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SL,UT based Astrologer and Tarot Artisan

2019 Retrograde Planner

Hey hey hey!

It always seems like Mercury Retrograde sneaks up on me, so I tried making some memes that quickly capture how our 2019 cycles are going to go.

Retrogrades are caused by an optical illusion due to our orbit relative to the planets. They do not change their orbits but the planets appear to slow their trajectory in the sky and stop, go backward for awhile, then stop and go forward again. When this happens, we are closer to the planet than at other times of the year.

For that reason, the energy the planet is operating under intensifies and goes inward. For instance, during the more familiar Mercury Retrograde communication seems to break down and during less common Venus Retrogrades we reevaluate our love. These cycles happen to make sure we are staying motivated and on top of things.

Some planets can spend half the year in retrograde! This just means that their influence is less immediate and measured more in years than days.

Hope this quick look ahead helps!!

Cheers,

Will

Full Moon in Cancer 12/22/18

Hi y’all,

For whatever reason it seems easier to make a quick goofy video than trying to do a perfect write up right now, but in the vein of this full moon it does make it more intimate. #iwokeuplikedis

The Full Moon in Cancer is the culmination of the New Moon in Sagittarius on 12/7, meaning internal connection on your journey to higher truth. It’s about how you feel right now, and making sure you feel secure – Big Cancer Energy – and ready to move into your new life (after the changes of Jupiter into Sagittarius).

Just because of the plummeting stock market and government shutdown here in the US, I’ll also leave this reference to the current North Node in Cancer transit. What a time to be alive!

Make it personal thru the next new moon. Make it real. We will be dealing with a lot after new year, so make sure you’re ready.

Happy Holidays!

Will

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:

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

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