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Saturn in Capricorn 12/19/17-12/16/20

Hey y’all,

Here’s a quick update on this long-term transit-we’re about a year into Saturn in Capricorn, good time for a checkup.

Saturn is the planet of rules and restrictions. It’s the reality check we need so we don’t get lost in dreams. While Jupiter expands and says yes, Saturn realistically sets boundaries and limits so we can measure progress. It’s often described as the heavy of the zodiac, bringing harsh lessons and grim character-building. In truth, without Saturn and its grounding influence we would be awash.

Saturn is the ruler of the sun of Capricorn, so it’s considered at home or in its domicile during this time. That means that Saturn is expressing in its pure form without being muted by other elements. Both planet Saturn and sign Cap are related to the passage of time, longevity, and legacy. Father Time is often associated with these energies, as well as Cronus and Rhea in myth.

Capricorn is the last of the earth signs which are primarily concerned with provable actions. Taurus represents the completed action, Virgo describes the methodology of the completed action, and Capricorn is the overall reason behind each completed action. I describe this as Taurus “I made a brick,” Virgo “This is how I made the brick,” and Capricorn “This brick will build my castle.” For this reason, people working with a lot of Capricorn in their charts are very concerned with reputation and public appearance. They take their personal sense of pride from the responsibilities that make them a part of their community, more than most. They are grounded and practical, with an eye on efficiency as they check their goals off of a usually literal list.

Following Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius from about 2015-17, we are now seeing the effects of the Big Ideas that happened during that time. For instance, a new tax code was passed here in America during heady Saturn Sag, that we aren’t seeing the effects of til now. I expect next tax day to be quite dramatic for some folks. Basically now we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. In another example, we elected a huge racist and now we have kids in cages on the border. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Saturn in Cap is that time.

Didn’t follow your workout regimen? Good luck staying fit during this transit. Didn’t do your homework? Don’t expect to pass the test. Saturn in Cap means your ass has to get to work. What you put in is what you will get out of this time. Anybody coasting is gonna get pushed out the way.

Basically because of the longevity of Cap, this period of time is all about sustained effort. If you don’t keep up your stamina, you’re gonna get left behind. Saturn is here to make you stronger, even if it’s gotta drag you kicking and screaming. There are always lots of karmic lessons that Saturn is trying to teach. This time is the culmination of those lessons-can you keep up? Can you stay on track? Can you maintain your budget? If the answer to these questions is no, get ready for your spiritual ass-whoopin’.

I recorded this video while drinking this summer, I don’t know if it’s any good but I do know that I learned a good Saturn in Capricorn lesson and quit smoking:

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Jupiter in Sagittarius 11/8/18-12/2/19

Hey y’all,

     Welcome to the other side of the transformational transit of Jupiter through Scorpio. We’ve made it to the other side – now what? I think this first month (really Dec. ’18) while we go through the Sag Moon Cycle is like the getting our feet wet part, then after new year we will be jumping into the deep end.  

     Jupiter is the planet of expansion, and it grows whichever area of the chart in which it lands. It gives more opportunities and therefore more chances for success. It is high-minded and concerned with the General Welfare. Some Jupiter keywords are justice, optimism, luck, and joie de vivre.

    Fortunately for us, Jupiter is in its home sign or domicile of Sagittarius through 2020. Sag is about higher learning, foreign borders, philosophy and religion, and forging a path to higher truth. Coming out of the Jupiter Scorpio phase will lighten up the mood, but it will also shine a potentially harsh light on the changes we’ve gone through. Scorpio is deep and dark, emotionally intense, concerned with digging all the skeletons out of the closet. Sagittarius is the bright light at the end of that tunnel. It’s the freedom that comes from letting go, the adventurousness of having already faced the darkness, and the knowledge that comes from exposure and experience.

     Part of the Jupiter Sag transit will be deciding individually and collectively what our IDEALS are. We will have the unique opportunity during this time to connect with people and places outside of our experience. We will expand our horizons and hopefully come to higher truths on our own. 

     I think there will also be a resistance to doing things the ‘right’ way during this time. There are many roads to truth, and none of them are ‘wrong.’ May we resist the urge to correct others who are not the same path as us, as we wish our own journey to be regarded with respect. 

         Here’s a little vid I did under the xmas tree talking more bout this here:

North Node in Cancer 11/6/18-5/4/20

Hey y’all,

A major transit that started in November was the passage of the lunar node into the sign of Cancer. It’s been in the sign of Leo for the last year or so, and I even wrote two posts about it.

Recorded this video around the new moon in Dec 18, hence seasonal decorations- and mostly I’ll let it do the talking.

Real quick in case I use this post later (lol), the north node shows us where we need to focus on growth and development. In the birth chart, it’s what we don’t know and are here to learn in this life. In transit, it gives insight to the challenges of the next year or so and how to be available to our full potential.

The sign of Cancer is all about being in touch with our own emotions. Like the crab in the changing tide, we look for security in the environment by clinging to what matters most to us- our loved ones, friends and family. Cancer is ruled by the moon and controls the emotional tides with its waxing and waning, meaning that our feelings come and go and change and develop over time. Are we going to ride the waves of the next year or get slammed by them?

Cancer is the archetypal Mother. Where it falls on our chart shows where we give and receive nurturing care. All these personal feelings and connecting to the maternal nature in all of us is a theme that might seem quite scary to a lot of people. Most of the time we cover up our emotions. But this next nodal phase is all about diving in to those waves to unlock the mystery.

I didn’t mention this in the video, but we all better start getting into this Mother Mode and go get all those kids out of jail on the US border. How can we not feel for our Fellow People? Hopefully this North Node in Cancer isn’t going to follow the trend and be another disaster for the US.

Anyhoo, I’ll probably do another checkpoint but here’s my hot take on the north node in Cancer:

Cheers,

Will

New Moon in Sagittarius 12/7

Hi y’all,

Welcome to one of the few times this year I’ve posted before the event happens! Hopefully this good planning energy will carry thru to next year:)

Cheers, Merry Xmas and all that Jazz,

Will

November ’18 was a Big Deal – OR – let’s get the hell outta Retrograde for the Holidays!

Hey y’all,

We are getting close to the end of Mercury Retrograde again, as Mercury stations direct at 27° Scorpio. The last time I blogged was the last Mercury Retro this summer, so I thought it was appropriate. In October and the first bit of November we were rocked by the less frequent Venus Retrograde, and this is what I thought about that. I would add that the advice I was giving to people in readings during Venus retrograde and its long transit through Scorpio this year was to focus on the kind of love one has to offer rather than the type of love one would like to receive. Here’s the video about Venus Retro (with a link to Uranus shifting into Taurus earlier this year):

And then right after Venus Retrograde ended, Mercury Retrograde started! We are on the tail end of the retrograde phase now, and will exit the shadow zone and move into new territory around Dec. 25. Here’s about Mercury Retrograde:

Another big year-plus transit that happened last month is the planet Jupiter moving into its domicile of Sagittarius through next December. Here is that video (with links to Jupiter in Scorpio and Jupiter in Libra from the last couple years for reference as well) :

And the biggie through the next little while is the lunar node shifting into Cancer! Take a listen to this video and let me know what you think (with both of the links that I made for North Node in Leo as reference):

See what I’m saying?? People were making jokes that 2018 took years but November only took about 20 minutes. It’s because there was a ton of stuff going on!

If you want to see how these changes are landing in your personal chart, schedule an appointment in person or by phone by calling Golden Braid Books at (801) 322-1162 and talking with the dopest staff in the world.

Sending you all the good mojo as we wrap up 2018 and get out of these retrogrades and into next year full tilt!

Cheers,

Will

Drunk Astrology-Mercury Retrograde, Eclipses/Nodes, and Saturn in Capricorn

Hi y’all,

My friends and I were joking about doing Drunk Astrology, and here is the beta test. lmk what you think:) Filmed on vacation!

Video on Mercury Retrograde:

 

Video on the eclipses and nodes shifting:

 

Video on Saturn transit Capricorn:

 

Hope everyone is HAGSing their asses off.

Cheers,

Will

New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Cancer 7/12

Hey y’all,

The past few months have been crazy busy! But I couldn’t think of a better way to jump back to astro blog life than today’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse at 20° Cancer (especially since I’m actually at home and this is all up in my 4th house)!

Here’s the chart, set for time here in Utah, as it is right now:

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Sun and Moon at high noon, conjunct within 5°! They will be low on the horizon or set by the time the New Moon is exact, at 8.48 PM MST. So we won’t see this eclipse like the one last year on August 21, and it’s not a total eclipse, but it’ll be giving us some partial Solar Eclipse Vibes-only in Cancer instead of Leo.

So! The New Noon is when the moon is in the earth’s shadow and appears dark in the sky. At this time the sun and moon are said to be in the same place, now in the sign of Cancer. This union of the sun and moon gives a new energy impulse through the next lunar cycle. New Moons are a good time to rest and recharge the batteries, and to symbolically (in this instance, also literally) plant seeds for the month ahead. Because the moon (shorthand: emotions/internal) is not reflecting the light of the sun (shorthand: consciousness/external), what lies in our shadows has more freedom to roam. I think of this like plants needing the nighttime to complete the photosynthesis/nitrate cycle (or whatever, ask a botanist) as much as the sun-we need the darkness as much as the light in our own processes as well. It’s all a part of a cycle, and what we carry into the new moon plants seeds for us to harvest over the next month.

Anyway, the Moon friggin’ loves being in Cancer. It is considered the ruler of the sign, and its natives are intrinsically, intuitively connected to its waxing and waning. Moon and Cancer are Mother, emotion, intuition, origins, and like their totem Crab with their house on their back, home and family life. Cancer is the first water sign which is the emotional element. They feel deeply, and because they are the second Cardinal sign (outgoing, initiative energy-Aries is the first), their emotions seem to burst out of them when they are excited. Not naming names, but some folks I know have trouble controlling the volume of their voice when they are riding that wave.

Cancer is related to the 4th Astrological House, which I refer to as the seat of the soul (I probably didn’t make that up). If we wear three masks – one for the world, one for our close circle of people, and one only for ourselves – then the 4th House is the mask we wear only for ourselves. It’s our squishiest, juiciest crab meat under that crusty shell.

And! Not only is it the New Moon, but that partial Solar Eclipse too! A Solar Eclipse signifies a change that is brought about by some ‘crisis’ in the sign and house where it falls. For instance, this one falls in my actual 4th House, so we are getting into doing some house renovations. Not a ‘crisis’ but definitely an exquisite pressure to get it done. Wherever the Eclipse falls in your chart, you can expect a transformation during the coming months. Good times!

Some big players in this New Moon chart are the Water and Earth Major Grand Trines aka the big blue triangles! New Moon Cancer trine Jupiter Scorpio trine Neptune Pisces is going to BLOW UP our emotional receptivity over not only this next moon cycle, but for thru this Eclipse energy over the next few months as well. The force of our emotions will have an extraordinary way of manifesting in the real world-we will be making our landscape match its emotional counterpart. And all of that will be accentuated by Uranus in Taurus trine Venus in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn-making up the Grand Earth Trine. This energy gives a revitalization to our real-life efforts, helps us take the necessary steps to complete our goals. My hope is that we feel what is going on out there in the world, and act now to bring out that Divine Mother that everyone needs. These Grand Trines are only effective if we use their harmonious flow to effect real change out there.

The only red flag I’m really seeing here is the T-square between Mercury Leo square Jupiter Scorpio square Mars Retrograde in Aquarius. This aspect shows that changes in our relationships are likely to result in ego conflicts and posturing. We might feel feisty all up in our Cancer emotions and express ourselves like a royal Leo pain, causing waves in our Aquarian groups. Sometimes we need to rock the boat, but sometimes we need to go with the flow. We might feel some tension about which one is the correct choice.

In my procrastinating online, and in conclusion, I found this post from @QueerCosmos on Facebook and I think it is all up in my feelings, so here ya ho:

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Cheers,

Will

Full Blue Moon in Libra 3/31/18

Hi again,

The upcoming Full Moon is the second Blue Moon this year, meaning it’s the second month in which two Full Moons occur. There wasn’t a Full Moon in February, which is sometimes referred to as a Dark Moon. This Blue Moon shines at 10° Libra tomorrow morning, Saturday, March 31, at 6.37am MST.

Full Moons are when the Sun and Moon are furthest from each other in the lunar cycle. This weekend’s Moon in Libra is in opposition to the Sun in Aries. This cycle began with the new Moon in Pisces, which I made a video post about here. So if this monthly cycle is about healing and dreams, this Full Libra Moon puts a spotlight on relationships, sharing, and balance.

The moon fully reflects the sun’s light on a Full Moon, meaning that the subconscious becomes conscious (werewolf metaphors and such).  Wherever 10° Libra falls in your chart will show you in what area of your life you will feel it most-but we will see it express itself in this Libra kind of energy.

Venus is the ruler of the sign of Libra, and here is concerned with partnerships in particular. The planet of beauty is also brought to life through artistic expression in this sign, as a means for sharing with and appreciation by others. Like the Scales totem, Venus seeks balance and harmony in Libra. Both within the self, and within the environment.

The 7th astrological House is associated with Libra and partnerships. As opposed to the Aries “I AM,” Libra’s motto is “WE ARE.” It’s the sign of the Other rather than the Self. As a mental-energy air sign, Libra values analysis and communication, constantly balancing the needs of others sometimes above their own.

So what does this mean?

It might seem like the needs or concerns of others take precedence this weekend. People might demand things of us that we weren’t prepared for, especially with how up our own skirts we are during this Mercury Retrograde. The Moon and Mercury will be in direct opposition, which is an aspect of tension through circumstances. I think this Moon invites us to listen rather than speak in order to communicate more effectively-and because this is a Full Moon, there are likely to be many words. People have something to say, and rather than respond thoughtlessly, we are being invited to truly hear what is being said by those around us. This is that one moment of the Mercury Retro where stressing about yourself isn’t the way. Other People have the answers this weekend-and Other People will assist us in this healing, dreamy pattern of the New Moon in Pisces cycle that seems so ethereal. They are talking. Hear the words that are coming out of Their mouth before inserting your own.

The Full Moon in Libra passes through a T-square with Sun/Mercury in Aries and Mars/Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn this weekend, which means things could be quite busy and potentially draining. There might be a lot of stressful things going on, but in this case remembering the energy of Cancer will bring balance-emotion, intuition, and nurturing. Don’t block yourself off from your feelings, let that water flow and you can put out any fires that alight.

We will also be incredibly aware of beauty this weekend. Take it in! Libra loves to share beautiful things, so don’t wait, be the one sharing. The more you let your light shine, people will reflect it back at you. And then they might go do the same for someone else. What you give comes back to you, and this Moon will show you that.

Good times! Know I’m busy af this weekend but I’m surrounded by awesome people, so it should be pretty breezy:)

Hope you have an awesome one!

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used by ephemeris and Buddha Board to make this stuff.

Mercury Retrograde in Aries 3/22-4/15

It is ye olde timme again.

That special time that only comes three or four times a year!

That’s right, we’re creeping up on Mercury Retrograde (dun dun DUUUUUN!). It starts TONIGHT at 6.17pm MST.

Mercury is the ruler of the signs of Gemini and Virgo, both mutable in quality, as this planet has to do with communication, intellect, and integration. It’s like the corpus callosum in the brain, connecting the two hemispheres into one unit. Most planets have a male or female quality associated with them (Venus is female, Mars is male, etc.), but Mercury is both and neither- it moves between them. It’s language and hearing and listening.

Retrograde motions happen when a planet seems to slow down to a stop in the sky, then go backwards for a while, stop and move forward again. The planet is not changing direction, but rather its orbit relative to the earth makes it look that way from where we are. This means that the retrograde planet appears to cover the same area of the sky three times-first in the shadow zone (this one began on March 9), then in the retrograde phase (tonight through April 15), and a third time as it exits the shadow zone and breaks into new territory (May 3). While the retrograde phase is interpreted as the most disruptive, themes that fall within the shadow zone or total retrograde transit will be revisited three times. When retrogrades occur, we are actually closer to that planet’s orbit than at other times so astrologically it tends to make that energy more personal and internalized.

When Mercury goes retrograde, anything having to do with communication seems to go haywire. Emails and texts get wonky. Conversations can be misinterpreted more easily. Even your steady train service or daily commute might have some hiccups. Traditional advice for these periods includes not signing contracts, beginning or ending a serious relationship, or making major life changes. This is because you are likely to change your mind later, after you have reevaluated your thinking. Impressions are impermanent during Mercury Retrograde.

In the sign of Aries, Mercury is reflecting on Identity. Aries’ motto is I AM. It’s the first sign of the zodiac, and where it falls in your chart is where you want to be a strong and independent leader. Aries are very pioneering, and they burn hot like the Cardinal (initiative or outgoing) fire (spiritual energy) signs they are. Aries rules the head, and like the ram, they knock down obstacles head-on. In the wheel of the zodiac Aries lines up with the astrological First House, which represents birth, the body, and the Self. Mercury is the intellect and how we think and speak, so we might be a little bit self-involved during this time-which is exactly for what the retrograde calls. I think we’ll really be looking at things and thinking, “Is this Me?” during this retrograde. We might have to define what is, in fact, Me. If only to ourselves.

With Saturn and Pluto bringing serious depth and change to the social stage in Capricorn, a lot of this Mercury Rx self-exploration might be because we are experiencing dissonance between what we feel personally and what is going on around us. Things that are going on in the world should make you reevaluate your own position, and a retrograde like this is a great time to change your mind. Because it seems you are being forced to, from all sides. Aries and Capricorn are square to each other, an aspect of tension that expresses through attention to urgent matters.

However, sociopersonal identity crises aside, the very nice thing about this retrograde to me is that it doesn’t seem to actually involve others much. It’s not about examining your relationships, work, or outside social influences. It falls solely in the sign of the Self. As Mercury goes retro tonight, it’s still in conjunction with Venus, which softens and gives grace. So we are actually quite likely to feel good about ourselves, which might be counter-intuitive to everyone who hears me blame everything on Mercury Retrograde ad nauseum (and it might make us lazy with aforementioned social influences, like “I-feel-good-about-me-it’s-thems-who-need-to-change”). This retrograde is harmoniously trine to the North Node in Leo (Part I and Part II), which means that we will be checking in with our overall spiritual goals and development during this time. At the end of March, the Moon will be full in Libra (second Blue Moon since January-real busy year), so you might get some fireworks from others around then but I say just grab some popcorn and watch.

In short, this retrograde will make you examine if what you are doing is in line with who you actually are. You might feel like making big changes, but see what you feel like doing in a couple weeks, too. It might be different by then.

Cheers,

Will

P.S. Used my ephemeris and Buddha Board to make this:)

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