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NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH, APRIL and MAY 2017
Overview for March and April, 2017
The Heat is On!
We have been feeling the effects of two powerful astrological formations (Jupiter opposite Uranus and Jupiter square Pluto) since October 2016. These energies will stay with us in varying intensity until mid- October 2017. They will be at a peak in March and April 2017 and again in July, August and September 2017.
Since we are going to continue to experience these energies for the next eight months, it can be helpful to understand their nature and how to handle them effectively, both in the world and in our personal lives. It also can help us to be patient, knowing there is not a “quick fix” that is going to solve all our problems.
Both of these energies bring great challenges, which if handled successfully, can help us gain awareness, balance, strength and wisdom to make innovative changes in our lives. It won’t be easy, but it can be done.
These energies were discussed at length in the last newsletter, and are summarized below.
Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries
This energy is associated with sudden, shocking and surprising developments. It has a polarizing effect, causing many to feel they have to pick a side. Some may be spurred to rebel against the status quo. This can result in major movements for freedom from domination. Conflict between two sides can become very heated leading to disruption, upsets and volatility.
The positive potential is that these challenges can jump start social activism and stimulate awareness, growth and awakening in human consciousness. It can force us to deal with issues that need to be addressed. At some point, we may find a way to reach common ground and work with each other.
Exciting discoveries, breakthroughs and innovations in science, space and technology can also occur during this time which extend our horizons and expand our vision of the future. The Jupiter/Uranus opposition will be exact on March 2, 2017 and again on September 27, 2017.
Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
This is an energy that expands ambition and the desire for power. This desire may spur some to achieve their goals through force, coercion or misinformation. Efforts, both overt and covert, to attain power in the world are likely. Unscrupulous or underhanded tactics may be used, but ultimately are likely to backfire.
The Jupiter/Pluto square can be used positively if we can avoid letting our egos take over. The urge to make big improvements is strong. We can use this energy to make strides in reorganizing and rebuilding our lives. Some may become involved in community, business or government projects that focus on reform and restructuring. It is also very important that proposed reforms are meaningful and for the highest and best good of all, and not just for self-aggrandizement. The Jupiter/Pluto square will be exact on March 30, 2017 and again on August 4, 2017.
March and April 2017
February 26-28: SOLAR ECLIPSE/NEW MOON at 8° PISCES, 7:58 am, MST.
Over the next three months a shift in direction and perception could occur that will have many twists and turns. The energies of Pisces are compassion, spirituality and creativity, but so much sensitivity can also be confusing or overwhelming. The eclipse is conjunct Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, making it even stronger. Neptune’s energy is compassionate and idealistic, with strong empathy and psychic sensitivities. This heightened sensitivity can sometimes bring the urge to escape what feels like a harsh reality. Find ways to stay grounded during the next three months. It will be beneficial to spend time in nature and to take good care of our physical bodies through nutritious food, physical activity and plenty of sleep. It will also be important to research information thoroughly, as there could be misleading or confusing information out in the world. This energy will be felt, not intellectualized. Pay attention to your feelings, intuition, dreams and creative urges. Let things flow naturally and see what happens.
Neptune rules water, the oceans, oil, gas, liquids, chemicals, drugs, poisons, glamour and propaganda. It is possible something important will occur out in the world relating to these things during the next three months.
The following birthdates could feel this eclipse strongly:
Pisces: February 24 to March 3
Virgo: August 28 to September 5
Gemini: May 28 to June 2
Sagittarius: November 29 to December 4
If your birthday falls in the dates above, you may find the next three months to be a time of significant change. However, your new direction may not be clear at first. Give yourself time to sort things out and don’t jump to conclusions, as circumstances are likely to keep changing.
For all signs: If you have your birth chart, look for the House that contains 8 to 12 degrees of Pisces. Also look to see if your Ascendant, Midheaven or any planets are at 5 to 13 degrees of Pisces. These are the areas in your life that could be changing over the next three months. Our personal lives are not likely to be as eventful as world events. Many of the changes we experience will be inner and hard to define at first.
March 1 will be an active and fast paced day as the Moon in the fiery and assertive sign of Aries activates what is already a high intensity period. Compassion, emotion or confusion could also be strong as the Sun conjuncts Neptune. Jupiter will be exactly opposite Uranus at 6:19 pm, MST, on March 2. The Moon in Taurus can be a steadying influence on March 2-3.
March 4: Venus goes Retrograde
Whether we are male or female, the planet Venus, aka the goddess of love, is in charge of many things that are important in life: relationships, love, romance, money, possessions, values, social life, creative talents, enjoyment, beauty, balance and harmony. Venus will be retrograde March 4 to April 15. Over that six week period we may find ourselves asking, “What do I really want”?
While Venus is retrograde we will have the opportunity to reconsider and re-evaluate our relationships, money matters, love life, values and our basic enjoyment and satisfaction in life. For all of us, this is a time to consider what we value and honor in our lives and the lives of others. We will see this reflected in both in the world and in our personal lives.
Venus has been in assertive Aries since February 3. Venus in Aries is more of a warrior woman than a soft and cuddly companion. Venus will retrograde back to the caring and compassionate sign of Pisces from April 2 to 28.
This is a particularly strong Venus retrograde phase because Venus in Pisces will square Saturn in Sagittarius three times. A square is a challenging aspect that presents us with blockages, tests or restrictions. The general energies of Venus square Saturn may manifest as problems with others, feelings of sadness, disappointment or being unloved. We could have a tendency to be fearful or suspicious of others and prefer to be alone. We may view things as much worse than they really are. We may not notice this personally if it isn’t affecting our own birth chart, but we are likely to see it reflected in the world.
Venus square Saturn: possible manifestations in the outside world
The first time Venus squared Saturn occurred on January 27, 2017. There may have been other important issues occurring then, but there was one event that that got the most attention. This was the exact day Trump signed his Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” which caused a furor. This order was subsequently blocked by judges on Jan 28 and again on Feb 3. We have been told a new executive order is coming soon. We may be dealing with this issue again from April 7 to 23. During that period, Venus will be almost standing still as seems to slow down, stop and slowly starts moving forward again (goes direct) on April 15. Venus will exactly square Saturn for the 2nd time on April 8 and then the 3rd time on April 21. The entire period of April 8 to April 21 could be related to events that started around January 27, 2017. That means it could be connected in some way to the January 27 Executive Order. Even if this period doesn’t involve the immigration order, the themes that we will be focusing on from April 8 – 21 are likely to be connected to issues first raised around January 27.
Venus retrograde in your Personal Life
If you know your chart, find the House(s) that contain 26 degrees of Pisces to 13 degrees of Aries. This is the area of your life that you can make more loving and enjoyable. Also take note of any planets or the Ascendant or Midheaven at 24 – 29 of Pisces or Virgo and 0-15 degrees of Aries or Libra. These are the parts of you that can help you discover how to honor what you love and make your life more enjoyable. If you were born under the sign of Taurus or Libra, you are particularly tuned in to Venus retrograde because Venus is your ruling planet.
Even if you are currently rolling your eyes because you don’t have a clue what that last paragraph was all about, you can still use this energy. Just pay attention to times when you may be feeling dissatisfied because it feels like there is not enough love, enjoyment, money, creativity, fun or affection in your life. Also pay attention when you realize how much you enjoy something, have creative ideas and urges, feel love for others and feel loved by others. That is Venus whispering in your ear, telling you what’s important in your life.
In general this will be a good time to get things accomplished, reach agreements and have effective and pleasant communications. The energies may be a bit hectic on March 7 and people may be extra sensitive in the afternoon, but all is well by that evening.
During this period, our attention may turn to helping others, organizing our environment or improving our health. Our efforts are likely to be successful on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11. On Sunday, March 12, the FULL MOON at 22 Virgo, 8:54 am, MDT, brings emotions to the surface. Mercury in Pisces (communication and mental outlook tends to be sensitive and compassionate) will be in a challenging position (square) to Saturn in Sagittarius (tests and restrictions applied to what we feel is right and wrong.) We may have to face an unpleasant reality. In general, there could be a tendency to be overly critical, very serious or worried. Things are likely to seem worse than they really are. This would not be a good day for communication activities. If you want to get your message across in a positive way, wait for a better time. Mercury moves into the fiery sign of Aries on March 13 at 3:08 pm, MDT, and our general mental outlook switches from emotional and overwhelmed to energetic and confident. New ideas and the desire to actively pursue them are likely to start at this time. This assertive attitude will last through March 30 and then return from April 20 to May 15.
During this period the energies ramp up and bring surprises, changes and interactions with others. There could be a shake-up and wake-up on March 14-16. Challenges could arise on March 17 due to restrictions, low energy or problems with authority. That will be gone by the next day when Mercury teams up with Venus in Aries. Fiery and assertive energies will take over March 18-19. Definitely a warrior woman vibe. We may perceive something in our lives with a new perspective at this time.
The Sun enters Aries and the Spring Equinox occur at 4:29 am on March 20. The sun will stay in Aries until April 18. The Sun’s influence will add focus and energy to the Aries attributes of action, courage, impatience, independence and daring. The Sun joins Mercury and Venus already in the sign of Aries (see “warrior woman” energies above) for the rest of March. This is not likely to be a quiet day.
March 21 to 25
A great deal of discussion (or heated conversation) could occur March 21-23. Power struggles are likely to be seen out in the world. Trying to agree on what we want our collective future to look like will be challenging, but at least we will realize it is a subject that needs to be addressed. In our personal lives, we can look at these same issues. What is our vision for the future? How do we want to live? What are our values?
March 24 will be a favorable day for reasonable and objective conversation as the Moon in Aquarius will make a series of positive aspects to Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus and Saturn. This would be a good time to bring people together to talk about the future. Openness to varying viewpoints could lead to inventive ideas and solutions. We can apply this energy in our individual lives also and get together with our friends and like-minded groups. Even if you spend the day alone, take some time to think about your own future with an open mind. On March 25 the soothing energies of the Moon in the water sign of Pisces can help us cool down all the fiery Aries energy around us. This will be good day for inner reflection and connecting to our spiritual side. We might find taking a leisurely bath or a long shower very refreshing.
March 26 to 29
There are some astrological energies during this four day period that suggest the potential exists for discussions to begin about ideas and projects for the future that are exciting, progressive and also very practical.
First, Mercury will conjunct Uranus in Aries on March 26. This energy is exciting, fast paced and possibly over-stimulating. It can manifest as surprising ideas or as rebellious, angry and irritable communications. Impatient actions can bring accident proneness. However, it also can be a time when we have a brilliant idea that seems to just pop into our head. If that happens, take note, but don’t act yet.
Second, on March 27 the NEW MOON at 8° Aries occurs at 8:57 pm, MDT. The New Moon is a time for a new start when our intentions set in motion energies that develop over the next four weeks. This new start has the potential to manifest as a war of words and/or new ideas that begin to capture people’s attention and lead to breakthroughs. Either way, this New Moon tells us there will be a lot of action and change coming. Even though there will be challenges, there will also be positive energies. The New Moon is conjunct Venus (retrograde in Aries), indicating this a time when we can focus on what we really love and value. This is important to know if we want to change our life.
Third, the ideas we had on March 26 that may have seemed too radical may start to look more plausible on March 29 when Mercury trines Saturn. At that time we could discover some realistic and practical ways to manifest our innovative ideas. We are still in the planning stages. These ideas/projects will be developed over the next six weeks and will reach fulfillment at the Full Moon on May 10. If you want to make changes in your life, you can start now by focusing on your dreams and ideas and opening yourself to imaginative ways to make things happen. You don’t have to figure it all out right now. Just start. You can let your ideas develop over the next several weeks.
March 30- 31
The Jupiter Pluto square, which represents the expansion of ambition and power is exact on March 30. Because this is such a long lasting influence, we may not notice it more than usual at this time, but it will be interesting to see what happens out in the world over this two day period. Pay attention to your own thoughts and actions. The Moon in Taurus conjuncts Mars and trines Pluto in Capricorn indicating that practical down-to earth activities are most likely to succeed now.
April 1 -6
April 1 will be a favorable day for entertainment and social activities. April fools pranks that succeed are likely to be light hearted and humorous. Saturn is slowing down and getting ready to go retrograde on April 5. It will seem to stand still in the sky from April 1 to 10. Saturn represents responsibilities, work, organization and practical matters. It’s usually best to avoid starting new projects while Saturn is standing still, as projects we start at that time may not go as planned.
Venus retrograde leaves Aries on April 2 and goes back into Pisces where it will stay until April 27. The fiery Venus in Aries warrior woman energy can rest in the spiritual and compassionate waters of Pisces for the next 26 days.
April 6 is a good day when enthusiasm, innovation and practicality can come together successfully. This will be a favorable time for just about any endeavor. The Moon in Leo trines Uranus in Aries in the morning and trines Saturn in Sagittarius in the afternoon. You may find interactions with others to be inspiring. Pay attention to ideas and thoughts that occur during conversations. Sudden insights and inspiration could occur.
April 7 to 9
This is likely to be a very challenging three day period. If planning a weekend getaway, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this one. Here’s why:
On April 7 the Sun in Aries opposes Jupiter in Libra and on April 8 it squares Pluto in Capricorn. It could be easy to physically over do, to be overly extravagant or to promise more than you can deliver during this time. Even if we don’t experience this personally, we are likely to see conflicting energies expressed out in the world.
In addition, on April 8 Venus will square Saturn for the 2nd time. This could bring possible problems with others, feelings of sadness, disappointment or a tendency to be fearful or suspicious. We may feel like things are worse than they really are. This aspect will be in effect from April 8 -23. The reason it will last so long is because both Venus and Saturn are moving very slowly at this point. Venus will slow down, stop and turn direct on April 15. Saturn just went retrograde on April 5 and is also moving very slowly. This keeps them locked in a square formation from April 6 to 23. On April 21 Venus will square Saturn for the 3rd time. This period could be very intense and the themes of Venus square Saturn will be emphasized.
The 1st Venus/Saturn square occurred on January 27. As discussed earlier in this forecast, January 27 was the date when the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” was initiated. Even if that immigration order ends up being transcended by new executive order, there are likely to be connections to the same or similar issues out in the world during this time. (See above: March 4, Venus square Saturn possible manifestations in the outside world)
Another reason this will be a challenging weekend is because Mercury goes retrograde on April 9. Mercury Retrograde will be in Taurus and Aries from April 9 to May 3, 2017. This Mercury retrograde phase has some beneficial attributes, but often the days just before and after Mercury turns retrograde seem to concentrate the tendency for mix-ups. So April 7-11 could bring some communication or transportation challenges. During the course of this Mercury retrograde period we can reconsider our actions and realize how to use our energy in the more practical and effective ways. Mercury will conjunct Uranus and trine Saturn three times as it moves forward, backward and then forward again. This will offer us an opportunity to come up with and discuss ideas and projects that are innovative, exciting and new, but also practical and effective. These ideas may have first surfaced on March 25 to 29. It may take until May 20 to implement our changes.
As always during Mercury retrograde periods, be aware that people in general could have a tendency to be mentally distracted. This can lead to overlooking details and cause communication or transportation problems. Unexpected mechanical or technological problems may occur. Double check all travel arrangements and make sure communications are clear to everyone concerned. This is especially true if you are a Virgo or a Gemini. See explanation of Mercury Retrograde
Feelings are building on April 10 as we approach the FULL MOON at 22° Libra on April 11 at 12:08 am, MDT. This Full Moon will bring a lot of strong feelings to the surface. Our dreams could be more vivid and intense the night of April 10/11. The afternoon of April 11 and the day of April 12 could be a calm spot in the midst of a busy week. The Sun in Aries conjuncts Uranus on the evening of April 13. This brings the possibility of changes, rebellions or breakthroughs on April 13-14. On April 15 Venus will turn direct while still squaring Saturn. (See more information above on April 8.)
April 16 to 23
Although we must still deal with continuing Venus/Saturn issues this week, there are some positive energies on April 16-17 that could lift our spirits as Venus sextiles Mars and the Sun trines Saturn. This can provide us with some thoughtful and valuable insights. The third Venus/Saturn square will occur on April 21 and could linger through the afternoon of April 23. Venus/Saturn issues will be strong. (See April 8 for Venus square Saturn explanation) The compassionate and caring Moon in Pisces conjuncts Neptune on Earth day on April 22 bringing our attention to the importance of water in every form, keeping our environment safe from toxins, appreciating the beauty of nature and our deep connection to the earth.
April 24 to 30
April 24-25 will be enthusiastic and energetic days. Get outside, do something positive, have fun. On April 26 the NEW MOON/SuperMoon at 6° of Taurus occurs at 6:16 am, MDT, bringing our focus to down-to-earth concerns and practical matters, especially financial. April 26-27 will be a good time to pay attention the physical side of life. Working in the garden, getting outside or building something could be very satisfying. Of course, you must reward yourself with a yummy meal and a comfy chair afterwards.
Mercury retrograde conjuncts Uranus on April 28 early in the morning. This could be exciting, surprising, disruptive or very possibly all of the above. Keep your plans flexible and your communications clear. April 29 is likely to be exciting and interesting in the morning, but turns more serious that afternoon and evening, possibly to do to concerns in the world regarding health or environmental matters. Family and home activities should be enjoyable on April 30.
Things should begin to settle down in May. A positive pattern forms as Saturn in Sagittarius trines Uranus in Aries on May 18 and is in effect the entire month. Hooray!
All Month: Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries
Time to update your life!
This planetary pattern is very positive and will provide us with enthusiastic, active and optimistic energies. This will be a good month to open your mind to new possibilities and give your life an update. Time to get rid of whatever isn’t working anymore. Consider something new and different. We are being given an opportunity to balance the old with the new. Now is the time to be courageous. Take the initiative and make some changes in your life in May. This influence can bring excitement, new discoveries and innovations into your life and out in the world. Changes can be made that are well thought out, practical and creative. To actualize the potential of this energy requires initiative on our part. Don’t sit back and let this opportunity go by. It will probably be easier than you think to make changes in your life at this time.
This is especially fortunate month for Aries born April 13 to 19, Leos Born Aug 15 to 21, and Sagittarians born Dec 15 to 21. If you have a birth chart, find the houses that contain 26 degrees of Sagittarius and 26 degrees of Aries. Those are the areas of your life where you can make some positive changes. This influence will also be helpful to planets, the Ascendant or Midheaven at 23 to 29 degrees of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius.
May 1 to 14
May 1 could be somewhat challenging as the Moon in Cancer squares the impulsive and assertive combination of Mercury and Uranus in Aries. Patience is needed. Some will be over-sensitive and thin-skinned today. Be especially careful to think before you speak as Mercury is still retrograde and it could be easy to have communication problems. This is also a time to slow down in general and to drive carefully. May 2 to 5 are positive days. Mercury in Aries goes direct on May 4. In general this is likely to be a time of increased understanding, enthusiasm, inspiration and a positive outlook.
May 6-7 could find us considering what we learned while Venus was retrograde and could bring a renewed appreciation for our beliefs and values. May 8-9 highlights the need to work with others, especially those who are on the opposite side. Discussions could be fruitful if we take a responsible and mature approach. The FULL MOON at 20° Scorpio occurs on May 10 at 3:42 pm, MDT. This Full Moon will present us with a chance to reach resolutions on some long standing problems during the period of May 10 to 13. This can be a time of real progress as long as we keep actions open and above board and strive for the highest and best for all.
Mothers Day is May 14. With the Moon in Capricorn and Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Aries, we will not only honor and recognize our mothers for their caring and nurturing qualities, but also for their courage, hard work, leadership and organizing abilities. Hooray for moms everywhere!
May 15 to 31
The week of May 15-21 may be centered on blending the best of old with best of the new. The trine from Saturn in Sagittarius to Uranus in Aries will be exact on May 18. Now is a time when each of us can make some progress in our personal life updates. Do something, even if it is small, to improve your life. We are also likely to see this energy reflected in national and world events.
May 22 is a day of action and getting things moving. May 23-24 are good days to stabilize and attend to practical matters. The NEW MOON/SuperMoon at 5° Gemini occurs on May 25 at 1:44 pm, MDT. This New Moon presents us with some challenges. How to balance three things: practicality, justice and compassion. Emotions are likely to be very intense. May 26 could provide us with some answers. May 27 to 31 have mostly positive energies, except for some kind of stalemate on May 28. This should be resolved by the evening of May 29. The energies are lively, fun loving and invigorating on May 30. May 31 will be a good day to get organized and practical matters will work out well.
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No one will be surprised to learn that the astrological energies for the year ahead indicate there will be a strong push for change and improvement in the way things are structured. The challenge will be to agree on what needs to be changed and improved and how to go about doing so. No easy task with so much polarization the world.
The major astrological patterns from December 2016 through February 2017 will continue to develop through 2017. These patterns are much more dynamic than the heavy and depressing energy of 2016. Some of these new energies are challenging and disruptive, while others are positive and productive. And they often occur simultaneously, making this a very complex time. Things will unfold as the year goes by.
Although major differences of opinion will certainly continue, progress can be made by being open-minded, listening and respecting divergent viewpoints and then finding common ground for the foundation of new plans. As far away from reality as that might sound at the moment, there will be opportunities to do just that. It won’t magically fall into place and happen overnight, but it can develop as the year proceeds. This is not the time to be naive or to take anything for granted, but there is reason to believe that from this turmoil, we can breakthrough to a higher level. We do have a choice. How we choose to handle these energies is up to us, both on a collective and an individual level.
Listed below are both the positive and the challenging energies over the year ahead.
- Success comes through cooperation and working with others towards a common goal. We can combine our desire for expansion and improvement with organization and practicality. Jupiter in Libra sextile Saturn Sagittarius
- Updating our methods by blending the best of the old with the best of the new will pay off. Patience and discipline along with the courage to try something new and different could yield surprisingly good results. Saturn in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries
- Big projects that focus on reforming, restructuring and rebuilding can be successful as long as they are done for the benefit of all. Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn
- Exciting discoveries, breakthroughs and innovations can extend our horizons. Social activism can stimulate growth and awakening in human consciousness. A turning point is reached in social awareness. Jupiter opposite Uranus
- New technologies and scientific discoveries will set us on a course of action based on a new vision of the future. Uranus in Aries semisquare Neptune in Pisces
- A last ditch push may occur to achieve goals through coercion, intimidation, geo-political maneuvering and misinformation. Efforts, both overt and covert, to attain power and influence resulting in power struggles can occur. Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. These activities may be connected to conditions that started in 2010. See NOTE below.
- Sudden and surprising developments can cause a major movement with the goal of gaining freedom from domination. A turning point will be reached and even a possible rebellion against the status quo. This could lead to disruption and agitation. Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries These activities may be connected to conditions that started in 2010. See NOTE below.
- We will be forced to seriously address the challenges of technology globally and how it is impacting the privacy and safety of countries and individuals. Problems could occur involving hacking, global connections, social media, online information, power grids, government, banking and other electronic systems. We must also face the potential harm of spending so much of our time and attention on our technology devices that we don’t know what is real “news” and what is unimportant information. We must also face why we are so obsessed with “Reality Shows” which actually keep us from facing reality. (Uranus semisquare Neptune)
- Watch for that raise red flags: (A) Things sound either too good to be true or too awful to be true; (B) overbearing, hot headed or destabilizing behaviors; (C) Nebulous information, ideas or actions designed to cast doubt on existing norms and structures.
NOTE: The embers of the fiery radical restructuring energies of Uranus square Pluto that were so strong from 2010 through 2015 could now be fanned back to life by Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn and opposite Uranus in Aries. Click here for more information
How you can use these energies in your personal life:
- You can start right now to improve your life. If you know you would like to make some improvements, but don’t know what to do next, here are some ideas:
- First, identify where in your life you are feeling hemmed in, trapped or resentful. Is there something in your life that takes up your time and energy and leaves you feeling tired and drained? Are you really being yourself or just what you think you are supposed to be? Don’t make excuses or gloss over your feelings.
- Next, do whatever works for you to help you clarify and get to the heart of what’s really causing you to feel this way. Make a list of what you like and what you don’t like about your situation. The main thing is to be totally honest. Do a pro’s and con’s list. List what you want and why you think you can’t have it or what has been holding you back. Then challenge those assumptions. Try a flow of consciousness writing. Sometimes just writing things out will clarify what is really bothering you and what the possible solutions are. Meditate, walk in nature or soak in the tub for hours. Talk to a good friend. Talk to yourself. Talk to your dog. Possibly to your cat ….. on second thought, disregard the cat suggestion.
- Give yourself time to let the changes unfold. You may have sudden insights and jumps forward. You don’t have to rush. Although it can be helpful to stand back and view the “Big Picture”, life is lived in the present moment. Be in it. Have faith that what you need to know will be revealed to you when you need it.
Before we move on, there is something else to consider…….
In addition to the planetary influences above, many astrologers are also observing the planetary patterns involving objects beyond Pluto located in the Kuiper Belt. The first Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) was discovered in 1992. This was very interesting, but most astrologers didn’t really start paying much attention to these objects until 2005, when a KBO first spotted in 2003 was confirmed and was thought to be bigger than Pluto. That got everybody’s attention. This KBO was called 2003UB 313 and then nicknamed Xena (the television Warrior Princess). In 2006, it was officially given the name of Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, discord and chaos.
Living up to her name, Eris promptly caused great turmoil when, rather than add Eris as a new planet, Pluto was demoted to the new classification of “dwarf planet”. Dwarf planet designations were also given to Eris, two other KBO’s, and to Ceres (an asteroid located between Mars and Jupiter).
Whether you call it a planet or a dwarf planet, most astrologers will attest to Pluto’s intense astrological influence in our lives. Why wouldn’t Eris, who turned out to be almost as large as Pluto, be powerful, too? When a planet, a dwarf planet (or really anything new), is discovered in space, our consciousness has been expanded also. We now “see” something that had been hidden from us. We are opened to a deeper level of knowing. However, we may not be very good at handling all this new found energy and knowledge at first. We may not understand what is happening because it is something “more”. It is different, unfamiliar and not “normal”.
We can think of Pluto as the Gatekeeper to a mysterious and deeper region of our consciousness. As we discover objects beyond Pluto, we are opening our consciousness to ever deepening levels. We need to observe Eris and the other dwarf planets for many, many years and do historical research before we can draw conclusions.
As far as research goes, we’re in luck because a planetary pattern is occurring right now that is providing us with lots of material. Uranus is currently conjuncting Eris, which is an extremely important configuration and gives us something major to look at right away. Allowing a ten degree orb of influence, the conjunction started around April 2014 and will last until March 2020. This conjunction is at its peak in 2016 and 2017. It was exact in June and September of 2016 and will be exact again in March of 2017.
The conjunction of Uranus and Eris tells us that the energies of Uranus, planet of change, rebellion, shake-ups and shock, are combing with Eris, associated with discord, strife and feminine warrior energies. They will be expressed in an Aries fashion – assertively, dynamically and with lots of fire and passion. The blending of these energies could indicate upsets, anger, strife, shocks and shaking us up in ways we haven’t experienced before. Hmmm, sound familiar? Not only did the US election turn things upside down and sideways, but Brexit (June 2016) could also have a similar effect in Europe in 2017. Not to mention all the turmoil seemingly everywhere in the world. Although it is not pleasant, it is also very important to remember that shake-ups often lead to wake-ups.
The feminine warrior energy is out there, too. How will it manifest? We will see. Most importantly, we need to avoid jumping to conclusions. There is going to be much more to Eris than we comprehend at this point. Pluto is associated with death, destruction and endings. Something we normally like to avoid. Yet, by bringing those forces into our consciousness, we are able to see what was hidden within us. This allows toxins to be released and healing to occur. We also might find some buried treasure that had been hidden away. Pluto brings us transformation, transmutation, releasing and cleansing. It takes courage to face these unknown parts of ourselves, but doing so brings much greater depth and meaning to life. Eris will also have deep and valuable insights to offer us than just the initial discord and strife. What that is and how long it will take to be revealed is unknown. But we’ve seen it now and are on that journey of discovery, ready or not.
We can’t say for certain what Uranus conjunct Eris means, but it certainly describes something “more”, different and unfamiliar. What lies ahead remains to be seen. We could be in for more big surprises. We are, indeed, in uncharted territory.
Okay – back to the forecast…..
November 29 to December 31, 2016
November 29: NEW MOON IN PISCES, 5:18 am MST. Plans and intentions are hatching behind the scenes November 29-30. This New Moon squares Neptune and the Nodes of the Moon which indicates murky or confusing conditions. We really need to think about what we are planning to put into motion now because our actions could have karmic consequences in the world and in our personal lives. Strive to focus on the highest and best good for all. If you are not sure about something or have a feeling of unease, wait a few days to make any important decisions. It is very likely that things are not what they seem at this time.
December 1-11: There are many positive astrological energies as the month begins. It will be an active and energetic time. Mars in the friendly and humanitarian sign of Aquarius will make positive aspects with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus from December 1- 7. This indicates a time when people can work together for the common good and enjoy each others company while they are doing it. The Sun in Sagittarius will also form positive aspects with Jupiter in Libra and conjunct Saturn on December 8-10. The Sun then trines Uranus on December 11-12. The potential to come up with thoughtful and practical plans to improve our lives will be strong. Pay attention to ideas that may pop in your head about how to update your personal life. Be open to looking at things in a whole new way. Write your thoughts down and keep them for reference. You may be amazed later this year how helpful these ideas will be.
December 12-16: We should be getting an idea where things are headed in the coming months. Pay attention to developments as we approach the December 13: FULL MOON/ SuperMoon in GEMINI, 5:05 pm, MST. Something may be revealed now that was hidden around the New Moon on November 29. However, we still may not have the full story.
December 17: A good day to do something fun, creative or entertaining.
December 18-20: Mercury goes retrograde on December 19 in the sign of Capricorn (see below) just as it is about to conjunct Pluto. Will there be information that is close to being revealed at this time that goes (or is forced) underground? We will probably have to wait until January 28-30 before we hear the whole story.
December 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017: Mercury will be retrograde in Capricorn. This Mercury retrograde period can help us get our lives organized. It is time to focus on practical matters and getting things in proper order. We can make progress on eliminating whatever is standing in the way of our goals in life. Mercury will also be sextile Neptune in Pisces three times during its process of moving backward and forward. This will blend the imagination, spirituality and intuition of Neptune and Pisces with the down-to-earth and realistic energy of Capricorn. As always during Mercury retrograde periods, be aware that people in general could have a tendency to be mentally distracted, which can lead to overlooking details and could result in communication or transportation problems. Unexpected mechanical or technological problems may occur. Double check all travel arrangements and make sure communications are clear to everyone concerned. This is especially true if you are a Virgo or a Gemini. See explanation of Mercury Retrograde
December 21: The WINTER SOLSTICE occurs at 3:45 am, MST, as the Sun enters Capricorn. Take some time to contemplate the arrival of winter and the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Let your Inner Light shine in the darkness.
December 22-30: This is likely to be a whirlwind of energies, both positive and challenging. Great potential, but hard to predict how it will manifest in mass consciousness. Individually, we can each choose to embrace the positive and focus on the exciting ideas and options for the future. Uranus will seem to stand still and be locked in a challenging opposition with Jupiter in Libra and at the same time be in a harmonious trine with Saturn in Sagittarius. You can see the potential manifestation of these energies in the descriptions which were discussed earlier and are repeated below:
Saturn in Sagittarius Trine Uranus in Aries: Positive: Updating our methods by blending the best of the old with the best of the new will pay off. Patience and discipline along with the courage to try something new and different could yield surprisingly good results.
Jupiter in Libra Opposite Uranus in Aries: Positive: Exciting discoveries, breakthroughs and innovations can extend our horizons. Social activism can stimulate growth and awakening in human consciousness. A turning point is reached in social awareness. Challenging: Sudden and surprising developments can cause a major movement to gain freedom from domination. A turning point and a possible rebellion against the status quo that could lead to disruption, rebellion and agitation.
December 28: NEW MOON IN CAPRICORN, 11:53 pm, MST (December 29 at 1:53 am, EST). Focus on practicality, organization, and planning. This new moon is conjunct Mercury retrograde in Capricorn indicating it is time to start getting down to business and finally clear out things that are not essential. Think carefully about what seeds you are planting in your life right now because they are likely to have dynamic results at the Full Moon on January 12. The energies of change and surprise will be very intense, as Uranus turns Direct on December 29. The energies of change, shake-up and wake-up start marching forward.
December 30-31: As the year draws to a close, there will probably be a huge traveling sigh of relief heard round the world as we leave tumultuous 2016 and turn our attention to 2017 and the changes in the world we know are ahead. There is likely to be a general feeling of both uncertainty and hope.
January and February 2017
January 1-4: A New Year dawns and even though we may be holding our breath with fingers crossed, the mood should be fairly optimistic on January 1, 2017. The first four days present some challenges regarding technology and communications. To help avoid problems, make sure communications are clearly understood by everyone, don’t take anything for granted and keep your schedule flexible. Information may be misleading. Don’t believe everything you hear.
January 5-13: A strong urge to get things done could propel us to work hard at organizing, planning and getting our ducks in a row. Power struggles could ensue out in the world during this time period. Mercury goes Direct on January 8, which means January 6-10 could be prone to mix-ups or confusion.
January 10-13: The FULL MOON in Cancer occurs on January 12, 4:34 am, MST. This is a very powerful Full Moon and will be felt from at least January 10 to 13. Whatever was put into motion at the New Moon on December 28/29, 2016 will now be in full bloom. The outer world could experience conflict over who gets to be “the boss”. This Full Moon will stimulate the energies of change and surprise indicated by Jupiter opposite Uranus (see above under December 29) and Jupiter square Pluto, which indicates a lot of jockeying for position, control and power. In addition, it will also strongly activate Eris, which could add some wildcard energy to the mix. During this period, we all will get a glimpse of how the main planetary patterns in 2017 may manifest over the year ahead. At this point we can observe the energies, but not the final outcome. As individuals, this could help us get things moving in our personal lives, or at least, provide some important realizations. Many will find this to be a dynamic time in their lives.
Those with the following birthdates could feel this Full Moon very strongly. January 10-13 may be a time of major decisions/realizations or activity in your life:
Aries – April 6-14; Cancer – July 8-16; Libra – Oct 9-17; Capricorn – Jan 7-15. Planets, the Ascendant or Midheaven at 16-24 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will also be stimulated.
January 13-15: Take the weekend off. On Friday night and Saturday the Moon in optimistic and fun-loving Leo lifts our spirits. This should be a good time for being with others, entertainment and creativity. Sunday is likely to have a reflective, compassionate and spiritual quality as the Moon in Virgo conjuncts the North Node and opposes Neptune and Venus in Pisces. We may find ourselves contemplating how we can be of service in the world.
January 16-19: This looks like it will be somewhat of a contentious time when we find our actions or desires are blocked or progress is frustratingly slow. Be patient and don’t try to “make” something happen. This too shall pass.
January 20: The presidential inauguration in the US occurs at noon. The Inauguration chart indicates there will be many challenges for the US over the next four years, particularly relating to the economy and relationships with foreign countries. There will also be opportunities to work together within our own country and with other countries to make positive and innovative changes at home and in the world. See the positive energies and the challenging energies at the beginning of this newsletter for more information.
January 21-23: Positive energies over this period help us have a determined, yet compassionate and philosophical outlook.
January 24-26: The morning of January 24 could be challenging or hectic, but by afternoon and for the next two days, the energies will spur us on to work on accomplishing our goals.
January 27- February 2: The NEW MOON in AQUARIUS occurs on January 27 at 5:07 pm, MDT. This New Moon seems to have some sadness or disappointment associated with it. Something that had been hidden could be revealed around January 28-29 that causes upsets over the following four days. In general, the period from January 27 to February 2 not a good time to start something new or to make important decisions. The energies will be too unstable. However, information or inner realizations on January 30 could prove to be enlightening.
February 3-7: We could be feel stimulated by exciting new ideas and insights which may cause us to reconsider our plans and goals.
February 8-13: Challenges could keep us on our toes on February 8, but otherwise the energy over this six day period will be optimistic, friendly, progressive and future oriented. A FULL MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE in LEO occurs on February 10 and will be followed by a solar eclipse at the new Moon later this month on February 26. These eclipses indicate February will be a month when a shift in circumstances and a change in direction begin that will develop over the next three to six months. Even though things may appear to be hunky-dory at the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse on February 10, there may be something important under wraps and hidden from view. Pay attention to your dreams and intuition on February 9-11. You could have some valuable insights and realizations.
February 14-28: The energies will begin to shift and pick up speed the afternoon of February 14-15. We could receive some interesting and exciting information on February 16-23 that gets our attention. There is also a strong energy of aggression or anger that could surface on February 20-28. We are very likely to see this energy erupt in events in the outer world. It is much less likely to affect us personally, but don’t take any unnecessary chances with your safety. Avoid dicey situations, people and locations. Listen to your intuition. A NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE occurs on February 26 in Pisces at 7:58 am, MST, just as Mars in Aries conjuncts Uranus and Eris in Aries, and opposes Jupiter in Libra. Something big is brewing.
Ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened ……
May your Spirit be filled with Joy and Wonder!
Much Love, Judy
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you
pales in comparison to what lies within you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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