This Week the final 10 days of the Libra Lunar Cycle…..lots going on


This Week in Astrology


The week starts off in Disseminating lunar phase.     We are sharing our ability vacillate and process dual energies.  Where do we find grey when we poke around in black and white?  Also….


Focus on:  How are you sharing lightness?  How are you sharing your fun?  How are you sharing your dexterity?  How are you sharing your fickleness?  Who is telling a lie?  


Special Focus


10/29: Mercury conjunct Jupiter.  Big conversations.  Big opinions.  Watch the Big Black & White statements.  Thinking that is grand about what to let go of so something new can be born. 


10/30: Mercury enters Sag  


On Halloween we move into the last quarter of the Libra lunar cycle.  We get brave. We get out there.  We stand strong for 3.5 days.  


Also on 10/31 Venus returns to Libra as it continues its retrograde cycle.    Remember we are in an acute six week period where our values are up for assessment.  On either side of the six weeks we are processing everything so it really is about a 3 month period as we consider:    What and who do we value?  What and who do we not value?  Who values us?   Who does not?   Everything around values is up us in a big way.   Now as Venus returns to Libra we seek balance having processed some cut and dried feelings that started October 10th.  


Note these dates:


September 2:  Venus enters shadow 25 Libra 14


September 10 Venus enters Scorpio 


October 5: Venus station retrograde 10 Scorpio 10


October 31: Venus returns to Libra 


November 16:  Venus station direct 25 Libra 14 


Dec 3: Venus returns to Scorpio 


Dec 7: Venus exits shadow 10 Scorpio 10 


Last Quarter Moon Phase


October 31 2018 


12:40 am   EDT


Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense. And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living  “The serenity prayer” 


God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.


Focus on:


What actions are you taking that speak to your bravery?  What actions are you taking that are daring and creative?  What actions are you taking that speak to your willingness to be bold? 


Special Focus:


Special focus 


10/31:  Venus returns to Libra.  Our values speak of where we find balance and what we deem as fair. 


And then on November 3 we move into release …..


Balsamic Moon Phase


November 3, 2018 


11:15pm  EDT 


Focus on How are you releasing your anxiety? How are your releasing your focus on trees and not forest?  How are you releasing your schedule?  How are you releasing your criticalness?  How are you releasing your insecurity? 


Special Focus:


11/5: Sun trine Neptune.  Faith and spirituality go hand in hand with inner purpose and drive. 


11/6: Uranus returns to Aries (see separate post) 


November 7, 2018   11:01am EDT  New 15 Scorpio 11    


Taurus Full Moon – Watch What Comes UP.

Taurus Full Moon

October 24, 2018

1 Taurus 14

12:43 PM EDT

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Taurus Full Moon.   Look at her in all her glory but note—this year she is not your typical Taurus Full Moon— not by a long shot.

The Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus are a teeter-totter (like all full moons) where we process and synthesize opposing energies.      Taurus likes everything to remain the same.  No changes anywhere.   Taurus says, “My comfort resides in everything remaining the same.”   This is where Taurus finds its power—in patterns and reliability.   Sure.

Scorpio knows that there can be nothing of importance if there is not first death and rebirth. Something must die so something good can come.  This transformation is how Scorpio gets its power.  So you can see right away that Scorpio and Taurus feel at cross-purposes. However where they are the same is in their stubbornness, which is strong in both signs.  And that stubbornness masks their lack of faith.   When Taurus refuses to let go and when Scorpio refuses to let something die it is because both do not trust.

Well guess what?  Uranus is on top of the moon and opposing the sun in the Full Moon chart and he is going to mess up the energy as best as he can because that’s what Uranus does—earthquakes, lightening strikes, brilliance and chaos are his tools.   Prepare for some shaken up energy both personally and in the news (for those who know their charts look to the houses of the full  moon for more information).

And while that is going on we also have the lunar nodes in Leo and Aquarius on the chart of the full moon.    Where are we brave?  This is what Leo wants to know.   Where are we hiding in the crowds?  That is what Aquarius wants to know.

And adding a little more spice to this full moon is the fact that the Sun is on top of Venus the planet of values.   And of course Venus is opposing the moon in Taurus (which is ruled by Venus).   This is a big influence.    I know most people associate Venus with love and that is correct but not in the way you think.  Venus speaks to values; love and money, possessions and beauty are all Taurus and all offshoots of Value.   Examples:     I value the look of long black pants—I think they are beautiful.   I value Peter’s sense of humor, his hard work nature and his trustworthiness therefore I love Peter.   I value a small house with access to community therefore I will buy that small house near town square. This is Venus.

For three days during the full moon we will be pondering our values.   Things will pop up out of the blue (Uranus) that will have to either be dealt with our will have us go, ‘hmm’.  Things that we have taken for granted may seem valuable.  Things we have valued in the past may now seem obsolete.

We may feel unsettled and even if everything looks the same we just can’ t shake the feeling that something is ‘different’.     Finances could certainly feel different.   Properties may also seem like they don’t fit.   You may have a fleeting feeling of “Hmm I wonder if I should sell our house?”   “I wonder if we should move?   “I wonder if I should sell some valuables”  — And this is not out of fear but more out of the practicality of understanding what you value and your own value as of –now.    Change is in the air.

In two weeks Uranus is going to leave Taurus and return to Aries for its final four months after seven years in the fiery independent sign.    Then on March 9 it will return to Taurus where it will be until 2025.   What a wonderful gift the Universe has given us with this Full Moon in Taurus conjunct Uranus so close to Uranus last round in Aries.  This full moon could feel like a knock on the head at times but it could be exactly what we need so that we can use the period between November and March to get action oriented and be strong, brave and fiery to accomplish what we need so that by March when Uranus makes its final move into Taurus we’ll be ready for those inevitable changes.  And there will be changes big time I mean ask yourself why is Netflix using junk bonds to stay afloat?  Lots of those stories will not enjoy Uranus in Taurus.  Anyway, use this full moon to complete advantage and watch what comes up.  Your feelings will be guiding you where you need to make concrete (Taurus) changes for a new you (Scorpio) that connects to your real values (Venus) and accesses your creativity and bravery (Leo) while you serve you and your community (Aquarius).

This phase will last from

October 24, 2018 12:43pm EDT until October 28 1:51am EDT

The Astrology of This Week



We start off the weekend with Crescent phase moon.   We are learning how to broaden our view and reach out to others.   


Focus on: What information are you learning that speaks to you being a bridge to a different world? What information are you learning that expands your knowledge?  What are you learning about opinions?  What are you learning about hypocrisy?  What are you learning about generosity? 


Special Focus


10/15: Mercury conjunct Venus.  Deep love. Deep appreciation for transformation. Communication about both. 


On Tuesday we move into first quarter moon ,which is putting the accent on our place in the world.   During this Libra lunar month we are finding balance in our relationships and partnerships. It is not just spouses or significant others but also people we feel close and when we are together we bounce stuff off each other—think of a teeter totter, who is that sitting across from you, each hour?   Is it your spouse one hour?   Is it a friend in a café the next hour?  Is it the person cutting your hair?   That is what this whole 29 day cycle is about, finding balance with the people in our world.  During this phase we find our inner executive.  Where is our internal ‘man/ slash woman with a plan” and how is it manifesting as we discuss options with the person across from us?  


First Quarter Moon 


October 16


2:01 pm EDT 


Focus on:  What actions are you taking that support your career?  What actions are you taking that put you out in the world?  What actions are you taking that beefs up your inner CEO? What actions are you taking that speaks new systems and structures that benefit you? 


Special focus


10/19: Mercury trine Neptune:  Faith and spirituality connect with thinking.   Communication of faith moves those who have their brains on. 


10/19: Mercury square Mars.   Hot headed tempers and quick actions need to be monitored.    


Gibbous Moon


October 20, 2018 


4:57 PM EDT 




We refine our information.  We pick and choose, we discriminate, and we organize to be ‘Virgo’ like.  We sort through details.  Have we missed something?  How are we sifting through the information?  Go back and make sure something hasn’t been neglected.  Refine our actions.  


Focus on: 


How are you refining your faith?  How are you refining your spirituality?  How are you refining your humanitarianism?  


Special focus: 


10/23: Sun enters Scorpio


10/23: Sun oppose Uranus.  Financial upset.  Resources feel disrupted.   Power feels impractical.  

Aries Full Moon. Get Your Kevlar

Aries Full Moon

September 24

10:52pm EDT

1 Aries 59

It is a wee bit of a stormy moon.   Actually this is one muther of an Aries full moon.

Fighters will be fighting. Lovers will be fighting.  Monks who take vows of silence will be fighting.  Yeah, it’s that kind of moon.   Aries’ energy is about pushing and shoving and getting what it needs, come hell or high water and that’s on a good day.  But with this Full Moon there is a harsh aspect with Saturn who is trying to restrict Aries.  Remember, Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and it is very much about survival.  If you have ever seen a baby being born you know there is a lot of work involved in birth and survival.   So, imagine in the struggle of something being born or breaking through and right in the middle of it someone steps in and stops it all or restricts it or says, “Hold on.”    Well, let’s face it people will get pissed.   For three days of the full moon there will be restrictions and push back on some actions that you or others are trying to move ahead.   Maybe it will be power plays at work or fisticuffs at the grocery store.    Tension is high this full moon.  Watch your driving!

What is curious is that at the same time Saturn is squaring off with the Full Moon, the Moon is also on top of Chiron in Aries while the Sun trines Mars who Aries natural ruler.  There is something about fighting for survival that is healing.    The action of pushing back is healing.   Old wounds deep in our psyche that have somehow held us back are up for actions that heal.    Where should we have fought in our past but somehow didn’t do it? Where should we have pushed back but didn’t do it?  How is a wet blanket healing?   How is hard fighting healing?

Moon oppose Mercury suggests communication that feels at conflict with emotions.  Perhaps all the drama we are feeling internally cannot be expressed because it is not “polite”.

Uranus has a small aspect with the Sun that is supportive.   Watch for something odd to fall into place and it is the perfect solution.   Weird is our answer when things get tough.   Celebrating the unique when it shows up is healing.

Pluto Direct: September 30


Pluto Direct 


September 30 


18 Cap 45 


10:03 pm


On Sep 30 Pluto ends its yearly retrograde period.  This is around our tenth Pluto Retrograde in earth sign Capricorn and there is something about each one that feels like digging out of a hole. 

Remember, Pluto retrograde is the outermost planet and is not like Mercury or Venus retrogrades.  Those planets are IN-YOUR-FACE when retrograde since they are inner planets and really know how to get our attention.   The outer planet retrogrades are more nuanced.  We feel them in subtle ways perhaps we have a slight recurring theme during retrograde (especially if it touches a planet in aspect) where we find ourselves saying or feeling ‘that issue again?’   And we can’t quite put an answer together but when  Pluto retrograde ends we realize, “wait a minute was I digging a hole all this time?” The good news is we get the direct motion to reassess.  


What did you learn about power since Pluto station retrograde April 22?   What did you  learn about empowerment?    Have you been bullied  Have you been a bully?   How has the outer world order been in alignment with your needs?  How have you navigated systems that are in place?  Have you fallen through a crack?  Have you figured out a stopgap measure so it does not happen again?   How have you manipulated others?   How have others manipulated you?   What are you thinking about getting rid of because it just takes too much effort and keeps you from your real goals?   What needs to die so something new can be reborn?


Pluto will spend the next 7 months in direct motion. Once it crosses the 20thdegree it will move into the final decan of Capricorn.   Pluto in these degrees (20-29) is a little lighter than the earlier degrees.  Although nothing is that light with Capricorn who is so focused on responsibility.  However we will see how communication is critical in these next seven months in particular how we express order and discipline and responsibility.  


Take time to consider all you learned since April 22. What have we seen in our own world or with others that help us find our way in the world?   How do we benefit by communicating this information?  


Mars Stations Direct August 27 —Glory Be, Glory Be



Mars Station Direct 


August 27 


10:04am EDT 


28 Cap 36


Starting May 12thwhen Mars entered its shadow, messages may have appeared that our actions towards the greater good and actions that help our career could be ‘off’.   Were there blinking red lights?   Perhaps but then on June 26 Mars retrograded and we all had to slow down because grumpy Mars hates going backwards.   Obstacles appeared in our path and people seemed to block us.   How we handle these blocks has been a learning curve and probably a lot of us got snippy snappy.   Now on August 27 Mars turns direct.   
We should feel relief immediately.   A breakthrough or a connection may appear and we finally feel like we are moving forward. Because this Mars retrograde involves Aquarius and Capricorn a lot of the blocks involve our place in the world.   Our friends, our groups, our career, our government, our systems which may have been off or just a ton of work.  

Now as Mars unwinds we see our place in the whole process.  Remember it is turning direct in the Leo Lunar Cycle so we are served to ask ourselves, “How was I strong when I hit an obstacle?”  “How was I brave and honest with my community?” “How was I a leader even when it was hard?”   Some of you may do a victory lap others may need to take time and process the last eight weeks of Mars retrograde.  After Mars turns direct on August 27thwe will again do actions that will support our career and how we are seen in the public.  On September 10thMars will returns to Aquarius and between then and October 8th(Mars leaves shadow) we will revisit friends, groups and associations and take actions that put us in sync with like -minded folks who bring out our best.   And like a big old Leo cat we may purr again. 


This Weekend & Week in Astrology

Yes—you heard it here first.  Mercury will be turning direct.   I kid you not.

Astrology this Week & Weekend 


The lunar phase of the moon moves into First Quarter on the 18th.  


We get to do another round of actions based on the seeds we planted on new Moon.   How are we finding our honesty and integrity and strength as we deal with shared resources?  


Then early in the morning (EDT)  on August 19 Mercury our favorite trickster planet stations direct.  This is 12:24am on the 19thor 9:24pm PDT.  If you are in between you will know when it turns direct because you will feel it! 


After Mercury turns direct we should feel a lot of relief as things start to right themselves again.  Plus we have a series of nice aspects during Gibbous that put the emphasis in a pleasant manner on change reform, out of the blue and structure and responsibility. Together we say “amen.” 


First Quarter Moon 


Aug 18


3:48pm EDT 


Focus on: What actions are you taking that speak to debt?  What actions are you taking that speak to sex?  And taxes?  And going down deep and investigations?   How are you accessing your strength to let something die so something new can be born? 


Special focus


8/19 12:24am: Mercury direct 11 Leo 32 –get down on your knees and thank the universe that is over!  


8/19: Jupiter trine Neptune:  Sometimes we need to be reminded by the universe that our resources are more vast than we realize.  


Gibbous Moon


Aug 22, 2018 


4:48am EDT 


Focus on: 


How are you refining your executive abilities?  How are you refining and relying upon your inner CEO?  How are you using your strength to refine your path that moves you higher up the food chain?  How are you being brave as you move up?  


Special focus: 


8/22: Sun enter Virgo 


8/25: Sun Trine Uranus  Accent on brilliance as if gotten struck by a lightening bolt.  Ideas and breakthroughs surround us.  And for some maybe internal as well. 


8/25: Sun Trine Saturn.  Today we see that success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.