Star Stories: April 2020

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strology for April 2020

Note for April: Blessed April friends! This month has a lot of fire and air energy that is calmed and grounded by the Sun moving into Taurus as well as the earthy Taurus New Moon. Go outside, pay attention to the land, and celebrate all the things that are flourishing in and around you!

4/1: Waxing Quarter at 12 degrees Cancer, 5:21 AM – All Fools Day. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: Where do I need to increase nourishment?

4/3: Venus moves into Gemini. This year Venus is in Gemini for a looong time because it will retrograde through this sign. When Lady V is in the sign of the Twins it means we are all more charming and flirtatious than usual! It also can mean that fidelity and exclusivity are much harder to come by.
Ask: What am I not ready to commit to?

4/4: Venus Trine Saturn. Although Venus in Gemini gets your flirt on, this trine with Saturn is actually beneficial for long term commitments and a marriage proposal made today would signify a lasting bond! This is also a great day to get spending and finances in check – just before tax time!
Ask: What am I ready to commit to?

4/4: Jupiter and Pluto Conjunction. This pairing occurs every 13 years. It is sometimes referred to as the “mogul” pairing and carries a lot of potential for creating deep wealth and money magic.
Ask: Where am I ready to deepen my wealth and abundance?

4/7: Full Moon at 18 degrees Libra, 9:35 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What is my relationship to balance?

4/7: Mars square Uranus. This is one of the most dangerous aspects of astrology because it can often bring in unexpected accidents. Be extra cautious on this day, do not be in a rush, exercise safety especially around fire. As long as you do that, the energy can work to supercharge one of your most brilliant insights!
Ask: Where can I take more care?

4/11: Mercury moves into Aries. Communication becomes fast, brisk, and smart during Mercury’s move through Aries. Just make sure that you do not get overly aggressive in your conversations.
Ask: What truth am I ready to share?

4/12: Happy EASTER!!!!

4/14: Waning Quarter Moon at 25 degrees Capricorn, 5:56 PM. A reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: What can I stop pretending to be/do?

4/14: Sun squares Pluto. This is a tricky aspect that can have all of us diving into a bit of an existential moment as the shadow side of our personal psyches, as well as the shadow side of bigger powers (like entire countries or global economies), are lit by the sun and in plain view of all. Be kind to everyone, including yourself.
Ask: What shadow do I see right now?

4/15: Sun square Jupiter. When the Sun squares Jupiter it is the proverbial our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. The dream or vision that you have right now could use a big dose of rational clarity. If you don’t actively seek that out, on this day it will come and find you.
Ask: What practicalities am I forgetting when it comes to my big project?

4/19:  Sun enters Taurus 9:45 AM
Ask: What foundations am I ready to lay down?

4/21: Sun square Saturn. This creates a sense of fear, challenge, and sometimes the feeling that you have absolutely no time. Expect delays and wonky behavior from others and you will be in good shape.
Ask: What calming rites can I engage in when I feel too rushed?

4/22: New Moon at 3 degrees Taurus, 9:26 PM – Earth Day. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What financial seeds am I ready to sow?

4/25: Pluto Retrograde. Retrograde begins at 1:54 PM and stations direct on October 4th at 8:32 AM.
Ask: What aspects of my personal power need to be refined?

4/26: Sun conjunct Uranus. Bring on the freedom, vision of the future and really smart ideas! This is a great day for all of the above. Take the party outside for maximum pleasure. One caveat,  you may encounter people and situations that push against your comfort zone – on this day you can choose to stretch out and explore IF you want to.
Ask: Where am I no longer willing to feel stuck?

4/28: Mercury square Saturn. This is a hard day for communications and things that you need or want to say are likely to come out all wrong. Give yourself a break and consider all of the ways you can nonverbally communicate.
Ask: What can I wait to say?

4/30: Waxing Quarter at 10 degrees Leo, 3:38 PM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What does the right relationship to luxury look and feel like?

4/30: Mercury conjunct Uranus. NOW you can talk! This is a once a year, brilliant convergence that can reveal all kinds of profound ideas and connections to you.
Ask: What connections need to be made now? April April 

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Star Stories: March 2020

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strology for March 2020

Note for March: Happy March! This month starts with a pretty watery feel as Mercury continues its retrograde through Pisces and then Aquarius. Any last sleepiness from the past few months will be felt the first week and change of March. Once that period has passed the fiery, renewing, the energy of Aries takes center stage and we all feel energized and ready to dive headfirst into Spring madness!

3/1: Rabbit, Rabbit!!! Happy March!

3/2: Waxing Quarter at 12 degrees Gemini, 1:57 PM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What message is growing within me?

3/3: Venus moves into a square with Saturn and this could strengthen tensions we already feel with the Mercury RX madness.
Ask: Where can I exercise just a little more kindness right now? Pro tip: If your romantic relationships are feeling particularly roughened up by the astro, try a honey jar!

3/4: Mercury Retrogrades out of Pisces and into Aquarius where it spends the remainder of the RX period. Mercury RX in Aquarius is more measured than the Pisces trip was, and you may find your thinking starts to clarify somewhat.
Ask: Where do I need to review ideas about the future?

3/4: Venus moves into Taurus. Venus loooves to be in Taurus. The next month is a strengthening time for relationships and love generally speaking. Prioritize beauty!
Ask: Where do I need more beauty in my life?

3/8: Venus conjunct Uranus. Expect surprises especially when it comes to love and money on this day.
Ask: What relationship needs to be stirred up?

3/8: Daylight Savings Time begins at 1:00am cdt. Spring Forward!

3/8: Sun conjunct Neptune. Expect dreamy, sweet, loving connections today and possibly a brilliant new creative idea arriving at your door. This is also a day where magical dream tending is always advised and one where it pays to watch your wallet and spending.
Ask: Where do my depths need illumination?

3/9: Full Moon at 19 degrees Virgo, 12:48 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What is my relationship to sovereignty?

3/9: Mercury Retrograde ENDS!!!

3/16: Waning Quarter at 26 degrees Sagittarius, 4:34 AM. Reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: Where does my aim need to be improved?

3/16: Mercury moves back into Pisces – but direct this time. Mercury in Pisces brings great discoveries when it comes to art, music, and creativity but can encourage fuzzy thinking around love and money.
Ask: What creative work wants to be heard now?

3/19: Sun enters Aries (Spring Equinox) 10:50 PM — Spring Equinox
Ask: What is ready to be balanced?

3/20: Mars conjunct Jupiter. This is the astrological equivalent of rocket fuel for your dreams! It has the ability to live and elevate you in the most amazing ways and to give you the energy to carry your big vision to its conclusion.
Ask: What audacious endeavor am I ready to tackle?

3/21: Saturn moves into Aquarius, giving us relief from all the Capricorn drama and turning our attention to the future.
Ask: What kind of future do I want to build?

3/22: Mars conjunct Pluto. This is a tricky conjunction that brings power – our quest for it and our experience of it – into contact with aggression and even violence. At its best this conjunction leads to a deepening of personal power paired with martial discipline. At its worst, it can bring out violent tendencies.
Ask: Where would my relationship to power be improved through greater discipline?

3/24: New Moon at 4 degrees Aries, 4:28 AM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What new adventure is calling me?

3/27: Venus and Jupiter trine – this is a wonderful astrology to make your dreams and visions come true. Venus and Jupiter are two of the most powerful positive celestial influences. When they come together all manner of good things are positive.
Ask: What blessings am I ready to accept?

3/30: Mars moves into Aquarius. Mars in Aquarius gets things moving and typically leads to more protests and activism on a global level. This is powerful astrology for optimizing our future.
Ask: What vision of the future am I willing to fight for?

3/31: Saturn conjunct Mars. All efforts to optimize, overpower or charge through obstacles meet with a wall on this day. A better bet is to coolly strategize your next move and resist enacting it until after this conjunction is over.
Ask: Where do I need more strategy and less tactics?

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Star Stories: February 2020

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strology for February 2020

Note for February: Hola Miracles! Sooo…February! We have Valentine’s Day, three planets that change signs this month and…the first Mercury Retrograde of 2020! I have a bunch of articles on Mercury RX in Pisces that will help give you the lay of the land and a feeling of what to expect. The fact that Mars moves into Capricorn on the same day that Mercury goes retrograde means that we have serious organization energy behind us so make like Marie Kondo and get to cleaning up. If you want to add some magic to your cleaning/re-org regimes this article will help.

2/1: Happy and Blessed February and Imbolg/Candlemass for those who celebrate: https://brianasaussy.com/blessed-imbolg-and-happy-candlemas/

2/1: February kicks off with a square between the Aquarius Sun and Taurus Moon.
Ask: How can I bring more freedom to a place I currently feel stuck in?

2/1: Waxing Quarter at 12 degrees Taurus, 7:42 PM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What pleasure am I ready to meet?

2/3: Mercury moves into Pisces. Clarity around dreams, art-making, and spirituality abounds but watch out for overly emotional outbursts!
Ask: What are my feelings trying to tell me?

2/7: Venus moves into Aries. This positioning can bring out the selfish and greedy aspects in all of us. Boundaries around giving and taking will be brought to your attention during this transit.
Ask: Where do I need to give more and where do I need to take more?

2/9: Full Moon at 20 degrees Leo, 1:33 AM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What is my relationship with courage?

2/14: Happy Valentine’s Day! (Given the upcoming Mercury RX in Pisces on 2/16, I recommend that you keep Vday spending at a moderate level and hold off on big announcement or plans or, ahem, proposals, until AFTER the RX period is over).

2/15: Waning Quarter Moon at 26 degrees Scorpio, 4:17 PM. Reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: What inherited stories are I ready to acknowledge?

2/16: Mercury Retrograde begins! February 16th – March 9, 2020: Retrograde starts at 6:54 PM in Pisces, moves into Aquarius on March 3rd and stations direct on March 9th at 10:49 PM. For more on Mercury Retrogrades, check out this post.
Ask: What spiritual practices are ready to be reviewed?

2/16: Mars moves into Capricorn. Get ready to start a major project, get yourself organized, and find the structures that work best for you.
Ask: What am I ready to overhaul and optimize?

2/18: Sun enters Pisces 10:57 PM
Ask: What dream am I ready to follow?

2/21: Mars in Capricorn trines Uranus in Taurus. Anytime Mars and Uranus come together I advise caution and that goes extra during the Mercury RX period – make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to appointments and avoid needlessly dangerous situations. This trine gives us a ton of physical energy so working out or starting a new fitness regime on this day is a big YES.
Ask: Where am I ready to move mountains?

2/23: New Moon at 4 degrees Pisces, 9:32 AM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What new prayer or blessing am I ready to commit to?

2/25: Sun conjunct Mercury (retrograde) in Pisces. Happy Mardi Gras – this is great astro to get carried away, awesome for partying but exercise moderation or you’ll regret it in the AM!
Ask: What emotions are ready to be highlighted?

2/28: Venus and Pluto square up today. Power trips, most especially in relationships and romance, are to be expected. At best this astro roots you in your sovereignty. At worst, it allows you to become an expert manipulator of emotions – or the victim of the same.
Ask: Where do I locate the power in my most intimate relationship?

2/29: Happy Leap Year!!! Lots of reversal magic is possible on this day!

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Star Stories: January 2020

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strology for January 2020

Note for January: Hola Miracles! Just a quick note to give you the lay of the land in January. This month is going to feel pulled between the element of Earth and Water, it is old, deep, and Goddess-centered energy in many ways. This month kicks off with FIVE planets in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. The Capricorn energy is highlighted during the Pluto + Saturn conjunction on January 12th. This conjunction is very significant and I am hosting a free class where we will discuss it. Learn more + get the call-in details here. Water energy is brought in by the Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse in Cancer and also by the movement of Venus into Pisces where it grows closer and closer to dreamy Neptune right up until the 27th when they finally meet.

1/1: Happy and Blessed New Year my friends! I love doing this Seed Money Ritual anytime but especially as we usher in a brand new year! https://brianasaussy.com/seed-money-ritual/

1/2: Mercury and Jupiter get together to keep things happy, bright, and positive.
Ask: What messages of cheer am I ready to send and receive?

1/2: Waxing Quarter at 12 degrees Aries 8:45 pm. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What fire wants to be kindled?

1/3: Mars moves into Sagittarius today and as it does we all feel more confident, capable, and ready to tackle even the toughest resolutions.
Ask: Where do I need to be bold?

1/10: Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse at 20 degrees Cancer 1:21 pm. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What are my dreams telling me?

1/10: Uranus direct!
Ask: What did I learn about my future?

1/12: Pluto conjunct Saturn. This is a conjunction that occurs only every 34 years. It kicks off 2020 with an intense pairing. Saturn, the stern taskmaster encounters power player Pluto and this can impact us in a couple of different ways. On the one hand, we can be shadowy and sketchy about our pursuit of power, skirting the law and taking the easy way out in order to gain or keep the upper hand. On the other hand, this duo can inspire unparalleled discipline and potency that you can bring to your New Year’s Resolutions and any other area of life where you need it! You can also join me in some more Pluto/Saturn magic-making (including a free call) right here.
Ask: Where do I need to super-charge my discipline?

1/13: Venus moves into Pisces and has us all feeling more tender.
Ask: What is my relationship to compassion?

1/13: Neptune and Jupiter face off in a square today and it is the first of three such squares occurring this year. This is a high fantasy alert and may bring about warnings if you are involved in projects that are unrealistic or overly optimistic. On the other hand, you can work with the tension of this square to breathe practicality into your arts and dreams.
Ask: Where am I being too optimistic or unrealistic?

1/16: Mercury moves into Aquarius and things start to rock and roll because these two swift energies love to chat, think, and move!
Ask: What. brilliance. am I ready to share?

1/17: Waning Quarter at 26 degrees Libra, 6:58 AM. Reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: Where do I need to banish dependency?

1/20: Sun enters Aquarius 8:55 AM
Ask: What community am I ready to cultivate?

1/20: Sun enters Aquarius 3:04 AM
Ask: What community am I ready to cultivate?

1/23: Sun in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus brings restless energy that can also leave you feeling thwarted. Try this: ground yourself in something outside of your comfort zone.
Ask: Where am I ready to experiment?

1/24: New Moon at 4 degrees, Aquarius 3:42 PM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What message am I ready to broadcast?

1/25: Lunar and Chinese New Year celebrating the Year of the Rat! Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac and like rats, in real life, those born under this sign are seen as intelligent, funny, flexible, adaptable, and full of energy!

1/27: Neptune conjunct Venus in Pisces. Cue the waterworks or, alternatively, heartfelt connections, do NOT go spend a bunch of money or engage in essence-sucking fantasies that go nowhere. Great time for water/heart/love magics.
Ask: What emotional depths am I ready to explore?

1/28: Neptune square Mars is a day of low energy. Do relaxing/restorative exercises and steer clear of all kinds of excess.
Ask: What would be the best self-care for me today?

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Hearth and Home Vol. 17: All Stars All the Time

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Happy New Moon in Libra! I possessively consider this “my” New Moon. Why? I am doing some deep magic during this time, sowing seeds for even bigger magic that will come to fruit later on this month when the full moon occurs…on my birthday!

It is appropriate to begin this missive talking about the moon because I feel like I am saturated with brilliant moon-shine, stardust, and planetary frequencies. Did you know that the planets make sounds? I’m in full tilt astro mode because I’m working on my second book which is about astrology and parenting.

At the same time, I am preparing the Mercury Retrograde Survival Kit reports and the Star Stories for 2020. I am doing both of these reports pretty early because I think in both cases it is useful to have the information sooner.

For Mercury Retrograde especially I like people to have at least a week to work with their information before the planet retrogrades. In the case of the Star Stories, it is necessary to start early. Each report takes 3-4 hours to put together and I have 40 to complete! A lot of my clients do their planning for the next year in November and December, so I like them to have next year’s astro info as early as possible.

And of course, while tackling all of this, I’m still sharing far and wide the joy of my first book! I recently got to sit down with Michael Stone for an interview that covered a big range of topics: from magic (naturally enough) to enlightenment philosophy, to the importance of language. You can listen to it right here.

One of the most lovely things has been opening up my inbox to find wonderful little messages from readers who just adored the book and wanted to reach out and say hi. I’ve had several mental health professionals seek me out specifically and give the book accolades, and I’ve also heard from a couple of folks in locked institutions (ie, jail) who were deeply moved by the book.

To me, this is far and away higher praise than any award or top pick book list could confer. (One day I want to go into the energetics of writing a book because it is so fascinating, but that’s another story.) But the short version is: it takes a lot of out of you!

I was speaking to a client of mine who has a BIG book coming out next year (you’ll see her name in national media coverage) and she was talking about how much energy the output has been for her. I reminded her that she will receive energy back from the book. In the most obvious way, remuneration, which honestly is usually not very much at all; but the money is not really the most important consideration in this case. The real exchange is when people reach out to you and say…your book…changed something for me. That is the payoff, the knowledge not so much that someone likes your work, but that your work is out there, being of good use to others.

The other big piece of personal news is that after a 9 month sabbatical I am back on Facebook. Why did I return? Well, Sounds True, my amazing publisher, invited me to do a Facebook Live video in their private book club group and I saw a host of familiar faces, people I realized I only get to see on Facebook. So I thought about it, got clear on my intentions, and returned in a way that works for me and my busy life. You can see on my page evidence of this work. When I am on Facebook, I am conveying a steady beam of goodness out into the noisy, negative world. So my personal profile is full of inspiring news and my business page features information about upcoming events, recipes, enchantments, how-to’s, classes, offerings, and of course…books!

In October David and I celebrate our fourteenth year of marriage and 17th year of togetherness. He continues to be my true love and best friend. We still feel like we got married yesterday and, perhaps most importantly of all, we still have so much FUN together!

Then, right after that milestone, I’ll be celebrating my 39th birthday — wha??? As I indicated above, it is happening on the Full Moon in October so I’m pretty excited.

Heath has started going 2 days a week to our local day school. He is enjoying it although he did get mad at the teachers when they encouraged him to move from an art making project onto something else (typical of this family!) But great teachers as they are, they let him continue working on his pictures – something he loves doing with his daddy and big brother. Jasper is playing flag football and composing music, getting ready to start learning the ‘cello, and planning an elaborate Halloween costume that involves a piano and a Phantom of the Opera costume.

So…as we round out September I am celebrating a rich month and getting ready for another. I’ll be back around the Full Moon with a lunar letter that looks a little different, as I’ll be focusing on specific ways to make magic. So keep your eyes out for that! In the meantime, blessings of the season and pumpkin-spiced kisses!!!

xo,
Bri

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Hearth and Home Vol. 16 Battery Sufficiently Charged

Uncategorized

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Happy New Moon in Virgo!

I wake up early, a handful of hours before everyone else so that I can think and write, pray and drink coffee in the darkness and the quiet.

One of the first things I do is plug in my phone, which is usually on its last leg after the previous day’s phone calls, text messages, email checking, and news perusing. After I complete my morning rituals, I am greeted by the above message: “battery sufficiently charged.”

I especially like the modifying adverb sufficiently in this notification. This adverb is an early morning reminder that things don’t have to be perfect, they can be sufficient – and that sufficiency has its own beautiful perfection. Things can be, as I wrote in the book, just right.

Our time in New Mexico was sufficient, and we felt the push-pull that one feels on a longer vacation of wanting to stay longer, but also being ready to return home, even with the stifling heat and the crazy that is the few days leading up to the first day of school.

This year was a milestone for both boys. Jasper started the 2nd grade and Heath, our 14 month old, started going to his little day-school twice a week for half days.

David and I received a pleasant little surprise on the first day of Jasper’s school, which turned out to be Heath’s first day too. What started as a trip to Heath’s school to get paperwork, ended with the happy little one year old trundling off to the water pools with his teacher.

Monday turned out to be his scheduled day for fun, so we were in business. We looked at each other, much as, I imagine, parents do when they send their last child off to college or to work or to travel and are faced with an empty house, but we burst out laughing, feeling at the same time a little bereft and shocked, but totally elated.

A whole year and change have gone by since we introduced him to the world. Our life is back (sort of!) We went (floated in the sky, it felt like) to breakfast and had adult conversations that were not interrupted by feeding babies or wiping away spilled water, or hearing the latest knock-knock jokes. We went to breakfast to be together and hold hands and talk about…the kids. We totally talked about the kids! Of course, we did!

The new-found space of having both of the little ones in school was timed perfectly. I am knee-deep in writing, planning a magical retreat in Italy that I am SO excited for, and preparing for all of the astro magic of 2020 – get a sneak peek here.

David is editing and being an engaged dad to our little boys, making art and filling our home with music and doing a million other things too. And we are relishing the hours we have together.

There could always be more…more time, more space, more energy, but chasing after more is also so very exhausting. It feels better to actually enjoy where we are right now, to know and feel that right here is enough, sufficient, and just right.

So this Hearth and Home is for those of you who always feel behind or not quite up to par, or like your best efforts still come in somewhere around the middle of the heap: see if there isn’t something about your efforts that is sufficient, and that you are enough, exactly as you are, right here, and right now.

xo,
Bri

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