Dance Away the Weekend, Aug/2018

by Lady Deane

This article is just a reminder, really, that a New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs on Saturday, August 11th.  It occurs in the sign of Leo the Lion which rules children, love affairs, and creativity, just to name a few things. Wherever the sign of Leo falls in your chart is where you most want to “shine” in life. Those who have it on the Midheaven or in the 10th house, for example, may need to shine in their careers or to become well known for something.  If you have it in the 7th house you may choose to shine through your marriage or share the spotlight with business partners. If you have it in the 1st house you are an incorrigible narcissist who loves mirrors. Just kidding (every now and then I like to see if people really read these things). In the 1st house you would literally shine through your unique personality. In the 4th house, your home would be where the spotlight shines and you may develop your creativity through unusual furnishings or interior design. And so on.

Any eclipse, regardless of the sign it occurs in, will act like a catalyst to get stuck energies moving again. I like to think of them as “closet cleaners” or where we are likely to be getting our ducks in a row. So, stuff usually takes on speed during an eclipse week. However, Saturday’s New Moon Eclipse occurs at the same time that we have six planets in retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This does change the energy somewhat.  Of the retrograding planets, Mercury is most likely the most annoying (delaying plans, increasing miscommunications, messing with your electronic systems like internet connections or emails). Fortunately, it’s short-lived and Mercury will be going direct on August 18th. This will be followed by Mars going direct on August 28th and Saturn, which goes direct on September 6th.

So really, in the scheme of things, this is a brief period of time. But for this weekend and next week, I just have a few ideas to share. As the “hurry up and get it done!” energy of the eclipse mixes with the “slow down and do it right!” energy of the retrogrades, try to keep in mind that people may be under tremendous pressure. We often don’t know the hidden problems or heartbreak that people carry around with them. So rather than add to the madness, be a messenger of light now. Meet stress with calm;  “get out of my way, fool” with “after you, friend;” and mean-spirited rants with kindness and compassion. Yes, that’s hard to do. Human nature seems to be more “hit me, I’ll hit you back harder” rather than “turn the other cheek” at the moment. What we put out there matters.  Maybe more so now than ever. Some days it seems to me that the “mean streets” are getting a whole lot meaner (and angrier)! But if we all forget our manners and give in to public tantrums we are adding to the problem, not the solution.

So, instead of brawling, DANCE the weekend away (Playtime is another thing ruled by Leo)! Then look up and thank your lucky stars.   : 0 )

The SUMMER of 2018

by Lady Deane

The sky does not stand still. It’s like an all-nite Dance Hall that never closes. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all day every day. The dance is ever in progress.  And this summer the dance steps are a bit livelier and more complex than usual.  This is mostly because between July and August there will be three eclipses. Normally, eclipses get the energy moving again. If you’ve been “stuck” someplace in life, chances are that this summer you’re about to be blown right out of your own way.

As I say, normally this is what happens, and normally it’s a good thing. No one likes being stuck. But this summer happens to also feature a whole sky full of retrograding planets, and this does complicate things a bit. Oh, you’ll still get unstuck and moving. But you may well have to jump a few strategically placed hurdles along the way.

RETROGRADES OF 2018

We’ll tackle the retrogrades first. Let’s look at some dates. In June, Mars retrogrades from June 26th thru August 27th, from 9 degrees Aquarius back down thru 29 degrees Capricorn.  Adding Mars to Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto (which were already retrograde), that makes 5 planets retrograding at once. Then on July 10th, Jupiter will go direct; however on July 25th Mercury will join in the retrograde parade! So, we spend most of July with 5 retrograding planets as well. Then in August Uranus joins the retrograding horde making 6 retrograding planets at one time. This has happened before, so I wouldn’t say it’s rare or anything, but it certainly does not happen every year and it definitely complicates the eclipse season.

Now, I’m not going to talk about every retrograde because there are just too darn many of them (and also I’m not an Avenger. My only superpower is astrology). And the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) spend about half the year retrograding anyway. But I am going to give you some info about Mars, because it’s the most recent retrograde and because it’s been my experience that Mars and Mercury retrogrades tend to be a bit more noticeable than some of the other planets.

With Mars, the key phrase is “slow down” (literally). The more you can switch gears, and “power down” (or go within), the better off you will be.  For example: Do you normally like to jog or work out when you get stressed?  Someone who normally uses physical activity to process stress, may find that Mars retrograde periods are a bit more problematic. Because as Mars retrogrades, it will slow down our physical progress for a time.  So, for instance, you would be better off taking a meditation class than a step aerobics class then.  Or perhaps you could briefly switch over to stretching exercises or strength training (something slower and more deliberate than just running). At the very least, make sure you do your warm-ups and cool downs…even if you’re normally OK skipping them. Mars retrogrades are notorious times for accidents or injury. Type-A’s have the most problem here. Do you feel the need to stay busy 24/7? Because someone who needs to be “doing” all the time, will find both Mars and Mercury retrograde periods quite challenging. As these planets retrograde, the new energy will discourage “busy-ness” in day-to-day life and encourage a tour of the inner landscape instead.

In previous articles I’ve talked a lot about Mercury retrograde, so this time around I’m going to focus on Mars retrograde and provide a few tips about how to navigate it successfully. Normally, when faced with a challenging situation, Mars is the King of “just barreling thru it.”  Think Ram. And when Mars is direct this will work more times than not. However, when Mars is retrograde pure bluster and muscle just won’t cut it. Now you will be involved in situations that require a bit more finesse or planning. Just what Mars hates. Or, when all else fails, how about standing still (as opposed to charging blindly ahead) to assess the damage? Yet another thing Mars isn’t very good at. Thinking before acting.

What Mars Represents: War, Anger, Survival instinct, Physical Energy, your “get-up-and-go” Ambition, Drive, Competition, Passion, Sexual Expression

Who Mars represents: Yourself, Your Enemy, Your Competitor, Your Lover, the Object of your Passion

When Mars retrogrades we are processing our anger, as well as our passion and drive. Here are a few suggestions for getting through it in style (and with your horns still intact).

DON’TS

·      Don’t be pushy.  You don’t need to be first every single time.

·      Don’t be a bully.

·      Don’t shout.

·      Don’t give in to road rage. Aggressive behavior will not work out well for you now (if it ever did).

·      Don’t overdo it at the gym. Muscles can be overworked, easy does it.

·      Don’t pursue. Don’t chase (let people come to you for a change). Avoid one-night stands  (or unprotected sex).

·      Don’t rush around. Don’t be an accident waiting to happen.

DOS

·      Do drive cautiously, do give the right-of-way, decrease your speed.

·      Do lower your voice (or at least become more aware of how annoying it is when you have loud cell phone conversations in public spaces).

·      Do process old grievances.

·      Do let go of grudges.

·      Do learn to express anger in a healthy way.

·      Do slow down (walk, don’t run).

·      Do express/explore your passion in life.

ECLIPSES OF 2018

Now, combine everything we just said about retrograding energy with the eclipse energy and you’ll know approximately how hard it is to be an astrologer!  What am I? Houdini? (possibly…and now for your viewing entertainment, watch me escape this death-defying feat by writing my way out!). Eclipses narrow your focus like a laser beam and shine light into the dark spaces in your life. They “illuminate” (sometimes, literally) where we need to clean out, let go, and get going again.

Imagine cleaning out a closet you haven’t been through in years. It’s dark and scary in there. Like something from another planet. Who knows what you’ll find? Discarded toys from childhood (chewed-on leggos, war-torn GI Joes)? Aunt Hilda’s figurine collection? Last summer’s exercise equipment (from way back when you thought you could actually get “swimsuit” ready)? Gasp! Talk about your magic tricks.

But no matter what you find, it’s yours and you have to clean it up. You can’t hide from it, and you can’t just shove it back into the closet. Sure, it’s daunting at first. Who likes to clean out closets? But then you get your flashlight out, clear out the clutter, clean out the cobwebs, take a pile to Goodwill, and *!*presto-change-o*!* just like that your closet is looking like it’s from earth again. Perhaps you even have room for your clothes (I would add “and shoes” to this sentence, but I’m not insane. Closets do have their limitations).

Now the important question…WHERE are you closet cleaning this summer? What kind of closet are you dealing with? That’s the real mystery. And just like Agatha Christie, a real live astrologer can solve the mystery by telling you which areas of life you will be dealing with this summer. You see, eclipses happen within the sign that the moon occupies….and they also affect the opposite sign. A Solar Eclipse pairs the Sun and Moon in the same sign and a Lunar Eclipse has the Sun and Moon in opposite signs. Here are the dates and signs of the upcoming eclipses:

July 12th: Solar Eclipse, New Moon at 20 degrees Cancer

July 27th: Lunar Eclipse, Full Moon at 4 degrees Aquarius/Leo

August 11th: Solar Eclipse, New Moon at 18 degrees Leo

A brief word about signs: Cancer rules mothers and families and Leo rules children. Soooo…I’m thinking that on the world stage we may see the July and August eclipses playing out in the area of immigrant children and family issues. Remember what I said about not being able to hide stuff anymore?  Add to that the fact that eclipses tend to uncover the truth about stuff (they shine light). So if you’re hiding things, they tend to come out during eclipses. Yes, I do digress. But interesting, no?

For those of you who know your charts, here is a “mini list” of the houses and some of the eclipse themes that may manifest. Remember that eclipses often effect house polarities–that is–2 opposite houses at a time. They’re efficient that way. They multitask.

HOUSES 1/7: This polarity deals with “self/not-self” or self vs others. It’s all about relationships, and your most important relationship starts with Y-O-U. Sort out who you want to be, then who you want to be with. Themes: self development, self improvement, makeovers, dating and mating and otherwise pairing up, make-ups or break-ups, marriage and divorce, partnership negotiations and agreements.

HOUSES 2/8: This polarity deals with finances and what you value. What belongs to you, and what to your partner? Time to get your financial ducks in a row. It also deals with self-esteem…as in….do you have any? People living in poverty often suffer indignities that those with wealth don’t have to worry about. But we all have worth as people. Themes: money, bank accounts, shared resources, debts. Death and dying, inheritance, gifts, insurance payouts. One’s “net worth” (is self-esteem calculated before or after taxes?).

HOUSES 3/9: This polarity deals with communication, information, and (hopefully) wisdom. Let your voice be heard. If you have something to say, say it. But tell your truth. And remember, that it may not be someone else’s truth. You gotta own it. Themes: emails, snailmail, texting, cellphones, writing and all forms of communicating, education, publication, siblings and neighbors, spiritual growth and exploration, travel, short trips and commutes. Planes, trains, and automobiles.

HOUSES 4/10: This polarity deals with public and private standing in the world. Home vs Career, family connections vs business connections, they nurture one another. And, if you work at home you have to learn to combine the two. To have purpose in life depends upon setting a successful foundation. This allows you to go out into the world with confidence and achieve your goals. Themes: home, family, tribe, childhood, the past, mothering, nurturing, homemaking, career, titles, goals, honors and achievements. Public standing.

HOUSES 5/11: This polarity deals with youth vs age, children and the elderly, artistry, creativity, having fun (at any age), and being young at heart. Here we join groups to support a cause or because we need to be with people of like mind (like groups of people who share our hobbies). Themes: children, recreation, vacation, procreation, creative self expression, acting, performing, romance, groups and clubs, retirement plans, what one does after ones career, hopes, dreams and wishes .

HOUSES 6/12: This polarity deals with health, and what is either done (or undone) to it each and every day in your daily routine. And health is both mental and physical, so emotional habit patterns become just as important as whether or not you smoke or drink. Themes: health and wellness, diet and exercise routines, good and bad habits (and how they impact overall health), mental fitness and strength, chronic health problems, cures and treatments, therapy, small animals and pets.

So, hopefully, this little dance lesson will help some of you navigate the ballroom more gracefully. As for me, I absolutely love knowing that the sky will always keep me on my toes!  Ever lively, ever rhythmic, and always fun. So enjoy the dance this summer.  For come the fall, the rhythm will change and once again we’ll have new steps to learn. I can’t wait!  : 0 )

 

 

 

 

December: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

by Lady Deane

This Sunday there will be a Full Moon across the signs of Gemini/Sagittarius (Moon in Gemini, Sun in Sagittarius). At the same time, Mercury will begin its 3 week retrograde back through Sagittarius (traveling some of the same ground as the Full Moon), making December a very tricky month.

Normally, Gemini is a very sociable and talkative sign. It’s anything but serious. It’s diverse, it’s versatile. It knows a little about a lot of different things and likes to communicate them. And it gives the gift of gab. In fact, at times it’s downright chatty, that is, when it’s not being downright argumentative. It loves to gossip. It often admits facts not in evidence just because they’re juicy. Think about our Gemini president, for example.

Now, not every Gemini will thoughtlessly tweet out every inane thought that pops into their heads, but during this particular Gemini-focused time (i.e.: most of December), you really shouldn’t. Gemini’s normally entertaining and witty persona will suddenly seem like so much superficial bullhocky that people will finally call it for what it is. And no one is going to want any version of superficial now. If you’ve been just skating by prior to this with “quick and dirty” or any version of anything less than precise and accurate, you’re going to be in the doghouse with somebody for sure. Wrong is wrong and sugar coating it won’t help you. The facts are actually going to matter this month, so spare yourself the headache of rework and double check your spreadsheets or whatever you have to do to get the facts straight. Similarly, what you don’t know can hurt you at this time, and people will be reminded in some important way that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Educate yourself. And if someone tries to help you out by showing you something you didn’t know, say “thank you” (not “piss off”). After all, if we’re all going to get along (and being a cock-eyed optimist I still believe we can), manners do count.

On a practical and somewhat more literal note, have your car serviced (especially the tires)–or at least check out that weird noise it’s been making for the past month. This will be especially important for those who have travel plans over the holidays. Also: double check your tickets/booking info to make sure they say you’re actually going where you intended to be going! And for anyone who does experience travel delays or detours… remember that the road less travelled often has hidden blessings. Like… sights you may not have gotten to see otherwise, or like new vistas that suddenly open up to a whole world of exciting possibilities. In other words, make the best of who and what you end up with. In the end you may be surprised at just how pleasant that can be. Physically, take care of your shoulders, arms and hands.

Bottom line? Much of December may feel like missteps or misplaced energy (for those who rush ahead), or like you’re playing a testy sort of waiting game (for those who appreciate good timing). But things do improve around the Winter Solstice (Dec 21st), so hang in there. And Mercury goes direct just in time to make your holidays Merry and Bright.

In the meantime, you can still multi-task (a Gemini specialty), but keep your eyes on the prize because distractions will loom large. Also, try not to jump to conclusions about anyone or anything. Give your word judiciously and when you give it, keep it (don’t over promise). Between the effects of the New Moon in Gemini and Mercury retrograde you’ll want to think twice before emailing, tweeting, sharing your thoughts (then think again). Because first impressions (about people, situations, projects etc.) will likely need to be revised at some point later on simply because there’s stuff you didn’t know or weren’t aware of. And don’t talk over people…you’ll miss something important. Half of your conversations should involve listening anyway.

Lastly, make sure your tires still have some tread on them. “Where the rubber meets the road” is another way of saying that this month shows us who can really get the job done when they’re put to the test. In other words, to get somewhere in December, you’ll need to prove what you’re really made of.  So braggarts beware. The real work starts when the talk stops and you put the car in gear.

And you DO have places to go! Wonderful places. Never doubt it! I hope to see some of you there. And if you’d like a personal roadmap to help guide your way, my readings will all be on sale until January 1st.    Happy Holidays! : 0 )

August 2017: Two Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, Lions, Tigers and Birds….(oh my)

by Lady Deane

AUG 7, 2017   Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 15 degrees Aquarius/Leo

Sabian Symbol: “Two love birds sitting on a fence and singing happily.”

The Sabian Symbol for an eclipse is always read for the position of the Moon (15 Aquarius). The upside of this degree is happy, as it celebrates togetherness, friendship and joyful reunions. Affectionate chattering, true togetherness, friendship, and the sharing of lives are all favored now.

Or, does the twittering noise simply mask what’s really going on under the surface? Does it create a common bond between people or does it build a wall between them? When one is “sitting on a fence” it can also mean having to pick a side…and committing to it. Fences, borders, walls, barriers and complaining about what’s wrong without knowing how to fix it may be part of the possible down side. In relationships, too much meaningless chatter can drown out the important stuff and leave one feeling stuck.

I see the possible polarity here. Many will have something wonderful to celebrate now and they will rejoice with those whom they feel a sense of camaraderie and fellowship. They will move ahead in life with the support of their community. But the egocentric, narcissistic types cannot be happy for others and they will see nothing to celebrate. From them we can expect nothing but noise.

AUG 21, 2017   New Moon TOTAL Solar Eclipse at 28 degrees Leo

Sabian Symbol: “Many little birds chirping on the limb of a large tree.”

This is a particularly important one this year because it is a TOTAL solar eclipse (not all eclipses are total), and also because it’s visible through a fairly wide portion of the USA. So it’s important nationally as well as individually, and our country will continue to develop these eclipse themes over the next 9-18 months. This can run the gamut from political changes to major changes in weather patterns, with the tendency for everything to become a bit more intense. It’s kind of like watching storm clouds gather right before the skies open up and drench the earth with life giving water (and a few thunder bolts for good measure). Some things will be washed (or burned) away in the process, as eclipses in fire signs tend to move quickly and clear a path. Hopefully it’s so something better can move into the void that’s being created. And lets not forget who’s creating the “something better”…we are.

If you look at the symbolism of the chattering birds, it’s like they’re forming a committee. This can go in many directions. People can fritter away their energies on gossip or they can choose to gather together for a cause. Whether it’s big government or your local library, people are looking for others of like-mind now to share ideas with. And any form of communication may be highlighted: the internet, chat groups, twitter, books, tapes, CDs, publishing, etc. People will seek out ways to pass information along. Some of the negatives associated with this degree include: feeling invisible or “lost” in the crowd, not being able to get a word in edgewise, everyone talking/no one listening, useless chatter/gossip, a cacophony of sound, NOISE.

Remember, chatter can be happy like friends at a quilt guild or book club, or it can descend into chaos with too many points of view like at a political town hall meeting. We have to remember to listen as well as talk. Communication is supposed to be a 2-way street.

Individually, many people will be developing their own personal style, creativity and projects now. Of course, Leo the Lion wouldn’t have it any other way. And we’ll need to decide where we fit within the fabric of society­—and, on a more local level—within our families and circles of friends. Have you outgrown your friends? Here’s a chance to either make new ones, or branch out on your own for a change. Be open to new friendship and affiliation, but support your inner “Diva” or soloist as well. Every group is made up of individuals, after all.

In addition to the eclipses, Mercury will retrograde from August 12th thru September 4th. It retraces its steps back through Virgo and into the last degrees of Leo. What’s interesting is that it will end its retrograde journey at 28 degrees of Leo, which means it will reactivate the August 21st eclipse degree. This lends support to the eclipse themes for that time. As far as Mercury retrograde in Virgo goes, you know the drill by now. Virgo is all about the details. So get your house/affairs in order and don’t sign long-range important contracts now without carefully reading the fine print first. And purchasing communication equipment (phones, computers, etc.) is inviting trouble. Although, repairing existing communication systems may prove worthwhile.

Well now let’s see…where is this all headed? It’s the Year of the Rooster and 3 of the 4 eclipses this year feature Birds in their Sabian Symbols. Coincidence? I think not. Squawk all you want, but there’s an avian theme a-foot (or a-claw) and methinks that perhaps someone’s chickens are about to “come home to roost.” (and you over-tweeters know who you are, too).

Back in February I told people that from a historical perspective, Rooster years tend to produce larger than normal earthquakes and storms, as well as influenza-type outbreaks.  So, you know. Mind the weather, get your flu shot, stay off twitter.

Remember if we all keep on dancing everything will be just fine. Really. It’s all going to be ok. Keep Calm, Dance On (then look up and thank your lucky stars!).     : 0 )

 

Capricorn Full Moon: will the real Grown-Up in the room please stand up?

by Lady Deane

Sunday, July 9th is the full Moon in Capricorn. Saturn rules the earth sign, Capricorn. And Saturn likes grown-ups. You know, those mythic individuals who take responsibility for their own lives and, despite what life throws at them, somehow manage to “soldier on.” These are the real troopers, the ones who take it on the chin without whining. And you’d better not whine at them, either!

It’s not that Capricorn/Saturnine types don’t have empathy for those who are suffering. But let’s just say that you’d better truly be suffering. Because crocodile tears won’t cut it with them. They wait til you really need help before offering. And when they do offer, they mean it. Another Saturn trait–honoring your commitments.

So, like I say, normally a Capricorn Moon would be a rather serious and somber event all by itself…a time of concluding ones responsibilities. Paying the bills, eating all your veggies, persevering no matter what…blah, blah, blah. All that boring grown-up stuff, which always works so well under Capricorn. But this particular full Moon is a real doozy! Because now, in addition to the extra energy one feels during any full moon, we also get to experience the Moon conjunct to Pluto and opposing Mars.  This combines extra depth and intensity–courtesy of Pluto–with the fire and passion of Mars. This can cause fights…or you could enjoy some really passionate sex. Either way, it’s intense!

Yes, I suppose it’s true. This energy is somewhat challenging. And you could find yourself wasting the energy by fighting with your family or co-workers (the “family” away from home). You could also choose to blame everyone else for your problems. And you hot-heads and road-ragers out there do need to be a bit cautious.  Because with the Pluto/Mars opposition, a simple disagreement could escalate all too quickly into World War III if you let it.

OR, how about this.

WHAT IF, instead of raging at the world, you could choose to direct all that intense passion, drive and self-discipline into one of your own projects? Imagine the determination and never-say-die attitude of Capricorn/Saturn combined with the intense depths of Pluto and the passion of Mars. What a combination for achievement!

True, this particular full moon is not for sissies. Whiners and kidults please beware (and hide under your blankies til it’s over). But for those of you brave souls who regularly stare back into the abyss yelling: “Is that all ya got?!?” take note: the time is NOW to make stuff happen. You have what it takes to get to the next level of something in your life, so don’t give up. Stick with it, and you may even surprise yourself at what you can do! Stand up and be counted (and counted on). Grown-ups have earned their stripes.

As with all things Capricorn, it’s the mature choice that counts. And the good news is that you get to make that choice. Good luck with that. (being Neptunian myself, I may just be hiding under my blankie on Sunday)

From a health perspective, Capricorn rules the knees and the skeleton, so take it easy on the old bones now. Stretch before exercising and just know that when the Moon and Pluto get together you might feel a bit invincible (that is, when you’re not feeling completely emotionally raw and vulnerable). Sports tend to be a good outlet for this type of energy, provided you’re not a sore looser (again, the whole grown-up attitude thing). There’s a nice combination of physical energy and strength available now, which works well for sports or martial arts that require a fiercely disciplined approach. Your awareness of the aging process is also likely to be heightened, but if you listen to your body you will find ways to improve your health.

 

Don't like the sounds of this full Moon? Don't worry, next month there'll be another! Because the heavens have decreed that we earthlings all need to learn a few new dance steps every now and again. So step up and dance. Then look up and thank your lucky stars.

THE GARDENER: A Venus Retrograde Story  

by Lady Deane

As so often happens when Venus retrogrades (and Neptune rises), last night I had a most peculiar dream. I dreamed of a grand and stately old home, seated high on a rocky cliff, overlooking a vast ocean. My trip there was no accident, as I had been sent to interview its famous but somewhat illusive owner. Knowing his reputation, I worried about what sort of reception I might be in for.

Yet from the very moment I arrived–from knocking on the massive and somewhat intimidating front door to the moment I left a completely changed person–all secrets were revealed to me, and all barriers whisked away like cobwebs from an old statue, revealing the beauty within. From the instant my foot crossed over the threshold it was as if I were being received not by the owner, but by the house itself…by the land beneath it, and by the gardens and ocean surrounding it…as its most honored guest. For the truth is, I was at home from the moment I entered, and I felt this instantly. As though I had always belonged there and had just stepped out for the briefest of moments to explore a few other lives; knowing the entire time that I would return home eventually. For where else but home does one go when one’s journey has ended? It was truly an odd sensation and one that stayed with me long after I had completed my assignment, long after I left the house, and long after I awoke from the “dream.”

In the dream, the owner himself answered the door. Not the usual routine (he assured me), as he generally employed a staff for such mundane events. But as it happens, he was giving a garden party that day and thought I was a friend whose arrival he had been eagerly anticipating. I quickly explained my presence and offered to come back at a more convenient time. Whereupon he seemed to surprise even himself by smiling graciously and then saying: “No, no, come in, come in. No time like the present, as they say!” For a moment I thought he was joking, but then realized that he, too, must have felt the house welcome me. And he simply followed suit.

So I was treated to a “Royal” tour of the place, complete with fascinating histories, wildly entertaining stories and personal anecdotes. And it was really amazing. Not only because he was uncharacteristically opening up to me, and not even because the article was practically writing itself. It was amazing because during the entire tour I knew everything about the place before he told me. It was as if he had been merely “squatting” in the place all these years, waiting for the true owners to return. It was an odd feeling, though certainly not unpleasant. But as it turned out, the best part was yet to come.

The best part was the garden. Or should I say “gardens” for surely no one garden could have contained such an amazing array and variety of flowers, plants, herbs, trees and shrubbery. The colors alone were amazing! The gardens actually sort of started indoors in an aviary type room with tall ceilings and lots of glass, and then just moved very naturally and organically out into the sunlight and fresh air through glass walls that themselves opened onto an overflowing, perpetually-blooming, terrace. The floors and stone half-walls seemed alive with living things. And the whole amazing panorama overlooked a powerful and majestic ocean. And smack in the middle of all this blooming splendor, standing next to a fountain, which housed a statue of Poseidon no less, I came at last upon the Gardener.

She was tending to some plants as I approached her: pruning the leaves on this one, giving extra water to that one, nurturing and cooing to them the entire time as though speaking to a favorite and most beloved child. Watching her was fascinating. She knew instantly what each plant most needed and responded immediately, moving easily between pots of brightly colored flowers to mixed green beds, to lush bushes and tall trees. The plants actually seemed to turn their faces to her, their leaves and petals fluttering eagerly in her direction, anticipating her loving and healing touch.

The famous owner had, meanwhile, corralled an employee and soon busied himself with specific (and complicated-sounding) orders for wines and champagnes and hors d'oeuvres for his gala; so it gave me some time to follow the Gardener on her rounds.

“So,” I said, somewhat in awe, “You created all this splendor!”

“Oh no,” she laughed, good-naturedly, “One never actually creates life. One need only step aside and allow life to be what it was meant to be.”

“Oh?”

“In other words,” she said, looking at me over her horn-rimmed glasses with a twinkle in her eye, “One need only to give up trying to control it all.”

I looked at her in utter disbelief. “But, really, what’s your secret?”

“Well,” she said, as she paused to contemplate, “I suppose it does help just a bit if you let yourself love it all.”

She peered over at me. I gave her a quizzical look. Her next answer surprised me a bit, but I knew it was true.

“You know it can’t last.” She continued. “Most of them are here for a season or two, then they’re gone. And you can’t hold too tightly to them, not if you want them to grow. But you love them all anyway. Unreservedly. With all your heart.”

Our eyes met then, and I understood. Because I instantly knew that no matter how much love she had given away here, that she would always have more, and that her heart would always be full.

At that, the owner returned, seeming much more distracted now. He apologized, but as the party was about to begin, he had no more time to spare. I thanked him for everything and assured him I would see myself out. As I exited the beautiful home and made my way back down the lane, I was surprised to see the Gardener waiting for me by my car. In her arms she held the most beautiful bouquet of flowers. Now, I’m no expert, but in the mix I thought I saw Roses, Zinnias, Pansies, and some Honeysuckle all surrounded by a bit of Rosemary. She handed them to me and I was so delighted I actually laughed.

“For me??? They are so beautiful! Thank you!”

In that moment I wished I could say I would visit her beautiful gardens again, but I pretty much figured that my tour that day was a lucky fluke….a one-night-only performance by its somewhat mercurial owner. The Gardener seemed to read my thoughts.

“Don’t worry, you’ll be back.”  She smiled as she saw my skepticism. “Owners may come and go my dear. They can even be useful if they’re not too much underfoot. But it’s the Caretakers who bring a place to life. If you belong here, the place will know; and you’ll always find a welcome.”

In that moment I realized that the Gardener was the true Caretaker here. For what is a Caretaker but someone who cares?

 

And then I woke up.

I thought about what the Gardener had said for a long, long while. The dream still haunts me. I can still smell the flowers and feel the spray of the Ocean off the terrace. Could she have been right? After all, when considered from within the grand scheme of time, one may own a place but for a brief period. But if one loves a place!  Well, then. Love leaves a bit of itself behind, and we become a part of everything, every place, and everyone we’ve ever cared for. Love’s energy is timeless and remains after all else has passed away. Ownership requires paperwork. But love requires sacrifice. Owners may invest, but love is invested. Love is a Caretaker. It infuses the place (and the people) with something incandescent, and forever colors it with an indescribable sense of something so much more than an address.

Ownership is temporary. Love is eternal. This is the real message of Venus.

From March 4th through April 15th Venus will retrograde through Aries and Pisces. Venus, like all other retrograding planets, carries energy that calls us inward during this time. So is it any wonder then, that understanding Venus might require personal stories?  Because knowing the interior of anything….person, place, or thing…is a complex journey at best. One that favors the introspective; one that takes time and patience; one that requires participation of a very personal nature. And perhaps, one that might even require dreams.

Venus, being Venusian and all (ie: the consummate hostess), is the very soul of etiquette. Venus is not Mars, never will be. She never forces, only entices. So we are gracefully invited at this time to participate in our very own private lives and personal stories. And though we have free will, this is an invitation we can just barely resist. But why would you? For she calls to us as a Siren in the night, whispering sweetly of our greatest desires and our most heartfelt longings. And besides, it is unbearably, heartbreakingly beautiful.

Do you hear her calling? 

WINTER 2017: SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

by Lady Deane

 

Jan 28th is the New Moon in Aquarius.  An excellent time to get together in groups (which Aquarius rules). So whether meeting with your book club or marching on Washington, let your voice be heard. Aquarius is all about the power of committed gatherings and there’s nothing people can’t accomplish when they join together.

As it happens, Jan 28th also marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  The Chinese follow a lunar/solar calendar, and their New Year usually falls on the New Moon occurring between January 21st and February 21st, so it is not the same date each year.  2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

Roosters are known to be hardworking, determined and fiercely protective (of their families, homes, turf, etc.). But, while not exactly playful, they have been known to enjoy the spotlight from time to time. So, you know, might be a good year for a make-over.

In a Rooster year, it is said that those who stay vigilant and mind their responsibilities will do well.  Apply yourself in all you take on now. Planning, strategizing, and brainstorming will help. This is a good time for “putting things to rights” so getting organized in all areas of life is favorable and will assist you in accomplishing that much more. Last year (2016), was a Monkey year, a time of pranks and tricksters and generally just “monkeying around.” Rooster years are a bit more somber however, and tend to favor the serious-minded. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have any fun.  Just get the work done first, then party. And don’t forget the “vigilance” part! Lock your doors at night to keep the foxes out.

From a historical perspective, Rooster years tend to produce larger than normal earthquakes (as Oklahoma has recently discovered), as well as influenza-type outbreaks.

 

In Cosmic Dance News (the celestial dance going on just over your head), February features two powerful Eclipses.

FEB 10-11, 2017

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 22 degrees Leo

Sabian Symbol: “A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.”

I’m tempted to just call this one: WORDS HAVE POWER.

This degree carries within it the fulfillment of some task, mission, job, purpose or message.  We are completing something that took some time, effort and creative energy to accomplish.  And we should be proud of what we’ve done, but don’t celebrate prematurely. And for heaven’s sake, don’t poop out before you get there! You’re on the last leg of the journey, but you’ve got to cross that finish line before your job is done.

Also included in this image is delivering (or receiving) a message, or some urgent news. Whether by computer, post, or bird–“you’ve got mail” may take on an important new meaning now.  The negative side of this symbol would be outright gossip or insensitive tweets.  This would take you away from meaningful communication and into the land of useless information. So use your compass and fly straight. Your True North is out there.

 

FEB 26, 2017

New Moon Solar Eclipse at 8 degrees Pisces

Sabian Symbol: “A girl blowing a bugle.”

This one kind of reminds me of the cock crowing (it is the Year of the Rooster, after all). Or, perhaps it’s the whistle blower? The bugle can be used to alert or awaken (like in the military, as in “time to rise and shine”), or for hunting purposes (yet another way to keep the fox at bay), or to send up a call.  Some of us will experience this as a call to action, and it can certainly empower us to get up and get going.  Ask yourself this: are you the one being awoken or are you awakening others? Either way, it’s a summons of some sort. Someone is sounding the call….who will answer? Spiritually and creatively, we are waking up to ourselves.  This may have to do with whatever creative projects we want to be involved with, or it may even go much deeper and reveal our true purpose to us.

The negative side of this image is meaningless noisemakers. You know who I mean—every crowd, group or gathering has at least one—people who crow just to hear the sound of their own voices. Avoid them, their message is all hot air. But ask yourself: “What exactly is my ‘wake-up’ calling me to do?”  At the end of the day, you don’t want to be all talk and no action. Energy is available to get moving, but you have to select a direction, a cause, a project, a purpose.  And, of course, it helps to get out of bed! So get going….you have people to wake and places to be.

You know, when I look at the totality of what’s been going on celestially (and that would encompass more than just the eclipses), I see that people have had a bit of a delayed reaction to starting the year.  It’s as if our year had been “called on account of rain” or something. Or perhaps, it might be more accurate to say that people have felt somewhat shell-shocked and not quite ready for what comes next! But believe me when I say that that is about to change. February’s energies will have things moving forward, perhaps at an uncomfortably fast pace at times, as we endeavor to hit the ground running and catch up to a year “already in progress.”  And there’s a lot of progress to be had now, so don’t give up!

These celestial and eclipse themes can be made even more personal by seeing where the planetary action will impact your own natal chart. And if you are even the teensiest bit puzzled by your chart, guess who would be just delighted to explain it to you?  : 0 )  And I will, too.  For hours even.  Trust me, on the subject of your chart, I have a lot to say.

Remember, yes it’s a brand new year and it requires a brand new dance, but we can all stand to learn a few new steps every now and again.  Keep on dancing and it will all work itself out just fine.

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: July 2016

by Lady Deane

 

July 4th, New Moon in Cancer

12 Degrees Cancer: “A Chinese woman nursing a baby whose aura reveals him to be the reincarnation of a great teacher.”

Independence Day!!! What a wonderful day to celebrate the new moon in Cancer, which is the sign of mom, home and apple pie.  Not to mention patriotism, home-town parades, and flag waving.  So gather your family around you and enjoy the festivities.

In this Sabian Symbol we somehow sense that our “creations” (whether they are human or artistic—children of the body/children of the mind) are special and that they are the result of the continual progress of generations of special.  So, if your “baby” seems like an old soul, perhaps he/she is.  If your original creation (book, poem, sonata, invention, ice sculpture, thesis, whatever) seems like it came out of you rather than from you, perhaps you channeled the information (and perhaps generations of your family helped you).  And perhaps that is because it is time for that person/information to be born!  Sort of like: Ready or not world, here it comes!  Also, because our new creation is still in its infancy, we can safely assume that further nurturance will be required to see it through to completion (or adulthood).  We must tend and care for it, incubate and protect it, while it grows and gains strength.  And, speaking of nurturance, we will all get the chance to practice it.  Nurturing family and friends becomes a strong theme for July.  And, conversely, if you’ve been busy running yourself ragged nurturing everyone but you, then now’s the time to ask for a little bit of TLC from those you love.  Speak up, your family is listening.

From a health perspective, Cancer rules the breasts and stomach, so if your digestion seems a bit off now, simplify your diet for a few weeks and see if that doesn’t help. Also, Cancer tends to be one of the worry-wart signs, so by reducing stress you can sooth your system and head off a myriad of potential health problems.

And for those of you who are STILL keeping track of our retrograde line-up (and good on ya!), here’s where we are currently at:

Mercury: DIRECT!  Yay! 

Mars: DIRECT! Yay!

Jupiter: DIRECT! Yay! 

Saturn: Still retrograde (boo!). Take heart, it will be direct again on August 13th. Just one more month. You can do it!  Stuff we deal with when Saturn is retrograde: real estate or housing issues; bosses or authority figures; experts and expertise; fatherhood, the rules and rule makers. If you’re selling a home now, it will probably go more smoothly (and you’ll likely get a better price) if you wait until Saturn is direct.  Buyers have a leg up now, however.

Pluto: Still retrograde and won’t be traveling direct again until Sept 26th. Stuff we deal with when Pluto is retrograde: life and death; rebirth; transformation; your foundation; your career path or direction in life, and other in-depth issues.  Pluto doesn’t fool around—there’s no “chit-chat” with Pluto.  It likes to get straight to the heart of the matter.  So continue your investigation/research into important matters or behind-the-scenes activities.

So, when taken all together, I can safely say that after June’s hectic, break-neck pace, July is finally about family, togetherness, and caring. For some of us, June was brutal—not just fast-paced, but depressing, lonely, and a little scary. So, for those of you who just want to spend July in bed with the sheets pulled over your head, please don’t.  Because July is the time to surround yourself with the friends and family who mean something to you. There’s an old saying in astrology that goes “Cancer’s don’t make homes, they make wombs.”  Which just means that when they feel overwhelmed, they tend to turtle, to withdraw to their safe place in order to protect themselves.  But with this Cancer new moon, it’s time to be inclusive. Not time to hide out, but time to enjoy, to savor. You can live at a slower pace now and take in a few of those infamous lazy days of summer.  Then tell the people you love how you feel about them.  Better yet, spend some actual time with them. Because July’s new moon is a beautiful, slow waltz, in a softly lit ballroom, in your bare feets.  It’s a dance of the heart, best done at home, with the one(s) you love. 

 

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their physical sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes, dreams and intuition. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: June 2016

by Lady Deane

 

June 4th, New Moon in Gemini

14 Degrees Gemini: “Two people, at widely different points, are in conversation with each other by means of telepathy.”

Hmmmmm…..this reminds me a bit of the current political debate!  This imagery can indicate people who are separated by different ideologies and sometimes, quite literally, by a language barrier as well. But it can also point to those who are separated by miles; as those who live far apart may not get to communicate face-to-face as often as they would like. But perhaps they are in one another’s thoughts more than is realized.  On the other hand, people who live in close proximity to one another can still live “in separate worlds” if they come from very different cultures or socio-economic backgrounds. What this degree really shows us is that barriers—whatever they may be—can and must be overcome if we are to truly understand one another.

On an esoteric level (for you fellow magicians out there), this degree represents the very real communication that is possible through the “ethers.”  There, one can be on the same wavelength or frequency as another, even when both are far apart geographically. Have you ever sat thinking of someone (even speaking to them in your mind’s eye), and then the next day they called you, seemingly out of the blue?  You reached them in the ethers and they heard you.  There are so many fantastic ways that we can reach out and communicate these days that there is never a need to walk (or talk) alone.  And this offers an excellent reminder that when we “talk to ourselves” we aren’t, really.  Someone hears us, somewhere.  So open your minds for this new moon—being heard and understood will be the objective.  And remember to take turns listening!

From a health perspective, Gemini rules the arms and hands and has a lot to do with general flexibility, reflexes and hand-eye coordination. In addition, ones ability to think and communicate is certainly a Gemini task, as is the breath (lungs).  Any activity (or lack thereof) that favors health is favorable now.  For instance, giving up smoking, would be stellar as it would increase lung capacity. 

And for those of you who have been keeping track of our retrograde line-up, here’s where we are currently at:

Mercury: DIRECT!  Yay!  Go ahead and buy your computers, TVs, cellphones, and various other gadgets. Email, tweet and twitter your hearts out. Just don’t do it while walking or driving because Mars is still retrograding (accidents). 

Mars: Began it’s retrograde journey on April 17th and won’t be direct until June 29th.  Just a few more weeks, people. You can make it! Stuff we deal with when Mars is retrograde: unresolved anger issues; accidents in general; sports injuries (usually due to straining or overuse); rediscovering your passion in life; past loves, “loud noises” (that’s funny, cuz that’s my nickname for the Donald).

Jupiter: DIRECT! Yay!  You are now free to travel about the country.  Go on, have yourself an adventure! TSA should have a handle on those long wait times for security checks by now.

Saturn: Began it’s retrograde journey on March 25th and will not be direct again until August 13th.  OK, so just a few more months.  Hang in there. Stuff we deal with when Saturn is retrograde: real estate or housing issues; bosses or authority figures; experts and expertise; fatherhood, the rules and rule makers. If you’re selling a home now, it will probably go more smoothly (and you’ll get a better price) if you wait until Saturn is direct.

Pluto: Began it’s long retrograde phase on April 18th and won’t go direct again until Sept 26th.  Outer planets like Pluto spend roughly half the year retrograding, so this is not generally as big a deal as when the personal planets retrograde. Stuff we deal with when Pluto is retrograde: life and death; rebirth; transformation; your foundation; your career path or direction in life, and other in-depth issues.  Pluto doesn’t fool around—there’s no “chit-chat” with Pluto.  It likes to get straight to the heart of the matter.  So the game is afoot and there are important matters that need investigation.

Again, my disclaimer: retrograde planets aren’t evil and their energies are not bad (even if it feels that way sometimes when the inevitable chaos ensues).  But the energy does require a certain amount of introspection to function properly.  Retrogrades signal a period of inner work and self-governance. They represent a time when—regardless of the planet involved—“re” words are appropriate.  Think in terms of: rethink, reconsider, re-evaluate, reconnect, re-establish, rework, research, rebuild, realign, replace, repair, reimburse, refund, return, relist, renew, recover, realize, and my personal favorite: RELAX. 

So, altogether, June is about plotting a new course. 

You will have many choices to pick from now.  My advice?  Prioritize your top 5, 10, 15 items (….pick a realistic number for your current circumstances) from your “to do” list and focus on them.  You can successfully multitask now, but jeeze-louise even Loki has to nap every century or two!

So tap dance as fast as you can—the month will absolutely fly by.

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their physical sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes, dreams and intuition. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: May 2016

by Lady Deane

 

May 6th, New Moon in Taurus

16 Degrees Taurus: “An old man is attempting, with a degree of success unsuspected by him, to reveal the mysteries to a motley group.” 

There is deep inner wisdom in this degree.  And a very wise person is attempting to catch our ear.  Are we listening?  Or, perhaps you are the “wise” one yourself?  Do you have something of importance to say?  The old man in this vignette appears ordinary, and he has no idea how much his words are truly inspiring others to change, to grow, to reach for something more.  And what could be more important to impart to someone than an understanding of the mysteries of life?  Yes, there is depth available to us now.  But we have to take a moment to allow it entry.  True depth of understanding is taken in on a cellular level.  And it has the power to change us for the better from the inside out.  This information is not just for the “chosen few” either.  The motley group listening are from all walks of life, from all educational and socio-economic backgrounds.  Wisdom is being offered to one and all….for free.

From a health perspective, Taurus rules the throat and neck.  If you have had neck pain or a sore throat lately ask yourself first and foremost: “Is there something I don’t want to/am afraid to say?”  or“Have I been so inflexible that I am afraid to turn my head and see that another direction is still available to me?”  Once you figure out what you haven’t been saying, or see the possibilities you have yet to consider, then you can make some real progress.  Taurus is a very fixed earth sign and, while it’s very good energy for defending and maintaining the status quo, it’s not so good when changes have to be made.  Then it digs its heels in and refuses to budge.  This can create quite a stubborn stand-off (or a true stick-in-the-mud situation).  If this sounds like you, try not to stand in the way of forward motion.  Because the only progress you’re impeding now is your own.

 

In other astrological news—and gosh, there’s an awful lot of it—we now have 5 planets retrograding at the same time!  For those of you who keep track, here’s the line-up:

Mercury: Began it’s retrograde journey on April 28th and will go direct on May 22nd. What you’ll likely be dealing with if this makes a strong aspect in your natal chart: communication issues, misplaced items, networking, contracts, electronics (phones, computers, TVs), siblings.  Mercury is retrograding in Taurus the sign of the Bull—the same sign as our New Moon this month.

Now, the Bull is slow and plodding, unless of course you make him mad.  So…do I really need to say it?  Don’t wave any red flags for the next few weeks.  The Bull will charge, you’ll have to hoof it out of there fast, and no one wins. Between both Mercury and Mars being retrograde, inflammatory words just don’t work now (gee, should someone tell ‘the Donald?’) and can backfire BIGTIME.  In addition, the sign of Taurus rules the voice and how we speak, so be cautious about promises you make now because you will be counted on to keep them later.  Now more than ever, you’ll need to rethink your words; although this is a particularly good time to research something (or to rewrite your book/proposal/thesis, etc.).

Taurus also rules finances and so the next few weeks are an excellent time to balance your budget and get your financial ducks in a row.  Besides the obvious financial themes (your bank account, investments, and retirement goals), there is also a higher level theme operating now that asks you to determine what you truly do value, and to count among your valuables your own talents and abilities.  Polish them like gems now, because soon they will have a chance to shine (from about May 12th thru the end of the month is especially auspicious, thanks to a grand earth trine).  Many will begin this process by clearing out what they no longer value (or need) and releasing it.  Whether throwing it away, giving it to charity, or selling it at a garage sale—just letting go of things makes space in your life for new (and perhaps more valuable?) things to take their place.  And when you feel frantic, try repeating this age-old mantra to yourself in the mirror: “What is needed is either already at hand or soon will be.”

Mars: Began it’s retrograde journey on April 17th and will go direct on June 29th. What you’ll likely be dealing with if this makes a strong aspect in your natal chart: unresolved anger issues, rediscovering your passion in life, sports injuries (usually due to overuse or strain), past loves. Mars is retrograding back thru early Sag and late Scorpio.  This is a tough one because we’ll be asked to take responsibility for any leftover anger from the past.  Is there something (or someone) you’re still bothered by that you know you should just let go of?  Now’s the time. Mars can really hang onto some resentment in Scorpio.  But lucky for us, Mars gets a bit of help via Chiron, the healing asteroid. As Mars moves back through Scorpio it will trine Chiron—who will kiss our boo-boos and make them all better.

Jupiter: Began it’s retrograde journey on Jan 7th and will go direct on May 9th. What you’ll likely be dealing with if this makes a strong aspect in your natal chart: uncontrolled expansion issues, educational needs (updating your credentials), travel, overall health.  Jupiter is retrograding in Virgo.  Virgo asks us to adjust our diets, our health routines, and our travel plans now.  Also, if you’re looking at furthering your education, start exploring precisely which classes you’ll actually need.  Jupiter is the lifelong student and sees almost every subject as being interesting enough to study, but in Virgo we have to be a bit more specific before getting clearance to expand.

Saturn: Began it’s retrograde journey on March 25th and will go direct on August 13th.  What you’ll likely be dealing with if this makes a strong aspect in your natal chart: real estate or housing issues; bosses or authority figures, experts and expertise, fatherhood, the rules and rule makers.  Saturn is retrograding in Sagittarius.  Word to the wise?  Respect your elders and mentors now (as well as your betters). This is an excellent time to plan what type of credentials you’ll need for the next phase of your career.  IF you need to go back to school remember that they give credit for life experience.  You know, I’ve often thought it a pity that they don’t grant credit for PAST life experience.  Because some of us (and you know who you are) would have PhD’s by now!

Pluto: Began it’s long retrograde phase on April 18th and won’t go direct again until Sept 26th.  Outer planets like Pluto spend roughly half the year retrograding, so this is perhaps less noticeable than when the personal planets retrograde.  However, it does lend its energy to the overall lineup of “slowdown.”  Pluto rules over nothing less than life and death and the cycle of transformation and rebirth.  If you’re doing it right you can be transformed like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of its old life into the new.  If you get it wrong you’ll get bogged down in a whole “lotta drama” and self-induced crisis of one kind or another.  Pluto is retrograding in Capricorn.  So what’s likely being transformed now has something to do with your career and your foundation in life.  Ask yourself what achievements, yet to be realized, are still important enough to you to go all out for?  In May, Pluto will be one of the planets involved in the grand earth trine and this can actually give a boost to your goals.  But Pluto does not waste time with the superficial, so dig deep.  Because these goals better be real and you’d better really care about them.

Please note that retrograde planets aren’t evil and their energies are not bad (even if it feels that way sometimes when your computer breaks down).  But the energy does require a certain amount of introspection to function properly.  It’s not about “out there” right now, but “in there.”  People who are determined to charge ahead like bulls will smack directly into a brick wall.  Frustration will be the name of their game.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Count to ten. Think things through.  And, by the way, those who have some of these planets retrograde at birth often report that they actually accomplish quite a bit more during the retrograde phase.  So you retro babies will likely get more accomplished in the outer world than the rest of us.  However, retrogrades do represent a time when—regardless of the planet involved—“re” words are appropriate.  Think in terms of: rethink, reconsider, re-evaluate, reconnect, re-establish, rework, research, rebuild, realign, replace, reimburse, refund, return, receipt (which you’d better save if you hope to return something!), relist, renew, recover, realize, and my personal favorite: RELAX. 

So, taken altogether, May is about kicking it old school (and by that, I mean take it down a notch).  As the New Moon and retrograde energies combine we’ll have access to some very deep wisdom. Your life may look deceptively calm on the surface now and it may appear to others as though nothing special is going on.  But just below that surface there is a flurry of activity and you will need to pay close attention to your options this month.  Hey, it’s not like you’ll be doing nothing (that was last month).  It’s just that the something you’re doing now is likely to require some extra thought. Otherwise, you’ll just end up “redoing” it later.  And we should be contemplating change right now—but not just any change.  Those of us who have been paying attention will watch for the right change and then grab it.  Just like dancing, it’s all about the beat. And this month’s dance forgoes fancy footwork and relies instead on precise timing….quick, quick slow; and steady you’ll go.

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their physical sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes, dreams and intuition. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: April, 2016

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM

April 2016

by Lady Deane

 

April 7th, New Moon in Aries

18 Degrees Aries: “An empty hammock hangs between two lovely trees.”

Well!  Could there be a better invitation to pause and relax?  Not usually the Aries preferred modus operandi--as Aries is an active, go-go-go, pedal to the metal kind of fire sign.  Nevertheless, stopping to smell the roses (or swing on a hammock of a lazy afternoon) should be part of everyone’s wheelhouse. So this month, the “dance” we do is really more like an intermission: we’re taking a collective time-out from the dance to catch our breath.

Now, this doesn’t mean we’ll be doing nothing.  Far from it! Sometimes our best inspiration comes from our downtime activities. The “two lovely trees” in this Sabian symbol, speaks of getting out and about in nature: take a walk on the beach, garden, get your hands dirty.  This degree is all about getting back in touch with whatever conjures up images of “safe” and “relaxing” to you.  For many it will involve nature, however the important part is to create time for relaxation and woolgathering, in whatever way works for you.  Because this is what recharges your battery.  Have a heavy problem on your mind?  Stop trying to solve it for five minutes and do something (or nothing at all) that makes you just breathe deep and smile. It may surprise you how effective taking a breather can be in solving your problems.  Besides, problems always loom so much larger in our minds when we allow ourselves to become worn out. Refreshing your body will give you a whole new perspective on life.

Other themes included in this degree are: planning for retirement, planning vacation or time off, taking time out to recall pleasant memories from the past, thinking fondly of someone from the past (or someone you’re missing), rediscovering past pleasures, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life.  If you are planning to redecorate during the next month, purchasing items where one relaxes are favorable now including: beds and bedding (sheets, linens, etc); easy chairs/recliners (or recovering/repairing favorite old chairs); couches and outdoor furniture (yes, including hammocks). Purchases definitely need to be selected more for comfort now and less for looks. So buy that squishy down pillow! Your fat little head will thank you for it.

From a health perspective, this degree is tricky.  If you’ve been overdoing it or just have a massive (read: “impractical/impossible”) to-do list and things have been weighing heavily on your mind, you can expect sleep disruption now. It’s because your mind will not shut down long enough to allow your body the rest it needs. You may have to unplug the phone and ignore the email for awhile til you can reconnect with what brings you real pleasure.  You may need to detach to gain some perspective. From a psychological standpoint, this degree is sometimes associated with fears—of not being/doing enough, of abandonment, of failure or under-achievement (because you are afraid your achievements are all there is to you). If any of these themes come up for you now, take some time to really examine where the fear is coming from. For example, do you really believe that no one would love you/stand by you if you did a little less for everyone else?  Do you really have to spend every waking moment on-the-go to feel a sense of self-worth?  Do you not deserve some down time yourself? (and, tell the truth, would you not just love a fat, squishy pillow?). 

In other astrological news, Mars will be retrograding this year from April 17th through June 29th.  Physically, Mars (ruler of Aries, the sign of the new moon this month) is usually the one in charge of building muscle and keeping us mobile and on the go.  But Mars has already begun the normal slow down period that precedes his retrograde phase. So, this is generally considered a poor time to over do it at the gym.  Stretching, increasing flexibility and improving balance are favored now—basically anything that increases strength slowly over time (strength training, yoga, tai chi, etc) is good and will produce favorable results.  But fast paced, high impact, workouts are not favorable during this retrograde and can actually do more harm than good now.  So be gentle with yourself physically and don’t push yourself.  On a personal level, Mars retrogrades can get us in touch with any unresolved anger issues still lingering around our psyche.  And we can purge them with an emotional “house cleaning” of sorts that will improve our health and our mood.  This is also a good time to get your hearing checked.

So there you have it—April is about kicking back a bit, turning down the “noise” (figuratively and literally) in our heads, and getting back in touch with the natural world.  We are tilling our own soil now and planting our own heirloom seeds. Out of this garden renewed passions will once again flourish.  Dance next month, this month: rest your feets.

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: March 2016

by Lady Deane

 

March 8th, New Moon in Pisces

18 Degrees Pisces: “In a huge tent a famous revivalist conducts his meeting with a spectacular performance.”

This degree is about spreading your message, speaking your truth, and getting the word out to the regular “folks.”  Cue the folk music, as we all get ready for a lively Tarantella.  I see this as one of those “either/or” scenarios.  Either we reach out with a sincere desire to spread good news and offer a message of hope in a world grown increasingly dark; or we focus on overblown egos and personal gain.  It’s a choice. Unfortunately now, for those who choose to sell snake oil or focus on ego, there is a real danger of whipping the crowd up into a frenzy.  Everyday people (who would otherwise tend to be less of a mob) may then be easily manipulated by those in charge.

But EQUALLY inherent in this degree of Pisces, is the real possibility of getting out of our own way for a time and allowing Spirit to speak through us.  And this is a “spectacular performance” because Spirit has a lot to say and often touches people deeply.  It can genuinely move people to hear Spirit messages.  It has the affect of waking you up and changing your heart in ways that have to be experienced or felt to be truly understood.  This is a call to the dance you were born to dance.  The one, unique rhythm that only you hear and respond to.  So, polish up your shoes and get ready.  You are about to take center stage.

The “huge tent” in this psychic vignette implies a large venue or audience (as opposed to a more intimate get-together) that has gathered specifically for this information.  This could be anything from a large town hall meeting to an internet seminar. So, for those light workers reading this, take note: this is a time when you can reach many more people with your message. Whatever your venue: now’s the time to get out there and be heard. 

From a health perspective, this degree is associated with vivid dreams, colorful visions, and sometimes disruptions to your sleep cycle.  Be careful if you take any type of sleep aid or pain killers now. This includes prescriptions as well as over-the-counter remedies. Don’t overdo them. Or, you can avoid using them altogether by simply taking some common sense measures. Remove the electronics from your bedroom—they interfere with sleep cycles.  Allow yourself some down time before bed to prepare yourself for a good night’s rest and allow yourself to relax naturally. Pisces loves to meditate, so that should be quite effective now. And of course, Pisces is always present when drugs or alcohol are in use.  Overindulging, partying too hardy, etc., is a danger now.  Use moderation and caution.

Last but certainly not least—this new moon carries a bit more punch than others because it is also a Total Solar Eclipse.  This is a very strong eclipse whose primary purpose appears to be to awaken consciousness.  Pisces is the perfect sign in which to experience a spiritual rebirth in some area of your life, because it represents compassion and divine love.  Depending on where 18 degrees of Pisces hits your natal chart, you could have a revelation of some kind with respect to your career path, your marriage, your friends, etc.  In order to tap into the higher energies of Pisces try to funnel your energies into a higher calling, a vision, and some divine creativity.  Otherwise, the downside of Pisces may envelope you in a dense fog; promoting a period of substance abuse, psychic confusion, or a dark night of the soul.  The key is to direct the energies present into a positive outlet.  What it comes down to is this: Your Higher Self is on the line—take the call.

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

The New Moon Ballroom: February, 2016

by Lady Deane

 

February 8th, New Moon in Aquarius

19 Degrees Aquarius: “A Forest Fire Finally Quenched.”

Is it wrong, do you think, that the first image that came to my mind while pondering this particular degree was a Calendar of Male Fire Fighters?  Ladies?  Who’s with me?  OK, fine, then. I’ll just go back to talking astrology (party poopers).

Sounds like a Rain Dance to me. Well, we’ve all heard the expression “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” and now this may be true on many levels.  In addition to increased sexual attraction (and/or plain old tension) between people, there is also the element of fanning a spark into a flame.  Igniting your passions and desires for what you do in life, and reviving goals you may have previously thought long dead are favored at this time. You may be “all fired up” with excitement for a specific idea. And you may surprise yourself by making quick work of a project that you initially thought would take much longer to finish.

An image of burning the fields comes to my mind now also, as in clearing out last year’s crop to make way for this year’s. Our goals may benefit from a new vision and a clean slate. Fire consumes much in its wake, but on the plus side it renews the soil and it does leave a blank canvass for us to fill. There is also great hope in the notion that the fire has been “quenched” or put out.  So, after much struggle you may end up feeling victorious that your efforts to “put out fires,” either at work or in your personal life, were successful.  On the negative side, some of you may feel just plain exhausted or “burnt out” now after a prolonged battle against the flames.  If your health has been failing, that is one sure sign to rest up and renew your energy. Or ask yourself if exhaustion has left you vulnerable to opportunistic illnesses.

Of course, it’s always possible to have a literal expression for these degrees as well. We may hear of actual fires occurring this month in many different forms. Fire prevention efforts and fire safety education may be prominent in the news or important to your local community in some way.

February’s new moon has the additional complication of the conjunction between Venus and Pluto in Capricorn; which occurred just a few days prior to the new moon, but is still within orb now. This turns an interesting Rain Dance into a smoldering Tango. And it will have people thinking deeply about the very nature of love, bringing with it elements of walking through fire.  This is symbolized in mythology by Innana’s (Venus) journey to see her sister (the Queen of Hades) and her descent into the underworld (Pluto), where her “shadow” side or false self had to die before she could be reborn anew.  What parts of yourself do you need to release now?  And just who would you walk through fire for?  Many of us are going through the process now of purifying the very notion of what we perceive love to be.  Very deep stuff. Pluto burns away all that is not love from Venus and leaves only the truth.  The result is a pure and powerful love—perhaps even a higher expression of love than we have known before—both personal and universal.

And, finally, this new moon is extra special because it is also the start of the Chinese New Year.  The Chinese celebrate their new year on the 2nd new moon after the Winter Solstice—which this year happens to fall on February 8th.  And each new year is ruled by an animal totem from the Chinese Zodiac.  The year 2016 is ruled by the Red Fire Monkey, which brings a lot of excitement and high energy into our lives. Red Fire Monkey years are ones that call us to action. In February we begin to pick up the pace and get very busy.  They say that during the Year of the Monkey we get a lot done. And while the Monkey is well known for being energetic, he is also a clever fellow—witty, sociable and even a trickster at times.  As with the agile, fast-moving monkey, many of us will be honing our multi-tasking skills as we accomplish more and more of our goals.

Whatever the month brings you, remember to keep on dancing.  See you next month! 

  

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: January 2016

by Lady Deane

 

January 9th, New Moon in Capricorn

19 Degrees Capricorn: “A child of about five carrying a huge shopping bag filled with groceries.”

On the surface this indicates the need for people to act maturely and take on adult responsibilities. But at a deeper level, this degree is all about people feeling like they may have gotten themselves in over their heads a bit, or having to deal with something that’s outside of their wheelhouse, beyond their pay grade. It also means that people (both men and women) are having to “man-up” in some important way, or to carry a load that may be too heavy for others to carry. It can, at times, leave us feeling a bit weighted down by responsibilities.  But I also see several potential positives here.

Perhaps it is time to stretch yourself, to reach beyond where you have been. Oftentimes when we are trying something new, for the first time, it can feel like we will never be able to learn it or accomplish the goal.  A complex new dance step can seem like an impossible task. However, with time and patience (thank you Saturn) we often learn that we are indeed capable of much more than we gave ourselves credit for. And what once seemed like an impossible dance at first, can become second nature with practice. Also, sometimes when people expect more of us, they actually bring out the best in us as we strive to meet higher expectations. And many of us will surprise ourselves now, with a newfound and well-deserved boost in confidence in our growing abilities.

Of course, some will learn another kind of lesson. For a few of us, this time will represent the dance we no longer want to do. And we will begin to see which responsibilities have grown too heavy to carry. Those are the bags we should put down now.

I guess the real lesson of this new moon depends on what type of grownup you have become. If you are one of those people who never, ever stops to notice the roses let alone smell them, your work, work, work mentality will be brought to your attention so that you can correct it and rebalance your life. We all know those “too busy all the time” people; the ones whose lives are running them.  The busy-ness is often just a symptom of a deeper problem.  Perhaps they are afraid that if they stopped long enough to really think about things, they might realize how unhappy they have become.  And then they’d have to do something about it.  For those people, rebalancing is in order and this can be accomplished in several ways: resting, going within, adding in a little playtime—these are some of the more obvious methods.  Because for these work-a-holics, a slow-down period is in order. 

But perhaps you are not exactly out of balance. Perhaps you just need to change up your existing responsibilities, to switch things out, or even to delegate when appropriate.  These people will be tweaking their adult lives. Remember, we are all responsible to ourselves, not just to those we care for.  We alone can determine if we’re walking the path we’re meant to walk and carrying the right sack of groceries.  

And lastly, if you are one of those lucky ones who are in exactly the right place—walking your path faithfully each day, but have not yet felt like you’re been able to reach your peak performance level—then you’re about to be given opportunities to try.  Are you up for the challenge? Because you are the ones who will push yourselves to greater accomplishment now.  Who knows how far you might go?  You might even pull a rabbit out of a hat. 

From a health perspective, this degree is associated with joint problems and also with “over-loading” in general. So, take precautions to prevent back or shoulder injury. And don’t overdo it with the shoveling the snow and all that.  Or at least take the time to warm up before you exercise. Injuries are certainly one way to force yourself to “put the bag down” but there are easier ways. Let’s all work on finding the right ones for us.

 

There is a lot more going on this month other than the new moon—for starters Mercury and Jupiter will both be retrograde. For more information about what other dance is going on in the sky above your heads, please see my “Winter Wellspring” article in the online Inner Tapestry Journal.  www.heartglow.org

 

A WORD ABOUT THE ENERGY OF NEW MOONS:

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? Call me, we’ll talk. 

A Psychic Does Astrology

by Lady Deane

Anyone else out there have a problem calling astrology a science?   No?  Right. I know, just me again.  The story of my life.  Just once I’d like to preach to the choir.  Sure, you don’t get many converts that way but the heartfelt applause sure is good for the ego.

OK, so here’s the thing: I sit around and listen to some of my esteemed astrologer pals talk about how great it will be when, one fine day, astrology gains mainstream acceptance from the scientific community.  And they talk about this, by the way, as though science were some sort of restricted country club that they either can’t afford or wouldn’t have the wardrobe for if they could afford it.  And thinking about that kind of scares me, to tell you the truth.  Being snubbed by elitist scientists is one thing, being snubbed by elitist scientific astrologers would be absolutely unbearable.  Now, science is great and all, don’t get me wrong.  This is NOT about science bashing.  Where would we be today without the theory of relativity, gravity, and rural electrification (you know, the fact that every town across the country has access to electricity)?  Well, we wouldn’t get too far is my guess.  At the very least, I think that if we went back to candlelight we would all have some amount of difficulty plugging in our computers. So, while I deeply respect the Amish, I think most of the rest of us would safely agree that science can be a wonderful thing. 

However, having said that, let me also say that the problem with acceptance is that I don’t hear people talk much about what would happen after that.  Astrologers appear to be so preoccupied with being “good enough” to get a foot in the door that I don’t think we’ve considered that it might not be the door for us.  It’s a long hall and there are other doors out there. Maybe instead of trying to prove we’re as good (valid?) as scientists, maybe what we should consider is that astrology is simply more than science. Maybe we just need a bigger paradigm.  It seems to me that the principal aim of science is to understand the physical world by measuring and quantifying data.  Well, how would that work with astrology, exactly?  The current scientific paradigm cannot begin to quantify beauty, for instance.  Nor can it measure spirituality, or the ultimate sense of destiny contained within even a single natal chart.  But that's exactly what we’re made of!  Each individual nativity holds a potential only possible through that one, very specific and unique combination.  And no matter how many hundreds of charts we analyze and categorize patterns in, we will never ever see the same exact individual repeat. Astrology, for the most part, seeks to know that which is immeasurable; unquantifiable.  And how would science view that?  Anomalous phenomena? Extraneous data?  Would they simply eliminate chart data that occurred outside the expected sphere of influence? Your guess is as good as mine. 

Astrology reveals the essence of things that might be missed altogether if we were to force it inside the limiting confines of the current scientific paradigm.  I’m not saying that mainstream acceptance of astrology by any group would be a bad thing.  Only that we ought to consider the price tag before we buy.  Cost, it seems, is everything.  We should ask ourselves if we, as astrologers, can afford the constraints that acceptance would require (or, as Robin Williams so aptly put it in Aladdin, when discussing the tradeoff for being a Genie: “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER!....itty-bitty living space”).

Maybe the truth is just simpler than I suspect.  Maybe, it’s just that I don’t belong in today’s computer age of astrology where all that glitters is called technique and where, sometimes, technique is all there is.  Do I hate computers?  No, I don’t.  Hey, I dislike doing the math just as much as the next guy so computer research certainly has its place.  No, there’s nothing wrong with data, even copious amounts of it.  After all, with or without acceptance into the scientific community, astrology has come full steam into the computer age.  But people are not closed systems.  People are more than the sum of their parts.  The thing that’s so “off” about coolly and clinically analyzing a chart’s data in some sterile lab-like environment is that analysis alone will never give you an understanding of the miraculous and complex synthesis of a single human being.  The same way that studying the theory of organized religion will never tell you what it feels like to live by deeply-held spiritual beliefs.  Facts and data do not--cannot--replace true understanding.  You can know all the facts and data about a thing without ever knowing its true essence.  And therein lies the danger...to think that facts and data are the true essence. 

How many of us as fledgling astrologers made the mistake of emphasizing that one spectacular planet or flashy aspect in a chart at the expense of other, seemingly lesser elements, only to find that in the final analysis it was that discounted yod that really expressed the energy of that chart?  Data alone gets you just so far.  The rest of the way you have to travel on faith. 

Now admittedly, I was a psychic long before I was an astrologer.  My grandmother had me reading plant and animal auras by the time I could speak, so it is possible that all this is nothing more than sour grapes on my part.  And I freely admit that operating as a “closet intuitive” in a scientific world has made me feel more than a little isolated at times.  Also, I have virtually no Virgo to speak of.  I think there may even be a 12-step group somewhere (“Virgos Anonymous”) for the detail-challenged like me. 

But you know, every now and then, I’ll be with a client wondering if I should have gotten that nursing degree or something, like my parents wanted, but determined to do my best anyway.  And suddenly I’ll say something just off-the-wall, out in left field, about their chart on sheer impulse.  And it will be like a light bulb went off over their heads. They’ll look at me with a look I can only describe as a kind of reverent awe.  And I’ll know that something I said felt so right it touched them. That somehow (despite my lack of Virgo) I was able to put into words some core essence that even they can’t define about themselves.  And then it’s just me and the client.  I reach them. We connect.  And with that simple leap of faith we go where no data could have possibly taken us.  Healing Happens (is that a bumper sticker yet?).  Anyway, that’s when I start to think that someday in the future there may just be room for non-scientific astrologers like me after all. 

I will concede that in a limitless universe anything is possible. And while astrology continues to grow and develop, so (hopefully) will science.  Who knows.  Hope does spring eternal.  One day maybe they’ll even be big enough for us!


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Doesn't Nursing look like fun, though?  What was I thinking becoming an Astrologer!

(my mom is the 2nd from the left)

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: December 2015

by Lady Deane

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that?

December 11th, New Moon in Sagittarius

19 Degrees Sagittarius: “Pelicans disturbed by the garbage of people move their young to a new habitat.”

Well, of course the obvious image here is cleaning up our homes. Our larger environment (the earth) can also use some cleansing energy as well. But the overall energy for this month’s dance is really more like an out of control rave. To say that people are feeling a bit unsafe these days would be an understatement (as the recent rise in gun sales proves).  And yet, life must go on, parents must continue to raise and protect their children without teaching them to live in fear.  Naturally, we all need to be aware of our surroundings and to make sure we have safe environments in which to live. So, to that end, it’s also certainly possible that some of us may be planning (or talking about) relocation now.  Sag is generally an upbeat sign, but it is a fire sign.  Fire likes to act, to move, to DO something other than just talk about the problem. So if your only (or best) solution is to move now—in other words, if it’s not your “garbage” and you can’t fix the problem—you may just pick up and move to try and get away from the problem.  In extreme form of course this can indicate even more refugees hitting the road to a (hopefully) better and safer future.

But before you load up the moving van, keep in mind that our “garbage” can be more than just refuse, physical obstacles, or other dangers. Our garbage may also include our fears, our attitudes, and our prejudices.  So, it’s not just our homes or neighborhoods that might be toxic now. There is a deep and pervasive soul sickness that has colored our world and which desperately needs each and every one of us to participate in its healing.  Individually, we can help by cleaning out mentally damaging images or emotionally negative thought patterns. I think this is especially appropriate to address at the holidays—because this is usually a time for “good will to all” not to mention family get-togethers.

This new moon’s energies are further complicated by other important aspect patterns now.  Uranus (sudden disruption) is opposing Mars (anger) and they are both t-squaring Pluto (fear, violence) at the moment.  This is a tough one, no question.  Does it seem like bullies are just coming out of every back alley and dark hidey-hole in every town everywhere??? Politically, this can be very unpredictable energy.  In our personal lives, these difficult energies can have us jumping the gun, over-reacting, and collectively creating a chain reaction of negative emotion. We are quick to anger (or panic) now and this t-square can ramp up already volatile energies and cause some real problems.  Luckily there is one positive note to this aspect: the new moon itself is trining Uranus and sextiling Mars.  This can mean that cooler heads may yet prevail and shine their light so that wiser policies may be implemented to help us cope more peacefully (and intelligently) with a rapidly changing world.

I know that I usually try to keep things light in this column, and I always try to emphasize the positive.  But I also have an obligation to my readers to tell it like it is.  And the truth this month is that this new moon is challenging us to be better people. To rise above the panic, the fear, the prejudice and the hatred.  And to stand up for peace and tolerance and decent treatment for all human beings, regardless of religious beliefs. And, while we’re at it, let’s turn a deaf ear to politicians who would use hate speech to incite us to violence (my own “Christmas Miracle” dream involves Mr. Trump going back to his TV show and leaving politics to the candidates with some actual experience). Because if I’ve learned anything over the years it’s that you can’t fix ignorance with more ignorance.  Fear and intolerance will beget yet more fear and intolerance.

In early Christian art, Pelicans symbolized charity. If you watch the news these days it certainly seems as though charity is hard to come by. But what kind of a world are we creating without it? Would you want your children living in a world like that? This holiday season, lets all picture a world where everyone lives in peace. We could co-create it together. It could happen. If we believed it could.

Big Dreams Start Small. 

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.

 

THE NEW MOON BALLROOM: November 2015

by Lady Deane

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that? 

November 11th, New Moon in Scorpio

19 Degrees Scorpio: “A parrot listening and then talking, repeats a conversation he has overheard.”

Well!  Apparently there will be plenty of juicy gossip going around this month and the water cooler may be a good place to loiter if you need to keep an ear to the ground about something.  But, if you want the real skinny (and who doesn’t), you’re better off going straight to the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Or would that be “the parrot’s beak?” 

But this month is really less about what is said, and more about what it means. Just as parrots will often mimic without truly understanding what it is they are saying, we may want to exercise some caution now in repeating something we’ve heard but don’t yet fully understand.  Things can be taken out of context easily now; or you may have actually “misheard” something or misread a situation.  Take care not to jump to conclusions before you have gained the depth of understanding necessary to make good judgment calls. And if you do happen upon a choice bit of gossip, ask yourself if it’s worth repeating.  Then ask yourself again!

Scorpio is a sign that is often privy to one’s deepest, darkest secrets.  It tends towards a tricky tango with complicated footwork. So, if you don’t want to see your dirty laundry (or someone else’s) aired in public, now would be a good time to make sure that the keeper of your secrets is actually trustworthy.  And for those of you entrusted with secrets or proprietary data yourself, remember that Loose Lips Sink Ships.  Stop tweeting, monkey-mailing, facebooking, etc. the more personal and private things you know about others. They will not appreciate your “share.”  But if you do choose to share with someone, make sure that it is personal, heartfelt, and in-depth.  Because one-to-one, deeply personal conversations can actually go quite well now, and you can help significant others understand you (or you them) on an entirely new level.

And—not for nuthin’—but if you’d like to avoid annoying people this month, try not to repeat yourself. At least not overly. No one enjoys a broken record.  State your case, then give it a rest.

Oh the upside—and yes, OF COURSE I have an upside for you!—Jupiter is sextiling this new moon and trining Pluto; and Mercury is conjunct the new moon.  This means that for those of you who need to teach or educate others this is the perfect month.  Whether you are literally translating things into other languages, or just taking something that is so complicated it reads like it was written in code, and breaking it down so actual humans can understand it, you can successfully COMMUNICATE now and be understood!  And perhaps (if you pay attention) even applauded.  Use your individual knowledge and share that wisdom freely with others now. Because THAT’s what will be appreciated. Overall, this is a great new moon for writing, speaking, teaching and publishing.  So let your inner genius out and keep all the flying monkeys locked up.  At least until the next time the circus comes to town.

See you next month!  : 0 )

 

The New Moon Ballroom: October, 2015

by Lady Deane

A new moon occurs when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction in the sky, and come together in the same sign of the zodiac. This occurs approximately once per month (about every 28-29 days).

This is a time of new beginnings, and represents a special opportunity each month to begin again and get a fresh perspective on things. The power of the new moon is purely instinctual and people tend to go with their intuition.  At the dark of the new moon there is little light yet for illumination, so people must use senses other than their sight.  Yet this special time holds all possibilities within it, so we have the ability once a month to set a new course for ourselves.  For 2 weeks afterwards the moon will be slowly waxing or increasing in light.  Then, at the full moon, the light is once again bright and things become fully illuminated.  But before we can “see” with our eyes, we have to activate our “sight” in hopes and dreams. Set your intentions at the new moon and then chart your progress at the full moon.

The sign and the degree of each New Moon represents the theme for that 28 day period and signals a time of “resetting” our collective emotional clock.  Although, these themes do also play out individually in our personal lives.  If you know your own natal chart, you can make each month’s reading even more personal by seeing where the new moon impacts your individual horoscope. And if you don’t know your chart, guess who would be just delighted to help you with that?

October 13th, New Moon in Libra

19 Degrees Libra: “A gang of robbers in hiding.”

OK, how creepy is that one?!?!  Although eerily appropriate for Halloween month. Are these robbers in costume, I wonder? Masked little hobgoblins running amuck among us perhaps?  Well, I think this month we’ll all be doing the “Monster Mash” for sure. Or maybe you prefer Michael Jackson’s “Thriller?” Either way, get in costume and join in.

Well my take on this Sabian Symbol is group protest—the good kind hopefully—wherein people of like mind band together to (metaphorically) “rob from the rich and give to the poor” ala Robin hood and his merry band of thieves.  There is a feeling of inequity and class difference in this symbol, which begs to be redressed. Hopefully this will be accomplished peacefully. Because you can’t cure ignorance with more ignorance. Tolerance is what will educate people in the long run.  And love will heal them.

On a higher level, perhaps what you really feel is being “robbed” from you now is time. There is a feeling of gathering the acorns and putting by the last of the harvest. Uranus is opposing the new moon, which adds a certain sense of urgency. As fall gains in strength and the light begins to grow shorter we all become much more aware that we have just so much time in which to get stuff done.  Many people will be feeling a time crunch now—not enough hours in the day—and we’ll all be burning daylight trying to keep up with our (perhaps overbooked?) schedules and to-do lists.

Well, the good news (and yes, of course there is some!) is that Mercury—another little trickster—has finally gone direct. So, many of the computer/phone/email problems that have been holding people back and frustrating their forward motion should begin to clear up now. Give things til the 24th to get back up to speed, and you should slowly but surely notice an improvement.  But I think the most fortunate news this month is that Jupiter is trining Pluto.  Herein lies a brief opportunity (a few months at best) to regenerate the spirit and restore one's faith in the power of healing. To say nothing of the expansion of intuition and the raising of group consciousness. Your willpower is strong now, and you can use that to accomplish more than you thought possible.  So reach for the stars, you may just catch one.

Happy Halloween to all you tricksters (and treaters) out there! See you next month!

 

Mercury Retrograde: dancing backwards and in heels

by Lady Deane

Sometimes—and I swear this feels true—it seems as if the planets are out to get us.  If you’ve ever looked up to heaven and wrung your hands at the powers that be, imploring: “Why me, God!?!” then you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, then you are leading a charmed life and should put this article down and look up a copy of Cinderella.  Because when it comes to retrograding planets, it can seem like all hell is breaking loose and the sky is falling. Suddenly your dance partner steps on your toes or crushes your (insert your own word here): corsage, ego, heart, dreams, etc, and generally ruins your day.

But, as clumsy as the retrograde dance can seem at first, it really is a dance worth learning.  Because the planets aren’t really out to get us, they’re just trying to teach us better footwork.  Mercury will be the next planet retrograding—from September 17th thru October 8th in the sign of Libra.  Libra is the sign of balance and rules the 7th house of marriage and partnership, so we will all continue to do a tricky 2-step dance with the significant people in our lives now—with both business and personal relationships.

When Mercury retrogrades, we are processing information as well as trying to get our communication systems on board. So, information systems of all kinds tend to be affected, and sometimes we have to “re-think” the way in which we communicate to begin with. For example: we can have computer problems, our messages can be lost, our conversations can be misinterpreted and we can feel generally misunderstood. Should we just become hermits and unplug everything?  No, but simple awareness is a very important skill to have during any retrograde.  So, the first step is to become aware of the real messages underneath all the chatter. And, perhaps the most important conversation to have during the retrograde is the one we have with ourselves.

Many times astrologers warn us not to start something new during retrograde periods.  This is mainly because the retrograde energy supports behind-the-scenes or tie-up-your-loose-ends types of activities. But I find that it’s also helpful to think of Mercury retrograde as a “try it and see” time.  It’s true that you probably shouldn’t launch a brand new business then, but you could research the kind of business you hope to launch one day.  In general I think we should use this time to “sample” what life has to offer.  Think of it like a celestial smorgasbord of sorts.  “I’ll just take a bite of that new dish and see if I like it” or “I think I’ll try this chair in that corner for a week and see if it works out.”  At this time, we shouldn’t get too attached to the outcome of things (or to whatever it is you’re searching for).  We shouldn’t commit just yet. But it is a really good time to have a try-it mindset or a wait-and-see attitude.  If you can manage to stay open to new things but not attached to new things (harder than it seems) you will do well.  Then, when Mercury goes direct, you’ll know what you want (as well as what you don’t want) because you already tried it.  Experimenting and trying things out helps us know what will work for us in the long run.

MERCURIAL THEMES:  flitting about hither and yon, running daily errands, increased paperwork, communication mix-ups and misunderstandings, repairing or replacing electronics, troubleshooting, multi-tasking, researching, tying up loose ends, having a blast from your past, connecting with someone you haven’t seen in awhile, catching up on old times, playing tricks (or delivering treats!).

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID

  • Don't talk over everyone. Others might have important information for you, but you’ll miss it if your gums are constantly flapping.
  • Don’t just talk about yourself. Other people might just know something you don’t. Besides, no one likes a bore.
  • Don’t rush around, that’s when accidents happen.
  • Don’t purchase major electronics just yet (phones, TV’s, DVD players, etc). Although you can research them now.
  • Don’t sign major contracts now (cars, real estate, rental agreements, partnership agreements, etc) unless they are very short term.
  • Don’t marry now (although an engagement or dating period is fine).

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

  • Do listen more than you talk. This is the time to remember that your ears are more than just holes in your head.
  • Do try to keep your feet on the floor (and out of your mouth). Those wing-ed Mercury boots can be wicked fast!
  • Do think before you speak.
  • Do give yourself extra time to get anywhere (because you’ll need it).
  • Do plan to arrive just a teensy bit early.
  • Do remember to fill up your gas tank!
  • Do repair (or replace) major electronics now.
  • Do research all contracts now (read the fine print, ask questions etc.).
  • Do give another the benefit of the doubt.
  • Do reconnect with someone special from your past.
  • Do try it (just don't buy it).
  • Do be willing to experiment.  Variety is the spice of life. 
  • Do keep an open mind.

Do you have a Mercury Retrograde story to share?   I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment.