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Jan 2016
Tie Up Your Camel

camel-726344The square between Saturn and Neptune, which will be coming at us in waves through 2017, is one of those transits we get better at the longer it goes on. We handle it better as we begin to understand it. (1) But at first, it’s a real conundrum.

This is where trigger transits come in. Whenever the square gets triggered by some other planet (keep your eyes peeled for early-degree mutable signs), such as happens with Venus Jan 5th – 7th, the hard-core issues arise.… click here to continue reading.

Dec 2015
Winter Storms

FatherTimeSnowmanThe Cardinal Cross is alive and well.

Our old friend the Uranus-Pluto square is now past exactitude(1) but still feisty. Every time a third planet passes through its zone of degrees, sudden storms arise.(2

Transit trackers will have noticed the way the seasonal portals ignite the Cross. Since 2010, every equinox and solstice has functioned as a trigger.

The same thing has happened, often even more explosively, when any of the other planets has moved into a cardinal sign.… click here to continue reading.

Nov 2015
Death and the Ego

Kawanabe Kyosai,19th century

It’s Pluto season. The Sun and Mercury are in Scorpio (10/23 – 11/22 and 11/1-20, respectively) and a T-square with Venus and Uranus will bring Pluto’s mysteries into relationships (11/20-23).

I’m no fan of what’s happened to Halloween,(1) the Scorpio sabbat. We’ve turned it into a consumer blow-out of cheap thrills – sucrose overdose for the youngsters, faux-sexy costumes for the grownups – that I think must have the dark god wincing in disgust.… click here to continue reading.

Oct 2015
The Melting Times

11202129_1081934085205972_4805258443065749080_nThe Saturn-Neptune square, which has been looming for months,  reaches exactitude on November 26.(1) We will be steeping in it for more than a year. It’s the most significant transit since the series of grand crosses anchored by the Uranus-Pluto square,  past its peak (2010-15) but in effect through 2023.

Transits of the outer planets, like these, hang around for as long as they do because they have important work to do.… click here to continue reading.

Sep 2015
Listen Up

984256_623896541048671_7181039978036789317_nSeptember is an important turning point annually, and this year it is bristling with transits. If you think of transits as messages from the Cosmos — each one whispered in our ear by the planet in question — September is a month of urgent whispers. Knowing when they’re coming, we can get ready to give them the attention they deserve.

There are two eclipses: the New Moon (solar eclipse) is on the 12th, and the Full Moon (lunar eclipse) is on the 27th.… click here to continue reading.

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 be strong 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.

July 2015
Why We’re Here


Like all living things, we humans have cellular memory. After we’ve gone through a life-altering transit, its teachings reside deep within the mind/body/spirit, poised and waiting.

They’re waiting to spring into awareness. This often happens when a lighter transit comes along, and crosses that same patch of sky. (1)

a-tap-on-the-shoulderAn event pops up to remind us what’s important. An inner or outer event, tailored just for us.

We get several of these triggers during the month of July.… 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.