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Mercury Rx as Trickster

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“The Trickster’s function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end the Trickster gives people what they really want: some sort of freedom.” — Tom Robbins

As Mercury turns Rx,  you might be feeling a little edgy. Where is the Trickster going to stir up dust this time? What can you do to stay Zen and what can you learn from this energy shift? Is that even the goal?

Mercury Rx at 14° Cancer
LA - June 17th - 8:59 pm
NY - June 17th - 11:59 pm
LON - June 18th - 4:59 am
SYD - June 18th - 1:59 pm

Mercury Rx Dates for Your Calendar

June 2nd - Mercury enters the Rx Zone at 5° Cancer
June 18th - Mercury turns Rx Zone at 14° Cancer
July 12th - Mercury turns stationary direct at 5° Cancer
July 26th - Mercury leaves the Rx Zone at 14° Cancer

 

Mercury Rx Symbolism

 

Mercury Rx Cycle from Cafe Astrology
Mercury Rx Cycle from Cafe Astrology

First, to understand the astronomy of a retrograde planet, check out this 5-minute tutorial on my Youtube Channel- Planetary Retrogrades.

Next, know that metaphorically, the messenger of the gods is slowing down, going back over old territory, signalling a time for you to rethink your beliefs, MO, approach, actions, desires and above all, thoughts ans feelings in the area of life where you find 5° to 14° Cancer. If you aren’t sure, ask for help in the comments with a link to your chart.

Inner focus and reflection is important at this time, but that's not all. Mercury Rx means the Trickster is afoot and anything is game.

Mercury Rx Do's and Don't's

The most important approach to Mercury Rx is 'mind over matter.' If you THINK it's going to be a stressful time where your car breaks down, computer melts, contracts are lost and keys go missing, the universe may happily oblige your expectations. It you trust that all paths are good, that you are willing, able and relaxed about slowing down and tuning in, then no matter what happens, or doesn't happen out there in the world is simply be part of your joyful Feng Shui. For those that feel they need extra support at this time, her are some tips.

Avoid

1. Buying electronics

2. Signing contracts

3. Forgoing a safety check before driving

4. Launching new projects and businesses

5. Loaning out your keys, passwords or pets

Embrace

1. Rethink decisions

2. Review core values

3. Recreate the past

4. Reflect on desires

5. Reconnect with people from the past

6. Remove limiting beliefs

7. Rewind, relax, restore

Expect a Visit from the Trickster

moana-trailer1-screenMercury morphs during the retrograde cycle. Like a skinwalker, of the Lakota's Heyoka, he steps out of his fleet-winged garb and dons the form of the Trickster. The Sacred Clown.

You can recognize this energy instantly. At its core is disruption, the intention to pull on the threads of order so it will unravel. He brings surprise, metaphor, visions and synchronicity. He, or she, presents us with a new perspective, one that might both excite and frighten us. It certainly provides the opportunity for growth.

In the mythologies of many people, the Trickster, the mythic figure who embodies the unexpected (synchronicity) and who steps godlike through the cracks and flaws in the ordered world of ordinary reality, brings luck good and bad, profits and losses, all to instill growth and change. - Combs et al

Why we Need the Trickster

The Trickster appears when we are stuck, either in a habit pattern that no longer serves us, a limiting thought about ourselves or others, an outmoded perception or a feeling of being trapped or out of touch with our vitality, our creative life force. When we get into such a state, sooner or later the Trickster comes to blow the roof off the house and cracks open the windows.

We encounter disruption - lose our car keys, wallet, job, family, friends, or unexpected news. Whatever form it takes, we are put in a position of having to make a radical change. Maybe it's only for a day, as in missing keys. Maybe it's for the rest of our lives, as in a relationship change. However it comes, it's a sudden shake-up that renews the flow of energy to our hearts so that life has meaning again.

Tracking Mercury Rx in your Chart

By following the transit of Mercury through your chart, you can note the house(s) activated, any planets aspects and from the symbolism, meet the Trickster halfway. Here's how you do it.

  1. Check the ephemeris for Mercury Rx positions
  2. Plot Mercury around the outside wheel of your chart
  3. Note the house(s) and any aspects to planets

Chart Example:

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We can see the 11th house of goals for the future, friends, groups and tribe activated, right between Venus and the South Node.

List the Transits as well:

Mercury Rx Transits to Natal

 

Also, a few important aspects link to this, T Mercury inconjunct Moon and opposite Mars! Lots to ponder.

Keywords for the Houses

HousesLet's meet up in the comments, or on the GVA Forum to discuss where, how and why the Trickster is dropping in on your life!

See you there.

xxKim


Venus & Mars Retrograde 2020

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Juggling in the Air by Michael Parkes

This year brings a lot of cool astrological features, one of them being Venus and Mars retrograde 2020. With Venus Out of Bounds during two months of this cycle, there's more here than imagined. Let's take a closer look.

Venus Retrograde 2020 Days and Degrees

First, we'll look at where in the zodiac this is happening. Venus will be retrograde from May 13th to June 25th, between 5° and 21° of Gemini. But that's only the start. She enters the retrograde zone on April 9th and doesn't leave until the 29th of July. A long haul! On top of it, she's out of bounds from April 3rd to June 3rd.

Think of this in two ways. Firstly, that you will have time, especially between mid-May and late June, to reflect, tuning into your relationships and values. The specific topic of this reflection will depend on where the retrograde 2020 is in your natal chart. If you aren't sure, go by your solar chart. (See guide below.)

Secondly, consider the out of bounds phase. Simply put, it's a time of extremes where thoughts, ideas and actions can break through glass ceilings. As we go beyond normal limits in life, new experiences unfold. We also tend to take more risks and act a little wilder. A little more edge.

Venus Retrograde 2020 in the Houses - where to reflect.

Aries - The written and spoken word, teaching, learning, connecting, neighborhood, siblings.

Taurus - Money and finances, resources, talents, income streams, security, peace of mind.

Gemini - Appearance, personality traits, style, outlook on life, what you let others see.

Cancer - Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, being of service, meditative states, behind the veil.

Leo - Friends, your tribe, like-minded others, groups, associations, goals & wishes.

Virgo - Career, mission, profession, public relations, sense of authority, a parent or grandparent.

Libra - New horizons, travel, beliefs, philosophy, new knowledge, adventure, import-export, worldwide.

Scorpio - Sex, death, taxes, shared energy and resources, deep investigations, occult research, trust.

Sagittarius - Personal, socially significant, one-to-one relationships, frenemies, biz partners, collaborations.

Capricorn - Work-a-day life, ritual routine, health and well being, pets, gadgets, ritual magic.

Aquarius - Creative self-expression, offspring (books, paintings, music, kids etc), romance and risky business!

Pisces - Home, family, property, ancestors, emotional ground, a parent or grandparent.

Venus Retrograde 2020 Summary

To clarify, Venus Rx will focus on 16° of the zodiac for four months. It's a mega manifesting opportunity, especially when coupled with the out of bounds phase. Namely, May 13th to June 3rd. Circle those two weeks in red! If you do your reflective homework starting April, you'll be blasting through upper limits in no time.

Out of Bounds and Retrograde 2020
Click to enlarge. Me/Ve/Ma/Eros 2020. Note Rx and OOB

Tips include knowing your core values, acting on inspiration and releasing resistance. Venus gains through attractions. Consider your powers doubled, especially if you have planets or points in Gemini. If they are between 5° and 21°, all the more potent.

Mars Retrograde 2020 Days and Degrees

Now, let's look at where in the zodiac Mars Rx is transiting. This planet is retrograde from September 9th to November 13th, between 15° and 28° Aries. Again, there's more. Mars enters the retrograde zone on July 25th and doesn't leave until January 2, 2021. That's a LOT of Mars in his own sign, powerhouse Aries. You're going to want to pay attention!

Think of this as a time to asses your actions. Your healthy aggression. The way you stand your ground. It's all up for adjustment, especially where you have 15° and 28° Aries in your natal chart. Of course, if you don't know this exact point, you can use the solar chart technique. Actually, even if you do, you might want to check it out.

Mars Solar Houses for Retrograde 2020

Aries - Appearance, personality traits, style, outlook on life, what you let others see.

Taurus - Unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, being of service, meditative states, behind the veil.

Gemini - Friends, your tribe, like-minded others, groups, associations, goals & wishes.

Cancer - Career, mission, profession, public relations, sense of authority, a parent or grandparent.

Leo - New horizons, travel, beliefs, philosophy, new knowledge, adventure, import-export, worldwide.

Virgo - Sex, death, taxes, shared energy and resources, deep investigations, occult research, trust.

Libra - Personal, socially significant, one-to-one relationships, frenemies, biz partners, collaborations.

Scorpio - Work-a-day life, ritual routine, health and well being, pets, gadgets, ritual magic.

Sagittarius - Creative self-expression, offspring (books, paintings, music, kids etc), romance and risky business!

Capricorn - Home, family, property, ancestors, emotional ground, a parent or grandparent.

Aquarius -The written and spoken word, teaching, learning, connecting, neighborhood, siblings.

Pisces - Money and finances, resources, talents, income streams, security, peace of mind

Mars Retrograde 2020 Summary

Specifically, the Mars Rx zone will focus on 15° - 28° of Aries for six months. That's a lot of manifesting opportunity! In short, from September 9th to November 13th, you have the chance to be more authentic. Take inspired actions. Not give a rip what others think. Honor your own needs. Be true to your goals. If in the past, you've let others come first at your expense, there could be a turnaround. Especially one that makes you feel more yourself. More whole and complete.

Finally, I hope everyone will feel free to ask questions here. Or, jump on the GVA forum and share your chart.

Happy Venus and Mars Retrograde 2020!

xxKim


Solar Eclipse Scopes

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Art by Carmen Luz - Solar Eclipse Scopes

Ready for the Solar Eclipse Scopes?

It’s the Dark Moon now until December 25th/26th when the last Eclipse of 2019 rises. Think of this as wrapping up the previous year and setting you up for months to come in 2020.

So, take a moment to reflect on the power and energy about to shift with the final lunar event of 2019. Remember, dark moons are for rest, recuperation, meditation and quietude. Find a place, inner and outer, that represents peace to you and go there.

Yes, even at this insanely busy time of year.

Especially at this insanely busy time of year!

Watch the Youtube podcast on releasing 2019 and pre-paving 2020

Solar Eclipse Intentions for 2020

Listen to the full GVA Call on letting go of 2019 before the eclipse and setting new intentions after! 5 tips you will love!

Solar Eclipse Scopes - Exact Times

New Moon ECLIPSE 04°Capricorn 06′
LA – Dec 25th - 9:13 pm
NY – Dec 26th - 12:13 am
Lon – Dec 26th - 5:13 am
Syd – Dec 26th - 4:13 pm

New Moons are perfect for setting intentions, pre-paving desires and focusing our energy on what we want, but often we’re too busy to get in touch with how we really feel. As the dark moon deepens, we can look back over 2019, asking what came to be. What could use some tweaking? Is there any deadwood or tolerations to prune (or find a different way to think about?)

Aligning with the current Astro can help you find the answers now, before the Solar Eclipse, and turn that knowledge into powerful transformations.

Aspects Highlighted in the Solar Eclipse Scopes

1) Solar Eclipse trine Uranus Rx – think 'happy surprise.' Uranus brings sudden and unexpected news or events and this one just might take your breath away.

2) Nodes conjunct/opposition the Capricorn New Moon – This is what makes it an eclipse, the alignment with the ecliptic, represented by the Lunar Nodes. All New Moons bring a fresh start, but with the nodes? It's THREE times the power and punch. Best make your intentions three times the strength to match.

3) Solar Eclipse conjunct Jupiter – talk about expansion. Jupiter brings 'luck' the natural vibe that comes with confidence and optimism. Pay attention to these feelings. They are with you for the next six months!

4) Asteroid 19 Fortuna conjunct the Solar Eclipse and Jupiter exact. Like drawing the Wheel of Fortune card in Tarot, this can mark a turning point, inner our outer, where you see things from a new perspective. Events could conspire to open your eyes and move you further along the Path of fortune! More on Asteroids...

Solar Eclipse Scopes

Remember you decide how you respond to everything that comes your way. No exceptions!

AriesARIES:

This Eclipse is a laser focus on your career, mission, profession. It’s not enough to just get by. You want to express your capabilities out into the world in magnificent ways. Ask what it is you represent and be that every time you step out your door. Career Action time! Make it sing in 2020!

TaurusTAURUS:

Think new horizons as the possibilities for expansion present themselves left, right and center. The focus for you is on new experiences – going places you have never been before. Travel, meditate, learn, teach, wander beyond the your well-beaten path. Expand your awareness in 2020!

GeminiGEMINI:

The Eclipse activates your house of shared resources, collaborations and the desire to transformation. It helps if you let go of old ways of thinking about yourself and embracing the new. Include the art of receiving in this renaissance of self. Abundance through joint endeavors in 2020!

CancerCANCER:

This Solar Eclipse rises in your 7th house of relationships and the intentions you set now will pave the way for your all of 2020. Hint: Begin with yourself. That’s the partnership that counts the most! Be there for yourself, and shower your life with LOVE, appreciation and reverence. Now.

LeoLEO:

Time to address any health or healing areas. Everything you do in your work-a-day life counts x 3 – exercise, nutrition and the thoughts you think. The key to manifesting a life of your dreams begins with the basics, with pets and plants and the kitchen sink. Appreciate every little thing in 2020!

VirgoVIRGO:

The focus for you is creative self-expression, your artistry, craft and recreation. What is it you love doing? More of that is in order! Your prep is to have the time of your life through play, creative practice, music, dance, theater, film . . . whatever lights you up. Romance doesn’t go astray in 2020 either!

LibraLIBRA:

This Solar Eclipse is in your house of secret feelings and it’s going to awaken all kinds of magic in your life. Eyes open. Be ready! Any and everything you do to improve the home right now improves you too. De-clutter, and spruce up the Feng Shui. Creating a sanctuary lights the way in 2020!

ScorpioSCORPIO:

For you, the Eclipse rises in your 3rd house of ‘mind’ and it’s your thoughts and how you direct them that are most empowered. This is where your communication skills take off like rockets. Direct them! Focus on what you want most, speak it aloud, and watch dreams come into being in 2020.

SagittariusSAGITTARIUS:

The Solar Eclipse in Capricorn can make it easy to get distracted with pragmatic concerns. This isn’t ‘bad’ though if you look deeper at your ‘resources’ you’ll see your true wealth is in your core values. Know them. Live them. And, sort your finances, make a plan, and expect major abundance in 2020.

CapricornCAPRICORN:

This is your personal New Moon so take a moment to reflect on how your life is progressing. What have you accomplished in 2019? What goals do you want to set in 2020? Care to raise your sights a little higher? A lot? The sky truly is the limit, so start blasting through those set-points now!

AquariusAQUARIUS:

Your have the Solar Eclipse in the land of dreams and the unconscious mind. It’s about letting go and allowing what you want as opposed to trying to force things to ‘make them happen’. The more you relax, let go of control and allow your intuition to guide you, the better. No resistance in 2020!

piscesPISCES:

The Capricorn Solar Eclipse lights up your house of friends and like-minded others. You are opening to new connections and also, perhaps, some friends are starting to drift away. Just go with the ebb and flow, releasing the urge to grasp and cling. 2020 brings leadership roles. Be ready!

Have a wonderful Solar Eclipse and Season's Celebration!

xxKim


Jupiter into Capricorn 2019 - 2020

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Jupiter into Capricorn Art by Kovacs Anna Brigitta -

Hey all, ready to feel like a kid again with Jupiter into Capricorn?

After twelve months in Sagittarius, Jupiter crosses over the Zero Degree Aries Point (aka AP) and into the sign of Capricorn! The last time this happened was December 19, 2007. Here are the dates for the December ingress:

Jupiter into Capricorn
LA - Dec 2 - 10:20 am
NY - Dec 2 - 1:20 pm
LON - Dec 2 - 5:20 pm
SYD - Dec 3 - 5:20 am

What will Jupiter into Capricorn be like?

Remember, the planets represent an energy that wants to express through you. They are the actors on stage. The sign the planet is in represent HOW that energy expresses. They are the costumes the actors wear.

So think of Jupiter as an actor. He's a king, for sure, big, expansive, adventurous and spontaneous.  He makes grand gestures, brings golden opportunities and boost confidence. Sometimes to the point of self-aggrandizement.

But in this upcoming film titled Jupiter into Capricorn, he wears a subdued cloak. Think grounded, contained, thoughtful. Garb best suited for planning, scrutiny, due diligence, hard work.

Yes, it seems like a 180° contrast, but the combination could be amazing.

How Jupiter and Capricorn Combine

It might be getting serious about growth and prosperity. Turning ideas into practical results. Looking twice before you leap into the next big adventure. Committing to the things you love. Pacing success. Pursuing excellence and not giving up.

Or maybe, feeling like a kid again!

What About the Fall?

It's true. Jupiter is in its Fall in Capricorn.

Think of it like this. Not all planets are equally well disposed in each sign. They have their favorites and their challenges. Jupiter in Capricorn is an inherent challenge because it evokes contrasting expressions: expansion through containment. Spontaneity with planning. Winging it with set goals. Goofing off while working hard. The visionary pragmatist.

There is tremendous opportunity in the contrast.

Read more about the planetary dignities and divisions of the signs.

The Creative Paradox

Put simply, Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius, has the vision. It is energy that reaches out to the field of infinite possibilities and experiences pure creation.

Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, seeks real, tangible results... and so the paradox is born. As long as you have your Jupiter vision, it is perfect, limitless, transcendent. Always expanding. When you turn that vision into reality, it becomes finite and ultimately flawed.

But if the vision stays in the imagination, it never manifests. Once built though, it falls short as the truth of it will never reach the level of perfection you can see in your mind's eye. What to do?

Jupiter in Capricorn is a twelve month span of time to learn how to allow for both. Vision AND manifestation.

How to Allow for Both?

Let's use the goat kid as an example. Surefooted on the cliff's edge. Bounding up the mountain with glee. Adventurous but always coming back to mom when she calls.

Bottom line, there is tremendous opportunity in this contrast if you harness (Capricorn) the horsepower (Jupiter).

Also think about expanding (Jupiter) your financial savvy (Capricorn). According the the Astro Twins,

If you’ve been manifesting consciously, (Jupiter in Capricorn will) feel like someone poured Miracle-Gro on your balance sheet. - Ophira and Tali Edut

Decans of Capricorn

Over the course of the next twelve months, Jupiter rolls through the three decans of the sign. Check the dates and note any shifts or added awareness.

0-10 degrees is Saturn/Saturn ruled. December 2, 2019 to January 15, 2020

Pure Capricorn. The healthy ambition is well developed here, along with practicality and general desire for self-sufficiency. Very capable. Can be reclusive. May work alone, but always working. Expect the biggest contrast of Jupiter into Capricorn during these months.

10-20 degrees is Saturn/Venus ruled (January 15, 2020 to March 9, 2020 and then July 25 to October 31, 2020.

Venus softens Capricorn with increased sensuality, artistic affinity and refinement. More play, which Jupiter will love. Must watch overindulgence during times Venus is stronger than Saturn (the time of Venus in Libra). More social, less introspective. It's a blessing that Jupiter in Capricorn will spend over five months in this decan. There is much less contrast with the additional ruler Venus.

20-30 degrees is Saturn/Virgo, March 9, 2020 to July 24 and then November 1, 2020 t0 December 20, 2020.

Mercury's rulership of Virgo lightens Capricorn with a swift and alert intellect, sharp wit, fresh curiosity and subtle flirtation. Just note it can be critical if unhappy or feeling trapped. Needs practical and intellectual means of expression. Open the windows and doors. Jupiter in this decan can get a hell of a lot of research/study done and come into their own as the speaker, teacher, wise owl.

Conclusions

Take a look at the Capricorn sector of your chart and track Jupiter's transit there. Note any aspects he makes, and the decans he passes through. Think of how this will be blessing it for the next twelve months.

Remember, you have the chance to feel like a kid again, in all the divers and contrasting ways possible.

Enjoy!

Comments welcome here, or on the GVA Forum - Transit Flash!


Astro-Weather Forecasts

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Ready for the Astro-Weather Forecast?

Just a quick heads up for those tracking the transits, or just wanting insights and tips for the current astrology. My Astro-Weather Forecast Channel is underway.

What is the Astro-Weather?

Simply put, it's a snapshot of the planets, sun and moon for the week. I'm keeping it jargon-free, as much as possible, but there are deeper insights for those who are ready. Feel free to ask me anything on the YouTube channel comments

The Plan

For sure, these are humble beginnings, but I aim to bring you the current astrology via an Astro-Weather forecast with my usual, Law of Attraction style. The goal is to help you find a smooth and easy alignment with the stars. Full of tips and deliberate creation tools, you can use the Astro-Weather channel to check-in. I recommend you listen to your sun sign, moon and ascendant sign.

Need help finding those?

Meet me in the forum and we'll take it from there.

Your Input

Have a question about your chart or astrology and the law of attraction in general? Questions and comments are welcome. Pop your chart up in the forum, or email it to me and I'll include you (as time permits) on the next Q & A upload.

Daily Astro-LOA Flash

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Enjoy!


Enchanting Eclipses

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Hokulea with Moon Phases by Kawika Maes Gallegos

Hi Everyone,

Happy Enchanting Eclipses updated for July 2019 ... and by enchanting, I mean life changing, awakening, releasing and actualizing. Your basic adjectives for MAGICAL.

Watch the 8 minute video here with tips on how to leverage this eclipse energy in July 2019.

Seriously, this season of the eclipse is shaping up as fabulous energy to leverage your desires. We can actually say, The force is with you.

What is an Eclipse?

Not just any old new or full moon!

An Eclipse happens when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up with the ecliptic (the apparent path the sun travels around the earth - this is the geocentric perspective). There are two kinds of eclipses:

The first occurs when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth, cutting off the light of the Sun. This is a Solar Eclipse, and occurs only at the time of a new Moon, when the Sun and Moon form a conjunction near one of the Nodes (meaning it's on the ecliptic).

Enchanting EclipsesThe second is when the Earth stands between the Moon and the sun, putting a shadow over the moon, cutting off its light. This is a Lunar Eclipse, and occurs only at the time of a Full Moon, when the Sun and Moon are in opposition, close to the Moon's nodes.

Here is a quick tutorial about the transits of the moon. At 4 min you can see a visual demonstration of the phenomenon of an eclipse.

For a deeper astronomical understanding of the cycles of eclipses, click on the NASA images.

Back to our enchanting eclipses....

Eclipse Times

Here are the times of the upcoming eclipses. Just note with the 'timing' of eclipses they can be felt 3 days before to 3 days after OR (and this goes into backward causation) 30 days (+ or - 3 days) BEFORE or 30 days (+ or - 3 days) AFTER. We'll do an entire course on astrology and backward causation this year, if we have the requests).Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 9.05.39 AM

SOLAR ECLIPSE @10 CANCER
LA - July 2nd - 12:17 pm
NY - July 2nd - 3:17 pm
LON - July 2nd - 8:17 pm
SYD - July 3rd - 5:17 am

LUNAR ECLIPSE @24 CAPRICORN
LA - July 16th - 2:39 pm
NY - July 16th - 5:39 pm
LON - July 16th - 10:39 pm
SYD - July 17th - 7:39 am

Why Enchanting?

I'm calling these eclipses enchanting because of the positive, supportive and flowing aspects created on the Lunar Eclipse. You can check out Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto below. These heavy weights of the horoscope are standing by for YOUR instructions, ready and willing to serve. On the Solar Eclipse, Neptune is trine the sun and moon, near exact. You can't get more magical than that!

SolarEclipse_July_2019What to Do on the Enchanting Eclipses?

Magic.

You do your magical manifesting by putting awareness on 1) what you desire 2) see how it is already here 3) relax, let go and be grateful.

I like to start with WHERE in the chart the eclipse is happening. What house(s). You can look at your natal chart houses, and also the solar houses (see Solar Chart Solutions). They count! As an example, take a look at my natal chart in the gallery below.

The lunar eclipse has the moon on Saturn/Pluto sextile Neptune and opposite Venus, a time to release tolerations in relationships of all kinds and move forward in new and creative ways. Whatever has been holding you back, it's time to let that go.

LunarEclipse_Ju;y_2019This enchanting eclipse is inviting us to release (full moon lets go; new moon initiates) any past patterns, especially in the area of life you find the later degrees of Capricorn and Cancer.

So, let's put our thoughts in the comments, and hands up if you want to post your chart and talk about WHERE this is happening for you.

Happy Enchanting Eclipses, everyone!

xxxKim

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Telling a New Story 2019

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Octavia E. Butler's 1988 Journal, from Huntington Library in California.

Hi Everyone, ready to amp up 2019 with a fine tuned, Astro-tailored new story?

Is it time telling a new story and change your life? I don't mean putting a splash of energy towards a new vibe, wishful thinking, bling, you're done. This is about engaging with the idea of what you want and being that vibe, now. No doubts. Zero hesitation. As Octavia Butler writes (above) "So be it! See to it!"

She wasn't messing around, and I don't want us to either.

octavia_butlerOctavia Buttler's New Story in 1988

As an African-American female author in the white/male dominated sci-fi landscape, Octavia E. Butler achieved extraordinary success in her writing career, winning Hugo and Nebula awards and the coveted MacArthur Fellowship ie the "Genius Grant." What's really inspiring is, on top of all that, Octavia Butler scripted her success BEFORE it happened. Take a moment to read her script. It's not humble pleading. No hedging around. Her new story, which clearly she came back to edit a few time, is strong, bold, insistent even! You might say she demanded her success, and her ability to help aspiring writers. It all came true, against huge 'odds'.

So be it!

See to it!

Spot the Old Story First

The idea is simple. You have a desire and it's yet to be realized. The longer it takes, the more your old story builds, like:

"I'm not going to make it."

"All the good ones are gone."

"I'm not (good/smart/pretty/rich) enough to deserve this."

It's easy to know when an old story isn't serving you. As Jeannette Maw says, you can spot those 'bad' stories a mile away by how they feel. And, if the old story has been hanging around for a while, if it's become a solid BELIEF, your outer circumstances will make if clear. For example, if your story is "Relationships are hard work," and you are in the thick of a dramatic breakup, your relationship story could use an upgrade.

How?

As you speak, so shall it be. Tell the version you want to see unfold! - Jeannette Maw How to Break a Bad Story

The Astrology of the New Story

Like Octavia Butler's example, you can literally write the story as you want it to read, as if it's already happened. Variations on this range from mantras, affirmations, scripts, vision boards to active imagination and guided meditation. The idea is, you let go of the old story-thoughts-belief and sing in the new.

What impresses me the most about Octavia's New Story is the confidence from which she writes it. And it all came true!

Example Chart

Let's look at her horoscope and see where that energy is coming from. What made 1988 the time she chose to get 'real' about her intentions. How does this success in writing fits her chart.

 

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The writer in her, indeed the marginalized science fiction writer in here, might be seen as Sun/Uranus in the 12th. She's not what society expected. Mercury rising is a love/drive to communicate, and my favorite, the North Lunar Node in Gemini, in the 11th.

The Transits

Active when she wrote her new story was transiting Jupiter (expansion) on Mars (action) and Saturn/Uranus (breaking old patterns) both opposite the sun (purpose/identity).

In her solar return chart, Gemini (the written and spoken word AND commerce) rises, bringing her own 12th house to the Ascendant. Her deepest dreams meet the light of day.

What new story do you want to tell in 2017? Join us, GVA Members, to discuss the possibilities on the December 27th Call.

Activate Your Vibration

These are Jeannette's Vibration Activators - great resources to flip on your positive, confident, and as Janette put it, Puissance!

"The best way to leverage this vibe support is simply to read the post, then let go. Don’t try to “make it happen” or worry if it is. Get to the vibe, then go about having your good time." - Jeannette
Let's hear about your 2017 story in the comments or on the GVA Forum.

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Galactic Center Astrology

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The Galactic Center around which our solar system orbits. Image by F Yussef-Zadeh

With six transiting planets to 27° Sagittarius in 2020, what better time to revisit the Galactic Center (GC). I wrote about this over at the 11th House Blog back in 2013, and this article summarizes that info, and adds to it, especially how the GC might relate to Astro-LOA.

What is the Galactic Center?

A massive anomaly 25,000 light years away, the GC sits at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Our solar system orbits around this pivotal point, taking 250 million years to circle once. When I say 'point' I mean a space that compasses over 2000 light-years across. Think BIG! It's dark, shrouded, hiding in the direction of the constellation of 27° Sagittarius. Watch this quick NASA vid to get a grounding in the 'what'. And, the magnitude.

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NASA Spitzer - The Galactic Center - Click to Play

How can something that distant have a correlation in our astrology chart? A little history helps reveal the answer.

Discovery of the Galactic Center

Firstly, the GC was discovered by western scientists in 1932 using an early radio-telescope. They were trying to understand the static in the overseas phone lines and found the GC partially responsible. More than that, they put their focus on it. In deliberate creation, we know that what we focus on expands, and this holds true for the GC.

Like the Great Attractor, interstellar dust and the plane of our galaxy hide the GC from sight. But astronomers say it coincides with the radio source called Sagittarius A. Think black hole hundreds of thousands to billions of time larger than our sun. Not surprisingly, it is the source of most of the gravitational energy in our galaxy. Recently, astronomers have measured flaring events at multiple wavelengths coming from the supermassive black hole. Read more here... 

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Secondly, the Mayan not only were aware of the GC but described it as the Heart of Sky, a Dark Rift. They also called it the Tree of Life. As horizon astronomers, they identified the solstices and the equinoxes, the lunar months. They also tracked the retrograde cycles of Mercury, Venus and Mars. In all of this, Mayan's placed great importance on the GC.  Without a telescope or radio waves. Unfortunately, their knowledge vanished when books and oral traditions were destroyed.

The Vedic Galactic Center

Thirdly, the ancient Vedic tradition tells us that Mula (or Moola) nakshatra is the constellation which translates as “the root.” This from Somya Devi - "As the literal center of the galaxy (when we look past Mula, we are looking into the galactic center), planetary energy here compels us to find the deepest truth within ourselves, our beliefs."  A strong resonance with 27° of Sagittarius.

Symbolism in the Galactic Center

The Galactic Center sits at 27° Sagittarius and moves forward about 1° every seventy years. Also, this is the Leo Decan and Libra Dwad. Read more about the Divisions of the Signs. But, adding the ruler of Leo, the sun (consciousness) and Libra, Venus (connection), we can say this point aligns with expansion, purpose and sharing. It merges the trans-personal drives of Sagittarius with the relationship drives of Leo and Libra.

Ultimately, think of this point as an awakening, a burst of energy that supports the creation of new thoughts and the release of limiting beliefs. If you want to leverage this energy, look to where 26-28 degrees of Sagittarius sits in your natal chart and activate that house and/or planetary placement.

GC Conjunct a Planet or Point

If you have the GA highlighted in your chart in some way, it could mean you are particularly aligned with expansion, explorations into the unknown and bringing discoveries back to share with others. A consciousness lifter!

At the least, it puts added focus in the chart. If it’s in the 3rd house, communicate, write, speak! If it’s conjunct your moon, feel all your connections to life and release old emotions. Conjunct your Mar? Get physical, active and engaged with something that holds high meaning to you. (if you aren’t sure where 27 Sag is in your chart, our Free Trial course will help you launch your study of astrology and the law of attraction.

Transits to the GA

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How to find the Galactic Center

The Ascendant hits this point once a day as it moves through all 360 degrees of the zodiac in a 24 hour period. Those born with 27° Sagittarius rising have it as their Ascendant in the natal chart.

The moon, of course, transits 27° of Sagittarius once every 28 days as it journeys through the entire zodiac, spending 2.5 days in each sign. But between 0 - 2 times a year, that will coincide with a New or full Moon, tripling the impact of the monthly transit.

This is because every year, on the 19th/20th of December and 17/18 of June, the sun conjuncts or opposes the Galactic Center. Sometimes that will coincide with a new or full moon. Note anyone born between the 18th and 21st of December and the 15th - 18th of June has their sun conjunct or opposed the GC in the natal chart.

Also once a year on average, Mercury and Venus will conjunct the GA, within 30° and 45° of the sun. Mars will be there once every two years. The last time was March 12, 2018, and the next is February 12, 2020.

Jupiter conjuncts the GC once every 12 years and Saturn once every 29 and so on. Check the online ephemeris to discover when the outer planets will next conjunct this point later this century and on into the next ones.

Transits to the GA

Think of these as triggers, awaking what the GC means to you by house and aspect to your natal chart. Some say it's an opportunity to 'download' new information, divinely inspired insights from higher guidance. Others say it opens the subconscious mind and lets us release blocks and limiting beliefs. Certainly, it's an opportunity to set intentions to do so!

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Learn about transits in this two-part tutorial.

Transit Dates for  2020

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Mercury conjunct 27° Sagittarius on December 27, 2019.

Mars conjunct 27° Sagittarius on February 12, 2020.

South Node conjunct 27° Sagittarius on July 31, 2020.

Sun conjunct 27° Sagittarius on December 18, 2020.

Mercury conjunct 27° Sagittarius on December 19, 2020.

Venus conjunct 27° Sagittarius on January 6, 2021.

I'll be exploring these dates in depth at the time in the Daily Astro-LOA Flash.

Finally, let's discuss this here or on the GVA Forum.

See you there!

Other Astrologers on the Galactic Center

The Personal Galactic Center by Barry Goddard

The Galactic Center and the Centaurs - by Zane B Stein

The Galactic Center - by Phil Sedgwick

The Galactic Center Centaurs - by Melanie Reinhart


Dark Moon Savasana

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Bird with the Moon by Rafal Olbinski

If you've been studying astrology for a while, or following the Daily Astro-LOA Flash, you'll know that the Dark Moon is a time to release tension and chillax. No matter what sign or what time of year, the two days before every New Moon is the time to unwind. With a restorative vibe, you can reflect on the past 27 days, and prepare for the power and energy about to shift. And it does shift.

Dark Moon in AquariusWhat Exactly is the Dark Moon?

First of all, the Dark Moon is in play for about two days prior to the New Moon, or when it is 30° degrees 'behind'. You can't see it at that time. It's too close to the sun.

Think of it as the culmination of a whole 28 day cycle. In this way, the Moon goes through the entire zodiac, waxing and waning, making every aspect to every planet and point in the chart.

At the end, in the Dark Moon Phases, the moon applies to a conjunction to the sun which marks the New Moon and the beginning of the cycle all over again.

The Power of the Lunar Cycle

Don't underestimate the power of aligning with the moon as it travels through the zodiac. Whole calendars are devoted to this but the gist is: planting seeds and setting intentions on the New and waxing moon. Releasing resistance and pulling weeds on the Full and waning moon, and restoring/resting/de-cluttering on the Dark Moon.

For more details on the transits of the Moon, check out this short Youtube Tutorial - Transits of the Moon.

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Your Sign, the Moon

In our time of solar/patriarchy, it might surprise you to know of the moon's elevation in the past. Many ancient astrologers regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. The sun was considered less significant to the Babylonian stargazers, for example. And later, in Roman times, people were not known by their sun signs but by their Moon, or even Ascendant sign.

Why Rest on the Dark Moon?

Dark Moons are definitely for rest. Think recuperation, meditation and quietude with a little retreat and de-cluttering thrown in. Also, it's good to fill the tanks at this time.

Joss Whedon says, "Fill the tanks!" Between projects, he recommends constantly consuming art, and he means art you don't normally watch or read - shows, films, plays, art exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, novels... The goal is to step outside the normal, everyday routine/genres. "It’s all fodder," he says and this approach applies beautifully to Dark Moon times.

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See Dark Moon as Savasana

I like to think of the Dark Moon as Savasana, pronounced shah-VAHS-uh-nuh. If you've taken a yoga class, you'll know it as that last pose at the end of the session. The pose of the corpse. It's easy, right? You just lay there.

But no.

It's actually not only the most important pose of the practice, it's also the most challenging because you have to relax.

Sort of like 'allowing' or floating downstream.

Here's a defination from DoYouYoga:

"...Savasana is the time to reap all the benefits of the physical practice. Muscular and skeletal tension is consciously relaxed in this pose. Regardless of length and frequency, we can all agree that Savasana is an essential part of every yoga practice."

Let's translate that into Astro-LOA terms.

The dark moon is a time to reap all the benefits of the month's focus and we can all agree that relaxing on the Dark Moon is an essential part of every deliberate creation practice.

And for those who want to follow my teacher - Yoga with Adriene -  in a savasana practice, here she is, taking us step by step through the corpse pose.

It's our chance to consciKimFalconer_fullously float downstream, restore and rejuvenate, and of course, fills the tanks.

I'd love to hear your suggestions for chilling out on the Dark Moon.

See you in the comments.


Eclipse Season January 2019

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Watch the short Youtube vid on how best to leverage the eclipse energy.

Welcome to the eclipse season of January 2019. It starts with zinging partial solar eclipse in the powerful sign of Capricorn. If you want to review how to Pre-Pave with the eclipse energy, we have an Align with the Stars recording on the topic here - Pre-Pave with Astrology 2019.

The chat log with links to the charts we talked about.

Eclipse Season January 2019 Times

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Solar Eclipse @15° Capricorn
LA – Jan 5 – 6:29 pm
NY – Jan 5 – 9:29 pm
LON – Jan 6– 2:29 am
SYD – Jan 6– 1:29 pm

But that's not all. We have two eclipses this month (they often come in pairs) and each brings its own particular message.

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Lunar Eclipse @1 Leo
LA – Jan 20 – 9:17 pm

NY – Jan 21 – 12:17 am
LON – Jan 21– 5:17 am
SYD – Jan 21– 4:17 pm

Eclipse Season January 2019 Youtube Tips

For insights on what eclipses coincide with and how to spot them in your chart, check out the new Vid on the Good Vibe Astrology Youtube Channel. This will tune you into what is being activated in your chart.

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Watch the 4 min Video on the January 2019 Eclipses

The Partial Solar Eclipse January 5th/6th

Let's look a little closer at the January 5th eclipse. Notice right away there is a strong focus in Capricorn. No less than five planets and the South Lunar Node occupy that sign. Zeroing in, it also becomes clear that Saturn and Pluto are conjunct the eclipse, bringing with them their own particular brand 0f energies. Saturn wants to make it 'real' and Pluto wants to infuse it with power. So, whatever you are intending on this New Moon Eclipse, it wants to be deep, meaningful and have weight. Consequence. Go for a powerful desire this time round.

 

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The Lunar Eclipse January 20th/21st

The second eclipse in January is the lunar or full moon eclipse where we lean toward letting go. Releasing and allowing. This full moon is, of course, conjunct the Lunar Node (as that's what makes it an eclipse).  It is also conjunct Mercury, messenger of the gods and Pluto, lord of transformation. It's possible that what you let go of now, a toleration, belief, habit, will have potent, far reaching results. Check the video if you aren't sure 'where' to find this event in your own chart. You'll be looking for the opposite houses that contain 1° Leo and 1° Aquarius.

The glyphs look like this:

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Leo
Aquarius
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The main thing to remember as you pre-pave this energy for 2019 is that we initiate on the solar eclipse and release on the Lunar. And always, keep an ear out for the messages the eclipse season brings. Go through the keyword list below for ideas, or delve deeper into the houses by joining the Open (our Members only) GVA Form.

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KimFalconer_fullMeanwhile, happy Eclipse Season!

xxKim