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May 2017
Thrown for a Loop

A week and a half into May, the god of surprise may appear at our window and set it rattling.

Mercury conjunct Uranus is meant to unsettle our opinions and communications. It often does so by lobbing something unexpected our way.

This is a cosmic trick, to force us to think differently.

If we could suspend our fear of surprise for just a minute — okay, maybe for a week: the conjunction peaks 5/9-10, but the Full Moon exaggerates its effect — we could get a lot out of transits like this.… click here to continue reading.

April 2017
Spring Awakening

As buds pop from barren trees in the Northern Hemisphere, April is popping with planetary activity.

First and foremost, the Sun is setting off the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square. As it moves through the key cardinal degrees April 8-14th, it ignites our Cardinal Cross issues (see last month’s and February’s Skywatches).

By now, these issues should be pretty familiar. On one level, they constitute the key themes of this calendar year.… click here to continue reading.

Mar 2017
Golden Rule

16473449_628311037358011_1658883377977727681_nAs the month begins, the transit that puts 2017 on the map(1) reaches its peak. On March 2nd and 3rd, the second of three Jupiter-Uranus oppositions is exact to the minute of arc.

Jupiter retrograde

Jupiter is retrograde at the moment; conventional wisdom says this is not the time to launch big projects. Until this big gas giant stations direct, on June 9th, we are meant to be reviewing our work.… click here to continue reading.

Feb 2017
Rejecting the Intolerable

6833a8e56fdcf954de0cd317a58dbfe4Mercury kicks off the Uranus-Jupiter opposition on the first two days of February, igniting the year’s big cardinal T-square. (1) Whatever arises during these few days is a statement about the key lessons facing us.

Whether the event is inner or outer, respond to it with awareness. If you find yourself reacting, instead, that’s okay. Notice that’s what you did. And make a decision to learn from it.

The T-square

To get at the general meaning of the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto configuration, let’s break it down into its parts.… click here to continue reading.

Jan 2017
A Well-Crafted Poem

12799145_689420981200029_4825635591593789163_n2017 begins with a lesson about the fictional nature of reality. The Mars-Neptune conjunction on New Year’s Day asks us to accept that the world is slippery and unknowable. The best approach is a bemused spiritual detachment: to stand outside of events, in observation mode.

If our behavior (Mars) vacillates and equivocates right now (Neptune), it’s only appropriate. A test of how well we work with transient perceptions, this inaugural transit offers fertile ground for artists, dreamers and liars: those who work purposefully with ambiguity.… click here to continue reading.

Dec 2016 Preview
Swan Song

michael-parkes-art-2The feeling that’s in the air right now – that of crisis of faith — began the year, set the tone for its twelve months, and is resounding more vocally than ever as the calendar year winds to a close. Only now it’s spiked up with what Uranus-Eris hath wrought: the results of the November election…

 

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Nov 2016
Fair is Fair

12321449_704071916401602_4950885662257937940_nThe most important transit of November takes place on an American holiday devoted to gratitude. This is an utterly appropriate approach to the Jupiter-Pluto square.

Gratitude is the most fitting response to any transit of Jupiter, the planet of unasked-for blessings, or “fortune” (1). Unlike Saturn, its evil twin, Jupiter does not require that we earn what we get. What arrives feels like “luck.” (2)

Open-hearted enthusiasm is the hallmark of Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter.… click here to continue reading.

Oct 2016
Keeping Us on Our Toes

nureyev+AvedonDon’t get comfortable. We aren’t supposed to be settling in, right now. The transits upon us are not about complacency, they’re about mass destabilization; and the more on-board we are with them, the more creative we will be.

Things are rocking and shifting. Our goal should be to align ourselves with the tumult, and let it inspire us.

Edges melting

This year has been dominated by the Saturn-Neptune square,(1 still within orb this month.… click here to continue reading.