This week offers a more festive mood as many wonderful aspects take place this week. Though Mercury is still retrograde, Mercury is dancing delightfully with the Sun on Tuesday December 12, 2017 giving some inspired thought to all kinds of ideas percolating at this time. A little fire is sometimes all we need and the Sun brings exactly that. As the week at the Last Quarter phase of the Moon — the clearing up phase — Mercury aligns with Venus on Friday. This is a good time to meet friends, socialize, negotiate and pitch in some help while socializing with others. Continue this delightful energy into the weekend as the Sun in Sagittarius sends off a positive trine (support) to innovative and unique Uranus on Saturday.

This is just in time for the New Moon (always starts the month’s energy phase) on Sunday at 26° Sagittarius 17′ sparking some new changes that improve one’s organization which might have started on September 19, 2017. As you may recall, these late degrees of Sagittarius are at the Galactic Center where anything can happen. When they happen, they happen very fast creating lots of changes in their wake. Hold on and trust that the changes of the last two and a half years are coming to an end and finding resolution.

Chiron is direct this week on Tuesday December 5 at 24° Pisces 19′. Chiron is often referred to as a wounded healer. Chiron does have a lot to do with health, health practices, particularly more holistic practices, but it also has to do with the wisdom derived from the experience of pain. In our lives, we all have wounding experiences. Some, granted, are worse than others. However, how one incorporates those wounding experiences into the fabric of their lives makes a huge difference in terms of the quality of their lives. Those individuals who work through the pain can use their derived wisdom from that pain to help others — to counsel others particularly if others have had similar experiences.

Others, however, just hold the pain, doing nothing about it, and that pain, ultimately eats away at their soul and affects their lives in a most negative way. Chiron going direct for the last time in Pisces (where it has been for almost ten years) offering an opportunity from now through mid-April 2018 when it enters Aries to get things sorted out regarding the psychic pain of the past.

The Civil Rights movement of the mid 1960s was injected with the pain of Chiron in Pisces, the last time Chiron was in Pisces as it has been for a few years now. Chiron takes 51 years to return to a sign. Over the course of the last few years as Chiron again returned to Pisces in April 2010, those same issues surfaced again. As Chiron finishes its run in Pisces for a short time next spring, returning to Pisces in late 2018 and then finally leaving Pisces in 2019, resolutions and solutions arise.

Since Chiron is direct in late degrees of Pisces this week and moves straight to Aries next April, these next few months offer an extraordinary opportunity to right those things that are wrong, or, at least, begin the process. Direct motion of Chiron offers individuals courage to speak up about what they feel is unjust. It helps mobilize groups as well. With Chiron very close to a challenging aspect to Saturn still, this process might be seem way too slow and tedious, but that is the way it is right now. But things don’t stay the same forever. Where is it in your life that you need to express your deep discomfort in order to heal or energize Spirit? These next few weeks are a good time to make a plan.

The week begins with a hard aspect between Mercury (commerce and communications) and Saturn (slowdown and restriction). Usually this aspect lasts for a day or two, but since Mercury is going retrograde at week’s end on December 2 and 3, this aspect is be in play for a long time. During this time, fleet footed Mercury goes back to conjunct Saturn- again- on December 6, more delays. It is direct December 22, 2017 at 13° Sagittarius. By that time Saturn will have already left Sagittarius and entered conservative Capricorn, so Mercury lines up with Saturn again around January 13 and 14 in 2018.

I realize that many of my readers don’t understand some of my Astro language at times, but let’s just simplify this last paragraph. Since Mercury takes about 88 days to cycle the Sun, but Saturn takes 2 1/2 years to go through a sign, this means that over the course of the next two or so years, Mercury, the faster planet, which has everything to do with communications, commerce, deal making, writing, learning, contracts and travel, lines up with Saturn several times during Saturn’s duration. This happens in January 2018, then again in January 2019 and then again in January 2020! Wherever Capricorn falls in your personal natal chart is where there is a call to up your life ante. Quality is what Saturn is about. It is not about quantity. What do you really need to know to become an expert? Are you working towards a degree in a field that you love, but which requires lots of sacrifice and work? Are you willing to focus your mind to achieve something? Saturn asks that you address these issues in order to provide a strong and solid foundation in the area of your life in which Saturn and Mercury are traveling for the next 2 ½ years. This sets the tone for the next 29 ½ years of your life and the cycle is just beginning.

You always have a choice. You don’t have to do it. None of us have to do anything, but Saturn is the planet of karma. It asks that we put duty before pleasure. If we want something, it says we have to work for it. It asks us to take responsibility in the area of the chart in which it falls. Again, we have choices. Sometimes life comes along and forces our hands because of responsibilities we are unable to avoid.

This combo begins its journey THIS WEEK. It asks you to begin thinking about where you want to go and how to get there. Where can you conserve, preserve, reorganize or mentally focus? In the natural zodiac, Capricorn falls in the tenth house of public image, career, bosses, parents and authority figures. In general, these areas may be challenged, but looking at your individual chart can tell you even more.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. Thanksgiving has its share of blessings this year because the day before Thanksgiving, Neptune, which has been retrograde since mid- June moves direct at 11° Pisces 27’and this breaks open the heart providing spiritual insight. Give it a few days to get going. Neptune direct always opens up those parts of the unconscious that are suppressed. Maybe sleep has been interrupted with chaotic dreams during the last few months. Perhaps you cannot remember them, but they keep you in an uneasy sleep state. Maybe your dreams have been wild, but you can’t remember them and wish you could. Perhaps you keep having the dreams, but you can’t remember those either. You know they are the same theme and you are confused.

This direct motion of Neptune breaks open the parts of the unconscious that are bottled up bringing the unconscious into the conscious state. Harness the positive from these last few months and make time to meditate, set aside quiet time, or walk hard and long to clear your head. Neptune is there ready to work with you and your artistic and visual selves. If negative energy surrounds you, then remove yourself from that environment because Neptune is easily influenced by its surroundings. Keeping a positive mindset during the weeks that Neptune goes direct I powerful and at its best. Neptune is Spirit in its purest expression. At its worst, it feeds on anxiety and worry if you allow fear to enter the equation. It is always your choice.

Saturn is finishing its run in Sagittarius and this week is at the Galactic Center — where things can happen very quickly. If you remain centered and balanced during this period of time, joy is there for the asking accompanied by piles of wonderful change and opportunities coming at you. If you’ve done the work, there is a big payoff here. If you haven’t, you still have a chance to get it right. Remember freedom and independence are very important — this is what Sagittarius wants. The lesson of Saturn in Sagittarius in the last few years is how to put to good use that freedom and independence. Those opportunities soon unfold as Saturn enters Capricorn in the next month.

The week begins with a lovely aspect between Venus (relationships) and Jupiter (opportunity). This once a year aspect is at 7° Scorpio and supports creative Neptune in Pisces. This is a marvelous window of opportunity for fueling relationships, adding more creative time, romance, or putting together a complimentary negotiation in which both parties are satisfied and happy. However, nothing occurs in a vacuum. If you want something new to happen, you have to make the effort, make the phone call (not text), and extend a hand and set up an appointment or a lunch. Mind maps work, too.

It is quite possible that something you started at the Total Eclipse of August 21, 2017 has not materialized and which you set aside. By the end of this week on the New Moon at 26° Scorpio 19’which is the 90-days after the eclipse of August 21, you reconnect with that idea and those who can help with that idea show up. These 90-day periods bring more light and insight — like peripheral vision after a blind spot.

The week begins with Venus at the end of Libra, the sign in which it is comfortable, enjoying luxury, good food and pleasure. Perhaps in these last few weeks you’ve been changing your surroundings, emptying closets or garages, making your environment beautiful. The next phase is when Venus enters Scorpio on Tuesday. Though the holidays seem far away, you have an inclination to start preparing for them now. Venus in Scorpio is very resourceful and with Thursday’s wonderful aspects between the Sun, Pluto and Venus you find what you have the energy to do just that and begin preparations over the course of the next few weeks. This is also a great time to find that bargain home or property as sales in the real estate markets slow down. The energy of Scorpio can be very shrewd and street smart, something that is really a gift if used properly and this is the time to unwrap that ‘gift’ as Jupiter (good fortune) is running alongside all the planets as they move through Scorpio this year and particularly this month.

For everyone, in conjunction with these transits, wanting more and not settling for less is part of the cycle here as these alignments often feel like all or nothing choices or events. As you face decisions, try to remember during this period that there is always a huge grey somewhere in the middle. Forgetting this very important fact works against you and limits your possibilities in both business and personal lives.

At the end of this week, is the 90-day period after the August 7 eclipse. What seemed insurmountable or confusing during the time of the eclipses suddenly shifts in a forward direction during this 90-day period. This period of time is from November 3rd to 8th (see the 2017 Starcycles Cheat Sheet for these dates). These 90-day periods always happen on the corresponding Lunation that is 90° after an eclipse. In this case, this is the Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio on November 3 and 4. Light is shed in international affairs and it may be somewhat extreme as the August 7 eclipse hit an entire generation’s Pluto in mid degrees of Leo. The aging Baby Boomers who have survived their retirement and health issues are rising up again in protest or in action to stop some of the imbalances of the last 50 years. They are the professional protesters and may still surprise us in their actions.

The world may also be confronted by threats from certain countries during this time — some nuclear — some economic — some political, but with Jupiter at the Full Moon, the result is positive or, at least seems positive, for now. I add this last part because the last square between Saturn and Chiron takes place on Thursday November 2 and these two planets represent some sort of wounding confrontation.

In December 2016, President Obama ousted Russians from Russian Embassies, the first time these two planetary bodies had this aspect. Again in early 2017 as this aspect hit again the turmoil of the Affordable Care Act came under fire — and was almost set aside. Since Chiron has a lot to do with healing or health facilities, this week’s final pass may bring resolution with the Affordable Care act — altering it for the better — but not throwing it out completely. This may also be the time when many decide to leave jobs, especially in government or the health care field or begin some alternative and more workable formats.

Remember Daylight Savings time ends at 2 am Sunday November 5. Set clocks back one hour.

Starcycles 2018 Cheat Sheet by Georgia StathisAnd remember, the 2018 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is now available for direct download. This is an easy to ready, color coded graph of the upcoming year’s planetary movements. The eclipses as well as the 90-day periods after those eclipses, the direct motions and retrogrades and their dates and degrees are included.

The New Moon of last week at 26° Libra 35′ is an indicator of getting things done this entire week. It has the best combination of clarity with intellect. It has the ability to take both sides of a negotiation and come to an agreement. In order to finish an idea, assist a client, or design a project, compromise must be present. Libra offers an opportunity to quarterback those ideas, breaking it down one step at a time. You can’t do it all at once. So parse out what is most important first, then second. Like triage in emergency rooms — what is most needed first to implement the contracts or ideas?

Some unexpected help may be on the way… When the Sun and Jupiter get together — a once a year thing — on Thursday September 26, luck is part of the equation. That luck comes from community groups or friends if you are on Pacific Time and from international or educational facilities if you are on Eastern Time. The objectivity and experience of these new support systems offer the added input needed.

The week begins with Mercury (communications) at the very last degree of Libra. On Tuesday it transits into Scorpio. Communication modes for both these signs are very different. Libra, a very social and objective communication style gives way to the much more direct Mercury in Scorpio communication style for the next few weeks. Mercury in Scorpio is assisted by Jupiter this week which softens that direct communication style of Mercury in Scorpio. Still, Mercury in Scorpio works best when it has something to keep its mental machines engaged. It does best when diving into a subject matter, a project, or researching something requiring change or reframing.

An idea or a sudden opportunity may come from an organization or a group on Thursday during the New Moon (new beginnings) while the Sun and Uranus are in opposition to each other. A chance meeting may show up in the most unlikely of places. Don’t overthink it. Wait until after Mars leaves Virgo on Sunday the 22nd, which also happens to be the day the Sun enters Scorpio, for clarity. Romance with someone from the past, an old friend, or just reconnecting with people you really like is in the works.

Pluto went direct on September 28th. The ripple effect of the last two weeks is still there. Many of you made choices that were long overdue in these last weeks. Some of you had choices made for you, but those were also long overdue as well. You really knew you had to change, or leave, or up the ante. You really did. When Pluto goes direct each year, the earth, people, organizations go through a cleansing process or clearing process, which is stressful. This stress, however, is the impetus behind new beginnings. Taking something dead and bringing it back to life, or, taking an old mindset or belief system and turning it around are all part of this energy change. This week intellectual choices are highlighted as the week begins with Mercury in a challenging aspect to Pluto along with the Sun in a challenging aspect to Pluto. These combos put the mind in a vice requiring decisions, or, action. This intense two-pronged event throws you into research mode, or, writing mode, or, reorganization mode.

This energy is heightened on Tuesday October 10 as transit Jupiter enters the sign of Scorpio for one year. This 12-year return cycle brings more emotional empathy than the last passage of Jupiter in Libra. It also brings ability to dive deeper into one’s buttoned up feelings and expressing them. Since Jupiter is protective and in the sign of Scorpio, it offers more support for trusting others than that Scorpio energy usually does. It allows one to let down their guard and to breathe. Scorpio tends to be control emotions, not allowing feelings to show, because of the great fear of being out of control or vulnerable. Sometimes it even seems as though Scorpio energy is icy, cool, but this is far from the truth. The sign of Scorpio has still waters running very deep.

With Jupiter in Scorpio over the course of the next year, opportunities are there to open up, reveal concerns, ask for help, and stay open. Putting together some new ideas, focusing on a strategy for producing or birthing something begins as soon as the day after on October 11 as Mars (action) lines up with focused Saturn. Getting organized provides opportunities for insights by the weekend when Mercury (thinking) and Uranus (light bulbs) work together bringing that out of the blue idea. Dive in — the water is fine!

Starcycles 2018 Cheat Sheet by Georgia StathisAnd remember, the 2018 Starcycles Cheat Sheet is now available for direct download. This is an easy to ready, color coded graph of the upcoming year’s planetary movements. The eclipses as well as the 90-day periods after those eclipses, the direct motions and retrogrades and their dates and degrees are included.

The New York Stock Exchange was formed May 17, 1792. I am not usually a market forecaster, but I do have an opinion about this week and the ensuing weeks. The New York Stock Exchange has had its Jupiter return this year — Jupiter is about increase. In its natal chart it has what we call a Jupiter/Neptune conjunction. Jupiter/Neptune is hopeful, optimistic, creative, but can over exaggerate or blow things up beyond their value. On this week’s personal notes, I see that transit Uranus is heading over the Exchange’s Saturn. This could mean there is a drop or sudden surprise that changes the direction of the markets. It could be as simple as a flash crash that lasts for a few moments, or, something else. Regardless, this erratic transit is worth noting as transit Uranus is heading into its final months in the sign of Aries not too far from this week’s position.

Along with last week’s Jupiter opposition to Uranus (in my upcoming book, Pushing through Time, I talk about these oppositions and how they peak activities acting out Full Moons). After those aspects, markets or energies wane. And, for the record, this is just an opinion! But, it seems pretty erratic until Uranus moves into Taurus in mid-May 2018. Remember the story of the little boy who frantically cleans out an empty pony’s stall and with optimistic glee says, “With all of this — you know what – there has to be a pony in here somewhereJ!” On Tuesday there is a wonderful aspect between Venus and Pluto — a rare moment where something beautiful can be made out of something appearing done, lost or worn. The positive energy of this continues through the end of the week as Venus and Mars get together at 19° Virgo 12′ along with Mercury/Sun aligning in the same degree on Sunday — both affording an opportunity to see the ‘bones’ of something. With focus, imagination and the clever ability to find materials, this could be a great investment possibility. Focus and Vision work hand in hand through to year’s end. Sounds like fun to me!

Sometimes we think too much and that keeps us from listening to what is important. This week starts with two aspects to Mercury, the planet of communication. Monday’s Mercury is stressing Saturn. It may be hard to find the words, so taking time for problem solving saves precious energy. This is far more productive. These are great days for editing, going over contracts, finessing ideas, clearing desks. Sometimes when we do physical things, clarity arrives because we’ve distracted our chatty minds in the tasks of the ordinary. Mercury rules breath — breathing and improving lung health is at hand and on Wednesday Mercury and Chiron challenging each other. If there are lung issues, or, even ankle issues, please address them. Is it something in the diet (Mercury Virgo) that is affecting them? If not, perhaps the air quality in your environment requires care, or, a more psychological cause might be found in a personal or professional relationship keeping you from ‘breathing’. With this aspect, exercise caution when communicating with others whom you find irritating, particularly those you are closest to who are more irritating than usual right now. Beware of hurting those you love with words you cannot take back. Emotions escalate as Jupiter opposes Uranus, the aspect referred to in last week’s forecast and which is finally here. Situations change rapidly this week as Pluto goes direct at 16° Capricorn 51′ on Thursday. Pluto direct days are about choices — often painful — but necessary — that require courage, psychological risks and the release of control. Sometimes we see endings requiring tremendous amounts of psychological strength. These endings, though difficult, are also a signal that a new wind is about to come into your life. One door closes and another one opens. Mercury is active this week and is the ally in the Underworld of Pluto — Get out, talk to friends, share your deepest concerns regarding Pluto’s push to make hard choices. There are many allies, you just have to open up and let them support you. Major decisions of this week and next require psychic fortitude.

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