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Aug 2015
The Rocks and the Sea

by Leigh BardugoSaturn, the planet of hard-core reality, is big this month. And its square with Neptune is starting to itch.

The Saturn-Neptune square, which we’ve been feeling all year and will continue to feel through the autumn of 2016, is the most important transit in the sky right now. In November it will be exact to the minute of arc for the first time,(1) and we can feel the tension mounting.… click here to continue reading.

Jun 2015
The God of Mists and Waters

1964933_303629493120561_843274966_nNeptune, the god of mists and waters, casts a dreamy sheen over the month of June. The planetary station on June 12th marks his maximal impact.

As a pebble dropped into a pond creates concentric circles in space, the effects of a transit like this spread outwards in concentric circles of time. The couple of weeks before and after the 12th are inflected with ripples of subtle feeling.… click here to continue reading.

May 2015
The Two-Faced God

Are-you-careful-of-what-you-wish-for-1In last month’s Skywatch, we talked about the tug-of-war between Gemini and Sagittarius: Information vs knowledge. This month a string of oppositions puts this theme front and center.

Mercury goes into Gemini as May begins, and stays there until early July. Words flow quickly during this period; topics are multiple and varied. Emphasis is on the collecting and processing of data, the 9312132a03c53df81ba6c63e6efead8496642026comparing and contrasting of opinions.

‘Tis the season for click-bait.… click here to continue reading.

Apr 2015
Ready to Roll

GTY_swarm_of_bats_BE9805-001_jt_131124_16x9_992The intensity of March continues into April. As the new month begins, the suspense is building.

The Full Moon is on the 4th, and right afterwards, the Sun and Mercury kick off the Uranus-Pluto square. Fresh 476482125-1024x681from its exactitude two weeks ago, this great square remains king of the skies.


In the midst of the excitement, Jupiter stations on the 8th. Somewhere in our lives, a red light switches to green.… click here to continue reading.

Mar 2015
Ides of March

pluto-square-plutoThe big news this month is that the major transit of our times is having its last exact hit. All of March reverberates with the Uranus-Pluto square.

It’s Venus that sets it off. She conjoins Uranus and squares Pluto on March 4th – 5th. Mars follows up even more explosively on March

Right smack in the middle of the month — around the Ides of March – the square comes to exactitude.… click here to continue reading.

Feb 2015
Where Angels Fear to Tread

29d5d3117d96766fdf6b270729c49dfaAs February begins, things are coming to a head.

Every month, the Full Moon period lasts roughly five days: 2½ days on either side of exactitude. This month, that exquisite moment of culmination — when the Moon opposes the Sun to the minute of arc — occurs right out of the gate: on Feb. 3rd (3:10 pm PST), just after our calendars have turned over their pages.

Consider the oddity of beginning the calendar month with the lunar cycle not at its beginning, but maxing out (although it happens all the time).… click here to continue reading.

Jan 2015
Take the Plunge

dreamBy astrological law, the first moment of any process sets the template for what follows. The first big transits of the new year reverberate with a loud inaugural buzz.(1)

2015 begins robustly, with the Sun setting off the Uranus-Pluto square. Like a midwife awakened in the dead of night, we’re being called to urgent consciousness.

This is our signal of what kind of year it will be.

Sea change

Those sensitive to planetary movements are probably still reeling from the sea change saturnDeitythat took place a couple of weeks ago.… click here to continue reading.

Dec 2014
Psychic Electricity

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 6.57.21 PMThe Solstice is power-packed this year. The most important transit of our era is coming to a peak.

The Uranus-Pluto square is exact to the minute of arc on December 14th and 15th,(1) and the whole month reverberates with this clash of planetary titans. What’s more, on the solstice itself (Dec 21st), Uranus makes a direct station. It’s a cosmic acupuncture needle to jolt the global body to attention.… click here to continue reading.