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Jolinda “Josi” Case is a Spiritual Counselor who uses Tarot and Astrology (among other tools) as forms of divination. She is an avid and vigorous student of the esoteric. Josi has a great deal of experience in assisting people through major life changes such as death/dying/grief through counseling.

Josi’s main motivation is to empower others by assisting them to connect with and express their most true and authentic self. She also strives to give people the authority to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal Spirituality.

Josi’s formal education includes collegiate level degrees in Communications, Business and Psychology. She is also an ordained minister. In her free time (HA!), she writes a weekly column for her local paper (The Greenup Beacon), blogs on her site Shock Therapy and relaxes with her husband (“Ox”), three grown boys, two grandsons and pets (Prince, Mercury and Perseus).
 
Most recently, Josi has bonded forces with Dixie Vogel of A Fool's Journey to produce a monthly show they call Woo Woo Wonderful. The purpose of the live broadcast is to empower others with knowledge of Spirit and Mysticism.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of January 23 to January 29, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

This morning we are likely a little groggy as the Moon in Sagittarius met Neptune by square overnight. Mercury in Capricorn is also waxing into aspect (sextile) with Neptune which is due to perfect around 4:30 PM.

During the meat of the day, folks are likely to be a bit subdued. Minds wander and drift. Focus is hard to maintain. Music can definitely set a tempo to work by, though, if you choose. Time will have a tendency toward weirdness either feeling as if it is dragging or slipping right by you. Communication also runs the risk of being confusing, dripping with sentiment or veiled with outright lies or inaccuracies. Definitely fact check and/or ask for clarification when necessary. Otherwise, this aspect is flowy and creative allowing us to bring some ideal visions into tangible creation and causing us to be quite artistically inclined by way of music or poetry.
Also, due today's Mercury/Neptune interaction, it is a good idea to keep your schedule flexible. Write down important things you need to remember. Stuff may not happen in neat little time boxes. Flow and flexibility are needed as well as a solid sense of direction. Master that and you can accomplish quite a bit within this day.
By 11:37 PM the Moon is in an uplifting and inspiring trine with Uranus in Aries. This is quickly followed by a square to Venus in Pisces at 11:57 PM and a square to Chiron at 1:50 AM. While the trine with Uranus is airy, the subsequent squares with Venus and Chiron are uncomfortable. It may not be the best night for a comfortable sleep. Our insides are kind of busy. Our emotions are astute. However, I do suggest attempting to get a good night's sleep if at all possible.


Warm baths and refraining from taking in too much artificial stimulation throughout the day will help. Taking a few minutes to unwind and enact a little self-care at the end of the day (foot soaks and massages also fit well) are highly indicated to help us to rest better.
Before daybreak, the Moon will sextile Jupiter in Libra (3:40 AM) and conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius (5:39 AM). This will wake us up on solid ground with a renewed sense of purpose. On the low end, it can cause depression or a feeling of “so much to do” which is rather cumbersome. A good night's rest will help to offset that so we wake up refreshed and ready to go instead of just dragging ourselves through the day just to get by.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

This morning we wake up under the Sagittarius Moon just leaving a sobering conjunction with Saturn (5:39 AM). By Noon, we are dealing with an ambiguous lunar square to Mars in Pisces. Most of the time, I find the discomfort factor between Sagittarius and Pisces has to do with volume and exposure. Loud boisterous noises startle little fishies. Plus, Sagittarius is much more comfortable in the spotlight for the most part than Pisces. What this square says to me is though you have big plans to be such a little fish, there is no need to boast about them. There is no need to go showing off. There could also be a bit of confusion that arises here in regard to motivation or how things should occur in chronological order. Remember, the only part of this you need to worry about is the very next step. One thing at a time.


From here, the Moon is Void until entering Capricorn this afternoon (5:44 PM). All the while, Venus is moving in for a conjunction to Chiron at 1:49 AM. This conjunction can indeed bring forth tears and a haunting heartache. However, it can also show you the benefit of becoming aware of and lovingly addressing the sources of your Chironic pain. Now that you know where and why it hurts, you can care for it. Love it. Accept it as part of you and, even, forgive it if you choose. Gentle acknowledgment of the pain and lovingly addressing and caring for it is the key. It's OK to hurt. It is not OK to disregard your hurt or try to bury it, deny it or escape it.



The Moon meets Neptune by sextile at 2:08 AM. This is a nice aspect to cradle us into sleep. Rest well.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This morning we wake up to the Moon leaving her sweet sextile with Neptune and waxing toward a conjunction with Mercury in Capricorn. This creates a solid format from which we can operate today. The ground takes form under our feet. Our schedule lines out just like it is supposed to and our plans unfold ahead of us in a step by step format. Mind and emotion are aligned.
This feeling carries us through most of our day. Then, overnight the Moon begins to swamp up due a conjunction with Pluto at 4:23 AM. Tomorrow morning may pack a dose of dread and fear. But, for the most part, today clicks right along.



The Moon is still steadily waning as we move toward our New Moon in Aquarius. That makes today excellent for tying up loose ends or bringing existing projects to completion. We are releasing, clearing out and finishing up in preparation for this sparkling new start ahead of us.
Do know, though, that tomorrow's lunar movements begin with Pluto darkening our doorstep and that is followed with increasing tension from the rest of our sky that resides in Cardinal. It is certainly do-able but it is pressurized. Dig deep for integrity and fortitude in an effort to gently push through. Don't allow tomorrow morning's darkness scare you. You have plenty of light within to chase it away.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

As I mentioned in yesterday's write up, today, the Moon is pressurized. We begin before sunrise with a conjunction to Pluto. This can kick start a sense of paranoia and dread. Fear or a feeling of impending doom. But, it can also deliver a certain sense of fortitude and integrity to the emotional body. Fear becomes fearlessness. Dread becomes a willingness to roll your sleeves up and get to work. Impending doom becomes a certain amount of self-empowerment to deal with whatever the day may bring. Senses are astute and intuition is kicking if nothing else.


By 10:19 AM our Capricorn Moon is in square with Uranus in Aries and working on a subsequent square to Jupiter in Libra which perfects at 2:16 PM. The best way to wrangle this is to work together in an effort to foster new and inventive ways to address longer standing problems. The outlet for this t-square falls in Cancer. Meaning, if you can handle your emotions and work WITH them instead of trying to shut them out or damn them up, you will be able to weather this day much more effectively.
However, there is a sense of anxiety that can come from lunar interaction with Uranus. Jupiter in Libra can expand and exacerbate this potential. Use the fortitude from the lunar conjunction to Pluto to help you gently power through. Yes, there are obstacles. But, together, we can find solutions as long as we are not afraid to try and are willing to collaborate.


The day does begin to smooth out as we get a little deeper in. The Moon finds Venus by gentle sextile at 3:06 PM. This is followed by a sweet interaction with Mars overnight (sextile at 2:18 AM). We come in under pressure but leave the day gracefully. Following the sextile with Mars, the Capricorn Moon is Void until entering Aquarius at 3:37 AM.

Friday, January 27, 2017

This morning the Moon dances into lovely Aquarius. She is dark, a mere sliver if not completely blacked out. This is surely the time to be thinking about what types of intentions you would like to set for our New Moon which perfects at 7:08 PM tonight. All planets are direct. The sky is filled with the hopefulness and promise of the sign of Aquarius. This IS the Moon that we should use to set long-term or short-term goals in the interest of creating a better more “together” world.


The only drawback here is Venus in Pisces is also squaring Saturn in Sagittarius (12:51 PM). This is not necessarily joyful. But, it is very sturdy and quite realistic which can actually help us solidify in intention what it is that we yearn for. Venus in square to Saturn by transit (especially if you don't have Venus/Saturn interaction in your natal chart) can feel lonely and restricted. Resources may be low calling us to increase our abilities at being resourceful and respectful (showing gratitude) to the resources we do have. Yes, counting your blessings is much more important here than looking for what you don't have. This is a mature, solid sense of love and comfort. Beauty all grown up. The blessing of wisdom and age and patience. It is also boundary allowing us to wrap current loves up in appreciation and standing on the solid ground that love has created in support. Yes. It can ache. But, it can also ache beautifully allowing us to see exactly where the holes are that love can fill. It can also create ethereal love manifest by the way of maturity and grace. Furthermore, if we are acting or setting intentions using the power of hearts by way of Venus in Pisces, Saturn incorporates that solidly into our path forward.



Our New Moon dawns at 7:08 PM at 8 Aquarius 15. The Sabian Symbol for the degree of this lunation reads as follows: In meditation a flag is seen which changes into an eagle. Here what was previously internalized comes spiraling outward....blossoming from stasis that relies on a breeze for movement to movement that monopolizes upon use of the wind. Internal spirals outward in a blossoming way. Inspiration takes flight. We are given the power of perspective and a clear view of the horizon advises us of any impending blocks or dangers.
The ruler of this New Moon, Uranus, falls on Aries 21: A pugilist flushed with strength enters the ring. This symbol is illuminated on and off throughout the year. It denotes the rush of adrenaline that comes prior to engaging in something big. The secret to working with it this year is to learn to direct that adrenaline purposefully and non-violently in a way that enacts positive change by inclusiveness and collaboration. In other words, this is the year that world understands the power and abilities found in fighting like a girl. And, you know what? It's about damn time.

Last week's global marches showed us exactly what women coming together can do. Anyone there or observing felt the powerful yet graceful strength of that wave. Gently. Nobly. Strongly and lovingly ferocious. Don't you ever forget that day. And, don't let it end with just one day. Let it empower you to go back home and become involved in your community. I don't care if it's politics or merely taking a walk through your town to pick up trash. Create networks. Come together like long time girlfriends do. Use that power to create positive change. The world is in NO better hands than those of a strong women who knows the seat of her power resides in her heart. Her influence through her gentle guiding hand. The power of her unwavering but gently roaring voice. Know your power. Use it to seed positive change in the darkest most desperate corners in the world. It is time. There is plenty that LOVE can do.
Just after midnight, Mars moves into his home territory of Aries. This kick starts motivation and inspires engagement. If you felt a sense of drag before, it is likely going to begin to dissipate now. We are positioned for full steam ahead.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Speaking of “coming together” and “collaboration” the only major aspects the Moon makes today support exactly that notion. The Aquarius Moon sparkles away aspect free for most of the day. Then, by 6:40 PM she is sextile Uranus in Aries while also working toward a beautiful light and airy trine with Jupiter in Libra. This is a lovely set of aspects for a gathering of friends or meetings in regard to collaborative projects. At midnight, the Moon sextiles Saturn in Sagittarius and brings formation and grit to these plans and collaborations. We see exactly how the world can be affected when individuals come together with a common, loving, open-minded and hopeful agenda.
This is great for gatherings of friends. Getting out and enjoying entertainment. Collaboration efforts as I've mentioned. It feels really good and with Mars now in Aries we are sooo ready to move forward. Why not do that hand in hand?
Following the sextile with Saturn, our Aquarius Moon reaches Void status. She remains Void until entering the watery world of Pisces tomorrow at 11:11 AM.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

This morning, the Moon rests quietly in Aquarius. But, just beyond the horizon there is a storm brewing. Mercury is inching toward his official conjunction with Pluto (3:18 PM) which will also usher him out of his retrograde shadow. Plus, the tides are due to rise once the Moon enters Pisces.
Now, listen...you may hear words of forcefulness, words meant to scare you into submission, words meant to control you. But, the power of Mercury/Pluto here is also yours instilling you with a sense of fearlessness, tenacity and fortitude. Solidify your intention for a better more inclusive world within yourself. Don't let anyone talk you out of being loving by way of threats. Love is so much stronger than fear.


As the Moon enters the soft world of Pisces, hearts may melt, eyes may leak and we all become a bit more sensitive as well as empathic. Any darkness that comes forth from the Mercury/Pluto conjunction can be offset with an adherence to an agenda of love and creation. That is going to leak forth from our gentle emotional systems today. We can cry. We can grieve. But, we cannot quit.
The Moon continues to drift and become more and more permeable as the day moves forward and she waxes toward a conjunction with Neptune in the early morning hours of our Monday.

That makes today great for gentle but powerful acts of kindness. If you need to take some alone time to regain your footing, it's good for that too. It's wonderful for prayers and for dealing forthright with any fears you may have. Speak with power, resolve and gentleness. Bear in mind, that in this kind of movement (the gentle loving push of forward motion), there is no need for competition. All that is needed is a common sense of direction backed by purity of heart and intention.
It is also, on the most mundane level, a good idea to take a few minutes at the end of this day and prepare for the morning. Things will certainly be watery. We will be prone to forgetfulness and distraction. Having things all lined up and pre-readied to go is going to help a great deal.















Sunday, January 15, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of January 16 to January 22, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

This morning we awake under the Moon in Virgo. She likely had a watery evening yesterday; but, feels somewhat restored and refocused this morning due an early morning trine with Pluto in Capricorn (6:40 AM). My suggestion is to monopolize upon the after-effects of this Lunar Pluto trine this morning. Get good and grounded. Get your priorities straight. All that. This day is chock full of “sneaky” little surprises. YAY MONDAY!


The “fun” starts at around lunchtime as the Moon makes a subtle (but possibly unsettling) inconjunct to Uranus in Aries. This feels as if something is stirring or just not right in our periphery. It's not in our faces yet. But, something feels off or something in the way of the unexpected happens. Here's something I want to point out. Jupiter in Libra, Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces are kind of all working together now. These “big players” also have some asteroids joining the party by way of Lilith in Scorpio, Vesta in Cancer, Eris in Aries, Juno in Sagittarius all piled up around the late degrees of their respective signs while Hekate in Taurus holds a little further in; but, still within orb of the party. Whenever the Moon hits one by aspect, she triggers them all. You can liken this to a domino effect or a chain reaction. Both descriptions fit the bill. So, what this sneaky little inconjunct does is essentially push over the first domino.

To add a little fuel (literally) to what is happening at these latter degrees, we have the Sun just now falling out of the situation as he heads towards Aquarius. But, Mars is dragged into the mix today. A few hours after the inconjunct to Uranus, the Moon stands in opposition to our Piscean Mars (2:03 PM) and then Chiron (2:27 PM). Ah, yep. We stub our toe on something. It hurts. We want to respond and are prone to do so quickly. But, our practical Moon is a bit confused. I want to tell you to just do the right thing here. But, I have a tendency to think that figuring out what is “right” may be hard. Plus, we are probably looking at some older wounds being stirred up at the same time which works to color in the situation on an individual level. Perhaps the best thing to do is proactively care for the part of us that is wounded, first. Nurse your “stubbed toe.” Then, wait to see how this plays out before we do anything.

The consequences of what we decide to do or don't decide to do in response to the aforementioned lunar movements come home to roost in our emotional bodies as the Moon meets Saturn in Sagittarius by harsh square at 5:15 PM. This is heaviness. On the low end, Virgo Moon will worry and may even feel guilty by way of self-conviction. Or, we may meet with a Saturn figure who tells us all about what it is we should have done or not done. On the high end, (though it is anything but comfortable) this square could also bring enough grounding to help us see that what we have in front of us is difficult to wrangle WHILE ALSO delivering unto us a sense of direction. So, we are rocked. But, the rocking itself jars something loose. Focus upon the very next step in front of you. Remember where you are going. Sure. But, for now, draw your focus to the very next step.
Step mindfully. Our next major aspect finds our little fishy Mars on Chiron's hook (conjunction at 9:13 PM). Our actions will illustrate how we respond to elusive Chironic issues. We could take that little stubbed toe (which was bad enough) and not care for it properly and end up shooting off our entire foot due to unconscious and wounded animal or self-victimizing/martyring reactions. Awareness is key!
The conjunction of Mars and Chiron occurs at 21 Pisces. Again, this (Mars' entrance to these degrees) trips all those party attendees I mentioned at the beginning of today's write up in some way or another. So, there is a large swirl of energy that comes along with this. The Sabian Symbol for this conjunction reads as follows:
Divinity is at work here..

Pisces 22: Down a symbolic mountain of industry comes a new Moses. In Dane Rudhyar's “The Wheel of Significance,” he delineates this Sabian by saying it indicates “holding ourselves to the highest of standards.” In other versions of this Symbol, Moses' name is omitted but Mt. Sinai is mentioned. When, I first read this Sabian, it gave me pause. I mean, you just don't go tossing words like “Moses” and “Mt. Sinai” around without them reverberating in, if nothing else, symbolic significance! Not to mention, religious and cultural significance.
Holding ourselves to the highest of standards.
These are very shifty (?) uncertain (?) ah...CHANGEABLE global times. This will likely be a significant week in World history due various reasons. What will come of it? I have no idea. It's as if those wheels have been set in motion. It is now likened to a run-a-way train. I'm sitting over here holding my breath with the rest of the world in anticipation of the crash. I do know I cannot stop the train nor predict where it is headed. I can, however, bring my focus back to where I am standing. I can mindfully take my next step according to the direction I feel best supports the future I have in mind in my life. And, so can you.
Care for your own wounded foot. In the words of Lynda Hill from her numerous write ups on this and other Sabian Symbols, “Remember, worry is like praying for the things you DON'T want.” That, my friends, is a very true statement. Ditch worry. Do what needs to be done to help fix whatever needs to be fixed right in front of you. Redirect “worry” to “effective solution seeking.” Then, lean more toward your own sense of inner truth for direction rather than relying on someone else to spoon feed you their version. At the very least, these are certainly interesting times. On a personal level. On a Global level. On an Astrological level.


The Moon remains active through the Mars/Chiron conjunction. From here, she is waxing into a rather grounded trine with our Sun at the final degrees of Capricorn which perfects at 1:11 AM. Get your feet underneath you. Take care of your business.
Following this Earth trine the Moon is Void until entering Libra at 6:17 AM tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This morning we wake up to the Moon freshly in Libra. By 1:38 PM she is debating with Mercury in Capricorn who remains in his retrograde shadow, though direct. This veritable confrontation whether it is internalized or externalized shapes the mood of the day. As the Moon moves forward she will encounter more friction. Friction between Cardinal signs often indicates a grappling of control either internally or externally. Sometimes both.


Perhaps someone in a position of authority says something that doesn't sit well with us for one reason or another under the Moon/Mercury square. Perhaps we take an authoritative stance within our relationships which produces an air of discomfort or unease. Either way, the Moon in Libra is prone to smile through it or try to bring accommodation or schmoozing to the debate table...because that is what Libra does.
Libra has a variety of tools in her tool chest that she can use here. Her most astute power, though, is in the ability to view things from the position of the “other” instead of from a singular point of view. We can use this power in response to whatever this situation may bring up. Try to see things from the “others” perspective in an effort to get a view of the situation in its entirety. Veer away from Libra's shadow tendency of being overly accommodating just in an effort to please. Be the fair judge.
Balance and clear logic along with an awareness of timing (sometimes viewed as procrastination) are also key Libran talents.


Overnight, our Libra Moon will meet both Neptune and Libra by inconjunct as Mars parallels this interaction with his own inconjunct to Jupiter. This, surge (wave) of Venus and Neptune carries us all the way into tomorrow afternoon. This indicates a call toward the higher functioning of both energies. Love. Peace. Par for the course. as we enter tomorrow's Cardinal squares that are brought to outlet by way of Vesta in Cancer. The most effective answer to any troubles we may encounter over the next few days are going to be associated with what is considered Divine Feminine energy which means love and care more while warring and killing less. Basically. Oh yeah, no one is saying that choosing those options are going to be easy. That choice remains up to you.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This morning we wake in the middle of that Venus/Neptune wave I mentioned yesterday while still under an active Libra Moon. Her next stop is a square to Pluto at 4:24 PM. The plot definitely thickens and conflict over control again rises as an issue.
This veritable undertow continues until it finds release by way of a lunar opposition to Uranus in Aries once again starting that latter degree domino effect that pulls all kinds of energy together with our other players in the sky. The inconjunct to Chiron comes just after midnight. The conjunction to Jupiter at 2:28 AM followed by an inconjunct with Mars at 3:55 AM. Finally, the Moon stabilizes a bit with a sextile to Saturn at 3:56 AM tomorrow morning just as Mars also hits a block wall with a square to the same at 4:16 AM.


It would seem we kind of float innocuously into this day only to have our raft swept up in a severe current and dropped into the middle of a storm. Then, things just start happening and unfurling really quickly. By daybreak, we've been slammed (raft and all) face down on the beach. What can you do but hold on and pray in a situation like that? So, yeah. Do that.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

After the swirling happenings of yesterday, we all wake up metaphorically pancake flat on the beach this morning. Thankfully, the Moon is Void giving us a bit time to recuperate. The square from Mars to Saturn is still locked within orb. Mobility may be restricted. Firm boundary and slow, deliberate movements are indicated. In other words, step small; but, leave solid footprint. Take care of the necessities.

At 4:24 PM the sun shifts from Capricorn into Aquarius. Less than an hour later, the Moon reactivates in Scorpio creating our Last Quarter Moon at 5:15 PM.
The answer is release. Always under a Last Quarter. Under a Scorpio Moon, what is released is severed permanently. Under an Aquarius Sun, the cut was precise. There is excellent opportunity here to severe ties with negative attachment or malefic personal habits. No matter how you look at it, though, release and clearing space are highly indicated.


Friday, January 20, 2017

This morning begins under the Moon in Scorpio sextile to Mercury in Capricorn at 6:16 AM. Folks may be talking quietly; but, they are talking. Meanwhile, Venus in Pisces is empowered by way of a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn at 8:53 AM. This is very rich. Turning up Venus power in this way is a beneficial thing. Venus is lovely in Pisces. She honors all the higher principles of love, peace and pleasure. In sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and these principles are given fortitude, Earthly manifestation and integrity. Of course, like any other type of energy, there is a low end, too. It comes through by way of manipulation of power, greed, exhausting resources, denial, death by addiction....all that. I'll take the high end, please. Essentially, what we have at this point is a hobbled Mars (from recent past); but, an empowered Venus. Interesting, no?


We also have now gaining in prominence within this day an astute mixture of both Pluto (power, rebirth, regeneration) and Neptune (compassion, empathy, dreams). Powerfully subtle. If that is a possibility. The Pluto ruled Moon finds Neptune by trine at 1:51 PM bringing a deep swirl to the emotional body. There isn't much action happening on the outside. But, there is a whole heck of a lot going on inside of us. It's all colored with personal nuance while also littered with speckles of happenings across the whole of the sea. All of which can, indeed, be quelled by the power of Venus. Love. Peace. Compassion. Caring. Empathy. Are you tired of me beating this drum yet? If so, I'll give you my best Libran answer, “Don't look at me, man. I just work here. There could be worse options.”
Drift. Dream. Feel the feels. Love someone. That's not so bad or hard, is it?



Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Scorpio Moon maintained amicable connection to our skies overnight. She danced with her ruler, Pluto, by sextile before daybreak (4:45 AM). Her next stop is a gentle but loving trine with Venus in Pisces at 6:25 AM. It's water colored but sturdy day.
By lunchtime, our deeply introspective Moon is trine Chiron in Pisces and on her way to another trine with Mars in Pisces at 8:26 PM. Flow. Release control. Relax. Let go. Absolve.
Following the trine with Mars, the Moon reaches Void status. The rest of the night is severely quiet as the internal waters continue to churn. The Moon remains Void until waking back up in Sagittarius tomorrow morning at 5:46 AM tomorrow.

but THAT is changing as I type this..

This is a great day for very leisurely and relaxing activities. Art and music are greatly highlighted as well as deepening and solidifying existing loving relationships. Since we are dealing with an extraordinary swirl of Pluto and Neptune energy, there is definitely a chance for emotions to be high. Folks will likely be very sensitive. Leaning into self-care efforts in response to this potential is just good practice. Saging, energetic clearances, meditation, dancing, praying all these things are punctuated in high significance all week. Today is no different. Keep at it.
Spending time around water helps. Staying well hydrated helps. Resting when you need to rest helps. When faced with a decision in regard to what to do next, you'll discover that as long as it's done in love..it really doesn't matter what you do.



Sunday, January 22, 2017

This morning the Moon is active in Sagittarius and in sextile to the Sun in Aquarius at 11:31 AM. This is a much lighter feel than our water colored days under the Scorpio Moon. Catch your breath. Allow a little optimism to seep through. Be purposefully optimistic.
This feel carries us through the rest of the day with no other major aspect coming from the Moon until 2:38 AM by way of a square to Neptune. Things get continually squishy overnight and into our Monday. But, for most of the day, things go rather smoothly. Monopolize upon that.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

NEW MERCHANDISE FROM SHOCK THERAPY: WISHING POWDER

WISHING POWDER
Don't you wish...well, don't you? I do. To me, wishing is a lot like setting an intention that you have no idea how to manifest (yet). It is asking the Universe for assistance in that achieving or manifesting. Likened to a prayer in my opinion. The incoming New Moon in Aquarius is a stellar time to make wishes as are New Moons that may fall in your natal 11th house. For this, I have created a batch of Wishing Powder. It is made from fine beach sand that was gathered under the Full Moon in Aquarius last year. Sand has millions of teeny tiny quartz crystals which are wonderful for recording your wish. I added just a few things to the sand and charged it again under the recent Full Moon in Cancer which included aspects to Uranus and Jupiter. Then, I put it in these little decorated bottles that were washed in Full Moon water I collected under that same Full Cancer Moon.
Now, I am offering them for sale on Shock Therapy. The price covers the cost of the bottle and shipping, only. I do not dare put a price tag on your dreams and wishes. The powders are available at anytime for purchase through my website as I always have a supply of this on hand. I'm telling you about them today, so, if you would like some, I can get them to you before the New Moon in Aquarius. Follow the link below for ordering and details. The price per bottle is $7.45 which includes shipping. To use, simply sprinkle a small amount in your hand. Whisper your wish over the powder. Take a deep breath and blow the now charged powder into the wind...allowing it to carry your wish where it needs to go. The only caution? Be careful what you wish for; because, it works. Bottles are shipped standard mail the next postal operating day following your order.


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of January 9 to January 15, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

This morning we wake up to the Moon in Gemini. Her ruler, Mercury, has recently turned direct (at 4:40 AM yesterday). To me, it felt like a slow turn around in which we were given the opportunity to say, “Thank you for the memories; but, now, it's time to move on.”
Memories and a feel of releasing past hauntings are going to be factors for us as we encounter our Full Moon in Cancer. The stellium in Pisces exacerbates this, as well. Cancer remembers. Our emotional body records events even when we don't realize. But, with all planets direct, it's time that we left some things behind us. The Full Moon in Cancer will give us a chance to release or absolve these. Between now and then, though, it's a mushy and slow turn-a-bout. We'll gain speed. But, there is some information that needs to be incorporated and some baggage that needs to be cast off first. That is what much of our week ahead is about. (psst...if I underline it, it means it was likely a quite clear message about what is to come)
The Moon begins early this morning with a square to Venus in Pisces at 3:30 AM. This does feel like a veritable haunting, to a degree. Filled with sweetness and heartache. Perhaps a wafting of things gone by traipses through our dreams. It's not entirely comfortable. It is, indeed, a square. But the bittersweet, potentially remorseful and slightly uncomfortable square does help to set the tone for the day.
We continue sinking and run the risk of over-sleeping as the Moon squares off with Neptune at 9:18 AM. Empathy is high and boundaries are low. This Monday starts off wet, mushy and confusing as we begin to integrate the information that Mercury retrograde has delivered us over the past few weeks.
Venus. At 5:35 PM she meets Jupiter in Libra by sesquisquare. It is subtle. But, it is an aspect that will likely prompt us to reach out. Touch ground. Look for support.



The Moon keeps moving on. Next finding Mars in Pisces by square which definitely speaks of skewed and scattered motivations. Potential confusion. Ambiguity. It's hard to “get into” what it is we want to do because our brains are still trying to right themselves. This bears direct effect upon our Mercury ruled Moon. It may be something we have trouble putting into words. But, it can definitely be felt.
It doesn't make sense right now. It's OK. Give it time. Give yourself time.
Overnight, some relief comes to our Moon via a sextile to Uranus at 2:37 AM. The air clears a bit due this and opens the door for us to see in a more pristine manner how this plays into our internal systems as the Moon also finds Chiron by square at 3:52 AM. You are healing. It still hurts; but, you have been given insight into that hurt for a reason. Something has been secretly infecting you for awhile. Now, you can see how. Now you can mindfully and heartfully begin to deal with it.
I don't see this as an overwhelmingly productive day. To me, it feels a lot like just going through the motions while our minds and hearts are elsewhere. Some activities may be stalled out completely due to weather, illness or other factors. Either way, don't set your sites so much on external production today. There is much work going on inside that bears priority. Keep your hands busy with simple, grounding, mundane tasks as all this settles into your system. We are moving on. But, we are not exactly bolting out of the gate just yet. (But, OH...is that time EVER nigh!). We have to get our heads on straight first. We need to re-calibrate our compasses. Come back into the present and steady our aim. That's our most important task for today. It's likened to final prep work. Packing, preparing for the trip ahead includes deciding what we are taking in relation to where we are going. And, also deciding what we are NOT taking with us on this trip. I promise you, it feels sloggy. But, the inside work you do here is really going to pay off when we get further down this road.


Tuesday, January 10, 2016

After yesterday's grog and slog, this morning the Sun seems to shine a little more brightly through our windows. The Moon is just leaving a trine with Jupiter (4:35 AM) as the Sun rises. There is a feeling of drying out that occurs to a degree here. A bit of a boost that we can all benefit from.
Unfortunately, there is also an opposition to Saturn that occurs around day break as well. So, there is a bit of cumbersome to deal with. A potential for a some fleeting depression or rectification of more difficult to deal with truths. Yet, it does bring solid ground back under our feet. It can provide traction even if the road into this day may have a few rough spots. At times, it may feel as if we are metaphorically bulldozing the ocean floor...which, I didn't know until recently was actually a thing..


All the while, though, the Sun keeps inching into square with Uranus. This perfects just before lunchtime at 20 degrees Cardinal. How we handled what was happening in our emotional bodies yesterday and last night, is going to feed directly into this square. At it's lowest, this square can exacerbate anxiety, impulsiveness and knee-jerk like reactions. But, if we use Saturn to get very grounded and more stable...if we've dealt with the emotional swirl directly instead of just trying to numb it out and/or deny it...we are going to be much more able to deal with the shocks to our systems that this square can bring. We will be more able to not only detach from all this water; but, see exactly how our independence from it can carry us forward rather quickly.
Also, due this, don't overload yourself with stimulation this morning. It's tempting under a Gemini Moon to consume electronic media and over-load our brains with information. I'd steer away from that if at all possible. It's also tempting under a groggy sky to have an extra dose or two of caffeine to get us up and moving. This is not the day for that. We want to be smooth and grounded for this maintaining clear circuitry to help us to conduct this electricity.
How else would the Rooster of 2017 catch on fire other than by lightning...

The BIGGEST thing with any aspect to Uranus is to learn how to invoke pause and maintaining a sense of mindfulness. Adrenaline has a tendency to surge when Uranus is in play. You have to learn to breathe through the fight or flight response in order to discern the best course of action. Going in half-tilted is only going to have you at full tilt by midday. If you need to respond quickly to an emergent situation, you will have the capacity to do so. Just remember, not everything is emergent and doesn't require an immediate response. Take your time and think before you just pop off in response.
There is also a large possibility that some folks meet with the “That's it. I've had enough” mentality here. Like...overly done. Yes, relationship break ups are possible. Finally severing ties to something that has been feeding off you like a leach...also high probability. The severance comes with quite a searing icy feel, too. Quickly. Snap. I'm done...so finally done. In some cases, this will be the “give a damn” break we need to really get OK with moving on.


By 4:39 PM the Moon stares across the zodiac at her current direct ruler still in Sagittarius. This can be an argument. Or it can be you merely incorporating into the emotional body what it is this recent retrograde was all about. Mercury has lessons to teach. We are the student body intently listening to what it is he has to deliver.
Following this opposition, we are given a little time to think things over and settle ourselves. The Moon is Void until entering Cancer at 5:49 PM. So, yeah. After the spark of optimism this morning, the potential unexpected early this afternoon and the “trying to make sense of it all” opposition to Mercury this evening...we return to home to lick our wounds and shelter ourselves with some comfort and self-care. It's all coming back to us now. Clearer and clearer every second. We will need some time, space and self-gentleness in an effort to deal with that and re-orient ourselves.


Overnight, energy is somewhat restored as Mars meets Pluto by sextile at 2:10 AM. This is a gentle energy boost that provides some traction and fortitude as we move forward. At it's lowest, it is controlling and potentially blood thirsty. On the high end though it offers a sense of resolve that accentuates letting go and moving forward.

Wednesday, January 11, 2016

How we incorporate our personal biases, addictions and more elusive pains into our plans is going to play a role in this day. How we manage them is the bigger factor. The Sun in Capricorn greets Chiron in Pisces by sextile this morning. Awareness and acceptance of these inner stirrings directly affects our leadership abilities, our public persona and how we handle our responsibilities. You can allow that knowledge to help you become more empathic toward the “pains” of others or you can allow it to be the boss of your life. I'd rather be the boss of IT, thank you very much. The only thing that will allow that to happen is to directly and consciously recognize and deal with those Chironic issues. Otherwise, those issues end up steering your bus and it may not necessarily be in the direction you truly want to go. This sextile occurs at 6:34 AM.
Mars is still within orb of Pluto. There is bravery here to face these issues down and deal with them in forthright manner. Be accountable for your stuff.


By 7:52 AM, the Moon is in a watery (but beautifully creative and loving) trine with Venus in Pisces that is quickly also followed by a trine to Neptune at 10:06 AM. Oh, there are no limits to the creative magic you can conjure up here. It also gives you opportunity to channel some of these feels into a artistic medium even if that is just by finding the right music whose lyrics or sound perfectly matches the deep dreamy elusive ache in your soul. Sweet misery. As a Pisces Moon, I find myself somewhat both enchanted and tortured by that empty hollow ache that reaches down so deeply that it touches your soul. This is quite an emotive thing that can bring peace and ease as long as you can manage what comes forth from your intuitive and emotive body. Don't fear it. Let it wash over you like tides across a beach. Some things will be washed away but there will be new pebbles on the beach for you to marvel at when we are through. Relax and see where this takes you.

These tides and the oceanic watery feel of the water trines carries us all the way into our evening hours where we find the Moon under pressure from an opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. The final drops are being squeezed out of us here and some may literally feel as if they have been put through one of those old timey laundry wringers. There will be folks that may try to dictate to you how you should feel. Some may be trying to help. Some may just be boundary-less asshats. You decide what is best for you and how it's best to deal with what is going on inside you, period. Remember, sometimes the best tactic to take in a tug-of-war power struggle is just to let go of the rope.
Late tonight, the Moon swamps up again with a trine to Mars in Pisces. Shh...sleep now. Lay ambition down. Float. Dream. Let go. This trine coincides with a solar square to Jupiter at 11:43 PM. Check your perspective and keep your ego in check. Don't over-inflate. But, do allow a gentle sense of returning and warming self confidence enter your sphere. Circle around trusted and wise friends who welcome you with support. You will likely know exactly who those folks are by now.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sometimes, even when we let go of exactly what we needed to, it is scary. Yes. Even when it is a overall good thing. Once upon a time, I was out and about walking my dog. That's all I was doing. A daily routine task. But, as I toiled in routine, my brain posed a question to me, “What would you do if all your relationships were just wiped from existence? How would you plan your day if you didn't have someone else to consider in those plans?” The thought brought an instant feel of panic which was quickly followed by tears. I honestly did not know how to answer that question. I couldn't even fathom it. As a person laden with Pisces and Libra, the mere thought of this scared me to death.
I did start thinking about it, though. What WOULD I do? How would I even start my day if I didn't have to worry about how this kid got to school or that kid got home? How would I know what to make for breakfast if there wasn't someone there to ask about their preference? Lo and behold, a snip of an eclipse on a my South Node about a week later brought the chopping off of a branch of my family tree that I completely did not see coming. All these preparatory thoughts began to make a whole lot more sense.
In one sense, the pain of that occurring, veritably being cut out of the lives of people I had known since birth, was horribly excruciating. It was one of those times when I literally ran back to my father's house in an effort to find comfort, direction and advice. That's right. When things get confusing and nutty, this grown woman still runs home to Daddy's house for grounding. I'm blessed to be able to do so.


At any rate, after all the emotions were dealt with. After the air started to clear, I started to have this really odd weightless feeling. As if something that had been holding me back...something I'd been so beholden to and non willing to let go of had been stripped away from me...had been lifted. I was floating. It was both exciting and scary because I really didn't fully understand what was happening.
I experienced this feeling again as my children started coming of age. Especially when my youngest graduated high school. I mean, he didn't go anywhere. He is still living with me as he attends college and steadily prepares to make his own nest. But, there was something about that passage that left me feeling extraordinarily weightless and floaty. I wondered, “What will I do now?”



My children came to me while I was very young. With them, they brought this overwhelming sense of responsibility and accountability. It wasn't just me I had to think about anymore. These little guys depended upon me. I had to ground and grow up. I don't know of any other thing that would have prompted me to do that.
Then, as they got older and met with these maturity passages, I started to wonder how in the world would I even begin to operate without this anchorage. You know? Who would be there to inspire me to stay out of trouble? What would keep me accountable and responsible and prevent me from liquidating my assets and just jumping on a bus to nowhere? That was literally a thought I had. I'm free! I'm free! Run like the wind and do crazy stuff! But, I'm scared! I'm scared! Because this feels really, really weird, too. As if TOO much was possible.


Well, I'm past all that now. Still anchored. Haven't lost my sense of right and wrong. Just given a whole lot more flexibility in what I may decide to do and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing. It's all in dealing with that initial weightless, kind of shocking and disorienting feeling that comes along immediately following any kind of severance.
With that, I welcome you today. For some, it's likely going to feel a lot like the emotional scenarios I just described. I wrote a poem during that time about letting go of balloons and a feeling of free falling. In the end, as it turns out...those weren't balloons that I was letting go but anchors. I wasn't free falling. I was floating. It may take us some time before we understand that.


This morning the Full Moon in Cancer blossoms at 22 degrees and 27 minutes of our Cardinal signs. And, it is a full blown release Moon, for sure, as we find our Sun and Moon very near Pluto in Capricorn while crossing over the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus. There is also a very tight trine to Chiron in Pisces. I encourage you to release your grip. Let it go. Whatever it is. Whatever the retrograde reminded you of. Whatever Chiron brought to the surface. Whatever wakes up and decides to walk a straight bee line out of your life right now..LET. IT. GO. Expect it to feel a little weird, emotional and disoriented for a little bit. Yet, also know this leads to a Void. An empty space. Ready for you to you fill it with whatever you want after we've fully mourned the loss and can effectively deal with this feeling of empty floating weightlessness. It's ok. Give it time. You'll realize you are actually rising...not sinking. Eventually.


Following the perfection of the Full Moon, she is Void until entering Leo at 7:08 PM. By then, Mercury will have moved into Capricorn (9:04 AM) and Venus will sink into Neptune by conjunction (4:54 PM).
Be easy now. It all feels emotionally punctuated and confusing right now. But, you are, in fact, coming home to yourself. Again, it's just going to take a little time.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon read as follows (this time, I've included my own delineations):

For the Sun at Capricorn 23: A soldier receives decorously two awards for bravery. This symbol denotes reward well earned. Apparently the soldier has been through previous trials and battles in which he emerged successful. That is publicly recognized here. Personal worth is acknowledged externally and good fortune is well earned.

For the Moon at Cancer 23: A group of intellectual individuals meet for discussion. This denotes a gathering in an effort to create advancement for society as a whole. A veritable meeting of the minds in which ideas are exchanged freely and amicably.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Triskaidekaphobics all across the world are shaking in their boots today. Friday the 13th damn near snuck up on us! But, here it is.
This morning we wake up to the Moon in Leo. Aaaand that's about it! There are a slew of minor aspects that work to color in the personal nuance of this day. But, the Moon makes no major aspect until tomorrow morning's early trine with Uranus.


We spend most of the day sorting things out. Allowing the dust to settle. Dealing with the sneaky fear of running into Jason Vorhees just around the corner. Ah, come on. Even the special effects from those movies are sooo out of date now. They are even kind of humorous to go back and watch.
Either way, it's a day in which we re-find our sense of self in our own individual ways. We are continually drying out and by tomorrow, we are fully ready to break free from some of this cumbersome and face brighter days.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This morning we wake up to a get-up-and-go trine from the Leo Moon to Uranus in Aries at 6:26 AM. Many will feel like it's time to get up and get out to shake the dust off. Try new things. Most will feel much better.
This trine is followed by an uplifting and cheerful sextile to Jupiter in Libra at 9:21 AM and a fiery but stable trine to Saturn at 10:18 AM. Sense of purpose and destination has been restored. Again, gently feeling a little better every minute.


Following the trine with Saturn, the Leo Moon falls into Void status (WOW! That was quick!). She is sent out on a more buoyant and bright note. Go with and build upon that. Be the beautiful warm you that you are.
The Moon remains Void until entering Virgo at 10:53 PM. Now. You KNOW this means that our incoming sky is going to be filled with standoffs between the Virgo Moon and all else that resides in mutable right now. So, brace yourself for the ground to get a little shaky and for the tides to rise. It's likely to be minimal in comparison to what we've come through this week. But, still apparent. Employ what you've learned on this forward moving venture..but keep moving. Keep letting go. Keep separating the wheat from the chaff as you filter things through according to their priority.
Most of this day, though, comes through as a welcomed relief. Enjoy that.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

As promised, today begins our mutable stand-offs. Overnight, the Moon passed over Mercury, back in Capricorn, by trine. This worked to pre-steady us for what we are headed into over the course of the next few days.
This morning, the Moon resides in Virgo and stands in opposition to both Venus and Neptune in Pisces between 5:09 PM and 10:59 PM. It's a touch and go exercise of bittersweet and release. There is a feeling of reaping what we've sown and, certainly, a time to seek closure. Be gentle with yourself. This can, indeed, cause heartache and unsoothing yearning for “How things once were.” Care for yourself gently through that. It's going to be OK. Really. It is. Don't you dare turn back.


This wishy washy sentiment carries us through most of our day today. From here the Moon begins to wax into a restorative trine with Pluto in Capricorn which perfects in our early morning hours of Monday. But, Mars is also sneaking up on Chiron by conjunction that day too. All the work you do in dealing effectively with your emotional body and those Chironic issues is going to color your actions. So, reverting back to quiet and self-care efforts during today is going to be nothing but a boon to those efforts.
As a matter of fact, as Mars finds Chiron tomorrow, the Moon is opposing and all are in square to Saturn. The outlet for that mutable mush is found in Gemini (* screams * WHY MONDAY? WHY?). Don't forget what the Mercury Retrograde taught you. Lean into those lessons and start employing them. Tomorrow is likely to be tough, my kittens. Be easy with yourself today. Rest. Absolve. Release. Spiritual cleansing efforts such as burning sage or just sweeping the dust out the door are smart exercises. Keep clearing out space. Clean something. Again the toil of routine and putting physical chaos into order does something to help us sort things out on the inside, too.