This mp4 video file is a presentation of Georgia’s chapter in the new OPA book, The Professional Astrologer, which is available at our website through April 17 for $15 (regularly $20). The video, however, is about making your practice financially viable. Even though the book is geared towards astrologers, this presentation (and most of the excellent book released in 2016) is useful for anyone in a self-employed industry, particularly anything that is holistic in nature — hypnotherapy, attunement, and any industry that assists people in finding a deeper part of themselves. Georgia’s presentation is the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how to make that viable, from building a business plan to budgeting to knowing what to do around self-employed taxes. Worth a look and fun learning while watching.
We are finishing the lunar phase for the month — cleaning out our desks — and the New Moon at 16º Taurus takes place on Friday May 6. Before we get there, however, we have a lovely aspect on Tuesday May 3 when the Sun and Jupiter co mingle in practical earth signs. This positive energy continues through the weekend as the Sun beautifully aspects Pluto on Saturday May 7. In essence, and in the middle of all the disharmony of the last few months, this is a week of harmony with what we call a grand trine offering opportunities for those who have been doing their budgeting, their assessments and their financial homework some rest and recuperation. Grand trines are when all three elements are in harmonious play with each other and this week is one of those rare and wonderful weeks where we can all kick back a bit. Playing is a great distraction and doesn’t hurt either.
I plan to enjoy the wonderful energies of this week as Jupiter goes direct making many systems, equipment, and organizational ideas finally starting to make sense. If you have done your research on your needed transportation, those new computers for the office, the new contact management sources, and anything else that helps your business grow and go, at the end of the week, you start to find or, at least, discover what or whom you need to assist you in making the best of your vocational or business possibilities.
- April 28 – Mercury RX 23º Taurus 34′ (close to Algol) until May 22.
First of all, Happy Orthodox Easter to all of those who celebrate their Easter this coming Sunday, May 1, also May Day — a celebration of new life the world over. Even with Mercury, the planet of communications doing its retrograde ‘thing’ until May 22, there is opportunity to explore new territories when it comes to your values, your possessions, your gifts and skills that bear exploring — but for some reason you just never have any time to do. With many planets moving through Taurus, it may be a good time to review one’s investments — the ones you have and the ones you are thinking about. This is an excellent use of Mercury retrograde.
With Mercury retrograde until month’s end, perhaps you’ve written an order or a contract, but the bid didn’t come in. Don’t give up, just because you didn’t get the contract at the beginning of the month, doesn’t mean that by month’s end, the property, the item, the idea comes back for a second look see and with a more realistic perspective and price. I do like Mercury retrogrades, because they make us review those things we’ve been putting off.
Since Mars is also retrograde in the sign of travel and mobility, it might also be a good time to bite the bullet, do a spreadsheet regarding your automobile or mode of transportation costs and think whether you wish to invest more into its repairs or move towards something that is more time and money efficient. However, wait until closer to May 22 to start that movement forward — plus if you really are in the market for a new car, those mid-summer sales are coming fast! Though oil and gas prices continue their low prices as Saturn continues to square Neptune throughout 2016, really think twice about buying gas guzzlers because what goes down, often comes up, when least expected, particularly if the movements to stop drilling increase over the course of the next few years and if there continues to be tension between the US and Saudi Arabia.
Homes, too, may be slowing down in terms of sales and price (depending upon of course, where you live), even though we are entering the summer months and remain at record low interest rates. This is not because of these retrogrades, but because of the current Saturn Jupiter square we are experiencing and with Jupiter about to go direct at 13º Virgo on May 9 and that Saturn Jupiter square on May 29 — negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.
A good opportunity is there if you are patient, ask, then ask again, and ask that one last time. Just because rates remain low, doesn’t always justify the high costs of real estate — because, eventually, again, what goes down, eventually goes up. And, remember, it isn’t just the costs of things — it is what the market will bear. There are many individuals in Silicon Valley in California that are now beginning to leave the state because the cost of living is untenable — and when people leave, things change. Again, what goes up always comes down.
- April 18 – Pluto RX 17º Capricorn 29′
With Pluto stationing in its annual retrograde motion until September and Mars now retrograde running close to Saturn (caution) in Sagittarius and the Full Moon this week at 2º Scorpio 31′ on April 21, it might be a good time to get out and do some very strenuous exercise, strenuous chores, clean out the basements, the closets, the cupboards or even start that remodeling project with demolishing walls as a first act! All of that will put the circulating energies to good use this week. And since the full moon is in early degrees of the water sign Scorpio and sending off complimentary energies to Neptune which is in Pisces (another water sign), creating new things like painted walls, or fountains in the back yard, or, shopping in closets for ‘new’ items that come out of the creative mind are all good activities with the pressures of the week.
Negotiations may feel as though they are at a standstill and, in fact, they may be because both sides have come to a point where there is really no answer. There isn’t a lot of clarity when Mars is retrograde, because Mars is about directing things and focusing on tasks. A few days of unconscious percolating for things to markedly improve — at least for a little bit. With Mercury also going retrograde next week at 23º Taurus (near Algol), which can sometimes stop one in their tracks with cold and icy retorts or remarks, it is best to continue the stance of not reacting — stepping back — and calling for another time to discuss the ‘issues’ at hand. Watch the news for some really startling discoveries and truths with all of this retrograde energy. Things calm down after Sun enters Taurus on April 19.
- April 11: Uranus Shadow…. 20º Aries 30′
- April 17: Mars RX 8º Sagittarius 54′ (Antares)
So here we are, the week that Uranus (which can be quite sparky) returning to its retrograde position of late December 2015. This usually kicks people in the pants — with the realization that certain startups, certain ideas to support those group efforts, may be up for a serious re-evaluation. Are the people hired to do the job doing it, not that invested, confused, these are all questions needing to be addressed because Mars is retrograde starting on April 17 at 8º Sagittarius, very close to Saturn.
It is important to discern between who isn’t doing the job, who doesn’t want the job, or, who just needs some help, a conversation, a meeting to get back on track There is a difference between not invested and someone who needs help. Remember that, watching the words carefully, as discussions ensure. With Mars stationing at 8º Sagittarius which happens to be the fixed star, Antares, which is in the heart of the Scorpion and considered one of the four royal stars of the zodiac, this is a particularly important time for review as Mars will not move direct until June 29!
Antares is the heart of the constellation Scorpius (Scorpio) and is considered one of the four Royal stars. It burns red like Mars who will be conjuncting it at its retrograde…so no wonder there is so much anger flying around the world right now. The word, “Antares”, means anti-Aries, or, rival to Mars, and, yet, here they are, meeting together suggesting that perhaps — enough is enough when it comes to violence.
The key thing to remember over the course of the next few weeks is: Before you do or say anything, stop, think, step away from the fight, step away from the confrontation, you and others will be better for it — and keep this as your practice at least until Mars goes direct at late June.
Event – Balsamic Moon.
An interesting week in that the Sun has been in Aries for a few days, which switches the wishy washy energy of the last few weeks. This adds fuel to the fire as the week brings several planetary shifts. First, we have Mercury, which represents communications moving from I want to do things fast (Aries) to let’s think about it and get it right (Taurus) on Tuesday April 5. On that very same day, Venus leaves soulful Pisces and enters the ‘me first’ sign of Aries a little earlier on the April 5 day. A kind of push me/ pull you energy with wanting to get what one wants and now, with a wait and see attitude. This is also the last few days of the last lunar cycle which began at the Total Solar Eclipse on March 8, so we are winding down a lot of the attempted actions that began earlier this month.
There may be a great deal of frustration because over the course of the next 13 days, Mars, which has to do with action and being on task, is slowing its pace down to a snail’s walk as it goes retrograde on April 17. Frustrated action may pepper the environment as we move through the coming weeks. The best way to handle this is to make lists — daily — what is the number 1 priority of that day — and not the 10 priorities of the day. Then pull all your energies into getting that 1 or 2 items nailed down with commitments for finishing by certain dates.
A better way to get those commitments is to set shorter weekly or bi-weekly meetings assessing what has been done and where the stumbling blocks seem to be appearing.
I’m thinking of a bobsled at breakneck speed doing its run at the Olympics. Pray tell, what is she talking about? Well we finished the two eclipses and we’ve gone through the Spring Equinox, where the Sun enters pioneering and courageous Aries and a few other planets like Mercury, communications, learning and trade are in Aries running right into unpredictable Uranus. This makes for a very fast week or two coming up.
We still have Venus lingering in Pisces, which helps to slow things down a bit, but with Saturn in fire, the Aries planets in fire and then Jupiter in a perfect solstice relationship you can get a lot done in the next two weeks. You might even surprise yourself how fast things start turning up this week and next if you let go of lots of baggage during the time of the eclipses earlier this month.
Decisions for change are highlighted this week and if you’ve planned correctly, you can get a lot done (and I do suggest you do) between now and April 17, when there start to be a few monkey wrenches in the works, but more on that later in the weekly forecasts. For now, however, if you see that you aren’t profiting or that your efforts really aren’t going anywhere, it might be better to cut and run, to let go of something, to lower the price, and, most importantly with regard to business, if you’ve been profitable, but now it isn’t as profitable, but you still ‘feel’ it is time to get ‘out’, then my suggestion — cut your losses and get out! Just an opinion, but those of you who understand what I am saying, think about it. This is a suggestion and the window between now and April 17 is wide open for that change. You can wait, but it may not be until closer to mid-summer when the next window of real opportunity opens up.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of March 23 takes place at 3º Libra 10′. It is what I call a ‘leftover’ eclipse. Leftover eclipses are the last of the old series which began about one and a half years ago. They wrap things up in a big way. This one and the one we had at the end of September 2015 (remember the Blood Moon which was a Total Lunar Eclipse)? They are in the same position, but reversed. More appropriately, since this is the last of the series, get ready for some news that is topsy turvy and out of left field as these ‘leftovers’ are similar to the energy of a bases loaded ball game. The bases are loaded with all the stuff that needs resolution like who really will be the final candidates for upcoming elections, will they really close Guantanamo, are the Hong Kong markets really affecting other world markets, are the high home prices really justified or is the mood changing on that, will ‘my’ or ‘their’ relationship end or resolve, will I finally leave this job or find another? The batter gets up to the plate, hits the ball, and all the bases come in for a home run.
In others words, between now and late June, 2016, those unresolved issues of whether to go or stay, to invest or not invest, to move or not move resolve themselves, but throughout the process, the anxiety of the change hangs over us. It is lessened, however, if you create steps of delegating tasks or removing obstacles from your path. It is important to remain focused and centered when all things around you seem to be falling apart. And, most importantly, do NOT make major decisions this week. Wait until the full moon passes for a more lucid moment in which to decide your desired direction.
You survived the eclipse and I certainly hope you caught up with your sleep because whenever the planets pass through Pisces this time of year, it is a time to sort things out more in the sleep or meditation state than in the waking state. The eclipse of last week and the other one coming up on March 23 are running with a hard line to Saturn. I think it is very interesting that back in 1998 when the eclipses were in this approximate zone, they were stressing Pluto, which was also in the sign of Sagittarius as Saturn is now. However, Pluto is a much heavier, take no prisoners, character while Saturn is not. This time, however, the eclipses and the transit of the Sun and other planets through Pisces are being stressed by Saturn in Sagittarius which has a slightly different less onerous tone.
Though Saturn is not an easy planet, it is far more manageable than the Plutonian influence of 1998. Saturn restricts, structures, limits, focuses and delays planning. It is also the perfect planet to use as a tool for time management. The dreaminess of Pisces running with its own ruler Neptune is lovely for long, romantic evenings, listening to music, lingering in moments of ecstatic thought, but with Saturn running at a hard angle, it says, “Okay, you got the inspiration — now let’s get to work”! This is a very different energy than the 1998 movement which took absolutely no prisoners and sometimes even took people out!
Since this is a first quarter moon, the moon that usually assists in managing things and with Saturn in force, this is a good week to get things done, limit the libations on St. Patrick’s day, of course, because the sensitivity to the alcohol will be more rather than less with Neptune aligned with the Sun. It is an inspirational week offering moments of joy and possibility with creative sparks flying during the upcoming weekend as the Moon enters the third air sign, Leo, offering a two day grand trine of good luck and good judgment.
In 1998, late February and early March, we had two eclipses in Pisces and Virgo. They were, of course, in a very strenuous aspect with Pluto, which often obliterates and changes things as we know it. Tomorrow, March 8, is the first of two eclipses this month similar but not quite the same as those of 18 years ago. The similarity is that the March 8 eclipse is a Total Solar Eclipse (Super New Moon — Super New Beginnings) at about 19º of Pisces. This means that anyone who is born in the middle degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius is called to make some major life changes like careers, homes, relationships and health related issues.
For the entire population, if you look at this eclipse from the perspective of the natural zodiac, it takes place in the house of privacy, secrets, the twelfth house, where we store all of the unconscious issues we conveniently ignore. For those of you old enough to remember the story of Fibber McGee’s Closet (an old radio show), Fibber McGee placed everything he didn’t know where to put in the hall closet — a mid-century hoarder, if you will! When Molly, his wife, needed something or someone else needed something, they’d say it is in the closet. When someone went to the closet, you heard, on the radio, all this clattering of things tumbling out!
This is what this total solar eclipse is about — dumping out the stuff that really needs release, or, help with therapy, or, time away from people, or, more sleep, or, the most positive of all — unleashing the creative ideas you’ve had for quite some time. For the twelfth house is also the house where we conceive — either babies (in the Vedic system) or babies of the mind. In my book Business Astrology 101, I explored the idea of how the twelfth house runs the train, which is you. It is really the engine of the train. The twelfth house is about confronting the things that keep you from doing the things you wish to do. It isn’t anyone else who does that, it is your own subconscious mind. This eclipse is about opening that up — being willing to look inside — and throw away some of those no longer needed items in order to get on with your life. The results are often clearer within three, six, or nine months after the eclipse. I.E. June, September, and December 2016.
Happy Sadie Hawkins’ Day! For those of you too young to know what this means, a little background. There used to be a cartoon called L’il Abner in a thing called newspapers J written by Al Capp. It was a cavalcade of outlandish characters and hillbilly humor. Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest members (the town where L’il Abner takes place) and, forgive me for sounding sexist because this isn’t my story, but Capp’s, but Sadie Hawkins happens to be one of the ugliest women in town. As she gets older and older, her father, worried that she won’t marry makes up a holiday — Sadie Hawkins day. All the bachelors in the town are required to participate in the holiday where Sadie runs after them in a race for their lives. The one she catches has to marry her regardless of what he wants! The story derives from a much older myth, which is the story of Atalanta.
Atalanta, who was left by her father on a hillside because she wasn’t a boy, survives beautifully and independently due to the diligent efforts of either she-bears or other nature characters. She is reunited with her father who requires that she marry (again–I don’t write this stuff). She is a master in everything, particularly running and running fast. So she tells her father if they can beat me in a foot race, I will marry them thinking they can’t. Prior to the race, however, she runs into Hippomenes, who, unbeknownst to her, is one of the suitors in the race. She likes him, a lot. Doesn’t know that he is running. He goes to Aphrodite asking for help in winning the race, thus winning her hand.
‘Dite’, as I lovingly call her, gives him three golden apples that he is to throw in front of Atalanta at various stages of the race, thus distracting her long enough to afford him the opportunity to get in front of her thereby winning the race and her hand. Hippomenes also happens to be a marvelous partner for her as he is a student of Chiron, the healer, and known for his fortitude in achieving his dreams and goals and liking challenges — a good match for Atalanta. The race begins. He throws down the apples at every opportunity and saves the third for when they are neck and neck at the finish line. He throws down the last golden apple, she sees the finish line, she sees the ‘friend’ she liked and makes a choice. She reaches for the apple and loses the race. The rest you can figure out.
So what has this to do with this week and the rare February 29 Sadie Hawkins’s day? As the Sun moves through Pisces, it gets closer and closer to Chiron in Pisces, because Chiron is traveling through Pisces for a few years now and this isn’t something that happens often. Chiron is about creating bridges between perceptions of limitation and out of the box solutions that one doesn’t often see thus opening new routes. It is about working with rigid beliefs so they become more adaptable and functional. This shift creates healthier relationships, treaties, partnerships and is the basis of constructive solutions What are your current challenges? Is there a way to solve these issues? Can you step out of a comfort zone long enough to create new bridges in your life? This week and next are the weeks in which to do this.
About 28 years ago, when I was in a particularly difficult transit of Saturn, I was walking along a path in Clayton, California with my father, who at the time was a young 75 years of age. At that time, Clayton was a half developed and half wild residential area nestled at the foot of Mt. Diablo. At the time, I had very young children ages 3 and 6. I was going through a very difficult time in my life. At that time, fear seemed to run my life more than joy. My father, who came to America in 1939 when Hitler invaded Europe, had been through his own ‘wars’ and had his share of adversity that only an immigrant can experience. The question I asked him was, “Dad, have you ever been afraid?” I asked this because I never really saw that in him and he had a life that would have warranted that.
Without missing a beat, he said, “No…but I have had a lot of trepidation!” In that very moment, a Mountain Lion came up over the ridge, crossed our path, and, luckily, went down the ridge on the other side — chasing some sort of prey that wasn’t meant for us that day! Dad quietly said, “Did you see that?” I had. Both shocked, we kept walking!
Many of you have heard this story in lectures, but the message I got that day and the memory which is still in my head 3 years after my father’s passing -he lived to be 100- is to muster up courage keeping fear at bay when at your lowest ebb, because it takes over and freezes you up. Trepidation isn’t the same, because it provides a more pragmatic approach inviting solutions. Check fear at the door and don’t let it step into your unconscious. This is imperative now as Saturn continues its move through middle degrees of Sagittarius, striking the USA chart. As we enter the month of tropical Pisces accompanied by two eclipses on March 8 and 23, we have an opportunity to implement these ideas. Next month Saturn is in adverse aspect to those eclipses and the best thing to do is to physically stay busy if possible, stay on program with a list of things needing to be done, don’t react immediately when crazy situations present themselves and tell people who try to engage you in a thorny exchange that you need time to think before answering. Anxiety is best eliminated by physical activity even if it means taking a walk around the block.
This is another full moon week, where emotions are sometimes off the charts. I suspect, as I am actually writing this earlier in the year, that this week’s news with regard to employment and medical costs will be challenging. With the Sun aligning with Neptune on Sunday, February 28, you can choose one of two roads. The first is strewn with worry and anxiety which just makes things worse. The second is using the anchor of cool headed Saturn to curtail in those worries, make a list of things that can be done to alleviate some of the worry and then do it, regardless of how inconvenient, difficult, or challenging it is to confront the cause of the worry and anxiety and make a change regardless of how emotionally difficult that could be. Setting aside time aside time to meditate, listen to music, or walk helps with the anxiety. Take an action each day to move you away from frenzy and more towards fulfillment is the formula.