Scorpio Full Moon

May 10, 2017

Scorp Moon

Full Moon in Scorpio
May 10th, 4:42 pm  20Sco24

Sabian Symbol for this degree:

Keynote: A readiness to face the results of a refusal to follow the authoritarian patterns of an aggressive society.            -Dane Rudhyar

This Full Moon in Scorpio is a very significant turning point, inside and out.

Deeply embedded consciousness programs we’re not so fond of are coming up loudly now. This Moon is a gateway to recognize some deep-seated patterns, and decide to change them.

Mars (Scorpio’s ruler) in Gemini is in a long (5/3 – 5/22) semi-square with Mercury, and is currently also semi-square to Uranus, and square to Neptune:

This chart pattern describes some of the crazies that many are experiencing now:
-An extension of Mercury-retrogradeness, with glitches in the technology and plan-making departments, and reactive miscommunications borne of misunderstandings.
-Troubles with ADHD, insomnia, and restless ego syndrome (jealousy and blame)
-Onslaughts of divisive critical mind energies all over the place

With this Moon, declare your independence from the dictators in your head. Say no to the bullies who keep you waiting at whatever gate in fear of what lies beyond. Bid adieu to energies that keep you playing small, downplaying the worth of the part you play in this life. Commit to seeing more of the soul truth this life is showing you, and what you came here to transform (even though some of it isn’t comfortable whatsoever).

This Moon is in close, harmonious aspects with Pluto (Scorpio’s other ruler), indicating smooth movements with the releasing magic we initiate now.

Scorpio is the sign of powerful secrets. This Moon is catalyzing spills of a lot of powerful beans. The axis of this Moon is right at the midpoint of Jupiter and Saturn, indicating a very significant shift for the collective (and our president’s impeachment time seems like it might be here already!)

Use the magic gate of this Moon to dethrone the tyrants within and without. Choose to release any defensive ego programs that keeps you from sharing your worth with this world.


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Taurus New Moon

April 26, 2017


New Moon in Taurus
April 26th, 7:16 am CDT   6Tau27

“Patience, young grasshopper”

This New Moon in grounded, stable Taurus asks us to experience more joy in the processes of this embodied adventure. Simple presence is a nutrient that can help us to understand the multitudinous blessings of each moment. Gratitude is a fuel that we can generate (whatever our circumstances), and in response, life will show us more reasons to create more of it.

Venus (the ruler of Taurus) is currently shining bright as our morning star in the very last degree of the zodiac at 29 Pisces, preparing for her rebirth into a new cycle, and illuminating new revelations of Divine Feminine understanding in our world. This will be Venus’s third time across that highly charged 0 Aries point in recent months (2/3, 4/2, 4/28). She did this back-and-forth dance once before in our lifetimes, in roughly the same window in 2009. Before that, she hasn’t done this since 1806… The last time Venus retrograded across this same exact zone she’s in now was in 1766, a year that catalyzed the American Revolution (see The Stamp Act Repealed).

So, infusions of Divine Feminine wisdom from on high (rather, from deep within) are bringing power back to the people, and all we need to do is focus on presence, patience, and gratitude in the process.

These are beautiful assignments, but may be easier said than done at the moment.

Mercury is retrograde in impulsive Aries (Mars’s sign) conjunct with electrical Uranus, and Mars in mental Gemini (Mercury’s sign) is at the charged midpoint of connection-inspiring Jupiter in Libra and shadow-power-facing Pluto in Capricorn.

The energies of this chart pattern are conjuring up confrontations with the diseases of the modern mind: Critical thinking that goes too far, impeding holistic awareness; Demands for immediate results; Self-righteous indignation that divides; Challenges with attention and focused intention…

The myth of “The Hero’s Journey” is overdue for a rewrite (article) See what the book of life reveals over the next couple weeks.

This New Moon day is an especially important time to set some intentions around staying grounded in the present moment, as Mercury’s jumpy conjunction with Uranus is going to last through the middle of May! Symptoms of insomnia and ADHD (not to mention technical glitches galore) are likely to surface in many lives. Bring out all the secret weapons in your peace-inspiring holistic arsenal, as you might need them to weather this worry-fraught storm.

On the positive side, lightning flashes of insight are going to be touching down in lives all over the globe. This aspect is a pressure cooker, and many camel’s backs will be breaking in order to make room for new approaches. Revolutionary downloads are available. Meditation is the key.  Patience with the process!

May peace prevail on Earth (eventually),

Full Moon in Libra

April 11, 2017

This Full Moon is shining light on a very confusing time on planet earth. Our Cardinal T-square’s fuse has been lit, and existential crises are in full swing in many departments. Remember: Breakdowns and breakthroughs are always part of the same pie. This is not supposed to be a comfortable process.

This Moon’s alignment with Jupiter in Libra is asking us to ditch the small stuff, get our stubborn opinions out of the way, release our needs for external approval, and to bravely reach out and connect with more of the allies, teachers, and lessons we came here to play with (some restrictions may apply…)

This Moon is goading us to get out of our familiar comfort zones, but a very strong pull in another direction is also present: Venus (ruler of Libra) is retrograde in sensitive Pisces, and square to Saturn in Sagittarius. Pits of self-doubt, eruptions of grief about stuff from the past, and patterns of isolation and escapism are likely to visit many paths.

This drawn-out aspect (strong for all of April) is also catalyzing disturbing revelations about the power that we’ve given to the symbol of the dollar, and just how much sway the entity of greed is claiming in our world (think oil cartels vs. the value of human life and dignity).

Mercury is retrograde in Taurus (Venus’s other sign), and we’re being asked to go inside to flesh out and reprogram those places where we have trouble valuing ourselves (and consequently others). Find the proof in your pudding that isn’t out there, but in here.

Blessings to you on this strange journey,

Big Brief Thoughts on this Vernal Equinox

March 20, 2017


Vernal Equinox 2017
March 20th, 5:29 am CDT

Welcome to the astrological new year!

The Sun’s move into Aries brings an infusion of swift-moving creative energies. The cosmos asks us to come out of our closets, get into our bodies, and join the celebration of new life that’s rising up from the earth.

The chart of this equinox is indeed full of life force (Sun, Moon, and five planets in fire signs), but the usual inspiration that comes with this event seems to have a bit of a frantic and potentially frustrating character to it…

Our (almost) Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius is conjunct with Saturn (and the center of our galaxy), and square to the Sun in Aries

The Sun and Moon both in fire signs bring a refreshing dose of daring extroversion and over-confident optimism, but the participation of Saturn and the Galactic Center in this event seem to hint at something else that’s happening here…

Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius over the past couple years has been  conjuring stories of crackpot nationalism, racism, and xenophobia. Sagittarius likes to bridge cultural and religious divides, but Saturn likes to rein in and control things. “Us and them” is always a curse, and it’s time to break these trances.

The message of this configuration seems to go something like this:

The spirit of the Wild West has possessed your souls, dear citizens, and it’s time for an exorcism. The specter of fascism’s rise is not a cosmic joke, it’s just being spelled out this clearly for you to understand that it’s time to come together and get to work immediately. You came here with an original part to play, and the role of uncomfortable spectator and/or slave laborer doesn’t suit you.

You are here to become a channel for the creative wisdom that animates all worlds (even if this language pushes some buttons for you:) Your voice, your thoughts, your feelings- they matter. You are in relationship with all beings. Do good things with those relationships.

The Divine Feminine remembering that’s happening is about CONNECTION. You’ll find more clues about where your true “power” lies when you use that magic medicine.

Let any “New Year”s decisions you make at this time get you out of your comfort zone and into co-creative action. Cosmic guidance is available, and operators are standing by.

Blessings to you,

P.S. More on Venus’s Rx adventure soon… so much magic meeting me on the path in this crazy time!…

Virgo Full Moon

March 11, 2017


Full Moon in Virgo
March 12th, 9:54 am CDT   22Vir13

The seeds of this Moon were planted with our Solar Eclipse in Pisces on February 26th, which was lined right up with empathic Neptune. An infusion of psychic receptivity is flooding our world, and many are feeling overwhelmed by all of the feelings these intense times are conjuring.

This Full Moon is asking us to give thanks for all of our complex feelings, and to decide what limiting beliefs and behaviors we need to eliminate in order to show up more fully for the beautiful work we came here to do.

Virgo is a sign of practical, step-by-step action, and this Moon is likely to remind us of way too many things that we “should be” working on. This Full Moon is forming a Mutable T-Square to old man Saturn in Sagittarius, and places where we judge ourselves to be out of integrity (especially regarding actions gone by) are asking for attention now.

Venus is retrograde in Aries (in the zone 1/30-5/18), and it’s a good time to send out peaceful lines to creatures you still need to forgive or apologize to, and also to rekindle connections with allies you haven’t played with in too long. Encounters with ex lovers are likely. Don’t pour lemon juice into old wounds, and careful to not get tangled up in something that doesn’t work.

The Sun is conjunct with Chiron and Mercury in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of Mercury’s (ruler of Virgo) Detriment and Fall. The messenger can get a little confused by too many messages going in too many subjective directions at once when she’s swimming in the murky depths of Pisces.

The Sun’s conjunction with Chiron is highlighting those stories from our lives in which we’ve played the victim. Take a stroll down memory lane, and visit those times when you felt abandoned and left out in the cold alone. Send a compassionate call to those parts of you that are still hiding in a corner somewhere, and let them know it’s safe to come out. You are on the planet now for a very good reason, and all of you is welcome here. (Remind thy neighbor that this is true for them as well)

This Full Moon might be a good time to take a little healing sabbatical if you’re feeling way too overwhelmed, but if you suffer from the modern disease of screen-centered hermitdom, this could be a productive time for a little conversation with those feelings and thoughts that keep you isolated and “safe.”

What are you feeling overwhelmed by now? What’s one simple, significant, and symbolic action you could take to get your feet more firmly on the ground and ready for action? It’s a great time to set some spring cleaning goals, or to eliminate something from your diet that’s not helping you (keep it clear and minimal). Question your habits, and see what has outlived its usefulness.

Our world-shaking Cardinal T-Square involving Jupiter in Libra, Uranus and Eris in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn is pretty tight now, and the volume is up on crazy, fast-paced changes everywhere. The renewed threat of nuclear conflict rises, Wall Street continues to climb, and our new administration is showing more of its disgustingly pro-1% colors. All of this button-pushing big picture B.S. is a cattle prod that’s encouraging each of us to choose anew in each moment: Love or Fear.

A wave of loving human solidarity and Divine Feminine awakening (in all beings, not just the sisters) is rising. Mars has entered Taurus (our only planet currently in a patient, dedicated Fixed sign), and many beings who’ve recently felt frustrated by anxiety, anger, and muscular tension will be finding their next effective healing steps in doing their part for our future beautifully mapped out in front of them.

This Moon’s energies might not be so comfortable, but these energies are clearing away the old fuddy duddy judgy vibrations that are keeping humanity so divided, and opening many hearts to the magic of a deeper compassion that is being unearthed.

Blessed releasings and unveilings to you dear soul,

Solar Eclipse in Pisces

February 25, 2017


New Moon (Eclipse!) in Pisces

Feb 26th, 8:58 am CST



This eclipse is sounding a clarion call for those with ears to hear:

Sweep clean your hearth, and invite the fire of divine inspiration to grow.    

This last eclipse on the Virgo-Pisces axis (’til 2024) is offering up some “punchlines” to the major lessons of the last couple years  (our eclipses here got started in the spring of 2015), and is an opportunity to awaken to clearer guidance from within.

These are very strange times we’re navigating. The images on the screen are getting weirder and weirder, and it can be overwhelming to sculpt an effective, conscientiously involved action plan.

The Sun, Moon, Neptune, and the South Node are conjunct in Pisces 

In Pisces, the last sign of our zodiac, things are rarely what they seem. External circumstances and internal experiences don’t quite line up. Neptune (the modern ruler of Pisces) brings transcendent gifts  of universal love, unconditional compassion, and felt-sense communion with the Divine. Conversely (and often simultaneously), the shadows of victimhood, rejection, addiction, escapism, and deception come bubbling up to burst our tender magical bubbles.

This eclipse is aligned with the South Node of the Moon (gifts… and baggage from long ago), and although New Moons are times to plant new seeds, this one is asking us to replant some old seeds of divine remembrance.

The reality model that is hoisted upon us today is a grossly secularized one. The myth that science killed the gods (excusing them as aspects of the unconscious mind) is killing us all. Church attendance has been declining steadily for decades, and religion is viewed by many as simply an archaic excuse to avoid reality and empower bigotry.

We are spiritual beings on a soul journey, here with lessons to learn and gifts to share. Maybe we don’t need to resurrect the church, but it’s past time for a spiritual renaissance, and this New Moon is a good time to throw some logs on that fire.

Mars is conjunct with Uranus in Aries, opposite to Jupiter in Libra

This very tight alignment is a revolutionary powder keg.

Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces, and this eclipse is highlighting its influence. Jupiter helps us to weave meaningful stories about these lives, to step back and get grateful about the larger lessons and initiations we’re receiving on these journeys. Libra is the sign of diplomatic connection, and learning to love our neighbors. Jupiter is now calling out a familiar chant with renewed passion: “The people, united, will never be defeated!”

The energies of Mars and Uranus in Aries are being illustrated, on one hand, by a certain orange-hued demagogue who seems to be doing his best to get a civil war started, and on the other hand, by a revolutionary spirit of direct, life-empowering action that is on the rise.

Some very unpredictable and dangerous energies are present in this opposition, so please be extra careful (and courteous) on the road. Tempers are liable to flare up out of nowhere as feelings that have been stuffed down for too long get triggered. Peace doesn’t happen all by itself – be it all over the place.

Set some intentions with this New Moon to generate waves of radical acceptance and healing for those parts of yourself and your personal history that you’re not so fond of (Pisces shows us that there are some icky stickies inside of everybody, and that when they’re stuffed down, they fester). Choose to initiate revolutionary connections galore this month, get out of your comfort zone, and join hands with teammates you maybe haven’t met yet (at least in this lifetime).

Blessed eclipsings to you,


P.S. Pay attention to those dreams, and the poignant symbols that greet you on the path- there’s magic in them thar visions.

P.P.S. If you live in the vicinity of the Twin Cities, come join one of my evolutionary fire-sparking classes that’s starting soon.

Full Moon (Eclipse) in Leo

February 10, 2017


Lunar Eclipse in Leo
Feb 10th, 6:33 pm CST    22Leo28

The Sabian Symbol for this degree:

Keynote: The audacity and perseverance required to control and play with the powerful energies of the vital realm in human existence. -Dane Rudhyar

The Moon is in Leo, the sign ruled by the Sun. Leo’s fire illuminates lessons about creativity, self-confidence, play, and dramatic performance. The shadows of Leo are around self-centered grandiosity, extravagant entitlement, and non-stop sales pitches about the self (sound like anybody we know?(He was born with Leo rising))

The last time we had an eclipse in this Saros series was on January 31st, 1999. Bill Clinton was in the midst of his impeachment hearing. Good thing the nation isn’t dealing with anything so shameful this time, eh?

Now, it’s easy to get distracted and distraught by the travesties on the big screen, but the energies of this eclipse are asking us to turn our attention in another direction. You are that bareback rider displaying her dangerous skills. You are a performer in the circus of your life. What’s keeping you from going ahead and getting more dramatic and exuberant with the part you’re playing? Conversely, what dramas or personal ambitions are keeping you so tied up in your own head that you don’t do a good job connecting with others, and applauding the gifts they’re sharing?

The Sun is in Aquarius, the sign of The People. This eclipse is asking us to release the glitches in our programs that keep us from balancing the energies of Leo (The Ruler) and Aquarius (The People). What symbolic ritual could help you to invoke a balance between these two in your life? How could you get your limiting self-concepts out of the way enough to get out of the house and share something beautiful and meaningful with a group? Maybe a costume change would be good for the occasion… How might you update your concepts of The People? Maybe these concepts could include a little more of our living world as part of your extended family: the birds, the trees, the water, the air…

We have a Mystic Rectangle, a Grand Trine in Fire, two Kites, and almost a Grand Sextile (a Star of David) in this chart. Many astrology texts say that these are very propitious alignments, but experience has shown that the magic of these powerful formations is anything but harmonious. It’s an energy overload, and while it can lead to some breakthroughs, it can also lead to breakdowns.     

The elements are very out of balance in this chart. We have a deficit of Earth and Water (the Yin or “nocturnal” elements) and an overabundance of both Fire and Air (the Yang or “diurnal” elements). Anxiety and stress are natural byproducts of this energy. There’s a lot of hot air flying around, and not a lot of sensitivity or patience to keep it in check.

The opposition between Jupiter and Uranus (the most important story of these times of unpredictable rapid change) is being emphasized and accelerated by this powerful formation. The massive charge that is moving through our systems now might just blow a couple of circuits. Let this eclipse show you what old programs and stories you’re hanging onto that it would be good to let go of. What real or imaginary burdens are keeping you from standing up and surfing on these waves of change?

Venus and Mars are in head-first Aries, conjunct by ~5 degrees, but Venus has slowed down, won’t quite reach Mars, and will be going retrograde March 4th. The two won’t realize their conjunction until October 5th in Virgo. It’s said that desire is the starting point of all achievement, but it can also be said that it’s the starting point of some really stupid decisions (use rubbers, people!) Venus and Mars are now telling stories about wishes for love and inspiration unfulfilled.

Notice who and what you’re falling in love with in this chapter of your life. That passionate fire isn’t going to keep burning in the same way forever, but maybe you can use it to stoke some other fires. What unfulfilled (and possibly unachievable) ambitions do you need to nurture? What unrealizable love affairs (maybe with the Divine) do you need to dream about more?

There are glimpses being offered now of a new passion that will be needed for your work in the times to come. Know that Rome (or a successful marriage) wasn’t built in a day.

Jupiter’s now retrograde in Libra, and old-but-not-forgotten friends and allies from times gone by are coming out of the woodwork all over the place. Send lines to those co-creators you’re remembering now, and give thanks for the gifts they’ve shared with you.

This eclipse is asking us to release our barriers to effective teamwork, and Lord knows we’ve got some teamwork to get crackin’ on.




Attune to clarity of purpose with Imbolc

February 2, 2017

imbolcHappy ‘True’ Imbolc
Feb 3rd, 9:34 am CST

This is one of those magical cross-quarter gateways, when the Sun is exactly halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox, and the veils grow thinner.

I suggest tuning in to the magic of this gate with the sunrise (7:35 am) if you can (sorry for the late notice).

The sunrise chart is beautiful, with the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all in dignity, and Mercury in Capricorn offering practical clarity. Clear vision is available now. Shine some light on your path of right action.

Jupiter in Libra is beautifully emphasized, and insights about effective human collaboration are ripe for the harvest. Write those good ideas down now (and/or share them with somebody already!)

15 Aquarius is the heart of Aquarius, and the heart of humanity. Attune your heart with the center of the Sun, and send out gratitude to the beings in your life who are sharing their gold, and doing their work. Ask to be shown more of your work. Where’s your gold, and how are you sharing it?

Amazing creators are emerging out of the woodwork of our world. Envision a new connection-powered cultural renaissance taking root in our world, because it already is. Ride this wave of humanity rising, and sprinkle gratitude all over it.

Blessed Imbolc-ings,

P.S. If you don’t get a chance to do some kind of conscious attunement with the sunrise, high noon (12:26 pm) is another particularly ripe time to download some magic (20 minutes either side)

P.P.S. Times listed are for Minneapolis

New Moon in Aquarius

January 27, 2017


New Moon in Aquarius
Jan 27th, 6:33 pm CST    8Aqu15

The Sabian symbol for this degree:


Some one-liners on this symbol from Dane Rudhyar:
“The vitalization of an important symbol, its embodiment in living reality”
“The archetype is given living substance and wings”
“The Image has become a Power”
“The seer must become the doer”

What a perfect symbol for this mysterious time of revolutionary change that’s been ignited. How are you doing with this exciting circus so far? It’s going to continue to get more and more interesting for a bit here…

The seeds we choose to plant with this New Moon can have some very beautiful and far-reaching effects. Sow seeds of solidarity and conscientious connection all over the place. Aquarius is the sign of “People Power,” and a wave of organized resistance to people power-squashing forces is on the rise. This confrontation is growing, and it’s moving fast. Choose with this Moon to ride this wave of revolutionary change to overcome your self-limiting beliefs, get out of your comfort zone, and reach out to the co-creators who are doing good things with this energy.

The Sun and Moon are approaching a harmonious trine to Jupiter in Libra (perfecting for the Moon tomorrow night, and for the Sun, with our Full Moon on Feb 10th)

Some of the efforts and wishes that are taking root with this New Moon will be showing some wonderful blossoms for our Lunar Eclipse on the 10th. The simple message I get from these approaching trines is: Truth will prevail for more eyes to see- keep sharing yours. 

The next two weeks will provide many opportunities to engage in challenging and interesting discussions (and actions). Join those circles that are generating vibration-raising intelligence, and fill your calendar with good connections.

All planets are moving direct (rare) with this Moon

2017 is a year of crazy change, and we are in a sort of fast-paced funnel of potential to affect the flavor of that change. Commit now to forgoing familiar comfort-zone defenses, and choose to get your hands dirty. The energy of this Moon is very overwhelming (and it’s natural to want some alone time with it), but the intentions that we commit to now can have wonderfully helpful effects in the approaching storms.

Mercury is conjunct with Pluto in Capricorn (setting off our Cardinal T-Square)

Definitions of power and value in our world are being called into question, and many voices are scrambling to make sense of this strange time.

The concept of power as something static is killing us all. The idea that power can be accumulated in a bank account or can be realized through having some important title or an amazing salary is very misleading. We have been programmed to think that power is about control and ownership, but maybe there are some other concepts of power we could choose to explore…

Maybe our new concepts of power can be more about life force. Maybe power isn’t something that can be accumulated, but something that flows through us. Everything is in motion all the time. Maybe true power is just about being more truly present for this strange dynamic experience of being alive…

(The people, united, will never be defeated!)

Happy New Moonings



Mars and Saturn say: Get busy!

January 16, 2017

The Moon in Virgo is setting off a Mutable T-Square with Mars and Saturn today (in full force 11 am – 6 pm CST):

It’s a good day to get busy on a lot of projects, but symptoms of worry and frustration can also overwhelm the circuitry now. There’s so much to do, but only so much time.

This square between Mars in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius is highlighting the freaky rise of fascism in our world. Old deeply-ingrained patterns of “white male” power dynamics and delusional fears about change are coming up for review, and the power plays that are playing out don’t seem to be slowing down. This brief little T-square might just help us find some insight about how we can approach this strange time more healthfully for ourselves, and productively for our future.

The Moon’s opposition to Mars in Pisces asks us to confront any patterns of fearful escapism that keep us in the role of victim. Notice any anger that arises. Is there someone you need to confront or call out directly? Where are you pointing your finger? Who’s to blame for your feelings? What projections can you withdraw?

The Moon’s square to Saturn in Sagittarius can help us to look at our beliefs regarding the future of the human race, and our capacity to affect that future. A little bit of pessimism is a natural side effect of Saturn’s energies, but realistic long-term planning and commitment are the gold. What goals and action plans can you prioritize now? Any forgotten tools or trainings from the past that might be helpful?

This is a crazy time of change on our planet.

Keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again

(But don’t beat yourself up when you need to retreat! There’s heavy heavy shtuff moving through all of our systems. We’ve got a lot of healing to do here)