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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.

Nov 2014
Embrace the Beast

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 2.55.22 PMNovember offers up a potent series of transits, the most dramatic being the conjunction of Mars (male principle) and Pluto (transformation). For the world in general and for each of us in particular, issues that have been building will reach a crisis point. What has been festering beneath the surface now leaps into form.

 The Cross comes alive

Mars transits are a crash course in the law of manifestation: the mass mood becomes overt, exploding into the headlines.… click here to continue reading.

Oct 2014
The Thinking Mind

consciousness-150x150In the early part of this month, the Sun (10/3-7) and then Venus (10/8-11) set off the Uranus-Pluto square. For a good week and a half, we get to assess how we’ve been handling the definitive transit of our era.(1)

Since 2008, whenever the square has been provoked into action, there’s been an explosion, either internal or external. This is the pattern. How should we use this information?… click here to continue reading.

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.