Jessica Murray’s Skywatch

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Sep 2014
A Nose for Secrets

lightning_safety_300In last month’s Skywatch we looked at an intriguing transit scenario: What happens when a personal planet mixes it up with a transpersonal planet?

Two of August’s transits were warm-ups for September’s. One was with Uranus (interruptions of normal function) and one with Neptune images-3(confusion of normal function). This month’s is with Pluto (breakdown of normal function).

On Sept 9th, Mercury will make a square to Pluto, the most demanding planet in the pantheon.… click here to continue reading.

Aug 2014
When Ordinary Meets Weird

August opens with a Venus-Uranus square, setting the tone for the month.(1)

In the sign Cancer, Venus’ preferences lean towards the safe and familiar: cosy settings, cats on laps, dinner at images-1your aunt’s house. Through August 13th (when Venus goes into Leo), family issues are in the forefront.

But don’t get comfortable. Uranus is waiting to pounce.

Venus in Cancer loves to make connection, but Uranus wants only to break away.… click here to continue reading.

Jun 2014
Eyes Open Underwater

On the first weekend in June, Mercury retrograde (June 7th) inaugurates a three-week review of all things Mercurial. We’ll be reconsidering the ways images-11we get around (driving, walking, running, riding the subway) as well as the ways we read, speak, listen, and figure things out.1

Mars and the Cross

A week after the station, Mars re-ignites the Uranus-Pluto square, unleashing the power of deep and fractious change. On the 13th-14th Mars squares Pluto exactly, and on June 24th-25th, opposes Uranus exactly.… click here to continue reading.

May 2014
Sex and Chocolate

images-3This month starts out with two love slaps from Saturn, the planet of earned rewards. It will be opposed first by Mercury and then by the Sun between May 2nd and 10th.

Saturn in Scorpio

For a couple of years already, the transit of Saturn (karma) in Scorpio (sexuality) has been asking us to take responsibility for the way we handleimages-3 the mysterious demands of intimacy.

Saturn has been making sure we realize when and where we’re off-base.… click here to continue reading.

Apr 2014
The Path through the Woods

images-8Right now a lot of people are feeling like a character in a fairy tale, making their way through a dark forest.

Remember how these stories sometimes featured an old beggar woman, or a troll or talking animal, who showed up to offer the hero a sword of invincibility or a magic cloak?images-10

Often the young traveler is a younger sibling, with two arrogant elder siblings who travel the path before him.… click here to continue reading.

Mar 2014
What About Me?

images-1As Spring comes upon us, big decisions are in the air.  They may be making us feel boxed in, since the transits aren’t giving us much room to move.1

Mars makes a retrograde station on the New Moon, the first day of March.2  A few days later, Jupiter goes direct. This puts both of these planets on track to set off the cardinal cross.

This is by far the biggest transit of 2014.… click here to continue reading.

Feb 2014
Yearning for More

images-6This month let us bless rather than curse Mercury retrograde.

The Goddess gives us these brief periods of apparent backwards planetary movement three or four times a year, to review logistical decisions and other mental contents. What a good idea this is, when you think about it.

It’s our chance to look twice at those elusive wisps of mental energy that otherwise flit on by without a second glance: our thoughts.… click here to continue reading.

Jan 2014
A Year of Wisdom and Foolishness

imagesOn New Year’s Day there’s a New Moon in the wee small hours of morning. The year is announcing itself like the blast from a trumpet. No one can say we haven’t been warned: the meaning of 2014 is being declared straight out of the gate.

It’s about exposing our cherished dysfunctions.

Mars and the Cross

The week before the 2014 kicks in, Mars and Jupiter have added their cardinal heft to the Uranus-Pluto square , cranking up the sense of crisis we associate with a grand cross.… click here to continue reading.

Dec 2013
Out with a Bang

centaur-with-bow-arrow-fire2Astrologers have been buzzing about the tip of the tail of this calendar year. It will feature the Cardinal Cross lit up in all its glory, with Mars poised to light the fuse. Between Christmas and New Year’s, all four Cardinal signs will square each other down in a full-on Grand Cross.1

But the month doesn’t start out that way.

New Moon in Sagittarius

On an energy level the month begins on Monday the 2nd, with the New Moon at eleven degrees Sagittarius.… click here to continue reading.