I spoke briefly of Mercury retrograde last week. On Tuesday, Mercury goes retrograde at 29º Virgo 04′ at 6:04 AM Pacific Time. It stays retrograde until Thursday September 22, the same day as the Fall Equinox. This is a crucial period for reviewing your plans, your office systems, your health issues, what is it you’ve been avoiding? What has been nagging at you to be taken care of which you’ve been procrastinating over? Is a contract, a discussion, a decision to vote one way or another in limbo? Mercury retrograde, especially at the last degree of a mutable sign, is a warning light to rethink the details that will make or break your business, your life, your relationships, but which are also the things we most avoid.

Do you owe money? Have you budgeted to make financial obligations work? Do you need to refinance a house? Maybe this is the time to research that process? Do you need to hire help because your responsibilities are long past endurance? These are all the types of things we review when Mercury is retrograde. We also have an extra push this week, because on Thursday, September 1, at 2:03 AM Pacific Time, we also have a Solar Eclipse (New Moon — but more powerful than a new beginning new moon). It is at 9º Virgo 20′. The last time we had one here was September 1, 1997 at the same degree. Yes, that is 19 years-the time it takes for eclipses to return back to where they were at a time 19 years prior!

What was going on in your life in fall of 1997 and spring of 1998? I know my life completely changed during that time, in fact, it is one of the strongest memories of my adult life that I have to this day. Perhaps that is because I am a Pisces and eclipses in any of the mutable signs affect all of the mutable signs-Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo-or those who have a lot of that in their charts. Since it is a New Moon Solar Eclipse-a new beginning in terms of one’s outer life is due so expect many changes and repercussions from this eclipse sometime around mid-December 2016. This eclipse is also in a difficult aspect to Saturn, the planet of self-responsibility, discipline and, in general, sucking it up! It is about embracing rather than running away from what you know you must do. This Mercury retrograde period is buying you some time to really think about the quality and quantity issues in your life. Where do you need to pare down so you can grow new branches and develop in new areas? This is a question for which there is no real answer until the end of this month.

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The Sun enters Virgo on Monday, August 22 at 9:38 AM Pacific Time. Interesting tidbit about the constellation of Virgo, this particular constellation is one of two that are the largest in the sky; the other is Hydra! Virgo takes up 1294.43 square degrees, or 3.138% of the sky. Several planets are in Virgo right now, so this detail is for those of you that lean more towards the precision of Virgo energy and can appreciate the stats. This constellation, for all its size, is also the dimmest in the sky. Ironic, huh?

In the old days, when people looked at the sky with a more esoteric perspective, the Moon, the Great Mother, was the ruler of Virgo and not of Cancer. As an interesting side note, from that same esoteric perspective, Pluto ruled Pisces and Mercury ruled Aries. But lest I get too off track here, Mercury, whose entire expression relates to the trickster in myth and story, now rules the constellation of Virgo. Mercury also rules Gemini, which is the Sun sign of the current presidential candidate, Donald Trump. Mercury-or Hermes, or the Trickster-is the one character who goes in and out of hell unscathed. He is the ‘guide’ in the Underworld. He takes you to bad places and leaves you there but he always gets out. Teflon skin is associated with Mercury.

One of the good things about Mercurial characters, if they are given enough time, is that they often come up with solutions. This is why the Geminis and the Virgos of the world, or those with strong Gemini or Virgo placements in their charts, are often put in positions where they collect ideas, spread them around, and move on. Staying power isn’t their best attribute. They have the solution for how to get a sale or a negotiation done and can be counted on to generate ideas. However, in order to get things done, you need to have a few of the fixed signs in place, like Taurus, Leo, Aquarius, and of course, Scorpio, which is the sun sign and the rising sign of the other presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Many people ask me who will win this election and I honestly cannot tell you. In looking at the USA chart for the next 8 years, starting in 2017, there are lots of Pluto type events coming up for this nation. Pluto rules Scorpio. Pluto is the god of death, rebirth, transformation and consciousness. Fortitude is needed as we move into the next 8 years of the USA’s future.

Without spending a lot of time on this, I do want to say that on February 20, 2022, just a little over 5 years from now, the USA is experiencing the first of three of its Pluto returns. When we signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Pluto, in the nation’s chart, was at 27º Capricorn 32′. Pluto takes approximately 247 years to make a full cycle around the Sun. It is slow!! Since the next 8 years show Pluto in what we call the Balsamic phase to the USA’s original position (the fermentation or incubation phase for solutions) and one of the most difficult parts of the cycle, it stands to reason that this will be a time of taking on great responsibilities, but not without great sacrifice

So, going back to the fact that the Sun is moving into Virgo this week-which is one of the toxic waste management signs of the zodiac (the other is Pisces), it is important to process out all the vitriol that seems to have grown exponentially in social media, social circles, and the world. The key thing to remember as we move into a very hot period of antagonism regarding our opinions is that everyone, I mean everyone, is entitled to their opinion without being chastised, bombed, hurt or violated. Social media is a great platform, but my opinion is that many of these social media websites-you know who they are-which started with the idea of everyone being able to talk with each other and connect, have now evolved into deep pools of vicious antagonism towards those who have different opinions. Easy to do when you don’t see the effect it has on the person you are targeting. There is no personal responsibility, you just turn off your computer and walk away. Think twice about that as the planets move through the last quarter phase of the Moon and end the week with hard squares to unpredictable and rebellious Uranus on the 28th.

Mercury, which rules Virgo, is also slowing down this week as it prepares to go retrograde on August 30, at the very last degree of Virgo, a very critical degree. Think about what you say, what you do, and how actions ‘really’ affect others, even if you don’t agree with them. This is one of the most important things to remember as we enter the last quarter of the year at the end of September.

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If you receive my annual cheat sheet, which is either ready at our website now or in a few days, you will see that I have posted, for August 18, a Lunar Eclipse. I lied, sort of! I felt it necessary to enter it on the cheat sheet as an eclipse because it is a ‘not quite there, but so close, it looks like one’ eclipse. For more technical information about the ‘almost’ eclipse, you can go to this url: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2016-august-18

But let’s say it is a lunar eclipse — because it is so very close… and maybe a very close eclipse (where the shadow of the earth just misses that of the moon), I do think it is a prequel to events of 2017, and, perhaps, events coming in mid-November 2016. Yes, you say, we will have had the USA Election on the 8th of November, and, personally, I think there will be shenanigans with it all the way through and past the election. However, as a ‘prequel’ at 25ºAquarius 51′ (and Leo), I think our nation is about to head into some very stormy territory. The USA Moon (Moons always rule the people of a country with a lot focused on the female contingent), is at late degrees of Aquarius where this ‘pretend’ eclipse occurs. If we view the US Chart, the Moon representing the people, is sandwiched between two powerful goddesses in myth. The one of the left is Pallas Athena (Goddess of Wisdom, as well as War) and, on the right, Ceres (the Earth, the food supply, any industries that have to do with agriculture, food supply, quality, and cost). It’s very possible that what a friend of mine said 30 years ago will begin occurring in the United States. What she said was that if women stood up more without worrying about the risk, things would change rapidly in this country.

The Moon is traditionally considered to be the Cosmic Mother in the myths and stories, but, frankly, she also has a dark side — that of the Devouring Mother. Nature envelops and protects as well as destroys and kills. We don’t know the outcome of this election, but it very much looks as though females will be major players in the upcoming administration. It also looks as though during the month of November, 2016 (which is 90-days after this ‘pretend’ eclipse), that those same leaders are faced with a sudden decision regarding either immigration (a Sagittarius issue), or, foreign enemies. I do not like writing things like this, but in looking at the charts for late summer, and, particularly around and immediately after the election, the USA may have to declare some sort of war, perhaps on ISIS. A war, however, doesn’t necessarily involve guns — it can be embargoes, taxes, and other stringent requirements making it virtually impossible for certain things to continue.

There is an asteroid (there are thousands of them) but there is one that is actually called ISIS. I am watching that asteroid’s movement. In mid-July at the conventions, it was at 2º Scorpio. As it moves forward through the sky and onto November 8, it is at 20º Sagittarius and beginning to enter the critical degree of the Galactic Center zone which is when things happen very fast and unexpectedly. By November 14, 2016 (exactly 90-days after this week’s eclipse, it is at the 28th degree of Sagittarius, which IS the Galactic Center). Pluto was at this very degree in 2008 as President Obama took office, the markets took a nose dive and well, we know the rest.

Whomever is running for President and other offices better be thick skinned, steady, stable, anchored and knowledgeable and ready with strategies, back up plans, and the ability to make clear headed decisions and fast, without hesitancy. Simply said — folks — get your financial houses in order and be prepared for lots of change as we enter the last phase of 2016 and the new year 2017.

We have another very active week and whether you are taking a vacation or getting ready for the fall season, lots is happening. We have two events happening within a few days of each other. First, and I think this is always important, particularly when watching market activities, Jupiter finally catches up to the place at which it went retrograde at 23º Virgo. It started its ‘backwards’ motion back in January 7, 2016. The ‘catch up’ is on Tuesday, August 9. I always suggest people watch yourself in the day proceeding it and the day following because a new optimism for something you imagined earlier but were blocked begins to emerge and show itself during these times. All those debates, going back and forth as to what to do or to whom to turn, begin resolving themselves.

On Saturday, August 13, Saturn, which slows things down and which has also been going backwards — retrograde, goes direct at 9º Sagittarius 46′! This is right on the fixed star, Antares, which is the heart of the Scorpion. Perhaps new decisions regarding how to ‘handle’ terrorist attacks on our soil will be in the news, since this is also the degree at which Mars (the god of War) went backwards in April and to which it returns around the 21st of August.

From another perspective, Saturn direct at that degree bravely moves forward in organizing a project or campaign to change something in your life that will, in the end, and after a great deal of effort, be for the better. This could be the week that gets the rest of the idea, finalizes a serious business decision that will change your life and many others’, too. All that sitting on the fence ends. The next month is filled with dynamic opportunities whose return is directly equal to the amount of effort exercised, regardless of all the roadblocks, during the very difficult course of the last few months.

The New Moon on Tuesday at 10º Leo 58′, almost 11º, is a welcome beginning to a new month cycle. There is great support from adventurous Mars as it finally re-enters Sagittarius on the very same day. At 10:49 AM Pacific Time Mars enters Sagittarius and just a few hours later the New Moon begins at 1:45 pm. A lot of energy returns injecting us with new hope, possibility thinking and options. Many have been waiting for a very long time since Mars has been retrograde since early April for this experience and later in the day on Tuesday we feel it.

Mars in fire, the Sun and Moon in fire suggest livelier activities, more of a willingness to take a chance, to risk, to throw a few chips on the so-called table and roll the dice! Since Venus is still in the last few days of Leo, it could also be fun doing whatever speculative venture you’ve been planning for months. Take advantage of this window of time this week.

At the end of the week on Friday August 5 at 8:27 AM, Venus leaves Leo and enters the more cautious and practical Virgo. Many of the old books don’t ‘like’ Venus in Virgo, but I think it makes for a great month in which to get things written, edited, or, clearing up your space or someone else’s, or, cleaning out the pantry, or, reviewing diet, exercise and health regimes.

Interesting possibilities surround you as the month unfolds because we now have Mars (energy), Venus (relationship and one’s values), Mercury (communications) all in mutable — or — moveable — or flexible — or anxious signs. Lots of ideas flow like water bubbling up when least expected. Are there enough hours in the day to get everything done? This might be a good time to hire an assistant who has the capacity to organize your ‘stuff’ and ideas, while multitasking at the same time. Plant a new ‘system-seed’ and watch your concepts grow! This is a good time to really think help, assistance, and support.

Things chill this week at the Last Quarter Moon on Tuesday July 26 at 4º Taurus 21′. The Democratic National Convention from July 25 to July 28 takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and it begins with a calmer Moon (Taurus) than last week’s Republican convention when we had that Full Moon. Though I am writing this in June the prior month, it feels like the Democratic Convention will be about getting things nailed down with brass tacks, ticking off the things the party wants, and naming their nominee. With Vesta entering the sign of Cancer, a very feminine sign, on Monday July 25, don’t be surprised if women dominate the news at this particular convention.

Since the week begins with a fire grand trine, a very fortunate structure, there are some good things for everyone this week, regardless of party preference. Some surprises await you in both personal and professional lives, but they are welcome surprises offering great support and good, solid information that you’ve been expecting as you go into the month of August when Mars returns to Sagittarius. If you’ve felt stuck for the last few months, particularly since early April, you begin seeing openings, jobs, choices, new ways of doing things with the aspects of this week. Those who are prepared, are particularly fortuitous, since fire moves quickly, but only after it finds the ignition point, which happens during preparation.

There is a window of time on Thursday July 28 between 8:13 am and 11:17 am (Pacific), where the day doesn’t start as planned. Your plan is sidestepped during those hours so it is important not to sign contracts or make final decisions in that three-hour window. It is a void of course Moon suggesting you need more information. Also since Uranus is stationing to go retrograde (look backwards) Friday July 29 at 24º Aries 30′, it is a good time for reviewing anything that has to do with computer equipment, group organization and assignments, and perhaps take Thursday and Friday to re-think or gather up a list (to date) of what has been done on major projects. You’ll be ready to roll again on Saturday.

Zany and chaotic is the theme of the week as we enter the Full Moon for this month on July 19th at 27º CP 40′ and 27º Cancer 40′. Full Moons are when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon — making us feel like a rubber band that is stretched to its maximum. For those of you born in the last 10 days of Cancer or Capricorn or Aries or Libra, decisions and more decisions face you. The Full Moon happens to be part of the chart for the opening of the Republican National Convention in Ohio and with Uranus (chaos and revolution) involved, get ready for some surprises and out of the box thinking as well as non-conforming ideas on how to run a convention! Anything goes! Could there be an American Revolution uprising within the halls of this convention? Conventions have the ‘right’ to change the rules, so think about this.

In comparing the original chart of July 4, 1776 and this particular convention, the Full Moon (when things can change instantly) is directly in line with the USA’s original Pluto at 27º Capricorn 32′ (in the July 4, 1776 horoscope of the USA). Could this mean that the convention will depart from the rules, that another convention takes place inside of the convention, or, where secrets are revealed, or, major deals are made for vice presidential candidates that are completely out of line with the chosen candidates’ philosophies, or, that even if we have two candidates coming out of the conventions, at election time, we will see three strong votes?

Regardless, this week heralds explosive moments and surprise situations. It is one of those weeks where anything can happen, either bad or very good. Full moons are about making decisions, taking risks. It could be the perfect time for finalizing financial plans, contracts, reviewing your estate plans — a good idea right before an election really. Stop thinking about it and do it! This is the time!

Wednesday July 20 is good for negotiation as is Friday July 22 as the Sun moves into risk- oriented Leo and people become less risk adverse and more willing to take a chance on something whether it is love or business. And, since Venus, the planet of negotiation and Mercury, the planet of contractual agreements, both continue in tandem in the sign of Leo, it is a fortuitous time to make things right and good this summer.

The week begins with a First Quarter Moon at 20º Libra 07′. Normally, Libra is a peace loving and ‘let’s all get along’ sign, but this particular moon finds itself in conflict in the first few days of the week with Pluto (which won’t let go of control), with the Sun (which jockeys for authoritative position), and on Tuesday, with Uranus, (which always has a mind of its own — and doesn’t like being told what to do — even though it loves to tell the group what to do). Everybody wants to be boss. This attitude could herald a very volatile week in the markets, particularly in the first few days of the week as these three events vie for position. As Venus enters Leo early on Tuesday morning followed by Mercury, which rules communications, trading and commerce, and also entering Leo on Wednesday July 13, things may begin to smooth somewhat.

As Mars struggles through the last few days of Scorpio, it feels like glue, but when Mars enters the more flexible Sagittarius on August 3, the mood lightens. We still have to get from here to there. Pressures mound, too, since this is also the week before the two subsequent national political conventions, one of which is the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18 to 21. The following week, the Democrats take the stage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (the home of the Liberty Bell—was that planned?) from July 25 to July 28.

Because this week begins with a First Quarter Moon, it is a week to put aside conflict and use the pushy energy to get organized — even though it may feel as though every organizational plan isn’t exactly falling into place. This proves to be the case on the national stage as well as your more personal stage. There could be a lot of speculation as to whether or not to pull stocks out, hold, or, fold, due to the approaching stress of these conventions. Personally, you’re better off waiting on those types of decisions at least until Mars returns to Sagittarius August 3, but that’s just an opinion.

Happy Birthday America! Every year we have our mid-year birthday in this country often celebrated and accompanied by lots of parties, picnics, days at the lake, family barbecues, and parades. The week of July 4 begins with the New Moon (new start cycle of the month) at 12º Cancer 54′, almost 13º. This is the same degree as the powerful fixed star known as the dog star, or, Sirius, which, is obvious, the Sun sign of the USA. I often see stories in the news about actual dog bites, but often note, too, that there can be many floods when this occurs. Obviously, for Californians, this may not be the case, but it is quite possible that we see this sort of thing in various parts of the nation.

Sirius has an ancient history. It was usually the time in the Middle East when the rivers, particularly, the Nile and when it would rise. Some savvy and salacious tax collectors made it work for them in that they would tell the people that if they paid their taxes, the river would rise and fertilize their fields! Whether or not this story is true, I have heard it throughout the years that this is one way of insuring their coffers were filled! Regardless, when planets pass over this degree — things can get a bit heated and entering political convention season suggests that this week’s news is more heated up than usual.

Referring back to the 4th of July celebrations, this holiday is a celebration of a revolution. Many people think that the Amirian Revolution was about taxes — and it was — but it was also a reaction to severe human rights that were being stripped away from the colonists more and more. The Boston Tea Party was one reaction to this. If we think about it, the colonists had been in the Americas for a few generations. Their children and their children’s children didn’t even have a memory of King and Country. They were born here, lived here, worked here and grew up here, thousands of miles away from their mother country with a very different set of rules, a lot more room and a completely different geography and climate. There were boundless opportunities here as opposed to their ‘mother’ country.

In the next few weeks, we enter the political convention season where we finalize the candidates for the Presidential election of November 8. Please vote. Regardless of fruitless, or jaded, or passive, or, disappointed, or whatever emotion you are feeling, it is the one ‘right’ we still have in the USA. The candidates are extremely different and reflective of what has been going on in the political arena for many years now.

If you don’t see a candidate that works for you, then vote anyway. If you are the staunch supporter of a candidate for whom you’ve bound your soul, but that candidate isn’t nominated, vote for someone, perhaps the next best qualified that your research shows works. Yes, there are things that need changing I am with you. One immediate example that comes to mind is the ancient practice of the Electoral College, which was designed for a much smaller population. And it is this electoral college, that will decide (I think) the vote in November. It needs to change, be amended, but, for now, we still have that.

I read in a recent financial newsletter that in the last six presidential elections (1992-2012) 18 states have gone with the Democratic candidate each time, 13 states have gone with the Republican candidate each time and the remaining 19 states have gone ‘blue’ some years and other years ‘red’. Think about those numbers. The set numbers show 31 states, or, 62% of the total number of states. That last number of ‘either way’ thinking or, 19 states is 38% more, which can tip the scales either way.

Yes, there are a lot of problems, one of which is the raging argument about gun control on assault weapons. The fact of the matter is that the constitution was written between 1700 and 1800 when a gun was just a gun — not an assault weapon. And when people were few, hunted for food, defended their homes, but they weren’t entering nightclubs and mass murdering innocent people.

Regardless of the need for updating parts of our constitution, it is still a solid document — having stood the test of time — and still is the outline for a very free country. With the Sun in family oriented Cancer and ruling families, I think of our forefathers on the 4th of July– not only the ones that made up this nation, but those many generations that came after, many of which came, at great peril, from foreign lands to start a new life in this country.

This IS the reason many of us are here instead of in the many bankrupt South American countries, or, some of the oppressive Middle Eastern Countries, or, the many Communist countries watching your every move while curtailing your freedoms and ideas. We are all here, because, someone, somewhere along the line made it across a great body of land or water to find a freer life. I believe we need to honor that effort and pay it forward. When you have that barbecue on the 4th of July with family or friends or both, think about ‘that’ life that allows you this life.

The week Chiron begins its retrograde at 25º Pisces 14′ and doesn’t go direct until December 1, 2016. Chiron has much to do with education, teaching, coaching, and more importantly, is considered to be a ‘bridge’ between old and new thinking. In the degrees in which we find it, the last section of Pisces, it has a strong Scorpio influence, which also suggests issues of life and death, endings and beginnings, and hard choices that involve huge amounts of risk and sacrifice are all on the table during this remarkable period. This is NOT an easy passage. With Mars turning direct on June 29 at about the same degree but IN the sign of Scorpio, the environment is saturated with intense emotion, long held pain, and the burgeoning reality that choices must be made and made now.

We begin a week filled with multiple emotions — compassion, anger, reaction, understanding, confrontation, and decision making! This is a package full of emotional dynamite that has been percolating since Mars began its retrograde passage on April 17! Mars has a lot to do with strategizing what actions to take – going direct is about shooting at the target and going for it. Some Mars related industries are: guns, ammunition, manufacturing, war, confrontation, motivation (the positive kind), finding a direction and making decisions based on the research and the re-thinking and the experiences of the last two months.

Since this is a Last Quarter Moon week, the kind of week where energies die down before the New Moon on July 4, easing into major decisions seeped in emotion, think, really think before opening your mouth, pushing a keypad button, sending that text, walking out or picking up the phone to lambast someone. Be smart. Think smart and ask yourself, “What ramifications will result from the thing I am about to do?” That is the best advice I can convey for this week and next week’s direct motion planets.

Today is the first day of summer, or, Summer Solstice, when the Sun enters 00º Cancer. This is one of the cardinal points of the year, where lots of things start happening and happen fast! In addition to Solstice (which occurs at 3:34 PM Pacific and 6:34 PM Eastern), we have a hard degree Full Moon at 29º Sagittarius 33′ at 4:02 am Pacific and 7:02 AM Eastern). That 29º Sagittarius is very sensitive as it is the Galactic Center and when we see that degree, change happens exponentially at an incredibly rapid pace. A life or future can change in the blink of an eye with this degree.

To further illustrate, that degree falls right between the point of the arrow of the constellation of Sagittarius in the sky and the heart of the Scorpion constellation in the sky. (The fixed star at the heart of the Scorpion is called Antares, and is precisely the degree of 8-9º Sagittarius where Mars stationed to go retrograde in mid-April 2016 and where it returns on August 23, 2016). In other words, this is a week when we step off the fence and make decisions! Not an easy week, because the time for decisions draws near. Hopefully, you’ve researched, asked questions, stepped back, and, are, ultimately prepared to make an educated answer. If you are prepared, no worries. If you aren’t, if you haven’t been doing even a little bit of due diligence, well I guess we can say ‘this will be a valuable teaching moment.’ 🙂

Feeling as though a race is being run with sudden obstacles placed in front of you while rushing forward. Do you jump or go around it? Opportunities could abound, but not all opportunities are the same. Discriminate and use your plan to make decisions. Mars is stationing to go direct at week’s end so it feels as though the pressure is mounting and it is suggested that you stop, assess, breathe, and then act when sudden challenges arise. There may be some surprises with candidates during the next few weeks, let’s just hope that everyone simmers down so that we can conduct the due process of electing officials. With the Full Moon at the Galactic Center things happen fast. Flexibility and preparation are the key tools for surviving this raging river of events. We indeed live in exciting times!

Events:

  • June 17 to 20: 90-days after March 23 eclipse at 3º Libra and 4º Libra

The week begins with Neptune stationing retrograde (12º Pisces 02′). I really love Neptune because at its best it is inspirational, creative, malleable, but it also has the reputation for foggy, depressed, and unclear direction. With it going retrograde, the few days prior may feel exhausting. Neptune requires sleep because in the dream state, the conscious life is processed. I don’t really think Americans sleep that much, what with all the coffee and technology, but a lot of research is being done now on sleep deprivation, which creates a lot of problems. With Neptune retrograde, if sleep has been a problem, perhaps this is the time to attend a sleep clinic and finally find out why you can’t.

Since it also happens to be retrograding during the same week that we are in the 90-day period after the March eclipses, the markets, decisions, plans may take a little bit of a dive. The 90-day periods after eclipses bring the disgruntled issues arising in March into clear focus as to what has to be done and undone.

On the 13th when Neptune retrogrades, Saturn (perceived limitation) opposes transiting Vesta. Vesta is not a planet, but an asteroid. A colleague of mine, Bill Meridian, relates Vesta to investment (the name is embedded in the word investment). It might be that more traditional investments are worn, but that with Neptune, which can reimagine ideas, involved, a new way of investing, of directing future security may be in the works.

Neptune is about one’s vision for something worthy for the future — so here is an idea that I’d love to have my readers spread out to their affiliates and associates. In October 2015, a new non-profit educational foundation called the Alexandria iBase Project became a legal entity. The purpose of this organization — funded and supported thus far by Urania Trust, Starcycles Publishing, and Kepler College — is the result of many of us having the vision for a place for our astrological writings — both contemporary and ancient. The issue is that many libraries cannot take our books and papers because of lack of room, funding, or, frankly, interest.

This is the result of something I’ve thought about since quite young when I first heard of how the ancient library in Alexandria, Egypt was burned by the Romans. Many valuable pieces of literature and research were lost at that time. The time and technology are ripe for us to have something to preserve the very papers and books and publications of our astrological colleagues. It is currently designed as a digitized database, but over the last few months, it has become quite apparent that we may very likely be in need of a building in which to house both the hard copies as well as the digitized papers. The LLC was formed in Washington state so that would be the best place. If you know of anyone wanting to include the AIP in their estate planning for the purpose of preserving future materials, then we are it!!

If planning an estate or not knowing what to do with a piece of property, papers, etc., please contact us. We are ‘thinking’ as Neptune retrogrades and Mars stations to go direct that we do need a ‘place’ for this vision. A real building affording growth and a place to store our valuable research and materials. So there it is. I have always believed that if we ‘believe it, we will see it’ and with Saturn (focus) working with Neptune (vision) and Jupiter (possibility and future vision), I think we are very close. This is an ‘investment’ a Vesta — for the future of all astrological persons and organizations. Spread the word, we are very open to receiving right now as we enter phase two! This is a great time to look for ‘bargains’ in real estate or stocks.

For those of you familiar with Bernard Baruch’s successful investment practices (Baruch was a self-made investor and financier in the 20th century. He was known to sit across from the White House on a bench, advising many Presidents of strategy.) When asked why he was so successful, he said, “I buy my straw hats in the fall”. This ragtag period of markets and mayhem could offer good buying opportunities if you’ve done your homework. Same is true for mid-September and October of this year. This is definitely negotiation time as we move into summer. It is also an excellent time to review your financial planning, family estate issues, tax issues, because we have an election time coming!!

June 14 is the last USA primary in Washington, D.C. Coming out of the June 7 primaries, one of which was California, it should be a hot time in the old town tonight when the final results come in. July presents some unexpected and perhaps disturbing times at the conventions as the candidates begin their journey to nomination. This has been one great show and regardless of who becomes president, get your ‘stuff ‘in order — because either party is heading into an untenable financial and political situation, which is par for a country about to have its Pluto return in a few years. Pluto is about looking honestly at our shadows and being willing to give up those shadows in order to transform into a different a more conscious format.

And lest we forget, Happy Father’s Day to all you men who are fathers, like fathers, or who act as great support systems in your communities. We need lots more of you and appreciate you more than you know.