The astrology of Alec Baldwin’s shooting accident

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The shocking shooting accident on the set of the film “Rust” last week coincided with a difficult week astrologically.  The Moon was just full in Aries, in a challenging alignment with both Mars, planet of violence and aggression, and Pluto, planet of death and rebirth. Any Mars/Pluto combination is fraught with potential for violence, and while I would never say that this alignment caused the accident, its coincidental timing must be noted.

As if that weren’t enough, the new planet Eris was opposed by Mars and squared by Pluto at the Full Moon. You can read more about that here, but with Eris representing discord and small events that unravel into major upheaval, such as the story of the goddess Eris whose rage at not being invited to a wedding led to the Trojan War, we can see how this is no small thing.

Mr. Baldwin was born with the Sun in Aries, and it opposes his Libra Moon.  We don’t have a time of birth which would give us the exact position of the Moon, but we do know that it is in an opposition to the Sun: a Full Moon.  In addition, the Sun and Moon were within fifteen degrees of the lunar nodes, a condition which creates an eclipse (in this case, it was a penumbral lunar eclipse).  Full Moon personalities tend to be larger than life, and when the Full Moon was also a lunar eclipse, those personalities tend to catalyze a fair amount of drama. (Another familiar personality born under an eclipse is Donald J. Trump.)

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Mr. Baldwin also has an opposition from Mars to Uranus, the planet of radical action and liberation, which is not surprising if you have followed his career as I have.  He is not afraid to speak his mind and determined to walk his own path, which we would expect from someone with this placement.  But there is also a tendency to encounter experiences of great magnitude which foster great change.

The planet Jupiter is considered to be a harbinger of good fortune, and indeed it can play that role, especially when in a trine to Venus as it is in Mr. Baldwin’s chart. This is a placement of abundant good luck, someone who was “born under a lucky star” as they say. But this Aries Full Moon, with its intense Mars/Pluto alignments of drama and potential for violence, activated his Jupiter which suggests something big. Under the influence of Pluto we are dealt the hand of Fate – we encounter experiences over which we have no control.

The investigation into who was responsible for this senseless tragedy is still ongoing. I wish Mr. Baldwin and his family all the best at this difficult time.

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Focus the laser of intention at the November Scorpio New SuperMoon


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The Scorpio New Moon occurs November 4, 2021, at 5:14 pm EDT (9:14 pm UTC) and is a SuperMoon.  Yes, New Moons can be SuperMoons too!  A SuperMoon (© Richard Nolle) is a New or Full Moon (syzygy) that is at its closest point (perigee) to Earth.  SuperMoons exert a more powerful effect on ocean tides and geocosmic events such as earthquakes and volcanoes, and can also exert a stronger effect on the tides of our own emotions.  That is especially true for people that are more lunar in nature – those of us with placements in Cancer or prominent Moons.

At the Full Moon a SuperMoon appears big and beautiful in the sky, but at the New Moon it is invisible since the Moon is at its darkest point at that time, obscured by the light of the Sun. The New SuperMoon activates the subconscious energies, so there may be a deep and rich fertility in your thoughts and emotional processes at this time, particularly since we are talking about Scorpio here.  Under the Scorpio influence we dive fearlessly into the depths of consciousness and awareness, searching below the superficial for real meaning and absolute Truths.  A Scorpio New Moon asks that we strip away any artifice which keeps us from complete and total emotional honesty.

New Moons are times of new beginnings. and as we enter fully into Scorpio season we are drawn into the darkness of the realm of Truth.  This New Moon is very near the cross-quarter point of 15 degrees Scorpio that marks the true astrological Samhain, the time when the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest. At this time we may be more easily able to tune into the guidance of our own inner voice and receive instructions for the next steps forward.  In addition, the New Moon exactly opposes Uranus, the planet of radical change and multi-dimensional communication.  Uranus inspires us to break out of outmoded ideas and embrace a new paradigm, something very much needed right now.  However, Scorpio is a fixed sign and does not adapt to change easily.  Utilizing the brilliant new ideas inspired by Uranus to break up the stuck patterns in our life can have tremendous results at this time.

Scorpio’s traditional ruler is Mars, and Mars governs our personal intentions.  The modern ruler is Pluto, the planet of fate and destiny.  Under the power of Scorpio we can harness our personal Will to the Will of fate and achieve tremendous growth and evolution if we utilize the force of our creativity and the power of Will.  At this New Moon, Mercury (mind and communication) is separating from a challenging aspect to Pluto so this depth and power of mind is still at our disposal.

At this New Moon it will be important to remember that old adage “be careful what you wish for” – we are not always aware of our own powers of manifestation, and that power is particularly strong under the influence of Scorpio.  With all of the emotional subtext going on with the SuperMoon, we may not be aware of the ways in which the subconscious undermines our conscious intentions.  Practicing presence, introspection, self-awareness – all of these things will be most helpful when navigating this week’s lunar event. ❤️

The power of Will at the Aries Full Moon


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In lieu of the weekly forecast this week since I’m out of the country, this post on the Full Moon energies pretty much contains all of the energies for the week!

The Aries Full Moon occurs on October 20th, and it’s a potent one.  First of all, it’s in Aries so Mars is the planetary ruler and there is a fiery potency to all things at this time.  Mars, ruler of this Full Moon, is very closely conjunct the Libra Sun and approaching a challenging square to Pluto which will culminate on October 22nd and this challenging aspect is locked into the Full Moon chart.

Many of you know that I am kind of an ambassador for Mars.  Traditionally Mars is considered to be malefic, and even when well placed his attributes are not that attractive: contentious and a lover of warfare are not what you would call the most honorable traits in a planet. And his bad traits are worse: murder, thievery, promoter of sedition, perjurer, etc. etc.  But Mars is the planet of Will – the prime desire that inspires and motivates us to go after what we want, to defend ourselves and others, and fuels us with physical energy and desire.

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Still, when there is an overabundance of Mars energy it can be difficult, especially when there is a challenging square to Pluto involved as there is here.  Mars is in Libra where it can be polite and tactful but not really promote the Martian attributes that are so important for human psychological and physical health.  Power conflicts may arise, and if there is anger in the subconscious it may emerge here with Pluto squaring the Aries Full Moon.

Any Aries Full Moon includes the polarity to the Libra Sun, and the question here is: How do we balance our individuality and personal needs (Aries) with our need to cooperate and find peaceful interactions (Libra)?  What is it that we really want?  If there were no obstacles in our world to stop us, what would we go after and how would we balance this with the necessities of our life situation? With the potency of these alignments there could be a major resolution to a problem which has lingered for some time.

We will get the most out of this Full Moon if we approach it with respect.  Honor the fire and the passion that is fueling us at this time, and find positive ways to fuel the flame of desire and intention. ❤️

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Balancing our individuality with intimacy in relationships

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This theme is coming up quite a bit these days in client consultations and is an experience many of us share:  How do we integrate our personal needs into the need to compromise and give up some things in our relationships?  In fact, this theme is built into the astrological chart on the ascendant/descendant axis that marks the cusp of the first house of personal identity and the seventh house of partnership. It’s been a long time since I saw a seesaw in a park (too dangerous?) but the balance point of a seesaw is the aim of all of the opposing astrological forces.  Until we find that balance point we end up seesaw-ing from one end to the other.

Howard Sasportas and Liz Greene coined the term the “freedom/closeness” dilemma (source) to describe the conflict between the basic need to attach and feel safe with another human being and the need to differentiate the Self and become more comfortable as an autonomous individual.  This is a process that begins in infancy but it can become distorted and corrupted in certain family situations.  But really, those of us with this dynamic were born with a propensity towards this conflict, and this is evident in our birthcharts.

Certain signs and planetary placements crave closeness and security, and others indicate a push for greater autonomy and freedom.  The water and earth signs tend to crave attachment and safety; the air and fire signs yearn for freedom and space.  Neptune, Venus and the Moon are connectors – Mars, Uranus and Jupiter are detachers.

Often in this kind of chart we see an individual who may be completely unaware of their need for space, who longs for connection but who habitually chooses unavailable partners.  Or they might be in long-term relationships in which intimacy is avoided as a means of finding space.  Most often we vacillate back and forth – in one relationship we are the pursuer and in the next we take the role of the pursued.   One individual with an intimacy/distance conflict will nearly always attract another with the same conflict until we understand and recognize that the conflict is actually in our own psyche.

Often our biggest problem is in accepting this inner conflict and learning how to express it to the people in your life. It can be very difficult to say “I need some space right now” and instead we may force ourselves to engage with others when we really don’t have the energy to do so.  If this sounds familiar to you, this may be just the right opportunity to ponder this idea and see where you might want to make some changes in your relationships (not just spousal partners but work relationships, relationships with kids, best friends, etc.) so that you can maintain a happier and more integrated internal balance of your own freedom and closeness needs.

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Managing grief in a pandemic

Most of us thought we’d be out of here by now – the daily pressures of how to navigate this new world is getting kind of old. Is it safe to see our friends? What do I do about my job?  It looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel but the way is not yet clear.  Meanwhile we are still grieving losses, both old and new. Friendships that were broken. Spouses and other family members that have passed on.  Seven million humans who have died from Covid.

Sometimes feelings of grief appear to stem from events that occurred long ago.  A client who had mourned the loss of her mother that happened nine years ago.  Another who grieved the loss of her first marriage many years ago.  A widow who thought she had recovered from the death of a spouse is grappling again with the doubts about an uncertain future. Suddenly, after many years, the emotions welled up seemingly from nowhere to take over their lives.

Challenging astrological cycles do often coincide with painful events in our life, but whether the grief we feel is over a current loss or an old one, the feelings are the same.  Psychiatrists know that grief and emotional pain are stored in the psyche with the same intensity that they held during the original event. Chiron has been a great teacher and guide for astrologers’ understanding about the nature of grief, but Saturn and Pluto play a role as well.
Under Saturn transits we are painfully aware of our faults, our loneliness, and the blocks that keep us from our happiness.  Saturn is associated with depression which has a different tonal quality than grief.
Under Pluto transits we often find ourselves facing unpleasant truths and frightening memories from our past, and Pluto can bring up deep and dark emotions that unlock doors to emotional pain.  But it’s Chiron that opens the doorways for the emotional pain that we store in our psyche to spring forth into the conscious mind where it can, with conscious focus and attention, be processed and released.
Often a client will ask me, “When will this be over?  Will I ever be happy again?”  They will say “I don’t want to ever feel this again.”  We spend our lives running from our pain, but the problem with that is as long as we run, the pain remains stored in our psyche and our bodies.  Later it may erupt in physical pain and undiagnosable illness.
The pandemic has opened up these doorways and there is nowhere to run, which makes this is beautiful time to heal. What is required is the courage to look into our own soul and open the doorway to the feelings, to see what they have to tell us and to teach us.  It’s not an easy path, but it’s the only way to wholeness. ❤️

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The power of this Libra New Moon for change and healing

The easy astrological times are not always the times when change and evolution can take place – sometimes these changes take an astrological punch, and that is what we have under this Libra New Moon. Libra is considered to be a somewhat “soft” sign – often polite and tactful, Libra urges us to relate to others, find ways to compromise, and balance opposing viewpoints with ease.  Libra is ruled by Venus after all, and Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty…or so we like to think.

The Venus archetype comes to us from a long line of powerful female goddesses, beginning back in Sumeria with Inanna and in Babylonia with Ishtar.  These are goddesses of love and war; they exemplify feminine power of transformation and the ability to go naked into the Underworld and returned transformed.  This is a good archetype for the Libra New Moon of October 6, 2021.

This New Moon features four planets in Libra: we have the Sun and Moon of course, but also Mars and Mercury.  A new beginning is required and there will be compromise and accommodation with so much Libra, but with Mars acting as a major presence, there will also be a need to fight for what we know to be true and for what is important. This is a time for a new beginning: the new lunar cycle has just begun and the sky is dark with pregnant anticipation. Now is the time to set the intentions for the New Moon. Where in our lives are our relationships out of balance? How can we bring more love into our life, more softness and beauty? We often think that in order to feel loved we must have a partner, but anyone who is married will tell you those two things don’t always go together.  How can we give ourselves these gifts so that we can maintain better balance and integration in our relationships?

Venus, the ruler of the Libra New Moon, is currently in Scorpio where we are more easily able to connect with the older Venus archetypes of Sumeria and Babylonia.  In Scorpio Venus is empowered and transformative, not afraid to feel the hard feelings and cry out for what is needed.  Mars is conjunct the New Moon and Venus and Mars are in mutual reception now, with Venus at the 29th degree of Mars-ruled Scorpio and Mars in Libra, so this dance between the force of the individual (Mars) and the power of collaboration (Libra) is at its peak.

That is the perfect symbolism for the energies that we can draw from this New Moon! ❤️

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Astrological forecast for the week of October 4, 2021: Libra New Moon and stationary planets


This week we are at peak retrograde, with six planets retrograde including Mercury.  Expect and prepare for communication glitches under the Mercury retrograde which is at its midpoint this week.  Pluto turns direct on October 6th to be followed by Jupiter and Saturn, and all three planets are stationary throughout October. This is not a good time to try to “push the river” as the saying goes – instead we will benefit from finding a point of stillness in which we can hear the inner voice of guidance and from which we can release the stress of unmet expectations and hidden resentments.  That is especially true during the first half of this week with Mercury (mind and communication), still moving slowly after its retrograde turn last week, in a stressful square to Pluto (intensity and power issues).

These energies are all a part of this week’s Libra New Moon on October 6th which also includes a stellium in Libra with Mars and Mercury along with the Sun and Moon.  This New Moon packs a powerful punch with the Libra stellium opposite the Moon and Chiron.  Libra is the sign of relating, but it also is the sign which teaches balance and integration, and encourages us to find harmony at the midpoint of stressors. The planets have chosen two different ways to deliver that message (three stationary planets is the other) and it’s a good one!!

Here’s the forecast for the week. Dates and times are given in EDT, please adjust for your locality. 

Monday October 4.  A harmonious trine from the Libra Sun to Ceres in Gemini helps us to find the mental balance we need in order to achieve the integration this week will require under the Libra New Moon. Meanwhile the Moon, still in Virgo, helps us to be a little more methodical about the steps required in order to achieve that balance.  On Monday under the lunar aspects we find ourselves more open to new ideas in the early morning and empowered to find the truth late in the evening, but for a few hours around 6 pm EDT we may find ourselves feeling somewhat squishy in our resolve.  This will soon pass, but it would be helpful to take a few hours at that time to be in nature or do something creative or meditative. (Virgo Moon trine Uranus 5:18 am, opposite Neptune 5:47 pm, trine Pluto 11:03 pm.)

Tuesday October 5.  The Moon enters Libra at 8:41 am, at which point the energies for the New Moon begin building in earnest. When the Moon is in Libra it can be difficult to choose between options that may seem identical but which actually hold different outcomes.  By digging a little deeper into the question we can recognize the truth, especially today with the Moon harmonizing in a trine to the North Node and to Saturn. (Moon trine North Node 1:26 pm, trine Saturn 8:15 pm.)

Wednesday October 6.  The New Moon occurs at 7:05 am EDT and very soon after conjoins Mars.  That aspect is of course embedded in the chart of the New Moon and helps to energize the Moon and add a layer of courage and emotional charge.  Pluto turns direct the same day and is at a complete standstill as it makes that change of direction, intensifying every emotion and opening our eyes to Truth.

Later in the day lunar aspects help us to filter any emotional reaction through the mind for greater clarity, followed by a burst of general good feeling and an optimistic outlook. (Moon conjunct Mercury in Libra 5:39 pm, trine Jupiter in Aquarius 10:08 pm.)

Thursday October 7.   Venus leaves intense Scorpio for Sagittarius today but we may continue to feel somewhat intense anyway with the Moon moving into Scorpio at 10:22 am.  Under Venus in Sagittarius our interactions with others become lighter and it is easier to let go of resentments both big and small that may be standing in the way of smooth interactions.  Still, that lunar intensity with the Scorpio Moon will keep us honest and clear-eyed for a few days, and a Sun/Mars conjunction in Libra is building throughout the day to energize and help us to maintain focus.

Friday October 8.  Energies continue to intensify on Friday, but with the armoring provided by the Scorpio Moon we will be ready.  The Libra stellium that was embedded in the New Moon chart has been culminating, and today the conjunction of the Sun to Mars culminates right at midnight Thursday night, with conjunctions from the Sun to Mercury and from Mercury to Mars building to peak on Saturday.

This is a time of peak energy, with Mars so active and present.  If we are feeling rattled we will want to amp up the physical activity to burn off any excess irritation before confronting a situation directly.  The inclusion of the Sun with Mercury and Mars helps us to focus on the highest goal rather than resort to intentions that may not be for our own good, much less the good of others.

Saturday October 9.  The Moon leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius at 11:24 am, and the triple conjunction involving the Sun, Mercury and Mars culminates in the afternoon and evening.  Saturday could not be a better day to focus our attention and our intention, since we are automatically motivated towards the highest aspirations now, Mercury helps us to formulate a plan and really see the outcome, and Mars provides the energy and enthusiasm for a shift to take place.

Sunday October 10.  Today is full of lunar events involving the Sagittarius Moon re-activating the Sun/Mercury/Mars stellium, helping to extend the positive effects of that influence throughout the day.  We may find ourselves feeling a bit wistful or distracted late in the evening but that will soon pass (Moon square Neptune 10:16 pm).  A great end to the week! ❤️

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