Star Stories: November 2017 edition

Divination and Dreams



Lots of exciting starry goodness to share with you as we continue in this festive and liminal time of the year. Neptune gets busy this month and we have a special aspect between Saturn and Uranus that we will not see again until 2037.

And a little heads up: the next Mercury Rx begins on December 3rd and goes through December 22nd. As always I have plenty of Mercury Rx articles to get you ready – start with this one – and there are still a few spots left in the Mercury Rx Survival Kit so if you are Mercury sensitive then come join us!

Finally, November 4th is “fall back” when those of us in the US of A go back to “regular” time (can you hear Time God Saturn laughing?) Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you hit the pillows.

The Sun

At the beginning of the month the sun is in the deep and tumultuous waters of Scorpio. This period marks one of the most liminal times of the year as it coincides with the many festivals for the Dead and kicks off the months ahead when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. Plan accordingly like the soulful seeker that you are and don’t fill your engagement calendar until you are exhausted.
Ask: How can I go deeper?

On Tuesday, November 21st the Sun moves into Sagittarius. This brings a new breeze into our lives and an increased level of optimism. Mystical interests are at an all time high when the Sun is in Sagittarius as is our feeling of generosity and joy – perfect for the holiday season.
Ask: How can I make it brighter?

We end November on the 29th with a nice trine between the Sun in Sagittarius and the Moon in Aries. This trine gives us the energy, pep, and even socializing spirit that is brilliant for all the parties and celebrations that accompany this time of the year.
Ask: What do I want to celebrate?

Star Power BundleThe Moon

The Full Moon occurs on November 4th at 11 degrees Taurus, 12:23 AM
Ask: What is luxurious to me?

November 10th gives us the Waning Quarter Moon at 18 degrees Leo, 2:36 PM
Ask: What does false pride keep me from doing?

The New Moon at 26 degrees Scorpio is on November 18th at 5:42 AM
Ask: What shadow am I ready to explore?

November 26th gives us the First Quarter Moon at 4 degrees Pisces, 11:03 AM
Ask: What does right relationship with my intuition look and feel like?



Mercury makes a sign change on November 4th moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius. Once in Sagittarius Mercury is know to be extra flighty and not as attentive to details. And we have a Mercury Rx in Sagittarius coming up at the beginning of December. So what does this mean?

Use the first week of November to double and triple check your plans for the holidays – especially flights and travel arrangements. If you purchase a lot of gifts that require shipping consider getting them sooner rather than later. On the flip side, you can use this time of Mercury in Sagittarius to really hone in on the big picture – perfect for end of year and beginning of year plan-making and goal-setting.
Ask: What is the big-picture story that 2017 has shared with me?

On November 13th Mercury squares off with Neptune and this energy can be a bit tricky to work with. Make sure that you do not buy into false ideas or illusions at this time and also make sure that you do not communicate them. It is a day when people may not say what they mean but, to give that a positive spin, it is also a day where there can be less speaking and more listening (and loving).
Ask: What do I need to know in order to discern the true from the false?


On November 7th Venus changes signs from her home-turf of Libra into the deep waters of Scorpio. All of a sudden love relationships, partnerships, even friendships reach a new level of intimacy and any place where those relationships refuse to go deeper is a place where we might see them break off and apart completely. This is a wonderful sign change for those who crave more or deeper intimacy and a tricky sign change for anyone who wants to stay in shallow, superficial waters.
Ask: What does deep love look like and feel like to me right now?

Venus and Neptune trine together on November 16th that supports fantasy, art, beauty, and romance with a capital R. The last time this trine occured was on August 12th so refer back to your notes from that period to see how it showed up in your life. If relationship stuff came up for you then, it may make a re-appearance now.
Ask: What is my intuition telling me about my relationship with (fill in the blank)?


Mars and Pluto square off on November 19th and this is a time and aspect to pay attention to. These two power houses speak to discipline and also risk. Use their celestial tension to help you assess risk with clear-eyed vision and also to cultivate the discipline that allows you to take risk and experience great reward.
Ask: Where, and why, am I willing to risk it all?


Lucky November 13th features a conjunction between Jupiter and Venus in Scorpio. This is a prime time to make or renew vows or promises and to set aside some time for your significant other. Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio can also herald awesome money moves, new investment opportunities, and energetically allows you to bless the financial sector of your life.
Ask: What blessing around love and/or money would I especially like to receive right now?


A Saturn and Uranus trine on November 11th ushers in Veteran’s Day in the US. This is an epic meeting of the ancient past (Saturn) with the radical future (Uranus). On a global level we might see some important new innovations in tech make themselves know at this time. Personally it is a time to reflect on how ancient virtues (like the willingness to sacrifice one’s life for one’s country) can support and enrich new possibilities (like gene therapies that can prevent life threatening disease). They may not seem immediately related, but they are. This is the last trine between these two planets that we will see until 2037.
Ask: How does my past inform my vision of the future?

On November 28th there is a conjunction between Saturn and Mercury. This heavenly meet up can often make us feel a little sad, melancholy, and fatalistic. But it can also be a great time to explore and think about areas that are hard or difficult for you and a good time to get legal affairs in order or pay attention to legal concerns. Its the kind of day to use your worst case expectation to up the ante on your insurance policy or create a Will.
Ask: What detail work do I need to apply myself to?


November 4th features an opposition between rock n roll Uranus and lovely and loving Venus. This aspect can challenge stable, romantic, relationships but it can also be channeled into doing something spontaneous and fun – road trips or pop up date nights are very much encouraged!
Ask: Where does my love life and partnerships need to be shaken up and thrilled?

November 25th features a trine between Uranus and Mercury just daring you to access your most brilliant ideas, think outside the box, and do something unexpected.
Ask: What brilliance am I holding right now?


On November 3rd we have a Neptune – Sun trine that can illuminate our next artistic vision, our intuitive knowing, and remind us that we are all in this together. This trine can also bring up deep and possibly sentimental emotions – those of you doing Ancestor work around this time should especially expect to be affected. The last time this trine occured was on 7/5 so check your notes from that day to see how things were feeling.
Ask: What mystical vision am I ready to fully illuminate?

On November 22nd the long Neptune retrograde finally comes to a halt and Neptune is moving in the right direction once more. Those of us who have an affinity with the watery planet (that is Pisces, Pisces at the Ascendant, Pisces Moon, or Pisces at any of the compass points) will feel this as a lightening and road opening experience.
Ask: What dream am I ready to believe in once more?



See the Mars entry for Pluto’s action this month!


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Star Stories: October 2017 Edition

Divination and Dreams



As we are just coming off the recent intensifying that is Pluto direct once more, let us turn our attention to one of the most magical months of the year. Sign changes, Scorpio movements concerning Death and Taxes, and Venusian Va-voom are all in the stars this month, so read on!

The Sun

At the beginning of the month the Sun is in beauty, harmony, and balance-loving Libra where love rules all and relationships are king AND queen.
Ask: Who am I committed to?

Then, on October 22nd the Sun moves out of balance and beauty seeking Libra and into the deep and tumultuous waters of Scorpio. This period marks one of the most liminal times of the year as it coincides with the many festivals for the Dead and kicks off the months ahead when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. Plan accordingly like the soulful seeker that you are and don’t fill your engagement calendar until you are exhausted.
Ask: How can I go deeper?


The Moon

The Full Moon occurs on October 5th at 12 degrees Aries, 1:40 PM – you can get in on some lunar magic making by joining up the Here Be Dragons service here.
Ask: What do I put first?

On October 12th we have a waning quarter moon at 19 degrees Cancer at 10:20 PM – remember, this is the best moon for all banishing work.
Ask: What are the emotions that consistently trip me up?

October 19th ushers in the New Moon at 26 degrees Libra, 2:12 PM
Ask: Where do I need harmony and balance?

Finally on October 27th we have a waxing Quarter at 4 degrees Aquarius, 4:22 PM – and remember this is the BEST lunar phase for divination!
Ask: What does right relationship with my community look and feel like?



Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 8th because there is an excellent conjunction between the Sun and Mercury – this is an ideal time to hatch a brilliant new idea.
Ask: What new idea am I ready to explore?

On Monday, October 9th, Mercury and the Sun are still conjunct but they start to square up with Pluto which can indicate stress and power struggles and you may enter into a situation where you are asking yourself – is this really worth it?
Ask: What is the Return on Investment I can get from this relationship?

The next day to pay attention to is October 15th. On this day Mercury and Uranus are opposed to one another and the sparks can fly. This is the kind of astro weather that can leave you feeling tired but unable to sleep with your thoughts racing a million miles an hour. Writing or talking to a friend are both good ideas.
Ask: How can I best make room for all of my ideas and insights?

On October 17th Mercury departs from lovely Libra and enters into the dark sea of Scorpio. This is a time when you are more likely to dish out the unvarnished truth and explore mysteries that you may not have had time for earlier in the year.
Ask: What am I ready to investigate?

This entrance into Scorpio is then followed up on October 18th by a conjunction with Jupiter which brings expansive ideas and possibilities to the table.
Ask: What big idea am I ready to give deep roots to?

Finally, on October 24th Mercury sidles up for a nice trine with Neptune, giving you immediate access to your inner psychic.
Ask: What is my intuition telling me?



Venus gets intense early on this month as she partners up with Pluto in an intensely sexy trine on October 3rd. Expect relationships to be extra intense during this day both in positive and more challenging ways. This is also a great time to do glamour work around power, wealth, and influence.
Ask: What intensity do I desire?

On October 5th while the Full Moon is doing her thing, Venus forges an unlikely alliance with Mars as they conjunct each other. Mythically speaking this is the Goddess Aphrodite and the God Aries getting hot and heavy with one another, the offspring that were produced from that union were all monstrous except for their daughter Harmony who was finally able to bring peace and balance to the realm.
Ask: What happens when love partners up with discipline?

October 8th will bring issues around relationships, excess, indulgence, vanity, and superficial-anything to a head as Venus squares off with Saturn. This is the last Venus – Saturn square for the year and it has the capacity to teach you much so do pay attention.
Ask: Where do my passions need to be moderated?

On October 14th Venus traipses into her happy place, moving from Virgo into Libra. While Venus in Libra encourages all of us to be a little sweeter, a little nicer, and hum “what the world needs now is love, sweet love…” we can also find ourselves blinded by those rose-colored glasses. Enjoy the time but continue to exercise discernment.
Ask: Where am I ready to share my love?

On Friday October 27th Venus and Pluto come together again but this time they butt heads in a stressful square. Relationships that have been experiencing stress might well hit their breaking point on this day. Be aware of lower Pluto-Venus impulses – the ability to emotionally manipulate, blackmail, and use sex as a weapon.
Ask: What relationship experience have I given too much power to and how might I reclaim that power?



On Wednesday, October 11th Mars and Saturn square off in a tetchy dance. Delays will happen, tempers may well flare, any area where you have not exercised appropriate moderation might come up and snag you in some manner. BUT this alignment also gives you the opportunity to influence your discipline with passion or vice-versa. DO NOT skip your exercise or fitness routine on this day.
Ask: What am I willing to take on?

The only other big move by Mars in October is its departure from Virgo and movement into Libra. Mars in Libra is traditionally considered bad juju because it can encourage inner conflict born out of Libra’s natural desire to please and Mars’ determination to come out on top. However, see above – Mars and Venus (or Libra who is ruled by Venus) also have the potential to create last peace, clarity and inner harmony – it all depends on how you play it.
Ask: What conflicts do I need to engage in in order to keep or create significant harmony?



On Tuesday, October 10th Jupiter makes a sign change this month that is very significant since he will be spending quality time in his newfound home of Scorpio. To recap: Jupiter has been in Libra for 13 months, now he is going to grace the Scorpion with his benevolent presence. This brings a cosmic magnifying glass to the issues that Scorpio is most at home with: Sex, Death, and the Sacred Arts. It also can indicate deep shifts in taxes, law (especially estate law/wills) and the dance between mainstream culture and the magical arts. All you Miracles with Scorpio heavy in your chart, make sure you get in formation because 2018 will bring abundance in a major way.
Ask: What treasure is in the depths?

Jupiter’s sign change is really intense enough to be the singular event of October but there is another one on October 24th that you will want to keep in mind. This is a conjunction between the Sun and Jupiter both in Scorpio – if you are looking for more visibility and potency in your Sacred Arts work, if you work in the sex industry, if you are involved in undercover work of any kind, and/or if you are involved in the criminal justice system (on either side) then this is a primo time for you to shine and up your game. For everyone else consider this:
Ask: Where am I ready to expand my sense of mystery?



Saturn is fairly quiet this month, but do check out the above sections to see where he gets frisky. He is storing up his energy for his own sign change which will be coming up soon!



On Thursday, October 19th we celebrate a New Moon in Libra AND we also experience A Sun/Moon opposition with Rock n Roll Uranus. This can often indicate that there will be shake up of current relationships, that you will be particularly attuned to fresh and new ideas, AND that you need to be extra careful and cautious so that there are no accidents or explosions.
Ask: What brilliance am I ready to reflect?


Neptune continues to swim through Pisces. See the Mercury section above for the other Neptunian action this month.



Venus and Pluto are the major dance partners this month so see Lady V’s section above for that information.

Here is wishing you a gorgeous and magical October!

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Astro RX 2017

Sacred Arts



Let us discover what is happening in the heavens so that we might be fully rooted here in this gorgeous earth. In this post we will go through the various phases of the moon, briefly look at what each of the planets will be up to in 2017, and of course I will give you pertinent retrograde dates and eclipse dates as well.

As always for every single point I will give you at least one question to consider. Why? Because although the popular way of teaching astrology (and most other things) is by telling you dear reader what I think they mean, I have found that a much better way of approaching anything in the sacred arts is to give you the tools to think about it, feel into it, and figure it out for yourself.

Questions, the right questions, can help you do just that. I teach both tarot and astrology in this manner and from the reports I have received and my own experience I know that it works. So get those pens and notebooks ready!

Looking to enchant your planner approach? We’ve got you covered with the first ever Sacred Arts Book of Hours.

And now, the dance of planets:

The Many Faces of the Moon

LunarLetter_FullMoonLa Luna is the most visible and easily trackable celestial body in the sky besides the sun. And so it makes complete sense that the earliest calendars were lunar to say nothing of the many ceremonies, rites, and feast days that honored Luna in her various phases.

Within the sacred arts there are four lunar phases to pay especial attention to: First Quarter, Full, Balsamic and/or Dark, and New.

New Moons are the best time to start any project or breathe new energy into any situation or area of your life. At this point the Moon is at the very beginning of her next 28 day phase – luna is starting fresh and so can we.

First Quarter Moons are best for looking at relationships and bringing harmony, balance, and intuitive insight to any given situation. Traditionally this phase of the moon was considered the best time to divine and the very famous Oracle at Delphi only gave out her divinations during this phase of the moon.

Full Moons illuminate the land and the sky, allowing us to “see in the dark” and making this the best time to look at and uncover the aspects of a situation that usually remain in the shadows; revelations occur during Full Moons.

Balsamic or Dark Moons are traditionally times to rest, fast, dream deeply, and banish anything that is no longer relevant and/or of use to you.

It is important to note that everyone has a very different relationship with the phases of the moon. While the above descriptions are tried and true in my life and the lives of many of my students and clients, I also know a hefty number of folks who feel (for instance) very depleted energetically during new moons and much more alive and full of energy during the Balsamic phase. Use the information as a springboard but then pay attention to your own experiences.

Below are the lunar phases for 2017 in central time. If you need help with timezone conversation go here.

And, if you want a specialized report on how each of these moons will affect you and play out in your personal natal chart and star-scape, you might want to check out my latest Astro RX Special Report: I See the Moon.


January 2017

1/5: First Quarter at  15 degrees Aries, 1:47 PM
Ask: What does right relationship to myself look and feel like?

1/12: Full Moon at 22 degrees Cancer, 5:34 AM
Ask: What are my dreams telling me?

1/27: New Moon at 8 degrees Aquarius, 6:07 PM
Ask: What do I want to broadcast out into the world?

1/19: Balsamic Moon at 0 degrees Scorpio, 4:13 PM
Ask: What stories about my wounds no longer serve me?



2/3: First Quarter at 15 degrees Taurus, 10:19 PM
Ask: What does right relationship to easy abundance look and feel like?

2/10: Full Moon at 22 degrees Leo, 6:33 PM + Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 6:45pm
Ask: What am I no longer willing to be ashamed about?

2/18: Balsamic Moon at 0 degrees Sagittarius, 1:33 PM
Ask: What chains need to be broken?

2/26: New Moon at 8 degrees Pisces, 8:58 AM – Annular Solar Eclipse at 8:54 AM
Ask: What is one pattern, attitude, and/or belief I no longer wish to follow in my creative and/or spiritual life and how can I reversed it today?



3/5: First Quarter at 15 degrees Gemini, 5:32 AM
Ask: What does right relationship to ideas and learning look and feel like?

3/12: Full Moon at 22 degrees Virgo, 9:54 AM – NOTE: daylight savings time begins
Ask: Where am I sovereign?

3/20: Balsamic Moon at 0 degrees Capricorn, 11:58 AM + Spring Equinox (sun enters Aries at 5:23 AM)
Ask: What competitions take me away from myself and my work?

3/27: New Moon at 7 degrees Aries, 10:57 PM
Ask: What am I ready to risk?



4/3: First Quarter at 14 degrees Cancer, 1:39 PM
Ask: What does right relationship to my family look and feel like?

4/11: Full Moon at 21 degrees Libra, 1:08 AM
Ask: Who are my partners and allies?

4/19: Balsamic Moon at 29 degrees Capricorn, 4:57 AM
Ask: What can I stop pretending to be/do?

4/26: New Moon at 6 degrees Taurus, 7:16 AM
Ask: Where do I feel really good?



5/2: First Quarter at 12 degrees Leo, 9:47 PM
Ask: What does right relationship to courage look and feel like?

5/10: Full Moon at 20 degree Scorpio, 4:42 AM
Ask: What do my scars show me?

5/18: Balsamic Moon at 28 degrees Aquarius, 7:33 PM
Ask: What connections are no longer relevant?

5/25: New Moon at 4 degrees Gemini, 2:44 PM
Ask: What really educates me?



6/1: First Quarter at 11 degrees Virgo, 7:42 AM
Ask: What does right relationship to cleanliness and order look and feel like?

6/9: Full Moon at 18 degrees Sagittarius, 8:10 AM – Jupiter DIRECT
Ask: What is my aim?

6/17: Balsamic Moon at 26 degrees Pisces, 6:33 AM
Ask: What addictive thoughts, behaviors, and/or attitudes do I need to banish?

6/23: New Moon at 2 degrees Cancer, 9:31 PM
Ask: Where am I hungry?

6/30: First Quarter at 9 degrees Libra, 7:51 PM
Ask: Where is it easy for me to have right relationships and where is it harder?



7/8: Full Moon at 17 degrees Capricorn, 11:07 PM
Ask: What do my gifts and talents tell me?

7/16: Balsamic Moon at 24 degrees Aries, 2:26 PM
Ask: Where do I need to be less impatient?

7/23: New Moon at 0 degrees Leo, 4:46 AM
Ask: What am I ready to share with my tribe and audience?

7/30: First Quarter at 7 degrees Scorpio, 10:23 AM
Ask: What does right relationship to mystery look and feel like?



8/7: Full Moon at 15 degrees Aquarius, 1:11 PM + Partial Lunar Eclipse at 1:21 PM + Launch of Spinning Gold 2017-18!
Ask: What messages do I keep receiving and ignoring? How can I stop ignoring them?

8/14: Balsamic Moon at 22 degrees Taurus, 8:15 PM
Ask: Where does lethargy and laziness not serve me?

8/21: New Moon at 28 degrees Leo, 1:30 PM – Solar Eclipse at 1:26pm
Ask: What is one pattern, attitude, and/or belief around being seen and beloved that I no longer wish to be influenced by and how can I reversed it today?

8/29: First Quarter at 6 degrees Sagittarius, 3:13 AM
Ask: What does right relationship with religion/spirituality look and feel like?



9/6: Full Moon at 13 degrees Pisces, 2:03 AM
Ask: What do my sensitivities teach me?

9/13: Balsamic Moon at 20 degrees Gemini, 1:25 AM
Ask: Where do I need to be less scattered and unfocused?

9/20: New Moon at 27 degrees Virgo, 12:30 AM
Ask: What do I want to plan for?

9/27: First Quarter at 5 degrees Capricorn, 9:53 PM
Ask: What does right relationship with recognition and appreciation look and feel like?



10/5: Full Moon at 12 degrees Aries, 1:40 PM
Ask: What do I put first?

10/12: Balsamic Moon 19 degrees Cancer, 10:20 PM
Ask: What are the emotions that consistently trip me up?

10/19: New Moon at 26 degrees Libra, 2:12 PM
Ask: Where do I need harmony and balance?

10/27: First Quarter at 4 degrees Aquarius, 4:22 PM
Ask: What does right relationship with my community look and feel like?



11/4: Full Moon at 11 degrees Taurus, 12:23 AM
Ask: What is luxurious to me?

11/10: Balsamic Moon 18 degrees Leo, 2:36 PM
Ask: What does false pride keep me from doing?

11/18: New Moon at 26 degrees Scorpio, 5:42 AM
Ask: What shadow am I ready to explore?

11/26: First Quarter at 4 degrees Pisces, 11:03 AM
Ask: What does right relationship with my intuition look and feel like?



12/3 Full Moon at 11 degrees Gemini, 9:47 AM – Mercury Retrograde begins
Ask: What do my friendships show me?

12/10: Balsamic Moon 18 degrees Virgo, 1:51 AM
Ask: What does the need for perfection prevent in my life?

12/18: New Moon at 26 degrees Sagittarius, 12:30 AM
Ask: What am I ready to set free?

12/26: First Quarter at 4 degrees Aries, 3:30 AM
Ask: What does right relationship to new beginnings look and feel like?


Lunar and Solar Eclipses in 2017

There are four eclipses in 2017. You can learn more about eclipses and how to work with them here. In short, I have found that eclipses are very useful for breaking long-held patterns of thought, behavior, attitude, and action that no longer serve. Many astrologers talk about eclipses in negative terms but don’t let that keep you from noting eclipse times and trying your hand at working with them in an intentional manner.

2/10: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse at 22 degrees Leo at 6:45pm
Ask: What am I no longer willing to be ashamed about?

2/26: Annular Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces at 8:54 AM
Ask: What is one pattern, attitude, and/or belief I no longer wish to follow in my creative and/or spiritual life and how can I reversed it today?

8/7: Partial Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aquarius at 1:21 PM
Ask: What message do I keep receiving and ignoring? How can I stop ignoring it?

8/21: Total Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo at 1:26pm
Ask: What is one pattern, attitude, and/or belief around being seen and beloved that I no longer wish to be influenced by and how can I reversed it today?



Mercury Retrogrades for 2017

Every planet has retrograde periods but most people are only familiar with Mercury in Retrograde – mostly because many astrologers and non-astrologers alike make this period out to be terrible, full of bad luck, and extremely frustrating. It can be, but I prefer to practice with Mercury retrograde instead of in resistance to it.

You can learn more about Mercury retrograde in my Mercury rx archives here and check out this article to start to get a sense of how you might deepen your retrograde experience. If you are what I call Mercury-sensitive you will want to make a note of the things to do BEFORE Mercury goes retrograde and join up with the Mercury RX Survival Kit.

Here are the dates for the 2017 Mercury Retrogrades

December 19th 2016 – January 8th, 2017: Retrograde starts at 4:55am in Capricorn moves into Sagittarius on 1/5, ending on 1/8 at 3:43am.
Ask: What areas and concerns am I holding onto too tightly? Where have I made up my mind in too rigid a manner? What areas of my life need more freedom and flexibility?

April 9th – May 3rd: Retrograde starts at 6:14pm in Taurus and moves into Aries on 4/21, ending on 5/3 at 11:33am.
Ask: Where have I allowed myself to get too comfortable? Where am I unwilling to try something new or take a risk? Where has my life become too predictable and staid?

August 12th – September 5th: Retrograde starts at 8:00pm in Virgo and moves into Leo on 9/1, ending on 9/5 at 6:29am.
Ask: Where have I allowed structures to take over content? If my closet is beautifully organized but I don’t like any of my clothes then what does that get me? Where do I need more fun and spontaneity in my plans?

December 3rd – December 22nd: Retrograde starts at 1:34am in Sagittarius, ending on 12/22 at 7:51pm.
Ask: How do I engage with places, people, and ideas that are not immediately familiar to me? Do I wear exotic experiences or unlikely friendships like badges of honor? Do I hide from anything or anyone that is new and different or do I go seeking out after adventure?


Just like the stars, planets move throughout the sky all of the time. The inner planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars) all move relatively quickly through signs and sections of the chart. The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto) all move at a much slower rate through the various constellations and houses of the chart. Inner planets traditionally are understood to deal with every day, practical, real-life issues while outer planets are understood to work with big cycles, realizations, and patterns in our lives. First we will spend some time with some of the inner planet happenings in 2016, starting with the ever dreaded Mercury retrogrades.

Mercury, Venus, and Mars

These three inner planets move through the sky and around the zodiac relatively quickly. In 2016 we saw Mars spend an inordinate amount of time in Scorpio and Sagittarius, due to a lengthy Mars retrograde. I’m happy to report that in 2017 there is NO Mars retrograde, so for those of you who had a tough time last summer, cue that sigh of relief now.

We have already gone over the Mercury retrograde dates so now we have to turn our attention to another long retrograde period we will experience in 2017 – Venus retrograde. Here is the info on that:

March 4th – April 15th: Retrograde starts at 3:09am in Aries, moving into Pisces on 4/3, ending on 4/15 at 5:18am.
Ask: What is the role that love plays in my life? What do I love? Who do I love? Where can I love more and can I accept love from others?


Jupiter in Libra + Scorpio and square Pluto

For most of 2017 Jupiter is in the sign of Libra. This is excellent placement for the great planet of abundance, wisdom, and wealth. I actually have thirteen questions for you to ask when it comes to Jupiter in Libra but I am just going to give you the first one here.

September 9th 2016 – October 10th 2017: Jupiter is in the sign of Libra.
Ask: What am I married to? What are the ideas, attitudes, behaviors, and yes, people, that you are in closest alliance with? Do those alliances still make sense for you? Do the alliances work or are they not fully functioning? Jupiter is poised to breathe tons of life and energy into your closest partnerships so make sure that the partnerships you have are the ones you want and need?

There is a Jupiter Retrograde in 2017 as well.

February 6th – June 9th Jupiter is retrograde in the sign of Libra.
Ask: Where am I too invested in a relationship, partnership, or romantic experience? Where do I need to exercise more self-control?

October 10th 2017 – November 8th 2018: Jupiter is in the sign of Scorpio.
Ask: What is the blessing I can bring to my broken places right now?

Jupiter and Pluto Square Off

There are three squares between Jupiter and Pluto in 2016-17 that I want you to be aware of. A square occurs when two planets are at a 90 degree angle to each other, in this case that is Jupiter in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn. Between Autumn of 2016 and Autumn of 2017 there are three exact squares and this is the big square energy that we will feel throughout 2017.

From a mythic perspective this is a period of tension and confrontation between the Ruler of the Heavens and the Ruler of the Underworld. Pluto in Capricorn continues to blast through long-held notions of “the way that things have to be” from education and family planning to finance and politics. Jupiter, the planet of blessing and abundance can resist change if it seems like it might be painful or destabilizing – but Pluto is not to be resisted.

Ask: What change have I put off making for far too long, how can I start to make it in a way that brings more and not less blessing into my life?

Saturn in Sagittarius + Capricorn

For most of 2017 Saturn continues its journey through Sagittarius, the Archer. This is the area of our lives where we engage in creating a VISION for ourselves and the world that we live in. Freedom, philosophy (as in your philosophy of life), education, and religion all have a role to play in this relationship. Saturn, planet of Time among other things invites us to consider our relationship to each of the areas that Sagittarius speaks to.
Ask: Where in my life can greater discipline lead to truer freedom? What is one thing that I absolutely believe? Why?

On December 19th : Saturn moves into its favored sign of Capricorn.
Ask: What do I need to master most now?

Neptune in Pisces:

Neptune continues moving through the sign of Pisces, giving us plenty of deep ocean to swim around in and go diving for treasure. With the intensity of Saturn in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn, and the unbridled excitement of Uranus in Aries, it is so nice to have Neptune hanging out in its most favorite sign. However, there will be a Neptune Retrograde in 2017 too.

June 17th 2017 – November 22nd 2017: Neptune Retrograde in Pisces.
Ask: What unfinished creative/dream work do I need to turn my attention to now? What unhelpful fantasy needs to be revised and made relevant?

Uranus in Aries

Uranus continues its transit through Aries for another year, it is not until 2018 when it will move into Taurus. This continues to be shake up of everything from appearances (I think the whole yoga clothes for business movement is a great expression of this transit), to the way that we enter into a room, to the way that we launch products and services, to the way that we dive into conflicts. Uranus in Aries favors and encourages risky behavior but is not always the best about picking up the pieces once the party is over.

There will be a Uranus retrograde in 2017.

August 3rd 2017 – January 1st 2018: Uranus Retrograde in Aries.
Ask: What big endeavors, projects, beginnings have I left unfinished? Where have I taken a gamble but not followed up to see how it really turned out?

Pluto in Capricorn

Capricorn works hard and Pluto goes deep so this pairing cannot help but leave an impact wherever it happens in your chart. Capricorn is often thought of as the career sector of the chart but I think of it more as craftsmanship. The difference is that for many of us career is a notion tied distinctly to our jobs, while craftsmanship is a virtue that we can apply to many areas of our lives. Pluto relentlessly tears down whatever is not working and Capricorn has the good sense to continue moving forward and refining all needed skill sets.
Ask: Why do I do the kind of work that I do?


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Further Reading + Resources:

If you would like more personal one on one astrological guidance book a series of Sacred Arts Sessions for deeper exploration. – home of free charts galore.
The online ephemeris – any planet, any year – yes, for real.
Heidi Rose Robbins – soulful astrological readings via phone or skype
Mystic Medusa – fun astrological insights often tied to current events and pop culture
Amelia Quint – brilliant advice on tarot and astrology
The Tarot Lady – check out her specialty forecasts like the Entrepreneurcast and her fantastic FREE astro training Star School.



magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.