Smooth Sailing: The Week Ahead for October 23 – 29, 2017

Row boat on calm waters

It seems almost too good to be true, but yes, you read that correctly. This week, there’s a marked absence of astrological turbulence. Instead, what we have this week is an interval largely free of major obstacles, a mostly pleasant stretch in which to apply ourselves to the pursuits which beckon our souls. It’s a blessed moment, for sure, well-deserved the world around, when peace and healing become possible. For those who’ve been in tribulation and discomfort, this week can truly bring the beginnings of relief. The main astrological actors…

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Uranian New Moon Drama: The Week Ahead for October 16 – 22, 2017

Electric Blue Light

The key happening this week features the planet Uranus, archetype of uncommon intelligence and unique individuality but also of eccentricity, rebellion, and anarchy. Named for Ouranos, the proto-Titan of Greek mythology who ruled the infinite firmament of the starry celestial globe, Uranus symbolizes the impetuous drive for spiritual, mental, and physical freedom, a divine thirst for unfettered progress and self-determination rightfully harbored by all creatures. Officially discovered in 1781, the existence of Uranus entered the collective mind just as the American Revolution and War of Independence against the English crown…

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Getting Organized: The Week Ahead for October 9 – 15, 2017

Laptop and Notepad

It’s not glamorous, that’s for sure! Even so, it’s absolutely necessary for success. Being organized can make all the difference, not only in ultimate results, but also in the way it feels to proceed toward objectives. Without organization, we’re at loose ends and hardly know our heads from our tails. With it, we’re in command of ourselves and ready to be accountable. Even so, many resist the simple tasks which can reduce rubble and clutter to a manageable pile of tasks. This week, the planetary actors in the zodiac conspire…

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Venus and Mars Make You and Me Stars: The Week Ahead For October 2 – 8, 2017

Stars on red and blue background

Not every day do the classical deities of desire and romance hook up in the zodiac as boldly as they do this week. Forming a conjunction on October 5 at the 19th degree of Virgo, it’s Venus – Goddess of Love, Pleasure, and Comfort – and Mars – God of Desire, Pursuit, and Action. If ever the aphorism “as above, so below” meant anything, then this week it does, revealing that a magnetic power drawing people together is surely at work. Whether it’s romance, business connections, or public acclaim we’ve…

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Rising to a Crescendo: The Week Ahead For September 25 – October 1, 2017

Musical Notes

Earthquakes, floods, and inflated bellicose rhetoric spill out of the sky like a self-proliferating pestilence, dominating the news and plaguing the planet of late. What gives? Many wonder aloud if our world is imploding under the twin burden of meteorological extremes and benighted political leadership. Astrology would suggest differently, but it would also respond that even so, there’s an important influence in the picture with a meaningful message to give. It’s the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, a powerful and somewhat fractious or even explosive planetary aspect which happens once every 14 years,…

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It’s Pure Imagination – The Week Ahead For September 18 – 24, 2017

The big astrological newsmaker for this week is a little on the shy side, hiding in the wings until the very end of the week to make its appearance on the world stage. And when it finally does debut, it will be cloaked in shimmering and glimmering hues that hide its true essence. Who can this mystery player be? None other than elusive Neptune, the planet of mysticism, illusion, and imagination. This weekend, Neptune comes into the limelight by virtue of receiving an opposition from Mars. The ruddy planet will…

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Calling All Divine Light Beings – The Week Ahead for August 7 – 13, 2017

The world is abuzz with the upcoming solar eclipse, due on August 21. Although dreaded by some and revered by others, solar eclipses are nothing other than very strong New Moons. As sky savvy seekers know, New Moons take place once every lunar month and generally hail endings of some things and new beginnings of others. It’s a point in the monthly cycle of the moon at which recent trends wear themselves out and new trends emerge in their places. Through the New Moon phenomenon, nature teaches a great spiritual…

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Power Dynamics Erupt – The Week Ahead for July 31 – August 6, 2017

This week features two potent astrological influences which will affect humanity both collectively and individually. Collectively, the results will appear in the fields of global finance, international relations, and national political developments. Individually, the results will show up in the areas of personal power and the making of key decisions. The big planetary actors this week are Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. Uranus turns stationary direct this week, while Jupiter and Pluto form a precise square. This means that the energies of all three planets will be greatly emphasized and hence…

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Imaging Life into Your Dreams – The Week Ahead for July 24 – 30, 2017

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will. Source: George Bernard Shaw Across the spectrum of self-help literature and motivational psychology, from twenty-first century Christianity’s charismatic Joel Osteen to the New Age Movement’s exotic Deepak Chopra, a consistent message emerges: you become what you think about most of the time. Encapsulated in the aphorism “where attention goes, energy flows,” the notion that we human beings literally create our own experiences is one of the…

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Breaking Free – The Week Ahead for July 17 – 23, 2017

Statue of Liberty

When liberty is headlong girl 
 And runs her roads and wends her ways 
Liberty will shriek and whirl 
 Her showery torch to see it blaze. 

When liberty is wedded wife 
 And keeps the barn and counts the byre 
Liberty amends her life. 
 She drowns her torch for fear of fire. Source: Archibald MacLeish (1892 – 1982) In this early twentieth century poem titled Liberty, American poet Archibald MacLeish conjures up the extreme contrast between liberty unfettered and liberty compromised. The first kind looks a lot more…

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Gearing Up for Major Changes – The Week Ahead for July 10 – 16, 2017

Walkers on a sign

For many, spring and early summer 2017 have brought more roller-coaster adrenalin rushes than any amusement park visitor could bucket in an all-day thrill-ride binge. First it was the retrograde Mercury dance with disruptive Uranus in April and May; then it was the Mars-Saturn face-off in May; and most recently, it was the psyche-rattling Mars-Pluto opposition of early July. Coming to call regularly like this, the strong energies of Mars, Uranus, Saturn, and Pluto have been the relentless messengers of not a few unwelcome realizations, undeferrable truth moments commanding inevitable…

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Full Moon Madness – The Week Ahead for July 3 – July 9, 2017

Full Moon

The spellcasting silver sheen of Full Moon waits in the wings to throw its iridescent veil of magic over the world. Yes, it’s that time of the month, and we can feel it, as the Moon waxes to maximum power and beams its special brand of intoxication to each and all, its full round face peering down upon us this very weekend. Like all Full Moon periods, this one promises to stir up the emotions, intensify ongoing issues, bring hidden matters to light, and heat up recent conflicts to a…

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The Power of Pluto – The Week Ahead for June 26 – July 2, 2017

Mist in Trees

Remember the Greek myth of Pluto? Pluto’s the powerful god of the underworld who rose up through a suddenly formed chasm, snatched Demeter’s fetching daughter Persephone from the face of the earth, and absconded with his prize to the interior of the earth on his famed golden chariot. Hades as the land of the dead constituted Pluto’s realm of rulership, itself inhabited by shades and ghosts of persons both long ago and more recently deceased. Just as Pluto’s kingdom was renowned for its guarded seclusion and coveted for its secret…

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Motivation Matters – The Week Ahead for June 19 – 25, 2017

Man on high wire

Since late May, pressure from oppositions involving the planet Saturn has exerted a decided squelching effect on drive, motivation, and spontaneity. First it was the Mars-Saturn opposition of May 28 – 29; then the Sun-Saturn opposition on June 15; and finally, the Mercury-Saturn opposition on June 18. Serious Saturn exudes a noticeably retarding influence, slowing progress to a snail’s pace and exacting maximum effort for every hint of motion, and this is just what we’ve felt. It seemed like we were fighting against an immovable object, a solid wall which…

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Grandiose and Splendiferous: The Week Ahead June 5 – 11, 2017

Scenic landscape

Following the rough-and-tumble Mars-Saturn opposition of May 28 – 30, the events of this week come as a welcome relief. The abrasive interactions and the consequent jangled nerves of late May are now fading into the background. It may be hard to believe, but encouraging signs are on the way. They cluster around the end of the week, when the illuminating power of the Full Moon combines with a substantial dose of generous Jupiter and a tantalizing sprinkle of Venus and Mars to set the stage for big positive developments.…

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Gathering our Wits: The Week Ahead for June 12 – 18, 2017

Fishermen in sea

Last week’s Full Moon crescendo was a game-changer for many. With the combined influence of maximum lunar activation in Sagittarius and the Jupiter in Libra direct station wallop, last Thursday and Friday brought matters to a dramatic turning point for just about everyone. In America, former FBI Director and Sagittarian James Comey yanked off the lid from Pandora’s Box and let out all the bats and spiders of the festering investigation into the checkered past of Donald Trump and associates. In Europe, after a string of tragic terrorist incidents and…

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Finding Hope: The Week Ahead for May 29 – June 4, 2017

Poppy in a wooden cross

Last week’s edition spoke about the Mars-Saturn opposition, a very potent influence still with us at this time. It’s a powerful activation affecting everyone world-wide. Potent astrological activation can do one of two things: bring out the best or bring out the worst in human thought and behavior. Why so? Astrological activations are just like electrical current. Used rightly, electrical current illumines our homes and makes possible innumerable important functions. Applied carelessly like a wild bolt of lightning, electrical current can incinerate a structure in seconds. As with powerful electrical…

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The Power of No: The Week Ahead for May 22 – 28, 2017

Large wooden door

The slamming door of termination and rejection: almost no one likes it. Yet, if what awaits on the other side of that closed door is a terrifying plunge through an endless abyss, perhaps its best the universe nail that door shut and refuse to let us proceed. In other words, sometimes the word “no” amounts to protection. Other times, we wonder. This week, we’ll have an opportunity to contemplate that very issue as Mars moves to oppose Saturn, indicating road blocks ahead, and we see one door close before another…

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Rainbow After the Storm: The Week Ahead for May 15 – 21, 2017

Rainbow and dark cloud

If last week’s combo of Full Moon in Scorpio and Mars square Neptune created a whirlpool of bewilderment where you were, know you weren’t alone. Seekers all over the globe felt the turbulent emotional and psychic effects of last week’s configuration. In the U.S.A., the drama in the nation’s capital shook many Americans to the core, creating deep concerns and anxieties over the fate of the nation. By contrast, this week is tame, if not downright encouraging, even if all the issues from last week have not yet been securely…

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Bull’s Eye – The Week Ahead for May 8 – 14, 2017

Dart in dart board

Set to score a big one this week, the astrological energies of the week ahead promise a bull’s eye, slam-dunk, hole-in-one cosmic wake-up moment, powered by the simultaneous arrival of Full Moon and Mercury conjunct Uranus. Anyone looking for a peak experience could hardly ask for more. But that’s not all! With Mars closing in on a square to Neptune and a trine to Jupiter, the mix grows thicker, a rich soup of big developments sure to rock our worlds. All in all, this week is an interval of time…

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Invitation to Confrontation – The Week Ahead for May 1 – 7, 2017

Faces in darkness

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
 – Benjamin Franklin The big news for this week is the ending of the current retrograde Mercury period on Wednesday, May 3. Since April 9, astro-watchers have been waiting for this date. Finally, it’s here. The confused communications and high anxiety associated with the retrograde Mercury effect are soon to begin a slow disappearing act. They won’t vanish all in a poof, but they will begin to lose power and…

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Bring on the Beauty: The Week Ahead for April 24 – 30, 2017

Ornate bulls head

‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’ – John Keats The solar mascot of the month having changed last Wednesday from fiery Ram to earthy Bull, a whole new trend unfolds this week. Whereas the zodiacal month now behind us saw a social and political dynamic driven by the brusque and belligerent Aries warmonger, the next four weeks will unfold under the much milder influence of the gentle bovine countenance. Yes, you say, but even the Bull has a temper! You’re right. If taunted, teased, and incited to rage,…

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Out From Under the Covers: The Week Ahead for April 17 – 23, 2017

Baby under blanket

‘There is no coming to consciousness without pain.’ Carl Jung Like a primitive aquatic life form struggling madly in dark archaic slime as it clambers to reach the light of day, the psyche of humanity in early 2017 grapples with a slippery political murk concocted of disingenuous dissimulation and dopplegangered deception. Retrograde Mercury is in full swing, casting its bewildering spell of mystical incantations dressed up in drag as demagogic bombast, decoy strategies, outright mendacity, and calculated falsity. Nothing is as it seems; aye, that’s a simple statement nearly impossible…

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Going Down Memory Lane: The Week Ahead for April 10 – 16 2017

Old wooden fence

‘In memory, everything seems to happen to music.’ – Tennessee Williams This week, how the past pulls us in, our own private worlds far more alluring than any popular film, a place where we float in feelings which write their own dreamlike songs. Like the famous playwright and author Tennessee Williams suggested, the region of recall seems to command its own orchestration. And guess what? That sound track is as narcotic an hypnotic as anyone might want. What is it with time’s flickering shadow, like a seductive siren drawing our…

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Truth will out – The Week Ahead for April 3 – 9, 2017

Sign pointing to truth

Is anybody out there still reeling from the effects of last week’s Jupiter-Pluto square? Exact on March 30, the Jupiter-Pluto square operated from 19 degrees Libra to 19 degrees Capricorn. It’s a relatively powerful configuration affecting perceptions, actions, and events throughout the world for at least two weeks before and two weeks after the exact square, with the peak of influence taking place right on the exactitude. Again, the date was Thursday, March 30, 2017. One of the primary effects of the Jupiter-Pluto square seems to have been the erosion…

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Thirst for Power and Superiority – The Week Ahead for March 27 – April 2, 2017

Statues of two stern men

The big news for this week is Jupiter in legislative Libra square to Pluto in bureaucratic Capricorn. Exact on Thursday, March 30, this configuration is strong enough to affect a period at least two weeks before and after the precise square. That means we’ve been living inside the Jupiter-Pluto square already for at least two weeks and have at least another two weeks to go. Jupiter square Pluto intensifies power struggles. It also sets the stage for the abuse of power and for underhanded political tactics. One hardly need say…

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Aries and Springtime Frolics – The Week Ahead for March 20 – 26, 2017

Mother sheep and lambs

How about that Jupiter-Uranus opposition through which we’ve all just passed? Did it shake up and re-make your life like it did mine? While what I experienced wasn’t exactly a total make-over, it certainly was an overhaul. The vision of where I want to direct my life appeared in glowing colors. I felt propelled toward my destiny and motivated to seek it. Can you relate? Now in late March, we’re still processing what came to us during the period of late February to mid-March. In the week ahead, we’ll get…

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Exciting Ideas and Unfolding Adventures – The Week Ahead for March 13 – March 19, 2017

Bright Sun

The wild ride caused by the recent Jupiter-Uranus opposition is now beginning to subside. It’s time to take stock of what we experienced and learned under its influence. This week, as the Moon enters the waning phase and the Sun squares Saturn, we can do just that. Chances are good that what we’ll find is that in one form or another, we allowed ourselves to be driven to extremes under the impact of the recent opposition, which came into effect in late February and is only now dissipating. Thus, we’ll…

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Calm Following the Storm – The Week Ahead for March 6 – 12, 2017

Hands under storm clouds

There’s something to be said for stability and order. Regularity of routine and consistent, rhythmic effort stand at the foundation of many a success in life. In the last few weeks, there’s been a blast of quite the opposite from astrological influences, as Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars teamed up to spark the arrival of new circumstances, creativity, change, and positive excitement for some, while it evoked nothing but hyperbole, erratic behavior, upheaval, disruptions, and unfounded accusation from others. Is anybody ready for a tamping down of the intensity? Say maybe…

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Looking Ahead: Late February – Early March 2017

Red and blue light

A powerful astrological trend-maker hovers on the horizon. In fact, it’s already generating light, heat, and action in the world of human events. It’s the approaching opposition of Jupiter and Uranus, as seen from Earth, exact in late February and early March 2017. A planetary arrangement like this shapes up once every 14 years or so, holding roughly in place for approximately one year after it has formed. It’s all due to the view of the solar system available from our home planet, but it’s influential just the same. Jupiter-Uranus…

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