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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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 31, 2014

It is another Moon in Aries Day.

 

At 11:22 AM, Moon in Aries opposes her ruler, Mars Rx in Libra. This can stir up ambivalence and conflicting emotions. Then, Moon finds Venus in Aquarius via sextile at 4:08 PM before reaching Void status. She enters Taurus at 1:21 AM tomorrow.

The bigger news is that the Sun is waxing into the t-square. On Tuesday, Sun squares Jupiter at 3:40 AM. On Wednesday, Sun conjuncts Uranus at 3 AM. And, on Thursday, Sun meets Pluto via square at 5:18 AM. Even though these aspects perfect 24 hours from one another (sort of like slow series of explosions), they are likely to be felt all together with each player just stepping forward a bit on their day of perfection.

All this occurs under a Taurus Moon that makes mostly pleasant aspects across the sky.

For today, though, it is the beginning of the work week. We may struggle with how we feel about certain things. But, by the end of the day, we are pretty sure its time for a day off, already.




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 30, 2014

There is much talk about planets at mid-degree Cardinal due to the Grand Cross perfecting again in April. I do have a mid-degree Mars at 11 degrees Libra. So, it has been affected on and off by this Cross. Plus, that personal planet is accustomed to the powers of Uranus and Pluto because it is conjunct both those planets in my natal chart.
 
 

But, I also have a mid-degree Mercury in Scorpio and a mid-degree Venus in Virgo. This means that during this Cardinal action, my Mercury will meet Pluto via sextile, Jupiter via trine and Uranus by inconjunct. It will be semi-sextile Mars in Libra (as it is in my natal chart). Venus will meet Pluto via trine, Jupiter via sextile, Uranus by inconjunct and Mars in Libra also via semi-sextile.

These two planets are strengthened and fortified by the Cardinal Cross energy. Yet, they form a pivotal yod with Uranus.

What about the polar opposites of Virgo and Scorpio? What if you have mid-degree planets in Pisces and Taurus? Mid-degree planets in Taurus will catch Pluto via trine, Jupiter via sextile and Uranus via semi-sextile. Mars will be inconjunct. Mid-degree Pisces planets will catch Pluto via sextile, Jupiter via trine, Uranus by semi-sextile and Mars will be inconjunct.

What about Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Gemini? Mid-degree Sag and Leo will catch Uranus via trine. Mid-degree Leo and Aqua (and Scorpio/Taurus) planets have already gotten a growing up from Saturn (much like our mid-degree Cardinal degree planets did with Saturn in Libra). Mid-degree mutables are in the line of fire of harsh apsects from Neptune and Chiron. Gemini and Aqua experience Mars in Libra via trine. Gemini gets Uranus via sextile and Pluto via inconjunct. Leo gets Mars via sextile and Pluto via inconjunct. Sag also gets Mars via sextile and then Jupiter via inconjunct. Do you see how a large number of people get hit by this in various ways? And, it isn't all harshly?

It isn't just our Cardinal planets in the line of transformational fire.

If you are having trouble with the harsher aspects because you have mid-degree Cardinal planets, look to someone who may be experiencing the SAME mixture of energy in a more gentle way for clues on how to best express it. Very few people (actually none that I've come across in my readings) are immune to these transits. We can learn from and lean on each other through this.

As a matter of fact, the discovery of that could be a part of the Universal scheme connected with this Grand Cross. Our Cardinal leaders, instigators, fore-runners, may have to look to our mutables (who incorporate change easily) or our fixed friends (who don't give up) and see how this energy can be used in a productive way versus a harshly destructive way. By doing so, Cardinals can instigate, lead and run in with more wisdom and be able to direct this force within in a more productive way. We need one another. We really do. And, guess what. North Node in Libra agrees with me.

Today the Moon begins a fresh, new cycle. New Moon in Aries perfects at 2:46 PM EDT today.

Hopefully, Pisces season was used to rid yourself of extra baggage (physical and emotional), wind down old projects, rest and heal. Because, today, a brand new battle commences.

New intention seeds are sewn. And we get to look at this Cardinal Cross through the eyes of Aries. How does the Warrior feel about being snuggled up to the Lightening King while sitting the cross-hairs of Pluto, Jupiter and Mars? We learned Libra was scurrying around trying to get everyone to get along while grumbling about all the work to do under its breath. Libra is busy revising strategies and making business contacts. Capricorn is grieving the loss of all its once seemingly solid and beautiful constructs, the loss of people and ideals. How does Aries feel about all of it? Can you access that?

After the New Moon, the Aries Moon meets Jupiter via square at 5:10 PM EDT. This is where emotions can get blown out of proportion.

The conjunction of Moon to Uranus occurs at 6:46 PM..impulsiveness, the urge to move or react suddenly appears.

Moon's square to Pluto occurs at 8:48 PM. Deep...heavy...transformational emotions creep in.

The opposition to Mars does not occur until tomorrow.

What are you seeing? What are you feeling? What are the underlying themes in your life that emerge as the Moon passes through this cross? They are likely to come back up and present stronger as April continues.

But, you know what? At least it isn't Monday.

I don't think you are going to be able to sit idly by on the couch as this energy moves in. Get up. Get out. Move. Don't try to wrangle this all in one small place. Do something. Something unusual, preferably. Something outside your normal routine. Can you leash a bit of the wildness safely for yourself?

Sure you can.

Let's look for the purple banana til they put us in the truck. And, if the elevator tries to bring you down...Go Crazy...punch a higher floor.




Saturday, March 29, 2014

A personal rant about the race to martyrdom

There are no pictures for this. This entry goes into the "journaling category" and is me expressing my opinion/thoughts on current events. There is no rule you have to agree. As a matter of fact, I would ENCOURAGE you to explore your own take on this  (or decide it isn't worth your time) because I greatly value the ability to think independently.

The Princess Wars

So. Let me get this straight. Working American Moms are ticked at Gwyneth Paltrow for being a Princess who martyrs herself in the name of what she has to do in order to be a Mom and work. And, they are showing their disgust by martyring themselves.

There is a tug of war between the Princesses. “I have it worse! No I have it worse!” Well, I've an inkling that the Mother who is trying to raise children on her own because her husband was just massacred in some rebellion with her eldest sons may have it worse. Or the Mother who doesn't have access to a bus to take her to the job she doesn't have and who doesn't have a clue about this fight because she isn't able to sit leisurely on the Internet and browse through local celebrity happenings may be taxed a little more.

Look, folks. This is not a martyr competition. We all have challenges that play out in different ways. Being a Mom is hard, period. But, if you think for one minute that you are the only one struggling and you should get some sort of reward/recognition for that, maybe it's time to check out of your third world problems and get yourself the same reality check you are calling in for Paltrow. K?

Life is tough all over.

Next, maybe we need to take a look at why we care about celebrity happenings and opinions to begin with. Because these people are role models? Well. If that is the case maybe we need to reconsider who we elevate to that status more so than being disappointed in what they do or say once they get in that position.

I don't understand the concept of women tearing other women down. I also don't understand the down and dirty race to martyrdom. “Poor pitiful me. I've got it worse than anyone.” Really? How about you come out of your little castle and take a look around you princess? Did you have to get up at dawn and scour the wilderness to slaughter a hog for your starving family this morning? No? Then, you've not got it so bad. Do you?

But, this ripping away at one another is what women do and have done for centuries.

I have no idea why.

Men go for the physical confrontation. Toe to toe. They exchange punches in the face until someone gives. Then, when its over, they may get up and shake hands and go have a beer together. Its over.

Not women. Women go for the gut. They want to take their time inflating your misery so that it becomes something detrimentally ingrained in your psyche for the rest of your life.

There is no power in that. There is no power gained by you when you tear someone down. All it does is make you a jerk.

The true power comes when you are able to help people exalt themselves. The true power comes when you can sit next to someone in pain (whether you think their reason for being in pain is valid or not) and help them walk through the fire. True power comes when we stop looking at how we “have it so bad” and realize “how we have it so good.”

True power comes when you gain empathy and compassion during your hardships and are able to convey that empathy and compassion to others who may be struggling.

Taking someone out to the parking lot and whipping their tail or subsequently getting beaten yourself is quick and easy. Devaluing or degrading someone in order to make yourself feel or look better is also quick and easy.

What's difficult is zooming out and seeing the bigger picture of what is really going on and realizing this isn't a competition anywhere except in our own heads.

I read an article the other day that said, “Not only are women not being put in powerful positions but they are also choosing to walk away from them.” First of all, I think we have made strides in bringing women into the workforce (I also think the whole dynamic has given us something new to complain about). And, if these potentially powerful women ARE turning away from positions of power, maybe they have discovered that it isn't all the lovely it was cracked up to be. Maybe they are opting to embrace their true power instead of this collectively created mirage of power. Who knows?

We spend so much time comparing ourselves, screaming when things are not fair and blaming the faceless and nameless “powers that be” for our problems that we miss the bigger point.

We are our own power. What we have and what we do is NOT comparable to what someone else has or does. You can only be oppressed as long as you continue to agree to it. You do have power in any situation but often times that energy is used to point the finger of blame at someone else or used to have a personal pity party. “THEY did this to me! Oh, poor pitiful me!”

Your life, right now, as you see it is a result of your culminate past efforts...or non-efforts. And, you have held the keys to your own success/demise all along whether you are male, female or some mix in between.

But, it's no fun thinking like that, is it? It's much easier to lie down and be the victim or martyr instead of owning up to our own part in it.

It is also much easier to soothe our insecurities (temporarily) by dragging someone else through the mud. Tearing someone down is MUCH easier than addressing our own true problems. Standing off with someone is MUCH easier than learning to get along, work together and resolve problems. Pointing out someone's weaknesses is much easier than examining your own. And, building yourself up to be honored or martyred is much more fun that helping someone else exalt themselves while you are left standing in the shadowy wings of the stage...out of the spotlight...alone.

Sure. Take the path of least resistance. But, remember, what goes around comes around. Every dog has its day and Karma is not known for being a gentle nurturing entity. Put out there what you want to get back. Because, it certainly will find its way back. And, enough, with the martyred princess wars, ok?

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 29, 2014

I think events rarely occur by happenstance. Sure, accidents happen. But, I think we give more credit to things happening via chance or luck (good or bad) more often than it warrants.


 

When I look at someone's chart and see a series of hard aspects coming in, my first question is, “Why? Why does this person need this to occur at this time in their life?” Most of the time, I can look forward in the chart and see what that reason is. Sometimes the answer lies in something about to perfect in the progressed chart.

That isn't to say that if you had Pluto on your Moon that you needed your Mother to die or something to that effect. Sometimes horrible things happen to good people and there is no explanation for it. What I'm saying is that the penetrating depths and forcefulness of Pluto to your Moon was needed for something. And, it becomes a very personalized search to discover what that “something” may be.
 
For example, Pluto to your Moon didn't kill your Mother. Ok? The world doesn't revolve around your transits. However, Pluto to your Moon coming when your mother died gave you the emotional endurance to survive it. That's what Pluto/Scorpio does...endures, survives, emerges like a Phoenix from the ashes.

With that line of thought, I've been thinking about Mars being retrograde when engaging in this Cardinal Cross. Why do we need Mars to be retrograde? Pluto is retrograde too. Why do we need that? On a side note, it's interesting to notice that both Pluto and Mars rule Scorpio. Since these two are involved it pulls Saturn into the mix (even if it isn't really involved by aspect) which is currently in Scorpio and co-ruled by the two.

No matter what rationalizations I may come up with for that, I do not think any of this is happenstance or by coincidence. That being said, if the planets are where they are and moving how they are for a reason, then I think its important that you know how to embody the highest expression of the planets involved instead of trying to fight or go against the energy.

It is important to know about shadow expressions so that you can recognize them. However, the point of planetary movements is not so you can sit idly by watching shadows on parade. That is, unless you are discovering your own shadow and consciously rectifying that.

We need Mars to be RX in this passage through the cross for a reason. Does that mean we are supposed to be indecisive, passive-aggressive and procrastinating now? Not necessarily. However, it does mean that we are to re-evaluate our motives for partnering, re-evaluate our actions within partnerships, maybe even RE-DO some past actions in relationships and a big part of it is so we can see what things look like when the shoe gets put on the other foot.

Christina Rodenbeck of the Oxford Astrologer brought this to my attention with her article “11 things you can do with Mars Rx in Libra.” She mentions the concept of role reversals in relationships. And, after I thought on that for just a second, I realized, she is right! In my relationships I have seen a power shift and experienced complete role reversals. I really started paying attention to what was going on with this dynamic. Be aware of this possibility in your current relationships and observe what it is like to be on the other side of the fence. You can learn some interesting stuff.

So, why is this important during the Cardinal Cross? I'm not 100% sure, but being able to see things from the perspective of the “other” could very well affect what actions we take. Mars is a personal planet being transformed under this pressurized sky. That means that this cross (even though it involves outer generational planets) transpires on a global AND personal level for many. Don't get caught just shadow watching. Pay attention and try to work the energy by using its highest expression.

In this article, I give clues as to how to work with Mars in aspect to Uranus. It is very much an alchemical and channeling type action. Conscious direction. And, you cannot consciously direct something if you are allowing the energy to run over you. Remember, though, that this is an opposition. You may find yourself embodying one side of the energy or the other.

There will be things that happen outside of our control with this Cross. However, there is also opportunity to employ the energy. It would be a shame to waste it by letting it run rampant without attempting to use any of it. That's a lot of energy! Use it.

This morning, we find the Moon still in Pisces. At 9:45 AM EDT, Moon perfects in trine to Saturn in Scorpio. This gives a chance to reinforce our boundaries after a particularly watery and nebulous day yesterday. Saturn helps us shore some of that up and become a bit more emotionally stable. Objects in the fog start taking tangible form.

Venus in Aquarius perfects her trine with Mars Rx in Libra at 3:05 PM. This is a fresh breeze blowing across the waters. Venus trine Mars is charming and amicable. We want what is best for the collective with Venus in Aquarius at its highest expression. We realize that how we act in relationships (Mars in Libra) does indeed play a role in sending ripples into the collective. Mars Rx is reviewing those actions sometimes throwing ghosts of relationships past in our faces to examine.

More times than not, when you ask someone, “What would you have done differently?” they answer with, “I wouldn't change a thing.” But, I guarantee if you actually had a time machine and could send someone back to their past, they would start trying to tweak things and do them differently in one way or another. Say you wouldn't all you want. Let me zip you back in time and test that theory. You would do something differently.

Well, we have no time machines that I know of right now, but Mars Rx in Libra is an analytical review of past actions. Note what worked and what didn't because those will be lessons we need going forward in partnerships.

Venus in Aquarius also perfects her square to Saturn in Scorpio today at 5:15 PM. This is tense and can bring forth tightness in matters of money and feelings of loneliness. Deliberately used to its highest expression though, we become responsible in matters of money and debt. We become stable and secure partners in the name of learning about intimacy and shared resources. And, we do so because we realize that all these things do affect the world around us. Ripples.
 

 

The Moon goes void after Venus' pull to ground occurs with the square to Saturn.

Moon leaves Pisces for Aries at 9:55 PM tonight. Remember what I say about this passage? It feels like a very rude wake-up call. Aries heralds dreamy Pisces Moon to WAKE UP! SNAP OUT OF YOUR DAY DREAMS! ITS TIME TO GO!

And, I've found since Mars has been RX, Aries Moons feel particularly grumpy. We begrudgingly get out of bed and go. It isn't because we want to. It isn't this joy filled “WHEEEEE, the time is here!” type thing like you feel when it is FINALLY time to leave for your vacation or something. Its more of a, “Grumble, grumble.” slam the lid on the coffee, slam the coffee pot into the slot, push the damn button...wait...impatiently. “Grumble, grumble” sling open the shower curtain, start the damn water, get in...this day is coming whether you want it to or not and even though we can't stop it, we can passive-aggressively slam things around in our preparations for it.

Use today to find ground. Rest and prepare. Get mundane chores out of the way. But, do so slowly and without expending all your energy on them. You are going to need that energy tomorrow and for the upcoming week. Nurture and expend it wisely.

Tomorrow is the New Moon in Aries which looks very much like a catalyst to me. It is within orb of being conjunct Uranus...both Sun and Moon. Moon WILL conjunct Uranus and pass through the t-square shortly after the New Moon perfects. Sun WILL conjunct Uranus and pass through the t-square in the upcoming week. This is the Sun and Moon's pre-t-square huddle..so to speak. Discern who you are, where you are and how you feel. Delineate your required actions from there.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 28, 2014

Minds are deep and penetrating this morning. Mercury in Pisces met Pluto in Capricorn via sextile overnight at 1:29 AM EDT. If you can remember your dreams, they were likely rooted in some deeply psychological stuff. Perhaps metaphorical and dark.



As our minds are probing the depths of our psyche, our emotions are on our sleeves. Moon in Pisces conjuncts Neptune in just a few minutes (6:28 AM). Are we awake? Or just waking up in our dream?

Have you ever done that? Dreamed that you woke up but just woke up in another dream? Disorienting.

And, today could be quite disorienting as information both bubbles up from the depths of our psyche and is gleaned from the ethers by our intuition.

It is a busy Fish Moon Day. But, the mood does seem a bit more relaxed. Anesthetized. Dreamy, with the Moon making a trine to Jupiter at 2:43 PM and moving into sextile with Pluto at 6:28 PM.

It is a wonderful day for meditation and divination work. The veil is thin.

You will have a chance to institute emotional boundaries today. Empaths. High feeling day today. Prepare/protect yourselves.

Those lacking a connection to water won't feel comfortable today. You may see people crying. You may cry. Release it. You are the vessel that water passes through in an effort to cleanse. Purging tears.

If you struggle, look to ground. Beach yourself. Get outside. Touch the Earth. Makes a world of difference. Drink plenty of water. Float in the tub. Dance in the rain.

I'm comfortable with this. This is MY moon. And, it is how I operate on a daily basis. So, as you are wandering through the fog, if you hear a voice welcoming you...it could be mine. The fog is my home.

After our Fish Moon meets up with the Lord of the Underworld (Pluto) she meets up with Mercury and they exchange notes. Well...they exchange stone tablet etchings. Its too hard to keep paper intact underwater.

I've a feeling the information we gather today through our senses will be important. Perhaps healing? Perhaps giving an inkling of what type of storms April is bringing in for us. Pay very close attention to the messages you receive from the unsaid today.

Mercury reaches Chiron at nearly 9 PM. Pull the bandaid off quickly. Don't hover over it or pontificate...allow some air to find the wound.

Moon does begin waxing toward a trine with Saturn in Scorpio later this evening and perfecting early in the day tomorrow morning. This makes the emotional boundaries I spoke of more accessible.

A grounded Pisces Moon is a wonderful thing. Too much Neptune is offset and contained by Saturn. The waters flow...but into the directions we send it.

Neptune, Mercury, Pluto, Jupiter, they are all coming together in a helpful way today. Look to their archetypes and look to raising Venus vibrations to Neptune's level. She'll be diving in, too, before you know it. Can you love...beyond?

Take an extra nap, too. Rest up a bit. New Moon in Aries is incoming on Sunday. That's when we step into the rollercoaster and fasten our seatbelts. Enjoy the safety of the watery womb today and tomorrow. And, don't forget to dream...er...I mean, breathe.
 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 27, 2014

This morning, we wake up to Moon in Aquarius waxing into square with Saturn in Scorpio. Its not so much that Aquarius is afraid of what Saturn is dredging out of the depths of Scorpio. Its just that its messy and Aquarius doesn't really want that filth running around its laboratory. The feeling this produces is tense. Sober. And, possibly, depressing.


 
You can direct the energy toward being emotionally grounded and realistic about whatever emotional situation you are dealing with. If you can keep it at that and resist taking a turn toward the dark side (pessimism, bitterness, melancholy) then you will fare well.

Moon/Saturn perfects at 8:21 AM EDT, so there will be some who simply get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.

Venus in Aquarius is a busy social lady right now. NN and Mars in Libra are both waxing into trine with her. Mars will find her first with the perfection of that trine occurring on Saturday at 3:05 PM, right before Venus perfects her square with Saturn in Scorpio at 5:15 PM the same day.

Each of these Venus aspects can be felt now and will increase in intensity as they perfect.

Mars in trine to Venus will allow us to bring motive and desire together.

I have Venus square Saturn in my natal chart. They are not in the signs that we are experiencing this square in now, but some of the essence is the same regardless of the sign. This can bring about feelings of loneliness, fear of rejection, suppression of financial resources, restriction in relationships and I do see the possibility for some break-ups in relationships during this transit as well.

At its best use, Venus square Saturn produces mature, responsible love and financial dealings.

So, what we have is Mars Rx backpeddling through our past and current relationships (friend or foe). When he meets up with Venus, he may just trigger her to go after something or change something in the name of these relationships. It could very well be an “AHA!” moment as we figure out what it is we want to go after.

But, Saturn is demanding that we be responsible with any action we may take in the name of Venus. There are NO delusions here. It is simply the stark reality that if we want to effectively partner, we are going to have to shift some things in our patterns of behavior; recognize how we may allow our shadow to play a part in how we choose partners and interact with them; and be responsible for our part of the shared energy. In other words, how are your partnerships going so far? Want things to stay that way? Or, would you like to be a better partner, choose better partners and be able to benefit from these partnerships?

I'm not just talking in the realm of romantic relationships here, either. This applies to relationships across the board up to and including our relationship with ourselves, our parents, our co-workers, our money, our own value and much, much, more.

Follow the call of the NN while heeding the warnings from Saturn. North Node tells us that the gold from the South Node lies in the power to initiate and be self-motivated. North Node also tells us that the time for acting alone is over. So, we take that gold (initiative, self-motivation) and apply it to our current and future partnerships in an effort to work together and strengthen these bonds.

Of course, it could play out that you discover a subconscious detrimental relationship pattern that is playing out in your current partnerships. Feel like you are picking the same person to partner with over and over? The façade changes, but at the core all these people have something in common?

You may discover this and decide to put a stop to this pattern RIGHT NOW and exit the current situation post haste.

However you direct this or however it plays out for you, the KEY here is to be responsible and conduct yourself with integrity. And, of course, there is a love lesson in here for you. Saturn always has a lesson to leave behind.

With the Moon in Aquarius in the early part of the day, we are still able to detach from the more emotionally volatile situations in order to discern our next strategic moves (Mars in Libra). Moon trines Mars in Libra before going void at 9:14 AM.

However, when the Moon moves into Pisces tonight (8:12 PM) the emotional tides will be rising again. Know that if you break off a relationship in the morning, you are likely to be mourning its loss in some way over the next few days even if it felt like you wouldn't give a flying fig about the whole thing earlier.

Do you see the shift there? This morning feels grumpy and we can really access the ability to just say, “Screw this..I'm outta here.” But, tonight, we soften and emotions creep up on us. This, again, highlights the need to act responsibly and maturely in the name of these relationship decisions.

Be sure that whatever decision you make in that regard is based on consciousness of the long-term consequences. Don't make a permanent decision based on temporary emotions. Tonight, we will feel the emotional repercussions of our actions. Our "give a damn" is broken...then, all of sudden we freaking care!

Some break-ups (be they in romantic partnerships or business) may come as quite the surprise. I don't think anyone would expect Ben & Jerry to split up, for example. I mean, they are a perfect pair! (Never fear, that is just an example. I've heard of no problems with Ice Cream's Power Couple). However, just like having to choose whether we want Ben's ice cream or Jerry's candy mix-ins, these break-ups that occur within our network of friends can be hard to accept. We may feel as if we need to decide where our loyalties lie. Is Jerry going to get mad if you continue to buy Ben's ice cream? Is Ben going to be offended if you still buy Jerry's candy mix-ins for your ice cream?

See? Even if you are not directly involved in the break-up, you could be affected by the demise of the relationship. If you are part of the couple that is splitting, be aware that your break-up may affect others who are not directly involved in the relationship itself.

There is a sense of finality in the air. But, I encourage you to remember that Mars is RX. This means when he goes direct he will cross these degrees again and these SAME issues are likely to pop back up for us to review (whether the players are the same or not). Saturn is RX too. We are having a course review. When Saturn goes direct and crosses these same degrees again, he will be checking to see that his lessons have been integrated. So, even though it SEEMS final, its not over just yet. This is even MORE reason to be sure and wise instead of impulsive and rash.

Mercury is still waxing into conjunction with Chiron in Pisces. Once you know something, you cannot un-know it, no matter how hard you try. This ALSO perfects on Saturday and could be the catalyst for a chain reaction. However, the Moon gets to Chiron first, so we may FEEL the painful information coming in before it actually does. Watch for this on Friday night as Moon crosses Mercury at 8:21 PM and Chiron at 8:49 PM.

And, like I said, it all plays out in a very personal way. Whatever happens, enjoy the air today because tonight, we dive!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

On detachment under an Aquarius Moon

It occurs to me that there may be some people who do not understand what I mean by “detachment” in emotional situations. Some Watery type folks may be lost on the idea as they wander around their emotions looking for the “off” switch.


 

Well, emotions do not come with an off switch. And, as much as I like to tout that you can be and are in control of your emotional body being free to choose the emotions you allow to affect you or not, sometimes things happen and we automatically set forth an emotional response without much consideration.

What you can do and what Air Moons offer us the chance to do (particularly Aquarius) is separate yourself from your emotions. This is me. This is my sadness, grief, pain, joy, whatever. While the two do co-exist, it doesn't mean that I am becoming my sadness, grief, pain, joy. I am not my emotions. I am me WITH emotions.

Even putting it in that regard is difficult for people to understand especially if these empathic vibes from Neptune in Pisces are something that you are not familiar with.

However, like most people in my line of work will tell you (spiritual counseling, divination, etc), I often find myself giving advice to others that also applies to my personal life. Of course, I don't make this known to my clients. But, it is pretty much a given with this trade.

Par for the course, yesterday as I was sitting in the emergency room waiting to be seen (there was an incident with a stoneware crock and my foot), I found myself doling out advice to someone sitting in the chair next to me and I asked them, “Just for a moment, can you take yourself out this situation? Can you imagine standing by while a friend or loved one retold it to you? If so, what advice would you give them?”

That is detachment at its finest. And, it is available to you today with Moon in Aquarius. Discern what is you vs what are the emotions in whatever situation you find yourself in vs what is actually happening. Imagine a friend or loved one coming to you with the same problems you are having. What would you advise them to do? What direction would give them?

This takes you out of the emotional intensity for a moment and allows you look at things from a different perspective. Listen to your own advice. Be your own friend.
This is not to say that you are ignoring the situation or your emotional needs completely. It is just an act of giving yourself some space in order to look at the situation through different eyes. It's tough to make good decisions when you are emotionally overwhelmed. And, I would imagine the next two days would be key to practice this seeing as the Moon in Pisces will stir up the waters again as it makes aspects to EVERYTHING in the sky including a conjunction with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces.

By all means, cut yourself some slack. Step back from trying to endure/survive and think these situations through.

 



Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 26, 2014

The other day, I mentioned that we would be able to see how Capricorn feels about this tightening Cardinal Cross in the sky. The feeling I picked up on most was Grief. Capricorn is grieving.


 
And, I'm talking about the archetype of Capricorn here..not necessarily just people with heavy Capricorn or Capricorn Suns, though that applies too.

Capricorn, on the whole, is industrious and proud of its accomplishments. Now, however, with Pluto in the sign, it is watching many of those structures come tumbling down. Capricorn is seeing the death of many conventions and social standards.

With any type of change or loss, grief quickly follows. People are in various stages of grief but I do see that the feeling is very wide spread. Being aware of the stages of grief and being able to recognize where you are in those stages (and you may waffle back and forth through the same ones for a time) can help foster acceptance and healing.

The stages of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance.

How can the world not be overwhelmed with grief. Internationally we have family members of nearly 250 people who have just been asked to accept the fact that their loved ones are not coming home, but have, in fact, drowned in the Indian Ocean. Many of these family members are angry and looking to who they can blame. But, all too often, blaming is useless. It does not change the current outcome.

Also nationally, we have upward of 200people missing in Washington State whose loved ones are mourning the devastation caused by a huge mudslide that took out 1 mile square area of homes in an instant.

Then, if your area is anything like mine, you wake up every day to the local news bringing word of deadly car crashes, murders, untimely deaths and the fall of people we trusted enough to elect into powerful positions.

Capricorn is aghast with all of this. All that hard work building and constructing...down the drain as it is exploited or destroyed. We are indeed back at the drawing board in many ways. But, we will need to work through these stages of grief before we can truly move forward. Only then will be able to look at these changes logically and regain future-mindedness.

Grief sticks you in one place with these overwhelming feelings. Frozen. Fixated. Leaving you with a feeling of immobility and possible stagnation. Without the proper addressing of our emotions, we can become stagnate or bitter.

Neptune in Pisces, among other things, is fostering compassion and empathy in people who are not normally familiar with these feelings. So, the news of devastation even if we were not directly touched by it, is felt by the populace at large.

I'm used to this. I'm familiar with feeling other people's pain. However, I forget that not everyone is. Some may not be comfortable with this shift.

I remember when I first discovered there was a word that described why I can feel others. Empathic. When you become aware that this is an actual thing and there are things that you can do to control or process the emotional body that you help others carry, it is very liberating. And, this is what Neptune in Pisces is currently doing. Making us feel. Making us care. Making us share feelings of devastation, pain, anger and grief.

Not understanding why you feel something that you don't recognize as yours is helpful as well as understanding that you may, in fact, be grieving for various reasons.

Today, we are given a chance to detach and process this emotional information by engaging our higher minds. Moon moved into Aquarius at about 6:30 PM yesterday evening. Aquarius, the water-bearer, is an air sign. But, it is traditionally Saturn ruled, giving us a container for our emotions helping to make them more manageable.

Overnight, the Moon made a nice sextile to the Sun in Aries bringing emotions and ego into harmony.

This morning, we wake up to Mercury in Pisces trine Jupiter in Cancer (9:11 AM EDT). Our nurturing instincts give us the empathic words we need. Things may be a bit louder as we have been given a megaphone to use while we are talking under water. However, at its best use, this aspect helps us express and acknowledge our newly gifted empathy. While Moon in Aquarius may allow us to squelch some of our tears over the whole mess. And, that will likely be needed since both Mercury and Jupiter are in Water signs.

Later in the day (2:42 AM PM) and waxing as I type this, Moon makes a sextile to its current ruler Uranus in Aries. This is the desire to break free and be lighter.

 

Tonight, we will feel the Moon conjunct Venus in Aquarius. It doesn't perfect until overnight (3:53 AM) but can be felt later today. What we want and what we need are on the same page this evening and both want to be free and independent. Follow the planetary lead and detach, detach, detach to get your bearings.

These aspects in Aquarius may also lead us to see that even in our personal horrors and sufferings, others are suffering too. Aquarius is concerned with the collective and what is happening on a Universal level. Mercury and Jupiter encourage us to pray and meditate over it. Send love out into the Universe and don't forget to save some for yourself.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 24, 2014

I like the Moon in Capricorn. Too bad it is getting pummeled today.
 

And, I'm not really sure WHY I like Moon in Capricorn, except that in the early degrees it does sextile my own Moon bringing much needed grounding to me. However, it also squares all my Cardinal Libra planets. For me, Cap Moons are a personal First Quarter Moon. So...it should feel uncomfortable. But, it really doesn't.

Moon in Capricorn spans my 11th and the beginning of my 12th house. And, I can always tell when the Moon crosses from Sag to Capricorn because I gain an affinity for country/folk music. After 25 Cap, Moon is in my 12th and I often find myself listening to Deep Water sounds...dolphins, orcas, meditation recordings that include sounds of water. Do you pay attention to how the Moon's movements affect you?

This morning, we wake up to Moon in Capricorn moving out of sextile with Mercury in Pisces.

The first aspect she makes following this sextile is an opposition to Jupiter in Cancer at 10:45 AM. Planetary oppositions can bring about standoffs with one person representing one side of the opposition while you represent the other.

The key to working with these, energetically, is to balance the energy.

In this instance, we have a sober, work-oriented, diligent Moon facing off with Big Momma. In the mix we have Saturn as the current Moon's ruler and Jupiter influencing the sign of Cancer which is the traditional ruler of the Moon. Work hard. Think big and consider the long term goals. Mind perspective whether that includes zooming and/or zooming out.

At 12:27 PM, Moon squares Uranus and at 2:58 PM it makes a conjunction with Pluto.

I've put my plea out to the Universe (rather whiningly) inquiring, “WHYYYYYYYY do these Cardinal Moons that involve passing through this t-square have to occur on Mondays?” Sheesh. But, alas, they keep coming anyway. The Universe apparently isn't motivated to re-arrange the planets upon my command.

At any rate, we do have the opportunity to view the upcoming Cardinal Cross from the eyes of Capricorn. Remember, we had a chance to view it from the eyes of Libra a few days ago. At that time, we were looking at relationships and how we partner. We looked at where we were procrastinating and putting things off. We looked at how we needed to get along instead of fight one another.

Today, we look at structure and foundation issues. Higher leadership issues. How we are the boss of our lives vs how other people sometimes think they have the right to be the boss of our lives. What traditions need to be changed or dropped completely? What have you always done that is no longer working? Don't be afraid to do things differently.

Today does set an undertone for the rest of the week. Upcoming, we have Venus waxing in square to Saturn, Mercury waxing into conjunction with Chiron, Sun waxing into the Cardinal t-square.

I know you are probably tired of hearing this, but work. Prepare. Finish small tasks. Make your to-do list manageable and get rid of extra weight you may be carrying so that you will be ready to travel lightly.

If your body is rebelling (ie: you are sick) take the necessary measures to heal...rest...prepare that way. It is your responsibility. And, anything that is YOUR responsibility will surely be highlighted today.
 
I recommend you be quiet and observant. Watch/read non-verbal cues. Don't listen to much to what people are saying. Look for what they are NOT saying. There are fireworks set to go off mid-April. You may just be able to tell who has gunpowder on their hands and who is holding the ignition switch.
 
Words/Phrases to avoid if you DO speak:
 
"We have always done it this way."
 
"You HAVE to"
 
"You MUST"
 
"You SHOULD"
 
Mind your own beeswax. K? If you feel the need to give orders, give them to yourself.




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Winged Messengers and Ominous Omens

I woke up this morning, had my coffee, spent some leisurely time researching and blogging. Not one thing unusual. The household, for the most part, was still sleeping.

My dog, Prince, and I were awake though. We are early risers. We enjoy our quiet mornings.

Sometimes, we walk at dawn. Sometimes it is pre-dawn mainly because I like to watch the sky change as the sun rises. I've never seen two sun rises that are the same. The feeling in the air is usually full of promise, a little damp but always quiet.

After my morning coffee, I headed for the door. The sun was coming, the sky became a heavy grey blue. With Prince's leash in one hand and a bag of bird seed in the other, I headed for the door.

I casually walked out on the front stoop and paused mid-step.

“Ooooh,” I said quietly, “what is that?”

I sat down the birdseed softly. Then, I secured my dog to the shepherd's hook in the front yard. Swiftly, quietly, I rushed back into the house to grab my camera.

I wondered if they were hawks. There is one that hangs around here.

Maybe they are really large owls?

Then, it occurred to me as I grabbed my camera, “Hawks? Owls? My dog is 9 pounds of white...like a BIG RABBIT..maybe I should get outside and check this situation out.”

I pointed my camera and started snapping pictures.

I still couldn't tell..
 
 

I said outloud, “What are you?”

I was answered with silence. But, as I pulled my camera out to scan the treetops a bit more...my eyes kept widening and widening....

“Oh...my....Gosh. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, “ Gulp deep breath “eleven...twelve.”
 
 

I felt them peering right at me. Then, one swooped from its motionless position on a branch (with enough force to cause the branch to bounce like trampoline) and landed...right...in...the...road...in...front...of...me...cocking its head to the side as if to say, “I think the better question, my dear, is WHAT are YOU?”

These are turkey vultures. And, I've been seeing them for about a week. But, it has been random and one at a time. I cannot say I've ever walked out my front door and been greeted by an entire horde of them...before today.

Vultures are scavengers. They are not a bird that most people look forward to seeing. But, I can tell you this much, their power was palpable as I stood taking them all in.

Resourcefulness comes to mind with these guys. As well as the cycle of life, death and rebirth. They are ominous, yet, not aggressive.

Instead of hunting, they wait for nature to take its course. Patiently.

They are soul and sin eaters. They portend of death as one of the only true equalizers.

Vultures are attentive and defensive mothers.

Loyal.
Dark.
Hooded.
Masked
 
 
They are dark Saturn figures. Yes, Saturn. Not Pluto.

I have received part of their message. I already know that death is here and hanging in the air. I know and I'm preparing.

Apparently, it only gets deeper from here.

What does the Vulture say to you?





Morning Star: Daily Astrology for March 23, 2014

Today is the Last Quarter Moon. Sun has been in Aries for a few days. But, our first true taste of Aries season is felt today.


 

We wake up with Moon in Sag having just gone void after a sextile with Mars Rx in Libra. Our actions, drives, motives are in harmony with how we feel. Hold on to that feeling. It will be beneficial for the work we have in front of us today.

Moon enters Capricorn at 4 PM EDT.

I'm sending out assignments for today. They are surprise assignments for clients who are working with me on “The Plan” reading. In this reading, I work with my clients through the phases of the moon in order to help them obtain results for the goals they have set forward.

Some of the achievements I'm seeing blow my mind. It typically takes a couple of cycles, but it is obvious when someone finally clicks into to their own energy and discovers how that energy interacts with the Universe and then subsequently uses both to their advantage!

Most of the time, I'm left with my mouth hanging open as I'm listening to all the discoveries people are making about themselves. And, I'm just the tour guide here, man. You know? My clients hold the keys to how much progress they make or not. It is like watching flowers bloom.

At any rate, Last Quarter Moons mean that the Sun is squaring the Moon and we are working our way toward a New Moon. This means the Moon is waning. It is getting increasingly dark. And at the Last Quarter, it goes from looking like a half-moon in the sky to becoming an ever decreasing in size smile from the elusive Cheshire Cat until it is completely gone.

For THIS Last Quarter, Moon is in Capricorn and Sun is in Aries. Both are at 3 degrees and 21 minutes. Goat Vs Ram

Emotions are solid, determined, progress oriented. Egos are in delayed warrior mode. We have shown up for the battle but the battle is delayed.

The bossy Moon wants us to use this delay time productively.

Does that make sense? What do you do when you have to wait? Do you just goof off? Get lost in space? Become impatient? Or, do you wiggle in some small tasks that can be completed using the time to be productive instead of lax?

Moon in Capricorn wants you to do the latter. Prepare warriors! Make sure your armor is reinforced. Make sure your baggage is light. Eat well. Take turns resting and standing watch. Sharpen your sword. Stand up straight. No pranks in the ranks! The time to ACT will be here before you know it!

And, it will be here before you know it. With Mercury direct and clicking through Pisces..ok..it is at least doing a fast paced breast stroke through Pisces, and Mars RX...time is moving at faster pace while our bodies are slowing down causing it to feel as if it is moving even more quickly.
You CAN move quickly through water you know?
March came in like a lion but is leaving like...WTF? Where did March go?

So prepare. Clear out. Get lean. Get mean. Be ready. You don't want to be rushing around when this train is finally ready to leave the station.

Tonight, as we sleep, we may glean valuable information from our dreams. Moon reaches sextile with Neptune at 2:28 AM and then Mercury at 5:56 AM. We may be made privy to the information that was churned in the deep when Mercury met full on with Neptune.

If you are a dreamer or want to take advantage of what may possibly be held in your dreams, sleep with a small notebook and pen next to your bed so you can write down anything you remember when you wake up. I sleep with stones like Larimar, Labradorite and Amethyst near my bed or under my pillow to enhance dreaming and recall. There is also a willow branch that rests next to my headboard. And, the hour before I go to bed is reserved for stepping down in preparation...meditation, small snack to keep my blood sugar level through the night, preparations for the morning ahead and finally consideration is given to what I would like to know/gather from my dreams. And, I meditate on those concepts for a few minutes before going to sleep.

Give it a shot. Or utilize your own dream routine. You may be amazed with what you wake up with.