|Image: Moonrise Over Lake Michigan II, oil on canvas, 2008, by Anne Nordhaus-Bike. Anne is a Chicago-based artist and astrologer. You can find out the story behind her Moonrise painting on her art website. For more about her astrology, visit here.|
I especially love this particular Full Moon with Virgo Sun and Pisces Full Moon. Somehow it feels like harp music and angelic song, perhaps sung by nature devas, fairyfolk and, naturally, the mermaids of river and Neptunian seas. Are you tuned in to your natural rhythms? If not, it is time. The organic wisdom of your body can guide you if you are listening to its harmonies and discords.
[And if you haven't tuned in to my Cosmic Mermaids webinar, you can still do so. See below.]
Quicksilver Mercury is moving forward and so, at last, is red Mars. These two planetary lights have turned green. Still, there is no need to rev the engine with squealing tires to tarmac. Time marker Saturn is still in caution mode, retrograde until it greenlights on September 6. Flowing with the "go" is still the way to go, slow as the going may be. My Pandora is just now playing, "Where Fools Rush In," so there it is. Patience is well rewarded by Saturn. "There is a time to every purpose under Heaven."
Take advantage of Mars in Capricorn, one of its strong signs until September 10. Carefully consider how your plans are shaping up as you proceed. My friend wise Gail goes by this Buddhist motto: "Proceed as way opens." See how this works for you. What practical action do you need to take to keep things in order and progressing, workably and to your satisfaction? What has changed up, or needs change? Think about where you want to be about two years out, in 2020 when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn to define a new era. We are now preparing the ground to get us there in good shape. No slouching on this one. We are all called to some purpose. Gather your strength and resolve and be ready to move on it, when the "way opens."
Mercury, after some internal questioning about where you stand with yourself, and what that means to how you are thinking about life, continues on in Leo. When occasion calls, have the courage to say what you need to say, coming from your integrity and with heart. Mercury knows full well how hard it can be to understand and be understood by someone else. Mercury moves into pragmatic Virgo on September 6—right when Saturn is turning forward in Capricorn. We get right down to brass tacks then, just before the next Virgo New Moon.
In this month of Virgo, we do well to exercise its earthy common sense, ducks-in-a-row, count-every-penny approach that supports Capricorn's timely and orderly distillation into form. Mars, in C currently on board with Pluto, Saturn and Chariklo, Chiron's partner. A river mermaid turned centaur to be with Chiron, she knows how to shapeshift into whatever form most serves love. I like her approach. Think what you need to do, not being ashamed to put yourself first so you can be strong and purposeful, therefore of greater service to others. Such a generous motivation for self-care voids any tinge of selfishness, transcending the clutch of ego. This is not easy these days of heightened chaos and anxiety, but is the keystone act of courage and love to make your contribution to consciousness shift and the betterment of our world.
The major transition, in tandem, of both electrically-charged, Uranus, the Awakener, and shamanic healer Chiron into new signs has gotten as far as it's going to go for now. Both are now retrograde, seeking to work the territory so far covered, to further facilitate, consolidate and demonstrate our collective process of healing, awakening and integration. May we be strong and kind in this deep process, that brings up so much we won't want to deal with, but must. This major transition brings unexpected, maybe even unprecedented new developments into our lives. We cross this bridge early next year, February-March 2019.
Our lives will feel quite different by then.
Lately I have been feeling the sadness of life, its fragility and the swift-paced passage of time. Yet also the glory of life, its beauty, magic and wonder, the special gifts and encounters each day offers if we have a heart open to see and appreciate.
Our celestial sky gives us something very special to appreciate for the next several weeks. From west to east, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are all visible soon after sunset. Saturn may be the hardest to spot, typically looking a bit yellow. Remember this stargazing tip: faraway stars twinkle, planets have a radiant light.
Heads Up! Commune with the stars and planets that gift us with their light energy.
This deep dive into mermaid astrology brings a new dimension to the currents of the times. You can locate some of your own mermaid placements. $25 at this link:
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Birthday Sun Sign reading— Virgo, are you finding your natural rhythms? Celebrate yourself with this useful celestial gift for an overview of your personal new year that is all about your sign! We use the window of your birthday chart along with current planetary cycles to look into timing, themes and guidance for your personal new year. One hour, $120 (20% off regular $150 hourly fee).
Give a Gift of the Stars!This special fee also applies to a birthday gift for someone special in your life. I have special e-cards you can use.
Still on! Chiron Return Special—If you are born in 1968-69, you are having your 50-year Chiron return this year into 2019. This heads-up will help you get clarity on what a Chiron return involves, even as you have your unique experience of this quantum shift in your soul's journey. You KNOW you are an angel in a human body, don't you? $125/hour through 2018. Use your Aries. Go for it now!
New! Jan 1957-March 1958 Special. If you were born in this time frame, you are digging through layers of karmic archaeology. If you need some insight on the rare pattern in your chart, this special is for you.
$95/ 45min., through 2018.
Vermont Summer Library Programs
Our Solar System Rocks!
August 23, 10-11:30am, Kids' Summer Camp,
Lawrence Memorial Library, 40 North St., Bristol, VT
Northeast Women's Herbal Conference
August 24-26, Wicosuta Camp, Hebron, NH
I will be offering astrology sessions in the Little Village of Goodness.
Fall Harvest Retreat: A Foray into Health and Wellness
September 14-16, at Soyuzivka Heritage Center, Kerhonkson, NY.
I present a cosmic overview and offer consultations, along with joining the mushroom walk and other fun and tasty classes.For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-626-5641.