarius. Each sign has a part to play and together, they become an entire system. So here are some keywords for each of the signs. Most of you know these already, but a refresher is always a good thing.

     

    Aries     

    Fire sign. Dynamic, fast, assertive, active, courageous,    spontaneous or aggressive, pushy and impatient.

    Taurus  

    Earth sign. Calm, stable, reliable, luxurious, sensual, relaxed or stubborn, materialistic and resistant to change.

                                                                  

    Gemini  

    Air sign. Intelligent, witty, talkative, social, quick, animated or nervous, chatty and gossipy.

     

    Cancer  

    Water sign. Nurturing, sensitive, emotional, loving, caretaking, sentimental or vulnerable, moody and needy.

    Leo                            

    Fire sign. Confident, entertaining, playful, grand, a leader or arrogant, demanding and flashy.

     

    Virgo                         

    Earth sign. Organized, precise, analytical, health-oriented, detailed or worrier, perfectionist and petty.

     

    Libra                          

    Air sign. Balanced, refined, artistic, charming, romantic or indecisive, codependent and slick.

     

    Scorpio                     

    Water sign. Focused, secretive, sexual, mysterious, psychic or jealous, revengeful and dark.

     

    Sagittarius               

    Fire sign. Adventurous, international, idealistic, outspoken, open-minded or reckless, tactless and smug.

     

    Capricorn                   

    Earth sign. Dependable, serious, accomplished, sophisticated, competent or pessimistic, cold and stiff.

     

    Aquarius                  

    Air sign. Inventive, unconventional, radical, eccentric, genius or scattered, detached and anti-social.

     

    Pisces                        

    Water sign. Mystical, spiritual, soft, intuitive, visionary or spacey, addictions or lack of direction.


  • Astrology During Aries

    The Sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20th at 3:00 p.m., Mountain Time. Aries is a fire sign and is associated with Mars, the warrior. Aries is the initiator of the Zodiac and reminds me of the Big Bang, which supposedly was the beginning of everything. This dynamic sign talks fast, drives fast and obviously, doesn’t have a lot of patience with anything. Yes, coffee is the drug of choice for Aries.

    How perfect it is that the beginning of the astrological year is Aries as well as the Spring Equinox. The first day of spring is zero degrees Aries, every year. So Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and begins the year. That means Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and ends the year. Somehow that is also perfect. Winter has ended and the new spring flowers are blooming, heralding the new season.

    This Spring Equinox is pretty special because it coincides with the Full Moon, which is always in the opposite sign as the Sun. But this isn’t just a normal Full Moon, but it’s a Super Moon, which means that it will be closer to the Earth and therefore larger than a normal Full Moon. So this will be a Super Full Moon in Libra, the sign of relationships. Libra is the diplomat of the Zodiac and it is a positive indication to start the new astrological year with a sweet Super Full Moon.

    This astrological new year also starts out with Mercury retrograde.  Mercury turned retrograde on March 6th and will turn direct on March 28th. This time Mercury is turning backwards in the sign of Pisces. Be kind to yourself during this one. You might have a harder time making up your mind during this retrograde. But you will feel quite creative, so that might be a better focus than making any decisions using logic. Trust your intuition instead.

    The month of Aries also started with the slow planet, Uranus, having just entered the sign of Taurus. Uranus will remain in Taurus until 2026, so it’s a big deal and will change the world as we know it. Uranus is about sudden change and Taurus doesn’t like change very much at all --- so it’s an odd combination. The odd couple. This is the very beginning of a major evolution in humanity. We can all expects surprises.

    Regarding the visible planets, everything is happening in the predawn sky now. So if you get up about ½ hour before sunrise and look towards the east, you will have a real treat. You will see brilliant Venus, bright Jupiter and dim Saturn all along the Ecliptic arc in the sky. The Moon will go past them all from March 26th through April 2nd, to make them even more stunning. The only planet visible in the evening sky is Mars.

    See you next in Taurus!


  • What's Up for Your Sign during Aries

    Aries

    Happy Birthday, Aries! This will be an incredible birthday month for you. The sign of Aries always announces the new season of spring. This year spring will start with a Full Moon! What a fabulous way to start your birthday month! You will feel like shining very brightly, just like the Full Moon! Have an epic birthday party this year!

    Taurus

    This is your month, dear Taurus. The slow-moving planet of change, Uranus, just entered Taurus and will be there until 2026! This is the very beginning of a new phase in your life. In preparation, let go of anything that is now holding you down. It is not needed anymore. Be bold with saying NO to waht doesn't make you happy now. Others might not like your new voice, but they might as well get used to it. The is the new you!

    Gemini

    This is your time to be even more brilliant than usual. Eager Mars will enter Gemini on March 31st and will remain there until May 15th. That book you’ve been working on will have this window in time to become real. All you need to do is focus and it will be done. You will be super energized and ready for your next literary phase.

    Cancer

    The North Node, or point of destiny, is now in your sign of Cancer. This is the time to handle any sticky family situations, because solutions will be easier to realize than in the past. The perfect days this month to have a family gathering to work things out will be April 11th – 13th. Have comfort food and create a cozy atmosphere.

    Leo

    You know that the Leo in you always likes to look your best. If you have a few pounds to lose or want a new hairstyle, this is your month. Some positive planets are lining up to help you with your exercise regime or stepping up on your self-care. You know you want some pampering . . . maybe even a spa weekend. Be generous with yourself this month, dear Leo.

    Virgo

    During the first week in April you will feel a spurt of creativity. The other planets are supporting your Virgo Sun to use your imagination. This is not just about daydreaming but instead needs to produce something tangible. By the end of April, have a project you can actually show people. So this is putting creativity into action.

    Libra

    The Full Moon will be in your sign of Libra this month and it’s a pretty special Full Moon. It happens exactly on the Spring Equinox, which is the first day of the astrological New Year. What a great way to start the New Year with celebrating you! Give yourself something extra-special!

    Scorpio

    The last week in March is your magical time this month. Sometimes your Scorpio likes to dive deeply into your inner self. It’s like talking with your best friend. This will be one of those times that your wisdom will be easy to access and understand. You might want to keep a journal about this one . . . it might need to be put down in writing or it will disappear into the ethers as quickly as it appeared.

    Sagittarius

    The Sag in you likes to travel in your mind as well as in your body. The Moon will be in Sagittarius right next to your planet, Jupiter, the late part of March. If you are in the mood for a road trip, that is your time. Pick a destination that you have never experienced before. Be bold and a bit braver than normal. You have an adventure that’s all ready for the taking.

    Capricorn

    Your sign of Capricorn dominates the sky now, since there are so many planets grouped there. With a party in your sign, the entire world feels pretty Capricorny now. You, being an authentic Capricorn, can take the lead with others not only now, but for the next year or so. This is your phase in life to grow into yourself. What are your best traits and how can they come to the light?

    Aquarius

    Are you feeling impatient, Aquarius? Just ride with it because you are on the verge of an entirely new lifestyle. But it’s not quite time yet, which is why you are feeling a bit anxious. Use this energy instead to prepare for your next phase in life. This change will be a big one, so see this as your pre-production time. What is the most important thing you want to bring to the world?

    Pisces

    Mercury is almost finishing a retrograde that occurred in your sign. It started on March 6th and will be complete on March 27th. Retrogrades are the best times to rethink, release and regroup. Since Pisces rules the dream world, this might have been an emotional release instead of tossing clothes. You still have time to finish anything you want to let go of and it will be gone forever. Emotional house cleaning.      


  • Uranus Enters Taurus = Change

    Welcome to a new phase in humanity! The rebel Uranus will enter the sign of stable Taurus on March 6, 2019 and won’t leave until April 27, 2026. Since his orbit is 84 years, Uranus remains in a sign for about seven or eight years. Because Uranus is one of the slow-moving planets, this will reboot society. Hey, if it’s changing the world, it will definitely be stirring up each of our personal lives too.

    Uranus dipped into Taurus for a bit while I was in Barcelona for last summer. Since then, he did a retrograde back into Aries, but will be fully into Taurus after March 6th. We had a little tease, but now the change is happening for real.

    Looking at Uranus first, we can all expect sudden change. It is the duty of Uranus to create radical, sudden and shocking new beginnings. Each one of the planets has a different role to play to create a unified support system for us by the entire solar system. For example, Venus brings love and Saturn brings structure.  One of them needed to bring chaos and Uranus chose that job. To add more to the profile of Uranus, the independent sign of Aquarius is associated with this Rebel.

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is in charge of inventions and new technologies. This planet is here to push society to a breaking point, which will challenge old paradigms in many areas of life. Any patterns of suppression will be targeted by fearless Uranus and will no longer be tolerated. This change of consciousness will be on a global scale for the purpose of demolishing the old and rebuild it anew. Everything antiquated will be transformed. Uranus looks at bettering the future by tearing down the past. The internet is a perfect Uranian concept. Everyone online is connected with each other but still separate. Keywords for Aquarius are independence, equality, tolerance and international unity.

    Now let’s get to know Taurus and see how Uranus will combine with this secure sign. Taurus is an earth sign that is associated with Venus. Taurus needs structure, stability, security and money in the bank. I’ve named Taurus the Banker of the Zodiac. This lucky sign always seems to have luxury surrounding them. This sign is also involved with beauty, art, food, the Earth and the environment. Also, typical Taurus energy is resistant to change with a thick layer of stubbornness spread on top. So, this is an unlikely pair that doesn’t really understand each other. Chaos vs. stability? Will they blend together or be at odds with each other? We’ll know that answer after April 27, 2026. But let’s see if we can take a peak and see what is in store for the world.

    Here are some probable trends that will happen during this phase:

    • Crowd funding, like GoFundMe will become more common.
    • Virtual currencies, like Bitcoin.
    • Demonstrations for financial equality.
    • Global marches for human rights.
    • Climate changes affecting land masses.
    • Technological discoveries merging with the body – cyborg style.
    • New ways to grow food.
    • Computerized art.
    • Advancements with alternative medicine.
    • Revolutions.

     

    I know this all sounds terribly exciting as well as a bit unsettling. Astrology is cyclic and all the phases are necessary for growth. The easiest way to handle this change is to embrace it fully. Resistance is futile. What can you change in your life that will feel like a reboot? Many people will be moving or downsizing during this time. This is the best time to boldly live your dreams.

    Remember that this is the very beginning of the Aquarian Age. No one ever said it would start with a snore. Instead, it will start with each of us being reborn into our true, authentic self. Let’s see this as the most exciting time is our lives. We might as well, because these changes will happen with or without us. If we embrace the changes, it will be a lot more fun for us all. And yes, Barcelona is still calling me.


  • Astrology During Pisces

    The Sun enters the sign of Pisces on February 18th at 4:04 p.m., Mountain Time. Pisces is a water sign and is associated with the dreamy Neptune. Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac and represents wisdom and intuition. Many artists, healers, counselors, psychics and yoga instructors are Pisces. This sign likes altered states of consciousness and just needs to pick the most positive way to get into another space. Meditation or medication is often their choice . . . or maybe both.

    The month of Pisces starts with a bang as the next day, February 19th, is a Super Moon Full Moon in Virgo. The Full Moon cycle is coinciding with the change of the signs, which doesn’t happen often. It’s just bringing the new sign more energy right at the beginning of the sign. Here is the definition of a Super Moon, according to Wikipedia: super moon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee—the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit—resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth.

    This month will bring a Mercury retrograde that will last from March 5th – 28th. Mardi gras is on March 5th and is a fascinating combination with the retrograde. Is it the last night to party before the retrograde begins? Even though many don’t look forward to retrogrades, it is actually the best time to rethink, regroup and refocus. It’s perfect for doing Feng Shui and letting go of things. Do I really need that or could someone else use it more than I could? This Mercury retrograde is in Pisces, so it will have a focus on art, music and creativity. Do you want to paint that wall and redecorate a room? Now is the time. Also, since Pisces is the intuitive of the Zodiac, take some time to reflect on your life. Maybe it’s time to actually start meditating and not just talking about it.

    This is a huge astrological event happening this month that is called an ingress. When a planet enters a new sign, it’s called an ingress. This is a big one. The slow-moving planet, Uranus, will be entering the sign of Taurus on March 6th.  Uranus remains in a sign for about nine years and will therefore be in Taurus until 2026. This marks a new phase in society. Uranus is the Rebel of all the planets and his purpose is to bring drastic change to a slow-moving world. Anything outdated and antiquated will be gone fairly soon. The domain of Taurus will be the area of change. This earth sign is involved with money, business, real estate, the environment and security in general. The stable sign of Taurus doesn’t like sudden changes at all, so it is not a natural sign for Uranus to enjoy easily. They are at odd with each other just because of their different personalities. Who is the strongest and will win? Uranus will always win and change the sign. . Even stubborn Taurus. But it will be a struggle to say the least. New styles of commerce, specifically online shopping, have totally changed how people shop. Big box stores are likely going away like the dinosaurs. If Uranus represents technology and Taurus is bio systems, this phase will bring the beginning of cyborgs. Chips will be implanted. This is such an important ingress that I wrote an entire article about what will happen during this phase. Here is that article if you want to be refreshed. http://susiecox.com/blog/uranus-in-taurus-barcelona-is-beckoning

    Here is an excerpt from that article:

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is associated with inventions and new technologies. Uranus moves society forward by breaking down old paradigms. Any oppression is targeted by Uranus and will not be tolerated. This is collective consciousness on a global scale for the purpose of dismantling the old to rebuild it better. Anything antiquated will be upgraded. The internet is a perfect Aquarian concept with people connecting with each other all over the world, yet remaining separate. Social media is totally Uranus. Radical change, verging on chaos is necessary to have a resurrection. Expect the unexpected! Lightening is the weather connected with Uranus. The ideal of Uranus is for each and every person to have a voice – and use it personally and collectively. (It is interesting to note that as I write this, the US government is shutdown with no progress being made to reopen it).

    As far as the visible planets, Mars is the lone planet in the evening sky, except for them the Moon travels past him as the Moon heads toward the Full Moon. The rest of the visible planets are in the predawn sky. If you get up about ½ before sunrise, you will see brilliant Venus, bright Jupiter and dim Saturn along the Ecliptic. For an added treat, the Moon will move past them all from February 28th – March 2nd. Yes, it will be worth getting up early to see them.

    See you next time for Aries and the Spring Equinox!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Pisces?

    Pisces

    Happy Birthday, Pisces. This will be quite a birthday month for you since Mercury will be doing a retrograde in Pisces from March 5th – 27th. When that happens, you have a great opportunity to change your life from the inside out. You will just not be drawn to do the same things as you had before. The outdated patterns will dissolve and leave way for the new you.

    Aries

    The wild planet Uranus has been in Aries since 2011 and will be leaving to enter Taurus on March 6th. This is your very last chance to wrap up any old unfinished business . . . the older the better. You will feel driven to tackle the remnants of this last, chaotic phase in your life. Soon you will feel free.

    Taurus

    Ok, Taurus, the time is now for the Rebel Uranus to enter your sign. On March 6th, the slow-moving planet Uranus will enter Taurus and will remain there until 2026. This is the very beginning of a new, sudden change that will be rocking you for maybe years to come. Are you ready for a new career? Do you want to move? Are you ready for a totally new life? If you said yes sto any of those questions, you are up for a wild ride, dear Taurus. Fasten your seatbelt.

    Gemini

    You are in a creative time in your life, dear Gemini and this month will bring a spike to the frequency of your brilliant ideas. The middle of March is the best time to present your project to your advisors. Be sure to open your mind to new ways of doing things. Don’t just repeat the old but come up with something fresh and maybe even a little shocking. The surprise element is a good thing.

    Cancer

    Your power date this month is the weekend of March 15th. Give a spontaneous, almost impromptu family or friend reunion at that time and it will be a roaring success. Make comfort food like cookies and brownies and talk about old times. If you have photo albums handy, that would ensure a memorable event. 

    Leo

    This will be a lucky month for you, grand Leo, especially the middle of the month. In fact, you can hardly go wrong. Many of the other planets are supporting your Leo style by offering you some pretty incredible opportunities. You’ll have a hard time saying no. But remember that you can’t say yes to them all, so discretion is advised. Make sure to finish your due diligence before investing time or money.

    Virgo

    This astrological month will kick off with a Super Full Moon in your sign of Virgo on February 19th. A Super Moon is when the Moon is a little closer to the Earth and will therefore appear a bit larger. It will bring more light to you, dear Virgo. This is your month to shine brightly, just like the Super Full Moon!

    Libra

    The weekend of February 22nd and 23rd is a perfect time for you to dress up and go out on the town. Invite your classiest friends and do something special. Maybe go to an art opening or a celebrate a birthday party with some friends. If you are in the mood to do some shopping, this is the perfect weekend to splurge . . . you know you want to and deserve it. Astrology gives you permission!

    Scorpio

    Scorpio is one of the least social signs of the Zodiac and mostly prefers their own company. Good news, there is a fun weekend that will coax even the most private Scorpio out of the cave. Please go out on February 23rd and 24th and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun you will have. The sexy side of Scorpio will want to come out and play.

    Sagittarius

    You will likely feel some restlessness the last week in February. Are you in the mood for a road trip? This is the week. Be spontaneous and choose a destination that is new to you and is maybe out of your comfort zone. You are ready to try something that scares you a little . . . just a little.

    Capricorn

    Capricorn is the sign en Vogue now and will be for quite a few years. There is a party of slow-moving planet in Capricorn now.  In fact, just tell people you are a Capricorn and you will likely be the focus of attention. Not that Capricorns particularly care to be in the limelight, but you do like to learn about yourself. These next few years are your best times to come into your own. Are you ready?

    Aquarius

    Lucky Aquarius! Venus, the planet of beauty and joy, will be in your sign from March 1st – 25th. This is definitely your time to indulge in your senses. Pampering yourself is a necessity and not a choice during those dates. Are you ready for a new look? New clothes? Maybe a new hairstyle? Do it and blame it on Venus.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Astrology During Libra

    The Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 22nd at 6:56 p.m., Mountain Time. Libra is an air sign and is associated with Venus, the planet of love. Libra is all about relationships. This sign just knows how to talk to people in a personal way. Libra, who is associated with Venus, loves the arts, music and social interactions with friends. A night on the town after an art gallery opening is a fun evening for Libra. That’s why I’m named this sign, The Lovely Libra.

    The sign of Libra always marks the Autumn or Fall Equinox. The year is divided up by four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Spring and Fall are named the Equinoxes while Summer and Winter are named the Solstices. On the Equinoxes, the Sun shines on both hemispheres equally, creating the day and night to be of equal lengths. The Solstices are the longest and shortest days of the year, depending if you are in the northern or southern hemisphere. Regardless, many celebrations occur on these seasons, like at Stonehenge. The Fall Equinox encourages rest and celebration after the crops have been harvested. The Full Moon on September 24th is the Harvest Moon. Many celebrations include apples and the root crops that were recently harvested. This is the time for gratitude for the abundance in your life.

    Venus will be doing a retrograde starting on October 6th and not ending until November 16th. Where Mercury retrogrades are matters of the mind; Venus retrogrades are matters of the heart. This retrograde of Venus is in intense Scorpio until October 25th and then finishes her retrograde in romantic Libra. All retrogrades are times to regroup, rethink and redo. This just happens to be on the inner realm. Many will be looking at their primary relationship in a new way. Change what isn’t working. Even though it’s not easy, it’s the time for change during Venus retrograde. Venus only does this once about every 1 ½ years, where Mercury retrogrades three times a year.

    Here is one of the tricks of astrology: the rarer the event, the more important it is. So a Venus retrograde is more important than Mercury retrograde. Don’t think you’ll miss this retrograde if you’re not in a relationship . . . it will still change you somehow. It might be a need to change up the art in your house. Or maybe you’re having a clothes crisis, which happens to me often. Are you in the mood for a new style or haircut? Do you want to paint that wall a bright color? These are all Venus retrograde questions. Instead of being surprised, plan for it so you can use those dates effectively. Have as much fun as you can!

    About the visible planets, this is another fabulous month of seeing them in the evening sky. Right after sunset you will see brilliant Venus above the western horizon. Make sure to watch Venus now, because as soon as she turns retrograde, she will disappear in the glow of the Sun. But now right above Venus is bright Jupiter. They are getting closer together and will reach their closest proximity to each other right before Venus does her retrograde. Their closest dates will be from September 22nd until October 5th.  The Moon will move past them both on from October 9th – 11th for a magnificent sight. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

    See you next month in Scorpio!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Libra?

    Libra

    Happy Birthday, lovely Libra! Mercury, the planet of communication, will be in Libra until October 9th. Use this time now to reach out to your friends and loved ones. If you have a birthday celebration, invite talkative people who are fun!

    Scorpio

    You have quite a month coming up, dear Scorpio. Venus will be doing a retrograde in Scorpio from October 6th – 25th. This will be the best time to rethink your relationship patterns and replace them with new routines. Be bold.

    Sagittarius

    You might feel like being more quite this month than your usual outgoing Sag. Take plenty of time for yourself and learn how to say No. You just won’t be excited about going to big parties. It’s ok to take a break.

    Capricorn

    This middle of October is your power time this month. There are several planets in Capricorn now which will make you feel even more Capricorny and business-minded than usual. Plan to meet influential people for power talks.

    Aquarius

    You are on fire this month, Aquarius! Mars has been retrograding and now is racing forward in Aquarius to open doors for you . . . and fast! Be as physical as you can now. Mars likes being strong and going forward and it’s your turn now.

    Pisces

    You are in for a sweet month, Pisces. The end of September will be a great time for to spend time with your friends.  Have a little gathering and talk about your memories. Have photos handy will make for a memorable evening.

    Aries

    The Full Moon will be in Aries this month and will happen on September 24th. This will be the Harvest Moon and is the time to be grateful for your incredible life. Make a list of your blessings on this Aries Full Moon.

    Taurus

    The planet of sudden changes, Uranus, is now doing a retrograde in your sign of Taurus. You are undoubtedly feeling restless, but wait a bit to make any huge changes until Uranus turns direct in January 2019. Now is the planning phase.

    Gemini

    There will be a sudden and very positive surprise for you during the last several days in September. Other people will be involved and it will be much larger than you can imagine. Be ready for a new change in your life.

    Cancer

    There might be slight delays to your plans in early October. Even though you will feel frustrated, these changes are needed to ensure the success of your project. Meet with your consultants after that for new strategy.

    Leo

    You will end up being the hero in a sticky situation during the first week in October. This look rough and then you come in to save the day. You will make new fans with your leadership style. Hooray for you, Leo!

    Virgo

    There is a perfect triangle of planets in earth signs now that is helping your Virgo Sun now. This will last for the next couple of month. Great time to make life decisions that will set you up for a long time. Opportunities and the solutions will be appearing at the same time.


  • Change in Latitude = Change in Attitude

    Barcelona was my home for the summer and I knew the long trip would be life changing. The rebel planet, Uranus, is playing with my chart a lot now, which always creates something new. It can be a new home, a new style and a new haircut. But it also goes much deeper to bring a new awareness of who we are inside and how we connect with the world. I was expecting a new lifestyle, new friends and new clothes, but I wasn’t expecting a new relationship with the sky.

    As many people know, I have a big backyard where I watch the sky, especially the planets, every night. It’s my meditation to watch the sunset and then one by one to see each of the planets “Pop” out along the Ecliptic as it gets darker. The Moon is first, of course, then brilliant Venus and bright Jupiter. Mars is very easy to see now, since it’s close to the Earth and very bright and red. Except for Mercury, Saturn is the hardest to see, since it’s never very bright. Sometimes I’m on my chez lounge for 2 hours just watching the sky. All you have to do is just sit there and watch and you will see lots of movement in the night time sky. You might see a ring around the Moon, which is always magical. You might see a blinking satellite slowly traveling the celestial sphere. Of course, you can also see the occasional falling star. For me, the night sky rivals TV.

    While I was in Barcelona, I lived in Gotico, which is a medieval barrio with very narrow, winding streets. Two blocks from my place was a 2000-year-old Roman wall. My apartment was on the 3rd floor of a 5 story building, with no elevator, oh boy! As I walked through the city at night, I could only see a little sliver of the sky at a time. It is the first time I understood who people is big cities don’t connect with the sky. You can’t see it! Yes, you might get a glimpse of the Moon, but not relative to the other planets, which is my focus. I like seeing all the planets and see how they move each night relative to each other. It’s called Relative Velocity. I have to say I’m pretty obsessed with doing that. Living in Tucson, the huge, open sky is always there so I can see my planetary friends, and nightly.

    Not being able to see the planets or knowing the directions (North, South, East and West), was more disorienting that I ever expected. For the first few weeks in Barcelona, I was getting lost in the narrow, winding, streets of the barrio. I have an excellent sense of direction and Never get lost, but I just couldn’t get oriented. Then, on the evening of my birthday, I got a present from the universe. I found an open plaza, late at night, and could see the Moon and Venus. I sat there long enough to see their movement, which showed me the directions. Ok, I got my bearings. So funny, after that, I never got lost again. I felt my connection with the sky again. It made all the difference in the world for my trip and truly showed me how important the sky was to me. Here is my birthday present of the Moon and Venus over Plaza Catalunya. 

     

    The Ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun and is also where all the planets are at night. All the planets travel along the Great Highway in the Sky, or the Ecliptic. An Eclipse of the Sun and Moon can only occur along the Ecliptic. Once you see where the Sun is during the day, you can always see where the planets will be at night – on the Ecliptic.

    Now that I saw where the Ecliptic was in Barcelona, I noticed something that was different that I am used to seeing in Tucson. The Sun wasn’t very high in the sky at noon! Why was that? Barcelona and Tucson are at different latitudes! The definition of latitude is “the angular distance of a place north of south of the Earth’s equator”. Tucson is at 32 degrees north latitude. Barcelona is further north and is at 42 degrees latitude.

    One fun astronomical fact is that the North Star is the same number of degrees above the northern horizon as the latitude of your location. So the North Star is 32 degrees in Tucson and in Barcelona, it is 42 degrees about the horizon. Here is the trick: The North Star is always 90 degrees from the Ecliptic. So since Barcelona is located at a higher latitude, the Ecliptic is lower in the sky. I know all this visualizing is tricky, but you can do it.

    There was a Total Eclipse of the Moon on July 31st, which was visible in Barcelona – lucky me! So I had to have an Eclipse party on the beach, of course. There were lots of people of the beach there just to watch the Eclipse. Somehow, there was plenty of room for everyone and with great vibes. According to my calculations, the Moon would rise over the Mediterranean Sea already eclipsed. It was a very special Eclipse for a couple of reasons. One, because of a nearly perfect alignment of the Sun, Moon and Earth, it was almost the longest Eclipse possible. In addition, Mars was the closest to the Earth at the same time and was an intense, very bright red. To our luck, Mars was exactly conjunct the Moon during the Eclipse. Ok, all this is worthy of an Eclipse party.

    Unfortunately, there was a cloud bank along the eastern horizon, which blocked the Moon and Mars. But luckily, when both the Moon and Mars emerged above the clouds, the Moon was still eclipsed and we had a great show. But we had to wait about half an hour for the Moon to rise above the clouds. So, I was watching the horizon eagerly for the first glimpse of the Moon. Watching, watching, watching – but in the wrong place. Ok, this is where the difference in latitude between Tucson and Barcelona comes in. Since I was used to seeing the Ecliptic higher in the sky, I was expecting the Moon to rise where it would have in Tucson. I was wrong. Of course, the Moon rose along Barcelona’s Ecliptic.

    One of my new friends, Olivier, who lives in Barcelona, was the first person to spot the Moon. He got the prize because he was used to see the Moon rise further south than I was used to. It inspired an exciting conversation about traveling the latitudes lines to see the Ecliptic from different locations on the Earth. In Sweden, the Ecliptic would be very low in the sky. In Ecuador, where you are on the Equator, the Ecliptic would be overhead. In Australia, the Ecliptic is in the north, which will reveal a completely different southern sky. Thanks, Olivier, now I have another reason to travel the world!

    My stay in Barcelona made me realize that . . .  a change in latitude absolutely created a change in attitude. I was reborn as a new person with a surprisingly fresh knowledge of the sky.


  • Astrology During Virgo

    The Sun enters the sign of Virgo on August 22nd at 9:12 p.m., Mountain Time. Virgo is an earth sign and is associated with the messenger, Mercury. Virgo is the perfectionist of the Zodiac and likes things just right. I call Virgo “The Fixer” and this sign has a critical eye for what works and what doesn’t. Being the best editor of all the signs, ask your Virgo friend, but only if you want an honest answer to your question.  Typical professions for Virgo are dentists, graphic artists, nutritionists and computer programmers. Another style of Virgo is the protector of the earth and therefore, many are great organic gardeners.

    Last month we had two Eclipses and had both Mercury and Mars retrograding. That combination brings a lot of change in our lives. So, I’m hoping your started fresh in several different areas. This month, the main news is about Mars. That red planet is about the closest to Earth that is possible and, because of its close proximity, is much brighter and redder than usual. Make sure that you see Mars while he’s still this bright. Mars will rise in the East mid-evening and will transverse the sky all night long. It’s so bright that it looks like a big, red plane landing. The retrograde phase of Mars will last from June 28th until August 26th, when he will turn direct. Most of the retrograde was in Aquarius, which also likes change. Switch things up as much as you can now to be in the flow of Mars. If you plan it right, your changes will have occurred by the time he turns direct on August 26th.

    Right after Mars turns direct in the last couple of degrees in Capricorn on August 26th, he enters revolutionary Aquarius on September 11th. Mars will stay in Aquarius all the way until November 16th. Mars is all about action and moving forward and since we had two Eclipses and some Mars retrograding time to rethink our plans, mid-November would be the time to start new.

    There are two slow planets, Uranus and Saturn, who are now forming a blue line or trine between them, which is a harmonizing angle. Uranus is the Rebel while Saturn is the Businessman. When they trine each other, often new changes are implemented more easily than other times. This positive alignment will occur this entire month and is the perfect top to these recent Eclipses and retrogrades. We have no excuse to not move forward and in an organized fashion. Just plan it and do it!

    Regarding the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this month. Right after sunset you can see all the visible planets, except Mercury. If you watch the sunset, look up in the western sky to see bright Venus. Getting closer to Venus is Jupiter and higher in the sky is the dimmer, Saturn. To top them all off is brilliant red Mars in the western sky. For a real show, the Moon will be joining Venus and Jupiter from September 11th – 14th. The Moon will join Saturn on September 16th. Make sure to see the Moon joining Mars on September 18th – 20th. By this time, Mars will be much less bright than during July and August. It will be interesting to see the difference in how bright Mars will be in comparison to getting dimmer in September. Ahhh, the dance of the planets is so fascinating to watch.

    See you next month in Libra for the Fall Equinox!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Virgo?

    Virgo

    Happy Birthday, Virgo! This will be a good birthday month for you! Your planet, Mercury, will be going through Virgo from September 6th – 21st. This will be a great time to catch up on your communication to your friends and family. Be as social as you can be during that time.

    Libra

    The planet of love, Venus, will be in your sign of Libra until September 9th. Venus is your planet and shines brightly in Libra. This is a very creative time for you. Are you ready for some new art or colors in your house? Now is the time to switch things up a bit.

    Scorpio

    Dear Scorpio . . . you will have quite a powerful 4 months coming up. Venus will enter Scorpio on September 10th and will be there all the way until January 7th, which is a very long stay for Venus. Why will she be there so long? Venus will be doing a retrograde in Scorpio. Plan for changes now. More on this next month.

    Sagittarius

    During the middle of September, you will have some important decisions to make. You might feel confused at first, but then more ideas will emerge after some time for deep thoughts. You will want to make a schedule to accomplish your plans.

    Capricorn

    You have been working on some projects for quite a while that will be coming to completion. Plan it tso you can finish around the third week in September. You will likely be working with a Virgo to make sure it's done just right!

    Aquarius

    Your power dates this month are September 19th - 22nd when the Moon will be joining Mars, both in Aquarius, to giv you heightened energy. Don't be surprised if you change your mind on a situation that isn't going the awy you want. You have to trust your intuition on this one!

    Pisces

    There is a party of planets in Virgo opposing your Pisces from September 3rd - 16th. The Virgo influence will help you organize your creative projects that you are currently working on. Pretend you are a Virgo and see how much you can get done.

    Aries

    There happens to be a big grouping of planets in your house of career now, dynamic Aries. This will help you if you are involved with any legal or business situations, which means that it's time to fix them. You might want to consult with professionals about them this time.

    Taurus

    Radical Uranus is in your sign of Taurus now, which is bringing a bit of chaos to your life now. Embrace the change, which isn't easy for you, Taurus. But now is the time to be as bold and adventurous as you can with these new beginnings.

    Gemini

    Your home is the main area of focus now, dear Gemini. You might have been traveling lately, but now is the time to settle into your new surroundings. What changes need to happen? This is a great time to give things away . . . e generous!

    Cancer

    This is a month for relationships, dear Cancer. You will likely run into lovers from your past that will need addressing. Are you ready to release them or is there more work before they can be completed? Now is the time so you can feel liberated!

    Leo

    You’ve had quite a month, dear Leo. You had two Eclipses and Mercury retrograding, all in Leo. Do you feel like a new person? How much did your release or do you have anything else to finish?


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Leo?

    Leo

    Happy Birthday, amazing Leo! This will be quite a birthday for you with two Eclipses during this month. This will be one of the most powerful birthdays for you in a long time if you want to change your lifestyle. What do you want to release? How do you want to change? Now is your time! You can do it!

    Virgo

    Venus is in Virgo until August 7th and now is the time to add some sweetness to your life. Feng Shui is favored so make your life more comfortable and start with your bedroom. Open it up and add more space to make it more beautiful.

    Libra

    Once Venus leaves Virgo she goes into your sign of Libra. You will have from August 8th – September 9th with her in Libra. For a real treat, the Moon will join bright Venus from August 13th – 15th. Make sure you go outside and watch them. This is a set up for romance, loving Libra.

    Scorpio

    Do you want to take a little holiday? Then you’re in luck because you have a perfect get away weekend on August 16th – 19th. You can either travel somewhere or you can just hide and hibernate that weekend. Trust your Scorpio intuition, which always knows the right thing for you to do.

    Sagittarius

    The Sag in you always loves to travel and now is a great time. Pick a new destination and be bold and adventurous. This window won’t come again soon, so go for the exotic . . . why not?

    Capricorn

    Mars is in Capricorn now and is doing a retrograde in your sign from August 12th until September 11th. Use that retrograde phase to take care of any old and unfinished business. The older and the more resistant the better. It might not be easy, but you will be free when it’s all cleaned out.

    Aquarius

    Mars is doing a retrograde in Aquarius now and won’t leave until August 12th. This is a strong retrograde to rethink and release old themes. Once you let them go you can redirect your energy in a new and fresh way.

    Pisces

    Your power time this month is the last few days in July and the very beginning of August. You will see old relationships in a new and different way. Make sure to tell your partners exactly how you feel to make a needed change. This will only take a little tweaking to fix.

    Aries

    The first few days in August will be your best escape window. If you can possibly get away . . . please do it! If you can’t escape, at least take some special time for yourself and try something new. Even going to a matinee movie does wonders to switch the energy.

    Taurus

    If you haven't already, early August will be a perfect time for you to change something big. With the great changer, Uranus, in your sign of Taurus now, you are restless and ready for a new life. Maybe you need a new hairstyle? Or be fierce and get a tatttoo . . . you know you want to get a bit wild!

    Gemini

    This is your month to do some writing, smarty-pants Gemini. There is a group of planets in your house of writing now, so if you put on your thinking cap . . . amazing words will come out. Now is your time for brilliance, Gemini!

    Cancer

    Creativity is coming to you, dear Cancer. Plan to take some time the week of August 6th and you will be surprised at the beautiful results. You may want to look at a new color scheme with a more tranquil and serene feeling to it. Blues and blue-greens are favored.


  • My Summer in Barcelona

     

    Hola amigos, como estan? Si, estoy en Barcelona!

    Yes, I’m speaking Spanish 24/7 now that I’m living in Barcelona for the summer. Since the Sun is entering the sign of Cancer now, I thought it would be perfect to talk about my new home here. Not only is the Sun entering the sign of Cancer on June 21st, but the rebel, Uranus, has just entered the stable sign of Taurus. Since Uranus is such a slow-moving planet with an 84-year orbit, that’s a rare phase and will be with us until 2026. In fact, it is so rare that I wrote an entire article on Uranus’ ingress, or entrance into Taurus. If you haven’t read that article, please do, so you will be up to speed with this exciting time in humanity. Here it is, just in case you haven’t read it yet. http://www.susiecox.com/blog/uranus-in-taurus-barcelona-is-beckoning

    For a brief summary of Uranus entering Taurus -- it’s going to bring excitement as well as uncertainty to us all. Uranus is associated with the wild sign of Aquarius, who loves change, just for the sake of change. Uranus is the planet that welcomes the future as it breaks old patterns with the past. On the other hand, Taurus doesn’t do well with change at all. That earthy, earth sign loves routine and stability. Yes, it’s an odd combination. Since Taurus relates to the earth, many astrologers are predicting earth changes. It has been interesting to see the massive volcanic activity in Hawaii as well as in Guatemala since Uranus entered Taurus. We can expect more of that.

    One fascinating thing to note is that astrologers see a cross section of what the world is experiencing, through our clients. I’m noticing that almost half of the readings with my clients now are Astro*Carto*Graphy interpretations. They all want to see where they might want to move. I’ve done AstroMaps for many years, but suddenly, almost everyone wants that technique to help them made decisions. Astro*Carto*Graphy is a map showing your planetary lines and indicates your power spots around the world. Where was your Sun rising when you were born? That will be a place for a personal rebirth. Where was your Moon rising? That is a location I call “Your home away from home”. Your AstroMaps tell that and much more.

    Typically, my clients have used it to decide where to travel for their family holiday or maybe where to move their business. But now it seems they’re using Astro*Carto*Graphy to decide where to move their home.  This transit of Uranus in Taurus will bring an exodus to the world. Or if you don’t want to move, you can make changes to your home and to your life. Are you bored and want a new career? Do you want to remodel? My Taurus sister is totally building a new kitchen, which has been exciting as well as completely disruptive for her. Yes, chaos is a keyword for Uranus. So, if you are having some yearnings for change . . . I’m writing this article for you.

    Back to Barcelona -- after high school, I traveled here for the first time and have since then visited this beautiful city about a dozen times. I’ve always had a dream of spending more time here one day and it seems this Uranus transit was the trigger that allowed that to happen. When Uranus entered my 4th house of home, I rented a sweet Airbnb here from a lovely Italian woman and her daughter. It turned out to be the perfect arrangement for my first time really living here. Her home is in the Gotico neighborhood which is one of the oldest barrios in this medieval part of the city. The streets are pedestrian and are barely wide enough for a car, thank goodness. We live on the 3rd floor and with no elevator. (I counted 54 steps to get to our apartment). Hey, good for daily exercise. Here is my street in Gotico. 

    La Vaca

    While I’m here I am renting a co-working space at the very cool, La Vaca. It used to be an old dairy, which is why they chose the cow theme. They have created a great space for people who want to work with others. There are dozens of Vaqueros who are working on their laptops on individual desks. There is a shared kitchen, printer and scanner, lots of plants, a bar, pool table and a place to chill downstairs. One Vaquero brings her dog, so we have a resident pooch. Upstairs is a Skype booth which is where I’ll be talking to my clients. This is the first time I’ve been in a co-working space and it is very inspiring. I’m finding it a great place for me, since there aren’t as many distractions as I have at home. Yes, I’m an official Vaquero!

    One exciting part about La Vaca as well as Barcelona in general is all the different languages spoken here. As with much of Europe, maybe with the exception of France, most people speak several different languages. The 10-year old daughter of my Airbnb host speaks 5 different languages! So I’m not only speaking Spanish, but they slip in a lot of Ciao in Italian too. My brain synapsis are working overtime, which is a very good thing! 

    Lifestyle

    One of the first things that I noticed was that I walk about twice as fast as everyone here. Even though it’s a big city, people almost stroll as they walk down the street. The first few days I tried to pass people walking but realized the people in front of them were walking just as slowly. Ok, I guess I have to slow down or walk in the streets. As I walk slower, my breathing also slows down. Since this is a pedestrian city, walking is the main mode of transportation. In addition to walking, there are Lots of bikes, scooters, skate boards and those little push scooters that we’re used to seeing only for children. Not here, plenty of adults use those cute little scooters too, which are adult-sized and some even have a little motor. Of course, mass transportation includes a great bus and subway system, they call the Metro. Spain makes the tickets for the Metro and buses quite inexpensive, in comparison to other countries. Yes, I’m a Metro girl now as I travel that way to go to La Vaca each day.

    Another thing that was strikingly different from the US is that people are very slender here with hardly anyone over weight.  I'm sure that the natural food and so much walking contributes to the healthy bodies. Even though many people smoke and drink, they seem to handle it quite well. There aren't many street people or beggars, but there is one guy always in the same spot. He has four paper cups for donations. This is how they are labeled: "Beer, Weed, LSD and Disneyland". I guess food wasn't as important. Hey, at least he's saying what he wants! 

    Yes, Barcelona is a foodie city. Almost every block has fruit and vegetable stands that make Whole Foods look sad. I’m walking to the famous historic Mercado, Santa Caterina, for my grocery shopping about 3 times a week. Instead of shopping for the entire week, people here shop only for a couple of days. Then they shop again for their next few meals, which adds to the healthy lifestyle. Here is a typical picture of a Tapas sign. A bit tricky to figure out what you're eating.

    I do admit that I’m a fashionista and wow, the fashion here is truly stunning. The Spanish women typically wear little kicky skirts with an off the shoulder almost peasant style blouse. Lots of lace cutouts for their fabrics. I would call the style sassy chic with an edgy flair. Many women, no matter the age, have very colorful hair. Pinks, purples and multi-color hair is common. And a huge percentage of people have tattoos. There are so many majorly tatted bodies. Speaking of tattoos, I decided that since I am being reborn here, I needed a tattoo also. So here is my butterfly or mariposa in Spanish. 

    Arch de Triumph and Park Ciutat Vella

    It seems that most countries have an Arch de Triumph and Barcelona has one at the entrance of their big city park, complete with a Zoo. Families are having picnics with their well-behaved dogs, mostly off leashes. The dogs seem as mellow as their owners. The park has a lake in the middle with row boats and ducks. As I walked through the park, I came to their grand fountain, topped with golden horses. They really know how to do fountains and statues here so beautifully! Notice the interesting modes of transportation!

     

     

     

    Gaudi

    The skyline of Barcelona is dominated by Gaudi’s huge unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia.  Antoni Gaudi (1852 – 1926) was a Spanish architect best known for what is called Catalan Modernism. He used broken tiles to make mosaics in his creative style with no square corners, which I’m sure was unsettling at the time. His main passions were architecture, religion and nature, which he wove seamlessly into his buildings. His masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, is the most-visited monument in Spain. Much of Barcelona is what I would call Gaudiesque as the city is filled with art, music and geckos crawling up the side of buildings!

    La Playa

    Oh yes, Barcelona is a major port of the Mediterranean and La Playa, or the beach, is a main attraction of the city. Many of the fiestas happen on the beach as well as yoga, meditating and just playing in the water. I went to La Playa and the first thing I noticed it that most of the people on the beach weren’t wearing any clothes. No one was flaunting it, but quietly doing yoga with a bare bottom. Somehow it feels natural here….not so in Tucson. This picture is of my bag with my poi that I'm spinning on La Playa.

     

     

    The Planets

    The only problem that I've had here is that it's hard to see the planets with all the tall buildings and small winding streets. I'm so used to seeing them each night from my big back yard inTucson and it threw me off, I admit. That is until I found Plaza Catalunya. This picture was taken on the evening of my birthday as I saw both the Moon and Venus. it was truly a birthday present from the Universe for me!

     

    I know that this summer will somehow change me, in addition to the Uranus transit triggering off my chart. I do know that my already good relationship with food is different. I’ve gotten spoiled with all the organic mercados here. For sure my Spanish will get much better….mucho mejor. We’ll have to see what else will change by the time I re-enter Tucson as a new person. Que Bueno!


  • Astrology During Cancer

    The Sun enters the sign of Cancer on June 21st at 3:08 a.m., Mountain Time. Cancer is a water sign and is associated with the planet of emotions, the Moon. Even though the Moon isn’t actually a planet, astrologers refer to it as a planet. The sign of Cancer relates to family, food and nurturing. This is an emotional water sign that surrounds itself with loved ones for support. The kitchen is the part of the home where this sign of Cancer is usually found. Cozy and comfortable are good keywords for this sensitive sign.

    Happy Summer Solstice! On June 21st, every year, the Sun not only enters the sign of Cancer, but it also marks the official beginning of Summer! Solstice means the Sun stops, which it does on both the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. Yes, celebrations are happening all over the world honoring this change of seasons.

    This month will also bring us a Solar Eclipse on July 13th. This one is only visible in South Australia and New Zealand, so no Eclipse parties, for the Northern Hemisphere at least. This will be quite a powerful Eclipse because it will oppose the intense planet, Pluto, during the Eclipse. This will strengthen your internal energy but could also bring a time of bosses in your life. Know that you are your own authority figure!

    Mars will turn retrograde in both Aquarius and Capricorn from June 26th through August 27th. This will be a time to rethink actions from the past to heal old relationships and patterns. Retrogrades are always about regrouping and redirecting the energy. A Mars retrograde is definitely a focus on reassessing how much time and effort we put into unnecessary situations. Think efficiency and purpose. How are you wasting your time? What do you want to accomplish instead? You will see a fast move forward once Mars turn direct. Plan accordingly.

    Mercury is now in the sign of Cancer and will be there until it goes into Leo on June 29th. This is the time to communicate to your loved ones. If there are any family projects to do,  or if you are in the mood for researching your family genealogy, start it now. Interview your elders and have them tell you stories of your ancestors. This is a sweet, tender time for family. There might also be decisions that need to be made about living situations. Are people moving? Don’t be surprised if you play musical chairs . . . only with houses.

    I usually don’t write about the Full Moon, but this is going to be a powerful one and deserves mentioning. The Sun is in Cancer, so the Full Moon is in the opposite sign of Capricorn. Remember, Saturn and Pluto are also now in Capricorn and yes, they will both be joining the Full Moon. You will be able to see Saturn next to the Full Moon, but of course, Pluto is never visible with the naked eye. But we will all feel them being next to the Full Moon, even if we can’t see them. Be totally authentic and feel your power during the peak of this lunar cycle. Know that you are in charge of your life and no one else. Stand tall, be strong and let everyone know your intentions. Things will change in your life as a result!

    As far as the visible planets go this month, we are in for a treat. Venus is now the “Evening Star” and can be seen shining brightly above the western horizon. Jupiter is also now visible in the evening sky and is up in the east right after sunset. For the early risers, Mars and Saturn are low in the western sky right before sunrise. Quite soon they will both be moving into the evening sky, so quite soon we will have several planets in the evening sky for your viewing pleasure.

    One more exciting thing is happening with the visible planets. Mars will be getting close to the Earth and will therefore become very bright red. Mars made a wonderful showing in 2003 and is predicted to be even brighter this July. It’s worth checking out the sky just to see Mars!

    I’ll see everyone next for Leo. Have a wonderful start to Summer!


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Cancer

    Cancer

    Happy Birthday, dear Cancer! Mental Mercury is in your sign of Cancer now until June 28th, which will also be the Full Moon. If you have any writing or communicating to do, now is your time. Also, have a gathering on the Full Moon for family and friends.

    Leo

    Venus, the planet of love and beauty, will be in your sign of Leo until July 9th. Be sure to do something luxurious now. Maybe a massage? Absolutely get a mani and pedi for sure. Are you ready for a new hairdo? Go for it!

    Virgo

    The Moon will join Venus and will both be in Virgo on July 16th and 17th. You will be more emotional than your usual Virgo self, so be prepared to do something in a sensitive manner – maybe helping others.

    Libra

    This month will bring you unusual events. Try to embrace newness as much as your Libra can handle. Be bold and adventurous and do something a bit scary. You will realize that it’s not as scary as you thought but was instead, stimulating and fun.

    Scorpio

    Your escape time this month is the weekend of June 23rd. You can either take a quick holiday or just hibernate in your bedroom. It doesn’t really matter, as long as you are doing exactly what you want. Yes, you can be a bit selfish!

    Sagittarius

    You have luck guiding you now, Sag. So, if you are in the mood to take a nice holiday, now is your time. Choose a new destination you have been wanting to visit and be daring. The exotic is all yours now.

    Capricorn

    The Full Moon will be in your sign of Capricorn this month on June 28th. The Moon will join both Pluto and Saturn on the Full Moon, so it will be very powerful for you. Meet influential people during that time.

    Aquarius

    Mars is in your sign of Aquarius now and is helping you to release what you no longer need. It could be outdated things or old emotional habits from your childhood. They are no relevant now and are ready to go away. Do it and you will feel free!

    Pisces

    The Moon will be in your sign of Pisces on the July 4th holiday! It will join Neptune and form a perfect triangle with Jupiter and the Sun to help you be creative and have fun. Do something that inspires you. Yes, you will feel like celebrating!

    Aries

    Have a fun party this July 4th holiday. The planets are lining up for you to have a theme of activity . . . like a hike or playing on the beach. Be adventurous and try a new location to stimulate your mind. Yes, you can get a bit wild!

    Taurus

    The rebel planet Uranus has entered your sign of Taurus. Do you feel like making drastic changes in your life? If not, you will soon. Now is the time to dream big in preparation for your new life!

    Gemini

    Ah, dear Gemini, you are in an amazing time in your life now. Think big. Make changes. Know you can do it and go for it in a confident way. You are co-creating very powerfully now.


  • My Lectures at UAC 2018

    During the last week in May, thousands of astrologers will be gathering at the Downtown Marriot in Chicago for an important astrological conference. UAC 2018, or United Astrology Conference, will be attracting astrologers from over 50 countries. There will be 170 speakers, chosen from the top astrologers in the world, to give over 300 lectures on their specialties. The very first UAC was in San Diego in 1986 and is one of the favorite conferences amongst professional astrologers. Here is the link for the conference for your interest: www.uacastrology.com.

    These serious conferences draw not only professional astrologers, but also student astrologers as well as mathematicians, software geeks, psychologists, financial analysts as well as healers of all sorts. Oh yes, it’s a fascinating mix of brilliant minds. Even though there will be many languages there . . . we will all be speaking the ancient language of astrology. You will hear astrology spoken in elevators, at breakfast, in hallways, at the pool, as well at lectures. But the most astrology is done late at night in many hotel rooms as astrologers talk to each other until the wee hours of the morning. That is my favorite part --- hanging with my buddy astrologers.

    Since astrology can be combined with so many other techniques, there are 15 different tracks, or styles of astrology, at UAC. Here are the tracks:

    1. Business Consulting and the Business of Astrology
    2. Cycles of Personal Development
    3. Electives and Astrological Specialties
    4. Financial Astrology and Economics
    5. Forecasting/Predictive Techniques
    6. Fundamentals of Astrology
    7. Health and Wellness
    8. History and Research
    9. Mythological and Archetypal
    10.  Natal Chart Delineation
    11.  Philosophical/Spiritual/Esoteric
    12.  Political and Mundane
    13.  Relationships
    14.  Traditional Astrology
    15.  Vedic Astrology

    I know many of you would love to be there, at least in spirit, so here are my lectures so you can feel more connected. The topics they chose out of my list of lectures were: The Basics of Astro*Carto*Graphy and How to Write a Monthly Sun Sign Column.

    Since my background is in astronomy, I specialize in Astro*Carto*Graphy. Last week I had eight charts and four of them were AstroMaps. People seem to be very interested now in finding out where they want to travel. Since I’m also a citizen of the world, this is one of my favorite astrological techniques. The geek in me loves maps of all kinds, so this works perfectly for me. People want their AstroMaps done so they can know: where to move, where to take holidays, where to find love or art or unusual experiences. Many now are having their entire families done so they can choose a good holiday that will work for everyone. This lecture is in the track of Electives and Astrological Specialties.

    My other lecture is How to Write a Monthly Sun Sign Column. For the last 8 years I’ve been writing a monthly column, “What’s Your Sign”, for the world-famous designer, Tory Burch. We happen to share the same birthday of June 17, so we have a special connection. And yes, she and I are both quintessential Geminis! This lecture will be fun because we’ll be actually writing a Sun Sign column during my talk, so it will be totally hands-on! This lecture is in the track of Business Consulting and the Business of Astrology.

    Of course, there will be evenings of entertainment, a dance party cruise on the river and a Gala awards ceremony where we will acknowledge the best in our profession. Everyone will be in their finest attire and ready to celebrate a successful conference. I will write an article for my Cancer newsletter on how UAC inspired me. Off now to pack some nice clothes for my trip!


  • Astrology During Gemini

    The Sun enters the sign of Gemini on May 20th at 7:16 p.m., Mountain Time. Gemini is an air sign and is associated with the planet of communication, Mercury. Gemini is the student/teacher of the Zodiac and loves to share knowledge with the world. Typical Gemini occupations are authors, teachers, public speakers and entrepreneurs.

    We don’t have any Eclipses and Mercury retrograde isn’t happening until July. But we do have a lot of ingresses, or planets changing signs this month. The big one is Uranus leaving Aries and entering Taurus that happened on May 16th. Uranus will be in the new sign of Taurus until 2026, so this is an important phase that we’ve just entered. This is such a big event that I wrote an entire article about it for the Taurus Newsletter. If you missed it, here is the link: http://susiecox.com/blog/uranus-in-taurus-barcelona-is-beckoning

    Venus will enter the sign of Cancer and will be there until it goes into Leo on June 14th. This is the time to give hugs to your loved ones. Tell them how much you appreciate them and show it. This would be a great time to have a mini-family reunion. Make sure to have lots of comfort food there for everyone.

    The mental planet Mercury will go into its sign of Gemini on May 30th. If anyone has writing projects to complete, this is the best time. Bring out what you have started and just finish it. You will be in the mood!

    As far as the visible planets go this month, we are in for a treat. Venus is now the “Evening Star” and can be seen shining brightly above the western horizon. Jupiter has now moved from the morning sky and is now visible in the evening sky, rising in the east right after sunset. For the early risers, Mars and Saturn are in the western sky right before sunrise. Quite soon they will both be moving into the evening sky. Soon we will have several planets in the evening sky for your viewing pleasure.

    One more exciting thing is happening with the visible planets. Mars will be getting close to the Earth and will therefore become very bright red. If you remember, Mars was bright red in 2003. Well this year, it will be just as bright and some think may even be brighter. It will be 1.8 times brighter than Jupiter at its peak! When will that occur – July 2018. For the next couple of months, Mars will be getting brighter. I’ll be keeping everyone posted on when is the best time to watch bright Mars!

    I’ll see everyone next for Cancer and the Summer Solstice!


  • Uranus in Taurus: Barcelona is Beckoning

    The world is in for a change! The slow-moving planet Uranus is getting ready to enter the earth sign of Taurus, which is a fairly rare event. Uranus will enter Taurus on May 16, 2018 and will remain there until April 27, 2026. So humanity is starting a new phase and it will be felt by us all.

    Not only does Uranus connect with us universally, it also triggers off personal change, as seen by where it is transiting through your birth chart. This planet of change and surprises is moving into my 4th house, or the section of the chart that talks about home. I was born in Tucson and have always lived here. Uranus is great at making bold announcements, so here is mine: I’ve always had a love for Barcelona, Spain --- so what am I waiting for? As Uranus enters my 4th house, I’ll be flying to Barcelona for the summer. After a retrograde, Uranus will enter my 4th house for quite a while on April 2019. So this summer, thanks to Uranus, will be a scouting trip for me to see if I want to move completely. Excitement is in the air!

    If this ingress (when a planet enters a new sign) is making such a profound difference in my stable life, what is it doing to the world? First, let’s get to know the planet Uranus better. This planet has an orbit of 84 years and is therefore in a sign for approximately seven or eight years. Uranus is the rebel and it is his duty to bring change to the world. Not just any old change – sudden, shocking change. Independent Aquarius is the sign associated with wild Uranus, for another example of the Uranian personality.

    Uranus is the genius of the Zodiac and is associated with inventions and new technologies. Uranus moves society forward by breaking down old paradigms. Any oppression is targeted by Uranus and will not be tolerated. This is collective consciousness on a global scale for the purpose of dismantling the old to rebuild it better. Anything antiquated will be upgraded. The internet is a perfect Aquarian concept with people connecting with each other all over the world, yet remaining separate. Social media is totally Uranus. Radical change, verging on chaos is necessary to have a resurrection. Expect the unexpected! Lightening is the weather connected with Uranus. The ideal of Uranus is for each and every person to have a voice – and use it personally and collectively.

    Now let’s look at the sign of Taurus. This earth sign is associated with money, luxury, beauty, food, the environment and resources in general. Venus is the planet connected with sensual Taurus. I named Taurus the Banker of the Zodiac. Security, stability and the earth are all important parts of this steady and stubborn sign. Taurus is also a fixed sign and doesn’t enjoy change very much. Boy, is Taurus in for a big surprise!

    Astrology is cyclic, so when was Uranus in Taurus last time? Uranus entered Taurus in June 1934 and remained there until May 1942. That was of course WWII and lots of financial changes. Franklin Roosevelt enacted the Banking Act as well as the Social Security Act during those years. It’s also interesting to note that the board game, Monopoly, was created in 1935.

    So what are the likely trends during this time Uranus will be in Taurus?

    • Virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, will become more common.
    • Demonstrations for financial equality, human rights, oppressive regimes, the environment and independence.
    • Financial institutions will change.
    • Marches for global causes.
    • Technological advances merge with the body -- cyborg style.
    • Imbedded chips.
    • New ways of growing food.
    • Computerized art.
    • New traditions.
    • Interest in alternative medicine.
    • Revolution.

     

    One thing to remember is that change is inevitable and needs to be embraced, even shocking change. Somehow Astrology is big enough to understand the cycles and show us that this is part of our universal growth spurt. We are heading to the Aquarian Age and this will get us much closer. So, where are you moving or what are you doing to honor this change? I’m checking out Barcelona….por que no?


  • What's Up for Your Sign During Taurus?

    Taurus

    Hapy Birthday, sweet Taurus! Venus is your loving planet and will be in Taurus until April 24th. Make sure to pamper yourself for this birthday. Maybe a spa day will be one of your presents. Remember, being a Taurus means that luxury is yours.

    Gemini

    Venus, the planet of beauty and love, will be in your sign of Gemini from April 25th until May 20th. This is your time for fun. Do you have a trip planned? Maybe look at your wardrobe in preparation.

    Cancer

    The third week in April is the best time for you to get together with family and friends. A sort of house-raising party with everyone taking part in a group project is in the works. Maybe a community garden is calling you.

    Leo

    Towards the end of the month will be situations where you will be the center of attention and people will want to hear what you say. Is a Leo presentation planned? It doesn’t have to be formal – you just need an audience.

    Virgo

    The end of April is your time. Since there are several planets in earth signs now that are supporting your Virgo Sun, you can shine now. Make a long Virgo To-Do List and see how fast it will disappear.

    Libra

    The end of April will be a very social time for you. If you want to meet new people and experience new things, now is your time. You will find yourself in stimulating group discussions.

    Scorpio

    The Full Moon this month will be in your sign of Scorpio and will occur on Sunday April 29th. You enjoy going inside and exploring your deepest desires. This weekend is one of those times. Unplug from the world and enter your private world.

    Sagittarius

    The beginning of May will bring creativity to you that you haven’t experiences in a long time. Do you want to paint that wall in your house another color? Maybe get a streak in your hair? Now is the time to get a little wild. You know you want to.

    Capricorn

    There are several planets in Capricorn now, giving you some extra power. Mars will be there until May 15th to add some speed to the process. Define who you are and create that to happen. Now is your time, Capricorn!

    Aquarius

    Mars will enter Aquarius on May 16th and will be there all the way until November 16th. This is an extra-long time in your sign because Mars will be doing a retrograde. Be prepared to release objects or patterns that need to go.

    Pisces

    Mid-May is your power time, sweet Pisces. Your creativity will be at a high at that time. Give it a push and you will see a new genre or style emerging. This one is successful enough that it’s worth marketing.

    Aries

    Talkative Mercury is in Aries until May 14th. This is your time to organize your files and emails and to do any writing that needs done. In addition, you will feel social during these times. Reach out to your friends and have fun!


  • Astrology During Taurus

    The Sun enters the sign of Taurus on April 19th at 8:14 p.m., Mountain Time. Taurus is an earth sign and is associated with the loving planet, Venus. Taurus is the banker of the Zodiac and somehow always attracts luxury. I call it the sign of creature comforts. My sister is a Taurus and has the best clothes, and guess what . . . she gets them mostly as a deal. Yes, she goes to the most expensive shops and gets amazing finds on the sale rack!  She’s a good Taurus!

    We are fully in spring and Taurus brings a sensuality to the season. Spring fever is in total control now. Make sure you take some time to go out in nature to enjoy this precious time of the year. At least here in Tucson, this is the time for hikes before it gets real hot, which will happen soon.

    There are no Eclipses this month and Mercury has just turned direct after it’s rough retrograde in feisty Aries. I noticed many people feeling frustrated or aggitated, over not much reason. Aries will do that.

    The big thing happening this month is that the very slow-moving planet, Uranus, is entering a new sign. The ingress, or change to a new sign, occurs on May 15th. Uranus has an orbit of 84 years so it is therefore in a sign for approximately 9 years. So Uranus will be in Taurus from May 2018 until April 2026, when he enters Gemini. Uranus is officially a slow guy, but don’t let his speed fool you . . . he carries quite a punch. Uranus is associated with the sign of Aquarius and I’ve named this planet, the Rebel. Uranus promotes sudden change. This time, Uranus is entering the earth sign of Taurus, which will shake things up a bit. This is such an important phase that I’m writing an entire article about it for this newsletter.

    We have a couple of other ingresses this month. Creative Venus will be entering the sign of Gemini on April 24th until May 20th. If you have some art projects, especially with some writing involved . . . now is your time. Maybe organize your office and files. Taking a short trip to a spa to get some pampering. Connect with loved ones that you haven’t talked to for a while. Be kind to yourself. Let your creativity flow!

    About the visible planets, we’re in for a treat this month. In the predawn sky now, you can see Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and dim Mercury. Mars and Saturn are very closes to each other now. They are all along the Ecliptic, or the Great Highway in the sky for the planets. Once you find that arch, you can’t miss them. After sunset, Venus is the “Evening Star” now. You can see her shining brightly in the western sky.

    Have a fun spring and I’ll see you in Gemini!


  • Astrology During Aries

    The Sun enters the sign of Aries on March 20th at 10:19 a.m., Mountain Time. Aries is a fire sign and is associated with the warrior of the Zodiac, Mars.  Aries is the pioneer of all the signs and starts the Astrological New Year. This fire sign likes to drive fast, talks loudly and be the first in line. Coffee is the drug of choice for the speedy Aries. Of course, bright red it their color.

    Welcome to the Spring Equinox! Each year the beginning of Aries marks the new season of spring. Like Stonehenge, people all over the world are celebrating the Equinox. The year is divided into quarters for the four different seasons. Aries and Libra are the two Equinoxes and start the spring and fall seasons. Equinox means equal nights and is when the length of the days and nights are equal. Cancer and Capricorn are the two Solstices and start the summer and winter seasons. On the Summer Solstice, the days are the longest. On the Winter Solstice, the days are the shortest. This is of course only for the Northern Hemisphere, since the seasons are opposite in the Southern Hemisphere.

    We start the spring off with Mercury turning retrograde from March 22nd through April 15th.  This Mercury Retrogrades lands in Aries, which is the sign of new beginnings. This is the perfect time for a spring housecleaning and getting rid of what you are no longer using. This will also be good for changing deep patterns in your life. What do you want to release? Aries will let it go and Fast! Interestingly enough, Mercury turns direct on April 15th, which is also the New Moon in Aries. That timing will help move forward any sudden changes that you want to create.

    This year has two Blue Moons, which is pretty rare. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a month. There was a Full Moon on January 1st and a Blue Moon on January 31st. February didn’t even have one Full Moon. That leaves March with two Full Moons. So March 1st is a Full Moon and March 31st is the second Blue Moon of the year. It will also be the last Blue Moon of 2018. Even though this is just a synchronization of the calendar and the lunar cycle, it’s still important. What do two Blue Moons mean? I think it’s a gift to humanity to help uplift the world right now.

    Mars has now entered the sign of Capricorn and will join both Saturn and Pluto. Mars joins Saturn on April 2nd and will join Pluto on April 26th. Capricorn is the sign of government, rules and regulations and corporations. Mars is always a trigger to release the bigger group of planets. So we can all watch these dates for peaks in that area, but the entire month of April is charged. If you have important projects you are working on, these are push dates to focus on them.

    Regarding the planets, we can see all the visible planets now. Venus is now the “Evening Star” and can be seen after sunset. She will be up in the evening sky until October, so we can see her for a while now. I love Venus seeing her after sunset. Mercury has been traveling with Venus and can both be seen low along the western horizon right after the Sun sets. Mercury is much not as bright as Venus and you might need binoculars to help see him more easily. Once Mercury retrogrades on March 23rd, it will disappear into the glow of the Sun and can’t be seen. Try to see Venus and Mercury together for a real treat!

    Have a fabulous month and I’ll see you in Taurus!


  • The Chinese New Year 2018 Earth Dog

    The Chinese New Year starts at a different date each year. The beginning is at sunset on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. All this is based on when it happens in China. Like Western Astrology, the Chinese Zodiac has 12 signs, or animals. This year the animal is the stable Earth Dog. This year will be quite a contrast to the volatile Fire Rooster of 2017 that is just ending. For a reminder about the out-of-control Rooster, here is an abbreviated excerpt from my last year’s Preview for 2017 from The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes (1979) by Theodora Lau. “The personality of the Fire Rooster is arrogant, overly confident, and prone to large, ambitious and unrealistic plans . . . argumentative and shines when he’s the center of attention.”

    The Earth Dog will be so completely different that the style of things should change to reflect the new Chinese sign. As contrast, this will come as a soothing time, although it will have the possibility of conservative thought and actions. So what is the Dog about? The Chinese Dog is loyal, steady, stubborn, fair, effective and passionate. His ideals and morals are not only above reproach, but direct the Dog’s focus. He has very strong beliefs, which are very difficult to change.  He is the open-minded sentry who is guarding the interest of the public at large by preserving social goals. The Dog is intelligent, honest, straightforward and has a sense of equality and fair play. Libra is the Western correlation to the Dog. Money is not the motivating factor of this sign. This animal likes to meet people half way and is good at listening and offering reason.  This doesn’t mean that the Dog can’t snarl and have a sharp tongue, since they are quite outspoken and highly opinionated. The Dog’s leadership is unemotional. This animal is an introvert and pessimist who doesn’t enjoy the public eye.

    Now let’s overlay the element of Earth on the Dog. The Earth element brings a sense of calm to the already steady Dog. This will bring efficient and constructive thinking; moving ahead slowly with purpose; careful use of money; kind hearted spirit and practical vs sentimental. The Earth Dog is quiet and will not abuse powers given to him and will be good at delegating with a keen sense of the skills of the people.

    The pendulum always swings and this is quite a large change from the Fire Rooster of 2017. Life unfolds exactly as it should, so this will be fun to watch.



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