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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, August 14, 2016

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 15 to August 21, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

This morning, we wake up to the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto Rx at 5:06 AM. You know what that sounds like to me? A serious dread and foreboding all wrapped in the package of a Monday. But, for real, this is a dark cloud that greets us. One that has serious business on it's heart and mind. There may be fears. There may be desire to control. There may be abuses of power because of fear.. The “powers that be” who adhere to subservient agendas will shift in their thrones this week. They should rightfully be afraid because consequence is going to find them. That fact makes me a little giddy, actually.


This is a very sober aspect. Dark. Not the wake up and shine that I prefer. More of a cautiously arise and check under the bed and in the closet because it feels like you are being watched paranoid kind of rising. At the very least, folks are inclined to be concerned with something serious and deep in their life. We are not concerned with light matters. These are concerns that lay heavily on our hearts. Consequences and outcomes that threaten to destroy or expose. Or, be hurtful or dreadful in some other way. Foreheads are furrowed. Eyes are narrowed. Not a twitch of a tree limb or flutter of an insect wing goes by without drawing our attention. Intuition is likely astute but is under threat of being colored with paranoia.


Be brave. Stare down your fears. Soul search for the root of those deep emotions and deeply embedded fears. Face them down. We've survived many a Monday. It's likely we will survive this one too. Be fierce; but, be responsible for the ways in which you use your powers.
By 3:01 PM, the Moon is in trine to Mercury in Virgo. Details are discussed. If it isn't truthful, factual or useful, it should be discarded. Attempts to manipulate the truth are easily seen. Mercury in Virgo can tell when you are lying and doesn't have time to waste on sussing out what would be the truth. He's just going to discard everything you say after the first lie is discovered. So, if you don't have knowledge to contribute to the conversation, or if you don't have something of use to say; then, don't waste your breath. This discussion is to serve a cause. It is also great energy to use to put together a long term or short term plan. Both Capricorn and Virgo are planners. Putting the common sense of both together can result in a sustainable delineation of the path forward. The calm cool rational head is going to benefit most from this Earth trine.



At 9:27 PM the Capricorn Moon stubs her toe on Chiron in Pisces by sextile right before finding Uranus harshly by square at 9:44 PM. This can be unsettling. Moon/Uranus is anxious and reactive. Chiron holds our triggers. So, there may be some late night upset to contend with in the way of hurt feelings or a bit of anxiety. Ground it out. Don't become too upset if routines are toppled. Improvise.
The pieces likely fall back together as the Moon trines grounded and practical Jupiter in Virgo at 10:47 PM. Following this trine, the Moon is Void until entering Aquarius in the morning at 7:54 AM.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This morning we wake up to a sparkling nearly full Aquarius Moon. To add emphasis to the “Aquarian” vibe, the Sun is also trine Uranus at 4:23 PM. Honestly, I love this set up. I also like the looks of our incoming Full Moon. You see, Mercury sits at the apex of a Yod between the Moon and Pallas in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries. Smart. Logical but also enveloped with common sense. Talk about a brainy mixture. The secret to using this energy is to work with the brilliance of Pallas. And, oh...my friends, she is brilliant. She is a strategist. A pattern seeker. A puzzle solver. Here, in sextile to Uranus, her wisdom is greatly punctuated. She seeks new and unusual solutions to long standing problems. She collaborates with others who seek viable solutions to wide reaching problems. She can gather all the pieces of the puzzle and help us put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Then, we have Mercury in Virgo who knows whether the high-minded solutions offered by Pallas and Uranus are viable in the real world. Are they practical? Are they applicable? Are they doable? In the end, we may just see that the solutions we are discovering are so crazy they just might work. The next few days offer opportunity to increase your expertise in any area you choose. It is also a good time for seeking expert advise or collaborating with others over common sense solutions. See, Aquarius/Uranus can over-complicate matters of the brain. But, Mercury in Virgo helps to bring this un-Earthly brilliance to ground and put to use in our everyday life. These are also days of discovery. They are also days in which we realize that opportunities have been created like the passage found from the Tower to the Star.



Even better than that, Venus in Virgo is in trine to Pluto in Capricorn (10:14 PM on 8/17). Venus has been through the wringer lately. First, she squared Saturn last Saturday. Then, on Sunday she was washed out by an opposition to Neptune. In the coming days, though, she blossoms and is renewed. Re-animated. Strengthened. Dark. Powerful and beautiful. What's interesting about Venus in Virgo in trine to Pluto in Capricorn (since this is also my Venus return and I've had a good bit of time to get used to this energy by transit) is that the more she shares, the more that returns to her. I have been taking grocery bags filled with vegetables from my garden to share with my workmates for several weeks now. I return home to find my garden overflowing with just as much as I have given away. So, I send more grocery bags filled with vegetables with my husband to work to share with his coworkers. We've shared with neighbors, friends, family. And, I'll be darned if the fruits of our labors don't just keep multiplying to a degree that I'm scrambling to keep up with putting away and storing what do plan to keep.


Oh. There is more. We are also working on a remodeling project. It is a large and, at times, overwhelming task. Sometimes, we get anxious thinking about all the resources we will need to finish the project. Yet, since Pluto has been in trine to my Venus, it has been shown to me over and over again that we will receive what we need to finish the project when it is needed. All we have to do is put love and intention into the labor and that love keeps being replenished to us by the Universe in ways that sometimes the only reaction I can muster is a “Oh my gosh, thank you!” as I shake my head in disbelief. Needless to say, I think most folks are going to enjoy this trine.

Overall, what we are being gifted with here is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine energy. An androgynous mixture of wonderfulness. Plus, we are also gifted with a very astute and strong power of attraction. You are going to want to be careful where you point that. We are seeking to manifest the truest desires of our heart not acquire a new stalker.
Aquarius and Uranian energy are rich for wishing. Venus in trine to Pluto in Earth signs manifests these wishes into tangible reality quickly. So. Be mindful of what you say and careful what you wish for because the chances of it coming to fruition are very likely. But, honey, if you are sure this is what you want then I suggest you go all out and shoot for the Moon. Chances like this don't come along very often. Be honest. Be optimistic and be future minded while remaining responsible for the consequences you might create and you really cannot go wrong here.



Start practicing now. I did an exercise in an online group some time ago where I had participants visualize a red balloon. We went from seeing it in our minds to imagining how it would feel to hold it, smell it, taste it. Every single person in the group found their red balloon after doing this exercise. Some tripped across pictures of one. I literally found mine on the way to work. One lady had a balloon floating outside her window. So, focus in on whatever it is your heart is yearning for and practice energetically pulling the thing toward you. I'm pretty excited about this.
Now, there is some trickery going on in regard to Mars during this week. At the Full Moon we find him in a mutable t-square with Venus and Neptune as he waxes into conjunction with Mars. This tells me to remind you not to over-reach and that obtaining your heart's desire does not come by way of force or repression of others. It also tells me that faith is called for as well as standing and walking tall upon the principles of your own truth. This is a “hold your rudder true” aspect. Patiently and diligently taking the steps you need to take with thought and intention. Violence will get you shut down. Abuses of power will get you called out. Be willing to share. Be willing to help. Be willing to work. Be willing to wait while holding on to your faith. Keep your eye on the prize and your bow pointed to true North. But, above all, be sure you are focusing on something positive...because it's coming. It's coming.



Oh yeah. Back to today. The Sun is trine Uranus and folks are inclined to act independently. Sun in Leo trine Uranus in Aries is forthright with the truth of their identity giving not one flip if that is widely acceptable or not. Many are tired of wearing the shackles of projection and having who they are to become dictated to them. We want to be free. We want liberation. We want to celebrate our individuality and surround ourselves with others who celebrate us as we are. We want to be in places that call for no facade. The angel in the Star is naked because she is fully self-accepting and unafraid to be unmasked. The bohemian vibe of this day blossoms beautifully, in my opinion. Dare to be different, unusual, quirky and ok with it. And, while you are at it, why not acknowledge and thank those that accept you as you are and don't try to cover up your you-ness. Know, though, the LAST thing you want to try to do is to boss folks around. No one is going to take kindly to that.
At 6:51 PM the Moon passes by Mars in Sagittarius by sextile. This is motivational and allows us to put emotional energy (get into) the work we have ahead of us. And, soon, elbow grease and tenacity will be called for as Mars is within orb officially now of a conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius. As a matter of fact, the Moon meets her traditional ruler by sextile later tonight at 1:23 AM. Sober. Wise. Logical. We are called to diligently leave conscious footsteps behind us as we travel forward.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This morning, the Moon is still growing in Aquarius. She seems so Full she could nearly pop. But, we aren't quite there yet. The Full Moon perfects, officially, tomorrow morning at 5:28 PM. The big news is that Venus officially finds Pluto by trine at 10:14 PM. Emotions are high but our affect is cool and logical while desires are strong. Smoldering hot, sexy aloofness perfectly mixed with ice water in your veins...yeah...it's a lot like that.

At midnight, the Moon perfects at an inconjunct with Mercury in Virgo and meets Uranus by sextile at 2:52 AM. This completes the Full Moon Yod that I discussed earlier in the week. See? It even sounds magical to be out in the dark under the stars making wishes at midnight...or nearly 3 AM even! Go for it.


It is also a wonderful night for charging things up with wishing power. I'll be sitting my ingredients out for wishing powder under this Full Moon. But you definitely want to put your Uranus themed stones and tools out there too. These include lapis lazuli, turquoise, metal accessories like copper or silver, even your hammer of Thor amulet and etc. Of course, you can use a Full Moon to clean/charge any stone. But, you definitely want to pull these out so they can soak up the power of our Lightning God. You can also charge amulets that you want to use in power of attraction work due Venus/Pluto. This is also a great time to harvest/store magical herbs. With a Full Moon in Aquarius, might I suggest freezing them. Here is a link to an article that will show you how and why. But, yes, you can also harvest then subsequently dry or can...just don't waste. Recycle where you can and feed any organic leftovers or scraps back to the Earth. Also, don't forget to give thanks for the bounty the Earth is delivering and SHARE!



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ah, this morning the energy cracks and pops. The Moon is at her most full at 5:28 AM. A sparkly start to our day that brings culmination, climax and a chance to let go of the old and be prepared to escort in the new. What comes to our Lunar sphere following this? Eclipses. Starting with a New Moon Eclipse in Virgo on September 1. New Moon eclipses are NOTORIOUS for swinging open unexpected doorways. So, even if you have no Earthly idea how it is you are going to get to where you want to go...put your intention out there. At a Full Moon, intentions should revolve around release. Sounds counterproductive in the way of manifestation, right? But, it isn't when you release blocks be they mental or physical. Are there thought patterns or mentalities that continually usurp you? Are there fears that keep you from achieving your definition of success? Is your environment cluttered making the energy/air stagnant? Open the windows and release it all. Clear out and make room for the new that coming.


The Full Moon falls upon the following sabians (and don't forget that Venus is still within orb of Pluto and we have that Mercury Yod still happening—refresh yourselves on the previous days write ups):

THE SUN AT 26 LEO: As light breaks through clouds, a perfect rainbow forms. Promise of conscious immortality after the death of useless things. Spiritual linkage through emotional stress. Blessing.

THE MOON AT 26 AQUARIUS: A garage man is seen ready to test the battery of a car. Capacity of self to take up and deliver spiritual power. Controlled release of power through the emotions. Measurement.

And, we should probably check in with Uranus too since this is “his” Moon and he is highly involved in it:
URANUS AT 25 ARIES: A double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings. Fortuitous cooperation between inner and outer elements of being. A sense of responsibility to self or to society.

Oh, I like the sound of ALL THAT! However, right after the Full Moon pops, she enters Void status until 12:35 PM when she enters Pisces. So, set your wishes/release intentions as the Moon is still waxing or wait until later tonight when the Moon is active again. Pisces Moons are excellent for making stuff disappear. Whether you really want them to disappear or not. We lose and misplace stuff. We can be easily distracted and also easily influenced by the energies of others. Whereas we are definitely not so prone to this under the Aquarius Moon and/or Sun/Uranus. Therefore, the timing of your wishes/intentions should depend on what it is you are trying to do.


At midnight the Pisces Moon squares off with Mars in Sagittarius. This can be a feeling of ambiguity or overwhelm. Yes. We have a long way to go yet. However, dreams are likely active and rich with symbolism...if you manage to make it to the dreamscape. Watch and note ethereal signage. Directional pointers and clues. Adjust and tweak plans if needed but don't let self-doubt stop you on your way to achieving your broader goals. Re-calibrate your compass.


Friday, August 19, 2016
This morning we wake up dreamy but also with a sense of purpose and boundary under a Pisces Moon in square to Saturn in Sagittarius (5:20 AM). This is another manifestation aspect but it's more difficult to wrangle than if it were coming from a trine like we had with Venus and Pluto. This is a reality call. This is shoring up your dreams so that they mesh within the reality of the world we live in. It also calls for us to be willing to the work we are called to do in order to manifest. It also calls for patience and an adherence to faith. But, it's going to largely come across as grumpy. Yet, creative clay is at our disposal and we will soon discover that achieving our desires is not best approached by force. But, through generosity, gentleness and a clear vision of the long-term...and giving a damn about the consequences you may or might not create along the way. And, if you are making promises, plan to keep them.



Now that Saturn is direct, he is beginning to wax back into square with Neptune. And, Mars is chasing them both. Mars officially meets Saturn by conjunction on August 24th...which is interesting because that's a date that I've heard popping up a lot lately and have been wondering why. Now we both know. Then, he squares Neptune on August 26th. Then, the Lord of tempo and time (Saturn) squares of with the God of the Sea, illusion and dreams on September 10th. HOWEVER, Saturn and Neptune are HUGE factors during our New Moon eclipse on September 1. Saturn squares the Nodes while Neptune lingers around the SN in Pisces. As the New Moon perfects, she opposes Neptune and squares Saturn. The Sun follows this path shortly after. Talk about mutable t-square madness. We will need to be flexible while being prepared for the unexpected during those days. Be ready to jump through those swinging open doors. By, the time Saturn and Neptune do perfect in square we will be under a totally different sky. Jupiter and Venus will have moved into Libra while Mercury will have flipped retrograde in Virgo. There may be stitches ripped out and re-sewn during that retrograde. It's alright. Who says you have to get it right the first time? The real alchemy is found in the continuation of the mixing and experiment.
We do get a quick taste of this energy today as the Moon moves away from her early morning square (reality check) with Saturn and almost immediately is immersed by Neptune after (7:22 AM). At around the same time (8:07 AM), Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces. Nurse your sick mind. Triage. Prioritize. Be practical and remain grounded. We are going to experience this twice more. Acknowledge those triggers. Don't deny them. Acknowledge your addictions and the pains you are trying so desperately to forget or escape. Find solutions instead. Foster more effective coping mechanisms. Quit metaphorically punching yourself in the face. One of the tasks on Saturn/Neptune's task list is to grab your attention about your addictions whether you are addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, denial, lying...whatever your “fix” you need to address it and realize all you are doing is masking symptoms of something much deeper. Don't mask the symptoms. Treat the illness.



This theme is continually brought forth throughout the day. The Moon sextiles Pluto at 2:33 PM instilling us with fortitude, responsibility and integrity...not to mention a sense of fearlessness. Mercury completes his inconjunct with Uranus at 2:55 PM opening the pathway for brilliance to wax in if we are willing to address our personal issues with practicality. Then, as the Moon opposes Venus at 6:25 PM we can nurture our disillusionment and that feeling of separation from what we want with just the right medicine. Venus in Virgo is the realistic nurse maid that Moon in Pisces needs. The secret is to balance the polarity blending dream with reality...gently bringing order to chaos...humbly serving the collective with our growing empathic nature without enabling, guilting or criticizing.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The tug of war between Pisces and Virgo continues this morning. We begin with a severe check-in with our denial as the Moon meets Chiron by conjunction (5:23 AM) then subsequently opposes Mercury in Virgo (6:41 AM). Fact check. Be honest with yourself. That's the MOST important thing here. Then, as the Moon opposes Jupiter in Virgo (8:22 AM), don your Virgo Superhero cape and go out there and be the superhero you need. Your own best Florence Nightingale. Don't expect a real superhero to swoop in and save you. This is totally a DIY sky. So, quit victimizing yourself and become the saving force you need, instead. Or, you can just clean/organize something. There is always room for that on the Pisces/Virgo polarity. Plus, sorting out your physical world helps to bring order to your internal world. Sounds too simple, right? Well, with Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in Virgo, simplicity is best. Don't be afraid of the simple answers to your complex questions. This is also a good day to ditch bad or unhealthy habits, btw. No matter how you look at it though, the truth is going to emerge. And, for some, this is going to be disappointing.


Following the opposition with Jupiter, our Pisces Moon is Void until entering Aries at 3:19 PM. Might I suggest a nap during this time. The wake up call of the Aries Moon is coming and you are going to want to be well rested for that! Sunday morning we are traveling!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S TIME TO GO! This morning the Moon in Aries is in trine to both Mars (5:10 AM) and Saturn (7:44 AM) in Sagittarius. Simon says, “Take one purpose filled stepped forward and MEAN IT!” Progress made today has sticking power. There is traction to be had. Get moving! Now, I'm not telling you take off at full speed right into a brick wall. I'm telling you to be responsible and fill your movements with intention. Be aware of where you are going but definitely go! We are wise travelers not impulsive or foolish.


By 4:43 PM, the Moon sinks into a dark square with Pluto in Capricorn. Yeah. Some folks will revert to subservient methods to get where they are going. They feel as if they have to trample or abuse others to get to where they need to go. That's alright. SATURN WILL DEAL WITH THESE FOLKS. Soon. Keep your own nose clean and instead reach for the endurance and fortitude offered by this mixture. Dig deep and keep moving forward. Be led not into temptation or greed. If you can't get it on the “high road” you don't need it anyway because Karma will always find you. Totally not worth it. Not today, Satan. Not today.
Meanwhile, Mercury in Virgo is closing in on a conjunction to Jupiter in Virgo due to perfect on Monday morning. This coincides with a lunar conjunction to Uranus. Patient, diligent and still is the wise huntress...truth is coming. The timing is perfecting and your fruit is becoming ripe on the vine.



In an effort to get prepared for the beauty of all that energy, stare deeply into your fears and face them down. Again, be 100% self-honest. Fearless about your truth however you may find it. Accepting of what you find. Work with it, not against it. Keep your intuitive and instinctive radar up and be ready. Divine timing and grace are upon us. You are going to want to be ready to use that effectively. Thunder may rumble. Lightning may strike. Find the eye of the storm and bravely plant yourself there. We are headed for quite a wild ride. If that scares you, then you obviously have some self-work to do. Take a deep breath. Center. Allow yourself to believe you “got this” however “this” may manifest for you. We've been more than well prepared for this. Be at the ready to jump through your door of opportunity as it opens.