Hiroshima Dome in October 1945. Photo by Shigeo Hayashi.
The past week has been an intense emotional roller coaster, and I’ve definitely felt the fangs of retrograde Venus.
Last Wednesday, I was packed into a dining room with 100 people. It was one of 3,500 similar gatherings around the country, with an estimated 100,000 supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders all tuned in to a live-streaming broadcast over the Internet of his message for those who want to help him get elected.
Before the broadcast began, there was a chance for participants to share their stories – why they’re supporting Bernie, their history of political activism, their hopes for a true revolution, and why this time it feels different from previous campaigns in which candidates made promises they had no intention of keeping Continue reading →
Composite by Osk Ingad Alden, 2015.
Is anyone feeling like Mercury is retrograde? He’s not, but the combination of Venus and Uranus turning retrograde together came with its own unique blend of frustrations, delays, and computer glitches.
I’m sorry to report that this week could be even worse in that regard, with Saturn stationing on Sunday (August 2; late Saturday night in Western time zones). Financial transactions are particularly vulnerable to snafus, so plan ahead by having cash on hand. Last weekend, when a flood of tourists arrived on little Vashon for our annual Strawberry Festival, the supermarket was running out of cash and had to limit the amount customers could get back on debit-card purchases. That’s just a small example of the kind of situation that Continue reading →
Composite by Osk Ingad Alden, 2015.
With the pain and setbacks of the past few weeks still heavy on our minds and in our hearts, we’re at last getting some encouraging news, with real signs of progress.
This week looks good for more positive change, with fortunate planets Venus and Jupiter finally reaching exact conjunction – and it’s going to be a spectacular sight. Better still, both planets are in a positive trine to Uranus the Awakener. An intense Full Moon on Wednesday shows us how far we’ve come and what we’ve had to sacrifice to get to a new place, and it hints about the fights still ahead. For now, though, we can celebrate in gratitude and heap loads of love and appreciation on our comrades in arms. Continue reading →
Saturn V rocket, Apollo 11 liftoff, July 1969.
This is a potentially explosive week. Whether that’s good or bad news depends on where you are.
If you’re in your space capsule, buckled in and waiting for ignition and liftoff, the explosion beneath you is a good thing. Not so good if life with a partner or family member has felt like a bomb waiting to go off. Even controlled demolition gets out of control under this week’s highly explosive astrological aspects.
We’re just a week away from the seventh and final pass of the 2012-2015 Uranus-Pluto square. Outer-planetary aspects such as this take place over time, so the day of the exact aspect often passes without Continue reading →
As 2013 drew to a close, many people were saying, “Good riddance.” I was sorry to have to respond with, “Careful what you wish for,” and a warning that 2014 wasn’t going to be a picnic.
I don’t know that I’d advise breaking out the wicker and gingham just yet.
There’s still plenty of drama on the horizon, along with continuing chaos on many fronts. Overall, though, we’re going to see a shift in the year ahead. We’ve identified undeniable patterns, we know what needs to change, and we know what hasn’t been effective in bringing about those changes. A collective wakeup call is on the way that hopefully will restore some sanity to the world. Continue reading →
Detail from Battle of Centaurs and Lapiths, by Piero di Cosimo, c. 1500.
Io! Happy Solstice, New Moon, and Saturnalia, and a merry Christmas!
According to ancient sources, Saturnalia festivities were punctuated with shouts of, “Io!” It was a sort of multipurpose exclamation, pronounced yo.
This morning I was reading comments on a HuffPo article about the solstice. A battle of sorts was raging between those who wished to remind others what the winter holidays “are really all about” and those who reminded the first group that the solstice celebration preceded Christmas by millennia, Continue reading →
White Solstice. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.
Events in the coming week, plus Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius the following Wednesday, make for a nerve-wracking, exciting, stressful, hopeful, overwhelming end to a year that has been “all of the above” and more.
Oh, and did I mention stressful?
I got a call yesterday from a friend who has been in the same administrative job for 20 years that, while hectic, has been predictable, for the most part. She told me that the past few months have easily been the worst in her professional life, largely due to a new computer system that was supposed to be the latest and greatest but turned into a nightmare. To give me an idea, she said Continue reading →
The Hindu goddess Saraswati as Sagittarius. © Karen MacKenzie, 2013. Details below.
Gratitude is a wonderful thing in and of itself, but it also opens our hearts to abundance.
This week is Thanksgiving in the United States. How lovely it would be if giving thanks was the main purpose – if for nothing else, then for the lavish meal that’s traditionally served.
A few days ago, I saw this post on Facebook:
Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.
Obviously, that’s the old version. It’s no longer “exactly one day,” but more like an hour or two. How did we get to the point where the mad rush to buy stuff starts on Thursday Continue reading →
Reflections on a Purple Flower. © Gretchen Friedrich, 2014.
The tension builds again this week, and duties and obligations must be met. In short, it’s not chill.
However, those who value hard work, commitment, and integrity will find that events this week have their own rewards, and confronting difficult situations head on could be quite productive. Moreover, there are subtle energies at work this week that could manifest as sudden flashes of inspiration, intuition, and insight. Continue reading →
© Pat Paquette 2014
I’m having the week from hell – well, relatively speaking. It’s all First-World stuff. My home isn’t being invaded by neo-Nazis, burned by militant Islamists, or bombed by U.S. airstrikes.
No, I just had a three-day migraine, followed by two days of a “regular” headache. Right before it started, my darling kitty knocked my phone off the desk with enough force to blow off the cover and eject the battery. For several hours, it appeared dead (the phone, not the cat).
On the afternoon of headache day three, I received a warning from my hosting service that RealAstrologers had gone over its resource usage limit – the second warning in just over a month. If I don’t do something about it, the site will be shut down. Continue reading →