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2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20th at approximately 2:58pm, Spring will officially begin, while our neighbors below the equator in the Southern Hemisphere will simultaneously be celebrating the return of Autumn.  On this day, both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere will receive equal amounts of daylight and darkness, hence the term Equinox which is Latin for “Equal Night”. Back in December, ever since the Winter Solstice, the sun has been gradually making its way northward. On the Equinoxes, the sun rises due east and sets due west, right in the middle - equidistant between the rising and setting locations of the sun during the Solstices. After this day however, the amount of daylight becomes greater than the amount of night time, as the sun continues its journey northward and the days continue to get longer until June 21st, The Summer Solstice.

2019-02-24Feb 24, 2019

In a year when there are not many important transits, this month brings one of the most significant. Uranus enters Taurus on March 6. The New Moon in Pisces will also take place that day.  The monthly New Moon represents a time of new beginnings, as does a slow moving planet entering a new sign. Now Uranus first entered Taurus on May 14 last year and remained there until November 6. It’s interesting that the day the planet representing extreme, often revolutionary change retrograded back into Aries, a sign quite comfortable with risk, on election day. The results brought a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, flipped state houses and legislatures into the Democratic column and saw more women and minorities elected that at any time in our history. 

 

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Mars, the Roman God of War, has been gracing our early evening skies for quite a while now.  Slowly but surely, this steady beacon of pale reddish light has been making its way westward and will eventually disappear into the glare of the setting sun - but not this month. Early in February, Mars appears as an average to bright “star” high in the south southwest just after sunset. By month’s end however, this same beacon will be slightly less brilliant and will appear further west just after sunset, although still pretty high in the sky. 

2019-01-23Jan 23, 2019

One of the emerging themes for the year will play out this month. There will be at least 4 planets in earth signs, both this month and next. These earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn, like life to be orderly and under control. They tend to emphasize authority (Capricorn), tradition and comfort (Taurus). There will also be 6 planets in Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces, signs that prioritize freedom and independence. The earth signs prioritize conformity, the others are comfortable with risk. This dynamic is one that will remain throughout the year, to one degree or another, and even continue for the next few years. This mirrors the extremes of values, priorities and actions that the world, individually and collectively, is struggling with. Now we are shifting to the Aquarian Age, On one hand Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn, the energy that likes authoritarian control, hierarchy and achievement. The other co-ruler is Uranus, the energy that embraces change, innovation, experimentation and liberation.

 

2018-12-21Dec 21, 2018

With four planets in fire signs this month, the year should get off to a dynamic and creative beginning. This will be helpful as we face what eventually could become a dual themed year. These patterns are illuminated by Jupiter in Sagittarius, one of the signs it rules, and Saturn in Capricorn one of the signs it rules. In December, Saturn will conjoin Pluto, also in Capricorn. This conjunction will remain through 2019 - 2020 and is one of the most profound transits we can experience. We will be discussing this combination in this space periodically throughout the year. In terms of personal responsibility, Saturn adds the concept of accountability to the Jupiter orientation to ethics.

2018-11-18Nov 18, 2018

The rancorous midterm elections are over. They reflected the turbulence that is pervading the human condition as well as the political, economic and philosophical divides that are facing this country and the world. As the year draws to a close, this is a good time to review the past 12 months so that we may notice how we responded to the rolling challenges that this year brought. My January column will explore some of the major patterns for 2019, as well as highlighting specific transits for that month. For a longer and more in depth discussion of the New Year, I will be giving my annual Perspectives talk on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 7 PM at the Luther Burbank Center.

2018-10-24Oct 24, 2018

One way we can notice the passage of time is through the planets changing sign. Since each planet revolves around the Sun at different rates, we can note shifts in everyday experiences as different planets transit from one sign to the next. This month Jupiter will transit from Scorpio, where it’s been since October 2007 into Sagittarius, where it will remain until December 2019.

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