Star Stories: July 2020

Ceremony and Ritual


strology for July 2020

Note for July: Mercury turns direct and a trio of Sun oppositions give us the flavor for July which is festive, forward-facing, and overall moving in a positive direction despite a few snags here and there. This month also holds a few moments where truly deep healing can occur.

7/1: Saturn retrogrades out of Aquarius and back into Capricorn. This is Saturn’s last hurrah in its home turf of Capricorn until it returns in about 30 years. Any final lessons that you have been working on under the guidance of Saturn for the past two years come home to you in the deepest way between now and December 17th.
Ask: What disciplines do I need to review?

7/4: Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn, 11:55 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: and here:
Ask: What mastery should be celebrated?

7/4: Lunar Eclipse at 13 degrees Capricorn at 11:44 PM
Ask: Where am I resistant to developing mastery?

7/8: Mercury square Mars. This aspect reminds all of us – if you cannot say something nice then don’t say anything at all!
Ask: Where do I need to remain quiet?

7/12: Waning Quarter Moon at 3 degrees Aries, 10:24 PM. A reminder that this is a great time to banish:
Ask: What weapons am I ready to put down?

7/12: Mercury Direct!!!

7/12: Sun trine Neptune. This is a lovely and gentle aspect that makes us all feel kinder towards each other. You may find that this day feels like everything is aligning just as it should and it is an especially auspicious day to donate to a charitable cause.

7/14: Sun opposed to Jupiter. New opportunities beckon but staying realistic about chances and probabilities is key.
Ask: What previously unseen opportunity is asking for my attention?

7/15: Sun opposed to Pluto. This opposition highlights the places where you have knowingly or unknowingly restricted yourself when it comes to healing and personal power. At its best these places are illuminated and freed up so that you can work with them in a healthy manner.
Ask: What old wound is ready to be fully seen?

7/20: New Moon at 28 degrees Cancer, 12:33 PM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them:
Ask: What home am I ready to create?

7/20: Sun opposed to Saturn. This opposition can leave us feeling like no matter how hard we try, we are never going to really get what we want. Take a breath and acknowledge that this is a moment in the story, not the entire story.
Ask: What would happen if I let go?

7/22: Sun enters Leo 3:37 AM
Ask: What do I roar for?

7/27: Waxing Quarter at 14 degrees Scorpio, 12:31 PM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice!
Ask: What mystery am I ready to explore? July 

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Star Stories: June 2020

Ceremony and Ritual


strology for June 2020

Note for June: A couple of tricky squares add interest and spice to June but there are some sweet conjunctions as well. The big news for this month is the eclipses – one in Sagittarius and one in Cancer that basically bookend the month. and lead up to a third (in July) in Capricorn. Eclipses are for breaking patterns and eclipse magic is a real thing. Learn more here.

6/1: Rabbit, Rabbit!!! Happy June!

6/3: Sun conjunct Venus. This brings light and revelations to current relationships, and, since Venus is Retrograde, it has the potential to do the same for past connections as well. If relationships are not your current focus then finances may be considered.
Ask: What have my relationships taught me?

6/5: Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius, 2:12 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: and here:
Ask: What freedom am I ready to pursue?

6/5: Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Sagittarius at 2:12 PM
Ask: What comforts are keeping me from true freedom?

6/6: Sun square Mars. This is a day that may prove to be difficult with lots of potential for aggression and impatience. Take all of that energy and hit the gym!
Ask: Where do I need to focus my energy now?

6/11: Neptune square Sun. Confusion reigns with this square and you may experience delays or setbacks on an artistic endeavor. Do not give in to any addictive tendencies on this day and when in doubt, just let yourself rest.
Ask: How can I best rest at the moment?

6/12: Waning Quarter Moon at 22 degrees Pisces, 10:24 PM. A reminder that this is a great time to banish:
Ask: What addictive thoughts, behaviors, and/or attitudes do I need to banish?

6/13: Mars conjunct Neptune. This conjunction can energize your art and spiritual life or it can leave you feeling drained and not much in between. Work with the energy to organize a creative project or put the finishing touches on one and avoid making super important decisions on this day.
Ask: Where will my art best respond to my energy?

6/17-18: Mercury Retrograde begins. Retrograde starts at 11:59 PM in Cancer and then stations direct on July 12th at 3:26 AM
Ask: What inside your home needs to be restructured?

6/20: New Moon + Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer, 1:41 AM – Summer Solstice. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them:
Ask: What home am I ready to create?

6/20: Sun enters Cancer 4:44 PM — Summer Solstice
Ask: What sanctuary am I ready to create?

6/21: Solar Eclipse at 0 degrees Cancer at 1:41 AM
Ask: What no longer nourishes me?

6/22: Neptune Retrograde. Retrograde starts at 11:31 PM and stations direct on November 28th at 6:36 PM.
Ask: What unfinished creative/dreamwork do I need to turn my attention to now? What unhelpful fantasy needs to be revised

6/25: Venus turns direct!

6/27: Mars moves into Aries. Mars will be in its favorite sign for the rest of 2020 due to a long retrograde period in the Autumn. Mars in Aries gives us all more energy and inspiration. This is a great time to take on or begin an audacious new endeavor.
Ask: Where am I ready to light a fire?

6/28: Waxing Quarter at 7 degrees Libra, 3:16 AM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice!
Ask: What Justice am I committed to?

6/30: 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?

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

A Preponderance of the Little Ones

Lunar Letter


ear Miracles, In older times, the faeries were called by our ancestors “the little ones”, among other things, just as in the ancient times the triple sisters of vengeance known as the Furies were called “the kindly ones.”  Our long ago people thought: perhaps if we call the Furies kindly, they will be so to us. And perhaps if we call the older than old faerie folk the “little ones”,  they will not exert their big powers in rotting crops, calling forth drought, and sending bad dreams to stalk us through the night. This use of Euphemism in language has been traditionally exercised out of politeness, but also out of a desire to protect and keep safe.

It is hard for many of us, even soulful seekers, to take the idea of a faerie seriously. Yet we will easily agree many of the forces forming the warp and weft of our physical world and experience truly are smaller than small, highly unpredictable, and not ever completely understood.

Storytellers of old sing of a strange and destructive beast called Rumor – with its thousand wings and countless yellow eyes and mouths – and with Greed or Fear, Rumor could run rampant through a crowd touching one person after another until all were in the thrall and utterly bewitched. No, this is not something that still happens today. Or is it?
Faerie lore and a “preponderance of the small things” – as one of the hexagrams in the I Ching advises – is common to many different storytelling traditions, even though the names we use and the explanations we give may vary from place to place and time to time.  I think the reason why must be because there is something true in these stories. The battle is not for the very big, but the very small and overlooked. We can best understand the very big, the very great, the very awesome and mighty by attending to the small, the humble, the everyday…by blessing the little ones, in all the ways they become manifest in our life.
The little actions we engage in every day, that together make up the sum of our days, our weeks, our years, our very lives – if our greatness is not rooted here, then where? The small acts, most often unseen, inexpensive for us in most ways, are apparently insignificant, but for some may mean the world because they lead to new possibilities, to fresh ways of seeing and thinking, and to the good medicines we carry in our hearts. This action, this way of living, is mostly quiet. It is not a crowd-pleaser, not an attention grabbing headline, does not stoke fires of division, but is rather much more interested in simply getting down to work and being of good help – not in intention only, but in a way that is truly productive.  There is nothing more deeply revolutionary than this.
Of late much has been said about being big, thinking big, acting big. Then there is the ubiquitous phrase: Go big or go home, a phrase much loved by some of my people, Texans, and it captures the experience of confronting the massive quite well – you can allow yourself to swept up and lost in its powerful currents or you can go home. The unsaid part of course is that “losers” go home and “winners” go big. But do they really?
I am struck by the fact that the most famous journeys in literature, whether we speak of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, or the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, are all about returning home and going through the extraordinary effort to end up not in a position of more power or prestige, but rather to return home, to return to the beloveds, to a life filled with the little things: small, every day, seemingly insignificant, and deeply precious. In other words, they don’t go big, they go home; they go small. The big waves come and go; but it is the little ones – lovers touching, babies crying, work-finding, joy-making, and life-living that are perennial and ever present. The plants and flowers may change season to season but the root stock is sure.
I remind myself of this timeless truth when the world feels too big and fast, and the chasms feel too deep and wide to ever be bridged. The hidden roots remain, for they are tended to by the Little Ones, the least of us, that is, and the smallest acts we do, and the ways we live – in others words, by the very qualities and actions that true depth, vastness, and wonder most require. May the little ones be blessed in our lives ever and always.
Under the full moon and lunar eclipse in Leo on 2/10 there is a good opportunity to break any patterns that need breaking –  including getting caught up in the too big and the too loud and neglecting the little.  And so our divination questions focus us:

What is the small thing, the little one most asking for your attention and care right now?

What practical actions can you take to tend it?

In love and service,


magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Eclipses are for Breaking Patterns

Divination and Dreams


very year we experience between four and six eclipses, solar and lunar. As I deepened my studies and practice of astrology I became more and more interested in how to understand and work with the particular energy that accompanies these celestial events and so, after years of really doing nothing more than noting how they seem to affect my own life and speaking with my clients about their eclipse experiences I am ready to say definitely that eclipses are for breaking patterns, pure and simple.

I thought this might be the case even as a young child watching the moon undergo a total eclipse when I was seven years old. As I teach my astrology students, the best way to begin getting to know the stars is through what I call “naked eye astrology” just look up at the night sky and see what your eye naturally gravitates to.

On the night of a lunar eclipse (or the day of a solar eclipse), the answer is easy – the eclipse itself is what catches our attention. It is the most visible event occurring at the given time but it is also the most dramatic because it is something apparently out of sync. We have a full moon every month, but usually, the moon is not partially or completely taken over by shadow. We have the sun every day, only rarely do we see the sun darkened.

Both events naturally cause one to pause. It is a break in what are otherwise two of our most normal and rhythmic markers of both time and season – solar and lunar cycles. These are cycles that we have lived by and with for millennia, we have created watches and calendars based on their predictable patterns of movement, growth, diminishment, and re-emergence.

Then there is the eclipse. Whether it is lunar (in which case it can be seen by the population that is on the night-side of the earth) or solar (in which case it can only be seen by a small percentage of earth’s population); it is so clearly an interruption.

So what do we do with that?

First, let me make a couple of further observations. My background in folk practices coming out of two different traditions tells me that an eclipse would only affect the people who actually see it because they would be the only ones who know that it is occurring. I agree with this but I will also say that in my experience the internet has made more people than ever before aware of all eclipses – whether they are visible to an individual or not. Moreover, there are now live feeds for every eclipse – so even if you are not in the part of the world where the eclipse is visible as it happens you can watch it happen live from anywhere. These two technologies have made it possible for everyone to be aware of an eclipse, watch it occur, and in turn align themselves with its particular gift if they so choose.

Secondly, it is useful for those who study and practice astrology to have a sense of where the eclipse is occurring with respect to your own chart. Many annual astrology guides will give you the exact position and time of the eclipse so you can then look at your own chart and see what kind of aspects it makes with your natal planets and positions as well as the positions the planets are in right now. I highly recommend you take this step and do this work because some eclipses absolutely will affect you more than others.

Thirdly there are two major categories of an eclipse – solar and lunar – and three subcategories for each. A solar eclipse may be total, partial, or annular. A total eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon only partially covers the sun – it looks like a dark shadow has taken a bit out of the sun from our perspective. And an annular solar eclipse is when the moon fully passes over the sun but is not at the right angle to be perceived as completely covering the sun so the eclipse appears as a dark shadow covering the sun but with a ring of fire all around it like a halo.

Lunar eclipses follow a similar pattern. There are total, partial, and penumbral. Total and partial are what you would expect and penumbral is a subtle lunar eclipse that occurs when the moon is shadowed by earth but not completely in any one place.

For our purposes, we will just deal with the major categories of an eclipse – solar and lunar.

Each kind of eclipse no doubt has its own energetic signature and while I can hazard a guess about how they would work out, I have not made as close of a study of the different kinds of eclipse up to this point. Here is what I have observed:

Lunar eclipses – they occur more frequently than solar eclipses and they are visible to greater numbers of people. The phenomena is planet earth moving in between the full moon and the sun, therefore casting a shadow over the moon that results in the complete blacking out or subtle darkening of la luna.

Traditionally the Full Moon helps us “see in the dark” its light allows us to notice the aspects of our life that are normally hidden or at the very least de-emphasized. However, the shadow side of the moon is becoming trapped in an emotional stickiness that you cannot seem to get out of no matter how hard you try. Consider the Moon card from the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot to get a sense of what I am talking about. Professional astrologers often talk about the position of your natal moon as your “comfort zone” and where one feels most at home and relaxed, but as we know only staying in the comfort zone and never challenging yourself leads to some pretty dull situations and atrophy.

Therefore, the lunar eclipse is the perfect time to look at any one place where you feel particularly stuck emotionally or any place where you are just “in a rut”. The eclipse breaks the regular lunar cycle so now is your opportunity to break that pattern.

So how do you do it?

First of all, if you want to work with the eclipse and no one place of stuckness is coming to mind then consider your chart, look it over. Also, consider your diet and all the things you “feed” yourself with. Chances are between those two considerations you will find something that needs a shift.

Useless patterns that run deep can feel like actual chains around you. They can hold you down, keep you back, and sometimes it is even hard to see them much less understand how to break them.

My favorite instruction on breaking a destructive pattern comes out of one of the Child Ballads. In the story, a cruel mother in law has cursed her beautiful, young, daughter in law to never bear a child. The young wife and her husband try and try to get pregnant all to no avail. Finally, the young wife realizes what has happened and is instructed to create a fake baby out of wax and to take it to the church to be christened. Because the curse was that the woman would never have a child in her arms, simply by showing up at the church with the child in her arms the curse was broken.

This is exactly how breaking a pattern works – you simply do the opposite. When it comes to breaking deeply entrenched patterns or attitudes playing it safe and conservatively just won’t do. You have to be all in. What is must turn into what is not just as the radiant body of sun or moon becomes shadowed and dark?

So if your pattern is that you go shopping and spend money whenever you feel sad then on the day of the eclipse if you are feeling sad you do not go spend money at all and in fact the best thing would be to do something to make money – even if it is just a buck or two.

If the pattern is an abusive relationship then on the day of the eclipse you leave that relationship. You put actual, physical distance between yourself and the abusive person. Most likely you will talk to them and see them again – but the pattern has been broken and that is what matters.


Solar Eclipses – occur less frequently than lunar eclipses and are only visible to a tiny portion of the world, but as I said above, they can now be viewed from anywhere thanks to live stream video. The Sun is in many ways our first timekeeper and season marker. Our days are literally marked by the passage of the sun across the sky from horizon to horizon. And of course, the sun makes life possible so the importance of this “planet” (as we think of it in classical astrology) cannot be overstated.

Whereas the moon lends itself to looking at places of stuckness on an emotional and internal level, the sun is more interested in the very obvious patterns at play in our lives. What are you always saying you want to do, or will do, but just haven’t gotten around to yet? That is what the sun is interested in and that is what the solar eclipse can transform.

You can pick something to focus on but in my experience, the pattern you can break during the solar eclipse shows up very powerfully. If you are at all paying attention you are already probably feeling the desire to break the cycle of habit that has become oppressive. Solar eclipses are all about less talking and more rocking. And again, you break the cycle in the same way as you do above – by either doing the thing that you are constantly saying you are going to do OR by finally admitting that you never wanted to do it in the first place and putting it down once and for all.

Not all patterns are bad. A pattern can be a very helpful thing, we all have routines that help us call ourselves back to ourselves and we all have natural rhythms to follow. When a pattern becomes oppressive it starts out as a subtle energetic drain – it is something you are always aware of in the back of your mind or corner of your eye but are not taking clear actions to address. So it just sits there, wasting your time and devouring your vitality. After it has eaten up enough of your energy, the pattern becomes much bigger and harder to contend with. It moves from being an apparently (but not really) passive force in the back of the mind to THE THING that occupies all of your attention front and center and before long it starts to feel like you are fated to do/think/feel this way forever.

Not true.

Remember the song I referenced above. This is how you break a pattern that has become a curse. You name it, get to know it just enough to break it, and then do the exact opposite of what the pattern commands and implies. The eclipses will help you, so work with them.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.